Psalm 84:4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Psalm 84:6 Blessed the man who finds refuge in you in their hearts are pilgrim roads.
Pilgrims are not foreigners per say but one from abroad visiting religious sites. It is not like a foreigner coming to Singapore for work or holidays. A pilgrim is a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons. The root word is from latin, peregrinue which means foreign. The word used for a bird, Peregrine Falcon in medieval latin. Their long flights were migratory pilgrimages.
So too as Christians we go on this flight on a long pilgrim journey to lands unknown to find the presence of God and ourselves, perhaps even being a blessing to many. We may not stay in one place for long, being led by the Holy Spirit of God. Surely, we have always been foreigners for our abode on earth temporary whilst waiting to go back home to God’s kingdom in heaven.
It is commonly said that Love is of God, and God is love. Period. But this is not blibical. In John 3:16, it does not end with “For God so loved the world”, but ends with “that He gave His only begotten Son…”. It was not sending His Son for a holiday but to be sacrificed at the Cross of Calvary so that God’s righteousness can be fulfilled. To declare that God is love, period, misses the most important point the balance between God’s love and His righteousness.
Luke 16:2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’
In luke 16:1-9, Jesus was contending with a group of Pharisees. He called them the stewards in the house who was not doing their duty. Therefore, when the master of the house investigates, ie indirectly referring to Jesus Christ, they would be cast out as unfaithful servants. The story could have ended there because the religious pharisees were serving two masters – money and God, and money would always prevail. The same issues is occurring in the mega churches where they handle large sums making money a potential god.
But there was a twist, because one of the steward was very smart by reducing the debt owed by the clients to the master, knowing the end was coming made preparations so that he would not die when we was casts out.
In Lev 18:16, we have what the Jews called the central commandment which is “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone amongst your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord”. These were the commandments quoted by Jesus to the Pharisees. If they had read into Lev 18.16, they would have realised the hidden message Jesus was claiming, “I am the Lord”, the master of the house in Luke 16:1-9 was coming back.
The Pharisees who were gatekeepers of the law failed in the Great Commandment because God was not the Lord of their lives. In Luke 16:14, the pharisees derided Jesus because He told them that they could not serve two masters. In luke 16:19 to 31, Jesus told another story to taunt the Pharisees where they were now the rich man in the story because they only loved themselves and not their neighbour nor Jesus as Lord. Through their unbelief they had rejected Jesus even though Jesus had resurrected from the dead. One is not saved simply being from the lineage of Abraham or being a person of faith. They could not see Jesus because money was their master. Do you believe Jesus as your Messiah, your Lord and Saviour!
Gen 15:6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Matthew 18:6 If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Luke 17:2,3 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So, watch youself.
As i was in the MRT going passed Church of Our Saviour with its large anti gay posters, it is a reminder of their earlier ministry such as Choices led by Sid Rogers and real harm caused. In Matt 18:6, It is the only time in the bible where Jesus calls for immediate and harsh judgement, for the faith of young believers in their believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour are stumbled. The evangelical charismatic churches in Singapore is guilty and deserving judgement. That is why latter rain revival has not been coming. We have stopped an entire people group, the gay tribe from coming to Jesus Christ! Just because we perceived that they are the worst sinners!
John 3:14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus did not come for a hieracheal religious system. He did not come so that we can better follow the law better, even the way of love. There would be no need for Him to die at the Cross to be lifted up in John 3:14 because Jesus was totally sinless and innocent. He didn’t deserve to die. At the end, it is not what we do, for all of us are dying, bitten by the snake, because all are destined for death for we have sinned before God and man. Good works of love could not cover our sin. The learned who would often say that a loving God could not send them to hell or send snakes, have forgotten that God allowed His Son to go to the Cross. A righteous God could not just overlook our sins. Love alone could not wash away or forgive sin, because the law does not pass away which means that judgement for our sins cannot be negated.
Many would deny major events in the bible eg a loving God wouldn’t have killed millions by the flood they claimed, and yet called themselves people of Faith. I called it unbelief. If they could only feel the pain and suffering Jesus chose to bear at the Cross when He holds the world in His hands and could have sent legions to destroy the Romans. There was no other way to redeem our deaths.
They were waiting for him at City Harvest to welcome back the hero who had suffered two and a half years so that the church could move to the next level. Sorry for the pain but not much repentance of any guilt, Kong Hee has indeed served the judgement by the law of the land albeit truly by grace because of the very short term in light of the monetary sum. And for those outside the faith, it appears to be injustice at face value, hence the many negative comments. But to City Harversters, Kong Hee remains their hero and saviour and saint. For them, Not fallen by any means, and still the Senior Pastor.
There were no call for kong’s resignation from the Christian Gate keepers at the National Council of Churches nor FCBC who were quick to condemn anything gay reminding me of the law based religion condeming the small splint in the eye of gays but not the giant logs in their own eyes. There is one standard for their own but no grace nor mercy for others.
Kong Hee was released early for good behaviour, and it looks like he has been similing, praying and reading the bible all this past 2 years. His hair became white, hopefully with more humility. However, for the wider church in general, it is a lost of integrity and innocense, a loss of a good name. The church in Singapore only cares about being anti-gay with gays the greatest sinners, never mind that the greatest bible sin is against pagan worship.
In the height of the court case, a cab drivet asked what was my opinion of Kong Hee? I replied that since it is church money, the congregation should be free to decide! the lame argument of church funds for church purpose. But I smiled as I replied because Sun Ho’s China wine was not the red wine Jesus poured out at the wedding at Cana! If it was, the cross over would have been a success.