I had a chat with a college friend of mine in facebook yesterday. He was one of my closest listeners if we will tackle on religion when we were in college. Indeed, I was confident that time that he understood the right faith to the wrong faith but not until he confessed to me yesterday that he is not already a Catholic and believed to an Evangelical Strategy in which he specifically mentioned to me the name of it as “G12” At first, I was shocked about his decision since he was a devout Catholic but anyway, everybody is changing and I must move on to accept the fact that he is not already part of the TRUE CHURCH built by Christ. So one might be confused, what is about G12?
What is G12?
According to the wikipedia, it states that: The G12 Vision is a strategy for Christian evangelism to fulfill the Great Commission. It is founded upon the idea that every Christian can mentor and lead twelve people in the Christian faith, following the example of Jesus. So with that definition, it is clear that this group is another kind of strategy amongst evangelicals to encourage non-believers to their faith to be in their flock. The founder of this strategy is Mr. César Castellanos and his wife Claudia. It all began in Bogota, Columbia and as of now gained evangelical christian churches to gather their people to engage in their ministry. He believed that he had a vision that they must follow what Jesus during His ministry after he went to South Korea where a Korean pastor encouraged 1,000,000 million members to join in his fold, Their based their method on the book of Mark 3:14 where Jesus’ commissioned the 12 apostles, and they believed, it should also be applied to every individual Christians.
Many asserted that this group is patterning the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and sometimes proposed that they are competing the church by gathering all evangelical churches ;mostly pentecostal and neo-charismatic movements.
Why should we defy this kind of strategy?
Simple, because this is another kind of a strategy in spreading lies about the Catholic Church. It is obvious because when me and my friend had a chat in facebook, he mentioned about Martin Luther and the reason why he went against Catholic teachings. So typically, the teachings of this system is technically anti-Catholicism and promote anti-Catholic tracts to the people [especially Catholics] in order to gain members to the Born Again Sect they are with. Other Born Again churches but do not subscribe to the G12 strategy were also skeptic to the system because of the controversies and problems not just in handling the faithful but also to their doctrines and practices. I hope Catholics will get a bit of information this group through my blog and be aware about the system.
This afternoon [April 20, 2012], I rode on a jeepney from Dacudao, Davao City to SPMC [Southern Philippines Medical Center] via Cabaguio, Agdao Davao City when suddenly the driver stopped at the NSO branch where it is also near to a born again ministry who claimed that they are the propagator of G12, the name of the sect is “Releaser of Life Family Church” headed by Pastor Tito Sasam. [Update; This evangelical movement is affiliated to a local non-denominational school-based group “DESTINY” of which they are targeting schools in order to gain members and in Davao-alone recruited many Catholics to join in their flock especially in colleges and universities. But even to that, the strong Youth Catholic Faith Defenders on some of the colleges and universities in Davao rescued many of them and majority of those fooled were welcomed again to the Catholic Church… I congratulate BEC-CFD-YFC USEP and the University of Mindanao for a job well done, I hope they will move on by reverting more those who were lost to other faith, your mission is massive and be prepared to discussions and interrogations that all of you may encounter. Please pray also to the one I mentioned above that he may be enlightened and go back to the Catholic fold. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam [Updated April 20, 2012]