To Understand God’s Words in the Bible is a Gift

5/18/2019 , 1 Comments

Who should interpret the Bible

People who are in search of the truth are usually concerned about finding out which among the religions, and who among the so many preachers, has the genuine understanding of the Bible.

It has been a common observation of many that different religious organizations vary in their interpretations of the Bible. So, they couldn’t help but ask if there is a right approach that will lead a reader to the proper understanding of the Bible. In the first place, is anybody, by his own wisdom and intelligence, capable of understanding the Bible, and would he be able to arrive at the correct interpretation of what the Bible says by himself alone?

This early on, let me say it straight: The Bible has its own interpretation, and understanding the Bible cannot be achieved by man’s own capacity alone. No amount of human understanding could be enough to know the real meaning of God’s words.

PSALMS 94:11 says,

The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

The thoughts of man are all vanity in the sight of God. They are nothing.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:19 says,

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

No matter how prudent a person is, his understanding is nothing when it comes to the word of God. Understanding the word of God is not acquired from institutions of learning established by men; neither is it handed down from one person to another by anybody. The ability to understand God’s words in the Bible is a gift from God; in short, it is God-given. We can never comprehend the complete meaning of God’s words in the Bible unless God gives us the understanding.

PROVERBS 1:23 says,

Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

For us to know the word of God, we need the Spirit of God. Why do we need the Spirit?

1 CORINTHIANS 2:11 says,

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

The things of God are known to the Spirit of God, and by the Spirit we will understand God’s word.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:10 says,

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Man could understand the deep things of God only through the intervention of God’s Spirit.

The approach that other religions employ in their study of the word of God is but a human approach. They rely mainly on their own wisdom. No wonder they are all misled. Actually, they will never arrive at the proper understanding and correct interpretation of the word of God if they would just rely on their own wisdom.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:20-21 says,

20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Because of the wisdom of the world, they had not known God. Apparently, human wisdom is even a hindrance to understanding God’s will. You cannot use human wisdom alone to understand the will of God. God’s word could be understood by men only through the intervention of God’s Spirit. It is the Spirit that interprets the Bible, and not anybody else.

That is why we in the Church of God, always rely on the guidance and intervention of the Holy Spirit. Thank God that through the intervention of His Spirit, we are never misled in our understanding of His commandments and teachings, as well as His holy will.


To Eat, or Not to Eat Pork?

5/11/2019 7 Comments

Animals that are forbidden in the Bible

Is it an abomination to eat pork? This is a common question of people who had been misled and had been made to believe that the law of Moses is still in effect despite the fact that we are already in the Christian dispensation.

Indeed, the Israelites had been prohibited from eating certain meats, and one of which is pork.

LEVITICUS 11:2-8 says,

2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is cloven-footed, and chewed the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven-footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

If you are going to look closely at the verses, you will realize that the Lord instructed Moses to speak to and teach the children of Israel His commandments. In other words, the commandments that God gave to Moses were meant for the Israelites, and not for all people.

During the time of Noah, they were also given a commandment concerning what they should eat.

GENESIS 9:3 says,

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

God did not make any exclusion to the meat that Noah could eat. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you, He told Noah. So, he could eat pork.

The only prohibition given to Noah was not to eat blood. So, if he was to slaughter a beast for his food, he must let the blood of that beast be poured on the ground. The same thing was true during the time of Adam and Eve.

 GENESIS 1:28-30 says,

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

Adam and Eve, and their descendants, had been told by God that every living thing that creeps upon the earth was given to be meat for them.

But when God had chosen the Israelites as His people, when He brought them out of their slavery in Egypt, there were specific commandments that God gave them. And one of those commandments was a prohibition from eating pork.

We must remember that the Israelites lived in Egypt for 430 years without the law of God. They were used to eating the kinds of food that the Egyptians ate, like pork, for instance. But when they had been liberated from the tyrant pharaoh, upon reaching the Holy Land, certain prohibitions concerning what they could eat and what they should not eat were pronounced by God for them to observe. And the eating of pork, or the flesh of swine, was one of the prohibitions given to them.

But according to the Apostle Paul, those commandments given to the Israelites were only temporal commandments they were not meant to last until forever, or even until our dispensation. They were considered temporal commandments for their efficacy had limitations.

HEBREWS 9:10 says,

Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

The prohibitions on meats, drinks, divers washings, and carnal ordinances were imposed on them only until the time of reformation.

There was an appointed time that those commandments would be reformed. By whom? By no less than the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself. When the Lord Jesus Christ came, He cleansed all those that had been regarded as abomination and unclean during the time of the Israelites — which means that the prohibition from eating pork had ceased to take effect.

As written by the Apostle Paul in 1 TIMOTHY 4:4-5, it says,

4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

To determine the efficacy of a particular commandment, it is important that we consider the time element. It is true that eating pork was an abomination among the Israelites during the time of Moses. However, the dispensation of the Israelites is over; we are now in the Christian dispensation. The commandments and teachings that are now in effect are those of the Lord Jesus Christ.

COLOSSIANS 2:16 says,

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:

The time of Moses is over. ACTS 13:39 says,

And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Justification will not come from the law of Moses, but from the law of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why we regard the law of Moses now as obsolete because it had been replaced by the law of Christ.

The law had been changed when the priesthood was changed.

HEBREWS 7:12 says,

For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Let me reiterate that the law concerning the prohibition of meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, was imposed only until the time of reformation, which refers to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. And it was the Lord Jesus Christ who changed the law.


In the Christian Era, Our High Priest is the Lord Jesus Christ, Not Moses

5/04/2019 , 8 Comments

Jesus and the Law of Moses

It is quite frustrating that even if we are already in the Christian dispensation lots of people are still affected by the laws of Moses, to the point that if they find the said law to be inconsistent with the state of things, in reality, their tendency is to question the authenticity of the Bible.
For example, under the law of Moses, the hare had been classified as unclean and, therefore, should not be eaten because “it ruminates and it is not cloven-footed.” In line with that prohibition, somebody asked me if such a pronouncement would not jeopardize the authenticity of the Bible inasmuch as, in reality, hares are cloven-footed and they do not ruminate.
First of all, allow me to give you an insight about the laws given by God, through Moses, to the Israelites – they being the first people who served God.
In the epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Hebrews, one of the important things he wrote concerned the prohibitions on what they should and should not eat or ingest.
HEBREWS 9:10 says,
Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
There were ordinances regarding meats, drinks, and diverse washing, or cleansing of the body that were imposed on them until the time of reformation, implying that there was an appointed time that these laws would be reformed. There was an appointed time set by God that these laws would be superseded by another set of laws. And that appointed time had come, according to the Apostle Paul in HEBREWS 7:12, which says,
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
So, it was necessary for the law to be changed because there had been a change in the priesthood. HEBREWS 3:1-3 says,
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honor than the house.
The verses clearly tell us that the high priest that had been replaced was Moses, and his replacement was the Lord Jesus Christ. In those verses, the Apostle Paul was speaking to the Hebrews who were converted to Christianity during the first century of our era, and not to the Hebrews who remained in their Jewish religion. He was telling them that our Apostle and High Priest of our profession is the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ was found to be more glorious than Moses as a priest. So, He was called the High Priest of our profession.
When the priesthood was changed, there was a necessity to also change the law. And the law that was replaced was the law that was administered by Moses. It had been replaced by another law.
ACTS 13:39 says,
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
The law of Moses was found to be insufficient for the justification of believers in the Christian era because, in the Christian era, justification rests on the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, the faith of Christians must be based on the law of Christ, and not on the law of Moses.
Let us be definite. What is being referred to as the law of Moses?
MALACHI 4:4 says,
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
So, it was the law given by God to Moses in the mountain. Specifically, what was that law?
EXODUS 31:18 says,
And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
They were the laws that were contained in the two tables of stone, which were written with the finger of God. And those laws included statutes and judgments.
DEUTERONOMY 4:13 says,
And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
Therefore, the law of Moses being referred to was the ten commandments. And these laws, together with the statutes and judgments, were meant for the Israelites. For instance, there were statutes regarding what to eat, what not to eat, what to drink, and what not to drink which the Israelites had to observe.
But in our dispensation, we do not have problems about what to eat and what not to eat. In the New Testament, there is another law that was explained by the Lord Jesus Christ.  
In MARK 7:19, it says,
Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
The Lord Jesus Christ declared that the type of food that the Israelites had been forbidden to eat did not go to the heart, but only to the belly. And He had purged, or cleansed, all of those. The Apostle Paul explained in 1 TIMOTHY 4:4-5,
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
So, even if it is pork, which was regarded as unclean during the time of the Israelites, in the Christian dispensation, when the priesthood had been changed from Moses to the Lord Jesus Christ, those meats that had been declared as unclean had been purged, or cleansed, by the Lord Jesus Christ. They are sanctified by the word of God, by the decree of God, and by prayer. Through the power of prayer and by the word of God, those things which had been considered abominable then are cleansed. Therefore, there is no longer any problem with eating pork, or any meat from those that do not chew the cud, or from those that have no cloven feet.
Bear in mind that we are in the Christian era. Our teacher is the Lord Jesus Christ, and not Moses. If we are truly Christians and we believe that we are living in the Christian dispensation, we have to refer to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and not of Moses.  Moses is no longer our high priest but the Lord Jesus Christ. The revelation that the Lord Jesus Christ carries with Him is the revelation that we must receive now.
HEBREWS 1:1-2  says,
1 God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
God had spoken to the fathers through the prophets, but in these last days, He speaks to us through His Son. So, if we want to know about God’s words and teachings we will learn them through His Son, not through Moses. But if you keep on observing the laws of Moses, you are at the wrong track. You are out of time; you are out of place.
LEVITICUS 11:1-7 says,
1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
If you are a meticulous reader of the Bible, as early as verse 2, you will realize that, if you are an American or a Filipino, you are not a concerned party because those words were only meant for the Israelites.
3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is cloven-footed, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven-footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
At this point, allow me to give some clarifications concerning verse 6 because this is the part being questioned by one reader of the Bible. According to him, what the verse states is a challenge to the authenticity of the Bible because what it said is contrary to reality. It stated that the hare should not be eaten because it chews the cud and is not cloven-footed when in truth, hares have cloven feet and they do not ruminate or chew the cud.
Let me make it clear that what the Israelites were forbidden to eat were animals, or beasts, that ruminate and are cloven-footed. Those two characteristics must be present in one particular beast. If one characteristic is absent, then, it should not be eaten. In the case of a hare, its hooves are divided but they do not ruminate, so the Israelites were forbidden from eating it.
But, granting that Leviticus 11:6 should have described the hare the other way around, that is, it does not chew the cud and it has cloven feet, still, that would not make the prohibition wrong. It, still, should not be eaten because one of the characteristics of a beast or animal that should be eaten is absent.
Indeed, there are people who challenge the authenticity of the Bible. They are those who do not consider human error. They always blame the Bible for errors which could have been committed by the people who did its translation.
Actually, people who question the authenticity of the Bible would never run out of issues to raise against the Bible. Let me cite an example. The Bible classified bats as birds because birds fly by their wings, and bats fly because they are also winged. So now, people who try to discredit the Bible accuse the Bible as speaking of lies because, according to them, bats are not birds but mammals. Let us accept that a bat is classified as a mammal, the question is, who did the classification and when was the classification made?
Remember that when the Bible was written there were no classifications yet as to whether a creature is a mammal, or a reptile, or a bird. The classification happened only very recently, specifically, thousands of years after the Bible was written. And the classification was made by man only. Who knew about mammals during the time of Moses? The word “mammal” was coined by Linnaeus only in the 18th century, whereas the book of Leviticus was written more than 3,000 years ago (1512) by Moses at the wilderness of Sinai. So how would you expect the Bible to classify bat as a mammal when the word mammal was coined only in 1758? So, that time, the Bible was absolutely correct when it classified bat as a bird because it flies.   
But whether or not there were pronouncements in the law of Moses which do not jive with the actual characteristics of certain animals in reality, like the case of hare, for me they are immaterial. Still, the hare was rightfully included among the animals that the Israelites should not eat because its characteristics fail to meet the qualities of a beast or animal that they could eat. Although the hare is cloven-footed, yet, it does not chew the cud, so the Israelites should not eat it.  
But inasmuch as we are not under the law of Moses but of the law of Christ, there is practically no need for us to be troubled about the kinds of food that the Israelites had been prohibited from eating.  First, we are not among the Israelites that Moses led so the prohibition does not concern us; second, Christ had cleansed all that were regarded unclean during the time of the Israelites; and third, through the power of prayer, our food could be sanctified.  
Let us not forget, our High Priest today is the Lord Jesus Christ. And it is best not to doubt the authenticity of the Bible.


The Guidelines in the Scriptures for Christians to be Victorious

4/27/2019 15 Comments

Definition of Christianity in the Bible

I often say that not all who profess to be Christians are truly Christians. And for the nth time, I say it again: not all who claim to be Christians are really Christians; not all who call themselves Christians are Christians in the truest sense of the word.

The root word of the word Christian is “Christ,” and Christ is the leader of Christianity. So, a Christian means a follower of Christ. Therefore, if we are Christians we have to be followers of Christ. But, who are the people whom the Bible refers to as Christians?

ACTS 11:26 (KJV) says,

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Christians are the people in the Church who were taught the teachings of Christ. You have to be taught thoroughly and rigorously of all the doctrines and commandments of Christ to be a Christian. It should be all. Do all of those who call themselves as Christians abide by all the doctrines and commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ? Had they been thoroughly taught all of His doctrines? An example of the doctrines of Christ is written in 1 TIMOTHY 2:9-10 (KJV).

9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

In the Modern King James Version, 1 Timothy 2:9 was worded as:

In the same way also, I desire that women adorn themselves in decent clothing, with modesty and sensibleness, not adorned with braiding, or gold, or pearls, or costly clothing,

That is what Christian women must do. But look around you. Do you see women wearing decent clothing or are they practically baring their body to the public? Are they Christians? Do they deserve to be called Christians?

By the apparel alone you could already determine who are the real Christians and who are not.

If you are a Christian, there are struggles that you would have to face. What struggles are these?

2 TIMOTHY 3:12 (KJV) says,

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

If you are a Christian, you are bound to suffer from persecutions. That is inevitable. What kind of persecution does a Christian have to endure and struggle from?

MATTHEW 5:11 (KJV) says,

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Why will they treat Christians that way? Why will they persecute and revile us? Why will they say evil things against us? Have we done them any wrong?

1 PETER 4:3-4 (KJV) says,

3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

The Revised Standard Version rendered 1 PETER 4:3-4 as:

3 Let the time that is past suffice for doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry.
4 They are surprised that you do not now join them in the same wild profligacy, and they abuse you;

The reason why they revile Christians is because we no longer join them in the kind of activities that they are engaged in. We are no longer like them who are drunkards and idol worshippers that is why they speak of evil things against us.

That is most likely the fate of every Christian — he will be persecuted by non-Christians, by drunkards, by criminals, by the ungodly men. Why? Simply because we are no longer like them, and we do not belong to their world anymore.

JOHN 15:19-20 (KJV) says,

19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

So what are we going to do in order to be victorious in our struggles as Christians?

HEBREWS 3:6 (KJV) says,

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

All we have to do is to hold on firmly to the hope and confidence that we have in God and in Christ. Let us stick to that hope because that will save our souls.


Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

The hope that we have as Christians is not with the people that live on earth. Our hope is that God will resurrect us and save us come judgment day. The only religion whose leader had shown hope is Christianity. Our leader died on the cross but, after three days, He resurrected to give us hope, and because of that hope, we must struggle unceasingly to endure up to the end.

You do not have to guess, you do not have to be double-minded, you do not have to doubt, because the hope that was given by Christ to His disciples is that, after death, there will be a resurrection. And on that resurrection, all the good things that we had done and all the sufferings we had endured would be rewarded by our Lord. We have to keep that hope until the end, and having that hope will keep us whole.

1 JOHN 3:3 (KJV) says,

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Those men who do not purify themselves and do evil things instead are without hope. Christians have something very important in them, and that is the hope in Christ. Having that hope, we have to keep ourselves unspotted from the world, which is one of the hallmarks of a true religion. Let us not learn the ways of the world, let us stay away from the lusts and desires of the world. Let us purify ourselves; let us continue with the purification process that was started by our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us hold on firmly to that hope as Christians that even if we die, our Lord Jesus Christ will come again and resurrect us.

Aside from the hope in us, what else?

TITUS 2:11-13 (KJV) says,

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

These are the guidelines for Christians to follow: hold on to that hope; purify yourself; do not live with the lust of the world; continue as a disciple; and look unto that blessed hope in the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.


Praying on Bended Knees

4/20/2019 19 Comments

The Effective Way of Praying to God

All people who believe in God always pray to God. And our prayers are prompted by different reasons and different circumstances. We pray for His guidance and protection, for good health, for blessings, for His forgiveness, and many more.

There are instances that we pray together with the congregation, and in such occasions, we say our prayers aloud. But most of the time, we pray to God alone. Here, we do not say our prayers aloud but we do it silently.

But how should we pray to God rightfully? If you are praying alone, the Lord Jesus Christ gave a recommendation on how to do it.

MATTHEW 6:5-6 (KJV) says,

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

When praying alone, it is better that you pray secretly and unnoticed. The Father does not want us to display ourselves in public while praying, like what the Catholics and other hypocrites are doing. They pray just to show the people that they are praying to God. Theirs is a mere display of superficial piety. They just want to appear holy in the eyes of people who see them. But the Lord Jesus Christ admonished the Christians to “pray unto thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

How can you pray in secret? Go to a place where nobody can see you praying, and pray to the Father in secret. Pray without uttering a word. How? According to the Apostle Paul, in 1 CORINTHIANS 14:15 (RSV),

What am I to do? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.

If you pray with your mind, nobody would hear what you are telling God so nobody, not even satan, could interfere. Satan does not see the heart and the mind of man; things that are in the heart and mind of man are unknown to satan. Only the Lord knows what’s in our heart and in our mind.

JEREMIAH 17:9-10 (KJV) says,

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

If you pray with your mind, it would just be a private matter between you and God; only He knows what you are asking for. So satan would not be able to interfere with your supplications. He wouldn’t be able to hinder also the good things that the Father will give you if He is to answer or grant your prayers.

The proper way of praying, if you are doing it alone, is to pray in secret. You do not have to say a word; you don’t have to speak out what’s in your heart and mind because the Father knows the things inside you, even if they are unspoken, or even if you find difficulty in verbalizing them. ROMANS 8:26 (KJV) says,

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

There are groanings that cannot be expressed in words but the Spirit intercedes for us to the Father. The Father knows everything that we need, even if we are not able to express it in words. Our hearts and our minds can be connected to the Father through the intercession of the Holy Spirit of God.

Now, what should be our position in praying?

MATTHEW 26:39 (KJV) says,

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

When the Lord Jesus Christ prayed, He fell on his face. This is what the Catholics and the Protestants do not practice – they do not follow the manner by which our Lord Jesus Christ prayed. Biblically speaking, to kneel down is to bow down one’s head to the ground, prostrating oneself in a horizontal position. It is not the usual bending of knees in 90 degrees, like how the Catholics and other Protestant churches do. Instead, it should be with bended knees, you will prostrate yourself with your face facing the ground.

Other important pointers when praying are given in 1 CORINTHIANS 11:4-5 (KJV), which says,

4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

A man is dishonoring his head if he is praying with his head covered. Just like the Indians or the Hindus whose heads are covered with turbans. So, a man should not cover his head when praying.

How about the women?

5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

As for the women, when she prays she must cover her head. In order for a woman not to dishonor her head, she needs to cover it whenever she is praying.

Of course, the “cover” being referred to in the verse does not refer to the literal covering for the head like the multi-colored veils worn by Catholic women on their heads. It refers to something spiritual and something that is very profound which I intend to elaborate on, not in this article, but in the articles to come. God bless!


Pieces of Evidence that Debunk the Idea of Trinity as a Christian Doctrine

4/13/2019 8 Comments

The Authority of the Father Son and Holy Ghost

Many present-day pastors of different religions teach that God the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have the same authority.

That is not true! That is not biblical!

Let me reiterate that my belief is based on the Bible, and the Bible tells us that they are not of the same authority. 1 Corinthians 11:3 says,

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.

The head of Christ is God. So God is higher than Christ. In an ordinary setting, a father is higher than his son; the authority of the father is greater than the son’s. The contention of some people is that the son attains the same authority as the father when the father dies. That may possibly be true among humans, among mortals. But the point is, the Father of Jesus Christ did not die, and He will never die because He is immortal. So, He will forever remain the Father, and Jesus will always remain the Son; and the Father will always be higher than the Son.

I am not degrading the Son; I believe in the Son. But I want you to consider what the Son said about His and His Father’s greatness. John 14:28 says,

Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

No other declaration could be clearer than the one coming from the Son Himself. He said, my Father is greater than I. How will you contest that statement? How dare the Oneness group say that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all the same? Even the Holy Spirit is not greater than the Father; the Holy Spirit is also under the power of the Father. Why do I say that? It is because the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son, can send the Holy Spirit. And according to our Lord Jesus Christ, the one sending is greater than he who is sent. John 13:16 says,

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him

The Lord Jesus Christ was sent by the Father. If He was sent, does that make Him greater or equal to the Father who sent Him? Of course not! As mentioned in the verse, the one sending is greater than the one being sent. The Holy Spirit is also being sent by the Father. So, what does it imply? The Father is greater than the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle Paul likewise testified that the Father is the highest authority of all.

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 says,

24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

When the end comes, after the Son had put down all rule and authority and power, after He had vanquished all enemies, and the last of which is death, Christ will deliver the kingdom to God the Father. This means that the Son will be under the authority of the Father. Therefore, They are not the same in authority.

In fact, there are things which belong only to the Father. Acts 1:7 says,

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

That was the answer given by the Lord Jesus Christ to the apostles when they asked Him, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? So, the time and season are under the sole power of God the Father. It was not given to our Lord Jesus Christ to appoint times or seasons. It belongs only to God.

Even the next coming of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth is not known to Him. He said, No one knoweth except the Father only. Christ is not privy to the day or hour of His coming. It is only the Father who knows that.

I hope that the verses cited are more than enough to prove that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not the same in authority.


The Prophecies That Ascertain Whom God Will Pick as His Messenger

4/05/2019 5 Comments

Prophecies About The Real Messenger of God

I SAMUEL 16:7-8 (KJV)
7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.

Many people, especially those who regard themselves as superior than others, or their race as superior than other races, find it difficult to accept the fact that God would choose an ordinary man, from an inferior race, to become His messenger. To be more specific about it, they couldn’t believe that God would pick a Filipino to be His messenger.

Actually, messengers of God are people whom you wouldn’t expect would be chosen by God. God’s standards in choosing are different from human standards. Anybody, regardless of his race, could be a messenger of God because He is not a respecter of persons. As written in Acts 10:34,

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

If you know the God of the Bible, you would not question Him. Nobody dictates to Him and nobody should question Him. He could pick an American, or an Australian, or an Italian, or a British, or a German, or anybody as His messenger. It doesn’t matter whatever his nationality is. God may pick from any nation and make him His messenger but, of course, with specific provisions. As written in Acts 10:35,

But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

I believe this particular verse is enough to answer people who are asking if I qualify to be God’s messenger. I do not have to glorify myself; all I have to do is read what the Bible says.

According to the verse, in every nation he that feareth him. That is one of the provisions, he must be God-fearing. If there is one thing I can assure you of, it is I fear God. Another provision is, and worketh righteousness. That is exactly what I am doing, I work righteousness; I do what God is telling me to do. All my life, I have tried and persevered to work righteousness. Apparently, I may pass the requirements in becoming God’s messenger.

However, there are biblical prophecies that would disqualify Americans to become God’s messenger. I am not insulting the Americans and the American nation but if you are going to respect the prophecies in the Bible, salvation will start from the East, making the easterners qualified. And I am from the East!

Malachi 1:11 says,

For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

This prophecy made reference to the heathen, not to the Jews. It is for the Gentiles. Gentiles are nations outside of Israel.

The Bible is telling us of a sequence of events, from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; So, the preaching of how great the name of the Lord God is will not come from Israel but from the East, from where the sun rises. The heralding of the greatness of the name of the Lord will start from the East.

Zechariah 8:7 has a collateral prophecy,

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;

The verse clearly states that salvation will start from the East. Another collateral prophecy is in Isaiah 24:15 which says,

Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; in the coastlands of the sea, to the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.

The Philippines is comprised of isles - isles of the sea, coastlands of the sea. And there is no country in the East like the Philippines in terms of people’s belief in the name of the Lord God of Israel. In our particular side of the globe, in countries like China, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, India, the name of the Lord God of Israel is not popular. They do not glorify the name of the Lord God but instead, praise other names — such as Buddha, Shinto, Confucius, and many others. It is only in the Philippines that the Lord God is glorified. Although the Philippines is not exclusively a Christian nation, because other Filipinos practice other religions, the fact remains that there are people in the Philippines who glorify the name of the Lord God of Israel. And I can humbly claim that it is our congregation that does that.

The prophecies tell us that there would be a messenger of God from the East precisely because the name of the Lord God would not be proclaimed among the Gentiles if there would be no messenger.

I believe that in the Philippines somebody will qualify to be God’s messenger! I am from the East, from the Philippines, and I am preaching the glory of the God of Israel. But I do not want to exalt myself, nor would I make any claim that I am somebody special. I am nothing. But very clearly the Philippines qualifies to be a place where God’s messenger would come from, because it is in the East that the work of salvation will start in the last days.


How Do We Forgive Those Who Did Us Wrong?

The Spiritual Benefits of Forgiving Those Who Did Us Wrong

Physicists say that, for every action there is always an equal or opposite reaction. This is most especially true in terms of human nature. Humans react to stimuli. Human nature dictates that if somebody did us something good or anything favorable, we reciprocate that gesture as a sign of our appreciation to the goodness rendered unto us. We treat that person nicely; we do him good also. But if somebody did us wrong, we retaliate by doing him evil also. It sometimes reaches a point that, even after years had passed, that offense remains unforgotten, implying that the offender has not been forgiven either.

But how should a Christian react if somebody committed a sin against him, or if somebody did him an offense?

First of all, a Christian’s rightful reaction is to be happy. If somebody sinned against you, you have to be happy because God is giving you an opportunity to forgive. The Father allowed that person to do you evil because He wants you to learn the virtue of being forgiving. This may sound weird to others but this is biblical. Actually, we will benefit from forgiving our offenders because, in doing so, we will, likewise, merit God’s forgiveness for the sins that we have committed.

MATTHEW 6:14 says,

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

The Father always exercises justice. He gives what is due us.

MATTHEW 5:7 (KJV) says,

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

If you show mercy to others, God will also be merciful to you. If we forgive, He will be forgiving to us also.

If somebody has done you wrong, do not be mad because that is an opportunity that the Father is giving you to forgive, for you to be forgiven, too, because you also commit sins.


For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

All men sin, even the most holy men who lived on earth committed sins. That is, of course, excluding the Lord Jesus Christ because even when He manifested Himself in the flesh, He did not commit any sin. But the holiest men who lived on earth, like Job, Daniel, Noah, Abraham, Mary and Joseph, and all the other holy men recorded in the Bible for their values and faith, also committed sins. So, no man is sinless in the sight of God. But by learning how to forgive, we may be found blameless through the grace of God’s forgiveness.

Actually, you will not find it difficult to forgive if you would only realize that in forgiving your offenders you are doing yourself a great favor. You will merit God’s mercy; you will merit His forgiveness.

Learning how to forgive is learning how to love oneself. If you love yourself, you would always think of what is best for you. And winning God’s forgiveness is one of the best things that could ever happen to a person. Amen.


Fact or Fake: Did Constantine Compile the Content of the Bible at the Council of Nicea?

3/22/2019 22 Comments

How did the Bible came to be

In this particular article, there are certain questions that I intend to answer which, I hope would shed light on confused and misinformed minds, with God’s help. First, if the Bible was compiled by Constantine; and second, if the Bible is complete; and if it is complete, how should we regard findings and discoveries in science?

Many Catholics were made to believe that it was Constantine who compiled the books that comprise the Bible. That is not true! Constantine had nothing to do with the compilation of the Bible. The truth is, even before Constantine was born, the first part of the Bible had already been compiled. There was already a compilation of scrolls which were being read in the Jewish synagogue. In fact, there was even an instance when the Lord Jesus Christ entered the synagogue and read one passage from the compilation of books. In the book of Luke 4:16-20, it says, 
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, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Take note of the last verse, he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister. So, in the Jewish synagogue, there were ministers who took care of those books – among those books were the books of the prophets Isaiah, Zechariah, and Jeremiah. The books that the Catholics claimed to have been compiled by Constantine were actually compiled by the people of God.

Now, in the time of the New Testament, there was another man that was used by God to compile such. Luke 1:1-3 says, 
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
Luke, the beloved physician during the time of the Apostle Paul, was one of those who compiled these books, especially the books that were written by the apostles before him. There were information and declarations written by eyewitnesses that were handed to Luke which he compiled. This means that there were already Christians, before the time of Constantine, who had taken the initiative of compiling and taking care of all these pieces of documents which are now contained in the Bible. 

One vital proof that there was already a compilation of these books is in 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Paul and Timothy have them! He called them “All Scriptures” inspired of God! Timothy, Paul’s student, may profit from these Holy Scriptures in teaching doctrines, for reproof, for correction, for instruction, to learn all things for righteousness.

As to whether the Bible is complete, yes, it is complete and the pronouncements therein are not in contradiction with scientific findings. May I say that scientific facts were already in the Bible even before they were found by science.

For instance, long before science had proven that the earth is round and not flat, it was already mentioned in the Bible. Actually, science had proven that the earth is round only when a satellite picture of the planet Earth was taken by the Apollo missions of the USA in the 1960s. However, as early as 2,700 years ago, the Bible had already spoken that the earth is round. Isaiah 40:22 says, 
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.
There is a circle of the earth; there is a sphere. A circle is round, therefore, the earth is round.

Another detail about the earth is given in the book of Job 26:7, 
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
Indeed, the satellite picture of the earth taken in the 1960s proved that it is hanging upon nothing. So, even before it was discovered by science, it was already in the Bible; and no scientific finding can ever contradict what is in the Bible. 

The Bible is never obsolete. What the Bible tells is always news. Of course, there are parts of the Bible which are already history, but nonetheless, it always tells us news. The word Evangelion in Greek implies “good news,” so it is always news. The Bible tells us of things that are happening and things that are still to happen. The Bible has predictions; it also has current events. 

I cannot think of any scientific finding that is not in the Bible. Even the plagues that we experience now, like the swine flu and the avian flu, which according to the World Health Organization are caused by viruses that they had never encountered before, had already been spoken in the Bible. The Lord in the Bible said, If anybody will not obey my word, I will bring unto you these plagues, plagues that I have brought to Egypt. And afterwards He said, And even plagues that are not written in this book. So, even before those viruses came about and brought threats and damage to living creatures, the Bible had already foretold their coming. 

If one would only digest the contents of the Bible, he would find out that every knowledge being discovered by science today is already in the Bible. For example, God commanded Abraham to circumcise his seed on the eighth day of his birth. That was written in Genesis 17:11-12, 
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you . . .
Why on the eighth day? Let me cite a discovery in science:

In 1935, Professor H. Dam proposed the name “Vitamin K” for the factor in foods that helped prevent hemorrhaging in baby chicks. We now know Vitamin K is responsible for the production (by the liver) of the element known as prothrombin. If Vitamin K is deficient, there will be a prothrombin deficiency and hemorrhaging may occur. Oddly, it is only on the fifth through the seventh days of the newborn male’s life that Vitamin K (produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract is present in adequate quantities. Vitamin K, coupled with prothrombin, causes blood coagulation, which is important in any surgical procedure.


No surgeon will operate on a person without the sufficiency of Vitamin K and prothrombin because this could lead to hemorrhage. The possibility of hemorrhage is very great if Vitamin K and prothrombin are absent because it is the combination of these two that causes blood coagulation. That is why it is very important for a person who would undergo a surgical procedure, or any procedure that would inflict wound on the flesh, like circumcision, to have a sufficient supply of Vitamin K and prothrombin. 

It is a wonderful thing that science discovered that it is only on the fifth to the seventh day of a male infant that his intestinal tract produces Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a kind of vitamin that is produced in the intestinal tract, unlike Vitamin C which comes from outside sources, and Vitamin D which is produced by the body when it is stimulated by sunlight. 

So, now, we can see the wisdom behind God’s commandment to Abraham to circumcise his male child on the eighth day. On the eighth day, there is already the presence of Vitamin K in the intestinal tract of the male child. And with this vitamin and prothrombin, there wouldn’t be much bleeding even if the child is circumcised because he would then have sufficient coagulants. That wonderful scientific finding was already in the Bible thousands of years ago. 

There was also a recent effort of scientists which aims to prove that there are matters in space, in the universe, which are not visible to the human eye.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building block of all things. It will revolutionize our understanding from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the universe.


They called that thing as Higgs boson or the God particle, and this was what they tried to experiment on using a very huge instrument. However, it was stopped because of an accident. But if time would come that they would be able to prove that, indeed, there are really matters that exist which cannot be seen by human eyes, the Bible had been ahead in coming up with such declaration. Romans 1:20 says, 
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.
The Bible had already spoken of invisible things of God from the creation of the world! Actually, things visible were made from the invisible; Hebrews 11:3 says, 
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
These invisible things can be either gas or black matters.

How should we regard findings in science? Should we ignore them? No, we should not ignore scientific findings because they do not contradict biblical pronouncements. They even confirm what the Bible says. Scientific findings, in fact, are in consonance and in harmony with the truths in the Scriptures.


How Can an Unmarried Best Live His Life as a Christian?

3/15/2019 27 Comments

How to be Single According to Christ

To be a Christian is to abide by the teachings and laws of the Lord Jesus Christ. As Christ is the Lord, the Christians are His followers, or servants; and every servant’s ultimate aim is to please his Lord, or Master. 

To live as a Christian is to live by the words of Christ. But who has the greater capability to do this, the married or the unmarried? Between the two, who has the better opportunity to serve the Lord without distraction? 

I CORINTHIANS 7:32-35 says,
32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 
The Bible points out the significant differences between the married and the unmarried in terms of serving the Lord. St. Paul said that the unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord and on the things that will please the Lord. That means that his top priority is how he could be pleasing in the sight of the Lord. He delights in doing things that are in accordance to His will; and his joy is not on material things like riches and luxuries but in fulfilling the Lord’s teachings. 

A married man, on the other hand, cares for the things of the world, and on how he may please his wife. He worries about the day-to-day needs of his family. His thoughts are preoccupied in thinking of ways on how he could earn more for his family’s needs like food and shelter, for the monthly electric and water bills, for the milk and diaper of his babies, and all the other things that would please his wife. So he gives her all the material things she desires, he yields to her whims, and he sees to it that before he makes any decision, or before he does anything, he asks first for her opinion and consent because he doesn’t want to displease her. 

Apparently, being married becomes a distraction and a hindrance to one’s service to the Lord. And it is obvious that the unmarried person is in a better position to serve the Lord and to live a life expected of a Christian. And since he is single, his decisions and actions are not dependent on anybody else, and he doesn’t have to please anybody except the Lord. Leading a solitary life gives a person the chance to care for the Lord and for the things of the Lord only. 

Allow me to use myself as an example. I am unmarried; I live a solitary life. Because of my situation, I am able to care only for the things of the Lord, and I am able to do things which could please Him. I care for the brethren; I care for His teachings; I care for the preaching of the Gospel. My cares and concerns, and my preoccupations are all directed towards doing things that would please the Lord. And definitely, I wouldn’t be able also to perform all the tasks that rest on my shoulders now if I am married, or if I am a family man. My time and attention would surely be divided and I wouldn’t be able to do my duties to God and to the brethren as faithfully as I should. But because I am single, I am able to devote all my time to care for the things of the Lord. 

While it is true that a married person can also serve the Lord but with certain constraints and limitations; he couldn’t give his hundred percent because there are distractions and cares of being married that hinder him. 

Therefore, it is more convenient to serve the Lord if the person is unmarried because he is free from all kinds of distractions and cares of this world which are often experienced by those who are married. Besides, to be single gives a person more opportunities to do things that would please the Lord, like paying attention to His teachings and doing charitable works that would benefit other people. And for me, spending one’s life in pleasing the Lord is the best way to live a Christian life.