I’ve been researching Ole Anthony and the Trinity Foundation for about a year now. For those of you who’ve never heard of this organization, these guys are the ones that assist the media by exposing frauds like Robert Tilton and Benny Hinn. Anthony is their founder and leader. They tape Christian TV shows 24/7. They also go undercover within the bowels of some of these organizations and dig up the dirt and expose them for all to see. Sounds great, huh? I’d now like to direct you to one of the most extensive blog posts that you will ever see written which thoroughly exposes this organization as a cult and Ole Anthony as a dangerous cult leader. Read the post and then come on back for my take on this whole situation.
Like IC, I have also referred many people who were looking for information on a particular ministry to Trinity. Like IC, I believed in Anthony and the work that his organization was doing. I considered their work to be an important part of the Body of Christ. About a year ago, I began reading some strange things about Trinity and Mr. Anthony that disturbed me greatly. I began researching this organization and was planning on posting about them when I began this blog in March of 2007. To be honest I was hesitant due to the high regard I held for this organization. I was WRONG.
I have to say what I read on IC’s blog and the claims made concerning doctrine and aberrant behavior to be far worse then any of the individuals that have graced the pages of Theology Today. What makes this even more painful is that Trinity were members of the Apologetics Community. My community. A community that’s supposed to stand for the truth. This community boldly calls out the heretics out of a deep love for the Body of Christ and the Word of God. Regrettably, we must now warn the Body of Christ that there is a wolf in our midst. Ole Anthony is a heretic and a hypocrite and it saddens me to have to say this.
The whole “hot seat” mess is disturbing. Forcing others to “confess” their sins and personal shortcomings while under great emotional duress is frightening. What makes this even worse is that Anthony took notes during these sessions. Using personal information gained under trust against a member is a classic tactic that cult leaders employ to keep their disciples in line. Whether or not he used these notes for personal leverage is anyone’s guess but I think it’s safe to assume that this could possibly have been his intention.
It’s also been alleged that Trinity investigators were less then ethical in regards to their investigations and that possibly Anthony was interested in personal fame and glory and using the pimps he was investigating to achieve this. This calls into question the credibility of the information they provide about various ministries they expose. A little leaven leavens the whole lump and there is far more then a little leaven in this mess that leads me to believe that this organization can’t be trusted. Also, anyone who enters the apologetics field seeking personal fame and glory needs their head examined because a true apologist usually receives persecution from friend and foe alike because it is a VERY unpopular ministry. I know of this persecution from personal experience.
What Christian leader would discourage others from praying to God? Even the pimps encourage the sheeple to pray. Yet, when in great pain, Ole will pray. This makes him a hypocrite and hypocrites have no business being in leadership within the Body of Christ. As I have so vigorously called for other leaders to resign from their positions for far less, I must now make the call for Anthony to resign from Trinity Foundation immediately because he can’t be trusted.
Finally, it really is a sad day when someone you have respect for turns out to be a fraud. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I take so long between posts. I want as much evidence as possible that what I write about is what I say it is. I take no great joy in exposing the heretics but I know in my heart that what I present for my readers is accurate and done ethically. Ole Anthony is a manipulative lying cult leader who needs to be stopped.
Hat tip to IC for his excellent work!