#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
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?”
“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:
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!”
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.