Thursday, July 22, 2010

Daniel H. Chew and his Superego


"There are different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather than society, say, or the super-ego, or self-interest." - Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC

In the beginning, Daniel H. Chew (also known as Daniel Chew Huicong) self-appointed himself as apologist, author, watchman.

He was without fame and void, and darkness was upon his reputation. So, Daniel H. Chew self-published himself a book.

And Daniel H. Chew said: let there be a string of degrees behind my name, and so Chew gave himself the external call to the Christian ministry – apart from any involvement within a local church in Singapore. It was a "ministry" to study in seminary, and that's it.

Even a little of positive affirmation from his pastor (if any) would be good. But alas, does he even have a local church? Is he even an active member of any church in Singapore?

In the future, we keenly anticipate his self-ordination.

Do peruse this excellent post by the Protestant Pope.

Let us also peruse some interesting comments by my readers (Note: I do not stand by these comments):

Anonymous said:

I just found out that Watchman Chew is now a student of Westminster Ca under a prestigious scholarship called "My Daddy's Scholarship." As he has never served in any major capacity in any local church before, he is not supported by any church for his seminary studies. ...

As a self-serving student who aspires to quarrel and debate in blogosphere with a seminary degree, he would probably self-ordain himself as a reverend of a handful of rank-and-file blogo-fans. Would his pastor (if any) clarify these rumors?

Another Anonymous wrote:

Studying seminary in America is not cheap; in fact, it's like doing a professional degree overseas! Taken together with the moneys required to survive/live in USA, it's easily 100K USD or more. ...

May I know which board of elders had elected/appointed godly Chew to do seminary and to be ordained upon his return - given the fact that he hasn't served the local church in any capacity?

I'm sure Pastor Paul Goh wouldn't send Chew to Westminster given that the PRCA seminary is still functioning. Oh wait, Chew is no longer in CERC.

'A Friend' wrote:

To be fair to Daniel, he is greatly to be admired for not having any family commitments in any way. Both his parents are doing well and self-supporting, while Daniel himself has no emotional ties in Singapore.

By all means, he is his father's son, and his father can choose to "invest" in his theological education. At his age, most would be supporting a wife and kids, but in his case, perhaps it's more secure to continue living under his dad's roof.

It isn't easy these days for theological students to survive when supported by a local church; so isn't it great that he is supported by his dad and not by any local church?

I would have wanted my dad's support too!
Barry wrote:

He [Daniel H. Chew] is THE Chee Soon Juan of Reformed Scholarship! I like him!
John wrote:

Although Daniel does not have a church to go to, he serves God with his heart and mind like true prophets within apostate Israel. Churches in Singapore are so degenerate that even pastors are not saved. I see Daniel tells the truth bravely, and churches need to listen to him. How can such pastors lord over Daniel by telling him when he is prepared to go to seminary?
'Would be Pope' wrote:

Daniel needs to test HIMSELF (confirming his 'internal' call) and also prove to his CHURCH (confirming his 'external' call), BEFORE he should even embark on seminary studies.

Writing blogs about the apostate so-and-so, drumming up support from his friends, going to other churches to rub shoulders with the renowned Reformed men DO NOT constitute a call to the ministry.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wah, like dat also can. I also now want study theology and be pastor, so easy! Got money can aledy, dats why now some pastors so rich! Get degree then can have followers pay him money weekly, so easy! Easy money!

吳婷婷 said...

人生是一連串的課程,必須活過才能明白。......................................................

Tigerbright said...

I just found your blog. This is great stuff!

King of Hypocrisy Chew gets the facts straightened out for him! He libeled pastor Prince for being an unsaved heretic. Problem is, who is he to judge who is saved and who is not saved?

I'm not saying Christians shouldn't be judging teachers and doctrines, but judging the salvation of a fellow believer is like making yourself a god! It is very serious when he attempts to slander a pastor of a local church, especially when he is not even an active member of any church.

I wonder how many pastors had he slandered?

Anonymous said...

Hiyah, leave Astroboy alone. Pray for him that God will make his heart tender to the needs of sinners, and especially to give him a love for sinners. And to deliver him from his hypoicrisy and folly.

God bless him in his ambitions, but may Astroboy prevent his personal ambitions from harming the church of Christ.

Robert said...

I am surprised that Westminster Seminary California would accept Chew as a student. Apparently a solid service record in a local church, and a character reference from the student's own pastor is not mandatory requirements for admission.

王彥李威昌霖 said...

Learn wisdom by the follies of others.............................................................