|Kong Hee and Jesus at C3|
The C3, Anglican, and Mega churches have been involved in a push to the market place ministry, a cross over to impact society and culture where Christianity dominates. This represents a backlash to the "cultural mandate".
Prof. Thio, the famous anti-gay Christian activist in Singapore asked Christians to refrain from commenting and let the law run its due process. But we are reminded that the ambiguity between charity and business was breached by the Cross Over which intended to impact society. It was part of the Dominion theology. What were they thinking of?
Just prior to the charges against Pastor Kong, he gave an insightful sermon at the "Presence" C3 conference in Sydney Australia hosted by his mentor Phil Pringle. It gives his side of the story of what happened for the last two years.
Pastor Kong was introduced as "...founder and leader of the incredible City Harvest Church in Singapore. Along with his wife Sun, Kong has grown his great congregation to over 28,000 members through passionate prayer and discipleship. His strong focus on connect groups as well as his teaching of cultural relevance and being engaged in all levels of society has had great impact on the Church throughout the world."
Extracted from Fighting For The Faith podcast - June 26, 2012 From http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/, part of the sermon is transcribed below:-
22 23 months ago when the crisis first happened for the first 6 to 8 months I was under severe interrogation. I was interrogated on a weekly basis by different departments and for the rest of the time I would be in the lawyer’s office giving them a debrief and they would interrogate me a third time.
I was so tired. I was like a walking zombie. I had no concept of morning or night. What day of the week. Some interrogation sessions went on for 16, 17 hours. I would start 8.30 in the morning and end at 3 the next morning. I was so tired. I never thought I would slip into depression. But For 8 months I slumped into a very severe depression.
If anything I am a faith preacher. I am positive. All things are possible. No weapons form against me shall prosper. I am always smiling …. very positive…
My Son I’m so sorry, You need to go through this alone. But You need to die. And You need to go through this to be the Saviour of the world. And God the Father, heartbroken and He wept, as He turned back His face when His Son took the sin of the whole world. I was saying all this and I am hearing myself behind the pulpit and I froze. I couldn’t utter another word and I sob and I shook because those were my exact sentiments … Father Father … why my God …. my God why have You forsaken me … and threw me to the dogs.
And for the first time in eight months, I heard a voice, it was not the voice of a strict angry judge that only want me to perform and build a big church and nothing I do is ever going to be enough for Him. No, it’s not the voice of an angry judge. It’s not the voice of a slave driver that just want to take and take and wringed me dry.
It was a voice of a tender loving and broken hearted Father. For the first time in eight months … God I heard Him cry … my son Kong thank you…. Thank you for going through this….I need you to go through this alone so that you and City Harvest church can be the man and the ministry I called it to be .. I’m so sorry but you need to go through this by yourself. … to bring a change to your generation.
I hear God saying for the first time in eight months…. I love you, I love you. Waves upon waves of God’s love …. Just saturated me … Abba Abba daddy. I knew everything is going to be alright.
I believe that the tender loving arms of God would surround Pastor
Kong Hee and Sun Ho and that He will be with them through the days
ahead. May they rise up again and understand that it is not that the
"law should take its course" as was preached by mdm Thio but that God's
grace should manifest.
I believe that the tender loving arms of God would surround Pastor Kong Hee and Sun Ho and that He will be with them through the days ahead. May they rise up again and understand that it is not that the "law should take its course" as was preached by mdm Thio but that God's grace should manifest.
The whole problem was that CHC along with his Anglican and AOG
friends were law and judgement minded, and when we sow into the law, we
reap the letter and the spirit of the law. We are already judged and
found guilty when we take it upon ourselves to condemn the gay community
and to declare their "sin" in Parliament and from the church pulpit in
the Aware Saga.
The whole problem was that CHC along with his Anglican and AOG friends were law and judgement minded, and when we sow into the law, we reap the letter and the spirit of the law. We are already judged and found guilty when we take it upon ourselves to condemn the gay community and to declare their "sin" in Parliament and from the church pulpit in the Aware Saga.
Thechurches in Singapore is undergoing a great shaking like never before. They wanted to cross over to a cultural mandate when this mandate is a rooted in a tribe - the GLBT community whose natural talents are in the media and entertainment. CHC tried to sing and imitate Lady Gaga in one of the services. But Lady Gaga is natural ... born like that!
I like the song "I'd rather have Jesus than Silver or Gold". At the end, the applaud by the nations, and staying in the castles with world wide fame tends to detract us from Jesus which was in all accounts humble.
There is nothing left of Jesus .... His clothings even taken as souveniers. He died naked at the Cross of Calvary. He never had much belongings and was roaming around in the desert without a place to sleep.
The church is not a person, but should be centered in Christ Jesus. As He is, so are we.
I’d rather have Jesus than silver