Randy Carl Russell: Pentecostal Preacher, Terroristic Threat

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Randy Russell: It's not known which chapter and verse he was preaching from
An East Texas Pentecostal preacher is reportedly free on bond after allegedly threatening to kill his daughter's boyfriend and his family.

Last Wednesday, Randy Carl Russell, the 52-year-old pastor of the Weches United Pentecostal Church in Grapeland, called a fellow holy man in Silsbee and allegedly told him of his plans to kill someone who lived in the home where his daughter was staying in Kirbyville. The incident report also stated that Russell had kicked his daughter out of his flock for good. Never again, Russell told the Silsbee preacher, could his daughter worship the Lord in his presence.

At some point police got involved, because when Russell showed up at his daughter's lodgings on Friday, deputies were there to turn him away. And then he came back and drove around the house in a way that was apparently interpreted as menacing, because later that day a warrant for his arrest was signed. On Friday night, cops from Jasper and Houston counties arrested the preacher at his Grapeland home. After a night in jail, Russell was charged with making a terroristic threat, which is a third degree felony in this case.

(On a side note, haven't hellfire and brimstone preachers been making terroristic threats on God's behalf pretty much every Sunday ever since Jonathan Edwards and his Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God?)

Given that this story originated in a Deep East Texas media outlet, you'd expect the comments to come from macho readers siding with the father trying to rein in his wayward daughter.

That is most definitely not the case here. People who claim to know the man say the daughter's only mistake is in not running far enough away.

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Im am Mr Russells Son, my father has made no such threats. And she will always be welcome to come home. My father loves her and only wishes her the best in ith her choice.

Muleshoe Mike
Muleshoe Mike

Ahhh...the religion of peace strikes again ! We need to do like Oklahoma and put a law on the books banning these religious whackjobs from trying to adopt any Judeo-Christian laws. We don't need them and their "honor killings".

Jim C.
Jim C.

Why do people from East Texas always need two first names? Is there a need to differentiate Randy Carl from his brothers Randy Bob, Randy Joe and Randy Dale?

Nuthin' says lovin' like marryin' a cousin.

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