Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Threefold Office of the Venerable Watchman Daniel Chew Huicong – Prophet, Pope, and Punisher



Blogging: Never before have so many people with so little to say said so
much to so few.
The venerable Watchman Chew has written a brand new post on Hebrews 13:17. Little did he know that this will indict him further as Pope, God, and Watchman. What do we call this? It’s called backfiring – backfired by his immense hypocrisy and pretention. Let us examine his short post. (This is not a verse by verse commentary of Pope Daniel Chew’s writings.)

Chew: “I am NOT arguing that we should rebel against our leaders nor am I am arguing for forcing our personal preferences down the throats of church leaders and expecting everybody to conform to our idea of orthodoxy and orthopraxy. It is expected that my enemies would slander and libel me as stating any of such errors, but this is totally not the case, and I disavow believing any of these errors.”

Oh yes, oh yes, Watchman Chew reminds us that we shouldn’t rebel against our leaders, and not to force our personal preferences down the throats of church leaders. This he does extremely well via calling down hell fire and brimstone upon those who disagree with him (all of whom are church leaders), anathematizing those who differ from him in theological views (all of whom are church leaders), and by criticizing pastors, elders, churches, church organizations and fellow bloggers for their differing theological views.

And yes, the venerable Watchman Chew does not rebel against “our leaders.” He only anathematizes them to eternal damnation and hell fire. That’s all.

What Chew Does Not Say

1) Watchman Chew is Pope and Apostle

Chew: “This line of argument is better known by its "sacred" form: "Thou shall not touch the Lord's anointed!" That Heb. 13:17 is not against criticism of churches, church leaders, Christian organizations and entire denominations can be easily deduced from Scripture.”

Oh yes, oh yes, I suppose by careful exegeses of relevant texts, we can deduce that we are called by Scripture to pronounce anathemas upon those we criticize, appoint ourselves as “watchmen” and pretend that we can decree anyone we “like” to eternal damnation and reprobation.

Chew: “The context in Hebrews already gave us one solution to this problem as it talks about Christian leaders who are keeping watch over our souls, and of speaking the Word of God. Therefore, those who are not keeping watch over our souls (in the sense of shepherding it) but are instead lording over the flock, and those who do not speak the Word of God, cannot be considered true Christian leaders (Modus tollens).”

What? Modus tollens of what proposition?

If P, then Q.

If P = Leaders teach the Word,

Then Q = They are true Christian leaders.
Modus tollens is:

If P, then Q.
¬Q
Therefore, ¬P.

Watchman Chew is perhaps saying, “They are NOT true Christian leaders, therefore these leaders do NOT teach the Word.” So, by using modus tollens here, he makes a bare assertion i.e. that these leaders are “NOT true Christian leaders.” That is, not Q, therefore not P.

Another formulation is as follows:

If P = They are true Christian leaders,

Then Q = Leaders teach the Word.

Ah, this looks better, doesn’t it? If P, then Q; modus tollens would be:

"These leaders do NOT teach the Word, therefore they are NOT true Christian leaders."

Again, there would be much difficulty in accepting the Watchman’s formulation without further definitions and discussion.

What do you mean by the clause “teach the Word?” Do you mean an infallible interpretation of the Word, with the assumption that true Christian leaders teach the correct interpretation of the Word? If so, with so many Christian leaders out there within the orthodox and evangelical realm teaching so many different interpretations, all of them couldn’t be TRUE Christian leaders. John F. MacArthur and John Bunyan cannot be both true Christian leaders, because they both differ in some areas of interpretation of the Word, and two differing interpretations cannot be both true. Either MacArthur or Bunyan is a true Christian leader, but not BOTH. Is that what Watchman Chew is teaching here with his “modus tollens” formulation?

Furthermore, if the Watchman judges as to who is the “true Christian leader” according to their (the teachers’) interpretation of God’s Word, doesn’t it then suggest that the Watchman has access to the infallible or “correct” interpretation of the Word of God? This makes the Watchman Chew an evangelical Pope.

Isn’t this what the Watchman Daniel Chew Huicong has insinuated all along in his blogs? That “I am right, and you are wrong?” That “I know the truth, and the other leaders are in error or heretical?”

Chew: “We are exhorted in Scripture to judge and discern false teachers and false "christs" (1 Jn. 4:1; Jude 1:4), and such people will indeed enter the church (Acts 20: 29-30, 1 Jn.2 :18). We can see such episodes in the narrative of the early churches most especially seen in Paul's strong denunciation of the Judaizers in the epistle to the Galatians, and most certainly the Judaizers were calling themselves Christians, and Christian teachers and leaders at that!”

How Chew extrapolates those verses to his practice of pronouncing decrees of reprobation, anathemas, and in fact, calling ME (and my friends) a son of Satan, is most bewildering.

Furthermore, the fact that Chew had expressed the same or similar spiritual authority as the Apostle Paul means that Chew does think that he IS an apostle in the likeness of Paul of Tarsus, especially in the way he reiterates ad nauseam how the Apostle (and hence, Chew) had pronounced anathemas upon the Judaizers of old.

2) Watchman Chew is Prophet and Punisher of God

Chew: “To a certain extent, such has often been the case in the early church and the history of the church. Criticism and charges of heresy etc were often made by leaders within the institutional Church.”

In the early Church, charges of heresy were not made by self-appointed Watchmen acting independently, apart from the supervision of church bishops, elders, leaders or pastors. Heresy charges and trials were never made and decided upon in the early Church by lay individuals. There were events called church councils. There were proper administrative procedures guided by Scripture, orderly manners whereby charges of heresy were brought up to the appropriate church leadership, studied intensely by spiritual leaders and scholars, and then decided upon – not by self-appointed individuals with large egos – but by godly ordained men and spiritual leaders recognized by the Church.

Chew: “When one looks through the Scriptures and the historical record of the Church, one finds quite a few people who are not church leaders in the proper sense of the term. Old testament prophets like Amos were not of the priestly order for example, Amos being a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs (Amos 7:14). In church history, Peter Waldo was certainly not a church leader, while during the Reformation era, besides Luther, Zwngli and Calvin and maybe a few others, almost none of the non-Anglican reformers were ever Christian leaders until they started preaching and planting churches. An extreme example of such would be the Baptist preacher John Bunyan, who became a pastor simply by preaching and planting a church as people turned to Christ through his preaching. Yet he was never seminary trained or ordained in his entire life. This view is therefore not biblical and in error.”

The examples given by Watchman Chew are fraught with difficulties. Amos was an Old Testament prophet communicating the word of God to His people. Is Chew insinuating that he, likewise, hears God directly and communicates His infallible Word to His people? Are the Watchman’s words infallible like Prophet Amos’? Should the Watchman Chew act like he’s some Old Testament prophet pronouncing curses and damnations upon others?

Peter Waldo was accused of heresy and excommunicated, but as far as history goes, he did not pronounce curses, anathemas or damnations upon others. So what’s the Watchman’s point? That Peter Waldo’s charge of heresy justifies the Watchman Daniel Chew’s pronouncement of curses and damnations upon others (non sequitur)?

Chew says, “ … almost none of the non-Anglican reformers were ever Christian leaders until they started preaching and planting churches.”

This is again a non sequitur. Which “Christian leader” – be it Bunyan, Calvin, or Zwingli – was born a Pope, Bishop, Pastor, Elder or Deacon? All were “laity” prior to ordination or entry to “clergy-hood.” So what’s the Watchman’s point? That the fact that clergy was laity before becoming clergy justifies the Watchman Daniel Chew’s pronouncement of curses and damnations upon others?

Furthermore, John Calvin was involved in the indictment and burning of Michael Servetus, so in the tradition of “Calvin,” Watchman Daniel Chew Huicong is justified in his pronouncement of curses and damnations upon others? Should we then be grateful that he didn’t burn his enemies and “heretics” to death? Oh, how great thou art! How great is thine compassion, that thou wouldest spare us from thy wrath on the stake!

3) Watchman Chew Signs Church Membership Agreement So As To Disagree With The Leaders?

Chew: “To follow God's Word even in defiance of the dictates of any Christian leader is never a violation of Heb. 13:17, if we are indeed following God's Word and the leader is not. If however, both are within the bounds of Christian liberty, then we should of course obey our leaders in that respect.”

When Christians join a church as members, they sign a membership agreement stating that they will agree with the church’s teachings, obey their spiritual leaders, and at least acquiesce to their teachings. When Chew signs such a membership agreement, he is stating that he will do the aforementioned. If for any reasons you feel that the leaders are in error, and you cannot acquiesce to their doctrine, why then did you sign the membership agreement?

Is that a lack of integrity or willful prevarication? Is the membership agreement written in a tongue you do not understand? Did the leaders deliberately hide their convictions from you?

If you disagree and if you cannot acquiesce to the leader’s teachings, then simply refuse to join as member. Who is coercing you to join?

Conclusion

We have seen in some detail the teachings and the possible abuses of Heb. 13:17. May we therefore learn to properly apply this verse and have a heart to avoid pronouncing anathemas, eternal damnations and curses upon those we deem as being doctrinally in error. Most of all, let us acquire a spirit of humility, knowing that our interpretation of Scripture is not infallible like the Pope-cum-Watchman Daniel Chew Huicong. Let us refrain from pejorative comments and judgments like “Anathema Sit!” Amen.

16 comments:

Lee Choo said...

There is no defense for what Daniel Chew did with his blog; there is no repentance, no public apology for those words he said, and no sense of shame whatsoever for those curses and anathemas he made. It is strange that a recidivist like Daniel evokes sympathy from other bloggers. I remember reading something about blind religious lemmings, but never expected these to be so ubiquitous.

Lee Choo

Anonymous said...

Hi AT,

I would at least commend Daniel in showing "what it (the verse) positively teaches and then at its abuse.".

However, I find much more thought is given to the abuse of the verse, but the positive teaching is only superfically dealt with.

For example, from his points:
1&2) How do we obey our church leaders? How do we submit...?

3) How do we give them the honour...?

5&6) How do we "make their job easier."? Any man called to the ministry does so with a weight of responsibility far higher than President Obama. It is a joy, but also a burden. They don't do it and expect any "returns". At least the pastors I have known personally are like that.

Jenson

Valerie Soong said...

Hi Antithesis,

I am from New Creation Church, and I had been reading the various unfair criticisms this Daniel Chew had raised against my church and my pastor on his blogs (also the one called Astronova).

Thank you for standing up for justice; thank you for putting this pervert in his place. :P

cheers,
Valerie Soong

Stephanie said...

Antithesis,

Valerie and I are now at a cyber cafe ... haha! ... also want to drop a comment, hey thanks ;P I like your style, ok? Cool, yeah ... lol! Hope to see you soon in church! ... oops! My brother and I like your lessons ... you are so cheam sometimes, but ok man, cool, we can learn new things too! Ok, go now, see ya!

kisses :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Antithesis,

Great blog you have here. Yes please continue to do your job as watchman of watchmen!

Even though I'm from a conservative church (Calvary Pandan BP), I think this Danny boy is really too much!!

Chan KH

Anonymous said...

"Moreover, to keep God's holy order from being violated or despised, we say that everyone ought, as much as possible, to hold the ministers of the Word and elders of the church in special esteem, because of the work they do, and be at peace with them, without grumbling, quarreling, or fighting." The Belgic Confession

Perhaps Watchman should come to a Reformed understanding of this verse, because Watchman himself has proven that he doesn't understand what Hebrews 13 means.

Jeremiah said...

Amen brother! Well said!

But I do pray that Daniel will mature and grow in faith.

God bless,
Jeremiah

Anonymous said...

Did you guys's see Danny's latest postings?
http://puritanreformed.blogspot.com/2009/03/antithesis-prophet-pope-bigot-and.html
Oh dear .... he's throwing a tantrum. Now see what you've done AT.

Mun Cheong said...

Anonymous,

Saw your link. Nope, guess the page was deleted by the author.

Was it juicy?

Mun Cheong
Australia, Perth

Anonymous said...

Mun Cheong,
Yes, watchman took it out. Looks like cowardness got the better of him.
Juicy? Nope. Was more like gibberish that no one can understand; and of course with the usual calling down of hell, fire & brimstone on everyone - with specific mention of a Jenson.

Mun Cheong said...

Anonymous,

What a pity. THAT post would furnish further evidence for his indictment and ultimate condemnation.

Hope he writes more … :)

Mun Cheong

Anonymous said...

lol Chew must feel like a cornered animal. Good theological work AT.

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William said...

AT once said to beloved Daniel:

I will never leave you nor forsake you :P

Daniel gets the "kick" out of kicking pastors and ministry leaders from various churches all around town. Why shouldn't we get the same "kick" out of him?

Just look at the bashing done for Pastor Joseph Prince alone:

http://astronova.multiply.com/video/item/16/Joseph_Prince_the_heretic

Anonymous said...

Thankfully, I did not read that post. Why specifically mention me? I tried to help his cause by giving what I perceived as helpful hints in some of his posts.

And there were meant to be helpful! I have nothing against the chap.

Oh well, at least I tried...

Monica C. said...

Wow, this Watchman Chew is exactly what AT describes him to be.

Was just browsing this blog and saw this: http://puritanreformed.blogspot.com/2006/08/report-on-festival-of-praise-2006.html

I know this is back in 2006. Concludes that majority of the churches in Singapore (ie those who support the FOP) are heretic and the congregations are non christians and the pastors are not pastors, etc. All condemned to hell!! Read especially his exchanges in the comments.
AT is right - he reports to no one, comes under no authority and covering. At least he claims he is the same rank as the pope and dalai lama.
Indeed - a geniune nut-case!

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