Aware – An awareness of a militant Christian Right in Singapore

(Exo 20:15-17 NKJV) "You shall not steal. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."

On Mar 10, 2009, it was reported at the Christian Science Monitor of the coming “major collapse of evangelical Christianity” due to the deterioration of mainline Protestant Church in the West. This was followed by the Christian Post Report on Apr 13, 2009, that six out of ten Christians do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living entity. Earlier on Apr 10, it was reported proudly that Christians were mobilizing 2 million “Traditional Marriage” (Read Anti-Gay) activist to come against gay marriage. Although, Christian Science (funded by Mormons) would like to see the collapse of the evangelicals, the opposite is true with the demise in the West balanced by the increasing militancy in the Africa and Asian countries.

We see the increasing fundamentalism in the recent events at Aware where some members of the anti-gay Church of Our Savior (COOS) appear to stage an elaborate and well plan coup to take over the leadership of AWARE, a secular and feminist movement in support of women’s rights. It is not that AWARE was overtly pro-gay, but its support for the decriminalization 377A appears to set off this take over. The Christian Extremist particularly sensitive especially after the DBS and Focus on the Family debacle clearly has a score to settle. Those who do not fully support their narrow and religiously extreme views on gays are said to be “pro-gay”. Christians are supposed to be persecuted for righteousness sake of doing good by proclaiming the Gospel good news, but their “persecution” is for unrighteousness sake being criticized for clearly doing what was morally wrong and against common human decency. They kept refusing to admit their hidden agenda.

The ferocious and irrational approach by the Christian Extremist with an insidious agenda ultimately came out into the open when Madam Thio, the grandmother of the anti-gay movement came out in public to be the secret champion behind the takeover concern about the alleged increasing pro-lesbian slant of the sex education classes offered by Aware although there were no complaints from parents. They took over Aware to ensure that a conservative approach is followed based on their narrow Christian outlook despite the action is tantamount to theft in the moral sense. They could have started another society to push for a different stance but chose instead to bring down those whom they opposed and claimed to bring back AWARE to its “original” purpose even though they had no relationship with the founding old guard nor share their vision of diversity and openness. It was this openness of their constitution that was abused by those with in ulterior motives.

The involvement from the Christian extremist from the Anglican Church of Our Savior became clearer with the release of email correspondences showing significant planning and the motivation behind the coup, with clear support from their leadership. It was the irrational fear that AWARE was becoming pro-gay although there were no such explicit support as their main focus were on women’s issues and not a platform for gay rights. However, the Christian extremist motto so beautifully expounded by President Bush is a reminder of their approach – “If you are not for us, you are against us” mentality.

There is of course no danger of Gay organizations being taken over for these Christians would not be unequally yoked with “sinners”. But the double-edged sword in taking over AWARE is that they will be influenced by the more liberal views and see the world from a much bigger view and opinions. This is contrasted to the closed door policy in churches where what the Pastor says is the Law and there is little room of alternative reflection. The Gay issue is so threatening for the churches in that it threatens its absolute interpretation of the bible by well founded alternative views. It is obviously unjustified for a small minority to be the scapegoat for the religious idol worship of the majority leading them to same sex acts as a matter of their faith. The bible speaks little of same sex orientation. The bible is a two edged sword in that our wrong interpretation cuts both ways and will come back to haunt us.

The American Christians are exporting their kind of fundamentalism and activism to Asia. We see this in Africa (in Nigeria and Uganda) where Exodus is supporting an attempt to eradicate gays and blame them for all of society’s ills. Even in South Africa despite their history of race discrimination, the Lesbians are routinely targeted for rape and murder in a male dominated culture. We remember Nazi Germany where Hitler tried to do so, and murdered a hundred thousand gays. Will God honor our blood stained hands? There has never been a great revival in Germany or Arab countries.

When we quench the Holy Spirit of God, slowly we see Him leaving, one day the Holy Spirit presence seems absent. It is not surprising that 60% do not believe in the Holy Spirit, the third entity of the Godhead that the Father sent to bring forth revival and to honor the work of Christ at the Cross. Without the Holy Spirit, there will be little manifestation of power and miracles. What is left is man’s attempt to do good and be holy in order to bring blessings. The Holy Spirit will still be us but as a bystander grieved by our actions against the defenseless and outcast of the community.

This is Law in contrast to the New Testament Message of Grace. They do not believe in the Holy Spirit, because few now experience His presence. And the Holy Spirit is so sensitive that He may not want to grace our Anti-Gay crusades. When we grieve the Holy Spirit, it is difficult to proclaim a New Testament Christianity. Lighthouse Evangelism and Benny Hinn Ministries may proclaim healing is for today, but the reality for well proven and documented miracles are rare and few between that the Pope will make one a Saint if he could heal. Power miracles cannot be bought even by how we sow into the televangelist coffers.

The call for the collapse of Evangelical Christianity is premature. It will last just as the Cathedrals in Rome have lasted far longer than many world powers. However, when the Holy Spirit leaves what is left is an empty shell, with the religious forms of rituals and structure without the real substance seen in the Book of Acts. In desperation, the religious extremist will blame it on lawlessness and failure to comply the Law, ie the church have gotten to be more extreme with focus on hot button issues such as the call for the 2 million anti-gay activist.

(Exo 20:2-4 NKJV) "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. "You shall have no other gods before Me. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

Therefore, Evangelical Christianity may be outwardly successful with many mega churches but their core powerhouse of the Holy Spirit may be missing. It is not surprising that Pastor Kong of CHC claims that the greatest miracle is in salvation, when the biblical norm is for power miracles as a witness of God’s power and rule to bring about the changed hearts of people leading to them accepting Christ. We distort the biblical norm to rationalize an increasing lack of spiritual power and then try to earn it by strict adherence to the Law and demand that all others follow our laws. We choose and narrowly focused on gays as the greatest sinners but dare not look to the reality where 85% of Singaporeans worship other religions effectively violating the 1 st and 2 nd commandments. Even Christian denomination such as the Catholic Church with their worship of Saints, the Pope and Mary we dare not mention for their far too powerful.

The Government’s pragmatic approach is a “Don’t Ask”, “Don’t tell” policy or more well known as “Live, and Let live”. It is an understanding that Gays have been, and are with us, and should be given space as long as they don’t ask for too much. It is claimed that to ask for more would incur a backlash in a conservative society in Singapore. We are not to be the lead rather will follow when society evolves to accept gays in the mainstream. The extremist Christians did not follow the plot set out, by disturbing the peace by stirring up the hornet’s nest unnecessarily. By coming after Aware even though they were not actively promoting gay rights, it will back fire in a number of ways:-

a) Creating awareness in the general public of the ruthlessness, immorality, and hidden agenda of the Christian Right.

b) A wake up call and awareness to the generally layback gay movement that the Christian Right is after them without any provocation even though they mind their own business

c) Engender support by the Feminist movement for GLBT when previously they have been only focus on women’s issues and only touched on gay issues on account of their position of diversity and openness.

d) Creating a public impression of powerful and majority Christian movement treating unjustly and manipulatively a small and weak Gay community.

e) Becoming ironically the very agent of change and decriminalisation of homosexuality by exposing the dark forces coming against gays.

(Exo 20:7 NKJV) "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

The New Testament Church caused uproar because they claimed that Jesus rose again from the dead and by this resurrection power that one will be saved. And this resurrection power is available today and God will manifest His word with signs and wonders to heal and deliver. They made daily news headlines of healings and power miracles and stories of the supernatural. However, the church in Singapore is making headlines for other reasons with the drama against AWARE being played out over and over again by being the religious Pharisees persecuting the weak and the hapless outcasts through whatever underhand means. Even the world and non Christians are shocked by our immoral actions rationalized by our religion and narrow mind. We have taken the name of God in vain by making a poor testimony of Jesus Christ.

In our religious zealousness, the Church has taken on the Spirit of Saul but on this road to Damascus of going the extra mile to religiously persecute gays, we may just happen to come to see the light and be blinded by God. And this blinding will be painful for we will loose our power and strength and be led by those we chose to condemn and persecute. We will soon hit a road block for which we will not be able to go any further. And yet, we are not any wiser and in our persecution complex, sees instead ourselves as being the victim when we were the aggressor. Let us return to the original purpose of the church and be focused on the Good news of the Gospel rather than be engaged in the affairs of this world, the temptation of its power, and wealth.

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
And His righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Hallelu, Hallelujah!
Man shall not live by bread alone
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

If the Son shall set you free
Ye shall be free indeed
Ye shall know the truth, and it shall set you free
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Let us seek yea first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness in Christ Jesus and not our our righteousness by following the Law or by insisting that Gays follow the Jewish laws that we ourselves do not follow. We shall not just live by bread alone, by subsistence, and existing, but by every word from the Word of God, from the bible being clearly explained to us by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Let us not be like the Pharisees who claimed to know the Word, but killed the Messiah revealed in the Word, rather let us embrace the Love and Grace of God revealed in Christ Jesus constraining and guiding us in all that we do. Father God I pray for the church to be set free to see You and You alone and not to follow the Pharisees to persecute the weak and the outcasts whom You loved so dearly whilst You were on earth. Set us free Father God to know You more, to know Your Grace and Mercy and Forgive us for kicking the Rock which cannot be moved. Forgive us, and lead us away from temptation to do what we should never have done. For thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory. Here on Earth, as it is in heaven. Amen.





From: smthio@xxxxxxx. sg
To: stjh21@xxxxxx. sg, Undisclosed- Recipient:
Subject: Re Aware
Attachments AWARE_membership_ mail-in_applicat ion_form. pdf concerned

Dear All

Please see Attachments on some recent developments in Aware. Aware is a woman’s organization which conducts comprehensive sexual programmes for girls and it runs this programme in some of the schools. They encourage girls to express their full sexuality and this includes experimenting with other girls. It would be a good idea to join it and change its focus to other problems of women and families.

..Please ask your like-minded friends to join Aware so that you can give the vote to those who wish to be an agent of change for the Lord. They could also contribute to the activities of the oprganization as there is much to be done for women and families in this dowturn of the economy. Unfortunately, I cannot surface but shall be assisting in the background . I attach the Aware membership application form for your use. The Aware application form has a section as to who ( if any) told you about Aware. You can just leave it blank . Please let me know whether you can join and attend the AGM which will be towards the end of March 2009. The fee is $40/ and should be mailed to the Aware Office ( see application form).

Look forward to hearing from you. Please call me. May I have your phone no?

Su Mein
From: lynkl@xxxxxx
To: leonglh@xxxxxx, siowkee16@xxxxxx. sg, shari200@xxxxxx. sg., aikhoons@xxxxx. sg, siuyoong@xxxxx. com, sulilee8@xxxx. com, jesgbf@xxxxx. com, eschan@xxxxx. sg
Subject: Fw: Re Aware
Attachments AWARE_membership_ mail-in_applicat ion_form. pdf McFarlane v. homosex therapy.htm selected articles (1).pdf

Dear beloved Sis In Christ,
Would like to ask you and your like-minded friends who are believers to join as members of AWARE to cast votes and be a change agent for the Lord in some of the recent issues happen in this organization that is not according to the Lord’s principles………..
Please pray for Lord’s wisdom to pass on this important message as it is confidential……
Thank you.
From: Mervyn xxx
Sent: Sat 4/18/2009 11:59 PM
To: xxxx Xian Jin; FOONG Tai Wei; Adora TAN Su Yan; Eugene TAN Jia Rong; ZHOU Siming
Subject: RE: AWARE - Your Action Needed

Acknowledged. We (Eugene and I) had quite a bit of talk on this issue over dinner today.

Right now we should pray for the COOS members who are being put through scrutiny and invasion of their private lives by the media. Pray that God’s Word will prevail over the values of the world. Homosexuality isn’t God’s design and we pray that those who stand up against it and are discriminated will be delivered.

Praise God for COOS’ stand and He who aids us as we stand firmly upon His Word.

- Merv

Lotsa lessons to learn about how we Christians engage the world and secularism.

From: xxxx Xian Jin
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2009 11:37 PM
To: FOONG Tai Wei; Adora TAN Su Yan; Mervyn LEE xxx xxx; Eugene TAN Jia Rong; ZHOU Siming
Subject: FW: AWARE - Your Action Needed

Dear friends,

Thanks Tai Wei and Adora for taking an interest in the Aware Elections and how Church of Our Saviour has been embroiled in the controversy in the papers today. The media seems to have taken a strong stance against my church and this email is to update you all on the church’s position, which the senior pastor has kept mum about, but we would be expecting his comments in church tomorrow.

Below is an email sent out by a church staff to members of the church on the need for Christians to rise up and how they can be involved in this issue. Meanwhile, please pray for the church for it could be difficult time for members who are in the spotlight and the church could also be facing some brickbats along the way. Pray for God’s protection and wisdom to see us through.

DG, keeping you in the loop.

Xian Jin

——— Forwarded message ———-
From: Shawn xxx <shawnxxx@coossg. org>
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 3:00 PM
Subject: AWARE - Your Action Needed

Dear Friend,

Our nation needs your support and action very urgently!

AWARE is an organization that has existed in Singapore for many years.

It is a non-profit body dedicated to women’s advocacy and gender equality.

They protect women’s rights and help develop women to their fullest potential.

In the last few years, AWARE has aggressively become involved in gay

activism. Many members of their committee are pro-gay. They have even

conducted a sexual education programme in some schools that teach

young people that it is normal and alright to behave homosexually. They

have also screened a lesbian-themed movie Spider Lilies at a Charity Ball.

During this week, AWARE held an election of office bearers. This event saw

many of the pro-gay old guards losing their positions in the committee to new

faces. These new people do not share the values of the pro-gay old guards

and has caused much shock and rage to the latter group.

The pro-gay old guards are retaliating by calling for an Extraordinary General

Meeting where they intend to amend the Constitution to only allow members

who have been with AWARE for more than 2 years, to vote. If this change is

passed, then only the pro-gay old guards and their cohorts will have the

power to do what they want.

To prevent this from happening, we are calling on all responsible females

to sign up for membership with AWARE immediately, and also to attend this

all-important EGM so as to vote against changing the Constitution.

If you are male and have received this petition, please pass it to as many

responsible females as you know and encourage them to sign up for

membership with AWARE so as to vote against any changes to their


The date for the EGM has yet to be announced but it should be soon.

Membership fees are $40 for adult females and $5 for female fulltime students below

the age of 25. Please print the attached softcopy of the membership form,

fill in the details (no need to tell who referred you), mail the form with your cheque.

Singapore is counting on you. Please respond.

You are made for such a time as this!



____________ _________ _________ __

From: Linda xxx
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 2:21 PM
To: COOS English Church Staff - DL; Derek xxx
Subject: FW: Ps 68:11

Dear Pastor Derek,

The number of members registered on Tuesday night is 13 out of 40 who turned up.

One thing I forgot to mention this morning was the film show Spider Lilies (selected articles attached above)

The school children were told that lesbian lifestyle is okay.



From: suzanne ho
To: Adeline Koh ; Alice Wong ; Doreen Wong ; Ellen Tan ; Fion Cheok ; Jun Choy —– ; Kit Wan Chan ; Kum Koon Ho ; Lorraine ; Lorrain Loh ; Lynn Tan ; Mac & Percia Lim ; mariam Oey Mei Hoa ; Melissa Poon ; Mun Yee Kong ; Pastor Lee ; Ronald, Sik Lin Cho ; Rose Ong ; Sharon n Paul Lim ; Shirley Lee ; Teck Jee Lee ; Vivian Cheong ; Yi Wah Chan ; Bertie
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2009 12:00 AM
Subject: FW: Re AWARE

FYI. Please be discreet and selective as to who you want to forward to.



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