Servetus Diablos, aka Joshua Chavez, has yet to admit he married a woman and sent her away. Here’s more evidence.
Joshua Chavez has had an important impact in my life. Chiefly, his incessant criticism of Christianity’s most faithful and most discerning ministers – in the name of discernment – has given me a cold, hard look at how others might view my own work as a leading Christian polemicist over the last ten years.
DIFFERENCES WITH SERVETUS DIABLOS
Oh, sure. I criticize bad doctrine, bad actors, false teachers, and false prophets. It’s the work of polemics and must be done by somebody. But as Chavez, who goes by the name Servus Christi (servant of Christ), and who I not-so-affectionately call Servetus Diablos, has amassed his YouTube following by regularly attacking the best that Christianity has to offer rather than the worst, I’ve tried to explicitly point out the differences between us.
Sure, who we go after is different. We’ve done our best to mark those who cause divisions by teaching wrongly (Romans 16:17), while Chavez is himself the one doing the dividing. While I have consistently pointed to others (Washer, MacArthur, Peters, Johnson, et al.) who are consistently pointing people to Christ, on account of them pointing better than me, Chavez has been on the warpath against Gospel preachers. The boys over at Pulpit & Pen and Protestia are content to be on the warpath against heretics and scalawags.
And how we go after them is different than Diablos’ modus operandi. Even when disagreeing with Gospel preachers like Dr. MacArthur (which we have done regarding his view of Romans 13, his initial church closure, and his invitation of Duncan-Dever-Mohler to ShepCon), we have done so respectfully. I’ve also disagreed with James White, and most recently, Voddie Baucham (who I continued to embrace as a fine brother despite my disagreement with him). In other words, we carefully make distinctions between good brothers who we believe to be in error and rank heretics who are designated long ago for destruction (Jude 1:4). But if you listen to Diablos, apparently I don’t criticize my friends [insert eye roll here].
And most importantly, why we go after them is different from Diablos. Most importantly, we love Christ’s church. I am, more than anything else, a churchman. Discernment is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, given to build up the local church (Ephesians 4:12-16), to bring unity to the church (1 Corinthians 12:25-26), and to edify the church (1 Corinthians 14:1-40). The enterprise of Christian polemics should be done with constant practice (Hebrews 5:14) for the church, and not against it.
FOR THE CHURCH
Every podcast I do, and even at the Bulldogmatic Bible Studies on Tuesday evenings, I admonish the listener to be active, participatory, giving members of the local New Testament church. I explain each week that if one expects to inject discernment into their congregation, there must be no doubt as to one’s commitment and love for the local body so that, if for no other reason, the criticism may be received well.
In my 39 years, I have been in church weekly without exception. To my knowledge, I’ve never missed a Sunday of worship for anything but providential hindrance, and that can be counted on less than one hand. At no time have I been without membership and participation in local churches, numbering nine congregations in six different communities I’ve sojourned over my life. In not a single one did I leave hastily, poorly, or under discipline. And the love of my life – save the bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh – is the Fellowship Baptist Church of Sidney where I have remained the minister for going on 14 years.
Simply put, anything that I have done or written in the course of polemics has been designed to strengthen and establish local congregations. I regularly encourage people to remain in their churches until the obligations of Matthew 18 have been fulfilled. I’ve encouraged them to drive great distances if necessary to worship in a Biblical congregation. And I’ve encouraged people to use discernment as a blessing, rather than as a curse, to their fellow Christians.
If you compare this to the lifestyle of Servetus Diablos, it should tell you everything a discerning Christian needs to know about his motivations. He is not now, and has never been, peacefully engaged with a local congregation. No ministers vouch for his character or testimony. Any church with whom he has been involved has cast him off as of the devil.
There’s a reason for that. He is of the devil.
HIS VIDEO RED HERRING
In August of 2020, Pulpit & Pen posted an article replete with information from the perspective of his wife. It was entitled, The Terminus of Servus Christi.
Oh, did you not know he had a wife? Indeed, he does. But you would not have found that out from Diablos. We broke the story of his marriage and his subsequent wife abuse. That’s because Diablos tried to hide it from his fans.
In the days – and months – that followed, Servetus Diablos went silent. Like a cockroach scurrying for the shadows when the light is shined, he ran for the cover of darkness where he makes videos in his mother’s house. Only after all this time – seven months later – did Diablos attempt a retort at our reporting.
His video, posted last week, was textbook Red Herring. Instead of addressing the facts that:
(1) He indeed married a woman from South Africa and consummated that marriage,
(2) She indeed did go back to South Africa, and is begging him to reconcile from afar,
(3) He is not interested in reconciling with his wife,
(4) Jacob Prasch knew of this marriage, blessed and condoned it, and then did nothing to encourage their Biblical reunification,
Diablos is instead using his bandwith to attack me personally or anyone who has ever shared a stage with me, known me, or at some point spoken at one of my conferences or church.
Please note: In his most recent video, Servetus Diablos did not admit to having married this woman, sending her away, ghosting her, gaslighting her, or trying to cover it up.
This behavior, of course, is not in keeping with Christian repentance. From time to time, I myself have found the necessity to repent – as any Christian does. Thankfully, my repentance was immediate, contrite, explicit, and exhaustive (and to God be the glory alone). But Diablos, on the other hand, has even yet to admit error. I can only presume this is because he doesn’t have a Savior to plead for forgiveness.
As laid out in the above-mentioned article, we were approached by Servetus Diablos’ wife, who is in exile in South Africa. We know that he was married secretly (we have the wedding photo, and published it). We know that the marriage was consummated. And we know, for sure, that his wife is pleading from across the ocean for him to bring her back and reconcile.
Other facts might be left to interpretation, as they are the perspective of his wife. She feels as though what Diablos did amounts to human trafficking. She believes that he married her only so she could supplement his income to allow him to continue to make YouTube videos, and sent her home because her earning potential is not what he at first believed. And she believes his behavior immediately following the consummation was demonic.
But what we do know for sure is enough to disqualify Diablos from ministry, as the pastoral epistles requires having your household in order (1 Timothy 3:4). Having to point this out to Diablos’ YouTube coven seemed at first unnecessary, considering that anyone outside the church ought to be automatically disqualified from ministering to it. But then again, Diablos’ followers don’t seem to be particularly informed biblically, exceptions notwithstanding.
I’m used to being attacked, as it goes with the territory of polemics. But Diablos’ video was particulalry chuckle-worthy to me personally, as well as anyone who personally knows me.
The Braxton Caner canard was predictable, as scoundrels ranging from Ergun Caner to Clayton Jennings and now Servetus Diablos and Jacob Prasch are happy to dig up a young man’s corpse as a human shield against their own scumbaggery. Thankfully, time has absolved me of any such blame – as unwise and sinful as my interaction was – and even the Survivor Blog women (who have zero reason to defend me) and his family (exempting his dad) have absolved me of blame in his suicide.
The good thing about skeletons that are already out of the closet is that you’ve then nothing to hide. I mean, beat me with my own repentance if you want. All I can do is shrug and cite Romans 8:1.
And then there were random and unsubstantiated accusations that, to be honest, I haven’t a frame of reference for. Literally, no clue what the unnamed person is speaking of. The exception is their complaint that I engaged in “partnering with heretics,” of which they refer to Enemies Within the Church documentary and the Stand Against Marxism Conference.
Their concern is that a Romanist was slated to speak at the conference as well. I would like to think their concerns were abated when I anathematized Romanists in my opening statement at the conference and repeatedly admonished the Romanist to become Protestant (see here). The entire point of my lecture, in fact, was that we do not and should not want to partner with heretics to stop Marxism. However, some people have an insatiable appetite for unnecessary criticism.
And then there were the statements from a disgruntled random person who complained that my wife set up a camping tent all by herself and I make her operate the grill when we have a cookout.
I plead guilty. My wife is much better at cooking.
But here’s the thing…I know where my wife is (she’s in the kitchen cleaning right now). I also know where my wife is not, which is in South Africa pleading to be reconciled to her husband.
In the month that followed our expose, Diablos attempted to threaten me with a cease-and-desist letter from his attorney. I gave it to my attorneys, and have since ignored their huffing and puffing. They are bullies, and dumb ones at that.
I’ll happily go to court, with the power of subpoena, to lay his “ministry” bare like a gutted Montana mule deer.
OMINOUS, DEVILISH WORST WISHES
In recent days, Servetus Diablos has hinted that his wife may do self-harm. No doubt, she is emotionally broken. Who wouldn’t be after being treated so terribly by her husband?
However, the recent threats by Servetus Diablos and his Lord and Savior, Jacob Prasch, should not go without response.
For the record, in our initial conversations with Diablos’ dear wife, we had her contact a loving older Christian sister – unaffiliated with Pulpit & Pen – as wise counsel. We felt it imperative that she receive some Titus-2-type counsel and to speak confidentially about her struggles.
Meanwhile, we also offered to pay for whatever kind of professional therapy she may need to avail herself of struggles related to Diablos, an offer that remains until this day. And finally, we also offered whatever financial resources she may need to get on her feet.
I am also aware of at least two other discernment ministers who took the same path with Diablos’ wife, offering her spiritual counsel from godly women and professional counseling if necessary.
Diablos full-well knows that his wife has been brought to the pit of dispair by his actions (not ours). Every time he does a video denying her existence or ignoring her needs, he is intentionally gaslighting her.
There is little doubt in my mind that Servetus Diablos would personally send her over the edge, if he were able, only to blame his accusers for her untimely demise. Nonetheless, we have prioritized the woman’s spiritual health and well-being above any and all other concerns.
Unlike Servetus Diablos, we love his wife in the Lord.
HERE ARE HIS HANDWRITTEN MARRIAGE VOWS
Notice that Servetus Diablos stated, “You are mine and I am yours, till [sic] death do us part.”
You know, until like a few weeks later, after which she went back to Africa and began to plead for reconciliation at which point he flatly denied ever having been married.
Diablos, although refusing to address it in his videos, has left comments throughout social media claiming the woman is “insane.” His followers (some of whom I’m convinced are actually Chavez in disguise, who often makes pseudonymous accounts to pose as women) have also alleged that she is “crazy.”
Cool story, bro. Aren’t we all?
I’m not a clinical psychologist, but my estimation of Diablos’ wife is that she is indeed “all there” and is bright, lucid, and mentally together (albeit distraught by her husband’s actions).
Nonetheless, ’til death do we part is kind of an impediment to pulling the parachute chord on a marriage. The Bible does not recognize illness as a justifiable reason to abandon your spouse. Clearly, Diablos’ household is not in order and I’m not speaking about his mom’s house.
At the heart of all of this is Jacob Prasch, the schismatic anti-discernment minister who has developed a cult following around the world (which is slowly dying due to faking his supposed Jewish ancestry). Prasch knew of the wedding and called in on WhatsApp during the ceremony. And Prasch, more than anyone else, covered up the marriage and subsequent divorce.
Meanwhile, Prasch is busy scurrying around social media attacking his and Diablos’ critics.
HERE’S THE THING
The Diablos-Prasch guild can attack me all day long. Go for it. My track record of ministry in the local church and thousands of sermons are public record. Find whatever kind of micro-aggressed nitpicking complaint you want and use it to attack my character. Thankfully, I have a Biblical church that practices Matthew 18 and has a congregation polity that can evaluate such claims and make determinations accordingly, outside the scope of pastoral leadership.
My character and reputation has already been maligned by far, far better people than Servetus Diablos and Jacob Prasch. I have sacrificed my reputation on the altar of Jesus Christ. It’s already dead…gone…goodbye.
I have survived many attempts to destroy my life, my ministry, and my viability as a servant in God’s kingdom. By God’s mercy, my ministry abounds in fruitfulness and faithfulness (to God’s glory alone). I’m simply not afraid of Servetus Diablos.
No matter what they may say, and no matter how they may attack, it doesn’t change the fact that Servetus Diablos has broken the most fundamental qualification for ministry by marrying and divorcing his wife (and in especially secretive ways).
The Jesus I preach, the one with nail-scarred hands and dusty feet from Galilee, forgives sinners and forgives them completely. But, there is no forgiveness without repentance, and there is no repentance without confession.
As of this date – March 8, 2021 – Servetus Diablos has yet to admit he was married behind the backs of his followers, and divorced his wife in the same manner. Might God grant him repentance.
For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light (Luke 8:17).
TO HIS FOLLOWERS
No doubt, my friends, Servetus Diablos has appealed to you because you recognize problems in the evangelical church. I agree with you, there are problems. If you have followed my ministry, you know my perspective on this. It is my opinion that we live in the days of Spurgeon, and his Downgrade is all around us.
Heretics abound. Scoundrels persist. Liberals are everywhere. Doctrine is being watered down. Holiness has been forgotten. Enemies have invaded the church.
However, while this is now true of our age, it always has been true although, perhaps, to varying degrees. The church of Jesus Christ largely is in disrepair, and the great truths of God are being masked by kingdom-building prosperity hustlers and rank heretics.
But, we must never forget that God has his remnant (Romans 11:5, Revelation 12:17). The Son of Man will indeed find faith on the Earth when he returns (Luke 18:8). He has promised to dwell among the church (Matthew 28:20) and that hell’s gates won’t prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).
While true churches may be hard to find, they are not impossible to find. And while I make no claims regarding the vast sum of Earth, they’re not difficult to find in America.
Sure, you’ll want to avoid most megachurches. And you’ll want to avoid anything with the sanctuary painted black to better accent the smoke machines. And sure, you’ll want to avoid those churches that closed down (unrepentantly) for the chestcold or those that use Lifeway curriculum. But just because 99 churches out of 100 are Synagogues of Satan (which is probably an exagerration), and 100 out of 100 churches have problems because they’re comprised of sinners (as every church is), there are Biblical, God-honoring local congregations somewhere most likely within driving distance of your home.
Those who have been hurt by churches may be twice-shy. It’s understandable. Those who have lived long enough in fraudulent religion might certainly be timid to join another.
But with God as my witness, the proper response to theological downgrade is not abandoning the organized, visible local church because Jesus designed an organized, visible church. Find one. Join it. Love it. Support it. And there, use Biblical discernment to protect it, guide it, and keep it.
I hate wolves, and Servetus Diablos is one of them. But I love you, and should you ever desire to seek a Biblical church, email me at JD@PulpitandPen.org to inquire how I can help you find a church to call home.
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