Evangelical church stole RM153 million and broke eight of God’s ten commandments

October 23, 2015 at 11:44 am 23 comments

Breaking commandment #8

Most obviously, the City Harvest Church broke the eighth commandment – You shall not steal.

They stole 50 million dollars.

That’s RM152.8 million (converting to ringgit from Sing dollars) of their sheeple’s money which the City Harvest preachers dok songlap – see Straits Times headline below.

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Inside Singapore’s City Harvest megachurch scandal‘ by the BBC on Oct 21 said:

“In court, prosecutors outlined a convoluted money trail in which six church leaders and accountants, including Kong, funnelled S$24m from a church building fund into sham bond investments into Xtron and an Indonesian glass maker.

“They were later accused of using another S$26m to cover up their tracks.”

BELOW: The City Harvest church has the feel of a casino

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Breaking commandment #1

The first commandment of the 10 commandments is that no other gods shall be placed before Him.

City Harvest church, on the other hand, is a personality cult. Its members comprise teenagers and young adults who have been brainwashed to worship church founder pastor Kong Hee.

They’re deviants from mainline Christianity.

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The 10 Commandments

The BBC special report a few days ago noted the church’s “slick pop concert-like services (photos below), stylishly dressed pastors and worship leaders, and preaching of the ‘prosperity gospel’.”

Prosperity gospel is the evangelical preachers’ pursuit of wealth (‘prosperity’).

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Breaking commandment #2

Aside from breaking the first commandment, City Harvest church also broke the second – You shall not make idols.

Pastor Sun Ho, who is pastor Kong Hee’s wife, was made a pop idol through the church’s expensive Crossover Project.


Singing pastor reaching out to the unconverted


The City Harvest Church pastor's wife As early as 2002, a church member tried to warn against the Crossover Project and its financial impropriety. Unfortunately he backed down after the church threatened to sue.

(This quick resort to threats is reminiscent of the church’s evangelical cousins across the Causeway.

Guan Eng is infamous for his rant “You dare you print lah and you see what I do to you” while Hannah Yeoh is trigger happy in making police reports against Umno bloggers.)


BELOW: While Jerusubang is our Sin City, the Singaporeans have their evangelical Sun City

City of Sun Ho

Sun Ho, the City Harvest Church co-founder, minted a “new image” and had a “flashy lifestyle in Los Angeles, living in an expensive Hollywood Hills mansion”, said the BBC special report.

Many Singaporeans however saw Sun Ho’s rap singing and twerk dancing as “incongruous with her duties as a church pastor”.

BELOW: Sun Ho’s music video China Wine

China Wine

Breaking commandment #3

Christians are commanded, You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

Pastor Sun Ho preaches about God but purveys the image of a raunchy ‘geisha’ – below, her character in the China Wine video.

SunHo-China Wine

What a role model to lead young Singaporeans to God’s path. (It reminds us of the evangelical party in Malaysia indoctrinating masses of young Chinese.)

Sun Ho’s hubby Kong Hee also claims that God speaks directly to him. See, ‘God says sorry to City Harvest Church pastor

The Singapore husband-and-wife evangelical preaching team reminds us too of another couple closer to home who preach as a husband-and-wife tag team in Jerusubang.

Worshippers attend a church service at the City Harvest Church in Singapore

Breaking commandment #4

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy is the fourth of the ten commandments.

Sabbath is Sunday and the Christians’ day of worship.

According to the BBC, City Harvest church is known for its “slick image and wealth-focused brand of Christianity” and needless to say, its Sunday service (below) is similarly a slick production.

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City Harvest Church targets young Chinese who do gospel with fanatical fervour

The Sneaky Six “are facing lengthy jail terms”, the BBC tells us. Have they kept Sabbath holy? You tell me.

The City Harvest church founders “insist they only had honest intentions in doing God’s work – as does the church which continues to fully support them”.

The BBC remarked “it is a stance that has largely drawn scorn and criticism from Singaporeans”.

How does one redefine “honest intentions in doing God’s work” in the wake of all six of the City Harvest church elders and pastors being convicted on all charges in court?

BELOW: Pastor Kong Hee fanning the delusion

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Worshippers attend a church service at the City Harvest Church in Singapore

Worshippers attend a church service at the City Harvest Church in Singapore

Worshippers attend a church service at the City Harvest Church in Singapore


DAP are City Harvest spiritual cousins


Just like the greedy DAP in Selangor giving themselves a hefty salary rise, the City Harvest top execs did the same.

BELOW: ‘Former church finance manager Serina Wee grilled over Sun Ho’s pay hike‘ (The Straits Times, 5 May 20150

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Serina Wee – guilty!


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Breaking commandment #5

Commandment No.5 is Honour your father and your mother.

Never mind if gullible youths become victims of aniaya gereja and families are broken when the Born Again children are estranged from their Buddhist/Taoist parents.

All as long as the “stylishly dressed pastors” can get their Prada, matlamat menghalalkan cara.

These worshippers at Singapore's City Harvest Church

Singapore ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan noted “evangelical Christianity” is recent phenomenon in Singapore

The ambassador freaked out the DAP who persisted with their denials.

Breaking commandments #9 and #10

No.9 – You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour

No.10 – You shall not covet

It’s all about money. The BBC interviewed sociologist Terence Chong who told the British broadcaster that “such churches tend to target the middle and working classes”.

“The socio-economic profile of their congregation provides them with a good financial pool to tap on. These churches also offer a sense of community and particular sensitivity to consumerism and capitalism,” observes Chong who is attached to the prestigious Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Singapore.

BELOW: Evangelical pastors wanna be able to afford to look like this, so they do what a girl’s gotta do

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Aside from the pastors coveting the church collection bag, you can read the Singapore media, forums and chat rooms for how the City Harvesters lied, twisted and turned on their ‘neighbour’.

The sensational City Harvest trial took 141 days of hearing in court. Prosecution of the case began in May 2013 and only ended just this week. The state prosecutors had produced more than 1,400 documents in the course of the trial, so rest assured that a lot of dirty laundry was aired.

In a nutshell, the church was run by conmen and crooks.

City Harvest Church in Singapore

City Harvest Church is alpha MEGA

It looks like the only one of the 10 commandments which the City Harvest church did not break is You shall not murder. Or at least no dead bodies have turned up.

Giving the pastors the benefit of the doubt on the commandment You shall not commit adultery, it’s altogether eight of the ten commandments that the City Harvest church has broken.

The City Harvesters clearly don’t practise what they preach.

Their counterparts across the Causeway is the DAP, bikin tak serupa cakap. They speak like holy men and women but we know the Devil wears Prada.

BELOW: A scene at City Harvest church in SUBANG JAYA!

Recent event (10 April 2014) at the City Harvest Church Subang Jaya

Event on 10 April 2014 in Subang Jaya

What creepy Christian cults do to people

Whether it’s the American pioneer televangelists or the Singapore evangelical mega churches or our local Jerusubangites, their ethos is the same – 3G: Gold, Self-Glory and Gospel turbo-charged by Greed.

These predators are dangerous because they’re expert brainwashers preying on the young.

Will the Perak Mufti follow in the footsteps of the Pahang Mufti and declare the DAP as anti-Islam? When will the Islamic departments and agencies take action?!

BELOW: Another rapturous moment at City Harvest church in SUBANG JAYA!!

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BONUS PIX

This is the face (below) of the church’s new generation taking over CHC 2.0.

Scary Sun Ho is the interim leader of the City Harvest Church while her husband awaits his jail sentencing. More pictures of her uncanny resemblance to Mona Fandey – HERE

Sun Ho

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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Eugene  |  October 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    “How many times can a man turn his head,
    Pretending that he just doesn’t see.” – Bob Dylan

    One might imagine that such news will be worthy of coverage in The Star. Here is an opportunity for MCA to highlight the dangers of such cultish churches, and strike a dagger into DAP, but The Star remains quite. And so does MCA.

    A carefully worded statement from an MCA representative can lead to journalistic investigations into the many cultish churches of the born-agains mushrooming in Malaysia just as quickly as the massage parlours are providing alternative happy-endings to residents in Selangor.

    Eugene

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    • 2. Helen Ang  |  October 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      MCA: “All’s good. No worries. Enjoy.”

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  • 3. Daily SG: 23 Oct 2015 | The Singapore Daily  |  October 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    […] The Middle Ground: A Christian and sceptic talk about the City Harvest verdict – Helen Ang: Evangelical church stole RM153 million and broke eight of God’s ten commandments – New Nation: City Harvest Church goers regret Sun Ho wasn’t paid S$500,000 to stop singing […]

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  • 4. Surrhead  |  October 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I would love to read on how is CHC subang is doing now since their leaders are found to be con men……anyway, the moment you see your pastor in a music video scantily dressed should raise a tinker…..wow to the power of religion…

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  • 5. Anon  |  October 23, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Name a church which does not anchor on charismatic leadership? Every church is a personality cult. Some leaders are liberal some are conservative but the sheep live by their words nevertheless.

    A sin(original sin) they know not of or will be blind to.

    Christianity broke all the commandments of God.

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  • 6. aiyoh  |  October 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Scare don’t blog

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  • 7. grkumar  |  October 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Not a good ad for botox. Not a good ad for God. Not a good ad for Christians. Hannah Yeoh may want to reconsider her appointment with the plastic surgeon and just remain a fat pig mouthing off anti Malay, anti government, anti UMNO slogans.

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  • 8. Ah Beng  |  October 23, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    They people damn stupid wan. They giv money to church but when they no money the church dun giv them back wan. Not like insurance this all bluff wan.

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  • 9. AK47  |  October 23, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Ms H. Who does’nt like fun and games coupled with sex and money ? I do not see any religious tag in what I know is just normal human activity now organised en masse for the leisure life style of the young folks. This is nothing new but a spurious way to collect money. There are naive and gullible persons born every day. With so much money sloshing around, maybe the income tax people take a hard look where all this money disappeared into ?

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  • 10. Chris  |  October 23, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Now that all the beans have been spilled on this mega baloney that has been coopting Jesus Christ for their private bank accounts, it should be reason enough to dig into their idiosyncratic gospel?

    http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-errors-of-the-prosperity-gospel

    (Abstract)
    In light of Scripture, the prosperity gospel is fundamentally flawed. At bottom, it is a false gospel because of its faulty view of the relationship between God and man. Simply put, if the prosperity gospel is true, grace is obsolete, God is irrelevant, and man is the measure of all things.
    Whether they’re talking about the Abrahamic covenant, the atonement, giving, faith, or prayer, prosperity teachers turn the relationship between God and man into a ‘quid pro quo’ transaction. As James Goff noted in a 1990 Christianity Today article, God is “reduced to a kind of ‘cosmic bellhop’ attending to the needs and desires of his creation.”
    This is a wholly inadequate and unbiblical view of the relationship between God and man.”

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  • 11. peter spearmint  |  October 23, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Yes what helen blog is true. Some cults more extreme like children of god. They allow free sex within their members. This lead youngsters eager to join and donate a lot of money to the leaders.

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  • 12. islam1st  |  October 24, 2015 at 12:49 am

    ‘In a nutshell, the church was run by conmen and crooks’

    Memang sama sejibik macam sepupu depa kat Jerusubang!

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  • 13. Ayam  |  October 24, 2015 at 7:37 am

    The Star did cover the scandal though. They just make the headlines as smaller as possible and likely copied and pasted from other sources.

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    • 14. Helen Ang  |  October 24, 2015 at 8:12 am

      It was the most sensational and costly trial ever to be held in S’pore and ran over a period of 3-and-1/2 years in the courts.

      The buzz over it in the S’pore social media was immense.

      The J-Star online ran two syndicated stories on City Harvest on the day of the verdict, and that’s it. I did not come across any follow-up stories following the announcement of the court judgment. And neither was there coverage to build up to the verdict.

      We must hold the MCA accountable for the EvangeliSTAR cover-up and make the party pay.

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      • 15. Kamal  |  October 25, 2015 at 12:16 pm

        PAP very sophisticated ma… Evangelicals are a legitimate threat to PAP – they have organization, preach so called justice/equality, hip, and evoke raw emotions, and are exclusive for eg must accept the savior as lord.

        PAP appears to allow entrenchment of dynasties and imbalances, has a perception of being old/frumpy, evoke sedated response, and is a party for all – cutting across race, religion, class.

        The moment life becomes harder for Singaporeans, the evangelicals could be a destabilizing force. I believe it is because evangelism can easily replace PAP ideology among the majority population. PAP and evangelism in Singapore are both Chinese affairs.

        For Malaysia, I don’t think the evangelistas are as dangerous as they are in Singapore. The Barisan are bumi, evangelicals are Chinese. The ideological transition will not be as quick.

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  • 16. TalpioT  |  October 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    1. jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it ‘a den of ROBBERS.’ – tertulis dalam kitab (matthew yang cerita).

    2. And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of THIEVES. -tertulis dalam kitab (mark yang cerita).

    3. When jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it ‘a den of ROBBERS. -tertulis dalam kitab (luke yang cerita)

    tertulis jugak dalam kitab bahawa;

    1.“You shall not STEAL; you shall not deal FALSELY; you shall not LIE to one another. -leviticus

    2.Treasures gained by WICKEDNESS do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. -proverbs

    3. For the LOVE OF MONEY is a root of all kinds of EVILS. It is through this craving that some have WANDERED AWAY from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. -timothy

    4. Put no trust in EXTORTION; set no vain hopes on ROBBERY; if riches increase, set not your heart on them. -psalm

    5. You, therefore, who TEACH another, do you not TEACH YOURSELF? You who PREACH that one shall not STEAL, do you STEAL? -romans

    6. A FALSE witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out LIES will perish. -proverbs

    7. No one who practices DECEIT shall dwell in my house; no one who utters LIES shall continue before my eyes. -psalm

    8. The getting of treasures by a LYING tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death -proverbs

    9. Keep your tongue from EVIL and your lips from speaking DECEIT -psalm

    dan akhir sekali,

    Beware of FALSE prophets, who come to you in SHEEP’S clothing but inwardly are RAVENOUS WOLVES – matthew

    so, sesiapa yang tak amalkan apa yang kitab dia sendiri tulis, memanglah bigots yang ada low class mentality. kalau tak percaya, sila tanya that fat soalan mulut speaker.

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    • 17. Pwincess  |  October 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Hahahahahah, setempek atas muka pihak-pihak yang berkenaan. Patut la nama City Harvest. Rupanya memang gian nak harvest the city kot? Keep on harvesting bebeh, hahahaha.

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  • 18. Mulan Malaysia  |  October 24, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    A friend of mine highlighted this blog entry of a former City Harvest devotee.

    http://gerashen.com/2015/10/22/8-reasons-why-city-harvest-church-was-the-devil-to-me/

    See how City Harvest brainwashes. I summarised. We should all read the full article. Shocking stuff.

    First, I’ll start with offerings.
    Second, tithings.
    Third, pledging monies.
    Fourth, God the investment banker.
    Every time before offering, we were told this – if you give to God, God will give you back 10 times.
    Fifth, bringing in new people.
    Every week we are expected to always bring in new people to service. ALWAYS expected to.
    Sixth, accountability.
    Basically what happened here was my mentor was to be kept informed of my whereabouts at all times.

    After school, what I was doing… Who I’m hanging out with… It was a tad invasive.

    Then…
    Seventh, buying Sun Ho’s albums.
    Ah, everyone’s favourite.

    So our pastor’s wife wanted to enter the music industry to preach the Word of God. Using songs to lead the people honestly didn’t sound like a bad idea.

    Then it got to her albums. Every single person in church had to have her album. It was compulsory, really. If you didn’t have her album, then you don’t love your church family. And back then we still used portable CD players. Everyone was supposed to have the CD in their bags.

    Eighth, Sun Ho’s crossovers.
    True to her word, she did go overseas and preached the gospel through her concerts. She would sing some songs, share her testimony and call on people to receive Jesus as their one true saviour.

    Ninth, outcasting.
    Back then there was a man (yes, Mr Roland Poon) who told the public about the church forcing members to buy Sun Ho’s albums, of which he was fiercely dealt with in church. His cell group leader and mentor rebuked him to no end, his cell group members ostracised him.

    .

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  • 19. Mulan Malaysia  |  October 24, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Kak Helen

    I want to highlight one church leader which in Penang the churches esp. the evangelicals love. I went to one David Cho affiliated one. Like Gershen, I ran away.

    http://www.christiantoday.com/article/david.yonggi.cho.money.sex.power.and.the.perils.of.church.leadership/36083.htm

    “It doesn’t look like good news for the gospel when the senior pastor of one of the world’s largest Christian congregations is convicted of corruption.

    As this website has reported, David Yonggi Cho, founder of the million-strong Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, has been found guilty of embezzling $12 million in church funds. He was sentenced to three years in prison – suspended for five years – and ordered to pay $4.67 million in fines.

    As a report by the Gospel Herald put it, the news “spread like wildfire among global Christian communities, where followers of the disgraced South Korean mega-church pastor searched for an explanation of how their spiritual leader became entangled in the crime”.

    Yes. There was once I felt the Evagenlistas were way cooler than the old fashion Anglicans. But that’s history.

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  • 22. Mulan Malaysia  |  October 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20)
    Well. This is City Harvest’s members adultery aftermath. His lover after all is another City Harvest member.
    http://www.psa91.com/jack.htm

    “n a dramatic press conference 11 Mar 2010, Singapore’s premier movie director, and a member of City Harvest Church, Jack Neo, who promised to tell it all, instead put up his wife as his defence so that he can be spared and given a chance on account of his wife’s suffering. In a dramatic press conference which was a one liner about Jack, and the rest talking about her wife who then fainted. The couple left quickly in their pastor’s car after the press conference.

    The dramatic press conference was far too short, did not live up to the promise “to tell it all”, and had no apology either to the public for whom Jack has often chastise to live a good moral life through his movies, or to the dozen or so women who has come forward claiming that he had affairs with. It was the ultimate reality movie show, a drama unexpected of a lead movie star using his innocent wife’s suffering and pain to asked for mercy. The theme was so much like one of his movies of what not to do, yet being much more real and dramatic.

    In an interview with Foyce Lim (Le Xuan) the second women Jack had an affair with, it was revealed that she was also a member of the same City Harvest Church, but has not been going to church in the past few weeks as Jack’s Neos family goes to the same church. She said that, some church members are on Jack’s side, and have remarked that she shouldn’t have gone to public about the affairs since Pastor Tan Ye Peng was working hard to salvage Jack’s marriage. Many church members had apparently rebuked her instead saying that she was rubbing salt to the wound. ”

    And here is the dramatic press conference.

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  • 23. Jack Truth  |  October 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Way to go, CHC! 2 more commandments to be broken

    Reply

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