Hello dear readers. Some of you may have been wondering where I’ve been. I’ve been trying keep mind calm and be at peace whilst all these things are happening around us and yet, when the Executive Minister pops up with another one of those Webex reruns it prompts me to write again. Let’s begin with HIS topic of the day – Terrorism.
It sure sounded interesting for a moment. Finally, I thought, a new topic that is more pertinent to what’s taking place. But nope. I was wrong. There was no mention of Abu Sayaf, no Isis nor our brethren in Mindanao. The lesson went on to the usual, Obey! Offer, Bear Fruit and…Obey.
And of course, we cannot have a lesson without a jab at those who are speaking up.
So let’s break this down. What is Terrorism and who is the Spiritual Terrorist?
The dictionary gives these definitions:
the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
INTIMIDATE and COERCE
By this definition a terrorist is someone who intimidates and coerces or forces. Tell me, who has the power to intimidate? Isn’t it the one who can use force and /or the one who is in power? Are the “defenders” in any position to “terrorize” the Church members? Can those who are expelled intimidate any brethren?
Who has been intimidating the brethren? The brethren want to answer but they are afraid. They are afraid of being expelled, so they speak in whispers and communicate in texts they instantly erase. Why do they behave this way? You think they’re afraid of Mr. Cayabyab or Mr. Samson suddenly bursting through their doors? Of course not! The fear is from the leaders. And it is by no means a holy fear.
Who are the ones monitoring our Facebook accounts and then and then pressure the members when they see something they don’t like? The Defenders? Again the answer is NO. The church leaders who spend much of their time peeking into our accounts. Our great Administrator even admitted it in the lesson. He said there are those who press LIKE to some posts on FB. I’m thinking, “what??” How does he know that? That’s what you spend the other 6 days on, when we don’t see you? The time brethren mention in their prayers as when “he labours for us day and night?” You’re on Facebook checking who ‘liked’ which posts?? In some countries, maybe not the Philippines, they also call that STALKING.
And by the way, did you notice that snarky chuckle Administrator gave when he asked his reader Brother Gerry, are there still those who are opposing? He said “no”, Administrator gave that very odd chuckle and said “NO MORE” as if to say, “yes, we took care of them”. We understand that little snicker about those who have disappeared and those who were killed. We understand, Don Corleone. We understand. Definition number 1.
THE STATE OF FEAR AND SUBMISSION
And if there are those who are “found” to have LIKED or SHARED on Facebook, what happens? They get a meeting from the Ministers, pressed to write an affidavit and now, also complete with a VIDEO to the Administrator declaring your loyalty. For a Facebook LIKE? And this is not terrorising? READ the Definitions again: a terroristic method of governing. Definition number 2
When the government planned to investigate claims of abduction by the Church, what does the Church do, they mobilise thousands of brethren to pressure the government to back off and investigate someone else. Pardon me, but please READ definition number 3 again.
Let me close this with this. Administrator tells us to “Trust in the Lord”. Perhaps he and his cohorts should be the first ones to do that. I say this because if you listened to the opening and closing prayers, all we heard were “Eduardo V. Manalo” this and that. Remember I suggested to the readers a while back, to count how many times EVM was mentioned and how many time the Lord Jesus was mentioned? If you kept score on this one, EVM: 10, Jesus Christ: 2. EVM loves us, protect EVM, he is here, he visited us, he taught us, and the one that so heretical… “Through him we receive your Graces”. Is he now the NEW Mediator? And Jesus Christ? In essence it’s “Oh, and you messenger boy, bring this prayer to God, won’t you.” One sentence in the opening prayer for Christ and one sentence in the closing prayer. And you say nothing has changed????
If Administrator truly trust in the Lord, he would not obsess with the Defenders. Let’s think about this for a moment. He even said it himself. During the time of the Messenger and Brother Eraño, there were enemies of our faith. It’s nothing new. But did they obsess with monitoring the brethren? NO. There were Catholics and Protestants who persecuted us, and the previous Administrators simply encouraged us to be prayerful. They did not obsess who was talking to whom; we’ve had Jehovah’s Witness and Mormons come into our homes and try to missionise us. Ministers were even happy because it was a chance to have debates. But now, the current Administrator wants to spy on us in social media to see who our friends are, what we are reading, what we are ‘liking‘ and what we are sharing.
What is the difference if we talk to our Catholic and Baptist friends? Because people of other religions, the Ministers can answer their questions. But when it comes to questions about corruption, intimidation, money laundering, those are the things too difficult to answer and explain convincingly. That is why Ministers simply resort to reporting brethren with “questions”. And those that speak up on social media? Shut down.
So my point is, if the leaders truly “trusts in the Lord” like their predecessors, then they would not be so obsessive about what is on social media. Don’t tell us the terrorists are at our doorstep about to take our salvation away, that is fear mongering. We can hear the spiritual terrorists – those squealing like pigs in the slaughterhouse. (yes, him, especially). We can see the real spiritual terrorists and we will not give in because WE trust in the Lord.
For I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me and plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”