Finis Dake and His Federal Conviction

19 responses

  1. Jack P. Bond

    I have nothing but respect for the man.After reading all i can on the subject,i can honestly say…there was no justice serve in his time.I sometimes pick-up questionnable persons and offer them rides when the weather or cold is nipping at them.I can see how easily that can happen to anybody.God’s the judge and he will vindicate him.He who has ears…hear.May God richly bless your Ministries and may you prosper.One day we will all see him face to face and it will all be forgotten.


    • admin

      Hi Jack:
      Thanks for posting. I am assuming from reading your post that you possibly read the ‘account’ of what happened with the hitchhiker in Leon Bible’s Biography of Dake. Mr. Bible left out some important details which I have posted below. :

      Any Pastor (or Chrisitan) that engages in sexual immorality causes damage to the cause of Christ. Dake had “petting parties” with 16 year old Emma Barcelli and was sentenced to a 6 month prison term. Dake was found to have stayed at motels in Waukegan, Bloomington, and East St. Louis with her. Each time he registered at “C. Anderson and Wife.” Dake did not just drive a few miles across the state line as Leon Bible seems to insinuate, but drove at least 360 miles total. After this incident with this underage teen, Dake failed to repent and continued both at the time and for many years to blame his indiscretion on the ‘Devil.’ For Dake, the Devil really did ‘make him do it.’ Emma Barcelli was ‘sentenced’ to the Wisconsin Industrial School for Girls till she turned 18 (almost triple the 6 months to which Dake was sentenced). While all Christians have and will commit sin, it is disturbing that Dake did not repent and accept responsibility for his actions.

      Jack you said: “I sometimes pick-up questionable persons and offer them rides when the weather or cold is nipping at them.” I assume that your picking up (underage teens) strangers does not also involve taking them to multiple motels for ‘petting parties’? Most have not read the details of what he really pleaded guilty to (here on this site I have copies of the actual newspaper articles you can read if you desire).

      On a side note, there was much that I found enjoyable about other aspects of Dakes life while reading his biography. He seemed to be very sincere. I believe though that he was sincerely wrong in many of his cultic beliefs and teachings.


  2. sayno2self

    Brother Admin, what proof do you have that Rev. Dake never repented? Is there some sort of document that you can use to prove he never repented?? Did he tell you personally he never repented or did one of his family members tell you this?


    • admin

      Hi Mike:
      My ‘proof’ that Dake never repented is based upon:

      1. Dake never accepted responsibility for his actions (you can see for example the written proof in the news paper articles). Dake continued to insist it was the Devils fault (The devil made me do it…) and that he never did anything wrong (never mind the fact that he plead guilty to the charges). There are numerous newspaper articles available that give direct quotes from him.

      2. If Dake had repented (or even admitted ANY guilt) I believe it would have been mentioned in his autobiography. The biography published by his family many, many years later (even after his death) continues to assert that he did nothing wrong (hence no reason to repent).

      I would like to add a couple of things:
      First his ‘official’ biography (published by the Dake family) is very biased in leaving out important details regarding this event.
      Second, Dake plead guilty to the Mann Act: which means he plead guilty to “the interstate transport of females for “immoral purposes”. The Mann Act was also called the “White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910.”

      Mike: tell me the truth … if you were innocent of a crime, would you have plead guilty? The government had the proof that Finis Dake had stayed at three different motel rooms with this girl. I have no reason to believe that Dake and Emma were having Bible Study in the motel rooms! It was not a ‘short trip’ as his biography would seem to indicate, but was several hundred miles. Dake was not the first pastor (nor will he likely be the last pastor) to commit sexual sin and adultery, but his refusal to confess that he had sinned is devastating.

      Questions for you:
      1. Is it ok for a man (or woman) to commit adultery?
      2. Is it ok for a man twice the age of a teenage girl to have sex with her? (i.e. rape of a minor)
      3. Finally, if that person never repents, are they a true Christian?

      We all make mistakes and need to ask God for forgiveness. I know I’m not perfect (just ask my wife!)! As Christians though we MUST ask God for forgiveness ans accept responsibility for our actions. We cannot grow as Christians if we only blame others for our sinful actions.

      I would have respected Dake much more if he had only accepted responsibility for his sexual sin instead of blaming it all on the “Devil.”


  3. mark

    I see Jack P. Bond ,is also suspect ,making excuses for other child molesters. Anyone taking a 16 year old to a motel several times is just what it looks like. Thats why he plead guilty, get a clue Jack,,ass


  4. anne

    hi good morning im anne and im 17years old.. i saw mr. dakes bible on my father’s shelf.. and i read it. i thought everything that was being written inside that book was TRUE … and now im really confused on what to believe..all that i read from that book was “good” but then after i saw this website i felt that my heart is falling into a million pieces.. haaaaiiist im so sad..


    • admin

      Hi Anne:

      Thank you for posting. The Bible is in fact God’s Word to us. I am sad to say though that “everything that was being written inside that book was TRUE..” is not correct. The Bible text itself (in the case of the Dake Bible it is the King James Version or KJV) is God’s Word. The notes (columns on the sides) are NOT a part of the true Bible. The notes are just written by a man (in this case Finis Dake) and are not inspired. The Bible was inspired by God, but not the notes.
      If you are new to reading the Bible I would encourage you to get a Bible that is more easily understood than the KJV, such as the New King James Version.

      There are also other places on the internet where you can read good versions of the Bible such as: .
      Some good english versions of the Bible include the NKJV (New King James Version), NASB Updated (New American Standard Version – Updated), ESV (English Standard Version) and the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible). All four of these versions are conservative are more easily understood than the KJV (the KJV was written hundreds of years ago and the English Language has changed a lot since then).

      I encourage you to let the Bible and God’s Holy Spirit to continue to touch and work in your heart. God loves you so much…



  5. Sandy

    do you know if Jimmy swaggart ministries use dakes bible


    • admin

      Hi Sandy:

      I’m not sure if Jimmy Swaggart’s ministry uses it publicly. I read in one of Jimmy Swaggart’s books (published in the 80′s, I can’t remember the title right now) where Swaggart taught exactly the same thing as Dake regarding the Trinity (i.e. he was teaching tritheism: 3 completely separate Gods).



  6. Lisa Harris

    I own a Dakes Annotated Bible. I have been amazed at the amount of understanding and interpretation he had for the complex text that it is. However, I do not discount what he did. It was morally and legally wrong. Whether or not he made his repentance known, I am not sure. But, he was not a hero, he was not and Apostle, nor was he a disciple to look up to. He was only a man, and we are all of sin. Do not glorify the man, but understand that God’s word (no matter who writes it or speaks it) is annointed, and it will not return unto him void. God bless you.


    • admin

      Hi Lisa:

      Thank you for your comment.

      Finis Dake has written extensively and there are some good things in the Dake bible. Like many things that satan does though, he often mixes enough truth with false teachings to distort the truth and lead people astray.

      I would like to comment on the follow sentence you wrote (and maybe I’m reading more into than you meant but I wanted to point something out for others): “but understand that God’s word (no matter who writes it or speaks it) is annointed, and it will not return unto him void.” I just want to make sure others know that while the biblical text intself (which is contained within the dake bible) is inspired and is ‘God’s Word’, the notes and comments written by Dake are NOT inspired or God’s word. While I agree God’s Word will not return to Him void (it will have an impact) so will the corrupted teachings of Dake have a negative and destructive impact on those who read it.

      If Dakes Study Bible contained only error it would likely have very little impact within the Christian Church. Because it is a mixture of good and bad though it has a much greater chance of being used by satan to distort and corrupt the belief systems of many christians.



  7. Unknown

    Where does Dake say, “the devil made me do it”? You have this quoted as if this is an actual quote which came from his lips, but I have seen your evidence and nowhere do I see this quote.

    It seems to me that you are interpreting what he said out of context. I read the article, and to me it seems that Dake did take responsibility. He said that he got some sense knocked into his head, implying that he needed some sense knocked into his head.

    I never saw him confess to having “petting parties”. Yes, these are the allegations of the hitchhidker but based on your evidence, Dake denied these allegations. If you don’t like the Dake bible that’s fine, but you should attack based on things which can be proved, not on the words of a hitchhiker.


    • admin

      Hi “Unknown”

      I decided to answer your questions in more detail by appending a section to the main article (that way I could include a map and more details). Please see the bottom of the main section above for my response.



  8. Hooday

    Regarding your Google map of Dake’s mileage from Chicago to St. Louis area: There were no interstates in 1937, so all his traveling was done over county highways and the like. It made the trip all the longer.


    • Grandpa Bear

      Typing into Google maps Kenosha WI, Bloomington IL & East St. Louis IL then clicking the options to avoid highways & toll roads brings the results of a trip of 370 miles & less than 9 hours (averaging about 42 mph). I used to drive rigs through IL & 40-45 mph on state routes is a pretty reasonable estimate.
      Even accounting for conditions in 1937, the only excuse for a hotel stop 8 miles from home is ….. nope, can’t think of one my wife would accept. A stop in Bloomington IL could be accounted for by a break-down, which isn’t mentioned in anything I’ve read. A hotel stop in the same town as sis-in-law … nope, my wife wouldn’t accept that one either.


    • Jobeth

      This insghit’s just the way to kick life into this debate.


  9. Justin

    Hi I recently purchased the Dake Annotated Reference Bible because I just wanted a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s Word. But after reading several of Dake’s notes on issues such as sickness, disease, healing, and faith I began to question its validity. So I decided to do a bit of research and found this website. I just want to say I’m very thankful and praise God that there are websites such as this in order to expose false teaching. Many unsuspecting Christians, such as myself, are in danger of being deceived if it wasn’t for people like you who are willing to defend the truth. I believe you are Biblically correct in your comments on Dake’s heretical teachings on the Trinity and the nature of Jesus, and you have provided substantial evidence from the Scriptures. Your analysis proves that Dake teaches a different Jesus, and therefore he preaches a different gospel.



  10. jojomama

    he was a pedophile and an adulterer! i can’t imagine anyone being anointed to interpret the bible with these kind of ungodly passions, it’s not ok and it’s not what the most High would have desired. he is an imposter and there are many in the last days! go burn your Dake bible because it is an accursed thing!


  11. mike Dniels

    Hi, when you do an article like this(and i know u researched a little becasue i saw your articles) the thing is, you need to talk more about the law at the time and its purpose and how it was flawed.. Im not saying Dake wasnt a douch’e… im just saying you coulda threw in a couple more names IE jack johnson who went on to marry the same girl he did time for.. besides his sexual perversions have nothing to do with the word of GOD. All i can say about the dake is “be careful” for every form of religion whether read or spoken is a brainwash and will teter in your mind… BTW in the old days(even though we think its sick) when a girl menstrated it meant she was ready…. it didnt mean give her another 3 yrs to bake lol! laws have perverted man in their own ways along with the WORD… A a man to many…. just be careful! just be careful! BTW i love your page and opinions,and this was meant in no way to disrespect you or any christian… there are always 2 sides of a story unless the Court of law doesnt want two sides 🙂 have a blessed day everyone…… BTW im just a man/father/husband/carpenter nothing more, just tryin to find my way back


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