In my last entry post, a couple of commenters either misunderstood Kiko or perhaps they want to justify their demonizing. This is what Kiko Arguello said about "Judases", (the bold is mine):
“Finally, there is a third circle, a third group of brothers and sisters, those who live a lie, who have always lied to themselves. , enslaving them. Not necessarily because they are wicked, or due to any fault of their own, but perhaps for some reason or other that we will not investigate. Maybe these are the richest people, humanly speaking, the most intellectually gifted. (Judas was perhaps the brightest of the apostles, which is why he kept the purse … ) . This mission is very important because, If you are called to be Jesus Christ, Each of you here will have your hour. Your life is in function of assuming an hour. Jesus Christ was waiting for his hour to arrive and one day he said: My hour has come (see Jn 12:23). I hope that one day all of you will be able to say the same: My hour has come, the hour to give testimony of Jesus, the hour to be raised up, the hour in which the Father will be glorified in you. All Christians are called by God to take on this hour.
When that day arrives, these people will have the mission of killing you, of destroying you. Fundamentally, they live dominated by the devil because they have never been loved. To be able to love himself and other people, a man needs to be loved. These people do not listen to your reasons; they do not recognize the Spirit. They say it’s all too angelic and a form of alienation which provides you with an excuse never to have to lift a finger to do anything. The only way for these brothers and sisters to be saved is for the Church to give her blood for them, the blood of Christians, which is the blood of Jesus Christ. They will kill you and you will give your blood for them, as St. Stephen gave his blood for those who stoned him. In that way, they can all be saved.”
First of all, Kiko called "Judases" our "brothers and sisters" because they are either Catholics like us or non-Christians made in God's image and likeness like all humanity. Kiko also recognized that the "Judases" are important for our salvation. He said that if we are called to Christ, we must have our Judas. Many in the jungle, on the other hand, do not call us brothers and sisters. In fact, they do not even recognize us as "Catholics". They label the NCW as "evil cult", "the devil", or just plain "evil." While Kiko say that it is important to have the "Judases" and that we should have them in our midst, some junglefolks have expressed that they do not want the NCW in their midst and out of their church building.
Second of all, Kiko never said that the "Judases" are evil or even the devil. He stated: , enslaving them. Not necessarily because they are wicked, or due to any fault of their own,...." Kiko recognized that Satan is the enemy who enslaves our brothers and sisters. Kiko goes on to say that the Judases are NOT wicked, and he did not fault them for anything. He recognized that their life is dominated by Satan because they have never been loved. In the NCW, we are taught that the enemy is NOT the person who persecutes you. The enemy is Satan, who can enslave us and convince us to do wrong things. Satan is not human, and is the enemy of both God and man.
Finally, Kiko stated that the "Judases" can be saved if we give our life up for them just as Christ gave up His life to redeem all mankind. To the brothers walking in the Way....this means that we should live our life the way Christ did. Christ loved all sinners that He gave His life so that sinners can be saved. We should follow in His footsteps. We should also love the "Judases" and give our life for them so that they can also be saved. We follow the way of the cross.
1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.