“It’s time we put the Bible on prime time.” So said Ronald Remy a year ago. Today his two-hour program, “Turn-on 13,” which incorporates a Bible quiz for students and a Christian music competition, is one of the top-rated Sunday prime-time TV shows in the Philippines.

Remy, an articulate and well-loved entertainment figure before his born-again experience in a Roman Catholic renewal three years ago, says, “TV is one of the best ways to get the unbelieving public excited about the Word of God, but the program must be exciting.”

His show has met with mixed reactions from Christians. The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) and the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) support it. The FEBC cosponsors the Christian music competition with a local music company, and they determine the best singer and best composition. The PBS has donated this year’s championship prizes: an all-expense-paid world tour (first prize) and a Holy Land tour (second prize). It has also printed a special edition of the Good News Bible (the edition used on the show) with a “Turn-on 13” Bible quiz jacket. Several thousand copies have been sold.

Some Roman Catholics and Protestants, however, are turned off by Remy because his biggest sponsor is the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, and home viewers may participate in a grand raffle.

He also accepts liquor and cigarette advertisements. He says they are not explicitly prohibited in the Bible and that even Jesus did not condemn wine drinking at Cana.

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