“No airline attendant would wear a blouse two sizes too small.”–On the new Left Behind film

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

Quite the crash and burn, for the new Left Behind film starring Nicolas Cage, as it were.

According to the movie grosses site, Indiewire, as I write, Left Behind has dropped to number 10 on their list of movie grosses, earning just under $ 3 million in revenue in its second week of release.

I myself went to see it twice, the first time in order to make sure that it didn’t disappear from theaters before I had a chance to see it. This was on the Saturday of the first week that it was out and there were nine people in the theater.

Guess that any hopes by the producer Paul Lalonde that Cage would give the film a boost at the box officer haven’t been borne out yet.

Left Behind is getting a bit of a beating on the Internet as well from both “sides”.

More liberal Christians are looking askance at what they see as the film’s view of the “end times” . There’ll be no Rapture or “end times’. The “end times took place either allegorically or back in the times of the Apostles.

More conservative onlookers such as Todd Friel, decried Left Behind as not being a Christian film, “at all”.

His highlighted radio clip for October 6 saw “nothing Christian about it [the film].” He decried the lack of a Christian witness. Cage’s suit looked like it was bought at Goodwill, and such. “I’d expect a film about the Rapture to be about the one doing the Rapturing,” he added.

Not that Mr. Friel should have been surprised. Paul Lalonde did warn him, and other conservative Christians, if they read between the lines, in this WND interview.

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God TV founder resigns because of adultery – for now

God TV:

GOD TV Co-founder Rory Alec steps aside

GOD TV Co-founder Rory Alec has today announced he is leaving the Network, standing aside as Chairman and CEO with immediate effect. This follows what he terms ‘a moral failure’ concerning his marriage.

GOD TV Co-founder and Director of Television, Wendy Alec will continue to lead the Network along with its senior management team and the support of the GOD TV Board.

GOD TV has confirmed the organisation will continue its international operations as well as the work it is doing in Plymouth, UK. This includes the completion of its Revival Prayer Centre on Union Street and new staff building at Burrington Industrial Estate.

Mrs Alec told GOD TV staff in Plymouth that she will address the issue further on 8 October while in GOD TV’s Jerusalem studio to host a series of live Revival Alert broadcasts.

“I will take responsibility on the first night of Revival Alert to share with transparency and authenticity regarding the situation to all our viewers and partners,” she said.

In a separate statement, Mr Alec told GOD TV staff: “After 20 years of service, I have had a moral failure this year. For this reason, I am stepping down. Please forgive me for the disappointment I’ve caused, but I know your eyes are on Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith and not on me, an imperfect man.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm my season with GOD TV is over for now.”

In her role as Co-founder, Creative Director and Director of Television, Wendy Alec has overseen all content on GOD TV for the past 19 years. Her remit includes oversight of the Network and Programming Planning teams; Scheduling teams; Production teams; her Commissioning team and approval of Ministry Airtime Sales and Programme Acquisitions. She has been in charge of GOD TV’s Creative Direction, both on air and in print, from the time of the Network’s inception, including the internationally acclaimed and distinctive GOD TV logo. She is fully supported by GOD TV’s executive management team and financial departments.

Rory AlecApparently a UK production company knew about this affair prior to Justin Hughes  (LucasLabrador) breaking this on YouTube last week. Wendy Alec, who is rumored to have had a past affair with a producer, was in hospital when her husband visited his mistress in Austria and the adultery could no longer be hidden.

His mistress is a musician, God TV has been quiet about how long Alec’s adultery had been going on. Rory Alec apparently resigned (for now) September 29th. The announcement was made today. He has already been removed (for now) from the God TV website. God TV watchers say a lot more will be coming out in the days ahead.

God TV was started in  the UK in 1995 and entered the North American market in 2006.
prior post - God TV, not quite in the poor house

Justin Hughes mentions a production company has been looking into God TV. Over at The Governmental Goals of God TV (a God TV watch blog) the comment below was left. It’s fair to conclude  this current ‘moral failure’  would have remained hidden if bloggers and vidbloggers and others weren’t asking questions.


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Yellow light for Todd

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Todd Bentley evidently sees his recent trip to British Columbia as a success, as he’s planning more.

From Sept. 25-28 he’ll be back at Windword church in Langley Township, B.C.. This is where Brent Borthwick is pastor, and Bentley’s starter wife and kids fellowship. {Borthwick has been involved in Bentley’s providing of child support.)

I specify Langley Township, as it is not Abbotsford, his old stomping grounds. Windword is near Abbotford, but not *in* Abbotsford. But, as the video of his recent sermons there has Bentley implying or stating that he is in “Abbotsford” over and over again. Check it out in YouTube. I may post on the videos.

Then, from October 2-4, he’ll be in Sherwood Park, Alberta, an Edmonton suburb. Oct. 5, he’ll be in Sylvan Lake AB.

Not seeing the Christian equivalent of angry villagers with torches looking for the Frankenstein monster, he feels free to carry on. He should be able to visit with his kids too when he is in the Fraser Valley.

If you think that Todd Bentley is theologically troublesome, and there has been a reaction of “Meh” from B.C. Christians, that would perhaps be a sign that the sheep are napping. Would like to be wrong though.

I don’t have a torch, as it were, but perhaps there’s a bit of “If we ignore it, it will go away”, is in play.

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Cracked on faith healers

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UPDAIED To reflect Cracked’s “Deep Throat” type source. My apologies to my readers for the mistake.

The humour website Cracked is exposing faith healers. Robert Evans quotes an “Anonymous” who says he is a retired faith healer, explains how he did it, or rather faked it, in this blog post here.

Would be interesting to know if his back story stands up. Being “anonymous”, who can say?

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Berated for not being able to predict Mark Driscoll’s and Todd Bentley’s futures

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Blogger Jeffrey Yoder is even harder than I can be in the case of Todd Bentley, if that were possible. But I think it a bit much to expect people to predict the future.

In his new post


Yoder notes that the recent enforced sabbatical of Mark Driscoll reminds him a lot of the crash and burn of Todd Bentley.

But whose fault is it? Anyone who offered Driscoll and Bentley a pulpit. And I read between the lines that Yoder seems, to me anyway, to be as annoyed with their friends and hangers on as his is with Driscoll and Bentley themselves.

Yoder writes: [Emphasis added is mine}

I want to make two big points in this piece.

1. Sexual immorality and verbal/emotional abuse are equally serious sins in the New Testament. Yet evangelicals by and large have made sexual immorality the big sin, while giving a pass on swearing at people up one side down the other and emotionally abusing them with hurtful words and fits of anger. Paul puts these sins on the same level in Galatians and 1 Corinthians. Sexual immorality is not more serious than verbal abuse.

2. The people who promoted Bentley and made him a star later got off the Bentley ship (excepting Rick Joyner). But to my knowledge, none of them made any public confession that they were part of the problem. They should have asked forgiveness. They should have owned the fact that they gave Bentley a stage. They erred in judgment for promoting Bentley in the first place, exposing him to the Church. This was wrong and they should have come clean with it.

This pattern is repeating itself. The people who promoted Driscoll and made him a star are getting off the Driscoll wagon, but I’ve not seen any admissions or repentance for promoting him in the first place. They knew of his temper problems, his profanity, his harshness in dealing with people, and looked the other way. Why aren’t we seeing confessions by John Piper, Matt Chandler, Rick Warren, and the other people who gave Driscoll a platform? This was a major error in judgment and they were part of the problem.

It’s not too late for those who offered Bentley and Driscoll platforms to make public admissions and ask forgiveness.

Wow. Well, I’m not an expert on Driscoll, but I flatter myself that with my 13 year back story with Bentley, I may be a little helpful here.

Yoder raises a salient question. How careful do you need to be before allowing someone to “promote” himself in your church?

I was not surprised when some of the character issues shown in my Report magazine coverage of Bentley came to full bloom and helped The Lakeland Revival to collapse. But I did not expect that people were obliged to have sought out what I had written in a small Western Canadian newsmagazine that had since gone out of business. When Bentley had repeated his “misleading” in a Charisma magazine feature, I did a follow up story about his tendency to prevaricate.

But how fair would it be to expect most people to act on that?

If Bentley announced plans to come to my church, which would be very unlikely, I’d be obliged to give a heads-up. This would not necessarily disqualify Bentley, but it would advise them to be watchful.

This is why Yoder’s stance unnerves me a bit. Perhaps the state of the Church is such that we should assume that preachers will sin or be heretical, especially after one strike at the plate.

But Christians defer to thinking the best of people, and work off of word of mouth. Maybe we are too flip and casual in such matters and Yoder is correct to point that out.

That said, anticipating that people will err and sin is very strict.

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Scriptures for ’71

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

Do you recall my post on the “Good News for British Columbia” booklet? Well, I have a small update.

When I was out on errands this afternoon, I found another copy of the booklet. As you may recall, this was a “Good News Bible” Gospel of Mark issued in 1971 to tie in with the 100th anniversary of B.C. joining Canada. Now copies are thin on the ground and hard to find.

This new copy to me, however, has a blurb on the back cover which explicitly makes the tie to marking the 100 years.

I’d like to reproduce the blurb in full below, in case you are curious.

It reads:


One hundred years ago, our Province joined the Confederation and became part of the great Dominion of Canada. In this Centennial Year we have reason to give thought to the Scriptures. For they have been the foundation upon which our freedoms have been built. Our freedom and prosperity are worthy of our thanksgiving to God, the Creator and Sustainer of all life.

The familiar “Beautiful British Columbia” is certainly appropriate, for wherever we look we see nature, the handiwork of God, arrayed in magnificent splendor. For this we thank God.

Many years ago in another land and to another people and appeal was made that is applicable for us in our Centennial celebrations: “When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which he has given you. Beware that you forget not the Lord your God.” Deut 8:10-11 What God has done for us in love demands our thanksgiving.

In the activities of life, and in this year’s Centennial celebrations may we take time to read th Scriptures and find in them the Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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MK Safety Net Canada

Christian Week highlights the entry of MK Safety Net into Canada, and the tremendous pro-active work they do  ’immersed in the struggles and pain experienced by survivors.’

“When MKs start talking about their abuse and they are told, ‘Get over it. Stop being bitter. Forgive.’ I think the Church believes God is sovereign, but when we have abuse claims in our ranks, we feel we have to protect God’s reputation by not talking about it or calling it a crime.”

Another issue Bissell identifies is that when abuse happens agencies are not doing enough to notify predators’ home church or child protection agencies in Canada.

Institutional protectionism remains entrenched despite more robust child protection policies. Thoughtful discussion under the article also.

Missionary Kids Safety Net


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Crossroads Television System (CTS) re-branding

It appears that Crossroads Television System (CTS) is re-branding itself,  CTS will become YES TV this fall.

Yestv.com was registered by Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. out of Burlington in 1998, and was updated last month according to WHOIS.

While still categorized as a religious broadcaster, Crossroads continues to branch out in it’s programing according to it’s sales blurb at Marketing Magazine.  Clicking on the CTS saleskit link takes you to a Yes TV page. (thanks to Channel Canada forums).

What’s in a name? Don’t know, given this has been registered since /98. It is interesting that Bruce Mann, a former Crossroads employee (1986-2011) started a church in 1997 in his hometown of Brampton called Yes Church, an independent affiliated with Open Bible Faith Fellowship. (OBFF).

The current leader of Yes Church (Mann left the church leadership in 2011 after Crossroads Circle Square Ranches were transferred over to Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship) is Larry Harrington, who is ordained by OBFF.

OBFF is the group which re-ordained Reynold Mainse (son of Crossroads founder David Mainse) recently, even though according to the Ontario Securities Commission, Reynold Mainse hasn’t paid back a penny of the  $247,719.50 owing for his involvement in the Axcess scam. In Canada, you can be ordained, be the director of a charity and be fully delinquent in money owing to the OSC.   You can have your dad publicly brag about your charity directorship and ordination while omitting the fact money is owed.
OBFF is known as the group which kicked out televangelist Peter Youngren for divorcing and re-marrying, but a small matter of being a finder in a ponzi scheme plan is ‘merely a godly man caught in the middle of a very unfortunately set of circumstances.’ Quite the long term payment plan Mainse has.
Mainse cousin David Rutledge, a former Crossroads employee who was also implicated in the Axcess Automation/Axcess Funds ponzi scheme,  preaches regularly at Yes Church.

What does that rabbit trail  above have to do with CTS re-branding itself as Yes TV? Nothing, it’s just a reminder to myself about how small the Crossroads ‘family’ really is.  I find the ‘yes’ brandings interesting.

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