Rev George Ong’s Open Letter & Timo Giesmann’s (German) Article (Dated 7 Sept 2021)
An Open Letter to the Singapore Church Leadership (I’m writing in my personal capacity) – By Rev George Ong
Dr Simon Chong’s article was published on this website on 4 Sep 2021, last Saturday and the following are amongst the many things he said:
(If you have missed reading Dr Simon Chong’s article and my response, please click here)
Upon reading Dr Simon Chong’s article, a friend of mine (who is willing to be identified by name if it becomes necessary) wrote the following to me on 4 Sep 2021:
“Hi George, just to let you know that I have written to the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) about 2-3 times about 1-2 years ago on what are they going to do with Joseph Prince and his teachings. I was met with silence.”
The Singapore Church leadership cannot remain silent anymore.
They must demonstrate the courage that is expected of Christian leaders. They must come up front and state their stand. Is Joseph Prince a fellow shepherd or a heretic? They must examine what he said in his sermons and wrote in his books throughout his last 25 years of ministry.
If they can prove that he is teaching sound doctrine according to the scriptures and the church fathers, I will publicly apologise not only to Joseph Prince but also to the entire Christian Community – not only in Singapore but the whole world for falsely accusing him. If need be, I will make amends with concrete works or deeds of repentance.
But if they can’t, they must disfellowship and expel Joseph Prince from the Christian Community if he still chooses to remain unrepentant.
Allowing a heretic to operate under the official umbrella of the Singapore Church and preaching the false gospel for so many years leading many to their destruction is totally intolerable, unimaginable and starkly going against the scriptures.
Because of the inaction (irresponsibility to be exact) of the Singapore Church leadership (not just the present council but also the past councils throughout all these years; not just the council but also every pastor in the Singapore Church, including myself) to deal with Joseph Prince, it has somewhat caused his heresies to spread to the nations worldwide. Germany, that Timo Giesmann hails from (see below for his article) is just one of these nations.
Do we, as leaders of the Singapore Church even feel responsible to start with? Are we going to remain apathetic and pretend that everything is as per normal? Are we so afraid of rocking the boat that we have become paralysed to what needs to be put right? Can we be true to our conscience for failing to act for all these past 25 years and still refusing to act? Have we forgotten that Joseph Prince hails from our own nation of Singapore? So cleaning up the heretical dirt in our own backyard is our basic duty and obligatory responsibility. Period!
All Bishops, Pastors, Elders and Leaders in Singapore (including myself) must bear the responsibility of not acting and not doing enough to stop the onslaught of Joseph Prince’s heresies throughout all these years.
Because of our indecision, many nations are infected and flooded with his heresies that are leading many to hell. We owe the Christian communities in the many nations of the world an apology. They are waiting for a response from the Singapore Church leadership. Speak now and act please!
As you would know by now, I’ve already stepped on too many toes. I have to bear with the hate mails of Joseph Prince’s supporters and criticisms of unenlightened and even ignorant Pastors and believers. With this letter, plenty more (especially those in high places) are going to be offended. Even my supporters who cannot take the heat may leave me (so be it if they choose to). If I were to be political, this would be utterly suicidal and bring a death knell to my own ministry! But playing politics is not part of my DNA. The crucial truths to the welfare of the Church have to be told no matter how much it costs. Even though I have to stand alone (and I hope not, and I don’t have a martyr’s complex), here I stand!
Since 2017, I have been given the unenviable call of exposing the false teachings of Joseph Prince
– a call which I didn’t ask for
– a call I wanted to run away from
– a call for which I am the least to be chosen
– a call that is thankless and unappreciated
– a call that nobody would have wanted
– a call that would result in plenty of closed doors to my ministry
– a call that would result in friends becoming strangers and even estranged
– a call that would leave me ‘alone’
“…like Martin Luther, who contended alone against the whole church,
like Jeremiah, who prophesied alone against the whole nation,
like Noah, who stood alone against the whole world.”
Will you dare to be so radical that you are willing to be the one and only person to follow God and go against the tide, criticisms and opinions of the whole world?
Well, Noah did.
One man was right; the whole world was wrong.
One man saved his whole family of eight; the whole world perished in the judgement of the flood.
Let me share a quotation from John Maxwell. In his Book, “Be all you can be,” he said these words:
“The greatest days of your life are the days when you sense your commitment to its highest degree. Your greatest days are not your days of leisure. Your greatest days are not even times when you have your closest friends around you. When something has seized you and caused you to have a high level of commitment to it, those are your greatest days. They may be your days of struggle, they may be your days of suffering, and they may be the days of your greatest battles in life, but they will be your greatest days. If I could choose only one word to describe what it’s like to be committed, I think I would choose the word alone. If you become a person who is deeply committed to a cause, the world won’t understand you; you will be alone. It’s human to stand with the crowd; it’s divine to stand alone.”
Alone? Yes indeed! What price to pay for the conviction of such an unenviable call? Heavy price! I have paid for it from the start, and I will continue to pay!
And yet, not really alone from another perspective – when you have God on your side. Remember the oft-quoted saying, “One and God is a majority.”
When you are in the majority, what is there really to fear? Besides, just as many others shared in the same cause as Prophet Elijah’s, I do have them too – though ‘few’ in number, nonetheless, I greatly value their prayers, moral and concrete support.
“Only with God can so much be accomplished by so few for so many.” (Jn 6:9; Matt 14:17-21; Acts 2:41; 1 Sam 17 especially V51-53; Jud 7:1-8, 16-22; 2 Sam 23:8-12, 18-21; Est 4:12-16; 7:1-10, Jonah 3:1-10; Lev 26:7-8; Jos 23:9-11; Jud 14:5-6, 19; 15:14-16; 16:27-31) (George Ong)
Timo Giesmann’s Article & Rev George Ong’s Comments
Rev George Ong’s Opening Comments:
I got to know Timo Giesmann, a German when he came across my website and wrote to me some time ago. Though he was at first receptive to Joseph Prince’s teaching, he immediately came out of it when he realised its utter danger and deceptiveness.
I am quite thankful for the faithful efforts of Rev George Ong to “reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Tim 4:2 KJV) with respect to Joseph Prince.
It is direly needed because Joseph Prince’s influence is so far-reaching, which is why pastors worldwide must wake up and likewise heed Paul’s injunction in 2 Timothy 4:2.
If only the Singapore Church leadership had acted against Joseph Prince and his heresies, much of his influence around the world, including Germany, would have been curtailed.
Unfortunately, I have personally witnessed Joseph Prince’s strong influence here in Germany. All his writings are readily available in German translation and his sermons also aired frequently on TV with translation overlay voice.
These efforts led my father to hear Joseph Prince in 2016. Quickly he was hooked and through him the rest of our family encountered Joseph Prince as well.
In 2017, we visited a conference in Stuttgart, Germany, where Joseph Prince spoke to about 6,000 people. Prince has apparently tapped into the broad evangelical German mainstream (particularly in Pentecostal circles).
Sadly, my father remains a keen Prince-follower to this day, by now having all or nearly all of his books on his shelf.
I was receptive to Joseph Prince’s teachings only initially. But as he continually belittled sin and denigrated God’s laws (and often also the Old Testament in general), I noticed that this was at odds with what I felt my conscience testified to me about the reality and gravity of my sins. Thankfully, this dissonance made me cautious and pointed me in the right direction.
But it was not after some three years later or so that I was able to see the scam more clearly when I found Rev George Ong’s materials in his website by accident on YouTube. I am sure that, had I come across it earlier, it would have sped up the eye-opening process for me.
Undoubtedly, what makes Joseph Prince’s teaching so dangerous is the utter deceptiveness of it. He appears to argue so biblically, but he really creates a thick fog of half-truths, omissions and twistings of Scripture, all with crafty rhetoric. This deadly combination makes it so difficult for so many to recognize his teaching as the poison that it really is.
Avoiding shipwreck in the faith through ‘right believing’?
Among other things, what strikes me as particularly odd about Joseph Prince’s teaching is that it centers around the mere psychological effect of what he calls ‘right believing’. It is not much about the real Lord Jesus at all.
The entire Bible unanimously and continuously warns about sin, but what Joseph Prince wants you to do is to fool yourself into believing that sin is not a big deal, that it is not dangerous for you, that God is blind to it, that it is even unnecessary to confess your sins. Now somehow, according to Joseph Prince, the psychological effect of believing all this will result in a stronger desire for holy living.
Perhaps I am not intelligent enough to understand this, but this seems just as nonsensical as saying that a captain who is convinced that his ship is incapable of sinking will, by virtue of that erroneous belief, gain a stronger desire to avoid treacherous waters than a captain who knows that he can suffer shipwreck if he steers too recklessly and abandons all his nautical training.
This is the picture Paul had in mind when he charged Timothy to keep ‘a good conscience’ so as to avoid ‘shipwreck’ in the faith, implying confession and shunning of sin for the believer is necessary, both of which Joseph Prince discourages believers to do:
‘This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck’ (1 Tim 1:19 NKJV)
If Joseph Prince’s theology is correct, however, Paul should never have written something like this. According to Joseph Prince, Paul rather should have written:
‘This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by the power of right believing you may wage good warfare, that is: Continually remind yourself of your righteousness, regardless of your deeds. If you only continually meditate about the fact that you cannot suffer shipwreck in the faith whatever you do, you will automatically keep a clean conscience’.
This is exactly the opposite of what Paul wrote, yet it would be totally consistent with what Joseph Prince teaches. I leave it to the reader to decide which advice is better to heed.
Let me close with a quote from Martin Luther. Joseph Prince not only claims that he preaches what Paul preached, he also claims that his teaching is in line with the gospel Martin Luther rediscovered during the reformation.
Perhaps this quote from Luther will clear up this misunderstanding as well. Again, I leave it to the reader to decide whether Luther would have embraced Joseph Prince’s teaching or spoken against him:
“But Satan, the god of all dissension, stirs up daily new sects. And last of all, which of all other I should never have foreseen or once suspected, he has raised up a sect such as teach that the Ten Commandments ought to be taken out of the church, and that men should not be terrified with the law, but gently exhorted by the preaching of the grace of Christ.” (Preface to ‘A Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians’)
After one has read it, it is rather clear that Luther actually spoke out against Antinomianism, the heretical belief of Joseph Prince, who preaches against the existence of the moral law or Ten Commandments by virtue of grace for New Covenant believers.
For Joseph Prince to claim that his gospel is in line with what was preached by Luther, when it isn’t, shows up the real character of a person whose integrity is in serious doubt.
What is graver is that Luther said that the originator of Antinomianism (against the moral law or the Ten Commandments) – the core belief of Joseph Prince is none other than Satan himself!
That is why I agree with Rev George Ong and a few others who recently wrote (in this website) that the heresies of Joseph Prince are satanic in nature.
Attending Freie Christliche Gemeinde Tübingen (Free Christian Parish), Germany
Rev George Ong’s Closing Comments:
Timo Giesmann said:
“If only the Singapore Church leadership had acted against Joseph Prince and his heresies, much of his influence around the world, including Germany, would have been curtailed.“
If what Timo said doesn’t cause the Bishops, Pastors, Elders and Leaders (including myself) in the Singapore Church to reflect deeply with a repentant heart and act decisively against Joseph Prince’s heresies, the Singapore Church is really in trouble.
Don’t miss reading two related articles:
An Article Against the New Grace Theology of the New Antinomians, of which Joseph Prince is Identified as One – By Dr Roland Chia (Dated 1 Dec 2020) (Click to Read)
Refuting False Teachings & Rebuking False Teachers – The Neglected Half – By Rev George Ong (Dated 5 Jan 2021) (Click to Read)