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Church offering gay 'cure' therapy under investigation over significant financial losses

The Charity Commission is investigating the church for potential serious losses

2018-06-08

A church which offers gay “cure” therapies in London is under investigation over “potential significant” financial losses.

The Charity Commission announced it was looking into Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries International (MFM) – which has branches across east London – after they became “concerned” about how the charity is run.

MFM claims to “propagate Christianity” through its branches across the city but the Charity Commission revealed the charity is suffering “potentially serious losses” following talks with MFM trustees.

“The Commission is concerned about the apparent failures within the administration and management of the charity which have resulted in an environment in which such losses could occur, and continued to occur over a prolonged period,” the watchdog said.

Auditors “qualified” its accounts for 2014 and 2015, meaning they had reservations about the information provided.

The charity came under scrutiny last year when an assistant pastor told an undercover reporter being gay was biologically wrong and that he could “humble” his soul by starving himself and not drinking water for 24 hours before a prayer session.

However, the branch’s pastor Dr Desmond Sanusi said the church did not discriminate against anyone’s sexuality and his assistant was acting alone.