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Last weekend, Kong Hee addressed City Harvest Church about his situation and his moral integrity over the allegations of financial misconduct.
(Edit (07/08/2012): He still parades himself as “Dr. Kong Hee”.)
However, Hee did not honestly address Pringle Pringle at this event. Hee addressed Phil Pringle as ‘Dr Phil Pringle’.
I Do Maintain My Integrity – Dr Kong Hee
It is always good to have a solid pastor to assess the evidence of Kong Hee (head of City Harvest Church), Phil Pringle (head of the C3 Movement) and Gordon Moore (founders and Senior Ministers of C3 Church Bridgeman Downs, Executive Member/National Directors of Australia for C3 Church Global).
Pastor Gervase Charmley examined our articles here:
Is Doctor Phil Pringle Really a Doctor?
What Is Wrong With Gordon & Kong?
This was his assessment of their diploma mill doctorates:
“Obviously not every non-accredited school is a diploma mill. What makes a diploma mill is that a degree may be obtained quickly and with little or no actual effort on the part of the one obtaining it, apart from the payment of a fee. For example, I do not think anyone would call Bob Jones University a diploma mill. Online education and distance learning are facts of our modern world, so that there are institutions that do not have a campus in the traditional sense, but who have high academic standards (The Open University in the UK is a great example of this, and probably the oldest). But from the description of the institution that awarded the doctorates of Phil pringle and Kong Hee, it sounds like a classic diploma mill.” – Pastor Gervase Charmley, 11/08/2012.
Don’t forget that Phil Pringle and Kong Hee have other close friends in ministry, who also got their false doctorates from another diploma mill.
Congo Line Of Unqualified Ministers Endorsed By Phil Pringle
NOTE: ALL SCREEN GRABS WERE TAKEN ON 07/08/2012.
An article written by an ex-CHC cell group leader who has gone on record with his full identity.
Note that this article was written last year BEFORE the arrests took place. It is an interesting insight into how the CHC leadership works.
An extract below
The Final Straw came in March 2011 when my immediate “team leader” asked me to stop probing and being so vocal about my findings – only to discover later that he is a board member of one of the CHC-linked group. I take it as a conflict of undisclosed interest rather than discipleship. Not wanting to be held ransom under his authority, I left the church in March 2011, determined to uncover the truth. They were trying to silent me.
I have to admit that I went through an emotional roller-coaster and was angry for some time – I think it is normal to be angry. But it is neither uncontrolled rage nor bitterness. Just angry at what is going on in a place that never ought to be happening. Thankfully, over time in a new environment, I was able to regain clarity and live all over again in spite of what has happened. Now, creating awareness is my main priority.
The last 6 months
From the day I discovered that I have been wrong about many things, I set on a mission to uncover the truth. It was after I left that I realized that I stand on a very different side of sociology – “isolation” from the people I know as “family members”. My determination come from the fact that my parents are still attending the church, as well as many of my friends whom I have known for the past 16 years – so my concern is for them not to be mislead.
There are also talk that “I have been spreading rumours” which resulted in people leaving. For goodness sake, if that had been true, then there would have been a explosive revival in my new church! But no, we just want to go back to the Word where Jesus is the center. All I did was for those who sought me to “talk it out”, I asked them to open their eyes and pray and be careful – before giving away their money – because it represents their lives. There are many adults who have brains to think and not easily manipulated emotionally nor fall easily to some “marketing jargons” – I have no influence over them. Rather than doing so many funny things, I suggest rebuilding broken trust by disclosure. The recent FAQ is disappointing – because it did not touch a single bit on the real issues. And what you failed to do, someone else will. I’m not the first one – I just happen to be the current “mascot” (had to redeem all my wrongs for being naive). There will be more people stepping out.
We have very good and committed members in CHC and I love and respect every single one of them. The problem Is not the church or the members. As much as I can, I will try to deal with this matter honorably, to the extent honor is due.
I made a decision to set out to uncover the truth for all to know, so that you can rebuild the house in order, and I know it will cause conflict with the people I regard as “friends” there. Nevertheless, this is a tough choice to make and I have decided to see it to the finish, in spite of the challenges it presents. It has been a worthy fight the last 6 months, to turn from one side to the other, adn then to uncover the truth. And I’m just starting to take it to a new level – publishing all these documents for all to see over time, perhaps chronologically.
Some people choose to build a building, I just felt it is more important to rebuild our lives – starting with putting Jesus as the center in everything, and releasing the truth that will set people free. We all need a closure to this saga. Vindicative, if possible, but most important than anything – be careful with your giving. It represents your blood and life. Revelations 16 says something about it, besides Eekiel 13.
“Peace if possible but truth at any cost” – Martin Luther.
This is my story. At the end of the day, I like what a brother say, that “we may be in different camps now, but we are under one Cross”. And this Cain (if you treat him as one) is not going to say “am I my brother’s keeper”. Rather this Cain is gonna say “I AM my brother’s keeper”. You are always my brother and sister, regardless of what you think of me after I left.
Kong Hee has no integrity to maintain. The guy is a charlatan who has conned the flock to sell their apartments , downgrade and give the profits to him. The pew warmers downgraded but he upgraded to a $9.3million penthouse!
Tomorrow we’ll see how much integrity he’s got. My guess is he’ll be in the klanger for life along with some of the conning, coniving board members.
Don’t be so sure.
I wouldn’t be surprised if someone is sacrificed and falls on their sword for their idol.
Just thinking the same thing Bones. Wouldn’t be surprised to see 5 fighting for the “honour”.
“The guy is a charlatan who has conned the flock to sell their apartments , downgrade and give the profits to him. The pew warmers downgraded but he upgraded to a $9.3million penthouse!”
We have these videos of Kong Hee before they were pulled by youtube. And Bones, we will publish what you’ve written in a series of people’s experiences with CHC. Thanks for the find.
“[…] videos of Kong Hee […] were pulled by youtube.”
‘[…] whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.’ John 3:21
Quite a contrast, isn’t it?
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That’s why the ‘PAWNS’ go first.
Dig for gold
Dig for fame
You dig to make your name
All the wants you waste
All the things you’ve chased
Then it all crashes down
And you break your crown
And you point your finger
But there’s no one around
Just want one thing
Just to play the king
But the castle’s crumbling
And you’re left with just a name
Where’s your crown, King Nothing?
This guy’s opening up on his experiences at CHC after having his parodies channel on Youtube cancelled due to copyright violation from CHC.
What does Kong Hee hope to achieve with his Youtube witch-hunt to claim copyright on Kong Hee parodies? Why doesn’t he claim copyright on Kong Hee videos uploaded by his fans? What are Kong Hee’s motives? Does he fap to China Wine? He wants more money? Ego? Shiok? Lose-lose situation. His repute is already in tatters & he shamed Singapore in the process. And I lose my Youtube account, along with 900+ videos (800+ public & 100+ private/personal).
Truth be told, I was asked by a JC friend to attend City Harvest Church (Jurong) way back circa 1998-2005. As I felt more at home in traditional churches who never pressured me to get baptised, I always attended CHC sporadically as a guest & over the years, saw some epic marketing:
Sun-Ho pop music MTV shown during sermons & people are coaxed to buy his wife’s music CDs.
Kong Hee coax everyone to pay & call an overseas hotline to vote for Sun Ho so she can remain Top in Taiwan pop charts.
Cell group leaders telling members to buy multiple copies of Sun Ho’s CD so she can win 93.3FM Hit awards.
Final straw came when this JC friend, M*ch*le Tan conned my mother and myself of all our life savings & CPF money (old CPF system) to buy toxic products from Pr*dential insurance company. This ‘friend’ told us we were buying real estate investment trust but sold us Investment-Linked Plans instead. This ‘friend’ even led a prayer while doing the sales presentation to distract us. Global financial crisis came in 2007 & this ‘friend’ financial planner did not even switched funds for us & til today, have yet to recover our losses. Later on, I found out that M*ch*le Tan had became a MDRT achiever (Million Dollar Round Table) by mis-selling Prud*nti*l products to CHC members. Mich*l* T*n also recruited CHC members to Prud*nt*al to sell, and recruited from Pr*d*nti*l insurance agents to CHC. I had lodged a complaint to Pr*denti*al but was ignored & M*ch*le Ta* had left this company, so all our policies became orphan policies. Back then, I was more angry at M*chele T*n & Prud*nti*l. I heard that this practise of using God’s name to sell products is even more rampant in CHC nowadays, with agents from MLM (multi-level marketing), Ponzi Schemes (defunct ”Sunshine Empire”) & more insurance agents, financial planners etc.
I was invited to go CHC again in 2006 by a friend. I think this was when Ho Yeow Sun stepped down as a Pastor. But, I must admit I was really brainwashed this time; coaxed to attend both Jurong & Singapore Expo branches & was assigned a cell group in Clementi to prevent backsliding. Once, when asked by the cell-group leader to praise Kong Hee in a cell group meeting, I said ”He is a smart entrepreneur & businessman”. (I actually meant shrewd) I think this was before CHC bought over Suntect City Mall. The cell-group leader told me off in front of all the other members & replied staunchly that it is God’s plans that Kong Hee is rich & successful so he can spread the gospel more effectively. Then, we were asked to donate money to Pastor Kong Hee so as to admit our sins. I was also told that I had commited ”blasphemy” by saying that Kong Hee is a smart (shrewd) entrepreneur & businessman. I never set foot to CHC again.
Maybe Kong Hee is getting even with me, for ”back-sliding”, not buying enough of his wife’s CD & blogging about his cult status? Kong Hee, I have only one word to say to you:
You are a disgrace to christianity & have brought shame to Singapore & ok, that was many words.
HEY, KONG HEEI ! ┌П┐(◉_◉)┌П┐
City Harvest Church – Come Holy Spirit (Singapore’s Biggest Charity Scandal Special Edition MV)
[I bet Kong Hee is after this video too!]