Pastor Kong and the 5 others accused were the heart, soul, the life behind City Harvest Church, hence their trial becomes personal to many City Harvest members who had trusted in their honesty and integrity and gave so much in their tithes and to the A&B.
When the investigations first came out in June 2010, there was unbelief but it was too early to judge.
But as the evidences came out, the initial denials turning into admission that the A&B was also for the secular singing mission in Hollywood, it would have been painful.
In 1 Cor 6, we are to be saints, seen to be pure and holy apart from the world, rather than acting like the unrighteous and putting ourselves at the standards of the world to be judged in court by the unrighteous. Continue reading
James 2:1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”
Often we dare not question the rich man, the senior pastor of the largest mega churches. They may be God’s anointed like King David, but we are called to be Nathans that the body of Christ may not fall into disrepute and being mocked as greater sinners than the World.
In the ongoing trial of the key City Harvest leaders, It is easy to blame City Harvest for lack of integrity and dishonesty, but with the millions they had, it is easy to trust in ourselves and not in God.
We are tempted to sin, when we do not exalt the grace of God in Christ Jesus. Instead, we had believed that it is by our own means, even by our great faith that we had succeeded rather than by Jesus and His righteousness. Pride enters in and the delusion of how good we are. Continue reading