"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Truth About the Iglesia ni Cristo (Third Part)

Read the Second Part

All exerpts posted were taken directly from the booklet Ang Katotohanan Tungkol sa Iglesia Ni Cristo, a thorough PASUGO compilation by Julian Pinzon published by Divine Word Publication, Oroqueta Street in Manila. Please buy your copies at Chrirst the King Mission Seminary, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City (near Quezon City Sports Club; in front of Maryhill School of Theology).

All entries were copied as they are. It was intentionally done for Filipino Catholics's proper information and in particular for Filipino members of the sect Iglesia ni Cristo's own discernment. I hope and pray that with this little effort of typing some from the booklet, our separated brethren may finally come home to the real Church Christ has built on the rock of St. Simon Peter:

ANG PALAGAY NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO SA PASKO
  1. PASUGO Disyembre 1956, p. 34: (sinulat ni Benjamin T. Villalba)
    "It strikes people as odd that members of the Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo) do not celebrate Christmas. (ang Iglesia ni Cristo ay tuwirang hindi nagdiriwang ng Pasko ng kapanganakan ni Cristo).
  2. PASUGO Disyembre 1957, p. 28: (sinulat ni Emeliano I. Agustin)
    (Patula)
    "Ang diwa ng Pasko ay kapayapaan;
    Nang mundong naglunoy sa lusak ng Buhay;
    Mabuting balita sa kinalulugdan;
    Pagsilang ni Jesus sa abang sabsaban."

Napakagulong talaga ang mga Ministrong ito na inaralan ng Anghel Felix Manalo. Isang taon lamang ang pagitan, ay binago na naman ang kanyang paninindigan tungkol sa Pasko. Kahabag-habag ang anghel nilang ipinaglalaban ng pukpukan.

KABUUAN NG PAKSA:

  • Ayon sa Magasing PASUGO, si Ginoong F. Manalo ay nangaral na hindi siya nagtatangi ng mga tao at hindi sinasarili ang kaligtasan. Ang kanyang turong aral na ito, ay siya rin ang nagpapawalang saysay, sapagkat pinatunayan din ng PASUGO na sinasarili niya ang kaligtasan.
  • Ipinapangaral ni G. Felix Manalo na ipinagdiriwang ang Paskong kapanganakan ni Cristo, at ipinangaral din na hindi ipinagdiriwang, sapagkat aral daw ng mga Pagano ang pagdiriwang ng Pasko. (Sa gayon ay salu-salungatan ang aral na itinuro).
  • Ipinangaral din na hindi masamang ipagdiwang ang kapanganakan ninumang tao huwag lamang iuukol sa pagsamba sa D ios. Ngunit ang kanyang kaarawan ay iniuukol sa pagsamba sa Dios at pati ang kaarawan ng kapanganakan ni Erdy Manalo.

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