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.
‘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
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.
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’).
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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!!
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