We apologize for the lateness of this article. We have published the attached article here so people can observe how a former leader of City Harvest Church now sees his time within the constructs of Kong Hee’s NARpostolic regime.
There are many aspects to brainwashing in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) cult. One of them is exaggerating or ‘hyping’ the facts of those in leadership, distorting information regarding their apostolic success or influence. This is what Kong Hee did regarding his wife’s music career. And Chew Eng Han admits in court he was brainwashed and it appears to be by this method.
Another aspect of powerful brainwashing in NARpostolic churches, is allowing NARpostles within the NAR to build up other NARpostles in the eyes of the church. You cannot separate the involvement of David Yonggi Cho, AR. Bernard, Phil Pringle, Brian Houston, Casey Treat, John Bevere and many others who have put their apostolic stamp of approval on the ministry of Kong Hee and Sun Ho. These ‘infallible’ NARpostles have spoken. To question them is to question their god.
The Straits Times reports,
I was brainwashed by Kong Hee, says former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han
The court found that they had invested $24 million from CHC’s building fund in bogus bonds used to fund the Crossover Project. Another $26 million was used to cover up the initial misdeed.
Appealing against his conviction and sentence, Chew, who faces six years in jail, said Kong told church leaders Ms Ho would be more successful than pop stars such as Taiwanese singer Jay Chou and girl group S.H.E., and even tipped her to be the “next Whitney Houston”.
Although Kong faced only three charges of criminal breach of trust, Presiding Judge See Kee Oon said he was the key man behind the scandal.
Citing an e-mail in which Kong said they had “a singing diva” in their midst, Chew said: “If she was touted to be the next Whitney Houston, how would she not be a profitable commercial vehicle for us?”
Justice Chan Seng Onn, part of the three-judge panel hearing the appeals, asked Chew: “So you were brainwashed?”
Chew replied: “Yes, I was.”
He said if what he did was considered part of a criminal conspiracy, it would have been “the worst thought-out conspiracy ever”.
“It looks that way to me too,” said Judge of Appeal Chao Hick Tin, to laughter in the courtroom.
Chew also took issue with the decision of the lower court, which had ruled that using the CHC building fund for the Crossover Project was a “wrong use” of the money and, hence, the funds were misappropriated. The building fund could be used for only building-related matters or investment.
But Chew said even if the Cross- over was a “wrong use” of church funds, spending the money on it cannot be considered misappropriation as it was a “church mission”.
“No one has deprived the church of the benefit of using the money… As long as the money is applied to the owner’s benefit, it is not misappropriation,” said Chew.
Meanwhile, lawyer Paul Seah, who argued for the appeal of former CHC finance manager Sharon Tan, said Tan was “kept out of the loop in key discussions”, and pulled in only when she was needed “to provide facts and figures”.
He did not concede that spending the money on the Crossover Project was a “wrong use” and said that even if it were, “wanting to do something wrong or unauthorised is not the same as wanting to cause wrongful loss”.
He said that if the building funds were used instead to hold a Christian rally here – paying for overseas speakers, the rental of the National Stadium and other logistics – it would have been seen as a “wrong use”, but the church would have benefited from the thousands converted to Christianity.
Tan, 40, the fourth CHC leader to present her case, faces 21 months in jail, the lightest sentence of the six. Kong and former CHC finance committee member John Lam had argued their appeals on Thursday.
On Monday, the final two CHC leaders – deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng and former church accountant Serina Wee – will present their appeals.
Source: By Danson Cheong & Ng Huiwen, I was brainwashed by Kong Hee, says former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han, The Straits Times, http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/i-was-brainwashed-by-kong-says-former-chc-fund-manager, Published 17/09/2016. (Accessed 22/09/2016.)