Michael Reid: Peniel Ex-Members Speak Out

The Reachout Trust is a British Evangelical Christian organisation that seeks to oppose religious movements which it considers to be harmful or “false”. It hosts a number of discussion forums, including one devoted to Bishop Michael Reid (see yesterday). There various members and ex-members of his church have been having their say over the past few days, many complaining that the church mistreated them. However, as insiders and ex-insiders they have some extra details and allegations that are of interest. Here are extracts from the most striking posts:

It has emerged that allegedly Michael Reid has committed adultery and under pressure admitted this. Well, as an ex-member of peniel there is no surprise there! I have been 99% convinced that it had been going on for some time and the only surprise is that it has taken this long to come out. – Priscilla

If this is all correct it is very good news that Michael Reid’s cruel regime is drawing to an end. The great hypocrisy here is how harshly he has dealt with those who have committed similar misdemeanours in recent years. I know of some members who have been belittled and slandered from Reid’s pulpit because of extra marital relationships. – Nigel Davies

When Jimmy Swaggart resigned from his ministry after serious failings, I remember Michael Reid boasting that it could never happen to him. “It’s impossible” he proclaimed from the pulpit. Michael Reid felt that he was above such sin because he had God’s faith and faith that worked miracles. Miracles, healing, faith. You have no doubt heard and seen the claims. – John

Michael Reid has been involved in an EIGHT Year affair with a woman in the church. It was NOT Michael Reid who came forward with the information but the woman, who said she could not take the guilt any longer. How long would this man have continued with the lie…? –  sam cleminson

I left Peniel with nothing, no home of my own (I had lost mine), no savings, I had remained in debt while giving as much as I could, first to buy Reid’s home debt free – Testimony House – and then Brizes Park. It’s a delusion to claim Peniel was built ‘debt free’ – it was the church members who were laden with debt. I was given flawed financial advice by Reid’s financial advisors, and felt compelled to do business with them, believing it would benefit the church. My finances were wrecked. I felt guilty spending time on personal projects instead of spending my spare time working in the church etc. I felt guilty about doing anything for myself pretty much most of the time. – Jacob

There are also other allegations (nothing to do with sex). Reid has reportedly now made a quick exit to the USA.

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  2. It is sad that a wonderful woman with the talent of Sheila has been drawn into Michaels web. His behaviour is not suprising, but yet another symptom of his belief… Michael should be banned from serving as a church leader in any country in the interest of protecting the integrity of christianity. Existing leaders of Peniel should be asing themselves why they allowed Michael to…
    Freedom

    Due to the UK’s strict libel laws I have had to delete part of the above message. Further details would be appreciated.

  3. Michael Reid is now back at Brentwood and it seems that there are legal, property and financial disputes relating to his old church. Many fear that he will not go quietly but will fight to be re-instated despite very strong opposition within and outside Peniel Church.

    My views about the decline and fall of Michael Reid Ministries can be found on my blog: http://johlibaptist.blogspot.com/

    John

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