Gentle

This past weekend, I heard the lesson, and I assume, most members of the Church of Christ (Iglesia NI Cristo) did as well all around the world. I thought it was a nice lesson but the words felt empty. It was empty because everyone knows that even though these were the very words of God, these words are not being fulfilled.

The lesson started with the Galatians 6:1, which says:

“My friends, if someone is caught in any kind of wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should set him right; but you must do it in a gentle way. And keep an eye on yourselves, so that you will not be tempted, too. “

Should this not start with the Leaders? “Do it in a gentle way?” I don’t believe that means EXPRESS EXPULSIONS. Like this? No need to set them right? Just ONE signature will do it.

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And how do the rest of the brethren follow? We’re all too familiar with this now…

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Is this also gentle?

The lesson also mentioned this verse:

“But you, friends, must not become tired of doing good.  It may be that some there will not obey the message we send you in this letter. If so, take note of them and have nothing to do with them, so that they will be ashamed. But do not treat them as enemies; instead, warn them as believers.” (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

“Have nothing to do with them.” What does that mean? In other translations it says: notice who he is and stay away from him…” Is this really staying away? And what is that last part? “Do not treat them as enemies”

You mean… Like this?

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So to see these pictures and then to hear that lesson, it all becomes empty doesn’t it?

If we are to follow the words of God in this past lesson, then why are there groups being formed like “Mandirigmas” or “Spiritual Warriors”?

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Who are we warring with? Who are the enemies? Just because brethren have questions, are they now enemies? If their offerings are lower from last year, are they now enemies? Should they now all be on the “Watch list”? Is the answer really just expelling anyone who asks a question? Anyone who dares to speak their mind? Is that what we heard in this weekend’s lesson?

“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”Acts 20:34-36

If there are brethren who are losing their faith, should they just be cast away? Shouldn’t the “weak” be supported?

There will always be enemies.  Shall we fight every enemy of our faith? Treat them harshly? Quite the opposite of the lesson that was taught isn’t it? And is that why Attorney Rommel San Pedro is hunting down this author? Because I am speaking up about what others are thinking? And what did Apostle Paul say?

“Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?”

Many of us are tired. When will there be a change? When will the words of God once again be truly fulfilled?

Let’s pray for that day.

 

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9 thoughts on “Gentle

  1. Whoever you are, you are indeed an enemy. You are in support of those who try to sow divisiveness in the Church. It is God Whom you try to dissuade in His grand design of unity within the church as a single body (1 Cor.12:25), that each part of the body needs to support one another. You are obviously in support of those who call for rebellion and that means “your bragging is a lie that hides the truth” (James 3:14) and “that kind of wisdom does not come from God… it is from the devil” (James 3:15).

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    1. Pronouncements like yours remind me of past history of established authorities like the Catholic Church which employed even extreme efforts (such as labeling people as rebels or heretics and even persecuting or killing them) to stifle dissent. Does the word “Inquisition” ring a bell? Unlike them, EGM was different with his “open door” policy (which I personally experienced) when he met with student activists during our time who were allowed to air out their questions even about church doctrines. And when one old minister angrily suggested that they be expelled for such questions, EGM scolded him and said “kaya nga nagtatanong ang mga bata para maliwanagan, bakit mo ititiwalag?” (That’s why they are asking questions to be enlightened, why would you expel them?) Unfortunately, such is the sorry state of the INC today with the Administration’s “just obey and don’t question” policy/doctrine which forces brethren to harbor doubts about EVM’s legitimacy and correspondingly the righteousness of his decisions and actions. Can the concerned, thinking brethren be blamed if they resort to social media and hide behind pseudonyms? In a way, when ministers themselves lead in hating expelled members especially EVM’s family at 36 Tandang Sora and even using the worship service to espouse hatred, they are the ones sowing divisiveness instead of preaching understanding and compassion. It is ironic that last week’s worship service lesson for CWS (The Good Samaritan) taught the children the 2 basic ways to receive eternal life” – Love God and Love your fellowmen – in contrast to the adult worship service lesson which was all about exalting EVM.

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  2. Bro, thanks for lending a voice to the brethren. These are the exact sentiments of the brethren worldwide. You can actually see smirks from the congregation during the sermon last Sunday, as if the brethren is telling the officiating minister to teach that lesson to himself and especially to the leadership… and to you too Bro. Rommel San Pedro – we know that you frequent this blog. Yay! you are famous!

    Thanks also Bro for providing proof that the express expulsion is real and not just a myth. That picture of a “fill in the blanks” expulsion form that’s pre-signed by RGC proves it… so for those who are still saying otherwise, there you go.

    JonSnow

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    1. Victor, are you trying to justify the express expulsion with Mat 26:50? You personify what is wrong with New Gen ministers today… you take a snippet of a bible verse and twist it to your evil purpose and sell it as the word of God. That is pure evil!!! You try to use the bible to deceive people. Shame on you!!!

      Just to be clear, Mat 26:50 is narrating how Jesus was arrested and has nothing to do with express expulsions or any other thing you might try to twist into the verse…

      NIV
      Jesus Arrested
      47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

      50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]

      Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

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      1. They have mastered the art of twisting the Bible verses to make them look like those verses agree with their line of thinking.

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