We are writing with regard to the link to audio clips of the sermon preached by Pastor Mark Ng in August 2008 that is currently posted on your website (http://www.transitioning.org/2010/06/15/isd-looks-into-clip-of-sermon-which-mocked-taoist-beliefs/).
In our statement posted on our website, dated 13 June 2010, we explained that it was Pastor Mark’s intention to highlight what he viewed as some inconsistencies in local Chinese practices. His comments were not meant to cause disrespect to any race or religion. New Creation Church and Pastor Mark had offered apologies for the comments.
While we recognise the public interest in the audio clips, in the interests of racial and religious harmony, we request that links to the audio clips be removed from your website so that they may not potentially cause further offence. We had earlier stopped the circulation of the sermon, which is a copyrighted material, from our available resources.
New Creation Church
Message Taken from New Creation Website:-
Response To Recent Circulation Of Audio Clips Of A
Sermon Preached By Pastor Mark Ng In August 2008
New Creation Church (NCC) would like to express our deepest apologies to any
person who may have been offended by the remarks made by Pastor Mark Ng
during a sermon delivered in August 2008. Pastor Mark has explained to us
that his intention was to highlight
what he viewed as some inconsistencies in the local Chinese practices, and
not meant to cause disrespect to any race or religion.
Following the widely covered media reports in February 2010 of another
incident not related to NCC, we initiated an internal review of all past and
ongoing sermons. In the course of this review, we realised that Pastor Mark
had in this sermon, inadvertently spoken in a manner that could be regarded
as slighting these practices.
Arising from this review, we immediately stopped the circulation and sale of
this and several other sermons that were deemed insensitive. We also strongly
emphasised to all our pastors that sermons of this nature are not acceptable
and should not be repeated.
We recognise our responsibility in this major oversight in allowing this sermon
not only to be preached, but also, as a usual practice, to be made available as
a resource for sale. It is unfortunate that while we have endeavoured in every
way to stop the circulation of this sermon, its recent appearance on the Internet
continues to possibly cause offence when it was never Pastor Mark’s intention to do
so. We assure the public that NCC has no part in the current surfacing of this
Pastor Mark offers his unreserved and unmitigated apology to the public for his
insensitive comments and for failing to observe the basic tenet of Christianity,
which is founded on love for one and all.
He humbly appeals to those whom he has offended to forgive him of this
NCC takes this opportunity to affirm our commitment to the public that
we place a high premium on the value of both racial and religious harmony
in our multi-faceted society. This is evidenced by our years of consistent
support for the many nation-wide programmes on racial and religious harmony.
New Creation Church Council
13 June 2010