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A MESSAGE FROM
THE MOST REVEREND CRAIG BATES, D.D.
Patriarch of the International Communion of the
Charismatic Episcopal Church
Subject: THE RH BILL
I have been following closely the progress of the Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines. The recent vote in the Congress that gave support to this vehicle of death has grieved my heart and my spirit. How hard it is to believe that by only nine votes there is the possibility that a holocaust will be unleashed on the people of such beautiful islands, with a culture rich in the Christian values of life, children and family. It is also distressing to see that the legislation also provides for fine and imprisonment for those who would spread “as yet to be define “malicious falsehoods” about the bill. Yet, the proponents of this bill spread lies. Children are not the cause of poverty! Industrialized societies that purchased the lies of “population control” as the way to prosperity are now struggling with a insufficient workforce to maintain a growing retired and elderly population. Their economies are collapsing under the weight of bloated pension plans. And, their very cultures are on the brink of extinction. Some are now paying parents to have children. You know, much better than myself, that poverty is a result of civil wars, the remnants of colonialism, social un-rest, greed, and corruption. There is strong evidence that many densely populated countries are developing not because of contraception and abortion but rather by creating new infrastructures, educating the people, creating dynamic free markets, and eliminating corruption in government and courts.
The Feast of the Nativity and the whole season of the Incarnation reminds us again that life is sacred. That children are a blessing. That children are our inheritance from the Father. The wicked will not prevail. The wicked are calling God a liar. Yet, they are liars from the beginning and it is no wonder they call children a curse.
I want to thank you that as Bishops you have spoken truth to your people. That they are not ignorant and so will not be deceived in these dark and evil days. I want you to know that I stand with you, your clergy, and your people, as well as all the people of the Philippines. We will be victorious because Christ is on the throne.
I want to thank Abp. Hines who has stood boldly for life in the Patriarch’s Council and as we have tried to write Canons. He is a strong man of God and filled with wisdom.
This is not a political issue. This is a fight against wicked and evil principalities, powers, and rulers in the heavenly realms. Our weapons are not carnal but spiritual to the tearing down of the stronghold of death. I stand in prayer with you both privately and at every Eucharist when we lift up Jesus – the Lamb of God who has taken away the sin of the world.
Under His mercy,
Courtesy of Mrs. Marilou Lorenzo Villavicencio
(NOTE: IN THIS PICTURE, ARCHBISHOP BATES IS THE ONE WHO IS SEATED, WHILE ARCHBISHOP HINES, SERVING MANILA AND THE PHILIPPINES FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE DENOMINATION IS THE ONE WHO IS STANDING WITH A GOLDEN CROSIER. THIS DENOMINATION EVEN HAS A SONG FOR THE PHILIPPINES: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoCwkD7sdJg)
On the THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE AND OF ALL HUMAN LIFE:
“Though Protestants and many Anglicans may not accept all the Marian teachings of the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox Churches, all Christians must stand in awe of her humility and obedience which has caused her to be called blessed among women for all ages. The Scriptures tell us that life begins in the mind of God and properly formed in the intimate and selfless love of a man and a woman in the covenant and sacrament of Holy Matrimony. It is for this reason that the culture of death will not be conquered in the halls of congress or in the Supreme Court but through the strengthening of Christian marriages and families. It is the family that is the primary means of evangelization. The culture of life centers on the One who brings life and it is by bringing Christ into the world and the hearts of people that we will see an end to abortion and euthanasia. Mary, literally, bears Christ in her womb and brings Jesus into the world. All women have been blessed with a womb that produces, through the holy act of intimate and selfless sexuality, new life. The separation of the sexual act from the act of conception merely for selfish pleasure has led to an environment of rampant sexual promiscuity and the degrading of not only human sexuality but to wombs of women. It has opened the sacred space of life to the demons of death and the murder of millions upon millions innocent pre-born children. With the increase of this sexual promiscuity has come a media and entertainment industry that has normalized fornication and every other form of sexual behavior outside the parameters for which God intended it. The incarnation is not only the proclamation of the passionate and extravagant love of God for His people; it is also a Divine declaration that the womb and life is sacred. God takes on our humanity – becoming in every way as we are yet without sin – and in so doing restores humans to the dignity for which they were created. No matter what tradition we come from or whether we agree with all the Marian doctrines and devotions it is imperative that in this day and age, which are indeed evil, Christians should revisit the story of this young virgin who is the mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord and God. She is the first Christian evangelist because she submitted to God, and gave soul and body to Him, and who brought Christ – the true light – into the world of darkness. The answer to ending abortion, genocide, euthanasia, and the sex trade industry is Christ. The answer to strong marriages and strong families is Christ. The answer to our eternal destiny is in Christ who took our humanity to the throne room that we too might share in the eternal life of the Trinity.”
WE ARE NOT ALONE!
THE GOSPEL OF LIFE UNITES OUR SEPERATED BRETHREN WITH OUR HOLY MOTHER CHURCH!
Please be informed as well that this is not the only denomination who is in union with our HOLY MOTHER CHURCH in upholding the GOSPEL OF LIFE:
THE METROPOLITAN BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH AND MINISTRIES
THE 700 CLUB ASIA
INTERCESSORS FOR THE PHILIPPINES INC.
THE LORD’S VINEYARD COVENANT COMMUNITIES
THE LAMPARA PASTORS OF VICTORY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP.