Satan and his Influence: The Real Cause of Confusion


While God Almighty is not a God of confusion, there is a god called the "god of this world" or "the god of this age" who is the cause of all evil confusions that besets humanity. This god is satan, God's archenemy.

II CORINTHIANS 4:4 
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

(Note that the word translated "world" in 2 Corinthians 4:4 is the word aiōn" in the original Greek language of the Scriptures.)

G165 
αἰών 
aiōn 
ahee-ohn' 
From the same as G104; properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world...

Confusions in this age are caused by satan, the devil!

JAMES 3:16, 15 
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

He insinuates war among leaders of nations.

REVELATION 16:14 
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Battles or wars are caused by confusion and in the actual battles and wars, there are confusions! 

Where there is strife, there is confusion.

Apparently, the world now in this age is buried deep in confusion. Before an election, there is strife - a contest of mud-slinging, defamation, self-glorification, and lies. After election, there are protests about its results, turncoatism, opportunism, and influence-peddling. All these may result in loss of lives, money, honor and love between friends! These things have happened in the Philippines before and after the May Elections, and are now happening in the United States of America.

What is worse is struggle for power and pre-eminence.

The Bible describes a beast with seven heads. Seven that have to have their say.

REVELATION 13:1 
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The saying, "two heads are better than one," is neither biblical nor wise! The true church in the Bible has for its head, the Lord Jesus Christ.

COLOSSIANS 1:18 
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

A church with seven heads will be struggling with confusions. There is only one head that we must acknowledge and adhere to in the true church of the Bible.

COLOSSIANS 2:19 
And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

There is "one head" that is better than two or seven - that have to have their say.

Similarly, a government with three heads will be struggling with confusion! How scary can it be to see even a statue or a picture of a body with three heads trying to devour each other! There is then wisdom in a hierarchy – more so when it leads up to one - a God-centered structure.

I CORINTHIANS 11:3 
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

A piece of (unsolicited) advice: Someone who knows his or her rightful place in the human society is a man. Anyone striving to be what he or she must not be is not a man!

Confusion in the Absence of Order


First there is order or peace, and then disorder or confusion may follow. There can be no confusion where there is first order and peace. When God is placed first and always, expect order to follow.

The word of God says, "God is not a God of confusion but of peace."

I CORINTHIANS 14:33 
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

I THESSALONIANS 5:23 
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The word translated "confusion" in the English Bible is "akatastasia" which meanings are: instability, disorder, commotion, confusion, and tumult. These things are obviously observable worldwide. All these given meanings of the word translated as "confusion" are present in governments, religion, societies, and institutions of men!

G181 
ἀκαταστασία 
akatastasia 
ak-at-as-tah-see'-ah 
From G182; instability, that is, disorder: - commotion, confusion, tumult.

There was confusion, instability, disorder, commotion, and tumult in the Catholic Church when three men claimed to be the pope in what was called the "Great Schism." There was also confusion in many other instances wherein there was contention of power among its leaders.

The Western Schism or Papal Schism was a split within the Roman Catholic Church which lasted from 1378 to 1417. Three men simultaneously claimed to be the true pope. Driven by politics rather than any theological disagreement, the schism was ended by the Council of Constance (1414–1418).

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Schism

Confusion ensued when the Catholic Church was at the heights of its abuse of power selling forgiveness to its faithful members through the doctrine of "indulgences." One of its cardinals spoke about this against the church that signaled the start of the protestant movement.


In one of the forums talking about indulgence, the standard meaning attached to it from the Catholics who observe this practice is “like a gift you receive from doing something good. So think of going to confession, communion, prayers, et cetera as the good acts. In return, you receive the gift of the indulgence which in the church usually means time taken off from purgatory.” Here, there is confusion too.

It was confusion that resulted in the birth of the Church of England.

Church of England 
Henry VIII started the process of creating the Church of England after his split with the Pope in the 1530s. Henry was anxious to ensure a male heir after his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, had borne him only a daughter. He wanted his marriage annulled in order to remarry. In 1534 after several attempts to persuade the Pope to grant an annulment, Henry passed the Act of Succession and then the Act of Supremacy. These recognized that the King was "the only supreme head of the Church of England called Anglicana Ecclesia". Henry adopted the title given to him by the Pope in 1521, that of Defender of the Faith.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/cofe/cofe_1.shtml

Confusion was also the same reason that caused enmity between supposed leaders and at times connivance between the Roman Empire and the emerging power of the papacy to maintain their grip of power.

WHAT WAS THE MAIN ISSUE BETWEEN POPE GREGORY VII AND EMPEROR HENRY IV? The main issue between the Pope and the Emperor was who had the right to appoint church officials in the Catholic Church. This time period was called the Investiture of Controversy. Prior to Pope Gregory VII taking office the common practice of many monarchs, including the preceding Holy Roman Emperor was to pick the high ranking church officials they wanted and placed them in office. Gregory wanted to put an end to that practice in 1074-1075, which he did end up doing. This forced the Holy Roman Empire into conflict with the Catholic Church, since many Catholic bishops essentially held "duchies" and "fiefdoms" of their own, so when Henry lost the power to name bishops he also lost control of just about half his lands.

Source: http://popevsemperor.weebly.com/

Church and state in medieval Europe

The Church gradually became a defining institution of the Roman Empire.[1] Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan in 313 proclaiming toleration for the Christian religion, and convoked the First Council of Nicaea in 325 whose Nicene Creed included belief in "one holy catholic and apostolic Church". Emperor Theodosius I made Nicene Christianity the state church of the Roman Empire with the Edict of Thessalonica of 380.[2]

After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, there emerged no single powerful secular governments in the West, but there was a central ecclesiastical power in Rome, the Catholic Church. In this power vacuum, the Church rose to become the dominant power in the West.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_and_state_in_medieval_Europe

Confusion is also the reason why clergies did what they did, that removes the meaning of spirituality they had intended.

History tells us that the tormenting tentacles of the papacy were in Nicea in 325 CE…The Bishops under the popes, since then, kept on getting imperial treasury and influence at the courts. The members of the Catholic clergy manipulated political authority. Rampant corruption and immorality swept those lands. Soliciting sexual favours from female penitents allured the clergies for religious power and authority.

Source: http://world.mediamonitors.net/layout/set/print/content/view/full/50591

In modern times, this very spirit of confusion caused the two most devastating wars that humanity will never forget.

Meanwhile, the word translated in the American Standard Bible as "incest" from the word tebel and bâlal has also one of its meanings as "confusion."

H8397 
תּבל 
tebel 
teh'-bel 
Apparently from H1101; mixture, that is, unnatural bestiality: - confusion.

H1101 
בּלל 
bâlal 
baw-lal' 
A primitive root; to overflow (specifically with oil); by implication to mix; also (denominative from H1098) to fodder: - anoint, confound, X fade, mingle, mix (self), give provender, temper.

Practically, incest is confusion! When affection and sexual attraction is felt between the nearest of kins, the persons involved are literally, spiritually and morally confused!

LEVITICUS 18:6-18 
6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD. 
7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. 
8 The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness. 
9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover. 
10 The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness. 
11 The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. 
12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman. 
13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman. 
14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt. 
15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter-in-law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. 
16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness. 
17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness. 
18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

LEVITICUS 20:17-22 
17 And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity. 
18 And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people. 
19 And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity. 
20 And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. 
21 And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless. 
22 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spew you not out.

Here is a case of confusion: It is referred to as Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationship.

EXCLUSIVE: 'We ended up kissing and kissing led to other things': Mother, 36, and son, 19, who fell in love when they met last year after she gave him up for adoption as a baby, say they'll go to JAIL to defend their relationship

A mother and son whose forbidden love affair could land them each a lengthy jail sentence have declared they are 'madly in love' and nothing will tear them apart.

Monica Mares, 36, and her son Caleb Peterson, 19, face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty of incest at a trial later this year in New Mexico.

But the mother and son couple have vowed to fight for their right to have a sexual relationship and are appealing to the public to donate to their legal fund.

In an exclusive individual interviews with Daily Mail Online, they told how they are willing to risk everything to be together - and have decided to go public with their affair in a bid to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationships.


Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3725551/Mother-36-son-19-fell-love-met-year-gave-adoption-baby-say-willing-risk-JAIL-defend-love.html#ixzz4HpvZUEUY

Incest is not only committed with persons of near consanguinity but also with persons of whom one has no blood relationship but is the wife or husband of one’s relative in blood.

I CORINTHIANS 5:1-2 
1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

If someone can commit incest with her daughter-in-law, more so when it is with his biological daughter.

LEVITICUS 20:12 (NASB) 
'If there is a man who lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death; they have committed incest, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.

These things are obviously detestable and abominable but they really do exist among humanity!

But what is the cause of all these confusions, instability, disorder, commotion, and tumult?

More to follow.

Donald Trump: Pls Learn a Little History about Filipinos


Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump said Filipinos are part of a “Trojan horse” of “terrorist nations.”

Trump’s call to stop Muslims from entering the U.S. and to build a wall to prevent Mexican “drug dealers” and “rapists” has drawn condemnation from around the world. Lately, it was time for Philippines to be affronted.

Trump said these countries included Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Uzbekistan, Yemen and the Philippines, and referred to them as “animals.”(Roberto R. Romulo, “Trump: Filipinos are terrorists and animals,” The Philippine Star, August 12, 2016)

The Philippines has been a hospitable home for Americans for more than a hundred years. They have enjoyed the hospitality of Filipinos even in their pursuit of global powers and control.

There were three American bases in the Philippines that served as strategic strongholds of America in South East Asia: the Clark Airbase in Pampanga, the Subic Naval Base in Zambales (it was the largest American overseas military base in the world), and the Sangley Point in Cavite, Philippines. In all these bases, Filipinos served like slaves - even as sex slaves of the American forces! Throughout these years, the Philippines has been a formidable ally of America in its political and economic leadership worldwide.


US Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines 
Source: wikipedia.org


US Naval Station, Subic Bay, Zambales, Philippines 
Source: wikipedia.org


U.S. Naval Station Sangley Point, Cavite, Philippines 
Source: wikipedia.org

It is worthwhile mentioning that the Philippines is a friend not only to Americans. History has it that when the Jews were being rejected by other countries in their attempt to escape the evil of the holocaust, the Philippines through its President Manuel L. Quezon, was the only country that opened its doors to receive almost 1,300 Jews.


Moreover, the Philippines' vote became the tiebreaker at the United Nations in favor of UN Resolution 181 concerning the partition of Palestine and the Creation of the State of Israel in 1947.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel%E2%80%93Philippines_relations 

http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/02/06/15/philippines-israel-connection

Philippines was also a host to hundreds of thousands of Indochinese (Vietnamese, Cambodians, Lao) refugees accepted in Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Morong, Bataan and the Philippine First Asylum Center in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

http://malacanang.gov.ph/75632-historical-ph-haven-for-refugees/ 

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/338198/news/nation/ex-vietnam-refugees-pay-debt-to-phl-donate-400k-for-yolanda-relief

So how could Philippines be a terrorist nation? Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia, home to most American preachers and peddlers of the word of God!

II CORINTHIANS 2:17 (RSV) 
For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

Filipinos are world-class citizens, enjoying the trust and confidence of many American households who employ them as domestic helpers, caregivers, and professionals par excellence.

Twenty percent of all workers in all luxury cruises in the world that traverse its greatest oceans are Filipinos. If this twenty percent of workers, engineers, technical people, and professionals will declare strike, practically there would be a standstill in the operation of all of these luxury liners.

A Filipino is a trusted cook that prepares the food of the most powerful man on earth in the White House. A Filipino was part of a team of experts that brought the first man and the first American to the moon!

Donald Trump is not a world-class citizen, yet he speaks out of ignorance against the Filipinos! To ban the Filipinos in America is gross ignorance of who the Filipinos are!

While it is true that there are Filipinos who can be considered extremists, it is not because they are Filipinos but because they were deceived by ideologies that equally deceived Americans as well!


I am a Filipino and I know truly who Filipinos are! We are peace-loving people. We are God-fearing people. The Philippines is the only country in Asia, home to almost all religious beliefs that originated from America and Europe.

To say the least that Filipinos should be banned from entering the US because there are Filipinos influenced by religious beliefs that transformed their way of thinking is insanity.

For example, there are Filipinos who have accepted the perverted thinking of an American who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints or LDS church or Mormonism to have more than one wife like their founder, Joseph Smith.

This Smith, an American who collected forty-eight wives, is not the fault of every Filipino but of a select group of victims who were influenced by the evil that some Americans brought to our country! They believed in their lies.



An unsolicited advice for the billionaire Mr. Trump from a poor Filipino: Learn a little of history before submitting yourself to be the president of a great nation that America is, with an ever-loyal ally, the FILIPINOS!

May God bless you, Mr. Trump and the United States of America!

Sincerely yours,

Brother Eli

Dear Pres. Duterte: Pls Name Religious Group Conduit of Illegal Drugs Inside Prison


All over the world, people do religion. But there remain many questions about them. Simply look at what they do and preach.

Religion as generally defined in the dictionary is a system of belief on a deity or a "god." Biblically, the word "religion" came from the word "thrēskeia" which literally means ceremonial observance: - religion, worshipping. Logically speaking, it follows that not all religious worship or religious ceremonies and observance is true! Biblically, not all gods are gods.

GALATIANS 4:8-9 
8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

And biblically too, not all righteousness are righteousness.

THE ROMANS 10:2-3
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

There is righteousness that man considers righteousness but spells the opposite.

ISAIAH 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

It is inane, insane, and shamelessness to worship a rat or other animals that biblically are given to man to dominate.

GENESIS 1:26-27 
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

JAMES 3:7 
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

It is wise to believe that man have conquered practically all wild beasts in the planet. But it is not only unwise nor foolishness, the least to say, to be under the domain of animals, let alone rats!

In some parts of the world, rats are being worshipped, and there’s even a temple dedicated to them. Here’s from National Geographic [Photo by Abigail Rodriguez]. The man prays to rats in Bikaner, India.


National Geographic that placed a video on “Rat Temple” wrote the caption as –

At first glance, this temple in northern India looks like any other. But this temple also houses other deities. And there's not one...not two...but over 15,000 of them inside. Welcome to the rat temple.

If it is stupid to worship rats that are created beings of God, it is more stupid to worship the inanimate made by man like stones, wood, ceramics. They don’t even have life. But these abound in countries that are supposedly “Christian,” beginning with the Philippines.

Philippines is the still top Christian country in Asia (Michael Lipka, Pew Research Center, 1/9/2015), the 5th largest Christian country on earth (Wikipedia). But there is much to correct in all these false practices.

It is the height of insanity to worship as deity something you yourself made.

ISAIAH 44:13-17 
13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 
14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 
15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshipeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 
16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: 
17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshipeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

It is inane to worship a fellow creature.

THE ROMANS 1:25 
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

DEUTERONOMY 5:7-9 
7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 
8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 
9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,

If Christ were mere human being, would you worship him? Yet this is being preached as truth.

I repeat: All over the world, people do religion. But there remain many questions about them. Simply look at what they do and preach.

The insanity that ails the human race in this present generation, one of which is drug addiction, is caused by the stupidity of no less than "great religious leaders." They are peaching un-truth.

THE ROMANS 1:28, 32 
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

In the Prisons
The move of the authorities that we may consider now as "powers that be" in prohibiting for sometime religious activities in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) is welcome to the Members Church of God International (MCGI). The reason given is that there are or there is a religious group acting as conduit for illegal drugs and prostitution in the national penitentiary.

Video Credits: CNN Philippines

We believe in the integrity and sincerity of the present regime in solving criminality in our beloved country. But, for the sake of justice and fairness, we in the MCGI, humbly appeal to authorities, after due investigation, to reveal to the general public in due time who this group(s) is so that not all religious groups entering the NBP may be considered as "accused."

The MCGI have been for many years preaching the gospel to all levels of penitentiaries in the country up to the maximum security in the NBP because we believe that however evil a person is, there is hope for renewal.

Let me underscore that we do not preach in prisons to Church members who were imprisoned because of criminal acts. In fact, there is no record of an MCGI member imprisoned because of criminal activities! We preach instead to people in penitentiaries who are imprisoned while they are members of their own religions. Should they decide to push through membership with us, then that’s the time they’re considered our Church members.

Here’s the score: In MCGI, we don't have any one general, or cabinet secretary, or mayor, or people in authority, that are involved in criminal activities! We do not condone such practices nor allow them.

The main and the only reason for our presence in penitentiaries all over the country is because of our belief that the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is also meant to be preached to those who are in prison physically and spiritually to show them the path of liberty. Our work is more spiritual than physical.

LUKE 4:16-18 
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

MATTHEW 25:39-40 
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

We appeal to the President of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, to reveal in the soonest possible time who this religious group is so that the people may know!

We reiterate, rehabilitation centers are necessary for drug addicts, but we believe that the word of God in the Holy Scriptures will achieve a person's permanent renewal and sustained well-being.

To God be the glory!

There Is Hope For Drug Addicts


Read the first part of this blog here.

The proverb in Tagalog, “Habang may buhay, may pagasa" (While there is life, there is hope) is biblical.

ECCLESIASTES 9:4 
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

I am a witness to this fact that in the Members Church of God International (MCGI), the powerful hand of God has been recreating people through the power of faith.

THE ACTS 26:18 
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

It is through faith that God works his works, transforming one. This transformation through faith is achieved by the mercy of God.

TITUS 3:5 
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

God’s power and mercy may regenerate or recreate us through faith.

II CORINTHIANS 5:17 
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Living examples
There are some ministers of the MCGI and many members who are former drug addicts. Particularly those that were converted through our Prison Ministry, they have become God-fearing and responsible persons and family men. Take note that they were not members before they were imprisoned but only converted when in prison. 

I have seen how these men– former drug addicts-struggle hard through faith to let go their vices and addiction to obey God's call. Now, with God’s help and mercy, some of them have become able ministers of the gospel and are living examples for others who want to change. There is really hope for drug addicts!

How does this happen?
The word of God is quick and powerful that works within a person of faith.

HEBREWS 4:12 
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word of God is received – if received - and it is what works within one that believes.

I THESSALONIANS 2:13 
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

What is drug addiction

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors. (https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/science-drug-abuse-addiction-basics)

Can’t we just leave working on drug addiction to science?
Science is helping end addiction and is using new research. But scientific efforts are not enough to renew drug addicts. It is plain to see literature on drug addiction admit limitations of science.

When addiction research started in the 1930s, addiction was seen primarily as a moral failing rather than as a public health issue. Since then, we have made great strides in our understanding of the disease and neurobiology. There is still much to accomplish to understand the range of genetic variations and other medical consequences related to addiction. Important scientific research must continue — and expand — if we are to break addiction’s grip on our society. (http://www.shatterproof.org/pages/science-of-addiction)

There is this quote from Blaise Pascal that says, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator.” Pascal is a 1600’s mathematician and philosopher.

But what does science say? Deep within our being is a vacuum to be filled with the most powerful influence in our lives and that is faith in God! It was discovered by modern scientists that in a particular area of our brains exists this vacuum!

In a report by Arthur Martin, it appears that humans are programmed to believe in God. And this is so because it gives them a better chance of survival. The report said -

…The findings of Bruce Hood, professor of developmental psychology at Bristol University, suggest that magical and supernatural beliefs are hardwired into our brains from birth, and that religions are therefore tapping into a powerful psychological force. His work is supported by other researchers who have found evidence linking religious feelings and experience to particular regions of the brain. They suggest people are programmed to receive a feeling of spirituality from electrical activity in these areas. (“Why we are born to believe in God: It's wired into the brain, says psychologist,” Dailymail, UK (9/7/2009).

Believing in the supernatural is not "something stupid" as claimed by atheists. It was proven scientifically that the supernatural links to a spot in the depth of our being. It is in this vacuum that the truth about God and His teachings must occupy. Otherwise would spell disaster. Filling this vacuum with man-invented teachings and fairytales is the main cause of perversion.

MARK 7:7 
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

THE ROMANS 10:3 
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

The cause of it all
Refusal to submit to God's will is the cause of all evil and perversion in man including drug addiction because the mind has been squatted upon with perverse things. The spot reserved for The Almighty has been dedicated to false pleasure.

THE ROMANS 1:28-32 
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The real cause and root of all evil in human society are man-invented teachings and false religions! They have influenced terrorism, extremism, fanaticism, and atheism, leading men to reject the truth in the Holy Scriptures!

Such rejection has had its heavy consequences: the belief in a lie.And it is heavy because the owner of those words one must acknowledge, punishes those who disregard Him and his will. These verses are not lying -

II THESSALONIANS 2:11-12 
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

In a drug abuser or addict, the abuse becomes abuse and the addiction becomes addiction due to repeated behavior. But the cycle can be broken when that vacuum in man responds to the call of God for change. The lies placed in the mind must be cleaned out and the configuration corrected with the words of God, so that the vacuum reserved for His Maker can be rightly activated and connect with the man. Then the love for drugs can be rooted out.

Drug Addiction: the Mystery Begins with Proving


One sensible, prudent, logical, and wise counsel of the Bible is to "prove all things." The intention as stated on the succeeding verse is to hold fast to that which is good and abstain from all appearance of evil.

I Thessalonians 5:21-22 (KJV) 
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

The accumulated knowledge of humanity since time immemorial reflects knowledge of things proven to be good that we have to hold fast to, and evil that we must abstain from. Let us look into an example of a supposedly enlightened one but really is not.

Buddha, the god of the Buddhists and authority of the faith of some one billion people on the planet, died of eating a kind of poisonous mushroom according to the encyclopedia. Buddha, from his name, Siddhārtha Gautama, is simply named "Buddha," that implies he is "enlightened." Buddha means "the enlightened one."

Buddhism, a major world religion, is founded in northeastern India and based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is known as the Buddha, or Enlightened One.

Originating as a monastic movement within the dominant Brahman tradition of the day, Buddhism quickly developed in a distinctive direction. The Buddha not only rejected significant aspects of Hindu philosophy, but also challenged the authority of the priesthood, denied the validity of the Vedic scriptures, and rejected the sacrificial cult based on them. Moreover, he opened his movement to members of all castes, denying that a person’s spiritual worth is a matter of birth. (Source: Encarta)

Perhaps because of his utter refusal to believe in the God of the Bible, or of his ignorance of the Bible, he portrayed something that is the direct opposite of his famous name "Buddha." If he really was enlightened, he should have been cautious in eating mushrooms – the cause of his death – because not all mushrooms are the same.


While many species of mushrooms are good for humans and may contribute to our well being, it is a known fact in human history that there are poisonous mushrooms. Colors and shapes of mushrooms indicate the edible and warn us of the poisonous ones.

Here are common traits of these poisonous mushrooms:

1. Warts or scales on the cap. Note the off colored "patches" on the top of the picture to the right. These are the remnants of the universal veil that surrounds the mushroom when it is young. Sometimes these patches look more like rows of raised dots, as seen on the pictures further down. 
2. A parasol or umbrella shaped cap. Each of these pictures is a good example of how an amanita cap is shaped, convex like a wide, upside down letter U. Or, for my fellow math enthusiasts, like an inverted parabola! 
3. The presence of a bulbous cup or sac around the base. This rounded cup is called the "volva" and is another remnant of the universal veil. It is often under the ground so you may have to gently dig up the mushroom to see it. The Amanita muscaria (commonly known as a "toadstool") to the left is a great example of this bulbous base.
4. A white spore print. When an amanita cap is placed face down on a dark colored sheet of paper, it will often leave a spore print that is white. 
5. The presence of a ring around the stem.This ring, called the "annulus", is where the partial veil was attached to the stem before it tore apart as the mushroom grew. 
6. Gills that are thin and white. The underside of this example shows the white gills of an Amanita. Just another thing to look for when trying to identify poisonous mushrooms. (http://www.mushroom-appreciation.com/identify-poisonous-mushrooms.html#sthash.9Szkw8P9.dpbs)

Buddha, I am sorry to say, was not enlightened and is not a god by any standard of the Bible. The God of the Bible, for example, had provided clues on mushrooms, and generations of men have established which are poisonous.

An enlightened person is cautious about things that he eats like the Apostle Peter and like the Prophet Ezekiel.

THE ACTS 10:13-14 
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

Note that Peter remembered a principle taught to him earlier, and that was why he refused.

And here’s another principle:

EZEKIEL 4:14 
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.

A thing that poses danger to health and life, and was proven by the generations, must not be proved anymore by anyone using his intelligence and understanding. There is already a universal standard about it.

Drugs (the prohibited ones) are proven to be harmful to the human body. Drugs should be used in exact amount and doses, if the intention is to alleviate or cure humans' sufferings. Although there are drugs that can be bought over the counter, it doesn't mean that drugs that are not prohibited are always safe.

Statin drugs, for example, according to experts' studies, instead of preventing a heart attack may lead to a heart attack. My point is, if drugs not prohibited can cause harm, more so the dangerously harmful drugs tagged as "prohibited drugs."

Statin drugs which intent is to control the production of cholesterol by the liver, also hamper the production of other enzymes like CoQ10 that is necessary in the prevention of a heart attack. Therefore, the supposed intention is not fulfilled.

Trying to prove prohibited drugs is being reckless and insane. Wikipedia says, two of the most used and valuable illegal drugs in the Philippines are methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and marijuana. Between these two, shabu is considered the more dangerous.

Shabu is mixed with substances such as battery acid, cough syrup, and many more.

What does it do?

Aside from altering your sleep, health, hygiene, and negatively affecting every aspect of your life, meth also destroys your emotions. And it does so gradually. At first, you’d think meth improves your life as it enhances your confidence, keeps you active, and makes you lose weight. Meth also causes permanent and even irreversible brain damage. (http://bridgesofhope.com.ph/index.php/2016/05/02/what-is-the-most-dangerous-drug-addiction/)

No wonder it is prohibited. According to research, shabu is powerfully and mysteriously attractive and is rampantly peddled in the streets all over the globe. But the incredibly intense high experienced by the addict from the drug is enough to blot out logic.

As I wrote in a previous blog, there is hope for drug addicts. Now that there are about a hundred of thousands of self-confessed addicts and pushers that surrendered to President Rody Duterte's administration, I want to share biblical wisdom that may give hope and total renovation in the being of a drug addict. Life is precious. There is hope for drug addicts.

ECCLESIASTES 9:4 
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

 More to follow.

Read the second part of this blog here.

Greed and Shamelessness in the South China Sea Issue


I am writing this blog not as a Filipino but as a Christian and as a member of the world community of people. I believe that the Chinese people I know will agree with me when I say that the Chinese government is wrong in their boastful assertion that they are ready for trouble if the decision reached at The Hague will be implemented!

I am addressing the Chinese Christians – those who are not communist like those who are in government of the People's Republic of China.

Three years ago, the Philippines filed for compulsory arbitration, under Article 287, Annex VII of the United Nations on the Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), against China. The Philippines just scored a historic legal victory against China in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, China that boycotted the whole proceedings has refused to acknowledge its jurisdiction. China, which ratified UNCLOS in 1996, has said it will neither accept nor honor the upcoming ruling by the tribunal. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-javad-heydarian/philippines-landmark-vict_b_11005170.html)

Why is China wrong? It is wrong in principle, in moral, and in every aspect of justice! In principle, because it is signatory to the UNCLOS.

China technically consented to undergo arbitration by signing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), said Lawrence Martin, one of the Philippines's legal counsels. Martin noted that China signed the UNCLOS in 1982 and ratified it in 1996. (http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/15/1603138/phl-legal-counsel-china-consented-arbitration-signing-unclos)

"When it ratified the Law of the Sea Convention, it agreed to all of the provisions of the convention and among the articles of the provision is Article 287 which says that one state may initiate an arbitration against another state unilaterally," Martin said in a public forum held at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Once a person or a group has agreed on a covenant and the covenant was ratified nobody may add or subtract to the conditions set forth.

GALATIANS 3:15 
Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

It is utter shamelessness to disregard something you have agreed upon with others!

THE ROMANS 14:22 (RSV) 
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God; happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves.

Under the principle of Estoppel, you must not disagree later with things you have previously agreed and signed!


Therefore, biblically and morally, China is wrong!

I have known Chinese people since my childhood. I remember my grandmother calling them "intsik." Most of them, with very little in their pockets, came to the Philippines, which was then considered as the richest country in Asia.

I remember when they humbly knocked on doors to buy empty bottles, cans, and stuffs that for ordinary Filipinos were meant to be thrown into the waste basket. These Chinese are humble. They are friendly. They are industrious and they do not waste money. Maybe this is the reason why they became successful as business entrepreneurs in the Philippines.

I am not, as I said, speaking as a Filipino, but as a Christian. My grandmother is of Chinese descent - a very industrious woman from Shanghai. Hard-working and diligent, she has passed on her virtues to us in the family.

I remember the now considered richest Filipino, the owner of the largest chain of malls and supermarkets in the Philippines, as a resourceful and frugal person! My father being a construction superintendent knew him personally. When his first store was being built in Escolta, Manila, this Chinese picked up every piece of nail lying idle within the construction site. He did not want a single centavo wasted. Now, after almost five decades, he is the richest Filipino and one of the richest men in the world. Mind you, he is Chinese by blood! These are the kind of Chinese people I know.

A considerable part of the Philippine population is Chinese by blood. They have learned to be religious also like Filipinos. Some, if not majority of them, have become Christians.

If the Chinese government did not consider the Philippines as home to most of its people seeking for greener pastures, which then are not available in China, how can the government of China be as inconsiderate to Filipinos now to the extent of harassing our fishermen in the South China Sea? This sea is by international law and agreement, part of our heritage! We have laws for that.

The Law of the Sea Treaty, formally known as the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS III, was adopted in 1982.  Its purpose is to establish a comprehensive set of rules governing the oceans and to replace previous U.N. Conventions on the Law of the Sea, one in 1958 (UNCLOS I) and another in 1960 (UNCLOS II) that were believed to be inadequate.

..In additional to the economic provisions, the treaty also establishes specific jurisdictional limits on the ocean area that countries may claim, including a 12-mile territorial sea limit and a 200-mile exclusive economic zone limit. (http://www.unlawoftheseatreaty.org/)

I would say that the Chinese occupation and construction activities in some of the islands, which by law belongs lawfully to the Philippines, is a premeditated act of greed, which is immoral by any standards!

Reports said that despite China’s complaints, the Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague stood its ground.

In its final verdict, it ruled China’s doctrine of ‘historic rights’, a foundation of its nine-dashed-line claims, as ‘incompatible’ with prevailing international law, arguing that ‘there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources.’

The verdict also makes it clear that China ‘violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights’ by preventing the Southeast Asian country from exercising its sovereign rights particularly its ability to exploit natural resources such as fisheries stock and hydrocarbon deposits within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as provided by the UNCLOS. It also rejected China’s longstanding claim that the contested land features in the Spratly chain of islands — particular Mischief, Gaven, McKennan, Hughues, Johnson, Cuarteron and Fiery Cross reefs — as well as the Scarborough Shoal constitute naturally-formed islands. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-javad-heydarian/philippines-landmark-vict_b_11005170.html)

I am not against the Chinese people but I am against the rudeness of their leaders. It could be because they are not Christians!

PROVERBS 22:28 
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

Let us not remove the landmarks set at the sea because they are set by international laws!