HAVE YOUR SAY: Sun Ho's lavish lifestyle
Should a pastor's wife and church co-founder be living it up in Hollywood?
HO Yeow Sun, the wife of City Harvest Church (left) pastor Kong Hee, has again been thrust into the spotlight, with recent reports on her rented mansion in Hollywood.
The 40-year-old singer, who is based in the US, was reported to have rented a mansion in Hollywood Hills for S$28,000 a month.
But members of the megachurch said they are not surprised with her lavish lifestyle.
Some churchgoers have defended her, saying she is a celebrity and that her living arrangements are well known on the grapevine, and she had probably paid with what she earns from her business and royalties.
Ms Ho is currently in Singapore.
Her husband, who appeared briefly at a service of City Harvest in Jurong West last Sunday morning, is among those questioned in a police probe.
Here's what we want to hear from you: What do you think of Sun Ho's lavish lifestyle? Is there a moral dilemma when a prominent member of a religious organisation takes on celebrity status and its associated undertones, or should her secular image be viewed separately from her church responsibilities?
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I & my friends /colleagus was shock by China Wine MV last 1,2 years ago, we surprise a Local singer with also a pastor suddenly transformed to a Hollywood hot pop music star (wild sexy look & dance just like Madonna & Lady Gaga) Can't believe this, is she really a pastor or pastor's wife ?
I totally agree with colourprint. I am a catholic and together with other christians who are truly followers of Christ, we have to be united as one body of Christ even with our differences. Before Christ died, he prayed to our heavenly Father for unity of his church, that means anyone who professes to follow Christ shd not take delight in seeing the downfall of another. So no point mudslinging fellow christians, just because of human weakness.
For those who are not christians, countless catholics and christians have done a lot of good for society. Our God is a God of compassion, love , humility and forgiveness for all mankind. Even when Jesus walked this earth, one of his disciples betrayed him. But the rest of his disciples became great saints and martyrs and started the first church. So one bad apple does not mean the whole harvest is rotten.
As for fellow christians, we have the responsibility to voice out our opinion about what is not right morally or against the teachings of Christ ,but we shd leave the hatetalk behind. Ultimately, God is the judge and if money has been misappropriated, the law will take effect also.
What I found objectionable is Sun's music videos and photos... No CHC response on this one ?
Fund abuse is yet to be proven.
What about CHC's investments for gain or rely on God's provision.
Teaching the right doctrine is another thing...
One should always refer back to Jesus and the disiples' ministry...
Let no one be deceived...in the last days...just read The Book of Revelation.
@jesusmyoneandall.......very well said, totally agree with you!
@disliker of hipocrisy.....I m not judging Sun Ho or anything, but I m really against that type of designs on the t shirts.......its the bikies gangster styles......skulls, tattoo and all! God says to abstain from all forms of evil appearances. So many of the church leaders are also wearing them......really not consistent with church ethics.....I m really confused by it all.........this Ed Hardy stuffs.......HATE IT!! I m sooo happy they closed every shop in Australia!!........prayers answered!!
He did not exploit religion for his personal benefits. He earned his salary as the CEO of Ren Ci Hospital. He risked his life many times to raise funds for Ren Ci. Pls tell me who else is doing that or willing to do that. Definitely not TT Durai or ....
As for Pastor Kong and Sun, hopefully the truth regarding fund usage will be known after the investigation. Going forward, even if they are clean, I hope Ps Kong will walk the talk and not talk and talk. Don't pressurize his members to give and give (extreme sacrifice) if he and his wife are not prepared to do so. Please do not make a mockery of Christianity.
There is also no real need to obtain an extravagant monument (aka church) at the expense of the congregation. Church is a place to worship the LORD and not to show off.
if her work as a singer is trully based on talent then it is another story. she seems to live the lifestyle of a successful celebrity but her songs don't seem to impress a lot of people......Compare to singers like Adele, who doesn't need to have sexy moves, but her records are loved by so many.
It’s a sad time…...it’s time to remember in prayer the younger generation of CHC…….that, indeed, in this last days, it is crucial that our faith is built firmly in Jesus alone. Yes, alone....…..…...…..… as Christians, we do encounter similar spiritual challenges from time to time, don't we? Actually, we can think about.....
1. why do you think God allow it to happen?
2. How does that help in one's faith?
3. What area of discerments are needed in cases like this?
Feel free to brainstorm,
If what she said is true, it is really scary and disturbing. I really hope that people will do a reality check and do some rational thinking instead of blind faith. I don't think GOD wants us to follow blindly.
Meanwhile, let's wait for the investigation to be done and see the results. May Justice and Truth prevail.
I will really respect him if he leads by example ie walk the talk and not just talk and talk. As for Sun - I am finding it hard to believe that she is bringing people to GOD via her 2 latest songs - Fancy Free and China Wine with lyrics like My life is such a show.
I agree with you.
many pple here seem to be confused about wealth and christianity. There is absolutely nothing wrong to be christian and rich. There is nothing wrong in being prosperous, but rather how u prospered (is it thru illegitimate means or at the expense of others) and what u do with the wealth. In Sun Ho's case, there is another dimension to her lavish spending. We are talking about pastor's and pastor's wives. They shd be first and foremost serving God and his will, not serving the world or their own personal ambitiions. Even if they have personal wealth, they have to lead by example. I personally dont know if Sun Ho's lavish lifestyle has been financed partly by donations of CHC members. If it is , or if her ambitions in Hollywood are realised in part by people's donation, then obviously it is not morally right. But then some may argue that it if it is her own earnings she has a right to spend as she pleases. This argument can hold water only if she is any other celebrity and not connected in anyway to a head pastor of a megachurch. $28,000 a month for rental is indeed a lot of money and with her whole entourage there with her, I can imagine how big the bill is maintaining herself and her entourage. I personally have not seen her videos, but if its true that she flaunts her sexuality and behaves like just any other rock star, just to make herself famous in Hollywood, then I seriously think there is a moral disconnect bet her behaviour and the dignity and a certain amount of morality that is expected of every devout Christian leader and their spouse.
Another thing is I wish people could be more mature in their arguments. Everyone has their own viewpoints, there is no necessity for name calling. Just because one christian does something not right does not mean all christians are the same. Sometimes we have to be realistic and be more open minded to understand that as humans we are all weak. Church leaders are no different, they also make mistakes and they can fall into temptations, whether it is immorality, greed, etc. More importantly is that people have the humility to admit their mistakes. So those who are such strong supporters in CHC, my advice is, be discerning and always search for the truth. It does not mean that just because a place of worship can draw a big crowd or give u that good feeling means u have found the right church. So pple, dun need to get worked up. Don't criticise God or the Christian religion. God and religion always teaches good. It is only human beings that can perversely use something good and pure for their own evil doing.