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John Todd and MARANATHA! MUSIC

 

October 3, 1978

 

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

 

This is the position of Maranatha! Music regarding the claims of John Todd concerning Maranatha! Music and its supposed relationship to a group known as the Illuminati.

 

Maranatha! Music is a non-profit organization grossing approximately 1.1 million dollars annually. It was started in connection with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa in 1971 (incorporated as a separate organization in 1972) with a loan from Pastor Chuck Smith of under $3000.

 

That money was used to produce the first Maranatha! Music album, which sold over 200,000 copies. The money from those sales furthered the ministry and was the source for funds to produce more albums. Today, fifty per cent of our sales are from our Praise albums.

 

We have been audited by the Internal Revenue Service, out books have been declared accurate, and we welcome further audits from any reputable, qualified firm.

 

Our organization is governed by a board of directors, who serve without pay.

 

On the basis of the above facts, I state that the claims of John Todd concerning Maranatha! Music are not true. Maranatha! Music was not started with $8 million, given through Todd by the Illuminati to promote Christian rock music, which Todd says is occultic.

 

We did not at any time sue Todd and certainly did not withdraw a suit when Todd told us such a suit would confirm his allegations.

 

The Calvary Chapel choir director was not given two checks for $4 million each for Maranatha! Music by Todd. Calvary Chapel has no choir and no choir director.

 

We pray that Christians will discern the truth in this matter and will seek documentation such as that presented above to disprove Todd's statements concerning Maranatha! Music and the other Christian ministries he has spoken

against.

 

In the love of Christ,

(signed)

Chuck Fromm,

President

 

MARANATHA! MUSIC, P.O. BOX 1396, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-979-8536

 

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