Prosecutor Simmons used the word “goat” to send an innocent man to jail by lying about its usage. Prosecutor Simmons presented a lie not only about what was said, but how the gospel was shared. Of course once again the doctrine of sheep and goats has less than zero to do with the crime under question. However, it has everything to do with the hate crime.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)
Simmons used the fact that Greg Gambill quoted the following scripture in a letter to his mother to build animosity towards Malcolm Fraser in a courtroom. This of course had nothing to do with the facts of a crime. Ironic enough—though I doubt Prosecutor Simmons bothered to read these verses from the Bible— Jesus spoke about visiting those sent to prison by people like Simmons.
We have already seen that speaking the truth is not Prosecutor Simmons’ strong suit. Instead, he weaseled every offensive statement of Jesus he could into the courtroom before a jury in order to convict an innocent man. Simmons knows the best way to cause emotions to rise is to talk strongly about religion or politics. Vomiting out one slanderous idea after another, the emotional impact built until the facts of innocence became irrelevant.
Here is the scripture Greg Gambill and Prosecutor Simmons referred to:
He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:33-46)
In keeping with the deepest of love at Sound Doctrine Church, Greg Gambill was taught and urged, on many occasions, to build a relationship with his parents. Prosecutor Simmons and Greg Gambill lied when they constructed a context that did not reflect that love. Remember, though Jesus was offensive because of the truth He is the personification of love. Greg Gambill wrote a letter to his parents, especially his mom, because she claimed to be a Christian and at that time he wanted to repent of his sins.
Mr. Gambill wrote in gentleness to confess his sins (1 John 1:9) and ask his mother to take a deeper look at her own walk with Jesus so together they might enjoy one another’s spiritual fellowship. Greg Gambill did not mention in court the specifics he confessed to his mother and father in this letter and Prosecutor Simmons was a real stickler about reading everything out loud in court except Greg’s letter to his mom and dad.
- Using prostitutes and being trapped in pornography
- Stealing from his dad’s business
- Having sex with someone (who at this time is best not to reveal)
- And many other things…
Greg Gambill and Prosecutor Simmons lied by setting up the word “goat” as if it were a hate-filled doctrine of a church. It was malicious prosecution at its worst.
Upon cross examination Greg Gambill had to admit that his mom was not a “goat” and you can tell by his expression he is embarrassed about what him and Prosecutor Simmons set up. However, by this time Prosecutor Simmons had already surrounded the case with religious bigotry and created a fictitious victim…a fictitious victim coached by a legal system that unlawfully protects false accusers and guides them through every word of false accusation. By this time Prosecutor Simmons knew full well that if Greg Gambill was unloving toward his mother it had nothing to do with the church but Greg’s own failure as a Christian.
Athena Dean, Jessica Gambill and Greg Gambill all met on Thanksgiving to “conspire” but Prosecutors obstructed the truth.