We always welcome comments knowing that some will be favorable to us and others will be against us but still favorable to us! The truth will always have its enemy.
THE ACTS 13:10
And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
The cohorts of the devil will even use lies to attempt to destroy the indestructible truth of God!
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
But the truth, in whatever angle you look at it, will be the truth!
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
The truth is fact! And here are the following facts. Let us look at things the biblically mathematical way, the biblically logical way, and the biblically sensible way that can be understood by the wise and the biblically prudent people!
I CORINTHIANS 10:15
I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
The facts are:
1. The Lord Jesus built a church.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
2. It is not His own church that He built.
For every house is builded by some man; but He that built all things is God.
3. He is talking and acting according to the instruction of the real builder and owner of the church which is God.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
JOHN 5:19 (RSV)
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing; for whatever He does, that the Son does likewise.
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
4. The church built by the Father through Christ is the Church of God.
II CORINTHIANS 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
I TIMOTHY 3:15
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
5. The true church first existed in Jerusalem and the nearby areas of the Holy land.
And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
6. Jerusalem is the designated starting point of the preaching of the church and salvation, and not Rome.
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
7. The Lord Jesus can see the hearts of all people even beyond the boundaries of the Holy land.
24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he
knew what was in man.
8. The Lord Jesus know that there are people considered as His sheep outside of the church, both within Jerusalem and beyond.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
9. Not all people, especially the Gentiles, will hear the teachings and the law of Christ before they die, but will be justified. These certainly are not members of the true church, but because they have done the good things of the law, they will be saved come judgment day!
THE ROMANS 2:13-14
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand,
Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
These are not brethren in the church, but considered as sheep (those at the right hand) and have done good to the brethren of Christ in the church.
The sheep in the fold and those “other sheep” which are not of the fold will be brought by Christ and they all will have one shepherd.
JOHN 10:16, 3
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
The one shepherd mentioned is not anybody but Christ, the Lamb that will shepherd all those that will be saved.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Manalo has no pinch of capability to shepherd all the sheep of the Lord, even to call them by name, for no human can remember all the names of all those that will be saved, save the Lord Jesus who knows all men!
24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
REVELATION 7:9, 13-14, 17 (RSV)
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and whence have they come?”
14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
10. The present population of the world can still be numbered.
has reached 6 billion in 1999
is predicted to reach 7 billion on October 31, 2011
has doubled in 40 years from 1959 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion)
is currently growing at a rate of around 1.15 % per year
growth rate reached its peak in the late 1960s, when it was at 2%
growth rate is currently declining and is projected to continue to decline in the coming years
average annual population change is currently estimated at over 77 million
world population will nearly stabilize at just above 10 billion persons after 2200
a tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas it had taken all of human history up to the year 1800 for world population to reach 1 billion, the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in less than 30 years (1959), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), the fifth billion in 13 years (1987), the sixth billion in 12 years (1999) and the seventh billion in 12 years (2011). During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion.
Sources for the world population counter:
HYPERLINK “http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/index.htm” t “_blank” World Population Prospect: the 2010 Revision Database(United Nations Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs) – May 3, 2011
HYPERLINK “http://www.census.gov/population/international/” t “_blank” International Programs Center at the U.S. Census
( HYPERLINK “http://www.worldometers.info/” http://www.worldometers.info/)
Those sheep that will be saved cannot be counted by any human.
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
No established religion has reached this proportion of membership! Meanwhile, the members of the Catholic Church can easily be counted by an ordinary man with the aid of the computer! Even all the great religions of the world (great in number but not in any manner of truth and sanctity) can claim an innumerable membership, to wisely conclude, (except for insanity) that outside of their church there is no salvation!
See the logic?
Just me, but sincerely yours,
Bro. Eli Soriano