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The devil as today’s entertainer? Wow!

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons...” (1 Timothy 4:1, the Holy Bible).

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THE RISE OF THE DEVIL AS TODAY’S ENTERTAINER? WOW! More and more, the Bible is proving to be the accurate book of God, especially in its predictions of things that are to happen yet, in the Philippines and everywhere else in the whole world. One such prediction is found in its 1 Timothy 4:1, which says there will come a point in the history of mankind where deceiving spirits and demons will sway and control the minds of many.

This is happening now, right before our very eyes, in many areas, particularly the movies and the arts. One recent and glaring example of this is an advertisement in a major Manila newspaper which features a picture glorifying the devil and asking Filipinos to go to on a tour in an economically well-off Asian city to watch or participate in a show that carries the name of the devil itself.

The text accompanying the advertisement says, among others: “The Minister of Evil has been elected to office. The reign of terror has begun…” Of course, the advertiser will say that the show is meant only to entertain, and not really to glorify evil. But, why strive to entertain at all, using the devil or the demon? Have we really run out of materials glorifying God?

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THE EVIL IN ALL OF US HAS BEEN PREDICTED TO RISE: Knowingly or unknowingly, many of us have fallen prey to the wiles of the devil which seek to take us away from our faith in God, thereby enabling us to become evil and sinful. Again, this is a situation predicted by the Bible itself, in its 2 Timothy 3:1-5, which says people will become—as they have become, now—godless, selfish, without love and respect to parents, without self-control, brutal, among others.

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LIFESTYLE CHECK? USELESS? The move for a lifestyle check of all government officials, allegedly being conducted by different agencies of government and by the Ombudsman at this point as announced by Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, is actually meaningless as it is useless. Fact is, for any lifestyle check to succeed, it must not focus only on the wealth or material prosperity of those in government.

Indeed, we must look at why many in government are fabulously rich and financially comfortable, when, quite undeniably, they do not have any businesses, no means to earn millions, no honest-to-goodness capacity to become economically successful. How were they able to acquire so much money when the only business they have is with the government, because of their positions therein?

There could be no other conclusion from this but that these rich government officials stole from the government. They stole because they knew they could not be punished for their misdeeds and their unmitigated plunder of public funds. They knew they could not be punished at all because everyone else in government is like them—thieves and robbers and plunderers.

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THE LIFESTYLE CHECK FILIPINOS NEED: So, any lifestyle check—like those checks already resorted to before—would not give any good thing to the suffering Filipinos. It is just going to be another waste of time, since government thievery and plunder cannot be solved by any official, politician, or any other man. What Filipinos who are already nauseated by all of these ought to do is turn to God for relief. But how do we do this?

The Bible has an answer, in its Deuteronomy 28. Verses 1 to 14 of this chapter talk about God’s blessings. Verses 15 to 68 talk about God’s curses. One of these curses is plundering officials (see Deuteronomy 28:15, 29), and it is brought about by the people’s collective turning away from God. If we want to stop plunder in our country, we must do what the Bible says we must do—read His Bible and obey Him. Then He will act against these plunderers.

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, jointly aired at 1062 kHz in Manila, 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, 1224 kHz in Davao City, and at www.eaglenews.ph, Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 107.5 Win FM, Roxas, Isabela (Saturday, 5:30 a.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m.). -30-




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