This past weekend the Iglesia Ni Cristo around the world was treated to another Webex playback of the Administrator’s sermon. Topic of the sermon? Offering. Surprise.
I cannot answer for every comment on the World Wide Web but I honestly don’t find Defenders saying do not give offerings to God. I believe it is a command of God to offer. Isn’t this why Defenders are called such? Because they believe they are defending the true teachings in the church? But let us study what has happened to this once pure doctrine taught in the Church since it was mentioned in the lesson last Sunday.
“Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the Lord. Haggai 1:8
So let’s keep this simple.
- God commands to build the temple
- It is built as a place glorify Him
How is this done? By offerings of course. Did the previous Administrator, Brother Eraño Manalo do this? He certainly did. And it was glorifying to God and we felt those blessings.
How about he current Administrator? Did he build a temple to glorify God? No. He built an ARENA. Remember they themselves admit this. This is not a house of worship. So why were Billions of our offerings used for something that is not for glorifying God? Why would God have to share a venue with the likes of Chris Brown and Andrew E?
Remember they admit that the Arena is also for the honor of the country. Why would you build something that God has to share His glory?
And remember, who was created for God’s glory? Christ. So shouldn’t the Arena be in the name of the Church of Christ? Why is it called Philippine Arena if all that we do is for the glory of God?
So when it comes to the offerings, we know it is a command, but it is to be used for the building of houses of worship; not venues of sacrilegious acts.
And when it comes to the actual money that was used to build the temple, who was the one that offered the most? 1 Chronicles 29:2-5 tells us it was King David – with his own wealth.
“That’s why I have done my best to get everything Solomon will need to build it—gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, onyx, turquoise, colored gems, all kinds of precious stones, and marble.
“Besides doing all that, I have promised to give part of my own gold and silver as a way of showing my love for God’s temple. Almost one hundred twenty tons of my finest gold and over two hundred fifty tons of my silver will be used to decorate its walls and to make the gold and silver objects. Now, who else will show their dedication to the Lord by giving gifts for building his temple?”
Then who gave the rest? The leaders (Did you see that Council members?)
“Then the leaders of the fathers’ houses, leaders of the tribes of Israel, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the officers over the king’s work, offered willingly. They gave for the work of the house of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.”
“Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly…” 1 Chronicles 29:6-7, 9
Since Administrator like numbers and statistics, let us break this down in math terms and ratios:
(We will just calculate gold and silver to compare apples to apples)
David gave 120 TONS of gold and over 250 TONS of silver
The leaders gave 10,000 DARICS of gold and 10,000 TALENTS of silver
(1 daric is about 1 gram and 1 talent is about 75 lbs., so calculating that, it is only about 185 pounds of gold and 370 tons of silver)
In short, King David, the leader gave 1300 – 1500 times more gold than the others. (Depending on the scale we use, Greek, Roman or Babylonian darics & talents)
So it makes me wonder why so much pressure to give when it is actually EVM and his council that we must ask, if they have given enough in comparison to the rest of us.
And why did the people rejoice? Because they had offered WILLINGLY. No one pressured them into giving. No minister or levitical priest checked their setting aside if their offerings were going up or down. No one had to talk to their religious leader to explain why their offering was lower than last year’s. (I hope the Council is reading) Because the moment this is done, the offerings are no longer done with a willing heart. It is pressure to give more.
Remember, the doctrine is this:
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 1 Corinthians 9:7
In conclusion, there are 3 things this Administration needs to understand from the members;
- DO NOT PRESSURE US in how much we should give. If a person gives $1.00, that is between him and God. Not them
- If you want us to follow the example of what you taught last Sunday, then you should too. King David gave immensely so much more than anyone else. 1500 times more. There is the challenge to you leaders
- Lastly, when a chapel is dedicated, DO NOT MAKE THE BRETHREN hold up stupid signs saying “Thank you po ,Ka Eduardo”. ALL GLORY AND PRAISE BELONG TO GOD