Trinidad: Unrepentant TT$28m pastor tells his church – “Is you give it to me”

Third Ex­o­dus As­sem­bly

Third Ex­o­dus As­sem­bly
“If they want to be­lieve that’s $28 mil­lion that’s them. Is you give it to me,” he said mo­tion­ing to the con­gre­ga­tion.             

“I walk in here tonight, I re­alise I don’t have to ex­plain. Be­lieve, as you sit un­der the true God, what is true. If I get­ting lock-up is be­cause you give it to me and you see ex­act­ly how I spend it,” he said to cheers from the gath­er­ing. “When you see bags and bags its be­cause it’s all there.”

Pastor Vinworth Dayal

On De­cem­ber 31, Day­al went to the Cen­tral Bank with 28 box­es of old $100 bills and at­tempt­ed to ex­change them for the new poly­mer bills. That ac­tiv­i­ty at­tract­ed the at­ten­tion of the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence branch of the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched.

On Thurs­day, of­fi­cers vis­it­ed the church and cart­ed away mil­lions more in small­er de­nom­i­na­tions. At the church, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said they found large sums of $20, $10, $5 and $1 notes in a large cab­i­net. Of­fi­cers al­so vis­it­ed a home in La Ro­maine linked to the pas­tor and seized sev­er­al doc­u­ments.

Day­al said he still had a pile of cheques that had not yet been de­posit­ed.

Dur­ing his ser­mon, he told the con­gre­ga­tion that when he spoke with the po­lice of­fi­cers on Thurs­day, they “knew” he was dif­fer­ent just by his voice.

“I tell the po­lice that come here what kind of per­son I am. I on­ly have to open my mouth and they know what kind of per­son I am,” he said.

He asked the church mem­bers whether he ever asked them for any­thing, whether he ever begged them for any­thing and they re­spond­ed with a cho­rus of “nos”.

De­spite his show of calm and faith, Day­al ad­vised the con­gre­ga­tion that if they were asked any­thing by any­one “out­side” they should “give tes­ti­mo­ny, a nice one, glo­ri­fy God, don’t make it too long”.

He took the An­gli­can church to task for say­ing he need­ed to de­clare how he amassed that amount of mon­ey and al­so bashed the Catholic church for “act­ing holi­er than thou.”

“I see they have this man in the news­pa­per, he said that Pas­tor Day­al have to de­clare how he get this, that’s the same peo­ple in the An­gli­can church un­der a ho­mo­sex­u­al man (name called) and all this filth they had in the Holy Trin­i­ty Cathe­dral,” he said re­fer­ring to the fash­ion show with biki­ni-clad mod­els held in the church a few weeks ago.

“And they sit­ting down there and talk­ing?” he asked.

Day­al fur­ther claimed the In­ter-Re­li­gious Or­gan­i­sa­tion was “sit­ting and dis­cussing” him and judg­ing how his church is dif­fer­ent from theirs.

“I was born and con­firmed in an An­gli­can church and when I reach 12 years old, no­body had to tell me, I see it and I tell my moth­er, I not go­ing back there you know,” he said.

He de­scribed the whole sit­u­a­tion as one de­signed by the dev­il.

“That’s what the dev­il does try. The dev­il does try to hit some­thing, Amen, think­ing every­thing will scat­ter and fall apart, Amen, but The Word is plant­ed in you Amen, glo­ry be to God in the high­est,” he de­clared.

“This is our apos­tolic church in the last days, this is the Bible church. In three days I be­come so fa­mous, every­one in the Caribbean know me. It reached as far as Africa and In­dia un­til I start­ed send­ing it to broth­ers. I am not ashamed. What I shame for? I do some­thing wrong?

“Some­times, it takes a cri­sis, tru­ly you could see all things work to­geth­er for good. If it takes that to bring every­body out tonight, what a great thing that is friends.”

Day­al list­ed the peo­ple per­se­cut­ed in the Bible and said if he was ar­rest­ed he would be in good com­pa­ny. He said it seemed that peo­ple out­side the church just “want some ac­tion” which is why he was be­ing tar­get­ed.

“We are here strong as ever, stronger than be­fore. When the full strength of the sun­light comes and the fruit on the tree, it don’t get back green friends, it doesn’t fall off the tree. It does get ripe. Amen. Hal­lelu­jah,” he said.

“You think Sa­tan can break up some­thing that Je­sus built? The dev­il has a lot to learn.”

Day­al quot­ed from the Book of Daniel, say­ing God’s will was not a pun­ish­ment.

“Is God pun­ish­ing him? No, when he comes to that prison, he go­ing to be the right hand of Pharoah, every knee shall bow Amen. Pris­on­er first, then vin­di­cat­ed son,” he said.”This is the re­al­i­ty.”

He al­so quot­ed from Math­ew Chap­ter Five, Verse 10 which speaks about the bless­ings that the right­eous re­ceive when they are per­se­cut­ed.

“You don’t have to give up when you go­ing through hard times, friends. That’s when you dig your heels in,” he said.

Dur­ing his prayer ses­sion, which was sep­a­rate from the ser­mon, Day­al de­nounced those who “gave their own spin” to this mat­ter.

“When test­ing time comes, that’s when they show their colours, what they re­al­ly are but Lord God You stand by your peo­ple and make a spec­ta­cle of them. Though they try to slan­der and black­en them and give their own spin on things, Lord said he will nev­er for­sake you,” Day­al said.

“We are grate­ful for the tri­als and the test­ing. This is not strange, this was proph­e­sied and we ex­pect­ed it, we longed for this time.”

Day­al, who said he had kept the word of the Lord for 45 years, held up one of the news­pa­per re­ports on the seizure of the mil­lions of dol­lars from his church and warned the con­gre­ga­tion to be wary of the ar­ti­cles they read.

“If you ain’t know what you read­ing, you gonna miss every­thing,” he said, adding some of the news re­ports were done to de­lib­er­ate­ly “give peo­ple di­rec­tion”.

“Look here, look here . . . see? Per­son of in­ter­est, mon­ey, sus­pi­cion. Is it mon­ey laun­der­ing? Is it Al Qae­da, is it ISIS. What is it?” he asked.

He said he would con­tin­ue to “serve God” un­til the mat­ter was re­solved.
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  • kamtanblog  On 01/06/2020 at 6:45 am

    In law u r innocent until proven
    (beyond reasonable doubt) guilty.
    We must never judge lest we be judged.

    This may be a “scapegoating” on religious grounds.
    Am sure there are many more of political
    Jackasses who should be incarcerated !
    The stigmata of corruption sticks !

    Guyana be aware beware !


    • Emanuel  On 01/06/2020 at 7:37 am

      Another foolish comment one who feels compelled to comment just for the sake of commenting.

      The question is, why didn’t this man deposit the money in the bank instead of hoarding it at his residence?

      Doesn’t that strike you as odd? Give it a rest, ole fella.

      • kamtanblog  On 01/06/2020 at 8:57 am

        Really !
        Will he be charged prosecuted clnvicyed
        fined and or imprisoned.?
        There is the answer !

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 01/18/2020 at 9:17 pm

    CBC TV has done a second/current expose’ of Christian Televangelism.

    Benny Hinn is the topic of the expose’ by his nephew, Costi.

    Promoting the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Hinn’s ministry hauls in $100 million annually.

    See video on The insider: Tales from inside Benny Hinn Ministries

    Summary: Toronto-raised Benny Hinn has been one of the most high-profile and controversial Christian televangelists in the world for more than three decades. His international crusades and “miracles” on stage have become legendary. His recent apparent renunciation of asking for money for blessings is the subject of debate and skepticism. The Fifth Estate revisits the Benny Hinn story it started 10 years ago. The public has had little chance to get inside the tight-knit world of the Pastor Benny ministry. Until now. His nephew, Costi Hinn, has broken with the family and written a tell-all book about his experience with what is known as the prosperity gospel.


    • Frank  On 01/18/2020 at 10:56 pm

      There are con artists all over the world profiting from gullibility and stupidly, getting rich from millions of people who refuse to be curious and ask questions about the universe.


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