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Friday, June 29, 2018



An open letter to PH Evangelical Church leaders: Don't put youselves on the same level as Roman Catholic priests



Composite photos from Rappler, Bishop Noel Alba Pantoja FB Page and Elmer Domingo Rañola Facebook account
Elmer Domingo Rañola, a member of the evangelical church group and a Former Assistant External Affairs Officer for Advocacy and Research at Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry wrote an open letter to the leaders of Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches following the latest reactions of Bro. Eddie Villanueva and Bishop Noel Alba Pantoja on the issue of Duterte calling God as "stupid.

Rañola said that the he is saddened that the revered Evangelical bishops are putting themselves on the same level as Roman Catholic priests. "Instead of taking offense, let us offer a better answer to the Presidential Question," he said.

Rañola defended Duterte and suggested that Evangelicals should not be offended as the president was not attacking "our God". He said, "Why should we, Evangelicals, take offense? Duterte wasn't attacking our God."

Read his full open letter below:

BECAUSE MANY EVANGELICALS ARE STILL REACTING WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING, LET ME SAY THE FOLLOWING, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO ALL MY CATHOLIC FRIENDS AND RELATIVES

(An Open Letter to Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches or PCEC)



Dear Bishop Noel Alba Pantoja:


Why should we, Evangelicals, take offense? Duterte wasn't attacking our God. If you will simply listen to his speech, he mentioned about "original sin" as taught by Roman Catholics. He talked about infant baptism which was supposed to ward off original sin inherited from Adam and Eve.


Remember that Roman Catholic teaching holds that if a child dies without having been baptised, even if he hasn't actually committed any sin yet, he will go to limbo or purgatory for infants and they will suffer there until they are purged of original sin. This was their teaching for centuries. But during the time of Pope Benedict, they are now saying there is no such place as limbo. The following is a quotation from the theological paper issued from Vatican during Benedict's reign:


“The conclusion of this study is that there are theological and liturgical reasons to hope that infants who die without baptism may be saved and brought into eternal happiness even if there is not an explicit teaching on this question found in revelation... There are reasons to hope that God will save these infants precisely because it was not possible (to baptize them).”


In other words, it was only very recently the Roman Catholic Church corrected itself but only as far as the teaching of limbo is concerned. And take note of the words they used: "...may be saved..." and "...There are reasons to hope..."This means they are not even sure what happens to infants when they die without baptism.



This really makes God look stupid because DUMB THEOLOGY MAKES A DUBM GOD. However, the God of the Bible is just or, in the words of PRRD, "has common sense."


We Evangelicals believe that a child cannot be accountable of a sin he did not commit. When he dies, he is covered by the sovereign grace of God. Baptism has nothing to do with it. In fact, it has nothing to do with our salvation "For by grace we have been saved through faith..." (Ephesians 2:8).


This is what David was talking about when his son died in infancy. He said, "But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me" (2 Samuel 12:23).


Therefore, I am saddened that our revered Evangelical bishops are putting themselves on the same level as Roman Catholic priests. Instead of taking offense, let us offer a better answer to the Presidential Question: Who is this stupid God? And the answer is simple: He is not the God the Bible teaches.


PRRD is a soul lost and he struggles to find the truth. Will you be a shepherd to him?


Source: Elmer Domingo Rañola