Doyle Davidson. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the …
The Devil and Doyle Davidson
Whatever You Do, Don’t Sip the Really Crazy Juice
The passion of preacher Doyle Davidson for his so-called “wife,” Lisa Staton, the story grows even stranger with things like, oh, demons cast out on air, women prancing around the pulpit in pink ballet slippers and Davidson’s death threats to Lisa’s real husband. “Everybody is saying, ‘Where’s the Kool-Aid?’” says one former member.
Davidson’s Plano church, Water of Life, came under scrutiny in the tragic case of Dena Schlosser, a church member who cut off her baby’s arms while in a psychotic state, influenced in part by the preacher’s rantings about the devil and demonic spirits.
Since the Schlosser trial in 2006, Davidson’s following has dwindled. Protests from viewers have gotten his broadcasts kicked off four stations. His nutty preaching airs in Dallas.
For years, Davidson has preached in the pulpit and on TV about God giving him Lisa as a wife. Problem is, Lisa is already married to J.R. Staton and, after a torrid affair with Davidson, wants nothing more to do with him. The couple has been in hiding for several years. Which hasn’t stopped Davidson from posting such messages as, “You need to humble yourself and know that I have authority to deal with you, and I will.”
“Stop that!” Carolyn Thomas snapped. Her best friend Dena Schlosser was driving with her eyes closed, hissing like a snake.
“Open your eyes and look at the road!” Thomas said. “Put your mind on Jesus.”
The weird behavior had started as soon as Schlosser and her three girls had gotten in the car with Thomas after an evening service at Water of Life church in Plano. Schlosser was chanting something under her breath–“I’m stupid, I’m evil…” Thomas had told her friend over and over: Talk to me when those crazy ideas start rattling around in your head. And girl, stay on your medication!
“Dena, in this car I feel a heaviness,” Thomas said. She sensed a foul spirit in the air, a demon of depression.
“Yeah,” Schlosser said.
Thomas started praying out loud, and her friend joined in.
Schlosser calmed down for a moment. “Do you know,” she asked, “if people, demons, can come in and disrupt your house?”
“Sure,” Thomas said. “That’s what we’re taught. Spirits can get into people and use them for wrong. Spirits can get into your baby, husbands, relatives…”
They stopped at a grocery store, and when Thomas returned to the car, Schlosser seemed her normal self. Thomas put the strange incident behind her.
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