By Erik Espina
Hinting at the coming of end times is validated in mankind’s heightened immorality, corruption, and unbelief over the existence of God. This is indicated in the Holy Bible. Spiritual warfare is real, as evil continues roaring as a lion devouring mankind in sin for the impending judgment. The devil having been banished from heaven intends to wreak havoc, creating confusion, trickery, seduction, anger, jealousy, materialism, etc., luring all of humanity to sin against the Fatherly Creator to pocket as many souls in their eternal damnation.
In the US, “Satanism” is a respected religion. Witchcraft in its modern forms of sorcery, and adjunct abominations to supplant trusting in payer and God almighty is visible in tarot cards, Feng Shui, Ouija boards, belief in talisman or “anting-anting,” conducting forbidden rituals, etc. as manifestations of man’s increasing doubt and disobedience to his Maker.
There are the scientific and academic atheists who believe in the non-existence of an Eternal Being, arguing from the point of evolution to naturalism as the law of order on earth and in the universe. There are agnostics who are relatives of the intellectuals questioning the reality of a God, skeptical over the veracity of Bible history and the birth of a Savior, Jesus Christ.
Here in the Philippines, one realizes the battle for the conscience and soul has escalated. This is based not only on our inclination to consult fortune-tellers for serious or playful intents for the future, but having interspersed old pagan practices with Christian faith. Not to be taken lightly is the notable spike in sightings of elementals, kapres, dwendes, wandering spirits, of black birds, old ladies, and red eyes. And how their presence in our homes, compounds, buildings, etc., may cause sickness, serious diseases, devil possession, to even death of a loved one, unless spiritual intervention is swiftly performed by a priest who has the charism and authority to practice deliverance and exorcism. Confession, communion, and prayer is the best defense for body and spirit.
PERSONAL: Natal greetings to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from our Veloso and Rendon clan. Prayers for your continued health and clarity of wisdom in the service of the Filipino. Happy Birthday.