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benyahmin

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Hello group,

can anyone help me identify the man in the video? He took pictures of my wife and my children after we were asked to leave the premises of Grace Community Church. The "offense" was that I asked if I could speak to John Mac Arthur and correct him on a few things. I also received a letter threatening to get me jailed if I returned. They are crazy out there. Please help me, I want to ask them why he took pictures of my family. I uploaded the video where I demand him to delete the picture. He refused. Who is it?

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I can't identify the man, but for whatever it's worth, the security has taken my picture when I have handed out flyers there or later when I've spoken to Macarthur.  As we know, GCC is staffed by many police and military men.  Perhaps they also employ facial recognition cameras.  It's for sure a sophisticated police state there.
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The man's name is Thomas Halstead.  He is an executive in MacArthur's ministry and has taught Bible classes at both the college and seminary.  I find it funny he has been reduced to taking pictures of critics and doing security work.  What you describe is typical of how they retaliate and harass critics.
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Thanks BJW.  Nice to hear from you again. 
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Thanks, great to be back.  
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Oh, one more thing, for the benefit of the OP, I found mention of him on one of the cult's websites:
https://www.masters.edu/faculty/thomas-a-halstead

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I read his bio.  Member of the Evangelical Theological Society which I recall is Jewish.  Missions leader in Russia.  And indeed Halstead is a Jewish name.  
http://www.avotaynu.com/books/sourcebook.htm
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Boy, if THIS isn't a CULT, then what IS???!!!
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bjw, first of all thanks. Are you 100% sure that it is him? He looks older on pictures and thicker. Can you please confirm / do you maybe even have a video where you hear him speak?
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The reason I recognized this as Tom Halstead is that when I used to go to meetings with him (he was in a small group I was in) he would raise his hand when he would talk the exact same way and his left eye has a medical problem, as you can tell when looking at the left eye of the man in the car when he says the phrase "you can take any pictures out in public."  The picture on the website was taken 20 years ago, as that is exactly how he looked 20 years ago when I was in the small group with him, and the videos on Youtube of him teaching are 20 years old (on the TMCDistance account on Youtube).  The distance ed program began in 1997, and that is when they began filming the footage to use in the distance classes.  (They weren't posted to youtube until 2010, and they were distributed by video tape and eventually through files before youtube became a fad.)  We were told to ignore the cameras at the time when they would put them in our classrooms.  When he is not teaching in a classroom he has a much more quiet voice, almost nasally, and he doesn't usually wear his glasses outside of the classroom.  Some may try to argue it isn't him, but I recognized him right away as someone I knew when I clicked on the video.  He is just clean shaven now and has lost some weight.  To see what he looked like 20 years ago, you can search for him on Youtube under the "TMCDistance account."  (I'll include a link to a video at the end of this post.)  His looks have changed a lot since then, but I could tell it was him by his vocal inflections and by his left eye.  Also, the way he exposes his bottom teeth when he talks to you from the car, he always did this when teaching and in private meetings.  So, when you watch his videos, age him 20 years and take away the facial hair and glasses, and you'll see what I mean.  With the left eye, the way he exposes his bottom teeth when he talks, and how he raises his hand for emphasis are all the same, as is the baldness with only gray hair on the sides. 
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Oh, a quick reminder, the video I posted was filmed in 1997, so it's over 20 years old.
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