Joseph Prince & many Pastors got exegesis of James 2:8-13 wrong – By Rev George Ong (Dated 29 Feb 2024)

 

More Bad Fruits from Joseph Prince’s Ministry:

 

Not too long ago,

 

I noticed one of Joseph Prince’s Pastors,

 

who regularly appeared in the worship services as MC,

 

leading the Holy Communion and receiving of offerings,

 

was suddenly and permanently taken off the stage. 

 

I realized that something was wrong.

 

(You must remember

 

I listen to Joseph Prince’ sermon every Sunday.)

 

It was then that I heard from the grapevine

 

that he may be divorced or in the process of it.

 

Now, it is confirmed

 

that this Pastor of Joseph Prince is divorced.

 

Why am I highlighting this?

 

Because Joseph Prince is a high-end deceiver.

 

He keeps getting the plenty of so-called positive testimonies

 

to be highlighted almost every Sunday in the worship services,

 

with the key aim of proving that he is preaching the right doctrine.

 

But Joseph Prince would personally ensure that bad fruits,

 

such as the divorce of his Pastor,

 

is kept under wraps and away from the public eye.

 

But Joseph Prince cannot hide this anymore.

 

You have to ask Joseph Prince

 

whether this divorced Pastor is still employed as a Pastor

 

in New Creation Church.

 

Don’t be deceived

 

by the endless testimonies

 

that Joseph Prince anxiously churns out every Sunday.

 

Even the so-called good fruits that Joseph Prince

 

highlighted in the testimonies

 

may eventually all turn out to be rotten ones.

 

A case in point is the Founder of Hyflux.

 

If a divorce can happen to one of Joseph Prince’s Pastor,

 

a key and high-profile leader in the church,

 

one who regularly appeared in the worship services,

 

what really goes on in the church members’ life

 

is anybody’s guess.

 

Friends, such moral lapses in New Creation Church are many.

 

Please read what Rev Derek Hong wrote (see below)

 

Rev Derek Hong,

 

Senior Pastor of Good Gifts City Church, Singapore, wrote:

 

“I can now see that this is a no-guilt, no-repentance,

 

no-commitment, no-sacrifice philosophy.

 

It dulls the conscience of its believers

 

and desensitises people from sin and character faults.

 

Attempts to grow in righteousness and holiness

 

are deemed as “works” and dismissed as legalism.

 

That’s why people always say

 

they feel good coming out of their services.

 

A guy who’s divorced because of adultery says he joined

 

because he’s already been forgiven

 

without any repentance or honest examination

 

of how he might have contributed

 

to the breakdown of his marriage in the first place.

 

He continues to live with girl-friends merrily

 

while attending the church

 

and gets upset when friends confront him

 

about his ungodly practices.

 

A pastor friend running a family counselling centre

 

told me that a counselee from New Creation Church

 

stomped off a session,

 

accusing him of condemning her

 

when he warned her

 

not to continue in an unhealthy relationship with another man

 

while complaining about the unfaithfulness of her husband.

 

I can narrate a few more stories of people

 

from New Creation Church

 

who would react angrily

 

when informed that certain behaviours

 

are contrary to Christ’s teachings.”

 

This is an important topic – the interpretation of James 2:8-13

 

that many, even Pastors, got it wrong:

 

Please understand that

 

I am not trying to be one-up against Pastors.

 

Previously, I was like many Pastors,

 

who is pretty ‘hazy’ over the interpretation of James 2:8-13.

 

Only when I did a study of the text,

 

because I was confronted with Joseph Prince’s heresies,

 

did I realise the correct interpretation of it.

 

Note that my interpretation of James 2:13b,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

 

at the end of this YouTube video,

 

is further qualified by some important comments

 

in my article on my website.

 

YouTube Comment:

 

@siewkong0107:

 

“Why is the National Council of Churches of Singapore

 

not doing anything?

 

At least they should make a statement

 

about the false teachings of Joseph Prince

 

and disseminate to all churches

 

including the board members of New Creation Church

 

to warn church members.

 

Shouldn’t they follow Matthew 18

 

to chastise Joseph Prince?”

 

(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.

 

Note: the verbatim notes of George Ong’s teaching in the video

 

are given in the Appendix.

 

Part 1: Interpretation of James 2:8-13.

 

Let me start by discussing

 

what Joseph Prince wrote regarding James 2,

 

“And if they failed in just one law,

 

they were guilty of breaking all the laws!” (Jas 2:10)

 

To his own rhetorical question,

 

“Who can keep the Ten Commandments completely

 

both inwardly and outwardly?’ 

 

Joseph Prince gave his reply,

 

“That is exactly right, my friend.

 

No man could or can!

 

The law is an impossible standard…”

 

Do you know what Joseph Prince is saying?

 

He is saying that if we just break one law,

 

we are breaking all laws.

 

Hence, it is impossible for us to obey the laws,

 

and we shouldn’t even try.

 

Joseph Prince, could you please tell this to Bible Joseph

 

who was tempted to commit adultery with Potiphar’s wife

 

in Genesis 39:6-10,

 

“Bible Joseph,

 

don’t try too hard

 

about not committing adultery with Potiphar’s wife,

 

as even if you don’t break this adultery law,

 

you will still break another law.

 

And when you break another law,

 

you will have broken every law and still be guilty

 

because you are not perfect

 

and it is impossible to do it. 

 

So, what’s the point of not breaking the adultery law,

 

as you will break another law anyway,

 

and hence, you will still be guilty of breaking every law?

 

So, relax, take it easy, Bible Joseph,

 

because it is just impossible to obey the laws of God,

 

including the law against adultery.

 

Even if you fail and commit adultery with Potiphar’s wife,

 

God will understand.

 

And by the way, Bible Joseph,

 

you mustn’t forget

 

what I have been teaching you

 

day in and day out

 

that your sins, past, present and future

 

have all been forgiven.

 

Even if you should ever commit the sin of adultery

 

with Potiphar’s wife,

 

don’t panic

 

and don’t ever start

 

to confess your adulterous sin with Potiphar’s wife to God,

 

because if you do, you are insulting God

 

as all your present and future sins,

 

including this sin with Potiphar’s wife,

 

have been forgiven.

 

So, there is no need to confess your sins at all,

 

instead, you must confess you are righteous,

 

after you have committed the adulterous sin with Potiphar’s wife.

 

Please be assured too

 

that if you should ever commit the greater sin of rape or murder,

 

the same principle applies

 

– no need to confess your sin of rape or murder

 

as every single future sin,

 

including the most heinous sins and crimes

 

that you can and will ever commit,

 

are already forgiven at the cross of Christ.

 

You just need to confess you are righteous

 

after you have committed those sins of rape or murder.”

 

Let’s pause and think.

 

What kind of sick and utterly revolting theology

 

is Joseph Prince promoting?

 

What I’ve just described to you

 

is not an exaggeration

 

but what Joseph Prince teaches.

 

And to be consistent with his Grace Theology,

 

that’s how Joseph Prince would have to advise Bible Joseph.

 

But was that how Bible Joseph responded

 

when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife?

 

Thank God that Bible Joseph

 

didn’t do all that nonsense that Joseph Prince is teaching.

 

Thank God that Bible Joseph

 

didn’t break the adultery law

 

because he knew it would be a wicked thing to do

 

and a sin against God.

 

Thank God that Joseph Prince

 

wasn’t living at the time of Bible Joseph,

 

as Joseph Prince might have influenced Bible Joseph

 

with all his sickening doctrines

 

and cause him to sin against God.

 

Next, Joseph Prince made the ‘blasphemous’ statement,

 

“You see, God did not give the law for us to keep.”

 

This is ‘blasphemous’ as by his totally reckless statement,

 

Joseph Prince is literally going against many scriptures,

 

both in the Old and New Testaments that state the opposite.

 

Both Old Covenant and New Covenant people are under the law.

 

The Old Covenant people were under the Law of Moses

 

while the New Covenant people are under the Law of Christ.

 

Besides, according to the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles,

 

and every Church Father

 

throughout the centuries of Christianity,

 

the moral law in the Ten Commandments

 

are still binding on New Covenant believers

 

not for justification but sanctification.

 

There are many New Testament scriptures

 

that clearly state that

 

we are to obey the commandments

 

or the laws of God and Christ

 

not to be saved but because we are saved.

 

In view of that,

 

Joseph Prince is directly calling God a liar,

 

by stating that,

 

“You see, God did not give the law for us to keep.”

 

This is because it is God’s intention

 

that we are to keep His laws

 

not to get saved but after we are saved.

 

Let’s say there is one person in Joseph Prince’s church,

 

named John, who is, in general, a law-abiding person.

 

But there was only one occasion John got himself a bit drunk,

 

but he unwisely chose to drive his car back home.

 

On the way, John’s car hit and killed someone,

 

and John had to go to jail over that accident.

 

To be consistent with what Joseph Prince is propounding,

 

Joseph Prince would have to say to John and us,

 

“You see, in John’s case,

 

doesn’t this prove my point

 

that all of us cannot keep all the laws of the nation?

 

We are surely going to break one of these laws of the nation

 

one of these days.

 

So, John, please don’t feel bad about what you have done

 

as we are not expected to keep all the laws of the nation

 

simply because it is humanly impossible to do it.”

 

Isn’t it preposterous for Joseph Prince to say that?

 

To be consistent with his theology of the law,

 

he has to say that.

 

But no right-minded person would ever say that.

 

Rather, any sensible person would say to John

 

after John’s release from prison:

 

“John, thank God that you have learned a painful lesson

 

from this episode

 

– that you shouldn’t drive

 

when you have too much alcohol.

 

This is a lesson to remind you

 

that you have to obey every law of the nation

 

because if you break just another one, say stealing,

 

you have committed a crime

 

and you can go to jail over that crime.

 

Just breaking one law of stealing

 

would mean you have become a criminal.

 

So, John, you must try your level best

 

not to break any law from today, Okay?”

 

Does it make sense to you?

 

I’m sure it does.

 

Just as everyone is expected to be responsible citizens

 

to obey every law of the nation and not to break them,

 

why should there be a difference

 

when it comes to the laws of God?

 

But does that mean that there is no hope

 

if we break any laws of the nation and of God?

 

Of course not.

 

It all means that we must quickly learn lessons from it

 

and be determined from thence onwards

 

not to break any more laws.

 

God is a merciful and forgiving God

 

and He would not turn away anyone

 

who comes to Him in true repentance. 

 

But no believer should ever follow

 

the nonsensical advice of Joseph Prince

 

– that since by breaking one law

 

means you have broken all laws,

 

it is humanly impossible to obey the laws,

 

so don’t even try.

 

What would happen if people really listened to Joseph Prince?

 

They would go on to break more laws of the nation,

 

and they would go on to break more laws of God

 

and destroy themselves in the process.

 

We would have to ask Joseph Prince

 

if he agrees that every citizen is expected

 

and should try their level best

 

not to break any laws of the nation.

 

I’m sure he would.

 

If he agrees that we shouldn’t be breaking the laws of the nation,

 

is he telling us that when it comes to God’s laws,

 

all hell breaks loose?

 

Is Joseph Prince telling us

 

that since it is impossible to obey every law of God,

 

there is no need to be concerned

 

about the spiritual dirt that goes into our hearts

 

– and even if we break it,

 

we can’t really help it

 

as it is impossible for us to obey every law. 

 

And one who is that dumb enough

 

to listen to Joseph Prince may say,

 

“The number one reason

 

that I’m not bothered about keeping or breaking God’s laws

 

is that I’ve been convinced by Joseph Prince’s teaching that,

 

“God did not give the law for us to keep.”

 

Does Joseph Prince dare to make a statement

 

to every national government that it is impossible

 

to obey all the laws of a nation?

 

Does Joseph Prince

 

dare to convince the national leaders of every government

 

to excuse their citizens if they break them

 

because it is humanly impossible for them

 

to obey every law of the nation?

 

If he dares not and chickens out on my challenge,

 

why is he doing that to the laws of God?

 

Part 2: Interpretation of James 2:8-13

 

The summary of what Joseph Prince has written in his books

 

is that he is abusing James 2:10

 

to prove his point that if we break one law,

 

we are breaking the whole law,

 

it is, therefore, impossible for us to obey the law,

 

and we shouldn’t even try.

 

Let’s take a look at the entire context of James 2:1-13,

 

which James 2:10 is located.

 

By interpreting James 2:10 in the context of James 2: 1-13,

 

Joseph Prince’s ploy of using James 2:10,

 

which is totally out of context,

 

in order to prove his false doctrine

 

that we don’t have to obey any laws

 

for New Covenant believers,

 

would be clearly uncovered.

 

Joseph Prince is abusing what James 2:10 is teaching.

 

It is not teaching that if I break just one law,

 

I am guilty of breaking the whole law

 

and that since the breaking of one law

 

will pronounce me guilty of breaking every law,

 

who could do it?

 

So, don’t even try!

 

Joseph Prince teaches that God wants us to realise

 

it is impossible for us to obey His laws,

 

and so, we should stop obeying any law

 

as God did not give the law for us to keep.

 

Joseph Prince is lifting James 2:10 out of its context.

 

When I first read what he wrote,

 

I inherently knew what he said was wrong.

 

So, I went to take a closer look at James 2:1-13

 

and discovered that’s not what James is saying.

 

What James is saying is that

 

we should obey the law

 

of loving our neighbours as ourselves in James 2:8.

 

But the readers were breaking this law in James 2:8,

 

as they were giving better treatment to the rich

 

as compared to the poor,

 

and showing favouritism to the rich

 

vis-a-vis the poor in James 2:1-7.

 

That certainly is not loving their neighbours – the poor.

 

In that sense, the readers have broken the law

 

of not loving their neighbours as themselves in James 2:8.

 

James 2:9 clearly states that showing favouritism

 

is a sin because a law has been broken.

 

James 2:9,

 

“But if you show favoritism,

 

you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”

 

Then James goes on to make the point in James 2:10 that,

 

“For whoever keeps the whole law

 

and yet stumbles at just one point

 

is guilty of breaking all of it.”

 

In context, James is warning them

 

that even if they were to keep the whole law,

 

but if they break just one

 

– that of showing favouritism to the rich

 

and hence not loving the poor as neighbours as themselves,

 

they are breaking the whole law.

 

James is not saying that

 

to give them the permission to break more laws

 

or to excuse them for breaking any law

 

as Joseph Prince is falsely posturing.

 

James is saying to them

 

that they must not break the one law

 

of not loving their neighbours as themselves in verse 8,

 

and show favouritism to the rich vis-a-vis the poor in verse 9,

 

because if they did,

 

they would have broken all other laws in verse 10.

 

Then James rightly went on to give the illustration in James 2:11,

 

that even if one doesn’t commit adultery,

 

but if he murders someone,

 

he would still be a lawbreaker.

 

Isn’t that a down-to-earth and common-sense counsel by James?

 

If your friend is boasting about the fact

 

that he did not commit adultery,

 

even though he had murdered someone,

 

what would you say to him? 

 

You would say to him that

 

even though he has obeyed one law against adultery,

 

if he has broken another law against murder,

 

he is still a lawbreaker in the eyes of the law.

 

And what’s wrong with that?

 

Isn’t it natural that we need to constantly tell people

 

that they need to keep every single law of the nation all the time

 

because if they were to break just one law, say, stealing,

 

they have become a lawbreaker and may be sent to jail.

 

James then made the statement in James 2:12,

 

“Speak and act as those

 

who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom.”

 

In other words,

 

everyone cannot avoid being judged by the law

 

as we will be judged by whatever we say or do.

 

Did James say,

 

as Joseph Prince has said,

 

“God did not give the law for us to keep.”?

 

Did James say, as Joseph Prince is teaching,

 

“All the laws have become obsolete

 

since the cross of Christ,

 

so don’t ever listen to people like George Ong

 

who keeps bringing people under the bondage with these laws.”

 

Is that what James is saying?

 

If that is what James is saying,

 

he would be teaching against the law

 

and promoting lawlessness

 

as Joseph Prince does.

 

But James in James 2:12 says,

 

“Speak and act as those

 

who are going to be judged by the law

 

that gives freedom.”

 

James is saying you have to obey the law

 

because you will be judged by it

 

– on what you say and what you do.

 

But is obeying the law something that oppresses and condemns us

 

as Joseph Prince would quickly retort?

 

No way!

 

It is obeying the law

 

that really sets a person free:

 

James 2:12 says,

 

“Speak and act as those

 

who are going to be judged by the law

 

that gives freedom.”

 

Gives freedom.

 

Did you get that?

 

Obeying the law

 

is to free you from bondage, sin and eternal punishment.

 

It is Joseph Prince’s false teaching of not obeying the law

 

that will bring you into sinful bondage

 

and eternal punishment.

 

“It is only within the limits of the law can freedom be truly experienced.” (George Ong)

 

“A freedom that is enjoyed without the limits of the law will eventually kill.” (George Ong)

 

Do we obey the law for the reason of justification

 

to earn our salvation

 

as Joseph Prince has always accused us with.

 

Of course not, as no one can be saved by the law.

 

We obey the law because we are justified

 

and as part of our sanctification.

 

If anyone claims to be justified

 

and yet, does not believe in the relevance of the law

 

and disobey the law,

 

he would still be damned

 

simply because he is not justified in the first place.

 

One is justified not because he obeys the law,

 

but after one is justified, he has to obey the law.

 

Did you realise that James, a New Testament writer,

 

is still talking about God’s laws,

 

and he is clearly saying that for New Covenant believers,

 

it is still a sin to break God’s laws

 

because if you break one, you break all, James 2:8-13?

 

James had written the letter of James

 

well after the death and the cross of Christ.

 

Joseph Prince has always been teaching

 

that everything that comes after the cross

 

applies to New Covenant people,

 

and everything that comes before the cross

 

is under the Old Covenant

 

and is irrelevant to New Covenant believers.

 

If that is true,

 

Why, then did James, a New Testament writer

 

who wrote his letter after the cross,

 

still talk about the law

 

and apply it to New Covenant believers?

 

This only proves that Joseph Prince is a liar

 

– telling people there are no more laws to obey

 

after the cross for New Covenant believers.

 

James quoted Old Covenant commandments,

 

namely two of the Ten Commandments

 

about murder and adultery in James 2:11.

 

And he quoted the third

 

– the one that Jesus said was the second greatest commandment,

 

about loving your neighbour as yourself in James 2:8.

 

All these three Old Covenant commandments were quoted by James

 

as if they are binding on New Covenant believers.

 

James believed Jesus,

 

who declared in the Sermon on the Mount that He

 

“did not come to abolish

 

but to fulfill” the Law

 

and the Prophets in Matthew 5:17.

 

He also affirms that obeying the Old Covenant commandment,

 

“to love your neighbor as yourself”

 

is the right thing to do in James 2:8.

 

James teaches that as New Covenant believers,

 

we should live as people

 

who will be judged by that law in James 2:12.

 

What law?

 

– The law that we should ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ in James 2:8.

 

Although this Old Covenant law

 

that we should ‘love your neighbour as yourself’

 

is mentioned once in the Old Testament,

 

it is quoted eight times in the New Testament.

 

Jesus said ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ in James 2:8

 

is the second most important commandment in Mark 12:31.

 

Paul wrote that this one commandment

 

summarizes the whole Law in Romans 13:9 and Galatians 5:14.

 

How can Joseph Prince miss this Old Covenant law

 

when it is mentioned eight times in the New Testament

 

and is still relevant to New Covenant believers?

 

Is he really blind, or is he playing dumb?

 

If this Old Covenant law

 

is not binding on New Covenant believers

 

as Joseph Prince falsely teaches,

 

why is it mentioned so many times in the New Testament?

 

Part 3: Interpretation of James 2:8-13

 

In Part 3, I wish to highlight how Joseph Prince

 

went about reading into and twisting God’s word in James 2:1-13.

 

Specifically, this has to do with James 2:13,

 

“…Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

 

He used the phrase,

 

“…Mercy triumphs over judgment,”

 

to build his case

 

that this has to do with the mercy seat of Christ.

 

This is another lie.

 

While some parts of what Joseph Prince said in his quote

 

are right, other parts are wrong.

 

But this is not my focus.

 

My point is that Joseph Prince

 

has again used another text or idea in another passage

 

to interpret the text in question,

 

namely James 2:1-13 and specifically, James 2:13.  

 

I’ve said so many times that that is the wrong way to do it.

 

Unless there are good reasons,

 

the text in question must first be exegeted exhaustively

 

before one can be ‘permitted’ to use another text to interpret it.

 

But Joseph Prince is fearful of exegeting James 2:1-13

 

because it will straightaway expose his false teachings.

 

If you have followed all my preceding arguments

 

about how I have interpreted James 2:8-12

 

in Part 2, you will know what I mean.

 

So, under the pretext of interpreting James 2:13,

 

Joseph Prince used another passage and read it into the text.

 

But first, his interpretation of mercy in James 2:13

 

is off-tangent.

 

Second, the mercy that is reflected in James 2:13

 

has absolutely nothing to do with the mercy seat of Christ.

 

What the passage really means is that

 

if you did not break the law

 

of showing favouritism to the rich

 

against the poor in James 2:9;

 

and if you did not break the law

 

of loving your neighbours as yourself in James 2:8

 

by being kind to the poor

 

instead of treating them with prejudice,

 

you are showing mercy to them in James 2:13b.

 

But those who don’t show mercy to others,

 

you will have James 2:13a NCV to contend with,

 

“God will not show mercy to you when he judges you.”

 

As for those who show mercy to others

 

– and because of the mercy you have shown to others

 

by not breaking God’s laws,

 

you “can stand without fear at the judgment”

 

in James 2:13b NCV.

 

And because of that,

 

“mercy triumphs over judgement” James 2:13b NIV.

 

So, the “mercy triumphs over judgement”

 

that James is talking about

 

is not the mercy of Christ

 

but the mercy that believers

 

have shown to other believers. 

 

Because they have shown mercy to others,

 

they will never fear at the judgement

 

– hence, the phrase

 

– “mercy triumphs over judgement” in James 2:13.

 

So, James 2:13 has nothing to do

 

with the mercy seat of Christ.

 

Conversely, those who break God’s laws

 

by not showing mercy to others,

 

God will not show mercy to them

 

when He judges them, James 2:13.

 

Think with me

 

– when we all stand before Christ and Father God on Judgement Day,

 

it is far too late for God to show mercy.

 

The mercy of God is shown before Judgement Day

 

so that we may repent and make amends

 

of what we ought to be doing or not be doing.

 

There can be no more mercy on Judgement Day.

 

Whether one goes to heaven or hell would be decided on

 

Judgement Day, and cannot be changed.

 

Whether one gets a reward to oversee ten cities or five

 

would also be decided by God on Judgement Day.

 

So bear in mind that the mercies of God

 

are aplenty and never-ending,

 

but only while we are still alive

 

and before Judgement Day. 

 

But it is too late for God to show mercy on Judgement Day

 

unless we believe in the doctrine of purgatory,

 

which evangelical Christians don’t.

 

Next, “Mercy triumphs over judgement” in James 2:13

 

cannot be referring to the bestowment of the mercy of God

 

in His judgement of us

 

as what Joseph Prince would have us believe,

 

as that would put the entire James 2:13 into a contradiction.

 

This is because the first part of James 2:13

 

already states that there will be no mercy

 

to be shown to anyone who is unmerciful,

 

James 2:13a

 

“because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone

 

who has not been merciful.”

 

So, if God has decided that no mercy is to be shown

 

in the first part of James 2:13 on Judgement Day,

 

how can God show mercy in the second part of the verse

 

on the same Judgement Day?

 

Even if one argues that James 2:13

 

isn’t referring to Judgement Day,

 

to interpret that “Mercy triumphs over judgement”

 

as referring to the bestowment of the mercy of Father God

 

and Christ in His judgement of us,

 

still puts James 2:13 into the same contradiction. 

 

How can God, who has already decided

 

that no mercy is to be shown to those who are unmerciful

 

– the first part of James 2:13,

 

be merciful to those who are unmerciful in His judgement

 

– the second part of James 2:13? 

 

So, the word ‘mercy’ in the phrase,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgement”,

 

is referring to our mercy

 

and not God’s mercy

 

or the mercy seat of Christ

 

that Joseph Prince tries to deceive us with.

 

Because if we are merciful to love others, especially the poor,

 

we do not fear the judgement of God,

 

as He will be merciful to us

 

because we have been merciful to others.

 

With that being said,

 

we can and must still attribute it finally to the mercy of God

 

who shows His mercy to the merciful,

 

as no one,

 

not even those who are merciful to others

 

deserve God’s mercy.

 

But merciful God, out of His matchless mercies,

 

has chosen to be merciful and reward the merciful:

 

James 2:13 NLT

 

13 There will be no mercy

 

for those who have not shown mercy to others.

 

But if you have been merciful,

 

God will be merciful when he judges you.

 

James 2:13 TLB

 

13 for there will be no mercy to those

 

who have shown no mercy.

 

But if you have been merciful,

 

then God’s mercy toward you

 

will win out over his judgment against you.

 

As for the unmerciful,

 

the verdict remains that God will not show mercy to them

 

– with the proviso that they repent before they die.

 

And if they truly repent on this side of eternity,

 

God with His boundless mercies

 

will receive them into His loving arms again.

 

What Joseph Prince has done again

 

is the use of the half-truth strategy to deceive.

 

Did you notice that Joseph Prince

 

only quotes the second half of James 2:13,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgment?”

 

But Joseph Prince never quotes the entire James 2:13

 

by ‘hiding’ from you the first part of verse 13,

 

“because judgment without mercy

 

will be shown to anyone

 

who has not been merciful.”

 

Joseph Prince has also not expounded

 

on the entire context in James 2:1-13,

 

in which the second half of James 2:13,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgment” is located.

 

He plainly uses one sentence,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgment?”

 

and takes it out of context

 

to build his false doctrine to deceive the unsuspecting.

 

By now, you should know the reason

 

why Joseph Prince is not showing you the first half of James 2:13

 

and not expounding on the overall context of James 2:1-13

 

– as that would straightaway expose all his false arguments and evil intentions.

 

My final point is this

 

– Joseph Prince often argues

 

that because he often uses the name of Christ

 

and frequently mentions Christ

 

all over the place in his sermons,

 

he is Christ-centred. 

 

That’s the picture that most who loved him

 

and his preaching have of him,

 

and, hence, they would say to me,

 

“George, how dare you say

 

that Pastor Joseph Prince is not Christ-centred

 

when he calls out the name of Christ so often

 

in every sermon and he sees Christ in every passage.

 

George, don’t you know that Joseph Prince

 

is so Christ-centred

 

that he sees Christ again in James 2:13,

 

when he teaches that the phrase,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgment?”

 

is referring to the ‘mercy seat of Christ’.”

 

I do not have problems with Joseph Prince

 

preaching Christ in the passages that talk about Him,

 

but only if he doesn’t twist the scriptures

 

to artificially and dishonestly fit Christ

 

into the many texts as he often does.

 

And he does it yet again

 

by ‘smuggling’ and reading the ‘mercy seat of Christ’

 

into James 2:13.

 

The argument that a preacher is Christ-centred

 

just because he sees Christ

 

in most of every passage in the scriptures

 

that he can even be allowed to twist

 

and read into the text to artificially fit Christ in

 

– that, to me, is sick logic. 

 

Instead of making Christ happy,

 

that will make Him angry

 

because His name has been abused and misused.

 

Joseph Prince needs to know

 

that Christ doesn’t need his help

 

to promote Him in that artificial and dishonest manner.

 

The real truth is Joseph Prince

 

is more Me-centred than Christ-centred

 

as he is abusing and misusing the name of Christ,

 

not to promote Christ

 

but to promote himself

 

and his Pseudo-grace and Super-grace doctrine.

 

Rev George Ong

 

Appendix

 

Verbatim Notes of George Ong’s Teaching:

 

In a teaching session on James 2:8-13, George Ong said;

 

Please click here to view the 13-minute video:

 

“In ‘Unmerited Favor’, Page 127, Joseph Prince wrote,

 

“For instance, if any man looked at any woman apart from his wife with lust

 

or if anyone got angry with his neighbor,

 

God judged them as having committed the sins of adultery and murder.

 

And if they failed in just one law,

 

they were guilty of breaking all the laws! (Jas 2:10)

 

God’s standards are much higher than man’s standards.

 

Man may judge based on outward appearances,

 

but God was not interested merely in outward adherence to His laws.

 

He demanded adherence to the law

 

in their hearts and thoughts as well!

 

‘But Pastor Prince, isn’t that a little bit harsh?

 

Who can keep the Ten Commandments completely

 

both inwardly and outwardly?’

 

That is exactly right, my friend.

 

No man could or can!

 

The law is an impossible standard…”

 

In ‘Destined To Reign’, Page 123, Joseph Prince wrote,

 

“The Bible says that if you want to keep the law,

 

you have to keep all of it,

 

and if you break one law, you break them all (Jas 2:10).”

 

“You see, God did not give the law for us to keep.

 

He gave the law to bring man to the end of himself,

 

so that he would see his need for a Savior.”

 

Now we come to this text.

 

Now he based on verse 10,

 

“For whoever keeps the whole law

 

and yet stumbles at just one point

 

is guilty of breaking all of it.” (Jas 2:10)

 

To say that you break one law, you break all laws.

 

So difficult, who can make it?

 

God didn’t give us the law to keep.

 

How do you explain from this text for or against his position?

 

It seems to be true, right.

 

You break one law, you break all laws.

 

So, who can make it?

 

And God did not give us the law (for us to keep).

 

But actually, if you read the whole passage,

 

it’s arguing against him.

 

“If you really keep the royal law found in scripture,

 

“Love your neighbour as yourself,”

 

you are doing right.” (Jas 2:8)

 

So, it’s already start,

 

you have to keep (the law),

 

you are doing right.

 

You must keep the law.

 

If you do, you are doing right.

 

He didn’t say you don’t have to keep the law.

 

So this royal law is “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

 

So, first fact.

 

Second fact;

 

“But if you show favouritism,

 

you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” (Jas 2:9)

 

So, it’s very clear,

 

verse 9 says, “If you show favourtitism.”

 

All of you probably know the context,

 

from verse 1 to verse 7

 

that the people that James was writing to,

 

they were committing the sin of favouritism

 

because they were favouring the rich

 

and looking down on the poor.

 

Maybe, Bill Gates, come on.

 

Bill Gates, sit, this is important, sit here.

 

Beggarly looking people, sorry, you queue up.

 

They were committing the sin of favouritism

 

and when they did it, they sin, very clear.

 

They are already sinning because they break this law

 

because they did not love their neighbour,

 

the poor neighbours, particularly.

 

They love the rich neighbour, so to speak.

 

Showing favouritism against them

 

and are convicted by that lawbreaker.

 

They are lawbreakers. They break the law. They are lawbreakers.

 

So, it’s very clear (verses) 8 and 9

 

shows that you are required to obey the law.

 

And then what does verse 10 trying to tell us?

 

Verse 10 is not saying you can break any law or it’s okay.

 

Verse 10 is saying,

 

Look ah, you must keep the royal law, ah,

 

you must love your neighbour,

 

you cannot break the law because if you break the law.

 

So, verse 10 is trying to say,

 

then you have to keep this law

 

because if you break one law, you break all laws.

 

So, you see, he’s (Joseph Prince) using one verse

 

to argue his case where you have to keep;

 

you have to take in context the whole thing.

 

Now let’s say, practical illustration.

 

Let’s say your friend committed, break the law of stealing.

 

He goes to jail.

 

So, when he comes out, right,

 

what would be your advice?

 

Your advice would be that.

 

“Eh, you remember ah,

 

you break one law, right, stealing ah,

 

you go to jail, you lawbreaker, you know.

 

You break one, you break all laws.

 

You go to jail.

 

You come out, ah.

 

Eh, please ah, don’t break another law again, ah.

 

You break another law, hammering someone,

 

you can go to jail, you see.”

 

Correct. We don’t tell like Joseph Prince,

 

“Wah, Eh, you break one law of the whole nation, ah,

 

you can go to jail, or you can become a lawbreaker.

 

So difficult, ah.

 

So, it’s impossible to keep every law.”

 

Tell that to the leaders of the nation

 

and say that they must excuse every criminal

 

because so difficult to keep one law.

 

You break one law, you go to jail.

 

So, it’s nonsensical argument, right?

 

Doesn’t mean that we are perfectionist.

 

No, no, no. We are not.

 

We know that we will break here and there,

 

we come to God,

 

God will embrace us and then help us to move on.

 

But he (Joseph Prince) is saying differently.

 

He is saying,

 

“You see, God did not give the law for us to keep.”

 

This is blasphemous. The reverse is the truth.

 

So, God wants us to keep the law.

 

He’s saying the opposite.

 

Many New Testament scriptures clearly state

 

that we are to obey the commandments or the laws of God,                   

 

And all these verses are there.

 

Just now, we are here right.

 

“For whoever keeps the whole law

 

and yet stumbles at just one point

 

is guilty of breaking all of it.”

 

Then, the author gives another illustration.

 

“For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”

 

also said, “You shall not murder.”

 

If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder

 

you have become a lawbreaker.” (Jas 2:11)

 

You see another illustration,

 

he’s saying if somebody comes to us and say

 

he didn’t commit adultery he thinks it’s fine.

 

But if he commit one law murder, he is a lawbreaker.

 

So this like reinforces this. Something like that.

 

But note that the law against adultery,

 

what is this law?

 

Under the Ten Commandments.

 

Correct, under the Ten Commandments.

 

This is seventh law. And murder, sixth law.

 

Under the Ten Commandments.

 

So, the fact that James still quote these 2 laws

 

in the Ten Commandments in his writings,

 

and that if you break it, you become a lawbreaker,

 

it still applies.

 

But Joseph Prince said no.

 

It’s very clear.

 

James was written after the cross.

 

He (Joseph Prince) always uses the cross to excuse many people.

 

After the cross, everything No Pakay (cannot use).

 

But let’s use his argument.

 

James wrote this after the cross and is a New Testament Book.

 

And he still say if you break the murder law, adultery law,

 

you have become a lawbreaker.

 

“Speak and act as those

 

who are going to be judged by the law

 

that gives freedom.” (Jas 2:12)

 

You see, “Speak and act,”

 

is a New Testament writer James,

 

“as those who are going to be judged by the law.”

 

We can still be judged by the law that gives freedom.

 

Aha, gives freedom.

 

Joseph Prince always like to ask,

 

you try to keep the law,

 

Wah, you become very burdensome,

 

you Kena (get) oppressed, condemned.

 

What did James say?

 

“Judged by the law that gives freedom.”

 

You obey the law, it gives you real freedom.

 

You listen to Joseph Prince

 

he brings you under bondage.

 

“Because judgement without mercy will be shown.”

 

Okay, maybe, let’s continue.

 

James quoted Old Covenant commandments,

 

namely two of the Ten Commandments

 

about murder and adultery, right, I’ve just said.

 

And he quoted the third

 

– the one where Jesus said was the second greatest commandment,

 

about loving your neighbour as yourself in James 2:8.

 

Although this Old Covenant law

 

that we should “love your neighbour as yourself”

 

is mentioned once in the Old Testament,

 

it’s quoted eight times in the New Testament.

 

So shows that why is it quoted in the New Testament?

 

It’s still relevant.

 

Now, all these 3 commandments Old Covenant commandments

 

were quoted by James

 

as if they are binding on New Covenant believers.

 

James believed Jesus,

 

who declared in the Sermon on the Mount

 

that He “did not come to abolish the law

 

but to fulfil” the law and the prophets in Matthew 5:17.

 

In ‘Destined To Reign’, Pages 209-211,

 

Joseph Prince wrote,

 

“Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment (Jas 2:13)

 

There’s more.

 

The mercy seat also speaks of the person of Christ…”

 

“So when Apostle John said that Jesus is our propitiation,

 

he was saying that Jesus is our mercy seat….”

 

“In the same way,

 

for Jesus to take our place and be our mercy seat,

 

He had to be brutally beaten and scourged,

 

so that by His stripes, we are healed….”

 

“Don’t you think that believers today

 

should be exalting God’s mercy

 

and His grace above the law?

 

Notice that the mercy seat is placed over the law.

 

This tells us that God’s mercy triumphs over judgment (Jas 2:13)!

 

God’s grace is above God’s law.

 

God executes judgment

 

because He is just, but His delight is not in judgment.

 

His delight is in mercy and grace.

 

The Bible tells us that God’s anger lasts only for a moment,

 

but His mercy endures forever.”

 

So, he (Joseph Prince) is trying to link the mercy seat of Christ

 

with this phrase,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgement.”

 

Is he right? Is he wrong?

 

Simon, any idea?

 

He is trying to link the mercy seat of Christ

 

with this phrase,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgement.”

 

to say in the end,

 

God’s mercy will triumph and you won’t be judged.

 

Is this right? Is this wrong?

 

How do you argue your case?

 

You see ah, he has to use the Mercy seat of Christ, you see.

 

But the Mercy seat of Christ

 

has nothing to do with this phrase,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

 

Let me explain.

 

“Because judgment without mercy

 

will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.”

 

In other words,

 

if they still insist on breaking the royal law,

 

still show favouritism,

 

that means they are showing no mercy.

 

In other words, this is in context,

 

they are not merciful to the poor.

 

Meaning to say if they do it,

 

judgement will come upon them without mercy.

 

He (Joseph Prince) never explain verse 13a, you see.

 

He’s trying to say mercy seat, mercy will triumph over,

 

and in the end, you won’t be judged,

 

you will be shown mercy.

 

This, already shown, he’s wrong.

 

Because if you are unmerciful,

 

you show favouritism against the poor,

 

judgment without mercy will be shown.

 

Already, very clear.

 

And them “Mercy triumphs over judgement.”

 

What is this mercy?

 

This is not God’s mercy.

 

This is our mercy in context.

 

But if we show mercy to the people, especially the poor,

 

we won’t be judged.

 

Mercy, our mercy triumphs over judgement.

 

You see another text that says it clearer.

 

NCV. In everything you say and do,

 

remember that you will be judged by the law

 

that makes people free.

 

So, you must show mercy to others

 

or God will not show mercy to you when He judges you.

 

But the person who shows mercy

 

can stand without fear at the judgment.

 

So, the mercy seat of Christ has nothing to do.

 

Again, he is importing his justification lens into everything.

 

His grace lens into everything.

 

My last point is this

 

Joseph Prince often argues

 

that because he often uses the name of Christ

 

and frequently mentions Christ

 

all over the place in his sermons,

 

he is Christ-centred. 

 

You get this argument.

 

George, how come you preach against Joseph Prince?

 

Joseph Prince is very Christ-centred.

 

He said, Christ here, Christ there,

 

Christ everywhere, Christ every week.

 

How come?

 

Ah!

 

That’s the picture that most who loved him

 

and his preaching have of him,

 

and they would say to me,

 

George, how dare you to say

 

Pastor Joseph Prince is not Christ-centred

 

when he calls out the name of Christ so often

 

in every sermon

 

and he sees Christ in every passage.

 

George, don’t you think that Joseph Prince

 

is so Christ-centred

 

that he sees Christ again in James 2:13,

 

the ‘Mercy seat of Christ,’

 

when he teaches that the phrase,

 

“Mercy triumphs over judgement”

 

is referring to the ‘Mercy seat of Christ’.”

 

I’m speaking.  

 

Now, I do not have problems with Joseph Prince

 

preaching Christ in the passages that talk about Him,

 

but only if he doesn’t twist the scripture

 

to artificially and dishonestly

 

fit Christ into the various texts as he often does.

 

And he does it yet again

 

by ‘smuggling’ and reading the ‘Mercy seat of Christ,’

 

into James 2:13.

 

The argument that a preacher is Christ-centred

 

just because he sees Christ

 

in most of every passage

 

that he can even be allowed to twist

 

and read into the text

 

to artificially fit Christ in

 

– that to me is sick logic. 

 

He is Christ-centred.

 

Why is he Christ-centred.

 

Oh, I see.

 

He can be twisting and text like James 2:13

 

And artificially fit Christ in,

 

that is Christ-centred.

 

That to me is sick logic.

 

You preach Christ only if it agrees with the passage.

 

If it mentions about Christ, fine. 

 

But don’t twist the passage

 

and fit Christ into every passage.

 

Instead of making Christ happy,

 

that will make Him angry

 

because His name has been abused and misused.

 

Joseph Prince needs to know

 

that Christ doesn’t need his help

 

to promote Him in that artificial and dishonest manner.

 

The real truth is Joseph Prince 

 

is more Me-centred than Christ-centred

 

as he is abusing and misusing the name of Christ,

 

not to promote Christ

 

but to promote himself

 

and his Pseudo-grace or Super-grace doctrine.”

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