"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
Matthew 6:24 (NASB)
(Update 10/12: We have posted a video of Sun's "artistry" at the end of the post. *trigger alert* You will see far more of this pastor's wife than others.)
Are you familiar with a pastor named Kong Hee? He hails from Singapore and is heavily involved in the Charismatic Movement. Hee founded City Harvest Church (in Singapore) and serves as senior pastor. He is married to Sun Ho, an aspiring pop music singer. (more on that in a bit…)
Reverence and relevance. These two words are at the heart of the life-changing message Kong Hee Ministries proclaims through international broadcast media, social media, print media, humanitarian outreach, missions, and conferences: to love God wholeheartedly and love people fervently.
As founder of Kong Hee Ministries, Kong encourages people to engage their culture with the same servant heart Jesus showed, and as a result, impact the norms, values, and belief systems of our world today.
Sun Ho, Kong Kee's wife was not charged, and she is reportedly standing by her man (link).
According to a report by the Associated Press, the trial began on May 15, 2013. The AP article stated:
Singapore opened a long-anticipated corruption trial Wednesday of six church leaders accused of embezzling more than $40 million to fund the pop music career of the wife of their evangelical movement's founder.
City Harvest Church faithful queued at a Singapore court overnight and packed the public gallery to show support for the accused who prosecutors say diverted the congregation's funds into "sham" investments to advance the career of aspiring star Ho Yeow Sun, popularly known as Sun Ho.
The church with affiliates in neighboring Malaysia and other countries is one of Singapore's richest and biggest, with membership of more than 30,000. It is known in the region for staging large-scale, elaborate services resembling pop concerts which are conducted by Ho's husband, Kong Hee.
Channel News Asia reported that:
After 20 days and six witnesses, the second tranche of the trial involving six City Harvest Church leaders ended on September 20. The trial will resume in January with at least five prosecution witnesses slated to take the stand.
When the trial resumes, we will be sure to provide an update. If you'd like to read further, we recommend the following article that was published in the UK's Daily Mail earlier this week.
Singapore megachurch founder on trial for 'stealing more than $40million to fund his wife's American pop star dream' (link)
After his arrest last year, Hee and his wife came to the United States to attend Ed Young's C3 Conference. An interesting piece – Megachurch Pastor in Singapore Charged with Fraud, Funding Wife's Singing Career – highlights that visit.
The article explains:
"While free and awaiting his trial, Pastor Hee has apparently gotten permission to travel overseas, which he has been doing. He stopped by this weekend at Texas Pastor Ed Young’s C3 conference, who posed for a photo with the Singaporean pastor and his singing wife.
If found guilty, Kong could face up to 20 years in prison or a fine for each charge."
Photo: Twitter/@konghee (link)
Not only does Kong Hee get around to conferences, but so does Steven Furtick. Check out this video in which Hee uses the 'power of confession' over Furtick.
Apparently, the power of confession worked because a concerned individual posted this video to protest Steven Furtick's visit to City Harvest Church (CHC) in April 2013. Can someone confirm that Furtick traveled to Singapore to speak at CHC?
Birds of a feather?
*trigger alert* (more for poor taste than nudity)
Special thanks to Nicholas for pointing this out.
Pastors encouraging Kong and Sun
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