Joseph Prince, Called a Heretic by Pastor Beh Soo Yeong, AW Tozer & Derek Prince – By Rev George Ong (Dated 31 Dec 2023)

 

Announcement No 1:

 

Joseph Prince didn’t preach this morning.

 

But I’ve got something better for you (see below).

 

I expect to hear Joseph Prince’s reply when he comes to preach next Sunday on 7 Jan 2024.

 

Hope Joseph Prince would not chicken out like a church mouse.

 

Announcement No 2:

 

Don’t miss Pastor Beh Soo Yeong’s short article

 

against taking the Holy Communion for healing teaching of Joseph Prince;

 

and also, George Ong’s and David Pawson’s comments.

 

Announcement No 3:

 

Don’t miss Point No 6 & No 9:

 

6. Going by what Derek Prince and AW Tozer had insightfully said about heresies, Joseph Prince is indeed a heretic (and especially AW Tozer’s very perceptive comments).

 

9. If God did not command me to stop prophesying and contending against Joseph Prince, I can’t and I won’t.

 

Announcement No 4:

 

Don’t miss the insightful comments of

 

AW Tozer, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Stott, JI Packer, John Owen, G Campbell Morgan, RC Sproul, Derek Prince, & David Pawson.

 

Announcement No 5:

 

Don’t miss the 60 proofs of why Joseph Prince is a heretic.

 

Please see the Appendix.

 

Announcement No 6:

 

There is 1 video on Beh Soo Yeong,

 

2 audios on Derek Prince and

 

2 videos on Joseph Prince.

 

Excerpt No 1 from the Article:

 

9. If God did not command me to stop prophesying and contending against Joseph Prince, I can’t and I won’t.

 

Some of you may be filled with a sense of wonder (or disdain depending on who they are),

 

where did I get the strength and perseverance to contend against the heretical teachings of Joseph Prince

 

over the last several years without a break.

 

The truth is if it is not for God’s calling and enablement,

 

I would not have lasted that long.

 

Yet, some try to get me off track with their undiscerning reasoning

 

that what I have done is more than enough,

 

and that I should stop doing what I have been doing.

 

Are they God?

 

Or are they trying to act like God?

 

Whenever I have a word for someone, I would share in this way,

 

“I have a word for you, but you have to weigh it to see if that’s what God is leading you to go that way, as you, not me, are responsible for answering to God on the Day of judgement?”

 

But if someone tries to assert his view on you by telling you to stop what you are doing without asking you to seek God yourself,

 

you can be pretty sure that it’s not from God.

 

Ultimately, every sheep and shepherd must hear from God Himself (Jn 10:27) and not from someone who claims to have a word for you.

 

If a Pastor tells me he has been pastoring for 30 years or a missionary shares with me that he has been faithfully doing Mission work for the same period, I would say to him,

 

“Praise God; keep on pastoring or keep doing your Mission work if that’s what God has called you, even though you have been doing it for 30 years unless He changes your course.”

 

Yet, there are people who tell me to stop

 

just because I have been prophesying against the false prophet, Joseph Prince, and his heresies for the last several years.

 

Do you know how many years did God call Jeremiah to prophesy against the people and false prophets?

 

Read on…

 

… One day, all of us would have to stand before God to give an account, amongst other issues, for the calling that He commanded us to fulfil

 

including those who asked me to stop prematurely when God, who initiated the call, didn’t ask me to

 

– these people would also have to stand before God to answer for the wrong word that they gave.

 

Excerpt No 2 from the Article:

 

Based on what Derek Prince and AW Tozer had taught,

 

“Heresy is the selecting and rejecting aspects of truth,”

 

let me give you 60 proofs of why Joseph Prince is a heretic.

 

Please see the Appendix for the 60 proofs.

 

But let me give you just one example here:

 

Selects that we will always be protected by God (which is false in itself),

 

Rejects that we can also be martyred for Him.

 

(Joseph Prince owes an apology to Rev Rick Seaward and Missionary Joseph Chean, who both died from accidents.

 

This is because in the context of writing about God’s Protection, Joseph Prince wrote: “Be clear that this persecution doesn’t involve terminal illnesses, tragic accidents, or premature death.”)

 

Excerpt No 3 from the Article:

 

In ‘An Exposition of Romans Chapter 10 Saving Faith,’

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said:

 

“In the past, heretics

 

were condemned by the church and excommunicated.

 

And it is because the church does not do the same thing today,

 

that she is in such a parlous, helpless and useless condition.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

In the light of what Martyn Lloyd-Jones had said,

 

and the fact that many Pastors in Singapore, including the latest two:

 

Pastor Derek Hong and Pastor Beh Soo Yeong,

 

who publicly called Joseph Prince a heretic, 

 

why is the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS)

 

still not acting against Joseph Prince,

 

allowing a heretic to remain under her membership,

 

and letting him to continue to deceive and devour the sheep?

 

(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 a sermon, Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click here to view the 10-second video:

 

“They took communion like medicine every day.

 

You know, like they take medicine 3 times a day,

 

they’ll take communion 3 times a day.

 

If you need to take it (Holy Communion) by medicine, take it.

 

Take it as often as you can, Amen.”

 

In another sermon, Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click here to view the 10-second video:

 

“What I said was this, the first chapter (of 1 John)

 

was written to the Gnostics (unbelievers).”

 

In ‘Destined To Reign’, Joseph Prince wrote:

 

“People have taken this verse (1 Jn 1:9) and built a whole doctrine around it 

 

when actually, chapter 1 of 1 John was written to the Gnostics, who were unbelievers.”

 

Joseph Prince made 2 points in his sermons and book:

 

1. One can take the Holy Communion like medicine 3 times a day and as often as possible for healing.

 

2. The first chapter of 1 John (1 John 1:9) was written to unbelievers.

 

Regarding these 2 heretical teachings,

 

Joseph Prince was taken to task by Pastor Beh Soo Yeong.

 

In a sermon at the church’s worship service,

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong,

 

Senior Pastor of The Bible Church, Singapore, said;

 

Please click here to view the 4-minute video:

 

“Fundamentally, even as you exercise the gift and ministry,

 

there must be love.

 

And love comes in the form of affection

 

and as well as protection.

 

Here is where I want to share with you a personal story,

 

a personal lesson that I have learned over the years.

 

Not very proud of it,

 

but I hope I’ve learned and redeemed myself.

 

But here is where I realised many years ago,

 

a number of people have started to talk to me about this wrong teaching

 

by this particular famous Pastor in a large church, very large church.

 

A number of years ago, I started to notice and I realised

 

that many of the teachings have been wrong.

 

But at that time, you know what,

 

don’t condemn other Pastors, lah, you know.

 

It’s like being jealous.

 

My church is small, the church is big,

 

so I bad-mouth that Pastor.

 

You know what I mean.

 

So, there is always this tendency,

 

No lah, let’s not bad-mouth,

 

I just warn people, be careful, be careful, be careful,

 

very nicely, right.

 

And I don’t name names.

 

Right until now, I still haven’t named names.

 

And then, one time, I went to Canada for my Sabbatical

 

and there was a Pastor there,

 

and he was counselling someone from Singapore

 

whose daughter has been sick.

 

And because the daughter has been sick,

 

he was approached by this particular follower and member of this big church

 

who has been teaching some problematic teaching.

 

For example, he (Joseph Prince) says that if you are not well,

 

you must take communion as often as possible.

 

You heard that before.

 

Ya, I’ve taught this over this pulpit before, right, ya,

 

take communion as much as possible,

 

in fact, 3 times a day, if you want to.

 

At best, that is medication, right?

 

Communion is not a medication,

 

but this preacher (Joseph Prince) has been telling them,

 

yes, this is what it is, take communion;

 

and worst is divination.

 

And I’ve realised that at the point in time

 

that I can be very mild about it.

 

But you know what,

 

the tentacles of this has been far;

 

can you imagine all the way from Canada I’m hearing this.     

 

So, I became a bit more concerned

 

that hey I can’t just not speak up

 

and began to teach about this falseness of this teaching.

 

I mentioned this about communion.

 

Another teaching that this Pastor has was about prayer.

 

You know what when you come to faith,

 

he (Joseph Prince) says you don’t have to pray

 

and confess your sins anymore.

 

You confess once and for all.

 

What about 1 John 1:9? Right.

 

You have sinned; you must confess your sins, He will forgive you.

 

Oh, that one, no, that one is not for Christians;

 

it’s for Pre-believers. What!

 

At the end of the day, he (Joseph Prince) would decide,

 

dissect the different scripture,

 

this is for you, this is not for you,

 

this is meant for you; this is not.

 

Is that how we read the scripture?

 

And that became alarming.

 

And over the last few years,

 

I’ve come to realise the teaching get worse and worse.

 

And I realise if I really love the flock,

 

I need to speak up and tell the flock, be careful.

 

This Pastor, some of you may already know.

 

He’s none other than Joseph Prince from New Creation Church.

 

And I know that this is recorded.

 

But I want to warn you, okay

 

that this is a very heretical teaching

 

that we ought to be mindful and careful about.

 

In fact, ever since, I’ve come to the conviction in the last one, two years,

 

I’ve been talking before once,

 

who have left our church to join them.

 

Whenever I have opportunity, I will text them,

 

‘Hey, have you left the church yet?

 

You know, uh, you know it’s heretical teaching, right,

 

wrong teaching right,

 

why are you still doing there?’

 

Hopefully to bring those;

 

I mean if you don’t like Bible church, it’s okay.

 

Just go somewhere else,

 

don’t go to this church (New Creation Church).

 

You know what I mean.

 

And if some of you have very fond memories of New Creation Church,

 

bless your heart, can speak to me later on.

 

I may have offended you; please come talk to me.

 

But I feel the conviction in my heart to now say this clearly.

 

Be careful. Be warned.

 

And that’s what Paul is telling us (Acts 20:28-31).

 

If you really love the flock,

 

warn them.

 

If you really love the flock,

 

protect them,

 

and tell them what is wrong with those erroneous teaching around.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Before I elaborate on what Pastor Soo Yeong said in the video,

 

let me surface a short article he wrote

 

against taking the Holy Communion for healing teaching of Joseph Prince.

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong wrote:

 

“Does Partaking in the Communion Bring Physical Healing?

 

One of the challenges Christians face today is the proliferation of all kinds of teaching whether online or onsite.

 

Ranging from prosperity gospel to hyper-grace, these teachings are insidious and dangerous, to say the least.

 

As a pastor, I am indebted to Rev George Ong

 

for his persistent ministry to expose many of these teachings propounded by Joseph Prince.

 

Because of his diligent study and faithfulness to God’s call,

 

I am made aware of some of these heretical and problematic teachings,

 

which in turn helped me to warn my own flock about them.

 

One particular teaching that Joseph Prince has taught is on the Holy Communion (Health and Wholeness Through the Holy Communion by Joseph Prince).

 

He teaches that based on 1 Corinthians 11.27-30, when one is sick, one should take communion as often as possible.

 

This teaching purports that Paul is teaching that some of these Christians were weak, sick and have even died because they were partaking in the communion in an unworthy manner.

 

Hence, if we take the communion now, in a worthy manner, and as often as possible, we will be healed of our diseases.

 

In other words, partaking in communion will cure us of our illnesses.

 

Indeed, this teaching has led to his members buying and hoarding communion elements, perhaps for rainy days!

 

What do we make of such a teaching?

 

Is it biblically sound and should we practice it?

 

However well-meaning Joseph Prince is, the argument falls flat on two counts.

 

The first is the flaw of logic.

 

Prince assumes that Paul is teaching about the source of all illnesses – that it is due to eating in an unworthy manner that all illnesses originate.

 

In actual fact, Paul was dealing with an ad-hoc issue of disorderly worship, specifically in the Corinthian church, which included the way the Eucharist was wrongly partaken.

 

Paul was not saying that exclusively, all illnesses are due to wrongful partaking in the communion.

 

Even Jesus himself says that there are instances where sin is not the reason for illness, but rather so that the glory of God could be displayed (Jn 9.1-3).

 

While wrongful partaking in the communion might have been the cause of the Corinthians’ illnesses and death,

 

there are many other reasons where illnesses occur for us, whether or not they are due to sin.

 

If this is so, how would partaking of the communion as frequently as possible, albeit in a right manner, bring about healing if the “unworthy manner” was never the cause of the illness in the first place?

 

The second is the flaw of exegesis, where the text is understood out of context.

 

As stated in the text, the Corinthians had a problem, i.e. partaking the communion in an unworthy manner.

 

What is this “unworthy manner” referring to?

 

Well, based on the context found in verses 17-23, it is clear that the Corinthians were divided in the way they partook of the communion.

 

They did not wait for one another.

 

Instead, those who were the “special guests” were treated to a full meal, while those who were not were left out of the communion, and hungry.

 

There was discrimination and social segregation even within the church.

 

Hence, the “unworthy manner” (v.27) refers to the failure to “recognize the body of the Lord,” which is the church, by not waiting for each other.

 

They were having obvious and serious disunity in the church—that was their problem! 

 

This text is not dealing with the physical body of Christ.

 

In other words, we are commanded to partake in the Eucharist in a worthy manner, i.e. by respecting and honoring the unity of the church—by waiting for each other (v.33).

 

We believe God can heal, with or without partaking the communion, if He chooses to.

 

Partaking in the communion is not a secret formula or magical potion that will make healing happen.

 

So what do we do when we are seriously sick?

 

We should certainly pray and ask for prayer and seek treatment.

 

Consult your pastors and doctors and seek the LORD for that healing.

 

Such is many of Joseph Prince’s teachings

 

– quoted out of context – to fit his theology and inclinations.

 

I humbly appeal to all Christians and pastors to be discerning for we know that there are many who will “gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3b-4).”

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong

Senior Pastor of The Bible Church, Singapore

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong wrote:

 

“As a pastor, I am indebted to Rev George Ong

 

for his persistent ministry to expose many of these teachings propounded by Joseph Prince.

 

Because of his diligent study and faithfulness to God’s call,

 

I am made aware of some of these heretical and problematic teachings,

 

which in turn helped me to warn my own flock about them.”

 

To tell you the truth,

 

there are many Pastors who said to me about how my resources on my website

 

have helped them to understand Joseph Prince’s heresies,

 

and who agree with me that Joseph Prince is a heretic.

 

But for their own reasons, they would not want to say this publicly.

 

So, I thank Pastor Beh Soo Yeong

 

for openly and publicly acknowledging my contribution to his understanding of Joseph Prince’s heresies,

 

and the courage to state upfront in the video that Joseph Prince is a heretic,

 

and, hence, the need and urgency for him to warn the flock against Prince’s heresies.

 

This is why I have made humongous efforts at getting people in the Church, especially pastors and leaders

 

to speak up publicly against Joseph Prince’s destructive heresies.

 

To be honest, I have met with many more disappointments than encouragements.

 

My disappointments are encapsulated and expressed so well by David Pawson in his book, “Completing Luther’s Reformation”.

 

David Pawson wrote:

 

“… but second, and this has been the greatest pain that I experienced,

 

and I am being very frank here, is from Christians and church leaders who agree with me

 

but will not stand publicly with me. I have encountered so many of them.

 

They say,

 

“Oh David, thank you. Thank God for what you’re saying.”

 

I reply,

 

“Well, will you please say it with me? I could do with somebody on the platform with me from time to time.”

 

People have said (literally) to me,

 

“I could do with that like a hole in the head.”

 

It really is tragic that there are Christians who know when they hear the truth and who agree with it privately,

 

but dare not risk going public. 

 

If only all those who agree with this reformation (Martin Luther) actually did something….

 

That is the tragedy.

 

I believe we could do this if all those who really believe the truth

 

would come out with it and stand firm,

 

even if it cost them their job and their house.

 

I have told you it cost us that, but we have never regretted it and the Lord has kept his promise to look after us ever since.

 

One week after we lost our house, we were presented with a brand-new house that had never been lived in, and I had a church to minister to. The Lord is good.

 

But he (God) had to take me to that point where I had to say,

 

“I’m prepared to risk everything rather than go against my conscience.”

 

I believe he calls us all to do that.

 

But it is costly,

 

and the fear of people can be a real factor in holding you back.

 

But I believe if you fear God, you will never fear anybody or anything else.”

 

David Pawson who passed away on 21 May 2020, is one Bible teacher/preacher who has my highest respect and deepest admiration.

 

Almost all of our doctrines are in perfect consonance.

 

He is not only an excellent Bible teacher and prolific writer

 

but he is also one who dares to speak the truth,

 

no matter how unpopular and damaging it is to his ministry

 

– and he does it publicly.

 

Though I’m disappointed with the majority who have not come forward,

 

I’m heartened by the small minority who did

 

– who publicly spoke and wrote against Joseph Prince’s false teachings, and dared to name him a heretic.

 

My special and heartfelt thanks to each one of them,

 

and the latest two:

 

Pastor Derek Hong & Pastor Beh Soo Yeong,

 

who supported and stood by my calling,

 

and for daring to call a spade a spade

 

– that Joseph Prince is a heretic.

 

Let me share more about what Pastor Beh Soo Yeong said in the video, together with much of my input (9 points). 

 

1. Joseph Prince is still singing the same old tune by falsely accusing his critics of being jealous of him.

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong said:

 

“A number of years ago, I started to notice, and I realised

 

that many of the teachings have been wrong.

 

But at that time, you know what,

 

don’t condemn other Pastors, lah, you know.

 

It’s like being jealous.

 

My church is small, the church is big…”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

The fear that Pastors are worried about being misunderstood

 

for criticising Joseph Prince’s teachings

 

because they are jealous

 

has been capitalised on by Joseph Prince time and again.

 

In fact, Joseph Prince has said many times over the pulpit

 

that the reason his critics are taking issue with his teachings

 

is that they are jealous of him and his ministry.

 

But would you believe the following Singapore Ministers

 

who have spoken out against Joseph Prince over his heresies

 

were acting out of jealousy?

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong (Independent)

Rev Derek Hong (Anglican)

Bishop Ho Chee Sin (Methodist),

Bishop Kuan Kim Seng (Anglican),

Dr Roland Chia (Methodist),

Rev Tan Cheng Huat (Presbyterian),

Rev David Liew (Methodist),

Rev Lawrence Yam (Baptist),

Rev Eric Chua (Presbyterian),

Pastor Jason Lim (Independent)

Elder Ng Tah Wee (Presbyterian),

Dr Simon Chong (Methodist),

and many others…

 

Joseph Prince, please give us a break!

 

The discerning ones would know Joseph Prince is merely using jealousy

 

as a convenient excuse to deflect from the real issue

 

and avoid answering all the true accusations

 

his critics have levelled against him and his false teachings.

 

Not just Pastor Beh Soo Yeong and myself,

 

but all of the above names and many others not listed,

 

have openly and publicly said that Joseph Prince is a heretic.

 

2. If the Apostle Paul and the Lord Jesus called out heretics by name, there should be no fear for Pastors to do the same. 

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong said:

 

“And I don’t name names.

 

Right until now, I still haven’t named names.

 

… This Pastor, some of you may already know.

 

He’s none other than Joseph Prince from New Creation Church.

 

And I know that this is recorded.

 

But I want to warn you, okay

 

that this is a very heretical teaching

 

that we ought to be mindful and careful about.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

I am glad that Pastor Soo Yeong has had a change of mind about naming names.

 

Paul unapologetically and publicly called out the heretics by name

 

– Hymenaeus, Alexander and Philetus (1 Tim 1:19-20; 2 Tim 2:16-18).

 

Paul himself had to rebuke Peter by name 

 

when he began acting like a hypocrite

 

– as, by Peter’s hypocritical action, the gospel stands in 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 heretics such as Joseph Prince,

 

who is not only corrupting the gospel

 

but he is also leading the multitudes to hell?

Did the Lord 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 or the fear of being misunderstood,

 

but about protecting and guarding the sheep against being devoured by the wolves.

 

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 by name

 

even once before their congregation

 

so that their flock could be warned against straying into his fold?

 

I hope more Pastors in Singapore will follow the example of Pastor Beh Soo Yeong

 

to warn their sheep about the heretic

 

whose name is Joseph Prince.

 

3. When it comes to calling out Joseph Prince’s heresies, staying silent is not an option.

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong said:

 

“And I’ve realised that at the point in time

 

that I can be very mild about it.

 

But you know what,

 

the tentacles of this has been far;

 

can you imagine all the way from Canada, I’m hearing this.     

 

So, I became a bit more concerned

 

that hey I can’t just not speak up

 

and began to teach about this falseness of this teaching.

 

… And that became alarming.

 

And over the last few years,

 

I’ve come to realise the teaching get worse and worse.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

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 not from Timbuktu, but from our own nation of Singapore.

 

I have many Christian friends from overseas who have asked me

 

why is the Singapore Church not doing anything with Joseph Prince.

 

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 heresies.

 

I hope the example of Pastor Beh Soo Yeong

 

would jolt more Pastors in Singapore to speak up against the destructive heresies of Joseph Prince.

 

Staying silent is not an option.

 

“To stay silent against the onslaught of false teachings is to acquiesce.” (George Ong)

 

4. We must not only dissociate ourselves from Joseph Prince but also New Creation Church.

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong said:

 

“I’ve been talking before once,

 

who have left our church to join them.

 

Whenever I have opportunity, I will text them,

 

‘Hey, have you left the church yet?

 

You know, uh, you know it’s heretical teaching right,

 

wrong teaching right,

 

why are you still doing there?’

 

Hopefully to bring those;

 

I mean, if you don’t like Bible church, it’s okay.

 

Just go somewhere else,

 

don’t go to this church (New Creation Church).”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Pastor Soo Yeong had persistently advised those who left his church, not to end up in New Creation Church

 

for the simple reason that it is a church that teaches heresies.

 

If Singapore Pastors and churches choose to fellowship and work with Joseph Prince, the heretic

 

and New Creation Church, which promotes heretical teachings,

 

they are patently disobeying the scriptures.

 

Paul, had twice, in Titus 3:10 and Romans 16:17, instructed believers to keep away and have nothing to do with heretics.

 

So, to fellowship with Joseph Prince and work with New Creation Church,

 

is to go against the plain teachings of the scriptures.

 

5. Shepherds who love the sheep must speak up and ‘bark’, and not be accused of being dumb dogs.

 

Pastor Beh Soo Yeong said:

 

“And I realise if I really love the flock,

 

I need to speak up and tell the flock be careful.

 

This Pastor, some of you may already know.

 

He’s none other than Joseph Prince from New Creation Church.

 

And I know that this is recorded.

 

But I want to warn you, okay

 

that this is a very heretical teaching

 

that we ought to be mindful and careful about.

 

… But I feel the conviction in my heart to now say this clearly.

 

Be careful. Be warned.

 

And that’s what Paul is telling us (Acts 20:28-31).

 

If you really love the flock,

 

warn them.

 

If you really love the flock,

 

protect them,

 

and tell them what is wrong with those erroneous teaching around.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Indeed, as what Pastor Beh Soo Yeong has said,

 

if we really love the sheep,

 

we need to warn them about the heretical wolf,

 

called Joseph Prince.

 

This is our basic responsibility as Pastors and Shepherds of God’s flock.

 

And if we failed to do that,

 

Derek Prince has rightfully said

 

we are no different from acting like dumb dogs.

 

In a sermon, Derek Prince said;

 

Please click here to listen to the 1-minute audio:

 

“The wolf is the natural enemy of the sheep.

 

In order to get amongst the flock of sheep undetected,

 

the wolf is attired in a sheep skin.

 

And as I pointed out,

 

the person who looks merely with his eyes or judges merely by his ears,

 

is liable to be deceived by the wolf under the sheepskin.

 

But there’s one creature there on the scene

 

which is not deceived

 

and that’s the sheepdog

 

because it doesn’t look with its eyes;

 

it doesn’t judge by his eyes and it doesn’t judge by its ears.

 

It’s got another scent, the scent of smell

 

which tells it very clearly that that thing with the sheepskin on top is a wolf.

 

And its job is to bark.

 

And that is the job of the Christian ministry

 

when the wolf comes in sheep’s clothing.

 

Isaiah 56, God says of the shepherds of Israel in His day,

 

they are all dumb dogs that cannot bark,

 

sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

 

And the man who is placed in a position of responsibility for the flock of the Lord;

 

if he allows the wolf to come in sheep’s clothing and does not bark

 

is nothing better than a dumb dog that cannot bark,

 

lying down, sleeping, loving to slumber.

 

And there are a lot of dumb dogs in some churches today.”

 

Isaiah 56:9-10 KJV

9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. 10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

 

Isaiah 56:9-10 NLT

9 Come, wild animals of the field! Come, wild animals of the forest! Come and devour my people! 10 For the leaders of my people—the Lord’s watchmen, his shepherds—are blind and ignorant. They are like silent watchdogs that give no warning when danger comes.

 

In ‘JI Packer Library,’

 

JI Packer wrote:

 

“Pastors are to combat Heresy

 

… Pastors… are responsible for rebuking heresy and defending truth,

 

lest their flocks be misled and thereby enfeebled,

 

if not worse.

 

Biblical truth is flourishing,

 

human error is killing,

 

so spiritual shepherds

 

must guard sound doctrine at all costs.

 

As John Owen put it:

 

‘It is incumbent on them [pastors]

 

to preserve the truth or doctrine of the gospel

 

received and professed in the church,

 

and to defend it against all opposition.

 

This is one principal end of the ministry…

 

And the sinful neglect of this duty

 

is that which was the cause

 

of most of the pernicious heresies and errors

 

that have infested and ruined the church.’”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

May what John Owen had sombrely said (the last 5 lines in the above)

 

never be said of any of us as shepherds.

 

In ‘Exposition of Romans Chapters 3:20-4:25, Atonement and Justification,’

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said:

 

“I am but trying to follow the example of the Apostle Paul who, when he was bidding farewell to the elders at Ephesus,

 

deemed it to be his duty to warn them against false teaching,

 

and against certain wolves who would come in and try to destroy the flock.

 

Such wolves are rampant at the present time;

 

and it is a part of the duty of any man who claims to be a teacher of the Scriptures

 

to warn men and women against these subtle heresies that subvert the Christian faith.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Note that warning the sheep about wolves

 

is our mere duty, and we are not doing anything extra.

 

And if we can’t even fulfil our basic duty as shepherds,

 

we had better quit and do something else.

 

6. Going by what Derek Prince and AW Tozer had insightfully said about heresies (see below), Joseph Prince is indeed a heretic.

 

In a sermon, Derek Prince said;

 

Please click here to listen to the 1-minute audio:

 

“Peter says, therefore, very clearly,

 

‘There shall be false teachers among the Christians.’

 

And this is what they will do.

 

They will privily and in modern English,

 

that means, in a sneaky and underhand way,

 

bring in heresies that bring damnation.

 

Now it’s important to understand the meaning of the word heresy.

 

The word heresy is directly derived from the Greek verb, to choose.

 

And heresy is not rejecting scripture totally.

 

It is choosing how much of scripture you will believe.

 

That is the nature of heresy.

 

No heresy that rejected all scripture

 

will ever deceive any Christian.

 

What is deceptive are those presentations

 

that claim to believe scripture

 

but reject certain portions of it.

 

And those are heresies.

 

Now this scripture here speaks about heresies that are damnable.

 

They bring damnation.

 

They cause those who go in for them the salvation of their souls.

 

These heresies are brought in privily.”

 

In ‘Voice of a Prophet,’ AW Tozer wrote:

 

“That is my definition of heresy.

 

Heresy is presenting truth

 

but conveniently leaving out some of the truth.”

 

In ‘The Purpose of Man, Compiled and Edited by James L. Synder,’

 

AW Tozer wrote:

 

“A heretic is not a man who denies all the truth;

 

he is just a very fastidious man who picks out what he likes

 

while rejecting what he does not like.

 

Certain aspects of theology appeal to him,

 

but others are rejected because they do not suit him at the time.

 

… Heresy means I take what I like

 

and I reject what I do not like.

 

The very word “heretic”

 

means one who picks and chooses.

 

But the Bible says,

 

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,

 

God shall take away his part out of the book of life,

 

and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:19).

 

… A man can be a heretic

 

and not teach anything particularly false.

 

A heretic does not necessarily teach that there is no Trinity,

 

or that God did not create the earth,

 

or that there is no judgment.

 

Heresy is the selecting

 

and rejecting aspects of truth…

 

… The Samaritans were heretics

 

in that they chose certain parts of the Bible, the Old Testament.

 

They had a Pentateuch and accepted it

 

but rejected certain parts of David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel, 1 and 2 Kings, the Song of Solomon and other parts of Scripture.

 

… Every false religion or cult

 

is built on the selecting of favorite Scripture passages

 

to the neglect of other passages.

 

They do not compare Scripture with Scripture,

 

which allows heretical doctrine to come in.

 

… I do not think I will have to spell it out and mark it in red ink for you to see

 

how much heresy there is these days.

 

Believing what we want to believe.

 

Emphasizing what we want to emphasize.

 

Following along in one path

 

while rejecting another.

 

Doing one thing

 

but refusing another.

 

We become heretics

 

by picking and choosing among the Word of God what suits us at the time.

 

That is the path of heretical confusion.”

 

In ‘That Incredible Christian, Compiled by Anita M Bailey,’

 

AW Tozer wrote:

 

“Truth Has Two Wings

 

Truth is like a bird; it cannot fly on one wing.

 

Yet, we are forever trying to take off with one wing flapping furiously and the other tucked neatly out of sight.

 

I believe it was Dr. G. Campbell Morgan who said that the whole truth does not lie in

 

“It is written,”

 

but in “It is written”

 

and “Again it is written.”

 

The second text must be placed over against the first

 

to balance it and give it symmetry,

 

just as the right wing must work along with the left to balance the bird and enable it to fly.

 

Many of the doctrinal divisions among the churches are the result of a blind and stubborn insistence

 

that truth has but one wing.

 

Each side holds tenaciously to one text,

 

refusing grimly to acknowledge the validity of the other.

 

This error is an evil among churches,

 

but it is a real tragedy when it gets into the hearts of individual Christians and begins to affect their devotional lives.

 

Lack of balance in the Christian life is often the direct consequence of overemphasis on certain favorite texts,

 

with a corresponding underemphasis on other related ones.

 

For it is not denial only that makes a truth void;

 

failure to emphasize it will in the long run be equally damaging.

 

And this puts us in the odd position of holding a truth theoretically

 

while we make it of no effect by neglecting it in practice.

 

Unused truth becomes as useless as an unused muscle.

 

Sometimes our dogmatic insistence upon

 

“It is written”

 

and our refusal to hear

 

“Again, it is written”

 

makes heretics of us,

 

… One example of this is the teaching that crops up now

 

and again, having to do with confession of sin.

 

It goes like this:

 

Christ died for our sins,

 

not only for all we have committed

 

but for all we may yet commit for the remainder of our lives.

 

When we accept Christ,

 

we receive the benefit of everything He did for us in His dying and rising again.

 

In Christ, all our current sins are forgiven beforehand.

 

It is, therefore, unnecessary for us to confess our sins.

 

In Christ, they are already forgiven.

 

Now, this is completely wrong,

 

and it is all the more wrong because it is half right.

 

It is true that Christ died for all our sins,

 

but it is not true that because Christ died for all our sins

 

we need not confess that we have sinned when we have.

 

This conclusion does not follow from that premise.

 

It is written that Christ died for our sins,

 

and again, it is written that

 

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9).

 

These two texts are written of the same company of persons, namely Christians.

 

We dare not compel the first text to invalidate the second.

 

Both are true, and one completes the other.

 

The meaning of the two is that since Christ died for our sins

 

if we confess our sins, they will be forgiven.

 

To teach otherwise is to attempt to fly on one wing.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Derek Prince and AW Tozer have masterfully defined a heretic

 

as one who selects certain truths in the scriptures

 

while rejecting others.

 

This is exactly what Joseph Prince does.

 

Based on what Derek Prince and AW Tozer had taught,

 

and especially what AW Tozer wrote:

 

Heresy is the selecting and rejecting aspects of truth…”

 

let me give you 60 proofs of why Joseph Prince is a heretic.

 

Please see the Appendix.

 

7. Are the Singapore shepherds performing their role to warn the sheep about the Wolf, Joseph Prince, who hails from our own backyard of Singapore?

 

In ‘An Exposition of Romans Chapter 10 Saving Faith,’

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said:

 

“In the past, heretics

 

were condemned by the church and excommunicated.

 

And it is because the church does not do the same thing today,

 

that she is in such a parlous, helpless and useless condition.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

In the light of what Martyn Lloyd-Jones had said,

 

and the fact that many Pastors in Singapore, including the latest two:

 

Pastor Derek Hong and Pastor Beh Soo Yeong,

 

who publicly called Joseph Prince a heretic, 

 

why is the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS)

 

still not acting against Joseph Prince,

 

allowing a heretic to remain under her membership,

 

and letting him to continue to deceive and devour the sheep?

 

In ‘The Bible Speaks Today, The Message of Acts,’

 

John Stott wrote:

 

“So the shepherds of Christ’s flock have a double duty:

 

to feed the sheep (by teaching the truth)

 

and to protect them from wolves (by warning of error).

 

As Paul put it to Titus, elders must hold firm the sure word according to apostolic teaching,

 

so that they would be able both ‘to give instruction in sound doctrine

 

and also to confute those who contradict it’. (Tit 1:9 RSV)

 

This emphasis is unpopular today.

 

We are frequently told always to be positive in our teaching, and never negative.

 

But those who say this have either not read the New Testament or, having read it, they disagree with it.

 

For the Lord Jesus and his apostles refuted error themselves

 

and urged us to do the same.

 

One wonders if it is the neglect of this obligation

 

which is a major cause of today’s theological confusion.”

 

In ‘Voice of a Prophet,’

 

AW Tozer wrote: 

 

“Every false prophet has a book that rises just a wee bit higher than the Bible, and he is very careful in marketing this book so the average shallow Christian will not notice this.

 

… Never has there been more trivia flowing into the church than today.

 

Much of this trivia is coming from the world and into the church without anyone stopping it anywhere.

 

I want to know, where are the gatekeepers?

 

Where are the watchmen concerned about what is coming into the church?

 

As watchmen, we have lost ground in this regard.

 

God warned the Old Testament saints,

 

“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word in my mouth and warn them from me” (Ezek. 33:7).

 

Where are these watchmen?

 

Where are these prophets warning God’s people of the false prophets invading God’s territory?

 

It has come to the point that if any preacher criticizes any movement,

 

he is quickly ostracized and made fun of.

 

However, it is our responsibility – our job – to point out these false prophets,

 

whether other people listen to us or not.

 

God’s instruction to the prophet was,

 

“Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul” (Ezek. 33:9).

 

The responsibility of the prophet is not to come up with his own message but to faithfully deliver the message, the warning that is coming from God.

 

If the people hear and turn from their wicked ways, then God will bless them.

 

If they do not listen, do not turn from their wicked ways, it is not the responsibility of the prophet.

 

He has done his job, and the rest is up to God.

 

We must give warning concerning the false prophets that are gaining such ground among the people of God.

 

We must warn the people about those who are turning them away from the true God.

 

If they hear us, we can praise God.

 

If they do not hear us, we can mourn for them but know that we have done our job.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

The insightful comments of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Stott and AW Tozer

 

about our roles as Shepherds, Gatekeepers and Watchmen of the Singapore Church

 

against the onslaught of heresies, particularly that of Joseph Prince,

 

indeed, calls for our serious reflection, and concrete and immediate action.

 

8. We must be lovingly harsh and not hypocritically gentle with the False Prophet, Joseph Prince, who has been unrepentant for about 30 years.

 

In ‘St Andrew’s Expositional Commentary on Acts,’

 

RC Sproul wrote:

 

“Speaking Truth

 

Our primary concern here, however, is what happened in the meeting between Paul and Barnabas and Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:6-12).

 

As Paul was trying to give the word of God to the proconsul,

 

he was interrupted by this false prophet who was doing everything he could to impede the presentation of the gospel

 

and prevent the proconsul from having a favorable response to it.

 

… We know that Bar-Jesus was a false prophet because he fought against the truth of God.

 

Paul could have taken aside Bar-Jesus in an attempt to speak privately with him

 

and to avoid a confrontation in front of the proconsul.

 

He also could have charmed the false prophet by being gentle in his refutation.

 

But Paul chose another manner altogether.

 

Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said,

 

“O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? (Acts 13:9–10).

 

Obviously, the Apostle had not taken time to read Dale Carnegie’s book, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People.’

 

He lashed into this man and gave him what for, and we are told that he spoke in this manner while filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

If you are familiar with the life of Paul, you know that he manifested a pastor’s heart.

 

In his letters, he admonished believers to be gentle, patient, long-suffering, kind, and merciful,

 

and not combative, belligerent, or bellicose in their relationships.

 

In that sense, he mirrored Jesus.

 

Jesus was tender with the downtrodden and the weak,

 

yet when those in positions of power stood up to resist the truth of God,

 

Jesus called them children of hell,

 

just as Paul now calls this false prophet a “son of the devil.”

 

We are not accustomed to that in our Christian practice.

 

… I thank God that the Apostle Paul loved Bar-Jesus enough to call him a fraud.

 

Paul put the gospel out right in front of him and exposed him.

 

He was a deceiver who sought by his vocation to undermine the preaching of the truth.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

According to RC Sproul,

 

Paul minced no words and called the heretic, Bar-Jesus or Elymas,

 

a fraud, and son of the devil (Acts 13:9–10).

 

This is not the only time that Paul was so tough with heretics.

 

In Galatians, Paul was equally hard-hitting with them.

 

that he pronounced a double curse on them (Gal 1:8-9).

 

If the scriptures dealt with false teachers so severely,

 

do we have any right to deal with them leniently?

 

The no-nonsense approach taken by the Apostle Paul towards false teachers (Tit 1:10-14),

 

is poles apart from the ‘play-it-safe’ and the ‘offend-no-one’ approach

 

of the contemporary church.

 

The tough approach of the Apostle Paul to silence the heretics (Tit 1:11),

 

would be seen as politically incorrect and too harsh by the modern church.

 

The militant and aggressive defence of the truth, which is what Paul is calling for

 

has been replaced by open and friendly dialogue that is more amenable to the cultured church.

 

When sharp and open rebuke of the heretics is replaced by friendly conversation and accommodation,

 

the situation of false teachings in the church will only worsen. (Tit 1:13).

 

If Paul were to listen to the advice of the modern church:

 

“Paul, why be so uptight? – why don’t you ease off a little? – why don’t you embrace them in love as it may turn them around?”

 

– it would have been utterly disastrous (Tit 1:10-14).

 

We have the warriors of truth to thank in Paul and his cohorts for waging a fierce battle against the heretics

 

– for if truth were compromised then, the whole Christian Faith would have been thrown out the window.

 

“Speaking the truth in love” (Eph 4:15) is only applied to the Body of Christ

 

and never to unrepentant heretics, such as Joseph Prince, who are out to destroy the church.

 

Instead, we are instructed to sharply rebuke and silence them (Tit 1:11,13).

 

It is time to sound the alarm to stop the momentum of the Pseudo-grace

 

by sharply rebuking her teachers and ‘silencing’ the further spread of her insidious doctrine.

 

According to the NET (GNT and GW) translations of the Bible,

 

Joseph Prince’s false teaching,

 

which is a different gospel from that of Paul,

 

can lead one to hell:

 

Galatians 1:8-9 NET

8 “But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell! 9 As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell!”

 

What do you do to a false teacher who is leading the flock to hell or some evil guy who is leading others (without them knowing) along a mountain trail to the precipice of destruction?

 

Maintain a dignified silence by not ruffling feathers – while people are on their way to hell and others are falling off the precipice of destruction?

 

Stay respectfully diplomatic and dignified by first listening to their arguments why Joseph Prince is leading people to hell and why that evil guy is leading people over the precipice?

 

Don’t rock the boat to maintain the spirit of Christian harmony and to keep the aura of peace?

 

Call for a conference with those who are following the evil man to the precipice of destruction to thoroughly discuss the issue – about the pros and cons of following this man?

 

No way!

 

You had better shout out loud:

 

“Hey, don’t follow that evil guy; freeze in your tracks

 

– Joseph Prince is leading you over the precipice to your destruction!”

 

“Hey, Joseph Prince, stop your evil nonsense about your false grace teachings that are leading people to hell.”

 

Yet, you have people who unthinkingly say,

 

“George, you shouldn’t be so harsh with Joseph Prince, who is leading people to hell.

 

George, you should talk to him nicely and politely by saying,

 

‘Hey Joe, if you don’t mind me saying – please don’t be offended by what I am about to say – could you please try and tone down your teaching – could we have a civilised discussion on the issue…”

 

I ain’t gonna listen to such rubbish and foolish counsel.

 

Not only will I shout out loud as a responsible watchman,

 

but I will also scream at him and others

 

so that the whole world can hear the sober warning before it’s too late:

 

“Stop listening to Joseph Prince’s false teachings

 

– if you don’t, hell is the place you may end up in.”

 

Paul was a perfect example of one who preached the gospel passionately.

 

Yet, at the same time, he fought the heretics so consummately that he was even prepared to curse them (Gal 1:8-9 NIV).

 

The way of tolerance of the modern church towards false teachers and their teachings

 

is totally out of sync with the combative Paul,

 

who will never surrender a single inch of territory to the destructive heretics (Gal 2:4-5):

 

Galatians 2:4-5 NIV

4 “This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.”

 

To Paul, the truth of the gospel must be preserved and protected at all costs

 

that he was prepared to declare that those who dare to corrupt it are hell-bound (Gal 2:4-5 NIV; Gal 1:8-9 NET, GNT & GW).

 

Paul was so intolerant of false teachings that he publicly named Hymenaeus and Philetus as false teachers

 

and delivered Hymenaeus and Alexander to Satan (1 Tim 1:20; 2 Tim 2:17).

 

Paul was so consumed with battling false teachers and their teachings

 

as he was wisely aware that if the false gospel was allowed to corrupt the true gospel,

 

then all the effort of his preaching will come to nought.

 

Let the fire of holy intolerance for the evil of heresy be aflame in the Church once again as it was in the days of the Apostles.

 

Jesus and Paul can be as gentle as doves,

 

but when it comes to false teachers,

 

they have no qualms about cursing them

 

and condemning them to hell

 

(Matt 23, especially v 33; Gal 1:6-9). 

 

9. If God did not command me to stop prophesying and contending against Joseph Prince, I can’t and I won’t.

 

Some of you may be filled with a sense of wonder (or disdain depending on who they are),

 

where did I get the strength and perseverance to contend against the heretical teachings of Joseph Prince

 

over the last several years without a break.

 

The truth is if it is not for God’s calling and enablement,

 

I would not have lasted that long.

 

Yet, some try to get me off track with their undiscerning reasoning

 

that what I have done is more than enough,

 

and that I should stop doing what I have been doing.

 

Are they God?

 

Or are they trying to act like God?

 

Whenever I have a word for someone, I would share in this way,

 

“I have a word for you, but you have to weigh it to see if that’s what God is leading you to go that way, as you, not me, are responsible for answering to God on the Day of judgement?”

 

But if someone tries to assert his view on you by telling you to stop what you are doing without asking you to seek God yourself,

 

you can be pretty sure that it’s not from God.

 

Ultimately, every sheep and shepherd must hear from God Himself (Jn 10:27) and not from someone who claims to have a word for you.

 

If a Pastor tells me he has been pastoring for 30 years or a missionary shares with me that he has been faithfully doing Mission work for the same period, I would say to him,

 

“Praise God; keep on pastoring or keep doing your Mission work if that’s what God has called you, even though you have been doing it for 30 years unless He changes your course.”

 

Yet, there are people who tell me to stop

 

just because I have been prophesying against the false prophet, Joseph Prince, and his heresies for the last several years.

 

Do you know how many years did God call Jeremiah to prophesy against the people and false prophets?

 

10 years?

 

Wrong!

 

20 years?

 

Wrong again.

 

Jeremiah was called to prophesy against the nation of Israel and the false prophets for 45 long years.

 

Jeremiah’s call was no romantic call.

 

But Jeremiah was called to something far worse than that.

 

He was called to prophesy against a whole nation.

 

He was called to confront the sins of a whole nation.

 

He was called to utter divine judgement on nations.

 

He was called to preach sermons nobody wanted to listen.

 

It was a thankless job that nobody wanted.

 

It was a ministry that nobody relished.

 

It was a ministry that was bound to alienate both friends and foes.

 

In fact, his own family even plotted to kill him at one stage.

 

What’s worst was that because of his special prophetic calling,

 

God forbid him to marry for the sake of the ministry,

 

And he had no helpmeet or soul mate

 

to share the pains and burdens of the ministry.

 

It was a ministry that doomed him to a life of loneliness.

 

It was a ministry that was destined to fail from the start, from man’s point of view.

 

Oh, what an awesome call!

 

There was no one to encourage him.

 

There was not one to support him.


He was opposed from every quarter.

 

He would finish up in prison.

 

He would even endanger his own life.

 

There were times he wished he had never been born.

 

There were times when he cursed the day he was born.

 

There were times when he said,

 

“God, why have You done this to me?

 

If I try not to speak of You anymore, but there is a hidden fire in my bones.

 

I’m weary, and I can’t contain it.

 

I have to speak.

 

I am compelled by You to speak.

 

Lord, why did You do this to me?

 

I can’t endure it anymore.”

 

Jeremiah went so far as to write,

 

“Yet, everyone curses me” (Jer 15:10).

 

True prophets often are subject to ridicule and scorn.

 

Yet, despite all the enormous difficulties and insurmountable problems he had to face,

 

God enabled him to fulfil his calling.

 

And for 45 long years, Jeremiah faithfully stuck to the call of God.


He was faithful to the call, not just for 1 year.

 

He was faithful to the call, not just for 10 years,

 

but he was faithful to the call for 45 long years.

 

For 45 long years, he stuck to God’s call until Judah’s captivity.

 

And we may ask, what was it that specifically kept Jeremiah going for 45 long years

 

despite the opposition and odds?

 

What was it that kept Jeremiah going

 

despite the discouragement and the loneliness of the job?

 

I’ll tell you.

 

There is one thing that kept him going.

 

It is the prophetic burden of the call.

 

It is the deep conviction of the call that God has called him.

 

It’s the inner compulsion of the call that God had laid upon him.

 

When God has laid a prophetic burden on you, you have no choice.

 

You cannot run away from God’s call.

 

You cannot get out of the situation.

 

God has called, and you must obey.

 

And as God’s humble servant, you bow down to that call.

 

You submit to that call no matter what happens.

 

You obey the call no matter what it takes.

 

And any godly preacher or teacher or prophet of God will tell you this,

 

if God has called, you have no choice.

 

Some ministers will leave their ministry tomorrow if they have a choice, but they can’t.

 

Why not?

 

Because they remember a day when God said, I have called you.

 

They remember a day when God laid a prophetic burden in their hearts

 

and compelled them to accomplish a task that is only peculiar to them.

 

If you have been compelled by a call,

 

then no sacrifice is too great to make.

 

If you really have a compelling sense of God’s call on your life,

 

you will do the purposes of God,

 

no matter what and no matter how difficult it is,

 

even if you have to do it all alone.

 

Yes, we must be prepared even if we have to do it all alone

 

in order to fulfil the call of God for our lives as Jeremiah did.

 

But I want to tell you the good news.

 

The good news is that we are more than alone because we have God on our side.

 

And if God is on our side, then no matter how awesome the task is,

 

no matter how difficult the job is,

 

no matter how lonely the going is,

 

no matter how impossible the call is,

 

we can fulfil the awesome call of God that he has laid upon our lives

 

and accomplish the task that He has given us.

 

So, how many years did Jeremiah prophesy against the nation of Israel and false prophets?

 

45 long years!

 

Yet some people tell me I should stop prophesying and contending against the false prophet Joseph Prince after only several years.

 

No, I’m not saying that I won’t stop until I die.

 

If God should command me to stop anytime, even tomorrow or next week, or next month,

 

I must and I will.

 

If I didn’t stop, I would come under His displeasure and even His anger for disobeying Him.

 

But until today, He hasn’t asked me to stop.

 

If God did not stop Jeremiah from obeying His call to prophesy and he stopped prematurely

 

because he could not bear with the criticisms of the people

 

and opposition of the false prophets,

 

he would have disobeyed God.

 

Similarly, if I stop just because there are people, of all places in the church, who have asked me to,

 

perhaps because of their own hidden agendas,

 

but God didn’t tell me,

 

I, too, would have disobeyed Him.

 

The people who have asked me to stop

 

would have to make up their minds,

 

whether they want me to obey God

 

or disobey Him.

 

Just remember – ultimately, every sheep and shepherd must hear from God Himself (Jn 10:27) and not from someone who claims to have a word for you.

 

One day, all of us would have to stand before God to give an account, amongst other issues, for the calling that He commanded us to fulfil

 

including those who asked me to stop prematurely when God, who initiated the call, didn’t ask me to

 

– these people would also have to stand before God to answer for the wrong word that they gave.

 

Rev George Ong

 

Appendix

 

Based on what Derek Prince and AW Tozer had taught, let me give you 60 proofs of why Joseph Prince is a heretic:

 

Selects that we will always be protected by God (which is false in itself),

Rejects that we can also be martyred for Him.

 

(Joseph Prince owes an apology to Rev Rick Seaward and Missionary Joseph Chean, who both died from accidents.

 

This is because in the context of writing about God’s Protection, Joseph Prince wrote: “Be clear that this persecution doesn’t involve terminal illnesses, tragic accidents, or premature death.”)

 

Selects that we are saved by grace,

Rejects that we are also commanded to obey the law after we are saved as part of sanctification.

 

Selects that we can love God,

Rejects that we must also fear Him.

 

Selects that we can enjoy God’s favour,

Rejects that we can also come under His anger.

 

Selects that we can be shown mercy by God,

Rejects that we also by judged by Him.

 

Selects that we can be blessed by God,

Rejects that we can also be severely chastised by Him.

 

Selects that God will make us rich (which is false in itself),

Rejects that He can also make us poor. 

 

Selects that God has forgiven our sins,

Rejects that we are to confess them to be forgiven.

 

Selects that we are saved only because we believe,

Rejects that we also commanded by Father God and the Lord Jesus to repent.

 

Selects that repentance is to change from thinking negatively to thinking positively (which is grossly false in itself),

Rejects that there must be fruit of our repentance.

 

Selects that we are called Christians,

Rejects that we are also called disciples.

 

Selects that we are saved purely because of our faith in Jesus,

Rejects that we must also be Christ’s disciples at the same time.

 

Selects that we can be Christians without being disciples,

Rejects that we must be disciples if we are to be Christians, as both Christians and disciples are the same person.

 

Selects that once a person declares with his mouth that Jesus is his Lord and Saviour, he is saved,

Rejects that he, at the same time, must deny himself and take up the cross to follow Jesus.

 

Selects his Grace Revolution, which is a no-discipleship and false gospel,

Rejects the Great Commission true gospel of Jesus to make disciples.

 

Selects that once a person accepts Jesus as Saviour, he is saved,

Rejects that to be truly saved, he must sincerely commit to accept Jesus as both Lord and Saviour.

 

Selects that we are justified by faith,

Rejects that it must also be proven by our works.

 

Selects that justification as the only proof of our salvation,

Rejects that sanctification is the other evidence of the same salvation.

 

Selects that faith is the only certainty of our salvation,

Rejects that obedience is the accompanying fruit that must go along with it.

 

Selects that we are saved the moment we utter the sinner’s prayer,

Rejects that we are to persevere in our faith as proof that we are sincere in what we utter.

 

Selects that law is a greater enemy than sin as it causes us to sin and sin is no more the problem,

Rejects that law, which is not our enemy, is there to expose sin which is our real enemy.

 

Selects that we are not to examine ourselves as it will make us fall into sin (which is grossly false in itself),

Rejects that we are to examine ourselves to see whether we are still in the faith.

 

Selects that when we sin, we are to proclaim we are righteous,

Rejects that when we sin, we are to confess our sins.

 

Selects that sin is no longer the issue as every past, present and future sin has been forgiven,

Rejects that sin is still the issue as present and future sins which are not committed and confessed are not yet forgiven.

 

Selects that the Holy Spirit always comforts and never convicts us of sin (which is false in itself),

Rejects that the Holy Spirit both comforts and convicts us of sin.

 

Selects that God cannot see the sin in us even though we sin because of the blood of Christ,

Rejects that God not only sees the sin in us but the Holy Spirit is grieved when we sin against Him.

 

Selects that we should never feel guilty anymore as every sin has been forgiven,

Rejects that we ought to feel guilty whenever we fall into sin.

 

Selects that all forms of guilt are not from God but from the devil or self,

Rejects that though false guilt is from the devil or self, true guilt is from God.

 

Selects that obedience is a focus on self,

Rejects that obedience is essential as evidence of our salvation.

 

Selects that being obedient and holy is reverting back to works-righteousness,

Rejects that being obedient and holy is proof that we have the righteousness of Christ.

 

Selects that we are the sons of God,

Rejects that we are also the slaves (servants) of God.

 

Selects that since Christ has done everything for us at the cross, there is no need for us to do anything for Him (which is false in itself),

Rejects that since Christ has given His everything for us at the cross, we have to do many things for Him and His kingdom.

 

Selects that New Covenant is about God loving us and not us loving God (which is false in itself),

Rejects that New Covenant is both about God loving us and us loving God.

 

Selects that God is forever pleased with us and we mustn’t try to please God (which is false in itself),

Rejects that God is not always pleased with us, and we are called to please God.

 

Selects that we can be healthy if we partake in the Holy Communion as many times a day as we want as we take medicine (which is false in itself),

Rejects that we are to examine ourselves before partaking it.

 

Selects that the secret of good health, staying young and good-looking, is to take the Holy Communion frequently (which is grossly false in itself),

Rejects that God can chastise us with sickness and even death if we partake in the Holy Communion without examining ourselves for gross and repeated sins in our lives.

 

Selects the teaching that there is no place for fasting in the New Covenant,

Rejects the teaching of scripture that fasting was done by New Covenant believers (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23).

 

Selects that there are no more laws for us to obey because they have been made obsolete,

Rejects what Jesus said that He has not come to abolish the law (Matt 5:17).

 

Selects that it is only the goodness of God that leads people to repentance and that we must never use judgement to warn them to repent,

Rejects what Jesus did by warning five of the seven churches of severe judgements if they don’t repent in Revelation 2-3.

 

Selects that receiving forgiveness from God has nothing to do with your forgiving of others,

Rejects what Jesus teaches that if you do not forgive others, you are not forgiven (Matt 18:21-35).

 

Selects that only faith is required and that works have nothing to do with salvation,

Rejects what Jesus teaches when He judges and decides the eternal destiny of the 10 virgins, the servants and the sheep and the goats based on their works (works as evidence of true faith) (Matt 24:45-25:46). (James, in James 2:14-26, says that faith without works is useless, dead and cannot save.)

 

Selects that one only has to confess that Jesus is Saviour and Lord and he is forever saved, and that salvation has nothing to do with obedience,

Rejects what Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 7:21 NIV)

 

Selects that unlike the Old Covenant, as New Covenant believers, we must never fear God,

Rejects what Jesus says, “We should fear the one who can cast both the body and soul into hell.” (Matt 10:28; Lk 12:4-5)

 

Selects that God will always be pleased with you, and he will never get angry or judge you,

Rejects what Jesus (who is God Himself) did when He was displeased and even angry with several of the seven churches in Revelation, and He even warned He would judge them severely (Rev 2:2-3).

 

Selects that the only righteousness we need is the righteousness of Christ; and our holiness or righteousness has no bearing on our salvation,

Rejects what Jesus says, “Unless your righteousness (or holiness) exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:20)

 

Selects that New Covenant believers will never have to go through suffering or martyrdom as Jesus had already suffered and died for us on the cross,

Rejects what Jesus says that as believers, we can expect to go through tribulations, persecutions, sufferings and even martyrdom. (Matt 5:10; 24:9; Lk 21:17 Jn 15:20)

 

Selects that the Old Covenant is about your love for God, but the New Covenant is not about your love for God or Jesus but God’s love and Jesus’ love for you,

Rejects what Jesus says, “If you do not love Me more than your parents or children, you are not worthy of Me.” (Matt 10:37)

 

Selects that our salvation is never dependent on our works or fruit but only on our confession of faith,

Rejects what Jesus said, “If you don’t produce fruit, I will cut you off and throw you into the fire to be burned.” (Matt 7:19; Jn 15:2,6)

 

Selects that whether one is saved or eternally destroyed depends only on our believing and not our doing or obeying,

Rejects what Jesus said, “If one merely listens to My words but doesn’t obey them, one would be destroyed.” (Matt 7:26-27; Lk 6:46-49)

 

Selects that God will never punish or judge His people, no matter what sins they may commit,

Rejects what Jesus says that He has no qualms about severely rebuking His people, the church, and even making them suffer intensely and causing death to come upon them if they remain unrepentant. (Rev 2:21-23)

 

Selects when he only talks about heaven and seldom about hell as that is overly negative,

Rejects what Jesus does when He talks more about hell than heaven in the gospels to warn people of its terrors regardless of whether He would offend people or not (Matt 5:22, 29-30; 8:12; 10:28; 13:41-42, 49-50; 18:9; 22:13; 23:33; 24:51; 25:30; Lk 13:28).

 

Selects that every one of our future sins has been forgiven without the need for confession or repentance,

Rejects what Jesus teaches that all our future sins are not forgiven unless we repent of them as He had warned five of the seven churches in Revelation to repent of their sins or face His severe judgement. (Rev 2-3)

 

Selects that all it takes to enter God’s Kingdom is just a short and simple sinner’s prayer, as everything about Christianity, including salvation, is effortless,

Rejects what Jesus says, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. (Lk 13:24 NIV)

 

Selects that if we focus on Jesus, His obedience and His finished work on the cross, we are Christ-centred; but if we focus on our obedience to Jesus, we are self-centred,

Rejects what Jesus teaches that if we don’t focus on obeying Him and do the Father’s will, we are not only not Christ-centred, but we will be barred from entering God’s kingdom and be destroyed. (Matt 7:21-23; Lk 6:46-49)

 

Selects that all our past, present and future sins have been forgiven, and our salvation is eternally guaranteed,

Rejects what Jesus teaches that He had warned even His closest disciples (who are believers), whom He had ministered and lived with for three years, that if they weren’t ready when He returned, they would be cast into hell. (Matt 24:42-51; 25:1-30)

 

Selects that we must not be negative in our speaking and preaching,

Rejects what Jesus teaches that He can be more than negative in His preaching; He had cursed the rich and even pronounced the destiny of hell on the unrepentant Pharisees. (Lk 6:24; Rev 18:19; Matt 23:13,15,33)

 

Selects that Jesus, as the personification of grace, does not make demands on us as law demands but grace supplies,

Rejects what Jesus clearly demands that if we do not hate our father, mother, wife, children, siblings (love Christ more than we love them) and even our own life, and give up everything, we cannot be His disciple. (Lk 14:26,33)

 

Selects that since what Jesus had done for us on the cross is more powerful than our denial of Him, our denial of Him cannot undo what He had done for us on the cross,

Rejects what Jesus says, “If you deny Me, I will deny you.” (Matt 10:33)

 

Selects that every New Covenant believer can be very rich as Abraham was and no believer needs to be poor (which is false in itself),

Rejects what Jesus says about the poor that they are blessed for theirs is the kingdom (Lk 6:20), and that God has chosen the poor to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him (Jas 2:5).

Selects that everything about saving faith is about right believing and nothing about saving faith is about right behaviour,

Rejects what Jesus teaches that right believing and right behaviour are both essential for saving faith, as whoever does not obey (behaviour) what he hears will be destroyed. (Matt 7:24-27)

 

Selects the Pauline epistles and other New Testament books as authoritative for New Covenant believers,

Rejects the 4 Gospels, the words and teachings of Jesus as not binding on New Covenant believers as they are under the Old Covenant.

 

If I have given 60 solid reasons (see above) based on scriptures why Joseph Prince is a heretic;

 

if Joseph Prince has the audacity to ‘wipe out’ all of Christ’s (who is God Himself) teachings and commands in the gospels as under the Old Covenant and not binding on New Covenant believers;

 

if Pastor Beh Soo Yeong,

 

(AW Tozer and Derek Prince by their teachings of what constitute a heretic)

 

and many other ministers have openly and bravely declared that Joseph Prince is a heretic,

 

how can a Singapore Methodist Bishop

 

and a Singapore Presbyterian Pastor

 

say that Joseph Prince

 

is not a heretic and a wolf in sheepskin? 

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