Update on GFA Shutdown In NZ
Warren Throckmorton has an update on Gospel For Asia possibly trying to salvage their New Zealand office…by sending two Americans to run it.
While they’re down there doing damage control, they might want to update the “endorsements” page on the website.
Right now they have an endorsement up from Chuck Smith, who was deceased long before the current controversy.
I find it fascinating that a Calvary Chapel pastor outside the U.S. has no problem calling a spade a spade when it comes to GFA.
Brian Hughes of CC Auckland laid in all out in a public letter.
He even seemed to say that he was speaking for the “greater Calvary Chapel family of churches”.
I find that odd as the three former Calvary Chapel board members of GFA have been rendered mute and many of those with the closest ties to GFA have stayed mute from the beginning.
While the mute lead the blind, Gospel For Asia is doing it’s normal year end fund raising blitzes through the media and churches.
If someone writes one of those former board members and raises a question about GFA they will be told that it’s a “he said/she said situation”.
“Your assumption, from your email, is that GFA is guilty of wrong. ”
“This assumption, to my knowledge, has not been investigated and substantiated by and independent entity. Rather, this is an allegation assumed true.”
Evidently, Skip didn’t send the memo to Brian Hughes, who was on the board of GFA NZ and found the allegations true.
Heitzig’s statement didn’t just hang the donating public out to dry, it hung out the many CC pastors here who have publicly dropped GFA.
Perhaps this is just another area where the “greater Calvary Chapel family of churches” disagrees…or it may be that a pastor in New Zealand is showing his American counter parts what character looks like.
In the mean while, somewhere in Albuquerque a God fearing person is writing a check to GFA believing that it is all going to the field…
Chuck Smiths endorsement has been up there for a long time. I noticed it there back in April. I too wondered why dead people are endorsing GFA…
Maybe there is a connection to Mormonism. LDS claims that people convert to their faith after death (through baptisms for the dead), while GFA still claims endorsements from dead people. They should add endorsements from John Calvin, Martin Luther, and Augustine.
Has anyone checked to see if KP is doing any outreach to dead folks? Maybe the missing funds were used for that…
Maybe I should add an endorsement from Calvin to my books…I did go to his 500th birthday party…
#3 – well then, you could swap that around and endorse Calvin 🙂
Michael, we can consider adding the Calvin endorsement to your books, as long as it isn’t “Nothing comes between me and my Calvin.”
Sorry, I just had to go there.
We won’t go there…I would fear people making their own application… 🙂
Getting serious for a moment, I’m glad that GFA is having so much trouble in New Zealand. It is shameful that they aren’t facing such difficulties here in the USA. I feel that too many are still enabling KP by their silence or active participation in what seems to be a ministry-turned-into-a-scam.
Why is GFA claiming endorsement from the dead? Two possible reasons:
1) A spiritually dead ministry requires endorsement from the dead.
2) Similarly, GFA has become such a hot potato that only the dead will endorse it.
I can see no good reason to do this.
I was encouraged by Gayle’s letter to K.P. He’s been trashed for seemingly being silent, but obviously he has been working on making changes and calling for repentance. Sometimes way more is going on behind the scenes than any of us knows, and it’s good to not jump to conclusions.
Looks like way more than repentance may be required. ECFA’s report sure looks like the board knew at that point about major financial issues. They at that point had a responsibility to hold KP and GFA accountable for these mishandling of donors gifts. I am not an attorney but I believe a number of these men may be looking at criminal charges and most certainly a class action civil suit– and rightly so.