What God Giveth...
The Doyle Davidson saga gets stranger and stranger. The TV preacher in Plano has taken down most of his "messages to Lisa," dozens of letters he's written over the last few years to Lisa Staton, a former member and employee of the church. She's married to Harold "JR" Staton, but Davidson insists God gave her to him and she'd better come home and be quick about it.
He's now posted the poor woman's picture on his Web site, along with two new letters. (Click on "News of Interest" and go to "Messages to Lisa.") The last has a very threatening tone. What does he mean by, "Your blood will be upon JR's hands"? Is anybody in the congregation at Water of Life church paying attention to these nutty missives?
They're after the jump.
"September 18, 2006
I noticed one of your wimpy friends was in the sanctuary on Sunday morning. I really couldn't tell if this was Bill, Jim, Junior, or you; you all speak by the same spirit. I was impressed how the Spirit of God handled the service; your name was never mentioned. God was confronting the spirit of that man and he became very uncomfortable. The Spirit of God talked about Baptist spirits, Methodist spirits, and a spirit of witchcraft in a young lady that he sent to my house in Argyle in 1974. I am sure that you remember the accounts of how God taught me about these spirits. I know that the kingdom in you is being greatly shaken. Make no mistake about it, God gave you to me as my wife, you will be delivered, and you will come home.
God bless you,
September 15, 2006
I have warned you for more than two years of your wicked ways. You need to cease following your own ways, repent and come home, or Satan will destroy you and your blood will be upon JR's hands. Consider these two verses:
Proverbs 14:12 says, 'There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.'
Proverbs 16:25 says, 'There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.'
God bless you,
A former member of the congregation writes that he's concerned for the Statons. "The more frustrated Doyle gets that he can't have Lisa, the more insane he's becoming," writes my e-mail source. "I sure hope the Statons are being careful. I certainly hope Doyle never comes into contact with them. As I read his posts, they are becoming more and more delusional, desperate, and menacing. I truly wouldn't put anything past this man. Also, he admits that the house the Statons' lived in was paid for with Water of Life money. Why do you suppose these 'letters' to Lisa, are written in such a tone, that he is 'documenting' things?"
Good questions. From other former members I hear the Plano congregation has shrunk. But Davidson is concentrating more on his "offshoot" ministry in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he has been sending his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Terry Mai, to minister each weekend. And Davidson is still on television every night at 9 p.m. --Glenna Whitley
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Observer's biggest stories.