PRAY FOR DAVAO

PRAY FOR DAVAO

Yesterday night, a blast killed 14 people and left 60 wounded, at the very least.

My fellow Filipinos, that blast was surely heard by God. But I believe that more than the booming sound, His ears are pierced by the cries of the casualties and the wails of the bereaved.

Therefore, I am calling out to every nation-loving, God-fearing Filipino, during these trying times, let us all believe that there is a God who hears, who sees, who feels. Let us come to Him, with our hearts joined in prayer–that there may be justice for the dead, healing for the wounded, comfort for the bereaved, and peace for Davao and the whole nation.

Then, for us who are unharmed by the bomb, after joining our hearts, let us now join our hands and stand for them who were harmed. Once again, as we have done countless of times before, let the spirit of bayanihan arise. Let the Filipinos rise again, together.

Shalom! Shalom!

BRO. EDDIE C. VILLANUEVA

Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide

President and Spiritual Director

Together, for God and Country

Together, for God and Country

The Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW)’s Statement
on the Recently-concluded Elections

As a church with the dictum GOD and COUNTRY, the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW) has always been praying for good governance and righteous leadership, and for this election, God specifically answered us by giving us three victories:

  • the come-from-behind win of senator-elect Joel “TESDAMAN” Villanueva who, as a first-timer in the senatorial race, shocked many by landing on the second spot;

  • the miraculous, God-ordained victory of mayor-elect Joni “JJV” Villanueva whose phenomenal win via toss coin showed the divine vote of God Himself; and

  • the consistent success of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list, which, for the sixth time has secured a seat in the Congress.

But more than the personalities who won, the general success of the past election is reflected in the following:

  • vote counting machine (VCM) glitches became smaller (2.55% versus 6.11% in 2013),

  • vote transmission went faster (already at 74% at 10:50pm on the actual day of elections), and

  • voter turnout soared higher (81.62% versus 73.1% in 2013).

Because these results, in themselves, bring us a sense of the Filipinos’ increasing involvement in nation-building and the government’s relentless perseverance in public service.

Therefore, we, the JILCW, call for a prayer of thanksgiving—foremost, a prayer of thanks to God for a fast, efficient, transparent, and peaceful elections and, secondarily, a prayer of thanks for the 140,000 policemen, 409,392 teachers, and the many government and non-government officials who became instruments in securing each of our votes.

Secondly, we call for a prayer of wisdom for all the winning candidates—starting with the president and vice president, the twelve senators, the 293 party-list and district congressmen, and the 17,736 local government officials. The task ahead of them is humongous and would, therefore, require the support and cooperation of all of us, 102 million Filipinos.

Hence, we call for a prayer of healing. After the bantering and arguing over conflicting viewpoints on issues of political concern, relationships had been broken. Now that election is over, regardless of who we voted for, may we forget our differences and, instead, remember our singular ancestry: we are Filipinos, all of us.

Our plea for prayer, therefore, is our plea for all Filipinos to UNITE. Because we know and we believe that national change and transformation is the duty of every Filipino, not just of the elect. So let us rally together. For our beloved nation.

Finally, to all Christians, let us also keep fighting the good fight of faith. Because we know and we believe that unless Christ Jesus is placed first in every pillar of society—that is, in the church and in the family, in the government, in business and economics, in education, in science and technology, in media and entertainment, in arts, and in the environment—our beloved nation will never truly see change.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”

(Psalm 33:12)

ON MARRIAGE AND EQUALITY:  The Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide’s (JILCW) Position on Same-Sex Marriage

ON MARRIAGE AND EQUALITY: The Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide’s (JILCW) Position on Same-Sex Marriage

“To bring all peoples to the kingdom of the Living God regardless of race, status, belief and religious affiliation through the saving, healing, delivering and transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ” – the JILCW mission statement, emphasis added

With a firm belief that all are created in the very image of God and, also, purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, the JILCW staunchly believes that equality should never be a privilege of the few, but the right of all.

Hence, any attempt at disrobing anyone—that is, irrespective of age, gender/sexual orientation, nationality/ethnicity, social class, educational attainment, physical ability and religion—of his/her basic rights is an assault against his/her personhood and must, therefore, be objectionable by law and human ethics.

It is for this cause that we, the JILCW, have, for the past thirty-nine years, so cried: NO to the belittlement of the differently-abled, NO to the exploitation of the youth, and NO to the corruption of the money-hungry. That is, we cry NO to all kinds of abuse and discrimination.

Therefore, in light of the recent stir on the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group, we say NO to any act that will stifle their right to live with freedom and dignity. This includes, but is not limited to, their right to education, right of suffrage, right to freedom of speech and expression, right to fair trial, right to privacy, and right to social security.

In short, we say YES to the promotion of LGBT rights—BUT only insofar as the moral laws and standards of GOD, who is the Supreme Judge, are NOT violated. This brings us to the case in point: In view of God’s precepts, should same-sex marriage be rendered acceptable?

We now turn to His Word—

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it…’” (Genesis 1:27-28)

“‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’” (Matthew 19:4-5)

From these verses, we can gather that, although across time and space marriage has taken on various forms (polygamous vs. monogamous) and definitions (economic security vs. romantic commitment) one kernel of truth remains—that marriage is a God-ordained sacrament between opposite sexes for the purpose of union and procreation. Let us elucidate this definition further:

  1. It is a God-ordained sacrament. While marriage is a legal matter, it is, first and foremost, a divine mandate: “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it…’” Hence, marriage must primarily be rooted in God’s decrees, not in any constitution or any human construct. What, then, are God’s decrees about marriage? We move on to the next two points…
  2. It is between a man and a woman. God’s design for the human body is that males are biologically and physiologically sexually compatible with females—and vice versa (“male and female he created them”). Any other coition will be against the divine and natural order of things—hence, God’s firm command: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” (Leviticus 18:22)
  3. It is unitive AND procreative. If marriage were but a pledge of commitment to someone, then it would have been no different from friendship. But marriage is more than that. It is the union of two people: “and the two will become one flesh.” The marital mandate, however, does not stop there: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it…” Hence, couples are also expected to fulfill their civic duty of child-bearing/child-rearing—although marriage is not prohibited to couples who are incapable of child-bearing (as in infertility or old age).
  4. With these, any and all changing formulations on the concept of marriage must NOT deviate from the above definition. Juxtapose same-sex marriage with it and we can gather, plain and simple, that same-sex marriage is a clear distortion of the God-ordained concept of marriage.

    Having thus considered these, we can gather that since same-sex marriage (or even same-sex coitus) is NOT right before God, marriage can NOT be accorded as a right among same-sex couples.

    Hence, we make it plain and clear that while the JILCW respects the LGBT group, we can only do as much as stand with them in fighting for their basic rights, but NEVER stand for same-sex marriage—or any other act that would infringe the highest law of all: the law of God.

    This, we believe, should be the stance of the Church. For we are not only the extension of God’s hands to the poor and marginalized; we are also His salt and light to this tumultuous world (Matthew 5:13-16).

    So let not the dim issues of life extinguish our flames. Instead, let us allow our little lights to so shine—that all humankind would see THE Light of the World, the be-all and end-all of life, JESUS CHRIST.

    We end by saying—

    We stand with the LGBTs in their fight for freedom and equality—that is, in all areas except those where our faith and ultimate commitment to God are to be compromised…

    We stand with the sanctity of marriage, the dignity of the family, and the blessedness of life…

    Because, ultimately, we stand with the supreme GOD and His infallible Word—in whose cause we live and die for.

    With a prayerful heart for the LGBT group and their search for meaning and fulfillment,

    THE JESUS IS LORD CHURCH WORLDWIDE

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

The leadership of the JESUS IS LORD CHURCH WORLDWIDE holds steadfast to the following principles:

  • That there must be UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST even amidst differences in minor theological presuppositions and worship expressions;
  • That there must be DUE PROCESS in dealing with all pastors, leaders, workers and members who have issues in the ministry;
  • That there must be FREEDOM FOR EVERYONE TO EXPRESS his/her beliefs in the RIGHT AVENUES with honesty and courtesy.

It is in view of these principles that the JIL leadership refutes all accusations based on information that have been blown out of proportion and are propagated in social media sites. Plain and simple, these are all LIES AND DECEPTIONS spread by people whose aim is to hinder the JILCW from fulfilling its mission to glorify God. Yet, we firmly believe that such pursuits can never uproot that which the Living God Himself has planted and nurtured for the last 35 years. In reality, these are all meaningless efforts inevitably leading to self-destruction, because no malicious undertaking can ever overpower the work of the Almighty God in this precious ministry born from His very Heart.

The deepest prayer of the entire JIL Church Worldwide is that we may end all attempts to hinder the furtherance of the Kingdom of the Living God, especially these insignificant issues which are not even worthy of attention, so that His precious ministry may continue to fulfill its mission to bring all peoples to the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Note:

Should there be any valid need to further inform the Body of Christ and other religious organizations regarding this matter, the JIL LEADERSHIP will release official statements containing the truth about the former leaders who left their positions without subjecting themselves to organizational protocols and who are now spreading false accusations and unfounded questions against the church.