Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel & Olivia Lum – doctrine refuted by Derek Prince, John Piper & Paul Washer – By Rev George Ong (Dated 6 May 2023)


Ex New Creation Church Member’s Testimony


Don’t miss the article to be released next week.


It concerns the powerful testimony of another (new) Ex New Creation Church member,


who discovered that Joseph Prince is not only erroneous in many doctrines,


but he produces bad fruits, not only in Olivia Lum,


but also in someone who is close to the person.


Joseph Prince, the Lone Ranger Heretic


In a recent article, I quoted 6 giants of Bible exposition, namely,


John MacArthur, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Stott, Charles Spurgeon, DA Carson & Michael Brown,


who refuted Joseph Prince’s dispensation doctrine.


In this article, I am surfacing another 3 giants of Bible exposition, namely,


Derek Prince, John Piper and Paul Washer,


who demolished Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel doctrine. 


In my many previous articles, I have also surfaced other heavyweights, such as,


Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Matthew Henry, AW Tozer, Arthur Pink, Billy Graham, FF Bruce, JI Packer, RC Sproul, Ben Witherington, David Pawson, etc,


who also rebutted Joseph Prince’s other doctrines.


Do you know what this means?


This proves that Joseph Prince is a lone ranger,


as far as his grace doctrine is concerned.


He does not allude to any Church Fathers or any well-regarded Bible teacher to support his grace doctrine,


because Prince knows very well that no one would uphold or endorse his false grace doctrine.


Ask yourself, which Singapore Pastor or church is he in regular fellowship with?


(I am not asking whether he is under the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS))


I can hardly think of any.


This is because no Pastor (or very few) in the Singapore Church will ever feel comfortable to recommend a new believer or any believer, for that matter, to attend New Creation Church.


No Pastor (or very few) will publicly state that they support and endorse many of Joseph Prince’s doctrines.


What this means is that besides his many false doctrines and his marred character,


these are clear indicators that Joseph Prince is a heretic.




Even In the Old Testament, not just the New,


the dangers of wealth were warned against. 


(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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to view the entire video.


Olivia Lum, the founder of Hyflux, is in the news again.


Please refer to a Straits Times report, yesterday, Friday, 5 May 2023,


Please click on the link below to read:


Please also refer to a news report by Channel News Asia, yesterday, Friday, 5 May 2023,


Please click on the link below to read.


The gist of the news is that a total of 6 charges were brought against Olivia Lum, mainly for violations of the Companies Act.  


Olivia Lum is currently out on $100,000 bail.


Unfortunately, Joseph Prince is still unrepentantly preaching the Prosperity Gospel or Health & Wealth Gospel.


Please click here to view the 1-minute video on Joseph Prince;


“Anyway, that’s the future.


And some of you have problem with prosperity, you got a problem walking on the streets of gold (in heaven).


If I walk too much on this, I’ll feel like I’ll be corrupted.


Then you see God’s throne – wooff, you know.


And then you say, ‘God, tone down.’ Amen.


No, no, you know, if gold and silver is evil, 


and the Bible says God put them here, right, then heaven will be, because it’s full of all these things. Amen.


These are not the things, friends.


But please don’t go on the other hand, saying, these are evil.”


“We walk on streets of gold.


Something is very wrong with heaven.


You won’t feel comfortable going there.


You’ll tell God,


‘God, I think this is a bit grandiose, tone it down.


We don’t want people to say of you, 


God, that you believe in a health and wealth gospel.’ 


Okay, something is wrong.”


Joseph Prince is again slandering his critics.


Joseph Prince must tell us which Evangelical Pastor or Church in Singapore teaches that silver and gold are inherently evil.


I bet he can’t even name one because it is a strawman tactic and argument that he constantly and deceptively uses against his critics.


(Note that I’ve viewed plenty of his videos, so I know what I’m talking about.)


Though Derek Prince has the same surname as Joseph Prince,


(one inherited his surname by birth, while the other changed his surname),


he has a very different idea about Prosperity than Joseph Prince does.


Please click here to view the 1-and-a-half-minute video on Derek Prince;


“And then we just have time to look at this one interesting fact that


Paul had been praying for a long while for a good journey to Rome.


The old King James says, ‘that I may have a prosperous journey by the will of God.’”


“But I want you to consider for a moment what kind of a journey Paul had because it’s very vividly described in Acts 27 and 28.


He did not travel first class.


He was a prisoner in chains.


The ship on which he was traveling was in an amazing storm that lasted 14 days and 14 nights when they were without food.


After that, it was shipwrecked on an island.


And just to climax it, when he was gathering fuel for a fire, a viper bit him on the hand.


What I want to ask you is, did God answer Paul’s prayer?


A prosperous journey.


That’s a very important thing because a lot of people are telling you today, and I tell you too,


that God’s will is prosperity.


But don’t define prosperity in terms of modern American culture because that’s out of line.


What is the real meaning of prosperity?


I’ll offer you my understanding.


It’s being totally equipped to do the will of God.


And when you have successfully done the will of God, you have prospered.


And it may be, you get bitten by an adder, who knows?


Maybe you’ll be in a shipwreck.


Don’t let that disturb you.


What matters is, are you doing the will of God?”


Did Derek Prince mention anything about silver and gold


that Joseph Prince did?




He brought up the fact that a prosperous journey, as it was in the case of Paul, wasn’t a crisis-free experience.


Paul went through a life-threatening shipwreck, went without food for many days, and was bitten by a snake.


But Paul had a prosperous journey because he had done the will of God.


Did you ever hear Joseph Prince teach the kind of prosperity that Derek Prince has unfolded?




Friends, there is no comparison between Derek Prince and Joseph Prince.


Derek Prince was a godly man and a proven and competent Bible teacher,


but Joseph Prince is a serial liar, serial double-talker and serial hypocrite.


If you choose to trust Joseph Prince rather than Derek Prince,


you are either acutely ignorant or deeply blinded by the smooth-talking Prince. 


Paul Washer spoke against the Prosperity Gospel of Joseph Prince.


Please click here to view the 1-and-a-half-minute video on Paul Washer;


“Are these silly charismatic prosperity preachers who have their hand out.


You notice this, some of you need to hear this.


because sooner or later, they find out the only one getting rich is the preacher.


Get out of there.


Get in a place where Christ is preached.


Do you know what most people go to prosperity preachers because they are just like them.


If you are there, repent, and get out of there, and get in a good church that preaches only Jesus.


One of the reasons I am in the church I’m in is because the elders say over and over to all kinds of people,


‘We’re only going to give you one thing, here, Christ as He has revealed in the scriptures.


If you want something more, you’ll not be happy here. Christ.’” 


“Now, I want to say something.


I know these texts have been twisted by prosperity preachers, TV preachers


to say that God wants you to have ease of life.


That there’s never a calamity.


That He wants you to prosper materially and physically, and all these things.


The emphasis and everything that they give to that is just wrong.


And it demonstrates in many ways that their god is their belly.”


Paul Washer said;


“You notice this, some of you need to hear this.


because sooner or later, they find out the only one getting rich is the preacher.”


Though Joseph Prince is a very rich guy,


the same cannot be said for most of his fans.


But Joseph Prince would straightaway mount a counterattack,


“George, don’t you know there are many testimonies about people becoming very rich because of my Prosperity Gospel doctrine,


and I have read these testimonies in my services, and they are featured prominently on my website.”


If this is Joseph Prince’s reply, then he is lying again.


Before you are deceived by Joseph Prince,


we must put things in perspective.


Currently, there are millions around the world,


who are influenced by his Pseudo-grace theology.


If Prince’s Prosperity Gospel doctrine is so true,


then he must produce at the very least a 30 percent success rate.  


Let’s assume a conservative figure of 1 million fans or followers


that Joseph Prince has influenced.


That would mean that he must produce at least 300,000 testimonies


of those who have become not just rich, but very rich, as Abraham was.


This is a reasonable figure to measure success, as, after all,


Prince has been preaching his Health & Wealth doctrine for the last 30 odd years (appointed Senior Pastor in 1990).


Let’s ask Joseph Prince to total up the number of his testimonies of those who became very rich in the last 30 odd years;


are there 300,000 people?


Not by any stretch.


By sharing two or three testimonies every week,


Joseph Prince wants to give the false impression that there are many who have become very rich. 


As a matter of fact, most of these testimonies that are shared over the pulpit are regarding people who have been healed of this or that pain or being delivered from this or that addiction.








You must remember that I view New Creation Church’s worship service every week and listen to Prince’s sermons every Sunday.


So, Joseph Prince cannot fool me.


Let me put it in a straightforward manner


– the Prosperity Gospel doctrine of Joseph Prince


that every New Covenant believer is to be very rich as Abraham was,


is not only totally out of sync with scripture,


but also a scam that millions have fallen into.


No wonder, John Piper has boldly declared that the Prosperity Gospel


is an abomination


because it is a different gospel


and it destroys lives. 


Please click here to view the 3-minute video on John Piper;


“Why do I feel so strongly about the so-called Prosperity Gospel?”


“The most radical will basically say, ‘God wants you rich,’ and you should partner with Him by faith to pursue riches.


And the justification will be given, (you) can’t accomplish much in life without money, and so go for it.”


“So why do I abominate this so-called gospel?


I think it is another gospel.


And the first reason would be simply to go straight to the Bible and see what Paul says about those who want to be rich. He says; this is first Timothy 6.


‘But those who desire to be rich,’ now here’s the key text, this is verse 9, ‘those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. It is through this craving, that is, this craving to be rich that some have wandered away from the faith and pierce themselves with many pangs.’


In other words, the very thing that leads people to suicidal piercings of pangs, namely, the desire to be rich,


is nurtured and cultivated by the prosperity preachers.


They are encouraging that this suicidal behaviour happen.


That’s abominable.


Jesus said ‘it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.


How would he say that?


It’s because riches are such dangerous things.


They’re not a blessing usually; they’re usually a curse.


People are cursed with riches.


They are destroyed by riches.”


“And so Jesus says ‘it’s hard for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven.


Paul says ‘those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and pierce themselves with many pangs,’


and along comes a prosperity preacher who says,


‘Yes, Lord really wants you to be rich; we should pursue riches, following Jesus is the pathway to riches, riches are the sign of God’s blessing.’


I just say those are mutual contradiction for each other, and therefore, this is deadly.”


John Piper is another highly regarded Bible teacher, internationally.


John Piper said;


“So why do I abominate this so-called gospel?


I think it is another gospel.”


Piper has declared that the Prosperity Gospel


is another gospel, which is a false gospel:


2 Corinthians 11:4 NIV

4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.


That is why I have always maintained that Joseph Prince,


who preaches the Prosperity Gospel is a heretic.


If just one doctrine – the Prosperity Gospel doctrine


could qualify Joseph Prince to be a heretic,


he must be a heretic many times over


because of the numerous other false doctrines that he also preaches.


John Piper also said;


“In other words, the very thing that leads people to suicidal piercings of pangs, namely, the desire to be rich,


is nurtured and cultivated by the prosperity preachers.


They are encouraging that this suicidal behaviour happen.


That’s abominable.”


“It’s because riches are such dangerous things.


They’re not a blessing usually; they’re usually a curse.


People are cursed with riches.


They are destroyed by riches.”


John Piper has strongly spoken out that the very thing that leads people to want to be rich and to their destruction


is nurtured and cultivated by none other than the Prosperity Gospel preachers themselves.


And he calls that an abomination! 


You could imagine the destruction that Joseph Prince’s Prosperity Gospel teachings


that every New Covenant believer has the covenantal right to be very rich as Abraham was,


has caused many 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 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 a dangerous spiral downward 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,


who was influenced by his teachings to destruction,


You had better stay away from the Prosperity Gospel of Joseph Prince, 


lest you become another Olivia Lum.


When Hyflux was in its heyday,


Joseph Prince trumpeted to the world that 


because the founder of Hyflux followed his prescribed grace doctrine of daring to ask big things from God, she succeeded.


You can read the details in his book, ‘The Power Of Right Believing’, pages 274-282.


Because of space, I can only include two paragraphs of these pages.


In ‘The Power Of Right Believing’, Page 278, Joseph Prince wrote,


“She (Olivia Lum) shared with me (Joseph Prince) that when she walked out of the bank,


she remembered a message that I had preached


on being bold and asking God for big things. 


She (Olivia Lum) said,


“You (Joseph Prince) told us not to insult God by asking only for small things. 


You said, ‘Ask God for big things, compliment Him, and have a positive, confident expectation of good.’”


So she went home and before going to bed, she decided to step out in faith


and ask God to do a big thing for her.”


In ‘The Power Of Right Believing’, Page 282, Joseph Prince wrote,


“How does a young girl (Olivia)… go from weaving rattan bags for a nickel


to building a billion-dollar, public-listed company? 


My friend, that is the power of right believing. 


Olivia’s story is an amazing one, which tells of the goodness, favor, grace, and power of our God.


I pray that you will be encouraged to see that nothing is impossible when you believe right in the person of Jesus and in His love and goodness.


Ask God for big things.” 


Instead of warning people that their desire for wealth and to be very rich,


could choke them to their spiritual death,


unbelievably, Joseph Prince encourages them


to pursue the very thing that could result in their eternal ruin.


God’s shepherd will never bring about your destruction,


but only the devil’s wolf would.


Be warned that if you blindly follow Joseph Prince’s


‘every-believer-must-be-very-rich-as-Abraham-was’ false doctrine,


you are allowing covetousness to gain a foothold in your life.


And the sin of covetousness would lead,


not just to your earthly ruin,


but also to your eternal destruction:


1 Timothy 6:9-10 NIV

9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.


Rev George Ong




Even in the Old Testament, not just the New,


the dangers of wealth were warned against. 


Joseph Prince teaches that the Old Covenant people were wealthy,


and there is no need to apologise for being rich and very rich.


Again, Joseph Prince has only told you half the truth.


The Old Testament didn’t present an unqualified position for the blessings of wealth.


Before entering the Promised Land, Moses gave the following warnings:


Deuteronomy 8:6-20 NIV

6 “Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. 19 If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.”


Even in the Old Testament, Moses believed that our wealth could be a blessing or a curse.


Wealth would be a blessing if we were always mindful of God’s faithfulness and providence.


It would be a curse if wealth caused us to forget God and led us to stray from Him by not keeping His commandments.


One’s love for wealth and possessions could affect one’s devotion to God.


The psalmist warned,


“…though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them” (Psa 62:10).


It was not their poverty,


but their very prosperity became a curse for the Old Covenant Israelites because they forgot God.


This is so consistent with the New Testament in which warning after warning was sounded about the deceitfulness of wealth. 


What I am trying to drive home is that there are warnings against prosperity and about the futility and evils of wealth


even in the Old Testament, not just the New:


Ecclesiastes 4:8 NIV

8 “There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless—a miserable business!”


Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV

10 “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.”


Ecclesiastes 5:13 NIV

13 “I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners.”


Proverbs 8:10-11 NIV

10 “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”


Proverbs 11:4 NIV

4 “Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”


Proverbs 11:16 NIV

16 “A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.”


Proverbs 11:28 NIV

28 “Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”


Proverbs 13:7 NIV

7 “One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.”


Proverbs 15:16 NIV

16 “Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.”


Proverbs 19:1 NIV

1 “Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.”


Proverbs 19:22 NASB

22 “What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.”


Proverbs 23:4 NIV

4 “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.”


Proverbs 23:5 NIV

5 “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”


Proverbs 27:24 NIV

24 “for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.”


Proverbs 28:6 NIV

6 “Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.”


Proverbs 28:20 NIV

20 “A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.”


Proverbs 30:8 NIV

“…give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”


Psalm 37:16 NIV

16 “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked.”


Psalm 39:6 CEB

6 “Yes, people wander around like shadows; yes, they hustle and bustle, but pointlessly; they don’t even know who will get the wealth they’ve amassed.”


Psalm 49:6 NIV

6 “Those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?”


Psalm 49:10 NIV

10 “For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.”


Psalm 49:12 NIV

12 “People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.”


Psalm 49:16-20 NIV

16 “Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; 17 for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them. 18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—and people praise you when you prosper— 19 they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life. 20 People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.”


Psalm 52:6-7 NIV

6 The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you, saying, 7 “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”


Psalm 73:12 NIV

12 “This is what the wicked are like—always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.”


Ecclesiastes 4:13 NIV

13 “Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning.”


Isaiah 10:3 NIV

3 “What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?”


Jeremiah 17:11 NIV

11 “Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools.”


Jeremiah 48:7 NIV

7 “Since you trust in your deeds and riches, you too will be taken captive, and Chemosh will go into exile, together with his priests and officials.”


Jeremiah 49:4 NIV

4 “Why do you boast of your valleys, boast of your valleys so fruitful? Unfaithful Daughter Ammon, you trust in your riches and say, ‘Who will attack me?’”


Hosea 12:8 NIV

8 Ephraim boasts, “I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin.”


Micah 6:12 NIV

12 “Your rich people are violent; your inhabitants are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully.”


As one can see from the above passages, there are many warnings even in the Old Testament


about the futility of riches and the dangers of wealth.


These are glimpses of the New Testament’s teaching about the perilous nature of riches.


We need to be warned about the dangers of wealth, which were sounded both in the Old and New Testament. 


The crux of these teachings is that wealth is not everything in life.


There are more important things one should strive for than wealth.


Proverbs 11:28 says that those who trust in riches will fall.


Jesus says it’s hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven (Mk 10:23-25).


Paul says those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and plunge themselves into ruin and destruction (1 Tim 6:9).


And here comes Joseph Prince, who says that the Lord wants every believer to be very rich.


Here comes Joseph Prince, who teaches that riches are a sign of God’s blessing and favour, and poverty a curse,


and to be a Christian is to very rich as Abraham was.


Do you sense the total disconnect between Joseph Prince’s teachings and the scriptures?


Last, there are even times in the Old Testament when poverty is not seen as a curse,


but an occasion of rejoicing and praise to God (Hab 3:17-19):


Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV

17 “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”


Habakkuk 3:17-19 GNT

17 “Even though the fig trees have no fruit and no grapes grow on the vines, even though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no grain, even though the sheep all die and the cattle stalls are empty, 18 I will still be joyful and glad, because the Lord God is my savior. 19 The Sovereign Lord gives me strength. He makes me sure-footed as a deer and keeps me safe on the mountains.”


The greatest test of our trust in God is not when we are constantly wealthy or when our bank account is increasing,


but when there is no money in the kitty, and when the fridge is empty.


Joseph Prince, by his teaching that every believer is to be very rich all the time,


and that believers will never be persecuted to the point of imprisonment and martyrdom,


is making them unprepared for such eventualities.


What’s most damaging is that


he is sowing the seeds of destruction in believers.


One day, if they were to meet with persecutions,


and the accompanying poverty


like the Church of Smyrna (Rev 2:9-10)


that comes with persecutions


before the return of Christ,


many of such believers, who are unprepared,


may deny Christ – and Christ will deny them (Matt 10:33).