George Ong’s Comments:
Asher Chee, who has a sharp and incisive mind, is proficient in Hebrew & Greek. In his testimony, he shares about Joseph Prince’s use of Hebrew & Greek to prey on the ignorance of the people to deceive. Though he was in New Creation Church for 7 years, he admitted that he wasn’t a true believer. This has largely to do with the Antinomian and Prosperity Gospel teaching of Joseph Prince that he was deeply exposed to.
Asher Chee’s Testimony:
“I was born and raised in a church-going Christian family. As such, it was the de facto assumption on everyone’s part – my parents, the church, and even myself – that I was a “Christian” in the sense of being a true believer, truly saved in Christ Jesus. However, as the Lord would direct my life, the falseness of my faith – as well as the truth that there could even be such a thing as false faith – would be revealed to me.
In 2007, my family began regularly attending New Creation Church. Joseph Prince’s unique selling point is that he knows the biblical languages, Hebrew and Greek, which earns him a lot of credibility and awe in the sight of his church and his followers around the world. Unlike Joseph Prince’s fellow Antinomian and Prosperity Gospel teachers, he is able to “prove” his teachings from the Bible in its original languages.
I was impressed at how Joseph Prince was able to wield the biblical languages in convincing his followers of his teachings, and in defending his teachings against those who disagree with him. I wondered why his teachings were not more widely accepted by other Christian leaders and teachers, if indeed they were based on the Bible in its original languages. Perhaps it was because these leaders and teachers did not know the biblical languages like Joseph Prince. Thus, I was inspired by Joseph Prince to learn Hebrew and Greek on my own, so that I might do my part in furthering his teachings among Christians on a scholarly and academic level.
However, as I learned Hebrew and Greek, I realized that many of the things he was claiming about the Bible and the biblical languages were patently false! The only reason why he sounded so compelling was because nobody was any the wiser; he was essentially preying upon the ignorance of his followers!
I also began to notice that Joseph Prince was taking Bible verses out of context to make them say whatever he wanted them to say. At first, I thought that I was just spiritually blind. I thought that it could not be the case that only I could see the truth, while everyone else was deceived.
I called together a group of my closest friends in the church and told them: “Guys, please help me! I am hearing what Pastor Prince is preaching, but it seems so contrary to what I am reading in the Bible! How is it that everyone else can see the truth of what he is preaching from the Bible, but I cannot? I must be crazy!”
I walked them through the problems which I saw in Joseph Prince’s teachings, which they valiantly defended. They later admitted that they had hated me at first for spoiling their comfortable confidence that they had finally found the ‘true Gospel’ in the teachings of Joseph Prince.
When I brought my questions to the leaders, I was warned that I should not question the teachings of Joseph Prince, since he was “anointed” by God, and everything he teaches is from God. The leaders even went behind my back and warned members of my small group not to talk to me about God and the Bible. When the small group members asked why, they were told that submitting to the leaders was submitting to God’s authority. Despite this, some of them still came and talked to me anyway, and they are still my closest friends today.
A junior pastor was even sent to confront me in front of my friends. Shortly into the conversation, however, it became obvious to all who were present that the junior pastor was grasping for straws, as his arguments were becoming more and more desperate and his reasoning was becoming increasingly dishonest and contradictory as the discussion progressed. In time, most of those who were present would leave for other more biblical churches.
In 2014, I left to study Computer Science in the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Through a series of God-arranged circumstances, I began to see the falseness of my faith for what it was. Having been so immersed in the Antinomian and the Prosperity Gospel teaching of Joseph Prince, I had convinced myself that I loved Jesus and was pursuing God, when in reality my heart loved the world and was pursuing money and prestige. It was then that I began struggling to love God for God, and not the benefits that he can give me.
In the course of my undergraduate studies (from 2014), I also completed a certification course in Classical (Biblical) Hebrew from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as modules in Ancient Greek and Latin from the University in Southampton. In 2016, I returned to the University of Southampton and completed a Master’s degree in Jewish and Christian History. I am currently a PhD researcher at the University of Southampton, focusing on Jewish and Christian History. My research requires me to be proficient in Classical Hebrew, Ancient Greek, and Latin, so as to read ancient Jewish and Christian texts in their original languages.”
Attending Gospel Light Christian Church, Singapore
Joseph Prince Caught Lying in His Hazon Vision Sermon On 17 January 2021 (V68 Dated 20
God’s Severity Against False Prophets & Their Followers – By Rev George Ong
“In the Old Testament, God treats the issue of false teachers utterly seriously. A false prophet who turns the people away from God must be put to death (Deut 13:5; 18:20). Can you sense the gravity of how God wants His people to deal with false prophets?
You may protest, “George, are you telling us we are to do the same to the false teachers of today? Kill them? You gotta be kidding!” Yes, I would be mad if I were to teach that, but honestly, is that all you can say?
Don’t you know that the way God treats the false prophets in the Old Testament is a picture of how we ought to deal with them today?
Of course, we mustn’t kill them, but do we work hard at ‘killing’ their false teachings? Do we sweat our guts out by refuting their false teachings aggressively and rebuking them sharply? Do we warn our sheep ardently from ever falling under their influence? Are we prepared to cut off our fellowship with them if they remain recalcitrantly unrepentant?
Or do we pretend as many do, that the problem doesn’t exist at all because we don’t want our respectable image marred and the trouble of getting our hands dirty with controversies?
Putting the Old Covenant false prophets to death seems extreme and unthinkable to us. But God Himself knows about the toxic harm and irreparable damage that false teachers could do to the community of His people. He knows the only way to deal with the cancer of heresy is to cut it at its root before it destroys the entire community.
When God treated false prophets with utter severity, the church has no right to shrug it off as a small issue to be overlooked. When God is greatly intolerant about false teachers, we cannot become carelessly tolerant of them.
Is there a more serious offense for false prophets such as Joseph Prince to falsify the truth of the scriptures? Is there anything more reprehensible for heretics such as Joseph Prince to lie about the truth of God’s word? Is there an evil worse than teaching the lies of Satan as if they were the truth of the Bible? Is there anything more repulsive to God than saying one is speaking for God when in actuality, one is speaking for Satan? Is there anything more damning for a false teacher, such as Joseph Prince, to claim that he is preaching the gospel that leads to heaven when in reality, he is preaching heresy that leads to hell?
“Nothing is more wicked than for someone to claim to speak for God to the salvation of souls, when in reality, he speaks for Satan to the damnation of souls.” (John MacArthur)
What about the Lord Jesus? Is He as harsh towards false teachers as His Father? You bet! The Lord Jesus’ attitude towards false teachers in the New Testament is the same as God in the Old. His most scathing denunciations were reserved for the false teachers of His day – the Pharisees and the scribes (Matt 23:13-33). They gave the impression they were teaching the laws of God when it was their traditions or oral laws, which they added to God’s commandments that they were championing (Matt 15:3,6; Mk 7:8,9,13).
Jesus warned about them in His first sermon, (the Sermon on the Mount) in Matthew 5:20 that their fake righteousness will never get them into His kingdom. He further denounced them as wolves who have come in sheepskin – being the false prophets of their day, and that their final destiny would be the fires of hell (Matt 7:15,19). In His last sermon in Matthew 23:13-33, Jesus relentlessly condemned these false teachers and spiritual leaders of Israel with seven woes or curses, and He again pronounced the destiny of hell on them (Matt 23:33).
“George, you talk about the dark destiny that false prophets would end up in; but what about the followers of heretics?”
Well, God has already given His take on the issue.
God treats the issue of false teachings in the Old Testament so seriously, that not only are false prophets put to death (Deut 13:5; 18:20), those who collude with them would share the same fate too (Deut 13:6-10; Jer 14:14-16).
Many believers of today think the decree of death by God on false prophets in the Old Testament and their followers only applies to the Old Testament but not the New.
But this isn’t true as Jesus in the New Testament had pronounced the sentence of hell (spiritual death), twice, on the Pharisees and the Scribes who were the false teachers of His day (Matt 7:15,19; 23:33). Furthermore, followers who embraced their teachings would suffer the same fate too (Rev 2:20-23).
Revelation 2:20-23 NIV
20 “Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.”
“I will strike her children dead,” (Rev 2:23) – referring to the spiritual children of the false prophetess, Jezebel, which would include members of the Church of Thyatira who have embraced her false teachings.
Jesus takes the threat of false teachings so seriously that unless these followers of heretics repent, He was prepared to cause intense suffering on His own children and even strike them dead.
Be warned that such severe judgements are not only reserved for false teachers but also their followers. This is true both in the Old Testament (Deut 13:6-10; Jer 14:14-16) as well as the New (Rev 2:20-23).
My loving advice to the followers of Joseph Prince is this, “You had better flee from him before it is too late.”
If anyone accuses me for using ‘scare tactics’, then he or she is also accusing God and the Lord Jesus for committing the same act, as I am unveiling no more than what they have revealed.
Since God was utterly tough on false prophets that He would even put them to death in the Old Testament, the church of today has no right to be any lenient to heretics, such as Joseph Prince, and be complacent about dealing with him and his heresies.
Since the Lord Jesus warned false teachers and especially people who collude with them with such severe judgement in Revelation that could even result in death (Rev 2:20-23), the contemporary church has no right to go soft on Joseph Prince, and take the issue of guarding their flock against being poisoned by his heresies any more lightly.”
Rev George Ong
Read the Compelling Testimonies of Ex New Creation Church Members (Joseph Prince’s Church):
Joseph Prince (Among Others) Has Wrongly Divided The Word – By Dr Roland Chia
One of the most interesting figures in the history of the early church is Marcion, the son of the bishop of Sinope and respected member of the Christian community. In July, AD 144, Marcion was excommunicated after a public hearing before the clergies of the churches in Rome.
At that hearing, Marcion was asked to expound his peculiar ideas about Christianity, especially his view of the Old Testament and its relationship to the New. Marcion declared that the Old and New Testaments are so vastly different from each other that it is impossible to reconcile them.
He judged the God of the Old Testament to be a somewhat inferior deity, a God of wrath who is preoccupied only with justice. The Old Testament God, he opined, is the God of the Jews.
The God of the New Testament, however, is radically different. He is the God whose very nature is love, the supreme God, whose messenger is Jesus Christ. To Marcion, the God revealed in the pages of the New Testament is a God of goodness and grace, and nothing else.
Consequently, Marcion categorically rejected the entire Old Testament and embraced only the New Testament as authoritative Scripture.
Although Marcionism – as this heresy is later named – appeared in the early period of church history, it has from time to time reared its ugly head in contemporary Christianity, albeit dressed in a different garb.
The most recent instantiation of a version of this ancient heresy is the so-called hyper-grace movement. The way in which hyper-grace preachers view the Old Testament and bits of the New bears remarkable family resemblances to Marcionism.
Marcion would gladly endorse what Andre van der Merwe asserts about the relationship between the New and Old Testaments in his book, Grace: The Forbidden Gospel:
At the risk of sounding critical, it remains a sad reality that the Bible Society chose to combine the Old and New Testaments into a single book. This single decision has caused widespread confusion within the ranks of believers throughout the world. Many of the writings of the Bible before the cross portrays God to be a harsh, cruel being, set on destroying and punishing people if they dared to disobey the set of moral standards represented by the 10 commandments and the other laws (p. 28).
Like the ancient Marcionites, hyper-grace preachers like van der Merwe maintain that the Old Testament should not be regarded as being at par with the New Testament.
But there is an important difference between them.
Unlike Marcion and his followers, the hyper-grace preachers did not outrightly reject the OT as the Word of God, but insist that it addresses only the people of God in the old covenant. Therefore, the OT has nothing significant to say to Christians who belong to the new covenant, the covenant of grace.
There is another difference between the Marcionites and the hyper-grace preachers that should be pointed out.
Although Marcion and his followers rejected the OT, they regarded all of the NT as authoritative and therefore as directly relevant for Christians. The hyper-grace preachers, however, maintain that many of the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels are not directly relevant to Christians because they were delivered before the cross and therefore still belonged to the old covenant.
For the hyper-grace preachers, then, any teaching or command that is recorded before the death of Christ on the cross (which, for them, marks the beginning of the new covenant) belongs to the old covenant. They are not relevant to believers who belong to the new covenant, the covenant of grace.
In a section entitled ‘Rightly Dividing the Word’ in the eighth chapter of Destined to Reign, Joseph Prince clearly articulates this point when he writes:
There is a lot of confusion and wrong believing in the church today because many Christians read their Bibles without rightly dividing the old and new covenants. They don’t realise that even some of the words which Jesus spoke in the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are part of the old covenant. They were spoken before the cross as He had not yet died. The new covenant only begins after the cross, when the Holy Spirit was given on the day of Pentecost (p. 92, emphasis in original).
For Joseph Prince, not everything recorded in the New Testament pertains to the new covenant, including most of the teachings of Jesus. According to this way of ‘dividing the Word’, the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, the commands to love God and neighbour, and the entire Sermon on the Mount are not relevant for Christians! They belong to the old covenant.
Needless to say, this way of ‘dividing the Word’ is antithetical to how the Church has always understood the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. Although the Church maintains that the Old Testament must be understood in light of the New, it has always taught that both testaments belong to the one canon of Scripture, which is the authoritative Word of God for Christians.
In his Small Catechism, the great Protestant Reformer of the 16th century, Martin Luther, describes the Bible in this way:
The Bible gathers together the writings of God’s chosen prophets and apostles over a period of more than a thousand years. Through the Holy Spirit, God Himself gave these writers the thoughts and words they recorded (verbal inspiration), such that the Bible is God’s Word.
Here, Luther stresses that the Bible in its entirety (that is, both the Old and New Testaments) is inspired by God and therefore must be regarded as the Word of God. It is this biblical canon, Luther adds, that ‘gives us everything we need to know and believe for the Christian faith and life.’
This same emphasis on the canon of Scripture is made in the doctrinal standard of the Reformed or Presbyterian Churches: The Westminster Confession of Faith of 1647.
In its treatment of Holy Scripture (Chapter 1), the Confession states that ‘under the name Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testament.’ After listing the books of the entire Bible, the Confession concludes by stressing that they are ‘given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life.’
Thus, all the books in the biblical canon are to be regarded as Holy Scripture, the Word of God written. All these books are ‘given by the inspiration of God’. Most importantly, both the OT and NT are to be regarded by Christians as ‘the rule of faith and life.’
And, if this is not clear enough, the Confession further stresses that ‘The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deducted from Scripture …’ Notice that it is in the entire Scripture (not just New Testament) that the whole counsel of God concerning salvation and the Christian life is presented.
In suggesting that the OT and some parts of the Gospel are meant for only the old covenant people of God and therefore not directly relevant for Christians, hyper-grace preachers like van der Merwe and Joseph Prince have radically departed from the Church’s understanding of the canon of Scripture. They have followed in the footsteps of Marcion instead of Luther and Calvin.
Most significantly, they have departed from the Apostle Paul, who in his second letter of his young protégé Timothy stresses that ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Dr Roland Chia
Chew Hock Hin Professor of Christian Doctrine
Trinity Theological College
Theological and Research Advisor
Ethos Institute for Public Christianity
Joseph Prince Is Promoting Idolatry In His Teachings – By Bishop Kuan Kim Seng
As a prelude to this article, please view the short video, titled, “Joseph Prince Rebuked & His Heresies Refuted By Bishop Kuan Kim Seng” (Click to view)
Question 1: Hi Bishop Kuan, can you please elaborate on the issue of idolatry?
Thank you for the question. We often don’t give enough attention to the all-important issue of the true worship of God when Holy Scripture places so much emphasis on this subject. The first three of the Ten Commandments are directly related to the worship of God and all the other seven are hinged on the same matter. Idolatry is the antithesis of true worship.
(In contemporary Christianity, many people equate worship with singing, which is but one aspect of the true worship of God, and miss out the core of true worship – the surrender of our lives to serve God and to do His will.)
The classic text to help us understand the mind of God regarding idolatry is Exodus 32:1-10. This is the golden calf incident. (Please read text for yourself if you are not familiar with it.)
In that incident, Aaron and the other Israelites clearly had no intention of abandoning God and subscribing to the worship of another god when they made that image of the golden calf. In their mind, they were continuing in the worship of YHWH (as in the First Commandment and elsewhere, ‘I am YHWH your God …’). Aaron made it abundantly clear when he declared in Ex 32:5b, ‘Tomorrow shall be a feast to YHWH.’
Aaron and the Israelites thought that they were still faithful in the worship of YHWH, but to God, it was plain idolatry, and it incurred His extreme wrath. If not for the intercession of Moses, the Israelites, including Aaron would have been struck dead by God.
What lessons can we learn from Exodus 32:1-10? Many. Firstly, idolatry is extremely insidious – we can be idolatrous without knowing that we have strayed off course. We can even continue to call YHWH by the name that He had made Himself known to His people and still be idolatrous. The New Testament equivalent of this danger is found in Matthew 7:21, where the Lord Jesus taught us that in the judgement that is to come, Christians will call Him, ‘Lord, Lord’ and yet be excluded from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Idolatry is the forming of a deity of human conception. In simple idolatry, it is the creating of a material idol, be it of wood, stone, clay, or even a drawing. In sophisticated idolatry, it is the forming of God or Jesus with concepts that are in contradiction to Biblical revelations, such as when Joseph Prince blatantly claimed that ‘You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant.’
Question 2: Bishop Kuan, you seem to take severe exception to the claim of Joseph Prince that ‘You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant.’ Why is this so?
Well, apart from the fact that this false teaching leads to idolatry, I’d like to elaborate that such a misrepresentation of Holy Scripture will lead people into a false worship of the true and living God, which is idolatry.
A vital dimension of biblically shaped worship of God is the fear of God. Holy Scripture in Hebrews 12:28-29 makes this imperative crystal clear – ‘Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.’
Without the holy fear of God, there will be no acceptable worship of God. When Christians are taught to belittle punishment and judgement that comes from God, the result is that this most precious gift of the fear of God is eliminated.
When the fear of God is jettisoned, true worship is thrown out of the window. The fear of God is the wellspring from which the true worship of God, holiness and sanctification flow. There is no reason for Scripture to teach us that ‘our God is a consuming fire’ if this truth is unnecessary for our Christian walk and witness.
Hence, I think the teaching of Joseph Prince that ‘You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant’ is totally irresponsible, apart from it being totally anti-biblical!
Imagine, this is just one aspect of Joseph Prince’s teachings that leads people to idolatry, and I have not even mentioned about plenty of his other teachings that lead to the same end. That being so, there can be no doubt that Joseph Prince is a heretic that the Church of Jesus Christ (especially in Singapore) must contend against.
Bishop Kuan Kim Seng (Retired)
(Anglican) Diocese of Singapore
Refuting False Teachings & Rebuking False Teachers – The Neglected Half – By Rev George Ong
As a prelude to this article, please view the short video, titled, “Joseph Prince Rebuked & His Heresies Refuted By Bishop Kuan Kim Seng” (Click to view)
“In Titus 1:5-9, Paul lists the qualifications that an elder or a pastor must possess before he is appointed. In Titus 1:9, Paul teaches that as part of the qualifications of an elder or a pastor, he must first know sound doctrine. Second, he must be able to refute and be willing to rebuke those who oppose sound doctrine (Tit 1:9,13).
While the role of teaching sound doctrine is faithfully carried out by most elders and pastors, sadly, the more unpopular and unpleasant task of refuting false teachings and rebuking false teachers, are often neglected and largely ignored.
It is precisely because elders and pastors only cared to preach sound doctrine, the easier part, and avoided the more difficult task of refuting false teachings and rebuking false teachers that have partly resulted in the proliferation of the Pseudo-grace (or Hyper-grace) doctrine. This has caused many believers to be infected with the deadly doctrinal virus of Joseph Prince.
There are shepherds who have stayed away from the unenviable task of refuting and rebuking in order not to spoil their nice, respectable and loving image. There are others who are of the view that when it comes to refuting and rebuking, they shouldn’t mention the names of false teachers, but the focus should be on the false teachings.
But is that what Paul teaches? – That we just oppose the false teachings and not the false teachers? Of course not. Paul said we are to “refute those who oppose it” (Tit 1:9 NIV), or “rebuke those who contradict it” (Tit 1:9 ESV). Paul also said, “Therefore rebuke them sharply” (Tit 1:13 NIV). ‘Those’ and ‘them’ must refer to the false teachers themselves, not just their teachings. In two other instances (1 Tim 1:19-20; 2 Tim 2:16-18), Paul publicly named them – Hymenaeus, Alexander and Philetus, and he even delivered two of them to the hands of Satan.
Paul himself had to rebuke Peter by name when he began acting like a hypocrite – as, by Peter’s hypocritical action, the gospel stands the danger of being compromised (Gal 2:11-14). If Paul had the guts to rebuke Apostle Peter by name and publicly because the gospel is being threatened, how much more should we be uncompromising and courageous to do the same with false teachers such as Joseph Prince who is not only corrupting the gospel but also leading the multitudes to hell?
Did Jesus say,
“It would not be good and impolite for me to mention the names of false teachers in order not to be personal, but just to mention the false doctrines they are teaching will do”?
No! Jesus mentioned Nicolaitans and Nicolaitans is a name (Rev 2:6,15). Jesus mentioned Jezebel and Jezebel is a name (Rev 2:20).
So the issue is not about being personal; it is about obeying the word of God. It is not about our personal preference of taking on a more diplomatic approach, but it is about protecting and guarding the sheep against being devoured by the wolves. And to do that, not only do we need to teach sound doctrine, but we must also be prepared to refute and rebuke false teachers.
The trouble is, many elders and pastors are unwilling to do the refuting and rebuking as they do not want to be seen as divisive, censorious and unloving. And because of this wrong attitude, they fall right into the deception of the devil. No wonder, the false teacher, Joseph Prince is running wild, infiltrating and causing havoc to the Church of Jesus Christ with reckless abandon as there are only a few who dare to speak up.
In my knowledge, there are only a few pastors and elders who have the courage to rebuke Joseph Prince and refute his teachings in the pulpits of their churches that Bishop Kuan Kim Seng has modelled for us (see above video). If we do not have the courage to do that, then we are only acting as cowards.
A W Tozer wrote,
“I do not believe in the weak tolerance that we hear preached so often now, the idea that Jesus must tolerate everyone and that the Christian must tolerate every kind of doctrine. When we become so tolerant that we lead people into mental fog and spiritual darkness we are not acting like Christians, we are acting like cowards!”
John Calvin wrote,
“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”
George Ong wrote,
“The equivalent of inaction to the evil and intrusion of heresy is not indifference but cowardice.”
Indeed, there is no place for cowardice but courage is needed to contend against false teachings/teachers more than ever. Why? – Because the prevalence of heresies is not a hypothetical issue but is happening right in our own backyard of Singapore. It is happening right under our noses in the person and ministry of Joseph Prince. Are we blind to the fact that a wolf – Joseph Prince – helms the biggest ‘church’ in Singapore? Are we ignorant that his false grace theology is influencing the multitudes in the many nations of the world? So, how can anyone deny that false teachings have become a serious threat in Singapore?
The Singapore church has been ‘sleeping’ for too long, and ‘living in denial mode’, allowing the cancer of Joseph Prince’s heresy to eat her up little by little! Remember, we are not dealing with an imaginary situation but with a real and serious issue – with a heretic, called Joseph Prince, who originates from Singapore.
I have many Christian friends from overseas who have asked me why is the Singapore church not doing anything with him. They have often wondered why is Joseph Prince’s church still considered part of the Singapore church when what he is dishing out are clear-cut and destructive heresies that have infected not just Singapore but also the nations they come from. They have expressed to me that if only the Singapore church has dealt with the issue promptly and firmly, the problem would have been largely contained, and they wouldn’t have to be ladened with the same problem as we do, as many of their own church members have been infected with the same doctrinal virus of Joseph Prince’s heresy.
It is perfectly understandable and acceptable for a Singapore pastor to say, “I can’t be refuting false teachings and rebuking false teachers every Sunday as I am a pastor who has to preach the whole counsel of God.”
But it is a different matter altogether if the same pastor goes on to say, “But even if I come across passages that dwell on false teachers and false teachings in my expository or liturgical preaching (and, if one cares to look, there are plenty of such passages in the scriptures), I am not comfortable at warning my local church against heretics such as Joseph Prince and his heresies, even though he is from my nation of Singapore and messing up the doctrines of many churches and Christians around the world.”
Of course, I don’t expect pastors to do what I am doing (in that focussed manner) as this is a special calling from God (for this season). But neither should that be used as a convenient excuse for not doing anything. Every Singapore pastor and elder must answer this question honestly – in their years of preaching ministry, have they ever refuted the heresies of Joseph Prince and rebuked him even once before their congregation so that their flock could be warned against straying into his fold?
There are some Singapore pastors who say, “George, if we deal with Joseph Prince, are you telling us that we also have to deal with all other heretics and heresies?”
I say, “Wait a minute, if we aren’t prepared to take responsibility to clean up the dirt in our own backyard and deal with Joseph Prince, the heretic who hails from Singapore in the first place, why are we talking about other heretics? Isn’t that a copout to exonerate ourselves from what we should have done in the past and what we should now be doing in the present in contending against his heresies?”
There are yet others who say, “George, don’t waste your time contending against Joseph Prince. If God wants to bring him down, He would do it in His time.”
My reply is this, “Then why don’t we apply this same argument to evangelism too – that if God wants to save people from their sins, He would Himself do it as He knows before the foundation of the world who would be saved and who wouldn’t, and He doesn’t need our help to witness to unbelievers. Why don’t we use the same ‘If-God-can-do-why-are-we-doing’ argument and apply it to all other areas of life? Why do we make heretics and heresies the exceptions?
Of course, God could do His part if He wants to. But does this mean we do nothing? What’s more is that the scriptures have clearly stated that pastors and elders are to refute false teachings and rebuke false teachers (Tit 1:9). Don’t these leaders know that not to do anything about heretics and heresies is a serious matter as that is tantamount to disobeying God? And to offer excuses for our inaction and disobedience is even a worse misdeed. To know that such lame and super-spiritual arguments can come from spiritual leaders of churches really saddens me.
Are we not responsible for not doing anything or not doing enough to stop the spread of Joseph Prince’s heresies that have gone beyond the shores of Singapore? As the spiritual leaders of Singapore, do we even feel a sense of responsibility to begin with? Even though we have made honest mistakes in the past, have we woken up now as to what needs to be done to contend against his heresies? The reality and the troubling thing is many don’t. Where are the leaders of courage who are imbued with the conviction to do what is necessary? Why is there such a deafening silence from the spiritual leadership regarding the heretic, Joseph Prince and his heresies? If leaders choose to stay cowardly silent against the onslaught of Joseph Prince’s heresies, the church is in trouble. Silence is not an option. “To stay silent against the onslaught of false teachings is to acquiesce.” (George Ong)
As Singapore pastors and elders, we must bear the corporate responsibility for not doing enough to contend against Joseph Prince’s heresies for all these years – thereby allowing the cancer of his heretic virus to infect not just Singapore but also the world. We owe the world an apology!
“The irony in the modern church is this – pastors and elders who obey the scriptures to refute false teachings and rebuke false teachers are sharply criticised for being unloving, divisive and intolerant. Conversely, pastors and elders who disobey the scriptures by keeping silent and dare not raise a whimper against false teachers to avoid trouble and to protect their respectable image are praised for being loving, tolerant and for promoting unity.” (George Ong)
Some shepherds may say,
“I am more comfortable with preaching sound doctrine. But I am not the type to refute the views of others and rebuke them.”
Friends, it is not about your personal preference but about obeying God’s word. Paul specifically says that he expects you as a shepherd not only to teach sound doctrine but to refute false teachings and rebuke false teachers (Tit 1:9,13).
Other shepherds may say,
“The best way of confronting false teachings is just to teach sound doctrine. If you help people know the truth, they would automatically know how to detect the false. So, just concentrate on the word and don’t worry about those false teachings that these false teachers are churning out.”
Yes, while it is true that knowing sound doctrine is a must and it would certainly help your flock to detect the false, but did the Bible say that that is all that you, as a shepherd, is supposed to do? Absolutely not! Teaching sound doctrine is the first step; refuting false teachings and rebuking false teachers is the next step that Paul expects you to do.
This is more so given the fact that Joseph Prince’s teachings are so deceptive and crafty that experienced teachers of the word are needed to sift out the heresies that are embedded in the truth that many sheep may not immediately discern.
So, exposing and rebuking false teachers is a responsibility of the church leadership that no elder or pastor can run away from.
One must also remember that ‘Speaking the truth in love’ (Eph 4:15) is applicable more to the Body of Christ, and perhaps to heretics who are amenable to correction, but never to unrepentant and defiant heretics who are out to destroy the church. Instead, we are instructed by Paul to sharply rebuke and silence them (Tit 1:9,11,13) and we must never give in to false teachers for a single moment because the truth of the gospel must be preserved (Gal 2:4-5 NLT).
Jesus has already prophesied that in the last days, false prophets will arise and deceive many (Matt 24:2-5,11). The problem of false teachers will not go away, but it will only get worse before the return of Jesus. If false teachings/teachers are not contended against promptly and courageously, they will spread like gangrene and destroy the faith of your flock (2 Tim 2:17-18).”
Rev George Ong
Letter of Encouragement from Hou Song Liang from China
In the last few days, I was a bit discouraged in my battle against the heresies of Joseph Prince. But God knows how to encourage me again through a stranger in China, Hou Song Liang, who wrote to me yesterday (14 Nov 2020) through my website:
“I am from China and I have just graduated from a seminary in Singapore and returned to China. I came across your website through YouTube. Your 4,800 pages of eBooks in your website gave me great encouragement because I am also writing a book about Joseph Prince’s heresies, which is basically completed. What you have written is also what I agree with, and it has also supplemented the deficiencies of my understanding. Your writings are more profound and detailed than what I wrote, and you have seen many things that I have not.
Yesterday, I was writing about Joseph Prince. When I was very weak and discouraged, God showed me your message in your website. Only then did I know that there is a warrior like you. I then realised that I am not alone in the fight against Joseph Prince’s heresies – just like God told Elijah that he had left 7,000 prophets to fight against Baal. And I believe that God asked me to tell you that you are not alone in the fight, as you still have 7,000 comrades-in-arms, and I am one of them. I support you; I will continue to pray for you, and I hope you will pray for me too.
I have read about 30% of the 4,800 pages of notes (George Ong: imagine his hunger) of what you had written in your website in 2 days (13-14 Nov 2020), and I can’t stop reading. I have been praising God and I am very excited. I will finish reading it in the next few days, and I will watch your videos again. I hope to be able to quote some of your contents in my book, but I will specify that the contents come from your book, so I hope it is alright with you.
I deeply understand that God has called you to do this great thing of exposing the heresies of Joseph Prince. Being attacked by the enemy is certain, but God will protect and vindicate you.”
Hou Song Liang, China
Brother Hou Song Liang told me that Joseph Prince’s heresies have gained much influence in China and infiltrated many churches there. Many pastors are also influenced by Joseph Prince’s false grace teachings. That is why he has to write a book in Chinese to address this growing problem.
Each and every Bishop, Pastor and Elder, including myself in Singapore must take responsibility for not doing enough to stop Joseph Prince (from Singapore) from spreading his heresies in Singapore and also to the many nations in the world (including China) over the many years. It is time that we wake up from our slumber.
If we, as Bishops, Pastors and Elders are still not taking any concrete action to address this cancerous problem that is affecting not just Singapore but also the many nations, then we would have to answer to God one day.
“To tolerate the spread of heresy without doing anything to curb it is to be a quiet accomplice to the treacherous evil.”
“Instead of being known as the Antioch of Asia, Singapore is now better and shamefully known as the world’s main exporter of heresy with Joseph Prince’s Pseudo-Grace Theology.” (George Ong)
Paul Cain who Prophesied about Joseph Prince in 1992 was Exposed to be a Homosexual & Drunkard (Dated 6 Nov 2020)
On 31 Oct 2020 (last Saturday), Joseph Prince and his organisation posted the following video on Youtube, https://youtu.be/969pMKL-Z2U (Click) showing that Paul Cain had prophesied in 1992 that Joseph Prince was going to be a fiery evangelist. This was also announced and the same video shown at all their online worship services of New Creation Church, the next day on 1 Nov 2020 (last Sunday).
First, let’s assume that the prophecy was true and Joseph Prince might have started well at the beginning of his ministry. But he went wayward not long afterwards. Also, what is crucial is not what was prophesied 28 years ago even though it may be true. What is vital is what has Joseph Prince been preaching in the last 20 over years? He has clearly been preaching heresies. This is a deceptive ploy by Joseph Prince to use a prophecy that had transpired 28 years ago to give credence to what he is preaching today, even though many of his teachings are heresies that could land people in hell.
Second, according to the description of this YouTube video on 31 Oct 2020, Joseph Prince is deceptively posturing himself as the new Martin Luther, when he is actually preaching Antinomianism, a false gospel that Martin Luther fought against. See Rev George Ong’s previous related videos:
Third, Paul Cain, who prophesied about Joseph Prince in 1992, was exposed to be a homosexual and drunkard (please see the 5 weblinks below). While many believers may have committed the most heinous sins, the grace of God is all-sufficient to forgive them. There are no sins, no matter how detestable, (whether they be mass murder or child-rape) that are beyond the grace of God to forgive, but only if there is true repentance (not the false repentance and false grace that Joseph Prince preaches). After viewing the 5 weblinks, you can come to your own conclusion whether Paul Cain, had indeed, repented. Many ‘non-Charismatic’ believers may also hold the view that Paul Cain, is ultimately, a false prophet, as a false prophet could also give a semblance of a ‘true prophecy’ (or perform miracles) under the power of the evil one.
Reverend George Ong
George Ong is an engaging speaker at organisations and churches, both in Singapore and overseas.
He has been an itinerant speaker for 20 years and has preached in more than 200 churches across different denominations.
He has the unique ability to reach out to all age groups: from children, youths and adults to the elderly.
Marked by clarity, passion and a touch of humour, his messages have touched and transformed many lives.
To date, he has written one of the thickest books ever produced in the world: ‘Joseph Prince: Shepherd or Wolf?’ comprising 10 volumes in 4,800 pages.
He has also produced 56 volumes of humour books, containing 27,000 jokes in 10,300 pages, which is possibly a world record.
On a lighter note, I have also produced 56 volumes of humour books, containing more than 27,000 jokes in about 10,300 pages.
No one in my knowledge has produced as many as the same number of humour books that I had. Producing 56 humour books is definitely a Singaporean record, probably an Asian record, and possibly, a world record. I am not a guy who is crazy about breaking records. If any records are broken, it is purely incidental. I am only interested in accomplishing what God has gifted and called me to do.
It is not a joke to produce 56 volumes of humour books. No amount of words can describe the massive task and the humongous effort that went into producing the books. Enormous discipline, untiring diligence, unwavering passion, unyielding focus, dogged perseverance, and most of all, the supernatural empowerment of God, all went into making the impossible, possible. Glory to God for His strength to accomplish one of life’s most unique challenges of producing 56 humour books, which is unequalled in most parts of the world.
Though these 56 Humour Books are unique and different from each other, the goal is the same – to provide a resource for teachers, lecturers, communicators and preachers. The humour in the books can be used to spice up a point, illustrate a lesson and make learning a fun and enjoyable experience. Most of all, the books are written for those who just want a good laugh.