|Corruption in the Philippines|
From: Roger Wanasen <email@example.com>
[Roger Wanasen] I have no complain against Rody Gumpad brand new car but I am afraid with the effect. I am a Filipino and I know my culture, which you don't understand. Read again my letter; "I am not jealous for his brand new car, but the effect of that brand new car is something discouragement to the brethren. Our brethren here are getting hard on their living and here comes a preacher who bought a brand new car. A P600,000.00 peso is a big amount to help our needy brethren especially the farmers." If you think it is wrong to inform my brethren about this problem please forgive me. Beside I don't know other brethren E-mail. Kindly give me the brethren e-mail or s-mail address who decided to give money for Rody new car. Please.
Your message is actually a complaint against brethren who wished to give money for that purpose. The brethren who gave for that purpose had a right to do so. It is their right to decide how to use their money (Acts 5:4). If brethren wish to give some money to a brother for a scriptural purpose (to buy a vehicle), the brother has a right to use the money for the designated purpose. Your message promotes envy and strife regarding the right of brethren in such matters of judgment.
[Roger Wanasen] I have no complaint against brethren who wished to give
money, I do believed that they have the right on how to use their money
but I am just appealing to you my brethren. Read again my letter;
"There's nothing wrong to have brand new car but not this time of
tribulation I made this letter to all of you because I love you and His
church here in our country"
The meaning of "envy" is discontenting aroused by another's gain. I do
believe that I am not this kind of person. Before I started preaching, I
have already two (2) vehicles and I learned to be content for what we
have (Col 3:1-2); "strife" means conflict and struggle. I have no
conflict feeling or struggle towards my brethren. I dis-agree on what
they are doing but I still consider them, as my brother because I do
believed that God is love and I need to love them. I never call them
false teacher or divisive although we differ from our understanding from
different issues. I am willing to learn and study with them in LOVE. (Phil 1:15)
[Roger Wanasen] Helping the needy brethren is scriptural but in the
bible there is no favoritism and beside this is not the point of my
letter. My point is; brand new car is not necessary in this point in
time. If your point is to increase the freedom of the Filipino brethren
to spread the gospel, Why bro. Rody Gumpad only? How about the others?
If you have no intention to control my brethren, why you warned them to
study with other preachers/evangelist coming from your country. It is
wrong to study with the Methodist, Chatolic, Mormon, etc or it is wrong
to study with the brethren whom you dis-agree? (I Thes 2:4)
[Roger Wanasen] I commend bro. Rody for being a good player in informing U.S. brethren of the needs of my Filipino brethren. I did not say that he is seeking to supply his own needs and ignoring the needs of others. I am just informing you that buying a new car for a certain good and talented preacher is not applicable while our brethren are getting hard on their living (Gal 5:13). When you come again try to sleep with the poor brethren and you will know what I am talking about. The only problem that I can see is that; you stay in a hotel or to a preachers which his house is big to give you comfort.
Your message charges that Rody is part of a "gifted minority" who is trying to bring a "less gifted majority to heel." Your charge is false. Rody and those of us who work with him from time to time "fight the good fight of faith" by appealing for people to obey God's Word (1 Tim. 6:12). 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). Your message with its false charges is carnal and promotes nothing but envy and strife. Satan himself is the accuser of God's people and you are doing his work by sending out your message.
[Roger Wanasen] Amen and Amen with your purpose(Mat 7:16), I pray it is true! When you come again try to stay for a long period of time so that you will know the real score. Visit the brethren and talk to them.
I plead with you to repent of your envy and strife, your biting and devouring (Gal. 5:15).
[Roger Wanasen] If my message creates envy, strife, false charge, biting and devouring. May the Lord forgive me. I am very sorry bro. Ron for informing you the real situation (Gal 4:16). I will not do that again, If you think buying a brand new car is for edification to the churches in the Philippines, it's up to you, after all we will all stand in the judgement of Christ. Again my dear brother I am sorry and forgive me.
In Christian love, Ron Halbrook
[Roger Wanasen] Your brother in Christ, Roger Wanasen.
Note: To all brethren who received my message, please forgive me also and pray for me. If you find time to visit us here in the Philippines, try to drop by in our congregation and let us study and edify one another. You are all welcome but don't expect us to believe on what you understand in the bible. We believed on the BIBLE ONLY. I have my TAGALOG bible, which you can't understand. Every man is liar except my Lord and Savior (Rom 3:4,10). Credit belongs to Him alone, Him alone!