As I previously said, I wish I had the time to answer all the absurd postings of people. Today, I will make an exception because I believe many are being told the same thing. So this is for everyone.
A Mr. Allan Villanueva has responded to my previous post about “The Present Truth” and claims he is an “Official member of the Church of Christ” but does not admit to giving “official answers” – that is, “from the Administration”. He is opposed to the use of the Circular of Brother Erano Manalo, our late Executive Minister regarding borrowing money. You can just look it up on Facebook where he gives odd explanations whether “borrowing” is a good thing or a bad thing, stating that Brother Felix Manalo gave advice to Brother Erdy but it does not apply to EVM.
First of all, if he is “not official”, how does he know that what Brother Felix said to Brother Erdy is a “Personal” advice that is “not applicable” to EVM? Was he there? Did Bro. Felix tell Mr. Allan, “this only applies to my son and not my grandson ok?” I seriously doubt it.
But let’s get on with what most are rambling about , to try and defend EVM. What is the one verse that they run to? Hebrews 13:17. So here it is, in all its glory…
“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”
Yes, it is a command to submit to the Administration. How? We submit to their authority. Not to their personality; not to character, but to the authority. What is the authority of the Administrator?
“God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you.” Colossians 1:25
Their authority or responsibility is
- to Serve the church, not the other way around and
- to proclaim God’s message to us.
That is it! To be the servant of the Church and to preach. This reminds me of a movie called “With Honors” with Brendan Frazier and Joe Pesci. Pesci has a great line about the President and the Constitution:
“Crude? No, sir. Our “founding parents” were pompous, white, middle-aged farmers, but they were also great men. Because they knew one thing that all great men should know: that they didn’t know everything. Sure, they’d make mistakes, but they made sure to leave a way to correct them. The president is not an “elected king,” no matter how many bombs he can drop. Because the “crude” Constitution doesn’t trust him. He’s just a bum, okay Mr. Pitkannan? He’s just a bum.”
The point here is that our “Great Church Leader” is in a similar situation. EVM is not an elected king. He can make all the decisions he wants, he is not king nor is he God. He is a man. All men have flaws. All sin. That’s Biblical. What is his part again? To preach the words from the Bible. We do not bow down to him nor serve him. THIS IS NOT A REBELLION – – what I am opposed to is the WRONG THINKING that we put the Executive Minister on a pedestal. HE is the one that serves the Church, not the other way around, just as it is with the rest of the Ministers. Isn’t that what the Apostle Paul said? “Is Apollos important? No! Is Paul important? No! We are only servants of God who helped you believe. Each one of us did the work God gave us to do. I planted the seed, and Apollos watered it. But God is the One who made it grow. So the one who plants is not important, and the one who waters is not important. Only God, who makes things grow, is important..” 1 Corinthians 3:5-7
That sort of shoots down those posts by certain Ministers who say that EVM is the “MOST IMPORTANT MAN ON EARTH” It scores you brownie points with him but it is NOT BIBLICAL.
And so you ask, what right do I have to question him? It is NOT questioning him. It is following the instructions of the Apostles:
“My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God. For many false prophets have gone out everywhere.” 1 John 4:1
John said DO NOT BELIEVE ALL WHO CLAIM… BUT TEST THEM…” Who was he talking to? Random strangers? Wasn’t it to the Christians? Why did the Apostles teach this? So we do not become blind followers. We are required to think and consider and examine what we are being taught. You don’t agree? Here is Paul’s letter. You know this, it was in the previous post:
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel that is different from the one we preached to you, may he be condemned to hell!” Galatians 1:8
Mr. Allan did not get my point. He thinks I am using this verse to justify attacking EVM. The point here is this:
- The Apostles said “EVEN IF WE OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN SHOULD PREACH…” He said WE. What does that mean? It is inclusive. We have to be aware of differences in teaching. How can we do that if they simply say, “SUBMIT! SUBMIT!”? Did Paul merely say don’t question me. Just SUBMIT? We have to consider what is being said even by those who preach in the Church. What else? “AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN” What do you call Angels? MESSENGER or Sent by God. Even messengers’ preaching should be weighed and considered. This is not an attack. That is doctrine. THINK ABOUT IT – Why do the Ministers state the book, chapter and verse? So that we would know where to check for ourselves. If you don’t believe me, I can post brother FYM’s voice explaining why he did that, but I already have that on my past posts.
- The second part of the verse says “DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE WE PREACHED TO YOU, MAY HE BE CONDEMNED TO HELL”. It is not an attack on EVM. Apostle Paul instructed that we COMPARE what we are being taught – that’s why he said – “Different from…” Got it? How can we tell what is different if we do not compare? And IF IT IS DIFFERENT, PAUL said it, not I, May he be condemned to hell” IF – that means there is a condition to be met.
I am certain some will say, why didn’t you do that with Brother Felix or Brother Erdy? WE HAD THAT OPTION. We could have questioned Brother Felix but he himself kept saying “Don’t listen to Manalo, for I am a man. Listen to the Bible!” He did not want us to depend on him. He simply preached the message. He even apologised in the podium, admitting he made a wrong decision. (Read and listen to my previous posts- see below for links)
What about Brother Erdy? Why didn’t we question him, you might say. He also gave us the option. He said many times in his sermons, “I have done my part, I have taught you the message. It’s up to you to follow”.
Therefore, there is nothing wrong with checking IF what we are being taught or what is being done is still Biblical. So when it comes to the borrowing from the banks – you say 2 things:
- There is no doctrine about borrowing
- What Bro. Erdy preached about was an advice to him by Brother Felix and not for EVM
So let’s just read shall we? If we are truly God’s nation and He blesses us, this is what the BIBLE says:
Deuteronomy 28:12 NIV
The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
(RSV) The Lord will open to you his good treasury the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
(NLT) The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.
(GNT) He will send rain in season from his rich storehouse in the sky and bless all your work, so that you will lend to many nations, but you will not have to borrow from any.
(BRG) The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
So I ask again, does GOD want his nation to borrow?
So is this just advice to Brother Erdy? Why would he preach about it if it is just personal advice? So are you saying Brother Erdy was not using doctrine in the Worship Service but personal advice? Was it not BASED on Doctrine?
And let’s all think about this. If the present Administrator did not follow “the advice” of FYM and repeated by EGM, so does that mean he is NOT ONE WITH FYM nor EGM?
For argument’s sake, or say, to entertain you, Mr. Allan, let us say, it was just “a father’s advice”, should it not be heeded also by the grandson?
“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.” Proverbs 19:20
It is beneficial to heed advice isn’t it? It is for the future as well. What is advice?
ADVICE – Dictionary.com – an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.
It is a guide to action and conduct. So if it was “just an advice of The Messenger to Brother Erdy”, don’t you think it is beneficial to follow? We cannot always say “oh that advise is ONLY for him, he wasn’t talking to me”. Sage advice is sage advice. It should be followed. The Bible attests to that:
“Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.” Proverbs 12:15
So to Mr. Allan and to all the others who simply reply with the standard answers of:
- “Inggit kayo” (jealous)
- “Tiwalag ka lang” (you are expelled)
- “You want to Restore Tenny Church” – uhmmm, there is no such thing.
These are not “answers” – these are ramblings. Save your energy. The Bible already gave the “official stance”.
Oh and if you say I am “not an official member of the Church”, let me put it this way; the Worship Service lesson for this weekend will be about “Submitting to the Administration and giving offerings” Oh wait, that’s the lesson every week. Oh I remember now, it is CALLED “Helping our Fellowmen” (not only materially but more so, Spiritually). So pay attention ok? It might be beneficial for you.