THE REFORMED CHURCH AND THE CAT-AND-MOUSE GAME

Cat and mouse, often expressed as cat-and-mouse game, is an English-language idiom dating back to 1675 that means “a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes.”[1] The “cat” is unable to secure a definitive victory over the “mouse”, who despite not being able to defeat the cat, is able to avoid capture. In extreme cases, the idiom may imply that the contest is never-ending. The term is derived from the hunting behavior of domestic cats, which often appear to “play” with prey by releasing it after capture. This behavior is due to an instinctive imperative to ensure that the prey is weak enough to be killed without endangering the cat.[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_and_Mouse]

What does a church got to do with cats and mice?

Yesterday, I got a call from a very good friend who was deeply concerned about his weakening faith in the Church. He started his story with an instruction he received in the worship service stating that should any member hear someone speak against, or question the Church administration, it should be duly noted and reported to the Elders of the Congregation. Please take note that “speaking against” the Church administration has no borders.  The offense could be as simple as liking or sharing a post in Facebook. Or it could be as simple as someone hating the blue dress you wore at the church service.

One might ask how such instruction can benefit the church, other than silencing the opposition, while the rest of the “not targeted group” can have a field day on anyone in opposition, either inside or outside the church.  Is this a willful and malicious act to further disunite members?

What happened to the days when the goal of going to church is to seek spiritual guidance and seek peace in the midst of life’s difficulties and challenges?  Why is the Church overemphasizing unity with the Church Administration, instead of UNITY WITH GOD?  Why are members set in opposition or combat, against one another?  Is the Church starting to lose its grip on its members?

The IGLESIA NI CRISTO holds many traditional beliefs, and the members obey rigid disciplines. It’s a very STRUCTURED organization that existed seamlessly for over a hundred years.  Those long time beliefs and traditions are now being challenged, causing the church to fracture under the weight of opposing views.

Finally, before my friend and I parted, he made a very serious statement – THIS IS NOT THE SAME CHURCH  I KNEW BEFORE.

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15 thoughts on “THE REFORMED CHURCH AND THE CAT-AND-MOUSE GAME

  1. Yes, It’s no longer the same Church Indeed. Who in the Sanggunian has a long exposure to Catholicism ? Who promoted the kneeling and kissing the hand of EVM? Why, during EVM’s worship service, that they started praying like Catholics ? Now here comes thumb print…what’s next ?? A marking on your foreheads…..THE DEVIL IS AMONGST YOU

    WAKE UP BRETHREN….LOOK AROUND YOU BEFORE JEZEBEL COMPLETELY TURNS THE CHURCH WE LOVE INTO SOMETHING ELSE AND COMPLETELY TURN US AGAINST EACH OTHER WHILST SHE AND HER GOONS LAUGHS THEIR ASS OFF ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK WHICH, BY THE WAY, YOU AND I HAS CONTRIBUTED INTO.
    IT ONLY TOOK THEM 6 YEARS TO DESTROY 95 YEARS OF CAREFUL TENDING BY BRO. FELIX AND BRO. ERANO.

    We are NOT your enemy brethren, think about it. May God help us

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      1. Elisea, please don’t waste your energy reading and getting upset. We are not trying to convince anyone here. Don’t listen to your doctor, or next time you have a legal issue, don’t listen to your attorney either, because THEY ARE NOT INC.

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  2. hello, just wondering if you can come up with a list or summary of solutions you think this predicament we have can be solved.. it will be a big help for us members on both sides.. instead of trying to bitch at each other.. we will focus on how to resolve our problem. for me , here are the possible scenarios.

    1st; ka Evm will suspend those involved members of the sangunian.. he can do it under the table without letting members know about it, as explained by ka jun castillo’s facebook, his famous cebu incident, EGM doesnt want to give in on our brethren’s demand as this will be a prelude to more demands in the future. as the problem who will replace these sangunian.. well our main finance office is composed of hundreds of members.. so it wont be paralyzed with just the expulsion of its head, most tagapagturo ( professors) at NEU BEM are retired district ministers and trusted loyals to the church adiministration that can form as a temporary council .

    2nd: “The case will stand or fall on its merits.” thats what Noynoy said, well why not.. lets give justice its chance and truth will prevail. the only possible outcome will be either ka samson will win or sanggunian will win.. lets say ka samson wins.. then let our doctrine of brotherly love prevails. leniency would be the name of the game. let these sangunian retire and mediate in peace. well they were once righteous until they were tempted.. let them go on self exile. say sanggunian wins, first humilty should first seen from ka EVM. alls well .. ends well.. so ka EVM will talk to his mom, siblings,and reach out to the other side, give them special worship service dedicated for real unification and forgiveness.. but still with the tainted names of these sanggunian, let them retire, dont give them their old posts.

    3rd: if sangunian will be in full battle gear, use ka EVM as their shield,prevent the due process of the case, sow terror by more pagtitiwalag,..then this will be chaos, i will suggest that only a simulated mass movement can get the attention of ka EVM,this movement will not try to overthrow ka EVM.. instead the sanggunian will be the sole target (just to make things clear). the silent minority should start asap to make plans for a large scale vigil or rally.. this should be a coordinated effort.. we are lucky we have social media nowadays, for sure tens of thousand will be joining this protest, media will sure be a big help too. if this movement will be uncontrolled, it maybe the beginning of AE another era, according to antonio ebangelista, Manalo might be out of the scene or Ka angel will be the new TP and Ka EVM will have another faction. this would be a nightmare, God have mercy on us. so if there will be any movement from the silent protesters, make sure that ka EVM will always be our TP..

    any suggestions or advices will be greatly appreciated,

    Jay Manuel

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    1. I’m behind you on your suggestions, however, we are not in control of the actions of the parties involved to settle the issues the Church is confronted with. If I come up with any ideas within our control, I will let you know, or feel free to post your suggestions. I firmly believe, each individual’s actions in the Church is vital to conflict resolution.

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      1. Why is it creepy? You don’t know me. I probably know more people inside the church than you do. Unlike you, I’m not under cover, so you can find out if you try hard. Are you a Minister or just a member in Kuwait? Sounds familiar? Alfadhel Aviation? You want me to tell you more?

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  3. Dear Spowers, your articles are an eye-opener. It will reach the right audience in due time. Just laugh off the negative comments with a “Thank you, best regards” note. I’ve had my share of “hate” comments and believe me it will not be worthwhile to convince an issue to a closed mind.

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      1. For you elisea…..you are so dumb. Why not open your big eyes…wake up girl…..you might be
        in the road to the LAKE OF FIRE…..I am not a tiwalag ok…..Clean your eyes of muta..so you can see better.

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