Friday, July 18, 2008

Will The Chopper Fall On Them Too?

First it was NKF’s TT Durai. Then it was Ren Ci Hospital’s Venerable Shi Ming Yi.

Now we are wondering if any of the top pastors of the megachurches will ever get investigated for drawing princely salaries either in cash or in kind to fund purchase of their luxury cars, luxury condos, etc. It seems unlikely since their auditors are bound by non-disclousure agreements. They can't divulge the exact amounts and details of the remuneration a church pays to its top pastors.

A church is a non-profit organisation. For most of the members, they attend church to worship God. For them, attending a church and being its member does not result in them making any direct monetary profit. They may get blessed financially after attending a church and committing themselves to a church. But that's a different story.

Whereas for top staff on the church’s payroll, it certainly does look very profitable for them. Look how fat their bank accounts have grown.

Pastor Kong Hee

drives a 4.2L Audi A8

(estimated to cost around $400,000) bought by his pop star wife Sun Ho, using royalties from the sale of her album.

Pastor Joseph Price

used to drive a Volvo XC90

(estimated to cost around $200,000). Now he drives a BMW 7 series (estimated to cost around $260,000) if it’s a basic 730i(A) model.

8 Comments:

Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

I have avoid churches that have overly "charismatic" leaders. It's not that I feel that pastors should be meek and poor, but those driving luxury cars around are really asking to be investigated.

Friday, July 18, 2008 at 9:55:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Lunch is served: Their purchase of luxury cars and condos might be them indirectly asking to be investigated but they don't get investigated after so many years. It seems they are going to get away with it until the end of the world.

Monday, July 21, 2008 at 9:13:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

LOL! Then, they will face the wrath of GOD, whom they purport to serve!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 1:35:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

They are certainly answerable to God but Judgement Day is so far, far away like an eternity. If they have really lived in luxury at the expense of the congregation, it would be good to see some justice being served on them now in our lifetime instead of having to wait for Judgement Day.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 9:14:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Challenger said...

Dear Mr. Michael Chua Kheng Hwee,

I know this is out of date, I just happened to randomly blog surf and saw that you wrote something that is not true on your blog.

According to your blog, you claimed that Kong drives an Audi A8, paid by his wife.

I think you're misinformed. He drives an old previous generation Audi A8, 2.8 that is coming to ten years old. Everyone around him, private and public figures knows that, and yes, that's the only car he has...

I just wonder why you want to lie and slander him without basis....moreover the car was bought even before his wife started her pop career.

What good does it do you to slander him?

Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 4:12:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Challenger said...

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Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 4:16:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Challenger said...

In fact, the car he drives does not really matter. Even he was to drive a brand new Audi, paid by his own money (since he is not salaried by the church), there's nothing wrong.

Is it your business what car anyone drives? Is it your money?

The problem is the basis of your story, that is entirely cooked up, quoting false information to falsify a negative image and indirectly accuse Kong of wrongdoing or taking his wife's money.

Why do you want to do that? Why do you want to lie?

Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 4:17:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Merkava said...

Dear Mr. Michael Chua Kheng Hwee,

I know this is out of date, I just happened to randomly blog surf and saw that you wrote something that is not true on your blog.

According to your blog, you claimed that Kong drives an Audi A8, paid by his wife.

I think you're misinformed. He drives an old previous generation Audi A8, 2.8 that is over ten years old. Everyone around him, private and public figures knows that, and yes, that's the only car he has...its not as you claimed to cost over 400k and bought with royalties...the car was there from 10 years ago...

I just wonder why you want to lie and slander him without basis....moreover the car was bought even before his wife started her pop career.

What good does it do you to slander him?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 4:44:00 AM GMT+8  

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