Religious Threat To Democracy


Having heard the news that a religious leader was displeased with President Noynoy Aquino when the latter did not take all the recommendations of the former for appointive positions in government, a high ranking official of the judiciary exclaimed, “These people are the biggest threat to our democracy!”

I know the man who said this. I believe he is a man of integrity. In his lengthy service to the Republic, there was no report of corruption nor any scandal wherein he was involved. He is a man of reasons and I believe what he said about such religion and their leaders.

On Target : Iglesia ni Cristo displeased with P-Noy?

By Ramon Tulfo / Columnist
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Posted date: August 06, 2010

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/metro/view/20100806-285354/Iglesia-ni-Cristo-displeased-with-P-Noy
PRESIDENT Noy, in his search for people to fill up key positions in his administration, has allegedly displeased a religious sect that supported him in the last election.

Iglesia ni Cristo’s Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo has allegedly written the President to ignore all his recommendees for some positions in government, according to a source close to Ka Eduardo, as he is known to his flock.

The source claimed that Ka Eduardo had said in his letter that the INC was freeing the President from the pressure of considering people recommended by the church for certain posts in his government.

My source inside the INC said there were positions that Ka Eduardo had asked P-Noy to fill up with persons from the ranks of the INC, but such requests were allegedly ignored.

The source added that the INC head had said that those whom P-Noy has appointed to key positions upon his recommendation can either be removed or they can choose to resign.

One of INC’s recommendees is Director Magtanggol Gatdula of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The source said the religious sect’s withdrawal of support from the Aquino administration is expected to have grave political repercussions for the fledgling administration. ###

I’m glad to know that there are now officials in our country that can notice the danger being posed by religious leaders that dictate who their members should vote for in an election, with the threat that they will be excommunicated if they do not follow! Such an act constitutes a blatant violation of the law of God that prohibits a religious leader to act like a lord to his flock!

I Peter 5:2-3

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.

Such an act also violates the Constitution of the Philippines that states that:

BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 881, OMNIBUS ELECTION CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES, ARTICLE XXII, ELECTION OFFENSES

Section 261. Prohibited Acts. - The following shall be guilty of an election offense:

(d) Coercion of subordinates. -

(1) Any public officer, or any officer of any public or private corporation or association, or any head, superior, or administrator of any religious organization, or any employer or land-owner who coerces or intimidates or compels, or in any manner influence, directly or indirectly, any of his subordinates or members or parishioners or employees or house helpers, tenants, overseers, farm helpers, tillers, or lease holders to aid, campaign or vote for or against any candidate or any aspirant for the nomination or selection of candidates.

This law, if not being ignored, is simply being regarded as a decoration (like jewelries and burloloys of a harlot) by the concerned authorities who should punish violators! There is leniency on the part of the COMELEC, the governing officials, and election candidates, because they take advantage of being favored by the wishes (Read: bloc-vote practice) of these religious leaders, who in turn favor them with an advantage over appointments and contracts in government! There appears to be matching favor for favor between politicians and these religious leaders who are both greedy of power and money! And the result is? A history and a culture of corruption in Philippine politics.

I am also a religious leader with quite a number of followers in the Philippines and around the world. In my 47 years of service to the Church of God, I have never compelled any member to vote for the candidate of my choice, or even threatened them of being excommunicated just because they did not vote for my candidate – after all a politician is not a sufficient reason to cast a member of the true church to hell.  A brother in Christ must be loved more than a politician outside the true church.

Galatians 6:10

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

The Iglesia ni Manalo (Iglesia ni Cristo) is strictly implementing this wrong practice of dictating to their members whom to vote for in an election. Members are deprived of their constitutional right to vote according to their conscience without any intimidation and coercion. They are also deprived of the Biblical right to choose for themselves.

Job34:4

Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

(Translation: Primary doctrines in the Church of Christ, page 127, written by Eraño G. Manalo. “Do not destroy the unity of the church even in terms of voting or otherwise because it involves sin that merits excommunication from the church.”)

Why is there a threat on our democracy from these practices in religion?

Granting that this religious group has gained grounds being in the majority of Philippine populace, the wish of the leader will be the deciding factor of who will lead the government, thus turning our government from democracy to religious dictatorship, and directly violating the inviolable provision of the Constitution that there must be separation of the church and the state! Simple deduction and undeniably true! I hope that our politicians realize the danger that follows if these practices are not corrected by proving that nobody is above the law including the leader of the largest religion in the country! These leaders must be punished!

Until next time, God willing.

May God Bless the Philippines!

Bro. Eli

About Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
"But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus Christ, to testify fully the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24

39 Responses to Religious Threat To Democracy

  1. mielmendoza says:

    Religious leaders have great influences among their members. Members are afraid to disobey their followers for the fear of being excommunicated. This lead to religious dictatorship. I am glad that despite the claim of iglesia ni manalo that they were the reasons why P-NOYwas elected, the president considered them a threat to our democracy. I believe, without the influence of a religious organizations, espcially, the influence of iglesia ni mana, our is a better place to live.

  2. Chelsea May says:

    Bro. Eli, Salamat sa Dios! Naramdaman ko po ang pagmamalasakit at pagibig sa sinabi mo na, “a brother in Christ must be loved more than a politician outside the true church”.

    To Pnoy, I’m glad there’s a new breed of politician in the land. I hope you stay firm in you principles.

  3. phillip says:

    I second the motion! – “These people are the biggest threat to our democracy!”

  4. rhina cruz says:

    God bless you always Bro Eli, Bro Daniel, all KNP/TP, brethrens in the MCGI, and fellow bloggers. It is a known fact that the inc ni manalo has long been toying with the laws of the land, most especially those involving elections. The inc ni manalo’s strategy is to keep captive all government officials so that none of their followers will be adjudged guilty in their pursuit of wealth through their “fake” relegion.
    It is very easy to pinpoint a government agency with inc ni manalo members, who even if they are not fit for the job, are accomodated by the beholden officials with the wrong and influenced notion that the inc ni manalo can influence results of election.
    Even if its against the law, nobody cares because the politicians also want to take advantage of the false inc ni manalo vote. Truly this is a threat to democracy and a cause for many injustices.
    Lets continue exposing the false claims of the fake religions and instead strive to spread the truth of God. May the Peace of the Almighty be always upon us.

  5. will says:

    # Isaiah 55:4
    Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
    Isaiah 55:3-5 (in Context) Isaiah 55 (Whole Chapter)

  6. Beiruth says:

    Proverbs 28:15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

  7. Christiandefenders says:

    This religious group of Manalo is just imitating what happened to the Spanish Era, wherein religion has been used to coerce people. I hope that the current administration in the Philippines will continue on its conviction to bring people to the righteous path. Just like what the President said, ” Tahakin natin ang landas na matuwid”.

  8. pol imperial says:

    I’m happy of your comment on this. Religious leaders sometimes are part of the problem not the solution.

  9. cj says:

    well thank God that our president is noynoy aquino. thank God also that we have bro eli soriano.

  10. Eds Wnyet says:

    This is how God works for those who love Him, May this present goverment
    Obtain guidance fron our Almighty God for the sake of more souls that needs salvation.
    Thanks be to God.

  11. vonsky says:

    Because of love for power, many of our politicians are being blinded. Hindi nakakapag-isip ng matino at ng tamang deduction. Gaya na ng sinabi na ni Bro. Eli, kung malaking factor ang INC sa pagkapanalo ni PNoy, dapat nanalo rin si Mar Roxas. Wala pa yatang 1M ang lamang ni VP Binay kay Sen. Roxas agaisnt sa 6M ni PNoy kay former Pres. Estrada.

  12. Jorovan Cabigas says:

    Thank God for those people and politicians that follow their good conscience to serve the country.

    To those politicians who only serve for their own good may God rebuke your ways and change your hearts!

    God Bless the Philippines!

  13. The INCM is really the biggest threat to our democracy! They want to rule the Philippines, in fact during Gloria administration they are the one who rule the country and not Gloria. During those time Gloria is just such a puppet or dummy(of INCM)! And now God hear the prayer of His people to have a president that can’t be dictated by the INCM! May God bless our country and our President!

    All glory be to God!

  14. 1nn3rm4n says:

    i agree, i hope PNoy stand on his principles and his way of judgment.

  15. Espogi says:

    I have observed that when the Old Testament is not in favor of your own set of beliefs you simply dismiss it as applicable only to the Jews or “Israelites” and not to present-day Christians. But when it is in favor of your own set of beliefs you also quote it as basis of your answers. Why is that so? How do you know when is it applicable to whom and when is it not without being bias to your own set of beliefs? Please explain.

  16. Jessie says:

    A true religious leader should also support the state and the people who govern it to uphold the good laws for it’s people. Again, some laws made are abused by men to exercise their right to harm and hurt others. Good laws should always promote true peace not division among people and morality.

  17. rene says:

    I JUST HOPE THAT P-NOY IS AWARE OF THIS RELIGIOUS TREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY!

  18. Maloney M. Datanagan says:

    Let us pray for the goodness of our country. We the true believers of truth that if GOD our Father will work no one can interfere. We the Member of the Church of God International Let us Pursue our goal in bringing the Truth in every nation. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! Ang mahawakan muli ang kamay nang aming mangangaral at makitang nagsasalita sa aming harapan ang pinapangarap namin.

  19. Jocervania says:

    This is another eye-opener for all members of INC and other religious denominations. How they leader manipulated them without knowing and how will they ask to return the favor they gave. Thanks be to God, that there is Bro. Eli Soriano, brave to bring out all their evil desire to public.
    The best thing we can do now as a citizen, pray for our present government….P-noy started to fight corruption…lets all help him to target his objective in our own little good ways. The enemy of democracy maybe mightier than the president, but the will power of the people is greater than them. The will to have a good government and peaceful community.

  20. Mervin says:

    How I wish bro. Eli to be P-Noy’s political adviser. I’m pretty much sure Philippnes would be the most beautiful place to live in.

    If only P-Noy would have a chance to meet bro. Eli in person, considering the wisdom the latter possess, and the value and integrity he learned from almost 47 years of untiring service in the ministry, even less-than-an-hour of their conversation is enough to convince the former how efficient the latter to be his political adviser.

    I hope someday my wish will become a reality.

  21. nellie says:

    I don’t believe anymore that INC group led by Mr. Manalo constitutes major part of the Filipino voters! Go, go, go! Mr. President… don’t be threatened by them! Don’t allow our democracy to be trampled upon by this kind of religious leaders! I salute you, PNoy!!!!

  22. beth ignacio says:

    “A brother in Christ must be loved more than a politician outside the true church.” . . . perfectly stated, thanks be to God for having bro Eli . . .

    “These people are the biggest threat to our democracy.” . . . thanks be to God, these politicians are now voicing out . . . a GIANT STEP to fulfill the campaign of PNoy – “Tahakin natin ang landas na matuwid.” TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

    WAKE-UP! Non-members of the true church, please be aware that the mission of bro Eli is to help each and everyone to be saved.

  23. joel says:

    What can we expect from the most influential peddler in government. Way too greedy! they are already a multi billionaire, mind you in dollar not in peso!

  24. elynaex says:

    Hi Espogi,

    That was also my question before, but if you would continue watching bro.Eli, you will prove to yourself that the doctrines we follow are the doctrines of Christ.

    Better yet, you can now ask Bro.Eli Soriano through tweeter (@BroEliSoriano) or live via internet (http://www.livestream.com/broEliSoriano) thursday morning, around 5am-8 or 9am phil time. Get the answers straight from Bro.Eli himself.

    Praying for your enlightenment. May the Lord bless and keep you always!

  25. eijnuj says:

    Thank’s GOD the Father for this, that he give good direction to our new President Noynoy Aquino.
    I hope most manalista in the goverment post will be remove.Really they are the treat to democracy.
    They are liar and wrongdoer and their teaching to their member is to kill their oponent.
    Their ministers can’t go without gun in their body.Imagine this kind of religious group saying that they are the true Christian and they alone will be save?hatred is their in their hearth.
    They belive that Jesus Christ is man and felix manalo is angel?hu!crazy!

  26. anna says:

    good job P-Noy! Lets all pray for the real freedom and democracy in the Philippines. God bless us.

  27. Paul Michael Casis says:

    nah,those INCM trash….who do they think they are,anyway? they do not constitute the major population in this country yet they still act as though they could always run the show and make things happen according to the whims of their caprices. just jerk-off,Ed Manalo. on the contrary,your surname doesn’t bear the true essence of victory. this religious mafia has to be once and for all and unanimously be placed rightly where they belong —— in the galaxy.

  28. Paul Michael Casis says:

    it is my utmost desire that Bro. Eli become PNoy’s Spiritual,if not Political adviser. I greatly endear these men in my life. Bro.Eli being my Father in Faith and PNoy being the ideal man for the Philippine Presidency.Both bachelors if i may add.Keep it up PNoy.it is just so apparent that President Noynoy has acquired his Father’s fortitude and integrity and his mom’s upright judgment.

  29. Ericson L. Guanzon says:

    If you fight against the true church of God, then you are fighting against God. Frankly speaking, they are no longer a threat, but a menace to our society and to the propagation of the truth, but they will never prevail, for God knew along time ago that they have dark deeds. God has a back up plan.

    4 days ago (according to town folks) there was a shooting incident in Laguna and it involves one of their members, drug matters, he shot the boy hitting him 3 times, and the boy died instantly. I saw a lot of people outside the streets taking turns in looking at the dead body. The shooter was never apprehended. Are they protecting him?

    But it was no big deal anymore, for we knew what kind of people we are dealing with. So take care guys and never ever confront this people without a back up or people around you. Just leave fast, once confronted.

  30. JERIC says:

    Thanks be to God of Israel for His unspeakable gift

  31. joseph says:

    “A brother in Christ must be loved more than a politician outside the true church.”
    Tama!

  32. Eugine says:

    Just like what God did to the Babylonians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Philistines, and even to the Roman Empire, HE WILL CRUSH THOSE WHO OPPOSE HIS PEOPLE. The demise of Iglesia ni Manalo has already started. Praise GOD ALMIGHTY!

  33. Zenon C Licayan says:

    how can i share this blog on facebook?

  34. gabriel says:

    im very sad for my friends in incm
    that they ara being used for evil deeds what a shame

  35. Reasoning says:

    This is one of the many reasons why some government officials want a strict separation of the state and church. Meaning that the church may NOT intervene with government decisions since religion is only for spiritual wellness or something like that.
    I salute you for this Bro. Eli, for you are not abusing your power as a spiritual leader when it comes to this situation. But this is NOT the greatest threat to democracy.

  36. jeanne says:

    thanks Bro Eli for sharing this one!!! This made us realize everyone what is best for our country…

  37. carlito cespedes says:

    May our Lord guide our president

  38. elmantheman says:

    This post of Bro Eli is timeless. As time goes by, you’ll witness the turn of events unfold, even if you turn a blind eye in the past, you’ll realize he’s telling the truth.

    This is one of the ills of society, religious leaders who don’t only peddle the word of God but also their members; while the latter blindly follow the former to the ditch!

    Thanks be to God for our spiritual leaders, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel who both godly-step-up willing and glad to spend and be spent for our soul, moved by godly love and compassion.

    2 Corinthians 12:15 NKJV

    And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.

  39. Rose Belt says:

    I hope PNoy will continue his good decisions.

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