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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Philippines and The cost of sin:

My wife and I have been overwhelmed by the news and the pictures we have seen of the Philippines. Many have shown their love via emails, and FB asking if we are ok. We are fine; we have been in the USA since Oct 31. We hit the ground running and have just now stopped. We have been praying for the dear folks in the Philippines and hoping with all our heart that the estimates of deaths turns out to be lower, though from the pictures and reports I have received from friends, I fear for the worst. We have friends staying in our home and I called them the day after, they said they are fine and that Luzon was spared. It is the middle Islands that took the brunt. 
I am fearful to learn how many friends I have in those areas were hurt, but I am hoping to hear so that I may pray more specifically for them. Thank all of you for being concerned about us, I ask that you focus your prayers and any help you feel led to give to the folks in the Philippines. I pray that all of God’s people in the Philippines will show what the love of Christ means to those who have lost so much.

I also want to take this time to reframe some of the things I am hearing and seeing over FB. From claiming to know that this is God’s judgment, or Filipinos deserve this, or don’t worry…Filipinos will just move on, to finger pointing and trying to fix blame for this huge Typhoon.

To better understand we need to go to the beginning:

Genesis 1:26–30 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.

God intended the earth to be a friend to man and man would be a wise steward. As we all know mankind did not allow that to happen, we chose to go our own way.

Genesis 3:17–19 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”

When the fall took place, it affected everything, not just men and women. The earth was also brought under a curse, and everyone, including the animals of the world have been paying a price ever since! In the fallen state that our existence is in, terrible things happen, because they happen. Yes, there are times God causes things to happen, and though everything is under His control, He clearly allows many things to take place under the natural order of the universe He created.

To claim that you know that God is judging someone, unless it is stated clearly in His Word, is at the very least arrogant and unloving. Only God can say when He is actively judging or providently allowing. God did not desire the fall, but desired more to give man the choice to be in a relationship with Him. It is not His fault we chose to go our own way, it is ours. Does God actively cause disasters whether personal or at a national level? Scripture shows that He does. However, only when the Word states that it is His judgment should anyone claim that. How many disasters were happening during the time that Scripture was written that were never connected to God’s judgment? I find it so arrogant of anyone to claim to know the mind of God unless stated by Him in His Word. 

To say anyone deserves judgment exposes a spiritual pride that God hates. We all deserve judgment, I love God with all my heart, but I sin far to often and sometimes am careless with my life. If it were not for His mercy I would have been dead many times by now. When a person can spew such things, that exposes a lack of discernment toward measuring your words. To say to anyone who is suffering – “you will get over it” actually communicates how callous your heart is. There is a time to help someone move on, but not right away. First you weep and mourn with them, you offer comfort and help. To be so insensitive will bring God’s judgment on you, consider Job’s friends. This is also not the time to figure out why or who caused this. Even if there is an answer…which I find hard to believe…doing that only distracts us from what we should be focused on right now. Helping those that have been hurt so much.

One last thing – the person that knows the cost of sin the most is God Himself. For a creation that chose to rebel against Him, let’s be honest, we still do, He chose to pay the entire price of the judgment that sin would require Himself. The death that was paid was paid by Him in full, the wrath that was poured out was His wrath on Himself, so He could offer all of us a choice again. He refuses to force us to do what we should do, which is honor Him as God. He offers us a relationship that not only recognizes Who He is, but makes us His children! Incredible! All that cost because of our sin.

What the Philippines needs right now is God’s unconditional love extended by His children, to everyone, whether they believe or not. That issue is between them and God, our responsibility is to show them the kind of love our God has!


  1. Thank you Nate - God bless - love from the Perkins

  2. Thanks I needed that. Miss you, Bro - Third

  3. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Yes. Show them how kind God is that he made thousands suffer.

    1. Hey, You really are that blunt, aren't you? Why do you [atheists] always blame God for all the deaths, calamities and wickedness on earth? Can you not at least spare some of these blames to the devil? Oh I see, you don't believe in evil beings, so you just point everything to God. Are you really sure there is no God when all you want to do is point all your guilty fingers toward him? Sounds ironic huh? Why not spend time pondering upon what you can do to save yourself from eternal damnation.

  5. Salamuch Pastor bro Nate for sharing ur heart! -ED

  6. Hope to see you soon Pastor

  7. si Job ba ng dumanas ng natural disaster makasalanan ba siya sa Diyos di ba hindi?
    ibig sabihin hindi dapat hatulan ang pilipinas na makasalanan dahil dumanas ng natural disaster.

  8. I feel sorry for anybody's soul who think Philippines is being punished by God & call themselves true Christians. The whole world's disasters are not God's punishments, but He will see who will do His callings.. who is the compassionate ones, honest, & who has faith & trust in HIM!! !! Only God will be the JUDGE!! May God forgives your souls!!

  9. Thank you for sharing this to us, i pray that Filipino people would not think that their country is being punished by God, for God love his people... And i pray that we, as one nation will hold on to the Love of God for us..only to trust on His Love..

  10. this is my own opinion, God did not send that typhoon, it's from the devil, remember he comes to steal, kill, and destroy...these calamities comes because we gave the devil a foothold or opening. remember when Jesus calms a storm, if that storm comes from God i think Jesus would not stop it or if it's from God i think Jesus is just fooling himself.. we are already restored with God when Jesus died for us, and as you have quoted Genesis 1, we should exercise our authority diven to us by God and that is to have dominion or rule or subdue the earth.. Godspeed

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  12. a fallen world takes its toll on humans. But God is not judging, Jesus was judged for the sins of the Phillipines, and everyone else, for God to judge again would be double jeopardy. God does not operate that way. That is why he sent Jesus