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Kong Hee deserves his luxury Sentosa Cove mansion

Christians and especially members of the public should just shut up about Pastor Kong Hee’s multi-million dollar residence in Sentosa Cove, or his wife’s luxury residence in the US. Because he deserves it, according to the Prosperity Gospel:

I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. – Genesis 12:12 (NLT)

It is easy to read it as God will give us wealth so that we can use our material wealth to bless others. Notice how everything about blessing can be interpreted to be in the material sense, although we know the term has been used in other ways, like having many children, spiritual blessing, etc. Combine this with the various promises of increasing your wealth by x number of times – eg. Five-fold, ten-fold and so on, which are promises given to patriarchs in the old testament, and you know you’ve got a great thing going.

So it is perfectly consistent, and rational, that according to his teaching, since he has touched so many lives and he has blessed so many, and is a devout man of God, that these luxury residences are God’s blessing to him.

Another one I keep hearing is:

Jesus nailed your poverty (and sickness, etc) on the cross

Can’t find a bible reference, but just google the phrase, I didn’t make this up. Also doesn’t leave much to the imagination once the Son of God removes your material poverty! And let’s not forget:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10 (1984NIV)

Which can be easily understood to referring to a materially abundant life. Not like this.

By the way, those who believe the above teachings and try to claim them but failed, just haven’t had ‘enough’ faith!

But I want to say right now that this is not the Gospel according to the Apostles Mark, Matthew, Luke or John, but an intelligent patchwork of verses to sell the idea that Jesus came to make you rich.

The Prosperity Gospel’s selective reading of the bible runs contrary to Jesus’ many words in the new testament – where He teaches

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19 (1984NIV)

which is a general discourse against coveting material wealth. And this is consistent with the rest of the gospel.

So the rest of us should not complain about Kong Hee’s great mansion on earth, for that is his rightful reward, according to his Prosperity Gospel. But those who seek God’s true Kingdom, and the spiritual riches of God, and the forgiveness promised in Jesus, should look elsewhere.

Ever wonder about the origins of the phrase “as poor as a churchmouse”?

(Afternote: This is not a condemnation of rich people. It is about the false teaching that Jesus will make you rich if you believe in him, or Jesus wants you to pursue wealth in order to glorify him)

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  1. John
    3 July at 11:47 pm

    Gen 12:12 is God’s promise given to Abraham, and a type of Christ, but not applicable for the whole mankind. Material blessings are not an indication of spirituality, if not all the apostles would have been very rich esp Paul :-). Being a good steward is commended by God.

  2. Timothy
    7 July at 8:08 pm

    He will have to answer to God eventually. Let him Be. There is only one Truth and one Gospel. Man will be man, not God.

  3. Pastor Sifu
    17 August at 3:10 am

    what rubbish is this

  1. 3 July at 1:00 pm

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