David Millikan: Man of God for Sale

by Stephen, Lismore, Australia

Last night (12th October 2012) I went to a talk by Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine on the subject of Esoteric Medicine at Lennox Head Community Centre.

Serge invited an unscheduled guest, David Millikan, onto the stage. He had turned up on the night and asked if he might ask some questions of the audience about their experiences with Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon. David introduced himself as a Uniting Church Minister with a degree in Theology: previously Millikan had been meeting and talking with Serge extensively and had stated that Universal Medicine did not fit the criteria for being a ‘cult’. 

Instead, when Millikan spoke to the audience he claimed the exact opposite – that students of Universal Medicine were indeed in a ‘cult’. How ridiculous. Suddenly, previously undercover camera crew hidden throughout the audience stood up and started filming with video cameras while two TV crews appeared outside the doors. This was obviously a setup by David Millikan and his team.

The people filming inside, with some standing on chairs to get a better view, were all asked to stop, but they continued to film regardless. Serge Benhayon then asked Millikan why he hadn’t honoured their agreement of an open and honest discussion with no recording or filming? But David just kept talking aggressively over everyone.

When questioned by the audience about who was paying him, David Millikan told us he was on a retainer from a well-known Television Station. The whole event was very distressing to many members of the audience, including some very frightened children who were also being filmed.

To be told by a stranger that I was brainwashed and in a cult was insulting and patronising; and to have TV crews there to film me, without my permission, was just plain nasty.

David missed the opportunity for a very interesting discussion with a willing audience, and instead went for the sensational approach of the well-known Television Station – ‘it sells’. And that is really what it is about for David Millikan, “Man of God for Sale”.

57 thoughts on “David Millikan: Man of God for Sale

  1. Well, long after David Millikan has spent his earnings from this little stunt, he has to wake up and look in the mirror at his own face knowing he deceived and betrayed one of the most gentle, sincere men on earth . It may prove to be uncomfortable for him. Serge and the people who chose to attend that presentation will move on and grow stronger. David has to live with what he did for the rest of his life and with the passage of time this may not be pleasant.

  2. I agree Stephen that David Millikan missed a great opportunity for an open discussion. Perhaps he would have seen that his predetermined viewpoint was incorrect and the truth would have provided a fascinating story for the television station he represented.

    1. Agree Rod, this is the problem with preconceived agendas and view points, in the case of David Millikan extremely aggressive ones. I believe even if David walked into a room of Virgin Mary’s he would be still so fixed on his pre-planned agenda that he would be blinded to all else.

      We need unbiased, free and open reporting from our media. The press is in invaluable resource to our society but can and has played havoc when misused.

  3. Well expressed – and I had the same experience – how dare this man call himself a man of God and behave in such a loveless manner. He in fact he is a man with desire for fame and money and not true truth.

  4. ‘Man of God for sale’ says it all Stephen. As you point out, we were an open, willing audience, ready to communicate, but Millikan’s was such a closed-down premeditated intention that it precluded all willingness for this to happen. What a prison he is building for himself and for any who enjoin him. Thanks for your blog!

  5. This shows a true level of corruption in our society and how sold out many people are, including “Men of God”!!

  6. Children are precious and any civilised person, especially a ‘man of God’, would do their utmost to ensure they were not exposed to anything along the lines of the trauma that was wilfully created that night.
    This brings me to one important question for those who orchestrated and carried out this raid – How would you feel if your family members – especially children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews has been disregarded and violated in such a way? Puts a different light on things, doesn’t it…
    Reverend Dr David Millikan seems to have forgotten the Golden Rule – ‘One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself’ – in his quest to get his story. His actions look like those of a ‘man of God for sale’, however separation from your soul and heart is a big price to pay.

  7. Thank you Stephen you summed it up perfectly “man of God for sale” unfortunately this was/is true. David Millikan sprouted the fact that he was a Uniting Church Minister with a degree in Theology as though it gave him the right to stand up there and treat us with such disrespect and in such an abusive manner.

  8. I am surprised the Uniting Church still associate themselves with Reverend Millikan. He certainly doesn’t follow their own Code of Conduct and as such, by not speaking up, the Uniting Church is in effect endorsing his actions.

  9. ‘To be told by a stranger that I was brainwashed and in a cult was insulting and patronising; and to have TV crews there to film me, without my permission, was just plain nasty.’
    This is truly unacceptable, to use the mud slinging word ‘cult’ discounts a person’s basic right to be heard. Instead the word attempts to strip us or our ability to choose freely.
    Yet here we stand stronger than ever and unbowed by the weight of such malice.

  10. This is great Stephen, you sharing your take of that night where a ‘man of God’ was being paid to get a sensational story for a TV station. What is really evil here is how this event took place and that human rights were violated – including the fact that children were traumatised and being filmed – this is nothing short of corrupt.
    How can David Millikan claim to be a man of God when God is about Truth and his actions were the total opposite? He may have got paid for his sensational story – but I doubt he would have contemplated that two years on people around the world are still talking about how the rights of innocent men, women and children were violated, by labelling them a cult and getting paid for that.

  11. Well said, Stephen…The ‘Man of God for Sale’ seems desperate to me, a man in crisis, too.
    I can only imagine the deep shame he may surely feel at his actions that night. No amount of money, recognition or glamour could cover it up for long.

  12. Stephen thank you for sharing your experience of what was, by all intense and purposes, an invasion. I have no doubt that people will read back in several hundred years in amazement of the brutality of the night – as many do today.

  13. Thanks, Stephen, for your take on what happened on that night. I agree, the opportunity to hear and report on a story that has the potential to change peoples lives was sorely missed and instead it was ‘sold out’ to the highest bidder. As you say, the whole deception was ‘just plain nasty’.

  14. It seems that his title as a Minister for the United Church is simply another facade, just like the conversations he had with Serge Benhayon prior to the meeting, with the express purpose of manipulating the situation for his own agenda. An agenda which seems heavily influenced by the TV retainer and coming up with some sensational story even when there is none. The reason that it works and he gets away with it is the fact that Serge is honest, trusting, and assumes the very best in people.

  15. Absolutely Stephen, man of God for sale indeed. Apparently the price David paid for his ‘story’ was his personal and professional integrity and human decency. Sadly a steep price for a fake story.

  16. Great point Stephen, David Millikan did miss out and he did sell out. What an awesome opportunity it now is for us all to show and tell the true story that is our experience of universal medicine. Now that’s a story worth sharing.

  17. How does an apparent ‘man of God’ pretend one minute to have an open and honest discussion with a community and then in the next drastically change to accuse people, who he has never met or know nothing about, of being a part of a cult? Not too forget the TV alliance he formed to have this filmed. How is this behaviour representing God in any way, when God loves everyone equally? This is what hurts for this is not behaviour inspired by God or the love of God, this is the behaviour of a man with a reputation to build and vested interests to protect.

    1. ‘ How is this behaviour representing God in any way, when God loves everyone equally?’ Absolutely Jennifer he was most certainly there under false pretences and using the label as a convenient way to garner trust that he then abused atrociously.

  18. What an amazing thing this could have been to talk openly with a person with the background of David Millikan about Universal Medicine. What if his choice that night was only based on the fact, that if we would have gone on with the agreement to have an open forum, he knew that he would not have been able to sustain his ‘a priori’ opinion that UniMed is a cult?

  19. What a sad indictment on our society today that ‘Man of God for Sale’ so aptly sums up the behaviour of David Millikan. Thank you for sharing about that dreadful evening Stephen.

  20. Well written, and your right, that does sound nasty and not a very pleasant experience. All because ‘the drama’ is what sells… There is many amazing stories from the students of Universal Medicine that are very much worth sharing and those are the stories the media should be seeking – which will truly support people in their lives, rather then providing a dramatic story of lies.

  21. Well said Stephen, it was indeed a very unpleasant experience for all who were present that evening. That the media think sensationalism and behaviour like this appalling display has any integrity is completely incorrect. I expect more of the media in regard to their responsibility to disseminate the truth with the level of power that they have.

  22. Thank you Stephen for sharing how this experience felt for you. David Millikan exposed himself on this night as someone who will do anything to make up a story including misleading people of his true beliefs and intentions. This night he was not representing God but rather representing today’s journalism – a story at all costs.

  23. If Universal Medicine was a cult and Serge Benhayon the ‘leader’, David Millikan would never have been allowed on stage, uninvited, on the spur of the moment, to ask unrehearsed questions. The openness and willingness of Serge and the audience to share and have a discussion is further proof that there is no cult!

  24. He is definitely not a man of God if he acts in this disrespectful way. A man of God respects everybody and sees everybody as equal and has no intention to harm for self gain. He seems to be a very misguided Son of God who failed to connect to truth. We have to be very truthful and aligned to God to not be corrupted by the media, this is quite clear.

  25. What struck me reading this was how David Millikan had already closed off to the possibility of anything but his own sensationalist view of Universal Medicine and of those who benefit from what it offers. The subterfuge behind his strategy for a story appears to have been entirely manipulative and dishonest from the start, in glaring contrast to the integrity and openness that Serge Benhayon consistently displays.

  26. Classic witch hunt except there is no which! Serge Benhayon is a gentle, simple man that lives from his heart and loves with all his might. Let this man be and do his work for humanity as he does like no other.

  27. Wow, David Millikan certainly did miss an interesting discussion with the audience there. The way he went about it sounds super ugly and really not honouring of what was actually going on for the evening… completely disruptive and would be super shocking for the children there at the time.

  28. There was clearly an agenda here – to yield sensationalist footage in support of a weak storyline that had no basis of truth or evidence. That this was done in the way it was – pure entrapment – and via an imposing, aggressive act of attack with no regard for the children present or for people’s rights about being filmed, is reprehensible.

  29. “David missed the opportunity for a very interesting discussion with a willing audience, and instead went for the sensational approach of the well-known Television Station – ‘it sells’. And that is really what it is about for David Millikan, “Man of God for Sale”. What was on offer – and is every time that Serge Benhayon shares his wisdom – was a presentation of truth and love – that Millikan and his fellow disrupters missed. They could have learned some invaluable life lessons – as I have. Instead they chose to disrupt a peaceful presentation. If you don’t like something, walk away – close the book – don’t prevent others from enjoying an evening of valuable information and healing. Serge is a man of true integrity. On this showing it appears that Millikan is not.

  30. Well said Stephen, David Millikan “Man of God for Sale”. David certainly missed out that night in more ways than one!

  31. Thank you Steve. The tactics David Millikin employed that night were disgraceful but not surprising given what we have come to expect from current affairs television. We speak out about this abuse when it affects us directly (as we should) and yet it continues every day in one form or another. If we all
    (as humanity) said no to this abusive way it would not continue. I can see that every time I seek to distract myself with drama I am contributing to this issue.

  32. This is appalling and yet the very fact that it could happen speaks volumes about the state of the media today. Casting blame however does not change a thing, and is an avoidance of the truth which is that every one of us has created the abusive, dishonest media we have today by our being silent witnesses so often in life. By not speaking up against abuse, lies, manipulation, dishonesty etc. we are turning a blind eye and letting it continue. By not saying ‘no’ we are saying ‘yes’. A sobering thought when you look at the horrendous abuses and atrocities that occur every day.

  33. “David missed the opportunity for a very interesting discussion with a willing audience, and instead went for the sensational approach of the well-known Television Station – ‘it sells’.” – It creeps me to imagine how much ‘stories’ are told in newsletters, TV and online just because ‘it sells’ – without an ounce of truth in it, like here. We are bombarded with ‘stories’ which build and support views not out of an observation but out of an interest build on greed – be it personal or for a company. Shocking.

  34. It is indeed a missed opportunity for David Millikan to have an open discussion. And let his self righteous false agenda play the main part in this event.

  35. It was insulting and patronizing to be accused of being a brainwashed cult member when our only crime was attending a health and well being talk. Other than the unnecessary abuse inflicted, what still irritates me is that due to their premeditated ambush, we missed out on the wisdom that would otherwise have been imparted like it was every other Friday night I attended. The only thing I got to learn that night was the lack of integrity and lengths people will go to to boost their careers on lies.

  36. Not the mark of a ‘man of God’ who truly lives the love of God in his heart, not at all… The callousness, subterfuge and aggressiveness of this man and his attendant ‘surprise’ camera crew is something I will never forget – eye-opening as to the behaviour of a media, and people, out of control, with no concern or respect for their fellow human beings whatsoever.
    Well said Stephen.

  37. Spot on Stephan, this man was never there for a discussion it was pure sensationalism. A cowardly self centered act that effected many.

  38. For as long as history has been recorded it seems people will say what ever suits them in the name of something they assume gives them credibility. The Church has positioned itself as one of these ‘credible institutions’. It is becoming clearer and clearer that the Church, it’s laws, values and integrity are equal to the most corrupt Governments and Corporations that use their self appointed status to wield their power. To understand true religion, to simply get a sense and feel of what it truly offers then Serge Benhayon through Universal Medicine offers insight and wisdom so we can choose for ourselves. No external ‘self appointed authority’ required just our own sense of what is true or not.

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