AR Bernard, CHC, chc scandal, Chew Eng Han, City Harvest Church, court, DR Bernard, open letter, Phil Pringle, TBN
AR Bernard says on his website:
AdvisA. R. Bernard (born, 10 August 1953) is the Founder, Senior Pastor and CEO of Christian Cultural Center (CCC) located in Brooklyn, New York, United States. CCC is a ministry and not-for-profit 501c(3) organization, that currently has over 33,000+ members and sits on an 11.5-acre (45,000 m2) campus. He is also the President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York representing 1.5 million Protestants, Anglicans and Orthodox Christians. He sits on the NYC Economic Development Corporation Board, served on NYC School Chancellor’s Advisory Cabinet and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2001 Transition Team.
Source: http://www.arbernard.com/#main (Accessed 23/08/2014.)
We have in the past exposed A. R. Bernard’s immoral behaviour as a pastor.
Don’t Mess With CHC’s Advisory Pastor A.R. Bernard – He’ll “Honestly” Deal With You Too
Chew Eng Han mentioned an event that we may have covered on C3 Church Watch. Read here:
At Least The Guilty King Saul Repented ‘Apostle’ Bernard…
And now Chew Eng Han recently wrote the following public letter to AR Bernard,
Open Letter to Dr Bernard (From Eng Han)
Dear Dr Bernard,
I, a servant of God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, am writing an open letter to you to inform you that you have failed in your spiritual duties as the Advisory Chairman over the Board of City Harvest Church and as an Apostle over the church.
You will recall that on 1 Aug 2013, I along with a CHC elder and a board member, had a conference call with you to arrange a meeting with you. On 16 Sept, we met at a hotel in Singapore, joined by that elder and board member.
I asked if I could tape our conversation for future reference but you declined, and so I didn’t. I am now describing from my handwritten notes what happened.
You first asked what was my objective in meeting you, and I said my hope was that through you, Kong and Sun and some of his leaders would come to repentance, and that you would help awaken the church to the truth as to what was really happening in the church leadership.
I subsequently described to you some of Kong’s wrongdoings, from a moral and spiritual perspective. I related how I had a four and a half hour meeting with Kong and Sun which produced no fruits. You listened patiently and at the end of the meeting assured me that you believed I came to you without malice and in truth.
You said that I had placed a heavy responsibility upon you and you would ensure that you would discharge that responsibility by having a “good talk” with them, including the board, and that they would have to be “honest at the table.” You also said if they did not heed discipline, you may have to reconsider your relationship with them. I left the meeting assured that you would carry out your duties.
On the 21 Sept Saturday service at the church, you spoke from the pulpit against me instead. You alleged that I had used you for my personal agenda and had committed gossip and slander against and dishonored Kong and Sun.
You then got Kong on stage and made a show of ‘repentance’ by asking if he had committed silly mistakes before, and had he repented to God, to which he said “all the time.” To that, you got the congregation to endorse him with a roaring applause. There is a huge difference between “silly mistakes” and “conscious deception” and you allowed the people to believe it was the former. It would have been far better for that staged show never to have taken place.
Dr Bernard I am taking you to task in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for acting in a manner that’s unbecoming of an apostle, and for doing the very opposite of what His Word requires of a man of God that’s placed in a position of spiritual authority.
You abused the pulpit and instead of helping to wake up the people, you turned Kong into a brave and humble hero in their eyes, and with your open endorsement on stage, the people believed even more in Kong and Sun thereafter.
You also accused me of not complying with Matthew 18 because I did not confront the sinner but committed gossip and slander instead. You obviously had forgotten that I had told you about the four and a half hour meeting and how it failed to bear fruits of repentance. And how I had to try multiple times before that to speak to them and how protracted were the circumstances leading to that meeting with them.
It seems to me that subsequent to my meeting with you on 16 Sept, Kong and Sun had probably told you certain things about me which shifted your mind about my true intentions. The right thing you should have done then, according to Matthew 18, was for you to meet me again to clarify. Instead you misused the pulpit to tear me down for not complying with the very verses that you have failed to obey. The result of your actions on stage was that evil became good and good became evil.
In our meeting you said you believed in unity based on truth, humility and repentance, and emphasis on the flock and not on the man. You claimed also that you believed in a structure that forces the man of God into accountability to avert compromise and sin. None of your words translated into the right actions and today the church is in confusion as the truth unfolds and the man whom you are responsible for correcting continues in his ways uncorrected and unrestrained.
I warned you of the consequences if the matters of Kong and Sun are not properly dealt with in the House of God first. There was no biblical discipline and instead the wrongdoer got off with a resounding applause of endorsement.
One of my specific concerns which I brought to you was the falsified attendance figures, which was claimed to be 33,000 instead of the actual twelve to thirteen thousand. After what I revealed to you, you yourself went on to TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) and told a story of how the “church in Singapore” which you had been ministering to with your Cultural Mandate message had grown from 3,000 in 1998 to 38,000 today. You further exaggerated that that particular church has influence over 1,000 churches worldwide.
Not only have you failed to correct Kong but you yourself have perpetuated the lie about CHC’s size and influence. You owe an explanation to the body of Christ. I am publishing this open letter on Mrs Light n Friends blog and Facebook so that we can have an open discussion before the whole body of Christ internationally. Whatever reply you send to me will be published on the same platform so we both have an EQUAL opportunity to be scrutinised for our words and action. This is right because Matthew 18 says :
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, TELL IT TO THE CHURCH. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.”
The church is in a state of drastic and violent shakeup and confusion. As a man of God who had been given what in your own words you termed “heavy responsibilities”, I am asking you now to account for your past words and actions which are totally unfit and unbecoming of a person who claims apostleship over the church.
In the Lord’s name
Chew Eng Han
Source: Chew Eng Han, Open Letter to Dr Bernard (From Eng Han), Mrs Light and Friends, http://mrslightnfriends.com/open-letter-to-dr-bernard-from-eng-han, Published 23/08/2014. (Accessed 23/08/2014.)
A. R. Bernard it seems in the past closed his eyes to “maintain his integrity” and used corrupt partners and counterparties for financial gain (He actually lost integrity at that point !) , and now he accepts and endorses seriously dodgy activities and possible corruption by CHC Singapore leadership , all I can say is that God sees all and reveals all in His time, any they will all be answerable someday to authorities either here or in the Courts of Heaven.
Most interesting. Methinks there is plenty of spin coming….will “our” Phil be dragged in too? Oh, I forgot, he’s incommunicado in the Mediterranean.
No Phil is back in Sydney but His wife Ps Chris has gone to the USA on a “work and family visitation trip”, how convenient it is to be on church business and make a holiday of it as well to visit family all paid for by C3 church I presume. This happens a lot within C3 leadership.
One is tempted to ask what work? Sounds like the “visitations” that we used to get (back in my C3 days) 3/4 times a year from the various head honchos from the ranch headquarters – travel over to show the hoi polloi how much they care and return with a big fat honorarium cheque, after flogging some books, and urging more giving, and showing a few video clips of the expanding C3 ’empire’. Oh and a lot of praising the sheeple for what good little C3-ers we were.
What a lot of work.
And what about the types of cars that Phil and co. own and drive, which are mostly a BWS, a Mercedes, a Mercedes Sport a Lexus, an Audi. and who is paying for all these expensive tastes?
!Wake up people!, we have writhing the community new type of millionaires.
This man seems offended and is pointing fingers. This is what makes unbelievers not want to go to church,
Julia..you mean,this…is what unbelievers want to hear? This..nonsense..will bring them into loving Christ and the Word of God?
I wonder why the Apostles never used this ‘trash’..yes, trash…to bring people into the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.
Answer: They weren’t sellouts intent on ‘merchandising’ Christ. The Holy Word stands forever, these ‘authors’ are forgotten tomorrow.
They may have no fear of the Lord now, and love to attach the Holy Name of Jesus Christ to their ‘thoughts’ and meanderings… but they will have their reward in the end..as promised in the Scriptures.
Julia – perhaps you would end up being offended too, if you finally realised that money you gave, faithfully over many years, was being spent on the lavish lifestyles of these “pastors” and their inner circle of cronies. Is that “giving to God”???
People who ‘give to God’ strangely find that much of the money is going into the pockets of these false ministries. Perhaps a bit of serious investigation of present and past court cases would help you realise that.
In the case of Yongi Cho (now a convicted criminal, along with one of his sons, who is in jail) and the current trial of Kong Hee and Sun Ho (facing charges of money laundering to the tune of S$50 million.)
When all of the above is taken into account, there may just be some credible cause for concern, seeing that Phil Pringle is Kong Hee’s mentor, and Yongi Cho mentored Phil Pringle?
Do some homework Julia, before you come here “pointing the finger” at those who have already done theirs. These people are starting to look like a row of “paper doll chains” – they all look the same, act the same, follow the same prearranged agenda and are all cut from the same material.
check out who shows up to bow down & worship the beast at the 3:10 mark..