I don’t even have to read Facebook today. I know what is everyone going to say and what everyone’s reaction will be; it is about the EVM video playback this past weekend. Another “special” Worship Service officiated by the “most important man in the world” which ran well over an hour. One hour and twenty minutes! For a basic doctrinal lesson about the importance of the Church?!? Oh wait, come to think about it, that is always the lesson these days, but I’ll get to that later. Let’s start off on a more lighter note shall we? And then we can discuss about how the more serious matters later.
I guess the Ministers realised that if you give brethren a choice whether to attend a regular live Worship Service or a video re-run of the Executive Minister, most brethren will go with the live service, leaving the EVM special services half empty, forcing the Ministers to seat the brethren further apart so it does not look so bad. So what do they do? They make EVERY Worship Service a video re-run. Thus, no one is spared from EVM. It’s important to tell the truth, isn’t it?
If some of you did not notice (probably because you do not bother to look at the TV screens), we first have the singing of hymns in Tagalog, but we do get the English translations on screen, as well as the little box in the corner with a sign language interpreter. Ok, good. Wait, what? Let me think about this again. You have the Tagalog… the English… and sign language… Anyone got it yet? Why would you need a sign language interpreter when there is already SUBTITLES in 2 languages? Are you saying the DEAF CAN’T READ as well? My mind is just boggled at the decision making these days.
Anyway, on to the sermon… the main topic, as I said is about being members of the Church (surprise). One of the main verses Administrator dwelled on was 1 John 2:4, which says “Someone may say, “I am a Christian; I am on my way to heaven; I belong to Christ.” But if he doesn’t do what Christ tells him to, he is a liar.”
What an ironic verse to use. They can say all they want but this verse says it all but that verse applies to them as well does it not? So let’s think about this carefully. It is true that anyone can say I am a Christian. But if they are not following the commands, they are liars and they will be punished. The lesson was then connected to about having no corruption in the Church, about those expelled and how much “Brother” Eduardo Manalo loves the members of the Church of Christ, which is why he expelled his family – choosing the Church over them.
Allow me to go to the corruption first; he said “where’s the proof of the corruption?” Excuse me, LOOK TO YOUR RIGHT! Your reader (Matt Pareja), is the one who is unable to re-visit America because he was busted by the Federal agents for carrying a large amount of cash. Isn’t it why the US Main Office had to fabricate a story that Mr. Pareja did not preach, did not hold any meetings but just “observed”? TELL US THIS IS A LIE. TELL US THIS DID NOT HAPPEN. PROVE IT. I would like to see in the next Pastoral Visit for Brother Matt to be your reader. Difficult isn’t it? Isn’t money laundering against the law? Isn’t breaking the law against God’s teachings? Are those Christian actions? And how about those in the US Main Office who willingly LIED to the Government officials? Isn’t that also a CRIME? Isn’t this the reason that the Church is under surveillance? NO? Then why was there silence about the Election? The Administration knows full well that any hint of involvement or interference regarding who to vote for would spell more trouble. So what is the result? Brethren DID NOT VOTE IN UNITY. Trump or Clinton, the Administration was SILENT. One of the most important and polarising elections in American history and the Church leaders were quiet. What happened to the all that fiery sermons we had for the Philippine election about voting as one? What happened to the impending doom that if we didn’t vote as one that the ground would swell up and swallow up those who did not unite? Then you preach that there is no corruption? (see post on Elections and Elections 2)
I apologise if I got carried away there for a moment. This just makes me boil. Let’s think about this again. I believe some have already mentioned about Brother Eraño’s lecture which is on YouTube, about his anger regarding the corruption within the Church. Even then he knew there were Ministers who were falling to corruption. There were those who were “on the take”; those who accepted bribes from brethren with cases; from government officials; from all kinds of temptations and sins. Now all of a sudden there is NONE?!? ZERO? All of them clean and pure as newborn infants? Amazing.
Let me deviate for a moment. Did anyone notice how ka Matt Pareja kept answering with “Opo, Sir”? Apparently they just continue to disregard Brother Eraño’s instruction about the use of “SIR” (see last week’s post: Lord EVM)
I suppose the guy behind EVM (literally and figuratively speaking) is also Not corrupt? I am talking about The Auditor himself. The Auditor who never really audits but is busy running all kinds of money making schemes, he is so in deep with the cronies that he pulled out JA HOON KU, the Korean contractor wanted by the South Korean government for embezzlement and yet the Auditor took him into hiding just like that, because he has his filthy hands in various shadowy corners of the government. He has so many schemes like selling merchandise to brethren (in the name of the Church and FYM). From t-shirts, to bottled water, to real estate, to petrol, to concerts – he and his sons run the schemes across the board. Proof? Boy that is an entirely separate article on its own isn’t it? We’ll be here all day talking about his actions. But here is a sampling.
NO CORRUPTION? Oh my, brother. These are just the topping. How much more underneath the layers?
Let’s just go to the Man himself, the Administrator. Remember, the topic is 1 John 2:4. “…if he doesn’t do what Christ tells him to, he is a liar.”
So what is one of the things Christ tells us? Read Matthew 15:3-6 Living Bible
“He replied, “And why do your traditions violate the direct commandments of God? For instance, God’s law is ‘Honor your father and mother; anyone who reviles his parents must die.’ But you say, ‘Even if your parents are in need, you may give their support money to the church instead.’ And so, by your man-made rule, you nullify the direct command of God to honor and care for your parents. “
Or Matthew 23:13-14
“Woe to you, Pharisees, and you other religious leaders. Hypocrites! For you won’t let others enter the Kingdom of Heaven and won’t go in yourselves. And you pretend to be holy, with all your long, public prayers in the streets, while you are evicting widows from their homes. Hypocrites!”
I’ll just ask these; is EVM following Christ? He said “what we follow are not my teachings but teachings from the Bible”. True. Some of the teachings, but are these not also from the Bible? There are other commandments aside from giving offerings and attending Worship Services right? But somehow all we ever hear these days is
- Worship, b. Offer and c. Submit
If we truly want to follow Christ, then let’s follow all His commands. You can’t just teach what you want. Follow the teachings about mothers and widows. There are MANY MORE. Teach those also!
This is getting too long. So let me just say this here. About lEVM’s LOVE for the Church? Sure . He would be believable if there really was an effort to communicate with those who were expelled. Why were his family members expelled? We keep getting the same line about how much EVM loves us more than his family who tried to cause division. Tell us then, what really caused all this? We have seen videos of the siblings making the effort to see the Administrator. Where is his side of the story?
If there is even love in his heart then why did he allow such hateful pictures of his own mother to be posted and shared by Ministers and brethren?
Don’t say that he did not sanction all these. ONE WITH EVM right?
I wish I could just keep writing in greater detail about the sordid activities happening. It just makes my blood boil when I hear such words that come out of EVM while his siblings and his mother stay silent.
I know many grow even angrier upon hearing such lies. But we have to keep in mind to hold on to the truth, and not give in to all the lies that are now streaming in. God help us all.
“For the sins of their mouths,for the words of their lips,let them be caught in their pride. For the curses and lies they utter, consume them in your wrath, consume them till they are no more.” Psalms 59:12-13