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The LORD is near to all who call upon Him

About this blog

This blog is dedicated to all Christians in Singapore, writing about Bible-Presbyterian Churches (BPC) in Singapore. Firstly, to call them for heart searching and repentance. Secondly, to refute those false teachers of Far Eastern Bible College (FEBC) in Singapore, because they are teaching heresies and becoming heretics! Verbal Plenary Preservation is a lie!! +++THIS BLOG CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.+++

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Message to FEBC and Life BPC in Singapore

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St James’ Church Kindergarten (Gilstead)




A quiet place! A better place!

THE BIBLE COLLEGE, THE HIGH COURT, AND THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE TRUST

Did FEBC break the commandment in 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 in seeking a declaration from the High Court (Case No OS6/2009G) that she has the right to the premises at 9, 9A, and 10 Gilstead Road which be her birthplace and home since 1962?

The answer is no for the following reasons:

(1) The case between Life Bible-Presbyterian Church (LBPC) and Far Eastern Bible College (FEBC) had to do with public and not private property and funds. Gifts and offerings were given by believers or collected in churches to purchase the land and erect the buildings not just for LBPC, but also for FEBC. Since monies were given for the purpose of a Bible College, specifically FEBC, it is the duty of the directors and trustees of the College to protect the funds and ensure that they are used to accomplish the charitable purpose for which they have been given.

(2) The dispute over doctrine and property should ideally be resolved between LBPC and FEBC without going to court. FEBC had repeatedly asked for a face-to-face meeting in 2007/2008 to resolve this matter amicably but to no avail.

(3) LBPC insisted that FEBC had no legal rights whatsoever to the premises. LBPC also demanded an unconditional undertaking from FEBC not to preach or teach the Verbal Plenary Preservation of the Holy Scriptures if she wanted to use the premises. This was impossible because FEBC cannot disobey God and act contrary to His Word. Verbal Plenary Preservation is a biblical doctrine (Ps 12:6-7, Matt 5:18, 24:35), and FEBC can neither deny the faith nor compromise on doctrine. To deny the faith and compromise on doctrine is sin.

(4) Since FEBC refused to sign this undertaking, LBPC ordered FEBC to vacate the premises by 30 June 2008. FEBC was deemed a “trespasser”. LBPC warned FEBC against advertising any of her classes and said that any attempt by FEBC to do so would be seen as an attempt by FEBC to instigate the public to trespass into LBPC’s property.

(5) The new FEBC term was about to open in two weeks’ time. It was not possible for FEBC to vacate for she had nowhere to go. Besides, Gilstead Road is FEBC’s birthplace and home since 1962. LBPC started to knock out and change the locks of the FEBC hall and classrooms.

(6) FEBC acknowledged LBPC’s right to use the premises, but LBPC denied FEBC any right. Pushed to the extreme, FEBC had no choice but to appeal to Caesar. The question of whether FEBC is also “owner” and has rights to the premises was a question of law. Romans 13:1-5 tells us that the government is a divine ordinance to maintain peace and order in a country, and to make sure its citizens are treated justly and fairly [See J O Buswell’s article, “Government as a Divine Ordinance,” in TLBPC Weekly, 20 July 2008]. Buswell said, “There are cases … in which one is a steward of a property for his own dependents and for others, cases in which it would be wrong to allow great loss without a protest. … Indeed with the intricacies of modern economic and social life, there are some disputes which require the expert authority of the secular courts.” What does the law say about our rights to the land? Having sought legal advice, the FEBC directors realised they had to act according to their fiduciary duty to seek the consent of the Attorney-General to apply for a declaration from the High Court concerning FEBC’s rights to 9, 9A and 10 Gilstead Road.

(7) While FEBC waited for the Attorney-General’s consent, LBPC went ahead to carry out her threat to commence action against FEBC. On 15 September 2008, LBPC filed a lawsuit to evict FEBC from the land. On 8 October 2008, the Attorney-General gave FEBC consent to seek a declaration from the High Court with regard to her rights to the premises at 9, 9A and 10 Gilstead Road.

(8) So, did FEBC sin against God? In light of the circumstances, No! John Calvin himself was not against the need to go to court when the situation requires it; he is only against those who initiate a lawsuit in order to do harm to their fellow brethren. Calvin, in his commentary on 1 Corinthians 6, wrote, “Paul does not condemn here those who, by force of circumstances, must enter into legal proceedings before unbelieving judges, for instance anyone who is summoned to court; but he finds fault with those who, on their own responsibility, bring their brothers there, and do them injury, as it were, at the hands of unbelievers, when another remedy is available to them. It is therefore wrong to take the initiative in instituting proceedings against brothers in an unbelievers’ court. It is in order, however, to come into court and conduct your case, if a charge is made against you.” In the court proceedings, LBPC was the plaintiff and FEBC the defendant.

(9) Calvin also went on to say that a lawsuit is in and of itself not wrong if it is for a good and just cause, but believers must enter into a lawsuit not with a heart of hatred or vengeance but with a heart of love. He wrote, “Let us therefore remember that Paul does not disapprove of law-suits on the ground that it is wrong in itself to uphold a good case by having recourse to a magistrate, but because they are nearly always bound up with improper attitudes of mind, such as lack of self-control, desire for revenge, hostility, obstinacy and so on. … If a Christian therefore wants to prosecute his rights in a court of law, without going against God, he must take special care not to come into court with any desire for revenge, any bad feeling, any anger, or in a word any poisonous thing. In all this love will be the best guide.”

(10) FEBC had no choice but to defend her birthright, her birthplace and home. It was done out of love for God, His Word, and His people. FEBC affirms and upholds not just the past but also the present perfection of the Bible, and by the logic of faith, based on the twin doctrines of Verbal Plenary Inspiration and Verbal Plenary Preservation, identifies where the infallible and inerrant words of God are so that God’s people might subject their faith and practice to the sole, supreme and final authority of a sure and certain Scripture which is readily available and easily accessible. Surely such a biblical conviction and confession is good for the Church and all Bible-believers (Ps 19:7-14).

(11) FEBC was duty bound to protect the beneficiaries of the charitable purpose trust. FEBC did not seek the eviction of LBPC, but LBPC sought to deprive FEBC of her heritage and home. The apex court on 26 April 2011 judged that FEBC has rights to 9, 9A, and 10 Gilstead Road and declared that “the College, in adopting the VPP doctrine, has not deviated from the fundamental principles which guide and inform the work of the College right from its inception, and as expressed in the Westminster Confession … It is not inconsistent for a Christian who believes fully in the principles contained within the Westminster Confession (and the VPI doctrine) to also subscribe to the VPP doctrine.”

(12) This whole process has brought about a healthy respect for the judiciary and the law. It is also a matter of public interest to know and understand what a charitable purpose trust is. All churches and charities should understand this principle of law. God can glorify His Name even in a secular court, because the secular court is an institution set up by Him.

“I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.” (Ps 138:1-3). 

Jeffrey Khoo, FEBC

Continue in figthing

OUR PRAYER MEETING
 
Now that the FEBC Hall comes under FEBC’s exclusive use, I thought it would be such a blessing for FEBC and True Life, having a symbiotic relationship from the start, to pray together at the FEBC Hall. Our combined FEBC-TLBPC prayer meeting was scheduled to commence on February 13, 2015. On February 9, 2015, I received a letter from the Rev Charles Seet (for Board of Elders, Life BPC) that we should not hold such a combined FEBC-TLBPC prayer meeting. They said it contravened Article 11 of the Scheme which states, “Neither party shall permit any other body to use the Premises at any time, whether for profit or otherwise, except with the written consent of the other.” We do not think it contravenes the Scheme at all because it is also an FEBC event.

To put things into perspective, it bears noting that Life BPC has not sought FEBC’s consent for third parties like Sharon Bible-Presbyterian Church, the Emmanuel Reformed Bible Lectures (ERBL – “a joint project of several like-minded Bible-Presbyterian Churches in Singapore”), and other churches to hold services, weddings, seminars etc in the premises. This is not to say we wish to deny these parties the use of the premises even though these parties and the people who run them are antagonistic towards FEBC. We are taught by the Lord to love our neighbours, Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. (Lev 19:18, Matt 5:43-45). Although Sharon BPC together with some other churches had signed a statement against FEBC and submitted it to the Courts to put FEBC down, and although the ERBL hold night classes at the same time as FEBC’s thereby posing certain inconveniences to us, we do not wish them ill, neither do we want to hinder their worship of God or their Bible classes. Taking this into consideration and the fact that Life BPC had indicated that they wish to put away past differences and grievances and move on in doing God’s work, we thought that Life BPC would live and let live.

With this hope I wrote a letter to the Rev Seet on February 16 pleading with him and his Board to apply the higher law of Christian charity and not stop our joint prayer meetings. Our prayer meetings do not deprive them of anything, nor inconvenience them in any way. It was regrettable that on February 25, the Rev Seet replied to say that we should stop our joint prayer meetings at FEBC. It is our lawyer’s view that Life BPC will likely bring FEBC to court over this (ie for arbitration). What should we do? I had to pray for God’s wisdom and grace. I was guided by 1 Corinthians 13:1-2 which tells me that without charity, I am nothing. I was also guided by 1 Corinthians 6:7, “Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?” In this case we will not pursue the matter but take the wrong and suffer loss. We can apply the higher law of Christian charity for the sake of Christ and our neighbours (Matt 5:38-48).

Let us continue to pray for the Lord’s protection and provisions. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Our prayer meetings will return to RELC. We are peaceful. Jeffrey Khoo, FEBC

Notwithstanding, potential flashpoints or conflict remain !!!!

Lawsuit: Khoo Jeffrey and others vs Life Bible-Presbyterian Church and others

In 2008, as a result of a dispute between Life Bible-Presbyterian Church and Far Eastern Bible College (FEBC) over the doctrine of verbal plenary preservation (VPP), the church sued the college directors, including the church’s founding pastor Timothy Tow, over allegedly “deviant Bible teachings” in an attempt to force FEBC to leave the Gilstead Road premises (the “Premises”).[2][3][4]

 On 25 July 2012, after the parties had appeared before the Judges of Appeal on 11 April 2012 following an unsuccessful attempt to mutually agree on the terms of a scheme (the “Scheme”) as to how the Premises are to be maintained and used by the College and the Church, Chao Hick Tin JA delivered a supplementary judgment [2012] SGCA 37 [43] to designate a High Court judge to draw up the Scheme to:

(a) equitably cater to the present and reasonably foreseeable future needs of the Church and the College without unfairly subordinating the interests of one institution to the interests of the other;
(b) fairly apportion the obligations and responsibilities pertaining to the maintenance, upkeep and upgrading of the Premises between the Church and the College;
(c) prevent or reduce the incidence of disputes concerning the use/occupation and maintenance of the Premises; and
(d) devise a resolution process to determine operational issues that may arise from time to time.
Prakash J was designated to draw up the Scheme and she visited the Premises on 23 January 2014.[44]

 The Scheme was completed and finalised on 27 November 2014 with certain areas in 9/9A and 10 Gilstead Road allocated for the exclusive use of the Church and certain areas allocated for the exclusive use of the College while other areas were designated for shared use by both parties and with the periods for each to use them fully defined.[45][46] FEBC was allotted 1,811.88 sqm of space in the Premises for its exclusive use whereas the Church was allotted 1,999.72 sqm for its exclusive use.[47] The details of the Scheme can be found in FEBC's semi-annual theological journal, The Burning Bush, July 2015, Volume 21, Number 2, pp. 83–91.[48]

Notwithstanding, potential flashpoints or conflict remain.[49]

 copied from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khoo_Jeffrey_and_others_v_Life_Bible-Presbyterian_Church_and_others

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"The Temple of War" in Singapore, Gilstead Road.


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Masterminds come from Far Eastern Bible College and Life BP Church, Singapore.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Daily Manna

“Daily Manna”: Daily Devotional by Rev Isaac Ong (Oct to Dec 2016). This devotions are available online at http://www.calvaryjurong.com/index-4.html

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Why FEBC and some BP churches are heretics?

I have to explain again.

1. They say KJV Bible is a perfect Bible, inspired. Other Bible versions are satanic!

2. They say underlying Hebrew and Greek text of KJV Bible are perfect without error.

3. They say one TR is perfect without error. Others are erroneous.


Then what happened?

1. They are attacking brothers and sisters in Christ. They sued one another in civil courts.

2. They chased out pastors and ministers who do not agreed with them from FEBC and BP church.

3. They split BP churches in Singapore and oversea, creating confusion among Christian.


Outcome,

1. They see KJV Bible more important than the Living God. They reject the Bible commandment and disagree that we are one in Christ.

2. They see Bible version more important than the Cross and Jesus.

3. They do not have love, they criticize.


Conclusion:

They are heretics.


   


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

We have chased out Rev Paul Furgeson and Elder Boaz Boon?????



New Church Session
Calvary Tengah Bible-Presbyterian Church

Verbal Plenary Preservation

BIBLE-PRESBYTERIAN PASTORS AND LEADERS RETREAT 11-12 July, 2016 La Grandeur Palm Resort

This was organised by the Presbytery of the Bible-Presbyterian Church in Singa-pore (BPCIS), and is the third pastors and leaders retreat. There were 48 of us from 13 B-P churches in this retreat work-ing on the theme: “Building and Bonding III: Recovering Our B-P Heritage.”

Praise the Lord for a good turn out this time. It is good to have all our church staff present in this retreat too. It is their first time. What a wonderful opportunity for them to get to know other B-P leaders and church staff. They got to stay with someone whom they just got to know.

I spoke on one session on the first night on “Learning from our Past:

Strengths and Weaknesses.” This is a look into the past in our BPC.

It is good to see the worship taken by the younger staff members. Younger pastors got to handle the discussion groups. The two most sen-ior pastors, Rev Philip Heng and Rev (Dr) Quek Swee Hwa led in serving the Lord’s Supper at the end of the retreat.
There are now only 6 B-P Churches in this Presbytery, namely: Zion Serangoon BPC, Zion Bishan BPC, Herald BPC, Emmanuel BPC, Mount Carmel BPC and Hermon BPC.

To be a part of the Presbytery may be a wise move. This is a gathering of pastors and elders of different B-P churches who will come together to en-hance and build the church. We need each other.

Pastor Tan Eng Boo


Third BPCIS Retreat (11-12 July 2016)

Third BPCIS Retreat  (11-12 July 2016) Rev. Daniel Chua, Moderator, BPCIS

Forty-eight pastors, elders, and ministry staff stayed overnight at Le Grandeur Palm Resort (JB) for our annual BPCIS retreat a few days ago. They represent thirteen B-P churches:  Zion-Bishan, Zion-Serangoon, Mt. Carmel, Emmanuel, Sembawang, Grace, Mt. Hermon, Shalom, Herald, Galilee, Hebron, Moriah, and Mt. Horeb. It was our third and largest retreat thus far and helped to further deepen ties among our leaders. Partly as a result of ties cultivated in the past, Mt. Hermon was the latest to join our Presbytery (they were officially accepted last week). At this retreat, the pastor and elder of yet another B-P church told me that they intended to join our Presbytery early next year. I will withhold the name of that church for now, until it is actually done.  

 In my opening address, I recounted how BPCIS was inaugurated in September 2011. This was after more than a year of roundtable discussions to pour over a White Paper and agree on a tentative Constitution. Among our key agreements when we inaugurated BPCIS were the following… 

We agreed that the Presbytery must not be dominated by one or two individuals (to this end we will rotate the chair of Moderator among pastors of member churches every 2 years);  We agreed that the Presbytery will not function like a ‘watchdog’ to pounce on churches that are out of step (we will only step in to help resolve a matter when invited);  We agreed to separate the “essentials” from “non-essentials” so that we need not fight over secondary issues (for e.g., our belief in the infallibility/ inerrancy of the Bible in its original autograph is an essential doctrine which is nonnegotiable; but the choice of Bible versions is a non-essential);  We agreed to resolve mutual differences in a spirit of mediation and brotherly love and to avoid judgmental attitudes in attacking each other.  

Elder Bruce Lockhart then shared on “A Historian’s Survey of the B-P Church in Singapore”. It was quite a feat to cover more than a century’s history (covering our roots in US, China, and Singapore) in thirty minutes! Elder Bruce ended with a few reflection questions that are thought provoking… 

 How should we interpret “ecumenical”? (Does fellowship or cooperation with other churches mean we have become “ecumenical” in a most negative way?) Do “negotiables” exist between denominations? (Or is there nothing to negotiate, i.e., ‘nothing in common’ between us and them? Must it always be ‘us’ vs ‘them’?) At what point does “being right” become more important that “being united”? (Have we over-emphasized purity at the expense of unity, in the name of biblical separation?) How can we build a new Presbytery without seeing the history of our Synod repeating itself? 

Rev. Tan Eng Boo then spoke from his heart to share on “Learning from our Past: Strengths and Weaknesses of B-P Movement”. He appealed not to be misunderstood for criticizing past leaders since he has always held them in high regard. Rather, his purpose is to be honest in sharing so that we can all learn from our past. 

According to Ps Eng Boo, our strengths include mixing well with other churches and para-church groups in early days. We grew well, partly as a result of the above. Our founding fathers were very faithful to the Word. They really loved the church. They served till the end. They fought the liberals. They were very mission-minded and always spoke about the expansion of God’s kingdom. 

Our weaknesses: Over time, strong voices became too dominant. Younger pastors did not dare to speak out. There was a gap between older and younger pastors due to lack of real communication. Our position on biblical separation became unbalanced and we suddenly dissociated from parachurch groups. The grounds for separation were not properly examined out of submission to the dominant voice. We lost many friends outside B-P circles, and many good people from within (who left our denomination). We were unable to resolve internal conflicts in a charitable way. This led to many sub-camps within the B-P denomination! We fought over demon-possession, bible versions, charismatic issues, and the use of instruments for worship – all of which were non-essentials! 

Having spoken from his heart, Ps Eng Boo then gave a call for our new Presbytery to do better. We must promote greater openness and better communication among our pastors. We must also work at better ways to resolve our differences. And we must work on leadership succession.  At our dialogue session after that, many resonated with what they have just heard. Pastor Robert Chew (Moriah) is of the view that while we need strong leadership for our denomination, that leadership must be broad enough to include the voice of younger pastors and not be dominated by older voices. He regretted the lack of real partnership after Synod’s dissolution, when we viewed each other as enemies. Elder Peter Seah (Mt. Hermon) felt that we lack deep bonding in the past, though we are making up now. Pastor Timothy Phua (Mt. Horeb) issued a call to help our next- generation pastors to succeed. Their styles of leadership will be different, they will question and try new things, they may not agree with older paradigms. But will they be allowed to chart new paths in leading the church? Or will they be crucified? These are but a sample of the voices heard.
 
Our younger pastors also led smallgroup discussions to explore “Moving Ahead: What We Want to See.” Among the suggestions given are… 

Can BPCIS sponsor a music-festival for all churches?  Can BPCIS organize leadership seminars, training sessions for evangelism, etc?  Can the bigger churches open the door to smaller ones to attend your seminars when you feature special topics or guest -speakers from overseas? Can we encourage 3-2-1 mentoring groups among pastors and elders, postretreat?  Can we foster more partnerships outside our denomination?  Can we have combined young adult events and pay attention to the needs of the singles?  How about an annual conference for younger leaders?  How about a Reformation tour for singles?  Can we have shared internship programs among churches? 

Our retreat is over, and our Presbytery committee will have to digest the many ideas given, before zooming in on a handful that are most practical and necessary. On behalf of our Presbytery, I thank all who have taken the effort to come for this retreat. Until we meet again next year, may the peace of God be with you all. 

From Grace BP Church, Singapore.

How Can I Break The Silence?

How Can I Break The Silence?  Is it possible to remain silent when we have discovered a new found eating place which not only provided delicious chicken rice, but the price is good value for money?  Truly we would delight to share this joy of our enjoyment of such food to our friends and some others around us.  We have a better news to share than "the delicious chicken rice".  Why is it so hard to say those few words about the most important Person in our life?  Why do we hesitate to pass along the good news we have ever heard?  To share that we have found a way of having our sins forgiven, knowing God's love, a new found Saviour, exploring the goodness of God etc.  If we are aware of a particular medicine that is good for healing and knowing that our best friend has need of such medicine which has the possibility of a cure, we selfishly refuse to share this knowledge.  To this, John Stott calls it "a guilty silence".    Below are some reasons why we need to share the good news. 

1. The Great Commission  Matthew 28:19 - 20    "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen".    Acts 1:8    "But you will receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."  The Great Commission is the instruction of Jesus to His disciples to spread His teachings to all nations of the world.  We need not go to such far places, but from where we are, to share the Gospel to people around us.  We can start from our home ground and that includes our immediate family members, friends, relatives, etc.   It is the power of the Holy Spirit that will enable us to do this work.  This is God's work and we are only His instruments to be used by Him to tell others about who Jesus is and God's love for mankind.  When we share the Gospel, we are obeying Jesus' command and joining the Great Commission He has entrusted to us.  

2.  Ambassadors   2 Corinthians 5:20  ---   Now then we are ambassadors for Christ ....  God has entrusted us with the responsibility of being His ambassadors.  Apostle Paul's work, as an ambassador, was to spread the message of reconciliation.  God wanted to be personally reconciled to the people Paul lived with.   We too can follow Paul's footsteps by becoming an ambassador for Christ.  It starts with a change in our citizenship.  If we are to represent Jesus to the world, we must first belong to the Kingdom of God.  We must live by the standard of our new King, even though we are temporarily away from Him.  Our home is in heaven and not on this earth.  Finally, ambassadors must then spread His message that everyone is welcomed to have a relationship with God.

3.  God desires a relationship with every human being 2 Corinthians 4:4   ---  The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  Satan is holding the unbelievers hostage, keeping them in prison, and blinding them to the Gospel. The Bible describes sinners as people who are lost and separated from the love of God.  Jesus repeatedly told stories of God's love for the lost.  God is like a shepherd searching for one lost and vulnerable sheep.  Sharing the Gospel then, is joining God's search to see everyone comes to repentance and have a relationship with Him. 

4. We must proclaim the Gospel  Romans 1:16   ---  for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.   Therefore, we should proclaim the Gospel in every situation where we find ourselves. 

5. Our personal testimony  Ephesians 2:10   ---  We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works .....  God has saved us that we may show forth the virtues of Him who called us from darkness into His light.  For though we are not saved for our good works, yet we are saved that we may perform good works, to the glory of God and the benefit of man.  We can also have a good testimony to witness to others of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  ~ Magdalene Wong