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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

Testimony of The Local Church

Recently, The Straits Times reported quite a few articles (see below) on church governance in our local context, following the tightening of corporate governance within the charity sector and the release of audit report by the Commissioner of Charities on six of the religious organizations in Singapore. While it's true that a minority of the clergy may be overly and even excessively compensated, the amount of work required of the majority of the clergy should not be overlooked, not forgetting the overwhelming needs and pressurizing expectation of the laity.

Though it is questionable why a non-christian would interfere and seize this opportunity to voice out their complaints against church leadership in general, it is unfortunate that even christians may be compelled to file such grievances against church leadership via a secular platform. This just might prove to be injurious to the Body at large. The Local Church would also probably need to rethink about her testimony towards the society, and to reassess its biblical basis for some of her practices, should it wishes to continue to be a beacon of light to Singapore and the world at large.

The articles are as follows:-

1. Big business now: 'I am awestruck at the payscale of local church pastors. These churches are now like mega corporations.'

2. Mega churches: 'I may not like the way my neighbour landscapes his garden, but I have no right to make demands on how he should do it.'

3. Why such leaders should reveal income

4. Funding: 'Religious and charity organisations should not be run as flourishing enterprises with endless funding.'

5. Reelin' and reli-rockin': What rock concerts have in common with some places of worship

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