Dear Glad Tidings Moncton:
First, I write this Open Letter publicly as you hosted Torben publicly. Some feel it would be beneficial to go to you privately but in that you continue to support this teacher’s false theology and do so openly, it is only fitting to respond openly and publicly.
It has been some time now since you hosted false teacher Torben Sondergaard for a Kickstarter Weekend. As such, I believe that enough time has passed in which you could have sufficiently investigated the doctrinal positions of this man and released a public statement – both to your PAOC family and to the general Christian Community – on your position. You have not done so and as a result, I am compelled to publish this Open Letter.
As you know, there are those within your denomination – the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada – who have taken a stand against your inviting Torben to your church. Godly PAOC Pastors have risen up to speak out lovingly against this move by Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church… and rightly so. Others, of other denominations, have done the same.
Men of sound reason and godly wisdom have taken a position against what Glad Tidings Moncton has labelled as being of the Holy Spirit. Why do you suppose this is? Are these PAOC Pastors in deception and under a religious spirit? Are they blind to the true moving of the Spirit of God? If not, then you must be; if so, then you’re not. Two opposites in such a scenario cannot both be truth. Either the PAOC Pastors who have risen up against your endorsement of Torben are deceived… or you are.
On your website, you list a message by false teacher Torben Sondergaard (link: http://gtmoncton.com/sermon/torben-sondergaard) so I can safely conclude that Glad Tidings Moncton continues to endorse and support the ministry of a man who is clearly heretical in his essential convictions.
As such, I wanted to ask the leadership – especially the Pastoral Leadership – of Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church Moncton two simple yet profound questions:
1- Does Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church in Moncton, NB, now hold to Baptismal Regeneration as Torben has made it clear that water baptism is essential for Salvation? For Torben’s heretical view, click here and then here
- If you answer “Yes” to the above question, you can no longer rightfully or in good conscience remain a member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada as such a view is not held by your denomination. If you answer “No” to the above question, why then did you allow and continue to endorse a ministry who holds to a cultic view of Salvation? (See footnote below)
2- Does Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church believe that this video – filmed in your church during Torben’s “ministry” – represents a genuine Baptism/Filling in the Holy Spirit?
- If you answer “Yes” to the above question, can you give any examples of such nonsense in the Word of God? If you answer “No” to the above question, why have you not sternly rebuked this open display of mockery against the precious Baptism of the Holy Spirit? Both Torben and the woman he’s “ministering” to are under a delusion. To treat the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in such a dishonouring way is unbelievable; to remain silent on it is disturbing indeed.
I certainly do not expect an authorised representative of Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church to “actually” take the time to respond to the above two questions; though I do pray that they would consider making a statement. Even if not directly to this Open Letter… at the very minimum to their fellow brothers and sisters of the Maritime District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. I am aware that a statement was sent out by the District some time ago; whether Glad Tidings was a part of that or not, I do not know. One thing I do know is that Pastor Paul Pattison, as the Senior Pastor of the church, must consider carefully the ramifications of continuing to support and endorse a ministry which has been shown to be heretical and on the fringe.
In continuing to support Torben Sonegaard’s The Last Reformation, you risk losing the support of godly PAOC ministers – as well as the support of others – due to your support of that which doctrinally and historically is in grave error; namely, baptismal regeneration. Of course there are other issues but this one is the primary as it deals directly with Salvation and is an attack on the Finished Work of Jesus Christ.
While I have no doubt whatsoever that you do not as a whole affirm such a teaching, your dogmatic support of a ministry which does leaves those within (and without) your fellowship scratching their heads. In standing with a ministry who’s message concerning Soteriology is heretical, you stand against the truth. This ought not be.
Your history is rich and your legacy should never be one of division… yet this is what your endorsement of a false teacher has brought to your own denomination. Being the flagship PAOC church of the Maritimes, your responsibility to your denominational fellowship and the greater Christian community at large is a great one.
My prayer is that those who read this – and the PAOC Pastors who have contacted me via my other articles on Torben being at GT – will encourage you to take a closer look at your endorsements and will encourage you to investigate your current endorsement of Torben Sonegaard and The Last Reformation.
Pastor Paul Pattison… you’re a godly man with a heart for the Body of Christ and for the Salvation of the Lost. I pray that God will continue to use you, bless your local fellowship and bring the Revival I know and believe you long for!
Footnote: While water baptism is not essential for Salvation – as God saves apart from water – it is also much more than a mere symbol as most churches teaches. Water Baptism is part and parcel of receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38-39; Acts 10; Acts 19; 1 Peter 3:21) just as faith and repentance are. These three – faith, repentance and water baptism – are the three things that God calls and commands all people to do in order to receive Salvation. Does God save apart from water baptism? Of course (Acts 10; 1 Peter 3:21) yet water baptism is a command; it’s also identifying with Jesus Christ’s own death, burial and resurrection and when we come up out of the water we’re to walk in newness of life by the Power of the Holy Spirit at work within us (Romans 6).