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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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!