The Irish Preacher

 

A few weeks ago,  Diana and I spent a week in the Holiday/Tarpon Springs area of Florida.  Just down the road from where we stayed was the compound/campus/facility of Leslie Hale, the Irish Preacher.  In the last two years, we’ve driven by it at least a dozen times and we kept wondering what was going on there.  I think it’s supposed to be a church, but if that’s the case, it’s like none I’ve ever seen.  Exterior-wise, the only identifying factor  is that big sign with Hale’s name on it.  No crosses, no God stuff, no nothing that says church.  On the website, you have to  click a link to even see mention of God or Jesus.  And, forget mission work, I didn’t find anything close there.  What I did find is multiple requests for cash.  There’s a link to become an “encourager” (which requires a donation of $50 a month), his memoir is available for a “minimum donation” of $15, there’s a straight-out gimme button (similar to mine) and, finally, there’s the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a recreation of the tabernacle of the Exodus .   He’s already spent $2 million on this thing and he’s asking for another million to complete it.  Damn, if he sent out prayer cloths, he’d be the Irish Reverend Ike.

I don’t know anything more about this guy.  I don’t know if he does any outreach in the community.   I don’t know if he spends any time with poor people, if he helps the homeless find shelter, if he feeds hungry people.  All I do know is that what’s listed above, because that’s what’s on his website.   I’ve asked some people who are familiar with the area about him and they don’t even know who he is.  I’d like to think that, as a man of God, if he’s spending $3 million dollars on this tabernacle thing, he’s spending even more on the things I just mentioned.  I really hope so, but I don’t think that’s the case.  Because if someone was throwing that kind of money around, people would be talking about it.  And, they’re not.  Nobody seems to know who he is.  Which is really kind of sad.  I mean, you’d think a preacher, someone who’s spent their life reading, studying and teaching the Bible would have read Matthew 25:35-45 and would be feeding, sheltering, clothing and generally looking after people instead of spending millions on what amounts to a freaking tent.

  • doris shrewsbury blackwood

    I am 79 years age. I am grandmother to Leslie Hale grandson, Ryan L. Hale. I have not been allowed to see him since he was a baby. Would you get word to Ryan to call me. You can’t let Leslie or Ruthanne know. Ruthanne was married to my son briefly and she is Ryan’s Mother. These so called righteous people had dispute with my son and now won’t let my grandson know me. My name is Doris Childress, telephone is 615.2838663
    I live in Nashville at 8441 Callabee Way, #4 – Cane Ridge, TN, 37013
    Thank you kindly,
    Doris

  • Melissa

    In the mid-80’s my family was involved with the Hales when they had the “SST” church called “Faith World” in Kissimmee, FL . I actually went to school at an off-site building for a short period of time that was part of Faith World. My family ended up leaving when it was found out the Hale’s were lying to the entire congregation about missions money that was being used to put in an in ground pool at their new house. Oddly enough when we first moved to the area, Leslie allowed my family to stay in their old house in BuenaVentura Lakes (BVL) in Kissimmee…the odd thing was that they did not take anything with them when they moved, everything was still there as if they just left to go to the store or something. Maurine (his wife) left every dress hanging in the closet, he left all his suits, the furniture, etc. They just left it and move into their big new house where they were putting the pool. Ruthann was a couple years older than me and always sang, that was her thing…that and playing around with boys all the time. I feel very sad for the poor grandmother of Ryan…I cannot imagine having to deal with that group anymore. When we left, there was a huge church split and it was never the same again, the Hales had to leave town eventually. My family even went to a hotel one night in fear of our safety as Leslie Hale himself had left a threatening note on our front door of our house (not the one he let us live in when we first got there). We would never have found out the truth about him had it not been for a visiting speaker who stayed for several weeks and actually was going to stay and be an advisor of some sort, maybe a financial advisor…but he found out that all was not what it appeared to be and let some of the leadership in the church know about it, which included my family. I was appaled to find out that all the money we had been giving to start a school/church in Mexico or someplace like that had been going into the underground pool in Leslie’s own backyard. Not one penny was given to missions. We had the books to prove it…and he didn’t like it. He is a fraud and a liar. As a teenager this effected me deeply and thankfully I went back to church (another one) because I follow God and not man. But this is one man to stay away from…evil…pure evil.

    • PAULINE

      I’m so glad I came across this blog and the two comments posted above. If no one in the Tarpon Springs area knows anything about Leslie Hale and family – there are many here in Ireland who know more than enough about him!
      Leslie Hale had a church here in Belfast, Northern Ireland called faith Tabernacle in the 1970’s. I was a member of that congregation from I was 16 years old.
      Leslie told us that God was raising him and our church up to claim ireland for Jesus. This was when ‘The Troubles’ were at their worst in Northern Ireland and we were looking for some hope. So we gave our life and souls to building this church up.
      Then Leslie informed us that God had told him to build a huge church and complex just outside Belfast to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. It seems mad now but we believed him. And so us working class people got extra jobs, saved every penny we had and gave it all to help build ‘Faith Cathedral.’
      All that was ever built was a tiny square hall which now lies in ruins. When the local press began to ask questions about the Hale’s extravagant lifestyles he came to church one Sunday and out of the blue announced that God had changed his mind about building a great church in Ireland, and had told him to move to Florida and build it there. In a week he was gone leaving so many shattered lives behind him.
      He went to Kissimmee where he began the whole process all over again. I visited Florida once and met some of the people in Faith World Kissimmee – ordinary, good people who were being taken for a ride just like me. It is so sad that he abandoned you people too!
      He now operates in Tarpon Springs where he has the nerve to conduct ‘Truth Seminars’ outing greedy evangelists who rip off their congregations!
      This man is a selfish, greedy, unscrupulous fraud. I feel real sympathy for the grandmother who can’t see her grandchild. The Hale’s are incapable of having any compassion for anyone outside their immediate family circle. I know them well.
      Stay as far away from them as you can.

  • ger macrory

    I HAVE BEEN TO HIS CHURCH HERE IN BELFAST , IRELAND . HE HAS TALENT AS A PREACHER BUT AS FOR GOD CALLING HIM TO FLORIDA ?? INDIA YES AFRICA YES BUT REALLY DOES AMERICA NEED ANOTHER PREACHER , ESPECIALLY IN LUXURY LAND?? BIBLICAL EXAMPLES MEANT MEN BEING UPROOTED FROM AFFLUANCE TO WELL EFFLUANCE IF YOU WILL EXCUSE ME . HE GOES THE OPPOSITE WAY , QUITE UN BIBLICAL . WHEN HERE IN BELFAST HE WOULD EXHORT THE CONGREGATION TO REMAIN BEHIND A WHILE TO WITTNESS THE HOLY SPIRIT . THIS WOULD INVOLVE LES FAKING TONGUES . “ALAMBAMBA SHALAWALA BOOMBA SHECKCISCO MAZUMBA” ETC IN SHORT A LOAD OF GIBBERISH WHICH DID NOT FOLLOW SCRIPTURAL RULES OF INTERPRETATION . THE CONGREGATION SLAVISHLY FOLLOWED RATHER THAN BE THOUGHT NOT TO BE IN RECEIPT OF THE ANOINTING . IT SOUNDED LIKE BEING AT THE FOOT OF THE TOWER Of BABLE . HILARIOUS IF IT WERE NOT SO SAD . gmac.

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  • Pete

    Leslie Hale is well-known to many of us in the Greater Belfast area. He’s a conman, a liar and a thief. He came to Northern Ireland promising great things but mainly to solicit donations to build a huge church, to be called Faith Tabernacle. Although many people donated their savings to his project very little came of it other than a small building now lying in ruins just outside Glengormley Co Antrim.

    Questions were asked in the press about where the money was going, at which point both the cash and Leslie Hale departed Ireland’s shores never to be seen again.

    I doubt severely that Hale has changed at all and, judging by his website and this article, it would appear that he hasn’t. He has some front to describe himself as “The Irish Preacher.” There are some people here who would like a few words with him, particularly regarding where all their savings went.

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  • sher

    Oh my goodness…we’ve visited this church when in Florida. We had suspicions about him and his ministry. Things just didn’t seem right. We wondered about Ruthanne as well, because her dress was not what you’d expect of a christian woman. Leslie is a dynamic speaker and Ruth does have a good voice but if what is written here is true, again, oh my goodness!!!
    I went online just to see what was going on with his ministry because we haven’t been there in a few years,and found this! I don’t want to believe all this but it’s difficult not to. Mainly because we always had a bad feeling about him and Ruth mainly. We’d leave there and say, “somethings just not right about this.” We always wondered where all the money was coming from because the congregation is quite small. We had many questions and now this. If true, all this is very sad.

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  • Stephanie

    I have been going to Leslie’s church in Tarpon for many years now. He is well known for his teaching ministry. I have learned more truth from his ministry than in all my years growing up. Since I have been going to his ministry, I have grown so much as a Christian. My faith, my hope, my love for our Heavenly Father has grown. There are tons and tons of preachers on TV that live high and mighty and have fancy cars and planes and homes and live very extravagant lives. I do not hear anyone talking about them. The bible calls all of us to support the pastors and families.The church is called to provide for them. When you walk with God and live a good Christian life, many blessings come your way. God wants nothing more than to bless everyone of us. I myself am blessed beyond measure. I am eternally grateful to the Hale family for their ministry in Tarpon. They do nothing more for us than teach us straight from the bible, encourage and love us. As far some of the concerns about outreach and such, the Hale’s ministries focus mainly on teaching. It is a teaching ministry. Every ministry has a focal point, and this is what they are being called to do. I personally know of stories where the do extend the hand of help. This may be a very humble thing on their part where they do not announce to the world what they do for others in that sense. Again, the bible calls us to keep this to ourselves. As far as the Tabernacle, this will be opened to the public for the pure teaching and message of the Tabernacle. It will be a teaching tool for all who want to learn of it’s signifigance. We need more truth, so many preachers are teaching garbage. Pure garbage. Leslie Hale is doing nothing more that speaking and teaching the truth of the bible. It is priceless. As far as family issues, leave it alone. There are always three sides to every story. Somewhere the truth lies, this is for God only to judge. Not us.

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    • Eileen

      The bible does not mention to specifically support our pastors especially the lifestyle the pastors are living today. In acts 2 the church, that is the body of believers, supported one another as each had a need, this was the original principles of the early church and boy have we gotten very far away from that principle.Paul was a tent maker! So he would not be a burden on others in the church. People need to wake up. Just last night we got a recorded message from his ministry looking for 10,000 dollars needed by this week-end to keep him on air, hang on did he not just spend how much building a tabernacle and I ask myself was that building absolutely necessary! There is much need in the community and would it not have been put to better use to help the homeless or hungry or orphan instead of putting all the money into a building. Church wake up! See whats truly going on and change direction before it’s too late. These are end-times and many ARE being deceived just as the bible forewarned.

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      • Stephanie

        In Cor. 9:14 Paul clearly states that people who preach the gospel should get their living from the bible. For further reading, I read Cor. 9 3-18. This clearly lays down that our pastors have a right to eat and drink. There will always be people who will judge what is to be done with the money that a congregation receives. This, in my opinion is not for us to judge. I do not want people to judge my life and how God chooses to bless me and my family. As for the tabernacle, it is clear that you do not feel the significance of this and the call upon the ministry to do this. That is ok. Some churches have a call to build skate parks for children. We could say, “why, when we could use that money for the homeless”? Every church has it’s own calling, every church will serve in it’s own way. Leslie’s ministry is a teaching ministry and this is the call of his ministry. So, this is what he will follow. He will continue to listen to God’s calling on his life and not those of man. This is not for us to judge. As for the the ministry expressing the pressing bill for TV, again his TV ministry is to reach the masses and is used for teaching the pure gospel and getting the truth out. Why would we not want to help in this matter? If God so blesses us to help, then why not. If we are not blessed to help at the moment, then it is still ok. I pray that if the Hale ministry is not for you, that you will find a ministry that will work to your liking. I do pray that you find the pure teaching in your search!

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  • Mark

    I have been attending Leslie Hale Ministries for about 2 years now…I have never been closer to God in all my life, and have seen firsthand how wonderful God truly is, when you have faith in him..I have Leslie to thank for that…Not sure how thats a bad thing…His knowledge of the bible is second to none, and he is a wonderful speaker…I honestly have learned more about God, and have become closer to God now more than ever in my life because of God..Leslie married my wife and I, and it was a wonderful ceremony, and afterward Ruth Anne coordinated the reception, and did a spectacular job…They wanted not one dime from us to use the church for the wedding, and the dining hall for the reception….this same dining hall, by the way, is used to feed the entire congregation at no charge whatsoever every Sunday after service..as far as the tabernacle goes, Leslie is on a “pay as you go” plan, meaning he owes nothing up to date on the tabernacle…he did not take out any loans, and he just relies on faith in God that needs will be met, and they are…So, before you judge him, and apparently some of the people that have commented admit to not even knowing him, should keep their comments to themselves, because if they really did know him, they would think otherwise…

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  • Pauline Lorimer

    I just want to address Stephanie and mark. You have no idea how much I feel for you. You obviously love Leslie, Maureen and Ruth Anne very much. In fact you both sound just like me. I was 16 when I committed myself to Jesus and to Faith Tabernacle, which was Leslie’s first church in North Belfast. From the start I loved them like my own family. My dad was the worship leader and when we were kids our families went on picnics together. When I left school at 18 I dropped out of University to sell Leslie’s books around the doors in Northern Ireland. All proceeds were to go to building Faith Cathedral in outer Belfast. Not much was ever built! It stands as a gutted wreck today. (if you want photos just let me know)! This was at the height of ‘The Troubles’ in our country. We were desperate and Leslie gave us hope. He was and still is the greatest preacher I’ve ever heard. That fact kind of overrode the short cuts I learned he was taking. He was always less than transparent when it came to money. He drove cars that were unheard of in Northern Ireland etc. But we loved him. He was such a man of God. And he told us over and over again -God is going to do a mighty thing in Ireland, through him, and us. If you want proof I can send you books such as ‘Setting the Shamrock on Fire.’
    I, and many others committed our entire lives to Leslie’s cause. It was my reason for being. Maureen was like a mother to me. Then one day he just announced God had told him to relocate to Florida and the next week he and his family were gone. These people that I had loved with all my heart, whom I had trusted and defended like you defend them now, just picked up sticks and disappeared as if we had never existed. To be abandoned by those who cultivated my love was devastating. I suffered a complete breakdown. 30 years later I can point you to those whom Leslie left behind – still broken and hurting.
    Stephanie and Mark – I have no illusions. You sound just like me 25 years ago. I would have defended Leslie to the death, and Maureen (she was at my wedding, for goodness sake). I know that you will rationalise all the accusations against them as being ‘attacks of satan’, just like I did for so many years. If you mention my name to them they will tell you that I’m full of the devil, disregarding all the years that I loved them like my own parents ( I’m now a Methodist Minister of 16 years standing).
    But sometime, you too will be abandoned. They are experts in making you believe that they care for you. I would have staked my life on the fact that they loved me. Turned out that I never mattered – ever!
    All I can say is that my heart goes out to you sincere, lovely, people who are listening to the same lies that I listened to for so long. There is only one ending to your journey – heartache and disillusionment. I could cry just thinking about you.

    In total love

    Pauline Lorimer (nee Hutton)

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  • alec

    just read paulines notes above and i also was very much involved with leslie in belfast operating the audio and visual ministeries. He will build you up and when you have worked hard in his ministry he will burn you out and spit you out just he had done with us in belfast and move on to some other poor soul. Be not fooled by his apparent love for everyone he is just a money grabbing piece of work,bleeding ordinary working class people and moving on HE WILL DO THE SAME TO YOU !!!!! If you ever question him about money matters he will treat you with contempt and make it untenable for you to stay. He distroyed hundreds of lives here in Northern Ireland and when god god holds him to account god will settle the account with him—-not that really matters to him yes he is a good orater but there again so was hitler please please do not be fooled God has better things and people for God Bless

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    • Diana Martin

      You people in Ireland nee to GET OVER IT!!! Mr. Hale had no obligation to stay there if God was leading him to the U.S. You all are such crybabies! And to compare him to Hitler????? Wow! Talk about giving account for our actions…THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOR! The only thing he ever did “to you” was to leave and go where he was led to go.

      • lenny

        Sad Diana, 1 Corinthians 13 would be a good place for you to read.

  • PASTOR WILLAM DICK

    JEALOUSY IS A TERRIBLE WEAPON OF THE DEVIL ALL THE ABOVE ENEMY’S OF THE CROSS SHOULD ASK OUR LORD TO FORGIVE THEM IF THEY HAVEN’T ALREADY CROSSED THE LINE REMEMBER THAT SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE ONLY ONE THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS FOR .
    I HAVE KNOWN LESLIE AND MAUREEN HALE FOR 42 YEARS BOTH PERSONALLY AND IN MINISTRY I HAVE DEEPEST RESPECT FOR THEM I HAVE WITNESSED THOUSANDS OF LIVES CHANGED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER IN IRELAND AND AMERICA FOR GOD AND FOR GOOD , MY WIFE AND I ARE BOTH IN THE MINISTRY THROUGH LESLIE’S TEACHING AND EXAMPLE I COULD NAME A NUMBER OF GREAT MEN OF GOD WHO ALSO ARE IN THE MINISTRY BECAUSE OF LESLIE HALE .
    OUR LORD HAD TO WIPE THE DUST OF HIS CLOTHES AS IT WERE WHEN HE WAS REJECTED BY HIS OWN NATION THE JEWISH LEADERS AND REMEMBER WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL DID WELL HE TOLD LESLIE TO DO THE SAME IF ONLY A FOOL COULD NOT SEE THE THINGS LESLIE IS DOING IN FLORIDA HE COULD NOT DO OVER HERE , HIS MINISTRY IS FOR THE WORLD . SOME ARE CALLED TO A VILLAGE OR TOWN OR A COUNTRY .
    even yesterday in lurgan we met a christian business man WHO SAID HE HAD GREAT RESPECT FOR LESLIE HALE AND HE WAS BEFORE HIS TIME IN IRELAND

    MATTHEW 5 :11 BLESSED ARE YE WHEN MEN (WOMEN) SHALL REVILE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU , AND SHALL SAY ALL MANNER OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY , FOR MY SAKE
    V 12 REJOICE , AND BE EXCEEDING GLAD , FOR GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN, FOR SO PERSECUTED THEY THE PROPHETS WHICH WERE BEFORE YOU .
    LESLIE IF YOU READ THIS SOME HOW I DON’T THINK YOU WILL
    LESLIE YOUR IN THE RIGHT TEEMS COLOURS LOOK AT OUR LORDS BLESSING .
    LESLIE GREAT JOY
    LESLIE GREAT REWARD
    LESLIE GREAT COMPANY
    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK

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  • Joseph

    Willie Dick you are so so wrong! Your loyalty to Leslie Hale is commenable but not to the detriment of the truth…Leslie Hale is only concerned with his own ‘success’ – Ichabod is all over the site at Glengormley…Leslie Hale has been in bankruptcy more than once in the US yet managed to retain his luxurious lifestyle…It is so sad that you are blinded to the truth…there is no one so blind as someone who chooses not to see!!

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    • Diana Martin

      Wow. So according to you there’s no way that the Hale’s are simply BLESSED despite Satan’s repeated attempts to destroy them, right? So even though we read in Scripture that Our Father blessed Solomon with wealth, you still see financial blessings as indicators of sin? You’re pathetic! You need to direct that thinking toward Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, and those such blowholes.

      • lenny

        I think Solomon lived in a backslidden state for years!!!

  • Anne Ross

    I met Leslie Hale back in 1974 when I was just a teenager myself. It was through Leslies ministry that I met and married my wife Anne whose parents Walter and May Scribbans were already members of the church from the 60s. I firmly believe that it is because of Leslie and Maureen Hale that we are the people we are today. Their teaching and generousity over the years has well and truly stood us in good stead.

    Leslie and Maureen have been persecuted in more ways that one by the very people who profess christianity and sat for many years in Leslies congregation both in the Tabernacle and the Cathedral. These people who for many years went door to door with myself and others selling books and earning money doing so. These people who when the going got tough where the first to run to Leslie and Maureen for help which they freely gave many times over. From my own personal experience of a lifetime knowing Lesle Hale I have known a man of intregity, and firm in his principals of God. He is to be commended for his obedience to God and not persecuted. Not that long ago we received a long distance phone call from the very person who we are talkingi of, Leslie took time out of his busy schedule to phone us at a time when we really needed to hear from him. It was a time of great sorrow and grief when Walter died. He rang the hospital to pray with him and also rang our home to pray with us. Leslie and Walter had a lifetime of friendship and it didnt matter what side of the alantic Leslie lived he still took time to acknowledge the people who have been faithful to him and his ministry.

    Leslie, Maureen and their family will always remain firm friends and we will continue to pray for them as we have done for so many years.

    Love in Jesus

    Billy and Anne Ross 3rd John chpt 2

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  • Jonathan Ross

    My family attended Faith Tabernacle when i was born, so i can say Leslie Hale has known me for 36 years.

    As a child my grandad Walter Scribbans used to set his alarm for 6am every morning. He would get up and walk back and forward for 2 hours constantly praying. One day i asked him why he does this, all he said was “a wolf comes in sheeps clothing and i kept a promise to leslie”

    2 years ago, weeks before my grandad died he told me that when he first meet Leslie he made a promise to pray for him every day with out fail because it would be the “christians” that would try to destroy Gods work in Leslie.

    One of the final words i whispered in my grandad’s ear as he died in my arms was “God is waiting to reward you for your dedication to Leslie Hale”

    I continue to this day to watch Leslie Hale’s services online and after all these years can soundly say NOBODY can open the scriptures and reveal what that man reveals.

    Its fantastic that people can come on this blog and claim to know the bible.

    “If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” 1 John 4:20

    RE: Pauline: Im not sure if you can remember me, I can remember you. I hope you are well and i pray that God delivers you from your torment. God Bless.

    RE: Alec: I also did the sound and audio for Leslie Hale in Faith Cathedral for many years and Leslie always took the time to come over and personally thank me. God Bless

    RE: Joseph: you speak in parables here’s a good one “There are none so lame as those who will not walk.” God Bless.

    To coin a very famous quote:

    “I love Leslie hale, I want to be like Leslie Hale, I am like Leslie Hale, I am better than Leslie Hale, I hate Leslie Hale”

    THANK GOD FOR LESLIE HALE

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  • Sbaker

    By your own admission “I don’t know anything more about this guy.” So why would you make a comment about someone you don’t know anything about? Do your due diligence first, then make a comment. I can attest that you know nothing of the man other than what you were able to Google.

    • Joel Rieves

      I wrote this post because I had done my “due diligence” and found nothing about community outreach. I find it hard to believe that he and his church are involved in the community and there is nothing said about it anywhere. If you can provide some instances of that involvement, I’d be most grateful. If only because I have no desire to be right about this.

      • Diana Martin

        SO WHAT?????? Leslie Hale was called to PREACH! Not everyone has the same obligations or offices. He feeds us the WORD!!! There isn’t anything more important than that. Man cannot live by bread alone. Duh! Leslie Hale teaches us to seek first the kingdom of God and all things will be added unto us. This is scriptural, almost verbatim. When you are spiritually fed you are equipped to receive blessings in every other area of life. Some are called to teach, some to heal, some to prophecy, etc. What is your problem? Why don’t you try watching one of his sermons before you judge him? Smh…

        • lenny

          Diana, I was so sad to read your post above, you seem to be full of anger and spew out sarcastic words. Doesn’t seem to be anything of the spirit of Jesus, not much fruit of the spirit there! I think Joel Rieves is genuinely wanting to know more. Leslie Hale raised a lot of money in Belfast to build churches, motels etc and nothing came to being – he ended up selling the lot and who got the money? You seem to be more of a follower of Leslie than of the Lord by reading your stuff above. There remains Faith, Hope and Love and the greatest is LOVE.

        • alfatrigona

          I heard a story that beggars were talking about pentecostals. In a big stadium people were going there for a big pentecostal conference. And beggars are out by the gates and they don’t know what is going on. One beggar is asking the other beggar who is playing today ? The beggar thought that it is a soccer match. The other beggar replied no, no,no it is not a soccer match it is a pentecostal conference. The beggar replied “Are all these men who filled the stadium Pentecostals ?” The other beggar replied yes. Then the beggar who asked said “Woe to us if all these are Pentecostals we are dying of hunger.” What he is saying is that Pentecostals misused the scripture saying “by faith not by works” as if they don’t have to feed the poor like Catholic churches. Matthew 25: 35-45 is not only for specific people. That question is for all Christians. So Diana you are absolutely wrong when you put the scripture “man cannot live by bread alone”. Sad to see a person who has been taught under Brother Leslie Hale misuses the scripture in a wrong way. And the second point is your rude expression”Duh”. What does it mean ? Grow up sister ! Saying that I have a deep respect for brother Leslie Hale he a true man of God but your defense by putting wrong scriptures makes you a weak Christian.

      • azabigail

        Joel, I just found this post as I was looking for the Leslie Hale website. I have been listening to his programs off and on this year. So far the content has not caused any red flags to go up in my spirit, but like I said I have only been watching his program now and then…. @ Diana… Joel said he had no desire to be right about his first impression of the ministry, indicating that given the limited amount of information on the ministry he was willing to admit that he might have misjudged it, and asked for clarification from anyone who might know more. Then you without hesitation railed at him. Judging from your response you seem to know the ministry, but instead of offering to help with additional information, you became extremely defensive…. don’t know if you were just having a bad day, but your attitude was not a good testimony of what you are learning. Just FYI

    • Diana Martin

      AMEN!!!!!

  • Sally P

    As a young person, I was a BIG supporter of Leslie Hale. Great preacher and encourager. I believe if he had of stayed in Ireland he could have built a major work. But somehow I think Leslie lead us all on. Not intentionally, but we would have followed Leslie anywhere and done anything for him. We truly loved him and his work. But I really feel the WAY Leslie left us, his flock and Ireland, was extremely hurtful. Felt so confused and let down.
    When I see Leslie lambast the “seed faith” belief and preachers, I am in disbelieve. No one preached “seed faith” more fervently than Leslie. It’s such a contradiction.
    When I read Leslie’s book my heart sank. I really was stunned at what seemed to be so much “unforgiveness” and “defensiveness” on Leslie’s part. Sure I know he may have been hurt with things and people. Goes with the territory. We all have been hurt. Leslie, you hurt a lot of people here in Ireland. But at this stage of life, to come out with all that was in the book is just so distorted and one sided. Ad knowing the things I do, I would say the book is certainly NOT totally accurate at all. But anyway, Leslie, you promised us a lot. We believed you and supported you. But you let us down BIG time. I wish you the very best in these later days of your life and pray you have found or will find whatever it is you are looking for in the ministry.

    • Diana Martin

      Leslie Hale went where he was led of God to go. Period. His loyalty was and still is to Our Father. You sound ridiculously selfish complaining about that. If you continue to watch and listen to his sermons, you will continue to be blessed you big crybaby. Smh…

      • lenny

        Diana, sad,sad,sad! Read your bible for yourself and heed the words of Jesus, if he says LOVE your enemies, never mind your brothers & sisters in the Lord.

    • It sounds to me that you have not given your money to God’s Work, but to another human being, and now you are annoyed that he has gone where God has led him. You should be praising God for the time you had his teaching, and praying for God to use him where he has led him now…. I for one have been very blessed by Leslie Hale’s teaching here in America…. Should he be called to another country by God, I shall remain blessed to have had his teaching…Few pastors are gifted in teaching….PTL for Leslie Hale’s Ministry of the Bible….
      Carol Ann
      Ocala, FL.

  • lisa

    Hi Everyone, This is one of the rare occasions that I have posted a comment concerning anything ,but I felt impressed to do so today, as the subject of Spiritual Abuse is one that is dear to my heart…because I have been a victim more than once. I have watched Leslie Hale on Christian TV and I’m always blessed by his teaching ministry. It’s Awesome! But I have always felt that something wasn’t quite right. It seemed that He was ministering a great deal of the time out of hurt and bitterness, attacking other ministries rather than just teaching/preaching the Word God has given to him. Other than that, I think he is an excellent Bible teacher. But the “something not quite right” feeling ,is why I searched online and found this blog. To the people on both sides of this fence . . . Jesus Is Our Lord! Not Leslie Hale Or any other man for that matter. I LOVED AND DEFENDED MY PASTORS FERVENTLY TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN A PART OF THAT PARTICULAR MINISTRY BEFORE ME, BUT THEY WERE ULTIMATELY JUST FALLEN HUMAN BEINGS! My family and I got hurt at three different churches by leaders that we esteemed highly. We sowed huge sums(huge to us – we are working class as well)into these ministries and into the men and women of God personally and considered it a great honor and privilege to do so. Even now I don’t regret the seeds that I have sown in Faith into the Kingdom. I know God has/will reward my sacrifice. No Man Can Rob Me Of That! You all know well that the Bible tells us that “For the Gifts and Calling of God are Without Repentance.” Rms 11:29 Just because a person is gifted,talented,anointed,called or whatever does not mean that they have developed/matured the Fruit of the Spirit! So a person can be in all kinds of sin and still operate in the Gifts. Why? Because the Gifts are just that …GIFTS (FREE)!!!! We don’t work for them. We cant earn them! They are free gifts from God … To Us … For Others! “Freely you received, freely give.” Matt 10:8 Yes, God will use a person that is in sin. He will give them a chance to repent. If they don’t change He will use them to bless you now and deal with their sin later! “Many will say to me in that day,Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in your name?and in thy name have cast out devils?and in thy name done many wonderful works? Then I will profess unto them, I never knew you:depart from me,ye that work iniquity.” Matt 7:22-23 Leslie Hale is certainly not unique. Happens all the time. I and my family were very hurt by the Spiritual Abuse we suffered…even stopped going to church for a time,but we managed to stay connected to Our God. As a matter of fact, I now count those experiences as some of the most valuable I’ve had. God has used it all to mold me into the minister that I am now! It has caused me to have great compassion from all of Gods people, loving them the way Jesus loves them. Here is my new rule for judging leaders ; Jesus is our role model, our standard. No matter how well they teach, preach, heal, deliver(gifts) …. I inspect their fruit(character). Then I ask myself … WOULD JESUS DO THAT? If not, then we shouldnt do it either! Stay Blessed!

  • Sbaker

    Not all are called to outreach, some are called to teach and make known the truth in the Word.

  • Jennie

    It appears that people who wantto have a cafeteria style belief system will always find that the teaching and
    preaching of Biblical Truth goes against their grain, or should I say “sticks in their craw”. That appears to be the case here with the criticisms of Leslie Hale. One needs only to be a genuine Christian to listento Leslie and recognize Truth. We must remember that all of us have fallen short, and we are not to judge the human frailties of another. We are only to judge what we hear them speaking forth. Are they speakingTruth when checked against the Bible?

    Truth is not always pleasant to hear, nor is it pleasant to have the light of Truth illuminate one’s personal biases, shortcomings and downright failings. Embarking on a journey to seek out “Biblical” teachings that one agrees with is to make up one’s own menu for spiritual consumption. That’s a dead end. To say that
    “I want to live in a society based on love where there are no “others” and everyone is included, i.e. the Kingdom of God. This blog is one of my contributions towards bringing that Kingdom to life”

    is to delude oneself into believing that he or she can “bring about the Kingdom of God” here on earth. No human can. Only God can do that, and it will come about in God’s time, according to God’s plan, when Jesus returns to reign over the entire earth for the promised 1,000 years – the Millenial Kingdom. Those who want a faith based on picking and choosing what THEY think is right and fair, are at a disadvantage for they are fooling themselves into a “works theology” thinking that they are pleasing God by substituting their thoughts for His. The Bible is God’s handbook for us, and we can’t cherry pick what we like and reject what we don’t like. Leslie Hale is a refreshing teacher of God’s word, and I’ve never heard him say anything that is in error in the year I have listened to him.
    We must be very careful that we don’t criticize in ignorance or judge out of prejudice or even malice. Always weigh everything against the pure word of Scripture. That brings us full circle: if one doesn’t believe all of Scripture, then one has nothing to hold up as a standard but oneself, and that’s nothing but foolishness and pride.

    Bottom line: We can’t write our own Bibles that we will find comfy to follow. That’s a dead end.

    We can’t walk WITH Jesus unless we HAVE Jesus. In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1

  • Diana Martin

    I think that before you go casting stones and pre-judging Leslie Hale, it might behoove you to watch or listen to one of his sermons. This man is absolutely, positively in LOVE with our Creator (the Father) and Savior (the Son), and it’s utterly contagious. What does he do for the masses? I tell you, he does more than any televangelist I have ever seen because he FEEDS THE SHEEP! He freely gives the precious manna of Scripture (not lip service and gibberish fools call “tongues”), and there is no more valuable gift that could ever be given.
    As for the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, if you bothered to find out the correct way, the building project is another teaching tool.
    Not everyone is called to serve in the same way.
    Actually your opinion matters not though because our heavenly Father demonstrates His approval for Pastor Hale’s work time and time again. That’s all that matters.

  • karen matthews

    I loved listening to Leslies sermons when I was at his church called CrossRoads Cathedral in St Pete FL.. He inspired me greatly. BUT, as we gathered to pray each week for the so called new church he wanted to build and land that God had picked out and spoken to him that a great church would be built on it, none of that came to be. I met some of the kindest and most devout christians at this church. I still am friends with many. My family was going through turmoil at the time and I was on my knees every day. It was the people in the congregation that helped my family meet our needs. One day a friend happened to be at the church when they were counting the offering. Someone had put 60.00 in an envelope and said to make sure I got it and that God placed it on their hearts that i needed it. My friend asked me a few weeks later when our electricity was being shut off what I did with the money. I said I didn’t know what she was talking about. She went to the church and was told that so many had been stepping up in the church to help my family in crisis that they felt I had been helped enough. She asked for the money and said it was intended for me no matter how the church felt. I still hung in there and prayed and prayed for our new church. Many people also prayed faithfully until they began to realise that something was just not right. One by one people started leaving ( including his other pastors and people in the music ministry ) all had said that as much as they loved the preaching, the vision he said he had from God and the money being given for the new church was not adding up. I also finally left the church. Devastated as I loved it there, but I just could not be at peace in my spirit. Over the years I have prayed for his whole family and wondered whatever became of him as I know most of the entire congregation left him and he did not have a new place at that time. I decided to look him up and prayed I would hear good things. It seems that he still has a gift for teaching but the so called “money issues” are still plaguing him. I pray for the body of Christ and all his children to pray for discernment and ask questions as it is your right to know what is happening with your church and a full disclosure should be available. We all fall short and need God’s grace, but we are all accountable in the end and I pray that we are also not looking to the charismatic preacher but to God. May you all be blessed and find peace in your walk of Faith!

  • Hugh

    I drive past ‘Faith cathedral’ almost everyday. It’s a broken down little building sitting on waste ground. Leslie lived an opulent lifestyle at a time when those who attended his church hadn’t two pennies to rub together. Can you imagine setting up a church in downtown New York in an area with poverty and high unemployment then taking the money given by the congregation for the work of God and buying a large house, car, expensive clothes then ‘suddenly’ hearing the voice of the Lord to abandon the people and be called to a place where the people have (surprise, surprise) lots and lots of money!!
    Leslie did a lot of damage to the Gospel here in NI, he took the money and ran leaving the true shepherds who would lay their lives down for their sheep to pick up the pieces.
    Ezekiel 34 1-6 tells what God thinks about this type of thing.