First, from the Museum of Idolatry (Thanks Teddy!). Rosborough posts http://www.alittleleaven.com/2010/06/leadership-idol.html ):
To even a casual outside observer it would appear that the latest fad to sweep through the Christian church centers around Leadership. One may argue that this insatiable lust for leadership principles borders on idoltry. Here’s just a sampling of this year’s “Christian” Leadership conferences. Ironically, the “leadership model” taught at these conferences is not the servant leadership that Jesus modeled and taught (John 13:1-11). Instead, these conferences teach the exact same leadership model used by Fortune 500 Corporate CEOs and businesses. This Wall street business model is a top down, vision casting, innovation requiring, absolute loyalty insisting, accountability dodging, and obedience demanding leadership model. This is also the leadership model used by corrupt kings, Popes, Caesars and narcissistic empire builders. Hmmmm.
Too bad the pastors who attend and put on these conferences don’t focus as much energy on rightly handling God’d word and preaching and proclaiming Christ-Centered and Cross-Focused sound doctrine. In fact, many of them are experts in leadership and utter neophytes and nincompoops when it comes to properly teaching the scriptures.
And good example for Chris Rosborough would be Kong Hee.
It is quite clear that Kong Hee (plagiarizing thief and professional hypocrite), is often wayward in his teachings. It is clear he worships leadership. Since I heard that Pringle was getting Kong Hee at the Presence Conference, I looked him up on Google and had started following CheatGrace’s blog since it basically started. Didn’t know what to think until I saw that media were starting to expose him.
(See links here looking into Kong Hee’s plagiarism:
The blog that discovered it: http://cheatgrace.blogspot.com/
In this video, Kong Hee is talking to ALL of the C3 College Students including staff AND Phil and Chris Pringle. It’s interesting to verify if Kong Hee actually spoke at the Fortune 500 event. This sounds like a lie. (Why would the 500 Club have anything to do with him?)
His leadership teaching methods are full of fault anyways. His focus on CEO leadership and his unpractical teachings and dodgy theology should be a major concern to C3 students. Below is also a transcript on all his leadership idolatry in his talk to C3 College:
“You know, what God uses to impress a pagan world is really the quality of life, the standard of living that we have. Because when all is said and done- now that you have become a Christian, how much better is your life as compared to those outside the four walls of the church? And I love what Dr Phil is trying to bring throughout the whole movement and to all his friends around the world, that our job is to give all our members the ‘best life now’.” – Kong Hee, Pastor Kong Hee @ C3 College Opening Feb 2009 Part 1, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkldfgf6cDs: (01:43), C3 Oxford Falls, C3 College Lecture, 19/01/09
“So God is saying this [On Deut 4:4]: ‘The Laws of God are so incredible, so complete, so well thought out, if you as a people will follow them, then the world is gonna get envious of you. You will be a lender and not a borrower. In other words, you are going to be successful, you are going to be the head and not the tail, you are going to be wealthy and prosperous. And the truth is, the world will only get impressed by God when they see our wisdom in handling our finances.” – Kong Hee, Pastor Kong Hee @ C3 College Opening Feb 2009 Part 1, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkldfgf6cDs: (04:06), C3 Oxford Falls, C3 College Lecture, 19/01/09
“Now when I started working after I graduated from university, there was a nineteen eighty eight- a nineteen eighty six to nineteen eighty eight, I was in a uni doing my computer science. And I basically, pretty much supported myself, through school. So in nineteen eighty six, while I was in a university, I was working, you know as a –in a part time job.
My pay at that point in time, (I believe I shared this before over here, but anything worth listening, is worth listening twice, ha-ha!), I was paid in nineteen eighty six… I was paid six Singapore dollars… [Writes amount on blackboard] per hour. That’s nineteen eighty six! I was working at a desktop computer publishing company. I was a trainee computer scientist, $6 an hour! Now twelve years – uh- fourteen years later, in the year two thousand, by now I’m pastoring a church, (in the year two thousand we have about seven thousand members), I was invited to go to America to speak to a group of five hundred CEO’s and top executives and many of them from the Fortune 500 companies. The reason they invited me was because they wanted to know, ‘How do you as a non-profit leader, as a non-profit CEO, manage to motivate volunteers for the cost of your vision?’
Because you know the truth is that people in the world, they- I mean the CEO’s of the world, they pay money for people to serve. Yet we give people a vision. They serve free of charge. So they want to know how that we do it. So here I was in a little room. They flew me, my new first class, return ticket, put me in the Suid Hiad [spelling?] Hotel… They put me in top class accommodation, gave me the best meals available, and I was asked only to speak for3o minutes. I flew all the way to the United States for the thirty minutes. That was all the time they had given for me to speak. And after I’d finished speaking I thought, “Now that’s great!”. I was about to leave. The organizer came. And slipped a check into my hand. And it was US $5000 for hat half hour. [Writes amount on blackboard next to $6]
All right! Big question right? Same guy. Two eyes, one nose, one mouth, two hands, two feet. I have the- this same person twelve years to fourteen years before. You know I was given the same amount of time. It’s still twenty four hours a day. Things have not changed. Everything remained constant. BUT! What happened? [Refers to blackboard figures]
My pay for half an hour, $5000 US dollars was way, way ahead of the $6 per hour at Singapore I received fourteen years earlier. You see the only thing that has changed [Refers to blackboard figures] is that my value has increased. My value to my listeners, to the people I’m serving, has increased. Now as I increase in my personal value, I increase in my personal worth to the community, to the church, to the people I am trying to help and change. Now what has really transpired in the fourteen years?” – Kong Hee, Pastor Kong Hee @ C3 College Opening Feb 2009 Part 1, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkldfgf6cDs: (00:00), C3 Oxford Falls, C3 College Lecture, 19/01/09
“So as I increase in my knowledge, in my training and education, I increase in my value in my worth to society that I’m trying to penetrate.” – Kong Hee, Pastor Kong Hee @ C3 College Opening Feb 2009 Part 1, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkldfgf6cDs: (04:16), C3 Oxford Falls, C3 College Lecture, 19/01/09
“Training, education are these: vital. In fact 2Corinthians 3:18 says, ‘When you look at the mirror of God’s Word, and you study it by faith’, and that’s the time the Holy Spirit is going to come and change you from glory to glory in the image of Him. The word ‘glory’ means from ‘value’ to ‘value’. This year, when you come to Bible School, you’ve got to have faith. Your value to this church, your value to this movement, your value to your company, to your business, to your community you are serving, is going to change. Your quality of life is going to go up to a whole new level. Come on! Give the Lord a big clap!” – Kong Hee, Pastor Kong Hee @ C3 College Opening Feb 2009 Part 1, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkldfgf6cDs: (05:14), C3 Oxford Falls, C3 College Lecture, 19/01/09
“This is the mission of the church: we want to give the world a taste of this colourful, progressive, creative God and let them know what He has intended for mankind from the very beginning. Remember, if Adam had not sinned, God would have continued to reveal Himself as Elohim. Adam would continue to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it UNTIL he had total dominion of the whole world, for the glory of God.
But when we begin to live in this [refers to blackboard] level of shallow, sheltered Christianity, [ridicules in pathetic voice], “Oh save me Jesus! Provide for me Jesus! Heal me Jesus! Deliver me! Oh Jesus! Help me! Help me! Help me!” You know- low level Christianity, you become passive, constantly at the mercy of situation, of the economics condition, of the problems and of people.
Your pastor, doctor Phil Pringle and people like me, we are trying to change that in our generation. We want to raise up a new generation [refers to board] of people. Instead of saying, “Save me Jesus!”, we are saying, “Touch me Jesus! Fill me Jesus! Give me a visions and dream Jesus! Let me have your creativity to go there and be an [students and C3 staff and leaders applause] overcomer, problem solver- [1:13 shot of Josh Kelsey & Wife] oh come and give the Lord a big clap! I want to change the society for Christ hallelujah!” – Kong Hee, Pastor Kong Hee @ C3 College Opening Feb 2009 Part 4, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlCRLlLcLSE: (00:00-1:20), C3 Oxford Falls, C3 College Lecture, 19/01/09
“I want to become more and more like Jesus my Lord, my Saviour. And the way we do that is through discipleship. So I get myself disciple by great men like doctor Phil Pringle, constantly speaking into my life.” – Kong Hee, Pastor Kong Hee @ C3 College Opening Feb 2009 Part 5, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYncQHuZnqA: (01:32), C3 Oxford Falls, C3 College Lecture, 19/01/09
“Your success depends on your relationships. In fact, any top CEO will tell you that the root to upward mobility is how you relate to people- your people skills. If you are awkward with people, if you are unable to get along with others, you’ll never come to the higher echelon of leadership. But there’s another reason why relationship is so vital: your character depends upon it. You see the bible says who we spend our time with shape us. How are you going to end up after?- By the end of this year, by the end of the Bible School term will be determined by the thoughts you allow into your mind and the friends you hang out with. That is why I want to hang out around people of faith like Doctor Phil. I mean, you can’t spend a day with him without getting inspired. You can’t spend a day with him without [01:00 shot of Phil and Chris Pringle] thinking bigger, desiring to do greater things for God.
So I hang around people of faith every single week. The church service that you come to is a place to motivate and inspire you. But every time you go for your connect groups, you go for your small groups, is a smaller setting, to build long lasting relationships, where you become successful, happy, your character is changed and you become a balanced believer.” – Kong Hee, Pastor Kong Hee @ C3 College Opening Feb 2009 Part 5, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TadW8ZUYtEE: (0:11), C3 Oxford Falls, C3 College Lecture, 19/01/09
I took these quotes from Kong Hee because he kept associating church leadership with CEO Leadership.
What is biblical leadership? How should it combat false leadership? Should it combat false leadership?