Unimpressed Pinoys Call Out a Church Group’s Viral Video for ‘Guilt Tripping’
Oct 19, 2023   •   Meryl Medel
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Oct 19, 2023   •   Meryl Medel
Pinoys are calling out a certain church group on social media after their video went viral for seemingly “guilt tripping” a former member. Here’s what happened.
A video is making rounds online featuring a group of churchgoers mocking an unnamed person for what they deem to be shortcomings in the person’s faith and loyalty to the church. Here’s what the group said in verbatim:
“Dito tayo, dito tayo. Itong taong ‘to, ang sabi niya: lilipat lang daw siya ng church. [heckling] Hindi naman daw siya mawawala kay Lord. [heckling] Mag-de-devotion pa rin naman daw siya. [heckling] Mag-pe-pray pa rin naman daw siya. [heckling] Lilipat lang naman daw siya ng church. [heckling] Hindi naman daw siya mag-ba-backslide. [heckling] Beh, matatapos na 2023, ano nangyari? [heckling]”
As of writing, the video originally posted on TikTok has garnered 940k views while the repost on X amassed 6.5 million views.
It goes without saying that netizens were displeased and disappointed. Many went on social media to criticize the group of churchgoers and emphasize that they should not be putting down others for their differing beliefs and approach to their faith. Pinoys pointed out the distasteful “guilt-tripping” in the video.
“This is what I mean when I say religious people are more successful in driving people AWAY from God than bringing them closer to Him,” one X user lamented.
“Marami talagang churchgoers na walang self-awareness na sila yung rason kung bakit umaalis mga tao sa simbahan,” another agreed.
“Yung tagapagligtas mo, iiwan ang tupa para hanapin ang isang naliligaw pero yung ibang tupa, itutulak yung kapwa sa bangin,” said another.
Other Pinoys advised people to leave their churches if these are types of folks they will be encountering: “You don’t need to explain your faith to anyone, much less to people who can’t mind their own business or shame you for not worshipping the exact same way they do.”
“You can be a Christian and not agree with this approach. It’s these kinds of people who give Christianity a bad rap,” posted one X user.
Another surmised that this type of exclusionary content may be one of the reasons why some churchgoers leave congregations: “Media team in churches, sana po careful kayo in creating content. Instead of leading people to Christ through social media, yung ganitong content could drive people away!”
Meanwhile, this netizen pointed out that such behavior is why some church groups don’t grow further. “They tend to hold on to each other too much na going to church becomes more of an obligation rather than a way praising the Lord,” read the post.
Other TikTok users have also responded to the original video using the platform’s Stitch and Duet features, with many emphasizing that churches should be about healing and not shaming or mocking.
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