Tocou-me, Jesus tocou-me
De paz Ele encheu meu coração
Quando, o Senhor Jesus me tocou
Livrou-me da escuridão
(“He Touched Me” in Portuguese)
There was I, an observer, away from the actual event. Looking at how the words of the song filled every heart: how it gave the answers, solutions to the needs of every one who came to be blessed. More than the music, it is the yearning to be connected, to be whole, to be at peace with the One who created us all.
In my mind, I asked: What led them to this gathering? What made them accept the invitation to see and hear Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy? What made them endure hours of listening and responding to a sermon that is preached by a Filipino, a stranger, not one of their own?
For more than two decades, I have been watching closely the growth of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ as a homegrown congregation in Davao City, and how it has evolved into a megachurch that spans 5 continents around the world.
Why are people drawn to Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy? Why would people cry, and reach out to him?
It boils down to the message: The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It points out to the need of man to be saved. It is a need that is universal to us all.
While many religions and denominations preach about the way to heaven, Pastor Apollo points the way.
“Repent,” he says.
He explains further: “This profound spiritual truth requires one to surrender the will, the one that made a god out of us. Because of our will, we tend to decide on our own, taking God out of the picture, choosing what is convenient, what is favorable, what is beneficial to us – according to us.”
“That is the very essence of sin. That is where we need to be saved from.”
When you listen again and again to Pastor Apollo’s message, you get the picture. It started from the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve fell, the moment they disobeyed God. From that time on, man was disconnected – in the spiritual realm, man died. He died because there is nothing in him that connects him to the One who created Him. This explains the void – a vacuum, the desire to be filled – and this can only be restored when man discards the spirit of disobedience and receives the spirit of obedience.
Some skeptics are early to dismiss that this message is unbiblical.
I would say it is unorthodox. You cannot hear ‘serpent seed’ discussed in its entirety among religious and denominational circles. This is not just about a seedline that is borne out of fornication by Adam and Eve. The serpent seed is our own will, and whether we like it or not, the moment we are born here on this earth, we have that serpent seed. Pastor Apollo likens this to a virus, a ticking timebomb that eventually kills us.
He says, “We don’t have the cure. Religion or denomination cannot provide the cure. What is the cure? Repentance.”
Repentance reconnects us to God. It entails a process – discarding the serpent seed, and accepting the righteous seed. And it doesn’t stop there. That spiritual seed which is implanted in us must grow, until it engulfs us, our very nature, our character into what God wants us to be.
In the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, God is referred to as the “Almighty Father.” He is not only God, but the Father because once we are reconnected to Him, we become sons and daughters. There is this father-and-son relationship. This is His original plan. This is what He wanted Adam to become in the Garden of Eden: His Son, where He can manifest His spirit – His will, His truth, His plans, and His righteousness.
But since Adam fell, instead of becoming the Son of God, he became the son of the devil. “Son” in the sense that the spirit that controls him is not of God, but of the devil. From him, man propagated. In effect, seven billion of his descendants, whom Pastor Apollo collectively refers to as the “Fallen Adamic Race,” inherited the seed that made him a son of the devil.
That is why we can now understand why the Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans exclaimed, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Romans 7:24)
Do we have a way out from this contemptible destiny?
We know better. There is a way.
The people of Brazil have also found the way. Two weeks of back to back concert crusades in Sao Paolo and its capital city, Brasilia, have shown us that enlightenment has finally reached this South American soil. With the Appointed Son of God stepping into these cities, the floodgates of salvation have been opened to cater to more souls, thousands more who are in need to be reconnected to the Almighty Father.