I blogged about this when the news first broke 5 years ago. Back then I said it was still too early to comment since it was before the Court. Now the verdict is out and not surprisingly all of the defendants have been found guilty, it is time for me to add some more of my 2 cents worth.
A few years ago, at the invitation of a friend, I attended a sort of mega Church service at the Indoor Stadium. The highlight of the service was supposed to be Don Moen and a group with a weird name Delirious? (yes question mark inclusive).
The first person I recognised was Canon James Wong, who was a chaplain during my days in SAJC. There was a guy with a Mohican hair style sitting next to him. Curious as to who he was, I asked my friend who told me that was Kong Hee. I was shocked! In my younger days when I was attending church services, the pastors that I seen and known were all very “normally” dressed not someone that looks like a punk that is seen more commonly in American movies. So it wasn’t a good first impression. The bad impression continues when I sat through what I thought was a sermon on giving and blessing only to find out that it was just a prelude to the offering session. That got me a little disgusted although I did enjoyed the performance by Don Moen and Delirious?. That by the way is a rock band singing Christian music.
Back home, I did some googling and come across this term “prosperity gospel” and that CHC was one of the few mega churches that we have here. Then some friends shared with me their experience at these mega churches. Naturally what they shared were not the nice things. After all, who shares nice things? Bad news sell. Then came the Rony’s story. So the impression of the mega church with their prosperity gospel became worse. And when the story of CHC broke, I knew it was inevitable. What was surprising was not that it broke but the others had so far escaped the attention that CHC and to a certain extent FCBC got.
Anyway, the sad part of this whole story is that instead of drawing more people to Christ as what CHC wanted to do with the Crossover Project, the result instead is that it probably caused more people to draw away from Christ and tarnish the reputation of Christians so badly that it will take years for it to be repaired.
Are these mega pastors Messenger of God or the Devil in disguise?