Why Do The Iglesia Ni Cristo Don’t Read The Bible? – SELaplana

Question

I attended the so-called Pamamahayag of the Iglesia Ni Cristo here in Cebu. I observed that they are not reading the Bible.

My question is, why do the Iglesia Ni Cristo don’t read the Bible?

Answer

I want to make it clear first that I am not authorized to answer questions in behalf of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. My answer to your question is not the official answer of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, but just my own thought. It can’t be used as reference for the INC because it might contain idea that is not in accordance to the INC’s official stand.

Now, you said that you attended an Evangelical Mission which is called in tagalog as “Pamamahayag.” Well, you did the right thing.

FYI, before, the “pamamahayag” was called “Bible Exposition.” And during the said “pamamahayag” most of the people who attended it are visitors who accepted the invitation of the brethren.

And one of your observation is that the Iglesia Ni Cristo is not reading the Bible.

Actually, I just can’t imagine if it is true that you really attended a “pamamahayag” because during the “pamamahayag,” the minister who is teaching the words of God is actually reading the Bible. So, how could you say that the Iglesia Ni Cristo is not reading the Bible just by observing the INC’s “pamamahayag?”

If you really attended a “pamamahayag” of the INC, you would immediately notice that the minister who preached the words of God is using the Question-and-Answer scheme. The minister asked a question, and the answer was read from the Bible word by word.

For example: If the Minister will ask the question: Who is the only true God according to Christ? He will then read the book of John in chapter 17 verses 1 to 3.

So, if your question to me is: Why do the Iglesia Ni Cristo is not reading the Bible? … then I will tell you that your question is wrong. Why wrong? It’s because you are asking my explanation about the thing that the INC is actually NOT doing. I mean, you want me to explain why the INC is not reading the Bible, when in fact, the INC is reading the Bible.

So, I guess, you’re just trying to ask this question because somebody is telling you. But the truth is you haven’t attended any pamamahayag of the INC.

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Is the Iglesia Ni Cristo Supporting Chief Justice Corona?

The question regarding whether the support of the Iglesia Ni Cristo is in the side of the Chief Justice is now in the minds of many, after it was reported in the national TV that there are members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo who participated the rally outside the Supreme Court to show support to the Chief Justice. It was also caught in the camera that the woman who prayed last during the multi-religious prayers is a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo and that there are people among those in the rally that answered in the prayer the same way the Iglesia Ni Cristo members participate in their prayers.

Is the Iglesia Ni Cristo supporting the Chief Justice?

My Answer: There was no statement from the Iglesia Ni Cristo yet about this. Everyone will know the official stand of the Iglesia Ni Cristo once it will release an official statement to answer the question.

If the Iglesia Ni Cristo is not supporting the Chief Justice then why there are brethren in the Church who participated the rally in support of the Chief Justice?

My Answer: We all know that there are many members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo who are practicing as lawyers. And one of these lawyers, Brother Serafin Cuevas, is acting as member of the defense panel of the Chief Justice. It is normal for the brethren in the Church, especially those who are practicing their profession as lawyers, even if there is no instruction from the Church administration, to support a fellow member of the Church. After all, we members of the Church of Christ or Iglesia Ni Cristo are taught to love one another inside the Church as brothers and sisters, help one another and support each other.

Why Family Matters And how can we make it strong and secure – SELaplana

I am trying to write articles that will help you strengthen your own family. However, I have the hard time finishing it. So, instead of sharing you my own article, I rather share you an article written by a Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, Brother Roland A. Aguirre and was published with the Pasugo-God’s Message magazine (July 2009, Volume 61, Number 7, pages 33-36).

The title of the article is: Why Family Matters, and how can we make it strong and secure. The article is quite long but you can browse it by its sub-titles.

  1. Introduction
  2. A Divine Institution
  3. A Blessed and Secure Household
  4. Communicating, Sharing
  5. Watching Over the Children, Being a Role Model
  6. Parental Discipline
  7. Valuing Marriage and Married Life
  8. Children with a Promise
  9. About the Pasugo-God’s Message

 

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Introduction

By and large, no community, society or nation will rise or progress if its basic foundation – which is the family – is weak. Yet today the family has been under constant assault. Just consider these: the high rate of children being born to unmarried mothers and the increasing divorce rate are sweeping through many countries in unprecedented proportions, affecting the children’s future and that of the next generation.

A recent report released by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that, worldwide, the highest unwed birth rates be found among the Scandinavian nations; in Iceland for example, 66 percent of births were to unmarried women, 55 percent in Sweden, 54 percent in Denmark; the United States unwed rate of 40 percent was about equal to that of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands; also, the CDC data stated that between 40 and 50 percent of American marriages end in divorce (ABC News).

Moreover, statistics from the United Nations have indicated a trend of rising divorce rates in recent years, not only in the US but also in many countries such as Brazil, Great Britain, and Germany; and many Asian countries such as India and China are catching up; the divorce rate in Korea, for instance, is ranked third in the world (Women of China).

Sadly, this sharp rise in the number of children being born out wedlock and in the number of divorced people has negative consequences especially to the children.

Various studies have indicated that children born in such an environment are more prone to a whole range of problems – such as juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, suicides, and dropping out of schools – than those who were not. Many other psychiatric and emotional problems, experts say, are present as well among such children, due greatly to the instability and breakdown of the family (Heritage).

In addition, recent statistics have also revealed rising number of unmarried couples living together, domestic disputes, marital conflicts, among others, that reflect a lackadaisical attitude toward marriage and a waning regard for the value of the family.

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A Divine Institution

God did not intend the family to be in such a sad and dismal state of affairs. He instituted the family for the benefit of its members; there is no denying that a strong family is for the best interest of both parents and children alike. Consequently, a stronger family unit makes for a better and more caring society; hence, if we want a strong and stable nation, we must start with the most basic of social institutions – the family. Therefore, we need to support the advocacy of concerned sectors for the protection, preservation, and strengthening of the family.

Believing that the family is a divine institution and that its disintegration will adversely affect not only society but our relationship with God as well, the Iglesia Ni Cristo promotes good family values and various activities to strengthen family relationships through its Christian family organizations, namely, the Buklod, KADIWA, and Binhi.

The Church, to underscore the value of the family, upholds biblical teachings such as obedience to and faith in God, respect for parents, proper marriage and married life, caring for and disciplining of children, proper relationships between husband and wife and between parents and children, among others – to guide members on how to successfully overcome the challenges facing our family today and thus make it stable, strong, and secure –  a blessed family we all greatly desire.

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A Blessed and Secure Household

God’s blessings to our family are firmly anchored on its members having reverent fear of the Lord. This can be gleaned from the following passages:

“Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around the table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.” (Ps. 128:1-4, new King James Version)

Inevitably, such household members who walk in His ways or obey His commandments will live securely and in peace. And the parents are the ones whom God holds accountable for teaching their children; they are responsible for religious instruction in their household (Deut. 4:10). Surely, the family should be where Christian values and character are nurtured and cultivated. Hence, parents should diligently teach God’s commandments to their children at all opportune times:

“You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deut. 11:19-20, NKJV)

The hustle and bustle of everyday life should not make parents forget that one of their top priorities is making sure that their children walk in God’s ways, that is, providing not only for their physical and emotional needs but also moral and spiritual guidance in order to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4, New International Version). That means introducing them to the teaching about the true  God, providing them spiritual guidance, praying with them, worshipping with them and attending various Church acitivies.

Needless to say, strengthening the family is not an easy task, but the sacrifices and toils of parents are worth if they have nurtured and guided their sons and daughters to become strong and faithful youth of the Church.

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Communicating, Sharing

In these days of busyness and instant results, valuable commodities that are lacking in families are time and attention. This should not be the case with the family of God’s people. Although parents have to struggle for their family to make ends meet in today’s world, still, they must be available in their children’s lives, spending quality time with them. They must never neglect initiating dialogues between them and their children, given the advent of the television, the Internet, PC games, video game consoles, etc., that have taken the place of meaningful conversation. With the lack of attention and care, many of the kids today are growing up without essential moral values and, much worse, spiritually immature – to the detriment of the family.

Communication is the key. And what better things to communicate and share than God’s abiding love and mercy to our family. Thus, in order to strengthen the family, parents should never forget to pass down to the next generation the good things God has done to them:

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deut. 4:9, ibid.)

God urges parents to share their experiences, wherein His compassion was revealed and important lessons were learned, to their children. Through God’s acts of kindness, younger people can gain inspiration from their parent’s successes and avoid their mistakes. These and other amzing things that attest to His goodness and mercy that must be passed down to the next generation – such as the work of salvation that was started by the Messenger of God in these last days, the continued success of the church led by the present Church administration, our divine calling in the Church, and God’s continued blessings and protection – are a lasting legacy we can bequeath our children.

No stone should be left unturned, indeed, as far as the parents in God’s nation are concerned in providing for the spiritual growth and development of their family.

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Watching Over the Children, Being a Role Model

However, it is not enough that parents teach their children to enhance their family’s spiritual life. They should watch over their children to ensure that they obey the teachings of God taught to them (Prov. 31:27-29).

Parents should know where to draw the line for their children when it comes to relationships with others. They must know their children’s companions; where they are and what they are doing. Precisely, for friends and acquaintances might be the ones luring them to violate God’s laws. We should not let our children fall I nto sin; we should advise them to avoid evil influences:

“Son, when sinners temp you, don’t give in. … Son, don’t go with people like that. Stay away from them.” (Prov. 1:10, 15, Today’s English Version).

Even activities within the confines of the home should be monitored. The use of the Internet should be supervised, for these are websites and chat rooms that are inappropriate for children and very detrimental to their well-being; many PC and online games are violent and use obscene languages. TV Viewing must be regulated and supervised as well because children tend to absorb everything that they see.

Furthermore, strengthening the family’s spiritual foundation necessitates parents to be paragons of true Christian living and faith to their children because it is not only what we say but what we do that ruly counts. And so, parents should lead their children in attending the congregational worship service at the house of worship, as God said to Moses and the Israelites before:

“The LORD will choose a single place where he is to be worshiped. … Be joyful there in his presence, together with your children …” (Deut. 12:11-12, ibid/)

Likewise, the father should exercise parenting by example by leading his wife and children in standing firm in their conviction that whatever happens, they will stand fast on the side of the Lord and will always remain obedience members of the Church of Christ. As a father, he should emulate Joshua who stood firm in his faith vis-à-vis serving false gods in their midst and thus said, “… But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Josh. 24:15, NKJV). Accordingly, no parent should allow his children to be enticed by a false preacher and a false religion that will separate them from the true Christian Church.

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Parental Discipline

Strengthening the family necessitates parents, however busy their schedules may be, to make sure that no one in their household, especially among their children, would do things that can turn them away from God (Deut. 29:18).

Some of these abominable deeds are the worship of false gods, alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, and premarital sex. Parents should also make sure that their children do not become romantically involved with or marry unbelievers or those who do not belong to God’s nation (Deut. 7:3-4).

In the event that a child commits misdeeds or misdemeanours or if he is about to sin, a parent should be prepared to restrain, correct or discipline him. God expects parents to neither withhold correction nor hesitate to discipline erring children (Prov. 23:13). Disciplining an errant child is an act of parental care and concern; a loving parent disciplines his child promptly:

“He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” (Prov. 13:24, NKJV)

Parents should not be afraid to discipline their children, but must do it with caution and proper care, for he loves his child “is careful to discipline him” (Prov. 12:24. NIV). What is prohibited on the part of the parents is scolding or disciplining children too much:

“Fathers, don’t scold your children so much that they become discouraged and quit trying.” (Coo. 3:21, Iving Bible)

The purpose of parental discipline is to help children grow properly, neither provoking them to anger or discouragement nor being overly strict with them that they grow up with inferiority complex. With proper or reasonable discipline and correction, children will grow up with a clear understanding of what is right and wrong and with proper direction to their lives, benefiting them in the end:

“Don’t hesitate to discipline a child. … As a matter of fact, it may save his life.” (Prov. 23:13-13, TEV)

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Valuing Marriage and Married Life

For parents to be effective in teaching their children, they must first demonstrate their high regard for the institution of marriage that God established (Gen. 2:23-24). Farthest from their mind is violating wht God has decreed regarding marriage:

“To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.” (I Cor. 7:10-11, NIV).

Marriage is a lifetime commitment. It should not be short-lived union- which spells trouble for children. Certainly, God hates divorce; He does not allow married couples to separate (Mal. 2:16; Matt. 19-6). The only thing that can separate them is death. Divorce does not conform to God’s teachings. Marital breakdown, therefore, affects not only the wellbeing of children, but their relationships with God as well.

Also, marriage must remain honourable. The Bible clearly states that “… God will judge those who are immoral and those who commit adultery” (Heb. 13:4, TEV). Married couples in God’s nation should honor the sanctity of marriage, remaining faithful to each other and never allowing their relationship to be tarnished by infidelity. By doing so, not only do they preserve and protect their union but the family’s harmony and unity.

Indeed, protecting the threatened institution of marriage and making it strong entails commitment to one’s spouse, and most importantly, faithfulness to God and His commandments.

In addition, in the family of God’s people, the wife and children recognize the father as the head of the family, just like Abraham, who was given the right or authority to command his children and his household (Gen. 18:19). To prove that they recognize the right of husbands as head of their family, wives ought to obey God’s commandment to them that says. “Wives, submit to your husbands.” (Col. 3:18, NIV). A wife should not be self-willed; hence, she does not make decisions without first consulting her husband.

Marital and family stability is undeniably linked to blessings and benefits for our family, and this can be achieved by obedience to God’s laws and teachings.

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Children with a Promise

The importance of proper religious instruction to children in making the families in God’s nation bastions of strength cannot be over emphasized. If it is not practiced it could have dire consequences for the family because, “A foolish son is his father’s ruin” (Prov. 19:13, ibid). A foolish child brings grief, shame, and trouble to his parent and family. Contrastingly, “Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise …” (Prov. 21:20, New Revised Standard Version). Children who are wise are those who understand and keep the commandments of God in their life. They are the children or youth who are strong and will defeat evil (I John 2:14). They are the children who will receive God’s promise:

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise – that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth (Eph. 6:1-3, NIV).

Children who honor their mother and father and show their great appreciation of their parent’s sacrifices for them, not only during special occasions, are truly worthy of god’s promises in this life. Most importantly, children who honor God, above all, by obeying His commands will receive His eternal rewards on the appointed day.

Without a doubt, fulfilling the roles and responsibilities that God entrusts to parents and children will greatly redound to a strong and secure family, for the benefit of its own members. Thus, even though we live in a world where the family is under constant threat, where the diminution of the value of family is increasing everyday, yet, for God’s true servants – family still matters.

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About the Pasugo – God’s Message

Pasugo-God’s Message is published monthly by the Iglesia Ni Cristo with editorial office at No. 1 Central Avenue, New Era, Quezon City, Philippines.

Catholic Church versus Iglesia Ni Cristo debate in Visalia

Few weeks after the Holy Rosary Catholic Church (chapel) in La Motte was successfully dedicated to God by the Iglesia Ni Cristo as its new house of worship in La Motte, a religious debate between the Roman Catholic Church (Iglesia) and the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Visalia, Visalia Fox Theatre on Friday night. The topic of the debate is “What is the True Church?

The Iglesia Ni Cristo is represented by Brother Jose Ventilacion while the Roman Catholic Church was represented by Jesse Romero, a lay Catholic evangelist and retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy from Sylmar.

The debate is organized by the members of Lumen Christi, a men’s Bible study group that meets at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Visalia and the Iglesia Ni Cristo local congregation in Visalia. Each of the two groups paid half of the cost of rent of the 1,200-seat Fox Theatre.

About the La Motte church dedication:

When Holy Rosary Catholic Church was established in 1893, church leaders sprinkled holy water around the sanctuary of the fine brick edifice. Now 119 years later, the church building was dedicated as the newest church for Iglesia Ni Cristo (Filipino for Church of Christ). During the two-hour-long ceremony, church leaders and the faithful shed copious tears of piety, ecstasy and religious fervor. (Read More at Post Crescent)

You can also watch previous debates between the Roman Catholic Church and the Iglesia Ni Cristo by following the links below:

  1. Roman Catholic Church (Carl Keating) versus Iglesia Ni Cristo debate
  2. Roman Catholic Church versus Iglesia Ni Cristo debate in the Manila, Philippines

You can also watch the debate between the Iglesia Ni Cristo and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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Iglesia Ni Cristo To Plant Trees in Abuyog – Leyte Mountain

Tomorrow, October 29, my family along with brethren in the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) will plant trees in a mountain of Abuyog-Leyte. The area is near the Silago (Southern Leyte) – Abuyog (Leyte) highway. Participants of this particular activity are members of the church in the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s district of Leyte East, and it is part of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s tree planting activities held in various places in the Philippines.

Just recently, the PIA reported the tree planting activities participated by the Iglesia Ni Cristo and in coordination with the local government of Bayog. It was held at Sitio Quibranza, Barangay Kahayagan of the town of Bayog. According to the report there were approximately 2,000 members of the church from the 62 local congregations in 26 municipalities of the province including some municipalities from Zamboanga Sibugay. There were 3,000 rubber seedlings that were planted during the activity in a six hectare portion of Bayog EcoPark.

Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Philippine Arena, The World’s Largest Dome

The Iglesia Ni Cristo is building  the “Ciudad de Victoria” (City of Victory or Victory City) in the province of Bulacan to mark its centennial on 2014. Part of this city is the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Philippine Arena, EVM Convention Center, New Era University-Bocaue Campus, EGM Medical Center and Music Center (source: Manila Standard).

The Philippine Arena has the capacity of 50,000 and also allows another 50,000 people outside the arena. So far, it is the world’s largest indoor arena. According to the Hanwha Engineering and Construction official, it is three times bigger than the Korea’s largest indoor arena, the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Stadium and twice the size of the America’s largest Arena.

The building construction is contracted by Korea’s Hawha Engineering and Construction. The dome is designed by  Populous, a US architectural company firm.

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If God permits, I will be there at that Arena to attend the centennial celebration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. I already had visited the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s largest chapel, the Central Temple in Barangay New Era, Quezon City. I also want to visit the world’s larget arena.

Glory to God, our Father!

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Holy Week and Me

When I was still the Sacristan Mayor of the Parish of St. Augustine in San Agustin – Surigao del Sur, Holy Week is one of my busiest days in the year. I had a lot of things to prepare and a lot of things to fulfill considering that my responsibility was not just as the Sacristan Mayor but also the caretaker of the church and the over-head projector operator.

The Holy Week as everybody knows is the last week of Lent (Kwaresma) which begins in Palm Sunday to the Black Saturday.

Easter Sunday is actually not included in the Holy Week considering that the week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Just look at your calendar and you’ll notice that the Sunday is listed on the first of the columns.

Besides, you’ll also notice that the 7th day based on the Bible, particularly in the creation of the world is Saturday. Do you still remember what God did on the 7th day during the creation? God rested on the 7th day. The Seventh Day Adventists Christians reminds us of that.

The Monday on this week is called Holy Monday; Tuesday is Holy Tuesday; then Holy Wednesday.

But the Thursday is called Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday. At the evening of this day, the Catholic Church celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper where there are 12 men chosen to act as the 12 Apostles which stay with the priest in the altar of the church. The priest also acts as Christ. Washing of the feet of the 12 Apostles is being performed including the last supper of Christ with the apostles.

The Friday is called Good Friday. Parishioner commemorates the suffering and death of Christ in a way of drama where a man will act as Christ and there were those who will act as the soldiers, along with those important characters in the passion of Christ. They are doing this in station by station.

The next day which is the last day of the Holy Week is the Holy Saturday. On the night of this day, a mass will be celebrated including the consecration of the light. It is believed that when Christ was still dead, the world is in total darkness. And during this day when Christ resurrected, and so there would light again.

The following day is the Easter Sunday which is not part of the Holy Week. At dawn Catholic celebrate the so-called “Salubong” or “Sugat” in Visayan where the resurrected Christ and his mother Mary meet.

So the statues of Mary and Christ will be processioned in separate route and then the two processions will meet in a place near the church where there are kids who act as the singing angels.

Not Celebrating Anymore

However, as of writing this post, I no longer celebrate the Holy Week. I already quit being Catholic and had already joined the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

As an Iglesia ni Cristo member, I will no longer participate this kind of celebration because we are prohibited to participate with it.

I am following the teachings of the Iglesia ni Cristo, especially regarding the Holy Week and other Catholic celebration, NOT  because I am afraid of being expelled from the organization, BUT because I understand that the teaching of my new religion is in accordance with the teachings of Christ as recorded in the Bible.

In other words, even if people tend to stay at their homes or stay and participate at their church for the holy week celebration, I tend to continue doing things that I am doing in ordinary week. I go to my office and work.

But on Friday or Good Friday, since almost all stores are closed on that day and only few public utility vehicles are running, so I rather stay with my family to get bond with them through beach picnic or any family related recreation.

You might tell me that I am disrespectful to God. That’s what my relatives and my friends were telling me everytime we went to the beach for a party on this day. But actually, I am not disrespecting God just because on Good Friday we do things that most of the Catholics are not doing because there is no teaching of Christ that prohibits anyone from not celebrating the holy week.

However, I found one teaching of the Roman Catholic Church that contributes my rejection of partaking of the Lent or Holy Week celebration. I found this said teaching of the church as not the teaching of Christ.

Please don’t think that I am attacking the Catholic Church. I just want to tell you what I observed and noticed.

Okay. During Lent especially on the holy week, isn’t it true that the Catholic  Church commanded its members not to eat meat?

I don’t know if you know this, but this is an old Catholic Church law that during the Lent, Catholics are prohibited to eat meat in every Fridays and all the days of the Holy Week.

I know about this since my elementary years because the Catechism teacher told us about this. And then when I was already the Sacristan Mayor, the priest announced it during Mass.

Avoiding to eat meat is part of the fasting during the Lent. And there was even a priest that said during the homily that by doing this, the sins of men will be washed away.

However, when I read the Bible,  I noticed that the law that prohibits man from eating meat is not the teaching of Christ but by the demon. And this teaching is actually the mark or the sign of the Apostasy.

This is what is written in I Timothy 4:1, 3:

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who beliee and knows the truth. (New King James Version)

It was Apostle Paul who wrote this. According to him, the law or command to abstain from certain food (in which in other translations or version of the Bible it is written meat) is the a deceiving spirit or the teaching of demons.

I know that you will interpret that in other ways that tend to save this Catholic teaching on “avoiding to eat meat on Lent and Holy Week” from being considered the teaching of demons. But for me, it is clear that if a religion teaches its members to avoid in eating meat, then that religion upholds the teaching of demons.

When the doctor will tell you not to eat meat because it can ruin your health, he’s not telling you the teaching of demons. What he told you is his professional advice as a doctor.

The teaching of demon refers only to the religious teachings.

Actually, there are two teachings mentioned in that verse that are considered the teachings of demons. The other one is “prohibiting to marry“. And the prohibition to marry is also found in the Catholic Church, right? Look at the priests, bishops and even the pope. Are they married? No! Once they marry a woman, they’ll be expelled from being the priest.

Some said that priests are not told to celibate. The reasoned out that its just the call to the priest to become celibate. However, if we will dig deeper, we will find out that celibacy is really the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church that should be followed by the priests and nuns. Priest or Nuns and Marrying someone do not go together. If you want to become priest, and stay priest then you need to stay celibate. But you want to marry someone, then quit of practicing as priest.

These two teachings of the demons that I discovered being practiced by the Catholic Church are the ones that lead me to quit being Catholic. I rather stay with no religious affiliation than to be affiliated with a religion that teaches the teaching of satan.

However, I didn’t remain not affiliated with no religious organization because time came that I found the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) and I found out that its teachings are the nearest becoming parallel to the teaching of God, Christ and the Apostles as written in the Bible.

Commemorating the Death of Christ

Now that you already know that I am not taking part of the Lent and the Holy Week, you might say that I am not commemorating the death of Christ.

Well, the death of Christ is important to us. Because of Christ’s death our sins were forgiven by God. Christ purchased His Church (not the house of worship but the organization built by Christ as stated in Matthew 16:18) with his blood. And with His blood we were cleansed made us worthy to receive the promised salvation.

That’s the reason why we should commemorate Christ’s death. But the way how to commemorate His death was already been told by Him.

Christ said that this when he took the bread, “take it, this is my body,” and then when he took the cup, he said, “drink from it all of you, this my blood.” (Matthew 26:26-29). And he added “Do this in remembrance of me.” (I Corinthians 11:23-26)

So, the way that Christ taught on how to commemorate his death is by eating the bread and drinking from the cup as been told. And it is called the “Holy Supper”.

And that is how I commemorate the death of Christ.

Iglesia Ni Cristo

The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) is an independent Christian religion whose primary purpose is to worship the Almighty god based on His teachings as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ and as recorded in the Bible. It is not a denomination or sect. It is neither affiliated to any federation of religious bodies nor itself an assembly of smaller religious organizations.

To date, the Iglesia ni Cristo membership comprises 108 nationalities. It maintains about 5,400 congregations and missions grouped into 107 ecclesiastical districts in the Philippines and in 92 other countries and territories in the six inhabited continents of the world.

Everyone who will heed the call of God and embrace its faith is welcome to the join the Iglesia ni Cristo regardless of his or her nationality, cultural background, social standing, economic status, and educational attainment.

Iglesia ni Cristo Vision

A “radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27, New International Version) and whose members are bound by perfect unity of faith and practice, devoted to a life of holiness and service founded on true Christian teaching.

Iglesia ni Cristo Mission

1.) To share the gospel of salvation to all people, by heeding Christ’s call to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 New King James Version).

To carry this out, the members gladly share their faith to everyone at all opportune time. They invite people to attend Bible study sessions and worship services. The Church (Iglesia Ni Cristo) also uses mass media in spreading its message of hope to a brader audience.

The Pasugo: God’s Message, the monthly official magazine of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, carries mainly religious articles and church news and features.

DZEM (954 kHz) broadcasts programs that discuss Bible teachignsl. These programs are aired by about 60 other radio stations all over the Philippines and several more in the US and Australia.

It produces television programs featuring biblical teachings that are aired over GEM TV-49, as well as major cable stations in the Philippines and some channels in the US. Video clips of these are also accessible in the Internet through GEMTV’s website, www.gemnet.tv.

2.) To edify the faith of its members through constant and effective religious instructions, “admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom … [to] present everyone perfect in Christ” (Colossians 1:28, NIV)

For the spiritual welfare of the members, worship services are held in Wednesdays and/or Thursdays and Saturdays and/or Sundays by every local congregation inside the house of worship. This solemn gathering of the faithful consists of hymn singing, prayers, and study of God’s words for proper applications in daily living.

Prayer meetings are also held weekly by each group of neighboring households for further instructions in the faith and announcements about the Iglesia Ni Cristo undertakings.

Pastoral visitations to the brethren are conducted regularly by the Church officers for prayer and spiritual counseling.

Through its Christian family organizations (Buklod, KADIWA, and Binhi) the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) undertakes programs to strengthen the family, to guide the single members in right living and in proper conduct, and to assist the youth in their studies. The Buklod (bond) is the organization of married members. The KADIWA (acronum of a Filipino phrase meaning “Youth with a Noble Intent”) is for the single members 18 years and older, and the Binhi (seed) is composed of 13 to 17-year old members.

What the Iglesia ni Cristo believe in?

Bible as the Basis of Faith.

The Iglesia ni Cristo regards the Holy Scriptures as the sole basis of its faith and practice. Some of its fundamental scriptural teachings are as follows:

  1. Absolute oneness of God the Father. The Church believes in the teaching of Christ and the apostles that the Father, the Creator, alone is the true God. (John 17:1,3; I Cor. 8:6)
  2. Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Iglesia ni Cristo believes in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. God made Him Lord and Savior. He is the only Mediator of man to God. Jesus Christ is holy and a very special man but not God. (Matt 3:17; Acts 2:36; 5:31; I Tim. 2:5; John 10:36; 8:40; Acts 2:22, Easy-to-Read Version)
  3. The Church of Christ. The faithful firmly believe that the Church of Christ is the one Christ established for the salvation of mankind. It is for the Church that Christ gave His life and thus, it is this Church that He will save on Judgment Day. (Matt. 16:18; Acts 20:28, Lamsa Translation; Eph. 5:23, 25)
  4. Judgment Day. The Church of Christ believes that God appointed a day when He will judge all people through Christ. This is the day of the Second Advent of Christ, which is also the end of the world. (Acts 17:31; Jude: 1:14-15; II Pet. 3:7, 10)
  5. Baptism. The Iglesia ni Cristo observes the biblical way of baptism, which is immersion in water. Receiving baptism in the Church of Christ is necessary for one to become a disciple of Christ, to be forgiven of sin, and to have hope for salvation. (Acts 8:38; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:15-16)
  6. Resurrection. The resurrection of Christ is the main proof that the dead will rise. Those in Christ will rise first to be with Him forever in the Holy City. Those who are not of Christ will rise a thousand years after the first resurrection to be cast into the lake of fire. (I Cor. 15:12-13; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:5-10; 21:1-4)

Unity

The Church of Christ is one in faith and practice. Its unity remains intact through a centralized form of administration that ensures the adherence of all members and congregations to the same Bible teachings and Church rules.

Morality and Holiness

The Iglesia ni Cristo strives to maintain a high moral standard. It regards the teaching of the bible as a way of life. It promotes purity of life among its members by means of instructions, reminders, and, when necessary, corrective or disciplinary measures.

Peace and Order

The Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) helps maintain peace and order by teaching its members to respect and observe rules and regulations governing such. They are dissuaded from joining unions and organizations that resort to violence or extra-legal means to advance their causes.

Lawfulness and Discipline

The Church puts a premium on lawfulness and discipline. It complies with the apostolic teaching to submit to human authority, that is, the duly constituted government, and abide by its laws (Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13). But over and above any law, its members obey the laws of God for christens in our time as written in the Bible.

Brotherhood and Equality of Members

The Iglesia ni Cristo promotes Christian brotherly love. All members are deemed equal in the sight of God (Gal. 3:26, 28). Gender, racial, social, educational, and economic discriminations are strongly discouraged.

Sanctity of Marriage

Marriage in the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) is regarded as sacred and inviolable. It is God Himself who instituted marriage and He does not allow the separation of the husband and the wife whom He joined together (Matt. 19:4-6). Thus, the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) does not subscribe to divorce, annulment, or legal separation as a solution to marital problems in the same way that it opposes live-in relationships and same-sex marriage.

Stability of the Family

The Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) acknowledges the importance of family as the basic unit of its organization and of society as a whole. The stability of every family contributes to the stability of the entire Church. The home is where religious education begins so Christian parenting and proper love of children are taught and reinforced at every opportune time.

Separation of Church and State

The Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) upholds the democratic ideal of separation of Church and State. It advances through peaceful and legal means the right and freedom of its members and congregations to conduct worship and other religious activities as provided for and protected by the fundamental law of the land.

The Beginnings

Established in the Philippines on July 27, 1914, the Iglesia ni Cristo started with the late Brother Felix Y. Manalo who first preached its biblical message of salvation in the corners of Manila. The Church easily gained a following that, in the next couple of years, spread from within the nation’s capital to its neighboring provinces and regions.

By 1939, the Church had already expanded to as far as Ilocos Norte province in Northern Luzon and to the Cebu province in the Visayas with the addition of 14 districts. It reached farther south in Mindanao in 1946 with the establishment of a district in Cotabato. When its first Executive Minister, Brother Felix Manalo, passed away in April 1963, the Church had established districts in more than half of all the provinces in this Far Eastern archipelago.

The Expansion

On its 54th anniversary, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, then led by its second Executive minister, the late Brother Eraño G. Manalo, successively established the first two congregations outside the Philippines – Honolulu, Hawaii and San Francisco, California in the USA. Thus began the Church’s expansion in the West and around the world.

From the late 1960’s through out the ‘70s, the Iglesia ni Cristo had begun to permeate the continents of North America (establishing congregations and missions in other American states and territories, such as New York and Guam in 1969, and Canada in 1971); Europe (first in England in 1972 and followed by Germany, Switzerland, and later, Spain); Australia, mid-‘70s; Asia (China by way of Hong Kong, Japan through Tokyo, Thailand); and Africa (Nigeria and South Africa in 1978).

As more congregations arose across the globe, the US Main Office was set up in Daly City, California in June 1987, to assist the Central Administration in supervising the growing presence of the Church in the West. By the end of the ‘80s, congregations and missions have been formed in the Scandinavian countries and their neighbors.

The first congregation in Latin America was established in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1990. The following year, the Iglesia Ni Cristo reached Mexico and Aruba.

A milestone in the Iglesia ni Cristo’s global expansion was the establishment of its congregations in world cities that are of great relevance to the history of Christianity – Rome, Italy on July 27, 1994; Jerusalem, Israel in March 1996; and Athens, Greece in May 1997. The predecessors (prayer groups) of these full-fledged congregations began two decades earlier.

From 2000 to Present

At the dawn of the new millennium, the Church’s mission penetrated South America, with the establishment of group worship services in Brazil and Peru. Even in minor island nations and territories throughout the Pacific and in the Middle East, Iglesia ni Cristo members abound at present. Ditto in South Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and many others.

Now moving on to its centennial year in 2014, the Iglesia ni Cristo is blessed with sustained growth and progress. As membership keeps on growing, more ministers, evangelical workers, and Church officers are put in place. Through its district offices scattered around the world and its main offices in the US and in Europe, the brethren’s spiritual concerns are properly coordinated and attended to by its central administration led by its present Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.

The unity of faith is kept. The mission of salvation lives on.

Note: This is copied from the pamphlet published by the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

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How to Convert to Iglesia Ni Cristo?

Question

How to convert to the Iglesia ni Cristo? What are the requirements? And what should I do so that I will be accepted into the Iglesia ni Cristo?

Answer

Joining the Iglesia ni Cristo is actually easy if you are ready to follow the teachings of Christ taught in the church. But before you can follow them, you need to know the doctrines of the church. Basically, the process is this: You need to know and learn the teachings of Christ, believe and follow these teachings and be baptized.

Do this:

  1. Visit the nearest locale or house of worship of the Iglesia ni Cristo.
  2. Talk to any of the brethren you meet at the locale of the Iglesia ni Cristo and tell them that you are not yet a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo. Tell them also that you want to know how to join the Iglesia ni Cristo. The brethren will guide you and will help you as you undergo the process of joining into the Iglesia ni Cristo.

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Iglesia Ni Cristo Acquiring Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Property

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is currently experiencing foreclosure. Members of this church tried to save their church by praying, talking to lenders and a lot of ways were done just to avoid the foreclosure but their leaders simply couldn’t avoid it.

And while they’re facing this problem, the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) is trying to acquire the property for about $1.82 million.

You can read the news at the Sacramento Bee and here’s part of the story:

Gloria Dei Lutheran, which will soon hold an open house to sell everything from church banners to candles, is not the only congregation in trouble. Several more are in financial straits, according to local real estate agents. On Tuesday, Family Christian Center, an Orangevale community fixture for more than four decades, hit the auction block, asking for an opening bid of $3.9 million. There were no bidders. …

Another congregation, Iglesia ni Cristo, a Filipino Church of Christ congregation, is purchasing the 7-acre church property, which was listed for $1.82 million. The transaction is still in escrow.

This is another proof that while the world is suffering from financial crisis, the Iglesia ni Cristo keeps on rising. Praise be to God!