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Chew Eng Han – Statement re Submissions to COC ( 20 July 2013)

As many would have already read, the deadline for making submissions to Commissioner of Charities (COC) passed on 13 July 2013, with only myself and one other person meeting the deadline. The remaining six have applied for extension time to submit their objections to their removal from office. For some, they have asked to extend till as far as the end of the criminal trial, likely to be in 2014.

My counsel Michael Khoo has sturdily laid out my grounds as to why I should not be held to account for any misconduct or mismanagement of the charity. I do not see any reason to delay such submissions. A man should clear his name and defend his integrity at the soonest opportunity possible, and this submissions process is the most opportune platform, aside from the time when I take the defence stand in the ongoing criminal trial.

The COC has on 19 July 2013 offered to defer the removal proceedings till six months after the conclusion of the trial, on condition that I sign a consent form for further suspension. My counsel has been instructed to kindly decline this offer. I have already stated in my submissions on 12 July that I am fully prepared at any time to go before the COC board to have my case heard.

Proverbs 22:1 NKJV
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.”

Article Contributed by Mr. Chew Eng Han

Read COC’s response to written submissions

Chew Eng Han’s response to CHC’s statement

In response to CHC’s Board’s response to my Personal Statement on my departure from CHC, the following are my replies:

1. Firstly I refer to the para which states:

“While we do not understand the reasons for his current sentiments, we wish nothing but the best for Eng Han and his family, and thank him for all his contributions.”

My query to the Board is whether they have been made aware of a four and a half hour meeting between Pastor Kong, Sun, myself and my wife? Are they also aware of some of the issues which I raised and whether there were sincere corrective actions taken since that meeting 3 months ago?

2. Secondly I refer to the para which states:

“The Board knows and believes that the senior leadership has always walked in integrity, adhering to Biblical principles through the leading of the Holy Spirit. We maintain our full confidence in the leadership.”

My query is how many of the board members made a conscious effort to read the COC Inquiry Report which was made accessible to them? And if they did, was then a diligent internal inquiry held in-house, to determine if there was any wrongdoing on the part of the alleged wrongdoers? Has the board done an inquiry on the issues named by COC, and satisfied itself fully that there has been no compromise of integrity? If the board has not done so, it cannot state that it knows and believes in the integrity of the senior leadership.

3. The board is probably unaware of many other issues, especially those on the pastoral angle, in terms of the manner of conduct of some of their pastors and senior leaders.  Without such information, it is not equipped to issue a board statement of confidence.

The church statement is a mere attempt to unite the church with a spiritual tone, but lacks substance in dealing with the real issues of truth and integrity.

Dated 22 June 2013

Statement from BBG

Dear Friends,

The leaders of the Business Breakthrough Group Limited (BBG) would like to announce that BBG is now operating as an independent private entity.

We are no longer functioning under the covering of City Harvest Church (CHC) with immediate effect.  (BBG has been established as a Company limited by guarantee under Singapore Law, and has been funded independently since December 2012)

The leaders have deliberated over the best course of action for its members, and the leaders have collectively and unanimously agreed to this course of action in full support of the personal statement issued on 21st June 2013 by the founder of BBG, Chew Eng Han.

We would like to thank the current leadership of CHC for their past support of BBG, and our thoughts and prayers are (continue to be with) the church, the congregation, and with the CHC leadership.

Warmest regards,
Leaders of
Business Breakthrough Group Ltd

Personal Statement From Chew Eng Han

Dear friends in CHC,

The time has come for me to make a major shift in direction for my life. I’ve thought and prayed through this for many months, and on balancing the pros and cons of it, I now have a deep conviction that that the right thing to do is to depart from City Harvest Church (CHC).

CHC is my first and only church and in the 17 years there, I have been fed the Word of God and learnt to grow in spiritual strength and faith.  For that, I am deeply grateful.  Many members of the church have qualities which are not easily found elsewhere – tenacity, faith, love for people, generosity, perseverance and loyalty.  If certain events had not overtaken this wonderful experience, CHC would undoubtedly continue to be my one and only church.

For those who do not know me well and have not heard me out, I hope you will not jump to conclusions about me and the appropriateness of such a move.  Those who know me better will understand what I’ve been seeing and tolerating – wrongful labelling, quick to take credit and to pass the buck, betrayal, slander, ingratitude, denial and lies, manipulation and control, greed, pride, hypocrisy, abuse of authority, practice of favoritism and different standards.  it is exacerbated when it is perpetrated by top leaders, including those who taught us that the Word is supreme and that obedience to the Word equals loving God.  Leadership cannot be measured by words but by action.  Nobody qualifies to lead, or to preach what he cannot practise in real life.  More than anything, these are foremost issues of spiritual and moral significance.

I realize these are strong words, but nevertheless I do believe no one has to be afraid of speaking the truth.  Otherwise we are in bondage to man and their man-made rules.  Jesus Himself did not mince words when dealing and confronting certain issues or persons, because He carried the Spirit of Truth, which we similarly do. We are also given the gift of the Holy Spirit to discern between right and wrong, truth and untruth, and then to take a stand for what is right and true.

Above personal reasons, I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to have a go at knowing and walking in the truth, and those who withhold it from the masses will be held accountable by Him for consensual silence.  I fear God, not man.  Unity is good, but it cannot come at the expense of truth and justice and be imposed for the personal benefit of a few. True unity is linked to the Spirit of God, of Truth and Justice, and edifies all, not a select few.

Hopefully, many will kindly remember me as one who has poured out his whole life and has tirelessly fought for the cause of this church – be it in the property search, the crossover, or the reputation of the leadership.  It takes a lot for me to make a sharp turnaround, but we do have to make difficult decisions at important crossroads of our lives, and this is such a decision.  In the end, principles such as accountability, honesty, fair-dearling, justice and truth will for me take precedence over position, popularity, recognition and acceptance.

My wish for all in CHC is that everyone will focus his eyes and heart on Jesus Christ, who is and can be the only Foundation of the church.  God bless you and be with you all.

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end despair.” CS Lewis

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill

 

Deception, Witchcraft & Sorcery

Derek Prince had taught extensively about Witchcraft. He defines witchcraft as the works of the flesh according to Galatians 5:20. He says that witchcraft always has the 3 attributes of: Manipulating, Intimidating and Dominating. How can a Christian know whether his/her church is being attacked by witchcraft?

When witchcraft is active in the church community there are always at least two results: legalism and works of the flesh.

In his article ‘Witchcraft Exposed And Defeated’, Derek Prince cautioned against being bewitched where warfare is waged in our minds to be entrapped by Satan. Satan’s counter attacks manifests in the form of Carnality and Legalism (attempting to achieve righteousness by works; and adding extra requirements (Rom. 4:22–25)).

Rebellion is witchcraft. (1 Samuel 15:23). Rebellious people normally attempt to control others. Rebellion keeps a person from trusting in God for their needs, therefore they must use the world’s system to obtain their basic needs. The world’s system has a prince named Satan, and he is into control and manipulation. His methods are imprisonment, slavery, selfishness, all of which utilise control of others.

Control

How people control you. You will always have others who will try to control you for some reason or another. It may be for money, power, or security of some kind, or perhaps to give them significance. The three main needs of the human are love, security and significance. People do not know how to obtain these from God, so they will try to manipulate you in order to achieve these ends. Watch out when someone is telling you that you should be doing something, or you owe something to them. This is often the sign of the manipulator. So often Christians use the Bible as a means of manipulation. They show you one Scripture out of context to prove that you should be doing something. The Holy Spirit never uses force or pressure. He always suggests things and allows you to make a free decision.

How you control others. Be sure that you are not guilty of witchcraft, even in the smallest way. Never push people to give to you. Never manipulate, or try to dominate. Always give people their free will to make their own decision without making them feel guilty or obligated.

Nature Of Witchcraft (1 Sam. 15:23)

A. Work of the flesh (Gal. 5:20)

1. Linked to rebellion and stubbornness (1 Sam. 15:23)

2. Substitute for legitimate power to maintain illegitimate authority—operates in:

a. Family relationships

b. Congregation: pastor vs. members, “prophetesses”

c. Preacher building his ministry: pattern of Abraham and Isaac

3. Characteristics

a. Manipulation

b. Intimidation

c. Domination

4. Guilt: main tool of Satan

B. An evil spiritual power (Gal. 3:1)

1. Satan and his angels seek illegitimate dominion

a. Natural religion of fallen man

b. All forms of occult

2. Church—witchcraft results in legalism (Gal. 5:19–21)

a. Restores illegitimate dominion of flesh over spirit (Rom. 7:5–6)

Aspects of illegitimate dominion

Flesh Vs Spirit

a. Carnal/spiritual

b. Ishmael/Isaac

c. Theology/revelation (Gal. 1:11–17)

d. Education/discipling (Rom. 8:7–8)

e. Psychology/discernment

f. Program/supernatural direction

g. Eloquence/supernatural power (1 Cor. 2:4–5)

h. Reasoning/walk of faith (2 Cor. 10:4–5)

i. Legalism/love (Gal. 5:6, 14; 1 Tim. 1:5–6)

Jezebel Spirit

Most people misunderstand her role as one of a sexually perverse person. She may have been, but her primary role was one of usurping proper authority. Her husband the king Ahab was supposed to be the ruler, but actually, behind the scenes she was calling the shots. When Joram saw Jehu he asked, “Have you come in peace, Jehu?” “How can there be peace,” Jehu replied, “as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound?” (2 Kings 9:22).

Actually, the Jezebel spirit can operate in a man as well. However, mostly, it operates with women in this area. They often use sex as a method of manipulation. They entice men who do not properly submit to the authority of Jesus, or to their proper earthly authority. Their aim is to fulfill their needs for love, security, and significance.

Revelation 2:20-23 says, “Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.”