Timo Giesmann’s Article & Rev George Ong’s Comments (Dated 7 Sep 2021)
Rev George Ong’s Opening Comments:
I got to know Timo Giesmann, a German when he came across my website and wrote to me some time ago. Though he was at first receptive to Joseph Prince’s teaching, he immediately came out of it when he realised its utter danger and deceptiveness.
Encountering Joseph Prince in Germany – By Timo Giesmann
I am quite thankful for the faithful efforts of Rev George Ong to “reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Tim 4:2 KJV) with respect to Joseph Prince.
It is direly needed because Joseph Prince’s influence is so far-reaching, which is why pastors worldwide must wake up and likewise heed Paul’s injunction in 2 Timothy 4:2.
If only the Singapore Church leadership had acted against Joseph Prince and his heresies, much of his influence around the world, including Germany, would have been curtailed.
Unfortunately, I have personally witnessed Joseph Prince’s strong influence here in Germany. All his writings are readily available in German translation and his sermons also aired frequently on TV with translation overlay voice.
These efforts led my father to hear Joseph Prince in 2016. Quickly he was hooked and through him the rest of our family encountered Joseph Prince as well.
In 2017, we visited a conference in Stuttgart, Germany, where Joseph Prince spoke to about 6,000 people. Prince has apparently tapped into the broad evangelical German mainstream (particularly in Pentecostal circles).
Sadly, my father remains a keen Prince-follower to this day, by now having all or nearly all of his books on his shelf.
I was receptive to Joseph Prince’s teachings only initially. But as he continually belittled sin and denigrated God’s laws (and often also the Old Testament in general), I noticed that this was at odds with what I felt my conscience testified to me about the reality and gravity of my sins. Thankfully, this dissonance made me cautious and pointed me in the right direction.
But it was not after some three years later or so that I was able to see the scam more clearly when I found Rev George Ong’s materials in his website by accident on YouTube. I am sure that, had I come across it earlier, it would have sped up the eye-opening process for me.
Undoubtedly, what makes Joseph Prince’s teaching so dangerous is the utter deceptiveness of it. He appears to argue so biblically, but he really creates a thick fog of half-truths, omissions and twistings of Scripture, all with crafty rhetoric. This deadly combination makes it so difficult for so many to recognize his teaching as the poison that it really is.
Avoiding shipwreck in the faith through ‘right believing’?
Among other things, what strikes me as particularly odd about Joseph Prince’s teaching is that it centers around the mere psychological effect of what he calls ‘right believing’. It is not much about the real Lord Jesus at all.
The entire Bible unanimously and continuously warns about sin, but what Joseph Prince wants you to do is to fool yourself into believing that sin is not a big deal, that it is not dangerous for you, that God is blind to it, that it is even unnecessary to confess your sins. Now somehow, according to Joseph Prince, the psychological effect of believing all this will result in a stronger desire for holy living.
Perhaps I am not intelligent enough to understand this, but this seems just as nonsensical as saying that a captain who is convinced that his ship is incapable of sinking will, by virtue of that erroneous belief, gain a stronger desire to avoid treacherous waters than a captain who knows that he can suffer shipwreck if he steers too recklessly and abandons all his nautical training.
This is the picture Paul had in mind when he charged Timothy to keep ‘a good conscience’ so as to avoid ‘shipwreck’ in the faith, implying confession and shunning of sin for the believer is necessary, both of which Joseph Prince discourages believers to do:
‘This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck’ (1 Tim 1:19 NKJV)
If Joseph Prince’s theology is correct, however, Paul should never have written something like this. According to Joseph Prince, Paul rather should have written:
‘This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by the power of right believing you may wage good warfare, that is: Continually remind yourself of your righteousness, regardless of your deeds. If you only continually meditate about the fact that you cannot suffer shipwreck in the faith whatever you do, you will automatically keep a clean conscience’.
This is exactly the opposite of what Paul wrote, yet it would be totally consistent with what Joseph Prince teaches. I leave it to the reader to decide which advice is better to heed.
Let me close with a quote from Martin Luther. Joseph Prince not only claims that he preaches what Paul preached, he also claims that his teaching is in line with the gospel Martin Luther rediscovered during the reformation.
Perhaps this quote from Luther will clear up this misunderstanding as well. Again, I leave it to the reader to decide whether Luther would have embraced Joseph Prince’s teaching or spoken against him:
“But Satan, the god of all dissension, stirs up daily new sects. And last of all, which of all other I should never have foreseen or once suspected, he has raised up a sect such as teach that the Ten Commandments ought to be taken out of the church, and that men should not be terrified with the law, but gently exhorted by the preaching of the grace of Christ.” (Preface to ‘A Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians’)
After one has read it, it is rather clear that Luther actually spoke out against Antinomianism, the heretical belief of Joseph Prince, who preaches against the existence of the moral law or Ten Commandments by virtue of grace for New Covenant believers.
For Joseph Prince to claim that his gospel is in line with what was preached by Luther, when it isn’t, shows up the real character of a person whose integrity is in serious doubt.
What is graver is that Luther said that the originator of Antinomianism (against the moral law or the Ten Commandments) – the core belief of Joseph Prince is none other than Satan himself!
That is why I agree with Rev George Ong and a few others who recently wrote (in this website) that the heresies of Joseph Prince are satanic in nature.
Attending Freie Christliche Gemeinde Tübingen (Free Christian Parish), Germany
Rev George Ong’s Closing Comments:
Timo Giesmann said:
“If only the Singapore Church leadership had acted against Joseph Prince and his heresies, much of his influence around the world, including Germany, would have been curtailed.“
If what Timo said doesn’t cause the Bishops, Pastors, Elders and Leaders (including myself) in the Singapore Church to reflect deeply with a repentant heart and act decisively against Joseph Prince’s heresies, the Singapore Church is really in trouble.