Article 1: Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel leads you to destruction as Olivia Lum, founder of Hyflux, was charged in court, yesterday – By Rev George Ong
Article 2: Joseph Prince’s talk on financial generosity is great – but are there hidden motives to our generosity? – Rev George Ong
Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel leads you to destruction as Olivia Lum, founder of Hyflux, was charged in court, yesterday – By Rev George Ong (Dated 18 Nov 2022)
I thought I could relax for a while and pay attention to my other commitments in the next 3-4 weeks, until I read about Olivia Lum, founder of Hyflux, who was charged in court, yesterday.
If you do not know, the initial success of Olivia Lum was once used as a poster boy for Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel doctrine.
Are you aware that Joseph Prince said about 2 Sundays ago in his sermon,
that he was going to preach his Prosperity Gospel doctrine strongly and with a vengeance in the coming days?
The reason is Joseph Prince shared that many young people in his church have been influenced by his critics’ stand and social media against his Prosperity Gospel doctrine and have gone to the other extreme – as poor as a church mouse.
Prince further said that if many of these young people don’t hold on to his Prosperity Gospel doctrine, which he said is biblical, they would swing to the other extreme, and seek after wealth using worldly ways, and would in the end, be destroyed.
What kind of sick argument is that – when Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel is itself a worldly way of seeking after wealth,
simply because there is no basis for such a teaching in the New Testament scriptures – that every New Covenant believer has the covenantal right to be very rich as Abraham was?
You could imagine the damage that Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel teachings that every New Covenant believer has the covenantal right to be very rich as Abraham was, to poison the minds of believers.
Believers, who aren’t rich, would think that something is wrong with them, and they would try all ways and means to be very rich to fulfil their covenantal right.
Those who are already rich, and in their desire to be very rich, may start to invest their riches in, perhaps, ‘attractive and big returns but highly risky ventures’.
Some may even be pressured to resort to underhand and dishonest means to either get richer or maintain their riches in order to fulfil their covenantal right to be very rich as Abraham was.
This could be the start of the dangerous spiral downwards into ruin and destruction, all because of Joseph Prince’s teachings, that it is the covenantal right of every New Covenant believer to be very rich as Abraham was.
Joseph Prince has already brought one, Olivia Lum, to destruction,
and now, Prince, by his plans to preach the Prosperity Gospel message strongly and with a vengeance in the coming days, would bring more young people into the same destruction through the same Prosperity Gospel and grace doctrine.
Just imagine the evil Joseph Prince is planning to do.
You had better stay away from the Prosperity Gospel of Joseph Prince, lest you become another Olivia Lum.
Yesterday, it was reported in the Straits Times that Olivia Lum, chief executive officer and founder of Hyflux,
and a member, or former member of Joseph Prince’s New Creation Church,
was charged in court “with violations of the Securities and Futures Act.”
The Strait Times reported:
“Lum, 61, was also charged with an offence under the Companies Act for her failure in ensuring Hyflux’s compliance with accounting standards. She is out on agency bail of $100,000.”
“The company’s liquidation likely left about 34,000 investors of perpetual securities and preference shares, who had sunk in a combined $900 million, with nothing.”
“Analysts also said that Hyflux might have taken on too many capital-intensive projects with long gestation times, borrowed beyond its means and was too optimistic with its projections.”
Joseph Prince’s talk on financial generosity is great – but are there hidden motives to our generosity? – Rev George Ong
“Let me tell you this, it seems like the Bible is saying those who are generous, those who are magnanimous, those who have prosperity with a purpose in mind, these people have, their bodies, if you are generous, that means your body is healthy.”
“Are you stingy because I am generous? Amen. So those who are full of grace are people who are generous.”
Joseph Prince said;
“… if you are generous that means your body is healthy.”
What kind of perverted Health and Wealth teaching is that?
That being generous can give you a healthy body.
As Christians who speak the Malay language would say, “Suka Suka Theology” and “Any how Hantam theology”.
In English, it is teaching in any way as Prince fancies and a theology that is totally farfetched.
But I would just leave this as that as this is not my focus of this article. My focus is what is written below.
Generosity is indeed a great virtue that is taught in the Bible and we should all work towards being generous to others.
I have met people who are full of grace (true grace, not the false grace taught by Joseph Prince), and their graciousness can be seen in their generous giving.
Yes, by all means, be generous.
But there is something which you and I ought to be wary of – our motives.
Is there a hidden motive to our generosity?
Do we give generously because we want the whole world to know about our generosity?
Are we generous because we are buying favours from others?
Do we give to others generously because we want to win more people over to our agenda?
Am I magnanimous to others because I want to lessen the opposition that they have against me?
Do I give generously because I wish the other party could do the same favour to me?
Do I give generously to others so that they can be beholden to me and support my hidden agenda?
Do I, as a Pastor, give generously to other churches which are against my doctrine, hoping that from henceforth, they would not speak against what I teach?
Whether it is me, or Pastor so and so, or Joseph Prince, we had better be searching our hearts to see if there are such self-seeking and ungodly motives that we harbour in our hearts.
This is especially crucial when our giving comes to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Why do I give so much money when the other party doesn’t really need it?
If there are hidden and ungodly motives to our giving, no matter how generous our giving is, it is an abomination to God.
Let’s suppose if I teach a certain doctrine that is not acceptable to most churches, and they even fight against my doctrines; and I give generously to many churches hoping that they would not be vocal about their opposition, and with the eventual aim that they will be beholden to me, is my generosity pure?
And if I target key people and senior leaders in the church hierarchy to give expensive gifts so as to secure support from them about my doctrine, then my giving is certainly a scandalous act to God.
So we must be careful about our call to give generously.
Be generous, by all means, but always make sure our motives are right and pure.
If you haven’t, you may wish to view these 2 articles;
by clicking on the links below;
Rev George Ong