Matt 11:12 and from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven sufferth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Matt 11:13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John
The Prophets saw Jesus, the Messiah of God from afar. The law established the benchmark to enter the Kingdom of heaven. But they were afar off, for the pathway or bridge was not there. One cannot knock at heaven’s doors because there is no gateway from our earthly abode. Continue reading
Gal 3.10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “cursed is everyone who does not continue all things written in the book of the law, to perform them
The verdict after 7 years of agonizing court case, a week from Good Friday, ended with a half successful appeal for stealing 50 million with the maximum sentence reduced from 8 years to 3 years. In court, the accused never fully repented, never admitted their full guilt but it will be a jail term nevertheless. And Kong’s sad countenance tells it all as he left the court house. They were really expecting to be let off jail free. The irony is that the vast majority thought the short sentence was just unbelievable. It was grace, really, totally unmerited grace.
Pastor Kong was known in his ministry of preaching the Ten Commandments declaring that without the law we will be lawless and cheap grace. The churches that preached the Gospel of Grace was said to be doing cheap grace in the sermons on antinomianism – the seduction of lawlessness. But the bible tells us that those who preached the law are under a curse if they don’t abide fully. It is a curse because our sin is amplified. Pride comes in under works. And if not succesful, they had to make Sun a success by putting in funds as a church purpose despite strong and official denials.
The China Wine could not conceivably be for church purpose. It was really a cross over, belly dancing to pagan seductive tunes. It could be argued that it was for personal gain and status of fame and appearance of success, the premium class flights, the good living, the luxury apartments, they want the appearance of a rock superstar rising up the dance bill boards, the staged/free concerts and the buy back CD sales. They gave themselves big bonuses. At the same time announcing great success in church of making it by her own talent in Hollywood whilst charging to building fund/moving costs repackaged as bonds in a related party transaction to own company.
The very generous judgement was not unanimous and could be faulted on many grounds being far too lenient. Hence, it was really an Amazing Grace. At the end of his 3 years term would they find remorse and go from lawlessness to grace? They still havent really admitted any wrong other than causing pain! Continue reading