|City Harvest Trial - a good conscience|
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
In the last week of the City Harvest trial, the Christian leaders were trying to pin the guilt on the auditor even though they were highly intelligent people, whose ministries founded more than 50 churches. No self examination or a contrite heart here. A person with a clean conscience has often nothing much to hide.
They were also trying to pin their innocence on the Cross Over funded secretely by make believe bonds from the church building fund, by equating it to an NKF dialysis machine. Both save lives it was claimed. How does China Wine save lives?
Perhaps highly intelligent people have less conscience, and that is why they succeed in life. One cannot be too rich in life with a good conscience. It doesn't get us far and we will often be the bottom instead of the top, the economy class versus the First Class travel. (I am reminded of Kong Hee's travelling first class @ 700K)
We have to hide in a way because gays are essentially a criminal class in Singapore as it is illegal. The church has forced people to hide even though they are gays by their good conscience.
I could hardly imagine a Christian person of good conscience and faith towards God talking about a non existent gay aggenda to justify the harm and the deprivation of basic rights of the gay community.
The more the church in Singapore becomes anti-gay (in the rethoric of becoming moral defenders of Singapore), the more we loose our conscience and morality until what is evil becomes good.
A mega church that is the biggest and the best is actually at risk of a downfall. Pride and success can dull our conscience. The end justifies the means, even though morally wrong. As long as it can be seen as legal with the auditors blessings, why not? as long as the ultimate end justifies the means.
As Christians, especially those in leadership of mega churches representing the face of Christianity, they are the front page, and the voice of the Gospel, giving a defence for the reason for our hope in the eternal glory in Jesus Christ.
We are to give a defence of the Gospel of Salvation in season and out of season, of what manner Christ death and resurrection is to our lives, we reflecting the glory and character of Jesus in due time in our walk in the light.
It is the message of the Gospel we carry, having to defend the Good News of Christ, that makes us humble and living in a fearful revelation that we are the bearers of the Gospel of Salvation of souls that we may live righteously with a good conscience so that when we are falsely accused, our lives can be seen to reflect a good conduct without blemish.
Therefore, as Peter said in 1 Peter 3:15, it is better to be seen to suffer persecution for doing good, having a good consciense without blemish rather than for evil hidden behind a cloak of legitimacy. For we are proclaimers of the Gospel, giving a reason for the Hope of Salvation.
How can we suffer persecution for doing evil! and still say that we are doing good unless we do not have a good concience towards God. If we are not ashamed of our deeds and of good conscience, surely it need not be hidden in the dark of night, and be revealed in the light of day for all to see.
We hide our evil deeds in the dark of night, because we would be ashamed if it was revealed, for how can we declare in good conscience and witness to the Holy Spirit to build God a great house, when we are building our own house - our own fame and fortune in the secular world.
We declare in the rooftop to the tens of thousands that we are building God a great house, to demand funds from Christians as a matter of their faith to God, yet abuse their faith by using this money for our own house.
The more we condemn others and exalt our own self righteousness and morality according to the law, the less conscience we have.
1 Tim 1:5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate...
Timothy's exaltation of those who wanted to insist on the law and be teachers of the law (as many churches in Singapore have been emphasising for the last 20 years in their crusade to put gays in prison), is that the law or the Ten commandments is about showing love from a pure heart and a good conscience. It can only come from a sincere faith in the Lord Jesus Christ where it no longer our righteousness but His righteousness.
If we insist on the law to be followed or that we do loving actions to be righteous, then we can never be righteous, for the law itself was made for to show that deep inside we are sinners and lawless needing the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
Christiatiny gives us a conscience that we are sinners, and could not save ourselves irrespective of our attempts at good works or meditate in a religious faith monastry. It takes us humbly by the hand, to admit that we need a Saviour.
Without conscience we cannot see God, because we see no need for Christ. Guard the heart, is the bible's calling because it is place of conscience. When we are hiding iniquity, our conscience tells us that we are wrong.
We live in a secular and religious world where having a good conscience towards God is non common and will not take us very far.
At Hollywood, it is easy to take all glory from God, because we receive all the attention, glory and fame being a secular pop star. But God allowed it for a season, because it is our freewill. I rather go back to the old Hollywood theater at Katong Singapore where Sun was singing for the glory of God.
A good conscience can only be gained by a pure and simple heart of faith and trust in Jesus Christ, for our conscience is no doubt corrupted as a result of the fall.
Therefore, as we walk and have our being firmly rooted in the light of Christ, in communion in partaking the bread and wine, the life of Christ being infused into our lives, let us live for His glory and honour, for Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last.
The crux of the issue facing them (charities under investigation) is their account which is always the case as in... NKF and now Ren Ci! As I reflect on our accounts, I don't feel good about it... For Xtron's retainer, I don't feel it's watertight!... Pastor, may I request for an evaluation of these... matters. And if possible, a review of CHC's financial relationship with all the 'harvest family'! Brother Suraj's email to Pastor Kong
"I am the lead partner in charge of City Harvest Church's accounts. Having led the audit of City Harvest Church's accounts, it is my professional opinion that no church funds were ever used in the promotion of Ms Ho Yeow Sun's secular singing career and the accounts presented before this AGM are true and fair." Brother Foong's video to CHC EM. Brother Foong is an elder at the Church of Singapore
"defence lawyers said that in the same way the National Kidney Foundation, for example, invests in dialysis machines even though these depreciate in value, City Harvest invested in its Crossover Project to convert people to Christianity. " Straits Times Stomp, 20 Sep 13
"You were the church's auditor in 1993. Tan Ye Peng was 21 years old in 1993, Kong Hee was in his late 20s, some of the other people in the dock may still have been in school. City Harvest Church was a very young church at that time and the first auditor or elder or senior figure in the Christian community who gave them accounting advice, acted for them, was you. They looked up to you from 1993 onwards as an auditor who was a Christian." Senior Counsel Sreenivasan on Mr Foong
"They know very well they come to me on an ad hoc basis, no paper produced, nothing like that. They are intelligent people. You paint as though they are 21-year-olds. They have a whole team of their own advisers and it's not as though I'm the adviser. They are all qualified people and very brilliant people." replied Mr Foong