It’s been months since the whole world got crippled with a global pandemic. Nations, governments, industries, communities and the personal lives of many got a rude awakening from something that nobody was prepared for. Many lost their lives in this tragic event, and those who survived it were forced to adjust and adapt to the new norm.
The church headed by Eduardo Manalo on the other hand initially tried to stand its ground and refused to deviate from their established practice in all aspects of their life, but after receiving much flak, not only from the government but also from the general public, they reluctantly complied. Thus, came the series of run-around solutions implemented solely for EVM’s benefit for as long as no one neglects the coerced church offerings all for the sake of absolute obedience to EVM. Failure to submit to these new man-made rules will prove catastrophic to anyone who would dare question or resist!
Lo and behold! They also had to resort to meetings online using a webinar platform such as Zoom, a practice they denounced and mocked when the true Church of Christ members or Defenders of the faith were cast out from the synagogues! I wonder how they truly feel about this now.
Many close-minded and fanatic followers of this administration will vehemently deny all of these and will be quick to claim these as smear campaigns against their beloved church leader. Deny it all you want. Many continue to open their minds and are able to discern what’s right and what’s wrong. One need only have an honest and sincere conversation with a member of the church, whether a church officer or an active member, to be able to understand that the greater majority of the members of this institution have already lost their trust in the soundness of the current doctrines promulgated by EVM and his administration. But the imminent problem that all of these willing hostages have, is that THEY HAVE A CHOICE. That they don’t have one, is an illusion. Making the right choice, is exercising free will. The free will that our Almighty God gave to all people, and those who belong to Him, would choose to do the right thing, out of their own free will.
Here are some undeniable truths from the brethren from all over the world. Source and identifiable details removed for security purposes. For those who are honest with themselves will definitely be able to relate to these statements:
These sentiments can be muted… for some time, but not for long. The brethren will eventually snap out of the clout of control and terror that have paralyzed them for so long. The above-average thinking public already sees this administration for what it truly is- self-serving, narcissistic, inconsiderate and greedy, to put it subtly. Yet, many chose to be silent because they witnessed first-hand what happens to people who go against a very powerful religious institution who controls everything inside and outside of the realm it governs, including the government and its officials. Many already call them a CULT because it has all the signs of being one.
Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader.
- Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
- No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
- No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
- Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
- There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
- Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
- There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
- Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
- The group/leader is always right.
- The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
Ten warning signs regarding people involved in/with a potentially unsafe group/leader.
- Extreme obsessiveness regarding the group/leader resulting in the exclusion of almost every practical consideration.
- Individual identity, the group, the leader and/or God as distinct and separate categories of existence become increasingly blurred. Instead, in the follower’s mind these identities become substantially and increasingly fused–as that person’s involvement with the group/leader continues and deepens.
- Whenever the group/leader is criticized or questioned it is characterized as “persecution”.
- Uncharacteristically stilted and seemingly programmed conversation and mannerisms, cloning of the group/leader in personal behavior.
- Dependency upon the group/leader for problem solving, solutions, and definitions without meaningful reflective thought. A seeming inability to think independently or analyze situations without group/leader involvement.
- Hyperactivity centered on the group/leader agenda, which seems to supercede any personal goals or individual interests.
- A dramatic loss of spontaneity and sense of humor.
- Increasing isolation from family and old friends unless they demonstrate an interest in the group/leader.
- Anything the group/leader does can be justified no matter how harsh or harmful.
- Former followers are at best-considered negative or worse evil and under bad influences. They can not be trusted and personal contact is avoided.
So if one is to check how many signs are currently applicable with the institution headed by Eduardo Manalo, how many would you say hit it on the spot? The ultimate question is, do we really have a choice or is it merely an illusion of choice?
What would a true Christian, a follower of Christ, do when confronted with an adverse situation wherein he is to choose between following an established practice strictly controlled and manipulated by an authoritarian leader and his wife, and “their” council or to follow the simple, basic and pristine commandment of Christ as the one true head of the body or the church? For a person who completely trusts in our Lord God, the choice is crystal clear. For someone less sure, the contrary is the obvious choice. Why risk going against the current, when it’s safer to just go with the flow? Yet the Bible has this to say…
“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” ~ 1 Peter 3:14 NLT
Is there any repercussions if we simply ignore doing the right thing? Maybe just leave it to others braver or more vocal? Will we be held accountable if we choose not to do the right thing?
“So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17 AMP
In the site of our Lord God, we are committing the same grave mistake as the ones oppressing and persecuting God’s people by standing idly by and not doing the right thing in accordance to the commandments of God. What will happen to those who know the words of God that they hear during prayers, bible studies and worship services yet refuse to apply it due to fear of being targeted by EVM and his administration, not to mention, his fanatic followers?
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” ~ James 1:22 NLT
We don’t want to end up merely fooling ourselves, especially since God will judge us based on our faith and action or inaction.
Will we be ever in the losing end if we choose to follow God and our Lord Jesus Christ despite the risk of being persecuted and oppressed for doing the right thing and refusing to be instruments of wickedness under the current church administration? If you are afraid of being left alone when others leave you or cast you away, here’s the reassurance from our Lord Jesus Christ:
“Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I will come to them and live with them.” ~ John 1:23 GNT
Our Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ will be with us even we go thru so many trials in our lives. And in the end, after all of these hardships and sorrows for doing what is right, the Bible says:
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT
Let us not give up doing what is right Brothers and Sisters. Let us not grow weary in loving and helping our neighbors, especially those who are in need, those who are helpless and voiceless, those who are persecuted and oppressed. We will receive a treasure from God that no one, NO ONE, can ever take away… the grace of Salvation from our Almighty God.
I think the answer should be clearer now. We do have a choice. Whatever it is, it is a CHOICE that we will all have to make and our Father will judge us for it.
God bless us all and let us continue the good fight of our faith!
~ 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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