This is another old article from the old Signposts that Lance posted up. Since Hillsong London invited Pat Mesiti to speak last month, people have expressed interest in me to do some more searching. There are a few old transcripts from both Hillsong and C3 that I will be putting up over the next few months. Feel free to quote them and pass them around. I don’t mind if no one responds to them either. I am posting them up so people can see what is often taught at these churches.
Below is an old transcript of Pringle introducing Pat Mesiti to speak at Christian City Church in 2006:
Christian City Church || Oxford Falls || 19, February, 2006 || 6pm Sunday service
Phil Pringle: http://18.104.22.168/ramgen/ccc/1902066pm.rm
“I know a lot of you were not in this morning’s service…and I need your attention ….I need your full attention people…I need you to be looking this way ..and listening….thank you very much.
Because this morning I made an announcement – and in last night’s service, that I need to make again and.. it’s a great announcement… a very joyful announcement.
About four-and-a-half years ago …there was an evangelist in this country by the name of Pat Mesiti.
Most of you I think will know of him. Some of you may not.
He had a television program and was regularly conducting crusades where through 500 to1500 people would come to Christ. He was an initiator of many great youth programs, including Youth Alive here in New South Wales.. and accomplished a huge number of things for the nation.. in the realm of evangelism and touching people’s lives with the gospel.
However, four-and-a-half years ago, Pat had a terrible, terrible tumble. A moral collapse which resulted in his marriage breaking.. and.. was a sad moment. He was taken out of ministry and stepped down.
He was an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God and after attempting to retrace.. recover.. and after a year…it seemed it wasn’t going quite how it was anticipated.
So Brian Houston and myself.. who are good friends.. I said, ‘Look. I’ll put my hand up. I’d like to help. And I’ve known Pat forever. And he’s good friends with a lot of the people on this staff.. and has been.. and I thought this’d be great if he came.. and was in our church…and we would seek to see him standing on his feet again.
A number of years ago.. I said to the Lord.. ‘I’m so busy being a pastor, I don’t feel like I’m being a Christian.’
And that just meant I was so busy leading and preaching, doing all the stuff I wanted… I felt like…going and handing out pizzas to the homeless in Hyde Park.. or visiting people in old folks’ homes or reading books… or people in prison.
I’ve done all that.. and used to teach in a school for handicapped children and I go and visit prisons …just tell them to send up a prisoner if they didn’t have a visitor and I’d be there. And they didn’t know me. So when you get to be a pastor, you get a lot of other things going on ..
But He said to me, ‘No you’ve got a church full of people who can do that’……so I pray you do it man…
And He said, ‘No. No. No. What I want you to do is reach out to people that other people can’t reach out to.. And that’s pastors who are having troubled times.
And so I try to do that. And there’s a few.. who.. I have no judgements on men and women who’ve found their life in trouble. Who knows what pressures they’re facing and what things they’ve gone through.. but I do know they need to be recovered and restored.
And there is a pathway for that… repentance… restoration… restitution.. and making things right.
So Pat came….and I said to him, ‘Pat. I want you to do several things. One: turn up to church.’
And even with the shame and the awkwardness and the emotional difficulty of all that, I said, ‘That’s what you’ve gotta do’. Because the church is the best place you can be, rather than a counselling room. Just being in the worship, being in the local church, being involved in some ministry of serving in the House.. all of those things are the best healing processes you will ever find yourself engaged in.. because you’re forced to modify your behaviour and get things right and overcome …and all kinds of things….and relate to people.
And then just [let] the Spirit of God working amongst us..
I believe in the power of the local church. It is the most powerful thing on earth to actually affect all sorts of things in people’s lives.
So Pat did that. And one year after his marriage had broke, he met a lady called Andrea and I was happy to participate in their marriage.. three.. two-and-a-half years ago.. two years ago? Two years ago. And that was a really joyful occasion.
And Pat and Andrea served in the visitors’ lounge, helping us there and have continued to be involved in our church over that time.
And he’s been relating to Greg French, Simon McIntyre, Mark Kelsey and myself over that period of time.
We’ve had times where we’ve needed to say things or help him understand things or whatever.. and Pat has been exemplary in all his ways of handling it.
I have tried this with a number of ministers and leaders over the years and I’ve got to say not without a lot of success.
It’s been unfortunate because people find it difficult.. find it tough to recover.. old steps.
But Pat has really displayed a repentant attitude and a commitment to a pathway that will bring him fully back into that way.
And the ministry team.. we’ve all talked to each other and quite satisfied that he has fulfilled all those obligations.
The Assemblies of God asked him to do three years of restoration. It’s actually been four-and-a-half years now that he has been out of ministry and as I said, we are happy [about] that.
So in the 10 o’clock service this morning, we laid hands on Pat and Andrea and restored them to the ministry that God has called them to. (Applause)
In those services.. well actually, only in the 10 o’clock services, I asked Pat just to share something briefly and he did. And so I said, ‘I want you to share in that service just briefly. But what I really want you to do is preach in our church on Sunday night’.
So I want you to welcome Pat Mesiti as he comes…” (applause/cheering/Mesiti hugs Pringle)