Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc. Will be Evangelizing Abroad!
By Bro: G-one Tampipi Paisones
Below is my letter to the board of governors and their reply regarding to the expansion of Catholic Faith Defenders in Abroad!
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc.
Pursuant to the mandate of our constitutions and by-laws that we should proclaim the true message of Christ by evangelizing the Catholic towards its Biblical teaching by establishing Catholic Faith Defenders in every parishes (Mat. 28:19-20); I am reporting to you that Brother Victory Feria had been organized CFD in abroad. Hence, He wanted to register and join the CFD National here in the Philippines.
Brother Victory Feria is based in Chicago USA; he is one of the few people who give us monetary aid so that we can maintain our websites from various forms of spam massages (Link: http://catholicfaithdefenders.com/donations). In addition to that; he will also serves as my co active-administrator in posting apologetics; doctrinal subjects; moral issues and articles pertaining to the Church as bride of Christ.
Furthermore brother Victory had been able to begin in establishing Catholic Faith Defenders in USA. He is very willing to undergo screening and other interviews so that CFD National will acknowledge CFD Chicago Chapter. Glory to God! Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc. is now an International organization.
For further information and contact him personally; please call me in my mobile number 09061810937; or just reply to this message.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
G-ONE T. PAISONES
CFD Website Chief Administrator
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From Mary-hater to Marian devotee: A Protestant pastor turns Catholic
MANILA, Dec. 5, 2015—A news post by ABS-CBN dated Nov. 14 claims a growing number of Filipino Catholics toy with the idea of leaving the Church, that is, if they have not already done so.
Citing a survey made by Social Weather Station (SWS) in April 2013, which shows that as many as 9.2 percent of Filipinos, or one out of 11, reporter Gigi Grande echoes the sentiment of Jesuit priest Fr. Joel Tabora that that the Church in the Philippines is “in trouble”.
Former Protestant Pastor Noe Dora (left) tells his conversion story to Know The Truth host Marwil N. Llasos. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)
What Grande has failed to report — if only for sake of fairness — is that while there may indeed be an exodus of the faithful into either one of the tens of thousands of Christian and semi-Christian movements sprouting here and there over the last few decades, or who simply forsake organized religion altogether, there is a brighter, more hopeful side to the story — the conversions of non-Catholics to the Roman Catholic faith, often unreported in media.
If hundreds or even thousands of Catholics, many of whom Catholics only by name, bid their Church goodbye, then the reverse is just as true: non-Catholics are entering the Roman Catholic Church to get baptized, one of them is Brother Noe Dora of Cebu whose story, simply put, is one for the books.
Dora, who credits the Blessed Virgin for his conversion, is no ordinary convert who had “issues” with the Catholic Church.
According to him, he was a cradle Protestant preacher who has found the Truth after years of intensive study and discernment. Raised in a devoutly Protestant family, he loathed anything “popish,” that is, Catholic. From his father, he learned how to break statues of Catholic saints into pieces, considering them “idols,” and held anything “Roman” in contempt.
He had finished his ministry studies at the Asia Pacific Bible Seminary in Cebu City where he also spent 15 years as pastor and was founding president of the Pure Gospel of Jesus Christ International Ministries, Inc.
Loving Jesus’ Mother
For five years before his baptism in 2007 by no less than then Cebu Auxilliary Bishop Joselito Cortes who now oversees the Diocese of Dumaguete, Dora was secretly devouring various books, researching on the True Church Christ founded, and came to the conclusion that it’s none other than the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church.
He credits the Blessed Virgin as well as the Divine Mercy for giving him the courage and the understanding to finally cross the Tiber. Noe wondered, “If Protestants profess to really love Christ, how come they refuse to accept the Woman who gave Him birth? Why do they keep maligning her?”
To which he himself gave the answer: “A love for Jesus cannot be complete without a love for His mother.”
Dora also lauded the beauty and majesty of Catholic prayers. Before his conversion, he shared he was big on the “personal-relationship-with-God” thing, and therefore could not bring himself to pray for the salvation of other people.
The Divine Mercy changed that.
Quoting a part of a prayer St. Faustina Kowalska recorded in her diary, Dora declared: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and the whole world.”
Persecution from family, friends
His path to Catholicism, as one would expect, came with a price.
Like John Henry Cardinal Newman, J. R. R. Tolkien, Edith Stein, Charles Dawson and so many other converts before him, renowned and obscure alike, “Pastor” Noe had to deal with persecution, mainly from “disgruntled” kin and followers.
Fellow pastors accused him of receiving money from Catholic authorities. As a founder of his own church, the erstwhile pastor led a comfortable enough life. After his conversion which also meant the loss of his job, he had to make do with living in a humble hut, planting root crops to survive.
Visiting him once in his “bahay-kubo” on the countryside, the pastors only saw, much to their embarrassment, the Cross Dora had to bear for his new-found faith.
He was poor, penniless.
Unsurprisingly also, his own family practically disowned him as soon as word of his “betrayal” reached them. By his own admission, his father was a “church planter” and veteran debater, who groomed him into becoming his successor. One could only imagine the shock of the Elder Dora on learning that Little Noe had espoused the “Whore of Babylon”.
Despite the trials he had to go through, Dora said he is happy because he knows he made the right choice.
By a twist of fate—or more correctly, by the power of the Holy Spirit—his whole household, including his “Catholic basher” of a father, impressed by his courageous witness, took the road to Rome.
Today, Dora, now “Brother Noe,” heads the Association of Pastors Converted to the Catholic Church of the Philippines, a group that prides itself for having a membership of over a hundred formerly anti-Catholic Protestant preachers.
To visit the group’s page, click https://www.facebook.com/convertedpastors. Noe tours the country giving testimonies of his conversion in different Churches.
On Jan. 31, he is scheduled to give a talk to the Children of Light (COL) Charismatic Community from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 851 Oroquieta St., Santa Cruz, Manila where he will discuss the “Biblical and Historical Reasons behind His Conversion to the Catholic Faith”.
Dora’s full televised interview with Catholic lay preacher and lawyer Marwil N. Llasos on the apologetics program “Know The Truth,” is set to be aired soon over TV María. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)
Copyist Error – Corrected
By Bro. G-one T. Paisones
Was Ahaziah 22 (2 Kings 8:26) or 42 (2 Chronicles 22:2) when he began to rule over Jerusalem?
(Category: copyist error)
=NIV OK (22 Lahat)
=NAB OK (22 Lahat)
Was Jehoiachin 18 years old (2 Kings 24:8) or 8 years old (2 Chronicles 36:9) when he became king of Jerusalem?
(Category: copyist error)
àNIV OK (18 Lahat)
=NAB OK (18 Lahat)
=AMP OK (18 Lahat)
Did David capture 1,700 of King Zobah’s horsemen (2 Samuel 8:4), or was it 7,000 (1 Chronicles 18:4)?
(Category: copyist error)
àNIV OK (7000 Lahat)
12. Did Solomon have 40,000 stalls for his horses (1 Kings 4:26), or 4,000 stalls (2 Chronicles 9:25)?
(Category: copyist error, or misunderstood the historical context)
=NIV OK (4000 Lahat)
=NAB OK (4000 Lahat) 1 King 5:6
13. According to the author, did Baasha, the king of Israel die in the 26th year of king Asa’s reign (1 Kings 15:33), or was he still alive in the 36th year ( 2 Chronicles 16:1)?
(Category: misunderstood the historical context, or copyist error)
1 King 15: 33In the third year of Asa, king of Judah, Baasha, son of Ahijah, began his twentyfour-year reign over Israel in Tirzah
2 Chron. 16:1In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign, Baasha, king of Israel, attacked Judah and fortified Ramah to prevent any communication with Asa, king of Judah.
Did Solomon build a facility containing 2,000 baths (1 Kings 7:26), or over 3,000 baths (2 Chronicles 4:5)?
(Category: misunderstood the author’s intent, or copyist error)
=LIVING BIBLE OK
1 King 7:26 Four Inches thick = 2000 gallon capacity
2 Cron. 4:5 Five inches thick = 3000 barrels of water
Both Ezra 2:64 and Nehemiah 7:66 agree that the totals for the whole assembly was 42,360, yet when the totals are added, Ezra – 29,818 and Nehemiah – 31,089?
(Category: copyist error)
Ezra 2:65 not counting their male and female slaves, who were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven. They also had two hundred male and female singers. 66Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and fortyfive, 67their camels four hundred and thirty-five, their asses six thousand seven hundred and twenty. = 15623
Neh. 7:67not counting their male and female slaves, who were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven. They also had two hundred male and female singers. Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and forty-five, 68their camels four hundred and thirty-five, their asses six thousand seven hundred and twenty.= 156723
Did 200 singers (Ezra 2:65) or 245 singers (Nehemiah 7:67) accompany the assembly?
(Category: copyist error)
=NAB OK (200 Lahat)
When Paul was on the road to Damascus he saw a light and heard a voice. Did those who were with him hear the voice (Acts 9:7), or did they not (Acts 22:9)?
(Category: misunderstood the Greek usage or the text is compatible with a little thought)
9:7The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.
22:9″ ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.
56. When Paul saw the light and fell to the ground, did his traveling companions fall (Acts 26:14) or did they not fall (Acts 9:7) to the ground?
(Category: misunderstood the Greek usage or the text is compatible with a little thought)
=AMP OK sa Act 9:7
Act 9:7The men who were accompanying him were unable to speak (for terror), hearing the voices but seeing no one
Did David (1 Samuel 17:23, 50) or Elhanan (2 Samuel 21:19) kill Goliath?
(Category: copyist error)
=LIVING BIBLE OK
2 Sam. 21:19 “At still another time and at same place, Elhanan killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite
1 Cron. 20: 5During another war of Philistines, Elhanan (the son of Jair) killed Lahmi, the brother of Goliath….
19In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair e the Bethlehemite killed the brother of f Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.
The number of fighting men of Isreal was 800,000; and of Judah 500,000 [2 Sam 24:9]
The number of fighting men of Isreal was 1,100,000; and of Judah 470,000 [1Chron 21:5]
The account in 1 Chron twice speaks of “all the people” and “all Israel.” The account in 2 Sam does not. Thus, it is possible that the account in 1 Chron is more inclusive, while 2 Sam only deals with the standing army.
=NAB OK (3 years Lahat)
=NIV OK (3 years Lahat)
=NRSV OK (3 years Lahat)
Catholic Faith Defenders Vs No Match Iglesia Ni Cristo (Manalo)
By G-one Paisones
Please watch this video; dito po ninyo makikita na NO MATCH na naman po ang mga INC sa mga CFD….
April 8, 2014
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, D.D.
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
Grace and peace to you From God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I will be opening this letter with two bold statements then follow it up with the illumination of such claims.
1. The Catholic Church right now is in great peril.
2. There is a drastic need for all Catholics to learn the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Yes, we are in deep crisis and to deny this fact means that we have deliberately closed our eyes and ears to the spiritual degradation that we are now in. To say that what we now experience has been always here throughout the Church’s History and is not enough reason for great concern, only reveals that we already have succumbed to the enemy’s insidious deception.
“We have been Sacramentalized but not Evangelized”. I could not agree more with this axiom. Here in the Philippines we have always been proud to say that 80% of our population is Catholic. But sad to say, that also 80% of these Catholics know next to nothing about the teachings of the Catholic Church. This is the reason why our country could hardly be called a Christian nation judging on its moral bankruptcy. We may reason out that morality wise we fare much better than our western counterparts, but what we always forget to consider is, that we ought to gauge ourselves thru Christ’s standards.
I will now site several of the many detrimental effects of the lack of adequate adult Catholic Catechism.
There is an alarming rate of exodus by Catholics from the mystical body of Christ to other beliefs. Most Catholics are easy prey to this so called “evangelization” of other Christian sects since they do not understand their faith and cannot answer back even to those basic and relevant questions hurled at them by their so called concerned “evangelizer”. The usual thing that you hear from these “converted“people is this; “not until I became Born Again/Iglesia Ni Cristo/ Jehovah’s Witness/Adventist etc. I did not discover the true Gospel and was not able to give up all my vices”. And this is sad but typical occurrence is perfectly illustrated by our very own, Manny Paquiao who was once a Rosary-cladding Filipino pride. The fact of the matter is, just like “Manny”, people are hungry for the Word of God no matter how irreligious they seem to be, whether they are aware of this or not since man is created to hunger for Truth (God). Now if this deep longing and craving for the Truth is not satisfied inside their house, like hungry dogs they will devour whatever scrap of food they can get outside their house no matter how poisonous it may be just to satisfy their hunger. We cannot totally blame “Manny” for trading the true worship found in the Holy Eucharist for a false one since most of them do not know what it means or what a great treasure they already possess. We have not been effective in educating them. We have always been prompt and thorough when it comes to liturgical celebrations and preparations of “activities” but when it comes to preaching the solid doctrine, we placed it on the back seat. A lot of us have become lax and contented in just generating members instead of laboriously heeding the command of Christ to make disciples. The faithful are left to grapple from scraps of truth heard from here and there.
Let us take the case of the Iglesia Ni Cristo as an example. The reason why they are flourishing and are so effective in recruiting members and keeping them in place, is because they put emphasis on indoctrination and constantly hammer to the heads of their members what they believe and why they believe it. Their members have a concrete working theology of their belief no matter how erroneous it maybe. This is what we lack in our present set-up (at least here in the Philippines for that matter).
Yes, we have catechists, but only for children and the number of these catechists are dwindling at a rapid rate because of the lack of support. Even the important tradition of Flores de Mayo where children are catechized before their first communion is slowly fading away (even Confession are no longer given utmost importance nor regularly offered). Yes, we have seminars for the parents before baptism, seminars for couple before the wedding, GSK’s, retreats, recollections, homilies at Mass and many others which are extremely important, however these are still not enough. Yes we have several Catholic charismatic groups but most of them are not centered on teaching the Catechism. Some group may be, but their audience are limited on a few interested ones and not on a massive scale since it is not incorporated into the Church own program.
Next, many of these so called faithful Catholics who remain inside the Church do not even identify nor support the teachings of the Church especially when it comes to morality like teachings about artificial contraception, divorce, same sex marriage and many others. Why? Because people cannot be expected to embrace directives which they do not have a working understanding for such difficult restrictions which entail hefty sacrifice and personal discomfort on their part.
Next, until now we can still observe widespread Christo-paganistic practices among Filipinos such as the practice of “ padugo”, “patagna”, “habak”, “mananambal”, mga “pamahiin”, and various “Feng shui” practices among Filipino-Chinese Catholics which is seemingly a fusion of Christian and oriental religion which somehow mostly not being addressed.
Another detrimental effect of lack of Catechism is the rapid decline in Vocation. This is a natural consequence of it, since most our catholic youth right now are no longer grounded on solid doctrine, (which is found in the Catechism) and not instilled in them the genuine love of Christ and Church. Also because of the lack of adequate adult catechism, many who enter the seminary or convent enter for the wrong reason and wrong motives and bring with them when they graduate their wrong reasons and treats Priesthood as an occupation rather as a Vocation. That’s why a lot our priests right now, instead of being the Alter Christos who supposed to usher salvation of souls to those whose faith are weak, now become the instrument of apostasy and perdition of many, every time they do various kinds of scandals.
But the most injurious effect of all in putting the Catechism on the sidelines is the lack of Unity and Catholicity nowadays on the teachings among priests, religious and lay people inside the Catholic Church. Modernism, Liberal Theology, heterodoxy have already crept into the Church, Seminaries and Catholic schools which give all the more reason to put an emphasis to promote The Catechism of the Catholic Church. A concrete example of this is for instance a priest here in Ozamiz city taught in his homily that pre-marital sex is just a venial sin. Also one priest stated in his homily that fornication is okay as long as no pregnancy will result. Many priests and religious do not share the belief of the Church concerning the teaching on Humane Vitae. Some promote religious indifferentism and false ecumenism. There are many other conflicting teachings to mention which leaves the faithful dazed and confused. This will clearly be the outcome when in Seminary Formation; the teachings of dissident and liberal theologians are given precedence over and above The Catechism of the Catholic Church as what is going on right now in some seminaries.
In relation to these problems we face, we need to step up our effort since the Salvation of Souls is what is at stake here. It is high time that we have to have an active Catechism Centre here in our Diocese sanctioned and spear-headed by the Bishop where the Catechism of the Catholic Church is systematically indoctrinated to all the faithful especially adults. There is a great need to have a place for a regular, weekly, all year-round extensive Adult Catechism Lecture Center where people can go and deepen their Catholic Faith and equip them for evangelization.
Our ultimate goal is that this will eventually be duplicated in all the parishes all over the Philippines. Let us make it our goal that the teachings of Jesus Christ (The Catechism of the Catholic Church) will become a common knowledge to all Catholics just like the Israelites during the ancient days where most (if not all) of them are well versed of the Laws of Moses.
Contrary to popular belief, the Catechism is not at all boring, it is actually suitable for all ages particularly the youth, as long as it is skillfully presented, adequately elucidated and correlated to practical daily experiences with concrete examples rather than given in vague and abstract language. As a matter of fact, since October 2010, five of us (who were given Ecclesiastical Authority by the Bishop) members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Faith Defenders through the support of Vicar General Msgr. Maximino Naron are conducting 30 minute catechism lectures before Sunday Mass in some of the different parishes in Ozamiz and Tangub City. So far the response has been very encouraging and parishioners love it.
Even then, we feel that this effort is still not fast enough to reach out to many people as possible as time is of the essence since many Catholics right now are prancing their way to hell and are not even aware of it. I should know, since I was once like this before, until by God’s grace, led me to the Truth which in turn set me free from bondage of sin. I was once an active member of a Catholic Charismatic group yet living an immoral life and on the verge of leaving the Catholic Church. I was on my way to perdition yet without the faintest idea that I’m already heading downhill. Why? Because of wrong theology. I was not aware that even though how I claim to love Jesus and how “good” I seem to be, one mortal sin (unrepented of at death) is enough to send me to hell forever. I reached my 30’s yet still I was not aware how important Sanctifying Grace is, that this is what we need to enter heaven. Actually I was not even aware that there is such a thing as Sanctifying Grace. In fact, never have I heard this mentioned in any homily or sermon at mass in my entire life. This is now the state of most average Filipino Catholic. And I know with great conviction that there’s a lot of Catholics out there who are just like me before who needs to hear the Truth and needs to be saved from the state of Mortal Sin and spiritual death and time is running out, fast.
Lastly, the intention of this letter is not to point fingers nor judge any specific clergy, religious or laity whatsoever. I apologize if this might come across as harsh but my aim is to point out hard facts that are actually happening in our midst that might have slipped our awareness that by now warrants drastic and prompt measures. I pray that this exhortation and request will be taken with an open mind for the greater glory of God and the furtherance of His Kingdom here on earth. In fact, I would not be so honest like this in expressing my innermost sentiments have it not been you to whom I will be submitting my letter to. My utmost respect and confidence on your spiritual integrity has given me the audacity to be up front like this knowing that a message such as this will fall into sympathetic heart and mind, like yours.
In humility and obedience shall I wait for your response.
Jose Gonzalo M. Ditching S.S.V.P.
Nat’l Vice President, Internal Affairs
Catholic Faith Defenders