Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines Committee on Doctrine and Polity (CODAP) on the G12 movement:

The following statement was drafted by the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines Committee on Doctrine and Polity (CODAP) on the G12 movement.

Obtained by permission.

The CAMACOP Committee on Doctrine and Polity met for the first time on September 20, 2011 under the auspices of the Division of General and Theological Education (DGTE) and upon the express instruction of the Executive Bishop to discuss a matter that now presses itself against our churches, even as it has led to many distressing controversies and divisions in other evangelical denominations and churches in the Philippines.

We refer to the Colombian G12 Movement of Pastor Cesar Ramirez Castellanos.
Because of the urgency of the situation, members of the Committee reached a consensus to issue a statement that will deal with the broader issues occasioned by the onslaught of the G12 movement and recommend to the National Board of Trustees specific courses of action to address the challenges it raises to our biblical and denominational heritage.

Members agreed that the statement will not as of yet deal with the specific contexts in which it may have taken root in some of our very own Alliance churches but will instead address the immediate and urgent doctrinal and hermeneutical excesses of this new religious movement that has already taken hold of so much of evangelical Christianity from North to South.

First, we appreciate the good intentions of the movement: the stress on strong leadership and the development of good leaders for the movement’s small groups, the design for small groups as a place for nurture, the desire to reach out to many, the emphasis on rigorous training for members of the movement , the recognition of prayer as essential to the life of believers. We do not deny that this movement – even across different countries and contexts – has seen tremendous numerical growth in churches that have adopted its methods.

No doubt, these are some of the big things that attract many pastors and church leaders to the movement.

Nevertheless there are features of the G12 Movement that raise for us flags of alarm, particularly because they contradict the teaching of scripture itself as well as undermine the vitality of our denominational heritage; numerical growth by itself is not a justification to upend biblical teaching, nor is it a true measure of success and faithfulness to God’s call. More often than not, numerical growth only masks under a veneer of apparent ministerial success the terrible toll it has exacted on truth and relationships.

Our statement clusters the issues on the G12 Movement around two main themes, which we discuss below:

On the Apostleship of the 12 and the Super-Apostleship of Pastor Cesar Ramirez Castellanos

The G12 Movement draws its name from the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ; But ignoring scriptural warrants for church leadership patterns,Castellanos claims the time has come to end all other ecclesiastical modalities, whether Presbyterian, congregational, Episcopalian or Diocesan, in favor of this leadership of the 12, with him as its Super-Apostle.

This new movement of the Spirit, according to him, requires nothing less than the abolition of established structures of churches of whatever Christian heritage or denomination. This, according to Castellanos, is the “new wineskin” being revealed by the Holy Spirit to the present time.

In denominational terms, Castellanos rejects the leadership of pastors, elders, deacons and deaconesses, and would have these yield to a vertical structure of leaders or apostles, who, using multi-level marketing techniques, lord it over the people – the members of their groups of 12 people.

The movement assumes a New Age-like mantle with its absolute insistence on the number “12” as the rule of faith and life: as a leader, your group has to be of 12 members and nothing less, because that is what – according to Castellanos – the Scripture demands.

Moreover, the so-called apostles or group leaders exercise frighteningly totalitarian powers, as the structure and system of the G12 Movement requires absolute obedience to leaders from followers.

Its very name opens the leadership structure of the G12 Movement to abuse. It exhibits cultic tendencies in this regard, as members of a group of 12 organized around a leader are expected to surrender to the dictat of the leader, who exercises his or her leadership according to tried-and-tested mind manipulation techniques. It cannot be gainsaid that this is the secret to its success – the absolute obedience demanded of members to produce results according to the “vision.”

Yet this feature of the G12 leadership approach is undeniably a mark of a cultic movement and it must be exposed for what it is.

We reject this New Age numerology of the G12 as a distortion of scriptural teaching as well as an utter rejection of our denominational heritage in the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

The deification of the number 12 in the G12 constitution is arbitrary and without scriptural warrant.

The dictatorial imposition of the leadership in the G12 Movement is contrary to the freedom we have in Christ. It is true that we are called to communal life as Christians, but it does not mean that we are to lose our individual identities in groupthink. Human dignity and the integrity of the individual eschew any view that places a person at the absolute control of the community.

The gift of conscience does and will not allow that.

Coercion or any manipulative technique designed to solicit unconditional loyalty of members is contrary to Christ’s teaching on the freedom of the believer.” It is for freedom that Christ has set us free,” said the Apostle Paul. “Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5:1, NIV).

In the New Testament, we have the example of the Bereans, who, as scriptures says, “were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11).

This scriptural precept flies in the face of the G12 Movement’s claim that to the leaders must be reserved an unquestioning obedience. We are told to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people (Jude 1:3), as well as to see to it that we are not swayed by any unsound teaching (1 Tim. 6:2–4; 2 Tim. 1:12–14). It is not only the responsibility of leaders – but of every believer in Christ – to keep life and doctrine together.

The Gospel is not surrender of the intellect to machine-like obeisance; on the contrary, the Good News of Jesus Christ constantly challenges and engages Christians to exercise their minds to the fullest with both humility and diligence. Indeed, the Lordship of Jesus Christ requires no less than the full engagement of our whole being to His call to responsibility in all spheres of life.

Thus, we cannot speak of Christian responsibility in all spheres of life where a church promotes unthinking obedience among its members.

It is not surprising that the G12 Movement has proven to be divisive. Churches and denominations had been rent asunder because of its monolithic structural requirement. As we write, we hear of many reports from other Christian denominations and organizations that had been wracked by tension and conflict as a result of the introduction of G12 teachings and practices.

Castellanos does not allow his G12 Movement to be placed on top of an old foundation, which is ironic, considering that he himself admits he borrowed the essentials of his system from the Korean church started by David Yonggi Cho.

Neither does he allow the use of other materials alongside the G12 movement’s own materials. And the slightest modifications are considered serious deviations.
Needless to say, this cornerstone of the G12 Movement contradicts our constitution and by-laws as a denomination. If adopted among Alliance churches, it will supplant the structure of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines as a denomination.

But any movement which presents itself to the world as THE ONLY TRUE WAY of doing God’s work while those of others had been doomed to extinction could only be ignorant of God’s working in and through culture throughout history. Indeed, the genius of Christianity, as missiologists have shown, is precisely its ability to be transplanted and translated across cultures.

Such a movement could only be motivated by unbridled arrogance when it asserts that faith traditions that refuse to abide by its way of doing things are cut off from the glory of God and from the working of his Holy Spirit.

The God we worship is Trinitarian. One of the deep theological insights we can glean from the very nature of the God we worship is that the Triune God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit — is our model of unity in diversity. Such is the colorful tapestry of the church – many members of diverse backgrounds and traditions, but one body – the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints (Col. 1:26).

The exclusivistic claims of the G12 Movement is at worst gnostic in character and at best an arrogant posturing that should have no place in any movement that considers itself Christian.

In other words, the G12 Movement is an organization that holds itself out to the world as the only access to a “new anointing” from God, without which there can be no freedom from the bondage of sin.

But this is a mockery of what Christ did on the Cross for the salvation of humankind.
On the G12 movement’s Stress on Experience and Encounter

Other than the deification of the number 12, a foundational teaching of the G12 Movement is its obsession with the so-called generational curses, the theory being that all the misfortunes and ills of a person’s life spring from some curse or other that had been passed on to him or her from his or her ancestors. The G12 Movement holds that these generational curses are inflicted even on believers, so that as a result, people suffer poverty or remain in the grip of sin.

And the highlight of its high-intensity and highly-secretive Encounter with God Retreats (EGR) is the renunciation of these curses in often bizarre rituals that seemed to have been drawn straight from New Age practices rather than from Scripture itself. These practices include astral projection, visualization, being “slain in the Spirit” and other so-called manifestations of a power encounter with the Holy Spirit.

A Christian who has not been to an EGR for this purpose must experience one, because true conversion only takes place there. Prior to the spiritual encounter a believer meets at an EGR, all of his or her Christian experiences do not count in the equation.

At the core of this emphasis on renunciations is a doctrine of spiritual warfare which teaches that prior to a believer’s detailed listing and renunciation of all of his or her known sins, salvation is never complete for him or her and Satan can still smuggle his minions into his or her life; there is no full forgiveness of sins from God, there is no full salvation, which comes only, along with inner healing, upon repentance, the renunciation of curses, in rituals executed at an EGR.

It is also here where adherents are asked to throw away any and all vestiges of their former lives as members of churches with their own denominational traditions and practices. It is here where they are introduced to new ways of doing liturgy and worship.

Most bizarre of all of these spiritual exercises is that even God himself, because He can be a source of trauma, must be forgiven!

The G12 Movement adds another layer to the finished work of Christ on the Cross and teaches that without these renunciations, coupled with the “new anointing” through its Encounter of God Retreats, they cannot enjoy new life, indeed they cannot partake of the Supernatural DNA of Jesus Christ himself.

The “new anointing” is crucial to prosperity promised to every adherent of the G12 Movement – a feature common to all movements identified with the unbiblical teachings of the “Word of Faith Movement”, of which Castellanos is part.

It appears that the G12 Movement is geared towards a sophisticated organization requiring a certain level of cultural and economic capital. It is aimed at a particular lifestyle where the Movement’s inner dynamic finds its true rhythm. This inner dynamic works well with the movement’s vision of success, all too often measured in terms of the excess of material goods, inasmuch as its “new anointing” is a necessary condition for a Christian’s material prosperity.

But these beliefs perpetuated by the movement are a serious distortion of the historic and biblical doctrine of the Redeeming work of Jesus Christ; these are also serious distortions of the doctrines of justification and sanctification, which are the doctrinal hallmarks of the Reformation as well as of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
What the G12 Movement teaches is another gospel – a teaching that St. Paul called anathema in his letter to the Galatians. This is a false gospel that rejects the redeeming work of Christ (Gal. 1:1–9).

Thus, it is urgent that a warning be issued to all our churches in the Philippines about the teachings of the G12 movement.

Signed: November 23, 2011

Members:

The Rev. Dr. Bishop Reniel Joel Nebab, D.Min (Asbury), incumbent CAMACOP President and Executive Bishop

The Rev. Dr. Rodrigo D. Tano, PhD (Baylor), Bishop and former CAMACOP President

The Rev. Dr. Jose Dalino, PhD (PCU), Bishop and former CAMACOP President

The Rev. Dr. Averell U. Aragon, Th.D (Hon). NEM-Division of General and Theological Education

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Exiomo, Th.D.(ABGST),President, Alliance Graduate School

The Rev. Dr. Isaias Catorce, D.Min (Asbury) Director for Asia, Ambassadors for Christ

The Rev. Dr. Geryll Nillos, D.Ed. (AGST),Former NEM-Division of General and Theological Education

Atty. Romel Regalado Bagares, LLB (UP), MA (VU-University Amsterdam, cum laude), Trustee, Alliance Graduate School

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24 comments to this article

  1. Bormeo "Ming" G. Modanza

    on July 25, 2012 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Your statement on the G12 Movement is well articulated even as our church is suffering from the divide resulting from the cultic doctrine espoused by some members similar to G12 movement. They are now out of the church premises facing qualified thief and estafa cases in court.

    It is a timely statement and a warning that there is a possble trap along waylaid secret path that seems to appear heavenly — expressed in loud hallelujahs and amens in uncontrolled emotions to an overwhelming extent.

    Watch and pray that we may not wander from sphere of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

    Thank you.

  2. Renato C. Lagangan

    on September 3, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    it is with deep pain that I read this article. Our church has been in the G12 system for over three years already. I have examined the materials and found no serious errors in the G12 teaching. In those three years, I saw more people being saved than my more than 20 years of being a Christian. I saw myself and more people get serious with devotion and prayer, as well as in evangelism and discipleship. If I would judge G12 by its fruits, I would definitely say that it is from God. Nothing of those sorts that you say about losing your denomination (if there is indeed any spiritual value to it)or about lording it over us, or about uncontrolled emotions. God would judge us in accordance with what He has given us. An encounter with God is the only way to true conversion. G12 never said that the Encounter God Retreat is the only way to true conversion. G12 people are not the theologian kind of people. they are more concerned with obeying God with the little understanding that they get from the Holy Spirit. We forgive men when they get out of context sometimes. but they are indeed led by the Holy Spirit. I pray that Christians would investigate more diligently and not just rely on hearsay and bias before condemning the work of a brother by branding it as a mark of a cultic movement. God bless you guys. Let us all just preach the word to the lost.

    • admin

      on November 24, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Salvation by G12?

    • Kris Katipunan

      on February 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      you should read what the G12 vision has done to many latin american based evangelical churches. as for this abomination and heresy that is G12, have you heard bishop oriel speak? that man is from the devil. whoever speaks harsh against other pentecostal and protestant church leaders like that, without love, is surely from somewhere else. salvation is from Jesus, not from your system. read the Word and listen to the Holy Spirit as they are to be read, not as to how your G12 cult cell leader is asking. the Lord’s judgement will be on His churches if they keep up this abomination.

  3. Sandra

    on November 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Without even hinting at cinctrustong a law, I would like to express agreement with Ian’s conviction that the ideal, God’s best for us, but no means a law, is that Body members meeting together live in as close proximity as possible for the reasons Ian indicated. My wife Judy and I have been in fellowship with some precious brethren in Christ Jesus for eleven years, meeting in the simple/house manner. These sisters and brothers are inexpressibly dear to us, yet our homes stretch over an area about thirty miles diameter; therefore, the cost and time required for travel sharply limit frequency and extent of life interaction, and therefore limit love expressed in deed and truth, limit mutual discernment, encouragement, admonishment, correction, training in righteousness, and joint outward ministry involvement. If they could look more deeply into my daily life, I’m confident our Lord would use them to a greater extent, as iron sharpens iron, to confess sins and repent, to stimulate me to love and good deeds, and to stimulate my growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, all to the glory of God and my own peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

  4. Leo Carlo Panlilio

    on November 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    FYI, this statements have been taken down from the website of CAMACOP. These are just hear-says, and were never proven.

    • Pastor Toto Gustilo

      on November 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Pastor I will be glad to respond to this statement in an academic way…since they posted an academic challenge…upon initial reading of the “statement” I would immediately assess that most of what they say doesn’t have solid anecdotal evidence…most of their “allegations” are baseless, irrelevant and immaterial…also it’s full of sweeping generalization…just a glimpse of the said statement would make me want to say that the guys who drafted it doesn’t really have the slightest idea about the G12 movement…but I plan on responding later (when I find time) and make a point by point response to the actual statement…I have friends kasi in CAMACOP…so as to give a reasonable argument for the purpose of clarification and education about the G12 movement…

  5. DMNHS IV-LOJ BATCH 2000

    on November 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    try it first before you judge...kalokohan....lumago, nabago at naitama ang buhay ng maraming mga tao dito sa amin dahil sa g12 na binabatikos nyo...

    • Sorerbac Cala Nara

      on November 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      the system of G12 broke many Catholics into question. most of the members that were gathered by the system were nominal Catholics. It is surprising that you intend to defend G12 without realizing that it disrespects the faith of the Catholic Fold. according to this source:

      G12 is deceiving, the system cut a portion of Catholics and left the faith thus becoming members of the churches following the system. I have friends who became members of the cell groups organized by those churches, The fact is, they never make the sign of the cross anymore, never pray using the rosary, never attend the mass, never honour the saints, never honour Mama Mary and never believed already in the doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church, is that not a sign that they left already the denomination of which they were baptized ?”

      http://apocalypsisjesuchristi.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/refuting-g12-system-defined-by-good-harvest-ministrypart-i/

      while it claims that: ” It is important to know that G12 is not a denomination. For this reason it has never express the desire of any one to leave their denomination. Instead, G12 supports denominations, other ministries and Outreaches.”

    • Mark Castle

      on April 3, 2013 at 6:47 am - Reply

      At the end of the day, we should ask ourselves, is it really the G12 system who have changed the lives of these people, or the God working in them thru the Holy Spirit. Everything should go back to the Source, who is God Himself, and His Word, and nothing else....Blessings in Christ

  6. Kriselda

    on November 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    How can G12 Vision be bothering you and other churches when it’s only goal is to win souls and make disciples? What we do is sooooo different of what you state above.There’s no rituals or any weird activity that we’re doing at the Encounter. All the negative commentary are I think unnecessary. G12 is not a cult. There is nothing wrong with souls being rescued by Jesus; there’s nothing wrong in lives being transformed. There’s nothing wrong in raising leaders that will serve Jesus and set an example to those who doesn’t believe. Actually, if we will just focus on winning souls and loving everyone, then it’s done! Why many hate G12? because they dont like to work for God. They’d rather be at home watching tv or maybe at the church trying to compromise almost everyone. [eventhough they’re wrong]

  7. Kriselda Alvarez Merza

    on November 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    How can G12 Vision be bothering you and other churches when it’s only goal is to win souls and make disciples? What we do is sooooo different of what you state above.There’s no rituals or any weird activity that we’re doing at the Encounter. All the negative commentary are I think unnecessary. G12 is not a cult. There is nothing wrong with souls being rescued by Jesus; there’s nothing wrong in lives being transformed. There’s nothing wrong in raising leaders that will serve Jesus and set an example to those who doesn’t believe. Actually, if we will just focus on winning souls and loving everyone, then it’s done! Why many hate G12? because they don’t like to work for God. They’d rather be at home watching tv or maybe at the church trying to compromise almost everyone. [eventhough they’re wrong].

  8. Gaddy Lorica Santonia

    on November 12, 2012 at 2:41 am - Reply

    TO THE SIGNATORIES ABOVE:

    I HAVE some issues about your stand on G12 vision.

    (1) Your report was baseless because you failed to “verify” by yourselves the teachings of the G12 vision...as you’ve mentioned in page 2 of your report that says “as we write, we hear reports from many Christian denomination...” you need to mention the names of these christian denominations and organizations for authenticity and verification.
    (2) You’ve mentioned that the structure of the G12 leadership exhibited cultic tendencies (page 2 upper section). In this case, you are, therefore, suggesting that Jesus method of selecting, forming and sending his 12 disciples was a “cultic practice.“
    (3) You fear of the so-called “TENDENCY” of the G12 movement to be cultic. Therefore, your accusations are not valid because it is only based on tendencies.
    (4) G12 vision do not reject the redeeming work of Christ (as you’ve mention in page 4 lower part). as in fact, the cross of jesus is one of the major teachings of the vision. in this case, I have noticed that you do not have a “deep” understanding about the G12 vision; it’s teachings and practices.
    (5) Finally, I would like to ask you a very personal questions:

    a. What really is the motivation of the above letter? Is it really a concern for the church in Philippine or an envious heart.
    b. Why you failed to specifically name names the sources of your in formations.
    c. Why you did not personally investigate, interrogate or ask a stand paper both the accuser and the accused? why you hastily release this paper without proper protocol.
    d. therefore, I conclude that the issues presented above, unless proven with evidences, remains “HERESY AND plain ACCUSATION” only.

    thank you!

    • Jocelyn Fayangcao

      on November 12, 2012 at 3:42 am - Reply

      hahaha.. Why do we need to explain, while in fact we are already being judged?.. what is the use of explaining if they had a closed mind?..it is useless...

    • EyanyeoJinda Cabillan Ecijan

      on November 12, 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply

      Jocelyn Fayangcao ate, binabasa mo rin pala.. hehehe...

  9. Rusty Nebres

    on November 12, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    If this thing comes from God it will stand whatever derogatory statement other people may say about it.

    • Kris Katipunan

      on February 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      right. and INC is from the Lord. so are mormons, and jehova’s witnesses. i’m not even going to comment on catholicism, different topic. INC is very successful at recruitment, so are mormons. are they from the Lord? please answer this. and haven’t you heard about gnosticism? or legalism? which is what the apostle paul had to contend with. even in the early history of the church, in the time of Acts, there was heresy already. G12 may or may not be a cult, but it is a heresy.

  10. Jireh Santonia

    on November 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    In pointing an argument you must see first the product of its teaching, G12 is just a system, it is the values of the vision that makes us true believers. Lives are change during the Encounters you cannot question that. Accusation without proof is baseless please check you references if you have any. The church is mobilized to do one thing win and make disciples as stated from the bible, the sole foundation of the G12 system is from the bible and you cannot question the integrity of Gods truth. the last command is our first priority.

    The basic systematic inquiry of proving something will always lay on the test;(test every spirit in all kinds of occasion..) I do believe that true test of doctrinal faith is not in the knowledge gained but by the approval of the holy spirit. My heart will tell and attest this is Gods call for us. Win souls and makes disciples!

  11. myrna sabroso

    on November 16, 2012 at 1:10 am - Reply

    mga doctor pa naman kayo.magwin soul and make disciple nalang kayo .huwag nalang kayong manira sa
    .g12.kasi hinde nyo alam’ang masasabi ko sa inyo mga doctor ng camacop try g12 you will expercience geniune transformation.kong kayang baguhin ni God ang kriminal kayo pa kaya.

  12. Rolly Pelinggon

    on November 20, 2012 at 12:03 am - Reply

    While the CAMACOP as a denomination has to update and upgrade, it should not be through the G12 way. The G12 system, once it has crept into the local church, it viciously takes over its system, then it divides the church as it establishes its own autocratic system. What is more frightening with the G12 is that once it has gained an upper hand in the church’s leadership, its proponents would never allow further dialogue nor scrutiny on the soundness of the G12 discipleship teachings which, at closer examination, nakedly disregard sound exegetical principles.

    It is nothing but a fallacious claim that Jesus intended to conquer the world through the GOVERNMENT of 12, which Paul himself never affirmed nor given an iota of hint that it is so in his epistles. The G12 is so fallaciously manipulative, that those who are not adequately trained in logic and proper exegesis would be easily deceived. I thoroughly reviewed the G12 manual when it caused the split of our church and I found out that the viciousness of the G12 is immensely frightening because it is a strategy based primarily on the T-Groups sensitivity training program developed by J.L. Moreno which was later on improved by Kurt Lewin. Obviously, the G12 system has all the perfections of the Serpentine guile that deceived Eve into believing that “it is good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise”. Once adopted by the church, it’s cleverly concealed “venom” will deaden the ability of the church leaders to distinguish truth from fallacies. It is like Satan is succeeding in his agenda of turning the church into a universal cultic movement. Very frightening indeed.

  13. Jet

    on November 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Wow! I didn’t know G12 is bad until i read this. But i felt in my Spirit na may something when i heard about G12.

    Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

    Indeed we cannot add another gospel and another foundation to what was laid and that is Jesus :)

    To G12 practitioners, if you have changed life because of G12, that is good.. but i pray that you will open your minds & hearts to this.

  14. Bon Jason Magallanes

    on December 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Luke 9:49–50 “And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.”

    Forgive them Father for they know not what they are doing..

    We are to help one another and not to look on the speck on our brother’s eye..We share the same GOD and saved by the same Blood.. I pray blessings and love upon you.. Godbless SHALOM in the name of JESUS

  15. Kris Joy Dalanon

    on December 13, 2012 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Thank you Camacop for writing this. You have been very firm in guiding your churches to the right and Biblical path.

    We have failed to do this in our church. This has caused chaos. But more than that, it has placed the Word in the “feelings” and “understanding” of people. It has twisted grounded theology and exegesis. I remember John Piper’s message. He mentioned that the puritan preachers made certain that they do not mention any of their personal experiences in their sermons. They solely preach what the Word says.

    Christ is enough! His salvation is enough! This has been proven for many years — the steady growth of Christianism grounded on God’s truth — even with many oppositions, diversions and new methods in doing ministry that are introduced within the churches!

    May God continue to guard our hearts and minds!

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