Let’s recap briefly. Three specific verses were previously used out-of-context to unjustly expel several households of the Manalo family, Ka Isaias Samson’s household, and many other households throughout the world. The three verses misused before were 2nd John 1:10-11, 2nd Tim. 2:16-17 and 1st Cor. 1:10. To paraphrase the full-intended context of the 1st chapter of 2nd John, we should not greet or encourage those that add to or subtract from the doctrine of Christ, and more specifically those that do not believe that Jesus is the Christ or Messiah, specifically the “antichrist”. Since every Christian believes that Jesus is the Christ or Messiah, this verse should never be used to expel any individual. Moving on, to paraphrase the full-intended context of 2nd Tim. 2:14-26, we should avoid irreverent babble like that of Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have 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. Lastly, to paraphrase the full-intended context of 1st Cor. 1: 10-17, we should all be united as one in Christ. Now, if a church administration’s ethics and behavior are consistent with the words of God and Christ, by all means, we should obey and follow their example. But if any church administration, group or individual, behaves in such a way that breaks the commands of Christ, how can a true Christian follow and be one with that individual or administration? In fact, to reiterate, none of the expulsion verses used above even mention the word “expel” or indicate that expulsion should be the course of action taken.
But there’s a development to this saga. Recent expulsions have added 1st Cor. 5:13 from the pastoral letter and removed the 2nd Tim. 2:16-17 verse (image reference below). One can reasonably suspect this is an attempt to correct their previous mistakes. A closer look at the substance of these verses creates further distraction and deception. Although the church only used verse 13 of 1st Cor. 5, lets fully enumerate the examples of those wicked individuals that deserve expulsion. Based on the full context of these verses, the instances where an expulsion is warranted are namely, a) the sexually immoral, b) a person who is greedy, c) an idolater, d) a reviler, f) a drunkard, and g) a swindler.
The distraction and deception are that EVM and The EVM administration used this additional verse but still continues to include the 2nd John 1:10-11 and 1 Cor. 1:10 passages, which we have already proven to be inapplicable to the expulsion of any Christian who believes in the risen Christ. Admittedly, the application of the 5th chapter of 1st Corinthians does enumerate those who should be justly expelled. However, also erroneously applying the out-of-context application of the 2nd John 1:10-11 and 1st Cor. 1:10 verses still serves as distractions and deceptions. Again, the latter two verses should not be grounds for expelling any individual as we have proved before. (link here)
Moreover, there are even instances when expulsion verses are not applied at all. (audio link here)
One can only wonder what other verses from the bible EVM will use in the future to create an even broader target of casualties.
The exercise of this approach of applying verses out-of-context can be likened to a cheap magician’s trick. Show the unsuspecting audience a half-truth in one hand, while you’re hiding another half-truth in the other. This is a simple yet more deviant slight of hand.
So let’s ask ourselves a few questions and allow our hearts to answer truthfully.
If the EVM administration uses the pulpit to say LOVE is the strongest but they themselves DO NOT love their enemies, how can any Christian be ONE WITH EVM?
For Christ himself said, “Do you think you deserve credit for merely loving those who love you? Even the godless do that! And if you do good only to those who do you good—is that so wonderful? Even sinners do that much!” (Luke 6:32-33 Living Bible)
Remember, The EVM administration is not above Christ. Christ is above the church administration and God is above all. Moreover, the true Church Administration is Christ and the Apostles. And if the behaviors of EVM and The EVM administration are inconsistent with the actions and teachings of Christ and the Apostles, how can any Christian, in good conscience, be ONE WITH EVM?
So when we attend the worship services, are we truly worshipping God and Christ or EVM’s interpretation of God and Christ?
Do we fear expulsion from the true Church Of Christ or do we merely fear disconnection from our friends and family?
Do we fear men more than God?
Although it’s clear that EVM and The EVM administration continues to misuse the bible to expel members of the body of Christ unjustly, let’s remember God’s forgiving stance when he said, “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. IF you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best of the land.” So let’s hope. Let’s hope against hope.
There will be a day of reckoning for all of us, members and leaders alike. But, teachers and leaders will be under a stricter judgment (James 3:1). One can only imagine what God would do to so-called leaders who diabolically uses God’s words out-of-context to strike fear into the hearts of unsuspecting brethren.
To the families who’s lives have been broken by unjust expulsions, remember that God is the final judge. Only He has the ultimate power to save and destroy. (James 4:12)
So let’s hope. Let’s hope against hope.
To EVM. To The EVM administration. There will be a day of reckoning.
Be One With God And Christ.
1 Corinthians Chapter 5 (NIV)
Dealing With a Case of Incest (Expel The Wicked Man)
5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? 3 For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. 4 So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh,[a][b] so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.
6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[c] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you
The Soul Who Sins Shall Die (Ezekiel 18:20-24)
20 cThe soul who sins shall die. dThe son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. eThe righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, fand the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
21 g“But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does hwhat is just and right, ihe shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 jNone of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 kHave I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? 24 lBut when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? mNone of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for nthe treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.
God Is The Final Judge (James 4:12 NIV)
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?