Just a quick post for today. I wanted to share today’s activities. I won’t take long so let me get on with it.
First of all, there was the special gathering in Sacramento California as part of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s 50th Anniversary in the West. Pretty tight security for a worship service. The District rented the venue called Golden1 Arena in Sacramento which seats 19,000, perhaps thinking many were excited to attend the “special worship service” officiated by the Beloved Executive Minister.
Sad to say, that only about 4,300 members showed up. If you take away all the Ministers and Officers and their families, there were probably about 175 people who attended. Not too shabby I suppose but perhaps a smaller venue could have been used and it would have looked much fuller. And if anyone will reply and lie that the venue was filled to capacity, please don’t. You would look very foolish if the pictures show the truth.
I did say last time to watch out for those fake glasses someone might be wearing
I will not dwell too long on the sermon of the Beloved one since it was the standard preaching about those who were expelled, who will not be saved and that he has the divine right because he “was selected” to be the Administrator during Brother Eraño Manalo’s time.
I do remember that time. Brother Eraño did let him take oath on that day. Uhhm, except one thing; that was when the Beloved one took oath as a DEPUTY Executive Minister. There is a difference. And when Brother Eraño passed away, that mantle of leadership is not automatically taken. Just like a second head deacon does not automatically become 1st head deacon if the previous one dies. There is still a deliberation at the locale and then still determined by the Administration. How much more when it is the office of Executive Minister? Does one just assume it is his? What did Apostle Paul say?:
“No one takes this honor for themselves but takes it only when they are called by God, just like Aaron.”
“In the same way Christ also didn’t promote himself to become high priest. Instead, it was the one who said to him, ‘You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.'” Hebrews 5:4-5
Aftewards, the Beloved one left the stage without meeting the brethren. Not happy with the turnout perhaps? Oh well, on to Southern California.
As for us, on to other things. Now as soon as I got home, I saw this link to the Tunay na Defenders episode 14 on Youtube. You know how I feel about this show from my earlier post. I can say that it has toned down a bit in the harassment part. Brother Pellien was not there this time yelling “Big Fat Liars” to people. But what I can say is this; Brother Joe Ventilacion truly is cocky isn’t he? I mean one mention of Brother Louie Cayabyab and Harvard Joe goes in that mocking mode, laughing at the man’s livelihood. I wrote an article a while back when our favourite FB posting Minister and another Harvard alumni, Brother Joel san Pedro also mocked Bro. Louie for selling water. Please excuse my language but are all Harvard graduates arrogant pricks? That is the man’s livelihood. It’s an honest means of livelihood. Granted he didn’t graduate from Harvard, like most of us mere mortals but would it be better if he robbed shops? Do you also mock those in the Philippines who sell cigarettes on the streets or those who collect empty bottles to sell? At least he doesn’t steal church members’ offerings.
Two things I will say about episode 14; is the Administration really that desperate that they would get Brother Rolando Dizon’s own brother, Brother Zane Dizon, a minister also to try and reach out to him by appealing to emotion?
How bad was the episode? I am not questioning Brother Zane’s sincerity in reaching out to his brother, but what do the people controlling the show do? They PUT ON CHEESY BACKGROUND MUSIC for a sadder effect!!! REALLY? REALLY??!
It’s like watching those Anti-Animal cruelty video with the music of Sara McLachlan. I’m talking about this video – (if you are an animal lover, and have never seen this before, please don’t cry):
Well, I did say that this would be a quick post. So there you have it. We started with a celebration, and we end up with the sad dog video. That’s life in the EVM era. Enjoy your week folks!