Time Together

I wrote this when I was listening to Harry Nilsson’s song – “Without You” and I began to be thankful for all of them:

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It is not just one individual -but a list really -starting with God …then my Mommy (Theresita Villena Rodriguez ) and Daddy -and then my brothers (Kuya Rizaldy Rodriguez and Dikong Ross )

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-and then my uncles and aunties (both Villenas and Rodriguez – still living and now gone – esp. Auntie Binay and Trining – who ministered to my needs and guide me while studying at UST )

– my friends from high school -until now (Lope Sarreal III, Kennedy Ong and Al Perez ) – my cousins Demetrio Cuaresma , Gemma and Berna Rosete – who were my batch then.

– then those who taught me about the Lord Jesus and His Word – Lolo Enteng – pastors and their wives: Ric Pagarigan , Dick and Anne Kwantes, James and Mary Anne De Young, Pastor Maas and Mom Eloise VanderBilt, even PS Jin Ito.

– my friends at UST – Joel Ong, Mon, Ramon C. Quevedo, Lloyd Ang, Friends from BFHCF -Pastors Rey Domingo and Edwin Puzon. Lynne Asuncion Fister and Gie, Lita, Mae, Doc Norman & Jojo

My office heads thru the years – Engrs Ed Cinco… Sir Jess Cabrera and then now Sir Alex Cabugao .

– and then my work mentors – Sirs Danny Aquillo , Reyo Gavino, Bong Sasotona ,Oman Ortega , Genie Pangilinan, Cesar Dawana. Alex D. Lim & even my kumpare -Joey Mell Alejandro Acejas ,and of course – Sir Julius Vinson and Mam Cecille Mariano Domingo – at Power Services.

My OH Line Design mentors – Alex Adamos, Larry Cruz, Dan Busilan and Noli Eusebio; UG Design mentors -Tonton Torres & Ruel Navaro & Bro Ling Sabalburo– and those who helped me at work thru the minute details -kumareng –Milagros G. Abenales, Nene Taylo, Fides and Grace Rasco-san Jose -my Standards colleagues: Joel Bongga, Robert Lazaro faithful field companion – Joey Benipayo and Harold Banglay,

My MACE Colleagues – Sir Elboy Gonzales, Ray Fabros ,Robert Nery, Joselito Oviedo & Rodel dela Torre.

My Miescor mates – ‘Inaanak’ Ezra Perida and Harold Pactanac.

my Christian Reconstructionist kumpares – IL CPatangan and Fed Dimal -and then my South CBG TS team now (DanT,Borj, Dennis Abustan Salvatus ,Kev Apolinar, Rhys,Pam & Debbie -though much younger than I am -are still teaching me a lot.

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My Christian friends from CCRL (the Paredes, Dellotas ), UCM, JLOAPC ( Ps Medic and Romy dela Criz, Vic Ebojo and Sam Mapalad) , SPCRC ( Bro Bong and Gerry and Sis Josie, Perly and Lynne) , Powerhouse and now VCF Alabang ( Brothers Noel, Jimmy, Jun, Rene, Mikee, Peter, Jojo & of course especially Elvin) -and fellow Gideons -San Pedro Camp- especially Dr Roman De Leon – a mentor of sorts and counsellor.

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My IIEE buddies and electrical contractor-friends: Rey Licayan, Freddy Rodriguez, & Rodel ‘insan’ Rodriguez.

Our monthly Couples’ fellowship brethren – Ps Abet, Bros Mar and Fred Cabrera and their wives- Myles, Wealthie Dadia & Aida respectively.

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and of course my wife and partner-in-life – Maribel Tulay Rodriguez (My Narda and Diana Prince) and my 4Kids -(Rayuel Rodriguez Mariel Rodriguez Raniel Rodriguez & Biyel Rodriguez ) my reason for living and being and enjoying my life now.

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I am blessed by the Lord to be with and at your side, one time or another – I wish you all God’s blessing and presence in your life – and still wish to see you more in the future.

I will update this as I remember.

Related Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/RayAntheSilent/posts/10212601886219798?match=aGFycnkgbmlsc3NvbixuaWxzc29uLGhhcnJ5

 

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Support of Church Workers: The Law but not the Law on Tithing

Many are using the Malachi 3:10 to impose tithing on modern Christians . When pressed for their Galatianism -they retreat to passages in Hebrews about Abraham giving the tenth of the spoils to Melchizedek. Without going to the typology of such passage -I will  just to have a positive exposition of 1 Corinthians 9:

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3 This is my defense to those who would examine me.
4 Do we not have the right to eat and drink?
5 Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?
6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?
7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?
8 Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same?
9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned?
10 Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.
11 If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
12 If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.
13 Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?
14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.
15 But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting.

Here the my inferred implications of such verses:

1 Workers in the church -apostles or modern-day missioaires have right for support -food and taking care of their family.

2. Support for them is compared to 3: Soldier , plowman and herdsman . The first is based on salary (money) or percentage of produce ( plowman and herdsman- usually at the harvest time) so it can be in kind.

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3. This method of support is based on the Law -but not that of Levites or priests -it is about “ox treading out the grain”

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4.This right to be supported -can be waived by the recipient in case it will be a hindrance to the furtherance of the Gospel. Here comes the rationale for support from sending churches or mission agencies.

5. Also -it is based on the comparison with temple food and sacrificial offerings at the altar -an indirect referrence to supporting priest and Levites . Paul could have easily mentioned titihing -BUT did not because Tithing is related to a physical Temple and the physical bloodline of Levites.

6. The spiritual temple and the spiritual priesthood of Jesus was already there -but he did not used this as justification for tithing for church workers support.

From Anarchy to Tyranny: Preliminary Thoughts on the People of God and the State.

A FB friend requested me to write an article due to my original post:

They say you cannot criticize the government especially DUxxx administration. Reasons given are:
1. Romans 13 -just tells us to submit and pay taxes to the government -nothing about criticizing them to change,
2. DUxxx is God’s anointed -He cannot be touched.
3. Though true he is doing things wrong -but it is better to light the candle than curse the darkness.
4. It is so negative to criticize every actions that the government does -why not help them in worthwhile endeavors -like in drug rehab, poverty alleviation, disaster preparation and mitigation.
5. What if he is very fallible president – Who will you replaced him with -VP Leni ? what if she is another GMA -worse than an Erap?

6.We are just ordinary citizens -let us leave politics and governance to the professional politicians.We can only make it worse.
7. Something wrong with this administration-that is not true -they are all fabrications of the Liberal Party -they are just out there destabilizing this government -so that they can go back in power.

What do you think -are these valid reasons?

 

– So that others maybe able to read and consider things from the Word.

These are posts from his timeline posts-I have edited out the other people’s post since I don’t have permission from them. This will be update from time to time until I will be able to complete them. But be warned -you will be able to see only one part of the conversation:

This is response to news item from : http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/30/17/dutertes-pardon-pledge-bad-for-himself-justice-system-law-dean:

“President Rodrigo Duterte may have put himself and the justice system in trouble by reiterating his vow to pardon any police officer who would be convicted in the killing of drug suspects, a member of the academe said Thursday.

Duterte renewed Wednesday his promise of legal protection to cops at the helm of his war on drugs, just days after several policemen surrendered over the death of Albuerta, Leyte Mayor Rolanda Espinosa Sr., an alleged drug protector. ”

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My response:

2 Cor 4:4 speaks of being blinded from the glory of the Gospel which displays Jesus as His Son. It did not refer to being blinded to the truth that we need to honor all governing authorities. Out of context exegesis.

Eto verses before and after 2 Cor 4:4
2 Corinthians 4:2-3, 5-6 (ESV) But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Clearly the way you juxtapose Romans 13 and 2 Cor 4:4 is tantamount to tampering God’s Word.

2 Cor 4:4 is about the clear presentation of the need for the Gospel – and our need for our salvation in Jesus Christ.

In Romans 13 – Paul started on submission to authorities – plural – because anarchy can be averted – and in anarchy – the Gospel is hindered in presentation. We are also commanded to pay our taxes -our tariffs and what the govt needs to make sure anarchy will not reign.

A governing authority is a minister – a diakonos . And what is a diakonos ? A servant – one who serves in behalf of a Master. Do you know who is the master of governing authorities – insuring that peace and order is stable and that anarchy will not reign ?

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Romans 13:4-5 (ESV) for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

Clearly the wrong things mentioned here is based on God’s perspective – that is why the governing authority functions as His avenger.

The avenger is not wielding that sword – for himself. Nor for his agenda – nor for his own purpose. Not especially for his own ‘law’.

Since Christians are his children and we know that in our every sin – by commission or omission or by deed or by even thought – we know we displeased the Lord in our every sin. So we need not just follow authorities just for show or for fear. We need to follow Him because they are being used to remind us against gross and public sins.

In areas of anarchy – Serbia Bosnia Syria – gross crimes are committed since no one is accountable to anyone. Society’s pillar crushed down. We do not want those situations.

That is why the OT prophets denunciation also includes shepherds – society leaders who preys on the sheep because it is turning itself inward- destroying society’s order that contributes to peaceful order.

In those cases – other governing authorities should police their own ranks – so that societal order remains stable.

In Christian societies – thru the centuries – parliaments – democracies – arises – so that there will be check and balances. From the lowly ‘baranggay tanods’ – to the traffic aides – to the beat cops and to the highest govt office – Senators Congressman Ombudsman Justices and the Executive Office of the Pres and Vice President – they are the governing authorities. They are also servants of God. What they should do must accord with His moral or revealed will.

When confronted by Pilate – the Roman Governor then – Jesus made it clear that his power/authority is limited by His Father:
John 19:10-11 (ESV) So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?”
Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”

Also at – Luke 3:12-14 (ESV) Jesus made this comment : Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.”
Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

Though the High Priests – and the Sanhedrin is clearly the more responsible for this injustice – Jesus also mentioned to Pilate that playing to the crowd for His death is also a sin.

And what is sin? It is to transgress that Eternal Law – that our only Loyalty is to the Lord God only and His Holy expression of order for our society.

And here the voice of God thru the mouth of the non- prophet Amos – to the rulers of nations – on this case Judah:
Amos 2:4-8 (ESV) Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they have rejected the law of the Lord, and have not kept his statutes, but their lies have led them astray, those after which their fathers walked.
So I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem.”
Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals—
those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth and turn aside the way of the afflicted; a man and his father go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned;
they lay themselves down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge, and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.

You can read the whole book of Amos – judgement upon judgement upon the nations – especially its political leaders

If we – Christians – who should know better his precepts fails to speak clearly – then we are also culpable for the breakdown of the societal order: Hear Him roar :
Amos 3:6-8 (ESV) Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?
For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.
The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?”

We are obligated to speak to social issues -to the governing authorities. We must speak the Word clearly. There is no dividing wall from the Word of the Lord.

It is not an exception. We must speak politely. But we must speak against abuse of power. That power is derivative only.

For a governing authority to play fast with the law – is disloyalty to the only Master. For Christians to encourage such is to dishonor the Lord who died for us – who suffered injustice for us.So that no injustice can happen to others – under the prophetic Scriptures – already given complete to us thru His Son – the Prophet promised to Moses and Israel.

We are all servants – whether bought or not by the blood of Jesus . In different level we must fulfill our duties to the tee based on His revealed will in the Word. If we both fail – we shall be judged.

We are not collaborators to any political order. Liberal or PDP-Laban. Our first citizenship is the Kingdom of Heaven. We do not ask for crumbs from the political tables of Caesars or Kaisers or Fuhrers. We are children of God.

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I cannot remain partisan in interpreting the Word – I must speak of the whole counsel – whether we like what we hear or not. It is not our weapon. It is the Sword of the Lord. It cut both ways. Those who are anarchist and those who are tyrants – a law unto themselves.

That sword can be used by us but -I am thinking of ownership – we used it as stewards not owners. We must not used in anyway we wanted to -Only for those authorized by the Lord -its proper context and methods.

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On Manuel Araneta Roxas in 2016

This is for journaling my thoughts:
On why Mar Roxas:

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1. Character/Credibility – He is of the Roxas-Araneta clan – a son of the late Gerry Roxas who also suffered during the Martial Law days. Being rich and part of the elite is not a minus -since he is impervious to the temptations of riches.Though part of the elite -in his stint at Congress and Senate -he has been known to fight against pharmaceutical and pre-need big business in order to serve the many. He has never been connected any corruptions issues ( MRT ? Ask Sobrepena and Vitangcol instead) (Nickel Mining -he is transaprent about his friendship wiht the owners of SR Nickel -a legitimate mining firm). Though not a born-again Christian -he is a devout Catholic -which rarely drags the name of God in public -just in order to gain by it. He is following the Christian Democrat political philosophy -that though not a pure free market/minimal government intervention in the market -is better than pure interventionist and socialist philosophy .

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Please see this
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Roxas
http://www.patheos.com/…/…/10/why-i-am-a-christian-democrat/ or this :https://www.christiandemocraticparty.com.au/…/principles-o…/ or this:http://www.christiandemocratsofamerica.org/ab…/what-is-cdoa/

2. Competence/Confidence – He is a BS Economics graduate of Wharton-Pennsylvania , A national department secretary for 3 Phils president – DTI, DOTC and DILG. Former congressman and senator of the republic. The only candidate who held such national position which was trained by adversary during the many typhoons that passed us -especially Yolanda , and the many crisis in our nation’s history -like Zamboanga siege and Mamasapano debacle . He passed so much bills and ,made so many self-sustaining programs -that affects us citizens -that we even failed to acknowledge his efforts here.

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Please check here : http://blog.marroxas.com/ andhttps://fightformar.wordpress.com/

3. Connections/Creativity – He is once the party chairman of the Liberal party -in a country of turncoats. Though others may think we can run the country as independents -he has not forgotten that we need accountability and discipline in order to reach and focus on national goals and aspirations. He is known to be a team player -even when the situation pressured him to be a one-man committee. His lineage means he knows those people who maybe able to contribute thie gifts, talents and trainings for nationwide building. He has even a wife whose heart is into public service- Ms Korina Sanchez-Roxas.

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4. Courage/Commitment/Compassion -Even with all the garbage and accusations thrown his way -he remains working for the Filipino. Even if he has to go against 2 presidents -he has done it to protect the common good. Even if he has to risk his life in situations -already too near the danger or the conflict (Tacloban and Zamboanga). Even with a job already in New York -he left it to be a part of the new government under the late Pres Cory.

Please see this : http://marroxas.com/

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5. Communication/Critical Thinking -we have seen during the 3 presidential debates -only him has the coherent programs and how-to’s. he has been able to do the counter-arguement when they mobbed him during the 2nd debate. Even though he can speak in English fluently – he strives to communicate his ideas in Tagalog or Visayan dialect.

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And lastly -when I read these verses , after the Lord Jesus Christ, -it is only him among the 5 – that I am able to think of -others are deficient in some areas, others are totally contrary to it:

1 Timothy 2: 1-3 (Peaceful,Quiet,Godly and Dignified)
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,

Luke 3: 10 ( Compassion, not cheating nor extorting)
10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?”
11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics <Note:Greek `chiton`, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin> is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.”
14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

Romans 13 -whole chapter -( Law-abiding and Minister of God for good)
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Philippians 3: (Think about what is good and honorable)
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

EDSA 1 -People Power -Sign of Divine Intervention

This is hodge podge of Facebook posts -as answer to a question on comparing Israel’s Exodus in Egypt to what we experience at EDSA Revolt of 1986 as a sign of God’s intervention. Later I will clear the narrative -but for now I will just paste all posts here:

-I think you should be more worried on those who wants to bring back the Martial Law years as the good years -we can become a Singapore.? How old … were you in 1983 ? in 1986?

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But it is an application of Scripture. Will we then narrow our application to something personal or churchly-and leave out what happens to the naked public square ? Maybe Edsa1 was not salvific as in Exodus or At Calvary. but it is a story of historical liberation from bondage . And to our generation -He did intervene in that history -from the salvation of Ninoy, Colson’s influence on Ninoy-to the non-violent liberation of Feb 25, 1986.

I don’t think my analogy is new. Search thru the (news) archives near the event.

Exodus created a nation wherein before Israel is just a <clan> of Jacob…This did not happen to us Filipinos. But I think you should also look into the historical analogies made by Columbus, the Pilgrims, the 17 states for the Independence of US from Great Britain and the US Civil War. It does not speak of salvation -but of liberation.

And also Cromwell against the Anglicans -and Luther against the Papist.

The Lord our God intervenes in history -not as always clear to us – in all of it..but He does …now we have 30 years to look back and discern His hand on it.

I think …  you are 30+ years old and during 1986 -you are just in elementary and thus you don’t have first hand memory on how brutal and Orwellian that dictatorship is.

Except the God who intervenes in history. Unless we don’t believe that God intervened at Edsa 1 anymore. That is more a triumph of Marcossian origin.

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Why now ask the limits in application ? Why ? Is it because I mentioned that those rooting for a Marcos -wannabees like DU30 – is like the Israelites who wants to go back to Egypt and its garlic- affected you ? Maybe it should. Dont worry about Liberation Theology – I am Kuyperian  <Presbyterian/Cromwellian>. The comparison is about bondage ,liberation, Intervention and now those who wants to turn back the time – throwing the gains of freedom and wants the hard taskmasters of Martial Rule.

Like I said …bondage , deliverance by Divine intervention, and then the next generation forgetting this deliverance and wanting to go back to Egypt. Why is it off tangent ? Because the <majority of the> people God used are Catholics? Don’t forget that the period of 1980s was when Born Again Christians boomed…and DZAS was almost chosen as Radyo Bandido and that PCEC Head then Atty. Jun Vencer was much for non-violent protest. I know -I was part of a seminar where the position paper of PCEC was discussed. Evangelicals are weary of politicians with left-leanings are being used by Commnists then-and they should be -i.e. why God used other methods.

Don’t hide your preference for DU30 ….  . You know my preference.. <I am for Mar Roxas> and this is both coloring why you don’t want me to apply that Scripture to this situation -and why I am applying it. And as for Liberation Theology – I am more on the Presbyterian/ Theonomy view of the revolution of the ‘lesser magistrates’ <Calvin’s view in the Institutes> which was used by Cromwell,, the Huguenots, the Americans in their Independence revolution. and Kuyper alliance with Catholics -and Barth’s against Hitler and his Nazis.

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The questioner made a reference to :  Martial Law as being constitutional …Martial rule in the Philippines was backed by U.S. in the context of Cold War….we are not even under forced labor- and another made a response -“Martial Law was not constitutional but also absolute. That is why Marcos was a dictator and his reign was also absolute. The then Pres.Marcos suspended the 1935 Constitution, dissolves the Congress and assumed absolute powers and issued Proclamation 1081 imposing Martial Law.” -this response is correct and to add he created another constitution afterwards to consolidate his constitutional parliamentary authoritarianism -where initially Marcos is both President and Prime Minister (eventually it was the technocrat -Cesar Virata became the Prime Minister)

Another made this response : It is not only oppression but of tortures, extra-judicial killings of thousands victims which are documented and incomparable to succeeding presidents after him and worse than Egypt’s force labor…the imposition of Martial Law was unconstitutional because it was done unilaterally and made to look that situations were already chaotic. As Enrile confesses to fake ambush as prelude to martial law…Actually, there were many law luminaries who challenge its constitutionality that time and what Marcos did was to change the 1935 with the new 1973 to legitimize martial law… that is why we have now the 1987 Constitution as that safeguards us from the repeat of martial law regime. That it cannot be done unilaterally anymore but also by Supreme Court and Congress.

From the official Gazette of the Government : After the declaration and imposition of Martial Law, citizens would still go on to challenge the constitutionality of Proclamation No. 1081. Those arrested filed petitions for habeas corpus with the Supreme Court. But Marcos, who had originally announced that Martial Law would not supersede the 1935 Constitution, engineered the replacement of the constitution with a new one. On March 31, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its final decision in Javellana v. Executive Secretary, which essentially validated the 1973 Constitution. This would be the final legitimizing decision with on the constitutionality of Martial Law: in G.R. No. L-35546 September 17, 1974, the Supreme Court dismissed petitions for habeas corpus by ruling that Martial Law was a political question beyond the jurisdiction of the court; and that, furthermore, the court had already deemed the 1973 Constitution in full force and effect, replacing the 1935 Constitution.

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( Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer / The Philadelphia Inquirer ) People Power: The Philippines EDSA Revolution // Jan-Feb 1986 Corazon “Cory” Aquino became president of the Philippines, after millions of Filipinos took to Manila’s streets in support of reformist soldiers who had mutinied against longtime dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The questioner mentioned something – that I am seeing more than their weak and feeble eyes can see …and he implied that my application is not the faithful reading and application of a text -so my response is – As you can see your analysis also betrays your bias on reading our historical context and the text itself.

And in our FB message – ….  I can back down now. Forget it .politics and hermeneutics are incendiary ingredients. But we do need a framework to use. But i don’t know anyone who has it now . We are too close to the issues. I don’t discuss my political applications n in the pulpit like when in the time of Erap and Eddie Villanueva .I do make it known though in the blogs and social media.I am not a pastor nor an officer in any local church anymore.

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Then I mentioned my rule in applying Scriptures in past concrete historical situation – And I still stand that throughout church history – Christians applied the Exodus deliverance motif to their concrete situation and were rewarded by the intervention of God. Applications does not required that every detail of the original redemptive -historical revelation-event should be there.

It does not mean that every action and motives in the historical situation be legitimate or sacro-sanctum – but it only need to be in consonance to general motif of the original revelation. I don’t believe in agnosticism or conservatism in application to historical situation especially when so many other witnesses or observers points in the historical situation -to be signs of God’s intervention.

 

 

 

 

Why am I am not for the Mayor in the South

I have posted this at my social media page -but through the months I am updating it -as I read and observed this man’s quest for the highest office of the land. The more he speaks his mind -the more I feel the revulsion -considering when in  November,2015 -due to the incessant NP Senator’s wooing him- I tried to assess his viability as president -But I am way pass that. I consider a Binay/Duterte as President and then a Bongbong Marcos VP as a disaster to our country, a retrograde to the past-much more than Erap or GMA combined. Here are my reasons:

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Because he is just a city mayor in the South, who took almost 30 yrs (since 1986) to make things work in his city -he might have murdered criminals without due process (700 to 1700 ) -He is now denying these extra-judicial killings though . He turned down a DILG post because he admitted that he is not qualified. He was in Congress but never passed any laws and he admitted that he was just passing time then.

A self-proclaimed Socialist, a local industry-protectionist that will scare away foreign investors, a Leftist leaning ,and a Muslim and a LGBT sympathizer.His knowledge of macro economics and international relations are too simplistic ( like a national steel mfg and just talking to China or going in a jet ski to solve our West Phil Sea encroachment?).

Not a family man you can point to your children as someone to emulate because of her two wives ( first marriage was annuled -with abortion forced on his 1st wife as per his psychological report in their anulment ) and simultaneous girlfriends and a mouth like Al Pacino who does not even respect the worldwide head of an established religion (the Pope)and even the memory of a female Australian missionary who was raped and killed in August 1989- but easily be lenient to local vote-rich religious group -the INC (who inconvenienced for 3 days the riding public in a major highway-EDSA) and the cult of Quiboloy.

His planned form of government (federalization) may dismember our 7500 islands-nation and will even grant 2 ARMM areas in Mindanao(1 for MNLF, another for MILF) because of supposed righting of a historical wrong we did to the Moros of Mindanao -which did not consider that Islam is basically spread its religion by conquest.

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His parents were local govt officials during Marcos era- which is now influencing his views wrt the Marcoses. He will allow a hero’s burial for an ex-dictator and falsely medalled Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and is infatuated with Bongbong Marcos -while using the resources of NP Senator as his VP tandem.

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He has his own political dynasty at Davao city. He was ex-President Gloria Arroyo’s consultant on law and order when Human Rights Watch is monitoring the Davao Death Squad -which is related to his announcements of its target for the DDS.

He is threatening to close the Senate and Congress if he is NOT able to get their cooperation once in office. He is not just after one term in Presidential office. He wants a revolution.

So in terms of character, competence and experience. He is 5th on my list after Roxas, Poe,Santiago,and Binay.

The Fall of Preacher-Heroes

Today I am starting to write short blog posts -so that I can put a milestone when I come across something significant . And today I am commenting regarding Pastors Mark Driscoll and C.J. Mahaney -both Calvinists and both disciplined or no longer as esteemed by the church or organization they started.

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I have downloaded a lot of time Mahaney’s guide books on Small Group discipleship and Driscoll’s series messages and I still have it my portable hard disk. Though not accessed as often as it used to.

They were expository and very narrative in their presentations of Scripture. And very relevant and cultural-specific. Their churches were also elder-led too.Though not under the Westminster Standards or the Three Forms of Unity- they are confessional and very orthodox in their Confessions of Faith/Statement of Beliefs. Both are members of the Gospel Coalition and is under its Foundational Statements. So where did they go wrong? i propose the following -where others have already mentioned (I am not original on these):

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  1. Authoritarian style of leadership -leading to arrogant behavior and style.
  2. No functional or organizational accountability to other  body of ministers -other than their local elders.
  3. Blurring of ethics -in the use of lewd language, sinful cultural media, plagiarism and use of church funds to self-promote oneself (more of Driscoll )
  4. Unrestricted continuationist world-view -without the proper reining of the Scriptures and other fellow believers/leaders -leading to prophesies and visions and searching of both inward sins and others as well. I do believe in a Holy Spirit-led ministry -but I am more now cautious in these aspect because the movement is not self-critical of its excesses and weirdness. Nobody can criticize it from wihtin without being branded as as cessasionist.
  5. Calvinist worldview (which is large and deep and exhilarating) -without  a healthy self-doubt and humility. We should have been confident of the Word and the Gospel -but we should be  monitoring and assess ourselves regularly of the tendency to take ourselves as infallible.

And that is why that Driscoll and Mahaney -did not only fall from heir leadership -they also dragged the name of the Lord, His word and the Reformed and Sovereign Baptist or Evangelical churches in dishonor.