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Thursday, 01 April 2004 00:12

National Newspaper Charges Sex Scandal of NZ Assemblies of God Leader Wayne Hughes

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by James Jacob Prasch

Wayne Hughes, a senior leader and former General Superintendent of the New Zealand Assemblies of God and now pastor of their Takapuna church, has been charged in the national press with a history of sexual immorality, including  Ã‚  abusive   sexual activity with a teenager. Both the teenager and the pastor appear to confirm some form of sexual abuse involving Wayne Hughes transpired. The charges have led to further charges of a "cover up" by the Assemblies of God. Hughes is but the most recent of a series of leading NZ Pentecostal clergy publicly found deeply implicated in a sex scandal. The report is carried in March 23   issue of the leading national non-tabloid daily The  New Zealand Herald.

As leader of the  New Zealand Assemblies of God  movement, Hughes propounded the Toronto Experience which advocated wild debasing antics both resembling and billed as drunken hysterics as a course to Christian Revival.

Interestingly, Wayne Hughe's counterpart, Ian  Bilby, former leader of the Elim denomination in NZ was also found in serial adultery, (as was his worship leader, the "cheer leader" of the Toronto Experience   in Auckland), and   prominent Assemblies of God preacher Jim Williams was also found  Ã‚  deeply embeded in sexual scandal. The public charges against Hughes  Ã‚  however bring the standing in the public eye of the New Zealand Assemblies of God to a new low point after Australian Assemblies of God leader, Frank Houston, also from New Zealand  was  Ã‚  publicly exposed as  a sex pervert homosexual paeodphile. Houston (who was father of Hill Song leader and Australian Assemblies of God General Superintendent Brian Houston was also   exposed for financial misconduct on Australian prime time television) died the following year   - 2004  .

The plight of Hughes and his ilk demonstrates exactly the fulfillment of  Ã‚  the ignored  warnings given in NZ by "Contending Earnestly For The Faith", Moriel, and  Ã‚  the "Truth Watch" ministries, that the Toronto deception was heretical and carnal and would end in  Ã‚  an avalanche of  immorality, but that the revival  Ã‚  that its twisted promulgators promised would never come.   When such caveats were issued both privately and publicly, the warnings  were routinely dismissed with a disposition that reflected a sense of  hostility.  Now that it has yet once again happened, the warnings are no longer ignored, but it is far too late not only to  prevent the public discrediting of the Assemblies of God, but it is also too late to even limit the damage to its reputation and witness.

As  Ã‚  leader of the  Assemblies of God, Hughes supported every manner of unbiblical hype-artistry imaginable that came to New Zealand during his tenure including Benny Hinn crusades (a decision Hughes later seemed to  Ã‚  some degree to  regret).

The sexual abuse allegations now surrounding Hughes in the national press moreover are being amplified from within Mr. Hughes' family by Mr. Nasir Ali, who married Wayne Hughes' daughter in a moslem wedding ritual in 1992.

In the USA, the discosures that Paul Cain, chief of the so-called "Kansas City Prophets" heralded as a "great prophet"Â  by figures as diverse as Gerald Coates, Rick Joyner, R. T. Kendall, Sandy Miller, the late John Wimber and Alpha Course Guru Nicky Gumbel, is a drunken homosexual and always has been, left few of those who warned about Cain and his promoters for years with any sense of suprise.

The exposure of bogus miracles of gold materialising in frantic fund raising frenzies in the Elim church in Wellington  led by Mike Knott in the press  likewise left no one aware of what the Elim movement is with any sense of shock.  Neither did the  resurrection of Elim's serial adulterer and sexual preditor Ian Bilby to the ministry by Brian Tamaki of "Destiny Church" and the disclosures of  the fund raising antics at Dentiny characterised in the press by some of the victims as exploitative come as much of a surprise to any Christian with even an ounce of discernment. So too the demise amidst a maze of moral scandal of such pathetic figures  as Frank Houston, Jim Williams, Ian Bilby,  and now Wayne Hughes - the biggest leaders mainstream of New Zealand Pentecostalism, should come as a surprise to no one.

Now that the spiritual and moral death of mainstream New Zealand and Australian Pentecostalism - the Assemblies of God and Elim - are a publicly established fact in the eyes of anyone capable of picking up a newspaper, is it not time for any Bible-believing Christians still stranded in those backslidden movements to leave to other fellowships or to help plant new ones?

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