President Rodrigo Duterte and Power that God Allows
After everything has been said and done, after all criticisms and praises, and flattering from the public, whether they be genuinely felt or said just to impress and catch the attention of the now popular President, may I add something which I believe is the most important ingredient of peace, justice, and order. This is the fear of God and the help of God Almighty.
A respectful fear of the Lord comes as a natural consequence of knowing him. When one becomes aware he is accountable to someone greater than himself, he develops a kind of fear toward him whom he is accountable.
God said in the Bible that leaders rule under Him!
By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
There is no power that did not come from God or God did not allow.
10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
It is not easy to judge and say that a particular government is God-inspired or God-allowed or tolerated. The government of Pilate, according to our Lord Jesus Christ, even though a corrupt government emanating from the Roman Empire, was allowed by God. It was tolerated by God to achieve His divine purpose of sacrificing His Son to redeem the sins of humanity. Christ died under Roman laws through the instigation of the people that have misunderstood the Law of Moses. In the Law of Moses, only criminals - the offenders of the law - must die.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Christ did not transgress any law in Israel but He was put to death because of envy and power struggle. His death came from the sentence of a corrupt leader of the Roman Empire. But in spite of the fact that, that government was not God-inspired, it was permitted by God to exist to make way for His divine purpose.
In the Philippines
I cannot say that the government of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was God-inspired nor was the government of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III because there were alleged corruptions that happened in those administrations - much like almost all regimes that ruled the Philippines for the last one hundred years.
I am thinking that under the government of Gloria Arroyo, I suffered the most persecution and injustice in all my life, not only because of her but also because of the most bitter of my religious enemies. I then hoped such injustice would be corrected in the government of then President Benigno Aquino III.
Though we cannot say that these two previous regimes were not God-inspired, I believe they were allowed by God to bring me to where I am now. Through the persecutions done in the time of Gloria Arroyo, I was forced to leave the country, go on exile and finally found myself preaching to thirsty souls of other nations, embracing the faith I have in the Lord Jesus Christ. Truth to tell, I have not imagined of this – in their proportions – even in my wildest dreams.
But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
I fervently believe that what happened in the reigns of President Arroyo and President Noynoy Aquino concerning my person is God's way of telling me that salvation is not only meant for Filipinos as recorded in the prophecy of Zechariah.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;
The prophecy definitely is coming into reality. After having established His people in the east, now the establishment of His people in the west is definitely taking place.
The New Government
What is in store and what can I say about the new government of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte? I felt the sincerity of him as I listened very attentively to the inaugural speech of the President. This is the first time in my life that the speech of a president touched my heart. While listening to him, I was asking God to help him. "God, please help this man," was my prayer with tears in my eyes and with joy in my heart.
As he, himself, said it, President Duterte will not succeed without the help of the entire country. I believe so.
But there’s something very important that I would like to add: No leader will succeed without the help of God. In the Bible, there are some examples. Forsaken by his friends, deserted by most trusted aids, disowned even by his biological sons, David succeeded in leading Israel by the help of God.
4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
I KINGS 11:4
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
The President has said it was destiny that placed him where he is now and he has acknowledged God. Fear of Him and His help will see the President through.
May God bless you and help you, President Duterte! The entire membership of the Church of God International is rooting for you and ready to help in your quest for renewal. For the betterment of the entire Philippines, we will contribute our share in your call for change, with God's help. With just a call or mere mention, let us know if there's anything we can help you with.
Thank you. Our prayers are with you.
I TIMOTHY 2:1-4
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.