Netizens seem to have become fixated with this case judging from the thousands of comments in various forums, blogs and Facebook on the recent investigation by CAD. While we know that the COC and CAD will not make any move without something substantial to go on, the speculation about Kong Hee and CHC on the Internet has probably gone overboard. In a recent newspaper article members from the CHC step forward to express support for Kong Hee. Over the years, he stood by and helped them through difficult times - he sometimes would even cancel trips to lend support to members of his congregation. Growing a church from a small handful to 40,000 members is no easy feat and it takes energy, charisma, friendship and trust to get to where they are today. Many question their recruitment tactics, their fund raising methods and some question their teachings (prosperity gospel) - these are valid issues and we will eventually come to an understanding of them over time. I believe CHC regardless of the outcome of the investigation will still exist in the coming years and they, like most churches in the past that faced scrutiny, will adjust and continue.
As for Kong Hee being a good or bad, I learned over time that people are not so simple. Good people can do wrong unethical things and many times 'bad' people do have a softer side. Was Durai a bad person? The court of public opinion was quite harsh making him out to be greedy fundraiser who overpaid himself exploiting the public trust - however, just yesterday, the paper reported that the NKF is now running short on funds and nurses[Link]. Durai did do somethings that were incorrect but he also did many things that were right.
When I was in secondary school, my history teacher taught me something simple but important that I remembered all my life. The idea is borrowed from another religion Taoism:
I'm not a Taoist but the Taoist symbol above is highly meaningful and you don't have to believe in Taoism to appreciate the idea. Within the white part there is a black dot and what is says is there is nothing absolutely good and similarly for the black part there is a white dot to say that nothing is absolutely bad. Apply this to your view of the world and people. To the people in CHC, Kong Hee was absolutely good, to many netizens, he is absolutely bad using religion to get money and success for himself. My belief is Kong Hee is white with a black dot which the CAD is looking at - we don't know the size of that dot or that it actually exists. But Kong Hee's achievements - his ability to motivate, uplift people and change lives...can clearly be seen. Many people whose lives are touched by him probably will be willing to stand by him even if CAD's findings shows something negative...he was never supposed to be perfect and as Christians the Bible tells them than no man is perfect and importance of forgiveness. I was in a small Church a few months ago, long before CHC news broke, to meet a friend. I sat through a sermon during which the pastor of the church told the congregation not to put their faith in pastors and religious leaders, himself included, because as humans there is always a chance, they will let them down...the next part of his message was to have faith in God. Herein lies the wisdom of the message for all CHC members when they go to church, it is not to put their faith in Kong Hee but as Christians they should have faith in God.