Every year, Filipinos celebrate the most popular festival in Manila, the Black Nazarene Festival. It is the perfect epitome of the Filipino religious act. Every year, millions of devotees will flock together and fight their way towards the Black Nazarene as it is paraded around Manila. As a result, people get hurt, injured, and die. The scene is never ending confusion, chaos, and mess – all in the name of God.
In the midst of this religious frenzy, we need to ask the vital question: does God approve this type of worship?
‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, ‘BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN’ (Matthew 15:9)”