Main Title: Joseph Prince is a false shepherd who steals, kills & destroys 

 

Sub Title: Joseph Prince lied that the devil is the one who steals, kills & destroys in John 10:10

 

By Rev George Ong (Dated 1 Apr 2024)

 

Announcement No 1:

 

Note there are 2 videos on Joseph Prince

 

& 1 video each on Steve Lawson & John Piper.

 

A short commentary each

 

by RC Sproul, James Montgomery Boice

 

& Warren Wiersbe

 

are featured in the Appendix.

 

Announcement No 2:

 

Joseph Prince preached on Easter Sunday, yesterday.

 

Imagine, for such an important occasion,

 

yet, I could still catch him spewing out rubbish.

 

I only have time to contend against

 

just one for the moment in this Article.

 

The rest I will have to leave to a later time.

 

Ex New Creation Church member

 

whose testimony appeared on my website wrote:

 

“Rev George, I also have a friend in New Creation Church,

 

who has been believing God for healing of Schizophrenia,

 

but nothing happened

 

except for getting worse for the last 7 years

 

of knowing her,

 

because she is still under control of all her medicines.

 

I only know her for the past 7 years,

 

but she had been diagnosed with it much earlier before that,

 

and this year, she is 40-years-old,

 

still totally dependent financially on the government

 

and on the late parents’ money.

 

Both parents have passed away in the past couple of years,

 

never got to see her being delivered of the condition.

 

Sometimes, she needs to sleep 20 hours a day

 

because of the depressant medication.

 

But the leaders and Pastor Henry Yeo,

 

who always prayed for her

 

only said that she’s already healed

 

because all the lying symptoms

 

are just the devil’s way

 

to steal the health away from her.”

 

Another Ex New Creation Church member wrote:

 

“Hi Reverend George Ong.

 

Thanks for the article.

 

I have 2 stories to share.

 

One was a story from a property agent

 

who helped me to sell my property.

 

She was a New Creation Church member

 

and her father had cancer.

 

They believed in the 100% healing preaching of Joseph Prince. 

 

According to her sharing,

 

her father decided to exercise his faith

 

and decided not to take any pain killer, etc

 

for the final stage of his cancer.

 

He suffered in pain until he passed away

 

from what I gathered and based on what she had shared. 

 

I also know of another case.

 

The person was the brother of my sister’s friend

 

and he was diagnosed with late-stage cancer.

 

I saw him attending New Creation Church

 

for the healing miracle,

 

but I remembered he passed on eventually.

 

I must confess that I do believe in God’s healing

 

but not the way Joseph Prince preaches. 

 

It’s all God’s will whether one is healed or not.

 

A lot of New Creation Church members

 

have sunken deep enough

 

and their pride, have stopped them

 

from realising and seeing the fact

 

that Joseph Prince is just using success stories

 

to prove his point,

 

just like Olivia Lum (Hyflux case).

 

There is this term called “Survivorship Bias”

 

and many New Creation Church members

 

have refused to acknowledge this.”

 

@CKT2024

 

“When a person needs to use a fanciful stage name (Joseph Prince),

 

to me, that’s the start of deception.

 

This false preacher is whipping up a new dish of twisted truth week after week.

 

And the people at New Creation Church are continually taking it all in

 

without realising it that they have been progressively poisoned.

 

And is National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS)

 

sitting idling by twiddling their fingers?

 

Hope not!”

 

(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 Sunday sermon aired on YouTube,

 

31 Mar 2024, yesterday on Easter Sunday, Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click here

 

to view the 40-second video:

 

“So, the Bible says the thief;

 

let’s look at scripture,

 

so at least you know that I do show you scripture.

 

Whatever I am preaching is all scriptures, actually.

 

It’s not all scripture but I am quoting it scripture,

 

but I don’t have to show you all the time, right?

 

But this one I want to show you.

 

The thief Jesus is talking here in John 10 (V10).

 

And here He brings Himself forth as the Good Shepherd.

 

And in the context of that,

 

He says the thief, noticed singular,

 

does not come except to steal.

 

Say to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

 

That’s the thief.

 

Listen, Jesus says the devil is a thief.

 

He comes to steal, and then kill and then destroy.”

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“So, the Bible says the thief;

 

let’s look at scripture,

 

so at least you know that I do show you scripture.

 

Whatever I am preaching is all scriptures, actually.

 

It’s not all scripture but I am quoting it scripture,

 

but I don’t have to show you all the time, right?

 

But this one I want to show you.”

 

By reading the 3 or 4 sentences,

 

I’m sure you get the feeling

 

that Joseph Prince is so afraid of Mr Pen

 

that he will come for him for this part of his preaching.

 

This is because he keeps qualifying and qualifying what he’s saying.

 

Hey Joe, there is no need for you to qualify and qualify.

 

If you speak rubbish again,

 

(and you had to it again on an important occasion such as Easter)

 

you know me well enough that I will come after you

 

– not after you perse, but your rubbish speaking.

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“And in the context of that,

 

He says the thief, noticed singular…”

 

The half-truth specialist strikes again.

 

Joseph Prince only tells you the half-truth in John 10:10a that

 

10 The thief (singular) comes only to steal and kill and destroy;

 

But Joseph Prince hides the other half-truth from you in John 10:8 that

 

8 All who have come before me are thieves (plural) and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.

 

What Joseph Prince is getting at is that if the thief is singular in John 10:10,

 

then it can only refer to the devil.

 

But Joseph Prince craftily hides from you that thieves

 

– which is in the plural

 

is also reflected in John 10:8

 

But thieves as reflected as plural in John 10:8

 

has exposed the false interpretation of Joseph Prince

 

This is because the devil is not more than one person

 

that he could also be referred to as thieves.

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“Listen Jesus says the devil is a thief.”

 

Joseph Prince told a lie that in John 10:10,

 

Jesus said the devil is a thief.

 

Let me explain.

 

Why is Joseph Prince so confident that all the plagues and earthquakes are caused by Satan?

 

This is a result of his deliberate false teaching of John chapter 10. 

 

Joseph Prince has deceptively taught from John chapter 10, verse 10

 

that Satan has the power to cause all the calamities

 

because he has the power to kill and destroy. 

 

Prince has foolishly based his entire doctrine

 

about the destructive powers of Satan

 

on one scripture:

 

“The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy” (Jn 10:10).

 

In ‘Destined To Reign’, Page 52, Joseph Prince wrote:

 

“The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came that you may have life, and have it more abundantly (Jn 10:10). Hallelujah!”

 

In ‘Destined To Reign’, Page 20, Joseph Prince wrote:

 

“The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He wants to see you broke and broken. He does not want to see you reigning in life.”

 

In ‘The Power of Right Believing’ Page 268, Joseph Prince wrote:

 

“Jesus said the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but He came so that you might have life and have it more abundantly (see John 10:10).”

 

But was that what Jesus said in John 10:10?

 

No, Jesus never said, 

 

“The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy.”

 

Jesus also never said, 

 

“The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy.”

 

But Jesus said, 

 

“The thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy.”

 

Joseph Prince is clearly lying.

 

He is putting words into the mouth of Jesus

 

and he is rewriting scriptures by his own authority.

 

But Jesus never said in John 10:10

 

that it was the devil or the enemy

 

who steals, kills and destroys. 

 

In fact, both the words, ‘devil’ and ‘enemy’, 

 

used by Joseph Prince

 

are not even found in the said passage

 

of John 10:1-10:

 

John 10:1-10 NIV

1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. 7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

If one reads John 10:1-10 in context,

 

especially John 10:1,6,8,10,

 

it becomes clear that

 

the thief in V1 & 10 and thieves in V8, 

 

are referring to the Pharisees

 

who are the false shepherds or false religious teachers.

 

Jesus wasn’t talking about the devil at all.

 

These thieves are the Pharisees, the false teachers,

 

who preached the false doctrines of their own traditions

 

instead of the word of God.

 

In fact, the context goes as far back to John chapter 9,

 

when Jesus had a debate with the Pharisees

 

over a blind man who was healed by Jesus.

 

At the start of John chapter 10,

 

Jesus was still talking to this same group of Pharisees. 

 

Jesus continued the debate from John chapter 9 into John Chapter 10

 

by strongly implying that the Pharisees are thieves and robbers.

 

The Pharisees rejected the works of Jesus

 

in the healing of the blind man

 

and the message of Jesus in John chapter 9.

 

The Pharisees’ rejection of what Jesus came to do 

 

is tantamount to stealing, killing and destroying

 

the destiny of anyone who followed them instead of Jesus

 

in John chapter 10.

 

If you read the passage in context,

 

Jesus was not talking about the devil,

 

but about false teachers like the Pharisees,

 

who come to, steal, kill and destroy 

 

in the sense that they rob people of eternal life

 

by propagating their own traditions

 

which contradicts God’s word,

 

and deceiving them into believing it.

 

Note that Jesus does not speak

 

of just a single thief or robber in John 10:1 (singular),

 

which Joseph Prince tried to deceive the people with

 

(the half-truth that Prince reveals),

 

which Prince said it refers to Satan,

 

but also of many thieves (plural) and robbers (plural) in John 10:8.

 

(the other half-truth that Prince conceals)

 

We can’t have many devils, can we?

 

The devil is only one singular person.

 

So, who are these thieves?

 

They are the Pharisees,

 

the false teachers who preached their own traditions

 

instead of the word of God;

 

and they rejected and broke the commandments of God (Matt 15:1-6; Mk 7:8-9).

 

They tried to steal the sheep of the Lord Jesus

 

through their false teaching.

 

They proclaimed another way of salvation apart from Jesus

 

and were “robbing” the people of the truth.

 

They were robbing the people of the abundant life

 

that Christ came to offer. 

 

They were stealing and killing their eternal destiny

 

that Christ came to give.

 

Just as a thief tries to climb over the wall of the sheepcote,

 

bypassing the gate,

 

false teachers attempt to bypass Jesus.

 

The Pharisees, who place human requirements on people for salvation

 

because of their tradition,

 

are false teachers

 

who “steal” peoples’ ability to see the true way of salvation.

 

The result of such thievery of true doctrine to salvation

 

is death and destruction to those who are deceived by them,

 

as Jesus said, the thief’s purpose is to “kill and destroy.”

 

Jesus is helping the sheep to see the Pharisees,

 

who are the false shepherds and false religious teachers

 

as thieves (Jn 10:1,8).

 

John 10:10 is indeed a contrast

 

between Jesus who has come to give life 

 

and the Pharisees who bring death

 

– through their stealing and killing:

 

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

The thief (the Pharisees) comes to kill and destroy,

 

not literally or physically, but spiritually.

 

False teachers, like thieves, killed people, spiritually

 

because they stole from them the truth of salvation and eternal life,

 

which would ultimately result in the people’s destruction – in hell.

 

Joseph Prince himself is indeed a modern Pharisee

 

and a contemporary false teacher,

 

who has come to steal, kill and destroy

 

through his false teachings.

 

By influencing people to his false broad road gospel

 

as opposed to Jesus’ true narrow road gospel,

 

Joseph Prince has stolen from many of their right understanding

 

of true doctrine and the true gospel.

 

What is worse is that Joseph Prince comes to kill and destroy

 

– that with the acceptance of his false grace teachings,

 

they will be led to the eternal lake of fire.

 

In a sermon, Steve Lawson said;

 

Please click here

 

to view the 1-minute video:

 

“Please note, He says the thief comes only.

This is their sole motive.

This is what’s driving the false spiritual leaders.

And again, I would remind you

 

that He is speaking to them.

This isn’t going through a second person.

This isn’t my people will talk to your people.

And we never sit down and talk face to face.

My little representative will talk to your little representative,

so, it won’t have to be distasteful for either one of us.

No, Jesus speaks directly to them.

The thief comes only to steal.


He steals what does not belong to him.

He steals glory from God.

He draws the attention to himself.

Then he comes to kill.

He kills the souls of men.

And he comes to destroy.

He destroys true religion.

And he destroys the true gospel.

The false shepherds have come to take life.

Jesus says I have come to give life.”

 

In a sermon, John Piper said;

 

Please click here

 

to view the 2-minute video:

 

“Remember, He’s talking to the Pharisees.

 

This is really important.

 

He’s talking to the Pharisees.

 

Others are listening in,

 

we know that from verse 21.

 

To show you that He’s talking to the Pharisees,

 

look at the bridge between (John) chapter 9 and (John) chapter 10,

 

namely, there isn’t one.

 

You don’t need a bridge where there’ no break.

 

Forget chapter divisions,

 

they weren’t there when John wrote this.

 

So, let’s pick it up where He left off

 

and just forget the chapter divisions.

 

Listen carefully. Verse of 40 of chapter 9.

 

Some of the Pharisees near Him

 

heard these things and said to Him,

 

Are we all so blind?

 

Jesus said to them.

 

If you were blind, you’ll have no guilt.

 

But now that you say, we see.

 

Your guilt remains.

 

Truly, truly, I say to you he does not enter

 

by the sheep enters the sheepfold by the door

 

but climbs in another way.

 

That man is a thief and a robber.

 

This is no doubt here what’s going on.

 

They are the thieves and the robbers.

 

That’s what He’s saying.

 

You are the thief and the robber

 

You got into your position

 

without going through the gate keeper.

 

You don’t have the blessing of God on your life.

 

You are holding your pharisaic authority for envious reasons.

 

That’s why you’re going to kill me.

 

You’re a stranger in this fold.

 

That’s why it’s important to see that He’s talking to the Pharisees;

 

there’s no break here.

 

They’re wolves in the world

 

and they represent anything

 

that can destroy you, ultimately.”

 

Let me repeat what John Piper said in his last sentence:

 

“They’re wolves in the world

 

and they represent anything

 

that can destroy you, ultimately.”

 

If you don’t heed the warning of John Piper,

 

and continue to stay under the wolf

 

– Joseph Prince’s teaching,

 

he will destroy you, ultimately, and eternally. 

 

Just imagine

 

– if Joseph Prince can even get his exegesis of John 10:10 wrong

 

(that the thief refers to the devil),

 

how can he be regarded by the millions

 

to be an excellent teacher of God’s word?

 

I am repeating my accusation that I had made in many other articles

 

– that Joseph Prince is a serial hypocrite. 

 

He has been repeating like a parrot so many times

 

that we must interpret a text in its context,

 

but, time and again,

 

he is the culprit, who commits the same error

 

that he cautions others from doing. 

 

He has over and over again,

 

interpreted a text out of its context 

 

– this time by attributing the thief to the devil

 

when Satan is not even mentioned in the context of John 10:1-10.

 

In a Sunday sermon aired on YouTube,

 

31 Mar 2024, yesterday on Easter Sunday, Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click here

 

to view the 10-second video:

 

“So, Jesus says when you see great earthquakes happening.

 

These are not God’s acts.”

 

Not just in this sermon but also in many other sermons,

 

Joseph Prince said God does not kill and destroy,

 

therefore, killing people because of earthquakes or pestilences

 

cannot be sent by God or they are not God’s acts.

 

Again, Joseph Prince is lying against the scriptures.

 

We need to ask ourselves

 

– who is the one who can kill and destroy? 

 

God is the one, not Satan:

 

Moses warned,

 

Genesis 2:16-17 NIV

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

 

Genesis 6:13 NCV

12 When God saw that everyone on the earth did only evil, 13 he said to Noah, “Because people have made the earth full of violence, I will destroy all of them from the earth.

 

Deuteronomy 32:39 ESV

39 “‘See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.”

 

Deuteronomy 32:39 NCV

39 “Now you will see that I am the one God! There is no god but me. I send life and death; I can hurt, and I can heal. No one can escape from me.”

 

Samuel warned,

 

1 Samuel 2:6-7 ESV

6 “The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. 7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.”

 

1 Samuel 2:6-7 NCV

6 “The Lord sends death, and he brings to life. He sends people to the grave, and he raises them to life again. 7 The Lord makes some people poor, and others he makes rich. He makes some people humble, and others he makes great.”

 

Ezekiel warned,

 

Ezekiel 18:4 NIV

4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child – both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.

 

James warned,

 

James 4:12

“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy…”

 

Paul warned,

 

1 Corinthians 3:17

“If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person…”

 

1 Corinthians 11:29-30

“For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep”

 

Jesus warned,

 

Luke 12:5 NASB

“But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him”

 

Matthew 10:28 NIV

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell”

 

In all the above passages,

 

God is portrayed as the one who has come not only to save 

 

but He is also able to kill and destroy.

 

The Lord Jesus Himself is also portrayed as one who can kill and destroy:

 

Revelation 1:18 NIV

18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

 

Revelation 2:22-23 NIV

“So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds”

 

Many of these children,

 

whom Jesus warned He will strike them dead,

 

belong to the Church of Thyatira, who have been deceived

 

and crossed over to the camp of the false Prophetess Jezebel.

 

Notice that Jesus takes upon Himself the task

 

of killing if He needs to 

 

– “striking her children dead”.

 

Mind you – all the above passages that I have quoted

 

are not just in the Old Testament,

 

but also in the New,

 

lest Joseph Prince comes to deceive you again

 

by telling you that the Old Testament God kills,

 

but the New Testament God doesn’t.

 

I don’t remember anywhere in the scriptures

 

where Satan directly kills and destroys people

 

on his own power. 

 

The closest we get is that God might destroy a person

 

by allowing the devil to destroy him,

 

but the point is that the destruction occurs

 

because of God’s judgement:

 

1 Corinthians 5:5 NIV

“Hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.”

 

Even in the case of Job’s ten children who were killed by Satan,

 

one needs to note that Satan couldn’t have done it

 

without the permission of God (Job 1:12). 

 

Satan does not have the sovereign power to kill and destroy,

 

even though that’s what he yearns to do. 

 

God is the one who kills and destroys. 

 

He did that to both King Herod, who was an unbeliever,

 

and Ananias and Sapphira, who were believers

 

– both of these are not in the Old Testament

 

but the New.

 

Joseph Prince who teaches that Satan is the source of death and destruction

 

is starkly ignorant of the Bible.

 

Well one passage that Joseph Prince would pull out to deceive you as he has done before

 

is Hebrews 2:14-15:

 

Hebrews 2:14-15 NIV

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

 

After one has read the passage,

 

one could be deceived by Joseph Prince

 

that the devil has the power of death over us.

 

But one, too, must note that when God warned Adam and Eve

 

that if they disobey Him and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil,

 

they will certainly die. They did.

 

The point is, God not Satan,

 

was the one to declare death to Adam and Eve.

 

God, not the devil,

 

holds the right to determine whether one lives or dies.

 

Let me quote ‘A Commentary on the Epistle to The Hebrews by Philip Edgeumbe Hughes, Page 214’,

 

which will help us to see Hebrews 2:14-15 in the right perspective:

 

“In considering these questions it should be recognized

 

that the power of death is held by the devil

 

only in a secondary and not in an ultimate sense.

 

Death is indeed the dark reality of his tyranny.

 

But God is still supreme in his sovereignty: 

 

unfailingly, it is for him and by him

 

that all things exist as we have already been reminded (v.10).

 

Death is not a sphere that has broken loose from God’s command.

 

On the contrary, Scripture, as Aquinas observes,

 

clearly teaches that death, like all else,

 

is under God’s control (cf Gen 2:17; Dt 32:29; 1 Ki 2:6; Mt 10:28; Lk 12:5; 1 Cor 15:25f; Rev 1:18);

 

and the clinching proof of this

 

is the conquest of death and Satan by the incarnate Son.

 

Besides the devil is a creature

 

– and, significantly within the present context,

 

an angelic creature – finite and futile in his rebellion,

 

and subject to judgment and destruction.

 

There is no question or possibility

 

of an insoluble dilemma

 

involving a cosmic dualism of God and Satan,

 

as though they were eternally opposed to each other

 

as two equal and ultimate realities.

 

The power of death wielded by the devil

 

is not an absolute power;

 

indeed, death is the sentence of God pronounced against man

 

who sinfully has transferred his allegiance from his Creator to the creature (Gen 3:1ff; Ezek 18:4; Rom 3:23)

 

and who is doing so has turned his back on God’s realm of life

 

in favor of Satan’s realm of death.

 

It is in this sense that the devil is said to hold the power of death.

 

But the power which he presently wields

 

is also the power by which he is destroyed (1 Jn 3:8; Rev 20:10).

 

Death is the awful reality of divine judgment, not satanic victory.

 

Creation and destruction – and salvation from destruction

 

– belong properly and absolutely to God alone.”

 

So when the author of Hebrews in Hebrews 2:14 says Satan has the “power of death”

 

it does not mean Satan has the power to determine who dies and who lives.

 

The power that Satan wields over death

 

probably refers to the power he possesses to cause us to fear death.

 

But with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross

 

that has obtained eternal life for those who believe in Him,

 

the devil has lost the power to enslave believers

 

with the fear of death and even with death itself.

 

In the same way, Satan has no power to kill and destroy. 

 

Father God and the Lord Jesus possess the sole power to do it.

 

God, not Satan, has the power over life and death.

 

These passages (see below) are not to make us depressed

 

but to soberly remind us

 

that God is not only a God of mercy and grace to be loved

 

(the half-truth that Joseph Prince constantly preaches), 

 

but He is also a God of wrath, who judges sin

 

by killing and destroying people, and He is to be feared 

 

(the other half-truth that Joseph Prince either hides from us or preaches against).

 

Here is the list of passages:

 

Gen 7:23 (About 2-10 billion killed in Noah’s flood – scholars have calculated that in the pre-flood world during Noah’s time, the world’s population could be between from as low as 2 billion to as high as 10 billion. Note that these are only educated guesses and rough estimates); Gen 19:24; Gen 19:26; Gen 38:7; Gen 38:10; Ex 12:29-30; Ex 14:26; Ex 17:13; Ex 32:27-28 (3,000 killed); Lev 10:1-3; Lev 24:10-23; Num 11:1; Num 14:36-38; Num 15:32-35; Num 16:35 (250 killed); Num 16:46-50 (14,700 killed); Num 21:6; Num 25:1-11 (24,000 killed); Num 31:1-35; Deut 2:14-16; Deut 2:21-22; Deut 2:32-34; Deut 3:6; Jos 6:21; Jos 7:10-26; Jos 8:1-25 (12,000 killed); Jos 10:10-11; Jos 10:26; Jos 10:28-42; Jos 11:8-12; Jos 11:20-21; Jud 1:4 (10,000 killed); Jud 1:8; Jud 1:23-25; Jud 3:28-29 (10,000 killed); Jud 3:31 (600 killed); Jud 4:15-16; Jud 7:22; Jud 9:23-27; Jud 12:4-7 (42,000 killed); Jud 14:19; Jud 15:14-15 (1,000 killed); Jud 16:27-30 (3,000 killed); Jud 20:35-37; Jud 21:10-14; 1 Sam 6:19; 1 Sam 7:10-11; 1 Sam 14:12-14; 1 Sam 14:20; 1 Sam 15:2-3; 1 Sam 23:2-5; 1 Sam 25:38; 2 Sam 5:19-25; 2 Sam 6:6-7; 2 Sam 8:13-14 (18,000 killed); 2 Sam 21:1-9; 1 Chron 21:14 (70,000 killed); 1 Kgs 15:29; 1 Kgs 16:11-12; 1 Kgs 16:18-19; 1 Kgs 18:22-40; 1 Kgs 20:28-29 (100,000 killed); 1 Kgs 20:35-36; 1 Kgs 20:42; 2 Kgs 1:10-12; 2 Kgs 1:16-17; 2 Kgs 2:23-24; 2 Kgs 3:18-25; 2 Kgs 9:33-37; 2 Kgs 10:6-11; 2 Kgs 10:17; 2 Kgs 7:25-26; 2 Kgs 19:35 (185,000 killed); 2 Chron 13:17-18 (500,000 killed); 2 Chron 13:20; 2 Chron 20:22-25; 2 Chron 21:14-19; 2 Chron 22:7-8; 2 Chron 24:20-25; 2 Chron 28:6 (120,000 killed); 2 Chron 36:16-17; Jer 28:15-16).      

 

It would be an eye-opener and a sobering experience

 

for you to go through these passages.

 

We must get to know the real God

 

and repent from our sentimental and soft view of God 

 

that Joseph Prince has poisoned the minds of many people to deceive them.

 

It is all part of promoting his feel-good theology

 

(to attract more people to his church)

 

that God is only a God of love, mercy and grace (Yes, He is),

 

but He is not a God who kills and destroys.

 

Don’t you believe the lie of Joseph Prince

 

who would always pin down the cause of every plague (such as COVID-19), earthquake and hurricane

 

on the devil.

 

Is the devil all that powerful?

 

By pinning the cause of every natural disaster and the recent COVID-19

 

that has infected about 704 million

 

and killed about 7 million people on the devil,

 

Joseph Prince is making the devil so powerful

 

and God so powerless.

 

Why?

 

This is because God is so helpless

 

that He can’t even stop the devil from infecting

 

and mercilessly killing the millions with COVID-19.

 

Don’t ever give the devil more power than he actually possesses.

 

Yes, Satan is much more powerful than us,

 

but against the awesome power of God,

 

the devil is just a flimsy and tiny ant.

 

Satan does not have the sovereign power to kill and destroy,

 

unless God gives him the permission to.

 

God, not Satan,

 

has the sovereign power over life and death.

 

If Satan has no power to take even a single life,

 

how could he suddenly have the power

 

to kill about 7 million people in the COVID-19?

 

The world has been afflicted with the COVID-19 virus.

 

There is bewilderment and panic all round.

 

What are we to make out of these tumultuous events?

 

Let me offer my take on the situation.

 

I believe God is the one who has allowed it.

 

He is trying to get the attention of the world.

 

The world, which includes believers and unbelievers,

 

think they can live their lives apart from Him.

 

God’s message to the world is

 

– don’t ever forget I am the Sovereign God.

 

But why does God allow COVID-19 to happen?
 

Well, the reason is God is pouring His wrath

 

on a sinful and rebellious world.

 

Romans 1:18 has revealed that God’s wrath

 

is being displayed on the ungodly world 

 

all the time:

 

Romans 1:18 NIV

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,

 

Paul didn’t say God’s wrath

 

is going to be revealed or may be revealed.

 

He says God’s wrath is being revealed 

 

against a godless and sinful world. 

 

So, should we be surprised at the righteous judgement of God

 

on an ungodly world through natural disasters?

 

Such pestilences and plagues

 

are an expression of God’s wrath and judgement

 

on the people who have rejected His Son:

 

John 3:36 NIV

36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

 

We ought not to be surprised

 

as the ungodly world is already under God’s wrath

 

when they choose to reject His Son

 

whom He has given to be sacrificed for the sins of the world (Rom 1:18 NASB; Jn 3:36 NASB).

 

God’s wrath through the pestilence of COVID-19 

 

could also be triggered by the open defiance of many ungodly nations

 

against His holy marriage laws over the last several years:

 

Romans 1:24-27 NIV

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

 

The church, for her complacency and lukewarmness, is not spared either,

 

as judgement begins in the house of God (1 Pet 4:17).

 

Jesus Himself had prophesied that in the last days,

 

there will not be less,

 

but more of such pestilences, famines and earthquakes:

 

Luke 21:11 NIV

11 “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”

 

Matthew 24:7-8 NIV

7 “… there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”

 

What Jesus is driving at is that these pestilences

 

are but a picture of the coming wrath of God.

 

God’s wrath on a world that has forsaken Him,

 

will climax in the Book of Revelation at the close of history.

 

In conclusion,

 

in the context of John 10:1-10,

 

the thief or thieves refer to the Pharisees,

 

the false shepherds and false teachers of the day.

 

I am even open to the idea

 

that thief could possibly, and in the end, refer to Satan.

 

But what Joseph Prince has forbiddingly done

 

is that he has not even explained John 10:10

 

in the context of John 10:1-10,

 

and he straightaway jumped into John 10:10,

 

thus ruling out the Pharisees as the thief or thieves.

 

There is no competent Bible commentator that I know

 

that interprets thief as only referring to Satan,

 

while leaving thieves unexplained (as Joseph Prince has done),

 

as they could not refer to Satan, and the reason is obvious,

 

but only the Pharisees.

 

The massive number of passages

 

that Joseph Prince went out of context in his interpretation

 

is horrifying.

 

This is not something that any serious Bible teacher

 

could take it lightly and lying down.

 

Rev George Ong

 

Appendix

 

In ‘The Gospel of John, Volume 1-4

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“The greatest failure

 

is to neglect to take the story in its context.

 

It is to be found in the preceding chapter

 

in the story of the man born blind

 

and in his mistreatment by those

 

who were the leaders of the people.

 

This is obvious because of the absence of any transitional words

 

at the beginning of chapter 10.

 

When John indicates a transition either geographically or in time,

 

he usually says something like “after these things,”

 

“after this,” “on the next day,” or “as Jesus passed by.”

 

Here the words of Jesus flow on immediately

 

after his comments about the Pharisees

 

at the end of chapter 9

 

and therefore, are related to them.

 

… But it does mean that Jesus had the incident of the blind man in view

 

as he told the parable.

 

As soon as we recognize this,

 

we recognize that the thieves and robbers

 

must refer to the false shepherds of Israel (the Pharisees)…”

 

St Andrew’s Expositional Commentary, John,’

 

RC Sproul wrote:

 

“Some biblical commentators look at this text

 

and say that when Jesus spoke of thieves and robbers,

 

He referred to false messiahs or to the Devil.

 

I don’t think so; this comment is far more pointed than that.

 

Remember, this comment came right on the heels of a very heated discussion

 

between Jesus and the Pharisees about the man born blind (John chapter 9).

 

This is the context here.

 

Jesus addressed those whom God had called

 

to be the shepherds over His flock,

 

the clergy of His (lay, who had so recently cast the healed man out of the synagogue,

 

rejecting a sheep in the flock of God.

 

Jesus called these clergy, the Pharisees,

 

thieves and robbers.”

 

In ‘Be Alive, NT Commentary John 1-12,’

 

Warren Wiersbe wrote:

 

“Jesus was referring primarily to the religious leaders of that day (John 10:8).

 

He was not condemning every prophet or servant of God

 

who ever ministered before He came to earth.

 

The statement “are thieves and robbers” (not “were”)

 

makes it clear that He had the present religious leaders in mind.

 

They were not true shepherds,

 

nor did they have the approval of God on their ministry.

 

They did not love the sheep

 

but instead exploited them and abused them.

 

The beggar was a good example of what the “thieves and robbers” could do.

 

It is clear in the gospel record

 

that the religious rulers of Israel were interested only

 

in providing for themselves and protecting themselves.

 

The Pharisees were covetous (Luke 16:14)

 

and even took advantage of the poor widows (Mark 12:40).

 

They turned God’s temple into a den of thieves (Matt. 21:13),

 

and they plotted to kill Jesus

 

so that Rome would not take away their privileges (John 11:49–53).

 

The True Shepherd came to save the sheep,

 

but the false shepherds

 

take advantage of the sheep and exploit them.”

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