The author of this blog voluntarily revealed his identity to his cousin whom he loves, District Minister Mr. Joji Crisostomo on the night of March 2nd and met with a district officer at a neutral location on the afternoon of March 5th. The circular to expel the author was dated March 10th 2017. The circular was announced in worship services throughout the coast on March 15th and March 16th. Though admittedly there was a form of due process, I leave it to you to determine for yourselves if the process was either exhausted, limited, justified, or unjustified.
This was never about me. The focus should always be Christ and the gospel, the true Church Administration comprising of Christ and The Apostles, and God above all else. But for the case of this specific headline, I hope you can forgive me for sharing my personal experience.
The main topics of conversation during my nearly two-hour meeting with the district officer on March 5th were the biblical misuses committed by EVM while expelling the members of his own family and many other households throughout the world. This topic was never addressed head-on by the district officer and the response immediately veered towards the general ideas as to what would happen to my soul if I were expelled. I don’t know about you, but I’ve witnessed my fair share of friendly debates in my life, and generally, when your counterpart doesn’t have a direct answer to your question, they distract you by changing the subject.
But, let me be clear. I’m still looking for an explanation. I’ve reached out several times to friends in the ministry, requested to contact ministers whom I greatly respect and revere, but I have yet to receive a response.
But, again. This was not about me. The biblical misuses committed by EVM and The EVM administration are not just my issues. These are public issues. These are issues that concern every member inside the church and every non-member who may have a glint of interest in attending a Bible study. Our constitution as Christians is the Bible itself, and if any church organization not only misuses the Bible, but misuses it to expel its very own members, that should be the biggest red flag that sends a chill through your spine.
One of my main criticisms is how EVM, the very leader of this church organization, who should be defending the proper implementation of the gospel, misuses the gospel through out-of-context applications. For the record, one of the verses used to justify expelling this author was 1st Cor. 5:13 which states we should expel the wicked from among the congregation. Yet again, they failed to enumerate the specific examples in verses 11-12 that underline the wicked people we should excommunicate. They are namely, the sexually immoral, the greedy, the idolater, the reviler, a drunkard, and a swindler. I was never accused nor counseled for these specific acts of wickedness.
The 2nd expulsion verse used against this author was 2nd John 1:10-11 which encourages current members to disconnect from expelled members and not bid them Godspeed or encourage them in any way. However, the full context of this chapter as we now know specifies the specific people we shouldn’t bid Godspeed to which are those that don’t believe that Jesus is The Christ or Messiah. This may be news to some members of the EVM administration, and it’s not my intention to reveal any spoilers, but let me be perfectly clear. Yes. I do believe that Jesus Is The Christ and The Messiah.
The 3rd expulsion verse used was none other than 1st Cor. 1:10 to encourage everyone to be united. Please allow me to reiterate the full context. To paraphrase the full-intended context of 1st Cor. 1: 10-17, we should all be united as one in Christ. Before I address this topic directly, let me digress. There was once a time when I was “One With EVM”. That was during a time when I assumed EVM was also One With God And Christ. But the more I got to know him, even from a distance, I no longer found this to be true. If misusing the bible to expel and deceive the brethren isn’t enough proof of corruption, then nothing else will ever be proof.
So in case you haven’t noticed, let me remind you.
The wolves have taken over the sheep pen.
I’ve done my best to be united with Christ. But, I must confess. I don’t always succeed. I’m not the best husband, not the best friend, not the best son, and to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure I’m the best at anything. I have many character flaws, many weaknesses and God only knows how many times I have disappointed him. But I try my best. To a degree, this is my best. And I believe in my heart of hearts, I have defended the Gospel of Christ this past year in a manner that would make God proud and hopefully will result in Him having mercy on my soul.
I don’t know how many more hours God intends for my life, but I believe this was my finest hour.
May God have mercy on my soul.
May God have mercy on us all.
Cousin, Loved One, District Minister Mr. Joji Crisostomo (Right)