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Neville Johnson. Likes blow jobs.

So-called “Pastor” Neville Johnson. Liked receiving sexual services including fellacio from a succession of three young church secretaries in the 1970s to 1980s. Justified this practice from Old Testament scriptures about great men and concubines. Delusional. Dishonest. A spiritual and moral charlatan. Never repented. Now associates with a plethora of equally dodgy spiritual charlatans and false prophets.

 

Below is an article from a blog-site called ‘Future pastors blog-site’.  I know nothing about this site. The article is about Sadhu Selvaraj, a so-called prophet linked to a network of super-spiro Pentecostal types including the false prophet “Pastor” Neville Johnson of The Academy of Light website in Perth, Western Australia.

Neville Johnson is a certified false prophet and charlatan. I’ve written many articles on this site about Neville and his errant activities on earth.

If you google “Pastor Neville Johnson Academy of Light Perth” you’ll find my articles. This site isn’t catalogued and it’s the easiest way to find historic articles.

The videos posted in the ‘Future pastors blog-site’ below are deeply disturbing. The ranting prophesies given by false prophets Sadhu Selvaraj and another Indian Magkakatotoo to Phillipinos are reprehensible.

Only the gullible could fall for raving erroneous rants like these so-called prophecies.

 

Future pastors blog-site

WHY I’M HESITANT ABOUT SADHU SELVARAJ

I’ve always been hesitant about Prophet Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj. As a born-again Christian coming from a church that believes in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I do affirm that God continues to give some people prophetic abilities for His purposes. I also believe, however, that we must always subject prophets to intense scrutiny. As Christians, we can’t just accept what people say and believe them at face value. We must exercise discernment and weigh truth claims against the standard of the Word.

Recently, there was an uproar caused by the irresponsible ABS-CBN reportage about a skin disease that is “unti-unting kumakalat sa Pangasinan” (gradually spreading in Pangasinan). Without any statistics to show for it, the TV network implied that the #MisteryosongSakitSaBandila could be the fulfillment of a prophecy. Obviously, they were referring to Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophecy made in 2013, together with his fellow prophet from India, Bro. Vincent Selvakumar.

Here are some videos of the prophecies:

 

 

 

Many Christians reacted in very affirming ways to the implied connection between #MisteryosongSakitSaBandila and Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophetic declarations. We deserve a MEGA FACEPALM for that.

Mega Facepalm Gif. For your reaction folder needs… How does I get the bbcode

Buti na lang, DOH immediately issued a statement debunking the alleged spread of any plague in Pangasinan. Nawala ang scare, kumalma na ang mga tao.

As I have observed from conversations surrounding Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophecies, it is always a dead end: “If they come true, he’s a true prophet. If they don’t come true, it’s because the people repented.” Whatever happens, he’s always right. Although I disagree with that line of reasoning (on the basis of Deuteronomy 18:21-22 and 13:1-4), I will not dispute it for now because it would seem to be an effort in futility to do so.

Thus, this post is not intended to examine his or Bro. Selvakumar’s prophecies bit by bit. Instead, I would like to turn your attention to a doctrine taught by Sadhu Selvaraj which, in my opinion, should be a major reason for all Christians to genuinely reconsider whether or not his prophetic statements are of any value. The doctrine is that dead Biblical prophets or saints can and actually do help Christians achieve God’s purposes on Earth.

I was present in one of his gatherings in Manila a few years ago (I’ve forgotten the exact year) when, much to my surprise, he claimed that the prophet Joel was in our midst, imparting to him revelations he was supposed to tell the people. No, it wasn’t Joel Houston or Joel Osteen or Joel Lamangan. It was the prophet Joel son of Pethuel of the Bible he was talking about. It was the first time I heard someone claim that a Biblical prophet is personally and spiritually coming down from heaven to deliver a message through him.

Apparently, this is a doctrine inseparable from Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophetic claims. In 10:16 of the first video above, he says:

“The armies of God will be stationed in this land. And they will wage war against the enemies of God. The kingdom of God, the angels of God and the saints of God—forget about the Catholic teaching of praying to the saints (I’m not talking about that right now. I’m talking to you about the true ministry of angels and the true ministry of the saints)—they will come down.”

Sadhu Selvaraj promises in the video that dead saints will personally come down to help Christians accomplish God’s work in the Philippines. He immediately footnotes that this is not about the Roman Catholic doctrine of praying to the saints. However, it is difficult for me to ignore how strikingly similar this claim is to the Roman Catholic saintly “apparitions” long-disputed by born-again Christians.

As Christians, we do not believe that the spirits of dead people can and should interact with anyone on Earth (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). This is one of the fundamental differences we have with Roman Catholicism. All human beings who lived in Biblical times are now dead. Their spirits are in the afterlife and there is no Biblical indication that any of them can come back to Earth for any divine purpose.

Yes, 1 Samuel 28 tells us of Samuel going back from the dead because of the stubbornness of Saul. During the Transfiguration, we also see Moses and Elijah appearing in the presence of Jesus and some disciples. But these are isolated cases that happened for very narrow and specific purposes. They were in no way commonplace Biblical phenomena, and were never narrated in such a way as to be interpreted as prescribing the intervention of dead saints in the advancing of God’s kingdom.

If we will accept Sadhu Selvaraj’s teaching that the souls of the righteous dead can come back to Earth, we might as well accept the Roman Catholic claims of apparitions of the Blessed Mary. Besides, these alleged Marian apparitions have more documentary proof than Sadhu Selvaraj’s claim that dead holy men are in the business of aiding Christians nowadays.

In order to justify the saintly interventions, Sadhu Selvaraj usually cites Matthew 27 as a Biblical precedent. Again, in the video, he says:

“If you read Matthew 27:50, 51, 52, after the death of the Lord Jesus Christ the graves were opened and the saints of God arose from the dead. And after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, He appeared to many people in the holy city. The saints of God appeared there and showed themselves there. And they witnessed for the Lord Jesus Christ saying that He is the Messiah. In the same manner the saints of God and the angels of God will station in this land to work with you. What a blessed call that is! What a great and awesome privilege you have received from the Almighty God! But at the same time, if you will fail in your calling, great will be your judgment.”

When Sadhu Selvaraj uses the vague phrase “in the same manner”, what does he actually mean? Does he mean that the graves will be opened? Does he mean that the saints of God will appear and expose themselves to the public? Does he mean that they will also verbally evangelize non-believers? I honestly want to know. Because if I were to believe the Bible, it is now the Holy Spirit’s assigned task to aid believers witness for Christ.

As I end this post, I just want to say that I respect Sadhu Selvaraj and his followers. The fact that I devoted precious time addressing his message is evidence of my respect to his apparent influence to the body of Christ in the Philippines. However, I have genuine questions that need genuine answers. If the points I’ve raised here can be reasonably corrected, please do send me a message and I would be willing to make another blog post endorsing Sadhu Selvaraj.

In the mean time, I remain hesitant to believe his teachings. Sure, God can send angels to help us in any way. But as far as the Bible is concerned, we are complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10). We have no need of angelic apparition or transcendental meditation or astral plane experience to validate our intimacy with God (Colossians 2:18). Nobody needs to be spiritually brought to heaven while in a state of trance just to strengthen his/her relationship with Jesus. We have the Holy Spirit and He is our parakletos (John 14:16)—the one who comes alongside us, our ally, our comforter, our helper. He is more than enough for us!

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” 1 John 4:1

Pray and do something for the Philippines always.

Neville Johnson. Likes blow jobs.

So-called “Pastor” Neville Johnson. Liked receiving sexual services including fellacio from a succession of three young church secretaries in the 1970s to 1980s. Justified this practice from Old Testament scriptures about great men and concubines. Delusional. Dishonest. A spiritual and moral charlatan. Never repented. Now associates with a plethora of equally dodgy spiritual charlatans and false prophets.

 

Below is an article from a blog-site called ‘Future pastors blog-site’.  I know nothing about this site. The article is about Sadhu Selvaraj, a so-called prophet linked to a network of super-spiro Pentecostal types including the false prophet “Pastor” Neville Johnson of The Academy of Light website in Perth, Western Australia.

Neville Johnson is a certified false prophet and charlatan. I’ve written many articles on this site about Neville and his errant activities on earth.

If you google “Pastor Neville Johnson Academy of Light Perth” you’ll find my articles. This site isn’t catalogued and it’s the easiest way to find historic articles.

The videos posted in the ‘Future pastors blog-site’ below are deeply disturbing. The ranting prophesies given by false prophets Sadhu Selvaraj and another Indian Magkakatotoo to Phillipinos are reprehensible.

Only the gullible could fall for raving erroneous rants like these so-called prophecies.

 

Future pastors blog-site

WHY I’M HESITANT ABOUT SADHU SELVARAJ

I’ve always been hesitant about Prophet Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj. As a born-again Christian coming from a church that believes in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I do affirm that God continues to give some people prophetic abilities for His purposes. I also believe, however, that we must always subject prophets to intense scrutiny. As Christians, we can’t just accept what people say and believe them at face value. We must exercise discernment and weigh truth claims against the standard of the Word.

Recently, there was an uproar caused by the irresponsible ABS-CBN reportage about a skin disease that is “unti-unting kumakalat sa Pangasinan” (gradually spreading in Pangasinan). Without any statistics to show for it, the TV network implied that the #MisteryosongSakitSaBandila could be the fulfillment of a prophecy. Obviously, they were referring to Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophecy made in 2013, together with his fellow prophet from India, Bro. Vincent Selvakumar.

Here are some videos of the prophecies:

 

 

 

Many Christians reacted in very affirming ways to the implied connection between #MisteryosongSakitSaBandila and Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophetic declarations. We deserve a MEGA FACEPALM for that.

Mega Facepalm Gif. For your reaction folder needs… How does I get the bbcode

Buti na lang, DOH immediately issued a statement debunking the alleged spread of any plague in Pangasinan. Nawala ang scare, kumalma na ang mga tao.

As I have observed from conversations surrounding Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophecies, it is always a dead end: “If they come true, he’s a true prophet. If they don’t come true, it’s because the people repented.” Whatever happens, he’s always right. Although I disagree with that line of reasoning (on the basis of Deuteronomy 18:21-22 and 13:1-4), I will not dispute it for now because it would seem to be an effort in futility to do so.

Thus, this post is not intended to examine his or Bro. Selvakumar’s prophecies bit by bit. Instead, I would like to turn your attention to a doctrine taught by Sadhu Selvaraj which, in my opinion, should be a major reason for all Christians to genuinely reconsider whether or not his prophetic statements are of any value. The doctrine is that dead Biblical prophets or saints can and actually do help Christians achieve God’s purposes on Earth.

I was present in one of his gatherings in Manila a few years ago (I’ve forgotten the exact year) when, much to my surprise, he claimed that the prophet Joel was in our midst, imparting to him revelations he was supposed to tell the people. No, it wasn’t Joel Houston or Joel Osteen or Joel Lamangan. It was the prophet Joel son of Pethuel of the Bible he was talking about. It was the first time I heard someone claim that a Biblical prophet is personally and spiritually coming down from heaven to deliver a message through him.

Apparently, this is a doctrine inseparable from Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophetic claims. In 10:16 of the first video above, he says:

“The armies of God will be stationed in this land. And they will wage war against the enemies of God. The kingdom of God, the angels of God and the saints of God—forget about the Catholic teaching of praying to the saints (I’m not talking about that right now. I’m talking to you about the true ministry of angels and the true ministry of the saints)—they will come down.”

Sadhu Selvaraj promises in the video that dead saints will personally come down to help Christians accomplish God’s work in the Philippines. He immediately footnotes that this is not about the Roman Catholic doctrine of praying to the saints. However, it is difficult for me to ignore how strikingly similar this claim is to the Roman Catholic saintly “apparitions” long-disputed by born-again Christians.

As Christians, we do not believe that the spirits of dead people can and should interact with anyone on Earth (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). This is one of the fundamental differences we have with Roman Catholicism. All human beings who lived in Biblical times are now dead. Their spirits are in the afterlife and there is no Biblical indication that any of them can come back to Earth for any divine purpose.

Yes, 1 Samuel 28 tells us of Samuel going back from the dead because of the stubbornness of Saul. During the Transfiguration, we also see Moses and Elijah appearing in the presence of Jesus and some disciples. But these are isolated cases that happened for very narrow and specific purposes. They were in no way commonplace Biblical phenomena, and were never narrated in such a way as to be interpreted as prescribing the intervention of dead saints in the advancing of God’s kingdom.

If we will accept Sadhu Selvaraj’s teaching that the souls of the righteous dead can come back to Earth, we might as well accept the Roman Catholic claims of apparitions of the Blessed Mary. Besides, these alleged Marian apparitions have more documentary proof than Sadhu Selvaraj’s claim that dead holy men are in the business of aiding Christians nowadays.

In order to justify the saintly interventions, Sadhu Selvaraj usually cites Matthew 27 as a Biblical precedent. Again, in the video, he says:

“If you read Matthew 27:50, 51, 52, after the death of the Lord Jesus Christ the graves were opened and the saints of God arose from the dead. And after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, He appeared to many people in the holy city. The saints of God appeared there and showed themselves there. And they witnessed for the Lord Jesus Christ saying that He is the Messiah. In the same manner the saints of God and the angels of God will station in this land to work with you. What a blessed call that is! What a great and awesome privilege you have received from the Almighty God! But at the same time, if you will fail in your calling, great will be your judgment.”

When Sadhu Selvaraj uses the vague phrase “in the same manner”, what does he actually mean? Does he mean that the graves will be opened? Does he mean that the saints of God will appear and expose themselves to the public? Does he mean that they will also verbally evangelize non-believers? I honestly want to know. Because if I were to believe the Bible, it is now the Holy Spirit’s assigned task to aid believers witness for Christ.

As I end this post, I just want to say that I respect Sadhu Selvaraj and his followers. The fact that I devoted precious time addressing his message is evidence of my respect to his apparent influence to the body of Christ in the Philippines. However, I have genuine questions that need genuine answers. If the points I’ve raised here can be reasonably corrected, please do send me a message and I would be willing to make another blog post endorsing Sadhu Selvaraj.

In the mean time, I remain hesitant to believe his teachings. Sure, God can send angels to help us in any way. But as far as the Bible is concerned, we are complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10). We have no need of angelic apparition or transcendental meditation or astral plane experience to validate our intimacy with God (Colossians 2:18). Nobody needs to be spiritually brought to heaven while in a state of trance just to strengthen his/her relationship with Jesus. We have the Holy Spirit and He is our parakletos (John 14:16)—the one who comes alongside us, our ally, our comforter, our helper. He is more than enough for us!

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” 1 John 4:1

Pray and do something for the Philippines always.

Neville Johnson. Likes blow jobs.

So-called “Pastor” Neville Johnson. Liked receiving sexual services including fellacio from a succession of three young church secretaries in the 1970s to 1980s. Justified this practice from Old Testament scriptures about great men and concubines. Delusional. Dishonest. A spiritual and moral charlatan. Never repented. Now associates with a plethora of equally dodgy spiritual charlatans and false prophets.

 

Below is an article from a blog-site called ‘Future pastors blog-site’.  I know nothing about this site. The article is about Sadhu Selvaraj, a so-called prophet linked to a network of super-spiro Pentecostal types including the false prophet “Pastor” Neville Johnson of The Academy of Light website in Perth, Western Australia.

Neville Johnson is a certified false prophet and charlatan. I’ve written many articles on this site about Neville and his errant activities on earth.

If you google “Pastor Neville Johnson Academy of Light Perth” you’ll find my articles. This site isn’t catalogued and it’s the easiest way to find historic articles.

The videos posted in the ‘Future pastors blog-site’ below are deeply disturbing. The ranting prophesies given by false prophets Sadhu Selvaraj and another Indian Magkakatotoo to Phillipinos are reprehensible.

Only the gullible could fall for raving erroneous rants like these so-called prophecies.

 

Future pastors blog-site

WHY I’M HESITANT ABOUT SADHU SELVARAJ

I’ve always been hesitant about Prophet Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj. As a born-again Christian coming from a church that believes in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I do affirm that God continues to give some people prophetic abilities for His purposes. I also believe, however, that we must always subject prophets to intense scrutiny. As Christians, we can’t just accept what people say and believe them at face value. We must exercise discernment and weigh truth claims against the standard of the Word.

Recently, there was an uproar caused by the irresponsible ABS-CBN reportage about a skin disease that is “unti-unting kumakalat sa Pangasinan” (gradually spreading in Pangasinan). Without any statistics to show for it, the TV network implied that the #MisteryosongSakitSaBandila could be the fulfillment of a prophecy. Obviously, they were referring to Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophecy made in 2013, together with his fellow prophet from India, Bro. Vincent Selvakumar.

Here are some videos of the prophecies:

 

 

 

Many Christians reacted in very affirming ways to the implied connection between #MisteryosongSakitSaBandila and Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophetic declarations. We deserve a MEGA FACEPALM for that.

Mega Facepalm Gif. For your reaction folder needs… How does I get the bbcode

Buti na lang, DOH immediately issued a statement debunking the alleged spread of any plague in Pangasinan. Nawala ang scare, kumalma na ang mga tao.

As I have observed from conversations surrounding Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophecies, it is always a dead end: “If they come true, he’s a true prophet. If they don’t come true, it’s because the people repented.” Whatever happens, he’s always right. Although I disagree with that line of reasoning (on the basis of Deuteronomy 18:21-22 and 13:1-4), I will not dispute it for now because it would seem to be an effort in futility to do so.

Thus, this post is not intended to examine his or Bro. Selvakumar’s prophecies bit by bit. Instead, I would like to turn your attention to a doctrine taught by Sadhu Selvaraj which, in my opinion, should be a major reason for all Christians to genuinely reconsider whether or not his prophetic statements are of any value. The doctrine is that dead Biblical prophets or saints can and actually do help Christians achieve God’s purposes on Earth.

I was present in one of his gatherings in Manila a few years ago (I’ve forgotten the exact year) when, much to my surprise, he claimed that the prophet Joel was in our midst, imparting to him revelations he was supposed to tell the people. No, it wasn’t Joel Houston or Joel Osteen or Joel Lamangan. It was the prophet Joel son of Pethuel of the Bible he was talking about. It was the first time I heard someone claim that a Biblical prophet is personally and spiritually coming down from heaven to deliver a message through him.

Apparently, this is a doctrine inseparable from Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophetic claims. In 10:16 of the first video above, he says:

“The armies of God will be stationed in this land. And they will wage war against the enemies of God. The kingdom of God, the angels of God and the saints of God—forget about the Catholic teaching of praying to the saints (I’m not talking about that right now. I’m talking to you about the true ministry of angels and the true ministry of the saints)—they will come down.”

Sadhu Selvaraj promises in the video that dead saints will personally come down to help Christians accomplish God’s work in the Philippines. He immediately footnotes that this is not about the Roman Catholic doctrine of praying to the saints. However, it is difficult for me to ignore how strikingly similar this claim is to the Roman Catholic saintly “apparitions” long-disputed by born-again Christians.

As Christians, we do not believe that the spirits of dead people can and should interact with anyone on Earth (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). This is one of the fundamental differences we have with Roman Catholicism. All human beings who lived in Biblical times are now dead. Their spirits are in the afterlife and there is no Biblical indication that any of them can come back to Earth for any divine purpose.

Yes, 1 Samuel 28 tells us of Samuel going back from the dead because of the stubbornness of Saul. During the Transfiguration, we also see Moses and Elijah appearing in the presence of Jesus and some disciples. But these are isolated cases that happened for very narrow and specific purposes. They were in no way commonplace Biblical phenomena, and were never narrated in such a way as to be interpreted as prescribing the intervention of dead saints in the advancing of God’s kingdom.

If we will accept Sadhu Selvaraj’s teaching that the souls of the righteous dead can come back to Earth, we might as well accept the Roman Catholic claims of apparitions of the Blessed Mary. Besides, these alleged Marian apparitions have more documentary proof than Sadhu Selvaraj’s claim that dead holy men are in the business of aiding Christians nowadays.

In order to justify the saintly interventions, Sadhu Selvaraj usually cites Matthew 27 as a Biblical precedent. Again, in the video, he says:

“If you read Matthew 27:50, 51, 52, after the death of the Lord Jesus Christ the graves were opened and the saints of God arose from the dead. And after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, He appeared to many people in the holy city. The saints of God appeared there and showed themselves there. And they witnessed for the Lord Jesus Christ saying that He is the Messiah. In the same manner the saints of God and the angels of God will station in this land to work with you. What a blessed call that is! What a great and awesome privilege you have received from the Almighty God! But at the same time, if you will fail in your calling, great will be your judgment.”

When Sadhu Selvaraj uses the vague phrase “in the same manner”, what does he actually mean? Does he mean that the graves will be opened? Does he mean that the saints of God will appear and expose themselves to the public? Does he mean that they will also verbally evangelize non-believers? I honestly want to know. Because if I were to believe the Bible, it is now the Holy Spirit’s assigned task to aid believers witness for Christ.

As I end this post, I just want to say that I respect Sadhu Selvaraj and his followers. The fact that I devoted precious time addressing his message is evidence of my respect to his apparent influence to the body of Christ in the Philippines. However, I have genuine questions that need genuine answers. If the points I’ve raised here can be reasonably corrected, please do send me a message and I would be willing to make another blog post endorsing Sadhu Selvaraj.

In the mean time, I remain hesitant to believe his teachings. Sure, God can send angels to help us in any way. But as far as the Bible is concerned, we are complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10). We have no need of angelic apparition or transcendental meditation or astral plane experience to validate our intimacy with God (Colossians 2:18). Nobody needs to be spiritually brought to heaven while in a state of trance just to strengthen his/her relationship with Jesus. We have the Holy Spirit and He is our parakletos (John 14:16)—the one who comes alongside us, our ally, our comforter, our helper. He is more than enough for us!

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” 1 John 4:1

Pray and do something for the Philippines always.

Neville Johnson. Likes blow jobs.

So-called “Pastor” Neville Johnson. Liked receiving sexual services including fellacio from a succession of three young church secretaries in the 1970s to 1980s. Justified this practice from Old Testament scriptures about great men and concubines. Delusional. Dishonest. A spiritual and moral charlatan. Never repented. Now associates with a plethora of equally dodgy spiritual charlatans and false prophets.

 

Below is an article from a blog-site called ‘Future pastors blog-site’.  I know nothing about this site. The article is about Sadhu Selvaraj, a so-called prophet linked to a network of super-spiro Pentecostal types including the false prophet “Pastor” Neville Johnson of The Academy of Light website in Perth, Western Australia.

Neville Johnson is a certified false prophet and charlatan. I’ve written many articles on this site about Neville and his errant activities on earth.

If you google “Pastor Neville Johnson Academy of Light Perth” you’ll find my articles. This site isn’t catalogued and it’s the easiest way to find historic articles.

The videos posted in the ‘Future pastors blog-site’ below are deeply disturbing. The ranting prophesies given by false prophets Sadhu Selvaraj and another Indian Magkakatotoo to Phillipinos are reprehensible.

Only the gullible could fall for raving erroneous rants like these so-called prophecies.

 

Future pastors blog-site

WHY I’M HESITANT ABOUT SADHU SELVARAJ

I’ve always been hesitant about Prophet Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj. As a born-again Christian coming from a church that believes in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I do affirm that God continues to give some people prophetic abilities for His purposes. I also believe, however, that we must always subject prophets to intense scrutiny. As Christians, we can’t just accept what people say and believe them at face value. We must exercise discernment and weigh truth claims against the standard of the Word.

Recently, there was an uproar caused by the irresponsible ABS-CBN reportage about a skin disease that is “unti-unting kumakalat sa Pangasinan” (gradually spreading in Pangasinan). Without any statistics to show for it, the TV network implied that the #MisteryosongSakitSaBandila could be the fulfillment of a prophecy. Obviously, they were referring to Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophecy made in 2013, together with his fellow prophet from India, Bro. Vincent Selvakumar.

Here are some videos of the prophecies:

 

 

 

Many Christians reacted in very affirming ways to the implied connection between #MisteryosongSakitSaBandila and Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophetic declarations. We deserve a MEGA FACEPALM for that.

Mega Facepalm Gif. For your reaction folder needs… How does I get the bbcode

Buti na lang, DOH immediately issued a statement debunking the alleged spread of any plague in Pangasinan. Nawala ang scare, kumalma na ang mga tao.

As I have observed from conversations surrounding Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophecies, it is always a dead end: “If they come true, he’s a true prophet. If they don’t come true, it’s because the people repented.” Whatever happens, he’s always right. Although I disagree with that line of reasoning (on the basis of Deuteronomy 18:21-22 and 13:1-4), I will not dispute it for now because it would seem to be an effort in futility to do so.

Thus, this post is not intended to examine his or Bro. Selvakumar’s prophecies bit by bit. Instead, I would like to turn your attention to a doctrine taught by Sadhu Selvaraj which, in my opinion, should be a major reason for all Christians to genuinely reconsider whether or not his prophetic statements are of any value. The doctrine is that dead Biblical prophets or saints can and actually do help Christians achieve God’s purposes on Earth.

I was present in one of his gatherings in Manila a few years ago (I’ve forgotten the exact year) when, much to my surprise, he claimed that the prophet Joel was in our midst, imparting to him revelations he was supposed to tell the people. No, it wasn’t Joel Houston or Joel Osteen or Joel Lamangan. It was the prophet Joel son of Pethuel of the Bible he was talking about. It was the first time I heard someone claim that a Biblical prophet is personally and spiritually coming down from heaven to deliver a message through him.

Apparently, this is a doctrine inseparable from Sadhu Selvaraj’s prophetic claims. In 10:16 of the first video above, he says:

“The armies of God will be stationed in this land. And they will wage war against the enemies of God. The kingdom of God, the angels of God and the saints of God—forget about the Catholic teaching of praying to the saints (I’m not talking about that right now. I’m talking to you about the true ministry of angels and the true ministry of the saints)—they will come down.”

Sadhu Selvaraj promises in the video that dead saints will personally come down to help Christians accomplish God’s work in the Philippines. He immediately footnotes that this is not about the Roman Catholic doctrine of praying to the saints. However, it is difficult for me to ignore how strikingly similar this claim is to the Roman Catholic saintly “apparitions” long-disputed by born-again Christians.

As Christians, we do not believe that the spirits of dead people can and should interact with anyone on Earth (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). This is one of the fundamental differences we have with Roman Catholicism. All human beings who lived in Biblical times are now dead. Their spirits are in the afterlife and there is no Biblical indication that any of them can come back to Earth for any divine purpose.

Yes, 1 Samuel 28 tells us of Samuel going back from the dead because of the stubbornness of Saul. During the Transfiguration, we also see Moses and Elijah appearing in the presence of Jesus and some disciples. But these are isolated cases that happened for very narrow and specific purposes. They were in no way commonplace Biblical phenomena, and were never narrated in such a way as to be interpreted as prescribing the intervention of dead saints in the advancing of God’s kingdom.

If we will accept Sadhu Selvaraj’s teaching that the souls of the righteous dead can come back to Earth, we might as well accept the Roman Catholic claims of apparitions of the Blessed Mary. Besides, these alleged Marian apparitions have more documentary proof than Sadhu Selvaraj’s claim that dead holy men are in the business of aiding Christians nowadays.

In order to justify the saintly interventions, Sadhu Selvaraj usually cites Matthew 27 as a Biblical precedent. Again, in the video, he says:

“If you read Matthew 27:50, 51, 52, after the death of the Lord Jesus Christ the graves were opened and the saints of God arose from the dead. And after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, He appeared to many people in the holy city. The saints of God appeared there and showed themselves there. And they witnessed for the Lord Jesus Christ saying that He is the Messiah. In the same manner the saints of God and the angels of God will station in this land to work with you. What a blessed call that is! What a great and awesome privilege you have received from the Almighty God! But at the same time, if you will fail in your calling, great will be your judgment.”

When Sadhu Selvaraj uses the vague phrase “in the same manner”, what does he actually mean? Does he mean that the graves will be opened? Does he mean that the saints of God will appear and expose themselves to the public? Does he mean that they will also verbally evangelize non-believers? I honestly want to know. Because if I were to believe the Bible, it is now the Holy Spirit’s assigned task to aid believers witness for Christ.

As I end this post, I just want to say that I respect Sadhu Selvaraj and his followers. The fact that I devoted precious time addressing his message is evidence of my respect to his apparent influence to the body of Christ in the Philippines. However, I have genuine questions that need genuine answers. If the points I’ve raised here can be reasonably corrected, please do send me a message and I would be willing to make another blog post endorsing Sadhu Selvaraj.

In the mean time, I remain hesitant to believe his teachings. Sure, God can send angels to help us in any way. But as far as the Bible is concerned, we are complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10). We have no need of angelic apparition or transcendental meditation or astral plane experience to validate our intimacy with God (Colossians 2:18). Nobody needs to be spiritually brought to heaven while in a state of trance just to strengthen his/her relationship with Jesus. We have the Holy Spirit and He is our parakletos (John 14:16)—the one who comes alongside us, our ally, our comforter, our helper. He is more than enough for us!

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” 1 John 4:1

Pray and do something for the Philippines always.