"You didn't come here to make the choice, you've already made it. You're here to try to understand why you made it." - Oracle (The Matrix - 1999)
Why exactly are we here? Why are we in this fight, considered as the greatest fight of our faith? Are we here because we were "recruited", because we were paid to be here, because there is a promise of material gain, or is it because we were misled or worse, is it because we just had nowhere else to go?
Being "here" requires no title or designation, you don't need to be "branded or labeled" as a "Defender" or "Guardians" or be called by any other name. Fighting for the true faith is a calling, the very same calling we received when we were called inside the true church. Just imagine that out of the millions of people in the world, we were among the "chosen" people to receive the true understanding of the teachings of our Lord God. These biblical teachings became the very foundation that anchored us to the truth and what set us apart from the rest of mankind. This is why we can never be strayed away for as long as we are grounded firmly in God's commandments.
So how does a person know if he is truly fighting for the "right" side of this battle for our faith?
We simply revert back to the basics, and that is the teachings of our Lord God. We test everything we receive and perceive by letting it pass thru God's standards. Even the Apostles gave us a warning and a fail-safe mechanism so that we will not be deceived by anyone... even by them if it came to that point.
"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!" - Galatians 1:8 NIV
Even Apostle Paul who administered the church during their time boldly testified that even he, or the apostles or even an angel from heaven should preach or command something that is no longer in accordance to the teachings of God which they originally taught, then let no one follow it for it is under God's curse. This is to safeguard the faith of God's chosen people so that even after the time of the Apostles, if anyone should change, twist or misquote the Bible and begin to teach a new doctrine which is no longer the same as the ones taught to us, then we should not follow it.
That is why when we began to see the shifting of the teachings inside the church, we were alarmed. Doctrines and christian values that were firmly upheld by the previous Executive Ministers were all of a sudden being re-written by the new generation of Ministers that did not remain faithful to the true doctrines. These "NewGen" ministers introduced a new era in the church that paved the way fro hip-hop christian music, absolute blind obedience, unjust expulsion, summary expulsion of the whole family, corruption, hate and aggression towards the expelled and non-believers, abuse of power, financial mismanagement, oppression and persecution, promotion of hearsay and character assassinations, hunger for worldly recognition with continuous cravings for Guiness World Records, suppression of human rights and so much more. These things were unheard of during the olden times of the church, but are now rampant and commonplace. These are but a few samplings:
So when did we become Defenders of the Church? Many people are sending me letters and thanking me saying that I was the one who opened their eyes to the truth which is the reason why they are now Defenders. I respectfully corrected them by saying that it was not I who opened their eyes. We are all here not because of me or what I say or what I wrote, we are all here because our eyes have always been open from the moment when God called us into the fold and enlightened us with His teaching. God gave us His seal in our hearts and our minds, that is why we have always been "aware" of what is right and when something is going terribly wrong. The reason why we are here, is because we have been seeing what has been going on these past few years, we saw what doctrines are now being violated, we hear the teachings from the Bible being misquoted and twisted and used to persecute and oppress rather than to educate and to heal. I am but another mere instrument in exposing what is already in your heart and mind, my writings merely served as the culmination of the different voices of the brethren who are already standing up for what is true and denouncing the lies that is now spreading within our beloved church. That is why, we are all here not because of me, but because we are all chosen to be faithful to the teachings of our Lord God and anyone who teaches otherwise, is already under God's curse.
It is a pity to know that many Ministers who used to preach the pristine words of God were not able to stand firm in defending it, they cowardly succumbed to the fear of oppression and expulsion, be stripped off with their privileges and authority or were tempted with bribes and lust for power. They allowed themselves to turn a blind eye and became instruments of the corrupt, to use the holy pulpit for teaching different doctrines from the ones we have received, for covering up the truth with malicious lies and deceit and for the constant badgering of the brethren for more offerings that we all know are no longer acceptable and pleasing to our Lord God.
We are all living witnesses to how things inside the church are now being turned away from what the Bible originally taught. That is why even our beloved former Executive Minister, Bro. Eraño G. Manalo never preached about himself, just like the last messenger, Bro. Felix Y. Manalo who administered the church before him, they have always remained firm that the people should not believe them just because they said so, but to always believe what is written in the Bible. That is why for almost 5 decades of successful stewardship, Bro. Eraño G. Manalo was able to administer the flock not based on what is "in" or popular, or what is profitable or what the Guiness Records states, but based on what God originally commanded His people to follow. And because the church then was faithful to the commandments of God, the Lord blessed His church with many years of prosperity, peace, successes and even the adoration, respect and love of everyone even from different races, nationalities and beliefs.
"Father, please look upon your chosen ones for they are Yours, whatever happens they will never turn away from You Father..." - Bro. Eraño G. Manalo
And at the end of it all, it will always be us, personally and individually, who will be answerable to our Lord God when Judgement Day comes. And when our Lord God look into our hearts and ask us, when the church was being blemished and dragged into the dirt with corruption and false teachings and practices, what did we do about it...? Did we remain silent and went with the flow because of fear or did we stand up and speak out the truth? Which one are you brother/sister?
Only you can answer that.
"If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them." - James 4:17 NIV
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