Before you proceed, there are a few details you may want to know. This video blog was recorded on the afternoon of February 16th, 2017, initially uploaded on the 18th of the same month and published on the 3rd of March. To recap briefly, I voluntarily revealed my identity to my loving cousin, District Minister Mr. Joji Crisostomo, on the night of March 2nd, met with the district officer at a neutral location on March 5th and the official date on the circular letter was March 10th, 2017. These details are important to note and contextualize due to one fact. Although this video blog was recorded and published prior to expulsion, expulsion was not the result of the video’s release.
Some may say, “I thought this wasn’t about you?” To that, I would say this. To a great degree, you’re right. This isn’t about me. But, I would also say this to a lesser degree: The EVM administration made this about me on March 10th when they created the official circular letter. And they made this even more about me when they read my name aloud to every member this side of the coast on March 15th and March 16th of 2017. However, let’s try to refocus our thoughts on the abuses for the time being. The abuses committed by EVM and the EVM Administration are not just my issues. These are public issues. These abuses are not merely local, but, national and international. This is nuanced territory were traveling through so please pardon the seemingly inherent contradictions on my part. I hope you can empathize and forgive me. But, the EVM administration seems to have a recurring habit of making matters personal instead of keeping the focus on the full-context application of scriptures.
So… here we are and here we go.
I will never compel anyone to act against the will of their heart, or against their own beliefs. But, I also hope I’m not condemned for acting in unity with my own heart. I believe in free will. I’m not here to change your mind. You have to determine for yourself if you want to change your own. I’m not here to force anyone to act. You have to determine for yourself which specific actions or inactions will define your life.
This is my choice, which I believe is in alignment with the will of God. And if you don’t agree with me, I understand. I’ve been there.
However… If you’re ready to stand up to wolves and giants and accept the costs, let’s stand together, sing together, pray together and resist in peace.
So then “Why the need to release the video now?” I hope to make that clear as you proceed…
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?