April 23, 2015
My beloved Brethren,
I must admit, I was disheartened when I learned that shortly after going into the office, that my Facebook Account had been blocked. The Youtube account where I uploaded the confidential Video of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo, was also taken down and deleted. The feeling when you know that your rights and your whole being has been violated by these people who are supposed to help, guide and protect you in the church. Instead, they are all turned into mindless mercenaries who obeys anything and everything that the Sanggunian orders them even without comprehending first whether what they are about to do is still in accordance with the teachings of our Lord God.
Honestly speaking, when I learned how they did it, I was so discouraged. They employed numbers. The used hundreds of ACTIV (IT Group of the Iglesia Ni Cristo headed by a Minister, Bro. Emer Culala) members from different Locales, led by the Headquarters Team in Central. They all took shifts, 24/7 a day, just to come up with the number of complaints sent to FB to report the account of Antonio Ebangelista as a fake, a poser and in violation of the terms and condition of facebook, thus compelling facebook to shut me down. They used innocent INC members of ACTIV who are all eager to help ACTIV in the belief that what they are doing is defending the Church Administration as what they were told. So off they went, sending hundreds of complaints from various email accounts. They went into an emergency overtime the minute I posted the video of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo delivering his lecture during worship service in the Locale of Malabon, December 22, 1985. In his teachings, he imparted the very strict instruction of Bro. Felix Y. Manalo, the messenger in these last days. The strict instruction was handed down to Bro. Eraño G. Manalo concerning the sacredness of the monetary offerings inside the church during worship services. This video was highly secured in the Archives section of the INCTV and was highly guarded because it is one of the strongest video documentary evidence that the FINANCE, headed by Bro. Glicerio B. Santos Jr. , has been and is still in violation of the strict instructions oregarding our special offerings. This is what they are afraid to go public that is why they erased all file of this tape. Only one was left and safeguarded in the archives. And because of the bravery of a brethren who can no long stand all the wrongdoings and irregularities inside the Church, she decided to smuggle it out of the archives and gave it to one of our trustees and was given to me. When I published the video online, they hit the panic mode and did everything in their power to take me down. Imagine, hundreds of them against only one of me. Frankly, when I realized what they did, I felt to myself, “that was it…I had it…” I told myself, that I am no match to them, that I have done my part but they played dirty…
That is why I went silent for a while, I went to the locale where I am to officiate worship service. I was silent the whole time. Didn’t even bother reading the Preacher’s Guide to review for I know exactly what to do… to read it…just read it… just like the rest of my fellow Ministers who are helpless and in the mercy of our superiors. I was all ready to give up… but up to the last minute before we were to go into the pulpit, my phone kept on buzzing from messages in facebook. Messages from our brethren who are supporting our endeavors and who are eagerly awaiting the Video of “Tatay” and other exposition of the corruption by the Sanggunian. As we prayed before going into the pulpit, I prayed my heart out to God to please give me the strength to persevere and to be guided on what to do and how to keep up the good fight of faith. When I finished the prayer, I didn’t notice that the Head Deacon, the Reserved Evangelical worker and I were all in tears and we felt the holy Spirit in our prayer. When I stood in the pulpit to preach, I preached with my heart. I read the verses, but I didn’t read the preacher’s guide. I didn’t preach with an image of a ruthless dictator eager to expel anyone in the way of the Sanggunian. I humbly preached with my heart, and encouraged the brethren who may be weary, tired from all the trials and tribulations in life, those who are enslaved by sins and wrong beliefs, to be strengthen by our Lord God in order to withstand the testing of our faith. I asked the brethren who are in the worship service to conduct a self evaluation of their lives, to be able to assess if they are still in the right path, to see if they are living in sin, to comprehend that the REAL REASON why God is teaching us these lessons , is not to scare us of expulsion, not to diminish our faith, not to push us away if we have erred in our ways, BUT to CONVINCE US, that HE did not send his only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins and be baptized in the true church JUST TO BE FORESAKEN IN THE END. No… our beloved Father wants us to understand the gravity of our sin, by showing us the gravity of the punishment, so that we will be inspired to follow his teachings come what may, even how hard life treats us, even if we are already tired and weary from all the hardships in life. The worship service was very wonderful. And I thank God for renewing my spirit to be able to continue, not for myself, but for the cause that WE ARE ALL FIGHTING FOR. For the benefit of our beloved Church and for the fulfillment of God’s promise that this church will not be led astray. I firmly believe that it will only happen if all brothers and sisters, regardless of age, race and status in life, if we all stand united in vigilance so that no corruption, no persecution, no abuse of power, no unexplained wealth, no malversation of church funds, will ever go undocumented, investigated and punished. We are almost there brothers and sisters. And I believe that even if I have detractors, hundreds, even thousands of them, if God wills it, Thy will be done!
I left the locale after worhip service, I thank God for strengthening me and asked for a sign that I will still fight. When I opened the car stereo, at that exact moment, I heard the news about the exposé regarding the Iglesia Ni Cristo and the Customs commissioner. An issue of corruption by interfering with government positions and placement/promotions. Not shortly after, I received the documents that will prove the role of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the said government bureau. That I will publish later.
With this, I now roll up my long-sleeves and think to myself with a grin… “Bring it on guys!”
“They tried to bury us…they didn’t know we were seeds.”
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