As more and more names are read in the Worship Services, it reminds me of the names of people who died in the war or on September 11 or like many other terrorist attacks. The names are read to honour the dead. But in the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), it is a sullen reminder of those who expelled. The changes continue.
I feel so sad as more people I have met and known are expelled. I talk to my friends and many more feel so downhearted and depressed when we hear these things. Church used to be so enlightening; so uplifting and spiritually fulfilling. Now it is just survival. Hanging on the what faith I have left, hoping that somewhere here there is still a trace of the blessings we used to feel. The expulsions at the end of Worship Services are simply a full stop to another heavy hearted Worship Service. We walk out, and many have grim faces especially when the names are familiar.
Perhaps many are not aware because they are not informed of the facts. In the United States, some of the ones who were expelled are family members of the pioneering Ministers in America. The surnames are Suarez, Macaspac and Flores. If those names sound familiar, it is because those were the immediate family members of those who were sent abroad way back in the beginning years of the Church in the West. Long before there were chapels built from the ground up. They were the ones who sacrificed and endured everything for the sake of the Church. Unlike today where the Ministers arrive in America and they automatically get houses and transport, back then they had nothing. They just traveled to the new frontier without question because they believed this was God’s will. Now they are the ones who are expelled by the current Administration like a piece of rubbish. Not even a phone call from the Administrator to talk to them to find out what is going on. They send their little minions not even knowing who they are. This part of history is just – you guessed it – erased.
The Bible says: “Expel the wicked man from among you” 1 Corinthians 5:13. Ever wonder what Wicked deeds these people being read have done? Have any of you read what Apostle Paul was referring to as “Wicked” in this chapter? Go on. Read the whole chapter. He discusses about incest and sexual immorality. Does it sound like those people whose names were read?
It pains my heart because these are the pioneers – Those who laboured silently for years. They performed their duties wholeheartedly without a shred of question. Those days were not easy compared to today where you could see your relatives and friends with a touch of a button. You could talk to brethren anywhere in the world. The Pioneers did not have that. The Pioneering officers did not have that. But they all dutifully remained in their offices.
Now? Many old Ministers are swept away. For them to avoid seeing changes and speaking up, they are “retired”; placed in some far corner; or if they are too vocal – cast out. The Pioneering brethren who were still performing their duties when the “CHANGES” came, are either removed or they stepped down because they cannot stomach it. Brethren who grew up in the Church now easily thrown out like some old rags – without a second thought. Some pretend nothing is happening because it weakens their faith.
This is the reality. Whether we like it or not. Whether it is evident in your locale, this is reality.
You probably saw the video of the 2nd Head Deacon from Germany. That is reality. Spy on your family. Harassments. Hacking. Tell me things have not changed.
I know some moron will oppose what is written here. Saying things like “engot”, “tanga” and “inggit ka” – (if you don’t understand these words, good for you, it will just diminish your view of brethren). But regardless, those are NOT answers. Those are insults and they cannot answer our questions.
I don’t really have much else to say today. It is just another sad day. We just have to get through it.
I know I sound down and depressed. All I have today is this verse:
“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous..”Psalms 112:4
Stay strong brethren. Stay strong. It is going to be a dark black night.
(portion of) Blackbird (by the Beatles)
Black bird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
all your life
you were only waiting for this moment to be free
Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night…