I’ve been reading many posts online and pretty much everyone is saying the same thing about the Iglesia ni Cristo’s new, grand undertaking: Aid to Humanity: AFRICA. The question is WHY?!
As usual it was revealed in the Worship Service. And it was done in the most obvious and ludicrous kind of way, because there are people in poverty there and they need our help. Shots of impoverished neighbourhoods, children playing in the dirt and Church Ministers handing out goody bags. Let me begin by saying these:
- I am not opposed to the teaching of Christ that we should help our fellow men because we should “love our neighbour”
- I am not opposed that many people in Africa are in poverty
But here is where we need to be clear – Why are all the members of the Church worldwide being encouraged to take part in this (SUDDEN) decision to send Aid to Africa? Africa has been in this situation for decades.
Remember the 1980’s “LIVE-AID”? “We are the World? And all the campaigns to help those in Africa? Remember the efforts of the celebrities – Bob Geldof? Michael Jackson? Quincy Jones? They organised those benefits. They got Billions of people around the world to help. And now all of a sudden, the Church Administration had deemed it necessary to help Africa.
This brings up questions:
- Which countries are we supposed to help? Nigeria? Namibia? Ethiopia? Cameroon? Angola? South Africa? Guinea? Lesotho? You cannot just say “give to help Africa.” Remember Africa is a CONTINENT. Not a country. EVM could sell his Airbus and it still would be just a drop in the ocean.
- Is this a one time thing? Because even if every single member of the Church helps, it will not feed all the people in Africa.
- Would it be used to give out more goody bags? That will not last long
It may seem like this is really an altruistic and noble cause the INC is venturing in. But let us analyse this carefully. Why now and how accurate are all the accounts being told the church members? Let’s answer the 2nd part first…
We were told in the Worship Services that there are now THOUSANDS of Church members in Africa ever since Brother EVM went there in 2014. Before there was only 1 local congregation and now there are many.
- Are there really Thousands? Remember, thousands mean more than 1 thousand people who are baptised. I CHALLENGE the Church Council to show pictures of every congregation in Africa of ONLY BAPTISED members. If the largest congregation in the entire continent barely breaks 100, how would that amount to THOUSANDS of brethren?
- The lesson indicated that since EVM visited, the number of locales have grown. Tell us, how many members are there in each locale? During the time of Brother Eraño, before a place could become a locale, there were conditions that had to be met such as the serial number had to be over 50; there had to be key officers such as Head Deacons, Treasurers, Auditors and Secretariat officers, CFO officers. So here is another CHALLENGE: show us that every LOCAL CONGREGATION meets all these standards, otherwise they were just called “extensions” or “Group Worship Services (GWS)”. Or has that been changed too now? Even 10 to 15 people can be a locale with a chapel? Is that how they declare that there are now more congregations and Districts?
Let me go off topic for a moment and use the old analogy of the pizza pie. You can divide a pizza into 8 pieces to serve 8 people. Or, you can divide into smaller pieces, say into 16. But no matter how you cut it, the pizza remains the same size.
So the Administration can make all its claims right now that the Church is growing ever so rapidly and “proof” of this is that District have split (such as NE & NW California and SE & SW California). No matter how you slice it, it is NOT PROOF that the Church is growing exponentially under the current Administration. It does not fool us. The Proof? Look at some of these congregations that were “split” – the brethren may now be registered into different names, but they are still worshipping in the same chapels. Those that did find another venue, what happened? Oh that’s right, they went back to the “mother locale” because they could not stand on their own. Welcome back Carson! Bowie! Norfolk! Too many to mention. So…accurate accounts? Not close.
Anyway, back to Africa…our question now is, WHY is there this campaign?
It is not to feed those poor little hungry children we saw in the video, which really does tug at our heart doesn’t it? But it is to set up the business of “ECO-FARMING!” The General Auditor (to be more precise, his wife’s brainchild, sister Annie, who was seen on the video clutching tightly to her designer Coach handbag while handing out goody bags to the natives. Aww..touching scene wasn’t it?
- So please tell us, all those people you met in Africa, are they farmers? Would they now be transformed into farming life? Are they aware of those eco-farming plans?
- Would the Church also now have to continuously provide support for the overhead of these eco-farming or fisheries, or whatever other business plans is in store?
- And when you start up the Eco farming business in Africa, would the workers ever see the profits from it?
Some of you may be wondering why I sound quite sarcastic like I am criticising this “wonderful” plan of the Administration. Perhaps I would consider it wonderful if it made sense. THINK ABOUT IT – Why would the Iglesia Ni Cristo pour millions of dollars of brethren’s offerings into Africa when 90% of the church members are in the PHILIPPINES where the large part of the population is ALSO and STILL IS in POVERTY??
In short the Administration is asking the impoverished members of the COUNTRY of the Philippines to help the impoverished CONTINENT of Africa. Does this make sense to anyone? Then what is the real reason this is being done? It is to fund the business ventures of the Administrator and General Auditor not just in Africa, but in secret corners around the world.
So keep in mind the words of the Apostles when it comes to giving –
“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:5
The current Church Administration may claim this as a “noble cause” we are being dragged into, but as the Bible says, even if you give everything to the poor, “without love, nothing is gained.”
As William Smith on INCreflections mentioned, 36 Tandang Sora, residents of the Administrator’s siblings continue to endure, with no electricity, cooking with rain water while their older brother tastes the good life flying around the world. So where is the love?
“Love thy neighbour” indeed