City Harvest Church-affiliated website City News has published a video showing congregants of the Singaporean megachurch voicing their support for Pastor Kong Hee despite the recent guilty verdict.
"Of course I am very saddened by the news because my heart cries out for all of them very much, but most important I believe now is to come together as a family, and be supportive of everything that is happening. We are in prayer, and we are praying for miracles as well. I am most excited today because after seeing the Church coming together and believing in the new management and the boards and the pastors," says Elim Chew, founder of streetwear brand 77th Street.
Pastor Kong Hee appeared before his congregation at Singapore's City Harvest Church on Sunday, following his guilty verdict of misusing millions of church funds into his popstar wife's career, and said that he is sorry for the suffering they faced during the trial.
"I am saddened with the outcome of the trial. But this I do want to say: You have suffered much over the past few years because of your commitment to City Harvest Church and your commitment to me," Kong told his followers, according to Today Online.
The message was delivered to roughly 4,500 congregants, with a number of church members reportedly seen crying and embracing each other. more >>
A professional Internet troll under the pseudonym "Joel Oldsteen" pretended to be the famed pastor on Joel Osteen's Facebook ministry page, bragging about his wealth while taunting those of limited financial means.
The parody page titled "Joel Oldsteen," now deleted, migrated over to Osteen's page and commented on updates or words of encouragement from the internationally-known pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
According to the Houston Chronicle, posts are still visible on the Facebook page of comedian Bill Palmer, who is the "inspiration behind Joel Oldsteen Ministries." His page shows plenty of evidence of other adriot trolling of popular pages within entertainment culture. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church founding Pastor Kong Hee has responded to being found guilty of misusing millions in church donation funds by telling his supporters that he trusts God will use the development for good.
"This is a difficult time for me, and especially for my family, just as it is for the other co-accused persons," Kong told his supporters in a Facebook message on Thursday.
"As was the case throughout these past three years of court trial, and the earlier two years of investigation, I have put my faith and my all in God, and trust that whatever the outcome, He will use it for good in His time and in His way (Rom. 8:28; Eccl. 3:11)," he said. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church founder pastor Kong Hee and five other church leaders on trial were found guilty of having misused close to $35 million in donation funds by Judge See Kee Oon on Wednesday.
The Straits Times reported that Kong, 51; deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, 42; former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han, 55; former CHC finance managers Serina Wee, 38; Sharon Tan, 40, and former CHC finance committee member John Lam, 47, have all been found guilty of funnelling more than $35.5 million in church donations to support the popstar career of Kong' wife, Sun Ho.
"Each of them participated and functioned in their own way as crucial cogs in the machinery," said the judge. more >>
Acclaimed worship band Hillsong United says they're "honored" to be nominated for an American Music Award for the second year in a row.
The "Touch the Sky" artists, led by megachurch Pastor Joel Houston, scored an AMA nod in the "Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational" category ahead of next month's awards show at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The recognition comes five months after the release of Hillsong United's fourth studio album Empires, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian albums chart.
"Honored and excited to be nominated for the American Music Awards,'" the Australian band wrote via Facebook last week. more >>