Every expulsion verse used by Eduardo V. Manalo and Radel Cortez during the expulsions of Tenny Manalo, Angel Manalo, Lottie Manalo, Marc Manalo and Isaias Samson Jr. were completely out of context and designed to deceive the entire church.
This is an extraordinarily important verdict and deserves to be scrutinized in great detail. Let’s begin with the verses in 2nd John 1:10-11 which states “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching [but diminishes or adds to the doctrine of Christ], do not receive or welcome him into your house, and do not give him a greeting or any encouragement; for the one who gives him a greeting [who encourages him or wishes him success, unwittingly] participates in his evil deeds.”
Even based on the context of these verses alone, it’s already a stretch for EVM to expel most of his immediate family members. What were the sins they committed that were so egregious as to merit excommunication? Was it the alleged attempt at regime change? Coup d’état? Even though I have yet to see smoking gun evidence of this accusation, let’s imagine for a brief moment it’s true. Is wanting honor and power enough reason for expulsion? We have to remember that even Apostles James and John were clamoring for more recognition when they requested to sit at the right and left hand of Christ (Mark 10:35-45). And because of their thirst for attention and power, the other Ten Apostles became indignant toward James and John.
Wanting more power is a mistake and Christ rebuked James and John for this blunder. However, were Apostles James and John expelled? No. They were not. What do you think Christ would have done to the Manalo members if they truly did want more power? If we use the example above, he would have indeed reprimanded them as he did to James and John, but he would not have expelled them. If he didn’t expel two of his very own Apostles, he would not have expelled the Manalo family who were mere Ministers and civilians.
Shouldn’t EVM have followed Christ’s example above and used the method of rebuke instead of expulsion? Christ is the example we are taught to follow. Christ is the head of this church to which we belong, is he not?
Now, let’s reference the entire 1st Chapter of 2nd John in full context. I’ve enumerated all the verses in this article in full context below, together with an audio clip of the expulsion circular for your complete reference and review.
According to the full context of the chapter, there are two main examples of whom we should not receive into our house or wish “Godspeed” to, specifically, those that do not walk in love, and those that refuse to believe that Jesus is The Christ Or Messiah, namely, the “antichrist”. None of these examples pertain to The Manalo family members who were expelled, nor to Ka Samson, all of whom loved the church and always believed that Jesus is the Christ or Messiah.
Let’s continue with 2nd Tim. 2:16-17 which states, “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,”
EVM alludes that we shouldn’t be like Hymenaeus and Philetus because we should avoid godless chatter. This is yet another blatant attempt to deceive the entire church by taking the verses out of context. If we continue with the very next verse in 18 we get a clear description of the godless chatter that Hymenaeus and Philetus were spreading. It states that they swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. Since neither the first resurrection of the dead, rapture, nor the resurrection of Christ were ever in debate, it is clear that these specific “godless chatter” topics should not be used to expel any individual.
The final verses are 1st Cor. 1:10 which states “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” The verses in the entire opening chapter of 1st Corinthians are similar to the admonition of Christ to love our enemies and pray for those that persecute us (Matt. 5:43-48), essentially teaching us the ideal ways to behave as Christians. However, there is no indication that breaking these commandments are grounds for expulsion. In fact, none of the expulsion verses used even say the word “expel” or indicate that expulsion should be the course of action taken.
Since it is clear that our very own Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo and his administration uses the bible to deceive us, when we attend the worship service, who are we truly worshipping? Are we worshiping God or EVM? Are we worshiping Christ or are we worshipping the EVM administration?
Since this is proof of unethical use of the Holy Scriptures, do we truly still belong to the true Church Of Christ? Or do we belong to the Church of EVM? Should the name of the church be changed to “The Church Of The EVM Administration”?
Who is really causing division and dividing the brethren inside the Church? Is it the brethren who are bringing corruption to light or is it the administration led by EVM who unethically takes the scriptures out of context to expel members of their own flock? The clear Divider is Eduardo V. Manalo and his administration. The intention of the brethren who expose corruption is to unite the church toward a more perfect service while EVM and the EVM administration are literally dividing the flock of Christ by expelling members of his fold unjustly.
If EVM had graced the entire church with the full context of these verses, I fully believe we would have been united in concluding that it is unethical, inaccurate and dare I say diabolical to expel anyone using the out of context application of these specific verses. Christ wouldn’t have done it and neither should the EVM administration.
May God have mercy on you, Eduardo V. Manalo. May God grant mercy on “The EVM administration”. Because the mercy and patience of more and more brethren are wearing thin by the day.
2 John Chapter 1 (Amplified Bible)
1 The elder of the church addresses this letter to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth—and not only I, but also all who know and understand the truth— 2 because of the truth which lives in our hearts and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy, and peace (inner calm, a sense of spiritual well-being) will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.
4 I was greatly delighted to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. 5 Now I ask you, lady, not as if I were writing to you a new commandment, but [simply reminding you of] the one which we have had from the beginning, that we [b]love and unselfishly seek the best for one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in accordance with His commandments and are guided continually by His precepts. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should [always] walk in love.
7 For many deceivers [heretics, posing as Christians] have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge and confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh (bodily form). This [person, the kind who does this] is the deceiver and the [c]antichrist [that is, the antagonist of Christ]. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you do not lose what we have accomplished together, but that you may receive a full and perfect reward [when He grants rewards to faithful believers]. 9 Anyone who runs on ahead and does not remain in the doctrine of Christ [that is, one who is not content with what He taught], does not have God; but the one who continues to remain in the teaching [of Christ does have God], he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching [but diminishes or adds to the doctrine of Christ], do not receive or welcome him into your house, and do not give him a greeting or any encouragement; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting [who encourages him or wishes him success, unwittingly] participates in his evil deeds. 12 I have many things to write to you, but I prefer not to do so with paper (papyrus) and black (ink); but I hope to come to you and speak with you [d]face to face, so that [e]your joy may be complete.
13 The children of your elect (chosen) sister greet you.
2 Tim. 2:14-26 (ESV)
14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, table to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
1 Corinthians 1:10-17 (ESV)
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.