As Rommel San Pedro continues to dig for more information on this writer, his relative, and my favourite General FB Minister, Joel San Pedro continues to post things online that are becoming not only sillier, which is amusing on its own, but dangerous as well, as he continues to go astray from the teachings we previously received in the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo). Let’s study what he’s been up to, shall we?
Let’s start with this post; actually to be fair, he is not the only one posting this but many Ministers who want to score jolly points with EVM. That term, OBEDIENCE IS THICKER THAN BLOOD. This is “quoted” from the MESSAGE translation of Matthew 12:48 and Luke 8:21.
So I ask, Brother San Pedro, these questions:
- Why is only the MESSAGE translation that has that term?
Actually, I can’t take credit for this part. There is someone who already wrote a great article regarding the Message translation of these verses, please read, here is the link:
- Is that expression, found in ANY GREEK or HEBREW translations? After all, you are an expert in that are you not?
So IF those are NOT found in any of the “original” text / manuscript, would you not say that is SPURIOUS? Why would you tell the members of the Church that that is in the Bible? And if you claim that those words are in the Bible, and they are not, isn’t that ADDING? What did the Bible say in Deuteronomy 4:2? “Do not ADD or subtract a thing to what I’m commanding you. Observe the commands of the Lord your God.”.
And if someone adds, what happens?
“And I solemnly declare to everyone who reads this book: If anyone ADDS anything to what is written here, God shall add to him the plagues described in this book.” Revelations 22:18
Dangerous grounds you are treading on.
Let’s get to the second one; You stated clearly that the current Church Administrator, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, EVM, is “the most important man on earth”. WOW. That is not only BOLD to say, that is HERETICAL. Is he more important that Jesus Christ? You know this verse don’t you?
“So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.” Philippians 2:10
Whether it is heaven or earth, the most important man is Jesus Christ. NOT EVM!
If you say that you are just referring to those living here on earth, that is STILL INCORRECT. Read:
“I planted the seed of the teaching in you, and Apollos watered it. But God is the One who made the seed grow. So the one who plants is not important, and the one who waters is not important. Only God is important, because he is the One who makes things grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
Apostle Paul was referring to who do that work that EVM is supposed to do. So why would EVM be the MOST IMPORTANT? The Bible says: ONLY GOD IS IMPORTANT
That is why it also boggles my mind when there are these Congregations who have chapel dedications, the banners and streamers that should say “Thank God” or “Praises be unto God”, instead say “Thank you Brother EVM” For what? Building a chapel? Or coming to visit?
If it is for a chapel, is this not simply a command of God that he is fulfilling?
Go up to the mountains. Bring back wood and build the Temple. Then I will be pleased with it and be honored,” says the Lord.” Haggai 1:8
Or is it because he visited us? “After some time, Paul said to Barnabas, “We preached the message of the Lord in many towns. We should go back to all those towns to visit the believers and see how they are doing.” Acts 15:36
Are these not his duties which he should be fulfilling anyway? To build chapels, to preach, to visit? And if he does them, should we praise him for it? Does that make him the MOST IMPORTANT MAN ON EARTH?
Do all church officials and Ministers get thanks every time they perform their duties? NO. Why not? Because we know the doctrine. Here is the reminder of Jesus Christ:
“That’s the way it is with you. When you’ve done everything you’re ordered to do, say, ‘We’re worthless servants. We’ve only done our duty.” Luke 17:10
The Lord Jesus Christ still gave that command. He did not say when he has done his duty, EVM becomes THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN ON EARTH. He is still, like everyone else, a worthless servant. Care to disagree with Jesus?
So anyone who claims otherwise, THEY are the ones who are going against the teachings of God and Jesus. Why do you think Brother Felix Manalo, EVM’s grandfather always repeated and emphasized, “Do not listen to Manalo. I am just a man.” Care to disagree with him as well?
Let me just add this third one on for good measure:
“Brother San Pedro” says he did not have Facebook before. Interrrresssting. I ask you one time brother, and please STATE CLEARLY FOR THE RECORD. You did not have Facebook before all these things happened in 2015? ARE YOU SURE? I am giving you a chance to change your answer. Remember, Revelations 21…
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and ALL LIARS—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Final word to this FB-posting Minister, perhaps he should spend less time on Facebook and more on the basic doctrines. It is a dangerous thing when he says things that are not our Church doctrine.
I will leave this one for now. I will wait for the reply and then we shall we see. Lots of things the FB Minister has to answer doesn’t he? Let’s stay tuned dear readers.
(I hope he answers before this blog site gets shut down)