G12 churches & Leo Carlos Panlilio

  • I have no choice but bring this public rebuke to a very dangerous and demonic teaching in the Church today. It has done untold damage to the harvest in the Philippines. It is known as the G12 vision or G12 churches. Part of what these churches preach is being in a cell group will save you.

César Castellanos is a pastor in Columbia. He claims to have a vision from the Spirit of God. He did not. What he did was visit Souel, South Korea and saw the Yoido Full Gospel Church and their emphasis on cell ministry. It took that and added a new level of heresy on top of it and that become the G12 churches we know today.


How it came to the Philippines is not completely clear but what I know, I will tell you. A pastor from Arizona, Rich Witmer went to Columbia and came back and made Generations Church in Yuma, Arizona into several g12 churches. At some point, he traveled to the Philippines and did conferences on church growth and in one of them met Leo Carlo Panlilio, pastor of Destiny Church in Quezon City.

 

Introduction to g12 churches and  Carlos Panlilio

Panlilio openly brianwashes people and is very proud of the fact. To be honest, my introduction to g12 churches only came because word are flying around that Leo Carlo Panlilio had publically attacked me from the pulpit over my position on revival and freedom from abusive leadership.

At one point, I had some discussion with him on Facebook and found out he was pretending to be me on Friendster, and emailed Joel Comiskey under my name attacking him. He also emailed pastors all over the Philippines attacking our renewal meetings. Joel is a good guy. He believes differently on missiology but I still respect him.


December 2009 it reached its height. Panlilio and a few other pastor had rallied together against me and the renewal meetings because I refused to include brianwashing into the mix. I do know at one point there was a meeting to try and destroy me, my meetings and my ministry. At the head of the meetings was Leo Carlo Panlilio and Chito Sanchez. It seems that Chito’s issue was something personal and that I did not believe that revival is about pastors but the Holy Spirit.

At a renewal meeting, I publically rebuked pastors for their rebellion to God and if any pastor was a real man of God, join me to speak on the streets on Tondo. After all, Jesus came to minister to the lowest of society. Shortly after that, emails were coming that these pastors had rallied against me.


Panlilio was the biggest concern. He went as far as to tell me if he ever met me, he would “kick my ass” and he would beat me senseless. I love Jesus and I know turning the other cheek is the thing to do but my American military side of me said “bring it!”

It was at this point that I realized that I had hit a nerve in alot of pastors about these g12 churches and I needed to dig deeper and find out what exactly it is, why they were so aggressive, and if it was a cult or not.

G12 churches are cults!

As I digged into it, I called an old evangelist friend of mine that does massive crusades in Colombia and talked to him about it. He confirmed that is was a cult and many in the evangelism arm of Christianity consider César Castellanos to dangerous to the Great Commission. In June 2010, I made a trip to preach in a gospel crusade in Colombia. I needed to see these g12 churches up close.

What I found was churches that develop an unhealthy heiracty of man worship that is a complete misunderstanding of the New Testament and of the United States military than they base alot of the “chain of command” on. The chain is there in the military but you are not required to blindly obey someone just because they have brass and you don’t. Questioning authority is allowing in the military. Many that never served do not understand this.


Around this time, I came in contact with a Gunnery Sergent from the United States Marine Corp that was very concerned about g12 churches as well. His concern was not the abusive leadership as much as these pastors like Leo Carlo Panlilio that was blackmailing people out of their whole paychecks and blaming them for not giving enough to the pastors.

Finally, I sit down with a friend who was a pastor that was using the g12 churches as a model and we openly discuss the issues. I knew him from bible college and he was someone level headed and did not blindly follow any teaching. He had a bright mind.

He confirmed that many of the issues was there, that he had met with Castellanos and left with questions. He used the system limited and did so because of the area he was in is very relational. Mass Evangelism and illustrated sermons would not work.

Get in a cell or go to hell

These were the words of Leo Carlo Panlilio to me in 2009 and it is exactly what is concerning to me. Being in a cell group is not a requirement of the Lord Jesus. He wants you to win souls and release the Kingdom of God, not have cell groups and worship a pastor. This is especially true for a man that uses the pesos of poor Filipinos to vacation in Palawan at five star resorts and drive his Harley Davidson around.

Jesus never called anyone to a cell group, a house church or even church at all. In fact, the concept of church as we know it in the Philippines is based on what the Spanish brought here in the 1500’s; the Book of Acts talks nothing about cell group or Cathedrals. All of it was added later. It was centuries later too.


The will of God is that you are born again, filled with the Holy Spirit, are full of the joy of the Lord, and you give away that joy everywhere you go. Anything else is added to the will of God and His plan for you. When you make a cell group an added requirement, you are adding to God and the bible says adding to God’s will and Word will make you a recipient for judgement in your life.

A special note to Filipinos

History is full of times that a failure to follow the demands of a leader would result in being beaten, enslaved, raped or even killed. Any questioning of leadership would land you in jail or paraded to Rizal Park to be shot to death. Blind obedience would provide you a longer life and having more of a quality of life as well. Colonization is over. Martial law is over. You can now openly question leadership. It is the beauty of living in a Republic.

If you have believed into the lie of G12 churches, there is freedom for you. Leave this cult as quickly as you can, find a church that believes in freedom, and is not trying to become its own denomination in the process.

Special Note

I was “poked” by Carlos and saw the status that is his “story,” Here is what is true about what he said.

  • I have not met him face to face that I am aware of.
  • He did make threats to me on Yahoo messager and Facebook.
  • He did tell me “get in a cell or go to hell.”
  • He is against mass evangelism
  • He did partner with Chito in a demonic alignment to destroy me.
  • Joel Comiskey did reach out to me after he emailed Joel using my name.
  • He did use my name to “warn” people on Friendster.
  • My ex girlfriend did contact him for some hate mail.





Now for what I did not say and why I spoke out now, seven years (not nine) after the fact.

  • I did not say I met with César Castellanos. I could have if needed but no need for it. A friend of mine has met him.
  • I am not against Destiny Church in Quezon City. I have no reason to be.
  • The leader of Generations Church is very dangerous. A whole website is set up to deal with that.
  • I do attend a church in Makati City close to my house. I do not worship my pastor and will rebuke him as needed.

Why have I spoken up now? I recently wrote an article about pastors that abuse the people that worship with them on Sunday. Here is the article. About a dozen Filipinos ask me what I thought of the G12 movement. I thought it would be good to address it as I see it. I talked about Carlos because he is one of the main leaders involved and the only person I had contact with.

My “home church” (I hardly believe in home churches as we worship the Holy Spirit) is in Missouri. My pastor shared many of the same views from his experiences in South America. He has seen this article.


About paying for the boost: it is peanuts. I paid P100 for it. I do this a few times a week. Recently, I boosted my article on William Seymour as well. That is not uncommon.

46 Comments on "G12 churches & Leo Carlos Panlilio"

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  • I dont believe that G12 churches are a cult or demonic. Im sorry if people have mis represented the vision. I agree with you description of Rich WItmer and Carlo Panlilio. I cant even call them pastors anymore. They make me sick. Their posts on facebook approves that they are war freaks. They are REBELS. Instead of being a good example to the people, there they are fighting every person in facebook. AH i cant even tell you. Haaaaaay.

    • and please, it’s not the g12’s fault whatever hate you have for Carlo or Rich. They are not even fully loyal to the G12 PH anymore. SO spare G12 Vision from your hate.

      • Better go back to the Bible pal and see what it really says. Do not jump into anything relevant to what you want, or what is your personal desires, but rather what the Bible wants you to be, or what it desires you to be. It is the plan of the Lord to us. Do not rely on the messages from the fake mentoring of G12 pastors, or the conferences they held almost every month. The Bottom line of all these conferences is money. They want to collect your money, and declaring that it will produce blessing. It is a big big heresy. It is Prosperity Gospel. Cesar Castellanos is the master of it, and it orchestrated by Oriel. How he became Bishop by the way? He declared himself? In G12 lots of people are declaring themselves as pastors, and pastoras. Another False teaching…

    • My understanding is Witmer is now divorcing his wife.

  • I dont believe that G12 churches are a cult or demonic. Im sorry if people have mis represented the vision. I agree with you description of Rich WItmer and Carlo Panlilio. I cant even call them pastors anymore. They make me sick. Their posts on facebook approves that they are war freaks. They are REBELS. Instead of being a good example to the people, there they are fighting every person in facebook. AH i cant even tell you. Haaaaaay.

    • and please, it’s not the g12’s fault whatever hate you have for Carlo or Rich. They are not even fully loyal to the G12 PH anymore. SO spare G12 Vision from your hate.

      • Better go back to the Bible pal and see what it really says. Do not jump into anything relevant to what you want, or what is your personal desires, but rather what the Bible wants you to be, or what it desires you to be. It is the plan of the Lord to us. Do not rely on the messages from the fake mentoring of G12 pastors, or the conferences they held almost every month. The Bottom line of all these conferences is money. They want to collect your money, and declaring that it will produce blessing. It is a big big heresy. It is Prosperity Gospel. Cesar Castellanos is the master of it, and it orchestrated by Oriel. How he became Bishop by the way? He declared himself? In G12 lots of people are declaring themselves as pastors, and pastoras. Another False teaching…

    • My understanding is Witmer is now divorcing his wife.

  • You don’t know them very well. Just leave it to God. And focus on the Lord’s mandate.

  • You don’t know them very well. Just leave it to God. And focus on the Lord’s mandate.

  • our Goal only in the G12.is To Change Every person in the Encounter.what ever Kind of Life that they Have.they need to know in there Life that there is a God that can change us.2,Corinthians.5.17.therefore if Any One is in Christ he is a New Creation the Old has Gone the New Has Come(NIV).G.12 Vision is to Change the Nation.Thanks.

  • our Goal only in the G12.is To Change Every person in the Encounter.what ever Kind of Life that they Have.they need to know in there Life that there is a God that can change us.2,Corinthians.5.17.therefore if Any One is in Christ he is a New Creation the Old has Gone the New Has Come(NIV).G.12 Vision is to Change the Nation.Thanks.

  • Purely accusations. Give me full proof and might as well know that God also sides with truth, not just what you feel about these people.

  • Purely accusations. Give me full proof and might as well know that God also sides with truth, not just what you feel about these people.

  • It seems that you don’t fully understand the G12 vision. Check your heart first before accusing the movement a cult. Fix first your personal issues with those people you hate.

  • It seems that you don’t fully understand the G12 vision. Check your heart first before accusing the movement a cult. Fix first your personal issues with those people you hate.

  • Go and male Disciple! g12 is a vision and strategy how to win soul. Its not a religion. I pray for the Author of this Article.

    • i agree, jj… g12 is a strategy, not a religion. and i am not moved by this article. our pastor said, “let’s do not be affected for we know where we stand. our basis is the bible alone, which is the word of God. let’s be confident about it. JUST FOCUS ON YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD, that is the most important thing in the world. whatever other people say about g12, leave it. you know that you are not a member of a cult. you worship the true King, Jesus”.I cant even think a single reason why this movement is a cult.In our church here in Gensan, i have witnessed a lot of people changed by the Lord and i am confident that having cell is a strategy approved by Him. if this is a cult, or if this church i belong in is a cult and is destroying my life, what are these changes that i have witnessed in my life and in the lives of others who are also members of this movement? so i am sure, whatever reasons that make the author write about this article, it is not g12’s fault.

      • I agree, anointed conqueror! I’ve been a rebel to God in my entire life but now I am changed. I’m not saying that I am already perfected. What I am trying to point out is that, I have finally overcame my transgressions when I finally accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. I am now freed. I am also quite shocked when I searched about G12, since I’m still a new member. Many articles we’re concluding that G12 is a cult. How can it be if many of our members are now changed persons? Their testimonies amazed me. It just showed that God really worked in their lives. I just wanted to point out that there may be G12 churches that do not bear good fruit. But there are also that do. And I am blessed that I am on the side where good is taught and bad must be restrained.

  • Go and male Disciple! g12 is a vision and strategy how to win soul. Its not a religion. I pray for the Author of this Article.

    • i agree, jj… g12 is a strategy, not a religion. and i am not moved by this article. our pastor said, “let’s do not be affected for we know where we stand. our basis is the bible alone, which is the word of God. let’s be confident about it. JUST FOCUS ON YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD, that is the most important thing in the world. whatever other people say about g12, leave it. you know that you are not a member of a cult. you worship the true King, Jesus”.I cant even think a single reason why this movement is a cult.In our church here in Gensan, i have witnessed a lot of people changed by the Lord and i am confident that having cell is a strategy approved by Him. if this is a cult, or if this church i belong in is a cult and is destroying my life, what are these changes that i have witnessed in my life and in the lives of others who are also members of this movement? so i am sure, whatever reasons that make the author write about this article, it is not g12’s fault.

      • I agree, anointed conqueror! I’ve been a rebel to God in my entire life but now I am changed. I’m not saying that I am already perfected. What I am trying to point out is that, I have finally overcame my transgressions when I finally accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. I am now freed. I am also quite shocked when I searched about G12, since I’m still a new member. Many articles we’re concluding that G12 is a cult. How can it be if many of our members are now changed persons? Their testimonies amazed me. It just showed that God really worked in their lives. I just wanted to point out that there may be G12 churches that do not bear good fruit. But there are also that do. And I am blessed that I am on the side where good is taught and bad must be restrained.

  • BEFORE YOU WOULD COMMENT AND POST RADICALLY.. KNOW FOR CERTAIN FIRST THE VISION AND THE MOVEMENT DEEPLY AND DETAILEDLY NOT IN A SHALLOW KNOWLEDGE. SHAME ON THE ONE WHO POSTED THIS ARTICLE. I pray that Jesus will forgive you.

  • BEFORE YOU WOULD COMMENT AND POST RADICALLY.. KNOW FOR CERTAIN FIRST THE VISION AND THE MOVEMENT DEEPLY AND DETAILEDLY NOT IN A SHALLOW KNOWLEDGE. SHAME ON THE ONE WHO POSTED THIS ARTICLE. I pray that Jesus will forgive you.

  • Having much discussion regarding this post, as follower of Christ.. instead of taking too much time arguing.. bringing up all your stands.. I just want to remind everyone about this.. Matthew 28:16-20. That is the greatest instruction of Jesus Christ to us. We must also be involve ourselves in this purpose. G12 and other discipleship training and vision have their own flaws and ups yet having Christ as a center of this purpose allow us to fulfill not only the Nation transforming but also Christ’s greatest commission to us. 🙂

  • Having much discussion regarding this post, as follower of Christ.. instead of taking too much time arguing.. bringing up all your stands.. I just want to remind everyone about this.. Matthew 28:16-20. That is the greatest instruction of Jesus Christ to us. We must also be involve ourselves in this purpose. G12 and other discipleship training and vision have their own flaws and ups yet having Christ as a center of this purpose allow us to fulfill not only the Nation transforming but also Christ’s greatest commission to us. 🙂

  • The devil came to kill, steal and destroy. Destroying one’s reputation without basis and proof? HAHAHAHA! May pagkakahawig po ba kayo nang demonyo? lol xD

  • The devil came to kill, steal and destroy. Destroying one’s reputation without basis and proof? HAHAHAHA! May pagkakahawig po ba kayo nang demonyo? lol xD

  • […] have spoken in depth over the years about the G12 Vision and especially G12 Philippines. The toxic movement actually was started by César Castellanos an has even been rebuke by David […]

  • […] have spoken in depth over the years about the G12 Vision and especially G12 Philippines. The toxic movement actually was started by César Castellanos an has even been rebuke by David […]

  • Love one another as I have love you. The greatest commandment of Jesus. Discipleship is all about loving God in everything you got including engaging and encouraging the people even the lost. From the very beginning we are His disciples. My mentor always saying follow Jesus because we as a disciple and soon to lead others to Jesus were limited and critical. How you view others is How you view GOD. If you hate one another it means you hate God. My name is Gladiola Marie Espinosa Pelaez from Destiny Christian Church Davao. Well we are ONE BODY OF CHRIST! Pray for one another because this is evil days. Satan is the real enemy not your kuya and ate, mama or papa. Guard your hearts mga Ate at Kuya bakit may mga away kasi you are the CHURCH. Good morning today is Sunday let’s celebrate God’s love.

  • Love one another as I have love you. The greatest commandment of Jesus. Discipleship is all about loving God in everything you got including engaging and encouraging the people even the lost. From the very beginning we are His disciples. My mentor always saying follow Jesus because we as a disciple and soon to lead others to Jesus were limited and critical. How you view others is How you view GOD. If you hate one another it means you hate God. My name is Gladiola Marie Espinosa Pelaez from Destiny Christian Church Davao. Well we are ONE BODY OF CHRIST! Pray for one another because this is evil days. Satan is the real enemy not your kuya and ate, mama or papa. Guard your hearts mga Ate at Kuya bakit may mga away kasi you are the CHURCH. Good morning today is Sunday let’s celebrate God’s love.

  • Government of 12 (G12), Intentional Disciple making Church ( IDMC), Jehovah’s Witness (JW), Catholic churches, Protestants, Pentecostal, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, Judaism and others who love Jesus —> He shed His blood for us. Engage one another, Love one another, unite one another. How will you reach others if you have hatred to one another. I love my cousin even he is JW, we share our faith and learn one another. Its not concern to me why there are arguments even my cousin reminding me about Divisions in Churches. Now Kuya Carlo and Ate Sha change their hearts by God’s grace and start again in right motivation. I witness their repentance during our Re- Encounter. Our Fresh start after those CRITICS. God bless to all of you!

  • Government of 12 (G12), Intentional Disciple making Church ( IDMC), Jehovah’s Witness (JW), Catholic churches, Protestants, Pentecostal, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, Judaism and others who love Jesus —> He shed His blood for us. Engage one another, Love one another, unite one another. How will you reach others if you have hatred to one another. I love my cousin even he is JW, we share our faith and learn one another. Its not concern to me why there are arguments even my cousin reminding me about Divisions in Churches. Now Kuya Carlo and Ate Sha change their hearts by God’s grace and start again in right motivation. I witness their repentance during our Re- Encounter. Our Fresh start after those CRITICS. God bless to all of you!

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