Exhortations

Be Mindful

Be mindful- Illumination of the Church

There are many denominations  of Christians around the world,  and one of these are the Evangelical Protestant Christians who desire to be understood and identified as part of the development of Christian Church history.  They consider themselves as  the provider and developer of their creeds, their different approach of doctrinal views and the way of promulgating  the gospel.  These Christians tend to believe in progressive spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. In my personal opinion,  I do not see anything wrong except when they act as Prophets without fear or shame in publicly expressing their prophecies that later tend to fail. Instead of giving a clearer explanation of what is needed to encourage unbelievers and runaway Christians about the truth of the Word, they pursue their personal feelings of being illusionists rather than illuminators.

We believe that the Bible is a living organism and it progresses as human signs of progress and this is called a progressive illumination, which means something that the Bible wants us to understand clearer and brighter, not the half-truth or brainwashing type of evangelistic pitch work that will only satisfy the lusty desires. We are more exposed to the truth of the living Word today. The progressive Revelation ended during the appointed time of the followers of Christ—The Apostles of Jesus Christ.  These followers continued the teachings of Jesus Christ after they were commissioned to preach the Word. There were warnings made by the Apostles that many will prophesy in the name of the Son Jesus, but these false prophets  are just mockers, false teachers who have their agenda and not even commissioned or called by the Holy Spirit. They will claim the Divine Revelation and yet they live in an unrealistic world. Everything that the Apostles of Jesus Christ taught has been carried out from generations and through these years many still are enlightened about the progressive illumination of the Holy Spirit, because they are more focused with the Son who is at this time already seated at the right hand of the Father.

When the Protestant Reformation movement successfully won the heart of new believers, they were separated from the Bishop of Rome and like a wildfire, the Christian denominations sprouted like a mushroom and that includes; the Lutheran, the Anglican, the Reformed, Baptist, Pentecostal, and Methodist, etc. Some even organized their own congregation and named it to their likings and claimed it as their  church.

Catholic and Evangelical churches are both declining in attendance and both are facing financial difficulties. There are lesser young members these days and once the older members leave the church for some reason, and the church  bundled with  over expansion, leads the church to fold its existence.

 The church to decline has so many factors to consider such as: Bad leadership, behavior unbecoming of church leaders, materialistic attitude, bad planning, transparency, accountability, favoritism, gossips, cliché, focus on collection than spiritual growth of the members, leaders become comfortable to few members and ignore the rest, church employees are merely made up of family members with huge salaries and bonuses,  church donations being diverted, and sexual harassment, and if we look back,  church life then is still better than now.

2 Corinthians 6:14 AMP – “Do not be unequally bound together with unbelievers [do not make mismatched alliances with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

Likewise: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in. sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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