This is a question that is quickly answered by the O.W.E. (One With EVM) church loyalists with a resounding “NO!!!” as if it was a matter of fact. This is also a question that is also quickly answered by the long-time church detractors with an even louder answer, “YES!!!!!”, as if it was written in stone…
But for the “Old Guards” of the pristine Church of Christ, like myself and the few who have been the “Caretakers” of the previous Church Administration’s legacy, we answer it with a deafening silence… As a tribute to our fallen heroes and Good Samaritans, today is the day that I, with a broken heart, shall break my silence to serve a far greater Truth.
Anybody who swore an Oath of Loyalty in the holy Ministry knows this by heart. It is a sacred open secret to all of us who are Ministers and those who have been entrusted to protect the church at all cost. Even during the early times when the Church of Christ in the Philippines was still young in years, only but a few decades old, “Sinomang mang-agrabyado sa sinomang kapatid ay tiyak na maglalaho na parang bula”, (Anyone who victimizes the brethren in the Church will definitely disappear like a bubble) is a byline known to every member of the Church. It is both a sense of pride and security for every member of the Church of Christ knowing that if he is ever persecuted, oppressed or violated by anyone because of his faith or conviction, he only needs to go to the nearest Locale or find the nearest brethren and ask for help, then the wheels of a different justice will automatically turn and strike against those who deserve it. I remember the time during the violent years in Tondo, Manila when the criminality was at an all-time high. People were being robbed, mugged or attacked even in broad daylight by crooks that ran the streets of Tondo. BUT EVEN THEN, THIS IS A WELL-KNOWN FACT TO EVERY CRIMINAL DURING THOSE DAYS, “NEVER TOUCH A KAPATID” (Brethren in the Church). It was a silent code among criminals and a peace pact between them and the church because if anyone were to cross that line and break that pact, bloodshed will follow.
Many of you who were already alive during those years were all too familiar with the common stories told amongst brethren, one of them is when a newcomer came to Tondo and was robbed while he was riding a jeepney. The robbers took his watch and his wallet, not knowing that he was an INC member. The brother went to the nearest chapel in Tondo. He was met by the Resident Minister and was offered food and water because that’s how brethren were during those days. Even if you don’t know each other personally but you know that you are members of the same Church, then you would treat each other more than your own flesh and blood. So, after learning about what happened to this Brother, the Resident Minister called for the Head Deacon of the Locale. The Head Deacon immediately went and saw the Minister. He was introduced to the disgruntled Brother who was still trembling with fear from his traumatic experience. The Head Deacon just asked two questions, “What is the brand of the watch and what are the contents of his wallet”. He then left the church compound, gathered some other male brethren and went to the side streets of Tondo where even the police were afraid to go. There was a galvanized iron fence that restricted the entry of anybody into those streets. The Head Deacon slammed on the fence three times, an opening appeared, the Head Deacon peered thru and talked to the watchman of the fence. The Head Deacon told the watchmen, “Meron kaming kapatid na nanakawan ng relo at wallet kani-kanina lamang habang nasa Jeep sya. Kapag hindi ninyo sinauli iyon sa loob ng bente minutos, papasok na kami!” (We have a Brother who was robbed of his watch and wallet while in a jeepney. If you do not return them in 20 minutes, we will come in after you!) Half an hour later, the Head Deacon returned to the Chapel and handed a watch and a wallet to the Brother who was so amazed and pleased to see his belongings once more. This is just one of the many stories you hear from the elderly Brethren who witnessed the respect that the public, even the criminals, have for the Church and its members. If a Sister was raped, the attacker was sure to end up dead in a ditch somewhere. If a Minister was disgraced in public, the perpetrators’ houses would suddenly be ablaze due to some mysterious faulty wiring or leaky gas tank. If a member was murdered, as sure as the sun rises in the morning, the murderers and their families would suddenly be involved in some freaky accident killing their entire household. These are open secrets that solidified one’s resolve, NEVER TO CROSS THE INC.
So if you ask any old Ministers if these were true, anyone who says that these are false, are simply LYING to protect the image of the Church. If you ask any young Ministers today, especially the Instant Ministers known as the STF Ministers (Special Task Force to EVM), they would probably deny all of these things simply due to their IGNORANCE and NAIVETÉ.
So how can anybody be capable of killing another person for the Church?
Simple. They believe they are doing it for the sake of the Church and the Brotherhood, and they are ONLY doing it to THOSE who persecute and violate the church and its members, therefore, doing it as a service to God. Always remember that every Minister swore an oath to protect the Church and the Flock at all cost. Everyone is indoctrinated with the faith that we shall all be willing to die for the church, and that same faith could easily be used to twist someone’s thoughts to justify killing for the church. Some even consider it the ultimate test of their faith. That is why the “HINIRANG” Group (Chosen Ones) is very real. These men and women who belonged to this secret group, swore an oath of loyalty and silence until death, that they will serve and protect the Church at all cost. Take note though that the Hinirang Group during the time of the previous Administration is different from the Social Media war-freaks Hinirang of today.
Now the lingering question in all of you is this, did the previous Executive Ministers organize and sanction these groups and the extrajudicial activities they committed?
The answer is NO. The formation of the HINIRANG Groups and INC Vigilantes laid in the hands of the District Ministers who established these groups in their respective Districts to ensure that the members of the Church in their Districts will not fall victims to crimes and abuses. The previous Executive Ministers before Eduardo V. Manalo did not condone these groups and their acts of avenging victimized brethren, rather, they were EXPELLED by the Executive Minister then, for putting the law into their own hands. Once these groups were discovered, they were disbanded, expelled from the Church and were made to answer for their crimes because the ends did not justify their means of carrying out justice. And the decision of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo to eradicate these groups and the elitist vigilante mentality that they adhere to, was divine intervention because what started out as groups who protected the church and its members later on degenerated into criminal syndicates and hired killers that only gained much prominence during the Administration of Eduardo V. Manalo.
Here lies the glaring difference between Bro. Eraño G. Manalo with his, spiritually inspired leadership, and Eduardo V. Manalo and his ego-centered, power and greed-driven administration. The lurking evil that his father banished, EVM embraced and allowed to flourish during his controversy-stricken regime. Not only does Eduardo V. Manalo have full knowledge of the extrajudicial activities that his Administration commits, HE CONDONES THEM. He gives worldly rewards to those who can stomach the atrocities, and he condemns those who are even remotely troubled by their conscience. That is why at present, it is no longer even shocking to hear news of INC members (and or Ministers) being involved in syndicate crimes, drug dealings, racketeering syndicates, smuggling, sex offenders, murderers, and plunderers. And because EVM destroyed the pristine “check and balance” system that was put in place by his predecessors to prevent the adulteration of the Church, EVM ushered in a NEW BREED OF CRIMINALS that found safe haven into the Church of Christ.
These are the same wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing who slaughtered and murdered the innocent men whose only “crime” was to love their neighbor, as commanded by Christ, yet these Good Samaritans crossed the angry stare of the self-proclaimed “Most Important Man in the World”. The same man who used the holy pulpit during worship services to preach about destroying us, the “enemies of the church”, thereby establishing a biblical prelude of what’s to come to those who will stand up for the Truth- “They shall be as Nothing!!!”
Remember the warning of our Lord Jesus. When we were expelled from the church for standing up for goodness, righteousness, and truth, the killing of our souls by expulsion wasn’t the end of it all. Our Lord forewarned of an even greater threat to our very lives here on earth.
“They will expel you from the synagogue. The time is coming when those who will kill you will think that they are doing a service to God. They will do these things because they don’t know the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them.” ~ John 16:2-4 (CEB)
The result? Multiple counts of abductions, illegal detentions, grave threats, acts of violence and MURDERS. And they are now even boldly doing these PUBLICLY, even in broad daylight, simply because they know that they have the FULL BACKING of the EVM Church Administration coupled with its powerful clout over government agencies, law enforcement, judicial systems and even the media. Who else, then, will stand up against these Spiritual Terrorists? Who would have the courage and the firm resolve to do what is right, when those who do right, are being persecuted, oppressed, jailed and killed? Only the Chosen few, the Remnant few, those who did not allow themselves to be silent and be used as instruments of evil and agents of persecution. These are the few good men and women, the real-life GOOD SAMARITANS.
“7 Your country is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire; Strangers devour your land in your presence; And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. 8 So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, As a hut in a garden of cucumbers, As a besieged city. 9 Unless the Lord of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, We would have been made like Gomorrah.” ~ Isaiah 1:7-9 NKJV
Who are some of these modern-day Good Samaritans?
A Good Samaritan has the characteristic of being selfless, which is one of the most important traits any Christian can have. We can find the story of the Good Samaritan In Luke 10 where our Lord Jesus Christ stated that to attain eternal life we must love God above all else and love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31; Galatians 5:14). In our time today, and in the greatest fight and test of our faith we are in, many can be considered selfless. They go beyond helping someone in need, caring for the sick, giving alms to the poor, loving and taking care of parents, widows, and orphans.
When we speak of Good Samaritans, Bro. Felix Villocino surely comes to mind along with others who risked a multitude of things from losing their very own livelihood, missing time for themselves and for their families, and sadly, even sacrificing their very lives. Bro. Felix went missing for several months before we received leads that confirmed his brutal murder. He is the third confirmed murder to date. If the evidence serves us correctly, he was tortured after he went missing on April 18, 2017, just a week after the disappearance of Bro. Danilo Patungan who disappeared on April 11, 2017.
You can read more about his disappearance on this article. [READ: https://incsilentnomore.com/2017/04/22/iglesia-ni-cristo-leaders-linked-to-two-more-kidnapping-cases/
And who could forget the gruesome murder of Bro. Lito Fruto after midnight on May 24, 2017, followed by another horrendous murder in broad daylight which was that of Bro. Peter Ledesma on June 10, 2017. We reiterate that these 4 victims have one common denominator and that is “helping the family of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo when they were severely oppressed in their own home in 36 Tandang Sora where they were trapped by evil and corrupt men and women of power in the Church within three-story walls without electricity, food, water, and other daily necessities. These four were also the primary and close helpers of bro. Angel Manalo when he was unjustly imprisoned.
Details of the discovery of his remains here [READ: https://incsilentnomore.com/2017/05/26/official-press-release-the-murder-of-jose-norilito-de-luna-fruto/
It is a very difficult thing not to think of revenge. A tooth for a tooth, or an eye for an eye. It must be most difficult especially for the helpless families of these victims and for us who share their sorrow to lay aside hurt feelings, aggrieved and wounded hearts, but these killings are only but one part of the test. The other part of the test is for us to become like these honorable victims, men who are truly selfless. As much as we want to hate the perpetrators of these crimes and repay evil for evil, we, the true Christians are expected not to put the law into our own hands. We are especially taught and reminded to love the unlovable. Our Lord Jesus expects us to extend this love and selflessness far beyond normal expectations as he commands us to love our enemies and even pray for our persecutors (Matthew 5:44).
For our fallen brothers who came out of the Church’s state of ruin, rubble and carnage as Good Samaritans and heroes, we are confident that their sacrifices will not be in vain. Do not emulate the merciless and the murderers for they are unGodly and have already accepted their fate of everlasting wrath and punishment. Our examples instead are the Good Samaritans who will inspire a multitude more to rise for righteousness, goodness, and truth, and to provide unmeasured comfort to the oppressed and persecuted to the point of sacrificing their lives.
“So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’” “So which of these three,” Jesus asked, “do you think was a neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And the man who had first asked the question responded: “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:30-37).
Beloved Brethren, let us all go forth and do the same.
~ Antonio Ramirez Ebangelista
“They tried to bury us…they didn’t know we were seeds.”
“Unlike you, I don’t have power or money, but what I do have is a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you tell the truth now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will expose you.” – A.E.
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