|Rats in City Harvest Church|
Luke 16:1 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ 3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
Luke 16: 8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The sermon by Pastor Kong Hee on "rats as big as pussy cats" in early July 13 in the aftermath of the accusations by Brother Chew Eng Han formerly part of the CHC leadership of the alleged "dirt" deep within City Harvest perhaps prompted a sermon on rats.
Pastor Kong preached about the Great Fire of London of Sep 1666, and compared it to the fire now raging in City Harvest obviously referring to the ongoing criminal proceedings in the courts.
The parallel of London city in 1666, and Harvest City of 2013, both burning down is an amazing reflection. All caused by rats.
According to wikipedia, rats "is a term (noun and verb) in criminal slang for an informant - "to rat on someone" is to betray them by informing the authorities of a crime or misdeed they committed. ..."
Is the fire sent by God to cleanse the church in Singapore as a whole? who can only be seen doing their anti-gay bashings, now being implicated for serious crimes.
Key highlights of the intriuging sermon by Pastor Kong Hee where he said that the fire is called by God to bring out the rats. I wonder who has abandoned Kong Hee, that could not be trusted...
"All of us are going through a challenging time in our church. And just when we thought it cannot get more challenging, we are hit with another challenge. The test is our attitude .... "
"The fire consumed ... 87 churches ... no home to goto ... cold winter ... has God forsaken them .... another trouble add on it... only 6 people died"
"By spring time ... nobody in London was getting sick. ... dug all the way down to the foundation of the city ... saw rats as big as pussy cats all the way down in the sewers because of the fire. The flees were the cause of the bubonic plague and the rats were the carries ..."
"Fire did a good thing. It went beneath the surface deep into the city and burnt out the rats"
"When you go through a difficult time, then you know who you can really trust, who you can really love...the last three years we saw the best of human nature but we saw the worst of human nature"
"That's OK, because those are rats ... rats as big as pussy cats".
It appears that to Pastor Kong the best of human nature is those who supported him even though on paper he looks guilty. The worst of human nature is those who had betrayed him even though benefited much from his ministry.
Obviously Pastor Kong could only be betrayed by those from his inner circle who knows all the deep secrets of the flees beneath the surface of the City.
There are amazingly only six (6) verified human deaths in the Great Fire of London even though it had burned down 13200 homes and 87 churches!. (not counting the rats as big as pussy cats).
Ironically, in the City Harvest court case, there are also six (6) people facing serious criminal charges!
In the HDB heartlands where I am staying, at night you would see small rats running accros the pathway with the cats following close behind! I haven't seen rats as big as pussy cats before. Maybe they only exists at City Harvest!
In the morning, you may see the carcasses of rats killed by the pussy cats! I really pity the rats because they have no chance against the larger pussy cats unless they are themselves as big as the cats!
Perhaps the rats are the wise managers/servants in Luke 16 who made a deal with the pussy cats chasing them, but who can blame the rats! they need to survive as well.