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The Need for Sua Sponte Judicial Review Laws For Pro Se Litigants’ Lawsuits
“This website addresses the problem of meritless, abusive lawsuits filed by self-represented / pro se litigants and calls for legislative action that requires judges to practice sua sponte judicial review of all pro se litigants’ lawsuits.
This website also addresses the problem of religious frauds and various disturbing and harmful tactics that religious frauds use against their victims – including filing meritless, abusive lawsuits.
The matters discussed in this website involve subjects which merit constitutionally protected public scrutiny, and this website provides documentation, commentary and opinion on matters of public concern.”
Paulette Buchanan, M.A.
Dispelling Ken “Pastor Max” Parks’ Claims of Being an “Ordained Pastor”
Dispelling Ken “Pastor Max” Parks’ Claims of Being an “Ordained Pastor”
Since the early 2000s my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks has claimed to be the leader of his unregistered “ETC Ministries” that he’s advertised and promoted on the Internet. He’s registered on Facebook and Spreely; he’s most likely on other social media sites as well.
Since 2000 my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks has used multiple social media sites to libel and defame me, Paulette Buchanan, and my husband Scott Buchanan, accusing us of crimes we’ve never committed. Since about 2019 he has claimed we’re members of a cult, which is ridiculously untrue. In 2021, after we won judgments, injunctions, and other court orders against him, my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks began claiming that my husband and I are being sued, and that we’re committing insurance fraud. No, we’re not being sued by anyone, and no, we’ve never committed insurance fraud, or any other crime. These are the typical, unending lies that my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks has ceaselessly spewed all over the Internet against us and many others since 2000.
Since about 2015 he’s claimed to have a second “Ministry” (also unregistered) that he calls “Simplicity of Christ Ministries” (or “SOC Ministries”). Since about 2017 (to the best of our knowledge) he’s claimed to be a “Stephen Minister.” Stephen Ministries, based in St. Louis, Missouri, does not require any kind of criminal background search nor do they require any kind of personal references when it comes to granting certificates naming anyone as a Stephen Minister. In other words, convicted rapists or convicted child molesters can easily become “Stephen Ministers.” So there is no validity whatsoever to anyone getting a Stephen Ministries certificate or referring to him or herself as a Stephen Minister. What is most disturbing is that, as the photo from my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks’ Facebook page depicts, he refers to himself as “Max Parks.” If any “church” or other organization claiming to grant Stephen Ministries certificates did due diligence and conducted a criminal and civil background check, there are no records (to the best of our knowledge) under “Max Parks,” but a thorough background check under my brother’s real name — Kenneth Floyd Parks — would uncover criminal records/police complaints and civil judgments against him. (See police records here.)
To the best of our knowledge, my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks has been calling himself “Max” since the early 2000s and he began calling himself “Pastor Max” in late 2017, claiming he was “officially ordained” at that point in time by “Pastor Joey” who at that time ran an unregistered “church” in the basement of his house. Ken “Pastor Max” Parks’ own wife, Joni Parks, swore under oath in her February 22, 2019 court deposition that his “ordination” was a “joke.”
Interestingly, the day before our attorney deposed Ken “Pastor Max” Parks’ wife Joni Parks on February 22, 2019, he posted on his Facebook account his derogatory comments aimed apparently against his own wife Joni Parks, apparently against his own marriage, and against marriage in general:
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
For the young man: Being single is bad, and you may be frustrated and lonely, but marrying an odious woman is worse. Save yourself! Marrying a difficult woman can give you more grief than you can imagine. Do not get near a woman that likes to debate or has a temper.
The Bible is not just theology. God created women and ordered how they should behave, and Solomon had seen and felt the pain of bad wives, so he wrote often for men to avoid certain women (Proverbs 12:4; 14:1; 19:13; 21:9,19; 25:24; 27:15-16; 30:21-23; 31:10-12).
Solomon knew what he wrote about. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines (second-class wives). The grief of a contentious and angry wife for one day can cure a man of desiring marriage. Solomon had 1000 women! God inspired this expert to give you marriage advice: do not marry a disagreeable woman. Marriage can be worse than being single.
For the young man: Do you like camping in a hut in the woods by yourself? If you do, you are not normal. Most men dread such a lonely situation. But remember, such camping is better than living in a fine home with luxurious furnishings and fare, if the woman in that house with you is a critical, negative, overbearing, nagging, or easily-irritated woman.
What is a contentious woman? One that likes to contend – who likes to argue, criticize, disagree, fight, oppose, or question. She is full of questions, reminders, and suggestions – all to help, of course. Rather than dote on you, she will nag; rather than sweetly agree, she will question and suggest alternatives – until you wish you were single in the woods.
What is an angry woman? She cannot rule her spirit and likes to fight. She is easily angered, dissatisfied, irritated, negative, or resentful. She can find something negative about any event, and she frets and talks most about that. She is not satisfied. She is hardly ever content, seldom your sweet lover, but always irritated and stressed about something.
For the young man: These odious women – hateful and repulsive – will deceive you (Proverbs 30:21-23). They will lure you into marriage, and then it is too late. Solomon warned that they can appear nice when courting and dating, but then the marriage trap shuts on your neck. You need to be very wise by knowing both positive and negative traits to measure.
Remember the rule of ten. Any hint of a difficult or overbearing spirit before marriage will be ten times worse afterward. Test her. Ask her to do something she dislikes. If you see her face fall, detect negative body language, or even smell irritation, run for the woods. Be single for life rather than married to her. Let her be single until she grows up.
No wonder the apostles responded the way they did when Jesus taught His strict rules about divorce. In light of little room for divorce, it would be better not to marry. They were afraid of getting trapped in a marriage with a contentious and angry woman. Young men should consider the grave seriousness of marriage and carefully examine a prospect.
There are many agreeable, cheerful, gracious, submissive, sweet, and reverent women. They can make you feel like a king in seconds, and marriage to them is royal bliss. They are warm, kind, charming, and pleasant. They have no harsh or rough edges. Reject any woman that is even slightly critical, moody, opinionated, or questioning. She does not deserve a husband. You do not deserve such pain. You deserve a real woman. Find one.
The odious woman cannot smell herself. She thinks she is helpful by prodding, asking questions, stressing over details, giving reminders, expecting perfection, or disliking a choice. If you were to ask her, she would say she is a good woman and wife. If you were to ask her mother, she would praise her as well (Ezek. 16:44). But all others must hold their noses at the smell her husband cannot hide to his own shame (Proverbs 27:15-16).
Here is the first rule to save you. Only consider or date a girl or woman that has an independent fear of God. Do not be influenced by her looks or kindness (Proverbs 31:30). This girl or woman loves God and will live by the Bible in every part of her life with or without your help. She loves Jesus Christ, godly living, hard preaching, and hates worldliness. She will treat you for her entire life the way the Bible tells her. You win.
Here is the second rule to save you. Learn the character traits of godly women from the Bible and expect all of them. Look for extreme diligence or hard work (Proverbs 31:13-27). Look for graciousness, especially in speech (Proverbs 11:16). Look for great respect to her parents (Eph. 6:1-3). Look for love and kindness to others without any critical edges (1 Cor. 13:4-7). Look for a forgiving spirit that overlooks the faults of others (Col. 3:12-15).
For the young man: Your future is at stake. Learn the warnings in these proverbs about odious women. Believe them. Fear the pain of marriage to such a creature. Be prudent. Test a prospect, and watch her reaction closely. Is her mother a charming, desirable, and gracious woman, or not? Ask married men their opinions, for their sense of smell is finely tuned. Do not rush to marriage. Never take a chance with a fifty-year, horrible fate.
And for the woman: Learn to love your place and role in the world – you were made for a husband (Gen. 2:18; 1 Cor. 11:9; 1 Timothy 2:13). Get rid of your own opinions, for your desires are to be your husband’s (Gen. 3:16). Learn and maximize graciousness, and you will always be loved (Proverbs 11:16). Learn the wisdom of Abigail (1 Sam. 25:21-35). Godly women do not contend with their husbands; they submit, obey, and reverence them (Eph. 5:22-24,33; Titus 2:3-5). Godly women are not irritable or negative (Proverbs 31:26; 1 Peter 3:1-4).
And for the parent: It is your duty to train your children from Solomon’s proverbs to learn wisdom for great marriages and great families. Boys should be taught and shown by clear examples the differences between a gracious woman and an odious woman, so they will know what kind to marry. Girls should be shown and taught the same differences and required to live the godly way, so that some noble prince of a man will want to marry them. Lead and rule their marital decisions in light of this wisdom for their profit.
Ken Parks Most young men will not listen to such wisdom and understanding but rather be moved by his fleshly desires and think with the wrong head!
Most women will not listen to such wisdom and understanding but rather be moved by the political correctness (PC) of our culture and desire to control their life and those around them (selfish desires as opposed to being selfless).
It’s a hard pill to swallow, and the Bible makes no mistake about this issue.
Shortly thereafter in 2019 my brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks made similar comments about marriage:
The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. (Proverbs 27:7)
Marriage is a sweet thing, a gift of God (Proverbs 5:18; Genesis 2:18; Eccl. 9:9). But if a wife is gorged on discontented fantasies of a better life, she can easily loathe her husband and the pleasures she should be enjoying. If she would choose to hungrily consider the abused or lonely state of many women, she would find sweet pleasure in even an average marriage.
A rule of wisdom is to live moderately. Wise Agur prayed to be saved from both poverty and riches: he wanted moderate food convenient for holy living (Proverbs 30:7-9). Paul learned to be content in any circumstances; he could be full or hungry, regardless of supply (Phil. 4:11-13), and he taught this moderation in light of Jesus Christ’s coming (Phil. 4:5).
Contentment, and the pleasure it creates, is a choice. Part of the great gain of contentment is greater enjoyment it brings (Proverbs 15:15; 17:22; 1 Timothy 6:6). It is possible to be happy and pleased with whatever you have (Hebrews 13:5-6). Paul taught the Corinthians this carefree life by looking temperately at all their activities in a disciplined way (1 Cor. 7:29-32).
Some states’ laws require that no one can claim they are an ordained pastor unless they receive that ordination from a registered 501(c)3 religious organization/denomination and register with the state. In other states people can self-ordain and quite literally “ordain” their dog, cat, or canary. My husband and I believe that as with any other profession that seeks public trust and offers important personal and public services, such as clergy offer in personal counseling and officiating at weddings and funerals, that valid training from an accredited university/seminary which includes ongoing professional certification and accountability needs to be required by law in all states and U.S. territories for anyone using a religious leader title such as pastor, reverend, rabbi, imam, etc. U.S. military chaplains are required to have degrees from accredited universities/seminaries and undergo extensive background checks with required references. If that’s good enough for our military then every state should make that a required law for the protection of the general public. All the more is such a clergy authentication law needed since sexual abuse and other forms of emotional, spiritual, physical and financial abuse committed by religious leaders continue to make headlines and be dealt with in criminal and civil procedures.