Spirit

I was going to write a little tribute to all the moms today. But after attending Worship Service yesterday, my mind wandered off to something else. I know many feel the same way. “That felt so heavy” was the reaction of many. We all KNOW that the lesson was outlined by Brother Felix Manalo, God’s Messenger, as we were reminded several times during the sermon, so as not to FORGET. But it was the spirit and application that was very heavy. There was nothing uplifting about the entire gathering. I was hoping it was going to be an inspirational lesson about the sacrifices of Brother FYM, who endured many trials and his love for the Church. Instead, it was such a threatening sermon on how “you will go to the lake of fire” if you commit such acts that you cannot return to the fold.

One of the verses was about Judas Iscariot who betrayed the Lord Jesus and then hanged himself even though he repented. Because he BETRAYED the Messiah. Right there I knew it was going to be a pretty heavy lesson.

From what I recall, one of the verses also used was Hebrews 10:25-27. Those who intentionally neglect the Worship Services after you have known the truth, there is no longer a sacrifice left. You cannot be forgiven and therefore cannot return. But then the Minister pulls back and says but some can return because of the ignorance of the law. WHAT??! But it just said after you have come to the knowledge of the truth. So how can you say that some can return because of ignorance of the law?? That’s why they were baptised in the first place wasn’t it? Because they came to the knowledge of the truth. And now, that they intentionally miss worship service, some can still return because they did not know? Which is it?

And then there is the part about blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Also a sin that cannot be forgiven. The example we are given, which is actually not part of the verses of the lesson, is Ananias and Saphira. Because they did not unite with the Administration, they sinned against the Spirit and was therefore punished. Conclusion, you go against the Administration, you cannot be forgiven. Lesson to be learned: DO NOT GO AGAINST THE ADMINISTRATION OR YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGIVEN.

Actually, when the couple kept back a portion of the proceeds they still had a chance. If you noticed the Apostles even asked them first. It was not automatic that once they did not unite, they were doomed. It was when they were asked and did not take the opportunity to admit their wrongdoing which is why they were punished. The sin they committed is like what is in Malachi 3:
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.” And we all know about those robbing God when it comes to offerings don’t we?
What is actually referred to in the lesson about the unpardonable sin is in Matthew 12:31 – “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”
It is the sin of BLASPHEMY. One example given is 1 Timothy 1:20 – Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

What is Blasphemy? New World Encyclopaedia has this:
“The word blasphemy is derived from the Middle English blasfemen, which in turn is related to the Greek blasphemein, from blaptein (“to injure”) and pheme (“reputation”).
In Judaism, blasphemy is the uttering of God’s name and/or speaking evil of Him. In the New Testament, blaspheming the Holy Spirit is considered unforgivable, and denying the Trinity has also been defined as blasphemous. In Islam, blasphemy constitutes speaking ill of God, Muhammad, any other prophet mentioned in the Qur’an, or the Qur’an itself. In Buddhism and Hinduism there is no formal concept of blasphemy, while Jainism calls the teaching of what is false blasphemous.”
In short, it is the sin of speaking directly against or maligning God. But somehow, in the lesson yesterday, anytime you do not follow the Administration’s decision, that is a sin is unpardonable. So my question is, is the Church Administration now higher and more important than Jesus Christ? Because if we go back to Matthew 12 and continue verse 32: “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

So I rephrase, you can speak against Jesus Christ and you can be forgiven? But if you go against the Administration you will NOT BE FORGIVEN? Interesting.

And of course, indirectly, the message is also about the INC UNITY in the Philippine Elections. So based on the lesson this weekend, just like Ananias and Safira, IF YOU DO NOT UNITE AND NOT VOTE DUTERTE/MARCOS, will that be a sin that cannot be forgiven? We shall see then on May 10 if there will be a bunch of dead bodies of those who did not unite, shall we?

Lastly, if we will talk about what grieves the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 4 has this:
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

Jesus said these things are pardonable. But it does grieve the Spirit. So if some are wondering why the Worship Services feel empty, it is because when there are those are speaking unwholesome things, things that do not build up. When there are those who malign others; when brethren are filled with bitterness, rage and anger; when they slander anyone who speak up; THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.

I went in to worship yesterday looking for some inspiration, instead, I heard threats and fear mongering. Do not threaten the brethren for the sake of unity. Unity is the result of having faith and love, not because of fear. That is why Apostle Paul wrote:
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,”

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5 thoughts on “Spirit

  1. Same here, I thought we brethren will hear a lesson on FYM’s divine election and sacrifices. Twisted and turned sermon sadly. I’m not surprised though.

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  2. You are SO right. I walked out of yesterday’s “sermon” feeling depressed and saddened. And yes, I heard the same thing you did: “Going against the administration is worse than going against Christ.”
    The administration never (and I mean NEVER) sees the irony that they are guilty of nearly all of the things they warn us against. They are liars and thieves and they warp the words of the Bible to their own selfish ends. And, although they borrowed one of FYM’s old lessons, they definitely added a LOT of their own exposition throughout to make their very specific message seem as if it were coming from FYM.
    Attendance of the worship service has been an element (large and small) in every lesson for the last 2 months. But it is the overwhelmingly negative way they teach it that makes me want to stay away. I want to be uplifted when I go to worship services — not weighed down and oppressed.
    The administration is our cancer.

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  3. you got it all wrong. speaking against christ pertains to those sins out of ignorance of the truth like believing in ‘trinity’ or ‘deity’ of christ, indeed it is forgivable once you come to know and accepted the truth and became a member of the true church. but the sin against the holy spirit is something you intentionally commited when you are already inside the church, accepted the holy spirit when you understood and profess faith with the teachings of God as proclaimed by the church administration, whom was given the authority to preach the gospel. now, if something you already understood and have faith with, but then you suddenly turned your back against it, how can you still be forgiven?

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  4. I agree 100% . hearing the minister mention that the lesson was outlined by Ka Felix more than 8 times during the lesson, paints a church administration desperate to get sympathy from the flock that it has clearly lost. Using the name of Ka Felix in hopes that the brethren will be scared enough to “walk the line”. The problem is the way they delivered the lesson yesterday is so far from the aim and spirit of the last messenger and Ka Erdy. They clearly just used the name of the messenger to legitimize the scare tactic that they now have to resort to, to control the brethren.

    it is also interesting that when they teach “church unity” overseas, especially in the US, the ministers stay clear of the bloc voting practice that is being campaigned in the Philippines.

    We know the reason is that the INC will lose it’s tax exemption when we practice bloc voting. but so what? aren’t we suppose to obey God first? If it means being taxed, then so be it. We will have to follow the law of the land as the bible also teaches. Or is the doctrine bendable if it will affects how much of the money they get?

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  5. You hit the nail on the head brother. Exactly how I felt. I noticed right away that the lesson will end up all about “submitting to the Administration with no questions or else!!” How they always use “Ananias and Saphira” as a scare tactic twisting the verses to their deceitful agenda. As soon as I got home I called my dad & we had this exact conversation.
    The saddest part is, in our local the newly baptized, bible students, & visitors are all mislead to this version of the lesson as they have not heard how it was taught correctly in the past. Instead of leading them to the truth they are being manipulated, deceived to blind obedience & to submit with no question to the almighty administration.

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