Today we begin the expose’ of Church Team Ministries International by examining statements made by Mr. Miki Hardy in a two hour interview with Devi Sankaree Govender of the TV show Carte Blanche (online source). This interview was recorded by CTMI and will be the basis for this entire series. Please listen to the 3 minute clip below then after the jump I will test these statements.
Miki Hardy claims there isn’t any structure whatsoever within CTMI. Basil O’Connoll Jones, Pastor of Grace Gospel Church in Durban, South Africa, a church in “fellowship with CTMI, recently made this powerful statement in Botswana.
“Do we remain detached and in a place where the Lord has no access to our hearts; or do we decide to submit to the elders, be broken, and serve the Lord with our entire lives?
He then concluded with this statement that seems to contradict Hardy’s assertion there is no structure within CTMI.
We need to submit to the five-fold ministry in order to come to maturity.”
Based on the above statements by O’Connoll-Jones there is a structure that should be submitted to. That structure is the five-fold ministry is it not? As the reader will soon learn Hardy spends a great deal of time explaining the five-fold ministry on his website.
According to Hardy no one is “ruling and reining” within CTMI . I’d like to direct you to the following article from the CTMI website, written by Hardy. (online source)
Lets look at the following from the sourced article (emphasis mine).
The Apostle lays the foundation; he reveals Christ and the heart of Christ for the Church. In other words, every Christian who receives the apostolic message knows from the moment he is converted that he has lost his life and that it no longer belongs to him. The Apostle is a father to many churches, leaders and Christians, as he provides oversight, direction and protection to the church thanks to the anointing on his life. It is, therefore, easy to understand that his ministry and anointing brings unity amongst local churches. The Apostle is also a protector of the sound doctrine of Christ.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,
The Apostles, along with the Prophets, did lay the foundation so why the need to re-lay the foundation? A “cornerstone”, which Paul compares Christ to, is something that holds two walls together so my question would be;
Who failed that we would need to re-lay the foundation built by Apostles and Prophets that was held together by Christ?
Considering Hardy’s article alongside his responses from the Carte Blanche interview, three additional questions come to mind.
1).Who is the father to the many churches within CTMI’s network of the 100’s of churches CTMI “fellowships with” if it isn’t Miki Hardy?
2).Who provides “oversight, direction and protection of the church” within the CTMI network of 100’s of churches CTMI “fellowships with” if it isn’t Miki Hardy?
3).Who is the “protector of the sound doctrine of Christ” within the 100’s of churches CTMI “fellowships with” if it isn’t Miki Hardy?
The answer will be clear in a minute or two.
In a follow-up article Hardy expands his views of what, in his opinion, an Apostle is (online source).
It is evident from the Bible that the Apostle carries greater spiritual authority than the other ministries, simply because it is part of the anointing he has received.
Reading the above cited article I think its fair to say Hardy is comparing the “apostle” in the CTMI structure, a structure he claims “doesn’t exist” with that of the Apostle Paul.
1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Paul was sent by Christ. He then goes on to say in the same letter (emphasis mine)
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you- unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
In the highlighted text Paul is stating one of the requirements of an Apostle. Christ would have to come to this person himself and that person would have needed to see Him with his own two eyeballs. For a more in-depth look at the biblical qualifications for those who consider themselves “Apostles” like the Apostle Paul, please see this article here.
Two questions come to mind for whoever the “apostle” is who “carries greater spiritual authority” then the other ministries mentioned.
When were you sent by Christ?
When did Christ appear to you and what did He look like?
Hardy claims on that 3.5 minute audio that no one within CTMI “rules and reigns” yet on his website he writes that the apostle has a greater “spiritual authority” over the other ministries. Here is a quote from Peter McKenzie, who is seen as the “prophet” of CTMI (emphasis mine).
From early on in my Christian life, it was clear that the Lord wanted to use me in the Prophetic ministry. Soon I found myself, as a minister, travelling to churches in different countries and experiencing amazing prophetic manifestations of the Holy Spirit. The blessing of this ministry was clear to many, but I was alone and vulnerable! Through the grace of the Lord I met Miki Hardy and the Apostolic anointing on his life confronted my independence and pride. I surrendered my one-man ministry and submitted my life to that anointing. The Prophetic anointing is still very much a part of my life and ministry today, but I now work with a team to which I’m accountable. My life is an open book to these men of God. I feel safe and secure, but still have the freedom to move in the Prophetic anointing. My joy today is to see that I am contributing, with the other ministries, to bringing Christians in the local churches to spiritual maturity. (online source)
Its obvious who Peter McKenzie sees as the man who is the “apostle” and leader of CTMI. That man is Miki Hardy. The man Hardy compares his ministry to was very bold about his calling.
1 Corinthians 9:1-3
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me.
So why didn’t Hardy be as bold as the Apostle Paul and just come right out and tell the world that he is the leader, the “apostle”, the man who Christ personally appeared to to preach and baptize just like Paul? Why didn’t Hardy come out and tell the world he was that spiritual authority that was above everyone else within CTMI?
A few things seem clear to me.
There is a structure within CTMI and that is the five-fold ministry. While we can debate the legitimacy or necessity of such within the Body in today’s world this is the structure that CTMI adheres to.
If the five-fold ministry is a biblical mandated ministry for today and it’s obvious CTMI believes that it is, then who is the “Apostle” if it isn’t Miki Hardy? Peter McKenzie is convinced that Hardy has an “apostolic anointing”, enough so that he surrendered his life and ministry to Hardy otherwise why would he make such a gesture?
Why Hardy didn’t admit to these things on the Carte Blanche interview puzzles me. Why the duck and weave if what CTMI is doing is biblical? Why would Hardy publish that interview when its obvious there are easily verifiable contradictions?
In the coming weeks I hope to answer those two questions as he seems reluctant and unwilling to truthfully answer them himself.