Below is a link to the article written by Antonio Ebangelista, better known in the Iglesia Ni Cristo circles as “AE”. The article is about and including a very short video clip of the brothers Angel and Marc Manalo and their relative Brother Noel. Below is also a screen shot of the said video. This was shared by “Access the Truth” and other ministers like our favourite FB posting minister Brother Joel San Pedro.
The clip shows the 3 men standing and toasting. Yes, it’s a shocking video. They stand there, make a toast and then drink from a styrofoam cup. Yes that’s right! It’s right on the video. SO SHOCKING to see!! I never thought I would see the day that I would see these men drink FROM STYROFOAM CUPS!! OH THE HORROR!!
What? Oh, I see. I have just been informed that the shocking part is supposed to be that there is an incriminating bottle of alcohol on the table. Oh yes! I see it now.
Please pardon my usual sarcasm. I just want to make a point and I hope I will make it very clear in this article. I know AE already put in his comments and I hope he does not mind if I state mine.
First of all, the video looks quiet odd as if it was a well edited movie with CGI (computer graphics interface). I mean, isn’t it quite easy to edit and add that incriminating bottle right in the foreground? It only takes a few minutes.
Know what I mean?
It would be more fancy to add their images in the video. Would the Church council go that far as to make a fake video? It would not surprise me one bit. These are desperate times, after all.
But for argument’s sake, let us say the video is real. Let’s say those are the real persons. How do we know what they are drinking? It could be water; it could be juice; it could be milk for all we know.
And it’s odd isn’t it that they have to share one bottle shown in front of the camera and all drink from a paper cup? Not exactly a binge drinking party is it?
Again, for argument’s sake let’s say this is a genuine footage of the 3 actually drinking alcohol. Why one bottle in 3 paper cups? Very odd indeed. AE asks many more questions about this; please read his article if you have not done so.
So if the Church Leaders insist on demonising Brother Angel, then go ahead. My faith is not about him. It just shows the desperation of the Church leaders in trying to hold on to their power. Is it really getting that bad that they have to find ridiculous means to put down the fellow? I mean they’ve already put horns on him and the rest of the family.
Showing him as the “gun loving and gun toting mad man”.
They already Put him in jail.
And now, a “drunkard”, complete with comic style baloon dialogue.
What’s next? A porn video? Oh, I think I just gave them another idea.
You think this is new? Non members have said a lot of things about Brother Felix Manalo in the past.
Rapist? Do you think the true Church members were swayed? What is sad is that the Church Council is not seeing what everyone else is seeing.
Permit me once again to say, for argument’s sake, that is real footage of the men drinking alcohol and even “getting drunk”. What the Church leaders don’t seem to understand is that our faith is NOT BASED on these men or any man for that matter. I know that is the opposite of what is being taught now, that we must be “One with EVM.” Or “HE is the ONE we must follow” and so on. But that is not what EVM’s grandfather taught us. Below is the link I had shared before. It is Brother Felix Manalo’s preaching wherein he says, “Don’t listen to Manalo. I am a man. My brain is empty.” His point? We follow the true teachings – not the man.
So go ahead. Let these “leaders” continue to show “evidence” that Brother Angel is the evil guy they make him out to be. It is only showing more and more the desperation of men who want to hold on to their seats of power. As they slowly change the doctrines, the more they show they are losing everything they are clinging to.
Yes, we feel sympathy for Brother Angel and the rest of ka Erdy’s family but our faith is not based upon them. It is in God and His teachings.
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in man” Psalm118:8