Monthly Archives: April 2011

2012 WE CARE EVANGELISM CAMPAIGN SCHEDULE IN THE PHILIPPINES

April 20 – Friday evening flight by PAL from San Francisco to Manila.

April 22 – Sunday afternoon arrival in Calasiao, Pangasinan , Philippines.

April 23-24 – WE CARE Evangelism Workshop for Calasiao- Dagupan City area.

April 25 -Wednesday, door knocking day time and Gospel Meeting evening.

April 26-27, Workshop on WE CARE Evangelism at the Philippine Theological College (PTC) in Bugallon, Pangasinan through Bro. Junas Sagurit, President of PTC, and Pangasinan preachers-evangelists.

April 30-May 1, Workshop on WE CARE Evangelism at the Philippine Bible College (PBC ) in Baguio City through the coordination of Bro. Cris Sacayanan, PBC Director, Bro. Eusebio Tanicala, Bro. John Quiniones, Bro. Tommy Mapalo, preachers-evangelists in Baguio City and La Union area.

May 3, Thursday , door knocking in Baguio City neighborhood.

May 5-7 , Workshop on WE CARE Evangelism at the Manila School of Evangelism to be followed by Door Knocking in selected Metro Manila neighborhood, through the coordination of Bro. Jun Patricio, Bro. Bert, Bro. Philip Dumawa, preachers-evangelists from Metro Manila.

NOTE: Bro. Steven Prine is preaching on Sunday at the worship services of host congregation.

WE CARE EVANGELISM CAMPAIGN TEAM:

Bro. Steven Prine, Deacon, in-charge of Missions & Evangelism, Turlock Church of Christ, Turlock, California, USA. Bro Steven Prine is a veteran of many WE CARE Evangelism campaigns throughout the United States , the latest of which was hosted by the Upland Church of Christ in Southern California with a fruitful result of 41 immediate baptisms; Sis. Angela Prine, wife of Bro. Steven Prine.

Bro. Art Gabot Madlaing, former elder and now one of the evangelists of the Golden Gate Church of Christ in San Francisco, California, USA. Art had used the WE CARE Evangelism approach resulting in more than 80% of the baptisms at the Golden Gate congregation for the past five years.
Sis. Virginia Jimenez Madlaing, wife of Bro. Art Gabot Madlaing. She is an alumnus of the Philippine Bible College in Baguio City .

Plus possible minister-evangelist (and spouse) from Texas , USA.

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CONGREGATIONAL FELLOWSHIP

More than 200 joined the inter-congregational fellowship that was held at the covered court of the Philippine Theological College in Bugallon, Pangasinan on April 21st. Morning speaker for the adult group was Eusebio Tanicala while the youth group was presided over by brethren Ruben Mendoza and Efren Esteban. The program was arranged by the brethren of Binalonan, Pangasinan with the theme “Pangangaral ng Evangelio – Noon at Ngayon.” #

TEACHING CHILDREN SEMINAR IN SAN JOSE CITY, N.E.

Sister Betty Garnett of Camp Wood, Texas shared her ideas and experiences on teaching children with a group of women who came together in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija last April 14-16. Classes were held in a public school classroom at the Encarnacion Subdivision.
For the men, the whole Book of Galatians was expounded. The various sections of the Book were explained by Felipe Cariaga, Ken Wilkey, Brian Garnett and Felipe Cariaga.
Lessons on the Christian family were given in two evenings by Brian Garnett and Eusebio Tanicala. Brethren Regie Valdez and Edward Tangunan served as coordinators of this affair. #

CHAPEL INAUGURATION IN BELANCE

Brother Louie Sagadraca tells about the April 10 chapel inauguration in Belance, Nueva Vizcaya built by the Vicente & Belen Tulas family on a 300 square meter lot. With the completion of this project, the congregation will surely enjoy a more comfortable place to worship the Lord God. Although Vicente Tulas lives in Baguio, he joins the Belance brethren at least one Lord’s Day each month. #

Trainings held in Ilocos Sur

QUIRINO, ILOCOS SUR- From April 6-9, brethren Rudy Mercado, Edward Tangunan, Ken Wilkey, Dick Baguioen, Dany Calapen and Eusebio Tanicala were with the poblacion congregation in Quirino, Ilocos Sur. Representative leaders from the towns of Buguias and San Emilio joined the members in Nasuco and poblacion. Rudy Mercado gave lessons on how to improve congregational singing and taught them how to sing new songs. Lessons on discipleship were reviewed with the congregational leaders.
Evangelists Marcos Macario and Arturo Galusan working in the eastern towns of Ilocos Sur were present. #

BELIEVING CHILDREN = FAITHFUL CHILDREN

Believing Children=Faithful Children

Question:   Does the Greek word pista  variously translated “believing” or “faithful” in Titus 1:6 refer to unbaptized, non-member children of matured church leaders who aspire to the office of bishop?

Answer:    There are several shades of meaning of the word “believe.” First, Thayer points out that it could be  “used in ref. to God in various senses: aa. It denotes the mere acknowledgment of his existence:…Jas 2:19” In another section of his lexicon he tells us, “…subjectively: Eph iv.13, where c. Meyer; in the sense of a mere acknowledgment of divine things and of the claims of Christianity, Jas. ii.14, 17.”  This is the kind of faith described in John 12:42. This is called the passive meaning of belief or faith.

Second, there is also the active meaning which Thayer has in his lexicon: “…in the N.T. of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it: Heb. 11:1…” This is the kind of faith described in James 2:20-26; Hebrews 11:1-40; Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21-23; John 12:45-50; 14:15; 15:14; 2 John 9; 2Thes 1:8.

This expression “believing children” or “faithful children” should be taken in the context of elders’ appointment or ordination. So the Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament says, “Certain persons are described as believing in reference to their conversion to Christianity: Thus Acts 16:1 describes Timothy as the son of a Jewish woman who had become a believer (gunaikos Ioudaias pistis); Col. 1:2 speaks of faithful brethren, 1Tim. 6:2 of believing masters, and Titus 1:6 of believing children. Finally, used absolutely pistoi means believers=Christians (so 2 Cor 6:15; Eph 1:1; 1Tim 4:10,12;5:16). In Acts 10:45 oi ek peritomis pistoi are ‘the Christians from among the circumcised’ (=Jewish Christians)”

Related to the qualification of aspiring elders having “believing children” or “faithful children” or “children that believe” the active meaning of pista should be preferred to the passive meaning. The “believing children” should be as their father who aspires to the office of an elder:

(1) The “believing children” should be as their father is: one who holds to the same doctrines about God, the Bible, the Church, Salvation because an Elder is an able teacher (1Tim 3:2) and “holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9); but how could the elder truly carry out these responsibilities if his “believing children” attend denominational groups who don’t believe in water baptism, don’t believe in the NT organization of the church, who are premillennialists, don’t believe in the deity of Christ, don’t believe in the trinity, etc.? Mere mental assent to the historical or philosophical reality of biblical items is not the meaning in Titus 1:6.

(2) “One who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence” (1Tim 3:4) demands that we take the active meaning of the word “pista” for how could we picture an elder’s children who claim to merely believe the Bible  but don’t go to church and are not baptized?  Is he truly ruling his household well? Do the children hold their father up with reverence if they don’t go to church or are not baptized when their father insists that the church is important and baptism is essential to complete obedience? I don’t think that children who don’t agree with their aspiring father about the essentiality of church membership, being baptized, and church attendance really hold their father in reverence.

(3) “(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will be take care of the church of God?)” 1Tim. 3:5. How could an elder tell members of the church the importance of doctrines if his own children don’t believe in the doctrine he’s teaching in church? How could an elder tell members of the church the importance of attending church services if his own children don’t attend church? How could an elder tell members of the church that baptism is essential to salvation if his children are told that merely believing is okay?

Conclusion:  The better way of interpreting “believing children” therefore is to take the active meaning of the word pista that is found in Titus 1:6 and in the context of elders ruling well in the family of God, the church.

Questions and comments are welcome.  (E.Tanicala 1-2-11)

HOMOSEXUALITY

Brother Jun Patricio asks, “When a law of the land differs from the laws of God, what will be our position?” Since our brother doesn’t come out with specific cases, we bring out major developments in our modern society.

Theologians and Bible students have different backgrounds and different orientations. They start with various assumptions and come out with different conclusions. There are existentialist theologians, liberal theologians, universalists, humanists, fundamentalists, conservatives, etc. We now live in a post modern and pluralist society. So we must expect the presence of varied ideas.

Our topic for this post is HOMOSEXUALITY. Homosexuality is defined as “(1) Sexual attraction toward a person of the same sex. (2) Sexual relations between persons of the same sex.”  (Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary)

Medical scientists and social scientists are divided on the cause of homosexuality. On one hand some believe that this thing is genetically derived while others say it is a psychological development in an individual. Some believe that effeminateness is hormonally induced as much as femininity is basically hormonal.  Others, however, say effeminateness could be a psychological escape from reality.

In the most recent election, a party list called “Ang Ladlad” came out for the advocacy of the rights of the third sex. “Ladlad” used as a verb in the Iloco dialect suggests a position of the human body being helplessly pushed down on the ground or on the floor by another. But in the context of our modern society, the verb now takes the opposite meaning. Instead of being helplessly pushed down by another, it means being leisurely and pleasurably pushed down on the ground or on the floor or on a bed by same sex partners.

We are all familiar with a noontime TV show host who is a transvestite. He was a male actor in the past, but now parades herself as a female performer. You are familiar with a TV host who specializes in the entertainment business who openly declares having a “live-in partner” of the same gender.  Across the sea, we hear and read about “same sex marriages” being legalized in several states of the Union of the US.

Let’s review some passages which prohibit homosexuality.

Leviticus 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” (NKJV) The New Living Translation says: “Do not practice homosexuality. It is a detestable sin.”

Leviticus 20:13, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” (NKJV) The NLT says: “The penalty for homosexual acts is death to both parties. They have committed a detestable act and are guilty of a capital offense.”

Deuteronomy  23:17, “There shall be no ritual harlot of the daughters of Israel, or a perverted one of the sons of Israel.” (Footnote: Heb. Qedesha, feminie of qadesh. Hebrew: qadesh, one practicing sodomy and prostitution in religious rituals.-NKJV) The NLT says: “No Israelite man or woman may ever become a temple prostitute.”

Judges 19:22, “As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, ‘Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally.” (NKJV) The NLT says: “While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men in the town surrounded the house. They began beating at the door and shouting to the old man, ‘Bring out the man who is staying with you so we can have sex with him.” (Read the rest of chapter 19 to see the perversion of these men. Read chapter 20 on how the tribe of Benjamin was punished for this crime of bestiality.)

Romans 1:26, 27 condemns same sex marriages and homosexuality. The NLT says: “That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationship with women, burned with lust of for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved.”

We read 1 Cor. 6:9, “… Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers – none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.” (NLT)

1 Thes. 4:4-5, “Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor – not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways.”

Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” The NLT says: “Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.”

Ephesians 5:22-33 talks about husband-wife (male-female) partnership in marriage. This is understood as God’s arrangement and law. Male and female should be the parties in marriage. That is how God created Adam and Eve in the beginning.  Our present Family Code also specifies a male-female partnership in marriage. But our Philippine society is moving towards a change. Modern society no longer frowns upon open homosexuality. Modern society should not change any God-given law. Where do Churches of Christ preachers stand?

Man’s law now differs from God’s law. What is our position? © (Eusebio Tanicala, 2.9.11)