“OUR genuine and passionate love for God will enable us to help our nation. Without this, we cannot contribute to the rebuilding of the Philippines. The nation cannot succeed without a people united in loving God and country.” Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide (JIL) founder, Deputy Speaker Bro. Eddie Villanueva stressed this as he appealed for unity among Filipino Christians at JIL’s 41st anniversary celebration in Luneta, Manila yesterday.
Speaking before a sea of humanity extending from Quirino Grandstand, all the way and crossing over to the Rizal Monument, Cong. Bro. Eddie quoted the event’s theme taken from the Book of Galatians 3:26-29 to passionately urge the multitude of congregants, and Christian netizens watching the livestream, to “be united with and in Christ, not in and with vices and sin.”
“Our genuine and passionate love for God will enable us to help our nation. Without this, we cannot contribute to the rebuilding of the Philippines. The nation cannot succeed without a people united in loving God and country,” Cong. Bro. Eddie said.
Cong. Bro. Eddie appealed to the mammoth crowd and the millions online to disregard race and status, age and gender, educational status and family background
— to be one in Christ.
“We are one because we all are stamped with the imprint of God. We are one because we all are purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are one because we all are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. God’s creation, that is what we all are, redeemed by Jesus, the Holy Spirit’s temple,” he said.
He added that as believers in Jesus, Christians must “not leave any single stone unturned” in doing God’s agenda for the Philippines and issued a reminder that “where the church goes, the nation goes.”
JIL’s mission is “to bring all peoples to the kingdom of the living God regardless of race, status, belief and religious affiliations through the saving, healing, delivering, and transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Its core values that are weaved into its biblical teachings include integrity, faithfulness, and excellence, in addition to passionate love for God (“an intimate and wholehearted devotion, reserved to God alone, that is steadfast and unparalleled, evidenced by absolute submission and obedience to God’s will and commands”) and fellowman. As per documented testimonies, the results of drilling these values into the hearts of JIL members and followers are amazing; they experience transformations that positively affect not only their families but their communities as well. The change transpires like dominoes affecting each other. Homes change, then communities, schools, and workplaces. Finally, this collective surge of rehabilitation of character among those being taught with JIL biblical values affects the entire nation in a way that no other form of conditioning or training can do. It seems the Bible, JIL’s one and only manual in its teachings, is still the best tool in making productive, hope-filled citizens out of former derelicts and addicts, sick and battered, lost and confused men and women.
The contribution of JIL in raising up social asset citizens is not lost on the Philippine Senate. It recently issued Resolution 13 signed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III to commend JIL for its “continuous contribution to the country’s moral and spiritual recovery, and for its vibrant work in community development and nation-building.”
In an interview, Cong. Bro. Eddie said the JIL anniversary is not just a celebration for the JIL people. It is also a time of thanksgiving to God for the privilege of serving the entire Filipino people and Philippine nation. He expressed his desire to see bigger JIL accomplishments in the future, with latter victories that will “dwarf the former achievements.”
A special prayer for the nation was one of the highlights in the celebration.
Sen. Joel Villanueva, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna and Rev. Mike McKinney graced the affair, together with long-time friends of Cong. Bro. Eddie and his wife, Sis. Dory Villanueva, and groups of Cibac Party-list allies.
Cong. Bro. Eddie is Cibac Party-list representative and a deputy speaker at the House of Representatives.