Preachers who sell the Word of God are not sent by God

I received a reply from Frankie Lee defending Kong Hee in selling his sermons which was mentioned in the #7 reason of the commentary. He belittles me, calling me “DUMB BABY CHRISTIAN”, as he always do, to make it appear he is justified. But thank God, never once I got intimidated by his words and always at the end of our discussion, his harsh words goes back to him. At the end of this article, I’m leaving you the decision to judge who is mistaken between Frankie and me.

I wrote this in my commentary:

“Third, my question to Kong Hee is whether his so-called rich ministry is doing the same, both materially and spiritually.

Materially, I don’t believe Kong Hee have such program for the poor, continuously feeding the poor for free.

Spiritually, he definitely cannot say that he does. You know why? Kong Hee and his cohort pastors cannot deny that they are selling the word of God in their sermons via the internet in their websites (for a very cheap price).

Our Lord Jesus freely gives His teachings. He and His disciples will never sell their sermons. But these false pastors have no fear in peddling the word of God for profit, the very opposite of the Apostles of our Lord Jesus:

2 CORINTHIANS 2:17
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

“Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit… as those sent from God.” according to Saint Paul.

This verse strongly proves to us that Kong Hee’s ministry is not sent from God. These words of Kong Hee clearly reveal that he is not from God.”

Frankie, after reading the my article, I’m very sure was hit by the words of Apostle Paul, “Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.” I guess this Frankie Lee is also a pastor who sells his sermons that’s why he was so furious.

I told him that it was not me who prohibited the selling of God’s word but it was Christ himself in Matthew 10:7-8:

MATTHEW 10:7-8
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

“As you go, preach… Freely you have received, freely give” If Kong Hee sells his sermons which is prohibited by Christ, isn’t he a false preacher? It’s not a sin to expose a false ones, I told him.

At first, he wanted me to believe him that Kong Hee never sell his sermons but as I said in my commentary they cannot deny this. I slapped him (not literally) in his face Kong Hee’s website (http://theinkroom.com.sg/kong-hee.html) where this sermons are being sold.

But even after I showed him, he still insists that Kong Hee never sell his sermon — That’s how difficult talking to Frankie.

Frankie has given me lots of reasons to disobey the commandment of Christ. He’s pointing finger to other preachers who are doing the same thing. Though he is correct that many are really selling their sermons — Many pastors nowadays especially those who believe in their so-called “Prosperity Gospel” like Kong Hee. Even at the time of the Apostles, this kind of preachers is already working.

2 CORINTHIANS 2:17
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

“Unlike so many” said Apostle paul. The fact that many are doing it, does not give Frankie and Kong Hee the right to do the same and disobey the commandment of Christ.

Frankie reason out some interesting points like it was inkroom.com who sells it for profit and not Kong Hee saying:

“The cost of producing CDs and the service of making Kong Hee’s sermons into CDs format for wide circulation should be free, but since those who produce it must charge so that it is a business transaction, to defray costs and obey goverment guidelines, and in line with the country principles of captalism, in agreeing with Governmental policies, so that we are not seen as Communism, of which we opposed Communisms policies…More than 50,000 people heard and record his sermons then for free. Since it (refering to Abba – The Father’s heart sermon – http://theinkroom.com.sg/index.php/abba-the-father-s-heart.html) was ‘good value for money’ and can bless others, we (refering to his church including Frankie) spend monies and time and make it CDs format to widely distributed it. If we dont charge it $28… we cannot sustain the effort of grace and goodness for others. So as to make it a business transactions… in line with Capitalistics principles we learnt from Singapore Schools… Let’s say we offer it for free, we will be making sacrifices out of our own pocket, and we will be phase out and be ineffective.”

In these statements we can see that Frankie’s church is really good in business, “Since it was good value for money… so that we are not seen as Communism… in line with Capitalistics principles”. But his church is really not for Charity. I’m just wondering, if they are excepting return of money in preaching, why do they still collect tithes and all sorts of donation to their members? Where do the church funds go? Isn’t true that the church’s fund should be spent to cover all the cost of prreaching?

The church in the bible had spent money, that came from contribution of members, in the cost of travelling and preaching God’s word but they never, at any time, ask for fee when they preach. Frankie said that 50,000 people heard the sermon for free but they never saw the other 6 billion people who need hear it for free. Instead, they saw that it was good value for money so they sell it for $28 dollars each copy.

After much chasing, he then admitted that Kong Hee receives money from this business transactions selling his sermons. So you can see these people’s love for money, instead of obeying Christ who commanded that “Free you have received, freely give” they invented lots of reasons to escape it.

Another reason Frankie used is that it is not wrong to disobey this word from Christ. He’s saying that:

“Paul the Apostle said he had a right to reap material benefits but he chose not to. So those who chose to reap financial benefits, also were not wrong. In fact, they should reap double-honor…. We should give freely, but who are we to impose others also to be like us to give freely when they are not able and chose not to? Apostle Paul willingly made sacrifices, and hope to make his sheep rich, and make them Kings, as for himself, he became a scum of the world willingly. Who are we to criticise Apostle Paul’s decision to make Kong Hee very Rich and live like Kings? If Kong sacrifice, I respect him, and if he live like King David, I also respect him… In this dispensation of Grace, many things are permitted. There are works of God which were done out of necessities, not meant to disobey God’s words…All of us have a right to sell our sermons, or not to sell it;to charge others for a fee or not to. It i evil to deny others the benefits and freedom for their works and horrendously wicked to criticese them.”

He cited a verse in 1 Corinthians 9:11, which he do not understand:

1 Corinthians 9:11-12
11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? 12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.

The verse did not say “is it a great thing if we ‘BY ALL MEANS’ reap your material things?” Also, the Apostle Paul did not use this right which he also stated the reason in the same verse, “but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.” If the Apostle Paul did not use this right because it hinders the gospel, who is Frankie and Kong Hee to use this right and not hinder the gospel? I dare Frankie to prove that Paul had ever mentioned “Who are we to criticise Apostle Paul’s decision to make Kong Hee very Rich and live like King?”

Also, reader of the verse should understand that Saint Paul is speaking to members of the church who he have sown spiritual things, grow in faith and bear fruit. The ‘sowing of spiritual things’ is first done before reaping. Is this what happens when Frankie and Kong Hee sell their sermons? Definitely no! they reap first before sowing. They require payment first before preaching. They are selling their sermons to members and to the 6 billion people who are non-members who most of them are poor and do not have the money to buy.

To finished off the discussion, I forced Frankie to answer me straight, Yes or No, whether he can read anywhere in the bible that a preacher of God has sell his sermon. He then admitted that he cannot read any preacher of God who sell sermons and what he can read are those false prophets like balaam who sell God’s word.

My final question to him is whether the words of Christ “Freely you have received, freely give” and read to him the verse with the words “COMMANDED THEM, SAYING”

MATTHEW 10:5-8
5 These twelve Jesus sent out and COMMANDED THEM, SAYING: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Frankie answered saying:

“The commandment is to do the works of God, incumbent on them and the advise is to freely give as you freely received (How on earth that ‘freely received , freely give’ is also a commandment?… I believe you are handicapped with some misunderstanding of English)…the correct understanding is, freely you give, freely you received must be understood as a teaching, an advised, an instruction. It is no use by forcing me to answer your erroneous comprehension and to agree with your handicapped English comprehension by answering yes and no! Freely you received, freely you give is one sentence and since freely you received is not a command, cannot be a command statement so are freely you give also.

To him this words of our Lord Jesus Christ means, “Freely you received, freely you give is one sentence and since freely you received is not a command, cannot be a command statement so are freely you give also.”

By this, I can clearly prove to you that really, Frankie is twisting the word of God literally. Since he cannot escape the question, he just believed in himself that i’m handicapped with some misunderstanding of English without looking at the verse carefully. I do not blame him for this. Maybe this verse is not being read to him by Kong Hee and this is the first time he heard this verse. The verse said “Freely you have received, freely give” in modern english this is how it was said:

GOD’S WORD ® Translation
Matthew 10:7-8
7 As you go, spread this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ 8 Cure the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse those with skin diseases, and force demons out of people. Give these things without charging, since you received them without paying.

“Give these things without charging, since you received them without paying.” the verse is clearly worded and even a young English student will tell you that this sentence is a command. This means that the disciples should not charge when then preach the message, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.

When the Lord Jesus preached the sermon on the mount He never ask for payment before anyone can listen. But if Kong Hee is going to do his sermon on the mount he will charge it $137.90 each. Look at how Kong Hee sell this sermon in his store (http://theinkroom.com.sg/sermon-on-the-mount-1.html)

A pastor who sells his sermons only means he does not really understand the word of our Lord Jesus Christ. These pastors will lead souls of men to hell because of their false teaching. To prove that they do not understand. Look at how Kong Hee preached the sermon of the mount but he really did not understand the sermon. To give you some example of the sermon on the mount:

MATTHEW 6:1,5-6,16-18
1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

The Lord Jesus teaches Christians to be careful not to practice righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. When praying, pray to your Father, who is unseen, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. But look at how Kong Hee and his members pray in front of camera and broadcast it in their television programs to be seen by all the people (not just street corners).

Isn’t this the hypocrites’ work condemned by Christ in the sermon on the mount?

When fasting, Christ teaches not make it obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father who sees what is done in secret. But I heard his members proudly telling to each others that they are in fasting which only means Kong Hee did not teach this to his members.

Look at how this commandments from Christ, written plain and simple, are not understood by these false pastors who sell the word of God. This only means that these pastors are not really sent by God. If I was a member of these pastors, I will find someone who is true.

2 CORINTHIANS 2:17
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

“Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.” – Saint Paul wrote ‘we’ refering to all his co-workers in Christ, “On the contrary” on the contrary of those who sell the word of God for profit, “in Christ we speak before God with SINCERITY, AS THOSE SENT FROM GOD” So all those who sell their sermons are enough to say that they are not sincere in their teachings and most especially they are not sent from God.

I Thank God because I found preachers who do not sell their sermons, who follow the examples set by the Apostle Paul and preachers really understood the Words of God.

You can view the full discussions here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/john.fisherman.7528/posts/101964706625880

#9 Reason: He wore good clothes

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#9 Reason: He wore good clothes

Kong Hee’s definition of good clothes is ‘very expensive’ clothes. He read John 19:23-24,

JOHN 19:23-24
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things.

He explained:

“Here, four soldiers were fighting for his undergarments, and they are even happy to have one quarter of each. But the robe too expensive, they said, Hey, listen. We are not gonna cut this, it’s very expensive, it’s seamless. So we cast lots for it.”

I guess Kong Hee and his cohort pastors love to wear expensive clothes that’s why he added the word ‘very expensive’ in these verses to justify themselves. He cannot read anywhere in the bible that Jesus had wore expensive clothes so he desperately tried to twist this one.

Remember that the clothes of our Lord Jesus at this point were stained with blood all over it, due to all the wounds He had suffered from His enemies, so how could it have any monetary value to the soldiers? So it only means that the soldiers divided our Lord Jesus clothes not because they are very expensive but because of some scriptural importance hidden to Kong Hee, “that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: ‘They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.’ Therefore the soldiers did these things.”

Sometimes, Kong Hee has to think of scriptural value rather than always thinking of monetary value.

Now, let’s ask our Lord Jesus if He had wear ‘expensive’ clothes.

LUKE 7:25
If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.

Those who wear expensive clothes are in the palaces according to our Lord Jesus Himself. How can Kong Hee accuse our Lord Jesus of wearing expensive clothes? Marvel not! I will prove to you that Kong Hee is really ignorant of Christians’ dress code:

1 TIMOTHY 2:9-10
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

Christians are being taught to dress modestly, with decency and propriety but Kong Hee does not teach this verse to his members. How sure am I about that? (I mean no offense to City Harvest Church members. I’m just telling what I have observed in the way his followers dress. They can rebut if this is not true.) I have seen pictures of City Harvest Church women in their Facebook accounts. They are wearing very short pants showing their legs and wearing shirts with their cleavages open for men to see. Are these types of dress can be considered modest, with decency and propriety as being taught by the bible? Or Kong Hee really does not read this verse to his members and does not teach them this important doctrine of the scriptures on how a Christian should dress — poor members of City Harvest Church.

No wonder, Kong Hee teaches that our Lord Jesus wore ‘very expensive’ clothes, which has never happened. He cannot read a verse to prove this. There was no ‘very expensive’ in the verses that he read. He hopelessly and desperately tries to justify himself.

The conclusion and last installment of this blog, next with God’s help.

#8 Reason: He had his own house

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#8 Reason: He had his own house

Kong Hee believes that Jesus owns houses — just like him and his other pastors. Or it’s more correct to say, Kong Hee and his other pastors own multi-million houses so they believe their Jesus should own houses as well. These pastors who believe in their so-called ‘Prosperity Gospel’ are wrestling the word of God to follow their own lust. Let’s take a look how Kong Hee explain this:

“Now, one standard objection is this. I hear many people say ‘well, foxes have holes; birds of the air have nests. But the son of man has nowhere to lay his head’. Poor Jesus, he had no home to go to.”

He is referring to a verse in Matthew 8:20.

MATTHEW 8:19-20
Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
So how did he twist this verse to justify his so-called two houses of Jesus?

“Now, the context here is this: foxes and birds can take a break when they are tired but Jesus Christ was on an urgent mission. He had three and a half years to change all of humanity. So Jesus says, ‘You know foxes can rest and birds can take a break but I must work while still day because the night cometh when no man can work. I’m not gonna take a break. I’m gonna go about my father’s business to save the world from their sins.”

Pardon to all City Harvest Church’s members, but I have to say this: Kong Hee’s preaching is full of non-sense (Anyone from CHC are most welcome to rebut).

Why do I say so?

If Kong Hee really believes that the Lord Jesus is not going to take a break, then why would He need to ‘own’ a house? Why would he care to ‘own’ a house if He knew that He would be very busy traveling preaching the gospel.

He claims that Jesus had two houses but in the verses that he read, there was no mention that the Lord Jesus ‘owns’ houses. According to him, the first house is in verse John 1:37-39:

JOHN 1:37-39
The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

Kong Hee claims that Jesus ‘owns’ this house in Nazareth. I should say that this conclusion was obviously baseless as Kong Hee tries to twist the words written in the bible. Why did I say so? First, there was no mention that they stayed in a house and our Lord Jesus owns that house. Second, assuming (without accepting) that they really stayed in a house in Nazareth. Kong Hee has deliberately ignored the fact that the Lord Jesus stayed with His family in Nazareth and there was no mention that He had bought himself a house in Nazareth. So if this is a house in Nazareth then most probably this is His family’s house where He stays and definitely not His ‘own’ house.

I wonder why Kong Hee is so desperate to prove his own agenda at the expense of our Lord Jesus and the truth clearly written in the bible.

For the second house, he read Mark 2:1 (He read in NIV version for the word ‘Home’)

MARK 2:1 (New International Version)
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 

Mark never said, “He had come to ‘His own’ home.” but said, “He had come home.” The wise question to ask next is whose home is this?

Kong Hee does not care to tell the whole truth to his listeners but instead twisting verses of the bible, only to mislead them. I want you to notice that he read only verse 1 and does not read the surrounding verses. Wonder why? That’s because the surrounding verses will tell us who really owns this house at verse 1.

In verse 1, “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum…” it says ‘again’. Meaning, the Lord Jesus had previously entered Capernaum. Let’s read Mark Chapter 1 to find out.

MARK 1:9-45
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” 16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Then in verse 21,

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.

It says, “They went to Capernaum” and not “They lived in Capernaum”.

29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.

Mark had, in verse 29, mentioned about the HOME of Apostle Simon in Capernaum where the Lord Jesus healed Simon’s mother-in-law. Let’s continue reading:

32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

That evening, at the HOME of Apostle Simon in Capernaum, the whole town gathered at the door of that house, the people brought to our Lord Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. And the Lord healed all of them. Let’s continue verse 35.

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. 43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

The Lord Jesus did not say, “let’s go to my Home here in Capernaum” because He doesn’t have a home in Capernaum. But He said, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So the Lord Jesus and his disciples traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in synagogues.

Mark the evangelist is telling the story with coherence – connected and consistent. So in the next verse he continued:

MARK 2:1-2
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.

“When Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.” Whose home is this in Capernaum? Evangelist Mark has clearly worded in the context, that this is not the Lord Jesus’ home. He did not mention in chapter 1 that Lord Jesus had lived in Capernaum or bought a home in Capernaum. Instead, Mark mentioned the home of Simon where the people brought all the sick and demon-possessed to Jesus. Likewise in Mark 2:1-2, people gathered in large numbers when “the people heard that he had come home.” Whose home is this? This is the same home where the people previously gathered. This is the home of Apostle Simon and not of our Lord Jesus.

Kong Hee is clearly misleading his listeners when he teaches that this is Jesus’ home in Capernaum – false teaching indeed!

After reading John 1:37-39 above, he asked this question,

“How you gonna stay overnight unless you have a home to stay into”

This is question of a materially rich man but so destitute of the truth clearly written in the bible. If Kong Hee just read a few verses back then his listeners will know the truth.

MARK 1:40-45
40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. 43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

“Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.” It is clearly written, Our Lord Jesus and His disciples stayed outside in lonely or deserted places – not in a multi-million houses like Kong Hee and his cohort pastors.

This truth is not a mystery that Kong Hee will not be able see it. These accounts were written plain and simple by Mark. They do not need interpretation, as it is self-explanatory – Our Lord Jesus and His disciples doesn’t mind to stay outside in deserted places for the sake of God’s ministry; something unimaginable for rich pastors like Kong Hee and his cohort pastors.

This plain truth has scattered over the bible. Very few instances mentioned that the Lord Jesus and the disciples stayed in a house. But very often we can read they stayed in deserted places. Let’s read another verse to prove that:

MARK 6:30-32
Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.

How can this Kong Hee speak such lies to our Lord Jesus Christ!

It is against biblical standard to add one’s own conclusion or interpretation of the scriptures. Another verse that Kong Hee has wrongly interpreted is Matthew 8:20, “…Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Kong Hee, in justification of his wealth and multi-million houses, twisted the interpretation of this verse as:

“…Jesus says, ‘You know, foxes can rest and birds can take a break but i must work while still day because the night cometh when no man can work. I’m not gonna take a break.”

One should not interpret this verse because it is self-explanatory, plain and simple. This verse is not about taking a break but the Lord Jesus was referring to something the foxes and birds have which He doesn’t have, “…Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head”, something very basic to man but He does not own one – even just a pillow to lay His head, a poor Jesus indeed.

Kong Hee, please answer me. If our Lord Jesus has nowhere to lay His head, his ‘own’ pillow, how can He have his ‘own’ house?

I will leave you with a verse to think on.

LUKE 18:21-22
And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

How can a wealth man with two houses advise, “Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” Isn’t true that only a man who has done the same thing can?

#7 Reason: He cared for the poor and regularly gave to them

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#7 Reason: He cared for the poor and regularly gave to them

Kong Hee began reading John 13:27-29

JOHN 13:27-29
Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.

There was no question that the Lord Jesus cared for the poor and regularly gave to them. But to use this in proving that the Lord Jesus was rich, simply shows Kong Hee’s ignorance of the scriptures.

First, Lord’s ministry’s work of regularly giving to the poor does not mean they are rich. But this noble work, on the contrary, only had stopped them to becoming rich because of the great need in front of them in propagating the word of God. For which they unselfishly and gladly spend all of ministry’s money. There was no instance written in the bible that the Lord’s ministry had invested the church’s money in business or they had laid up treasure for them:

MATTHEW 6:19-21
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Our Lord Jesus is commanding his disciples DO NOT lay up treasure here on earth but in heaven. This declaration from our Lord clearly defines His ministry as heavenly or spiritual rather than what Kong Hee was preaching which is earthly and carnal.

Second, we should understand that our Lord Jesus cares the most for the poor not by means of material food but by the spiritual one.

JOHN 6:26-27
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”

There were many times the disciples did not prepare food for the poor people following them but our Lord Jesus never leave them hungry for spiritual bread that they needed.

This principle of our Lord Jesus’ teachings is one of the main reasons why He and His Apostles never became rich materially. Our Lord’s teachings are spiritual rather than material. So in the bible, we can see that the first-century church was very rich when it comes to spiritual things but we find them lacking in material riches.

Third, my question to Kong Hee is whether his so-called rich ministry is doing the same, both materially and spiritually.

Materially, I don’t believe Kong Hee have such program for the poor, continuously feeding the poor for free.

Spiritually, he definitely cannot say that he does. You know why? Kong Hee and his cohort pastors cannot deny that they are selling the word of God in their sermons via the internet in their websites (for a very cheap price).

Our Lord Jesus freely gives His teachings. He and His disciples will never sell their sermons. But these false pastors have no fear in peddling the word of God for profit, the very opposite of the Apostles of our Lord Jesus:

2 CORINTHIANS 2:17
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

“Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit… as those sent from God.” according to Saint Paul.

This verse strongly proves to us that Kong Hee’s ministry is not sent from God.

These words of Kong Hee clearly reveal that he is not from God. Look very carefully how his words fight against the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Kong Hee said:

“You see, after all the staff and ministry expenses, you can’t have a ministry to the poor unless you have money to spend.”

“If you can’t even feed yourself, how can you feed the hungry?”

Our Lord Jesus says:

MATTHEW 6:25-26
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Kong Hee said:

“If you don’t even have clothing on your back, how do you clothe the naked?”

Our Lord Jesus says:

MATTHEW 6:28-33
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

These words of cares and worries on what to eat, drink, clothe, and all about money are overflowing from the heart of Kong Hee all throughout his preaching. This clearly shows that he trusts his money more than he trusts God.

Kong Hee will stop his ministry if he has no money. Noticed his words? “You can’t have a ministry to the poor unless you have money to spend.” rather than trusting God who always provides the things needed by those who seek His kingdom.

Lastly, he said:

“If you don’t have spare money after you pay for everything, how can you serve the purpose of God?”

Look at how ungrateful this pastor is. After God has given him the resources to pay for everything, if he had no spare money, he will stop to serve God. “How can you serve the purpose of God?” he will tell to God.

Undoubtedly, Kong Hee has no contentment and always desires for money, money and money. If I am a member of City Harvest Church, I will leave this money-faced pastor.

How dare him to compare his ministry to the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. A true preacher sent by God knows how to be contented in serving God — even without money.

To clear up all the deceitful words spoken by Kong Hee, I will leave you with these enlightening words from a preacher really sent by God, taught to him by our Lord Jesus Christ:

1 TIMOTHY 6:6-9
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.

#6 Reason: He never considered himself poor

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#6 Reason: He never considered himself poor

I wanted put down the words of Kong Hee in verbatim because his own words are even enough to prove that this is erroneous teaching. He said,

“Jesus never considered himself poor. Now that is a critical point. You see if Jesus said “listen, I’m poor” then there’s nothing more to say, he’s a poor savior, he’s a poor Jesus. But never once Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, you ever find Jesus calling himself poor but on the contrary he call himself rich. Now, I want you to look at chapter 12 , look at verse 1. Alright, let’s look at the context here.”

He read John 12:1-5

JOHN 12:1-5
Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

He continued,

“And then how did Jesus defend her? Look at verse 7”

He says the following words with his sarcastic tone (One of the most blasphemous words I’ve heard against the Lord Jesus).

“But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me I’M NOT A POOR you do not have always.’ You see, can you see something very important over here. Jesus and his disciples distinguished themselves from poor people. You want to help poor people you can always help them but hey, for me, you want to bless me you got to have the right time, and the right hour. You see Jesus didn’t consider himself poor. You see Jesus didn’t say “HELL YOU KNOW WHAT, you know what guys you know there will always poor people why me? He didn’t say that. He says you want to help the other poor people LIKE THEM you can help them anytime. But you want to worship me, you gotta do it now, where the property price is low, and we are getting our recession, and do it for building in the MARKETPLACE, for the MARKETPLACE, to penetrate the MARKETPLACE, oh come on somebody give God a big hand tonight. Oh I can’t hear you, you wanna clap, clap with both hands and give the God a great shout Hallelujah!

Now, let’s examine his words whether Kong Hee is really teaching the truth.

First, according to Kong Hee, this is a critical point of Jesus being rich because He did not say “I’m poor”. You know what? It only requires a simple thinking to answer this foolishness. If you cannot read in the bible that Jesus had said “I’m poor”, it doesn’t immediately mean He was rich. I want to ask Kong Hee whether he can show me in the bible where Jesus said, “I’m a good man”? If he cannot read that, does it mean Jesus was not?

Second, Kong Hee said that on the contrary Lord Jesus call himself rich. The verses John 12:7-8 were flashed onto the screen. This pastor had no fear of lying in front of his listeners when he read the verse as,

“For the poor you have with you always, but Me I’M NOT A POOR you do not have always.”

But the verse flashed in the screen is actually saying this:

JOHN 12:7-8
But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”

Did see how this blasphemous Kong Hee altered the word of our Lord Jesus just to drive his own agenda? He just added the words “I’M NOT A POOR” to the mouth of our Lord Jesus when he read the verse.

This Kong Hee has to answer all these blasphemous words in the day of our Lord.

And he was not contented and added,

“He (Jesus) says you want to help the other poor people ‘LIKE THEM’ you can help them anytime. But you want to worship me, you gotta do it now…”

Is this what is meant by our Lord Jesus? Definitely not!

Kong Hee is saying, “Let’s look at the context” but he’s the one ignoring it. Let’s look at the verses again “…But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” So, the Lord Jesus, in answer to Judas said, “For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”

Who were the poor that they are talking about? They are referring to those poor whom the Lord Jesus and His disciples are giving their help. So, the word ‘the poor’ really does not include the Lord Jesus because it refers to those people that they, including him, are helping out.

So, the Lord Jesus is simply saying that, those poor, whom they are helping, are always with them unlike Him because the time of His death is near. He is definitely not calling himself rich in these verses. So, Kong Hee wants a verse where Jesus said “I’m poor” to believe that He was poor but he also cannot show a verse wherein Jesus said “I’m rich”.

Kong Hee should learn some simple logical thinking here.

Third, I’m very sure the Lord Jesus did not mean the words added by Kong Hee, “but Me I’M NOT A POOR”, because these are words of the ones warned by Saint Paul:

II TIMOTHY 3:1-5
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

God’s words are really getting fulfilled to the person of Kong Hee, “…lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers…”

“having a form of godliness but denying its power.” Kong Hee only has a FORM but without the real godliness.

“And from such people turn away!”

I want you to noticed Kong Hee’s words,

“…you gotta do it now, where the property price is low, and we are getting our recession, and do it for building in the MARKETPLACE, for the MARKETPLACE, to penetrate the MARKETPLACE”

“For the MARKETPLACE”, it came out from the horse’s mouth, they’re doing it for the marketplace.

Our Lord Jesus will surely not allow the true church to be a house of merchandise, “Take these things away! Do not make my Father’s house a house of merchandise!”

John 2:16
And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!”

#7 Reason to be continued with God’s help.

#5 Reason: He had a treasurer

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#5 Reason: He had a treasurer

“Hey guys, if Jesus was destitute and penniless why does He need a treasurer?”

started Kong Hee to prove his Reason no. 5.

One of Kong Hee’s deceit is that he strongly emphasizes and exaggerates that the Lord Jesus was not a destitute and penniless.

Though we cannot say that Lord Jesus was a destitute but that doesn’t mean He was rich either.

You see, the word ‘destitute’ implies extreme poverty and a man does not have to be a destitute to be called poor. Kong Hee has been so materially rich but is so destitute in knowledge to see this simple truth.

How about penniless?

There are verses in the bible that show Lord Jesus was penniless. One instance is recorded in Matthew 17:24-27

MATTHEW 17:24-27
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

If the Lord Jesus and Apostles Peter has a penny in their pockets, why would the Lord Jesus need to ask Peter to go to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first come up? It simply means that they are penniless.

Kong Hee continued to his point,

“He had an accountant. A full-time account among his team looking after all the finances.”

then read John 12:6

JOHN 12:6
This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

He concluded,

“So obviously, Jesus had a lot of money and even when Judas was embezzling His ministry can still go on. You see He got more than enough, more than enough. He knew that Judas was stealing but it was more than enough for Him to continue His ministry”

This conclusion shows Kong Hee’s ignorance of the word of God.

First, Kong Hee will not find anywhere in the bible that the money was ‘more than enough’. This is again adding words and stories to the bible.

Second, Lord Jesus is not allowing Judas to continue stealing money because it was more than enough for Him to continue His ministry. Definitely not! Look at how Kong Hee is so blind of the truth.

Our Lord Jesus is not consenter of evil doings. So, He is not allowing Judas because the money was more than enough.
Then why did He allow Judas to continue stealing money?

Our Lord has allowed this to happen because He cared for Judas and He wanted Judas to repent in his sin and stop the stealing. Not because the money was more than enough. Did you see how subtle Kong Hee’s deception here?

Third, the money in the bag or moneybox is not Lord Jesus’ money. It is the church’s money from contribution of members to care for the poor.

JOHN 12:4-6
Then saith one of this disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

As I have already said, Kong Hee should know how to differentiate church’s money and church’s leader’s money. Church’s money is not leader’s money.

Kong Hee cannot get away with all these lies!

#6 Reason to be continued with God’s help.

#4 Reason: Jesus generously fed the hungry.

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#4 Reason: He generously fed the hungry.

After twisting many verses of the bible to follow his own malicious agenda, Kong Hee has the courage to say at this point,

“Don’t get upset with me. You know, I’m showing you from the word of God”

He began by reading Luke 9:11-13

LUKE 9:11-13
And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.

Then, he continued asking his listeners,

“Now, listen. If Jesus was poor and there were thousands of people, how foolish was he to say to his disciples “Why don’t you feed them?” because obviously they have no money to buy food. But notice the disciples didn’t even bat an eyelid, they didn’t complain there wasn’t enough money. Instead they said, We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.”

Kong Hee thinks that how foolish it is for Lord Jesus to say to his disciples “Why don’t’ you feed them?” if he has no money after all.

He assumed twenty thousand people were there and with just $5 a meal it would cost $100,000 to feed all the people. And he concluded that Jesus couldn’t be poor to have such huge money to feed all these people.

First, I wanted to ask Kong Hee, since he considers himself rich, whether he has done any generous feeding of the poor, in any country he had been, the same as Jesus, amounting to $100,000. Or does he have any continuous feeding program for the poor.

And more importantly, did he NOT collect money from these poor people or did he NOT sell them DVDs of his sermons like what our Lord Jesus did?

Second, look at how Kong Hee exaggerated the money needed to feed all of them. It is not as huge as $100,000 but only 200 pennyworth of bread (1 pennyworth is equals to 1 day wage of a laborer) according to the disciples. We can see that in Mark 6:37

MARK 6:37
He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

That would only be around 8 months’ minimum salary of a laborer. I don’t know the minimum salary of laborer in Singapore. But let’s say, for example, the minimum monthly wage of a laborer is $2,000 SGD then 200 pennyworth (8 months X $2,000) would only be around $16,000 SGD.

Did you see how Kong Hee exaggerated it? He said $100,000 was needed but actual is only around $16,000.
This amount is not big enough to consider you rich!

And mind you, the money will not come from our Lord Jesus’ pocket. Remember that there are members who are supporting His ministry. So, even if there’s a need to buy food to feed the poor, He doesn’t need to be rich because He has disciples who contribute for this great cause.

Kong Hee should always bear in mind that the church’s money is not the church leader’s money.

To further prove, that it was not because Lord Jesus was rich that He was able to feed the poor, we can see in Matthew 15:32-34 another incident:

MATTHEW 15:32-34
Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.

Lord Jesus said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.”
If He was rich and always have the money to feed them, do you think this would happen wherein they have nothing to eat?

Third, the biggest mistake of Kong Hee is by thinking that if Lord Jesus was poor, how foolish of Him to say, “Give them something to eat.”

Kong Hee has in many times underestimated the power of God. Let me share to you with God’s help how this pastor is so destitute of the truth in the bible.

The question is, Even without money, is it foolish of Lord Jesus to say, “Give them something to eat”?
Let’s read the answer of the bible in John 6:3-14, it reads

JOHN 6:3-14
And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

“he (Jesus) saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.”
Lord Jesus said this, not because He was rich and He could buy $5 worth of food for everybody. But He said this only to test Philip, for He himself knew what He would do.
Why would Lord Jesus need money? He knew what He would do, that is to perform miracle in front of all these people.

So, Lord Jesus is not foolish to say “Give them something to eat” even He didn’t have the money. But I shall say that Kong Hee is so foolish to think otherwise.

“Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.”
Those men believed, not because Lord Jesus is rich to feed them, but because they had seen the miracle.

This #4 reason is definitely another big lie from Kong Hee!

#5 Reason to be continue with God’s help.