It took me over a week to get over that Worship Service lesson last week; It left such a bad taste in my mouth.
There were people telling me about the lesson even before Sunday came. I braced myself for another Iglesia Ni Cristo Worship Service which was the equivalent of a Nazi Blitzkrieg; a bombardment by the Ministers regarding obedience to the “most important man in the world“, brother EVM, our fearless leader and how we should not listen to those naughty naughty Defenders, led by the nefarious Ka Tenny in her Darth Vader mask.
Sure enough, there it was, right off the bat, “OBEY!”… “RESPECT!”… “OBEY”, Oh I said that didn’t I? But then again, so did they. There were the threats – those who did not obey – they were swallowed up by the earth – there were those who turned leperous – and thus, in conclusion, we must obey lest we get swallowed up by the earth as well or perhaps get leprosy. Hmm.. I did get a pimple yesterday.
But in all seriousness, it did take me a day or two to stop being irritated by that lesson. It is not so much as the verses; we know those are written but the APPLICATIONS are so horrendous! EVM sacrificed so much – he was willing to expel his own mother and siblings for us. FOR US? So we must respect him for that. The question is, WHY DID HE EXPEL THEM in the first place? Did you notice how we never get that? It is always, that they did not want to submit? To what? To kissing his “most important hands”? To kiss up to his “most important wife”?
Which brings me to the title of the post; it has been a year since he has expelled his family members. What have we heard from them? Yet they are blamed for all these things happening around the church (and global warming). Is the “most important man’s” mother going around, together with her children, going door to door destroying the brethren’s faith? PLEASE TELL US. SHOW US PROOF THAT THEY HAVE DONE THIS. Yet, one year later, they are still being blasted in the Worship Service. LET IT GO! No one needs to make them villains so that EVM could be our hero. This is not a movie. This is not Frozen. But, no pun intended, brethren are becoming “cold” in the faith. Ok, pun intended.
If there are brethren who do not want to offer or to attend worship services, perhaps the Administration should ask WHY? Could it be because many are tired of hearing about how wonderful our “most important leader ” is? Could it be that many are tired of hearing the (exaggerated) growth of the Church? Yes, I said EXAGGERATED, because of all these ALLEDGED expansions in the various Districts, with the addition of new Group Worship Services and Locales. Like what was mentioned in the previous Sunday Worship Service about Africa. How many Locales and members did you say? (I will get to this topic one of these days, in the meantime, watch the videos carefully). But back to my thought; Could it be, that many are simply tired of hearing the same lessons over and over again about the “Parade of Victories” we are currently witnessing (as proof of God’s guidance to EVM)? How much do we really need to be brainwashed and convinced of this? Is this why many of our chapels are in disarray and remain damaged? Is this why many still do not have chapels or those who do, still have not been renovated? What about those buildings near Central that still need to be completed? Years are passing by. TICK… TICK.. TICK…
Then we see videos of Ministers congratulating EVM for 7 years of success? Uhhm.. I think those were still from the funds ka Erdy saved up, boys.
Jesus Christ never boasted of Himself or tell others to boast about Him. Here is an example:
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
…Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Do you see that last sentence? He did not even want to be known as the Messiah. The only time He admitted it was when He was on trial in front of the Sanhedrin. Yet, the “most important man in the world” continues to be praised and we have to keep hearing about this. By the way, was that last lesson really made by the “most important Auditor”, JS?
Ministers now go on video to utter written down prayers about EVM. Never in the history of the Iglesia Ni Cristo has this been done. I really do not like to repeat my previous posts but the instruction of Jesus keeps ringing in my head:
“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
Why are we constantly taught to trust in EVM? The lesson this past Sunday sounded nice for a while; about putting God “first place”. But somehow, as the lesson wore on, the “Administration” got in there. We trust in God. Trust Jesus. And the Administration. Huh? How did that happen? Did I doze off and miss part of the verse where it said, Trust God AND the “most important man in the world”? Does this not contradict the words of King David?
“Don’t put your trust in human leaders; no human being can save you. When they die, they return to the dust; on that day all their plans come to an end.” Psalms 146:3-4
Even Brother Felix Manalo, the one that the members of the Church believe is the Messenger of God, never said trust in him. He even said, “don’t believe Manalo” because he was just a man. So why now the opposite?
Why do we have to keep praising the accomplishments of the ever so “most important EVM”? Is he that insecure that he constantly need to hear how great he is and how everyone loves him? To many, what this simply reflects is that there is indeed a great problem that is continuing to grow within the Church and the leaders are at a loss how to handle it. The only way they can think of is:
- EVM is great – obey him and
- You will be destroyed if you don’t.
The deeper problem that the Leadership is unable to handle is the growing number of brethren wondering where the Offerings are going. Yes, it is a commandment to offer – FOR THE NEEDS OF THE CHURCH. Not for personal comfort of the Council. Not for investments. This is where the real problem lies. Perhaps they don’t know how to answer that.
I know some will still refuse to believe nothing is wrong. But like our officiating Minister said the other Sunday, “open your eyes brethren” – good idea – let’s. There are locales – maybe not yours – but there are many who are now struggling. Locales who once had large funds that the Ministers simply had to think of projects to use those funds on – put up a new fence, bigger chandelier, add a new office, fix the damages, new vehicle, parking lot repair and so on. But look around carefully – are there things that have not been done in your own locale? Broken windows? Old gates? Peeling paint? Locales sharing the chapel? These are signs that the funds are drying up even though we keep offering. Where is it going? AHH… That is where we need to dig. That is where we open our eyes to.
It is NOT ka Tenny nor her children who are siphoning these funds. They just stay quiet. That is for the “most important man” to figure out how to answer.
I have just realised I am delving into an entirely separate topic. Perhaps we will discuss this the next time. Please forgive me if my mind wanders. I just wanted to really say that leave the Mother and siblings alone. As I said up top: LET IT GO!
(pictures courtesy of Disney productions)