BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA’S ‘WORD FAITH’ THEOLOGY AND ‘PROSPERITY’ GOSPEL

NEW WEBSITE: www.ephesians-511.net JULY 03, 2007, FEBRUARY 2010, MAY 2012

 

BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA’S ‘WORD FAITH’ THEOLOGY AND ‘PROSPERITY’ GOSPEL

 

Addressed in original To:
bgarchdi@bgl.vsnl.net.in; bgarchdi@vsnl.comSent: June 25, 2007

Cc [Bishops]:
bombaydiocese@vsnl.com; abpossie@sancharnet.in; abpossie@redifmail.com;
 agnelog@rediffmail.com; percival_fernandez@vsnl.net;  bishopap@sancharnet.in; archbpgoa@gmail.com; dcscmgoa@gmail.com
valdsouz@vsnl.com; punedioc@vsnl.com; Cc [National Charismatic Office]:
cyriljohn@vsnl.net; nco@vsnl.net;

 

KIND ATTENTION: MOST REV. BERNARD MORAS

ARCHBISHOP OF BANGALORE

 
 

Dear Archbishop Bernard,

This is further to my several recent letters to you regarding Pastor Anthony Samuel of Secunderabad leaving the Catholic Church and founding his own ‘church’.

I was informed by concerned charismatic Catholics from Bangalore that Bro. Johnson Sequeira of Mumbai has ministered in Bangalore to at least two groups earlier this month.

Several senior leaders in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Mumbai, Mangalore and Goa shared with me their observations regarding Br. Johnson.

 
 

The main areas of concern are:

1. Simulation of the Pentecostal ministry of televangelists with more emphasis on the ‘anointing’ [“fire on you”] and being ‘slain in the spirit’; great emphasis on phenomena;

2. Preaching of the ‘Prosperity Gospel’, again as by televangelists.

There is little or no emphasis on the Gospel of suffering.

3. Teaching of ‘word-faith’ and ‘affirmation’ techniques as a consequence of the above:

The ‘name it, claim it’ doctrine based on a literal interpretation of certain Bible verses;

the use of repetitive affirmations such as “I am healed” etc. in connection with health, financial and other problems.

These techniques conform to faith in faith and faith in oneself more than to faith in God.

There is little or no emphasis on the place of God’s will in one’s life.

The great danger here is that Catholics who do not find themselves prospered or healed will be ridden with guilt and doubts about the positiveness and sufficiency of their ‘faith’.

His Pentecostal tendencies are much more pronounced when he ministers to small home groups or to individuals, when no senior Renewal leader or priest is present, as was personally observed by me.

4. Non-submission to episcopal/Church authority:

This was informed to me by CCR leaders and also by Bishop Bosco Penha of Bombay Archdiocese who said that Bro. Johnson stands banned from preaching in Bombay. The Bishop kindly gave me permission to quote him on this. He also referred to the issues that I mentioned earlier.

 
 

Bro. Johnson’s next programme in Bangalore is at Nirmala School, Lingarajapuram, June 30/July 1.

I submit this information to you for your necessary action.

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

Metamorphose Catholic Ministries, Chennai www.ephesians-511.net

 

 

 

PS: I will be in Bangalore from July 4 to July 7. Would you be so kind as to give me an appointment with you at any time of your convenience during that period?

Cc: Bishops of Bombay [Bishop Bosco’s email address not available], Mangalore and Goa, the Bishop of Poona, Episcopal Advisor to the CCR, and the Chairman, CCR, and the National Charismatic Office, Delhi

Bcc: To the national and regional CCR leaders concerned.

 

REMINDER 1: From:
prabhu
To:
Archdiocese of Bangalore ; bgarchdi
Sent:
Saturday, June 30, 2007 12:56 PM

Subject: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI CONDUCTING MINISTRY IN BANGALORE

REMINDER, PLEASE

REMINDER 2: From:
prabhu
To:
Archdiocese of Bangalore ; bgarchdi
Sent:
Monday, July 02, 2007 10:27 AM

Subject: REQUEST FOR MEETING WITH REVEREND ARCHBISHOP

REQUEST FOR MEETING WITH REVEREND ARCHBISHOP…

DESPITE THREE REQUESTS, NO RESPONSE RECEIVED TILL 12 NOON ON JULY 3, 2007

 

SOME SELECTED RESPONSES:

From:
XXXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 5:05 PM

Dear Michael,

Trust angela and self and the children are well. Yes I too have heard Johnson preach in our parish and saw he doesnt give any importance to the sacraments and his disciples here also have followed in his footsteps. He is regular here in a house near our place. Thanks for the imoframtion an the alert signals. god bless, XXXX [LEADER IN MINISTRY, MANGALORE]

 

From:
XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:13 AM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON

Dear Michael,

Well done! God bless you and your efforts for the good of the Church! Love and prayers,

XXXX [PRIEST, FORMER NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, CCR]

 

From: XXXX
To:
prabhu
Sent:
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:11 AM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA…

Dear Michael,

I used to attennd retreats of Br.Johnson in Mangalore years back. But i too found out so many errors in his teaching and epecially claiming the word of God into one’ life without submitting to God’s will. It goes against the Catholic teaching of “Answering of prayers” as in the Catechism. Rather than a humble request to God it is like a command to God. After i can came to know the truth i stopped attending those retreats. He has given retreat to Jesus Youth in Mangalore, Retreats at Fathima retreat House. Epecially as the new academic year starts he might give retreats to the school Children this month of July. I ask you to stop him from doing anymore harm to the Catholic Church and especially my friends who are in high schools and puc of Mangalore Catholic institutions or to correct him of his ministry.
Also, when i went to Potta 3 years back he had a couple of Brothers from

New Life ministries
with him.He was calling my friends and me to come to his room and pray. I had left the room in 2 min. But then i was surprised to see him when he came to mangalore to preach and that too in retreat house. May i forward this letter to people who have the same agreement as you and me and have stopped attending this retreat. Thank you. [CATHOLIC YOUTH, MANGALORE]

 

From: XXXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:55 PM Subject:
ANTHONY SAMUELS AND JOHNSON SEQUIERA

Dear Michael,

…Thanks for your email on Bro Johnson. I also received your earlier emails on Anthony Samuel.

It is good that you are keeping track and alerting concerned people/areas/Diocese about the various preachers who are anti-catholic or who have left the Church but continue to use the Church or Charismatic platforms for anti-Church teachings/activities… Johnson Sequiera  wanted to come [here] and I was contacted in this regard about two years ago.

I enquired about him and was told that he was preaching a prosperity gospel. That was enough for me to ban him from being called to any of the prayer groups [here]… I will again caution all the Prayer Group leaders about Anthony Samuels and Johnson Sequiera during the next XX Service Team meeting… Thanks once again and keep up the good work… [REGIONAL CHAIRPERSON, NST MEMBER]

From:
agnelog@rediffmail.com
To:
prabhu
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 11:41 PM

Subject: Re: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI CONDUCTING MINISTRY IN BANGALORE

Dear Michael, 
I checked with Bishop Bosco. Johnson Sequeira has not received any authorization from him to preach.  I thought it would be good to communicate this to you. Thanks for all the trouble you take for safeguarding the faith.  God bless you.
+ Agnelo [Gracias,
Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay]

 

From:
XXXX
To:
prabhu
Sent:
Monday, July 02, 2007 5:58 PM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA…

Dear Mike Thanks for the information. God bless. XXXX [REGIONAL CHAIRPERSON, FORMER NST MEMBER]

 

 

 

NOTE:
My reports/alerts on Pastor Anthony Samuel and Bro. Johnson Sequeira generated a lot of heat in Bangalore and seemed to have polarised the charismatic leadership there along two lines: those who are firmly Catholic in their beliefs and those who are inclined to Protestant televangelists and the “prosperity gospel”. Among the latter are those who attend the Benny Hinn crusades, who had criticized CHARISINDIA’s articles on MiracleNet TV and the “prosperity gospel”, etc.

However, some friends, with sincere motives, questioned my naming of individuals. To them, I explained that

1) In the Anthony Samuel case, ALL the individuals concerned including Anthony Samuel himself had either declined to reply to this writer despite many letters being sent to them, or terminated correspondence with this ministry several years ago.

2) This ministry has since a few years now sought to make Catholics aware of the errors of the “prosperity gospel” and of the Benny Hinn ministries [see website]. This has not gone down well with many charismatic leaders concerned here.

3) The Catholic beliefs of one of my family members have been compromised by the influence of Anthony Samuel and some of his Bangalore associates. Being primarily a CATHOLIC apologist, this is a personal tragedy for me. A Catholic in ministry must have that happen in his family to appreciate the gravity of the issue. [There are quite a few senior charismatic leaders in Bangalore whose immediate family members have left the Catholic Church to become Pentecostal]. Moreover, a Catholic needs to fully appreciate Catholic apologetics [read July 10 Vatican Document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith  RESPONSES TO SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH] before he or she can accept that personal friendships must not influence one’s feelings or actions.

4) The report from this ministry was NOT the first to name Anthony Samuel. Two Catholics in ministry, one at the national level, circulated warnings about Anthony Samuel on the internet that preceded my final report by a full three weeks.

5) In December 2006,
this ministry released a similar report on the “Army of Jesus“. Why was there no protest against it?

Is it because those Catholics-turned Pentecostals are relatively unknown, with no friends in the popular charismatic circles?

 

From: XXXX
To:
prabhu
Cc:
bombaydiocese@vsnl.com ; abpossie@sancharnet.in ; abpossie@redifmail.com ; agnelog@rediffmail.com ; percival_fernandez@vsnl.net ; bishopap@sancharnet.in ; archbpgoa@gmail.com ; dcscmgoa@gmail.com ; valdsouz@vsnl.com ; punedioc@vsnl.com ; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; nco@vsnl.net
Sent:
Monday, June 25, 2007 1:40 PM Subject: RE: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI CONDUCTING MINISTRY IN BANGALORE

Dear Micheal, I am very upset to read this mail in my office. I dont know what is the truth.  

However since I have attended Bro Johnson’s retreat services when Fr Jose Vettiyanckal VC had together conducted the night vigil. I did not find anything misleading being a catholic attending the service. Preaching the word of God, Confession, Adoration and holy Mass. But however, it is time that we, are kept known if any lay preacher is preaching against our doctrine to our people and this has to be done by our spiritual leaders in the church. There needs to be an official communication across the dioceses for any such preachers preaching such doctrines as mentioned in your email. I dont know what is true and what to believe. regards, XXXX [LAY PERSON, BANGALORE]

From:
prabhu
To: XXXX
Cc:
bombaydiocese@vsnl.com ; abpossie@sancharnet.in ; abpossie@redifmail.com ; agnelog@rediffmail.com ; percival_fernandez@vsnl.net ; bishopap@sancharnet.in ; archbpgoa@gmail.com ; dcscmgoa@gmail.com ; valdsouz@vsnl.com ; punedioc@vsnl.com ; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; nco@vsnl.net

Sent:
Monday, June 25, 2007 10:39 PM

Dear XXXX, I appreciate the concern that you have shared with me. What I have noted in my alert is based on my personally attending Bro. Johnson’s ‘anointing’, healing and deliverance session in the home of a layperson in Navi Mumbai, and on discussions with senior Renewal leaders and ordinary lay people in several cities, and with the Bishop of Bro. Johnson’s diocese. I believe you when you say that there was no problem at the recent night vigil in Bangalore with Fr. Jose. I am already well aware of that, and I have indicated that too in my alert [see point no. 3 last sentence]. The ‘Pentecostal’ techniques are used when priests and knowledgeable prayer group leaders are not around.

Yes, I also agree with you that there should be a centralised control on all preachers in the Renewal which will decide on a continuous basis which preachers are in conformity with Church teaching, and which ones are not. I have said this in my section “Suggestions” in my report [page no. 8] on Pastor Anthony Samuel. Love and Prayers, Michael

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Cc:
bombaydiocese@vsnl.com ; abpossie@sancharnet.in ; abpossie@redifmail.com ; agnelog@rediffmail.com ; percival_fernandez@vsnl.net ; bishopap@sancharnet.in ; archbpgoa@gmail.com ; dcscmgoa@gmail.com ; valdsouz@vsnl.com ; punedioc@vsnl.com ; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; nco@vsnl.net
Sent:
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 10:37 AM Subject: RE: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI CONDUCTING MINISTRY IN BANGALORE

Dear Micheal, Lets leave it to our dear bishops and church leaders, we can only pray. regards, XXXX

 

From: XXXX
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent:
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 7:52 PM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON…

My dear mike, Whatever u have written is true abt JS… The rest we have spoken on ph.
[PRIEST, CHARISMATIC MINISTRY, MUMBAI]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent:
Monday, June 25, 2007 1:43 PM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI…

Dear Mike, Am interested to note contents on Antony Samuel as I was in Secunderabad after marriage and some of YYYY’s relatives are there. This is an eye opener on Johnson Sequeira.. must keep my folks informed, although they probably have noticed for themselves by now, but are not too sure. Thanks, XXXX [LAY PERSON, DUBAI, MANGALORE]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent:
Monday, June 25, 2007 2:10 PM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI…

Hi Michael, he is in goa too coz I remember my cousin going for his service, let me find out more and get back to you…

XXXX [LAY PERSON, MUMBAI]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent:
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 9:53 AM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI…

Dear Mike, Thanks for addressing the issue about Johnson. However, I am very disappointed that you did not mention AA even after I have given you my investigation. Is it because as you had said before that “AA is powerful in Bangalore” that you’re not coming our publicly about them? Love
XXXX [LEADER IN MINISTRY, BANGALORE]

 

From: XXXX
To:
prabhu
Sent:
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 1:17 PM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI…

Dear Micheal, God bless your heart! You still keep me informed about the errors and corruption of faith being actively propogated by the unsure, inspite of my lack of correspondence. I truly hope our Bishop takes cognizance of what’s happening in our city and does something about it. It’s unbelieveable that you haven’t received any response from him thus far. I really pray that something comes of it. Keep up the good work Michael, we’re praying for you. God bless, XXXX

[LAY PERSON, BANGALORE]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent:
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 10:03 PM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA / PASTOR ANTHONY SAMUEL

Dear Michael, The peace and love of Jesus be with you and Angela. Thank you for your eamils about Anthony Samuel and Br Johnson. I have had very positive feedback about Br Jonson’s ministry. If you have any authentic information as to why he is banned from ministering in Mumbai kindly let me know. Will met you on the 4th July… Give me a call when you arrive Bangalore and I will fix a time for us to meet. Love and God Bless XXXX [SENIOR LEADER IN MINISTRY, BANGALORE]

 

From: XXXX To:
‘prabhu’
Sent:
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 2:51 PM

Dear Michael, …I have also been receiving your alerts. Difficult to believe that these issues are not being addressed. But then, maybe, we in the Catholic Church also are not providing alternatives. Clearly, people are ‘seeking’. Seeking God, happiness, peace, comfort, love… are we providing it in our parishes & homes? Probably not… These issues need to be addressed at the other end as well – while we remove these people / teachings / ideas from them, we also need to fill the gaps created with what is right… And the Church has no dearth of richness and the ‘right thing’. It’s just a matter of communication & presentation. Our ‘marketing’ (for want of a better word) really needs to pick up! Clearly, this is not part of your ministry, but just a thought… Warm Regards, XXXX [LEADER IN MINISTRY, BANGALORE]

 

From: XXXX
To:
prabhu
Sent:
Tuesday, July 03, 2007 5:59 AM

Dear bro Prabhu, Greetings to you in Jesus name. Thank you for your email, Many priests have helped bro Johnson to correct his mistakes and now he is doing much better it is always good to correct a person insted of baning his Ministry, even Jesus corrected & Instructed His deciples and sent them to the whole world, let us pray for Jonson and all the preachers in this world… I will continue to pray for you, your family and for all your needs. “If Jesus is for us, nobody can stand against us” (Rom. 8:31) You too uphold me, my ministry in your prayers… Thanking you,Your Bro. in Christ,

XXXX [SENIOR LEADER IN MINISTRY, BANGALORE]

From:
prabhu
To: XXXX Sent:
Tuesday, July 03, 2007 7:39 AM Subject: BRO. JOHNSON

Dear XXXX, I thank you for your understanding letter. The Bishops of Bombay have banned Bro. Johnson’s ministry AFTER much attempt to dialogue with him. This was explained to me on the phone by Bishop Bosco Penha. Also another Bishop [Agnelo Gracias] wrote to me. Here is his letter: Thank you for your blessings and prayers, Love and Prayers, Michael

 

From:
georgepkay@redifmail.com
To:
prabhu
Sent:
Friday, July 13, 2007
12:34 AM
Subject: Re: ANTHONY SAMUEL AND…

Hai Mike, Thank you for the letter. So sorry to hear that you have not heard from the Bishops in Bangalore and chennai.. pity.. Be sure of my prayers. Please keep up the great work you ar doing. I shall be cautious about these. Please send me the materials available about them. Praying for you
+George [George Pallipparambil sdb Bishop of
MIAO]

From:
pkgsdb@gmail.com
To:
prabhu
Sent:
Saturday, July 14, 2007 11:26 PM Subject:
Re: ANTHONY SAMUEL AND

Dear Mike, Thank you for the details on the two. I hope you are OK. Be sure of my prayers. Love +George P.  sdb

 

From: XXXX
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent:
Saturday, July 14, 2007 6:21 AM Subject: Re: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear Michael, whilst it is 2am here and I am tired I am quickly giving you my response to ” Bro Johnson”. I do not knwo him , but what you have written seem to be correct. Except the danger is not that our Catholics are disappointed in their own faith, if they do not get healed, rather the are tempted to leave the Church to partake in that greater faith, which is preached. Your point might carry some wight, assuming our Catholics are self critical, alas this is rarely the case, they rather think that they have to get more of soemthing , which is missing in our Church. Love,

XXXX [LEADER IN INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY, UNITED KINGDOM]

 

From:
Gerad Stewart
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent:
Friday, July 06, 2007 6:01 PM Subject: Br. Johnson Sequeira

Greetings. Please check the site
www.jeevan.info
Gerad Stewart +91 9370953787

From:
prabhu
To:
stegerad@yahoo.co.in ; gerad@jeevan.info
Sent:
Monday, July 16, 2007 6:33 PM

Dear Bro. Gerad, I have just been through the website from the reference that you gave me.

I thank you once again for your two letters of 6th July. They are not condemnatory of me, despite my alert about Bro. Johnson against which you have written to me on his behalf I presume, and I greatly appreciate that. I could see that you look after his ministry in Bhusawal. I do not mind placing on record that I am impressed by the ministry from what I see on the website.

However, the four points noted by me in my July 3 alert still hold good. If Bro. Johnson would only be under submission to the Bishops and avoid the techniques that I have noted, I am sure that his ministry will find greater acceptance in the Catholic Church. God Bless You, Michael

 

 

From:
prabhu
To:
bishopap@sancharnet.in
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2007 7:07 PM Subject: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

TO, MOST REV. ALOYSIUS PAUL D’SOUZA BISHOP OF MANGALORE

YOUR GRACE,

RE. MUMBAI PREACHER BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA WHO IS ACTIVE IN MANGALORE:

PLEASE SEE ATTACHMENT.

I HAD SENT IT ORIGINALLY TO THE BISHOPS OF BOMBAY, BANGALORE AND GOA UNDER THE FOLLOWING COVERING LETTER. SOME RESPONSES, INCLUDING THAT OF A BISHOP OF BOMBAY, ARE INCLUDED
ON PAGE 2.

SINCE THEN I HAVE RECEIVED A FEW DOZEN MORE RESPONSES. YOURS OBEDIENTLY, MICHAEL

From:
prabhu
To:
bishopap@sancharnet.in
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 7:44 AM

Subject: MUMBAI PREACHER BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA WHO IS ACTIVE IN MANGALORE

Your Grace,

This is the third letter [starting June 25] that I am writing to you on this issue for your kind response, but this time without the attachment. MICHAEL PRABHU CHENNAI

 

From:
prabhu
To:
Bishop
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 11:25 AM Subject: YOGA IN THE DIOCESE OF MANGALORE KIND ATTENTION: MOST REV. ALOYSIUS PAUL D’SOUZA BISHOP OF MANGALORE

Your Grace,

1. On June 25, July 16 and July 25, I had sent you three emails [reproduced below] on the subject of “MUMBAI PREACHER BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA WHO IS ACTIVE IN MANGALORE“. I have received no acknowledgement even after six weeks.

2. Accordingly, on July 27, I posted to you a parcel of papers which, along with the above report, includes:

a) A report on PREACHER ANTHONY SAMUEL OF SECUNDERABAD LEAVING THE CHURCH AND FOUNDING HIS OWN CHURCH [NO RESPONSE RECEIVED]

b) ROMANCING WITH HINDUISM AND OTHER NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS – POSTING NO. 1 [Kollam church] of March 23, 2007

c)
ROMANCING WITH HINDUISM AND OTHER NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS – POSTING NO. 2 [SUB: THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY INTRODUCTION OF SURYA NAMASKAR AND YOGA*] of March 28, 2007

d) My “Open” letter of March 29, 2007

These were already emailed to you on those dates and also posted to you as hardcopies on 30.03. 2007**.

e) A 4-page write-up on YOGA*, prepared by me. It was published in STREAMS OF LIVING WATER, Kolkata, and THE CATHOLIC TIMES, Chennai [Serial No. 35]. *Two detailed reports each of 100 pages are posted on this ministry’s website.

f) My 14-page April 2007 report captioned “YOGA IN THE DIOCESE OF MANGALORE” [Serial No. 28] : it details the activities of

(i) Mr. V.L. Rego of the INTEGRAL YOGA SATSANGH in Pumpwell, Kankanady

(ii) Fr. Gregory D’Souza OCD., of Dhyanavana, RAS [Religion And Science], SRI [Spirituality Research Institute] and the YOGA Institute RYSHI [‘YS’ stands for ‘YOGA SPIRITUALITY’]

(iii) SANDESHA FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE AND EDUCATION which functions under the auspices of the Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishops’ Council.

3. The “YOGA IN THE DIOCESE OF MANGALORE” report is attached once again herewith for your convenience. I now look forward to a response from Your Grace.

Yours obediently, In the CCBI Year of the Laity, Michael Prabhu

**To the serial nos. 2 b), c) and d), Your Grace had already responded as follows:

I went through the documents you sent me. I understand your point of view. I agree with your statement, “We Catholic Christians are not on a religious search, we have the Truth and a mandate from Jesus…” We do not grope in the dark but walk in the Light.

With regard to Fr. Romance Antony’s intention is to send a message to all that Christianity welcomes all but he cannot compromise the Truths of Christianity. Does he do it? I appreciate your standpoint. We need persons like you to alert us.

Thank you. I wish you a Happy Easter, Peace and Joy of the Risen Lord! Yours sincerely,

Sd/- + Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore
[Letter ref. My/236/2007 dated April 5, 2007]

[From:
prabhu
To:
Bishop
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2007 9:46 PM

Subject: REMINDER, PLEASE: YOGA IN THE DIOCESE OF MANGALORE

[SEE BISHOP’S RESPONSE ON PAGE 9]

 

From: XXXX To: <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net> Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:34 AM

Subject: RE: ADDITIONAL RESPONSES_ANTHONY SAMUEL_JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear Prabhu, Thanks for your e-mail messages.  I am particularly grateful to you for information on Bro Johnson as he comes to our campus every year to give retreats to our girls.  I have taken a copy of the same to show to our Provincial.  May God bless you and your ministry.  Thanks also for you timely help as regards the Dowsing.  It is also confirmed by another prayer group that intercedes for religious and priests.  I am also placing your request and your mission to them.  Whatever response I get I will forward to you. Love Sr. XXXX [A RELIGIOUS]

Note:  I will not be able to reply all your mail as I come very rarely to the internet.  Thanks

 

 

From: “Frederick d’souza” <jhansidiocese@yahoo.co.in> To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Cc: <rcdjjhansi@yahoo.co.in> Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 11:39 AM

Subject: Re: Bro. Johnson Sequeira of Mumbai

Dear Michael Prabhu,
First of all thanks for your e-mail dt. 29th July. How I wish you had contacted me earlier. It is surely less than 2 years that we contacted each other.
Thank God, on my own, without your forewarning I asked my organisers about the credibility of Johnson Sequeira. I checked with Cyril John and thank the Holy Spirit Mr. Cyril John gave me a real advice!!! Thank the Lord, It was like a 6th sense I asked my priest if this gentleman was approved by NST of ours. Next was my call to Cyril and he gave me the real picture since then there was no hesitation. More than a week ago we have found a willing, approved team we have a prayer in all our Churches in preparation. God bless you.
Most Rev. Frederick D’ Souza
BISHOP OF
JHANSI

 

From: XXXX To:
‘prabhu’
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 10:05 AM Subject: RE: JHANSI / JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Hi Michael, Im glad to see the positive response from the Bishop and also the positive developments from the NST.

Regards, XXXX [LAY PERSON, BANGALORE]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 10:13 AM Subject: Re: JHANSI / JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Praise God Prabhu !! Regards [LAY PERSON, MUMBAI]

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 10:53 AM

Subject: Re: ADDITIONAL RESPONSES_ANTHONY SAMUEL_JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Hi Michael, Praise the Lord ! got a chance today to read the attachment….thank you so much and God bless you for all the wonderful work you are doing for building the kingdom of God !

I got to know a few days back that a person who was a charismatic from my area has left the church and conducts meeting in her house… [edited] How does one talk to people who have left the church, I know of so many others too. XXXX [DO]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 11:54 AM Subject: Hi

Hi there, I am free fo a couple of days and i would like to promote your ministry.I would like to volunteer fo you in Mangalore.My availability would be part time but i want the Cathlic CHurch here in Mangalore to be protected by the false prophets.Let me know what should i do.My main concern is Br.Johnson and his activities here.I want the Bishop of Mangalore to ban his preaching or else to correct him so that br.Johnson might learn the Catholic Faith by attending some Catholic bible school and catechism classes.I will get you the email and phone number of Br. YYYY soon.
Thank you. God Bless. [LAY PERSON, MANGALORE]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2007 11:24 AM Subject: Re: JHANSI / JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear Michael, 

God bless all the work you are doing in for the kingdom of God. Hope you are keeping well. We are fine at this end. XXXX

[LEADER, LAY MINISTRY, MANGALORE]

 

RECEIVED IN RESPONSE TO MY EMAIL Monday, July 16, 2007 6:33 PM [see page 4] TO GERAD STEWART:

From:
Gerad Stewart
stegerad@yahoo.co.in
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 11:13 AM

Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Greetings in the name of our Lord God and Saviour. I just found some time to be in association with your ministry. So thought of sorting out some of these points put by you for my personal information.

You wrote

The main areas of concern are:

1. Simulation of the Pentecostal ministry of televangelists with more emphasis on the ‘anointing’ [“fire on you”] and being ‘slain in the spirit’; great emphasis on phenomena;

First and foremost let us argue that no one can simulate the anointing that the pentecostals emphasize. If the Spirit of God is there.It is there. You cannot say Beelzebub
for it. Do you agree?

Secondly when the Spirit of God manifests it does what it pleases and not what we plan for it. Or else it is Beelzebub.  

I have attended many of his meetings and I know that there is worship towards end of his preechings. You may have noticed that during this deep worship there is this anointing, which comes not by emphasizing or else you and me would do it.

You wrote

2. Preaching of the ‘Prosperity Gospel’, again as by televangelists.

There is little or no emphasis on the Gospel of suffering.

The name Jesus (Saviour) is prosperity i.e. being made whole in mind body and soul. So the Gospel of Jesus has to be preached even by you and me. 

You wrote

3. Teaching of ‘word of faith’ and ‘affirmation’ techniques as a consequence of the above:

The catholic church teaches to affirm your faith in Jesus based on the living Word of God.

 

 

 

You wrote

The ‘name-it, claim it’ doctrine based on a literal interpretation of certain Bible verses;

The Living Word of God has a literal meaning and not that which is confounded by human minds. I am surprised that a man of God, like you to make such a remark. Ask and you shall receive seek and ……

You wrote

the use of repetitive affirmations such as “I am healed” etc. in connection with health, financial and other problems.

The Word of God says Prov 18:20 ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue.’ John 14:13 ‘I will do what ever you ask in my name so that the Father may be glorified in the son’.  I don’t quote any more scripture for a man following Eph 5:11. 

You wrote

These techniques conform to faith in faith and faith in oneself more than to faith in God.

These techniques confirm that
1 John 4:4 ‘Little Children, you are from God, and have conquered them for the one who is you is greater than the one who is in the world.’

You wrote

There is little or no emphasis on the place of God’s will in one’s life.

Kindly refer to his teachings which lays total emphasis on the will of God in your life.

You wrote

The great danger here is that Catholics who do not find themselves prospered or healed will be ridden with guilt and doubts about the positiveness and sufficiency of their ‘faith’.

True but only those catholics who are sunday going christians who hear about Jesus with both ears wide open to enter from one ear and exit through the other. Not the ones where the Spirit of God is working by faith of the Living Word of God. Every catholic has to believe (or the Cross has no value) in the Living Word that he will become prosperous in mind bidy and soul, and if not he is not a catholic.

You wrote

His Pentecostal tendencies are much more pronounced when he ministers to small home groups or to individuals, when no senior Renewal leader or priest is present, as was personally observed by me.

You have to attend his meetings (on the sly to find more) when no senior renewal leaders or priests are present. He preaches to please God not humans.   

You wrote

4. Non submission to Episcopal / Church authority:

This was informed to me by CCR leaders and also by Bishop Bosco Penha of Bombay Archdiocese who said that Bro. Johnson stands banned from preaching in Bombay. The Bishop kindly gave me permission to quote him on this. He also referred to the issues that I mentioned earlier.

The Catholic Church baptises one on the forehead lips and chest and anoints you to preach the Word of God. You are already anointed to do so, and if you do not do so woe to you, is what St Paul says. 1 Cor 9:16. It does not say to condemn any one or stop the preaching the Word of God.

Ephesians 5:11 says ‘Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them’. Do you mean to say when the Spirit of God manifests during his preachings these are the unfruitful works of darkness. You cannot judge a man except by the fruits. Check on the fruits and be surprised.  

I stand in no way to condemn you. Rather the Word does not authorise me to do so. Because Jesus told his disciples when He was told there are some who are preaching in Your name. ‘If they are not against us they are for us.

This my personal point of view.
Do you mean that by submission to the authority the Holy Spirit will now work in a different way in his preaching’s. Or the fruits of the Spirit that can be now seen will change. And that is why you have brought these so termed unfruitful works of darkness to light. My church (the same catholic church) does not ask me to be submissive at any time for any thing I do. My church exorts me from baptism to preach the word.I don’t understand this submission. Please elaborate. Gerad Stewart

 
 

From:
Gerad Stewart
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 1:32 PM Subject: Mailing list

Greetings in His Holy Name. Dearest Brother in Christ  

Kindly put me on your mailing list so that I am always updated
on the happenings around and that I can also keep you updated. I sent you a mail this morning. Kindly reply to it and advise me. I know that what ever I do I do it for  the glory of God. The God who
gives prosperity in body mind and soul. In His Amazing Love, Gerad Stewart

 
 

From:
prabhu
To:
Gerad Stewart
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 7:45 PM

Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA : MY RESPONSE

Dear Gerad,

I acknowledge receipt of your three mails of yesterday, August 15, including Mera Bharat Mahan, the Power of the Tongue, and your request to include you on my mailing list.

Regarding the last mentioned, I do not see why it is necessary when you prima facie disagree with my position[s], as you made evident in your fourth letter of yesterday in which you debate my stand [as per my report on Johnson and] against my first acknowledgement to you dt. July 16, as a response to your initiative to first write to me on July 6.

 

 

As a Catholic evangelist, I am first and above all a Catholic apologist, and by virtue of being a Catholic apologist, I fulfill every other ministry that I am called to. As a CATHOLIC Christian.

A response from me will lead to further objections from you and it will be a fruitless exercise.

I do not have to defend my position. You [and Johnson] do.

I am under submission to the authority of my Bishops who represent the teaching Magisterium of the Church.

If the Bishops point out that my ministry is not in line with Catholic orthodoxy and orthopraxis, and I am instructed by the CBCI to stop my ministry, I will. Under the same circumstances, would you — or Johnson?

I could write all I wanted against each of the ‘clarifications’ sought by you, but I don’t think you honestly want to know.

One sentence alone [though there are others] from your letter now confirms to me that Johnson’s ministry is in non-submission to the authority of the Bishops, and therefore the Church, and consequently must be viewed as NON-CATHOLIC:

 

QUOTE “The Living Word of God has a literal meaning and not that which is confounded by human minds” UNQUOTE

1. The Word of God in the Bible certainly cannot be taken literally.

Literal interpretation of Scripture is Protestant.

Even many Protestants, except some fundamentalists, do not hold to that erroneous position now, a position that can be proved completely fallacious with just one or two references.

2a. Are you implying that Catholics who accept / preach the Word of God as exegetically and hermeneutically interpreted for them by the Church are “confounded by human minds”?

2b. By virtue of your own argument, why should I accept Johnson’s literal understanding of Scripture? 

There may be as many such ‘literal understandings’ as there as breakaway ‘churches’.

3. It appears that your above-given argument is one of the so-called “fruits” that you so kindly invited me to check up on.

If such is the fruit of Johnson’s ministry, Catholics have every right to be seriously concerned.

I am certain that the Indian Bishops will be completely in agreement with me on this.

 
 

Thank you for inviting me “to attend his meetings (on the sly to find more)”.  

I do not need to know more after this letter from you. 

i) I conduct my ministry enquiries openly. Johnson will recall that when he visited a particular home in Navi Mumbai about 5 years ago, he entered somewhat late, at a time when I was breaking the Word of God. Later, he conducted his “ministry”. There was no catechesis or any proper preparation for what he was about to do, which was what I wrote about in my alert – “fire on you”, etc.

I had immediately cautioned our host about the dangers that I perceived in Johnson’s ministry. It was only a couple of years later that they could admit to me that I had been right.  

ii) I respect the opinions of other Catholics who have experienced Johnson’s ministry.

You must be aware that a Bishop in North India recently withdrew permission for Johnson to minister in his diocese. The Bishop’s decision was based not on my alert but on the opinion of senior national leaders in the Renewal whom he contacted. It was only later that he received my report. Michael Prabhu [Bcc: Bishop Agnelo Gracias]

 

From:
prabhu
To:
Agnelo R. Gracias
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2007 10:51 AM Subject: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear Bishop Agnelo,

I trust that you must have received your Bcc [copy] of my correspondence with one Gerad Stewart [Johnson Sequeira’s man] from Bhusawal, sent on August 16.

The following lines are from a nun who wrote to me requesting that her identity not be revealed:

Quote One of his close team member was in my Bible class, no longer now.  I noticed that she came with her children for the Maundy Thursday adoration but as the Good Friday Way of the Cross started she walked away with her children.  Then after Easter she shared with me “Why sister, do we still have this Good Friday services and kissing the Cross etc when Jesus has already risen.  I explained to her, but was shocked to hear that.  After that and also even before, I knew in my heart that this group is not authentic. Unquote. Yours obediently, Michael

 

MORE SELECTED RESPONSES:

From: XXXX To: <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net> Sent: Friday, August 17, 2007 3:04 PM

Dear Prabhu Thanks for your message.  I am working quietly and passing on the message about Bro Johnson to those concerned.  I have already done so with our college principal where he was requesting to come again…

Could you please advice me on the meaning of “PROSPERITY GOSPEL’
There is also another group called ‘WARRIORS FOR  CHRIST’  It is functioning as a Family Group – with Mother and the 2 brothers One is Jason who had gone for a 3 months training programme to a Protestant Centre.  They are shifting all the time between Mangalore and Bangalore. Wishing you all the best and rest assured of my prayers for you and your
ministry I also INTERCEDE FOR THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE. THIS IS ALSO MY MISSION. XXXX

 

 

 

From: XXXX To: <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net> Sent:
Thursday, August 30, 2007 11:04 AM

Subject:
RE: ADDITIONAL RESPONSES_ANTHONY SAMUEL_JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear Michael, Thanks a lot for the precious information especially regarding Bro. Johnson Sequeira who is the cause of many divisions in Goa. He has gained the trust of priests, not all but some, who have been organizing seminars in their parishes, much against the wishes of the Archbishop Ferrao. If you have more information on him, kindly e-mail it to me. Brotherly love XXXX [LAY PERSON, GOA]

 

From:
bishopap@sancharnet.in
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 4:18 PM

Subject: Re: REMINDER, PLEASE: YOGA IN THE DIOCESE OF MANGALORE

Dear Mr Michael,
I have received your e-mails and the hard copies of your mail. Thank you very much for the same…
Regarding Bro. Johnson Sequeira, I have already informed the concerned persons to take note of.
Wishing you all well and best wishes, Yours Sincerely,
Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’ Souza
BISHOP OF
MANGALORE [SEE MY RESPONSE ON PAGE 11]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2007 10:26 AM Subject: Re: JHANSI / JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear Micheal 

We have a independant prayer house “Divine Power Ministries” being run by Lucy & Raja Reddy. Inspite of warning them about Johnson that he is banned in Bombay diocese they have invited him for a three day full day program in their prayer house.above for your info. regards XXXX [SENIOR LEADER, HYDERABAD]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Cc: YYYY Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 1:26 PM

Subject: Re: JHANSI / JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Hi Michael, Praise The Lord! Hope you are keeping well as I am here.

Wanted to share this with you….yesterday on my way home from the prayer meeting, I met a lady who stays in the neigbouring bldg and had come to our pg meeting. she is in the renewal in goa and lives in Ponda. While talking to her on the way home, she mentioned to me about Br. Johnson and I immediately told her all that I knew about him. But she was quite surprised to hear all this since she says he is conducting meeting full fledge in goa. he has a reterat coming up on 19th and she is going for it. he has his meeting in churches, also has eucharistic celebrations with the priest, got permission from the priest too to have the meeting, says lots of healing are happening etc.

how much did i try to convince her about him but it was to no avail, so i told her i have some document with me and i will give you a print out tomorrow, so i will be giving a print out of the doc that u sent on him and anthony samuel

is there anything else that i can give her or tell her, she is going to goa on wednesday.

she said there is a man in her village who told her he is not good and to find out in bombay y he is banned but she says this man is against johnson and hence he is asking. Regards XXXX [LAY PERSON, MUMBAI]

To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 10:00 AM Subject: Re: JHANSI / JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Praise The Lord ! Thank you very much Michael, I have given her the copy I had with me yesterday. She has left for goa today. He is having a prayer meeting near the Old goa church. Regards XXXX

 

From: Chand Mulchandani
chandkm@gmail.com
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net

Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 7:44 AM Subject: Fwd: Feedback

Dear Brother in Christ, Praise the Lord

I am forwarding you my feedback which I had written to Br. Johnson for your information. I was very upset last few weeks for the same till I shared everything to Sr. Serena, who gave me your refrence and your materiel to read about Johnson Sequeira] and Anthony Samuel.

Finally I had unsubscribe his teachings and deleted all his talks and teachings from my computer and decided not to propogate these. Kindly keep me informed with your news and I pray that your ministery of Eph. 5:11 may be used to build the Body of Christ. I will later tell you my testimoney, I am a lay catholic coming from Sindhi family. Please pray for me and my family to be saved. Yours in Christ Chand 
— Forwarded message — From: chandkm@gmail.com Date: Sep 20, 2007 5:06 PM Subject: Feedback
To: johnson@jeevan.info, jcilministriess@yahoo.co.in
Dear Brother Johnson, Praise the Lord!

I hope you remember me, we met when you visited Ajmer and I told you I had received so many new insights thru your preaching’s and my faith is also elevated like anything and I had made many copies of your CD’s and gave to many persons to listen. But there are still some points where I am still upset and not agree with those in your teachings. I want to share with you and I believe that you will take it positively, as you said once that you are still WIP (Work in progress) for you were preaching about faith only but now love also.

1. It is true that every good thing comes from God and it is satan who comes to kill and destroy but still we see God send an evil spirit to Saul when he disobeyed God. (1 Samual 16:14). God sends fiery serpants to the Israelites to make them repent (Num. 21:6) . Miriam became a leper as she condemned Moses and later she repented (Num. 12:9-10).

 

 

God made King Pharoah hard hearted that He may do wonders in Egypt. (Rom.9 :18). So “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan. ” (Rom. 8:28)

You said we can not praise God for cancer, but in that situation we can praise but bible says He is the source of everything ” For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:
to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Rom 11:32-36) For He want us to share His holiness.

The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child.” Endure your discipline. God corrects you as a father corrects his children. All children are disciplined by their fathers. If you aren’t disciplined like the other children, you aren’t part of the family. On earth we have fathers who disciplined us, and we respect them. Shouldn’t we place ourselves under the authority of God, the father of spirits, so that we will live? For a short time our fathers disciplined us as they thought best. Yet, God disciplines us for our own good so that we can become holy like him. We don’t enjoy being disciplined. It always seems to cause more pain than joy. But later on, those who learn from that discipline have peace that comes from doing what is right.
(Heb 12:6-11) 

2. No evil can touch the believers for “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” (1Jn 5:18-19) but St. Paul says
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (2Co 12:7). So God allows satan to help us that we may not boast except in the Lord.

3. Many a times Jesus said your sins are forgiven, Mat 9:5 Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say,’Get up and walk’? So it not only faith but the forgiveness also matters. And in order to receive the Kingdom one should repent (Mk 1:15)

4. You are emphasizing only the written word and spoken word, you seems to divert the people to the “Sola Scriptura” as you said it is not by going to the prayer group or the Potta Ashram you were healed but rather hearing the word of God, that is true but one can be diverted to the “Sola Scriptura” and not the sacraments and other good things in the church.

5. I asked you about the bann on your preaching by some bishops, but you said it is a rumour, than why are you challenging the church authorities thru your site writing Acts 5:38,39. Let those who oppose you may say this . But we are suppose to build the church which is the body of Christ thru the charisms (1 Cor 14:12)

Please take this letter of mine as my humble feedbacks and reply me and make little amendments in your teachings so that your word may be more adorable and noble to ponder may not be a Scripture only approach rather fullness of Christ . Thanks Yours in Christ Chand. Chand K. Mulchandani “KRISHAN BHAWAN” 52/11, Brahmpuri AJMER-305001 Rajasthan (India) Tel. +91 145 2433296 – R        +91 9414709267 – M        +91 145 2680204 – O

E- Mails: savio_chand@bsnl.in ; chandkm@gmail.com ; chandmulchandani@yahoo.com

 

From:
prabhu
To:
Chand Mulchandani
Cc:
Serena John
RA; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; nco

Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 10:22 AM Subject: Re: Feedback

Dear brother Chand [or should I call you SAVIO?],

I was very happy to receive your email, and then talk to you on the phone at 9:30 this morning.

Thank you for having the moral courage to put in writing your Catholic Christian convictions, for the benefit of others.

There is much good in what Bro. Johnson does and preaches, but some serious errors and dangers also.

These are not always immediately obvious and one has to discern carefully.

I praise the Lord for you, brother, and I am eagerly looking forward to receive your conversion testimony.

I am eager to know how Jesus entered your life and how you walk with Him.

May you be a prophetic blessing to your Sindhi people, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the Church.

As discussed with you, I am forwarding your letter to Mr. Cyril John and other Catholic Renewal leaders for their edification.

I will try to write again after 2 days, because of my other commitment which I told you about, or later today if possible.

I thank God also for Sr. Serena and the missionary work she is doing among your people.

Love, At your service in Jesus’ Name, Michael Prabhu Chennai www.ephesians-511.net

 

From:
prabhu
To:
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 11:00 AM

Subject: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA [Chand’s letter forwarded Bcc to selected people]

Dear friends, You may share this with other Catholics.

I talked to Bro. Chand [in Ajmer, Rajasthan] at 9:30 AM and took his permission for sharing this correspondence publicly.

Sr. Serena MSA is the Secretary of the National Service Team of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

 

RESPONSES TO MY ABOVE FORWARD:

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 11:04 AM Subject: RE: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Hi Mike U may not be aware of this:

Bro. Johnson shifted to Bangalore because of issues with [Bombay] renewal leaders who used their influence on the Bishop to stop him from preaching. In Bangalore, the Bishop attended his birthday celebration, gave the seal of approval on his booklet. So he is officially allowed to preach now.

 

 

From the feedback I have received from Bangalore, his retreats are very good and very gifted also. 

I’ve heard Fr. Fio also preach the same thing [that] this feedback email questions: that all sickness is the work of the enemy and not of God. In fact Chand Mulchandani’s email seems more oriented towards sola scriptura than Johnson’s talks! Not to forget he misses the whole point of Mat 9:5; I believe its not right to go after Johnson like this.

[LAY PERSON, CHENNAI]

To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 11:08 AM Subject: RE: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA Hi Mike Here’s what you should have considered before publishing Chand Mulchandani’s feedback (especially the 3rd photo): [ATTACHED: PHOTOGRAPHS OF JOHNSON BEING FELICITATED BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF BANGALORE]

I GAVE MY RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE OBJECTIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS IMMEDIATELY OVER THE PHONE.

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:45 AM Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

My dear Michael thank u forkeeping me updated on these devolopments..alas for this Johnson! if only he knew how to submit.. I would also like to know from u from ur experience ; what route could be taken to complain about the wrong, injustices and persecutions from the bishops.. thanks [PRIEST, MUMBAI]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Cc:
chandkm@gmail.com
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:55 PM

Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear Mike, thanks for the copy of the letter, it was really nice to read that a catholic coming from a sindhi family has had the  courage to write a letter to Br. Johnson Praise be Jesus where are getting enamoured we this wonderful and open letter May the Lord bless and keep you Br. Chand Mulchandani May the Lord Bless you and your family, may he make His face shine upon you and your family, may He keep you and your family in the shadow of His wings and may He keep you and your family in His light. May i take the liberty to assume that Br. Chand comes from a non catholic grounding? Praise Jesus for your ministry Mike as chand says may help enamoured and wayward catholics like us.

Love, [LAY CATHOLIC IN MINISTRY, MANGALORE]

 

From: XXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 8:20 PM Subject: Re: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear Michael, Sorry, haven’t been able to reply back to you earlier.

You will be pleased to know that the Bishop has asked all the priests to stop supporting Johnson with immediate effect.  Today, a priest visited us who has been supporting Johnson for a very long time now and used to have prayer services at his parish every Wednesday – although in the past we tried to sound him of the dangers he was exposing his parish too, he did not pay much heed.  It now appears that the Bishop has taken very strict measures in this matter and has asked this priest together with the others to stop supporting him altogether.  Today, I gave this priest a copy of your report on both Johnson and Anthony Samuel for his information – so also the copy I received from you with Chand’s mail.  I asked him to review it to see where Johnson had gone wrong.  We also gave him copies of both the dogmas of faith and the doctrines of faith. We too need prayer support as sometimes we seem to be fighting a war – The priests in Goa too have gone astray – and so many confusions have arisen in the Church. 

Yes, we are from Goa and very much into defending of the faith… With our best wishes and with the love of Jesus and Mary from our home to yours [LAY PERSONS, GOA]

 

OTHER CORRESPONDENCE:

THIS LETTER WAS RECEIVED EIGHT MONTHS BEFORE I SENT OUT THE ALERT:

From:
XXXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2006 9:26 AM

Subject: Re: PRANIC HEALING AT CHRIST COLLEGE, BANGALORE

Dear Michael, May God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ by the Power of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of our Blessed Mother, bless you, protect you and your family from all the onslaughts of the evil one. 

Please keep up the good work and continue to send us anything you may have that you consider important to our work in spreading the faith, church matters especially on Occult bondages and other topics. You mentioned in one of your e-mail’s that you would be preparing a list of certain preachers that should be avoided. Very recently, we have one such preacher whose name is Johnson Sequeira – I happened to be at the Don Bosco’s School whilst he was conducting his prayer meeting.  Something disturbed me immensely – this man seems to be more Protestant base and the teachings are contrary to the faith.  Somehow he has managed to enter into the Churches here in Goa with the help of our Diocesan priests.  Please let me know if you know anything about this person.  He used to preach in Mumbai at the Tabor Ashram. XXXX

 

From:
prabhu
To: FR. XXXX Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 12:53 PM

Subject: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI CONDUCTING MINISTRY IN BANGALORE

Dear Fr. XXXX, Sorry that I missed you in the initial despatch. Love, Michael

From: FR. XXXX To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net> Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2007 8:22 PM

Subject: Re: REPORT, AND LETTERS TO FOUR BISHOPS : ANTHONY SAMUEL LEAVES THE CHURCH

Dear Prabhu,
Greetings… Thanks for all your msgs. On the 29th Jun, I had a lengthy discussion with the Archbishop of Blore reg. the same for imm. action. with prayers and wishes, GOD BLESS YOU. [PRIEST]

 

 

 

From:
prabhu
To:
bishop@datainfosys.net
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 11:25 AM

Subject: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA NOT AUTHORIZED TO PREACH IN BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE

KIND ATTENTION: MOST REV. IGNATIUS MENEZES BISHOP OF AJMER

Dear Bishop Ignatius,

I was recently informed by a religious that Bro. Johnson Sequeira of Mumbai has ministered in your diocese.

The person suggested that I write to you. Accordingly, I am sending you the July 3, 2007 report prepared by me.

It includes responses from some Bishops. It is attached herewith for your kind perusal. Yours obediently,

In the CCBI Year of the Laity, Michael Prabhu Metamorphose Catholic Ministries Chennai

From:
prabhu
To:
bishop@datainfosys.net
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 4:01 PM Subject: REMINDER PLEASE

 

From:
prabhu
To:
bishopap@sancharnet.in
Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 12:45 PM Subject: BRO. JOHNSON

KIND ATTENTION: MOST REV. ALOYSIUS D’SOUZA BISHOP OF MANGALORE

Your Grace, Bishop Aloysius,

I thank you for your response concerning the action that you have taken in the issue of Bro. Johnson.

Since writing to you earlier, I have been informed by the Bishop of Jhansi, Most Rev. Frederick D’Souza that he has denied Bro. Johnson permission to minister in Jhansi, after consulting with the national and Bombay leadership of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and even before his receiving and reading my report.

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu, Chennai [SEE BISHOP’S LETTER ON PAGE 9]

 

From:
sweetsallyk@yahoo.com To:
Sally Paul
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 1:44 PM

Subject: URGENT GOOD NEWS FOR YOU

Dear Friends,

Those of you who would like to grow in your Spiritual Life and learn more about the Word of God, the date, time and venue of Prayer Meetings are given below.  Come and enrich yourself and spread the good news to others too.

1) Br. Johnson Sequeira‘s 1 Day Seminar

Date: 1st May 2008; Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Address: Andheri MIDC Police Station, Cross Road ‘B’, Plot No. B/4, 4th Block from Sringar Hotel, Opp. Halli Burton

Bus Nos. 312, 336, 415, 496 Ltd.

2) Br. Johnson Sequeira‘s 3 Day Retreat

Date: 22nd – 24th May 2008; Time: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Address: Virangula Kendra, Narli Baug, Giriz, Vasai (W), Dist.Thane 401 201 Bus Stop:  St. Francis Xavier Church Contact Persons for Registration

a) Br. Vipul (Naigaon) – 9322955838 / 9820330342 b) Br. George (Andheri) – 9322955835 / 9819545799

c) Br. Joe (Mira Road) – 9322955843 d) Sr. Benny (Borivali) –9322955841

e) Sr. Roslyn (Andheri) –9323506655 f) Br. Manish (Andheri) – 9322955837

3) Br. Tom Zachariah‘s 1 Day Programme

Date: 10th May 2008; Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Address: Maharashtra Kamgar Kalyan Bhavan Hall, Gundwali Gauthan, Azad Road, Next to BMC Office, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 069

4) Br. Tom Zachariah‘s 1 Day Programme

Date: 18th May 2008; Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Address: Virangula Kendra, Narli Baug, Giriz, Vasai (W), Dist.Thane 401 201

Bus Stop:  St. Francis Xavier Church Bus Stop

5) Br. Tom Zachariah‘s 1 Day Programme

Date: 11th May 2008 Time: 2 p.m. to 
17th May 2008 Time: 10 a.m. Address: Virangula Kendra, Narli Baug, Giriz, Vasai (W), Dist.Thane 401 201 Bus Stop:  St. Francis Xavier Church Bus Stop

Contact Persons for Registration a) 9324282856 b) 9969398170 c) 9323580805

Please carry your Holy Bible, Note Book and Pen for all the above programmes and for the Retreats carry Bedsheet, Clothes, Toilet articles etc. in addition.

Wishing you all a fruitful month in the Lord. Love, Sally [Kuriakose]

 

From:
prabhu
To:
sweetsallyk@yahoo.com
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 8:43 AM

Subject: BRO. JOHNSON and TOM ZACHARIAH IN BOMBAY: GOOD NEWS?

From:
prabhu
To:
sweetsallyk@yahoo.com

Cc:
abpossie@redifmail.com ; abpossie@sancharnet.in ; abpossie@gmail.com ; Percival Fernandez ; Agnelo R. Gracias
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 9:00 AM

Subject: BRO. JOHNSON and TOM ZACHARIAH IN BOMBAY: GOOD NEWS?

“CATHOLIC” PREACHERS OF SUSPECT DOCTRINES MINISTERING IN BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE

Dear sister Sally,

With reference to your circular, I really do not know if this is good news for genuine Catholics. It is possible that you do not know about these two preachers.

Hence, I am sending you an attachment with this letter, which kindy acknowledge receipt.

 

 

 

It is my alert on Bro. Johnson‘s ministry. Johnson preaches a “Word Faith” and “Prosperity” Gospel.

For good reason, he is banned from the dioceses of several Bishops including Bombay. That he continues to minister there against the decision of the Bishops is enough evidence that he is in rebellion against Church authority.

Regarding Tom Zachariah, please read the following:

THREE STATEMENTS FROM CATHOLIC MINISTRIES ABOUT:

TOM ZACHARIAH / SPIRIT IN JESUS MINISTRIES

1. The teachings of TOM ZACHARIAH’s “SPIRIT IN JESUS” ministry ARE NOT IN LINE WITH SOUND CATHOLIC TEACHING and most Bishops of Kerala have CAUTIONED against his activities.
Because Tom Zachariah promotes a strong devotion to Mary and the Holy Rosary, many have mistaken him to be delivering Catholic teaching. In fact the opposite is true!
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO BE WARNED ABOUT:
– “Spirit in Jesus” ministries is about “preaching the Gospel to the living and the dead” (?) which means their teachings and activity frequently show an occultic character.
– They strongly believe/promote something known as “
inter-generational healing“, in the sense that a person suffers for the sin of his ancestors and/or is due to the influence of the departed souls. This attribution of family problems to the sins of ancestors is NOT EVEN REMOTELY A CATHOLIC TEACHING.
– They promote the idea of “deliverance ministry” involving lay people. In fact, they even claim that “the power given to an ordinary believer is more than that of a Priest in this type of service”. THIS IDEA OF “DELIVERANCE MINISTRY” FLATLY CONTRADICTS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S DISCIPLINE!
– They even claim that persons are possessed by the spirits in Purgatory and attempt to “preach” the Gospel to these spirits and even perform an exorcism on them!
– In their magazine they also believe that Mary brings souls of the dead of different countries to their retreat for deliverance.
I know that there is a Priest with this group but all the same that DOESN’T GIVE THEM A GOOD STANDING IN THE CHURCH AT ALL. Certainly not with this kind of a false teaching!
Therefore be absolutely sure to stay clear of them.

2. The Catholic Catechism says this:
1263 BY BAPTISM ALL SINS ARE FORGIVEN, ORIGINAL SIN AND ALL PERSONAL SINS, AS WELL AS ALL PUNISHMENT FOR SIN. In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam’s sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God.
1264 Yet certain temporal consequences of sin remain in the baptized, such as suffering, illness, death, and such frailties inherent in life as weaknesses of character, and so on, as well as an inclination to sin that Tradition calls concupiscence, or metaphorically, “the tinder for sin” (fomes peccati); since concupiscence “is left for us to wrestle with, it cannot harm those who do not consent but manfully resist it by the grace of Jesus Christ.”66 Indeed, “an athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.””
So there remain no curses on Gods children, but we are born anew as in the beautiful words of ascetic literature “Children of predilection”. Now, we are permitted to continue to pray for relief from the temporal consequences of sin and so the Church prays publicly in the “Litany of the Saints”, THIS IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH the above heresy, but in these words used as an antiphon as a form of public penance “Ant. REMEMBER NOT, LORD, OUR OFFENSES, NOR THE OFFENSES OF OUR FOREFATHERS, NOR TAKE THOU VENGEANCE UPON THEM.”
3. The SPIRIT IN JESUS ministry of Tom Zachariah arose in Idukki, later shifted to Bombay and is now concentrated in Thrissur district of Kerala. Their preaching can be summarised as follows:
They preach the Gospel not only to the living but the dead also. They teach that the souls of the people who had died in sin can be saved by preaching Gospel to them.
They also teach that the problems of people are the consequences of the sins of their forefathers and that those problems can be solved by preaching the Gospel to the ancestors’ souls.
They say that they cannot stop from preaching this “gospel” because the Lord has ordained them, so they cannot accept a ban by the Bishops.
In Jesus’ Name, Michael Prabhu, Chennai www.ephesians-511.net

 

From:
buddy_gav@yahoo.co.in
To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 7:41 PM Subject: Bro Johnson Sequiera

Dear Mr. Prabhu, 

I just read your article about Br. Johnson Sequeira. When I was through with it i realised that you have displayed only those responses that supported your article. The more I read it the more sorry I felt for you. Are you ill? Who gave you the authority to judge another person’s teaching? I have a remedy for you. Try reading the bible more than you follow rules made by the church. Put God before religion, denomination, church, everything. Obey the greatest commandment thoroughly. Don’t get me wrong, I am a devout roman catholic from a reputed portuguese family. I have attended Br. Johnson’s retreat several times though I live outside the country, whenever I come to India I pay him a visit. And talking about such a person over the world wide web isn’t decent of you.

 

 

 

Thus I request you sir, if you gained the courage to post an article against a person of God, please post this e-mail too below the article ( though I doubt it strongly that you will)

Kind Regards & God Bless, Your brother in Christ. [Gavin Gonsalves]

 

From:
prabhu
To:
buddy_gav@yahoo.co.in

Cc:
abpossie@redifmail.com ; abpossie@sancharnet.in ; abpossie@gmail.com ; Percival Fernandez ; Agnelo R. Gracias
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 9:50 PM Subject: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

My dear Gavin, I thank you for taking the initiative in writing in defense of Johnson.

I have just included your letter in the original report, which means it will reach others when I send it as an attachment, but since I have not uploaded anything on my website for nearly five or six months, it will take some time for the modified Johnson article — along with your letter — to be uploaded on my website. In the meantime I have been collecting more information on Bro. Johnson.

Just this morning I have written to the Bishops of Bombay against a letter sent out by one Sally who is informing Catholic circles of Johnson’s retreats as also Tom Zachariah’s. It is not surprising that the two preachers — who are independent of each other but propagate different errors while still claiming to be Catholic — are promoted by one person. This in itself is evidence of how easily lay Catholics can be deceived. Would Johnson subscribe to Tom Zachariah’s teachings? I think not. But the lady who is collecting attendees for Zachariah’s programmes is also doing so for Johnson’s. Do you follow my reasoning? She is wrong both times. In the same way, you too could be.

In case you argue that I am judging you, as you have already charged me with judging Johnson, let me refer to your own letter to me. The two lines that I have highlighted in red, below. If I have to respond to you with a critical explanation, it will consume a lot of time and space. Permit me to say just this, that a true Catholic would not write what you did. The Church is the mother and interpreter of the Bible, and her “rules” have the authority and power that came along with the keys from Jesus to Peter and the apostles, and through them to our Bishops. Johnson does not obey them. So, he does not obey the representatives of Jesus Christ.

Those Bishops who permit Johnson to enter their dioceses either do not understand the seriousness of the errors of the “gospel” that he preaches, or are influenced by powerful Catholic lobbies that support Johnson.

I have received only one letter in favour of Johnson. It was from Gerad Stewart and it has been published in full in my report along with my response to which Gerad did not reply. His very defense of Johnson exposed the consequences of Johnson’s wrong teachings, as does yours, my dear Gavin. I suggest that you attend a seminar on Catholic apologetics so you will understand.

I did receive a couple of letters suggesting that I “leave Johnson alone”, but that is neither here nor there, and I did not carry them in my original report*. Also, I know the addresses of ALL those whose letters I publish. I do not know yours.

In Jesus’ Name, Michael Prabhu *I located just one which is now included on page 10/11

PS. Please find below the letter from Sally, and my response copy to the Bishops of Bombay. Mike

 

REMINDERS:

From:
prabhu
To:
sweetsallyk@yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 10:18 PM Subject: BRO. JOHNSON

From:
prabhu
To:
buddy_gav@yahoo.co.in
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 10:19 PM Subject: BRO. JOHNSON

Dear Gavin, Praise the Lord.

I did not receive an acknowledgement to my two letters to you dated May 1 [copied below]. My original four-page alert on Bro. Johnson’s ministry is available [http://www.ephesians-511.org/documents/BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA NOT AUTHORIZED TO PREACH….doc] at this ministry’s website, www.ephesians-511.net .

Another 12 pages at least, are to be uploaded shortly. What is ready is attached herewith as a Word doc. for your kind information. Your letter is included as per your instruction, and for which I thank you. Regards, Michael

NOTE: SALLY KURIAKOSE: NO RESPONSE. GAVIN GONSALVES WROTE BACK, RESPONSE NOT ADDED HERE.

 

I conclude with this extract from Vishal Jagruti [a Catholic monthly from Goa] August 2007: Religious Side of Beauty

Interview with Maureen Motwani, former Miss Young India, 1979. [SAR news]:

>>I have always been in the Lord, so to speak, But I did not know the power that the Word had, inspite of being born and brought up in a Roman Catholic family. I had the opportunity to be with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation. I am an Art of Living teacher. I even traveled with him to the U.N. Peace Summit. But I really did not understand the Word till I met Bro. Johnson. I remember the date. I went to my first retreat on 10th Dec., 2006.

I had an eye problem and diagnosed with swelling in my lungs and lymph nodes… I heard Bro. Johnson speak the Word and when I went to this retreat, I saw and experienced the power of God… I knew in my heart that day that I was healed… And at every time in my life, where there is a situation, all I have to do is just look up to heaven and say, “Jesus, the most powerful name in heaven and on earth.”<<

The testimony appears sound. But Maureen REMAINS an Art of Living teacher, a disciple of the godman Sri Sri Ravi Shankar [read the article at www.ephesians-511.net to understand his New Age errors]. To her, Jesus is just another guru who gave her healing. Johnson did not lead Maureen to spiritual conversion and to leaving the godman. No. He taught her the magic of ‘word faith’, the power in the Word, [emphasis hers], saying or speaking the Word, and claiming its effects.

SEE WEBSITE FOR SEPARATE ARTICLE ON WORD-FAITH THEOLOGY AND PROSPERITY GOSPEL

 

 

The following letters [slightly edited] were posted on KonkaniCatholics, a Catholic apologetics e-group:

KC Digest Nos. 1792 and 1793 February 12 and 13, 2008

Dear Bro Lawrence, I second your stance, and am also of the opinion that we have many Catholics other than priest who can and are preaching the word of God. However, in some cases even these Catholics lay preachers lose out to their ego, when they hear people saying he/she is anointed, they start thinking they are better than the priest, who has dedicated his entire life, in the service of God, and who has studied a lot before he could become a priest.
There are some who, with a year’s Bible study, think that they know everything.
I have just come across a message that a Bro. Johnson, is coming to Dubai, to preach the Word of God.

Where is he preaching? In some warehouse…
I checked with our Bishop Paul Hinder, whether this meeting had his sanction. He has stated clearly that it is without his or the Parish Priest’s knowledge or sanction that this is being arranged.
Now I do not know who this Bro. Johnson is. I have heard friends talk highly about him, and I have a cousin in Bayander who follows him, and very nearly gave up his veneration of Our Mother (I hope I am not wrong, but I think it is the same Bro Johnson). However, with this message that I received, there was a site which I could go to check him out, and I was surprised that a priest, Fr. [Emidio] Pinto [of St. Diogo’s Church, Guirim, Bardez] Goa endorses Bro. Johnson. I tried to contact Bro. Johnson but could not, so I called up Fr. Pinto, who told me that Bro Johnson conducts retreats for the priest.

Now this does not give Bro Johnson a right to come and preach in UAE, not even a priest from another parish can come and preach in another church, without the explicit permission of the parish priest or the sanction of the Bishop.
However, like you have said, of the many people who do not like to listen to a sermon from a priest, we will find them all flocking to take in what this Bro Johnson has to preach, even if the priest in the parish tells them not to attend.
I have a nagging feeling that people like Bro. Johnson, come around only for the money they can milk out of the faithful, even in these times, where we are not sure that we will have a job tomorrow, these people in the name of Christ, are filling up their coffers. Who will stop this?
Please note I have taken the liberty of writing the name boldly, because the organisers of the event, are proclaiming his name. God Bless Salvador Fernandes Dubai/Sharjah – UAE

Dear Salvador, The thought of a Catholic preacher coming to a diocese without the sanction of the Bishop or parish priest, should definitely raise alarm bells. If they truly were in line with Church teaching, then they would have no problem with being granted permission to preach in the open. On the other hand, these clandestine meetings as mentioned by you, while keeping the Church authorities ‘in the dark’ should not be encouraged nor patronised, as many false teachings contrary to the Catholic faith go unchecked.
I wasn’t sure about whether I should post this or delete it. I don’t mean to offend anyone or pass judgement on this or any other preacher. I’d just like to share my experience if it may help someone else or at least make us more aware that we need to apply due vigilance in this age of TV preachers and false doctrines.

I happened to attend one session preached by Bro.Johnson last year, at the urging of friends. I’m usually wary of retreats held outside the church (it was in a hotel), but was under the impression that it was endorsed by the church, as some leaders of various parish groups were present. Seeing them there eased some of my apprehension. However the skepticism only grew as the talk continued.
I became uneasy. It seemed more like a Protestant teaching, along the lines of the “prosperity gospel” we see preached so often on the airwaves. While there was no direct refutation of Catholic teaching, there were glaring errors. For instance, the significance of the sacraments of Communion and Confirmation was downplayed (!!), almost mocked. Referring to the words of Jesus in John 3:3-5 about being ‘born from above’ or ‘born again’, I was surprised when he did not say that as Catholics, we are ‘born again’ of water and Spirit at the time of our baptism. Instead he said we were born again the moment we declared Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour. And that receiving the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation was pointless in this regard. Much of the erroneous teaching was so subtle as it was slid in between true Catholic teaching. And herein lies the danger… the subtle untruths become bigger and bigger, left unchecked, as it departs from the teaching of the Magisterium.

If Catholics who are faithful leaders in the parish could miss the errors, how much more the cradle Catholics who could be led away? We have seen this as a strategy of the evil one many times before – mixing Truth with deceptive beliefs – to corrupt the ‘pure’ Truth of Christ and His Church. 
All this was in stark contrast to a retreat last month held in the Church led by Fr. Matthew and Mrs. Hazel D’souza (from the Divine Retreat Centre). All the hallmarks of the Catholic faith were in their preaching – devotion to Mother Mary, Scriptures, the Sacraments, humility, always directing us to Christ our Saviour – definitely no uneasiness for me here as I was filled with grace during the retreat!
It’s sad that so many Catholics can blindly and gullibly follow one person, without properly authenticating his words. However, I can understand as we are given a false sense of security – when a preacher is tagged as ‘Catholic’, we let our guard down and assume that all is well and don’t actively look for the errors. Our Catholic Church is filled with wonderful Spirit-filled preachers – ordained and lay people. Why not seek to hear them, who have been given authority to speak on behalf of the Church?
Salvador, you’re absolutely right in contacting the Bishop to verify this meeting. I pray that your friends will exercise caution here. God bless! Agnes Dias Bahrain

 

 

 

From:
IDENTITY WITHHELD
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 12:42 PM

Subject: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear Michael, 

I would like to bring to your notice that PLEASE DO NOT GIVE JOHNSON SEQUEIRA ACCESS TO preach in Mumbai. All I can say keep if he gets freedom in Mumbai, there will be division in family, marriages will break and people will lose their faith in Christ. Thanks,

From:
prabhu
To:
XXX
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 6:57 PM Subject: Re: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

My dear XXX, Praise the Lord.

First, let me warmly thank you for writing to me, and thus to my Catholic apologetics ministry. I can see that you love the Church. But I must let you know some things before I can do anything about your letter… If you read the attachment to that email, you will understand better how I go about things in my ministry.

I never take up any issue referred to me by a stranger. First, I have got to know who the person is. I have to know your postal address and telephone number. I get many crank letters. People try to set me up and I have to be careful because my word to the Bishops has till now been completely authentic, open and dependable. If you feel delicate about giving me your contact details, then you must be able to refer someone who knows me already. I also would like to know how you got my address [email] and the information that I am opposing the ministry of Johnson Sequeira and have taken up the matter with the Bishops.

Actually Johnson is banned by the Bishops from preaching in Bombay. They have written to me so. If he is ministering there, it is in contradiction of their ban. So, too, all those who are aware of it and still support him.

Another alternative for us is that you could please give me any information as to why you feel that his ministry is dangerous to the Faith and the Church. Some evidence of the things he says and does which you feel are erroneous or need correction. Then maybe I can write to the Bishops. Have you had a bad experience with him? We would certainly like to know so that we can inform others… Love & Prayers, In Jesus’ Name, Michael

From:
XXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 9:44 AM Subject: Re: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

The Cardinal of Mumbai has taken off the ban of him preaching in Mumbai. By next month he is preaching in Mumbai openly. Thank you very much.

From:
prabhu
To:
XXX Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 8:55 PM Subject: Re: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear XXX, Unless you can reveal your identity or document that information, I cannot ask the Cardinal. You have to help me to help you and others, Love, Michael

From:
XXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:56 PM Subject: Re: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

I cant do that. I will go and speak directly to my parish priest.

From:
prabhu
To:
XXX
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 8:36 PM Subject: Re: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

OK, XXX. God bless you, Mike

From:
XXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 11:57 AM Subject: Re: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

I do not want o disclose my identity and my being for it will be a total shame. It is not right . I know these things wont help because a straight confrontation with the team did not help and I became the bad one.

I can only say that I am from [Goa]. He cannot save marriages, he has destroyed marriages in Goa, what can he save the congregation? He has announced in Goa that the Cardinal has called him… 

Rest I leave everything to Jesus hand and I got your id from google cause I had just typed Johnson Sequeira and his details were there in one letter which I have attached.

So now the choice is yours .I am specifically speaking for Goa, So I plead also for Mumbai. God Bless You,

From:
prabhu
To:
XXX
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 8:17 PM Subject: Re: JOHNSON SEQUEIRA

Dear XXX, I can sense the pain that you are suffering. As much as I want to, I can do nothing without names, details, documentary evidence. I cannot write to the Bishops without that…

I am reproducing here a letter which I just received from a priest concerning Johnson. Love, Mike

 

From:
Fr. Aymanathil Jose, SDB

To:
prabhu
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 11:56 AM

Subject: Re: Fw: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA: REMINDER 6 WEEKS AFTER YOURTELEPHONECALL

Dear Michael, Thanks for both the e-mails and the attachments. We are quite careful about the visit of the questionable type of preachers. The Archbishop also did not give any permission to Bro. Johnson to preach in Calcutta…

I have given only a word of caution in a short editorial on “Prosperity Gospel” in the Aug-Sept. issue of the STREAMS…

Your initiatives regarding the New Community Bible are good and I am sure that appropriate action will be taken by the Bishops. With good wishes, Fr. Jose KOLKATA

From:
XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 2:26 PM Subject: Please notice this

Dear Mike, What’s all this happening? Johnson is having a Fresh Fire live in retreat for the working youth .

Cant any one tell the higher authority to stop this man from preaching and stop giving him places to conduct retreats? 

Just check on to jeevan.info when he praying over the nuns observe his hands .When he is praying over them he tries to push off his hands slowly and definitely anyone will fall down. The funniest part only the young nuns have fallen down whereas the old once have not .Its not necessary that when u fall down u r getting anointing. He has made a mockery of Christ IS THIS RIGHT? Its high time he stops all this .He can play with human feeling and body but he cannot fool the Lord for what he has done.

 

 

 

 

From:
leyadsouza
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 4:26 PM

I read a post about bro Johson sequera on your websit and wanted to know if it is the same bro Johnson who is running possibly this website and refered to in this website. http://www.jeevan.info/new/jeevan_contact_information.php

Kind regards Leya D’souza BAHRAIN

From:
prabhu
To:
leyadsouza Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2009 5:08 AM Subject: Re: Johnson Sequeira

Dear Leya, Thanks for writing and enquiring. In case you respond to my letter, kindly introduce yourself.

I am just back from Goa where I heard, as usual, complaints about Johnson’s ministry. I came to understand that the Archbishop has issued an advisory against his ministry, but I could not get the details.

I do not know if my updated report is on my website or not. It is now of 16 pages. In case you want to read it, please let me know. Yes, the website is about the same preacher. God bless you, Michael

From:
leyadsouza To:
‘prabhu’
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2009 10:36 AM Subject: RE: Johnson Sequeira

Dear Prabhu, I am located in Bahrain, but am a Goan catholic. I am a member of Couples for Christ here in Bahrain and we have a mailing list. One of our members visited goa recently and attended JS talks and is very much impressed and keeps on posting info to our mailing list from JS. He is also feels after this encounter – that listening to the protestant Bible which is available in audio online cannot create any harm even though they have the usual books missing.

I will appreciate if you could advise me what the differences are between the catholic & protestant Bibles besides the missing books. Also can you please email me this order if you get hold of it. Thanks. Regards Leya

From:
leyadsouza To:
‘prabhu’
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 4:13 PM Subject: RE: Johnson Sequeira / Q on Bible

Thanks for these messages. Agnes is the moderator of the mailing list  I referred to you earlier and she is one of the persons I have advised about this report of yours and has promised to take it to our parish priest.

As for JS, I spoke to my cousin in Goa Leroy Dias – who was a charismatic leader at Mapusa church and knows is well versed with these issues and he told me that JS mainly preaches outside the church. I am visiting Goa from 24 apr to 8 may and plan to have a detailed discussion with him on this issue and will let you know.

I am an accountant and the other thing I want to bring to your notice and you could possibly check further is on his website he ahs mentioned a  bank account no in HDFC bank where people can pay in donations to him. It does not mention any approval of any registered organization or name of person. To the best of my knowledge he should have a registered trust and a permission to collect money. It is my guess he will not have any such thing, if u investigate further and it could be against the law to do this.

He has very smartly used pictures in churches and the name of Mother Mary in one prominent place on the website to convince Catholics about himself. He sounds more of a hypnotist to me. Will keep you informed further. Regards Leya

 

From:
josephvaz
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:40 PM Subject: Bro. Johnson in Goa

Dear Micheal, Thanks a lot for the wonderful insight on so many topics. Just to remind you, I attended your talk in Goa, Verna at the beginning of this month. 

The purpose of writing to you is to request your permission whether I can use some points from your matter against this so called Bro. Johnson Sequeira who is expected for a couple of talks this month end in Goa, so that at least people are warned before hand before they land into his trap.

I know of a family of a couple of my very close friends who are caught in his trap and the families are about to break up. These friends have requested our help to convince them back into the Catholic faith, a very tough thing to do, as they are very much brainwashed by this guy. Awaiting your reply. Thanks and regards, Joseph L. R. Vaz GOA 

P.N. It would be a pleasure to have you again in Goa, may be in Navelim or Margao. 

From:
prabhu
To:
josephvaz Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:18 AM Subject: Re: Bro. Johnson in Goa

Dear Joe, I commend you for your concern for the Faith and your pro-activeness…

I don’t know if you are referring to the handout on Bro JS that I gave out in Verna. It is an old shorter version. You are free to use it or any other material that I distributed on JS or any other subject, even from my website. My permission is not required. There is a 14-page article on Bro JS’ ministry at my website www.ephesians-511.net
[see http://www.ephesians-511.net/documents/BRO.%20JOHNSON%20SEQUEIRAS%20WORD%20FAITH%20THEOLOGY%20AND%20PROSPERITY%20GOSPEL.doc]. I have added a couple of pages more to that. Those 2 new pages are included here in the attachment to this email. You are the second person who has written to me that JS is causing “families to break up”. The other is from Bombay. Can you elaborate?

When I was in Goa, several reliable people told me that JS has been banned from preaching there, by the Archbishop. Is that right? Maybe you could write to the Archbishop [archbpgoa@gmail.com; archbp@sancharnet.in;] or his Secretary Fr Loiola Pereira {jlpereira_50@yahoo.co.uk; dcscmgoa@gmail.com; } and enquire. Kindly let me know what they say.

However, through some rich and well-connected Mangalorean leaders in Bangalore who are friends of the renegade Hyderabad charismatic preacher-turned Pentecostal, Anthony Samuel, and who do not say the rosary or venerate Mary, JS has got the favour of the Archbishop there and has shifted base from Bombay to Bangalore. JS flaunts the very old Ministry of the Word certificate he got from Bombay [though the Bishops have later banned him there, see my report], and his recent photos with the Abp. of Bangalore releasing one of his books etc. Love, Mike

 

 

 

 

From:
prabhu
To:
josephvaz Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 8:05 AM Subject: TWO MORE ATTACHMENTS

Dear Joseph, Now, I am sending you three attachments…

1. MiracleNet TV by Errol C. Fernandes [People like Johnson imitate these TV preachers’ teachings and mannerisms]

2. Prosperity Gospel by Errol C. Fernandes

3. Prosperity Gospel ctd. Three short articles by Fr Fio Mascarenhas, Mother Angelica, St Alphonsus Liguori

Love, Michael

From:
josephvaz To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:03 AM Subject: Re: TWO MORE ATTACHMENTS

Dear Mike, Sorry for the delay. 

Well the story of my friends with reference to this so called Bro Johnson Sequeira is this;

This was a happy catholic family consisting of Father, Mother and 3 sons (who are grown up now and have their own families). The mother somewhere along fell into this net of this Bro J.S. The father is too old to object. The mother dragged the 3rd son into this, plus the wife of the 2nd son. So you see there are three families (or at the least two) which are in the danger of splitting.

Now the 3rd son had some financial difficulties – he was mostly into share business and he has suffered some setbacks and perhaps he has put his hope in this Bro J.S. His wife tells me that he quotes a successful “believer” from Margao for inspiration, but I’m not sure whether that particular businessman is with this Bro J.S. He attends mass but calls the Rosary as a myth. I had a lot of correspondence thro’ email with him and if you are interested I can forward to you to get a idea of his mind set. His wife is very much worried and I have suggested to her to continue the rosary with her 3 minor sons.

The most problematic though is the wife of the 2nd sons. She was such a sweet girl but completely obsessed with this Bro. J.S. She stopped attending the mass and gets a lot of messages directly from God. What worries the husband is that she does not take the children to the doctor but prays “over” them. She gives the children direct tap water to drink (even at a time when some contamination was found in the water supply hardly a kilometer away), she just prays over it. The poor husband is becoming a little hysterical and sometimes talks of “No God” By the way they have 5 children and the 6th is one the way. This trouble started just a year ago, hence all the children are baptized and the eldest has received Holy Communion. The problem will arise now for the sixth one for baptism. So that’s the story in brief.

Thanks and may God bless you, Joseph L. R. Vaz

 

From:
pravinjayaraj
To:
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 5:51 PM Subject:

Hi Michael, Regarding Johnson Sequeira, I was invited by a friend at the Bread of Life prayer group which had organized a slew of preaching sessions for about two weeks by various preachers one of whom was JS. His was a three-evening programme, and having attended his sessions for the first time, I was impressed when people were apparently healed by young children praying in faith repeating prayers after him. I did see some friends from my parish who happen to be regulars at his sessions, and since they were all devout Catholics I was also encouraged to attend all three days.

Anyway, on the second day, as he was preaching, he walked up to me (I was in the third row with my wife), took hold of my hand and said that God is calling me and asked if I would be willing to be a part of them. Immediately I asked if he wanted me to be a part of his ministry. He then said that I could keep in touch and that they would train me. I said okay, as I was happy to be called for God’s work.

A few days later, I spoke to a spiritually gifted counselor who told me that it was not the call of God and that I would know for sure when God calls me. That is when I started to research him on the Net and found your article on him and was sure about his ‘gospel.’ I had already been aware of the prosperity gospel being preached by various televangelists and saw the stark resemblance. This was corroborated by another spiritual counselor a few days later who also told me to just erase those three days out of my mind. Though I did exchange phone numbers with JS, I have not got a call since.

Those friends I had seen at his sessions invited him to their home for a prayer meeting, and the following Sunday at church I heard one of them say that all along he had thought that his life was in God’s hands but that after attending JS’ meetings he realized that his life is in his own hands, and he seemed very happy and edified about it, and this young man is of a family actively involved in Church activities and who attend Catholic charismatic retreats.

I did a little googling on whom to contact and found out and wrote Fr. Britto saying that I have learned that JS was banned in Mumbai, attaching your article on the Net as reference. Below is my correspondence with him. In Christ, Pravin

From:
pravinjayaraj Subject: Br. Johnson Sequeira banned from preaching in Mumbai To: frbrittojacob@yahoo.com

Cc: ronniejohnson
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009, 11:41 AM

Dear Fr. Britto Jacob,
I am a Roman Catholic and have been a participant of a few of the Bread of Life prayer meetings in the past. I also recently attended a 3-day programme by Br. Johnson Sequeira in St. Mary’s Orphanage, Bangalore from Mar 13-15, 2009, which I understand was arranged, organized and supported by the BCCRS.
This mail is intended to make you aware of the banning of Br. Johnson Sequeira by the Bishop of Mumbai from preaching in Mumbai. The link below gives a clearer understanding of this issue.
http://www.ephesians-511.net/documents/BRO.%20JOHNSON%20SEQUEIRAS%20WORD%20FAITH%20THEOLOGY%20AND%20PROSPERITY%20GOSPEL.doc
I hope you would consider this email as important and do what is needful to ensure that Catholics are not misled by wrong doctrine. Yours in Jesus,
Pravin Jayaraj

 

 

From:
frbrittojacob@yahoo.com
Date: Mar 24, 2009 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: Br. Johnson Sequeira banned from preaching in Mumbai To:
pravinjayaraj

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus!

Thanks for your email dated 21st March regarding Mr. Johnson Sequeira.  There is no official communication from the Bishop of Mumbai.  However the National Service Team, the Archbishop of Bangalore, myself and the BCCRS is aware of everything and monitoring.  We have had sincere dialogue regarding the same. Later, I shall update you regarding the same! God Bless. Fr. Britto. [Spiritual Director, Bangalore Service Team, CCR]   

 

SHORTLY BEFORE THIS REPORT WAS WRITTEN:

From:
dom@morelove.in
To:
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 11:25 PM Subject: ICPE RETREAT

Hey Mike, Hope all is well at your end. 

ICPE had a Retreat this weekend which was conducted by Johnson Sequiera from Bombay. He has been banned from Bombay and Goa. He’s carrying an old letter from the Bombay Bishop. Personally I knew this man and have rebuked him in the context of adultery. I had spoken at his fellowship in Goa about two years ago. 

Johnson’s Ministry is called “Jesus Christ Is Lord”, in Bangalore he’s called it something else. He’s using the name of Fr. Jose who was at Logos. He breaks bread with his team. ICPE is skeptical about Ministries and now they have invited him for a retreat. Talk to the Renewal guys in Bombay and they will tell you about him. Pls investigate this issue.

From:
prabhu
To:
Dominic Dixon
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 11:26 AM Subject: Re: ICPE RETREAT

Dear Dom, Thanks for this alert. I too have been warning people against Johnson Sequeira. I do not know anything “pucca” about him, but he definitely has Pentecostal attitudes in his preaching and ministry. It is a bad sign for ICPE that they allowed him to minister to their community. I am aware that an alert was put out in Mumbai against JS by priests, but I don’t know about the Bishops there, or about Goa. I cannot do anything without evidence and documentation. Recently I got a call from B’lore enquiring from me about JS, saying that JS was in Bangalore. But the caller did not give details. Mike

From:
Dominic Dixon
To:
prabhu
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 3:02 PM Subject: Re: ICPE RETREAT

Mike, Let me know what details you need. This is his number – 98443-74700 It would be great if you could escalate this as an issue and investigate it further. Love –dom

From:
prabhu
To:
Dominic Dixon
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:30 AM Subject: Re: ICPE RETREAT

DOM, WHOSE MOBILE NUMBER IS THIS, GIVEN HERE BY U?

FROM MY INITIAL ENQUIRIES, JOHNSON SEQUEIRA HAS NOT GIVEN ANY PROGRAM TO THE ICPE COMMUNITY. CAN YOU CHECK AGAIN? MEANWHILE I HAVE FOUND OUT A LOT ABOUT HIM. SHALL REVERT. MIKE

From:
Dominic Dixon
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:57 AM Subject: Re: ICPE RETREAT

Hi Mike, JS has given a weekend retreat for the ICPE youth group not community. The Youth group name has been changed in the past few weeks, its called Yeshua Adonai. The mobile number is JS’s. –dom

From:
prabhu
To:
Dominic Dixon
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:31 PM Subject: Re: ICPE RETREAT

Dear Dom, So, with the name change, we cannot rightly call it “ICPE”, can we?

I am trying to talk to Bishop Bosco Penha, but he is not in the office from this morning. Love, Mike

SHORTLY AFTER THIS REPORT WAS WRITTEN:

From:
Dominic Dixon
To:
prabhu
Cc:
dom@morelove.in
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 9:53 AM

Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI CONDUCTING MINISTRY IN BANGALORE

Dear Mike, Thanks for addressing the issue about Johnson. However, I am very disappointed that you did not mention ICPE even after I have given you my investigation. Love -dom

From:
prabhu
To:
Dominic Dixon
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 8:18 AM

Subject: Re: BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA OF MUMBAI CONDUCTING MINISTRY IN BANGALORE

Dear Dom, As far as this ministry is concerned, surely you must be aware by now that I do not hesitate to write about any person or organization [Catholic] -whoever they may be- if they go against Catholic teaching, but one thing that I avoid is to name names – unless for exceptional reason as in the case of Simon Rodrigues [in the Anthony Samuel report].

As a matter of fact I have written to ICPE and to Fr. Jose Vettiyanckal directly in my original alert, but have not so far received a response. [Fr. Jose is a supporter of my ministry]. I did that in the case of the Bangalore Service Team etc. in the case of the Anthony Samuel alert too, and only when no response came I included the whole story in my final report.

My best enquiries reveal that Johnson did not give a program to the actual ICPE. The youth group which he ministered to had already earlier changed their name from ICPE YOUTH, which you also informed me is now Yeshua Adonai…

Moreover, no one gave me the dates and places of Bro. Johnson’s Bangalore programmes. Love, Michael

From:
Dominic Dixon
To:
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:18 PM Subject: Johnson

Hi Mike, I know that you’re a man who does not compromise and that why i feel so closely knitted with you in Spirit. 

I believe that Fr. Jose is also supporting Johnson. Fritz is the Shepherd and ICPE is shepherding the Yeshua Adonai youth group and therefore there is a link… love n blessings. Dom

From:
prabhu
To:
Dominic Dixon
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 9:06 AM Subject: Re: Johnson

Dear Dom, Fritz wrote that he had checked out Johnson and learnt that he was OK. So now he asked me about Johnson’s errors and I have informed him. True, Fr. Jose has co-ministered with Johnson. Maybe now that he knows from me, he will disassociate himself from him… Love, Mike

 

 

 

From:
Sudhir Thapar
sudhir.thapar@gmail.com
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Cc:
joaquima1010@yahoo.com

Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2009 5:22 PM Subject: Fwd: FW: abt anthony samuel and bro. johnson

Dear Brother Prabhu,

A few questions if you don’t mind answering as I have noticed if someone does not reply you are persistent in sending them reminders as though they are obligated to reply to your mails.

I am very much [emphasis Sudhir’s- Michael] a catholic having being born a catholic but I’d rather call myself CHRISTIAN first who is a catholic. 

     What’s important to you? Jesus and the source of our instructions – the Bible or the “Catholic tradition” / “Church Instituted” practices and obligations? (please spare me from naming all of them as honestly I am not too proud of all that goes on in the catholic church)

     Why are you more in defense of “Catholic teachings” instead of “biblical teachings”? Because as a Catholic I am ashamed to say that most of the Catholic practices are just not defendable biblically. 

     On judgment day will my savior judge me on whether I followed “Catholic rites” (Rosary, having statues, pictures, novenas, praying to mother Mary and saints etc etc) or on whether I was a doer of His word? Will I be judged on whether I lived my life based on doctrines written by humans or by the word of God?

     If a no. of preachers are leaving the church (most have not but people like you have become self-appointed defenders of the faith and treat them as outcasts) after being seeped into the teachings of Jesus through the bible then what makes you right verses them? 

     If a teaching is seemingly “Protestant”, does it have to be wrong?

     Are only Catholics Christians?

     Why is it if one does not agree with a part or point of “Catholicism” as you see it you immediately brand them (literally look down upon them) as “Pentecostals”. Almost as if rapists, drunkards, adulterers are okay but not these?  

     Why is it that if someone questions what you say, you are quick to call that person as “having Pentecostals leanings”? Is it not healthy to ask questions? Does it not make that person a sincere seeker of the truth and that he / she does not want to be lukewarm?

     If you were born in a “Protestant” family, would you still be defending the “Catholic doctrines” whether right or wrong? Would you then not be a Christian who God loves just as much?

     Why is it that most Catholic priest are unable to respond biblically to queries? (having grown among priest and nuns for whom I have the greatest of respect, I nevertheless often wonder what is it they study for so many years at the seminary – only how to minister the sacraments and the catholic doctrine?. Recently during Mass the priest in his sermon said the whole episode of Abraham taking son Isaac for sacrifice was fiction and only a story).

     Once you study the bible, the amount of wrong preaching in sermons shocks you. so I ask, who will be responsible for the wrong seeds planted?

     After centuries why is it that drinking, permissiveness etc associated with Catholics? Why is it that after sacraments like baptism, Holy Communion, confirmations are bestowed there are parties wherein drunkenness is the norm?

     Isn’t it true that a lot of Catholics were leaving the church and it is only because of anointed lay persons and the charismatic group that there is now a revival in the church?  

     Is the anointing of the Holy Spirit only the privilege of Catholics?

     Could not the gifts of the Holy Spirit be bestowed on lay persons? Why does any Holy Spirit anointed preaching to be done only with the permission of the church? Does not God have the right to bestow His love and gifts on anybody He chooses?

Dear brother, I too am hungry and thirsty for the word of God. And when I sit praying to the Holy Spirit to clear my doubts when reading the word of God, He never fails to answer in any no. of ways. One of the ways He chooses is by sending anointed preachers.

God says ask and you shall receive. I always ask for the Spirit of Discernment and He grants me that. Praise God.

I recently attended 3 retreats of Bro. Johnson Sequeira (who is, as you know very well a Catholic and it is not him who has left the church but sadly it is the church and persons like you who choose to discriminate). I did not find one thing wrong in what he said. You judge a person by the fruits.

He made God so very real to me. You feel His love.

He made the pages of the bible come alive (Even though I have been a catholic for 44 years now, and have been reading and studying the bible for many years I did not realize what a treasure the bible is).

He backed up every word that came out of his mouth by scriptures (what other proof do you need).

Today I realize what my savior Jesus did for me on the cross

So now tell me if because of preachers like him

More & more people are studying the word of God

More & more people are attending Mass

More & more people are living godly lives

More & more people have given up their sinful ways

 

 

More & more people of other faith are accepting Christ as their Lord, God and savior

Why do you have a problem? Isn’t that our calling? Should you not be happy that more and more people are assisting the church by preaching the word of God? Are you not happy that Christians are now spending their time with God rather than in pubs and other ungodly pursuits?

I know of people who just say the rosary, pray only to mother Mary and who refuse to come to the Retreats conducted by Bro. Johnson simply because they have been indoctrinated by people like you who no doubt do so with good intentions but tell me who will be answerable for souls not being saved? Will you take the responsibility?

For people who have attended but then are stopped by someone like you, I ask just one question? Did you find anything wrong in what was preached? The answer is invariably NO. Then why don’t you attend? So & so brother from the church told me not to. Did he tell you why? No he just said don’t attend.

For people who do not attend I ask why not? Answer is I have been told not to.

Brother I ask you using the same logic will it be fair for a person to tell someone not to attend the Catholic Church? Should we not use our God-given faculties to judge whether something is right or wrong?

I am sorry, but for the life of me I cannot understand why you insist on causing division among Christians. I know you are doing it in all sincerity just as a Muslim or Hindu follows his faith but have you ever pondered you could be wrong, just as they are?

Common Brother, let’s build up the body of Christ. Think UNITY. Stop pointing fingers just because it does come under the scope of your beliefs. Hold everything you believe against the word of God to check it’s truth.

From: XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2007 12:40 AM Subject: praise the Lord!… [letter from my website reproduced by Sudhir]

BE HAPPY THAT THE WORD OF GOD IS BEING SPREAD. God Bless You Sudhir

From:
prabhu
To:
sudhir.thapar@gmail.com
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 3:44 AM

Subject: Fwd: FW: abt anthony samuel and bro. johnson

Dear Sudhir, As I am leaving on mission, I will not be able to answer my mail till after the 15th. I have saved your letter meanwhile. I will be happy if you could remind me after the 15th, to reply. Thanks, Michael

 

MY COMMENTS [written on September 19th, 2009]

My response to Sudhir Thapar was not sent because I did not receive the reminder that I had requested.

Dear Sudhir,

I am waiting for you to show interest by following up your letter to me of August 30. I returned from mission on the 11th evening but have not heard from you for more than a week now. I am accustomed to receiving emails from addresses created only to write to me. Such emails are, in my view, anonymous letters, as I am given no idea of the background of the sender, his/her address and other contact details. Yet, I treat all of these letters with respect and respond to them.

In most cases, I never get a reply.

Yes, I have been persistent in sending reminders to leaders of the Church whose duty it is to take cognizance of issues that I raise with them concerning the spiritual safety of those under their pastoral care. It does not have to be the same with anonymous letters. However, here is my response to your many questions. I wonder why you ask them because it is evident from your letter that you already have all your answers, answers decided by you.

Your letter, like those of Gerad Stewart [one of Bro. Johnson’s key persons], Sally Kuriakose, and Gavin Gonsalves, http://www.ephesians-511.net/documents/BROJOHNSONSEQUEIRASWORDFAITHTHEOLOGYANDPROSPERITYGOSPEL.doc reveals that you are not Catholic in the sense that I understand the term, even though you claim that you are very much Catholic.

In December 2007, along with Fr. Vincent Barboza of Bombay archdiocese, I had given a two-day seminar on Catholic apologetics for the Bangalore Service Team. If you had attended it, you would understand what I, and the Church, mean by being “Catholic” as against being “Christian”. All Catholics are Christians, but not all Christians are Catholics.

It is not possible for me to go into a detailed discussion of that last statement within the scope of this letter.

From the contents of your letter, I can say that you [and Gerad and Sally and Gavin] are Christian but not Catholic. I am sure that any Catholic apologist will agree with me.

For a Catholic, the “Word of God” [see the last sentence of your letter] is not the Bible alone [Sola Scriptura, as you suggest], but also Tradition, which you reject.

You place a lot of importance on individual interpretation of the Bible under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. There are as many “Christian” “churches” as there are pastors who interpret the same Scriptures. The Catholic Church has always offered one single interpretation of Scripture. I believe that I can trust Her for that, because it is the same Church Who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to decide on the Canon of the New Testament which She had held, preached and taught orally [Tradition] for almost four hundred years till the twenty-seven books were incorporated into the Bible that all Protestants accept today.

Quoting scripture is no evidence of being either Christian or Catholic. You know, even the devil…

My ministry is not to judge personalities [Anthony Samuel, Bro. Johnson, etc.] but to create awareness among Catholics about those people in public ministry who call themselves Catholics but are not [again, according to the Catholic understanding of what it means to be Catholic.]

 

 

 

Yes, for me, it makes a world of difference whether I am Catholic or Christian. To answer another question of yours, if I had been born Protestant, I would have joined the Catholic Church as have Scott Hahn and a number of great Protestants of the 20th century.

Another reason for my ministry is precisely to promote unity in the Body of Christ and combat further division caused by preachers who promote a different “gospel”.

I simply cannot imagine why you would speak for ex-Catholic Anthony Samuel who has started his own “church”, gathering most of his flock from the very Catholic churches in which he preached his Catholic retreats [http://www.ephesians-511.net/documents/ADONAI’S%20BRIDE_CATHOLIC%20PREACHER%20ANTHONY%20SAMUEL%20TURNS%20PENTECOSTAL.doc]. My warnings were ignored by all, but my stand was finally justified and vindicated.

His is just one of tens of thousands of so-called churches whose members follow personal interpretations of Scripture as supposedly revealed to their leaders by the Holy Spirit.

People who follow — or empathise with — such false shepherds are stupid, ignorant or deceived, don’t you think?

I admit that I have received testimonies of a few people who have had conversion experiences after attending one of Bro. Johnson’s retreats. So have some who attended Anthony Samuel’s retreats.

When people are saved or healed, it is not because of Bro. Johnson or Anthony Samuel or Michael Prabhu but because of the Word of God which is alive. It is not even required, as Bro. Johnson would wrongly have us believe, for a person to have faith to be “blessed”. The New Testament has many examples of people who had no faith or expectancy of being healed, but were. During my recent mission in Goa, whenever I preached about the errors of the so-called Prosperity Gospel or Word Faith theology, using examples from the Bible, members of the audience invariably identified Bro. Johnson Sequeira as the one who teaches those errors. I never once had to use his name. Does that mean anything to you?

You refer to errors taught or practised by individual priests or Bishops. I agree with you insofar as that there are many such errors. That is another reason for this ministry. The errors are not those of the magisterium, the teaching Church, but of individuals. The Catholic Church has never erred in its teachings on matters of faith and morals and is the only Church that has taught the same things continuously and not modified them to please their congregations or against fresh “revelation” as Protestant churches have repeatedly done over the centuries, even in the lifetime of their founders.

I met a priest who shared with me his experience with Bro. Johnson Sequeira. Bro. Johnson and a supporter of his had met Father to get his clearance so that he could conduct a retreat in that city.

Father mentioned to me that there was pressure exerted on him from high places to give Johnson the required clearance.

Father asked Johnson if he could furnish a letter from his [Johnson’s] bishop. Johnson said that he would bring the letter along the next day.

While discussing the modalities of the proposed programme, the following issues came up: the timings for the inclusion of Holy Mass and confession [the Sacrament of Reconciliation]. Father got the impression that Johnson was half-hearted about having Masses during his programmes as they would reduce the time available for his preaching and the “anointing”.

As for confession, Johnson felt [“waste of time”] that he would prepare the people for confession in his talks, but they could go for confession elsewhere, outside of his retreat. Summary: Johnson demonstrated that these Catholic components were not integral to his programme. Their inclusion would instead reduce the time available to him for his teaching and ministry.

Wherever I went on my recent mission, Catholics informed me that they were greatly concerned that Johnson never led the rosary but would depute someone to lead it and he would join in and start his programme after the rosary was completed.

I receive information from Catholics all over the world. I understand that ever since Johnson became aware that this ministry has been reporting on him, he has taken greater care to ensure that his programmes are more Catholic.

I believe that after he reads this letter, Johnson will ensure to include the Holy Mass and sacramental confession in his programmes. But, he would be following Anthony Samuel who included them for appearances and for avoiding controversy though he himself had long before lost faith in them and had stopped attending them himself.

Many of Anthony Samuel’s and Bro. Johnson’s sympathizers among the senior leaders of the Charismatic Renewal in cities like Bangalore do not pray the rosary in their homes. There are no icons, statues, pictures of Mary in those homes. They do not attend parish programmes that venerate Mary on her feast days. No real Catholic would describe them as Catholic.

To return to the visit of Johnson to the Father I mentioned earlier, Johnson returned the following day with a letter from one of the bishops of the archdiocese of Bombay. Father noted that it was an old letter, several years old, which required Johnson to meet the bishop every fifteen days or so. On behalf of the bishop of that diocese, Father then declined to give Johnson the clearance to conduct ministry in that city unless he could produce a recent letter from the bishop. Johnson never returned to meet Father with the requested letter.

Johnson and his leading supporters have raised questions similar to the ones that you have [“Why does any Holy Spirit anointed preaching to be done only with the permission of the church?“], in effect questioning the authority of the Church.

As the Bombay bishops had denied Johnson permission to conduct official programmes in Bombay archdiocese,

i) he moved his base of operations to Bangalore where he has strong support from well-connected charismatic leaders who are more Pentecostal than Catholic and who were able to convince the archbishop to publicly endorse his programmes

ii) he continues to conduct ministry in Bombay, Goa, etc. in private homes and halls in defiance of the Church.

By comparison, when I was in Goa recently, a particular parish withdrew the permission given to me to conduct my seminar on New Age errors in the parish hall though it had been advertised well in advance. Respecting the voice of the Church, even though the permission had been withdrawn on the basis of some wrong information, I did not attempt to conduct my seminar anywhere else in the jurisdiction of that parish, or even in the homes of any of those who had invited me there.

 

 

 

 

The Lord blessed me by opening several other doors which had not existed earlier, and I received the blessings of priests who had not figured in my original itinerary.

At all my talks in different places, I would commence by instructing the gathering that it was their duty and right to throw me out if I taught them anything that contradicted the Word of God [Scripture + Church teaching], Acts 17:11.

I also assured them that if the local priest or Bishop were to ask me at any time to stop giving talks in their parish or diocese, I would obey, pack up and go home. From some of your questions and from what I have learnt on my missions, it does not appear that Bro. Johnson would do anything like that.

It was probably in 2004 that I gave a talk on New Age at the home of Neeru Dhiman, converted Punjabi Hindu to Catholicism along with her husband and two children, and who is a minister of the Word, Bombay archdiocese, and preaches at Tabor Retreat Centre, Kalyan, Mumbai. While I was concluding, Johnson entered, and later gave his talk and demonstrated the “anointing” and “slaying in the Spirit” which consisted in shouting affirmations and pushing people down by the “laying on” of his hands. People elsewhere have reported to me that they were pushed and forced to fall backwards.

The techniques used were not Catholic. Neither was the Word of God shared by Johnson demonstrative of anything Catholic, except being preparatory for what he was about to perform. Of course, my hosts were unhappy about my observations of the entire episode and Johnson [I had never heard of him before] was visibly hostile to me. Two years later, Neeru and her husband Veerendra admitted to me that they had made a serious mistake in defending Johnson.

Sudhir, if you would read what Catholic EWTN [Eternal Word Television Networks] and other eminent Catholic speakers and writers have to say about the Prosperity Gospel, you would recognize the errors of Bro. Johnson’s teachings.

If the primacy of the Will of God in a person’s life is given its proper place in the teachings of a Catholic ministry, and if the Catholic understanding of the Cross and of suffering are duly emphasised, the error of the gospel of “claiming” blessings and prosperity “by faith” will be exposed as a lie. Such a gospel is a distortion of the Word of God. It is not Catholic.

Permit me to close my letter here. With kind regards, Michael Prabhu

 

From:
prabhu
To:
miscellaneous recipients
Sent: Saturday, September 19, 2009 5:03 PM

Subject: A LETTER ON BEHALF OF BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA AND MY PROPOSED RESPONSE {Sudhir Thapar’s letter}

SOME RESPONSES TO THE ABOVE:

 

From:
one of the recipients To:
prabhu
Cc:
miscellaneous recipients Sent: Saturday, September 19, 2009 6:14 PM

Subject: Re: A LETTER ON BEHALF OF BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA AND MY PROPOSED RESPONSE

Mike, just took a quick glance and the arguments are the same as two of my friends who have fallen in his trap argue.

With your permission, I too may provide some inputs for your answer coz I have faced similar emails from my friend full of anger against the Church. Give me little time, thanks, Regards, Joseph.

 

From:
A CATHOLIC PRIEST
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 2:04 AM

Subject: Re: A LETTER ON BEHALF OF BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA AND MY PROPOSED RESPONSE

Dear Mike, While appreciating what you have written, I also thought I could post my little bit in blue. {Catholic priest}

Dear Brother Prabhu,

A few questions if you don’t mind answering as I have noticed if someone does not reply you are persistent in sending them reminders as though they are obligated to reply to your mails.

I am very much a catholic having being born a catholic but I’d rather call myself CHRISTIAN first who is a catholic

-This is a typical betrayer’s language, full of self-centeredness, Imagine a man who has got married and now finding some fault (here one must understand the mole and log reference of Christ, ULTIMATELY, the fault may not be in the wife!) now he says “I am a bachelor first and then a married man!!!”

What’s important to you? Jesus and the source of our instructions – the Bible or the “Catholic tradition” / “Church Instituted” practices and obligations? (please spare me from naming all of them as honestly I am not too proud of all that goes on in the catholic church)

-I am not too proud of all that concerns my wife. So “I”……….., Eve is the one who is at fault! History keeps repeating itself and now in you.

Why are you more in defense of “Catholic teachings” instead of “biblical teachings”? Because as a Catholic I am ashamed to say that most of the Catholic practices are just not defendable biblically.

-To you, for you search the scriptures hoping to find???? And you do not find for you are blind with the evil spirit of rebellion….For we find Catholic teaching to be Biblical in toto!!! We Catholics are more lenient for we find protestant teachings also Biblical, yes we acknowledge this truth, you can rejoice about it but remember, the father of lies when he tempted Jesus in the desert and the scribes and Pharisees were equally Biblical in the way they thought and reasoned.

On judgment day will my savior judge me on whether I followed “Catholic rites” (Rosary, having statues, pictures, novenas, praying to mother Mary and saints etc etc) or on whether I was a doer of His word? Will I be judged on whether I lived my life based on doctrines written by humans or by the word of God?

-You should first seek wisdom to understand and then seek wisdom to argue but of course to the right source and more so with a correct disposition and not with a rebellious spirit.

 

 

From this reasoning itself we see your affinity and movement towards Pelagianism- a heretical thought. You seem to communicate that praying and grace is of no significance but knowledge and works are more important for salvation and yet you will deny this truth about yourself because you do not realize that like people who walk in the sin of rebellion you will always walk in this duality and confusion of heart and mind. These tendencies are common with rebels like you.

If a no. of preachers are leaving the church (most have not but people like you have become self-appointed defenders of the faith and treat them as outcasts) after being seeped into the teachings of Jesus through the bible then what makes you right verses them?

-All biblical teachings based on the bible, quoted from the bible and supported by the bible are not biblical but could be satanic, so do not boast.

If a teaching is seemingly “Protestant”, does it have to be wrong?

-Was Satan right or wrong in his teachings based on scripture in the scene of the temptation?

Are only Catholics Christians?

-Yes, If they live faithfully by the catholic teachings then Yes.

Why is it if one does not agree with a part or point of “Catholicism” as you see it you immediately brand them (literally look down upon them) as “Pentecostals”. Almost as if rapists, drunkards, adulterers are okay but not these?

-Even now, I am not condemning a protestant, even though I mention them, many of them are doing a fantastic job of reaching out but there are protestants and ex- Catholic’s who need a rebuke for either trying to proselytise a good catholic or have been instruments of division in the church and spread all types of poison as if they know it all rather than be humble about their lack of knowledge of the Catholic faith.

Why is it that if someone questions what you say, you are quick to call that person as “having Pentecostals leanings”? Is it not healthy to ask questions? Does it not make that person a sincere seeker of the truth and that he / she does not want to be lukewarm?

-You are proving the foolishness for your acumen to understand and thus argue. There is a difference between the questionings of a sincere person and the questionings of the rebellious, who questions because he “knows it all” and only seeks to divide.

Why is it that most Catholic priest are unable to respond biblically to queries? (having grown among priest and nuns for whom I have the greatest of respect, I nevertheless often wonder what is it they study for so many years at the seminary – only how to minister the sacraments and the catholic doctrine?. Recently during Mass the priest in his sermon said the whole episode of Abraham taking son Isaac for sacrifice was fiction and only a story).

-The priest was wrong or may be the context was different but this is no reason to feel hurt and hold on to it -forgiveness and bitterness, but could have been an opportunity to correct and even gently rebuke him in love and with Christ’s wisdom. With this hurt you could even be condemning every priest and religious.

Once you study the bible, the amount of wrong preaching in sermons shocks you. So I ask who will be responsible for the wrong seeds planted?

-The Lord will judge them but has not given such judgment to us apart from his son and to those whom he will delegate on that day. Remember, the same holds for you: who will be responsible for he wrong seeds planted by you?

After centuries why is it that drinking, permissiveness etc associated with Catholics? Why is it that after sacraments like baptism, Holy Communion, confirmations are bestowed there are parties wherein drunkenness is the norm?

-You will see similar or even worse degrees of deterioration among the other denomination after the 1st generation of zealots have gone.

Isn’t it true that a lot of Catholics were leaving the church and it is only because of anointed lay persons and the charismatic group that there is now a revival in the church?

-No, do not boast in the anointing of sinful men, whether lay or priests but rather of God’s who pours on us his mercy and give us the Holy Spirit to transform His Church.  

Is the anointing of the Holy Spirit only the privilege of Catholics?

-Nor it is the privilege of the Protestants also! Do not restrict the activity of the Holy Spirit, Acts 10.

I am sorry, but for the life of me I cannot understand why you insist on causing division among Christians. I know you are doing it in all sincerity just as a Muslim or Hindu follows his faith but have you ever pondered you could be wrong, just as they are? Common Brother, let’s build up the body of Christ. Think UNITY. Stop pointing fingers just because it does come under the scope of your beliefs. Hold everything you believe against the word of God to check its truth. Sudhir Thapar

-Commendable job by Bro. Johnson. Evangelization and other activities must go on! Perhaps he would have contributed still more rather then divisiveness which is far more evil than good he does. Father XX

 

From:
Leya D’Souza
To:
‘prabhu’
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 1:37 PM

Subject: RE: A LETTER ON BEHALF OF BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA AND MY PROPOSED RESPONSE

Dear Prabu, Thanks for sharing this with me.

I would just like to add regarding your mail and possibly ask the people concerned – when this person has clearly stated that he does not believe in Catholic traditions and instituted practices and ashamed of being a Catholic, why does he insist on calling himself a Catholic and being catholic and not just a Christian?  I am sure he does that because being called Catholic gives him certain social benefits or he finds it easier to con people. The other thing is ask this person to visit the shrines of Mother Mary the world over and witness the doings of our Mother without any words and without her physical presence! The address of Bro Johnson is given as Wilson Manor which seems to be a hi-fi location to own a house…

Thanks Leya, BAHRAIN  

 

 

From:
prabhu
To:
frbritto@bccrs.org.in ; frbrittojacob@yahoo.com

Cc:
cavina@dataone.in; Archdiocese of Bangalore; archbishop@bangalorearchdiocese.com

Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 3:49 PM Subject: A LETTER ON BEHALF OF BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA AND MY RESPONSE TO IT. AND A RESPONSE FROM A PRIEST

KIND ATTENTION:

REV. FR. BRITTO JACOB, CSsR

ARCHBISHOP BERNARD MORAS OF BANGALORE

SR. ANGELINA, DSFS

This is also in reference to Rev. Fr. Britto Jacob’s letter dated 31.08.2009 [attached]* to Rev. Fr Samji MST of Stockholm, Sweden.

This support to Bro. Johnson is most regrettable when genuinely Catholic ministries are refused recognition.

Please read the 19-page document on Brother Johnson at my website www.ephesians-511.net:

http://www.ephesians-511.net/documents/BROJOHNSONSEQUEIRASWORDFAITHTHEOLOGYANDPROSPERITYGOSPEL.doc.

Every single letter written by his supporters to this ministry defended this preacher and they all show clearly that these followers of Brother Johnson are not genuine Catholics.

The test:

If the Archdiocese of Bangalore and its Proclamation and Evangelisation Commission and the Bangalore Service Team were to exhibit the rare moral courage to admit their error and withdraw recognition to the ministry of Bro. Johnson, he would still continue to operate privately and submit old letters of authorisation as he has in the past.

Johnson continues to ‘preach’ in cities where the Bishops have withdrawn recognition given to his ministry. 

Michael Prabhu CATHOLIC APOLOGIST, Chennai michaelprabhu@vsnl.net

[Letter dated September 22 from priest copied along with Sudhir’s letter and my response to it.]

 

From:
bgarchdi@bgl.vsnl.net.in
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 3:52 PM Subject: Re: A LETTER ON BEHALF OF BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA AND MY RESPONSE TO IT. ANDA RESPONSE FROM A PRIEST

Our E-Mail (bgarchdi@vsnl.com) is changed to archbishop@bangalorearchdiocese.com

THE ABOVE EMAIL SHOWS THAT MY LETTER WAS RECEIVED BY THE ARCHBISHOP WHO HOWEVER DID NOT RESPOND

 

*COMMISSION FOR PROCLAMATION AND EVANGELISATION (Archdiocese of Bangalore)

Chairman: Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Britto Jacob, C Ss R

Joint Secretary: Sr. Angelina, DSFS

31.8.09

Dear Rev. Fr. Samji mst,

Warm Greetings from Bangalore, India!

This is with reference to your email regarding Bro. Johnson who has been invited by you to conduct a Retreat at Stockholm, Sweden. He is an active Lay Preacher and has conducted Retreats in various Parishes, Schools and Colleges. Many have been Blessed by his Ministry.

For the past few months, he has been working under the Bangalore Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (BCCRS) & the Proclamation Committee of the Archdiocese of Bangalore. His residential address here is Wilson Manor Pearl, D-305 Wilson Garden, 13th Cross Road, Bangalore, but he & his family have Business establishments in Mumbai.

He has a powerful conversion experience of Jesus and we appreciate Br. Johnson Sequeira’s unstirring zeal and passion in proclaiming & teaching the Word of God.

I would appreciate if a written feedback could be given to the Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras and a copy marked to me, after the Mission, which I have also conveyed to Bro. Johnson.

I Pray & Wish for a Great Spiritual success for your forthcoming Mission in your Cathedral Parish.

Your Brother in Christ

Sd/- Fr. Britto Jacob C. Ss. R

Secretary, Proclamation & Evangelization Commission

Cc: Archbishop of Bangalore, Johnson Sequeira

 

From:
prabhu
To:
frbrittojacob@yahoo.com ; frbritto@bccrs.org.in

Cc:
Archdiocese of Bangalore ; archbishop@bangalorearchdiocese.com

Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 4:45 PM Subject: THOMAS PULICKAL: ONE MORE EX-CATHOLIC MINISTERING IN BANGALORE AT CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS

KIND ATTENTION:

REV. FR. BRITTO JACOB, CSsR

ARCHBISHOP BERNARD MORAS OF BANGALORE

Dear Fr Britto and Archbishop Bernard Moras,

 

 

I have been informed that one Thomas Pulickal from Irinjalakuda, Kerala, has been ministering to Catholics in the Archdiocese of Bangalore. Some of them will be attending his “Basic Retreat” at Irinjalakuda from October 12 to 20, 2009, Rs 500 for 8 days inclusive of all meals and accommodation.

I understand that one of his Bangalore meetings was conducted at the Redemptorists’ Nava Spoorthi Kendra, in one of the classrooms, on August 30, 2009. I am also informed that a Catholic approached one of the Redemptorist priests and requested him to come and hear the error being taught, but the priest refused to oblige and the session was conducted without any problem.

Some of the errors being taught by Thomas Pulickal in the words of a person who wrote to me about the incident:

“He’s going around preaching a ‘new gospel’, the gospel of the Second Coming of Jesus. This person says that the Catholic Church is going to hell. Jesus will come as a man and people will not recognize him. Jesus will individually judge every person on meeting him, Jesus will not preach as he did when he appeared the first time. This time others will preach for him. The prophets Daniel, Elijah, Samuel, Noah, Job, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah will come in fact they are already on the way and will soon come reveal themselves. Why go to mass on Sunday? Why go to confession? They are not necessary for salvation.

Pulickal says that he was in a seminary [Salesian?] for 14 years.

God told him to leave the seminary and preach to the people about his imminent Second Coming. 

Pulickal says that he has no earthly authority and doesn’t need authorization from any Bishop. He gives St. Paul and Jesus as examples!!! He’s supposed to be Catholic and the people attending were all Catholics! When I broached him on the above, this guy became violent in speech… Many who attended told me later that they were confused about the Church after hearing his talks…

Dear Fr Britto and Archbishop Bernard Moras,

I sincerely hope that you will acknowledge this letter and do the needful to ensure that the faithful of Bangalore Archdiocese are protected from sheep-stealers like Thomas Pulickal.

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

Catholic apologist, Chennai www.ephesians-511.net
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net

 

From: <bgarchdi@bgl.vsnl.net.in> To: <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 4:45 PM Subject: Re: THOMAS PULICKAL: ONE MORE EX-CATHOLIC MINISTERING IN BANGALORE AT CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS

Our E-Mail (bgarchdi@vsnl.com) is changed to archbishop@bangalorearchdiocese.com

THE ABOVE EMAIL SHOWS THAT MY LETTER WAS RECEIVED BY THE ARCHBISHOP WHO HOWEVER DID NOT RESPOND

 

From:
Godwin
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Friday, October 09, 2009 2:39 AM Subject: Hi

Hi, I was going through the internet and came across some mails sent by you regarding Bro. Johnson Sequeira’s ministry.

Could you shed some light on it?

Are we as catholics allowed to preach the gospel or not?

Are we supposed to follow the Bible or not?

I am a little confused at this point. I have’nt found any problems with his teachings. It’s nice. God bless

From:
prabhu
To:
Godwin
Sent: Friday, October 09, 2009 8:26 AM Subject: Re: Hi

Dear Godwin, I thank you for writing. I can reply to you only as a Catholic apologist, but I am not judging you.

Catholics have “preached the Gospel” since the time of the Apostles. Why do you doubt that?

Protestants have preached their own interpretations of the Gospel since the 15th century. The result is a multiplicity of gospels, each claiming to be the true one. There can only be one truth. And one Church.

Presuming that you are Catholic, you are supposed to “follow the Bible” as interpreted by the magisterium of the Catholic Church.

If Johnson’s or anyone else’s teachings are different even in the slightest interpretation, they have got to be incomplete, incorrect, or even false. Signs and wonders, healings and even conversions, need not necessarily be the authentic working of the Holy Spirit if they do not serve to build up the Body of Christ by resulting in obedience to the teachings of the Bishops who derive their authority from the Vicar of Christ on earth, instead of bringing division in it. I want to avoid quoting Scripture at you to prove my point.

“Nice” teachings need not necessarily be correct teachings.

The only way to differentiate is to have a thorough grounding in Catholic apologetics.

Love and prayers, God bless you. Michael

 

From:
swaroop.thapar@gmail.com
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net

Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 6:28 PM Subject: questions

Praise the Lord I have seen an article on Brother Johnson Sequeira, Please could you explain to me why I should not attend his preaching. He is a catholic and preaches word of god like any layperson who is led by the holyspirit and we are all baptized to preach the word of god.  Swaroop Thapar

From:
prabhu
To:
Swaroop Thapar
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 8:01 PM Subject: Re: questions

Then, dear brother Swaroop, you are most welcome to exercise your freedom of choice and attend his preaching. Michael

[I wonder who SWAROOP Thapar is, after SUDHIR Thapar, see pages 20 ff- Michael]

 

 

 

From:
Filiberto Chavez
To:
lenatabaabel@yahoo.com ; ogoniman@yahoo.com ; delrymon@yahoo.co.uk ; rosedanesewich@hotmail.com ; jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk ; michaelprabhu@vsnl.net ; pastornorth@hotmail.com

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 3:46 PM Subject: Fw: Prayer Request

From:
Filiberto Chavez
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net ; stegerad@yahoo.co.in ; gerad@jeevan.info

Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 4:05 AM Subject: Fw: Prayer Request

From:
prabhu
To:
Filiberto Chavez; Gerad Stewart ; gerad@jeevan.info ; Cc:
lenatabaabel@yahoo.com ; ogoniman@yahoo.com ; delrymon@yahoo.co.uk ; rosedanesewich@hotmail.com ; Joe Pereira ; pastornorth@hotmail.com

Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 7:58 AM Subject: Re: Prayer Request

Dear Filiberto Chavez, I thought that I had asked you exactly two months ago to please unsubscribe me from your list!?! See my earlier email below.

How come you are connected with as diverse a group as Fr Joe Pereira, a priest who is yoga practitioner and disciple of BKS Iyengar
[jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk], Sri Lankan preacher Dr. Delryne Wanigaratne [delrymon@yahoo.co.uk], a pastor [pastornorth@hotmail.com], AND Gerad, one of the key persons of Johnson Sequeira’s team
[stegerad@yahoo.co.in; gerad@jeevan.info]? I am certainly in the company of variety, but I would like to be excluded please. Regards, Michael Prabhu

BRO. JOHNSON SEQUEIRA’S ‘WORD FAITH’ THEOLOGY AND ‘PROSPERITY’ GOSPEL

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/BRO_JOHNSON%20SEQUEIRA_S_WORD%20FAITH_THEOLOGY%20AND_PROSPERITY_%20GOSPEL.doc

KRIPA FOUNDATION _WCCM_LETTERS TO THE BISHOPS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/KRIPA%20FOUNDATION%20_WCCM_LETTERS%20TO%20THE%20BISHOPS.doc

KRIPA FOUNDATION_WCCM

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/KRIPA%20FOUNDATION_WCCM.doc

www.ephesians-511.net

PS. When I copied and pasted your mail of today into my archives, all the words “Satan” and “Demons” alone automatically switched from font size 10 to size 12!!!!! Michael Prabhu

 

Suspect Lay Preachers

http://www.dioceseofmangalore.org/default.asp

 

To Rev. Parish Priests/Religious/Deacons and Lay faithful,
It has been brought to my notice that an alarming number of suspect lay preachers have started preaching, in public places like rented halls, Hotels, and private homes. They claim, that they have healing power, secret knowledge, and visions. They attract people through websites, advertisements and some of them by telecasting their services though TV channels. People who have gone to them were deceived, mislead and a large majority of them have lost their faith and left the Catholic Church.
I also understand that these are the signs of the times which reveal many things. Positively it shows that our people have a strong desire for the Word of God. But it is unfortunate that our people are deprived of an authentic and genuine instructions and Catecheses on the Word of God. Our homilies and sermons have become superficial, routine and monotonous.
Hence I appeal to all Priests, Religious and Deacons to give prime importance to the mission of preaching the Word of God. Upgrade your knowledge on the Scriptures; equip with latest techniques and ways of communicating skills on the Word of God, give sufficient time to prepare your homilies; make relevant the Word of God to your congregation through your life and deeds. You must take all the pains and efforts and make use of all the opportunities in preaching the Word of God in the Small Christian Communities in particular and to the Children, youth and elders of your parish and communities at large.
I wish to bring to your notice the following teaching of the Church regarding the ministry of preaching:
1. As regards other forms of preaching, if necessity demands it in particular circumstances, or if usefulness suggests it in special cases, lay members of Christ’s faithful may be allowed to preach in a church or in an oratory outside Mass in accordance with the norm of law.[261] This may be done only on account of a scarcity of sacred ministers in certain places, in order to meet the need, and it may not be transformed from an exceptional measure into an ordinary practice, nor may it be understood as an authentic form of the advancement of the laity.[262] All must remember besides that the faculty for giving such permission belongs to the local Ordinary, and this as regards individual instances; this permission is not the competence of anyone else, even if they are Priests or Deacons. (Redemptionis Sacramentum) [261] Cf. ibidem, can. 766. [262] Cf. Congregation for the Clergy et al., Instruction, Ecclesiae de mysterio, Practical Provisions, art. 2 §§ 3-4: AAS 89 (1997) p. 865.
2. The Homily should be ordinarily be given by the priest celebrant. He may entrust it to a priest or, according to circumstances also at times to a deacon, but never to a lay person. (General Instructions to the Roman Missal, no. 66, 2002)
+ Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza
Bishop of Mangalore
[From the Bishop’s Circular, April 2011] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KonkaniCatholics/message/24443

 

 

 

MORE SELECTED CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING JOHNSON SEQUEIRA’S MINISTRY

 

The unsolicited letter below, from L.D., clearly gives evidence that Bro. Johnson Sequeira sources Protestant teachings — in this case Abundant Grace Ministries/Coastwide Church and Alexander Ministries — for his ministry to Catholics.

From:
L.D.
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 7:18 PM

Subject: Fw: A Tale of Two Sisters Part X

Dear Prabhu, 

U must be knowing that Bro Johnson has his own website and posts daily thoughts which are mainly taken from other ministries on the internet. The person I mentioned* posts these mails to our cfc mailing list and insists on doing this. I found this by searching the net. Below are some of the details I had sent to this individual to convince him, but did not work. This is for your info.   *Gerad Stewart

www.alexanderministriesinternational.org  – this is Bro Johnson’s main {source} website which he uses to get his info. I think he is using the internet to the best of his advantage. His website is updated everyday and his website domain is hosted by a US based company and registered till 2011 or 2012. This must be costing a lot of money as well.

Details earlier sent to our colleague {who is} posting bro Johnson’s mails:

U can download the below from this link from the website. It is the same matter below. I spent some time checking these posts and some things from the website on the web. I think Bro JS is making the best use of the world wide web in his preachings.

1.
Getting a Hold of Your Emotions http://www.agachurch.org/SiteFiles/102060/Content/documents/healing_for_my_feelings.doc

http://www.coastwidechurch.com/sermons/text/24-transform-your-thinking-transform-your-life-4.html

File Format:
Microsoft Word – View as HTML
(E-Motion); If Satan can get you to have the wrong emotions, he’ll be able to move you in a direction that is out of the will of God for your life. …



2.
Being Led by the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit has been sent to lead …

http://alexanderministriesinternational.org/PDF%20Articles/Being%20Led%20by%20the%20Holy%20Spirit.pdf

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – View as HTML (2 Corinthians 4:16, AMP). 5. Being born again does not take place through the flesh, but through your spirit (John 3:3-6).

—– Original Message —– From:
JCIL. Ministries
To:
stegerad@yahoo.co.in

Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2009 1:26 AM Subject: A Tale of Two Sisters Part X

 

From:
R o o s e….
disisroose@rediffmail.com
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 3:47 PM Subject: bro johnson

dear bro prabu the peace of christ be with you
i just happened to go through your articles about bro johnson I just wanna say that just as you have a calling on your life to serve and spread the love of Christ Bro Johnson also does, just feel like you have no rights to judge anyone .
Bro .. Get back to the bible God a a god of love .. spead it .. I’m sure jesus want be to happy with your article. Praying for you Much love Roose

 

From:
savio rodrigues
saviochris@yahoo.co.in; To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Cc:
bgarchdi@bgl.vsnl.net.in ; archbishop@bangalorearchdiocese.com; frbritto@bccrs.org.in ; frbrittojacob@yahoo.com ; bishoplw@hotmail.com ; bishmysore@rediffmail.com ; lfwhite@jcilm.com ; alredf@yahoo.com
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:36 PM Subject: Praise be to God alone.

Dear All Con,

I am Roman Catholic, not a preacher but I love to surf on topic that also helps me come closer to God each day. After reading this article {on Bro Johnson Sequeira} I was a bit disturb as we you all are followers of God then why all this divisions its doesn’t matter what denominations we are at the end its Father Son and Holy Spirit We all severe worship praise adore and bless the name of the Lord who is most High. 

Matthew 7:4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?

Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

Mark 3:24  Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

So brothers  and sisters in Christ Jesus lets not debate on this but serve all just keeping Jesus in mind and whoever does wrong let God be the judge as no human has that authority on earth but God alone.

It is my Peace I gave you and not of the world, Jesus Said so with this Hope you all have peace and forgive one another with allegations as Forgiveness is a key to blessing for one and all of us. Savio

From:
prabhu
To:
savio rodrigues
Cc:
Arch bishop moras ; binny.john@wipro.com ; frbritto@bccrs.org.in ; frbrittojacob@yahoo.com ; bishoplw@hotmail.com ; Mysore Bishop ; lfwhite@jcilm.com ; alredf@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2:52 PM Subject: Re: Praise be to God alone.

 

 

 

Dear Savio,

1. If you are truly a Roman Catholic and know your Bible and the Catechism, you would also know that Jesus Christ instituted just One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. So, it DOES matter “what denominations we are“, to quote you. Jesus has just ONE Bride.

2. When you selectively quote from Matthew 7, you misunderstand the meaning of “judging others“.

It might help you if you would read my compilation cum article:

DEFENDING OUR_FAITH–CONSCIENCE AND OBEDIENCE–SPEAKING PROPHETICALLY OR JUDGING OTHERS

DEFENDING OUR FAITH – CONSCIENCE AND OBEDIENCE – SPEAKING PROPHETICALLY OR JUDGING OTHERS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/DEFENDING_OUR_FAITH-CONSCIENCE_AND_OBEDIENCE-SPEAKING_PROPHETICALLY_OR_JUDGING_OTHERS.doc

God bless you, Michael Prabhu,

Catholic apologist

Savio has marked copies of his letter to the innermost circle of the JCIL [Jesus Christ is Lord] Ministries team:
lfwhite@jcilm.com!
Alred alredf@yahoo.com [Cell:
9763819515] is Johnson Sequeira’s IMMEDIATE contact, see http://www.jcilm.info/jcilm_contact_information.php!!

When Savio is evidently already a follower of Johnson, why does he have to resort to subterfuge?

In his response, below, he addresses me as “pastor”. He introduced himself as “Roman Catholic”. No true Roman Catholic — unless he is Protestant-influenced — would address a Catholic apologist as “pastor”.

From:
savio rodrigues
To:
prabhu
Cc:
lfwhite@jcilm.com ; alredf@yahoo.com

Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 9:51 PM Subject: Re: Praise be to God alone.

Dear Pastor, thanks for the reply, I wish you all the best with your matter against Bro Johnson, and at the same time I will be attending his prayer service one of this days let me see what u say if its true. Savio

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7 replies

  1. Dear Sir,

    Going through your many correspondences to Bishops and many other People , I feel that you are obscessed by your own feeling that you are the superior authority in everything regarding the CHURCH and there is a lot of hatred in your heart.

    Please do not try to divide Christ’s Body by spreading the hatred. If you say that by just getting baptized an getting a christian name, One will be saved, Christs suffering becomes meaningless. My observation is that many of the catholic traditions and practices make an average catholic satisfied with his worldly life. Even many Hindus live a better moral life than an average Catholic. If the doctrins and teachings and practices of our church was enough, this world would have been a heaven in itself. Again I stress an average Hindu is better person than an average catholic. Obedience is the best virtue but that alone will not take you into heaven. If the HOly spirit is not active in the church that is dead church because H.S is the motive force in the church, Even at creation He was moving over the formless earth (may be for billions of years) to make it ordered and inhabitable. In baptism and confirmation of the church if the H.S is truely poured out every average catholic would have been a saint.

    You are a true representative of the Pharisee of Christ’s time because you think that your understandings, thoughts and attitudes are the ultimate truth. Rather than spreading the gospel of love please do not spread the hatred and throw the stones at those who spread the Gospel of love. Christ, who is the author of this amazingly vast universe, left all HIS glory at the Father’s feet, and came to this earth as the poorest among the poor only to bear all the sins of the world , did tht only out of HIS LOVE for the sinners. It is the duty of you and me to spread this love, the AGAPE love, not hatred.

    What Johnson does is that spreading Christ’s love. He is full of this love., that is why there are innumerable miracles happening during his teachings. I do not say that everything he teaches is perfectly right., but I can see that agape love in his teachings.

    So my humble request to you is this brother; please ponder over your motives while criticizing others whether it is making or breaking.

    with love,

    Sebastian

    • Dear Sebastian,
      This blog is not owned by Michael Prabhu. Please write your query to michaelprabhu@vsnl.net

      • I believe that Br Johnson, has been a very good preacher, I have heard him on many occasions, He help to get in to the reality of bible in our life, and how to live the word of God in our life. As being a Catholic by birth what I have got from the Church is the the touch of Jesus, and here He is trying to give the fullness of Jesus and helping us to live to word of God.
        I have found him a very good and a strong preacher where he applies the word of God and teaches us to live the word of God in our day to day life. Let us not judge people because they are not submitting to the authority but instead let us see the fruit. if the man of God carries good fruits and is able to guide others to bear good fruit than why stop such activities.
        I praise and Thank God for Br Johnson and ask God to send some more preachers like him in our Catholic community so that we can stop sleeping and start evangelizing which is our basis need and our requirement.

        Regards,
        Edward.

        • Dear Edward,

          Johnson Sequeira is, according to you, preaching the Word of God. According to us, he is NOT. He is preaching his own false, wrong, distorted interpretations of the Word of God, and fooling a lot of people. The problem is that most Catholics are completely ignorant of what is meant when using the phrase “Word of God”. For Protestants, “Word of God”means the Bible. It is the same for Mr. Johnson and his uncatechised followers. And as with Protestants, Mr Johnson interprets the Bible verses to suit the itching ears of his fans and his own ends.

          For Catholics, the Word of God is the Bible PLUS Tradition. The interpretation of the Bible in genuine Catholic preaching should not conflict with the teachings of the Early Church Fathers and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. When Mr. Johnson starts using the Catechism, the Compendium, the YouCat, Vatican Documents and Encyclicals, etc. and teaching CATHOLIC apologetics, then our blog and related web site can consider declaring his teachings to be Catholic and safe for us to give ear to.

          Finally, people who do not themselves know the Catechism will never be able to discern error in the preaching of individuals like Mr. Johnson.

          As a mater of fact, if any Catholic really knew his or her catechism and apologetics he or she would not even waste a minute of his or her precious time sitting before men like Mr. Johnson who really know abysmally little of the Catholic Faith.

          Most of his interpretations, dramatics, words and gestures are what one will find coming from Protestant televangelists and prosperity gospel preachers.

          We pray that you will equip yourself with good, sound Catholic teaching as explained above. Healing and prosperity according to God’s will and plan are freely and abundantly available in the Sacraments and ministry of the Church including from certain retreat centres and preachers who communicate what the Catholic Church teaches.

  2. i also could see lots of misrepresentation by few people like some remarked here… preaching is free for all irrespective of who he is… so lets not stop people who preach.. who ever and what ever they preach they preach “word of God” from bible. if church thinks only they have authority, then they follow devils steps more than a god. God never told that only priest can preach and if you go by bible, god or Jesus they chose the different people as their disciples and none of them were priest..

    So pls stop this rubbish blaming the preachers, if you have concern pls stand up with word of god and do good for society by preaching gods word rather blaming the people who does gods will.

    I request no christian community to go against any preachers without attending the prayers and knowing what they preach… rather support word of god and do good for the people of earth.

    And in regard to Br. Johnson, he is one of the best preacher ever i seen, mistakes will happen from all, but god will stand by them to recover out of it.

    Praise the lord.

  3. I agree. Johnson has reached out to many people .He preaches the Word of God and all his statements are supported by verses from the Bible.Leading one to Jesus I’m sure is not a crime.He does not preach prosperity Bible. Those who look with jaundiced eyes will continue to do so , unless treated.So let’s pray for them.If you think Johnson is wrong let us pray for him too instead of being judgmental.

    • Dear Suma,

      Johnson Sequeira is, according to you, preaching the Word of God. According to us, he is NOT. He is preaching his own false, wrong, distorted interpretations of the Word of God, and fooling a lot of people. The problem is that most Catholics are completely ignorant of what is meant when using the phrase “Word of God”. For Protestants, “Word of God”means the Bible which you say that Johnson quotes. It is the same not only for Johnson but also for his uncatechised followers. And as with Protestants, Mr Johnson interprets the Bible verses to suit the itching ears of his fans and his own ends.

      For Catholics, the Word of God is the Bible PLUS Tradition. The interpretation of the Bible in genuine Catholic preaching should not conflict with the teachings of the Early Church Fathers and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. When Mr. Johnson starts using the Catechism, the Compendium, the YouCat, Vatican Documents and Encyclicals, etc. and teaching CATHOLIC apologetics, then our blog and related web site can consider declaring his teachings to be Catholic and safe for us to give ear to.

      Finally, people who do not themselves know the Catechism will never be able to discern error in the preaching of individuals like Mr. Johnson.

      As a mater of fact, if any Catholic really knew his or her catechism and apologetics he or she would not even waste a minute of his or her precious time sitting before men like Mr. Johnson who really know abysmally little of the Catholic Faith.

      Most of his interpretations, dramatics, words and gestures are what one will find coming from Protestant televangelists and prosperity gospel preachers.

      If at all he leads anyone to Jesus, it is a Jesus of his own making, not the Jesus of the apostolic Catholic Church.

      We pray that you will equip yourself with good, sound Catholic teaching as explained above. Healing and prosperity according to God’s will and plan are freely and abundantly available in the Sacraments and ministry of the Church including from certain retreat centres and preachers who communicate what the Catholic Church teaches.

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