LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God…” (John 1:12-13, the Holy Bible).
SHOULD A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN BAPTIZED BE BAPTIZED FOR THE SECOND TIME? Question: is a person who had already been baptized before still required to be baptized again? The Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (AND KNK, or the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church believes that if the previous baptismal did not grant to the believer the right or status of being a “child of God”, as the Bible requires, there is a need for another baptism.
P50 M BRIBE IS JUST TIP OF ICEBERG: If we are to backtrack a little on the raging controversy over the receipt of P50 million as bribe by Deputy Immigration Commissioners Mike Robles and Al Argosino allegedly from international online gambling operator Jack Lam, we will readily deduce that the bribe here will not only be that amount of P50 million.
Fact is, when Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II started his public disclosures about Lam’s efforts to bribe him so the Department of Justice could be Lam’s godfather in his casino businesses here in the Philippines to protect illegal Chinese nationals working here, the amount of P100,000.00 per illegal Chinese was being bruited about as the routine fee so the illegals can be allowed to come in and work, even without visas or permits.
Now, if we multiply this P100,000.00 bribe per Chinese illegal national with the figure 1,300 (which is the number of illegal Chinese nationals arrested in Lam’s casino at the Clark Freeport Zone), it would be clear that some P130 million would have to be paid for the 1,300 illegal aliens that Lam employed in his gambling businesses.
IS P130 M THE TRUE BRIBE FOR IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS? The question is, why are we hearing the amount of only P50 million as having been paid by Lam by way of a bribe to Robles and Argosino? What happened to the remaining P80 million from the P130 million which, if we are to believe Aguirre’s disclosure, is supposed to be paid for all the 1,300 illegal Chinese nationals who were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration several weeks ago?
Vic Somintac, the Malacanang reporter of Radyo Agila DZEC (1062 kHz on the AM band) and my partner at “Tambalang Batas at Somintac” (which is a Mondays-to-Fridays 6 am to 7 am program at DZEC), and I, believe that if the delivery of the P50 million to Robles and Argosino was not captured by CCTV cameras and then aired on national television and exposed in a newspaper column, the P80 million would also be paid.
The question is, to whom will this remaining P80 million be paid? Are we to believe that mere deputy immigration commissioners would be the only ones that would be bribed here? Do they not have officers higher in rank than they, whose palms should also be greased with bribe money? Who are these higher officers?
SECOND BAPTISM NEEDED FOR TRULY ENLIGHTENED BELIEVERS: When does the baptism of a believer transform him or her into a “child of God”? The Bible, in John 1:12-13, has the answer, and it says: “…but to those who received him, to those who believed in his name, to them he gave the right to become children of God. Their being children of God is not the result of any human will or desire, but they became children of God because they were born of God…”
This seems simple enough. In fact many are saying they are already children of God because they, too, “received and believed”. But there is more to this than simply “receiving and believing”. Who, or what, must a person receive and believe in so he or she can become a child of God? The person who cannot say who or what he or she must receive and believe in needs to be baptized again, after receiving enlightenment on this issue.
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