|Corruption in the Philippines|
From: Dan Peters <email@example.com>
To Brother Ron Halbrook & all,
I do not like to get involved in these kinds of discussions. I have tried to be silent. But if I am silent it's like what Jeremiah felt, "But if I say, "I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name," Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it." (NAS Jeremiah 20:9). I am not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet. Actually I am a nobody, and least of all saints.
The fire that is in my heart started 6-7 years ago during a phone conversation with Jim McDonald. After reading most everything he wrote on the Philippines in the GOT, I decided to give him a call. I was seriously considering going to the Philippines. After about a 20 minute conversation, I asked him "how do you go about actually doing the work" or something very close to that effect. He told me that after almost every service they feed the people and also give them bus money because the people are so poor. I hung up rather disgusted, and resolved not to go to the Philippines. I would not stand for something my Lord was against (John 6). But I will say this to Jim McDonald's credit that he has told me in a letter...", "As to providing transportation; I announced to the brethren on the past trip (before I received your letter, incidentally) that on future trips I would not assume such responsibility". At least Jim is no longer paying people "transportation" money as they come out to hear him preach, although he still is feeding them.
I can not believe you said... "Nothing more or less than the weapons of truth in God's Word are used. "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds" (2 Cor. 10:3-5)."
Does giving them food (John 6:26), bus money etc. when they come out to
hear the gospel constitute "carnal"? And for preachers who support such
ideas, you encourage buying them brand new cars... I guess that's not
carnal either? It's no wonder there are "newly baptized preachers" all
the time in the Philippines. (More on this later) I can understand how
this might get started. You have some very well meaning brethren in the
States that want to help. They send money and hear great things
A year or two after my phone conversation with Jim McDonald I met
Glenn Hamilton. I verbally expressed my opinion of what I thought of
in the Philippines to Glenn. But he corrected me, and told me not all
in the Philippines is done like Jim McDonald' work. A few years after
with Glenn, I spent two weeks in the Philippines. At the end of that
After I came back from the Philippines nearly every letter I
received, was from preachers asking for support in one form or another.
While with Roger we talked to a couple of preachers. One preacher
frankly lied to me and Roger repeatedly. First he said he did not have
any "regular income" although he was being supported at least $400 a
month (about three times an average wage). Secondly, he admitted he did
not pay taxes on this income. When asked what did Jesus mean when He
said, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God
the things that are God's." this man then said
"I need to study on that some more". (I could not believe that answer
then, nor can I believe it now). Then he freely told us that he cashes
his checks from the US on the black market in Baguio City (a full day's
drive to accomplish). All that to say this, I was told that this man
Here is a small part of my letter to Jim McDonald, as the general message was to him, I now address it to you...
"We must love like Jesus did, and be as wise as serpents like He showed
Did Samuel believe Saul, when Saul said, "Blessed are you of the LORD! I
have carried out the command of the LORD." 1Sa 15:13. No, Samuel did
not, for not only had the Lord told him about Saul's disobedience,
Samuel could hear it himself, ""What then is this bleating of the sheep
in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?" 1Sa 15:14. The
evidence was too great, but Saul didn't back down so quickly, did he?
I look on you brother, as sincere, not like Saul, but, like the Saul of the NT. When the evidence mounts up with the corruption in the people, I think it's hard for you to kick against the goads. But I will not stop goading, I hope you will not only stop paying the transportation, but also stop providing a way for so many to be caught in this "spiritual welfare state". ...
"I spent one afternoon talking with 50 of the newly baptized preachers (So said Jim McDonald)"
That's an interesting phrase "newly baptized preachers". I know what you meant, but it's rather revealing to me. It reveals that these men are recently baptized, then start to want to preach right away. And if they can get support right away, they do that too. If you doubt this, I will forward you some evidence. But I don't think you need it, you likely have 100 times the letters I have.
In asking such a question to these "newly baptized preachers", you (Jim M.) must have felt compelled to ask such unusual questions. I might ask, and I hope you answer (Jim has yet to answer), just what brought you to ask them.
(Jim asked these "newly baptized preachers") "When you were baptized, were you promised any pesos for being so? promised any support "
Just what was it that caused you (Jim M) to ask such a question of "MOTIVE"? If any of them were promised such, do you expect them to tell you so? Any person who would be baptized for pesos, would he tell you the truth? Did Jesus not tell us to be wise as serpents? Did you ask each of them in private? Or in a group? Just how did you go about this? It has become clear that when you asked this question to them, you have now become aware of the problem."
--End of my quote from previous letter to Jim McDonald.--
Frankly, buying a brand new $15,000 car for a preacher who has a wonderful house, plenty of land, while others are getting by with next to nothing is not profitable. (Besides just reading Wallace Little's recent letter to you, I read many such letters while in the Philippines about Rody, his houses, vehicles, land etc.) When I heard "this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen", and then I read the letters by Rody to others, and others against him, the truth was not too hard to find. This was too much evidence to be overlooked.
I am now preaching in Romania, although I considered going to the
Philippines. But when I saw such a mess, a mess caused by American
brethren, I thought less of going to the Philippines. I hope this letter will perhaps cause some to stop, and consider what is
really going on. But, if it does not... at least I spoke up, as Paul
said, "according to what is written, " I BELIEVED,
There are many more things I would like to bring into this conversation, but this letter is already longer than I wanted to make it.
"They hate him who reproves in the gate, And they abhor him who speaks with integrity" (Amos 5:10)
"Therefore, at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time" (Amos 5:13).
I would have kept silent, but there was fire in my bones, I had to speak up.
In His Name,