Evangelical Pastor’s Lies And Deceptions Exposed – Part 1

Evangelical Pastor’s Lies And Deceptions Exposed

By: Bro. Isahel N. Alfonso

 

Rev. Emilio “Jun” A. Ballesteros Jr. is the author of the
book Important Questions and Answers. He is a pastor and a
member of the Southern Baptist Churches. He is a graduate of the Philippine
Baptist Theological Seminary. This protestant heavy weight is praised by his
colleague for being a good writer.

Clear and understandable, illustrations are entertaining.
We need this kind of writer and literature in our times. May we continue to
have more writers in evangelical circle like you.
Rev. Nanding
Paunil, National dicrector, Prayer-life Seminars, Philippines

Many
have been victimized by his book that appears to be scholarly yet upon close
inspection you can clearly see how he perpetuated lies and deceptions against
Catholics. The quality of his work also manifests his gross ignorance of Sacred
Scripture, so much more for a Bible Christian. I do not want to prolong my
preliminary comment about his credibility, so let us dive into the some of the
part of his book that contain lies, deceptions and ignorance of Sacred
Scripture. On page 16 of his book a question is raise “Does She really show
herself [Mary] through apparitions? Can she [Mary] perform miracles?

Mr. Ballesteros answered the question by quoting Mt.28:18 and
inserting his interpretation of this passage that means that Christ alone has
the authority and no one else.

Note what Jesus said
in Matt. 28:18, “All Power (authority) has been given to Me in heaven and on
Earth.” It is clear that all power belongs to Him; therefore no amount of power
is left for anyone including Mary. She does not have any power to perform any
miracle! The devil may have some powers but uses these to destroy and to
deceive![1]

Mr. Ballesteros ignorance of Sacred Scriptures betrays him; the
passage he quoted above does not endorse his interpretation that divine
authority exclusively belongs to Christ alone. He said “no amount of power
is left for anyone”
, “anyone” is an indefinite pronoun that has a general

application.[2]  The general
applicability of the word “anyone” includes also the Father and the Holy
Spirit. This would be the logical implication of his statement. Mr. Ballesteros
is not only Anti-Mary but also anti-God. What would be the proper
interpretation of Mt.28:18 if pastor Ballesteros interpretation is dead wrong?
This passage tells us that Jesus Christ’s authority is universal “all power”
and thus he sent his apostles to a universal mission to make disciples and spread
the gospel to all nations. Even a Protestant commentary does not support his
interpretation that this passage speaks of exclusive authority of Christ.

The risen King
gave 11 disciples the great commission, couched in terms of applicable to the
present form of the kingdom. His authority, which extends to every realm,
supported His commission, which involved enlisting men under His lordship
(‘make disciples’), identifying them with Himself and His followers in the rite
of baptism, and teaching them the truths of His Word, 18-20.
[3]

The commentary says “His authority, which extends to every
realm”
connotes that Christ’s authority is universal and not exclusive as

what Pastor Ballesteros asserts. The succeeding passage suggests that Christ
commissioned his apostles to make disciples to all nations by baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This great
commission entails that the apostles have the authority to perform what Christ
has commanded them. What happens now to his interpretation that Christ alone
has the authority? Can Christ not designate nor mediate his authority to his
apostles including Mary? It is now clear that pastor Balusters’ argument boils
down to the premise that if Christ has all the authority and this authority is
exclusive for him then Mary cannot perform a miracle. We see here again how his
gross ignorance of Sacred Scripture betrays him. In Acts 2:4 upon the decent of
the Holy Spirit the apostles were able to speak in different languages, isn’t
this a miracle? If Christ kept all the power to himself can the apostles
perform this kind of miracle? Certainly not! Therefore pastor Ballesteros’
interpretation of Mt.28:18 is erroneous and are intended to deceive his readers
especially Catholics. Another instance where the apostles exercise the power to
perform miracles is in Acts 5:15-16 wherein the people would gather around and
wait for Peter to pass by so that their illness will be cured. So much more for
being a Bible Christian pastor Ballesteros I could not believe that you ignored
these passages. Pastor Ballesteros also uttered another misleading statement
and has nothing to support it but his cunning and deceitful ways.

Man only fabricated
the alleged wonders and miracles of Mary
![4]

This is a blatant error committed again by this evangelical
pastor he did not even bother to check the Sacred Scripture if his claim is
true or not. My I ask pastor Ballesteros where in the Bible does it say or
teach explicitly and implicitly that Mary did not perform wonders and miracles?
We all agree that a miracle is a supernatural act by God performed through his
creation. God could have use people as instruments to perform miracles like
that of the apostles. Mary is not only a mere instrument has a special
participation in Gods plan of salvation. In the Bible there are three miracles
and wonders that Mary performed though the power of the Most High. First, is
conceiving Jesus Christ in her womb without any sexual contact which means that
she is a virgin when she conceived Jesus Christ.

Listen you are to conceive and bear a son and you must name him
Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God
will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of
Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end. Mary said to the angel, but how
can this come about, since I am a virgin? The Holy Spirit will come upon you
the angel answered and the power of the Most High will cover you with its
shadow.
Luke 1:31-35

The virginal conception is truly a miracle performed by the Holy
Sprit through Mary! Another instance of Mary’s wonder and miracle is in John
19:26-27 wherein Christ made Mary the mother of all his disciples. Who made
Mary the mother of all Christians? Is it the Catholic Church? No it was not, it
was Christ himself! And since Christ is God and He made Mary the mother of all
believers, and His action of doing so is a supernatural act. Since miracle is a
supernatural act of God and Mary motherhood of all believers was a supernatural
act performed by Christ therefore Mary’s motherhood of all believers is a
miracle! And lastly Mary manifested herself in a form of apparition in Rev.12:1
“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun,
standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown.
There

is a significant reason why in the entire Bible during a very climactic scene
Mary is address as woman not on first name basis because it tells us that the
woman in Gen.3:15, Is.7:14, Jn. 2:1-11, Jn.19:26-27 and Rev.12:1 is one and the
same, Mary. Pastor Ballesteros ignorance of Sacred Scripture leads him to make
preposterous conclusions. To bolster his opposition to Mary he cited a story of
the allege miracle in Agoo La Union.

The media disclosed
that the supposed miracle in Agoo was synthetic. Anyone can manufacture a
mirage. More disgusting is the news, as aired on radios and shown on leading TV
stations, that people involved in this mirage have amassed a great amount of
wealth, purchased real properties and luxurious cars. Read the warning from 1
Tim.6:5! Everything was proven to be a great hoax and millions of Filipinos
were deceived, including those who are highly educated.[5]

This is another trick of Pastor Ballesteros pulled out from his
bag of trick. In Pastor Ballestoros’ version of the story he said that it was
the media who disclosed that the allege miracle was a sham. At end of his
statement he said that this allege miracle was proven to be a great hoax. But
there is something wrong with his version, there is something he hides and does
not want his readers to know. Pastor Ballesteros failed to mention that the
Catholic Church did not approve or accept this as a genuine apparition and
miracle of Our Lady as a matter of fact the Church even condemns this[6].  But for the sake of his
opposition to the Mother of God, like how the serpent opposes Mary (Gen.3:15,
Rev.12:2-5) he intends to hide this fact in order to mislead his readers into
believing that the Catholic Church approved and recognized this apparition. And
who was able to discover that this apparition is a sham a “great hoax”
according to Pastor Ballesteros? He did not care to mention because it was the
Catholic Church through the Theological Commission headed by Bishop Salvador
Lazo who declared this alleged apparition a hoax. Pastor Ballesteros cannot use
this as an argument against Mary because this is utterly irrelevant. The great
hoax that was performed in Agoo was not performed by Mary or the Catholic
Church. They have nothing to do with this in fact the Church is the one who
meticulously investigated the matter and found out that it is a hoax and
announce it to the people so that the people will not be deceived. How about
you Pastor Ballesteros? What did you do during the wake of this hoax? You,
yourself cannot even discern if this is a true miracle or not because you are
not guided by the Holy Spirit, you are not the pillar and bulwark of truth, but
the Church is (1 Tim.3:15). Not contended with his half truths he again related
another story.

Rev. Nards Briosis, a former Roman Catholic priest, attested

that the crying Lady in Bicol was a hoax. He personally went to investigate the
said miracle when we was still a priest, only to discover the small holes
between the image’s eyes and a container full of watery salt inside the top of
its head. Aha! The salt gradually melts, then finds its way slowly down through
those holes! A very subtle deception. This must be a big joke![7]

This kind of deception technique employed by Pastor Ballesteros
is very common to anti-Catholics. They will relate a story and make it appear
that as if it is the Catholic Church who fabricated such miracles. With this
kind of technique it is very hard to verify if what he is saying is true or did
he just made it up? Is there really a priest named Rev. Nards Briosis? If there
is then he should have provided us with documentary evidence that this “priest”
actually exist so that we can verify his statement. But no pastor Ballesteros
left us hanging whether such priest or hoax really existed. Granting without
admitting that this account actually happened but the question is did the
Church recognized this as a genuine miracle? The subtle deception seems to have
not occurred in the story he related to us but to the way how pastor
Ballesteros retold the story. Furthermore to oppose Mary pastor Ballesteros
quoted the Sacred Scripture.

This can also be a
work of the devil. II Thess.2:8-12 says that devil can perform all kinds of
miracles and all types of deceptive signs and wonders. He is so keen and
clever, the master of crafty signs and wonders, the lord of lies![8]

Pastor Ballesteros got fooled by his own deceptive techniques,
now he is contradicting himself moments ago he said “that all power belongs
to Him; therefore no amount of power is left for anyone including Mary.”
But

now using the Scripture he is saying that the devil can perform miracles. This
inconsistency in Pastor Ballesteros would imply that (1) The Scripture
contradicts itself and (2) Pastor Ballesteros understanding and interpretation
of Scripture is wrong. So which one is it Pastor? Moreover the pastor said “This
can also be a work of the devil”
The word “can” leaves a room that it can

also be a work of God. Now this would put pastor ballesteros in an impossible
position to prove that the miracles performed by Mary and the saints are a work
of the devil. Pastor Ballesteros is about to commit the most grievous blunder
in his book, when he claimed that Mary never performed any miracle in the
Bible.

In the Bible, there is
no record that Mary ever performed a miracle, not even one, from the time of
Jesus’ birth to His death at age 33. Therefore, how can she perform one now
that Jesus has resurrected from the dead and is alive and holds all power and
authority in heaven and earth as well?[9]

I have already addressed this argument of Pastor Ballesteros, so
there is no need to rewrite again I will just copy what I said previously. We
all agree that a miracle is a supernatural act by God performed through his
creation. God could have use people as instruments to perform miracles like
that of the apostles. Mary is not only a mere instrument has a special
participation in Gods plan of salvation. In the Bible there are three miracles
and wonders that Mary performed though the power of the Most High. First, is
conceiving Jesus Christ in her womb without any sexual contact which means that
she is a virgin when she conceived Jesus Christ (Luke 1:31-35).The virginal
conception is truly a miracle performed by the Holy Sprit through Mary! Another
instance of Mary’s wonder and miracle is in John 19:26-27 wherein Christ made
Mary the mother of all his disciples. Who made Mary the mother of all
Christians? Is it the Catholic Church? No it was not, it was Christ himself!
And since Christ is God and He made Mary the mother of all believers, and His
action of doing so is a supernatural act. Since miracle is a supernatural act
of God and Mary motherhood of all believers was a supernatural act performed by
Christ therefore Mary’s motherhood of all believers is a miracle! And lastly
Mary manifested herself in a form of apparition in Rev.12:1 “Now a great
sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon,
and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown.
There is a significant

reason why in the entire Bible during a very climactic scene Mary is address as
woman not on first name basis because it tells us that the woman in Gen.3:15,
Is.7:14, Jn. 2:1-11, Jn.19:26-27 and Rev.12:1 is one and the same, Mary.
Furthermore Pastor Ballesterosaid,

The easiest way for
the devil to mislead humanity is to perform miraculous signs through dead
material objects which were cursed by God. If millions and millions of people
were deceived with just a drop or smear of blood, what more when these images
move and speak in the latter days? Rev. 13:14,15[10]

Pastor Ballesteros is out of his mind the devil cannot mislead
all the people by just making objects move by itself. The ancient pagan
religions did not survive to this day even if their statues, gods and goddesses
were influence by the devil. A person without the Church as his guidance can be
deceived by the devil, but the Church can never be deceived by the devil no
matter what because Jesus Christ said “Thou are Peter and upon this rock I
will build my Church, and the gates of hell can never overcome it.”
(Mt.16:17-18).

How can the devil deceived the body of Christ (Col.1:18) to whom his presence
will perpetually be with his Church (Mt.28:18-20), the pillar and bulwark of
truth (1 Tim.3:15)? Another exaggeration and deception of Pastor Ballesteros is
when he claimed that millions and millions of people were deceived with just a
drop or smear of blood. Where is your proof pastor? Did you individually
interview millions and millions of people to know whether they believed and
were deceived? Anti-catholic pastors have a lot of deceptive styles and lies
just to lure Catholics out of the Catholic Church and lead them to perditions.
Books like this one must be debunk and expose its errors.


[1] Jun
A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p. 16, 1997

[2] An
indefinite pronoun is one that is general and indeterminate in its reference to
objects and living beings. The most commonly used indefinites are all, another,
any, anybody, anyone. . . John B. Opdycke, Ph.d, Harper’s English Grammar,
p.55,  1983

[3] Merrill
F. Unger, The New Unger’s Bible Handbook, p,381, 1984

[4] Jun
A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p. 16, 1997

[5] Jun
A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p. 16, 1997

[6] http://www.catholicrevelations.org/PR/judiel%20nieva.htm

[7] Jun
A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p. 16, 1997

[8] Jun
A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p. 17, 1997

[9] Jun
A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p. 17, 1997

[10] Jun
A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p. 17, 1997

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