Joseph Prince Vs 12 Church Fathers & Kong Hee on the Ten Commandments – By Rev George Ong (Dated 18 May 2024)

 

Excerpt from the Article:

 

Kong Hee,

 

Senior Pastor of City Harvest Church wrote:

 

“The Reformers made it a point

 

to emphasize the need for the Ten Commandments

 

in Christian growth and discipleship.

 

John Calvin (1509-1564)

 

says that “even the believers have need of the law.”

 

Martin Luther (1483-1546),

 

the original pioneer of the Reformation,

 

fought with those who despised the Ten Commandments.

 

He coined the term, “antinomianism,”

 

which the Oxford Dictionary defines

 

as “a belief that Christians

 

are released by grace from obeying moral laws.”

 

To the Reformers, the Ten Commandments

 

was an absolute necessity

 

for sanctification and discipleship.

 

As you can see, the Ten Commandments

 

are viewed as vitally important

 

to practically all mainstream, orthodox,

 

Bible-believing churches

 

Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Methodist,

 

Congregational, Baptist, Evangelical, Charismatic

 

and Pentecostal churches.”

 

Kong Hee rightly said that the Ten Commandments

 

were considered important by the Reformation Fathers

 

for Christian growth and discipleship.

 

Kong Hee also said that the Ten Commandments

 

are viewed as vitally important to all denominations.

 

So, Joseph Prince,

 

where are you going to hide your face?

 

Malu (embarrassed), right!

 

Once again, I have exposed you to be a Lone Ranger,

 

who is fighting against the Ten Commandments,

 

alone and against everyone,

 

not only in the Historic Church

 

but also in the Contemporary Church.

 

We would rather listen to Kong Hee

 

who has repented,

 

but not you, Joseph Prince,

 

who is still defiantly and recalcitrantly unrepentant.

 

I have heard from reliable sources

 

that City Harvest Church has grown

 

by leaps and bounds, numerically, recently.

 

(of course, I am very very very very very aware

 

that numbers are not all that is to it.)

 

And I’m not surprised that those who are truly repentant,

 

and I say again truly repentant, not church hopping,

 

may have crossed from New Creation Church

 

back to City Harvest Church.

 

This is not surprising at all

 

because God can certainly use

 

a truly repentant Kong Hee

 

for His glory.

 

I praise God for what He is doing in City Harvest Church.

 

But our battles against Joseph Prince

 

and his destructive heresies must continue.

 

(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.)

 

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In a sermon on 12 May 2024, 6 days ago,

 

Joseph Prince said;

 

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“We don’t even know our covenant.

 

This should be put on every poster in every church,

 

instead of behind the church, the Ten Commandments.

 

People are fighting to put Ten Commandments

 

in schools, public schools.

 

They should be fighting to put this.”

 

Joseph Prince is notorious

 

for preaching against the Ten Commandments

 

because to him,

 

they have become obsolete and irrelevant

 

to New Covenant believers.

 

Instead of encouraging the God-fearing Christians in America

 

who fought to put the Ten Commandments back in schools,

 

Joseph Prince evilly poured scorn on them. 

 

Joseph Prince’s view about the Ten Commandments

 

goes head-on against the views of 12 Church Fathers:

 

Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, AW Tozer, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Stott, David Pawson, JC Ryle, DL Moody, Billy Graham, Arthur Pink & JI Packer.

 

In ‘Works of Martin Luther Vol. 2 by Martin Luther,’

 

Martin Luther wrote:

 

“A BRIEF EXPLANATION

OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS,

THE CREED, AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

1520

 

PREFACE

 

The ordinary Christian, who cannot read the Scriptures,

 

is required to learn and know the Ten Commandments,

 

the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer…”

 

In ‘The Law of God,’

 

John Calvin wrote:

 

“EVEN THE BELIEVERS HAVE NEED OF THE LAW (TEN COMMANDMENTS)

 

The third and principal use, 

 

which pertains more closely

 

to the proper purpose of the law,

 

finds its place among believers 

 

in whose hearts the Spirit of God already lives and reigns.

 

For even though they have the law written and engraved

 

upon their hearts by the finger of God [Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 10:16],

 

that is, have been so moved and quickened 

 

through the directing of the Spirit 

 

that they long to obey God…”

 

In ‘John Wesley’s Sermons, An Anthology,

 

Edited by Albert C. Outler & Richard P. Heitzenrater,’

 

John Wesley said:

 

“But the moral law, 

 

contained in the Ten Commandments, 

 

and enforced by the prophets, 

 

he did not take away.

 

It was not the design of his coming 

 

to revoke any part of this.

 

This is a law which never can be broken, 

 

which ‘stands fast as the faithful witness in heaven’.”

 

AW Tozer said:

 

“Because we live in a period

 

known as the age of God’s grace,

 

it has become a popular thing

 

to declare that the Ten Commandments

 

are no longer valid,

 

no longer relevant in our society. 

 

With that context,

 

it has become apparent that Christian churches

 

are not paying attention to the Ten Commandments.

 

But Dwight L. Moody preached often

 

in the commandments.

 

… But everything that is morally commanded

 

in the Ten Commandments

 

still comprises the moral principles

 

that are the will of God for His people.

 

God’s basic moral will for His people

 

has not changed!”

 

In ‘Great Doctrines of the Bible,’

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said:

 

“It does not mean

 

we do not have to keep the Ten Commandments.

 

They still apply to us.

 

Our Lord died for us in order to enable us

 

to live the law and to keep it,

 

… That is why

 

I denounce the terrible sin of antinomianism.”

 

In ‘The Bible Speaks Today (BST) on The Message of Romans’,

 

John Stott wrote:

 

“Secondly, holiness consists in fulfilling

 

the just requirement of the law (Rom 8:4).

 

This is the final answer to antinomians… 

 

The moral law (Ten Commandments)

 

has not been abolished for us; 

 

it is to be fulfilled in us.”

 

In two of David Pawson’s sermons regarding Hebrews 8:8-12,

 

David Pawson said:

 

“And I’ll write my laws in your heart,

 

and you will want to do them.

 

It won’t be a different law.

 

It will still be the Ten Commandments. 

 

It will still be the old law, 

 

but I will write it in your heart

 

and you will want to keep it.”

 

“The cross hasn’t wiped out the commandments.

 

It has written them into peoples’ hearts.

 

The cross in a certain sense

 

has not rendered commandments obsolete, 

 

it has fulfilled them.”

 

In ‘The Complete Works of JC Ryle,’

 

JC Ryle wrote:

 

“For another thing,

 

let us beware of despising the law

 

of the Ten Commandments.

 

Let us not suppose for a moment

 

that it is set aside by the Gospel,

 

or that Christians have nothing to do with it.

 

The coming of Christ did not alter the position

 

of the Ten Commandments one hair’s breadth.

 

If anything, it exalted and raised their authority. (Romans 3:31)

 

The law of the Ten Commandments

 

is God’s eternal measure of right and wrong.

 

… It cannot save us: we cannot be justified by it;

 

but never, never let us despise it.

 

It is a symptom of an ignorant ministry,

 

and an unhealthy state of religion,

 

when the law is lightly esteemed.

 

The true Christian “delights in the law of God.” (Romans 7:22)

 

In ‘Weighed and Wanting, pp. 11, 16, 15’,

 

DL Moody wrote:

 

“The people must be made to understand

 

that the Ten Commandments are still binding, 

 

and that there is a penalty attached to their violation…

 

Jesus never condemned the law and the prophets,

 

but He did condemn those

 

who did not obey them [see Matthew 5:17-19].”

 

Billy Graham said:

 

“The Ten Commandments are just as valid today 

 

as when God gave them to Moses over 3,000 years ago.

 

… But if anything,

 

this means we need the Ten Commandments even more, 

 

for we live in a time of great moral and spiritual

confusion.”

 

In ‘Studies in the Scriptures, Annual Volume 1949

 

Arthur Pink wrote:

 

“None but the Ten Commandments

 

were spoken by Jehovah in the hearing of Israel,

 

and they alone were inscribed by His own finger

 

upon the tables of stone

 

– thereby intimating their fundamental and lasting nature.”

 

In ‘JI Packer Library,

 

JI Packer wrote:

 

“The moral law for Christians,

 

the law of God’s present kingdom,

 

is the law found in the Ten Commandments

 

and the prophets,

 

now applied to the new situation.

 

Jesus has not abolished that law

 

but has merely filled out its meaning (Matthew 5:17-48).”

 

After perusing,

 

what these 12 Church Fathers had written,

 

whose views

 

represent that of the Early Church Fathers,

 

the Reformation Fathers

 

and Church Fathers for years after that,

 

you ought to be convinced

 

that the Ten Commandments

 

have not been made obsolete

 

and that we must obey them.

 

Kong Hee,

 

Senior Pastor of City Harvest Church wrote:

 

“The Reformers made it a point

 

to emphasize the need for the Ten Commandments

 

in Christian growth and discipleship.

 

John Calvin (1509-1564)

 

says that “even the believers have need of the law.”

 

Martin Luther (1483-1546),

 

the original pioneer of the Reformation,

 

fought with those who despised the Ten Commandments.

 

He coined the term, “antinomianism,”

 

which the Oxford Dictionary defines

 

as “a belief that Christians

 

are released by grace from obeying moral laws.”

 

To the Reformers, the Ten Commandments

 

was an absolute necessity

 

for sanctification and discipleship.

 

As you can see, the Ten Commandments

 

are viewed as vitally important

 

to practically all mainstream, orthodox,

 

Bible-believing churches

 

Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Methodist,

 

Congregational, Baptist, Evangelical, Charismatic

 

and Pentecostal churches.”

 

Kong Hee rightly said that the Ten Commandments

 

were considered important by the Reformation Fathers

 

for Christian growth and discipleship.

 

Kong Hee also said that the Ten Commandments

 

are viewed as vitally important by all denominations.

 

So, Joseph Prince,

 

where are you going to hide your face?

 

Malu (embarrassed), right!

 

Once again, I have exposed you to be a Lone Ranger,

 

who is fighting against the Ten Commandments,

 

alone and against everyone,

 

not only in the Historic Church

 

but also in the Contemporary Church.

 

We would rather listen to Kong Hee

 

who has repented,

 

but not you, Joseph Prince,

 

who is still defiantly and recalcitrantly unrepentant.

 

I have heard from reliable sources

 

that City Harvest Church has grown

 

by leaps and bounds, numerically, recently.

 

(of course, I am very very very very very aware

 

that numbers are not all that is to it.)

 

And I’m not surprised that those who are truly repentant,

 

and I say again truly repentant, not church hopping,

 

may have crossed from New Creation Church

 

back to City Harvest Church.

 

This is not surprising at all

 

because God can certainly use

 

a truly repentant Kong Hee

 

for His glory.

 

I praise God for what He is doing in City Harvest Church.

 

But our battles against Joseph Prince

 

and his destructive heresies must continue.

 

Let me surface Michael Brown’s view

 

about the Ten Commandments.

 

Michael Brown’s view represents the views

 

of all true Church Fathers and true Christian leaders

 

of the Contemporary Church.

 

In a teaching session, Michael Brown said;

 

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to view the 2-minute video:

 

“And that’s the larger question

 

about the Ten Commandments.

 

Does grace make them outdated?

 

No.

 

Of course not.

 

What’s written in Ephesians 6?

 

Paul says to the children,

 

“Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.

 

Honor your father and mother

 

which is the first commandment

 

with a promise that it may go well with you.”

 

So, Paul’s actually quoting the Ten Commandments,

 

and quoting them to believers under grace,

 

and saying that this is a principle by which we live,

 

and that it’s the first commandment that God gave,

 

that had an accompanying promise;

 

if you do this, it will go well with you.

 

There’s nothing wrong with commandments.

 

Paul gives commandments in the New Testament,

 

this is how you should live to the Thessalonians for example.

 

1 Thessalonians 4, the word, ‘therefore’

 

instructions really means commandments.

 

These are firm things.

 

Jesus says, “If you love me keep my commandments.”

 

There is nothing wrong with commandments.

 

The problem is,

 

that they are written on stone

 

rather than written on our heart.

 

But here’s what we have to realize, a lot of people say,

 

“Well, I’m under grace

 

I don’t need all these laws and commandments.”

 

Then why does Paul teach us how to live?

 

Why does Paul say do this, don’t do this?

 

Live like this don’t live this?

 

Why does Peter do?

 

In fact, Peter has a whole book

 

filled with exhortations; how to live,

 

how to be holy,

 

how to walk in submission,

 

how to abstain from sinful fleshly desires.

 

how to resist the devil, the warfare,

 

when he comes to the end of his book 1 Peter 5

 

and says, “This is the true grace of God.”

 

So, grace is not in opposition

 

to laws and commandments.

 

Grace empowers us

 

to live out the laws and commandments

 

because they’re now written on our hearts.”

 

Let me repeat Michael Brown’s view

 

that the law that still applies to New Covenant believers,

 

represent that of the Contemporary Church.

 

For Singaporean believers, please ask your Pastor

 

whether he or she holds

 

to the opinion of Michael Brown or Joseph Prince?

 

No Singapore Pastor

 

or any true Evangelical Pastor

 

or Church in the world

 

would hold to the view of Joseph Prince.

 

Why?

 

Because no true Pastor or Church

 

would dare to speak against Jesus, Paul,

 

and all the Church Fathers in the history of Christianity

 

concerning the moral law in the Ten Commandments

 

– except for Joseph Prince.

 

Joseph Prince dared to speak against Jesus, Paul,

 

the Church Fathers and against His word,

 

because Prince doesn’t belong the people of God.

 

He belongs to the devil.

 

Joseph Prince is empowered by Satan with occultic powers

 

that he is so daring to preach not only against Jesus, Paul,

 

but also against every Church Father

 

throughout the centuries of Christianity

 

and every true Contemporary Church.

 

Here, we are not talking

 

about Joseph Prince speaking against Jesus and God’s word

 

for only once or twice,

 

but ‘countless’ of times.

 

Here, we are not talking about Joseph Prince,

 

influencing only 1 or 2 countries,

 

but plenty of countries.

 

Here, we are not talking about Joseph Prince

 

deceiving only one or two thousand people,

 

but millions of people.

 

And despite Joseph Prince,

 

who preaches against Jesus openly and publicly,

 

plenty of times,

 

he is still able to retain support from the millions.

 

Why?

 

It takes nothing less than

 

the occultic powers and practice of witchcraft

 

that the devil has empowered him with

 

to pull this off.

 

Finally, let me quote Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

In ‘Walking with God, Life in Christ, Volume 2, Studies in 1 John,’

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said:

 

“I feel at times we ought to put the Ten Commandments

 

in the forefront of our preaching.

 

… The test whereby we know we are His is this:

 

are you keeping His commandments?

 

Keeping His commandments does not mean

 

I just put on the wall a list of specific injunctions

 

and do my best to keep them.

 

Rather, it means that I am always concerned

 

to be living the Christian life as fully as I can;

 

that my great object is to be well-pleasing in His sight.

 

I know what He wants me to do;

 

I find it in the Old and in the New Testaments.

 

I have the Ten Commandments

 

and the Sermon on the Mount

 

which apply to me,

 

and I have the whole moral, ethical teaching

 

of the New Testament.

 

Those are His commandments

 

and I have to keep them.

 

… You cannot walk with God

 

without keeping His commandments.”

 

George Ong’s comments:

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said

 

the test of whether we belong to God

 

is whether we are obeying God’s commandments.

 

He added that if we don’t keep God’s commandments,

 

we cannot claim to be walking with Him.

 

This only indicates that Joseph Prince

 

who teaches against the Ten Commandments

 

is not only not walking with God,

 

but he does not belong to Him.

 

In short, Joseph Prince

 

isn’t a Christian in the first place.

 

Rev George Ong

 

 

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