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We would like to ask people from C3 Church Watch to PLEASE pray for Phil Pringle in regards to this event.
There is no question that Phil Pringle has always been a close friends with Kong and Sun Hee. Pringle has stated,
“I always felt a great affinity with Kong and Sun. There are some relationships that God joins together, and you’ve got to recognize, respect and nurture those relationships, no matter what. I believe that those relationships that are divinely arranged, you need to stay together, because all of us have a piece of each other’s destiny inside of us, and in that relationship, destiny unfolds.”
Since Kong Hee has been under investigation, Phil Pringle has given up countless time and effort to help Kong Hee’s church. This is somewhat admirable. However, if his commitment to Kong Hee is a true sign of how he upholds his friendship with him, this is a serious blow to Pringle’s personal world. We know this further undoes his credibility as a prophet, leader and teacher. However, please keep him in your prayers as he deals with this personal affair. This close betrayal would have surely shaken him. Pray that it shakes him the right way and that he sorts through this okay.
This year, C3′s prophet Phil Pringle invited Kong Hee to speak at their C3 Presence 2012 Conference. Because the Singaporean authorities were still investigating Hee, Kong was only present in Australia for half the conference.
Today, Channel News Asia reported the following in regards to the ongoing investigations of Kong Hee:
City Harvest’s founder Kong Hee & 4 others arrested
Posted: 26 June 2012 1447 hrs
SINGAPORE: Five members of City Harvest Church (CHC), including its founder Pastor Kong Hee, have been arrested for alleged criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts of the church.
The other four members are John Tan Yee Peng, Lam Leng Ham, Chew Eng Ham and Sharon Tan.
The five were questioned by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on Tuesday.
Kong Hee was seen leaving the Police Cantonment Complex at 4pm.
The five will be charged in court on Wednesday.
CAD said it commenced an investigation on 31 May 2010 into certain financial transactions of CHC after receiving information of misuse of church funds.
The Commissioner of Charities (COC) began its inquiry into the charity on the same day under the Charities Act over alleged misconduct and mismanagement of the building fund which had been raised and earmarked for specific purposes.
The COC said financial irregularities of at least S$23 million from the charity’s funds had been discovered. These funds were used with the purported intention to finance the music career of Ho Yeow Sun, who is Pastor Kong’s wife and co-founder of the church.
The COC found that there was a concerted effort to conceal this movement of funds from the charity’s stakeholders, saying it is concerned about the misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the charity.
With the consent of the Attorney General, the COC has suspended eight persons, including the five arrested on Tuesday, from the exercise of their office or employment as governing board members.
The other three are Ho Yeow Sun, Kelvin Teo Meng How and Tan Su Pheng Jacqueline.
All eight have been suspended from their executive memberships in the charity with immediate effect.
The COC said it will also consider taking further courses of action against these individuals in order to protect the charity. This may include the removal of these persons from their office as trustee, governing board members, officers, agents or employees of the charity.
With the suspension, the eight persons will be prohibited from taking part or being involved in managing or representing the charity on any matters, or attending any of the charity’s Annual General Meetings, Extraordinary General Meetings and Board Meetings.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean has stressed that the charges filed by CAD are against the five individuals from the City Harvest Church regarding the use of church funds.
He said the charges are not filed against CHC itself and the church is free to continue its church services and activities.
Mr Teo added that CAD carries out investigations when it receives information that a criminal offence may have been committed.
CAD had previously investigated the National Kidney Foundation and Ren Ci.
As the matter is now before the courts, Mr Teo said the law should be allowed to take its course and the public should avoid speculation or making pre-judgements that may unnecessarily stir up emotions.
- City Harvest’s founder Kong Hee & 4 others arrested, http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1209942/1/.html, 26/06/2012. (Accessed 26/06/2012.)