|Sun supported all the way says CHC ex-Board member|
"City Harvest Church board members had backed the secular music career of Ms Ho Yeow Sun as a way to evangelise as far back as 2002", John lam, CHC ex-Board Member. SPH Storm 14 July 2014
"Even Christians from other churches couldn't understand how a church could be supporting what to them was a secular project. We knew that if the project was to continue, it cannot be seen that the church is actively supporting Sun," John Lam CHC ex-board member, July 2014
"Rev Kong said that no church funds had been used for Ho’s pop career promotion, and that it was normal practice for the church to support and celebrate the secular success of its members. ", Pastor Kong Hee, Straits Times Jan 2003
"Rev Kong said that not a single cent from church funds was used to buy or to promote Sun's albums. Integrity, he added, was a core value of the church. 'As such, we always try to be as transparent as we can in all our activities. Our accounts are audited yearly by a public accounting firm,' [Pastor Kong] said." Straits Times Jan 20, 2003
"‘All [Sun Ho] has been saying since she came back from Taiwan last week for MTV is how all her hard work has been for nothing. Her success, which has been achieved through her own talent and efforts, has been unfairly discredited by the false allegations. However, she believes that in time, the truth will dawn. " Pastor Kong Hee, Straits Times, Jan 2003
"In 2002, [Sun Ho] launched her new career in Taiwan as a pop singer. Since then, she has done very well with more than four million units sold, five multi-platinum records, and over 30 number one songs in five different countries. Today, she is known in the Far East as a bona fide singer, entertainer and humanitarian. ", Pastor Kong Hee, in blog entry, Spe 2009
"Yet, in spite of all [Sun Ho's] secular and creative achievements, many conservative pastors find it hard to accept Sun in any role outside of church ministry. But the reality is that she is no longer a church staff or a gospel singer. She doesn’t work for any religious organization" Pastor Kong Hee, in blog entry, Sep 2009
As I was walking through Suntec, it dawned upon me that CHC owns 39% of it which is an amazing achievement. If they had been honest and upfront in Year 2002 about supporting Sun Ho's secular career, who cares about it. But they have wanted to boast that Sun Ho could succeed on her own accord in the market place, something that was in the onset not easily achievable, not that Sun Ho was not good.
The Commissioner of Charities may have then asked them to stop but it will be in broad daylight. When the Pharisees hide their sins in white wash tombs, it is white only on the outside. But within there is lawlessness. The law makes us paint our house white on the outside. Grace opens the door to admit our failings.
Why hide the truth? it's not like gays facing a two year jail sentence, and not having any basic rights, dignity, and the freedom to love and be loved. In truth, the members would have supported Sun Ho all the way. The religious law promotes fear of failure. Grace promotes hope and faith in Jesus Christ. If the secular singing career was for evangelism, then faith will see a way through opening doors and showering favor.
It was not a case of a common administrative or governance oversight but an alleged investments of tens of millions through proxies which is dutifully audited for legitimacy.
In light of NLB's and Wear White debacle, how could the church have supported China Wine? a music video of lewd proportions. In the meantime in 2007, CHC preached against the Gospel message of God's grace claiming it was antinomianism, and invoking the image of Karl Barth and the notion of cheap grace.
It's hard to argue that Sun Ho's Hollywood foray with MTV videos such as China Wine fits the church legitimate purpose of evangelism. The Senior counsels for the defense would have a challenging time to prove innocense. But I guess that was what they are paid for.
Karl Barth stood us against the Nazis who were sending Jews and Gays to the gas chambers to die. It was nothing like City Harvest who only stood up for their own Hollywood glory and fame. They never stood up for the outcasts, for gays.
It was not the seduction of lawlessness that the bible speaks of, but the seduction of self righteousness, focusing on obedience by the law that will ultimately produces the fruits of lawlessness.
Under law we don't see our sin, but our own goodness and righteousness in obeying the law. Our conscience are no more until we cause harm against gays, spin the gravest of rethoric and feel no remorse and instead justifying our hate as good and moral.
In view of the National Council of Churches strong pro-family stance of the church, even wearing white, and insisting that books be taken out from the shelfs of public library, where was Love Singapore? when Sun Ho was out in Hollywood.
The spiritual landscape isn't favorable with Love Singapore entering the secular space wearing white as moral defenders of Singapore against gays coming out of the closets. The Pharisees also wore white!
When we insist that the laws within the church be strictly followed by the secular world, then the laws outside the church also applies within the church including how we use the money as a charity, and meant for a specific purpose building fund.
We fear gays coming out of the closets in Pink Dot. We wear white but the courts will open all the doors into the church space. When we limit the liberty of others, it somehow comes back to bite us.
When we insist on the law instead of grace, it is always the law will find us out, finding us wanting and well short. When we are law minded, we tend to justify all our actions until obvious sins are no longer sins but suitably justified. However, in the bible, we are justified by our faith in Jesus and not by our own righteousness.
I guess being "pro-family" is a disguise to put all their sins upon the gentle gay lamb. When we hide the truth, and deny others the basic freedom to live and put them in jails, we also go into our own closets except we don't realise it. In our closets, we begin to sin without grace. We fall from grace when we are law minded.
When we sin without grace, that is when lawlessness comes in ie we do whatever we like, without conscience nor accountability. We are living without grace when we focused on the law and the Ten commandments. We failed yet not realise we cheated, and gave false witness, not one time, but everytime to tens of thousands.
The law multiplies sin and self righteousness, whilsts grace multiplies God's mercy and humility in our lives. When we focused on the law, we come under the judgement of the law as plain and the worst sinners. The law multiplies sin in us because we are sinners and self centered. Grace multiplies a change of heart because it is unmerited, humbling and not of self ability.
The bible and the law works as a school teacher to show us our need for Christ, that non may glory except in Christ. What can be seen in the court case is lawlessness against God's moral laws which is the fruit of Mt Sinai. But we are called to be at Mt. Zion, the mountain of God.
The church is supposed to be of much higher morality and integrity that the secular world. But when we are so law minded, we can't see our sin, and now have to be judged by the courts of the secular world with their basic laws.
Just as the church had vehemently denied that Sun was part of the CHC ministry nor was supported by the church, we can't keep denying that some are born gay.
Nike said "Just Do it", but for Christians, it is "Just Grace"! If we can't succeed, Just admit it!. There is no need to hide. When we hide, the light and grace of God can't come in.
There is also no need to hide from being gay. It is all by God's grace in Christ Jesus Our Lord and Saviour. Denial should not be our motto, but Love, Faith and Hope for God's grace in Jesus Christ is external.
Let us be led by God's favour and grace upon our lives that we can live in peace with God and with ourselves because Christ is in us, the hope of glory.
May we be supported by Jesus, with the Holy Spirit alongside, all the way the favour of God following us in all that we do.
We pray for Love Singapore and City Harvest Church, not for truth or for judgement, but for God's grace be known and magnified in the midst of sin.
Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All the Way my Saviour Leads me, (Fanny J. Crosby 1875)
All the way my Savior leads me;
All the way my Savior leads me,
All the way my Savior leads me;