I apologise to my dear readers. I have been intentionally quiet for some time. I’ve just been absorbing the events these past several weeks. There have been unsettling things that have been taking place that I will cover in the next few posts. But for now, let me go over the Fifth Estate. In case you don’t know what I am referring to, here is a link to the video of the show:
I watched the video from the Canadian reporters of the Fifth Estate, who produced “The Church of Secrets” and I must say that the church sure looks bad. Did the news people make us look bad on purpose? They didn’t have to, we did it to ourselves. More specifically, the leaders and the fanatics did it to our church.
The Fifth Estate didn’t manufacture those lunatics running around with the banners and flashlights nor did they have to make up that creepy guy that kept popping up everywhere. That was all Church people.
It didn’t help that there are videos of Ministers doing some kind of militant chant, led by General Rex. And what was that? Ministers giving a karate “hooah”?!
Let me go off in a tangent here. What the Ministers were saying were part of verses in the Bible. What used to be inspiring verses to the members of the Church of Christ – promises of God to His messenger, has now been turned into some kind of combative battlecry – “THEY SHALL BE AS NOTHING!!” or “THEY SHALL PERISH!!!” HOOAHHHH!! Really? And who were they saying it to? The Executive Minister? Was it to make him… smile? (church members’ joke)
I’m sure the lessons in church in the next few weeks will cover this issue in one simple way. “WE ARE BEING PERSECUTED”. The church administration will make those reporters and everyone else who accommodate them, labeled as “enemies of our faith” – harassing us because of our beliefs. But that’s not really the issue is it?
The problem here is that the council of elders are unwilling to answer any questions. It’s easy to shut the members up by threatening them that to question them is pure “heresy and rebellion”. But that’s not the case with reporters outside the circle of their powers. They will ask REAL questions; Uncomfortable questions; Difficult questions. But questions are only really difficult and uncomfortable if you can’t give the answers.
How unwilling and arrogant are the Church leaders? They were subpoenaed a couple of years ago to go into court versus Isaias Samson Jr. and what happened? The leaders didn’t even bother showing up to court. Oh, we forgot. Was that today? And the judge could not even do a single thing about it.
Back to the Fifth Estate – If there is nothing to hide, why not accommodate the interviewers? You can’t say the that our Great and Wise leader, the Beloved EVM cannot understand English, after all, he entertains diplomats all the time. But then again, he has never taught an English Worship Service.
What is disturbing about the Fifth Estate report is that it is demonstrating how the church has become such an obnoxious group. There are international reporters and what do the members do, to protect our fearless leader? Cover the shots with the “Thank you po, Ka Eduardo V. Manalo” banners and point their flashlights at the cameras.
Note: this is NOT what the Scriptures meant by “Let your light shine” – let me continue this point…
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
– “that they may see your good deeds” – Slashing the reporters’ tyres is not really considered a good deed is it? What makes it worse, is that there’s that creepy guy again, going, “hmm, how did that happen?”
I suppose that the Church leaders will say that all these are lies again and that we are being persecuted. Being questioned about corruption and crimes is not really considered persecution, is it? The Scriptures even clarified this:
“Suppose people say bad things about you because you believe in Christ. Then you are blessed, because God’s Spirit rests on you. He is the Spirit of glory. If you suffer, it shouldn’t be because you are a murderer. It shouldn’t be because you are a thief or someone who does evil things. It shouldn’t be because you interfere with other people’s business.“ 1 Peter 4:14-15 NIRV
If people are saying all kinds of things about us, is it because of corruption? Is it because the Church is being linked to grisly murders? Money laundering? Is it because of all kinds of evil things? Then there’s a problem isn’t it?
Running away and hiding behind banners will not stop the questions – they will only grow. Remember, Isaac Newton’s 3rd law of Motion: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
The Fifth Estate’s interest about dirt in the Church is only the beginning. Wait until the various governments start digging around. Let’s see how many flashlights can they point at them.