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Wednesday, June 20, 2018



UP Doctor educates Archbishop Villegas with bible verses



University of the Philippines (UP) alumna Dr. Ethel Pineda  recently took to Facebook to share her thoughts to Archbishop Socrates Villegas.
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In her post, Pineda started out by quoting Villegas saying, “They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary.”

The first thing Pineda asked Villegas was who he meant by “they”.

Pineda assumed that it could be the Duterte administration that the archbishop meant. With this, she challenged Villegas that if it is Duterte and his administration that he meant, he should just go ahead and say it outright.
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She goes on to say that Villegas is “misleading his flock” by spreading innuendos without proof nor evidence.

Archbishop Villegas has always been vocal about his dissent with the increasing killings of people untried in court that have been occurring under the Duterte administration.
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Pineda proceeded on to share bible verses that talk about Catholics following their leaders because they are the ones “chosen by God”.

Some of the bible verses she shared talked about how every person should “obey the leaders of the land”. It is said that power only comes from God therefore the power that these leaders possess are given by God alone. 

The bible verse also said that those who do not follow their leaders “is working against what God has done.” It also said that if people are just doing the right thing, there is nothing to be afraid of the leaders of the land.
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Ending her post, Pineda says that this all means that Archbishops Villegas and all Catholics must follow and obey President Rodrigo Duterte.

Read her full post here:

"They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary."

Who are "they," Archbishop Socrates Villegas?
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Do you mean this government? Why don't you say it outright, instead of couching your assertions in pronouns? Why don't you, so you can provide the people proof that it is the government doing the killing, if you are so sure of that. Innuendos do not build a case. They mislead. Something that a true shepherd will not do to his flock.

Do you know who killed the priests? Do tell us, because we, too, want to see the face of the "outrageously evil" murderers. Tell the police. Help bring them to justice. That is your civic duty.
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It is very disturbing and plainly disappointing that the Catholic Church chooses to side with the forces that conspire and scheme to bring down the duly-elected president who enjoys unprecedented popular support.

Archbishop Villegas. Isn't this what the Bible says?

"Every person must obey the leaders of the land. There is no power given but from God, and all leaders are allowed by God. 2 The person who does not obey the leaders of the land is working against what God has done. Anyone who does that will be punished.

3 Those who do right do not have to be afraid of the leaders. Those who do wrong are afraid of them. 
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Do you want to be free from fear of them? Then do what is right. You will be respected instead. 4 Leaders are God’s servants to help you. If you do wrong, you should be afraid. They have the power to punish you. They work for God. They do what God wants done to those who do wrong.

5 You must obey the leaders of the land, not only to keep from God’s anger, but so your own heart will have peace."

Romans 13.

But wait, there's more! 

Romans 13:6 says something that's tailor made for you.

"6 It is right for you to pay taxes because the leaders of the land are servants for God who care for these things. 7 Pay taxes to whom taxes are to be paid. "

Sweet. 

Not only do you have to obey the president you disdain. You have to pay taxes, too.

For the Bible tells us so."


Source: Ethel Pineda