Faith Community Baptist Church celebrated its 27th anniversary over the weekend of August 17-18. The senior pastor of the church, “Apostle” Lawrence Khong, used the occasion to launch “Arise and Shine”, a new building project that will see Touch Community Theatre — one of two auditoriums owned by the church — torn down and rebuilt. FCBC wants members to raise S$40 million in two years for the new building which I hear will house new magic shows by the church-owned Gateway Entertainment Pte Ltd, starring Lawrence Khong himself. In a sermon entitled Journey of Faith, Khong starts out by asking how many of his congregants were with him when the church was founded back in Aug 1986 (following a split from Grace Baptist Church). A handful of people raise their hands, the congregation applauds the “diehards” and Khong marvels at how “we have a brand new church” that is “always renewing” — an acknowledgement of the thousands that have left since 2000? The key talking points of Khong’s
sermon presentation reads like your regular list of stuff you’d hear from any company chairman blowing the trumpet of the organisation at the AGM, but what piqued my interest was what he said about FCBC’s role in bringing forth the so-called LoveSingapore movement and in resisting advances made by the LGBT movement in recent years. I’ve transcribed that section of the speech below:
[From 21:40 to 24:05]
God used this church to birth the LoveSingapore movement. I want you to understand, this is a very special movement. For 17 years, pastors from all sorts of different denominations come together for a week to pray. And then throughout the year — we have just finished the Day of His Power — how many of you were at the Day of His Power? (hands shoot up across the auditorium) how many of you were blessed? Blessed, right? I can tell you, I just met a pastor who sent a group from another church who have never been to the Day of His Power, and they came back and this pastor reported that, “boy, after the two hours, I never knew what prayer is until I attended the prayer meeting.” It was dynamic, it was with faith, it was exciting, it was a very engaging time of prayer.
LoveSingapore is used by the Lord to uphold Singapore in prayer so that Singapore will fulfill its destiny, and now we are beginning to address the issue of the problem of the aging population. We want to build an Elder Care Network that will encompass the whole of Singapore by pulling all the resources of the church together. So that by the year 2015, any Christian can walk to an old person and say, “I will meet that need” because behind you, there’s a LoveSingapore Elder Care Network that will support you.
Secondly, we are fighting the battle of… making a stand against the LGBT… in making that lifestyle as the normal lifestyle. I have no problem — we never discriminate against them. All of you know that I work in Gateway Entertainment. Everyday I see them — I mean, everyday I’m having my rehearsal — and almost all the guys are homosexual, okay? I am good friends with them, I talk with them, and … but don’t make this a normal lifestyle for Singapore, because that’s not something that’s good for the nation. We’re taking a stand, we’re pulling our resources together, to make sure, to make a difference to protect our nation, and to defend the family. God blessed us with this glorious experience of — this church, I can tell you — our church may not be the biggest in Singapore. You don’t understand the kind of influence and impact that it has across this nation. It’s not something that we want to take pride in. It’s because the glory of the Lord is risen among us in these last 27 years. Amen?