Open Letter of Rev David Liew & Article by Rev George Ong, “Joseph Prince’s No-Repentance Gospel Will Make You Perish!” (Dated 15 Sep 2021)
(don’t miss the last part of my article – that the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) must act against Joseph Prince!)
Letter to Bishop Gordon Wong & Open Letter to National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) – by Rev David Liew
Dear Esteemed Members of NCCS,
I wrote to Bishop Gordon Wong about the serious issue of Joseph Prince and his heresies and the need for him as the Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore, together with the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) to take a stand. The following is the second letter that I wrote to him:
“Dear Bishop Gordon Wong,
Thanks for your kind response. Just to let you know, I (and not just Rev George Ong) am among the many (including other bishops and pastors) who have spoken against Joseph Prince (JP) and they are all documented on his website.
I hope you do not mean that just because we all have the courage to speak against JP that we are all filled with selfish ambition, bitter envy, evil and are demonic, etc. What ambition do we hope to achieve?
With regards to anger, don’t you think it’s only natural that we should be angry when we know that JP is deceiving the multitudes to hell and nothing is seemingly being done by the Singapore church leadership for the last many years?
While I agree with you concerning the scriptural injunction found in James 1:19-20 and James 3:13-18, I don’t think anger is the main issue. Even though there is a place for righteous anger as demonstrated by Jesus and the apostle Paul in their lives and ministry, I would like to focus on the danger and the deadly harm that has been done and continues to be done by Joseph Prince and his false teachings.
Joseph Prince’s false teachings have been carefully and extensively documented by Rev George Ong. Sensing and obeying God’s calling upon his life, Rev George Ong has sacrificially put in a humongous amount of time, effort and resources to systematically list down and then soundly refute all of Joseph Prince’s false teaching. You may find his invaluable 10-volume resource on his website at: https://www.revgeorgeong.com/joseph-prince-shepherd-or-wolf/ It has been made freely available to the body of Christ for our easy reference and usage. He has no other agenda or hidden motive but to be obedient to God’s call for him to expose the false teacher Joseph Prince and his false teachings.
The false teachings of Joseph Prince cover many areas. However the most critical of all is in the doctrine of our salvation in Christ. When people follow his false teachings, it will eventually lead them to eternal destruction in hell. Believers will also lose their salvation with or without their knowledge.
As shepherds of our flocks, don’t you think we have the moral obligation and crucial spiritual duty to protect our flock? Besides teaching our people the truth, we must also clearly point out the false teacher that Joseph Prince is, and to urgently warn our people of the deadly dangers they are in when they listen to his false teachings.
On a higher level, may I urge that a clear stand be taken by the spiritual leadership of our nation (such as the Bishop of MCS together with the NCCS) concerning the false teacher Joseph Prince? This will give a stronger signal and urgency to our pastors and church members as to what needs to be done.
Whether we like or not, many of our Methodist church members have already been pulled over to New Creation Church during the last few decades. Many more are probably being greatly influenced in our nation and worldwide through the online social media platform (such as YouTube). Needless to say, Joseph Prince’s propagation of his false teachings in the past 25 years has already done much harm. Are we going to continue to keep silent over it?
It is not about the numbers but it is about the souls of people who will be lost in hell if we don’t take any action. Their blood as it were, will be upon our hands if we don’t stop this from happening.
May God give us the courage and boldness to take a stand against the false teacher Joseph Prince and his false teachings. Otherwise, I’m afraid God will hold the spiritual leadership accountable for the lives lost because of our inaction through fear and the sense of wanting to be politically correct.
May God grant you much wisdom, grace and strength to lead and shepherd the flock of the Methodist Church in Singapore in these end times before Christ’s second coming.
With prayers & blessings,
Bishop Gordon’s reply to my above-mentioned second letter was a mere one-sentence and didn’t answer the question at all. This is in spite of the fact that my letter contains substantive and serious issues about the Singapore Church posed by the heresies of Joseph Prince.
His response was to basically leave it to each person’s conviction to do whatever he believes what God wants him to do. Thus, I am doing my responsible part to appeal to the NCCS as the spiritual leadership of our beloved nation Singapore, to take a decisive stand to stem the tide of deception from Joseph Prince.
Open Letter to NCCS:
To: The National Council of Churches, Singapore (This letter was also sent to the NCCS office).
It is of utmost importance that I bring your attention to the open letter issued on Sept 7, 2021, by Rev George Ong. His letter was addressed to the Singapore Church leadership of which NCCS represents. You can read it at this link, please click here
It outlines the serious situation of false teachings being propagated freely by Joseph Prince for the past 25 years with impunity. The consequence of this is that vast multitudes (not only in our nation but also around the world) have been deceived by his false teachings which can ultimately lead people to their eternal destruction in hell.
Joseph Prince’s false teachings have been carefully and extensively documented by Rev George Ong. Sensing and obeying God’s calling upon his life, Rev George Ong has sacrificially put in a humongous amount of time, effort and resources to systematically list down and then soundly refute all of Joseph Prince’s false teachings. You may find his invaluable 10-volume resource on his website at: https://www.revgeorgeong.com/joseph-prince-shepherd-or-wolf/ It has been made freely available to the body of Christ for our easy reference and usage. He has no other agenda or hidden motive but to be obedient to God’s call for him to expose the false teacher Joseph Prince and his false teachings.
Just to let you know, I’ve read through 100% of his 4,800 pages of notes on his website and I concur with him. If you were to go through all the solid evidence presented, I’m sure we can only come to one conclusion, that Joseph Prince is really a deadly wolf in sheepskin.
May I humbly ask NCCS to take a decisive stand on this issue? Can you please examine the evidence (as documented in Rev George Ong’s website) and then state whether Joseph Prince (JP) is a fellow shepherd or a heretic? To remain silent is to acquiesce to JP’s false teachings.
The reason why I am writing this open letter is because I am concerned for the many souls who have been deceived and who don’t know they are going to their eternal destruction in hell because of their belief in JP’s false teachings.
The main issue is about the souls of people who will be lost in hell if we don’t take any action. Their blood as it were, will be upon our hands if we don’t stop this from happening.
May God give us the courage and holy boldness to take a stand against the false teacher Joseph Prince and his false teachings.
Otherwise, I’m afraid God will hold the spiritual leadership of Singapore accountable for the lives lost because of our inaction through fear and the sense of wanting to be politically correct.
May God grant the leadership of NCCS much wisdom, grace and strength to lead the Church of Jesus Christ in Singapore in these end times before Christ’s soon second coming.
With prayers & blessings,
Rev David Liew
Retired Pastor, The Methodist Church in Singapore
Joseph Prince’s No-Repentance Gospel Will Make You Perish! (don’t miss the last part of my article – that the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) must act against Joseph Prince!) – By Rev George Ong
In a weekly Sunday sermon on 6 June 2021, Joseph Prince said the following about Acts 13:38-39 (NKJV): please click to view
“Have you noticed that Paul’s preaching is complete, unqualified. ‘Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins (Acts 13:38)’ He (Paul) didn’t say ‘If you repent, if you feel sorry for your sins, if you really want to turn around, turn a new leaf.’ You know, he didn’t say, there is no qualifying remark. He was preaching to the Jewish people and some of them were gentiles there as well. And he said to them, ‘Through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins to be believed upon.’ (Acts 13:38-39) Just for them to believe…”
“Now Paul, you know, some of us will go to Paul and say ‘Paul, go easy there, you just preached a sermon, at the end your altar call is like this, it is so free, anyone can believe. It is so full, that you know, there’s nothing for us to add on. And what about our works, what about our penance, what about our repentance, what about our feeling sorry. Hey Paul, go easy. This is hypergrace, you know. Paul, hold on.’ Did Paul bend to that? No Paul did not…”
“You know grace is so full and free that if it’s proclaimed in its fullness, in its unqualifiedness, there’ll those who won’t believe it; and said, ‘It’s too good to be true. No.’ And someone won’t even say ‘Too good to be true. This must be the devil. Amen. This must be the devil’s teaching.’ Friend, we got to be careful. Will the real gospel please stand up? We have a word for word account of the gospel that Paul preached in this chapter Acts 13: (38-39).”
Acts 13:38-39 NKJV
38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Joseph Prince claims that the true gospel is one of just-believe without the requirement to repent. How can the real gospel be one that is without repentance?
A gospel of just-believe without repentance that is preached by Joseph Prince is a half gospel. A half gospel is a false gospel.
A half-truth of a gospel without repentance that is postured by Joseph Prince based just on Acts 13:38-39, while hiding from you Acts 17:30; Acts 20:21 and Acts 26:19-20 is a fatal lie.
Did the Apostle Paul preach the gospel of just-believe without repentance? No way! The following passages will prove that Paul never preached a no-repentance gospel:
Acts 17:30 NIV
30 (Paul said) In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Acts 20:21 NIV
21 I (Paul) have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
Acts 26:19-20 MEV
19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I (Paul) was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and do works proving their repentance.”
Paul specifically mentioned that repentance is a command of God (Acts 17:30), and that besides faith in God, repentance is necessary for salvation (Acts 20:21). He further stressed that repentance must be proven by works (Acts 26:19-20), contradicting Joseph Prince’s doctrine that repentance is only a change of mind.
Did the Apostle Peter preach a gospel of just-believe without the need of repentance (that Joseph Prince preaches)? Of course not! The following 2 passages will show as clear as daylight that he didn’t:
Acts 2:38 NIV
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 3:19 NIV
19 (Peter said) Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
Peter categorically preached that without repentance there is no forgiveness of sins.
Did Jesus preach a gospel of no-repentance? Certainly not!
Matthew 4:17 NIV
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
The gospel of the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God which Jesus preached is the same gospel the Apostles preached in the Book of Acts and the gospel we preach today. In the gospel of the kingdom, Jesus unambiguously stated that repentance is required (Matt 4:17).
Jesus also preached that without repentance there is no forgiveness of sins (Lk 24:47):
Luke 24:46-48 NIV
46 He (Jesus) told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.
So it is undeniably clear that Jesus, the Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul, all three – preach the gospel that includes repentance.
Here comes Joseph Prince, who not only dares to preach against the Apostles Peter and Paul, but also against Jesus, who is God Himself!
In fact, Joseph Prince’s only-believe without repentance false gospel will make people perish.
This is because Jesus Himself said:
Luke 13:3,5 NIV
3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Repentance was so important to Jesus that He said it twice in just three verses as He doesn’t want anyone of us to miss it.
Based on what Jesus said, Joseph Prince’s only-believe and no-repentance gospel will make you perish.
Has it soberly dawned on you how many of the 34,000 people in New Creation Church (Joseph Prince’s church) and millions around the world who have bought into Joseph Prince half-gospel, of an only-believe without repentance gospel, will perish on the day of judgement?
Even Prince’s teaching of a repentance that is only a change of mind without works, deeds or fruit will lead you into the pit of hell:
Matthew 3:8,10 NIV
8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” 10 “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
Joseph Prince’s teaching that repentance is only a change of mind, is not true repentance as true repentance, according to John the Baptist involves the evidence of fruit which refer to not just a change of mind but also a change of behaviour and conduct.
John the Baptist makes it utterly clear that false repentance, that is only in the change of mind as taught by Joseph Prince, not evidenced by works or fruit or behavioural or life change, can lead one to the lake of fire: “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance… and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matt 3:8, 10b)
In other words, a repentance that is only a change of mind that does not produce fruit or works or life-change that is taught by Joseph Prince, will send the multitudes who believe and practise his teaching to the fires of hell.
Given this fact alone – that Joseph Prince’s heresy of a no-repentance gospel and a repentance that is only a change of mind will lead the multitudes to hell, the Singapore Church Leadership has no more excuse not to move against Joseph Prince.
What is saddening is that one bishop in the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) tried to imply that I and those who speak against Joseph Prince’s heresies are driven by anger (Jas 1:19-20) but not a word was spoken by him against Joseph Prince. Do we as spiritual whistleblowers, ‘who lay down our lives’ to contend against Joseph Prince, the heretic, deserve this?
“By the unwarranted criticisms of the Church against the true whistleblowers of the faith and her misplaced sympathy for the ‘persecuted’ heretics, she has ironically made the heroes into villains and villains into heroes.” (George Ong)
What? Driven by bitter envy and selfish ambition in James 3:13-16? Please put on your thinking cap. I have already offended all denominational heads in Singapore. You think any pastor or church in Singapore (and even churches in Malaysia as leaders in both countries are connected and know one another) would dare to invite me to preach? You think any pastor (some kind soul may) would dare to come close to me from now on? I’d be totally alienated. Not because I choose to be alone but obeying God’s prophetic call will compel me to be alone. So what about bitter envy and selfish ambition? I’m ‘killing’ my own itinerant preaching ministry! My finance will be severely affected. Is there anything to be gained from that? But not an ounce of regret. It’s worth it all for the sake of the blood-bought Church of Jesus Christ! And all these are just a small price that I would have to pay for the privilege of obeying God’s call.
Back to the issue of anger. If shepherds to protect their respectable image and because of the fear of men, are watching nonchalantly and doing nothing, as their sheep are being led year after year to the slaughter by the wolf (Joseph Prince); and if we do not exhibit righteous anger, then we must be spiritually sick to the core!
Why are those in the Singapore Church Leadership still not acting against Joseph Prince? Where are their guts? Do they have a conscience? Do they have a sense of responsibility? Are they not theologically trained to differentiate between one who differs in doctrines because of denominational distinctives and a heretic who blatantly teaches against the scriptures and whose teachings can lead people to hell – and for how many years? – 20 plus years! Phew!
We aren’t talking about minor issues here. We are talking about eternal issues – millions of souls perishing in hell! If they still refuse to act, the blood of these millions of souls will be on the hands of the leadership.
People of God, this has nothing to do with revengeful talk but everything to do with prophetic courage. You need the lion courage of the prophetic to deal with the deceptive Joseph Prince and shepherds who care more for their image than the welfare of their sheep.
If you are still wondering why I am so fierce with Joseph Prince and the Church Leadership, you are probably quite ignorant about the prophetic. And no wonder when one starts to move in the prophetic, many believers think he is an alien from outer space. And straightaway, he would be ostracised by the Church, which is, sadly, monopolised by the priestly. Do you now understand why those who move in the prophetic are compelled to move alone? Not because they want to but because they are forced to.
But we need the prophetic to deal with the unrepentant Joseph Prince. Diplomatic silence and fearful inaction by the Church Leadership will only embolden him further. The time for ‘sweet talk’ with Joseph Prince is over. The time has come to deal with him prophetically.
We need the pure guts of Prophet Nathan to confront King David, “You are the man” (2 Sam 12:7).
We need the politically incorrect Prophet John the Baptist to castigate the Pharisees, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath” (Matt 3:7 NIV)?
We need the eccentricity of Prophet Elijah to mock and defy the 850 false prophets and ‘slaughter’ hundreds of them all (1 Kgs 18:27,40; 1 Kgs 19:1).
We need the Holy boldness of Prophet Jesus, who pronounced seven woes on the Pharisees, the false teachers of His day, and denounced them as children of the devil (Matt 23; Jn 8:44).
Even for Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God Himself has never flinched from confronting controversies. While the Church is sore afraid and steers away from controversies, Jesus courageously confronts them.
If you are put off by confrontation, denunciation and provocation which the prophet Jesus exemplifies, perhaps you are following the wrong Jesus. If Jesus did not flinch from confronting controversies, do we have any right to?
Fellow believers, this is not vindictive talk; this is prophetic talk.
I have the moral and spiritual responsibility of a watchman to warn the people so that they would not be deceived by Joseph Prince’s false gospel and be led to their eternal destruction.
If need be, I am prepared to empty my last cent in my bank account – be declared a bankrupt – and even go to jail for contending against Joseph Prince. For those who really know me, they are fully aware that I mean every word I say.
Whether you believe me or not, I am doing this not out of any hidden agenda but purely because of God’s call and for the sake of the Church, to warn her of the false and destructive teachings of Joseph Prince.
And I am ready to ‘die’ for the sake of the Church, if necessary.
Church, if you still do not appreciate what I am doing and the extent of which I am willing to sacrifice for your sake, there is nothing that I can do to convince you.