In an interview with Karen Davila, Philippines for Jesus Movement leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva asked President Duterte to recant and ask for public apology for his “st*p!d” G@d” comment that sparked a heated debate on social media.
Villanueva said that if Duterte declines PJM’s demands, that is now the evidence that he is anti-God. If he is anti-God, we, the god-loving nation Filipinos will start mobilizing people to pray, to pray to rescue the nation, to pray for the enlightenment of the President.
Hiniling ng grupo ni Bro. Eddie Villanueva na mag-public apology si Pang. Rodrigo Duterte o humingi ng patawad sa Panginoon. Ito'y matapos ang mga mistulang banat ng Pangulo sa Diyos. #TVPatrol
Posted by TV Patrol on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Ironically, it takes a former military rebel and now a born-again Christian Abe Purugganan to sermon Bro. Eddie Villanueva of Philippines Jesus Movement that publicly rebuking President Duterte does not help at all, instead it will just add more to the confusion about the TRUTH and not to make believers of Jesus stumble in their faith.
In the open letter, the former rebel told Villanueva to act with prudence and wisdom by laying her burden to the Lord Jesus rather than taking it to the media to raise his concern.
Purugganan told Villanueva that if he was indeed convinced in helping the President, he would not make this political spectacle but rather he could do this in his capacity as a spiritual leader.
Please read the full text of the post below for reference.
For Bro. Eddie Villanueva:
I am addressing this to you as a brother in Christ. If there is no peace in your heart on the statements of President Duterte against the teachings of the Catholic Church, it is most prudent and wise to lay down your burden to the Lord Jesus rather than coming out of the media to raise your concern. If you are convicted to do something for him, do not be political nor physical but be spiritual. Ask the Holy Spirit on what to do. Intercede for President Duterte. Stand in the gap for him. Usher him to the presence of God as what ministers of God are expected to do. Go to him personally and rebuke him with the spirit of gentleness if that is what the Holy Spirit convicts you to do. But do not condemn or judge him but be a shepherd like the Lord Jesus. Remember our Lord Jesus never condemned, He came to save.
I also ask you to rebuke and intercede mightily for the leaders of the Catholic church that they may truly follow our Lord Jesus, and that they cast away their idols, lies, deceit, lawlessness, unrighteousness, and wicked ways that defile the temple of the living God.
I also ask you to intercede mightily for the country, that the Lord Jesus will deliver the nation from idolatry, lawlessness, wickedness, witchcraft, rebellion, pride and arrogance, poverty, lies, and greed; that righteousness may cover our people; and that a revival may come to our land.
And pray for yourself and other ministers of God that you do not add to the confusion about the TRUTH and not to make believers of Jesus stumble in their faith.
May the Lord strengthen you and give you discernment on what to do. Be blessed Bro. Eddie.