God's Words Bring Genuine Hope to a Hurting World

5/30/2020 , 0 Comments

How Faith Can Bring Hope Despite Pandemic

The worldwide onslaught of Covid-19 has opened the consciousness of many people to proper hygiene. Practices that in previous times have hardly become a part of daily routines have now become the norm in the midst of this pandemic — frequent handwashing with soap and water, covering one’s mouth when sneezing and coughing, and the wearing of face masks. As a television infomercial says, these are our first line of defense against Covid-19.

Taking preventive measures for the acquisition and spread of diseases caused by viruses and bacteria is something that is not really new. During the time of the Israelites, God instructed them to immediately bathe themselves and wash the clothes that they were wearing whenever they touched anything which had been classified as unclean.

Leviticus 11:28 (KJV) says,

And he that beareth the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are unclean unto you.

The animals that were considered unclean were the so-called scavengers. Examples of unclean animals were pigs, dogs, camels, eagles, and vultures. Back then, if any of these animals died and the Israelites carried or touched its carcass, the Israelites would take a bath and wash their clothes right away. They would also be considered unclean until evening. Others may ask what the wisdom is behind such an admonition. Primarily, it was meant for their protection. There is a great possibility that, upon touching or carrying the carcass of an unclean creature, some viruses and bacteria might cling to their clothes, and some might move or transfer to their skin without them knowing it. So to prevent them from acquiring any disease that could be caused by microscopic organisms, they were instructed to take a bath and wash their clothes at once.

We have to understand that during that time, the Israelites — including Moses — did not have any idea about microscopic organisms like fungi, viruses, and bacteria, and the dangers that such could pose to their lives. But to safeguard them from these microorganisms, God gave them specific instructions as to what they should do upon getting exposed to or being in contact with the carcasses of what had been classified by God as unclean: They should take a bath and wash their clothes immediately. That particular precautionary measure given to the Israelites by God is another proof that the Bible is an advanced book of science.

But unlike the Israelites, the present generation has a better understanding of viruses, their means of transmission, and the preventive measures that need to be taken — that is, before Covid-19 came about. It will be remembered that during its early onset, even health professionals were uncertain about how they should exactly deal with it because it is a new coronavirus and this is just the first time that it attacked humanity. And being novel, they have not yet formulated a vaccine that could at least neutralize its potency.

To this day, we can say that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over as many countries have not yet succeeded in “flattening the curve.”

Many countries have imposed stiffer measures in order to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading. Mass gatherings are prohibited, commercial establishments are closed, and mass transportation, jobs, and classes are all suspended. The battle cry is, “Stay home, stay safe.”

While most of us are just at home, instead of idling, instead of spending the whole day with gadgets and gaming consoles, why not spend it on something more worthwhile — like reading the words of God in the Bible? Why not reflect?

This plague may still continue until who knows when. Like what was stated in Deuteronomy 28:59, it may be a plague “of long continuance.” Or, it may be stopped, with God’s mercy, if we will repent, turn back to Him, and abide by His will.

Each day we battle against stress, depression, anxiety, fear, and other everyday problems brought about by Covid-19 such as the lockdown, work stoppage, and lack of financial resources. We have tried every way possible in order to cope with this difficult situation. Sadly though, we have neglected to do the most important ones — to repent and turn back to God and read His words written in the Bible. In reading the Holy Scriptures, we would find not only enlightenment but also hope and comfort.

As it is written in Romans 15:4 (KJV),

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Genuine hope lies not in the promise made by any president of any country, or by anybody else for that matter because, most of the time, people give nothing but false hope. Genuine hope comes from the words of God in the Scriptures.

May we all find comfort and genuine hope in the words of God in the Bible. AMEN!


Unity in Prayers in a Time of Crisis

5/23/2020 , 17 Comments

As the whole world battles against the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still people who refuse to cooperate with the efforts of the government that are aimed at containing and preventing the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Others, especially those who belong to different political parties, even question and defy the measures being undertaken by people in authority and health experts.

Right now, the world is battling against Covid-19. Definitely, this is not the right time for political bickering, for blaming and accusing, and for divisiveness. Instead, this is the time for all of us to unite, join our efforts, and work together for the common good regardless of political and religious affiliations.

Most especially, this is the best time to reflect; to repent for our sins, and invoke God’s mercy and protection.

We do not know who will survive and who will perish because of this pandemic; we also do not know how long this health crisis will last. But with all these uncertainties, there is one thing that I am sure of: Not all of humanity will be annihilated. God made a promise to Abraham that He would multiply his seeds and that they would be like the sand on the seashore and the stars of the heavens (Genesis 22:17). That promise gives us a guarantee that not all men will die, because if the whole of humanity will be wiped out by this virus, then nothing will be left of the children of Abraham. God is a God who cannot lie; He is always true with His pronouncements. That is why we can be sure that He will fulfill His promise to Abraham — that his seeds will flourish and multiply.

If we are among the children of Abraham through our faith in God, then we might be spared from this pandemic.

Galatians 3:8 (KJV) gives us good news. It says,

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

There is a promised blessing — through the blessedness of Abraham, God shall bless all nations.

In times like this, God is the only one in whom we can truly rely. Let us pray that God heals our land. He is our healer. As it is written in Exodus 15:26 (KJV), “. . . I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

But remember, the Lord who heals His people is the very same Lord who punished the Egyptians by bringing them, more or less, ten plagues. The most devastating of the plagues ever written in the history of humanity was the one that caused the death of all the firstborns in Egypt, as there was not a house in Egypt where there wasn’t any dead person. Overnight, the plague was able to kill all of their firstborn children.

Maybe Covid-19 is still not the worst of the plagues yet. More plagues will probably come in the future, especially if people will continue to disregard and refuse to acknowledge God.

This is the best time to start believing and acknowledging God. Let us not be influenced by other people and by other nations who do not believe in God.

When I heard President Rodrigo Duterte making an appeal to the public to pray to the Almighty God who has the power to defeat any enemy, visible or invisible, I felt a certain joy in my heart because I was able to confirm that, deep within him, he believes in a Supernatural Power — the One we call God. He may not be a believer of the god of the Catholic Church and the gods of other religions, but evidently, he is a believer of the Almighty God in heaven. May God bless and protect him.

This is also the opportune moment to pray even for our enemies in faith, as God commanded us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

When I learned from social media about the demise of one of the ministers of the INC of Manalo, although he was an enemy in faith, I readily requested our brethren in the Church of God not to make any scornful statements about him because that would only aggravate the grief and pain that his family and loved ones were going through. Instead of making unsavory comments, it is better to pray for his bereaved family.

The Bible has an admonition that we should not rejoice when our enemies fall; neither should we boast of our lives. Or else, we might earn the wrath of God.

PROVERBS 24:17-18 (KJV) says,

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

It is best to always be on the side of God. And to always be on His side, we have to do His will. And it is His will that we rejoice not at the fall of our enemies and neither should we be happy when they stumble. The best that we can do is to pray for them.

That is also what we need to do for the heads of states. Let us pray that the Almighty God guide them in of all their actions and decisions, especially now that we witness how even powerful nations, like the U.S., Japan, and Singapore are beleaguered by a very minute creature — a virus.

I believe that God is the highest and the mightiest of all; He is omnipotent; He is Almighty. If the whole universe is under His full control, the more that He has absolute control over all viruses. That truth alone is more than enough to make us believe in God.

May God have mercy on us all.


Plagues: Who Causes Them?

5/16/2020 0 Comments


While Covid-19 continues to infect and kill thousands of people all over the world, many heads of countries have already expressed their fear over a possible second wave because, should that happen, it is going to be worse.

Biblically speaking, there is really a possibility that a plague may recur. Meaning, it could have its second wave, or third, or even more.

REVELATION 11:6 (KJV) says,

These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

The occurrence of plagues, pestilences, or curses is relative to our obedience — or disobedience — to God.

The Bible speaks of so many kinds of curses or plagues that mankind may experience.

DEUTERONOMY 28:15-22 (KJV) says,

15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

One of the plagues mentioned in Verse 22 is with blasting. A blast, or a gust of wind, can be a medium or vehicle of plagues. Health experts say that Covid-19 can be transmitted through droplets that come from an infected person when he sneezes, coughs, or talks. That is why to prevent the spread of the virus, one of the recommendations given to the public is to strictly observe physical distancing. Although they say that this virus is not airborne, it cannot be denied that wind or air plays a part in its transmission. And according to research, this coronavirus remains detectable in the air even after several hours.

Covid-19, which started in China, was able to penetrate practically all of the countries of the world in a matter of weeks up to a couple of months. Presently, the U.S. has the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases. Because of this, many Americans, especially the New Yorkers are very furious at their president, Donald Trump, for his failure — according to them — to prepare for this pandemic. I think that is ridiculous! In the first place, who was ever prepared for it? Even China, where this virus originated, was unprepared!

This pandemic is already beyond the control of any head of state. Isn’t it that even Prince Charles had tested positive for Covid-19? And they couldn’t trace how he acquired the virus even after they conducted contact tracing. It is because there are really viruses that are carried by air.

If we are going to refer to biblical declarations, aside from man’s gross wickedness and disobedience to God, another contributory factor to the occurrence of plagues is the practice of many pastors and religious leaders of adding to, and deducting from, what had been written in the Bible.

As it is written in REVELATION 22:18 (KJV),

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.

Examples of such plagues are consumption or a wasting disease like tuberculosis; and fever, burning fever, like typhoid fever. But if man’s wickedness further intensifies, more plagues which were not written in the Bible are bound to be experienced by mankind.

It is not surprising why today, we have the Ebola virus, avian flu, MERS-COV, swine flu, SARS, and now Covid-19, which were not known to previous generations. It is because man has become more evil.

DEUTERONOMY 28:59-64 (KJV) says,

59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.
63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

Let it be understood that the word “wonderful” in Verse 59 (“Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful . . .”) conveys something negative. The word “wonderful” there implies something remarkably strange and gruesome; something that is extraordinary. Meaning, there would really be plagues that could be extraordinarily gruesome and scary, and they are described as “great” and “of long continuance.” And because of that, they are likely to cause great, damaging impact.

Looking back, the world had experienced deaths of 40,000,000 to 100,000,000 people due to influenza or the Spanish flu, and the bubonic plague sometime in 1918. That was more or less 100 years after the Covid-19 came about.

My fear is that if this plague persists much longer, many people will die. As stated in Verse 61, “Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.”

This plague can be looked at from two perspectives. First, it may come from God because man has become so evil and He wants him to repent, to realize his follies, and to serve as a wake-up call; or, second, it may come from God’s enemy, the horseman riding the pale horse, whose desire is to wreak havoc to mankind.

If this plague comes from God, if it is a consequence of man’s sinfulness and outright defiance to His commandments, then, many are bound to fall. It might cause a very great loss of human lives. But if this plague is caused by God’s enemy, the horseman in the pale horse, there is a chance that it can be stopped.

Whichever might be the cause of the plague, the Almighty God has the power to put an end to it if we will repent and turn back to Him. Remember, Nineveh was about to be destroyed by God because of their wickedness. However, they were spared from the destruction that was about to befall them when all of its inhabitants repented and turned back to God.

What happened to Nineveh may also happen to us. If they obtained God’s mercy and were saved from destruction, we may also be saved from this Covid-19 pandemic if we will just do what the people of Nineveh did — if we will repent, turn away from our wicked ways, and submit ourselves to God’s jurisdiction.


The Good News Is: There Is Hope for Humanity

5/09/2020 1 Comments

Trusting God in all circumstances

The 20th century and the early part of the 21st century have experienced many kinds of crises, from natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, and droughts; to man-made problems like inflation, wars, and terrorism. But many attest that the Covid-19 pandemic is probably the worst of all. In fact, older people claim that they had never experienced anything as frightening and as devastating like this one before. It has caused a big blow to the economy; it has restricted the people’s mobility; it has caused many deaths and it has made life even harder for the poor.

As all the news portals report nothing but the increasing number of deaths and new cases each day, many couldn’t help but ask if things would still get any better. If yes, when and how? And who could succor mankind from this dreadful situation?

While the whole world seems to be groping in the dark in their search for a solution to the vast problems that this virus has created, there is good news that could offer humanity hope and a big sigh of relief. The good news is that there is a God who is always willing to save us if we will submit ourselves to Him, obey Him, and have trust in Him.

It is apparent that the reason why many people today are disheartened and overwhelmed with so much apprehension is because they lack trust in God and in what He can do. And worse, they have alienated themselves from Him.

Our trust in God is what gives us peace of mind, hope, solace, and positivity —factors that do not only boost our immune system but also help us in dealing with difficult situations, such as plagues, pestilences, or pandemics.

This Covid-19 pandemic has yet to reach its peak, according to experts, as statistics keep on soaring every day. [Based on reports, from its onset up to this writing, more than three million people all over the world have tested positive, more than one million have recovered, and over two hundred thousand have died.]

When God sent a plague to the Egyptians, in just one night all their firstborns died. We can say that that particular plague was more devastating because in a matter of hours, it had killed thousands. And that was to show the Egyptians how powerful the God of Israel is. Insofar as Covid-19 is concerned, I think no country has registered the death of thousands in a single night as of yet, correct me if I am wrong.

According to the word of God, a plague may cause the fall — or death — of thousands.

PSALMS 91:6-9 (KJV) says,

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

The situation that the whole world is in right now is not yet a hopeless one; there is still a remedy. This pestilence may end if we will make God our refuge; if we place our trust in Him.

But if people will continue to refuse to believe in God, unto them will be fulfilled what was written in PSALMS 91:7, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”

Let me reiterate, the good news is not the eradication of the virus; the good news is that people may be saved from this contagion if they will put their trust in God, if they will wholeheartedly abide by His teachings, and if they turn away from their wicked ways. And granting that they get infected with this virus, such will not cause their fall, or death. As stated in PSALMS 91:8, “Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.” God has the power to stop the pestilence, and save those who trust and find refuge in Him.

While the world’s battle against Covid-19 is still far from over, it is very important that we pray, not just for our families and loved ones but also for all of those who are in the front lines — the leaders of countries, the healthcare providers, those who maintain peace and order, those who are engaged in the delivery of basic services, and for everyone else. Let us pray for their safety and protection.

It is God’s commandment that we pray.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 (KJV) says,

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

Our fervent prayers and our trust in God are our potent weapons against plagues and pestilences. So, let us not fail to pray.

God wants us to pray for all men, including those who are in authority.

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4 (KJV) says,

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 peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

God is delighted whenever we pray for other people because that is a manifestation that He had successfully implanted the love for our fellowmen in our hearts.

Unfortunately, sometimes, what other people pray for is the destruction or downfall of others, like what one Catholic priest is doing. He is praying for the death of President Duterte. I think that is very unbecoming of a priest. If he professes to be a Christian and an advocate of Christianity, he should know the biblical admonition that we ought to pray for those who are in authority. Or perhaps, he does not know it because he does not read the Bible!

A Christian, or a follower of Christ, prays even for his enemies.

MATTHEW 5:44 (KJV) says,

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

We have to pray even for those who persecute us and are despiteful of us. But let us not pray for their death or misfortune, instead let us pray that God bless them and have mercy on them.

When God sees that we show love and mercy to our fellowmen, surely, He will be merciful to us, too.

And by God’s mercy and by our trust in Him we can be saved from Covid-19. AMEN.


The Dangers of Disregarding God’s Words to Humanity

5/02/2020 , 0 Comments

Obedience to God during COVID-19 Pandemic

The disturbing things that are happening to mankind today had already been prophesied in the Bible.

In REVELATION 6:8 (KJV) it says,

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

This revelation given to John is indeed very scary. Imagine, Death and Hades were given power over the fourth part of the earth. They will cause the death of many by sword and hunger. One possible way by which it could happen is that they will instigate conflicts and wars which could result in the destruction and closure of many businesses and industries, which, in turn, could lead to hunger or starvation. And as we know, when people hunger, they become ruthless and lawless, hence, it is not a remote possibility that they will also kill, or be ready to die, for food.

All these are the doings of the horseman riding on the pale horse whose name is Death. It is a spirit that comes from Satan, and its task is to create dread and terror to the whole world as it brings plagues, hunger, wars, and infectious diseases caused by wild animals.

If we look around us now, it is apparent that the horseman who sat on the pale horse is busy in carrying out its mission. He is provoking nations to wage war against each other; and presently, he is killing people without mercy through a virus which health experts named COVID-19. We can only hope and pray that he will fail to fully accomplish his mission, at least, for now, not yet.

With the spread of this coronavirus worldwide, humanity is caught unprepared. Man is placed in a helpless position wherein he could not defend himself against a faceless and unseen enemy. Fighting against this coronavirus is even worse than being chased by a hungry lion for, in the latter, you can at least run as fast as you can to safeguard your life, or use a weapon that could render the beast immobile.

What makes it very scary is the fact that anybody can be victimized by this virus without being aware of it. A person can be infected if, for example, he rubs his eyes or nose using a hand which had held a ball pen or paper bills, which contain droplets that came from an infected individual.

According to experts, under certain conditions, this coronavirus may stay alive for three to five days, depending on the surface where it landed. Based on studies, COVID-19 may stay alive for 24 hours if it lands on cardboard; two to three days on stainless steel; three days on plastic; and four hours on copper. It is noticeable that the virus’ lifespan is much, much shorter if it falls on copper, or even on copper alloy, because it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

I am inclined to believe that it is true not because they have conducted tests to prove it. Actually, even without those tests, I have the inclination to believe it because the usefulness of copper as a disinfectant has been mentioned in the Bible.

Remember, the Israelites sinned against God when they made an idol, a molten calf, out of their earrings. They melted their golden earrings and from that, they formed a calf which would serve as their god. However, we have to consider the great possibility that not all the earrings that were melted then were made of real gold; others may just be gold-like but in reality were copper. And so they had an alloy of gold and copper in the mixture that they used in fashioning their false god. And for them to be saved from the plague that the Lord gave them, Moses burned the molten calf and ground it until it became powder, and sprinkled it in the water which the Israelites were made to drink. It might have tasted bitter but it could have saved them from the plague.

EXODUS 32:20 (KJV) says,

And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

Copper has a disinfecting property. This fact was further reinforced in the instruction given by God, which Aaron and his sons had to observe, whenever they would go into the tabernacle of the congregation and to the altar.

EXODUS 30:18-20 (KJV) says,

18 Thou shalt make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.
19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:
20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:

God wanted the tabernacle of the congregation to be a safe place as many people go there. That was why they placed a laver, or a large basin, made of brass where Aaron and his sons should wash their feet before entering. [Brass is an alloy consisting of copper and zinc.] Why were they instructed to do that? Definitely, there is wisdom behind that specific instruction.

Copper Destroys Viruses and Bacteria. Why Isn’t It Everywhere?

After a long and meticulous study made by scientists, they found out that copper has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Possibly, when water is put on a copper basin, colloidal copper is produced — as the ions of copper are combined with water. Hence, the instruction given to Aaron and his sons was a preventive measure for them not to be infected by bacteria and viruses that might have been carried by other people who had gone there.

What is really amazing is the fact that long before science discovered the usefulness of copper in disinfection, it had already been spoken of in the Bible. Proving that the Bible is an authority when it comes to all aspects of life — and that there is always wisdom in every word of God.

With the present predicament that the whole world is facing, specifically COVID-19, maybe it could be of help if you would adopt certain measures that the Israelites observed during their time since they also have scientific value. For instance, at home, you may use household items which are made of copper. If you are going to drink water, better put it in a copper container; if you are going to clean your hands, after washing them with soap and water, immerse your hands in water placed in a copper basin.

It would do us a lot of good if we are going to pattern our lives after the prescriptions of God. Maybe it is high time that we go back to using copper instead of stainless steel for our railings and doorknobs. The mere presence of copper, or even alloys of copper, can help in shortening the lives of bacteria and viruses, thus, can also lessen our chances of getting infected.

But most of all, what could really save us is our obedience to God. Obeying God’s commandments will not do us any harm. If you obey God’s commandments, even if you do not fully comprehend the wisdom behind such commandments yet, you can be sure that they are for your own good; they are all for your own benefit.

Actually, the primary reason why humanity is experiencing so many plagues now is because so many people have departed from God. They have chosen to disregard His words; they have opted to only follow their own whims.

But if we want a life that is not easily troubled by problems, like viruses and plagues, live a life that is in accordance to the will of God. Obey God’s teachings and commandments, and acknowledge the fact that we are all completely dependent on His graciousness and mercy.

May God bless and protect us all!


The Benefits of Positivity That Emanates From One’s Trust in God

4/25/2020 0 Comments

How to strengthen your relationship with God

The spread of COVID-19 practically in all parts of the world, even in the so-called first world countries, has cast great fear in the hearts of many. Especially when people have seen that this particular coronavirus is not selective of who it infects. It victimizes even the rich and famous, like powerful politicians, members of the royal family, well-known celebrities, and even basketball superstars.

Seeing how fast the virus is transmitted, some people have developed a stigma towards those who cough, sneeze, or simply clear their throat — suspecting that they could be carriers of the virus. So they try to distance themselves out of fear that they might get infected.

The scare of this virus has also made many develop anxiety about the possibility that, one of these days, they too would manifest the symptoms of someone who is positive for COVID-19. Hence, every single day, their thoughts are preoccupied with the health crisis that the whole world is going through.

The human mind is very powerful. Sometimes, the things that a person always thinks of — the things that he deeply dreads, like contracting grave illnesses — can be imbibed in his system. And if he doesn’t dismiss such thoughts at once, they might become a reality.

Meaning, if there is that great fear in him of acquiring a particular disease and he keeps on thinking about it day and night, there is a great possibility that he will really acquire that disease inasmuch as his mind has been set to it. The Bible affirms that.

In PROVERBS 18:14 (KJV), it says,

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

With God’s help, our minds and spirits have the power to counteract, or offset, our infirmities. Our spirits and our trust in God will guide us on how we should deal with our fears and anxieties.

But if your mind is always preoccupied with various fears, if you incessantly think about them, then your fears shall really come upon you.

PROVERBS 10:24 (KJV) says,

The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

Even in the midst of a battle against an unseen enemy, it is important that a person develops a positive outlook in life. In all aspects of life — in every challenge that comes our way, and in every health problem that we experience — it is important to always trust God and to practice positivity.

Unfounded fears can cause stress and depression, which in turn, can weaken the immune system. On the other hand, having a positive outlook can boost a person’s immune system; a strong immune system can weaken, and even overpower, a virus.

A person who has a positive outlook in life is not easily bothered; he is not easily shaken by problems, and he does not allow his worries and fears to command his life. Instead, he has peace of mind and a very positive disposition — a positivity that emanates from his trust in God and in what God can do.

He believes that at the end of the day, it is still the will of the Almighty God that will prevail, and it will be for the betterment of all.

In a study conducted by some doctors from the U.S.A., they found out that a person’s belief in God has a positive effect on his health.

Belief in God really does make you feel better, study suggests

“The new analyses reviewed previous studies of spirituality involving more than 44,000 cancer patients altogether. The studies varied in many ways, but religion and spirituality were associated with better health regardless of specific religion or set of spiritual beliefs.”

In that particular study, the doctors were able to establish that belief in God positively contributes to recovery, regardless of the patient’s religious affiliation and religious beliefs and practices. But of course, a more speedy recovery can be expected from a believer of God who also has a happy disposition and a positive outlook in life.

PROVERBS 17:22 (KJV) says,

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

This is very true in all aspects. It is also affirmed by science. Your bones will be prejudiced by a broken spirit but “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” Even doctors agree that a merry heart, a positive outlook, contributes to a person’s wellness. As previously stated, you just have to see to it that your positivity emanates from your trust in God.

It is our trust in God that should direct our actions. For instance, when certain health concerns trouble you, make sure that before you consult a doctor and before you take any medicine, pray to God first.

Doctors, even if they happen to be specialists, are also prone to committing mistakes. They have certain frailties and limitations, too. But if you pray first, God could guide the doctor in diagnosing your illness and in giving you a proper prescription.

It cannot be denied that in terms of advancement in the field of science, what the United States of America has achieved remains unparalleled in the history of humanity.

However, it is just ironic that despite being advanced in healthcare, records show that the third-leading cause of death in America are medical errors, which include wrong prescriptions, misdiagnoses, and hospital infections.

The third-leading cause of death in US most doctors don’t want you to know about
“Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.”

This is where God’s guidance to medical doctors is immensely needed. If a doctor is guided by God, he or she will be able to make the right diagnosis, prescribe the right medicines, and be prompted to exercise extra caution so as not to cause an infection on his patient.

God can do what a doctor cannot; He sees what the doctor can’t see, and He knows what the doctor does not understand. Through the guidance of the Lord, the doctor will be able to perform his task with precision and accuracy, and you will not be a victim of misdiagnosis and wrong prescription.

Giving wrong prescriptions, misdiagnoses, and even infections acquired in hospitals may stem from the carelessness of some health professionals.

In one article that I’ve read, it mentioned that there were war veterans in the USA that suffer from diseases like hepatitis and AIDS. When they made an investigation on the matter, they found out that an 89-year-old veteran, who was found to have acquired AIDS, got it from their Veterans Hospital itself where they undergo regular check-ups. Another veteran, on the other hand, acquired hepatitis when he underwent dental procedure.

Veterans Administration hospital may have infected 1800 veterans with HIV

Even dentists can be careless and reckless in the performance of their work. I, myself, have observed how some dentists are likely to infect their patients. Yes, they wear gloves, their dental tools are sterilized. But they tend to overlook certain aspects that could be detrimental to their patients.

For example, while performing a tooth extraction, a dentist sometimes holds the dental chair to adjust it. He also adjusts the light to give him a clearer view of the patient’s mouth. After that, without changing his gloves, he would scrutinize again the patient’s mouth using the same hands that touched the dental chair and the light, which were both not disinfected.

How sure was he that there were no viruses on his dental chair and on his lamp? Viruses can thrive on surfaces for a certain period of time. In the case of the coronavirus, its lifespan out of the home is about five days.

What I am trying to point out is, indeed, the carelessness and the lack of compassion of some people towards their fellows can prejudice lives. Because of this, we can say that our only recourse is the intervention of the Almighty God.

It will give us a feeling of security if we implore His mercy and protection at all times, especially in this distressing period when many people seem to be confused, discouraged, and hopeless.

Let us trust in God; let us entrust to Him our lives and everything that we have because He is our only hope.

Instead of worrying ourselves about things that are beyond our control, instead of being paranoid, let us use this difficult situation as an opportunity to always communicate with God through fervent prayers as He is the only one that we can truly rely on.

God sees the viruses which humans cannot see; He has the power to annihilate them in a split of a second; and He can also guide the concerned people in finding an antidote to this deadly coronavirus.

I sincerely hope that this pandemic brings more and more people closer to God, and may it make all men realize our complete dependence on God’s mercy and lovingkindness.



Embracing God's Purpose for Being a Godly Husband and Wife

Christian Relationship Advice from the Bible

In these perilous times, building a strong husband and wife relationship and fulfilling the marriage vow “till death do us part” have become a tough challenge for many couples. Each day, husbands and wives have to battle against problems and temptations that pose threats to their relationship. Hence, they take every measure that they know just to preserve and safeguard not just their marriage but also their whole family. Unfortunately, not all couples succeed.

First of all, we have to understand that husbands and wives, by themselves alone, are not capable of building and maintaining a strong relationship. One way or another, they will be distracted, or worse, they might succumb to the many distractions which Satan is placing before them.

What could really make a marital relationship solid and strong is the teachings of God. We can be sure that if a relationship is founded on God’s teachings, husbands and wives will not be easily shaken even by what others perceive to be insurmountable odds and irresistible temptations. They will remain firm and unmoved, and they will continue to hold on to each other, no matter what, because their marriage is anchored on the teachings of God.

ACTS 14:22 (KJV) says,

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

According to Luke, the Apostle Paul, as well as the other apostles, confirmed or strengthened the souls of the disciples by exhorting them to continue in the faith so that when tribulations come, they would not be easily disheartened. The faith of the disciples became strong because they listened to the exhortation of the preachers of God. Here, we can see the vital role that the preachers of God — like the apostles — play in making people develop a strong faith.

The same thing is true when we talk about having a strong marital relationship or keeping a marriage intact. Husbands and wives likewise need to also listen to a preacher who is truthfully preaching the teachings of God.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:3 (KJV) says,

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Let me first clarify that in the New Testament, “prophesying” does not refer to the act of foretelling future events. Prophesying, in the New Testament, means to speak for edification, exhortation, and comfort. And this task rests on the shoulders of the preachers of God.

Now, where will the words that edify, exhort, and comfort come from?

ROMANS 15:4 (KJV) says,

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

The words of God — His teachings, His commandments — which are being preached by a preacher of God, are in the Scriptures. The words of God can edify and give comfort, and they could guide couples in making their relationship strong, harmonious, and conflict-free.

However, it does not start and end with solely listening to the teachings of God; God’s teachings have to be obeyed. It is the obedience to God’s commandments that could make husband and wife, and the whole family for that matter, intact and united. That is why it is very important that family members always listen to the words of God — to the gospel.

COLOSSIANS 1:23 (KJV) says,

If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, . . .

The gospel could strengthen the relationship between a husband and a wife because it contains admonitions that are aimed at fostering love, care, and respect that couples should give to each other.

For instance, in EPHESIANS 5:28 (KJV) this is what the Apostle Paul said to husbands,

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

In EPHESIANS 5:23 (KJV), it says,

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Husbands are being instructed to head their wives with kindness and consideration.

In EPHESIANS 5:25 (KJV), it says,

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

The gospel is also teaching the husbands to be loving, caring, and considerate to their wives. They need to love their wives the way Christ loves the Church.

But the admonitions are not limited to husbands only. The Gospel, likewise, gives specific instructions to wives.

EPHESIANS 5:22, 24 (KJV) says,

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

The wives are being told to submit themselves to their husbands, and that they should acknowledge the authority that their husbands have over them.

EPHESIANS 5:33 (KJV) says,

Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Aside from loving their husbands, the gospel is also teaching the wives to show reverence to their husbands.

The gospel has a complete prescription for husbands and wives on how they could achieve a healthy and strong relationship. If every husband and wife will nurture in their hearts and put into practice all of the teachings of the gospel — which they could hear from the preacher being used by God to be His instrument in edifying souls — without a doubt, they will surely have a solid and lasting relationship despite the dark schemes of Satan.

The teachings of the gospel could strengthen, or edify, not only a husband and wife relationship but also all other relationships like the relationship among friends, among members of the family, among siblings, and even among brethren in the Church.

EPHESIANS 4:16 (KJV) says,

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

What edifies everybody in the Church is love. Above all is the love for God; and then the love for our fellowmen, for our spouses and children, for our brethren, and even for our enemies. Love is both a binding and a strengthening or edifying factor in any relationship.

Any organization, any household, any group within the Church, will be edified if love will prevail. As stated in Ephesians 4:16 (KJV), “. . . maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

Love is what should bind people together; love makes all relationships strong and resilient.

COLOSSIANS 3:14 (ASV) says,

and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.

Love is considered the bond of perfection. If everybody in a household —husband, wife, children, siblings, grandparents — will learn the kind of love that the Bible teaches, no problem will be left unresolved, no differences will be left unsettled, and no couples will be cheating on each other. Family members will not fall apart even if tribulations come because they are welded together by love.

If there is one thing that I am truly proud of, it is the solidarity and the love that prevail among the brethren in our organization. It is evident that the brethren in the Church of God are edified by the love that is being taught by the Bible. We continually experience lots of persecutions, defamations, and practically all forms of harassment but we have remained resolute, firm, and undaunted because we have been strengthened by the love being taught by the Bible. Thanks be to God!


Discovering God’s Purpose for Giving Life

3/28/2020 0 Comments

God's Purpose for Giving Life

If only all of us would realize the amount of importance that God gives to human life and the very purpose of our existence, probably, nobody would misuse his life. Instead, everyone will surely try to spend it rightfully.

In MATTHEW 10:29-30 (KJV), the Lord Jesus Christ said,

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

When Christ said that the Father knows even the number of the strands of hair we have in our head, He is just showing us how important we are to the Father and how much the Father loves us, that even the minutest details of our being, like our hair, are well accounted for and well taken care of.

There was a time when the Apostle Paul was going to Rome, but while sailing, their ship met a tempest. All of the passengers started to panic and became frantic because of the sea turbulence. However, in the midst of their fear and hopelessness, God sent His angel to Paul to allay their fears, and to give him an assurance that they would reach their destination.

ACTS 27:23-24 (KJV) says,

23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

God, through His angel, assured him that there shall be no loss of any man’s life among them, but of the ship. Meaning, even if their ship gets wrecked, no life would be lost and they would be able to reach Rome.

ACTS 27:34 (KJV) says,

Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

The angel even guaranteed Paul that not a single strand of hair shall fall from the head of any of them because they were being protected by God.

For God, the life of a man is very precious. To further illustrate it, Christ made reference to sparrows, that although they are without much worth because they are sold at a very cheap price, not one of them will fall on the ground, or die, without the consent of the Father.

If the sparrows are given that assurance that they would not die unless the Father wills it, then, all the more that we can be sure that we, humans, will not die if the Father does not will it — because we are more important than those sparrows.

On the other hand, it also implies that if we die, it is because the Father has willed it.

Our life comes from God; our existence is dependent on Him. What we need to understand is the rightful way of spending our lives. God gives us life for us to use it in serving Him. He wants us to obey His commandments and to fulfill His will. Biblically speaking, such is our ultimate duty and the end-goal of our existence.

ECCLESIASTES 12:13 (KJV) says,

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

We exist to serve God and to fulfill His commandments. We were created to do good works.

EPHESIANS 2:10 (KJV) says,

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

For God, human life is very important; that is why He commanded us not to kill, and anybody who takes somebody else’s life will be made accountable. He also commanded us to love, even our enemies.

It is apparent that such teachings manifest how much God values human life. Therefore, it is but proper that we spend our lives rightfully. And that is by serving Him and obeying His commandments.


The Pale Horse and the Plagues It Brings

3/21/2020 0 Comments

Meaning of the pale horse in the Bible

The misfortunes and catastrophes that happen on earth today are but a partial fulfillment of John’s vision about the four horsemen and the four horses in the Book of Revelation.

One of the four horses is the pale horse, and he that rides on it had been given the power to bring plagues on earth. In fact, one-fourth of the earth’s population will experience different kinds of plagues that the pale horse brings.

REVELATION 6:8 (KJV) says,

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

You will notice that in this particular verse, the English word “death” was used; in the Filipino rendition the word salot, which means plague, was used. We have to understand that, sometimes, translators of the Bible used words interchangeably.

Besides, in reality, plagues indeed result in deaths. But for certain, the occurrence of plagues is really mentioned in the Bible.

In REVELATION 22:18 (KJV) it says,

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

The corresponding Greek word to the word “plagues” in this verse is plēgē (play-gay), which means, “a stroke; by implication, a wound; figuratively, a calamity: stripe, wound.”

from G4141; a stroke; by implication a wound; figuratively a calamity: stripe, wound (-ed).

Therefore, a plague is something that causes damage to lives, and it can come in the form of calamities, infestations, pestilences or epidemic diseases. Also, it comes very suddenly and unexpectedly.

This dispensation has witnessed and experienced the emergence of many plagues, like Ebola, SARS, Avian flu, Swine flu, etc., and the most recent is the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

For us not to suffer from these plagues, we are admonished to do something.

REVELATION 18:4 (KJV) says,

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

It is apparent that plagues are a result of man’s sinfulness. That is why the Bible tells us to “come out of her,” so that we won’t be partakers of her sins, nor recipients of her plagues. We have to depart from our sinful ways and follow God instead.

Actually, as early as the time of Moses, God had already spoken that mankind would suffer from plagues because of his disobedience to God’s will. So, it is not surprising that plagues happen today because so many people now have become very disobedient to God and they have no inclination to do good deeds anymore.

Their preoccupation has been in doing evil things, like taking advantage of their fellowmen, drug-using and drug-selling, and murdering even the helpless and the innocent. This gross wickedness of men and their deliberate refusal to obey God are two of the reasons why people experience plagues.

If the plagues that are experienced globally are represented by the pale horse, the three other horses represent equally formidable events that mankind is bound to experience.

The red horse is symbolic of wars and bloodshed as the one riding this horse has been given the power to take peace from the earth and to let men kill one another.

REVELATION 6:4 (KJV) says,

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

The black horse, on the other hand, represents starvation and extreme poverty.

REVELATION 6:5 (KJV) says,

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

And lastly, the white horse represents deceitful religions, false Christs, and false prophets.

REVELATION 6:2 (KJV) says,

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

(I am sorry I cannot give you in this particular article an extensive and in-depth discussion on the significance of the four horsemen and the four horses; that would be too lengthy. But God willing, I will be able to do it in our future postings.)

What I am trying to point out is that the Bible really speaks of plagues and pestilences that may befall mankind.

For instance, during the early part of the 20th century, in 1918 to be specific, almost 40 million people died of influenza.

Probably, the corona virus that infects the world today is the mutated version of the influenza virus. Both viruses cause cough and colds, and respiratory tract infection. However, unlike COVID-19, the influenza virus is controllable as health experts have already found antibiotics that can combat it. There are even anti-flu vaccines that are already available today.

But the COVID-19, having undergone mutation, is tougher and more dreadful; it spreads very easily and is highly contagious. See what happened to the passengers in a particular cruise ship? Overnight, more than 60 people got infected. What makes it more alarming is the fact that there is still no antidote yet that could quell the potency of the virus; hence, it is fatal.

What we need to realize is, plagues like the COVID-19 that lead to the death of many are all the doings of one of the four horsemen, the one that sat on the pale horse, and are a consequence of man’s disobedience to God.

Undoubtedly, our best defense against all these is our obedience to the will of God.



Coronavirus Pandemic Fears: How Should Christians Prepare?

3/14/2020 54 Comments

Pestilences, natural calamities, wars, and the escalation of human wickedness to a degree never imagined before are some of the signs of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ, Himself, had foretold this to His Apostles when they asked Him, “What shall be the sign of thy coming?”

MATTHEW 24:4-7 (KJV) tells us what the Lord Jesus Christ told them:

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

The Lord Jesus Christ said that before His coming, there shall be famines, pestilences or plagues, and earthquakes. A proof that the Bible is authentic and that the pronouncements of the Lord Jesus Christ therein are all true is the fact that we are experiencing these things now, including the wars or the uprisings of nations against other nations. And we know that wars and natural calamities can result to more problems, like famine and starvation.

That particular prophetic pronouncement was given by Christ thousands of years ago. During that time, it was unimaginable that people would ever starve because even beggars then had something to eat.

But today, food has become a major problem. There are people now who hardly eat in a day. We also hear of stories about people who die of hunger.

But what is more alarming is that there are pestilences now which are man-made. For instance, in Syria they were using something which seemed to have been meant for biological and chemical warfare, something that could annihilate people instantly. A video on the Internet shows that when a person inhales the substance, he suffers from a convulsion or a seizure attack and after a while, dies.

Undoubtedly, all these catastrophic events that we see around us now are signs of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The question is, how shall we prepare for that day of the Lord?

2 PETER 3:10-11 (KJV) says,

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.

The preparation that we should make should not be the kind of preparation that others are doing. They are preparing underground shelters or bunkers, which they believe could offer them refuge and protection.

In Singapore, for example, there are houses with built-in bomb shelters. Of course, such shelters cannot offer us absolute protection for they are all destructible. So, what is the kind of preparation that we have to make?

The Lord Jesus Christ, through the Apostle Paul, said that we have to prepare by leading a holy and godly life. Christ wants us to live a holy life filled with compassion to others, especially to the poor, to the abandoned children, to the widows, and to the orphans. We have to give them a part of ourselves.

Another video uploaded on the Internet showed that there were children in Haiti eating cookies made out of clay. What they did was they put sugar in a mixture of water and clay (similar to the clay used by potters) and shaped it into cookies. Then, they put the clay cookies under the sun to dry. Once dry, they are eaten by children.

When I saw that video I felt a pang in my heart. So I immediately told one of our Church workers in Latin America to go to Haiti, to the very place where those children eating clay cookies were situated.

I told him to look for a place there which could function as a feeding center for the poor. With God’s help, and in coordination with the concerned government agency in Haiti, this feeding center is already operational. And each day, there are lots of people who go there, falling in line to get packs of cooked food for free.

I am also contemplating on having similar feeding centers in the major cities in the Philippines to address the need for food of street children and beggars, and even of malnourished and neglected children.

Sometimes, I cannot help but feel bad about the rich people who feed their dogs with big cuts of meat, and yet they can’t even offer their starving neighbors something to eat.

It is apparent that the dogs of the rich are even in a much, much better position than the street children. Why? The rich owners of those dogs do not mind spending a huge amount of money for their dogs’ sustenance and maintenance — they are brought to veterinarians regularly; they are given vitamins; they are also given periodic grooming; and they even sleep in air-conditioned rooms.

Unlike those dogs, street children have to rummage trash cans in hope of finding something that could fill their empty stomachs. They are dirty; their clothes are tattered; and they sleep on the cold pavement because they are homeless. Indeed, we can say that the lives of the pet dogs of the rich are more enviable.

But which do you think will please God: caring for and feeding a dog sumptuously, or caring for and feeding a beggar or an orphan? Definitely, God will be pleased if you will spend your money on something that could alleviate the hunger and sufferings of your poor fellowmen, instead of spending it in pampering your dogs.

God wants us to live a holy life. In order to attain that, we have to live in accordance with His teachings, like not indulging in vices, in extravagance, and in worldly pleasures. Instead, He wants us to be compassionate to others, especially to the needy.

That is exactly what we, in the Church of God International, are trying to do. We do our very best to comply with what God wants from us. That is why we have put up a free diagnostic center to help those who do not have anything to pay for their laboratory tests and diagnosis.

We also have schools that offer full scholarship to poor but deserving students. And the scholarship grant that we offer is inclusive of free tuition and miscellaneous fees, free uniforms, free lunch, and free use of computers and other instructional materials.

We also conduct regular medical missions in different parts of the world wherein we offer medical, dental, and optical services, even vitamins and medicines. And we also have shelters for orphans, abandoned babies, and the elderly.

All these free services and forms of assistance are extended to all, regardless of their religion or race.

We do not know what tomorrow may bring. We can never tell if tomorrow we will still be alive; we do not know either if, one of these days, we will also become victims of man-made or natural calamities. And because of these uncertainties, it is very important that we are always prepared for what is to come, most especially for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

But apart from doing works of holiness and showing compassion to others, it is best that before the Lord comes, you’ll be able to find the true Church where the true faith is, and where genuine obedience to God is practiced zealously.



Never Enough: How Man's Greed Can Lead to God's Wrath

3/07/2020 11 Comments

Consequences of Greediness

Natural calamities like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes of great magnitude, devastating typhoons and floods, and the emergence of infectious diseases, like the Covid-19 that started in China and has killed and infected thousands of people in different parts of the globe, are but some of the tragic incidents that have happened in our time. And take note, they came in succession, if not simultaneously.

Adding to these are the social and political unrests in many countries, as well as the hostile and volatile relationship between some nations, which could lead to war if not settled diplomatically.

All these events cause fear and panic to many as they all pose threats to life. Many couldn’t help but think if these things are already the fulfillment of certain biblical pronouncements.

For one, everything that happens today had been predicted in the Bible. Dr. Michio Kaku, a Japanese Nobel Prize awardee, was right when he said that, “God is a mathematician.” As a mathematician, God can calculate all the things that are going to happen to humanity.

If you collect all pieces of information about all the events that happened throughout the centuries and analyze all sides of every issue, you will arrive at the conclusion that all those things that happened and are happening now before our eyes are really bound to happen.

There is no way by which we can avoid them, especially so if we consider the fact that there are other circumstances that are not seen by man, but are seen by God. Summing up everything, you will realize that all the gruesome and inhumane things that happen on earth stem from man’s greed.

Wars happen because man has become very greedy. He is never content with what he has. Today, for instance, we witness how China, a powerful nation, expands its territory by grabbing lands, islands, and seas that rightfully belong to the Philippines.

They do this even though their action is not in accordance with the international law that defines territorial boundaries. Instead of honoring the law, they defy it; instead of respecting the sovereign rights of the natives, they disregard them – all because of greed.

What is noticeable is that most of the powerful countries that bully and harass the more inferior ones are dominated by atheists or by people who do not believe in God.

Isn’t it that China is a communist country, and communists do not believe in the Almighty God? I am not saying that all Chinese do not believe in God; in fact, in our Church, we have many Chinese brethren. I also personally know some Chinese who are kindhearted and God-fearing. I am referring to atheists, in general.

I am inclined to believe that an atheist, or a non-believer of God, would not do anything good. That is not just a personal opinion, but that is what the Bible says.

In PSALM 53:1 (KJV), it says,

A fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

People who do not believe in God or the atheists are doers of evil things; all the evil things that happen to humanity are the doings of atheists. These people can be very destructive because they fear no God. Their god is themselves.

God has calculated the degree of wickedness that man is capable of doing. And if he will not exercise restraint in his actions, more catastrophic events like wars are bound to happen on earth.

One of the reasons why wars break out is territorial invasion. A more powerful nation employs force to acquire the territory it desires even if it would mean violating and trampling upon the rights of the people in that territory. But that should not be the case.

ACTS 17:26 (KJV) says,

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

There are boundaries that God had set. Aside from that, there are also boundaries that had been defined by international law. All we have to do is to honor what God and the law of men have decreed. But why do others refuse to honor the law? It is because of greed!

It is also because of greed that some people engage in illegal businesses, like the production and selling of prohibited drugs, which destroy lives. Aside from that, because of their greed for power, there are also nations that experiment on chemicals that could annihilate people instantly, even innocent and defenseless children.

Actually, there are speculations that in Wuhan, where this new strain of coronavirus originated, there is a laboratory that was experimenting on biological warfare. I do not really know if it is true, but it is a possibility, especially if you are to consider the rate that this virus spreads.

But whether it is true or not, we can be sure that these things are done by people who do not acknowledge God, by people who do not have any God in their lives.

You see, people who believe in God have love and mercy in their hearts. They care even for their enemies. They give their enemies something to eat and something to drink whenever they hunger and thirst. And they would not dare do anything that could inflict harm on their fellowmen.

Apparently, all the grim things that happen now are the results of man’s greed. Greed angers God, and His anger is manifested in different ways. Sometimes, God uses nature to express His anger; hence, there are volcanic eruptions that happen.

PSALM 104:32 (KJV) says,

He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

Even earthquakes are manifestations of God’s anger.

JOB 9:5-6 (KJV) says,

5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturned them in his anger.
6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

Strong typhoons also express God’s anger.

JEREMIAH 25:32-33 (KJV) says,

32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

God sends strong typhoons which bring heavy downpours. And because of continuous heavy rains, some areas become flooded. People drown in floods; sometimes, their bodies are carried by the water current to different places. There are instances when their corpses can no longer be retrieved. As a result, they are not given proper burial, and their loved ones a chance to lament or mourn for them.

We can say that all these are consequences of man’s sinfulness. Man has become very distant to God; he hardly prays; and he has no desire anymore to do good deeds. Instead of doing good deeds to his fellowmen, he has devised ways on how he can take advantage of them. He thinks of nothing but wicked things.

GENESIS 6:5 (KJV) says,

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

This was the reason why during the time of Noah, God brought the people a great flood. Their wickedness angered God.

GENESIS 6:7 (KJV) says,

And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Therefore, God is angered if what we do are all evil things. Remember, God did not create man to be evildoers.

EPHESIANS 2:10 (KJV) says,

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We were created to do good works. Unfortunately, many of us do not do good works to others. Many think of what is good and beneficial only to them. All their thoughts and actions are geared toward personal gains only; they hardly care about the welfare of their fellowmen.

That is why I never get tired teaching our brethren in the Church of God to do good deeds to all people, regardless of their religious affiliation. In fact, our organization regularly holds medical missions, feeding programs, and blood donation projects not just in the Philippines but in some parts of the world also like Haiti, Brazil, and many more.

We have also put up institutions and shelters for the abandoned and the homeless. We have an Infant Care center for abandoned babies; we have orphanages for minors; and we have shelters for the elderly who have been neglected by their children. Aside from that, we also hold rescue and relief operations in times of calamities and disasters.

I am very thankful to God because our brethren in the Church of God really put into practice the Christian virtues that they have learned from the Bible. They actively support and participate in all our endeavors that aim to help our fellowmen, most especially in our blood donation projects.

In fact, the Philippine Blood Center has given recognition to our organization for seven consecutive years for being the top blood donor in the country. Our brethren in the Church have learned to give a part of themselves, not just their money to other people, without asking for anything in return. They are not selfish; they are not greedy.

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If only there would be no greedy persons, if only the whole of mankind would practice love and respect for each other, and if only all people would develop faith in and obedience to God, then this world would be a better place to live in. And when that happens, there won’t be war, starvation, exploitation, pestilences and calamities anymore. All men will live in peace and harmony.

But as long as man refuses to acknowledge and obey Him, as long as man continues with his sinful ways, humanity will also continue to experience different forms of sufferings. Remember, man’s sinfulness angers God.

Very clearly, in having faith in God and in obeying His commandments, we have nothing to lose and we have so much to gain. We can even merit eternal life.

But if you choose not to believe in Him, if you choose to take His words for granted, you’ll gain nothing but the wrath of God, and you might also lose your chance of salvation.



The Truth About Tithing

2/29/2020 12 Comments

The Truth About Tithing

Pastors who want to accumulate lots of money for themselves capitalize on the pronouncement on Malachi 3:10. They make people believe that if they want to be showered with blessings from heaven, they should pay tithes.

That is a clear deception! Why? Because Malachi 3:10 is not a commandment for Christians but for the Israelites.

As written in MALACHI 4:4 (KJV),

Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with statutes and judgments.

Tithing, or the paying of ten percent, is a part of the law of Moses. However, this law is no longer in effect in the Christian dispensation because when the Lord Jesus Christ came, He changed the law; He changed the priesthood. Hence, the change in the priesthood necessitated the change in the law also.

As written in HEBREWS 7:12 (KJV),

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

Unfortunately, this particular verse is not being read by the advocates of tithing. They want their members to pay tithes regularly because it means sure money for them.

It is apparent that those pastors and ministers do not understand that the law on tithing had its efficacy only during the time of the priesthood of Moses. So, its efficacy had expired. What is in effect now is the law of Christ. That is why in the Christian era, the law of Moses should no longer be enforced.

ACTS 13:39 (KJV) 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 had been superseded by the law of Christ. What we have to fulfill now is the law of Christ.

GALATIANS 6:2 (KJV) says,

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

The law of Christ does not require us to pay tithes. We have nothing to pay. We do not owe pastors anything so why do we have to pay them?

Christians are not commanded to pay tithes. The commandment to Christians is explicitly stated by the Apostle Paul in his epistle to the brethren in Corinth.

In 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 (KJV), it says,

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Every man, every Christian in the era of Christianity does not pay; instead, he gives, contributes, or donates, according to what his heart tells him. The desire to give emanates from his heart, and the amount to be given is likewise dictated by his heart. There is no fixed amount and the giving should be done voluntarily, “not grudgingly” because “God loveth a cheerful giver.” Because of this, the first-century Christians who helped the work of God in the Church did not just give ten percent.

2 CORINTHIANS 8:3 (RSV) says,

For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will,

They gave beyond their means, by their own free will; nobody dictated to them how much they should give. If you’re giving ten percent, it means that you are not giving by your own free will but by the will of your pastor.

Bear in mind that the law on tithing, which was a part of the law of Moses, was the will of God during the time of the Israelites. But the law of Moses had been replaced by the law of Christ. And under the law of Christ, you have to give, not ten percent, but according to what is purposed by your heart.

Please, don’t be deceived!


On Wedding Rings, Traditions of Man, and Obeying God

2/22/2020 5 Comments

Are wedding rings Biblical

It has been a practice of many people from different societies, from different walks of life to put too much importance on a wedding ring. For one, they regard it as a symbol of love. Because of this, married people, the women especially, are reluctant to remove it from their finger in their fear that others might wrongly interpret it. But most of all, they fear that it might infuriate or displease their husbands.

Basically, a ring, be it a wedding ring, is but an accessory or an ornament whose karat and precious stones intricately laid therein define the social status of both the wearer and the giver.

But even if it is made out of the finest material, still, a ring doesn’t measure the love, fidelity, and commitment of the contracting parties in marriage to each other; and neither is it a permanent possession. A ring can be lost if the owner is careless and negligent; it can be stolen if it captures the interest of thieves; it can be pawned and never be redeemed anymore if the owner experiences financial difficulties.

But does it mean that if the wedding ring is gone, or if the wife removes it from her finger, her relationship with her husband will also go awry? Does it also mean that simply because the wife defies the tradition of wearing a wedding ring, she no longer loves her husband? Absolutely, not!

The Bible tells us of things that we have to follow, and they are the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our obedience should be to His teachings, not to dogmas formulated by man, not to traditions, and not to cultural practices.

Biblically speaking, women are admonished not to wear adornments like rings, even if it is a wedding ring.

1 TIMOTHY 2:9-10 (KJV) says,

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

So, if a woman obeys this admonition, if she removes her ring from her finger, it is a manifestation of her fear in God and obedience to God. And husbands should not take that negatively. They should also understand that their wives’ obedience should be rendered, above all, to God, and not to them, nor to traditions.

Obedience to God can make a woman a good wife. Being a good wife does not depend on the wedding ring; the ring has nothing to do with it. To be a good wife, a woman has to be guided by the word of God, and not by the customs and traditions of man.

Furthermore, if a woman obeys Christ’s commandment that she should not wear gold, or pearls, or costly array, she is able to prove that her faithfulness and loyalty is to Him and to His words which, in effect, can make her a better wife to her husband.

A wife should not worry about her husband’s would-be reaction or displeasure if he sees that she has taken her wedding ring off her finger. The Lord will enlighten the mind of her husband for them not to have any trouble. She just has to deal with him very well.

1 PETER 3:1 (KJV) says,

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

By her good behavior and by her modest attitude, a wife can win her husband. When her husband sees how her obedience to the word of God works in her positively, she can easily convert him to be of God also. She does not have to say anything. With God’s help, his mind will be enlightened. And eventually, he will become a follower of Christ too.

A simple piece of advice: Instead of adhering to traditions and beliefs of man, obey the Lord and the Lord will take care of your problems, including your marital concerns.

As written in 1 PETER 5:7 (RSV),

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

Entrust to God all your anxieties and problems, even the problems that you and your husband might encounter in the future. Trust Him for He cares about you. AMEN.