There was much news on this matter in the next few days and weeks until the matter were to be addressed in court in late July. My nephew was a long time member of the church and he immediately cancelled his holiday trip to pray with his cell group and to give support to their charismatic pastor.
This church was mega in size and was among the largest church congregations in Asia. It had 36 internal ministries and in 2010, had an average of 23,000 worshippers attending its weekly services in English, Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese and Indonesian in Singapore. CHC has affiliate churches in the region, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia.
When the news broke out, there was much shock and denial amongst the members. Our government also feared that it might lead to undesired results had carefully released this news only after the school holidays where most members who were mostly youths, so as to avoid unwanted gatherings and undesired strike backs.
Here in Singapore, it was illegal to congregate in groups of ten unless a permit from the government was given. No strike or demonstration is allowed in Singapore for umpteenth years.
Someone asked me to pray for these pastors and for those who were involved. Yes, I would surely pray for God’s mercy and for this matter.
As long as the pastor was above abroad and there was no misuse of church fund for personal gains, surely their names would be cleared after the court case. But if there was misconduct and misappropriation of church funds for personal uses, the law would expose the secret truth.
I heard that many other mega churches were planning to intercede and fast for this matter for 40 days .For when one in the church was in pain, the whole church was also in pain. We suffered as one and we stood as one body of Christ here.
In spite of those who criticized and judged these accused before the matter was presented in court and until the truth be exposed and all hidden matters revealed; no one should pass unnecessary or unkind remarks.
Sadly I was in the one prayer meeting of another church when the leader openly criticized this accused pastor without proof and acted as if there were many truths that were reported in the local Press.
Yet how many of us seek God in this matter? What is the purpose of God in this episode that brings bad publicity to the local Christians?
Is it to bring more unity to the local church as we pray as one?
Is it to wake up the local church to things that have been done here but not right in God’s sight that will have to stop quickly after this episode?
Or is it because the church is not walking in holiness and in righteousness of God and this is to expose hidden sins for His and the world’s judgment for surely judgment will begin at the house of God.
I would not pass judgments for they are all in the hands of the courts. I only pray for God’s mercy and for all truth to come forth and lastly that God’s will be done for this church, for the church of Singapore at large and for God’s will on what He wants to do through and in the local churches.
May the local church learn and mature from this incident and that we will go on to live in all holiness and righteousness especially in finances, in our image and in our unity so that the world will see the love in us for each other and give glory to His name.
Let the peace of God continue to flow in the churches to guide us and to teach us His ways. May God’s will be done in and through this episode. Amen.
Thanks for reading. Do pray for the church of Singapore and for this matter.
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