Main Title: Joseph Prince abused Jesus & God & God’s word to lie that the New Covenant is all about right believing

 

Sub Title: Joseph Prince, in the same sermon and the same context that he accused others of lying and spreading half-truths, he himself has abused Jesus & God & God’s word to lie and spread half-truths. This is brazen hypocrisy of the highest order.

 

– By Rev George Ong (Dated 20 May 2024)

 

Announcement No 1

 

The is a very important subject.

 

There are much insights that are contained in this Article.

 

Don’t miss it.

 

Announcement No 2

 

This Article has the honour of knocking out

 

one of Joseph Prince’s key teachings

 

‘The Power of Right Believing’,

 

which is also the title of one of his books. 

 

Joseph Prince claimed that his teaching

 

on ‘The Power of Right Believing’ is so good

 

that it resulted in the success

 

of the Founder of Hyflux

 

because she practised

 

‘The Power of Right believing’,

 

Of course, she failed.

 

For the details, please refer to Appendix 1.

 

Announcement No 3

 

Note there are 2 videos by George Ong

 

& 1 video on Joseph Prince.

 

Note that the verbatim notes

 

of George Ong’s 4-minute video

 

are featured in Appendix 2.

 

Announcement No 4

 

Come end May and the whole month of June,

 

I will have my other heavy commitments to attend to.

 

So, you are likely to hear less from me

 

during this period.

 

Excerpt No 1 from the Article:

 

At this juncture,

 

there is one very important issue for you to note.

 

Joseph Prince constantly teaches

 

that all you need to focus on is right believing,

 

and he would go on to say that

 

we shouldn’t worry about right behaviour.

 

Once your believing is right,

 

your right behaviour will automatically follow.

 

But as you have gone through all the passages so far,

 

did you get the idea that

 

this was what Jesus and Paul were getting at?

 

Of course not.

 

Both Jesus and Paul went straight to the point to tell you

 

you’ve got and you better have right behaviour

 

(assuming that that person is a genuine Christian)

 

or else…

 

Don’t fall into the lie of Joseph Prince

 

– that once A happens, B will automatically follow.

 

This is not the way that Jesus and Paul taught.

 

Jesus and Paul didn’t teach as Joseph Prince does

 

that all we need to do is just focus on right believing

 

and hey presto, right behaviour will automatically follow.

 

We have to be taught by Jesus and Paul

 

(not Joseph Prince),

 

that both right believing and right behaviour

 

are equally important

 

and both must equally be striven for.

 

The dangers of following Joseph Prince’s unbiblical approach

 

that we just focus on right believing

 

and right behaviour will automatically follow,

 

is highlighted in my 4-minute video teaching (see para 4).

 

Excerpt No 2 from the Article:

 

You need to note that in the end,

 

both faith (right believing)

 

and works (right behaviour)

 

are needed for true salvation.

 

One cannot do without the other.

 

Martin Luther and John Calvin,

 

2 of the most important figures

 

in the Protestant Reformation wrote:

 

Martin Luther wrote;

 

“We are saved by faith alone, 

 

but the faith that saves is never alone.”

 

John Calvin wrote;

 

“It is therefore faith alone which justifies, 

 

and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.”

 

What this means is that in Reformation Theology,

 

both justification or faith (right believing)

 

in the first half of the statements

 

and sanctification or works (right behaviour)

 

in the second half of the statements,

 

are required for salvation.

 

One cannot do without the other.

 

“Faith (right believing) and works (right behaviour) are not antithetical; neither are they optional, but they are inseparable and indispensable to saving faith.” (George Ong)

 

“It is impossible to be saved by works but it is also impossible to be saved without the evidence of works (right behaviour).” (Eph 2:8-10, Jas 2:14,17,20,26) (George Ong)

 

“Though we are initially saved by faith and not works, we cannot be finally saved by a faith that has no works (right behaviour).” (George Ong)

 

(This article was also sent to Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian, General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) office, and for the attention of the Executive Committee Members.)

 

Please click here

 

to view the entire video.

 

In the sermon on 12 May 2024, 8 days ago,

 

Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click here

 

to view the 1-minute video:

 

“He will guide you into all truth.

 

So, notice He calls the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth,

 

and He will guide you into all truth.

 

So right now, on social media and all over the world,

 

lies, half-truths,

 

they are prolific in all the social media.

 

You can’t even tell what’s truth.

 

Even experts can be saying half-truths.

 

They don’t tell you the other side.

 

So, the only way you get truth,

 

now, listen, is from the word of God.

 

Jesus says, ‘Thy word is truth’ in his high priestly prayer.

 

So, notice Jesus knew about this.

 

And He (Jesus) says it’s all about right believing.

 

The New Covenant realities is all about right believing

 

Now, we are all concerned

 

about right behaving, right living.

 

But God is more concerned about right believing.”

 

Joseph Prince said that he is concerned

 

with lies and half-truths

 

that are spread through the social media.

 

But shockingly, I will prove to you

 

that in the same sermon and the same context

 

that he accused others

 

of lying and spreading half-truths,

 

Joseph Prince himself

 

has abused Jesus and God’s word

 

to lie and spread half-truths

 

Can you believe it?

 

This is brazen hypocrisy of the highest order.

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“And He (Jesus) says it’s all about right believing.

 

The New Covenant realities is all about right believing

 

Now, we are all concerned

 

about right behaving, right living.

 

But God is more concerned about right believing.”

 

Joseph Prince told a half-truth and lied

 

when he said that to Jesus,

 

it’s all about right believing,

 

and that God is more concerned about right believing.

 

Then Joseph Prince

 

made the all-encompassing and sweeping

 

but utterly false statement

 

when he said,

 

“The New covenant realities is all about right believing.”

 

This is a blatant lie

 

as the truth is that the New Covenant realities

 

are not all about right believing.

 

It is both about right-believing and right behaviour.

 

This is true both in Jesus’ and Paul’s ministry.

 

1. Jesus is concerned about right behaviour.

 

Let’s first focus on Jesus.

 

In a teaching session, George Ong said;

 

Please click here

 

to view the 30-second video:

 

“Because it’s all about works.

 

I (Jesus) know your works.

 

It’s not only in this church,

 

four other churches is about works.

 

Church in Ephesus, I (Jesus) know your works.

 

Church in Thyatira, I (Jesus) know your works.

 

Never mind, don’t have to say already.

 

Church in Sardis, I (Jesus) know your works.

 

Church in Philadelphia, I (Jesus) know your works.

 

Because you know why?

 

He’s (Joseph Prince) always interested in right believing.

 

Always say, right believing, right believing.

 

But did Jesus say right believing?

 

I (Jesus) know you believe rightly?

 

I (Jesus) know your works.

 

Jesus is interested in our works (right behaviour), sanctification.” 

 

Didn’t Jesus say that it was the wrong behaviour

 

– that those who don’t do the will of God

 

will be barred from the Kingdom of God (Matt 7:21)?  

 

Didn’t Jesus say that wrong behaviour

 

would be that which could cost people

 

their eternal inheritance (Rev 22:14-15 NKJV)?

 

Didn’t Jesus say that it was the wrong behaviour

 

– that those who don’t do good deeds to believers

 

will be banished to eternal punishment (Matt 25:31-46)?

 

Jesus said to his disciples,

 

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” 6 “If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned” (Jn 15:1-2,6 NIV). 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matt 7:19).

 

Jesus said it clearly that those,

 

who do not exhibit right behaviour (not right believing)

 

of bearing fruit (or show works)

 

will be cut off from the Lord by the Father

 

and thrown into the fire and burned (Jn 15:2,6; Matt 7:19).

 

Regarding Matthew 12:50 and John 15:14,

 

50 “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven

 

is my brother and sister and mother” (Matt 12:50 NIV).

 

14 “You are my friends

 

if you do what I command” (Jn 15:14 NIV).

 

it is our conduct or behaviour (not right believing)

 

in what we do

 

or our obedience to God’s will (Matt 12:50)

 

and Christ’s commands (Jn 15:14)

 

that will determine whether Jesus will acknowledge us

 

as His friend

 

and spiritual brothers and sisters (Matt 12:50; Jn 15:14).

 

Our conduct or behaviour

 

shows what we truly believe.

 

Do we have any chance of salvation

 

if we are not a friend

 

or a spiritual brother or sister or mother

 

of the Lord Jesus?

 

Again, Jesus establishes the crucial requirement

 

of right behaviour or doing – doing God’s will in Matthew 12:50

 

and right behaviour of doing what He commands in John 15:14

 

– as that has a direct impact on our salvation.

 

Towards the end of Revelation, Jesus said:

 

8 “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Rev 21:8 NIV)

 

Did you notice that the majority of those

 

who would end up in the fiery lake in Revelation 21:8

 

are those who exhibited not wrong believing

 

but wrong and sinful behaviour. 

 

Jesus is making the point

 

that not just right believing

 

but conduct or right behaviour does matter too,

 

and that wicked conduct will cause people

 

to be condemned to hell.

 

In the light of such clear truths,

 

Joseph Prince is patently lying when he said

 

that to Jesus, it’s all about right believing

 

and the New Covenant realities is all about right believing.

 

Anyone who chooses to believe Joseph Prince,

 

the serial liar to be a true prophet

 

needs to have his head thoroughly examined.

 

Jesus also taught that an overcomer

 

is one who must continue in right behaviour in obedient faith

 

until the end

 

so that one is ultimately saved (Rev 2:26, 22:14).

 

One must obey Christ and His commandments,

 

and do His will and what He wants,

 

to the very end (Rev 2:26, 22:14):

 

Rev 2:26 NIV

26 “To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations.”

 

Rev 2:26 NLT

26 “To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, To them I will give authority over all the nations.”

 

Rev 2:26 NCV

26 “I will give power over the nations to everyone who wins the victory and continues to be obedient to me until the end.”

 

Rev 2:26 TPT

26 “To everyone who is victorious and continues to do my works to the very end I will give you authority over the nations.”

 

Rev 2:26 WE

26 “If a person wins and does what I want him to do until the end, I will make him rule with me over all peoples.”

 

Rev 2:26 ISV

26 “I will give authority over the nations to the person who overcomes and continues to do what I’ve commanded to the end,”

 

Did Christ say in Revelation 2:26

 

that He will grant His promise

 

to those who believed (right believing) Him

 

when he said the sinner’s prayer 30 years ago?

 

No.

 

Christ will grant His promise

 

only to those who obey Him (right behaviour)

 

to the end of their salvation race.

 

Revelation 22:14 also reveals that doing

 

or obeying God’s commandments (right behaviour)

 

is the key to our eternal inheritance:

 

Rev 22:14 NKJV

14 “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”

 

Rev 22:14 KJV

14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

 

Rev 22:14 JUB

14 “Blessed are those who do his commandments that their power and authority might be in the tree of life and they may enter in through the gates into the city.”

 

Rev 22:14 GNV

14 “Blessed are they, that do his Commandments, that their right may be in the tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the City.”

 

Rev 22:14 AKJV

14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

 

Rev 22:14 NMB

14 “Blessed are those who do his commandments, so that their power may be in the tree of life, and they may enter in through the gates into the city.”

 

Rev 22:14 BRG

14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

 

Rev 22:14 MEV

14 “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”

 

Rev 22:14 YLT

14 “Happy are those doing His commands that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of the life, and by the gates they may enter into the city.”

 

Rev 22:14 KJ21

14 “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

 

Rev 22:14 WEB

14 “Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.”

 

This debunks and demolishes Joseph Prince’s teaching that:

 

– salvation has everything to do with right believing

 

and nothing or little to do with right behaviour 

 

– salvation has everything to do with justification

 

and nothing to do with sanctification

 

– salvation has everything to do with Christ’s obedience

 

and nothing to do with our obedience

 

– salvation has everything to do with receiving the grace of God

 

and nothing to do with our obedience to the commandments of God. 

 

Did Jesus say,

 

“Blessed are those who believed (right believing) Christ

 

when he said the sinner’s prayer,

 

that they may have the right to the tree of life,

 

and may enter in by the gates into the city?”

 

No.

 

The sinner’s prayer

 

in which he proclaimed to believe (right believing) in Christ

 

is only the start of a salvation journey

 

that must be marked and authenticated

 

by right behaviour in his obedience.

 

While Jesus clearly said that right behaviour

 

in our continual obedience to God’s commandments

 

is the key to our eternal inheritance,

 

Joseph Prince contradicted Jesus totally

 

by teaching that New Covenant realities

 

is all about right believing

 

2. Paul is concerned about right behaviour.

 

Next, let’s focus on Paul.

 

This becomes important

 

because Joseph Prince has, time and again

 

claimed that Paul is his mentor,

 

and that all that he teaches, including the teaching

 

that New Covenant realities is all about right believing

 

is what he had learned from Paul.

 

Joseph Prince had blatantly lied

 

as Paul didn’t only teach on right believing

 

but more importantly,

 

he emphasised on right behaviour and wrong behaviour.

 

Didn’t Paul say it was the wrong behaviour

 

of anyone who does not provide for his own family,

 

has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Tim 5:8)?     

 

Didn’t Paul warn that wrong behaviours

 

of cheating, sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery,

 

homosexuality, thievery, greed, drinking,

 

slandering, and swindling 

 

could forfeit the Corinthians of the Kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:7-10)?

 

Didn’t Paul warn that wrong behaviours

 

of sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry,

 

witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage,

 

selfish ambition, dissensions, factions,

 

envy, drunkenness, orgies

 

could result in the Galatians being barred from the Kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21)?

 

The Antinomian Joseph Prince

 

is so proud to be an ardent follower of Paul

 

as he has often claimed that what he teaches

 

is nothing but Pauline theology.

 

Joseph Prince is lying though his teeth!

 

Paul taught against what Joseph Prince teaches.

 

As opposed to Joseph Prince,

 

who is only interested in right believing,

 

Paul taught that conduct or right behaviour

 

is of crucial importance

 

as it can affect one’s salvation.

 

The following are the sins of wrong behaviours

 

of the Corinthians as taught by Paul,

 

and the punishment by God is utterly severe:

 

Is Joseph Prince aware that Paul taught

 

– that the behavioural sin

 

of infighting with one another by the Corinthians

 

can result in God destroying them (1 Cor 3:3-5, 16-17)?

 

Is Joseph Prince aware that Paul taught

 

– that the behavioural sin

 

of incest can result in the person

 

who is guilty being handed over to Satan

 

for the destruction of the flesh

 

so that he may repent;

 

and if he doesn’t,

 

his soul will be lost forever (1 Cor 5:1-5)?

 

Is Joseph Prince aware that Paul taught

 

– that the behavioural sins

 

of idolatry (1 Cor 10:7), sexual immorality (1 Cor 10:8),

 

grumbling (1 Cor 10:10),

 

and not striking a blow to our body

 

by bringing our flesh under control (1 Cor 9:27),

 

may result in our disqualification from the salvation race?

 

Is Joseph Prince aware that Paul taught

 

– that the behavioural sins

 

of not examining ourselves

 

and not discerning the body of Christ

 

may result in us being punished with sickness

 

and even being ‘put to sleep’ (death) by God (1 Cor 11:30-32)?

 

Is Joseph Prince aware that Paul taught

 

– that the behavioural sin

 

of not loving the Lord

 

will result in that person being cursed (1 Cor 16:22)?

 

Did you notice that almost everything

 

Paul lists in the above

 

falls into the area of conduct or behaviour!

 

How can an Antinomian

 

like Joseph Prince claim that conduct or behaviour

 

does not matter for salvation?

 

Paul repeatedly says that wicked conduct or behaviour

 

will keep one from entering God’s kingdom.

 

The emphasis of conduct or behaviour by Paul

 

was repeated to the Colossians:

 

5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Col 3:5-8 NIV)

 

Paul clearly states

 

that those who are guilty of sinful conduct or behaviour

 

will not escape the wrath of God.

 

At this juncture,

 

there is one very important issue for you to note.

 

Joseph Prince constantly teaches

 

that all you need to focus on is right believing,

 

and he would go on to say that

 

we shouldn’t worry about right behaviour.

 

Once your believing is right,

 

your right behaviour will automatically follow.

 

But as you have gone through all the passages so far,

 

did you get the idea that

 

this was what Jesus and Paul were getting at?

 

Of course not.

 

Both Jesus and Paul went straight to the point to tell you

 

you’ve got and you better have right behaviour

 

(assuming that that person is a genuine Christian)

 

or else…

 

Don’t fall into the lie of Joseph Prince

 

– that once A happens, B will automatically follow.

 

This is not the way that Jesus and Paul taught.

 

Jesus and Paul didn’t teach as Joseph Prince does

 

that all we need to do is just focus on right believing

 

and hey presto, right behaviour will automatically follow.

 

We have to be taught by Jesus and Paul

 

(not Joseph Prince),

 

that both right believing and right behaviour

 

are equally important

 

and both must equally be striven for.

 

The dangers of following Joseph Prince’s unbiblical approach

 

that we just focus on right believing

 

and right behaviour will automatically follow,

 

is highlighted in my 4-minute video teaching (see para 4).

 

3. Both Jesus and Paul are concerned about right behaviour.

 

Let’s now focus on both Jesus and Paul.

 

We are judged not only according to what we believe,

 

but also according to our behaviour

 

– our works – what we have done.

 

This is the teaching of Jesus and Paul.

 

Commenting on the resurrection, Jesus said,

 

28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned” (Jn 5:28-29 NIV).

 

About the judgement,

 

and in the shoes of his mentor, Jesus, in Romans 2:6-10,

 

Paul said,

 

6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile (Rom 2:6-10 NIV).

 

In the above passage,

 

‘doing’ or ‘done’ or ‘does’ (twice),

 

is in context,

 

indispensable to salvation or the loss of it. 

 

So far, this certainly sounds the very opposite

 

of what Joseph Prince, the Antinomian, is teaching,

 

doesn’t it?

 

This is because, for Joseph Prince,

 

right believing is key,

 

while right behaviour is only a side issue.

 

But for Paul,

 

right behaviour is an equally important issue as right believing.

 

Paul says in Romans 10:9-10:

 

“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

 

So, a man who refuses to say “Lord, Lord”

 

will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

All true Christians say, “Lord, Lord.”

 

But not all who say “Lord, Lord” are true Christians:

 

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter (Matt 7:21 NASB).

 

Saying the right spiritual cliques do not indicate saving faith.

 

Saying “Lord, Lord” is a necessary condition to be saved

 

but not the sufficient condition for saving faith. 

 

We must go beyond our saying to our doing (right behaviour).

 

What we say is what we must do (right behaviour).

 

What we believe (right believing) in is what we must obey

 

by doing the will (right behaviour) of the Father. 

 

You can be absolutely correct in your belief (right believing)

 

about Christ’s nature and person, his death and resurrection,

 

and his return,

 

and yet not be truly saved.

 

Masses of churchgoers are lost

 

because they do not do the Father’s will (right behaviour).

 

Many believers don’t even realise

 

that obedience in doing the Father’s will (right behaviour)

 

is a core and an indispensable part of the gospel,

 

according to Jesus.

 

Matthew 7:21-23 speaks about saying

 

without doing or obeying (right behaviour)

 

– and that would result in you

 

being barred from God’s kingdom.

 

Matthew 7:24-27 speaks about hearing

 

without doing or obeying (right behaviour)

– and that would result in you

 

being destroyed by the flood of God’s judgement.

 

This is a terrifying truth

 

that must wake us up from our false conception

 

that a mere confession of faith in Christ

 

through the sinner’s prayer (right believing)

 

is enough for saving faith.

 

Don’t be deceived by Joseph Prince

 

that right believing is enough for saving faith.

 

It isn’t.

 

Right believing must be proven by right behaviour

 

and justification must be evidenced by sanctification.

 

A faith that doesn’t produce the works of obedience

 

to do the Father’s will

 

is nothing but a fake.  

 

True faith must start

 

with a verbal confession of Christ’s Lordship.

 

But it doesn’t stop there.

 

Christ’s Lordship must finally be evidenced

 

by our obedience to Christ and the Father’s will (Matt 7:21).

 

“People will be barred from entering God’s Kingdom not because they didn’t say the sinner’s prayer (right believing) but because they didn’t do the will of the Father (right behaviour).” (George Ong)

 

“It is your works (right behaviour), not your words (right believing) that will finally convince Christ whether He is indeed your Lord.” (Matt 7:21-23) (George Ong)

 

“Those who take Christ as Lord are those who have obeyed the Father by doing His will (right behaviour).” (Matt 7:21) (George Ong)

 

“Faith (right believing) and obedience (right behaviour) are not repelling magnets but inseparable Siamese twins; both are essential to our salvation and one cannot do without the other.” (George Ong)

 

“Faith (right believing) that has no works (right behaviour) can never be authentic.” (George Ong)

 

“Faith (right believing) without works (right behaviour) is as useless and dead as a dead body.” (Jas 2:14,17,20,26) (George Ong)

 

“Grace is not opposed to works, grace is not to replace works, but for grace to be efficacious, it must be followed by works (right behaviour).” (Eph 2:8-10) (George Ong)

 

“It is impossible to be saved by works but it is also impossible to be saved without the evidence of works (right behaviour).” (Eph 2:8-10, Jas 2:14,17,20,26) (George Ong)

 

“Faith (right believing) and works (right behaviour) are not antithetical; neither are they optional, but they are inseparable and indispensable to saving faith.” (George Ong)

 

So, in the end, no matter how one puts it,

 

one cannot avoid the fact

 

that both faith (justification, right believing)

 

and works (sanctification, right behaviour)

 

are essential for genuine salvation.

 

“Though we are initially saved by faith and not works, we cannot be finally saved by a faith that has no works (right behaviour).” (George Ong)

 

“Faith (right believing) is not just in what we think or say but it is ultimately seen in what we do (right behaviour).” (George Ong)

 

“Faith is not just something that is conceptualised in our mind (right believing) but something that is concretised in our actions (right behaviour).” (George Ong)

 

“The scripture has clearly revealed that God will ultimately judge our beliefs (right believing) by looking at our works or deeds or actions (right behaviour).” (George Ong)

 

“If works are the whipping boy that Joseph Prince is constantly crying wolf about, and belief is the main thing to focus on that Joseph Prince would have us persuaded, why is God judging us based on our works (right behaviour) and not on our beliefs (right believing)?”

(Matt 25:14-30; Matt 25:31-46; Rom 2:5-11; 1 Cor 3:11-15; Jas 2:14-26; Rev 2:23; Rev 2:26; Rev 20:11-13; Rev 22:12)

(George Ong)

 

Paul did not just teach that the gospel

 

is to be believed (right believing),

 

he also emphasised that

 

it is something to be obeyed (right behaviour).

 

He warned the Thessalonians

 

that those who do not “obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus

 

will be punished with everlasting destruction” (2 Thess 1:8-9):

 

2 Thess 1:8-9 NIV

8 “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”

 

To Paul, the gospel is not only to be believed (right believing)

 

but to be obeyed (right behaviour).

 

The issue of faith must be clarified.

 

Faith is not just what one believes in the mind.

 

For faith to be genuine,

 

it must be a submissive and obedient faith.

 

We are saved not just to believe in Jesus (right believing)

 

but more importantly to submit to and obey Him (right behaviour).

 

A faith that is disobedient and unsubmissive to Jesus

 

is not true faith.

 

This is why Paul mentions twice in his epistle to the Romans

 

the “obedience of faith” (Rom 1:5; 16:26).

 

The entire goal of Paul’s ministry

 

is not just to get believers to believe in Jesus in their minds,

 

but to bring about the “obedience of faith”

 

among all the Gentiles (Rom 1:5).

 

Obedience is the expression and evidence of true faith (Rom 1:5; 16:26). 

 

True faith is bound to produce obedience,

 

and obedience is the result of true faith (Rom 1:5; 16:26). 

 

Heb 5:9 NIV

9 “and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”

 

“Obey Him” in Hebrews 5:9

 

is not to obey once but one who keeps on obeying.

 

In other words, according to Hebrews 5:9,

 

eternal salvation is for those

 

who have a lifestyle of obedience (right behaviour).

 

This does not mean, however,

 

that perfect obedience or sinless perfection

 

is demanded for salvation.

 

“The obedience that God expects of us is not one of perfection as no one is yet perfect, but one that is characterised by honesty and sincerity.” (George Ong)

 

Therefore, based on Hebrews 5:9,

 

if one doesn’t obey (right behaviour) Christ,

 

(not in the perfect sense),

 

he should not think

 

he will possess eternal salvation one day.

 

Eternal salvation is for those

 

who are honestly and sincerely obeying Christ (right behaviour).

 

Jesus made the promise of eternal life

 

only to those who obey (right behaviour) Him.

 

This truth about obedience

 

concerning the inheritance of our salvation

 

cannot get any plainer.

  

The sinner’s prayer (right believing)

 

is only the start of the salvation race.

 

It is not your irrevocable passport to heaven

 

or permanent guarantee of your salvation

 

as falsely taught by Joseph Prince and others.

 

4. Paul taught both right believing and right behaviour.

 

In a teaching session, George Ong said;

 

Please click here

 

to view the 4-minute video.

 

Note that the verbatim notes of this video

 

are featured in Appendix 2.

 

Paul, who preaches about salvation through faith (right believing) (Eph 2:8-9),

 

also warns in the same book of Ephesians

 

that the disobedient and unholy (wrong behaviour)

 

will not inherit the kingdom of God (Eph 5:3-6):

 

Eph 2:8-9 NIV

8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”

 

Eph 5:3-6 NIV

3 “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”

 

Yes, Paul taught that salvation is by grace through faith

 

and not a result of works in Ephesians 2:8-9.

 

But he also taught that no one can enter heaven

 

without holiness or obedience in Ephesians 5:3-6

 

Paul never meant as what Joseph Prince tries to insinuate

 

– that just because salvation is a gift of grace

 

not based on works,

 

holiness (right behaviour) is of no consequence. 

 

Paul’s point is that whether the Ephesians

 

are truly saved by faith (right believing) (Eph 2:8-9),

 

can only be proven

 

by their works of holiness (right behaviour) (Eph 5:3-5)

 

and their works of obedience (right behaviour) (Eph 5:6).

 

Paul is also sending them this message

 

that their right-believing in God (Eph 2:8-9),

 

can only be validated

 

as long as the Ephesian believers

 

display right-behaviour or conduct (Eph 5:3-6).

 

If these believers choose

 

to walk in unholy living: sexual immorality,

 

impurity, greed, coarse joking (Eph 3:3-5),

 

and in disobedience (Eph 3:6), (wrong behaviour)

 

they would not inherit the kingdom of God,

 

and the wrath of God would be upon them (Eph 5:6).

 

We can declare to the whole world

 

that we have believed (right believing) in Jesus

 

by saying the sinner’s prayer.

 

But if there is no evidence

 

of holiness and obedience in our lives (right behaviour),

 

our faith is nothing but a farce.

 

This directly contradicts Joseph Prince’s teaching

 

that right-believing is the one and only basis for salvation.

 

And that our behaviour (sanctification)

 

can never affect our believing or faith (justification).

 

Joseph Prince always quotes Ephesians 2:8-9

 

and stresses that salvation is (by grace) through faith.

 

But he seldom or never quotes Ephesians 5:3-6

 

because that would threaten his theology

 

that a life of holiness and obedience (right behaviour)

 

must eventually be present

 

for genuine faith (right believing) to be proven. 

 

5. John is concerned about right behaviour.

 

Is believing in Jesus the same as obeying Him?

 

Because of wrong teachings, especially by Joseph Prince,

 

many think they can believe (right believing) in Jesus

 

without obeying (right behaviour) Him.

 

This, however, is not the message of the Bible,

 

but a dangerous misunderstanding

 

and a spiritual snare:

 

Jn 3:36 NKJV

36 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe (apeitheo) the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

 

The Greek word translated

 

as ‘does not believe’ in that verse

 

is ‘apeitheo’ and it means:

 

not believe, disobedient, obey not, unbelieving.

 

This is why close to 30 translations, namely:

 

ESV, CEV, DLNT, DRV, ESVUK, EXB, GNV, GNT, ICB, ISB, JUB, LEB, NABRE, NASB, NCV, NLT, NRSV, NRSVA, NRSVACE, NRSVCE, OJB, TPT, RSV, RSVCE, TLV, VOICE, WEB

 

translate it as follows – just to highlight a few:

 

Jn 3:36 RSV

36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey (apeitheo) the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him.”

 

Jn 3:36, NASB

36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey (apeitheo) the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

 

Jn 3:36 GNT

36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys (apeitheo) the Son will not have life, but will remain under God’s punishment.”

 

This alone makes the crucial point loud and clear

 

about disobedience being a manifestation of unbelief.

 

In other words, it becomes apparent that unbelief in Jesus

 

is synonymous with disobedience to him

 

while believing in Jesus

 

equals obeying Him.

 

That is a vital truth we all need to remember

 

because it helps us understand the Biblical meaning

 

of the only kind of belief (right believing)

 

that leads to obedience, (right behaviour) in Jesus

 

that brings salvation.

 

DA Carson says that John 3:36,

 

“is a fitting climax to the entire chapter”

 

as it lays out “the only two alternatives,

 

genuine faith and defiant disobedience.”

 

‘Believe’ is treated as if it were synonymous with ‘obey’.

 

To believe is to obey.

 

To refuse to believe

 

is to refuse to obey.

 

Saving faith is also an obedient faith.

 

One cannot claim to be a believer in Christ

 

if one fails to obey Christ.

 

One cannot believe without obeying.

 

“Salvation is never earned by our obedience to God but neither can we finally be saved without its presence.” (George Ong)

 

“While works will never earn a man his salvation, obedience is necessary to validate it.” (George Ong)

 

6. The Holy Spirit is concerned about right behaviour.

 

In the sermon on 12 May 2024,

 

Joseph Prince said that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth

 

and that the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth

 

– right believing.

 

But Joseph Prince has hidden the other half of the truth from you

 

– that the Holy Spirit is rather concerned about our right behaviour:

 

Ephesians 4:25-31 NIV

25 “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

 

At the outset, ask yourself,

 

what grieves the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 4:25-31?

 

Is it wrong believing?

 

No.

 

It is all the wrong and sinful behaviours

 

that grieved the Holy Spirit. 

 

Have you noticed that there are so many things in the passage

 

that Paul wrote

 

that are contrary to Joseph Prince’s grace teaching?

 

In this short passage,

 

Paul spews out lots of commands

 

– the ‘dos’ and the ‘don’ts’.

 

One reason Joseph Prince

 

has taken issue with the Ten Commandments

 

is that they are all written in the negative:

 

‘Thou shalt not’.

 

So, Joseph Prince, please be a man of courage

 

and act on your conviction

 

– and I implore you to confront and correct Paul

 

your so-called mentor

 

as to why he is churning out so many negatives

 

– as the words,

 

‘do not’ and ‘steal no longer’

 

appear six times in this short passage.

 

For those who are not familiar with Joseph Prince’s teachings,

 

let me inform you

 

that Joseph Prince has been constantly and consistently

 

telling his congregation,

 

they must never say the negative

 

but only and always the positive.

 

Going by this rule,

 

does Joseph Prince dare to reprimand Paul

 

for going against his grace teaching?

 

Joseph Prince, you have also said in one of your books

 

that laws and commandments

 

are only for the immature, for kids.

 

So, that being the case,

 

are you saying that Paul is so shallow

 

that he has to resort to immature means and ways

 

to teach the Ephesians?

 

Joseph Prince has also taught that

 

all past, present and future sins

 

have been forgiven

 

and God does not see any sin in us anymore.

 

If Joseph Prince was right,

 

why was Paul detailing the whole list of sins,

 

one by one?

 

By listing these sins one by one,

 

Paul would, according to Joseph Prince’s teachings,

 

be very sin-conscious,

 

and being sin-conscious

 

is fiercely taught against by Joseph Prince.  

 

Evidently, these sins that Paul listed

 

was what that afflicted the Ephesians

 

and grieved the Holy Spirit,

 

and they needed to be dealt with.

 

The truth is

 

– Paul was so concerned that believers do not sin.

 

That was why he listed down the specific sins

 

he had commanded them to avoid:

 

falsehood, stealing, anger, unwholesome talk,

 

grieving the Holy Spirit. 

 

He also commanded them to get rid of all bitterness,

 

rage and anger, brawling and slander,

 

along with every form of malice.

 

To be true to his sentimental grace theology,

 

Joseph Prince would have to give Paul a piece of his mind:

 

“Paul, since when you have become such a tough legalist?

 

You must not ask them to focus on not sinning

 

because all their sins have been forgiven.

 

You must ask them to focus on their righteousness.”

 

Come to think of it

 

– if Paul was the one who taught Joseph Prince

 

about being righteousness-conscious

 

instead of being sin-conscious,

 

why was Paul doing the complete opposite

 

of what Joseph Prince has always been harping on?

 

Why was Paul specifically listing the sins one by one? 

 

If all sins are forgiven,

 

why would Paul command them to get rid of them?

 

Why didn’t Paul say to them as Joseph Prince does,

 

when you sin, just ignore them

 

because it is not you who have sinned but your flesh.

 

So, when you sinned, it is not you.

 

Why would the Holy Spirit be grieved

 

if they were not sinning?

 

Why would the Holy Spirit be grieved

 

if every sin has been forgiven?

 

Why would the Holy Spirit be grieved

 

if, as Joseph Prince constantly teaches

 

– that God no longer sees any sins in them anymore

 

as they have all been forgiven?

 

Why would the Holy Spirit be grieved if,

 

as Joseph Prince has passionately been teaching

 

– that sin is no longer the problem or issue anymore

 

as they have all been settled

 

by the finished work of Christ?

 

The truth is

 

– it was because believers may have been sinning

 

in their wrong behaviour

 

and may not have confessed or repented,

 

and these ‘unsettled’ behavioural sins were an issue to God

 

– and that’s why the Holy Spirit was grieved.

 

Joseph Prince teaches that

 

God will never get angry with New Covenant believers.

 

But what about the admonition in Ephesians 4:30

 

not to grieve the Holy Spirit?

 

In Ephesians 4:30,

 

grieve means

 

‘to cause great sorrow, hurt and distress,’

 

which is tantamount to causing anger.

 

Given all these incompatibilities

 

between the teachings of Joseph Prince and Paul,

 

if anyone still insists that Joseph Prince’s teaching

 

is based on Pauline theology,

 

he must be just plain stubborn,

 

or he has already been bewitched

 

by the occultic powers of Joseph Prince.

 

In conclusion,

 

let’s revisit what Joseph Prince said

 

in his sermon on 12 May 2024,

 

8 days ago (shortened version):

 

Please click here

 

to view the 30-second video:

 

“… So right now, on social media and all over the world,

 

lies, half-truths,

 

they are prolific in all the social media.

 

You can’t even tell what’s truth.

 

Even experts can be saying half-truths.

 

They don’t tell you the other side.

 

… And He (Jesus) says it’s all about right believing.

 

The New Covenant realities is all about right believing

 

Now, we are all concerned

 

about right behaving, right living.

 

But God is more concerned about right believing.”

 

I have proven that Joseph Prince,

 

in the same sermon and the same context

 

that he accused others of lying and spreading half-truths,

 

he himself has abused Jesus & God & God’s word

 

to lie and spread half-truths.

 

How so?

 

Joseph Prince had, indeed, abused Jesus & God & God’s word

 

to lie that the New Covenant is all about right believing,

 

when the truth is

 

it is also about right behaviour.

 

Finally, have you ever asked the question

 

why is Joseph Prince so concerned about right believing

 

while treating right behaviour as a side issue?

 

The reason is Joseph Prince is an Antinomian.

 

AW Tozer hit the nail on the head

 

when he correctly described an aspect of Antinomianism as,

 

“The creed of the Antinomian is easily stated:

 

‘We are saved by faith alone;

 

works have no place in salvation;

 

conduct is works,

 

and is therefore of no importance.

 

What we do cannot matter

 

as long as we believe rightly.

 

… The question of sin is settled by the Cross;

 

conduct is outside the circle of faith

 

and cannot come between the believer and God.’” 

 

You need to note that in the end,

 

both faith (right believing)

 

and works (right behaviour)

 

are needed for true salvation.

 

One cannot do without the other.

 

Martin Luther and John Calvin,

 

2 of the most important figures

 

in the Protestant Reformation wrote:

 

Martin Luther wrote;

 

“We are saved by faith alone, 

 

but the faith that saves is never alone.”

 

John Calvin wrote;

 

“It is therefore faith alone which justifies, 

 

and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.”

 

What this means is that in Reformation Theology,

 

both justification or faith (right believing)

 

in the first half of the statements

 

and sanctification or works (right behaviour)

 

in the second half of the statements,

 

are required for salvation.

 

One cannot do without the other.

 

Rev George Ong

 

Appendix 1

 

Joseph Prince & Olivia Lum

 

Joseph Prince claimed that Olivia Lum,

 

the founder of Hyflux succeeded

 

because she believed and practised

 

‘the power of right believing’

 

that Joseph Prince taught her.

 

In ‘The Power Of Right Believing’, Page 278,

 

Joseph Prince wrote,

 

“She (Olivia Lum) shared with me (Joseph Prince) 

 

that when she walked out of the bank,

 

she remembered a message that I (Joseph Prince)

 

had preached on being bold

 

and asking God for big things. 

 

She (Olivia Lum) said,

 

“You (Joseph Prince) told us

 

not to insult God

 

by asking only for small things. 

 

You said, ‘Ask God for big things, 

 

compliment Him, and have a positive,

 

confident expectation of good.’”

 

So she went home and before going to bed,

 

she decided to step out in faith

 

and ask God to do a big thing for her.”

 

In ‘The Power Of Right Believing’, Page 282,

 

Joseph Prince wrote,

 

“How does a young girl (Olivia)…

 

go from weaving rattan bags for a nickel

 

to building a billion-dollar, public-listed company? 

 

My friend, that is the power of right believing. 

 

So, Joseph Prince claimed that Olivia Lum succeeded

 

because she practised

 

‘The Power Of Right Believing’.

 

In fact, Joseph Prince had written a book,

 

titled, ‘The Power Of Right Believing’.

 

All of you are aware

 

that the Founder of Hyflux,

 

floundered.

 

This proves that Joseph Prince’s

 

own teaching and interpretation

 

about the power of right believing

 

and mixing together with his Prosperity Gospel doctrine,

 

is a scam.

 

The failure of the Founder of Hyflux

 

is also a rebuke on Joseph Prince’s teaching

 

– that we don’t have to worry about right behaviour.

 

We just need to focus on right believing

 

and right behaviour will automatically follow.

 

Well, the Founder of Hyflux had the right believing,

 

but obviously she did not have the right behaviour,

 

as she has/will be charged in court

 

for some financial/accounting irregularities.

 

Appendix 2

 

Verbatim Notes of George Ong’s teachings (4-minute video):

 

“Now, what are these works?

 

Yes, these works can mean everything.

 

It can also mean like somebody preach obedience

 

to God’s commandment;

 

if he uses that to earn salvation,

 

then he has also gone wrong, right.

 

These only come after we have become a Christian.

 

But to me, I suspect;

 

I’m not saying I’m totally correct.

 

I suspect these works,

 

I won’t say nothing,

 

has less to do with our holiness and our obedience,

 

but more to do with circumcision.

 

Because I told you right that circumcision was an issue

 

not just in the Galatian church

 

but also in Corinthian church,

 

church of Rome and Ephesians.

 

Why do I say that?

 

I have some proof to show you.

 

I do not think that this refers to holiness and obedience

 

because of next text, Ephesians 3:5-6.

 

Ephesians 5:3-6.

 

3 But among you there must not be

 

even a hint of sexual immorality,

 

or of any kind of impurity, or of greed,

 

because these are improper for God’s holy people. 

 

4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk

 

or coarse joking, which are out of place,

 

but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure:

 

No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person

 

is an idolater—has any inheritance

 

in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 

 

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words,

 

for because of such things

 

God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

 

Always remember Ephesians 2,

 

same book, Ephesians 5.

 

Ephesians 2 talk about works,

 

but as I said, I don’t think this refers

 

to obedience and holiness

 

because in the same book, another chapter,

 

Paul says the opposite that we better have obedience.

 

If we are disobedient, we (will be) under God’s wrath.

 

And we are into unholy living,

 

we cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Paul cannot be saying two different things, right.

 

Of course, he can, Lah,

 

I mean this generally can mean everything, I know.

 

But I’m trying to say

 

Joseph Prince throws in here everything.

 

He says that your obedience and holiness,

 

you’re not supposed to do

 

because that means works.

 

It’s not true.

 

Paul teaches the opposite.

 

You better have that to enter God’s kingdom.

 

Yes, Paul taught that salvation is by grace through faith (justification)

 

is not a result of works in Ephesians 2:8-9.

 

But he also taught that no one can enter heaven

 

without holiness or obedience (sanctification) in Ephesians 5:3-6.

 

Joseph Prince is preaching half gospel,

 

Justification-only gospel,

 

half gospel is not true gospel and does not save.   

 

Paul is also sending them this message

 

that their right-believing in God (Eph 2:8-9)

 

can only be validated

 

as long as the Ephesian believers

 

display right-behaviour or conduct in Ephesians 5:3-6.

 

His (Joseph Prince) teaching is always like that.

 

Don’t worry about right-behaviour.

 

Behaviour ah, you earning works, earning salvation.

 

Just concentrate on right believing, right believing.

 

Then works will automatically come.

 

The scripture never teach like that.

 

You see the danger part is this.

 

In the end, his people won’t do.

 

I give an example.

 

Perhaps, mature Christians who know the Bible.

 

But there are all sorts of Christians.

 

They could be immature, baby Christians.

 

Oh, I see, concentrate on right believing ah,

 

right doing will come, automatically.

 

Then, what if it don’t come?

 

Joseph Prince is not going to declare them

 

as non-believers, you know.

 

He has no right because his other doctrines,

 

you are once saved always saved.

 

You are already a Christian.

 

If you don’t do works,

 

how can you lose your salvation.

 

Your sins are forgiven, past, present, future.

 

Wiped out.

 

You see, so in the end, they will reason,

 

Oh, I don’t do,

 

but Joseph Prince also say,

 

tell me I am once saved always saved.

 

Joseph Prince also tell me my sins are forgiven.

 

In the end they don’t do, they go to hell.”   

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