The heat goes on at this forum entitled: INC (Iglesia ni Cristo, which Christ built?. I guess it was their blatant lies against the Catholic Church that made that forum attractive to neo-apologetics (not professionals like me)and to defend the Church's teachings against these lies spread by the members of Felix Manalo's cult.
Members of the cult prided themselves about the Biblical basis of their name which was supposed taken from the Letter of St. Paul to the Roman's 16:16 (take note it's Paul's letter to Christians in ancient Christian Rome!) which says "Magbatian kayo ng banal na halik. Lahat ng mga iglesia ni Cristo binabati kayo." (Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.)
If you're just listening while the verse is read, you will not recognize the lie. You hear only "iglesia ni Cristo" as it's read without realizing the rule of grammar in St. Paul's letter. Look at the difference below:
iglesia ni Cristo (notice the small letter "i"? That's what's written in the Bible.)
Iglesia ni Cristo (their registered name at the Securities and Exchange Commission. They changed a common noun to a proper noun!) They lied indeed!
In grammar, common noun is "a noun, such as book or dog, that can be preceded by the definite article and that represents one or all of the members of a class."
The Bible is never exempted from the rules of grammar. Therefore, what's biblical is that the word "iglesia" is a common noun and it's not the official name given to Christ's established Church in Jerusalem (See Four Marks of the Church). Nor he told his disciples to name it as such.
Though it may sound funny but let's consider a dialogue below:
Student: The name of my mother is Mother?
That's onother lie (among the many lies) Manalo's cult is trying to use to proselytize nominal Catholics.
Another claim is Acts 20:28 which says, "Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood."
Notice the "church of God" in the last sentence. This verse is taken from The New American Bible version. The same would appear in all other existing translations and versions except the Lamsa Translations being used by their ministers to emphasize their lies. They changed it to "Church of Christ" which seems to be a proper noun to me. (I'm sorry but Lamsa translation is not available in bookstores but only to their ministers and their members as well.)
That's another dishonesty on their part!
IT'S A CORPORATION SOLE
According to wikipedia.com, the [I]glesia ni Cristo is "an independent, non-trinitarian Christian church that originated in the Philippines. The INC was incorporated in the Philippines by Felix Y. Manalo on July 27, 1914; The church professes to be the reestablishment of the original church founded by Jesus and teaches that the original church was apostatized. It does not teach the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as the Divinity of Jesus." (Read here for more!).
According to the self-proclaimed "angel from the East" Felix Ysagun Manalo he was destined to be the last sugo (messenger) and established (again) the church Christ's founded because it totally apostatized. They also recognize the authenticity of the Catholic Church as the true Church Christ founded in Jerusalem but because it apostatized, Manalo's has the responsibility to restore it.
Is their claim true?
The Catholic Church never apostatized. In fact it's still alive and vibrant in the world. To prove it, wikipedia traces the present Catholic Church to the original and ancient Church founded by Christ in Jerusalem. (See Timeline of Christianity).
St. Thomas the Apostle (or better known as the "Doubting Thomas") died in died c. AD 53, Madras, India and until now his remains is preserved and the Catholic faith in that Hindu dominated population country is very much alive. The Catholic Church NEVER apostatized!
If there's no such thing as "total apostasy" in the Catholic Church then Manalo's cult have lied again to its members. In fact, none of their ministers can point out in history when that "apostasy" happened.
Common sense would dictate that as a Corporation registered and is protected by the laws of the Philippines (an not the Holy Spirit), all its properties should be owned by the Manalos-- from Felix Manalo as the founder to the next heir, Eraño G. Manalo as Executive Minister and his son Eduardo V. Manalo as its Deputy Executive Minister. In other words, the management of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Proper Noun as it's registered name) will always and will be only Manalos and their heirs. They would never allow other members to take their corporation away from them. Christ has nothing to do with their corporation sole.
Since they do not have their official website for fear of ridiculing them: visit these sites for further reading and be enlightened:
1. Fundamental Beliefs of the Iglesia ni Cristo
2. List of Cults
3. Ang Katotohanan Tungkol sa Iglesia ni Cristo
4. Examin Iglesia ni Cristo
5. Iglesia ni Cristo: from Catholic Answers.
6. Let's Reason
7. Iglesia ni Cristo in a Nutshell Exposed
8. INC Disproved
Here are some sites their ministers approved:
1. TruthFinder's INC Page
2. Unique Bible Study
3. Schedule of Worship
All I ask for those who wanted to leave this cult, pray and ask the Lord to guide you to the right path... back to his true fold, the Catholic Church.
WARNING ABOUT THE COMING OF THE FALSE PROPHET
All throughout their programs on TV, radio or in their official magazine PASUGO, the Iglesia ni Cristo keep on repeating their false teachings that the original Church of Christ has apostatized and that Felix Manalo has come to restore it. He's not alone in this claim, Joseph Smith has claimed to be the prophet to restore Christ's Church.
Nowhere in the Bible we can read that the Church which Christ founded will be quenched by any power of darkness (Matthew 16:18): "And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. " He never told his disciples that he would send angels and prophets to restore his Church. Simply those claims aren't true and its all lies. On the contrary, Jesus warned the Apostles of false prophets to come like wolves snatching the sheeps when he leaves. Take for examples these Biblical warnings:
(a). Hebrews 1:1: "In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through a son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe.. (Jesus is the zeal of the prophets!)
(b). Matthew 24:4-5: "Jesus said to them in reply, "See that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Messiah,' and they will deceive many."
(c). II Corinthians 11:13-14: "For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light."
(d). Galatians 1:8: "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach (to you) a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed!"
(e). II Peter 2:1: "There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will introduce destructive heresies and even deny the Master who ransomed them, bringing swift destruction on themselves."
FINALLY, ALL ABOUT THEIR LOGO
From: pinoyexchange.com forum
On this image below, you’ll see the scale, interlaced compass and square, and the craftily “hidden” pentagram. Now, this is a third coincidence already between the stark similarities between INC and Freemasonry. What do you call a 3rd coincidence? Is there such a thing in this world? Deliberate, copied, or just coincidence? Or, perhaps, they are the same institution!
Now, we see here on the image below a torch on top of the compass. Combining the craftily hidden pentagram here with the torch we have this, observe closely and take note:
We see here on the image below, a torch on top of the pentagram, with the torch in “drawing form”. Observe and take note.
I will leave you the right thinking and judgment. May God bless you for searching the truth.