Original Post At Sicarii.net
Foreword: this is a word out to Christians out there, and please
understand that I do it in all love as I care about your salvation and
what you’re learning from church. Sure, I might not know you from Adam,
but my concern for you as a brother or sister-in-Christ compels me to
write this even as I know it might draw a ton of flak.
Listen to me, and listen well: if you desire a true relationship
with God and a real Christian walk, stop listening to the filth that is
coming out of that pulpit at City Harvest Church!
This is my personal comment on the teachings of the pastor Kong Hee, after watching his sermon presented this morning (Sunday, January 6, 2008) via the net.
The entire sermon was about setting goals
that are Specific, Measurable, Action-Plan, Realistic Goals,
Time-Conscious, or S.M.A.R.T goals. For the Christian, since, well,
it’s a church eh?, he added 2 more characteristics for goals that one
should set — Expectation management and Revelation, thus making the
goals for Christians S.M.A.R.T.E.R.
I took notes as I watched the sermon once there was an indication
that this sermon was going to be the filth that is the prosperity
gospel again as is the norm at City Harvest Church.
First off, our Christian walk is not a self-improvement course in
how to better set goals and realize our best in finances, marriage,
relationships, etc.! Our Christian walk is about our relationship with
our Lord Jesus Christ, and working with ‘fear and trembling’ towards
our salvation (Philippians 2:12).
Secondly, Kong Hee took passages from Bible versions as and when
they fitted into the message he was trying to bring across. For
example, if the New Living Translation (NLT) had the word ‘goal’ in one
verse, he’d take the interpretation of Scripture in that version and
underline that word.
Below is my point-for-point rebuttal of the sermon:
Taking Verses Out of Context
Kong Hee reads from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, citing Luke 11:34
and only mentioning the first part of the verse where it says “The
light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy
whole body also is full of light;”
It’s not surprising that he only mentioned the first part of the
verse, because next up is veering the topic towards how the fact that
“thine eye is single” equates to focus and therefore leads to
The entire verse in Luke 11:34 (KJV) actually states this:
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine
eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye
is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
– Luke 11:34 (KJV)
Now, you tell me: even someone with some rudimentary knowledge of
English will tell you that reading the entire verse does not give one
the impression that it has anything to do with focus and goal-setting.
One can easily infer from the word ‘evil’ in the opposite lesson the
word ’single’ would mean something similar in meaning to ‘good’, no?
In fact, the English Standard Version translates that verse thus:
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is
healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your
body is full of darkness.
– Luke 11:34
There is nothing in that verse that speaks of focus and goal-setting!
In fact, I’d like to ask Kong Hee why he is teaching something else
together instead of the entire context from which verse 34 is in? Our
Lord Jesus Christ taught this:
No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or
under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the
light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy,
your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full
of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If
then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be
wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.
– Luke 11:33-36
What a contrast when pitted against his brand of market-place gospel, isn’t it?
- Quotation of 1 Corinthians 9:26 out of context
- Quotation of Philippians 3:14 out of context
- Quotation of Proverbs 16:9
out of context and without mentioning (again!) the second part of the
verse where it says that “but the Lord establishes his steps.”
I beseech you, brethren, that those who were there at the sermon
read those verses for yourself in their context and search as the good
Bereans did if indeed the pastor has taught the Bible or some
self-improvement goal-setting lesson from the pulpit instead.
I am not surprised at all that at the closing of his sermon that he brought the purpose-driven drivel into focus.
Oh, yes, my dear brethren, the promise that the new year will be the
best that you’ve ever had is repeated all over the world in churches
expounding the prosperity gospel in case you don’t already know! In
fact, there’s record that they do it almost every year!
Calling to Unbelievers
How does a sermon that has served nothing but to teach a
non-Biblical lesson touch any non-believers in the midst of that
I was surprised that a call to the unbelievers was even made! Look,
if I were an unbeliever, I wouldn’t have gone forward to be led to
become a Christian unless I’d said “hey, I’d like some of that riches
that your God gives!”.
What kind of Christians will they be?
Where’s the preaching of sin in the first place? I don’t believe
anyone can become a true Christian and disciple of Christ unless there
is conviction in their hearts that they are sinners and are repentant
and know that only the Lord Jesus Christ is able to forgive them and
make them acceptable before God!
Can someone be moved to know that he or she needs Christ because the
pastor taught a lesson in setting goals? If so, we should be seeing
more conversions at Anthony Robbins seminars than in churches!
I worry for the souls of those who went forward. I really do.
Because like the parable that our Lord Jesus Christ taught, these will
be those who shall be building their houses on shifting sand, and a
great fall they shall have when the winds blow and the rains beat down!
What Gives Then?
No, I am not jealous of the success of City Harvest Church nor Kong Hee (in fact, Kong Hee is a senior at our alma mater). I have no reason to be.
Neither did I start out with an agenda to be mean or unkind, but
after hearing so much filth from the pulpit in the church and having
listened in on a few archived sermons at their website, it weighs
heavily on my heart to warn.
The truth of the matter is that a cousin from my wife’s side of the
family now attends that church and I’m hoping to counsel him and help
him see the truth. That’s why I sometimes would watch their sermons and
find out more about the church for myself.
Dear brethren, besides fellowship, attending church is for your
education in all things spiritual and edifying to your soul, so that
you might be further strengthened in your understanding of teachings in
God’s Word and be no more as babes, but matured disciples of Christ.
The prosperity gospel is a false gospel that will lead you astray!
It teaches nothing but worldly principles and treating God as some
vending machine. And all you’re in fact doing when you give to the
church (or sow, as they call it), is buying some lottery ticket that
says “God shall bless me when I give more to the building fund” (thank
you, Deborah, for sharing this analogy).
If you are from City Harvest Church, or even from another church,
and are truly concerned, then pray for Kong Hee to wake up from his
delusion, repent, and start preaching God’s Word instead of the
I shall also pray that you shall learn to discern and seek to study
the Bible and learn what God teaches about the Christian life, instead
of listening to the apostasy many teachers now falsely teach.