Re:Auckland Christian Assembly
(Date Posted:12/04/2015 2:27 PM)
They're still full on Revivalists, just with a different rebranding. I was brought up under Needham, but had moved to another Revival Centre when Needham had a schism with Longfield (this was before the later and more public schism with Revival Fellowship.)
Interestingly enough the schism with Needham seems very similar to the basis for the later schism with other crowd; that is Needham's son (forget his name) had divorced his wife and had also fornicated. Longfield wanted him booted out, but Needham said nay and formed the ACA.
Prior to this Needham would have the bigwigs from the RCI appear probably once a year.
I re-meet Needham a few years ago at my father's funeral. He still belonged to this God-bothering church (I also have siblings, nieces and nephews involved.) Needham still preaches the same BS as was evident when I wandered the halls at looked at posters. My God-bothering brother, still in the RCI and 'pastor', didn't seem to have an issue hearing Needham's proselytising at the funeral, and vice versa when my brother started preaching. Other RCI 'pastors' were there too, not that they spoke/preached.
(It was amusing to tell the God-botherers that I was agnostic there; the look of horror was priceless. It also allowed me to have long periods of silence that I would not have otherwise gotten from the God-botherers who seem to think every waking moment needs to be taken up with talking about God.)
I cannot attest to the low attendance since I wasn't there for a regular sermon, but the upper balcony was pretty much blocked off, so half the seats weren't available. If his church had healthy numbers I doubt the upper seats would be clogged up with paraphernalia.
I guess the ACA isn't big enough to get much attention here, and had this thread not already existed, I would have started something similar to bring it to the attention of the forum moderators; that they had appeared to let a revival church slip under the radar.
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