Edit 06/01/2015: People seem to think that Mesiti is not an active Hillsong or C3 pastor. However, Pastor Pat still does speak infrequently at Hillsong and C3 Church:
Pat Mesiti is a pastor of Hillsong and C3 church. For a long time he has been a close contact and friend of “Pastor” Brian Houston and “Pastor” Phil Pringle. Both Brian Houston and Phil Pringle stood by the unrepentant sinner Pat Mesiti when he was caught in adulterous affairs backs in the year 2000 and brazenly restored this fraudster back into church leadership in spite of his brazen prosperity heresy and his new career as a huckster.
The bible disqualifies Pat Mesiti of being a pastor for a reason – he was not a Christian in the first place. It was evident in his convictions, his beliefs, his lifestyle, his behavior and how he completely disregarded God, His Word and His church.
Why would this behavior surprise anyone? Will it surprise Brian Houston considering that he recently used Pat Mesiti in a sermon as an example to his congregation to aspire too?
This is what happens when the church is run by fraudulent men: the highest example of godliness they can offer is unrepentant, unregenerate sinful behavior.
Expect C3 and Hillsong to again justify sin and lawlessness in the name of Jesus (judge not lest be judged; he who hasn’t cast the first stone; for all have sinned, etc.). If you want to create criminals in society, all people need to do is let Phil Pringle, Brian Houston and cohorts justify their sins in the name of the Lawgiver.
The Sydney Morning Herald writes,
Former Hillsong pastor Pat Mesiti faces domestic violence charges
Police from The Hills Local Area Command in Sydney’s north-west arrested Pat Mesiti at his home about 11pm on Thursday.
“The accused was heavily intoxicated and in a fit of rage over a family issue,” Sergeant Michael Plass said.
Mr Mesiti was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault. Police have sought an apprehended violence order on behalf of his second wife, Andrea. Mr Mesiti has not yet been required to enter a plea to the assault charge and it is not known if he will oppose the AVO application.
Fifteen years ago, Mr Mesiti was one of Australia’s most prominent evangelists. He had his own television show and had risen to become a national director of the Pentecostal church movement Australian Christian Churches.
But in 2001 the church leadership at Hillsong discovered he had been sleeping with prostitutes. He was stripped of his licence to minister. His first marriage fell apart.
“I was basically struggling with a sexual addiction,” he told the Christian magazine Sight in 2006. Two years later he told the New Zealand Herald he had “lost everything” following the revelations.
“I was so depressed that I couldn’t talk for two years. I struggled with my mental health.”
Mr Mesiti went on to become a motivational speaker and self-described “prosperity activist” who now instils people with “millionaire mindsets”.
“Not to brag, but I am a world-renowned prosperity and mindset coach with over 2 million of my books and products sold worldwide,” he says on his website.
“I am a sought-after business consultant to Fortune 500 companies and franchises worldwide on leadership, team building, wealth creation and personal development.”
His stated ambition is to create 10,000 millionaires within his lifetime and he has several speaking appearances slated for 2016.
Mr Mesiti could not be reached for comment on Saturday.
Granted bail, he will face Parramatta Local Court on January 12. The police application for an apprehended violence order will be heard on the same day. Assault occasioning actual bodily harm carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.
Source: By Patrick Begley, Former Hillsong pastor Pat Mesiti faces domestic violence charges, Sydney Morning Herald, http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/former-hillsong-pastor-pat-mesiti-faces-domestic-violence-charges-20160101-gly2ld.html#ixzz3w6PB9CU3, Published 03/01/2015. (Accessed 03/01/2016.)
9 News writes,
Ex Hillsong minister ‘hit wife in fit of rage’
A disgraced former minister of the Hillsong Church has been arrested after allegedly lashing out at his wife on New Year’s Eve in what police described as a drunken “fit of rage”.
Pat Mesiti, who claimed to be a sex addict after he was booted out of the evangelical organisation for sleeping with prostitutes, was taken into custody about 11pm on December 31 by police from the Hills LAC.
“The accused was heavily intoxicated and in a fit of rage over a family issue,” Sergeant Michael Plass told the Sydney Morning Herald, revealing that Mesiti was charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The charges prompted police to seek an Apprehended Violence Order on Mesiti’s second wife’s behalf; he remarried following the disintegration of his first marriage following his ignominious exit from Hillsong in 2001.
Mesiti, a one-time TV preacher who now claims to be a “prosperity activist” (a motivational speaker) has been granted bail and is expected to front Parramatta Local Court on January 12.
Source: By ninemsn, Ex Hillsong minister ‘hit wife in fit of rage’, 9 News, http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/01/03/15/03/disgraced-hillsong-minister-allegedly-assaulted-wife-in-drunken-fit-of-rage, Published 03/01/2016. (Accessed 03/01/2016.)