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Ron and Reynold Mainse removed from 100 Huntley Street, victims of ponzi scheme?

Reynold and Kathy MainseThe board of directors at the largest religious broadcast company in Canada have relieved the sons of founder David Mainse of their responsibilities until further notice.

Ron Mainse is the director of broadcast interests at Crossroads, and was co-host of the flagship show 100 Huntley Street. His brother Reynold also hosted at 100 Huntley Street and was VP of Crossroads Missions.

The statement from the board June 5, 2009 was terse and viewers were assured twice by Jim Cantelon that Crossroad funds were not involved.

“Hello I’m Jim Cantelon. You’ve noticed over the past few days that there have been changes in the opener in terms of the opener of 100 Huntley Street; you’ve been looking for Ron and Ann, you’ve been looking for Reynold and Kathy.

Well the board of Crossroads have asked me to inform you that Ron and Reynold Mainse will not be appearing on any Crossroads programming or otherwise represent Crossroads for the time being as they focus their energies on certain matters in their personal lives. They’ve stepped down from their duties until such time as the board of directors have complete understanding of all the issues related to a matter that they were involved in outside of the ministry here at Crossroads.

David Mainse, Moira Brown and I and other guests will continue to offer interesting, I hope, exciting interviews and stories on 100 Huntley Street from across Canada and around the world.

100 Huntley Street, which is a ministry of Crossroads Christian Communications was launched in 1977 by Crossroads founder David Mainse and in it’s 32 year history, Huntley Street, one of Canada’s longest running live daily television programs has faithfully presented the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as you know, along with countless inspiring individual stories of faith to a growing national audience.

Today Crossroads stands apart as the largest and the most prolific media communications ministry in the country. Crossroads board of directors, it’s executive leadership, it’s unparalleled team of dedicated people are ever more committed to excellence in and through it’s programming, it’s global missions programs and it’s children’s camping ministries.

And we’re grateful to God for the thousands of partners who continue to financially and prayerfully support the work of Crossroads and we thank you for your kind consideration of these comments.

Hamilton Spectator Local man accused in $14m ponzi scheme
I asked Dr. Mark Byron an instructor of finance, economics and management at Sullivan University in Kentucky to break down the financial and regulatory complexity of Axcess Funds run by Gordon Driver. Used by permission.
His information below the fold – Innocent Greed

…It seems that some of the folks behind the Canadian Pentecostal TV show 100 Huntley Street (it’s been comparedRon and Ann Mainse to the 700 Club but seems more like the Crouch’s stuff on TBN that that from what I’ve seen of it) were victimized in a Ponzi scheme revolving around commodity trading; at least that was the cover. The folks behind the scheme lost a small fortune on trading but took in a larger one from “marks”.

Bene’s asked for some professional help from his finance buddy-”Post away on your blog, if I’m reading this right it appears the two Mainse brothers [sons of the show's founder] were finders, however I don’t understand enough to say that. Either way, huge blow to this Canadian ministry. People are hurt. ”

According to this Hamilton Spectator piece, the Mainse brothers were what the piece called “finders” who were helping the purported scamster, Gordon Driver, who worked at 100 Huntley Street as a teen.

Driver testified that he was going to sell a computer to Reynold Mainse, Ron’s brother, when Reynold noticed some charts on the computer related to Driver’s supposed trading software.

Reynold Mainse became interested, Driver testified, and eventually invested some money. Ron Mainse also became an investor.

In Driver’s April 23 testimony, he alleged the two Mainse brothers also acted as finders, bringing other investors to Driver.

A lot of money is spent on prediction software working on “technical analysis”, trying to make predictions of future stock and commodity market behavior based on past patterns. Such analysis tends to be descriptive of past returns but typically does a lousy job of predicting future returns, with any profits from such programs getting eaten up by trading commissions; at least that’s what I teach my finance students. Please note that the technical analysis isn’t fraudulent in and of itself, but just not overly effective as a general rule.

That being said, such technical analysis gets played up on financial TV shows (the purdy pick-tures of technical charts make “better” TV than fundamental analysis, much as audience members getting slain in the spirit makes “better” TV than serious Bible exposition) and tons of folks, including the Mainses, can get suckered in.

Meanwhile, onto the company pulling off the scam. I looked into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database for any record of Axcess Automation; publically traded companies have to file quarterly 10-Q and yearly 10-K forms of financial data and other information. No such luck.

There is a Texas-based Axcess International (the report has them incorporated in Delaware, but most big US companies have their titular HQ there to take advantage of Delaware’s permissive corporate governance laws) that specializes in miniature tracking devices (RFIDs); here is it’s latest quarterly report (10-Q) with the SEC for the first quarter of 2009. Despite bleeding red ink for the last five year, they seem to have enough promise to have secured new stock investors for the last five years per their statements of cash flow.

If you’d like to take a flyer, you can buy them for US$0.41/share per MSN Money’s page on AXSI. However, they’re so risky that they are traded over-the-counter, not on NASDAQ, well meeting the definition of “penny stock.”

However, that’s not the critter that seems to have gotten the Huntley Street boys scammed. The SEC has no record of them. That’s entirely possible, for they generally regulate only publically-traded companies. Many mom-and-pop companies with a small number of investors don’t have to deal with them, and if Axcess Automation didn’t have enough investors to warrant a SEC filing, they might not be on their radar.

Next stop, the CFTC, who regulates the futures markets in the US; it’s an oddity of US finance where the CFTC is part of the Agriculture department, since it was ag futures that they first started overseeing before oil and financial futures became the biggest part of that market. They do know about these guys and shut them down last month.

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today that on May 14, 2009, the Federal District Court in Los Angeles, California, entered an order freezing the assets of Gordon A. Driver of Las Vegas, Nevada, and his Las Vegas-based companies, Axcess Automation LLC (Axcess Automation) and Axcess Fund Management LLC (Axcess Fund Management). On the same day, the CFTC filed a complaint charging them with fraudulently soliciting commodity pool participants, misappropriating participants’ funds, and issuing false statements to participants in a $13.5 million fraud involving over 100 participants in the United States and Canada.
“Domestic and foreign regulators will continue to cooperate and combine our resources to combat the pestilence of Ponzi fraud schemes that cross borders,” said CFTC Acting Director of Enforcement Stephen J. Obie.

The CFTC complaint alleges that, from at least February 2006 through the present, the defendants defrauded pool participants, misappropriated pool participant funds and operated two commodity pools as a Ponzi scheme, using newly received participant funds to pay purported profits and withdrawals to other participants.

Defendants allegedly misrepresented to prospective pool participants that Driver’s trading generated monthly profits of around 20 percent and issued false account statements to give credibility to these misrepresentations. According to the complaint, despite accepting over $13.5 million, the defendants used only about $3.7 million for trading during the relevant time period, and Driver’s trading during that time resulted in approximately $3.5 million of trading losses, or 95 percent of the funds invested. Pool participant funds were also allegedly commingled with non-pool funds.

In addition, here’s the court paperwork the CFTC filed in US District Court in California and the order telling Mr. Driver to stop driving his financial scam.

The sad part of the story is that the Mainses got sucked in, seemingly innocently (other than a less-than-innocent lust for a quick profit), to the scheme. A lot of otherwise honest Jewish folks got sucked into Madoff’s scheme and, as, we might remember from the back-history of the Todd Bentley story, his Lakeland host church’s predecessor got rocked when the pastor’s son pulled off a major financial scam at the expense of quite a few parishioners.

It will be interesting to see if the Mainses, like quite a few of Madoff’s victims, were just innocent, if a bit greedy, victims or knew better and sucked people in anyway.

Discussion

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  1. Satan is always looking for a foothold to put a crack in every ministry. I am amazed that it took this long for him to find one here. That gives credit to the organization and how they have gaurded themselves over the years. Just takes one slip like wow what a way to make more money for ministry and he has you where he wants you and we now see the results. We all need to pray for them and the ministry.

    Posted by Dwight Pritchard | June 7, 2009, 7:51 am
  2. There needs to be a demarkation made between the ” investment” of personal funds and that of a deliberate public over the air solicitation to sucker others into this scam. We all are entitled to our personal investments whether they are good or bad. Had it been good would this be incriminatory?The issue is did they overstep their discretionary bounds of public and spiritual integrity for persoanl gain? That is the question!

    Posted by Tinothy Stevens | June 7, 2009, 10:18 pm
  3. how does it go now ? greed > stupidity > deception > more greed > coverup > the big lie > the fall guy > and the beat ( you can get beat to by these hypocrites too! ) goes on . Send God , i mean me , and you will be saved. hahaha

    Posted by tom | June 8, 2009, 4:17 am
  4. how does it go now ? greed > stupidity > deception > more greed > coverup > the big lie > the fall guy > and the beat ( you can get beat to by these hypocrites too! ) goes on . Send God $ , i mean me , and you will be saved. hahaha

    Posted by tom | June 8, 2009, 4:18 am
  5. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer group. These ‘religious’ quacks are always asking for handouts (like Benny Hinn) who line their own pockets and in reality throw pennies at charities they set up themselves. Enough of these spewers of intolerance, if you want to do some good in the world go some time in a food bank or helping in a shelter etc – don’t give money to the likes of these tv evangelists!

    Posted by Rev. Dr. Gilliatt | June 8, 2009, 10:27 am
  6. “The issue is did they overstep their discretionary bounds of public and spiritual integrity for persoanl gain? That is the question!”

    That is one of the many questions, thanks.

    Posted by Bene D | June 8, 2009, 6:05 pm
  7. With respect to Rev.Dr.Gilliatt’s post, I couldn’t agree more!
    God does see when you honestly give
    10% of your time by physically doing good in the world. Of your time, energy and talents to others
    that YOU know who are truly in need. It is not always about only
    giving MONEY. And speaking of money
    I will no longer be supporting Crossroads. I will find a more rewarding way to give my 10% straight from the heart!

    Posted by J Card | June 9, 2009, 6:39 pm
  8. The truth will come out. I agree with the first comment, Satan is out to get all of us: one way or the other. AND WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT! Sure, helping out in a soup line is a good thing to do; but praying for people is too; and I’ll be praying for the brothers. We only have one real enemy.

    Posted by Jim Barrett | June 10, 2009, 9:31 am
  9. What do you bet daddy’s board voted unanimously to give his greedy sons leave with pay. After all, no one could afford their extravagant lifestyles on benefits from Unemployment Insurance.

    Posted by Paul Kivell | June 10, 2009, 9:53 am
  10. Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

    I supported this ministry faithfully, three years ago I was seriously injured, paralysed, and advised this ministry I could no longer afford to maintain a donation…Their response, no love, no compassion, no sorry to hear about your misfortune. Just a quick, were unable to stop the next debit – however we will stop it the month after.

    CCC affirmed with me that they were a just another business looking after their bottom line. I was able to resume my donations – and put them to a better use, fostering a child in the Dominican Republic.

    Greed is one of the Seven deadly sins!

    Posted by JEFF | June 10, 2009, 10:11 am
  11. At least there wasn’t any nepotism before this little debacle.

    Posted by David Grant | June 10, 2009, 2:56 pm
  12. Let’s all wait until we’ve got all the facts instead of making hasty judgments.

    Posted by Kaisu Doerksen | June 11, 2009, 10:34 am
  13. I believe that Dr. Gilliat’s comment was one without a true Christian attitude. Very cold and unloving. If he knew anything at all about 100 Huntley, he would know that they are always extending a hand to various organizations, like soup kitches and food banks. where is your heart? When a Christian speaks like he does, that’s when I feel ashamed.

    Posted by Ingrid | June 11, 2009, 10:44 am
  14. The Bible says “do not judge lest ye be judged” and “who has no sin let them throw the first stone”.

    No one is perfect, including Christians, and I think it is a shame that people should judge Ron and Reynold so harshly. They are innocent until proven guilty, and even if they are guilty we are suppose to support them and walk beside them.

    Shame on you for judging so harshly, you know who you are.

    Just because people are Christians it does not mean they are perfect, it means we are Christ Followers and we try to be better each day, that is why our Grace is renewed each day and our sins are forgiven.
    If God can forgive us who is man to judge us.

    From a loyal supporter of Crossroads, a program that has gotten me through a lot of dark days, and yes I am a Christ Follower and certainly not perfect.

    JM

    Posted by Judy | June 11, 2009, 8:57 pm
  15. In response to Rev. Gilliatt’s comments: Shame on you, your title should be revoked by whatever Church you belong to. I don’t remember reading anywhere in the Bible that anyone should judge anyone and especially a Rev. Once again, Shame on You. It just goes to show, no one is perfect, not even you.

    From a true Christ Follower

    JM

    Posted by Judy | June 11, 2009, 9:06 pm
  16. I am appalled at the “quick to judge” attitude expressed by many. The Mainse’ brothers have not even been named as co participants in this fraud scheme, never mind charged and certainly not convicted of any wrong-doing whatsoever. What ever happened to “Innocent until proven guilty”?

    Posted by Aileen Howson | June 12, 2009, 3:29 pm
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  18. What does someones personal pursuit for wealth has to do with the ministry? David Mainse is a amazing, loving individual. I can say this having personally met him. The work he has helped to build is meeting the needs of many, and most of you are only speaking out of your own antichristian vitriol. But God who is merciful will forgive you the same way he will forgive the mainses, If they unknowingly did something wrong. The work of the father and the integrity of the father should not be dismissed on presumptions. Judge the ministry on its own merits.

    Posted by Anthony | June 13, 2009, 9:34 pm
  19. I suggest everyone read the temporary order, the SEC and CRTC civil court filings.

    I suggest you read the news releases from the SEC and CFTC.

    No one is saying the Mainse brothers were involved other than point people or ‘finders’ in the US.

    The OSEC commission names David Rutledge.

    A statement put up on the corporate site of Crossroads Communications says there is a Cdn investigation.

    Let’s not lose sight of the victims, okay?

    The civil US case could be settled out of court or not. There could be a criminal case, we don’t know.

    This isn’t about David Mainse, this is about a former employee, who if you look up has a history.
    Ask yourself if Driver was well known to Crossroads if people were unaware of his background.

    Crossroads is a charity. The Mainse brothers were paid by donations from viewers. We don’t know until audits are in and investigations on both sides of the boarder are completed if Rev Can and CRTC regs were compromised.

    As far as anything written here or elsewhere the Crossroads management statements are not being disputed by the public.

    The facts are not in dispute, what isn’t in yet are all the facts.

    Do not lose site of the investors who were scammed, nor forget viewers who have been subject to poor communication from Crossroads.

    This isn’t about whether Ron, Reynold and David Mainse are the salt of the earth, this is about affinity fraud.

    Posted by Bene Diction | June 14, 2009, 12:03 am
  20. Why does the writer of this article call 100 Huntley Street a “Pentecostal” TV show? It never was, is not now and never will be a “Pentecostal” TV show. Many of the employees attend Pentacostal churches, some of the guests appearing may be from Pentecostal backgrounds but this does not make the show or organization Pentecostal. I volunteered at Crossroads years ago, I know many of the staff, including Mainse family, and know of what I speak. 100 Huntley Street is a TV program that is a ministry or division of parent company Crossroads Christian Communications. Crossroads and 100 Huntley are involved in Christian broadcasting, NOT Pentecostal broadcasting.

    Posted by M Robinson | June 14, 2009, 2:12 pm
  21. On the subject of Ron and Reynold Mainse and their relationship to the accused:
    1. I don’t know the accused, I may have met him in the past however he was certainly not a central figure with Crossroads.
    2. I have known Ron and Reynold for years. Admittedly, I have not seen or had any communication with them in at least 5 years, normal circumstances, people move on and often lose touch with one another. HAving said this, I can assure any critic that tries to associate the Mainse brothers with wrong doing that these two could not and DO not have the desire to be involved in anything that is unethical. Go ahead and accuse them of being misguided or making a judgement in error in being involved with this business man but NEVER accuse them of being involved in knowingly bilking people. It’s not in their nature.

    I will also repeat what someone else stated – our Canadian laws are designed to presume a person’s innocence until their guilt is proven. Just because these men are, as some people like to call them, “TV Evangelists”, don’t paint them with the same brush as a handful of the American TVE’s that have egos bigger than Mount Everest.

    Posted by M Robinson | June 14, 2009, 2:20 pm
  22. I don’t know what is happening these days. Is everybody on television, especially, getting even more greedy?

    I have watched and supported religious programming for many years, more years than I can count. However, I have got “shot down” many times.

    Just in the past couple of years, the younger Dr. Schuller got pulled off “The Hour of Power” by his father as they were headed in different directions.

    Joyce Meyer Ministries was investigated by the U.S. Senate in 2007 and it was learned that Ms. Meyer had spent enormous sums on objects such as a $23,000 commode and a $30,000 conference table. She also travels in her own, personal Gulfstream IV jet.

    Now, it’s 100 Huntley Street. I am not saying that the Mainse boys used any of this company’s funds, not at all. But, this casts a pale over the show and the family for me, personally.

    It is not only religious television broadcasting. I had to leave my own local church as their views changed to the point that they refused a cup of coffee to a homeless person one Sunday after the church service. I took up the cause of the homeless person but they booted him out of the church building anyway. I was under the impression that we were to help the needy… oops, my mistake, I guess.

    I have since found another local church – and so far, so good. And I now turn to the website of Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London, England (Nicky Gumbel) for my daily messages.

    I am hoping that the Mainse boys are “innocent” of directing their dealings to 100 Huntley Street. I will be praying for them. But I will no longer be watching or supporting this ministry.

    Posted by RGP | June 15, 2009, 7:37 am
  23. I don’t believe the Mainse brothers are greedy!!!.I do believe that they are following the footsteps of their father and mother. In 1980 or 1981 (I can’t remember exact) on my way to Red Deer I picked up a hitchhiker, a young man coming from Otario. I was listening to 100 Hunleystreet on a tape I had make of the program. The young man said to me:
    “This guy is real. He picked me up and when he dropped me he gave me
    $50 so I could have something to eat.” This are the true Mainses in my opinion!!!! They always prayed for us LET US PRAY FOR THEM!

    Posted by Jan Greeve | June 15, 2009, 10:03 am
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  25. So sorry to hear of this.If the guys were scammed out of there own money only they never did one thing wrong.Put them back to work for the Ministry of Jesus.They will be the greatest ones to warn others of these scam artists especially sucking in trusting God fearing people.A site named Fraud Squad has been started .Look it up.There has been so many Christian churches with these predators like Gordon Driver that a few ministers have warnings on this very thing on Fraud Squad

    Posted by Gerry | June 16, 2009, 12:13 pm
  26. it bothers me that there are those who are making “judgements” without all of the facts.
    we need to pray for everyone involved, guilty and/or innocent.

    i also do not think it is greedy to want to make money. it’s how we make the money that determines our greed.

    be honest and ask yourselves – if you were able to make a good amount of money, and thought it was “above board” wouldn’t you go for it? i would.

    Posted by ann belshaw | June 16, 2009, 4:24 pm
  27. I am extremely saddened to read the judgemental comments above. It is our responsibility to be praying for these men and 100 Huntley Street – nothing more. Let’s search our own hearts. The facts are not in; so stop presuming these men are guilty before we know the whole story. What happened to the song that says ‘they’ll know we are Christians by our love’. Let’s start praying and stop wagging our tongues.

    Posted by Sue East | June 17, 2009, 12:22 pm
  28. Jesus told us we cannot serve both God and mammon – the reason is conflict of interest, both in the heart and practically within the church, when members of the business end are invited to join a church or ministry and/or are promoted to positions of spiritual leadership based on their contribution to the business rather than their spiritual gifts or virtues. These carnal activities appear to have been going on within many churches/ministries for a long time now – like a tangled web growing underground, and the Lord is exposing this sin in His house.

    Posted by Therese Kimber | June 17, 2009, 1:25 pm
  29. Why does the writer of this article call 100 Huntley Street a “Pentecostal” TV show?

    Good question. It is a pentecostal ministry.

    That all denominations were welcome to participate doesn’t negate the roots of the founders or what denomination key leadership is.

    Posted by Bene Diction | June 17, 2009, 3:55 pm
  30. I am so sad to hear about the recent situation with regards to this fantastic ministry. Rather than tearing them down I believe we need to surround this family in prayer. The enemy would love to divide us and cause us to turn our backs on this family. We need to go before God and ask for His intervention in this situation. Remember we are Christians and slamming TV evangelists will not change what is happening. God uses many people including them and if they are doing something wrong God will deal with them. Stop focusing on the stuff in your brother’s eye when we probably have planks in ours.

    God bless

    Posted by Ap | June 18, 2009, 6:22 am
  31. All flesh is the same, yours, mine, theirs – this carnality/sin resides in my/your flesh just the same as it does in the people being discussed here, therefore we cannot comdemn them without condemning ourselves. However, we have been given the Spirit and the Word to be able to distinguish between right and wrong, sin and righteousness so that we will follow righteousness and not be led into deception by sin and carnality/worldliness. The problem of our flesh is the precise reason the gospel message includes the disciple’s cross which we are to carry in order to follow Jesus to the crucifixion of our flesh/self-life and the sin that resides within it. The problem with carnality in the church today is that we have laid aside the disciple’s cross – Jesus was crucified, yes, but then in order for it to have effect in our lives we have to follow him to the cross to our own version of being crucified. Only then will be able to have victory over our sins and worldliness and have share in His resurrection life. Without that cross we are to carry, all we have is religion and “denying the power thereof” (of the cross).

    Posted by Therese Kimber | June 18, 2009, 7:21 am
  32. I am not fully aware of all the details of this story but I would like to focus on all the good things that this ministry has done for me,not necessarily financialy but by there message of hope.These people are fallen people living in a fallen world just like the rest of us and are subject to the same temptations that the rest of us are.Does the fact that these people may fall into sin like the rest of us negate a lifetime of good things that they have done and the good things that they have accompliced?If so then God have mercy on the rest of us.Is it a surprise when people living in a fallen world sometimes fall into sin?Doesn’t the word say if you repent he is faithfull and just to forgive you?How could I expect them to be perfect when I cannot be perfect.God bless them in Jesus name.

    Posted by Annonymous | June 19, 2009, 4:10 pm
  33. The main point of this is not who sinned and how (personally i doubt the Mainse brothers were aware of the illegal nature of this investment company, although the Lord calls us to a much higher standard than the Law). The point of the Lord exposing this activity is so that we will hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches – He is calling our attention to the widespread carnality and mammon/worldliness mixture in the church of Christ in this nation. Let us repent and take up our cross to follow Jesus and crucify our corrupt and fallen carnal/flesh nature which lusts after the same things the world lusts after. Money is not blessing – the inheritance of the saints are spiritual blessings. God has promised to provide for the needs (not greeds) of His children Himself, even more surely than He provides for creation, and we are told in scripture “having food and clothing let us be content”.

    Posted by Therese Kimber | June 20, 2009, 3:56 pm
  34. Ap:

    People are entitled to their opinions, for many this is a sad and surprising shock.
    Read up on affinity fraud and you’ll see the process of action and reaction investors and observers experience.

    I’ve not seen bloggers slamming Crossroads, I’ve seen questions.

    Yes, I agree prayer is not optional, thank you for that, however with a charity and a nationally public ministry; calling for accountability and asking fo clarity is not about focusing on the speck and ignoring your plank.

    Have a look around blogs (Google has a blog search) I think you’ll see something more disturbing than specks and planks.
    You’ll see disinterest, only a few bloggers have bothered to post.

    I think you may appreciate Open Hands post which has excellent advice for donors.

    Posted by Bene D | June 21, 2009, 2:21 am
  35. It is an extremely shocking thing in the house of God to see greed and carnality. One only has to follow the money trail these days to see why certain people are appointed to leadership positions in many churches/ministries. This completely pollutes the spiritual food being fed to the congregations/audiences. This means a perverted gospel is being preached both in word and spirit = deception. The church in this country (and the U.S.) looks no different than the world – it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be holding Bingos and casino nights to fundraise. It’s a very sad day for what used to be the church of Jesus Christ, but this is the end of days…

    Posted by Therese Kimber | June 22, 2009, 4:12 am
  36. David & Norma-Jean’s ministry are one of only a few ministries that have a public open ledger policy.My family have known the Mainse family since they came to the ministry.Rev.Lindsay MacPherson and the late Rev.Donald Macpherson along with Rev Paul Ripley had only trust and respect for this ministry.The Mainse family don’t live in opulence just a comfortable life working hard for our Savior.Let’s lift them up in prayer and stop speculating and judging,just pray

    Respectfuly
    Col.Blake A. Munro

    Posted by Col. Blake A. Munro | June 22, 2009, 7:00 pm
  37. I worked at 100 Huntley Street in the Communications Division for approx. 5 yrs. (Doug Burke was my boss)back in the 80′s and we had a lot of dealings with the finances and fundraising and everything was done in a very honest and proper manner. The people I worked with there were fantastic, caring, compassionate and if you were feeling down they were always there to pray with you “on the spot” or do some nice little thing to cheer you up. I’ll never forget them as long as I live! Don’t be so quick to judge Ron and Reyn Mainse – things do happen in life and Satan is always on the lookout trying to trip us up, especially when things are going the way the Lord would have them! Please be in prayer for this Ministry!

    Posted by Irene Kean | June 23, 2009, 9:58 am
  38. THIS IS A TIME WHEN GIVING IS SO CRUCIAL. THE ENEMY KNOWS THAT. IF WE STOP BRINGING THE TITHES AND OFFERINGS TO THE STOREHOUSE IT MEANS WE ARE NOT BELIEVING GOD’S WORD. REMEMBER WE WALK BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT. GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS MATTER, FOCUS, LET US KEEP OUR EYES ON THE WORD, ALL IS WELL.

    Posted by DEANA BURRIS | June 23, 2009, 1:45 pm
  39. How sad to read such a judgemental, uncompasionate assessment of thus tragic situation that the good(?) Rev Dr. Gilliant, posted on June 8/09 I would expect more from a man of God? than his condemning attitude. As, as follower of Jesus, I think we should at least wait until all the facts are out. Our mandate is to pray that the truth will come out. Jesus is the Truth and He doesn’t need us slinging mud at our brothers in Christ. Perhaps a little more time in the Word of Go Rev. Gilliant would help you with your atitude.

    Posted by Shirley Hewitt | June 23, 2009, 2:47 pm
  40. Did you see the million dollar homes that Ron and Reynold Mainse in a exclusive neighborhood? Amazing that people who worked on in a nonprofit Christian corporation could acquire such things without doing anything unethical? No wonder God exposed them for being sons of Eli (1Samuel 2)!

    Posted by George Watts | June 24, 2009, 4:30 am
  41. Anybody who lost money in this ponzi scheme can now sue Ron and Reynold Mainse. They are finished financially!

    Posted by George Watts | June 24, 2009, 8:26 am
  42. Here is a scripture the Lord gave me some time ago when I asked Him if there was anything in His word about gambling:

    “Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay is the man who gains riches by unjust means. When his life is half gone, they will desert him, and in the end he will prove to be a fool.” (Jer. 17:11)

    What does the word “unjust” signify? It is not necessarily talking about something illegal or criminal, (remember God’s laws are higher than man’s) it is talking about money gained undeservedly, ie, that one has not rightfully earned or inherited. If one gains riches by speculating on the stock market or investing in other types of schemes, (money making money in other words) this would seem to apply. This is why the present Babylonian system of wealth is built on a house of cards…

    Posted by Therese Kimber | June 25, 2009, 6:34 am
  43. The Mainse family don’t live in opulence just a comfortable life working hard for our Savior.

    Col.Blake A. Munro are you joking or just plain deceived?

    I have seen the million dollar home of Ron Mainse in an exclusive community which has only million dollar homes on Chelsea road Kilbride Oontario.

    Use Google Map and you can zoom in on their home at http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=chelsea+road+kilbride+ontario&vps=1&jsv=164e&sll=43.423518,-79.927318&sspn=0.00339,0.006791&num=10&iwloc=A&iwstate

    Definitely I wouldn’t mind trading my home for theirs!

    I don’t know what you definition of opulence is but Ron’s Mainse home is beyond the reach of 95% of Canadians!

    Posted by George Watts | June 26, 2009, 1:03 pm
  44. It seems we have very low standards in the church today, there is no pursuit of holiness, no crucifying the flesh. The church looks like the world, pursues the same things as the world. The disciples’ cross has been laid aside. Satan is not our worst enemy, our own flesh is – and without the cross carnality abounds. With all my heart I believe this is what the Lord is calling our attention to by bringing this problem into the light. I don’t think the issue in this case is about unethical or knowingly illegal activity, but rather the simple common (but deadly) carnality which resides in all our flesh. God doesn’t want His children to be rich, He wants us crucified.

    Another common problem is that we ignore Jesus’ exhortation to “hate our brother and sister” to our spiritual peril – the most wonderful, kind, generous and thoughtful person in the world is still only corrupt flesh. We must be careful that our loyalty and trust is in God alone, that we follow Him alone and not man. It is always a matter of “WHO has led you astray?” Not the devil, but a “WHO”.

    Posted by Therese Kimber | June 26, 2009, 2:30 pm
  45. It’s to bad that these men who have given of themselves and their family 100% to the ministry can’t be rewarded.No where in the scriptures does it say christians you can’t have wealth.The Lord will prosper anyone who gives of their all and only ask. Check the prayer of Jabez “Bless me Lord and increase my teritory”.I don’t know why anybody can’t have a million dollar home unless their priorities are messed up.I do and I have 5 schildren besides.

    Posted by Col. Blake A. Munro | June 26, 2009, 7:58 pm
  46. Took me awhile to figure out why this comment thread was so busy.

    Google.

    There are bloggers listed in the Crossroad posts who would appreciate traffic and the conversation.
    http://www.religiousrightalert.ca/2009/06/20/100-huntley-streetcrossroads-alleged-ponzi-scheme-timeline/

    Should facts become available, the post will be updated.

    The information publicly available is in the post.
    Until investigators make a move, the civil case takes place and Crossroads choses to address the public, I think Mark Peterson at Open Hands deserves the last word:

    “If anything, I am hoping for an organization which is transparent, accessible, and though fallible, authentic. I want to hear the full story, the humbling story—not one coated with religious mumbo-jumbo where image is more valued than substance. That’s where this story began; it doesn’t need to end there.”

    Comments are closed.

    Posted by Bene D | June 26, 2009, 10:44 pm
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