Senior Pastor Lawrence Khong replies to Temasek Times’ article
Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012
I refer to your article on June 28, 2012: “Head Pastor Lawrence Khong urges fellow pastors to pray for Kong Hee and to speak ‘well’ of CHC”.
While the article did seem to make an attempt to capture and encourage the spirit of unity among the Christian community, I would like to highlight and correct two key points which does not accurately communicate my position and intent of writing such a letter to our Christian brethren. These two erroneous points lead me to question The Temasek Times’ purpose and cause for producing such an article. Please ensure that your writers read my letter in its entirety.
First, your writer described Pastor Kong Hee as the ‘disgraced founder’ of City Harvest Church. At no point did my letter paint or describe Pastor Kong in such a light, or refer to the case or the individuals charged in such a negative manner. I therefore feel strongly that my letter of good intent should not be associated with such a negative term, and that its use strictly represents the view and opinion of The Temasek Times.
Second, the statement, “…Lawrence Khong had spoken up publicly in defence of Kong Hee.” is incorrect. As you have mentioned in the article’s headline, the objective of my letter was to encourage prayer and unity during a time of crisis. The letter was not written as a statement of defence for the actions of the individuals. Please understand that seeking unity in prayer for Pastor Kong Hee and City Harvest Church does not mean I am putting up a defence for their alleged actions and/or alleged violations of the law. I trust that God’s justice will prevail and will submit to the due process of our nations’ judicial system.
I seek your assistance to correct these two points by publishing my reply above.
Thank you and I look forward to your reply.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:11-12)
Reverend Lawrence Khong
Faith Community Baptist Church