Once upon a time, the Roman Catholic Church wanted to dominate the whole world thru conversion to Catholicism. Anyone who thought otherwise was branded as a heretic and met with ferocity by a tribunal, formally known as the Papal Inquisition. The Inquisition was one of the greatest misfortune in the history of Christianity. There has been no other institution in the history of the Christian Church that was so inhumane, so unjust, so...un-Christian. When it was finally abolished 184 years ago, the irreversible damage has already been done, thousands of lives had already been lost, and tens of thousands of lives ruined through torture, mutilation, imprisonment, not to mention the destruction or confiscation of properties. Countless families were driven from their homelands to flee from persecution, and the Roman Catholic Church had earned a scar against its name that still resonates to this day.
So how was this horrific act established, sanctioned and embodied by a religious institution? How were these church leaders able to commit inhumane acts against their fellow human beings as if they didn’t have a conscience or respect for human lives? The answer is surprisingly simple. It was because of FAITH.
Throughout the history of man, faith has served two gods- the true God and the false god. As the True God gives the reward to those who diligently seek Him out (Hebrews 11:6), faith in falsehood also reap dire consequences. Faith then determines mankind's success and utter destruction because faith in the right hands or in the right hearts, I should say, will yield goodness, respect, compassion, hope, and love. Yet, in the wrong hearts, faith will blindly lead men to become arrogant, prideful, deceitful, troublesome, wicked, hateful and murderous. This is a version of faith that has been WEAPONIZED.
After more than a century since the abolition of the Papal Inquisition, we are now living witnesses of the genesis of a new breed of Inquisition that started in the Philippines and is now widely spread throughout the whole world just like a plague. This modern-day Inquisition is led by none other than this man.
Eduardo V. Manalo, the current Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), who is considered by his faithful followers to be the most important man on earth. EVM, as he is commonly referred to, is revered by many of his congregants as the guardian of their faith and idolized to the point of setting aside Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Eduardo V. Manalo surrounded himself with "his" Ministers, referred to as the Sanggunian or Council Ministers, and together, they formed the Tribunal that is set up to become one of the world's most powerful religious institution and anyone who thinks otherwise or gets in their way, will be severely punished in a manner as if to imitate God's wrath.
THE PRELUDE: BECOMING EXECUTIVE MINISTER
But the Iglesia Ni Cristo was never like this in the beginning. Very much the same way how Jesus Christ started his Church during the first Century. He preached about love and compassion, caring for one another, helping the needy, humility and mercy. He even taught mankind to love even his enemies. Jesus taught the true meaning of hope, faith, and love, the very same Christian principles upheld by Bro. Felix Y. Manalo and Bro. Eraño G. Manalo that ushered the spiritual integrity of the church for almost a century. The Iglesia Ni Cristo was respected and admired worldwide for its unblemished reputation for caring for the flock and anyone who may be in need.
But the wealth, power and influence, that the Church was blessed with over the years, were just too much to resist for anyone with an unpure and greedy heart. This is what propelled EVM, upon the strong influence of his wife, Babylyn Ventura-Manalo, and the connivance of the equally seduced power-driven Sanggunian Ministers to secure his seat of power. Thus, a take-over plan was hatched with the aid of their chosen STF (Special Task Force) ministerial students who swore an allegiance to EVM and his wife Babylyn. The plot was ultimately discovered by Bro. Eraño G. Manalo who was heart-broken when he finally realized that the mastermind was his very own son, who was then the Deputy Executive Minister of the Church, tasked to replace him should he pass away.
Because of EVM's betrayal, he and his whole family were supposed to be expelled from the Church, along with all the conspirators, including the STF ministerial students, headed by Antonio "Jojo" De Guzman. But because such act would cause so much scandal in the church, Bro. Eraño showed compassion and mercy by suspending EVM from all of his church duties and all of their co-conspirators were expelled and silently sent home, never to return to the Ministry. This fact was only known to the Church Council and the District Ministers during that time and those who were close to the family of Bro. Eranõ G. Manalo. And because EVM finally revealed his true nature, Bro. Eraño made a strong decision to make amendments to the By-Laws of the Articles of Incorporation of the Church to protect the sanctity of the Church Administration by making sure that the most powerful seat in the Church will not fall in the wrong hands. Could these hands be of his eldest son who has proven that his heart can easily be swayed and corrupted? The sole purpose of the amendments was to nullify the initial protocol that upon the death or vacancy of the Executive Minister (EGM), the Deputy Executive Minister will automatically take his place. The amendments stipulate that upon the death of the Executive Minister (EGM), instead of AUTOMATIC SUCCESSION, his successor will have to be VOTED upon by the Church Council which includes the General Evangelist, General Secretary, General Treasurer, General Auditor, and District Ministers. The Church Council will also include as members the following officers, Administrative Secretary, Assistant General Secretary, Custodian of Records, Secretary for Legal Affairs, Secretary for Evangelical Studies, Secretary for Foreign Mission, Auditor for Foreign Mission, and Secretary for Corporate Affairs. Here are the copies of the authentic AMENDED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION: Read them carefully and understand the context why the amendments were necessary even if EVM was already the Deputy Executive Minister during that time.
Despite the fabricated script that the EVM Ministers were tasked to tell the brethren, the election for the succeeding Executive Minister by the Church Council, NEVER HAPPENED. EVM did not allow this to happen simply because he knew exactly that he will not have a chance to be nominated nor elected. This is when years of plotting his vengeful betrayal against his father, Bro. Eraño G. Manalo came to fruition. EVM spent years buying the loyalty of the Sanggunian Ministers and District Ministers and with his eldest daughter Kristine Dorothy Manalo and son-in-law TJ Orosa planted securely and deeply into the INC's Legal Department, they were able to fabricate corporate documents to make EVM's Accession to power APPEAR legitimate.
THE TAKE OVER: PAYBACK TIME
Now that EVM was successful in taking over the Church Administration by circumventing the amended By-Laws made by the late Executive Minister, Bro. Eraño G. Manalo, the next wave was complete domination. Anybody who had knowledge of the STF's foiled coup d' état against EGM's Administration must be silenced by all means. The EVM conversion tactic has always included bribery, blackmail, expulsion or unexplained deaths. This formula proved to be very persuasive and in no time, the Ministers were dancing to the tune of EVM's flute. The next phase was to completely eradicate anyone who would dare question EVM's authority and self-appointed mandate.
But you see, not everyone can be bought or threatened. Not everyone can be brainwashed or controlled. So what started as a handful of Ministers and brethren who bravely, whether openly or discreetly, defended the faith, grew in number from all over the world. They were called The Defenders of the Faith. EVM thought that it was something that he could just ignore and scoff at and would just eventually fade away. But he was gravely mistaken. And when Antonio Ebangelista became the mouthpiece of the enlightened and the oppressed, the brethren began to be inquisitive and demanded answers. Answers that EVM and his co-conspirators were never prepared to give truthfully so they resorted to alibis and fabricated tales that awakened the hibernating darkness in the heart of EVM giving rise to EVM's modern day Inquisition. And in just a short span of 8 years, what Bro. Felix and Bro. Eraño Manalo planted and nurtured, EVM has successfully uprooted and destroyed. What was once globally respected as a pristine religion is now a cult wallowing in shame. The Iglesia Ni Cristo now headed by EVM has an integrity that is highly questionable. Its name dragged in so many controversies of alleged anomalies and illegal activities, corruption, and even murders.
The Papal Inquisition that started in 1231 A.D. became so successful and widely implemented simply because the church was in bed with the King, making the Pope more powerful than any public office and more powerful than the law itself. These are the same trademarks of the EVM's Inquisition brought about the abuse of the Church’s Bloc Voting. And with the use of its deeply entrenched roots in the law enforcement, the justice system, the branches of government and the complete cooperation of the politicians beholden to the Church's bloc voting scheme, EVM may very well just get away with everything he ever dreamed of and more...
The Iglesia Ni Cristo of old, was financially stable because its finances were meticulously and carefully managed based on the conservative needs of the Church- no extravagance, no lavish lifestyles, and no unnecessary expenditures. EVM squandered all of that away and was able to put the church in so much debt- it had to borrow Billions of Pesos from the banks just to allow it to continue its spending spree. EVM does not want the nitty-gritty of managing the Church and all it's loans and mortgages so he gave his go-to guy, Glicerio B. "Jun" Santos Jr., the absolute authority to execute it in his behalf. Something that the previous Executive Ministers would have never done.
In the Philippines, where faith and religion is an integral part of the lives of the people for hundreds of years, the Iglesia Ni Cristo from its humble beginnings arose and stood prominently because of its pristine reputation that earned the love and respect, not only of the Philippine's different branches of government, its agencies, but even by elected officials because the Church Administration during the time up to Bro. Eraño G. Manalo did not abuse its power and influence. If some were caught doing so, they faced immediate disciplinary action. Unfortunately, to play god was something that proved to be too tempting for EVM and after a hundred years of the Church’s success, pride and arrogance caused him to exploit the Church's long arm to get what he wants, particularly the complete humiliation and destruction of anyone that has been critical to him and his Administration.
What followed suit was a series of kidnappings, expulsions, libel cases, unjust imprisonment, coercion, illegal detentions, you name it and most probably, EVM's Administration has done it, including murders.
EVM has successfully done the following under his tyrannical regime:
1. Demonized and expelled his family including his elderly mother
2. He has kept a short leash on all of his Ministers to follow his every command
3. He has brainwashed the fanatic members of the church into idolizing him
4. He has destroyed every living memory and legacy of his father, Bro. Eraño G. Manalo
5. He has instilled fear into the hearts of anyone who would even think of questioning his authority
6. He has divided every family in the Church so as to ensure total obedience to his will
7. He has activated every member of the Church assigned in every Department, Agency, and Institution of the government to acquire special privileges
8. He has legitimized the EVM Inquisition by using the justice system to sign off on all of its targets and assigned the INC members in the law enforcement to carry out EVM's purge orders
9. He has discreetly used connections to threaten or buy off media entities that are critical of his Administration, just like what happened to The Philippine Daily Inquirer- bought by Ramon Ang, who is a known longtime friend and supporter of EVM. Now the Philippine Daily Inquirer is silent on INC issues.
10. He has managed to stay in the background as he orchestrates the swift manipulation of government agencies to eradicate media entities that do not respond to his bribes or threats, just like what is happening to Rappler.com. The Office of the Solicitor General and the Secretary of Justice are both under the influence of the EVM Church Administration.
And here are the latest victims of the EVM Inquisition. On top of all the pending court cases in the Philippines, others stretching up to years before any movement is done, the EVM Administration managed to use its influence to make sure that these people are apprehended and jailed on every possible charge in order to produce a warrant of arrest, followed by an immediate strike force operation to apprehend and imprison innocent individuals whose only crime was helping the family of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo who are also continuously being persecuted and oppressed. Only in the Philippines! EVM controls the cops who became false witnesses, the same cops who did an unlawful siege in the compound of Bro. Eranño G. Manalo, the same cops who planted the miraculous sea of firearms and labeled them as evidence, and the same cops who apprehended the Family of Bro. Eranõ G. Manalo. Yet nobody even cared to investigate all the armed men of EVM Private Security that surrounded the house of Bro. Angel Manalo and Sister Lottie Manalo-Hemedez?
EVM made sure that he closes the loop so that connections from the Prosecutor, all the way up to the Judge are on their side to assure that everything is executed like clockwork. No wonder we cannot get justice for the oppressed.
We hear of other heinous crimes committed, not to mention the cases of plunder and corruption amounting to millions or even billions of pesos, yet these criminals are able to post bail for a meager fraction of the price. But for those considered as enemies of EVM's Administration such as his own brother, Bro. Angel Manalo and those helping him, bail is denied on the basis of fabricated evidence filed against them. The rest of his family members and supporters are now also being hunted with a magical warrant of arrest, of which, their bail price even reached a staggering Php 130,000 (USD $2,600) each. And they still think that nobody is noticing the stinky hands of the EVM Administration plastered all over this. They really think that everyone else is that stupid huh?
Eduardo V. Manalo is really a lot of things, but one thing is for sure- the actions of his administration are definitely not those of a Christian. As a religious leader representing the name of Christ in every building they own, all fingers point to him to have successfully done everything that Jesus forbid yet, miserably failed at everything that God commanded. His actions are definitely louder than words. Denying the plea of his widowed mother and his fatherless siblings and alienating them speak volumes about his capacity to love. If he cannot love his brother or sister whom he can see, then how can he claim to love God whom he cannot see. The Bible defines such a person and everyone who follows his lead, as LIARS:
If anyone says “I love God,” but keeps on hating his brother, he is a liar; for if he doesn’t love his brother who is right there in front of him, how can he love God whom he has never seen? ~ 1 John 4:20 Living Bible (TLB)
The people that EVM targeted and ordered to be arrested and jailed are simple and ordinary citizens. They do not have the ability to fend for themselves due to many months of confinement in the much controversial compound in 36 Tandang Sora Ave. where they devoted their lives to helping the family of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo.
They do not have the ability to defend themselves, much more the ability to pay for the nearly-impossible fines associated with EVM's Inquisition tactics. Unknown to him and his advisers, even if these acts of harassment are blacked out from the media, they have only once again proven to the public eye that they are one of, if not the world's greatest bullies and that they will, without hesitation, use the faith of the faithful and fearful, as a weapon of hate and destruction.
The Dalai Lama once said, “Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. When there is violence, that is no longer a genuine Christianity. All must Cary love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, self-discipline. There has to be a common ground and common practice where we can build genuine harmony, mutual respect, learning, and admiration...”
Honestly, are these virtues still found in the INC institution headed by EVM today? The EVM fanatic would be quick to shout out "Expelled! Non-Believers! Pagans!", yet, ironically, The Dalai Lama is more Christian than the hypocrite of a leader, Eduardo V. Manalo. And because of this, more and more brethren all over the world are beginning to finally open their eyes, speaking out and standing up, because the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men, Christian men, to do nothing.
Others may think that they are not doing the evil things that EVM and his cohorts are doing so they are not committing any sin in the sight of God so they choose to keep silent about it. BUT, it is not only what you do that can be equated to sinning, but also what you are NOT doing, because it is written:
"Remember, too, that knowing what is right to do and then not doing it is sin." ~ James 4:17 (TLB)
What is the right thing to do especially at times when there are evil works transpiring around us?
"Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." ~ Ephesians 5:11 (ESV)
Do not be a willing accomplice of the corrupted Church Administration under EVM. Set yourself free and stand up on the side of God's righteousness. EXPOSE these evildoers! Let us continue on the path that God has set before us. Let us follow God's commandments and continue to love and care for one another, helping anyone who is in need, as God expects His true children to do so.
Follow all the more the examples of Christ by putting our faith into action by loving others, contrary to the kind of faith serving the false gods and used as a weapon of hate.
”But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” I John 3:17-18
When we love one another just as Christ loved us, it is a sign to all people that we are the true followers of our Lord Jesus- by this, all will know that we are His true disciples.
~ Antonio Ramirez Ebangelis“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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