The recent news on a few members including the founding pastor of City Harvest Church being investigated by the authorities has become the latest news sensation on Christian churches. First, we have a situation where a group of female church members ganging up to take over a NGO. Then, in another church, a pastor openly mocked Buddhism and showed the video in its website. Now, we have the top pastor of the largest church being investigated for mismanagement of church funds.
As the authorities have not released any news on the investigation and the pastor had not been convicted by the court, I will not make any statement on whether there is any wrongdoings involved. The pastor may be found to be innocent or guilty. This article is not about him. I am writing on the way some members respond to this investigation.
Here are some excerpts:
“Excited for service City Harvest Church (Official) later….Will be there to see how CHC United in Prayers…..Gonna seek God and make the devil sit alone in hell…..
yeah me too.But i really trust Pst Kong wholeheartedly.. can’t wait for service 2dae! =p
Stand up and be counted, Havesters! 100% behind CHC and all Pastors.
I strong encourage everyone if you can, go to Service 1 to build strong atmosphere. Let the whole world see we stand and united together.
the bad plan by evil will be turn into best by our GOD
GOD is good and has big plan to everybody
satan will not WIN!! cause jesus has already won …. the devil knows his time is short but we no he will not win …… cause god is with us
the devil hates a united family his a coward ….. but we will show him that we are united as a family ……. together we can show the devil that we still will stand together …..”
Source: CHC United In Prayers Facebook Group
The above are some representations on what I can read in the support group’s page. I believe I have quoted enough to give you an overall picture on how these people think. It is the devil’s fault. The members had made up their minds that their beloved pastor is innocent regardless on the results of the investigation. If the authorities release a negative result, then they must be the devil.
I call this the ultimate case of mindless drone mentality. Those who had been infected by it can only believe what their pastor said as the only Truth. Any other testimonies that contradict the pastor’s words are automatically classified as lies from the devil. There is no room for consideration, analysis or any “what if” scenarios. I see the emergence of a personality cult. The pastor has become God.
Even if the pastor is found guilty of misusing the church funds, it is a lesser problem compared to the damage he has done to the minds of thousands of people. Are we going to see a holy crusade if the good pastor is found guilty?
Welcome to religious Christianity.