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April 15, 2019 by directorfsm

Gospel for Asia Settles Lawsuit with $37 Million Refund to Donors

Major ministry ends class action with no acknowledgment of guilt and gives board seat to plaintiff.
Gospel for Asia Settles Lawsuit with $37 Million Refund to Donors
Many churches have stopped supporting Western missionaries because it is much more “efficient” to support indigenous missionaries. For every 1 American missionary a church could support, they could support 12 Indian pastors, so said an advert for Gospel for Asia I read about 15 years ago I remember. But now we see the true costs of an unsound methodology and unsound practices:Trevor Christian Johnson
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2:¹ But as for you, teach what accords with sound[a] doctrine...7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Titus 2:1, 7-8

It is clear that in this the beginning of chapter 2 Paul, is extolling the virtues of sound doctrine to Titus. He says to always teach with sound doctrine, that is use the things you  have been taught that were taught by Christ Jesus. He then lists a bunch of stuff that is completely against this type of sound teaching. In verses 7 & 8 Paul states the reason for always using sound doctrine. That others will look on us as models of integrity and so that no one can ever say evil of us. Oh that many would heed this today. Getting GFA and other indigenous Pastors proper theological training should be the goal to prevent future occurrences.   – Mike

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After three years in court, Gospel for Asia (GFA) announced yesterday that it would pay $37 million and a board seat to settle a class-action lawsuit.

One of America’s largest ministries—in 2013 alone, it brought in about $93.8 million—GFA faced two lawsuits accusing it of sending only 13 percent of its donations to the field instead of the oft-promised 100 percent.

The first of those lawsuits was dismissed so it could go to arbitration. Then its plaintiffs were included in the second lawsuit—along with about 200,000 others who donated between January 2009 to September 2018—when the suit switched to a class action in the fall…

Continued at Source: Christianity Today



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