The Fear of the Lord

Ps 34,7 the angel of the Lord encamps around them that fear Him, and delivers them.

2 Tim 3.1 to 5 … in the last days…for men shall be lovers of their own self…. blasphemous…having a form of godliness but denying its power, from such turn away.

2 Tim 3.7 ever learning, never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

The blog entry “Kong Hee from Lawlessness to Grace” was made popular by a few clergy of the liberation movement of the 60s to 80s who wanted to criticise the charismatic movement in Singapore and the key movers such as the Anglican Canon James Wong whom Kong was associated with.

I wrote by what i believed the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and not because I was mourning over the harm caused by the trial to the churches’ reputation, nor because I had given to CHC. I attended some churches with doubtful reputations. Yet who am i to judge.

Even the honorable gate keepers in Singapore didn’t enter the fray. I am no gate keeper guarding the city but only a gentle lamb gazing in the open fields.

 

The quiet response from the churches concerning the CHC saga especially when they are so quick to condemn gays, is because their self righteousness stops them from seeing their own sin. For them, gays are the worst sinners.

Is what Kong Hee did really different from other churches? Yes, in magnitude perhaps. CHC was into market place or dominion theology what Love Singapore has been doing. Sun Ho was crossing over to the entertainment mountain where Hollywood was the Holy Grail. How is this different from mega churches doing magic shows? Black leather jacket versus scantily dressed Geisha.

The Churches so missed the obvious, that the key to the Cross Over is the Gay community. We would have dressed Sun better and played the supporting cast in the music videos much cheaper and better than elephant man. It will be raining men! Hallelujah! Just Ask Lady Gaga!

We are often our worst enemy. When the church grew so fast and big, the attention of the devil will be multiplied, and every weakness and fault exposed. Playing Hollywood is playing in the devil’s house.

The church in Singapore is reaping what they have sowed. They sowed judgement against gays and is receiving four fold returns with no mercy given  in public forums. We often say that one has fallen from grace, but really we have fallen from a law based theology to grace.

Irrespective of what they did, the convicted pastors were God’s annointed used to preach the Gospel of the Good News to tens of thousands in Asia. As a result, few leaders would speak out because there is nothing to add to the court judgement. But the problem is that the NCCS has been so loud against gays that their silence amplifies their hypocrisy.

Time flies, it is now more than three weeks they have been in prison. The smiling faces now replaced with sadness and weight loss. It was three week ago, the day after on a Saturday that i woke up with the bible verse, the steps of a good man are ordered by God..

I write because of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I felt it was God saying that they were good people, and even though I had many doubts, it is what I believe God wants me to put down on paper.  Yes, they have surely fallen but aren’t we all fallen in some ways.

Are they greater sinners than the Episcopal Bishop Spong who whilst claiming that he is a Christian will deny Jesus as the risen Messiah, the Son of God, the Way and the Truth to God? There is a form of religion and spirituality but rejecting the power of the shedding of blood and the broken body, even many ex-Bishops and ordained clergy. God sees only the cleansing blood of His Son if we indeed apply them to our door posts.

The goodness of a person should be measured by the fear of God. There is no fear of God in many churches. They openly blasphemed the revelation of Jesus Christ equating Him as one with many of the pagan faiths. Because there is no fear of God, the Angel of the Lord, the presence of the Lord is lifted from their midst. Therefore, when the devil attacks, such churches will often find themselves weak in numbers and breakthrough.

These “modern” churches ascribed their credibility to being ordained, and attending an elite college of religion. But what God wants is not religion nor spirituality which mankind has plenty of, but the fullness of revelation of Jesus Christ as God, His Grace, Love and Mercy. Therefore, they kept on learning and showing off their theological degrees from elite schools, but never come anywhere to the knowledge of the saving truth.

God’s grace, love and mercy is so amazing. Even though many pastors have fallen on many perspective, because they preached the full Gospel of the risen Christ apart from the good works of religion and man’s innate spirituality, God blessed them over the last 20 years with increasing numbers. It is naive to presume that what had happened wasn’t rooted a long time ago even during the ‘innocent’ Hollywood days before they were taken to task.

God will honor the truth, the preaching of the Word of God even by imperfect souls, but not vice versa. If the Word of God is not preached, but the spirituality and religion of man, God will not be in it, and the Holy Spirit will even lead people to turn away from such churches. Such is the fate of some gay churches. God doesn’t see us as groups of people, not whether we are gay or straight but as an individual. The Cross is a place of a personal decision.

When the Word of God is preached, the Cross of Calvary emphasized, the five Spiritual ministries and gifts proclaimed, the power of God will bear testimony to the Word that goes forth even though the preacher might be having the wrong motives and power/money hungry. If God can use a donkey, He can use us.

When we fear God, we honor the Word of God, we bow down before the Cross of Calvary and the awesome majesty of Jesus Christ, and the Gospel of the Good News brought by His Blood that cleanses our sins, and the amazing power that comes from the Holy Spirit when we become vassals of God and not of ourselves.

At the end, a church may have a good band, people who can do beautiful prayers, rich supporters, elite theologians, but it is an empty gong without love. But this is love, not that we first loved God through our good works of religion and social justice, but His love, mercy and grace at the Cross of Calvary that even though He is God and has no sin, chose to die for us, that in His resurrection power we might be children of God, born not of flesh but by the Spirit of Word of God.

1 John 4.9 in this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the World, that we might live through Him.

1 John 4.10 in this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Without Jesus as God incarnate crucified at the Cross and risen to heaven, there is no love that is of God to live on to redeem us from our sins so that we can live again through Him.

God is looking at our hearts, to those who fear Him, who honour His Son Jesus, who will exalt and magnify the Word of God. The rest God takes over, building the church and encamps it with angels.