Confession of a former City Harvest Church Ministry Member

I am an ex-member who had joined CHC for more than 10 years and left about 2 years ago. This means that I have joined since Hollywood Theatre and followed them to Jurong West, Expo and eventually Suntec. Before I start, allow me to show my “credentials” from CHC.

I had/was:
*Water baptized by Pst Derek in East Coast Park.
*Served in at least 5 ministries during my time in church.
*Attained the Certificate of Christian Foundation for completing the full series of bible studies.
*Served in overseas missions, including those of crisis relief nature.
*Faithfully attended church services and CG (cell group) meetings every week.
*Tithed every month, gave offerings at least 2 times a week and participated in every Building Funds since I joined.
*Found my soul mate and married in church.
*Last held a MM (Ministry Member) membership. ( Yes, I went to the stage during one of the service to sign and pledge my commitment to the church in front of the congregation when I receive my MM card.)

  • I was still a youth (Pre-NS) when I joined CHC. Back then, I was bullied in school so joining CHC literally changed my life.
  • From no friends to having many friends and new “family members” (we referred CG members as our family or brothers and sisters in Christ).
  • From shy to become outspoken.
  • From feeling worthless (because of the bullying) to feeling that I can make a difference.

My first series of building fund was used to build the church in Jurong. Back then, it was a great dream to think that as a young student, I can contribute to build God a house. I swapped my favorite fast food for the hawker centers, order 1 meat and 1 veg instead of the usual 1 meat 2 veg for lunch. I walked home instead of taking the bus. Of course, asked my parents to give more allowance :P. I felt a great sense of achievement when we eventually built the Jurong church debt free!

Pst Kong was a very charismatic man. There’s always many good testimonies about him from church members and leaders. Thus, he appears as very sincere and God-fearing to me. Coupled that with the many achievements like building the Jurong Church, setting up of community services and seeing how people’s life and my own life had changed, it was without a doubt that I trust Pst. Kong fully and was a fervent believer of whatever he says.

Not long after moving to Jurong, Pst Kong announced that Sun will be entering the entertainment industry to reach out to “people who would never step into a church”. Eventually, she cut her first Chinese album and there was great fanfare. Her posters were everywhere in church. People were carrying her CDs around in church to sell. We were encouraged to buy her CDs to support her just as we would “support a fellow brother/sister in Christ”. People start boosting how they bought 10 CDs and give to friends and family members. Back then, not buying her CD is akin to using a Nokia 3210 when everyone is owning a iPhone or Samsung smartphone, the peer pressure is there.

Then came the Roland Poon incident. Eventually we all knew that Poon spent $30000 to publish apologies in major newspapers. So? Poon was wrong and Pst. Kong is right, Praise God! Then Pst. Kong announced during service that no church fund was used and all expenses were covered by her royalties and that was further ‘confirmed’ by auditor Brother Foong in a video, Amen! That was basically the level of enthusiasm I felt from the church. I did have some doubt at that point of time but if you can understand the state of mind I was in by reading what I had mentioned earlier, Pst Kong was like a hero to me and most of the members. Heroes don’t lie right? And with the positive image that Sun put forth with all the positive messages in her Mandarin albums, it’s hard not to believe whatever Pst is saying.

So where did it eventually go downhill for me? Probably at that time when Pst. Kong showed us a video of China Wine during service to showcase Sun’s achievement in US. Everyone was like clapping and cheering (and so did I) but it was a little embarrassing to see Sun dressing, dancing provocatively and uttering inaudible, meaningless raps in service. A 180 degrees turn from her Mandarin albums that I used to like. Pst. explained that Sun needs to sing and dance like this to appeal to the US audience. Apparently sappy love songs like her Mandarin albums were outdated in US at that time.

And I was there during the time when Pst. opening elevates members who delayed their weddings, sold their cars, downgraded their flats, emptied their bank account in order to give more for building fund. He also shared how he USED TO emptied his joint account and sold his car and drive the beat-up church van to give to God, and God blessed him back hundred-fold, for example how he now lived in a condo in Orchard Road [at that point of time], drives his favorite Audi A7 and having a church with an ever-increasing membership [I heard from leaders that Pst. has a liking for Audi]. The church, me including responded with cheers and claps and many “Amen”s. It never really cross my mind [at that point of time] that Pst. Kong never really downgrade his car or house after that, despite Building Fund was still ongoing. Most of us would have attributed his wealth to the blessings of God [If Pst. is not wealthy then how can he preach about wealth right?].

So despite that, why did I still stay and give [to building funds, tithes] for so long?

  • For the friends I made in church.
  • For the my personal encounter with God.
  • For how my life was turned around.
  • Yes, for my blind faith in Pst. Kong and the rest of the church leaders.

Never mind the pressure to bring friends and family to church every Easter, Christmas, Anniversary etc.
Never mind that I hardly have much money to spare every time there’s building funds.
Never mind if there’s persecution from family and friends [after all, Pst. Kong always remind us that it is 'normal' for Christians to face persecutions and only good Christians go through 'trials and tribulations' because God and the Devil can't be bothered with the weak ones].

Eventually this ongoing scandal reveal way too much for me to stay in denial.
Church fund was used for the Crossover. Not any ordinary fund but the BUILDING FUND! Which Pst. Kong time and again assured during services that Building Fund is only used to cover rentals, renovation and strictly anything to do with the physical church building.

When we moved to Suntec, the first time he did was to tell us that we need to ‘urgently’ gather $310 million dollars within 7 years through series of Building Funds to purchase enough shares in Suntec and to pay off loans to avoid ‘losses’. However, Pst. at that time was living in a multi-million dollar penthouse in SENTOSA COVE while Sun was living in a US$20000/mth rental unit in Beverly Hills! Seriously, are you really ‘urgent’? Oh, and he was still driving his luxury Audi A7, wearing his branded clothes, flying weekly [which we now know was either 1st class or business class] to US, getting $500000 a year in bonus and loyalty despite being ‘officially off the church payroll’. I mean seriously, he MAY have sacrificed a lot in the earlier days when he first started the church BUT NOW he and Sun is really LIVING THE LIFE! [I currently earn less than $50000/year on monthly payroll. If I can earn 10 times as much like Pst Kong, I don't mind going "off payroll" too].

It comes to a point where I say ‘enough is enough’ and I left. Those who left may felt just like me initially. Lost, not sure what to do. Lose all friends you made in church over the past 10 years. 10 years, it was like a dream, and woke up to face reality. But over the past 2 years, I have created routines to filled up the times where I should have being in CG or service. I spent more time with my family, my wife and learn to treasure the people whom had truly given their life for me. I started to save up and now have a sizable piggy bank [something that is unthinkable if I am still in church as such 'piggy bank' will be emptied in every building fund]. I started bringing my family for holidays, treat my parents more frequently, increases my monthly giving for my parents and so much more.

It’s conflicting, but I really have to thank CHC for who I am today [as in my character]. However, no thanks for the deceptive way I was encouraged to contribute to tithes, offerings and building funds. Pst. Kong said this during service, “Reaching your destination is important but HOW YOU GET THERE is more important!”

 

Ex-Ministry Member

 

* Source: CHC Confessions

 

 

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32 Responses to “Confession of a former City Harvest Church Ministry Member”

  • hennis tang:

    Those greedy so-call pastor are nothing more than charlatan. These maniacs are satan in the making, their ability to deceive many of those gullible into performing miracle. all were hallucinated by the “china Wine” and donating handsomely for the pathetic CD.

    Wake-up, blind followers………god is inside your heart and no such thing as God’s house. If you need to perform good deed, give directly or hand-out directly to the needy without going thru these unscrupulous so-call pastors!

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  • MarBowling:

    Good for the writer. He has finally woken up from his Slumber!

    Btw Pastor Con Hee and Lee Kayu aka the Horrible Man both are charismatic buggers! Both are sweet talkers. Able to convince a perching bird to come down from the tree. Con Hee is able to sweet-talk, hypnotize and convince the number of worsheepers from the initial hundreds to about 30,000 worsheepers at its peak! Todate, about 13,000 worsheepers like the writer have woken up! Similarily, the Horrible Man is also able to sweet-talk, hypnotize and convince not only most SinKaporean But also his whole cabinet of yesmen and yeswomen to follow like sheep to all his crap ideas on how to run SinKapore!

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  • Trust only myself:

    Not surprising this was a goondu who spent more than 10 years contributing to “church building funds”….
    There are so many goondus out there……some only worship old man not god.

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  • Monyet Hitam:

    Sinkies are really pathetic, always be led by the nose to believe wholly. An ex CHC member said Pastor Kong Hee stresses the more tithes given, the more God Almighty would bless a member with more wealth.
    Even film maker Jack Neo foolishly believes Kong also. How much Neo contributed so far? After all these years, how much wealth has God rewarded him?

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  • Lee Hsia Lan:

    You sure are one of the rare smart ones from chc. It shows you’ve a darn good brain that can resist being thoroughly washed. Congrats!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Ex-Ministry Member, GLAD THAT YOU WOKE UP – I got nothing personally against any faith following. To each his own and his/her enjoyment of enrichment. BUT MONEY AND DIVINE DON’T MIX at all, much less if it is entangled in business pursuits.

    Don’t believe me? It is IN THE LAW and case law precedents. Imagine this – someone set up a few religious altar, invite the public to come in to pray and make donations for that particular faith. What happened? The creator of that place of worship is self-employment collects income and he/she registered that as a business enterprise, then ask IRAS for tax exemption? Who can’t do this? IRAS can’t stop anybody from engaging all kind of business including PIMPING – never mind this is even illegal at law. BUT IRAS IS STILL GOING TO TAX that budding entrepreneur whether he/she is a PIMP or a RELIGION MINISTER of a faith.

    But there are other faith following that collects money giving nearly all to charity causes and do nothing else of business. They might not pray X times per day or less than the PIMP of my illustration above. The PIMP of course is praying harder for more customers to juice his business income but the priest or religion minister is praying for the humanity alleviation.

    THE MORAL OF THE STORY HERE IS PRAYING AND ITS MANIFESTATION IS NOT RELIGION. IRAS is smart enough to know it. Religion is believing in your faith and how you are relating to humanity.

    WHY IS THE 70% still so daft – so stupid that they don’t even know they are stupid – to be used ???

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  • lan:

    Sama sama
    CpeeF goalpost keep shifting every chee bye year till one bas***d paKar bold to say NOT PEOPLE MONEY when every chee bye price up Up all the way
    Gullible 70

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  • Tatman:

    Stupid guy, the concept of that Kong Hee Church is based on those of MLM pyramid scam companies.

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  • cw:

    final judgement will come. no one escapes
    death. 60 70 80 yrs in this world. its vvvv finite
    kh wont die easy death. maybe his plan is to repent on his death bed. no appeals on
    the other side bro or pap sr counsel

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  • Brainwashed:

    Paying himself $500k a year from church is not wrong?

    Flying first class?

    What kind of religion is this?

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  • LIONS:

    Reaching ypur destination is importat but how you get tbere is even more important- pastor KONG .

    Is that WHY pastot kong choose to live at SENTOSA COVE?
    Guess also using a BRANDED CAR gets you to “HEAVEN” fa$ter than an old toyota?

    God does not care HOW YOU GET TO YOUR DESTINATION BUT GOD DOES CARE IF YOU GET TO TBE RIGHT DESTINATION,i believe?

    Well,you think God cares if you wear a LaCoste or a “CROCODILE” that ia made in Singapore?

    Yep,GETTING TO THE RIGHT DESTINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT than HOW YOU GET THERE,at least to me.

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  • BuyMeBakKutTeh:

    Hope the 70% can wake up too before something drastic happen….

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  • zoom:

    True religion does not need money. It is practiced through one’s everyday living and shows itself in little kind acts eg respect for the elders, helping someone who is struggling with some boxes etc.

    A person who does this is more religious than one who goes to church and giving all his earnings and getting brainwashed. These pastors do not practice the faith – no humility (no Audi, no Sentosa house etc) and meekness.

    Kong Hee and gang are just an organised money sucking machine – sucking all the life mojo of whoever comes close to them, in the name of God.

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  • ex-CHC member too:

    It should not take 10 years to quit the Charismatic movement if only more ex-members have an educated helicopter view on the history of Charismaticism. Unfortunately, the Internet and its quality of information was not as sophisticated then as it is today.

    Fortunately, I had a certain Catholic influence in my educational upbringing which I subconsciously bank on as a benchmark/reference for attaining a positive religious experience. In my time there, I have no doubt CHC has done much in community work. But it’s when CHC invited some of these guest preachers from the USA that I began to detect their sermons stank to the high heavens filled with materialism.

    I mean, week after week you listen to Kong Hee, you get to know him better through his sermon patterns. But these American charlatans came from nowhere and started talking about money or owning private jets when you hardly knew them. They almost sound like extortionists.

    I ended up researching these charlatans’ names on the Internet and lo, every other ordinary American who had listened to them lambasted them and cross-examined, cross-referenced their sermons with true meanings of biblical verses. I was very devastated and fell sick for a week.

    I think most of all, I ultimately quite CHC and a 2nd church simply because members lack humility. And you can trace this lack of humility all the way up to the Pee Aye Pee!

    People talk about separating the church (or religion in our case) from the state, but if politicians never apply Godly values in their political decisions and actions, Sinkiepore is doomed.

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  • Bapak:

    Wow, I like this story. Just like Singapore Pte Ltd. The building of church is so similar to someone declared “from swampland to modern city”. The emptying of pockets, is just an equivalent to constant delaying and shifting of CPF Withdrawal Age.

    The $300M fund thing is equivalent to raise taxes, raise water tariff, raise COE, raise SC, raise transport fare,…etc. Wow, who copies who?

    You can leave but we can’t. Anyway, Welcome brother, from 70% back to reality at 30%. Make it real, make it happen!

    Use your experience to judge and observe how Singapore Pte Ltd does it. I can swear, it is exactly the same. So, make sure you mark the right box!

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  • Ah Peng Kia:

    Do not worship man. Man is not infallible, and man will die one day. Search for the one true God. It is your relationship between God and yourself, and how you live out your life in light of your encounter with God.

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  • Bebe:

    Why the judgement did not require them to reimburse the building funds?
    Where are the remaining $ ?

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Here in the USA, we have Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar etc.
    I have cancer patients who rather donate their life savings, social security checks, Medical treatment money to them than seek medical help.
    Because they promised​ miracles. Sad…

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  • Realist:

    Enroll into a more fundamental church where prosperity gospel is not preached.

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  • Perspective:

    Members do not mind it because they themselves may harbor aspirations of wealth, success and similar kind of respect and adulation from others. His symbol of success coincides with their innate desire, and so they cannot see anything wrong for him to drive an Audi, live in Sentosa or Beverly Hills, or fly First Class.

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  • Wake Up Before It is too late!:

    Many Singaporeans hope more at CHC will wake up from their dream and live a better life.

    Give more love and financial support to your loved ones instead of wasting monies on china wine!

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  • SERVES AS A HIGH ALERT!:

    The in-detail revelations (first-hand experience) by this insider (inner-circle) CHC Ministry Member should serve as a HIGH ALERT to others – especially parents and vulnerable youths.

    As civic-conscious citizens, we should share this article with our fellow Singaporeans – friends, colleagues, associates. This would alert them to the insidious and over-powering, money-sucking scam by CHC – and save them or their children from getting their lives and future ruined, like the confessor almost was.

    I have shared it (via Whatsapp) with all my people I know. Please do the same – as a service to our nation.

    Thank you

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  • an0n:

    Downgrade to Changi chalet coming soon lah, don’t worry. Now negotiating lease. This time confirm not supported by Building Fund. So sorry about those who are still left behind.

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  • Jim:

    I know of a person whose Father in law was a pastor
    She told us the pastor has lots of properties in U.K., Malaysia and Australia
    That brings me back to Rc Father Kang
    Who was fighting in court over substantial shares in a Malaysian company with a senior lady who entrusted him for safe keeping
    Father Kang went to jail too
    Another case was the Buddhist pastor who was from Hwa Chong, claim to have a PhD from a fake university in England
    Participated in nkf donation drive on to
    Nkf Durai ,travelled first class but denied them then proceed to sue a person for deformation
    Person had to pay him but later it was found out indeed he travelled first class
    Poor guy did not get his money back
    In USA, Indian guru has a few roll Royce with a big ranch that practices free sex

    There are lots of con around

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  • CON MEN IN POLITICS:

    A CHC con victim has at last awakened from hypnosis by Con Hee and his gang of thieves.

    For 10 years, the CHC Ministry Member was mesmerized by promise and testimony of well being and wealth that would flow to him if he gave everything he has (money n assets) to build the “House of God”.

    To his credit, Kong Hee is endowed with gift of the gab, glib and persuasive (to the gullible). With this he was able to con 30,000 of his sheepish flock to give anything and everything for “God” – quote, “delayed their weddings, sold their cars, downgraded their flats, emptied their bank account in order to give more for building fund.”

    However, when the confessor woke up he realized that instead of the dangled well-being and wealth flowing to him it has flowed to Kong Hee and his wife “China Wines” Sun Ho. For his “high living in a multi-million dollar penthouse in SENTOSA COVE, driving a luxury Audi A7, wearing his branded clothes, flying weekly1st class or business class to U.S.; and for his Hollywood-aspirant wife living in a US$20000/mth rental unit in Beverly Hills.”

    Con men exist not only in churches. In our political arena, we also had a guy with a gift of the gab like Kong Hee. For over 50 years, he with his gang has been able to hypnotize a flock (70% of them anyway) to vote them in every election and “donate” (pay them $millions and pay multifarious & multi-layered taxes) – so that they (the sheep) could have a promised “Swiss standard of living; and to avoid their assets crashing and compelling their wives to become maids overseas!

    So, the 70%, wake up before your lives and your children’s future are ruined!

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  • Extramask:

    Your eyes, and heart……ARE FINALLY OPEN! good for you!

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  • Hell o:

    Anymore chinawine? Or after 3.5 years?

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  • Ministry is a honggao term:

    Oh, i now realise the word “ministry” is a ang kor lang honggao terminology.

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  • Blind Leading The Blind:

    MarBowling:
    Good for the writer. He has finally woken up from his Slumber!

    Btw Pastor Con Hee and Lee Kayu aka the Horrible Man both are charismatic buggers! Both are sweet talkers. Able to convince a perching bird to come down from the tree. Con Hee is able to sweet-talk, hypnotize and convince the number of worsheepers from the initial hundreds to about 30,000 worsheepers at its peak! Todate, about 13,000 worsheepers like the writer have woken up! Similarily, the Horrible Man is also able to sweet-talk, hypnotize and convince not only most SinKaporean But also his whole cabinet of yesmen and yeswomen to follow like sheep to all his crap ideas on how to run SinKapore!

    They prey on youths and the weak to sustain their greeds.
    It is precisely this that many megachurches have large number of youths and young adults who are still uninitiated to the worldly sins and easy to manipulate. These devils shape these simple souls with their sweet talkings and their self serving reasonings, effectively converting them into agents of evil and falsehood. The church congregation serves fertile ground for reinforcing the hold on these sheeps through the comfort of brotherhood and kinships.

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  • Time to wake up:

    MarBowling: Good for the writer. He has finally woken up from his Slumber!

    If only the 70% daft will wake up from their slumber. Yes, the Swiss standard of living is here, but only for the likes of Goh Chok Tong and his cronies living it up in Namly Rise and similar. You think he will stop using his swimming pool because of the 30% water tariff hike? Hah!

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  • Singaporean:

    And surprisingly those Singapore Fools are still giving n giving…..How stupid can one get??

    Was told that The New Creation Church just put $500mill/- on some kind of a building…..A-Vista or something like that…… and the pastor there wears Amani Suits (A few thousand $$$ per suite) …… more Stupidity..??

    They say if the Pastors are better off than the congregation….. then the Congregation (That’s you, Singaporean Fools ) are in fact helping the Pastors…… The Pastors are supposed to be helping the Congregation…..

    WISE UP SINGAPORE FOOLS.

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  • what do you think?:

    Singaporean:
    And surprisingly those Singapore Fools are still giving n giving…..How stupid can one get??

    Was told that The New Creation Church just put $500mill/- on some kind of a building…..A-Vista or something like that…… and the pastor there wears Amani Suits (A few thousand $$$ per suite) …… more Stupidity..??

    They say if the Pastors are better off than the congregation….. then the Congregation (That’s you, Singaporean Fools ) are in fact helping the Pastors…… The Pastors are supposed to be helping the Congregation…..

    WISE UP SINGAPORE FOOLS.

    Invite all these lost sheeps to join the Catholics. There are many catholics churches around in Singapore. You can contribute any amount to the church.

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