Problems at Moody Bible Institute (MBI) – Greg Thornton

This report here is part of Part 7 of the “Project to Restore Moody Bible Institute to its Roots and Foundation”. This seventh part looks at several leaders and seeks to inform Moody family, alumni, faculty, donors and prayer partners and to warn them about leaders who show by pattern as not believing the Bible and working against it. If you missed the previous parts, you can find them here:

The FEDBP team first became aware of Mr. Thornton and his ruthlessness when he cold-heartedly fired Mrs. Julie Roys with no explanation. But that was just the start. When Mr. Thornton then was “picked” to take the interim presidency of MBI, we really started to realize that somehow he is part of a much bigger problem at Moody. That was a few weeks ago, and we’ve found more since then. But let’s review his history first, and then come back up to his current scandals that he’s hiding.

Mr. Greg Thornton started as a Moody student and graduated in 1981. After graduating, Mr. Thornton got married, and was hired by Mr. Jerry B. Jenkins as advertising coordinator for Moody Press (now Moody Publishers). Then in the fall of 1981, Mr. Thornton started his 3 year degree at Jesuit Loyola University, where he apparently also did some kind of work. Attending Jesuit Loyola (of Chicago) was a very evil decision. We cannot yet prove that Mr. Thornton took the Jesuit oath yet, but his 3-year degree there and working there for a time raises big concerns. You can see the Jesuit oath later in this document. Then, Mr. Thornton then climbed several positions in MBI over the following years. In 1985 he became director of Moody Press. In 1992, he got a promotion to Vice President (VP) of Moody Press. In 1011, Mr. Thornton got promoted again, this time to Vice President of Moody Global Ministries (Moody Press + Moody Radio). Then, just recently (January 2018), Mr. Thornton got picked to be the interim president of MBI. Mr. Thornton is also an elder at Moody (Memorial) Church.


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Now for the damage he has been a part of. Mr. Thornton is one of 2 active MBI leaders and one emeritus leader who are Jesuit-trained, at the same college: Loyola University of Chicago. That is concerning because Jesuits are trained to be the Vatican infiltrators – sent in to destroy what doesn’t work with the Vatican and it’s one world religion and one world government plan. The oath they take is to literally evil and pledges them to be a secret unstated army who works to sabotage or destroy anything and anyone who gets in the way of the Vatican, their one-world government schemes and their one-world false religion schemes.

If you want to catch up on the real history of the Jesuits and their motivation, all you have to do is start with their oath – it’s a secret blood oath to the pope to destroy anything necessary to get and keep world-domination for the Vatican, while keeping their allegiance an absolute secret – which 95% of them do just that. Here’s just a clip from that oath.

“… I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity presents, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants’ heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.

“In confirmation of which, I hereby dedicate my life, my soul and all my corporal powers, and with this dagger which I now receive, I will subscribe my name written in my own blood, in testimony thereof; and should I prove false or weaken in my determination, may my brethren and fellow soldiers of the Militia of the Pope cut off my hands and my feet, and my throat from ear to ear, my belly opened and sulphur burned therein, with all the punishment that can be inflicted upon me on earth and my soul be tortured by demons in an eternal hell forever!…”

You can find more about the Jesuit topics and concerns in our article on the Jesuits at MBI:

Now, back to Greg – so Jesuit-trained – that is concerning to say the least. Add to that, he was working with the MBI top-leadership to lie to Julie Roys about the change of rules in 2013 that publicly allowed the top MBI faculty to drink, smoke and gamble – yet Greg lies to Julie about the gambling clause and change. And the passing of these new rules allowed Mr. Jerry B. Jenkins to come out about his gambling problem (sort of) and not get fired from the MBI board of trustees – as Mr. Jenkins ought to be.

Now the confusing part here (for some) about Mr. Thornton is that Mr. Greg Thornton and his wife (Grace) seem to be nice people in person. I’ve met them, and I know they meet a lot of people so they wouldn’t likely remember me. According to God’s Word, cunning craftiness and being honorable before God are two very different things. Just because someone can be nice in person doesn’t mean they are not doing evil in the dark and shadows, according to God’s Word. Jesus said it this way: “19And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.20For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:19-21)

Let’s review how Mr. Thornton handled Mrs. Roys for asking questions that God has her asking.

“… Roys had long planned a January vacation in Cancún, Mexico, with her two grown sons and teenage daughter. (Work forced her husband, a teacher, to remain in balmy Chicago.) She was en route and without an internet connection when an email from Moody Senior Vice President Greg Thornton—he is now interim president—arrived in her inbox: “Moody leadership is terminating your employment, effective immediately. You will be paid for any hours worked and reported through today. Dan Craig will pick up your laptop, ID, fob, P-Card, and any other Moody property you have this afternoon between 2:30-3 pm at your home.”

“Craig did not pick up the laptop: It and Roys were in Mexico when she read that message. She had already saved her files on a flash drive and an external hard drive, and one of her sons is buying her a new computer: She will return Moody’s computer, undoubtedly wiped clean, when she comes back to Chicago. Roys says she has lots of material she has not yet disclosed, and she made it clear to the trustees that if they did not take action she would go public with it. In Mexico she characterized to WORLD her message as, “There’s a hole in the ship. … I’d prefer you patch it, but if you’re not going to do it, I’ll warn the people to get their luggage off.”

“The trustees, in pushing changes at the top, are evidently interested in patching… “There has to be change in the board. They’re the ones who were in charge. They need to take responsibility.” Moody leaders will hear more public comment from alumni, faculty, students, and donors. They will speak of improving communication and transparency. Spokesman Regnerus said the executive team has already “decided that Moody’s officers will have a freeze in pay…”

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