Main title: Joseph Prince said we are no longer disciples, but Joseph Chean said all believers are disciples – By Rev George Ong (Dated 4 Dec 2023)

 

Sub title: Joseph Prince Lied against the Holy Spirit that He renamed and changed ‘disciples’ to ‘Christians’ – By Rev George Ong

 

Announcement 1:

 

Joseph Prince didn’t preach yesterday on 3 Dec 2023,

 

and he didn’t too on 2 previous Sundays, 19 Nov and 28 Nov.

 

It seems he is on a long holiday.

 

Announcement 2:

 

Note there is one video each on

 

James Montgomery Boice, Joseph Chean and Joseph Prince.

 

There are 4 World-Renowned Bible teachers featured:

 

Michael Brown, Charles Spurgeon, JI Packer and James Montgomery Boice.

 

Excerpt from the Article:

 

But what cannot be stomached is that Joseph Prince is prepared to lie against God the Holy Spirit

 

when he said that the Holy Spirit changed and renamed ‘disciples’ to ‘Christians’.

 

Imagine the unholy daringness of Joseph Prince

 

– that he is even prepared to lie against the Holy Spirit, who is God Himself.

 

Joseph Prince is indeed a serial liar.

 

How can a serial liar who lie against the Holy Spirit

 

not be a wolf in sheepskin?

 

If you missed the following articles,

 

Article 1: Joseph Prince’s out-of-context & sloppy exegesis & reading his theology into John 21:18-22, ‘Follow me’ – By Rev George Ong (Dated 28 Nov 2023)

 

Article 2: Joseph Prince should apologise to the late Joseph Chean, the latter is genuine, the former a fake – By Glenn Fong & Lindsay Lim (both were Ex New Creation Church members) Dated 28 Nov 2030

 

Please click on the link below:

 

https://www.revgeorgeong.com/rev-george-ong-joseph-princes-out-of-context-sloppy-exegesis-reading-his-theology-into-john-2118-22-follow-me/

 

(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 1-minute video:

 

“And the disciples were first called ‘Christians’ in Antioch.

 

What are you?

 

You are not a disciple anymore.

 

The disciples are now called Christians.

 

So here the disciples in the book of Acts;

 

and by the way, the Book of Acts

 

is the one that ends the word ‘disciples’.

 

You don’t find them anymore.

 

Not one instance in the epistles did the Holy Spirit choose the word, ‘disciple’.

 

Be it in the noun or the verb. You don’t find it.

 

Back to this again.

 

Why did the Holy Spirit not use the word ‘disciples’ in all the Spirit-inspired letters to the church?

 

Because He knows that sonship has come.

 

So, He (Holy Spirit) renamed the disciples for the first time.

 

In Acts again, He (Holy Spirit) named them what?

 

The disciples were first called ‘Christians’ in Antioch.

 

So, which is more important?

 

The disciples the names are changed to Christians.

 

We should be calling each other sons of God or Christian.”

 

Joseph Prince lied against the Holy Spirit

 

that He has renamed and replaced ‘disciples’ with ‘Christians’.

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“So he (Holy Spirit) renamed the disciples for the first time.

 

In Acts again, He (Holy Spirit) named them what?

 

The disciples were first called ‘Christians’ in Antioch.

 

So which is more important?

 

The disciples, the names are changed to Christians.”

 

Joseph Prince told the truth that disciples are called Christians in Acts 11:26:

 

Acts 11:26 NIV

26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

 

But Joseph Prince told a blatant lie that ‘disciples’

 

have now been renamed as and replaced by ‘Christians’

 

by the Holy Spirit Himself.

 

Joseph Prince didn’t tell you that even though disciples were called Christians in Acts 11:26,

 

they were still called disciples in many other passages in Acts.

 

Joseph Prince has also hidden this fact from you that while the word ‘Christians’ appeared only twice in Acts 11 and 26 and only once in 1 Peter 4, 

 

the word ‘disciples’ was mentioned about 28 times in Acts and 280 times in the New Testament (depending on the version you use).

 

During Jesus’ earthly ministry,

 

those who believed in Him and chose to follow Him were called disciples. 

 

After Jesus’ death and resurrection,

 

the term ‘disciples’ didn’t disappear from the scene.

 

In the Book of Acts, which documents the history of New Testament Christianity,

 

and arising from the church’s obedience to Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples,

 

those who repented and believed in Jesus were still called disciples:

 

Acts 6:7 NKJV

7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

On another occasion, Luke, the author of Acts, reported another increase in converts.

 

But this time instead of using the term ‘disciples’, he used the word, ‘believers’:

 

Acts 5:14 NKJV

14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,

 

From these 2 passages: Acts 6:7 & Acts 5:14,

 

it is rather clear that Luke treated these 2 terms:

 

‘disciples’ and ‘believers’ as synonymous.

 

Whenever the word disciple is used in the Book of Acts,

 

it refers to believers without exception.

 

All believers are called disciples. 

 

Those who believed in Jesus and were saved in the Book of Acts are called disciples.

 

One becomes a disciple when he decides to become a believer.

 

In other words, the terms ‘believers’ and ‘disciples’ are synonymous.

 

Furthermore, there are many other synonyms used to refer to those who are believers in Christ:

 

‘disciple’, ‘Christian’, ‘saint’, ‘brethren’, ‘the elect’, ‘people of God’, etc.

 

These have not replaced one another

 

but, generally speaking, they can be used in place of one another.

 

Disciples are also called Christians because they are synonyms

 

and not because ‘disciples’ have been replaced by ‘Christians’

 

as Joseph Prince has falsely alleged and blatantly lied.

 

To say that the word ‘Christians’ is another way of addressing disciples,

 

is totally different from saying ‘disciples’ have now been renamed as and replaced by ‘Christians’,

 

and hence, in Joseph Prince’s own words:

 

‘You are not a disciple anymore.’

 

But what cannot be stomached is that Joseph Prince is prepared to lie against God the Holy Spirit

 

when he said that the Holy Spirit changed and renamed ‘disciples’ to ‘Christians’.

 

Imagine the unholy daringness of Joseph Prince

 

– that he is even prepared to lie against the Holy Spirit, who is God Himself.

 

Joseph Prince is indeed a serial liar.

 

How can a serial liar who lie against the Holy Spirit

 

not be a wolf in sheepskin?

 

In a sermon, Joseph Chean said;

 

Please click here to view the 30-second video:

 

“Because God’s church,

 

there are no believers.

 

There are only disciples.

 

Believers are disciples.

 

Believers are disciples.

 

You cannot say I just want to believe God and go to heaven

 

but I don’t want to be a disciple.

 

I want you to know that in God’s church,

 

there’s no such definition.

 

There’s no such definition.

 

We are all disciples. We are all disciples.

 

So, in closing, I have these 3 questions.

 

What is the depth of your Christian Faith?

 

How do you define your Christian Faith?

 

Are you a believer only?

 

Or are you a follower (disciple) of Jesus?”

 

What a world of difference

 

between the teachings of Joseph Chean and Joseph Prince.

 

While Joseph Prince obliterated ‘disciples’ from the Christian vocabulary,

 

Joseph Chean maintained that being disciples of Christ is not a choice

 

because all believers are disciples.

 

In a sermon, James Montgomery Boice said;

 

Please click here to view the 1-minute-15-second video:

 

“Now, our subject for these sessions tonight and for tomorrow morning, tomorrow evening, and Sunday morning

 

is evangelism or disciple-making, discipleship.

 

And I supposed the thing I want to stress most of all, a point on which I want to begin,

 

is that those are the same thing.

 

We live in an age of very shallow Christianity in the United States.

 

And one aspect of that has been the tendency

 

to separate evangelism from discipleship making.

 

And I’m sure you’ve heard the way that’s has been done

 

– the idea would be that we go with the rather simple gospel, first of all, getting people to respond to that by faith, as a result of which they become Christians.

 

And then, as a second stage, if we’re serious about things or if we are able to get so far with them,

 

we teach them what it is to be a follower (disciple) of Jesus Christ.

 

That’s not the way that was presented in the New Testament,

 

and the point in which I begin

 

is this that evangelism is making disciples. 

 

You notice that when Jesus gives in the Great Commission,

 

He does not tell them to evangelise

 

but He tells them to make disciples.

 

The imperative is make disciples.

 

So that’s Jesus’ way of talking about evangelism.”

 

James Montgomery Boice makes the point that

 

Jesus talks about evangelism in the Great Commission

 

only in terms of making disciples.  

 

This means Joseph Prince,

 

who doesn’t believe in discipleship taught by Jesus,

 

and the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, commanded by Jesus,

 

isn’t evangelising at all.

 

As James Montgomery Boice will show (see below for many of his articles),

 

once discipleship is absent (as in Joseph Prince’s theology),

 

salvation in terms of souls won through Prince’s gospel preaching

 

can never be genuine.

 

This is because salvation cannot be obtained

 

apart from discipleship.  

 

There are 4 world-renowned Bible teachers and commentators:

 

Michael Brown, Charles Spurgeon, JI Packer and James Montgomery Boice,

 

who have testified that not only all Christians are disciples,

 

but they are also of the view that salvation and discipleship are generally synonymous

 

as they are both sides of the same coin.

 

In ‘Revolution in the Church, Challenging the Religious System with a Call for Radical Change,’

 

Michael Brown wrote:

 

Perhaps, we are asking the wrong questions.

 

Perhaps it would be better to ask,

 

“Who wants to be a disciple of Jesus?”

 

That puts everything in a different light.

 

Are you sure you want to be one of His disciples?

 

Many of us are at home with the concept of being Christians.

 

Yet the word Christian occurs only three times in the entire New Testament,

 

once in Acts 11 (at Antioch, where the disciples were first called Christians);

 

once in Acts 26 (where Agrippa asks Paul if he thinks he can persuade him to be a Christian in such a short time);

 

and once in 1 Peter 4 (where Peter tells the believers not to be ashamed of suffering reproach because they are called Christians).

 

In New Testament times, not only was the term Christian rare,

 

but it was used (most scholars agree) in a derogatory sense.

 

Being called a Christian was anything but a compliment.

 

It meant being one of them.

 

Wearing that name meant bearing reproach.

 

How different things are today!

 

The great majority of Americans consider themselves Christians.

 

The name is common,

 

the name has been cheapened

 

and the name is hardly negative.

 

To identify yourself as a Christian carries very little meaning

 

and costs almost nothing,

 

unless you came to Jesus from… some other religion

 

and you are telling someone from your old religion about your new faith.

 

The Word of God never calls people to “become Christians,” especially as we commonly use the term.

 

And the goal of the Great Commission is not to win people to a new religion,

 

which is what “becoming a Christian” means to most people today.

 

Rather, it is a call to make disciples

 

– true disciples, obedient to the Lord.

 

As Jesus commanded,

 

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

 

Has this Commission ever changed?

 

Has anyone overruled the Lord and come up with a new and better plan?

 

By what authority have we left off making disciples

 

and taken up getting “decisions,” or signing up people for church membership, or getting people “saved” and stopping there?

 

Who changed what Jesus commanded?

 

What else have we to do on earth but become disciples and make disciples?

 

“Being a Christian” is not a New Testament emphasis,

 

nor does it communicate today what it did in the days of the apostles.

 

Even the concept of being a “believer”

 

– a word used thirteen times in Acts and thirteen times in the rest of the New Testament

 

– is hardly challenging for us.

 

What does it actually cost to be a believer?

 

What sacrifice is entailed?

 

In America today, almost everyone believes in Jesus.

 

The issue for us is not so much being a “Christian” or a “believer”

 

but rather being a “disciple”

 

– a term used more than 260 times in the entire New Testament

 

(including more than 230 times in the gospels and 28 times in Acts).

 

How can we downplay or ignore the call to true discipleship

 

when it is such a prominent theme in the Word?

 

What does it tell us

 

when the word Christian occurs just three times in the New Testament

 

and the term believer only 26 times,

 

but there are more than 260 references to disciples, with clear explanations about what this means?

 

What does it tell us

 

when most of us would have no problem saying,

 

“I’m a Christian,” or, “I’m a believer,”

 

but would have a much harder time saying,

 

“I’m a disciple”?

 

Just saying the words out loud causes us to examine ourselves afresh.

 

“Am I really a disciple?”

 

Otherwise, as Augustine once warned,

 

“If you believe what you like in the gospels,

 

and reject what you don’t like,

 

it is not the gospel you believe,

 

but yourself.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Michael Brown’s passionate call

 

that we should call ourselves disciples instead of Christians,

 

is diametrically opposed to that of Joseph Prince

 

– that we should call ourselves Christians and not disciples,

 

as ‘disciples’ has been changed by the Holy Spirit to ‘Christians’ (false teaching and blatant lie)

 

Michael Brown wrote:

 

“How can we downplay or ignore the call to true discipleship

 

when it is such a prominent theme in the Word?”

 

Joseph Prince not only downplayed discipleship,

 

he has also daringly obliterated it out of existence.

 

Michael Brown wrote:

 

“Has this (Great) Commission ever changed?

 

Has anyone overruled the Lord and come up with a new and better plan?

 

By what authority have we left off making disciples…

 

Who changed what Jesus commanded?”

 

In the light of what Michael Brown wrote,

 

Joseph Prince, by his own authority,

 

has replaced the Great Commission ‘making disciples’ gospel

 

with his Grace Revolution of a just-believe but without-repentance and discipleship Gospel.

 

Can you beat that?

 

Michael Brown quoted Augustine, who once warned,

 

“If you believe what you like in the gospels,

 

and reject what you don’t like,

 

it is not the gospel you believe,

 

but yourself.”

 

This means Joseph Prince, who likes his only-believe gospel

 

but rejected what he doesn’t like

 

– discipleship and repentance, the 2 cornerstones in the true gospel,

 

is preaching the false gospel that leads not to heaven but hell!

 

In ‘The New Testament, Spurgeon’s Sermons By Each Book,’

 

Charles Spurgeon said:

 

“And no doubt many, today, profess the name of Jesus

 

who are not aware what discipleship really involves.

 

They do not know Him nor His Cross, nor the Truths of God He came to teach…

 

… Except we are converted and become as little children,

 

we can in no wise enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

 

Sitting at the feet of Jesus indicates the child-like spirit

 

of true discipleship.

 

And this is the one thing needful

 

– there is no salvation apart from it.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Charles Spurgeon made 2 crucial points:

 

One cannot profess the name of Jesus without knowing what discipleship involves.

 

There is no salvation apart from true discipleship.

 

This means Joseph Prince, who rejects discipleship

 

as being necessary for New Covenant believers,

 

isn’t saved to begin with. 

 

In ‘Hot Tub Religion,’

 

JI Packer wrote:

 

“The simple answer is that we meet God

 

as a loving heavenly Father through coming to recognize his Son, Jesus Christ,

 

as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

 

We meet God through entering into a relationship

 

both of dependence on Jesus as our Savior and Friend

 

and of discipleship to him as our Lord and Master.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

JI Packer made the point that a salvation relationship with God

 

only comes by a discipleship that enthrones Jesus as Lord and Master.

 

Since Joseph Prince speaks against discipleship

 

and rejects Lordship salvation,

 

how can he claim to have a salvation relationship with God?

 

In ‘An Expositional Commentary on Acts,’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“The third part of Paul’s defense before King Agrippa had to do with his service for Christ following his conversion.

 

The first thing he stresses is his obedience, though he couches it in negative form:

 

“So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven” (26:19).

 

One of the first marks of our conversion is that we obey Jesus Christ.

 

We might even call it the first mark, except that faith itself is the first evidence.

 

Are you obeying Jesus?

 

Jesus said,

 

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’

 

and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

 

If you are disobeying Jesus,

 

you are not his disciple.

 

If you are not His disciple,

 

you are not saved.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

In many of Joseph Prince’s teachings, he focusses on the obedience of Christ

 

and not our obedience to Christ.

 

And Prince even equates our obedience to Christ as part of our sanctification

 

as legalism or trying to earn our salvation.

 

Since James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“One of the first marks of our conversion is that we obey Jesus Christ.

 

If you are not His disciple, you are not saved,”

 

it is evident that Joseph Prince,

 

who teaches against our obedience to Christ and discipleship,

 

does not possess true salvation. 

 

In ‘An Expositional Commentary on Romans Volume 1-4.’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“Not long ago, I received a book written by two of my friends that (rather uncritically, I think)

 

assumed this mistaken notion.

 

It was a book for laymen and was intended to help them mature as Christians so they could function as leaders in the local church.

 

It encouraged them to move beyond being mere “Christians” to being “disciples” of Jesus Christ.

 

At one point it said,

 

“All followers of [Christ] are his sheep,

 

but not all sheep are his disciples.”

 

I have respect for my friends and applaud their intentions in this book.

 

They are right in wanting laymen to assume their proper role in the church’s life.

 

But the problem lies in their procedure.

 

They have adopted the three-category view, and this, I am convinced, inevitably leads the reader to think that

 

– although it may be wise and perhaps even beneficial to become serious about the Christian life

 

– becoming a “disciple” of Jesus Christ is, in the final analysis, merely optional.

 

This conclusion is fatal because it encourages us to suppose that

 

we can be careless about our Christianity,

 

doing little and achieving nothing,

 

and yet go to heaven securely when we die.

 

I suppose it is this that has bothered me the most,

 

the idea that one can live as the world lives and still go to heaven.

 

If it is true, it is comfortable teaching.

 

We are to have the best of both worlds, sin here and heaven, too.

 

But if it is not true, those who teach it

 

are encouraging people to believe that all is well with them

 

when they are, in fact, not even saved.

 

They are crying, “Peace!” when there is no peace.

 

They are doing damage to their souls.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Discipleship is not abrogated as Joseph Prince teaches,

 

and neither is it optional.

 

By telling people that they can be a sheep or believer

 

without embracing discipleship

 

is giving them a false sense of eternal security

 

– that they are heading for heaven

 

when in fact, hell, is the place they are led to.

 

In ‘An Expositional Commentary on Romans Volume 1-4.’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“Once, I was asked to do a series of messages on Christian discipleship, and the first question I dealt with was this:

 

“Is discipleship necessary?”

 

I began by explaining the way the question needs to be interpreted.

 

It should not mean,

 

“Is discipleship necessary if we are to be obedient to Jesus?”

 

That is obvious.

 

Nor should it mean,

 

“Is discipleship necessary in order to live a full and happy Christian life?”

 

That should be obvious, too.

 

What the question should mean (and the sense in which I treated it) is,

 

“Is discipleship necessary for one to be a true Christian?

 

Can you be a saved person without it?”

 

The answer I gave,

 

the answer that should be given by any true Bible expositor, is,

 

“Yes, it is necessary!

 

It is mandatory to follow after Christ to be a Christian.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Since discipleship is necessary to be a true Christian,

 

no one, including Joseph Prince, who teaches against it,

 

can be saved without it.

 

In ‘An Expositional Commentary on Psalms Volume 1-3,’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“What is even worse, there is a type of evangelical theology

 

that refuses to face the fact that such persons are not Christians

 

and indeed, even encourages them in the delusion

 

that they can belong to God

 

and at the same time continue willfully to disobey him.

 

In our day, the way this is expressed

 

is to say that it is possible to have Jesus as Savior

 

without having him as Lord.

 

In other words, it is possible to be saved by him

 

without having to follow him in obedient discipleship.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

The evident and strong implication of James Montgomery Boice’s point

 

is that no one, not even Joseph Prince,

 

can be saved without discipleship.

 

In ‘Christ’s Call to Discipleship,’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” (Matt 10:37-38)

 

… We take that word lightly.

 

No one is worthy of Christ, we think – and dismiss it.

 

That is probably not what Jesus meant.

 

When He said,

 

“Anyone who fails to do so and

 

– so is not worthy of Me,”

 

He probably meant precisely what He says in Luke 14:26, namely,

 

“He cannot be my disciple,”

 

which means,

 

“He cannot be saved.”

 

Second, the context makes Matthew’s statement stronger than it first appears.

 

It is true that in verse 37, Jesus speaks merely of loving one’s father, mother, son, or daughter more than Himself.

 

But in the verses immediately before this, He says two very important things.

 

First, He speaks of our failing to acknowledge Him before men, saying,

 

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven” (vv. 32-33).

 

That is speaking of salvation or a loss of it.

 

Second, He speaks of bringing divisions to this world.

 

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household’” (vv. 34-36).

 

It is after this that Jesus speaks of loving a father or mother, son or daughter more than Himself.

 

In this context, the words in Matthew are not essentially different from the words in Luke.

 

Both speak of a situation in which a person must choose between Christ and other persons (even members of one’s own family).

 

They declare that one cannot be Christ’s follower without rejecting anyone who is opposed to Him or who would exercise a higher position of affection and authority in the disciple’s life.

 

Luke 14:25-33 contains three sentences, each ending with the words

 

“cannot be my disciple.”

 

The first says that unless we hate members of our families – yes, even our own lives

 

– we cannot be Christ’s disciples.

 

The second says that unless we take up our crosses and follow Christ,

 

we cannot be His disciples.

 

The third says that if we do not give up everything we have,

 

we cannot be Christ’s disciples.

 

These are three ways of saying that we must count the cost in all areas and at all times

 

if we would be Christians.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

It is in this discipleship text of Luke 14:25-33

 

that Joseph Prince not only teaches against,

 

but mocks at it in his sermons.

 

Since salvation is equated to discipleship,

 

there is no possibility for Joseph Prince,

 

who mocks discipleship

 

to be saved.

 

In ‘An Expositional Commentary on Romans Volume 1-4.’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“It is the same in Romans.

 

In Romans 6:17, Paul summarizes the response of the Roman Christians to the gospel by saying,

 

“Thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.”

 

In Romans 10, he argues that the Jews

 

“did not submit to God’s righteousness” (v. 3); in verse 16 he says, “But they have not all obeyed the gospel…” (KJV).

 

At the end of the letter, the idea appears again in a great benediction:

 

“Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him – to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen” (Rom. 16:25-27).

 

In my opinion, the weakness of much of our contemporary Christianity

 

can be traced to a deficiency at precisely this point.

 

By failing to present the gospel as a command to be obeyed

 

we minimize sin, trivialize discipleship,

 

rob God of his glory,

 

and delude some into thinking that all is well with their souls

 

when actually they are without Christ

 

and are perishing.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Joseph Prince, by posturing the gospel as just something to be believed upon

 

and not something to be obeyed,

 

has indeed not only trivialised discipleship but obliterated it.

 

Joseph Prince’s no-discipleship gospel

 

is indeed leading the multitudes to perish in hell.

 

In ‘An Expositional Commentary on Romans Volume 1-4.’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“Perhaps you began to wonder about your own state at the end of the previous study.

 

There I was trying to show that (according to Romans) there are not three categories of people in this life

 

– those who are Christians,

 

those who are not Christians,

 

and those who are Christians but live as if they were not

 

– but rather only two types

 

– those who are dead in their sins and are therefore as unresponsive to God as dead people,

 

and those who have been made spiritually alive by the Holy Spirit and are therefore following Jesus Christ

 

in true discipleship.

 

I acknowledged that Christians do sin, sometimes very badly.

 

But a person who is on the path of discipleship

 

gets up again and goes forward with Christ,

 

while the unbeliever does not.

 

In fact, the unbeliever

 

is not on the path of true discipleship at all.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

James Montgomery Boice has made it crystal clear

 

that the essential difference between a believer and an unbeliever is that

 

a believer is a disciple, and an unbeliever isn’t.

 

This means Joseph Prince who isn’t a disciple

 

as he preaches against it,

 

is an unbeliever.

 

In ‘An Expositional Commentary on Romans Volume 1-4.’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“If Jesus Christ is Lord, as these passages say he is,

 

the supremacy of Christ described in Romans 9:5 (“who is God over all”)

 

includes his rule over us, who are his people,

 

and we are not his people if we fail to submit to that rule.

 

There is a great deal of bad thinking and even error in this area at the present time.

 

It has become customary in some places to think of Christianity as a two-stage commitment.

 

In the first stage, we come to Jesus as Savior, simply believing on him as the one who died for sin.

 

In the second, we come to him as Lord, thereby becoming serious about our Christianity and about being Christ’s disciples.

 

But nothing like that is found in the New Testament.

 

On the contrary,

 

to become a Christian is to become a disciple and vice versa.

 

In fact, that is the way Jesus himself spoke of evangelism in the Great Commission,

 

since he sent his disciples to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19).

 

Submitting to Christ’s lordship

 

is the very essence of true faith, or Christianity.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

The gist of James Montgomery Boice’s view

 

is that a Christian is a disciple

 

as they are the same person.

 

One, such as Joseph Prince, who merely accepts Jesus as Saviour

 

but doesn’t submit to the Lordship of Christ,

 

doesn’t possess true faith.

 

In ‘An Expositional Commentary on Romans Volume 1-4.’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“But Jesus defined salvation as discipleship.

 

That is, he did not call people to mere intellectual assent to who he was

 

but rather to become his disciples.

 

His call was, “Follow me.””

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

One cannot possess salvation

 

apart from discipleship.

 

Hence, Joseph Prince

 

who cancels out discipleship out of the salvation equation,

 

cannot claim to possess it.

 

In ‘An Expositional Commentary on Romans Volume 1-4.’

 

James Montgomery Boice wrote:

 

“Presuming means assuming that everything is right between ourselves and God,

 

regardless of what we may believe or not believe or of how we may act.

 

The only way we can avoid presumption

 

is to obey God and pursue righteousness diligently.

 

As I have often said,

 

if we are not following after Jesus Christ in faithful discipleship,

 

we are not disciples.

 

And if we are not disciples of Christ,

 

we are not Christians.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Anyone who rejects discipleship

 

cannot claim to be Christians.

 

This is precisely what Joseph Prince does

 

– he claims to be a Christian

 

but rejects discipleship at the same time.

 

Rev George Ong

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