Making EVM Smile

I know the last posting was quite lengthy. I really got carried away thinking about those serious things like businesses, MDC, debts, shell corporations and all those other worldly matters. So let’s just think about happier things this time, shall we? Happy thoughts everyone! That is now the goal of the Church. What would make EVM smile? So, in response to the instruction of making the Executive Minister happy, here are some happy efforts of brethren worldwide…

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  1.  Get kids to hold up a sign. Cute
  2.  Get kids to show they are also boycotting ABS-CBN. Very Cute.

(Little Jun-Jun has no idea what Boycott means but that’s ok. He will do it for EVM!)

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3. How about CWS kids hold up the sign We are.. you know…

(Someday they will learn to read and know what they were holding up. But for now, at least EVM can smile)

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“How about you kids? Wear these shirts or you will find yourself hitchhiking home“, oh wait, sorry, that’s also that sign isn’t it? The Thumb. My mistake.

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How about we make a We are One with EVM garden patch in front of the chapel! Yaay!! But get that old outdated INC seal out of the picture will you? This is OUR SEAL now.

Not to be outdone, AAT, the EVM reader himself snatches a sign from a brother and shows  “He also HEARTs EVM”

(note to self: Never miss out on scoring the brownie points) Translation: “sip-sip”

Next, how about a “We Heart EVM” on the basketball court? That should put a smile on his face!

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But wait! This district says, “We can put a bigger smile on EVM! We will make a BIGGER heart followed by a big Mexican flag and run around the chapel!!” (NOTE: buy those discounted Valentine’s Day hearts after February 14. It comes in handy for these random days of greeting EVM)

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But we’re not done yet folks! Far from it. This district does not want to be outdone. “Basketball court? HA! We will use an entire Soccer stadium to make EVM smile!” (Is that Ninoy Aquino’s image? I can’t tell, it’s a bit too high up)

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The INC really loves these drones don’t we? Next thing you know, some District will outdo all the others and we look up…

Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 5.13.57 PM.pngI certainly hope it does not get any worse; it is truly getting out of hand. But how else can we make EVM smile? Think brethren, think! New Jersey had some ideas during last weekend’s Pastoral Visit…

Okay. Are you sure this is not a 6 year old’s birthday party? Is this what makes EVM smile? Let’s see.. we have the big balloons.. Dennis Trillo’s poster..the big top tent… yup, the circus is in town!

“Step right up folks! step right up! The big top is in town!! Hurry Hurry see the greatest show on earth! See the most important man who expelled his own mother and then smile about it… “

Oh wait! One more attempt to make EVM smile.

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 2.26.46 PM.pngBut I don’t know if it’s worth mentioning. I mean, I’m not even sure what it says but it was from our offerings. I was told it was a plane with a sign. It might’ve said We owe you 14 Shampoo Perm Mess. Sorry, not as good as Hitchhiking Kids.

Alright, enough of the satire. I am just hoping that some would read all this and actually see what is truly happening. Have we gotten to the point that the Church is concerned with pleasing the Administrator and putting a smile on his face? Let’s think for moment…

Does it really make EVM smile when he sees the balloons or giant hearts? Is it pleasing to him when he sees giant images of himself? Does he smile when he sees little kids wearing the Thumb, like they really understand the meaning of it?

Is there are verse in the Bible where the Apostles discussed the Messiah’s smile?

   “Hey Peter, let’s put a SMILE on the Lord’s face.”

   “I can’t, I’m going fishing”

   “How about you Thomas, can you do it?

   “Nope. I doubt it.”

Nowhere.  Yes, I am being facetious again but I hope you get the point.

These are strange times we are living in. Strange because it is unlike the previous era we got to know. Unlike the time of the earlier Administration. I am not talking about just the silly pictures. But if there is one thing we should notice in all these images – the NAME of the one who established the Church is not even seen. Do not forget: our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind these verses:

 “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

The name we truly need for salvation is the name of Christ. NOT EVM.

And if there is one whom we should please, it is GOD. Do you think we make God smile with all these things the church is doing? Read on… (Deuteronomy 4)

“Be certain that you do not forget the covenant that the Lord your God made with you. Obey his command not to make yourselves any kind of idol, because the Lord your God is like a flaming fire; he tolerates no rivals.”

“Even when you have been in the land a long time and have children and grandchildren, do not sin by making for yourselves an idol in any form at all. This is evil in the Lord‘s sight, and it will make him angry.

The Bible says it. GOD TOLERATES NO RIVALS

DO NOT MAKE ANY KIND OF IDOL. IN ANY FORM AT ALL

THIS IS EVIL. IT WILL MAKE GOD ANGRY.

And yet, what do we see…

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If you can read the words below the thumb, it still says the same thing: One with… you know the rest. How long must this go on before others notice? This is not what we have learned. This is not what we were taught! It is not about making the Administrator smile. It is not about showing how big we can make his image. This Church, from the very start, is about honouring God and Jesus Christ. This is the Church of Christ. Let us get back to it. Please. We want our true Church back. In the way it was meant to be. The way that God would be pleased with us.

 

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18 thoughts on “Making EVM Smile

  1. We’ve had several recent ‘lessons’ about the evil of image worship, and look at what our leaders (both large and small) do: They create images and ‘encourage’ the Brethren to offer praise before them, post them, wear them, etc.
    They’ll make fun of a Catholic for wearing a cross or saint medal, but they have INC members do the exact same thing with a thumb print and an image of EVM.
    If it weren’t so sad… it’d be laughable.

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  2. ^_^Bitter. Para kayong ampalaya na hindi naisama sa kantang bahy kubo. ano gusto ninyo? how tomake EVM pout? What about the pins at the time of Ka Erdie? the ones depicting his picture and that of Sugo. is till cherish those souvenirs! hindi talaga kayo aral! sabi ni Apostol Pablo ay “huwag ninyong hapisin ang mga namiminuno sa inyo!” hindi ninyo malunok ang inyong mga priode kaya kayo ang nilalamon ng pride! (Y)

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      1. ^_^ So you are saying that the Church Of Christ administered by Apostle Paul is a cult because it was Apostle Paul who said “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.” Hebrews 13:17 (New Living Translation) With JOY and NOT with SORROW! Your hiding behind the mask of fake profile names & pictures makes you more than a cult! (Y)

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    1. pins for one example, during the time of our Sugo and that of Ka Erdy were purely souvenir and controlled. It was never encouraged to wear then. Nowadays, your symbol (thumb mark and pic of EVM, etc and alike), is a symbol of insecurities, idolatry and blown out of proportion. Believe me Mr. Edwin Dela Cruz, the true members of the Church of Christ are not bitter about it :-).. you take care… you member of the Church of OWE.

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  3. Brother Edwin,

    The big difference between now and in the past is, in the past we didn’t go to extreme lengths for the sugo and executive minister. We didn’t say we were one with FYM or EGM. We didn’t have brethren donning t-shirts that say we are one with FYM or EGM. We didn’t have campaigns that said let’s make FYM or EGM smile. The difference now is the current administration is overdoing it to the point where it looks like idolatry.

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  4. If the examples presented in this blog are not blatantly depicting idolatry, I don’t know what does. Indeed, how much longer will this go on until they finally see this as what it truly is?

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  5. Do you know that the right thumb is used to make the sign of the cross on the forehead by a Catholic bishop during Confirmation? Rev 13:16-17 is about the mark of the beast. Also, if you want to REALLY be One With EVM, shouldn’t you wear the same lapel pin he does?

    Also read Heb 13:17 NIV because it says “have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority.”

    Lastly read Matt 12:30 and Luke 11:23 in a real bible (KJV, NKJV, NIV, ESV, etc), there is no mention of “war”, “middle ground” nor “enemy”. The Message clearly violates Rev 22:18 about adding to what is written.

    Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

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    1. Our REAL detractors (fan pages such as Ang Tamang Daan Contradiction Teachings, Splendor of the Church, Iglesia Ni Cristo: Cult of Manalo Exposed, and the new Cult of EVM page; the last one has EVM in a Nazi uniform) are capitalizing on the circus between extreme “INC Defenders” and fanatic “ONEWithEVM.”

      Do we approve of fanatic church members using foul language (on a minister’s page, no less) or pages like “Cutting Classes” posting lewd photos (that are shared by fanatic members). One page shared a post by a so-called “defender” who had a similar name of a memorial page to two women; the non member owner got wind of it and unleashed a barrage of f-bombs. Also “Access the Truth” has resorted to bashing Catholics and Jehovah’s Witnesses in a couple post; lest we forget that some members of both of these religions remind us of the violence between ADD and INC. Non members do read these pages. Does anybody want this representing the INC?

      Lastly, does anyone really think God is going to answer a prayer to curse detractors or the so-called “fallen angels?”

      Job 31:29-30 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me,or lifted up myself when evil found him: neither have I suffered my mouth to sinby wishing a curse to his soul.

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  6. ^_^ You hypocrites! You are just so bitter that you will say anything just to cover up your prides! Ang tawBrother EGM’sag sa inyho mapagdahilan! We are not worshipping Brother EVM. Wesimply respect him and love him that’s why we want tomake him smile for our benefit as Apostle Paul taughts us. In Brother EGM’s days he instructed the Church to print shirts & pins with his image and that of the Sugo, Bro. FYM. What can you say then about the bronze statue of the Sugo that Brother EGM deicided to put up for the remembrance of the Brother FYM? Namimili kayo ng mattaapat lang sa gusto ninyo! Kaya nga itiniwalag kayo sa patnubay ng Espirito Santo! Magpakumbaba na po kayo while there is still time! Humility is the mother of all Principles! Yan ang texto kanina sa paghahanda sa Sta. Cena! Hindi gusto ng Diyos na saktan kayo pero hindi rin Siya kunsintidor! Kalimutan na ninyo ang Iglesia Ni Tenny. Manalangin kayo ng taimtim at buong puso at buong kapakumbabaan at hingiin ninyo ang patnubay ng Ama! (Y)

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    1. Shut up edwin dela cruz…kung tunay kang iglesia…ayusin mo ang pagsagot mo…dinadala mo sa putikan ang iglesia baka hindi mo alam..turn off ang readers..shut up.

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  7. ^_^ You hypocrites! You are just so bitter that you will say anything just to cover up your prides! Ang tawag sa inyho mapagdahilan! We are not worshipping Brother EVM. We simply respect him and love him that’s why we want to make him smile for our benefit as Apostle Paul taught us. In Brother EGM’s days he instructed the Church to print shirts & pins with his image and that of the Sugo, Bro. FYM. What can you say then about the bronze statue of the Sugo that Brother EGM deicided to put up for the remembrance of Brother FYM? Namimili kayo ng matatapat lang sa gusto ninyo! Kaya nga itiniwalag kayo sa patnubay ng Espirito Santo! Magpakumbaba na po kayo while there is still time! Humility is the mother of all Principles! Yan ang texto kanina sa paghahanda sa Sta. Cena! Hindi gusto ng Diyos na saktan kayo pero hindi rin Siya kunsintidor! Kalimutan na ninyo ang Iglesia Ni Tenny. Manalangin kayo ng taimtim at buong puso at buong kapakumbabaan at hingiin ninyo ang patnubay ng Ama! (Y)

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  8. Edwin – speak English. Also read my last comment. I strongly suggest you go to some of those pages and read comments by non members. Don’t try to blame the “fallen angels” (and I am not one of them) because the fanatics on both sides are just as childish. It takes two to tango, pal. I do my duty and give my offering.

    In the meantime, I suggest you pray to God hard that He may enlighten your mind and also those outside. It is God that judges. Rom 2:1 says those who judge do so according to their own sin.

    We should let God and the courts of law take care of business and accept the outcome (like it or not).

    I hope you took the lesson in the Holy Supper about renewing your life to heart.

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    1. As a fellow The Walking Dead fan, you and I both know how to effectively get rid of these snarling Walkers. Hit them in the head and hit them hard.

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