The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into SPAC Nation’s church
Claims emerged pastors had told worshipppers to take out loans to pay them
A senior leader Mariam Mbula has at least 13 convictions for 34 offences
It is run by Nigerian pastor Tobi Adegboyega, 39, who came to Britain in 2005.
A church is being investigated over allegations that pastors were pressuring young people in the congregation to sell their own blood to raise funds.
The Charity Commission said it has opened an inquiry into SPAC Nation to probe financial and safeguarding concerns after claims emerged that pastors had encouraged worshippers to take out loans in order to pay for the church’s lavish spending.
The commission, which describes the London church as a charity set up to ‘advance Christianity’ that works particularly with young people, has ordered it to bank all their money while the investigation takes place.
Members of a controversial church accused of exploiting young people are now facing claims of child rape and the sexual abuse of teenage girls. Pictured: Pastor Tobi Adegboyega
The church is run by Nigerian pastor Tobi Adegboyega (pictured), 39, who came to Britain in 2005 and until recently lived in a £2.5 million house in Surrey
The news comes after HuffPost UK reported allegations that some members of the church had been taking teenagers to donate blood for medical trials in a practice known as ‘bleeding for seed’.
MP calls for probe into Spac Nation
‘Church of Bling’ where ex-gang member pastors ‘forced young worshippers to take out loans then hand over thousands in cash’
Last month, it was reported that SPAC Nation’s leaders had been accused of threatening parishioners who fail to raise enough money and one pastor had even urged her followers to ‘beg, borrow or steal’ in order to gather money for the church.
The Mail On Sunday revealed that one senior leader, Mariam Mola, 30, whose real name is Mariam Mbula, 30, had been jailed in the UK, Belgium and Spain, and was also wanted for leading a crime gang in Italy.
Mariam Mbula is alleged to have preyed on a woman with a daughter with Down’s Syndrome out of more than £15,000
The church is run by the Nigerian pastor Tobi Adegboyega, 39, who came to Britain in 2005
It emerged that pastors inside the church are known for driving around in £150,000 Rolls-Royces and a Lamborghini with personalised ‘Pastor’ (pictured)
Mr Adegboyega (pictured, home in October) has previously been invited to meet officials at Downing Street
The senior leader, who had previously appeared on shows including This Morning and been praised for turning her life around after she was jailed for fraud at the age of 18, had at least 13 convictions for 34 offences; 27 for fraud and dishonesty.
It was also reported that Mbula had once preyed on a woman with a Down’s syndrome daughter in order to gain £15,000 from her funds.
Labour MP Steve Reed, the Shadow Children’s Minister, previously told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The allegations I have received about Spac Nation from vulnerable young people are truly disturbing.
‘Victims are saying it is run like a cult. I want there to be a full investigation.’
Scotland Yard said it was reviewing the complaints against the church, which is run by Nigerian pastor Tobi Adegboyega, 39, who came to Britain in 2005.
The church, which denies the claims, has previously been praised by politicians for its work in tackling gang violence and protecting young people at risk of knife crime.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that police are examining a dossier of a dozen allegations compiled by Labour MP Steve Reed (pictured)
The commission said a case had been opened on SPAC Nation in April last year, and in November this year information received from the trustees ‘raised further concerns about the charity’s financial controls, policy and procedures’.
In a statement, it added: ‘Of immediate concern to the commission is that substantial amounts of charity money are held in cash.
‘As a protective measure, the commission has issued an order under Section 84 of the Charities Act, requiring the charity to bank its money.
‘The commission is also concerned about the apparent lack of clarity between the personal, business and charity roles of leaders within the charity.’
The commission said it opened the inquiry to ‘examine matters furthers’ after allegations emerged that individuals had been encouraged to give money to the charity by ‘taking on personal debt’.
A Charity Commission spokesman said: ‘The issues that have been raised related to SPAC Nation in recent weeks are highly concerning, even more so as the allegations are entirely at odds with the expectations about the way that charities will operate.
SPAC Nation’s ‘Church of Bling’
The evangelical church claims to be a ‘faith based organisation that is committed in seeing the lives of young people being transformed’
The organisation is run by the Nigerian pastor Tobi Adegboyega, 39, who came to Britain in 2005
Allegations of fraud emerged last month and the church is now under investigation
The church has previously been praised by politicians for helping young people who are at risk of knife crime
The church, which featured in a BBC documentary last year, claims 55 per cent of its congregation are ex-gang members
‘The opening of this inquiry is an important step that will allow us to examine these concerns further and establish the facts.
‘We will seek to provide assurance to the public and the community that these matters will be considered fully and, where necessary, resolved.’
A report with the commission’s findings is expected to be published once the investigation is concluded.
In a statement from its board of trustees, SPAC Nation said the inquiry was ‘needful to lay to rest some unverified allegations,’ adding: ‘Inquiry is what we have always asked for.
‘If anything is found wrong we will adjust it, and if not we will keep going strong.
‘If any pastor or leader is caught pressuring people to donate, such leader will be expelled without delay, not to talk of pressuring to donate blood for money.
‘We encourage people to donate blood and all they can for the community but we also say not for money ever, that just won’t happen here.’
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Two Pastors from Beijing’s Zion Church Arrested 3 Years after Authorities Forced Church to Close
Two preachers from the heavily persecuted Zion Church in Beijing were forcibly taken from their homes and are being held in detention for interrogations after authorities with China’s Communist Party forced the church to shut down over three years ago.
Persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern reports that, according to urgent prayer requests sent out by the now-disbanded house church, police apprehended preacher Qie Jiafu at his home in Changping district at 11:30 p.m. on April 28 for interrogations.
Qie’s wife received only one phone call from the police two days later, informing her that Qie was placed under 10-day administrative detention for violating Article 54 of the Regulations on Administrative Penalties for Public Security. He was also fined $77 (500 Yuan).
Preacher Huang Chunzi was reportedly detained at the same time, but her apprehension was only discovered three days later. Church members last heard from her on April 28, when she notified them that authorities were at her door. She soon went missing.
After being detained for more than 72 hours, authorities have yet to notify her only contactable family member and have refused to reveal the why, when, and where of her detention.
ICC said the church is asking for prayers so that Huang will be given “all the strength she needs from the Lord, and that the Lord will make way so the church can gain current updates.” They also pray for “sufficient grace for Preacher Qie and the many servants who are paying the price for Christ in this day and age.”
Zion Church, established in 2007, used to be the largest unofficial Protestant church in Beijing, reportedly drawing 1,500 congregants every Sunday. In September 2018, city authorities forced the church to shut down and confiscated “illegal promotional materials.”
The Beijing Chaoyang district civil affairs bureau reportedly said that by organizing events without registering, the church was breaking rules forbidding mass gatherings and was “legally banned” and its “illegal promotional material” had been confiscated.
Despite the church’s closure, members have faced continued harassment and persecution at the hands of authorities.
Zion Church Pastor Ezra Jin Mingri has been banned from leaving the country for nearly three years, and his daughter, Grace Jin, was unable to register for law school in the United States in July 2019 due to travel restrictions placed on her by authorities.
Gina Goh, ICC’s regional manager for Southeast Asia, said that the arbitrary arrests of the two Zion Church preachers indicate Beijing’s intention to root out house churches.
“Along with the ‘Administrative Measures for Religious Clergy,’ which came into effect on May 1, the Chinese government wants all religious leaders to submit to the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership and its ideology. Those who do not will face persecution. The ongoing crackdown against Christianity in China deserves the world’s attention,” Goh said.
Officially, China’s constitution guarantees religious freedom. However, since President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, the ruling Chinese Communist Party has tightened restrictions on religions seen as a challenge to its authority.
Churches are being monitored and closed down across the country, whether they are underground or part of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, the officially sanctioned Protestant church in China. The government has also used high-tech surveillance to oppress and monitor believers.
Other crackdowns on Christians have involved ordering Christians to renounce their faith and replace displays of Jesus with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping, as well as the ongoing demolition of churches.
Last week, it was reported that CCP authorities removed Bible Apps from the App Store in China, and Bibles in hard copy are no longer available for sale online either. In China, Bible Apps can only be downloaded with the use of a VPN.
Pastor Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid that provides legal aid to Christians in China, wrote on Twitter: “On Wednesday official WeChat public accounts aimed at providing resources on Bible & guides on edifying the church to Chinese Christians were suddenly suspended. #CCP suspends Old Gospel &The Gospel Coalition. Both have a large number of readers within China’s pastoral network.”
Open Doors ranks China at No. 17 on its World Watch List of 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted.
The communist regime’s crackdown on religious freedom has also led the U.S. State Department to label it as a “country of particular concern” for “continuing to engage in particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”
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Franklin Graham: ‘I tend to believe’ President Trump when He Says Election Was Rigged, Stolen
Evangelist Franklin Graham, who has been a supporter of President Donald Trump, said he tends to believe the president when he says the 2020 presidential election has been rigged or stolen because Trump “has a track record of being right.”
“In 2016, Donald J. Trump told the American people that the government was spying on him. The media said that he was paranoid. The Obama administration and the Democrats said that this was an absolute lie and that Donald Trump was not fit to be president, only for us to find out later that the U.S. government did spy on Donald Trump, and what he had said was in fact true,” wrote Graham on his Facebook page Saturday.
On Jan. 19, 2017, The New York Times first reported on the wiretaps in a print article that ran with the headline: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides.”
Last November, Trump accused the previous Obama administration of spying on his 2016 presidential campaign.
“You’re dealing at the highest levels of government. They were spying on my campaign. This is my opinion. I said it a long time ago,” Trump told Fox News at the time. “Remember, when I put out a tweet and I talked about, they’re wiretapping, in quotes, meeting, modern-day version of whatever wiretapping may be. And all hell broke loose. You know, who would have thought.”
Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, added that Trump remained under investigation for two years based on false allegations of collusion with the Russians.
“The President said there was no collusion, but night after night, the media and the Democrats said there was collusion. After an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it turned out to be false — there was no collusion. President Trump was right again,” he writes.
Trump and his campaign members, business partners, administration nominees, and family members were subjected to intense scrutiny and gave hours of testimony before members of Congress during the investigation.
Graham continued by noting that Democrats in the House impeached the president (but their efforts failed in the Senate) over a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he asked him to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine.
“The President has been maligned, falsely accused, and attacked on every front since before the election in 2016,” he added.
Graham concluded by saying that when Trump says that this election has been rigged or stolen, “I tend to believe him.” Trump, he explains, “has a track record of being right. Pray for President Trump, pray for Joe Biden, and pray for our nation — that we will get through this, and for God’s will be done.”
Last Monday, the Electoral College voted to cement President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 election, CNBC reported. The RNC, Trump campaign, Texas, along with seven other Republican-led states, and individuals have all filed lawsuits in federal and state courts seeking to nullify the election results due to alleged irregularities in six states.
The Electoral College delegates confirmed the Nov. 3 election results, in which Biden won with 306 electoral votes, well above the 270 needed to win.
“The Electoral College votes which occurred today reflect the fact that even in the face of a public health crisis unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes, the people voted,” said Biden in remarks emailed out to supporters. “They voted in record numbers. …”
More votes were counted in the 2020 presidential election than any other in U.S. history. Biden got over 80 million votes, the most votes for any presidential candidate, to Trump’s 74 million, the second-most votes in an election. Their totals also broke the record of votes cast for former President Barack Obama, who received 69.5 million votes in 2008.
IN response to the Electoral College vote last Monday, Graham said on Facebook: “I am grateful — grateful to God that for the last four years He gave us a president who protected our religious liberties; grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn, standing publicly against abortion and the bloody smear it has made on our nation.”
He went on to say that he believed “President Trump will go down in history as one of the great presidents of our nation, bringing peace and prosperity to millions here in the U.S. and around the world.”
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler Jr., who did not vote for Trump in 2016 but later supported him in 2020, expressed disappointment with the result, saying Biden “is now the president-elect of the United States.”
“It is no secret that I was disappointed in the way that the election turned out,” said Mohler. “I did not want Joe Biden to be elected president of the United States, but he is now the president-elect.”
Trump has said Biden will be an “illegitimate President.”
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