In the latest letter to his congregants, Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong of Cornerstone Community Church (remember him?) says nothing about Rony Tan’s odious lies that gay people are paedophiles and zoophiles. Instead he urges his church members to “not dilute, adulterate or compromise” the Truth. Belittling other people’s religions is not kosher, he says, but apparently demonising gay people the way Rony Tan has requires no censure. Here’s what he said:
A THORNY ISSUE
The recent big blow up about Pastor Rony Tan’s highly-publicised sermon on Buddhism and Taoism, and the most recent attack on his statements on homosexuals is a reminder of the continual scrutiny and the pressure that the Church will face in the coming years. Having watched the video myself, I thought that the reaction from the public was a little excessive. But still nonetheless, we live in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society and the need to be careful and vigilant with our words is vital. I’ve been in touch with Pastor Rony via his personal assistant and Pator Rony has requested for our prayer support, for which we’re more than happy to oblige.
There are a few things we can learn from this painful ordeal. Firstly, in Acts 19, we’ve a record of a riot in the city of Ephesus. The whole city was filled with confusion against Paul and his traveling companions and they had already seized several of Paul’s companions, threatening to injure them. When the riot threatened to get out of hand, the town clerk got up to silence the crowd and look at what he said in verse 37: “For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess.” This is an amazing statement because Paul, in all his preaching, did not attack or belittle any other religion. All he did was preach the everlasting Gospel because the Gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation. And that’s exactly what we need to be doing: we need to preach the unadulterated Word of God and let the Word transform lives.
There’s of course another side to this as well: When preaching the Gospel, we must not dilute, adulterate or compromise on the potency of the Word; because it’s Truth. And truth spoken in love is a very powerful weapon in God’s Hand. When Paul was in a Roman dungeon, he said something very precious; he said that while he may be in chains, God’s word cannot be chained. And that is the truth. In Acts 4, we find the disciples being hauled in for preaching the Gospel and they were threatened by the religious order of their day to cease preaching. Peter, with unusual boldness said: “Whether it is right to listen to you more than God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Such boldness is contagious and God-breathed. After that, we’ve an account of a prayer meeting the disciples had and as they prayed for boldness to speak the word of God, God answered by shaking the place they were gathered in and the disciples were all filled with uncommon valor. What’s the conclusion then? Let’s be sensitive; let’s be careful; but let’s not compromise on the truth.
Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong
20 Feb 2010
Well of course I am not surprised by Pastor Yang’s message. I’ve heard him preach hell fire and brimstone since I was a little kid back in the day when his church was still called Bedok Christian Centre. But I’ve got news for you, Pastor Yang, if you’re reading this. The public would not be on Rony Tan’s back so much if he had not said such stupendiferous things to begin with.
As for your remarks about “truth spoken in love”? The Buddhists and Taoists sure ain’t feeling the “love”. And neither are the gays.
Hear, hear, from the man who proclaimed that Cyclone Nargis, which devastated Myanmar in 2008, was the “hand of God” teaching the nations righteousness. I wonder if the Burmese felt his love?
1. Notice how he made the hunted the hunter? Tsk. Tags: Bedok Christian Centre, Christianism, Christianity, Cornerstone Community Church, Lighthouse Evangelism, Rony Tan, Singapore, Yang Tuck Yoong