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 Tuesday, August 24 2010 @ 06:07 PM CST

The Love of Money Seems to be the Mainse Problem!

   
100 Huntley Street
If you're a regular viewer of 100 Huntley Street, you've probably been wondering why Ron Mainse and his brother, Reynold Mainse, have not been on the air for the past few weeks. Turns out, like so many other televangelist celebritites, they let their greed get them into some hot water as either victims or perpetrators of an affinity fraud/ponzi scheme. The jury's still out...  Think they will they ever learn?


It appears that the brothers took the bait from a former volunteer of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc., Gordon Driver, and invested a small fortune with his Nevada based company, Axcess Automation, with the all-too-common promise of high returns. As is the case, those high returns stopped coming in and eventually the Ontario Securities Commission as well as the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission put a freeze on the assets of Driver and his companies. 

Apparently, Gordon Driver scammed at least 100 people in the U.S. and Canada using his affiliations with Christian communities to a tune of some $14+ million dollars. The case is in court right now, but according to Driver, the Mainse brothers acted as "finders" for the scheme. Finders are recruiters who get other people to invest their money, which is essential to keeping the scam going - new investor's money is used to pay interest to earlier investors.

So once again the question begs to be asked: Were Ron and Reynold Mainse simply victims in this ponzi scheme, driven by their own greed to make a fast buck, or were they accomplices who used their ministry affiliations to draw more victims in?

Whatever the case, this fiasco has left another big ugly black mark on Christianity to go down in the history books. It goes to show that Christian television's poster children aren't any less susceptable to greed and the lust of the flesh than any other human being is on earth. It shows they have no more wisom, no more discernment than the "unsaved". These guys are hailed amongst Canada's finest and most reputable persons in Christian broadcasting and look what happened. Where is the evidence of the power of Christ they preach about?

http://www.thespec.com/article/569481

http://paulwilkinson.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/100-huntley-street-canadian-christian-television-hosts-off-air/

http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2009/06/05/100-huntley-street-mainse-brothers-victims-of-ponzi-scheme/

http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2009/06/05/100-huntley-street-were-dealing-with-issuesron-and-reynold-mainse/

http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2009/06/06/whats-behind-the-100-huntley-street-shakeup/

http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2009/06/08/whats-behind-the-100-huntley-street-shake-up-part-2/

http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2009/06/10/100-huntley-street-a-blogger-speaks-up-on-gordon-driver/

 

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The Love of Money Seems to be the Mainse Problem!
Authored by: tim on Friday, June 12 2009 @ 05:54 PM CST

Can't say people weren't warned:

http://www.themiraclechannel.ca/comment.php?mode=view&cid=266&query=huntley

I am so appreciative of the contributors to this site. You just never know when their wisdom will be applicable but it's almost always necessary.

The Love of Money Seems to be the Mainse Problem!
Authored by: tim on Saturday, June 13 2009 @ 01:09 PM CST

I'm glad there are others watching the ongoings at Crossroads.

Thanks again to Bene for another update:
http://www.benedictionblogson.com/2009/06/12/100-huntley-street-now-scrubbing-web-pages-after-host-removed-a-few-other-employees-appear-to-be-gone/


The Love of Money Seems to be the Mainse Problem!
Authored by: Howie51 on Tuesday, June 23 2009 @ 01:38 PM CST
Bene Diction is treating the subject with tremendous kindliness and sounds puzzled why the media did not follow the story. This should be headline news in all the major Canadian newspapers. The securities commission will formulate answers whether the Mainse boys were mere fatalities, or part of the fraud in a willing & conversant manner. Eventually, we will identify whether they participated in finding other victims or in any way assisted in defrauding the public out of 14+ Million dollars, or were simply sheltered church boys, unprepared for thieves and con men who would not hesitate to swindle wealthy, naive, influential Christians.

 We have embarrassingly observed some Christians to be no less cagey of snakes in the grass than anyone else. Believers need pay closer attention to what has happened here, and let this serve as yet another tutorial, not to follow, or believe at face value, any man or woman, because they wear a collar, call themselves pastors, ministers, evangelists, apostles, prophets, teachers or are popular and influential TV personalities such as we regularity view on The Miracle Channel. Christians are among the most easily beleaguered victims of affinity fraud. Judge warily and without fail in all spiritual (and financial) matters. The Mainse brothers either emerged in the company of the affinity fraud squad, or forgot how influential and important they are to God, and missed his protection altogether. How sad! Some might say God humbled them, others might suggest it could happen to anyone, and we should not be so quick to judge this matter. Rubbish!.

When high profile Christian leaders help characterize our moral framework publicly, declaring themselves one of the righteous sources from which our morality springs, and actively persuade others to join them in their beliefs, they are subject to unsympathetic judgment, with no respect to persons when they publicly fall short of their own declared morality and directives, or get conned like regular dupes.
The Love of Money Seems to be the Mainse Problem!
Authored by: marina on Wednesday, June 24 2009 @ 10:07 AM CST

"Some might say God humbled them, others might suggest it could happen to anyone, and we should not be so quick to judge this matter. Rubbish!....When high profile Christian leaders help characterize our moral framework publicly, declaring themselves one of the righteous sources from which our morality springs, and actively persuade others to join them in their beliefs, they are subject to unsympathetic judgment, with no respect to persons when they publicly fall short of their own declared morality and directives, or get conned like regular dupes. "

So imperative it's worth repeating Howie.  The whole backbone of the Christian faith is based on the premise that Christ died for our sins so that not only will we be made worthy to stand before Him come judgment day, but also that He overcame sin for us and gave us the power to overcome it  so that we would not be slave to sin any longer while we are on this earth. Supposedly, from what the Bible teaches, followers, professors and disciples of Christ, are to be a testimony to the world as an extension of Him. Maybe I missed some important step in the evolution of the ever-changing face of Christianity, but somehow it seems that it is the most highly regarded Christians, the ones who are to be the role models for the weaker in faith, who commit are are involved somehow with the most scandalous, heinous  "sins".

The esteemed leaders whose dubious activities are found out,  don't get kicked out either. They get  "restored" back into ministry. (Todd Bentley anyone?) This happens in every denomination across the wide spectrum of Christianity. Christendom loves to take stabs at and point it's finger at the world and it's moral decadence. "We need a righteous government", "Canada's moral fabric is being torn apart", they say. If that indeed is true, it is only a reflection of the church's own moral decline and it's inability to cure it's own ills. Christianity cannot bring any of the righteousness of God to this nation until it sweeps it's own house clean.

IMO these guys, including the long list of shepherds who have committed worse sins than nonbelievers,  give the skeptics more ammunition that God is not real and alive in the hearts of believers or anywhere else for that matter. 

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"Whereas you can believe as many stupid things as you like, you are not free to act on those beliefs in ways that harm others." AC Grayling

The Love of Money Seems to be the Mainse Problem!
Authored by: The Last Spike on Wednesday, July 29 2009 @ 05:52 PM CST

I've seen it, witnessed the scams, and even warned others for years; only to become a outcast in my own caste.  The ignorant will remain ignorant and the fools shall behave foolishly despite our best intentions to warn them.  I have seen these thieves coming with both eyes wide open and publicly alerted the gullible.  My warnings fell on deaf ears.  I acan really not foresee myself continuing to concern myself with these matters much longer.  As a person, in the past, very closely associated with these wolves  - I was disgusted then and now I am merely bemused.  For being so close in proximity to the heart of the problem I am witnessing the floundering first hand.  For instance, the very weakly attended Victory Church Anniversary a couple of weeks past, and the equally dismal attendance at the Dominion Conference flea markets.

The Love of Money Seems to be the Mainse Problem!
Authored by: tim on Friday, January 15 2010 @ 08:50 PM CST

It looks like ponzi schemes are only the beginning of the issues at Crossroads. Fundraising as an illegitimate charity doesn't help the situation.

I wrote a letter to Canada Revenue Agency addressing concerns I had about Crossroads soliciting funds through one of their subsidiaries and offering tax receipts for income tax purposes. The main concern came up when I checked with CRA and they told me they had no record of the organization which immediately raised a red flag.

As opposed to re-writing the whole story here, it's easier to just direct you to a website that has done a good job of compiling a fair bit of information concerning this whole issue. Here's the link if you want to find out more: Bene Diction Blogs On

Here's the letter I wrote to Revenue Canada:

December 4, 2009

To whom it may concern,

I have concerns that the following organizations may be operating contrary
to the Charities Act: CITS Media Resources Organization, CITS Media Research
Organization, Crossroads Television System (CTS), and Crossroads Christian
Communications.

CITS Media Resources Organization and/or CITS Media Research Organization
and/or Crossroads Television System (CTS) and/or Crossroads Christian
Communications is/are soliciting funds for the purpose of television
programming.

CTS is owned and/or operated in whole or part by Crossroads Christian
Communications.

CTS is advertising that CITS is a related charity of CTS. According to
Client Services at CRA, CITS does not currently have charitable status and
therefore should not be advertised as a charity, nor should it be issuing
receipts for income-tax purposes.

A brochure outlining this is available on the CTS website at
http://www.ctstv.com/pdf/cits_brochure.pdf. I have also attached a copy of
the brochure to this email. The brochure states, "Donations will be
receipted at the end of the year. Crossroads Television System (CTS) and its
related Charity CITS Media Resources Organization (CITS MRO) are committed
to protecting the privacy..."

CTS operates television stations throughout Canada and each of their
websites encourages people to join the "Cause". The websites are as follows:
Ontario: http://www.ctstv.com/ontario/aboutcts.php
Calgary: http://www.ctstv.com/calgary/aboutcts.php
Edmonton: http://www.ctstv.com/edmonton/aboutcts.php

As well, links are provided on the above sites to donate to the "Cause" and
to view their brochure. The bruchure links all direct to the brochure link
above. The link for online donations points to the following URL:
https://www.beanstream.com/scripts/payment/payment.asp?merchant_id=195110000.
This website states, "CITS Media Research Organization is a charity
established to stand alongside CTS".

CTS/CITS also has a website dedicated to the aforementioned "Cause" which
can be found here: http://hopefortv.ca/. The website also states at the
bottom, that it is "Copyright 2009 Crossroads Television System".

At the Hope For TV website, in the "Do I Have a Voice" section, there are
two links. The first link connects to the head office site of the CTS
organization in Ontario: http://www.ctstv.com/ontario/aboutcts.php The
second link connects to the donation link noted above.

There is no clear indication as to which organization(s) receives and/or
benefits from donations to the "Cause".

There is also an element of confusion regarding CITS as it appears they are
using the words "Resources" and "Research" interchangably within their name.
Either that or there are two discinct companies set up for the same purpose,
both claiming charitable status. In Letters of Patent, 449772-4 (attached),
the organization is named as "CITS Media Resources Organization". There is
no evidence that "CITS Media Research Organization" exists as a corporate
entity.

Wikipedia article documenting CITS / CTS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CITS-TV
Wikipedia article documenting "Crossroads Christian Communications", owner
and operator of CTS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossroads_Christian_Communications

Please let me know which of the above organizations are registered with CRA
as charitable organizations and are permitted to issue receipts for
Income-Tax purposes and which organization(s), if any, would be permitted to
issue tax receipts on behalf of the other organization(s).

Should you have any further questions or require more information, I can be
reached by reply to this email or by telephone at 306-XXX-XXXX.

If I am able to provide more information concerning the above, I will do so
in a follow-up email, using the same subject line.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Tim Thibault

Letters Patent
CITS Brochure

The sad part is that their brochure specifically talks about morality... does misrepresentation and illegal fundraising fall into this category?

In a time when so much unethical or scam fundraising is happening to assist those in Haiti, it's nice to see that CRA and the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) are looking at fundraising even more seriously.

It's just too bad The Miracle Channel isn't a member of the CBSC. It would accomplish two things, firstly adding more credibility to The Miracle Channel and secondly, it would relieve the CRTC of a lot of my complaints. Why isn't The Miracle Channel a member? Good question, but my gut feeling tells me it's probably due to having to be accountable to someone else.

Bene's blog also provides a fair bit of research on Crossroads/CTS including more on the Ponzi scheme.

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