Comedian says he exaggerated role as Satanist.
Christian comedian Mike Warnke, who was the focus of intense media scrutiny last year for his use of money and his link to Satan worship, has recently issued a 32-page document in which he admits wrongdoing and misjudgment.
The statement was issued following an inquiry by Warnke’s newly formed pastoral review board. Warnke, who last fall called his critics Satanists (CT, Nov. 9, 1992, p. 49), asks for forgiveness in the document. “I am guilty of embellishment and exaggeration on my recordings and in my concerts,” Warnke writes, “not in an attempt to deceive but to entertain.
“I am a comedian. Exaggeration is part of what I and every other comedian do … [but] this does not excuse me from my responsibility as a minister of the gospel.
“I confess to the previous ungodliness of my personal life, to my multiple divorces, and unwise decisions,” the statement reads. “I can offer no excuse. I can only ask for forgiveness. I have been a failure as a husband, a father and a friend, there is nothing that I regret more.”
Warnke says he believes God has forgiven him and set his feet, “once again, on the path of service for his kingdom. I know that it is his will that I go on.”
Review board oversight
The findings of Warnke’s review board focused on allegations detailed in a 1992 Cornerstone magazine article. Warnke helped pick the review board, composed of Louisville, Kentucky, attorney Frank James and four pastors: Ronald Fellemende and Robert Hale of Lexington, Kentucky; Richard Morgan of Jamestown, Kentucky; and James Kraft of Santa Cruz, California. The board called last July’s article “less than fair in representing the truth and that some editorial bias slanted the reporting of the facts behind ...1
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