Pastor Greg Locke, the leader of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, is encountering legal obstacles in his quest to expand his church’s campus, as he prepares to host a significant deliverance service for children and the burning of occult-related items on Halloween night.
A building plan for the Global Vision Bible Church had been postponed for a second consecutive month due to a lawsuit filed by Wilson County.
The county alleged that the church had conducted construction work at its campus on 2060 Old Lebanon Dirt Road without proper site plan approval, building permits, or land disturbance permits, according to The Tennessean.
Tom Brashear, the Wilson County Planning Director, explained that the church attempted to address the lawsuit by submitting a site plan. However, there were 28 comments related to stormwater issues that still required attention. The county recommended delaying the approval of the church’s building plan until at least December, with Brashear stating, “But we still have issues we would like to get hashed out more clearly for everyone’s protection.”
Pastor Greg Locke, who shifted his focus from political rhetoric to deliverance ministry in the past year, recently announced plans for a Halloween event. On October 12, he stated on Facebook, “On Halloween night, we will be doing two very important things.” The first is a mass deliverance service for children, aimed at praying for their freedom and healing. Locke emphasized the significance of addressing issues from childhood. The second part of the event involves burning items associated with witchcraft and the occult. Locke encouraged individuals to evaluate their homes for such items, saying, “I can assure you, there are some items that must go.”
Locke’s shift toward deliverance ministry has not been without controversy. In February 2022, Locke exposed suspected witches within his church and revealed that he had been threatened with death, hexes, sex toys, and glitter bombs for his deliverance-focused preaching. He referred to it as “the most dangerous message” he had ever preached, eliciting significant anger, pushback, threats, and turmoil. Some members of his church faced isolation from friends and family due to their association with the deliverance message.
Locke shared his experience with his more than 2 million Facebook followers, describing the opposition as “unbelievable” and noting the relentless nature of the backlash. His office received hundreds to thousands of phone calls each week, many from non-callback numbers and private callers who expressed their discontent.
Earlier this year, Pastor Locke released the film “Come Out in Jesus Name,” which showcased his and other pastors’ deliverance ministries.