I’ve seen this man and his name circulate the web a few times now.
Joseph Prince runs New Creation Church in Singapore. And while it seems pentecostal/charismatic, they like to see themselves as non-denominational. After getting into an incredibly troubling argument with a member of his church, (and overcoming shock), I thought it might be worth doing a bit of a spill on him.
Go to his website: http://josephprince.org , and check out his video in the corner.
He creeped me out. He seems to spread fear, flatters the church, generalises truths from the bible and stretches their application. Scriptures I’ve seen him quote are often badly interpreted.
Prince has his own publishing house and produces books, CD’s and DVD’s in stores around his churches, bookshops around Singapore and the US. His latest is book is called ‘Destined to Reign: The Secret to Effortless Success, Wholeness and Victorious Living’.
He has spoken at a Hillsong seminar in 2006. He also spoke again at Hillsong Conference in 2007 and 2008, also in Hillsong Europe Conference, situated in London.
Thought this bit from wiki was interesting:
“In 2009, he was reported in The Straits Times to be earning in excess of SGD500,000 a year. During the same time period he was the Chairman of the church’s board while on the church’s payroll, an arrangement that was not in line with the revised and updated recommendations contained within the Code of Governance as objectivity and indepedence could be compromised issued by the Charity Council of Singapore on 26 November 2007, which encourages the separation of these two positions. The Church stated that it believed that the senior pastor being ‘ordained by God to lead the church…is the best person’ to head and guide the board.
The Commissioner of Charities (COC) has acknowledged that for religious charities, it is not always practical to “require the separation of spiritual leadership from leadership of the board”.”
After my odd conversation with my friend, before I even knew Prince – only one word crossed my mind as they preached at me as though I wasn’t a prosperous saved Christian: cult. They had me confused, condemned me on a number of occasions, played guilt guilt trips on me and then left me out to dry as ‘unreachable’. I got slaughtered.
They took great pride that New Creation Church was turning those that had revelations of ‘the tithe’ were producing into prosperous millionaires. And for me to be truly blessed, I needed to be truly seeking a revelation on the tithe so I can be blessed even MORE fully than what I am now.
From the Australian Christian Channel:
Joseph Prince: Destined To Reign
With more than two decades of full-time ministry behind him, Joseph Prince is today a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources and television ministry. A highly sought-after conference speaker, Joseph has impacted church leaders internationally by preaching the unadulterated gospel of Jesus with boldness. He is known for teaching God’s Word in a fresh, practical and revelatory way that always unveils Jesus. His humorous, dynamic and engaging style of preaching has also endeared him to a wide spectrum of viewers who tune in to his daily television program, Destined To Reign. This broadcast currently reaches millions of homes across North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Israel on both secular and Christian networks.
Joseph pastors New Creation Church in Singapore, and under his leadership, the church congregation has grown by more than a hundredfold — from about 150 to more than 19,000. Joseph believes the best in people and is committed to helping them discover how they can reign in life through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. His desire is to help this generation of believers understand the new covenant of grace and realize how greatly blessed, highly favored and deeply loved they are by their heavenly Father.
For more information, visit http://www.josephprince.org
Speaker/Host Joseph Prince
Length 30 minutes
Web Site www.josephprince.org
Screening Times Monday 6:30, Tuesday 6:30, Wednesday 6:30, Thursday 6:30, Friday 6:30, Sunday 17:30
I’d be interested to see your thoughts on him and sharing what you know about him. He gives me the shivers! That poor I talked to – I don’t think I’ve met anyone so pride-filled and blind before ever. It was almost a comedy.