"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

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Iglesia ni Cristo, No Sense of History

Iglesia ni Cristo hates history. In fact, they deny the historicity of the Catholic Church which was founded by Christ and was promised NEVER to be overcome by the "gates of Hell" propagated by Felix Manalo's "Total Apostasy" doctrine.

However, understandably, there should be no two churches claiming to be original. One has to be the real and the other to be a hoax. And to make their church appear to be real, Felix Manalo invented the "Total Apostasy" doctrine (but Mormonism formulated this doctrine before Manalo making him a 'copycat') and preached that Christ's true Church HAD apostatized TOTALLY contrary to what Christ had promised.

Matthew 16 "...and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it (his Church)."

Christ said that the gates of all lies SHALL / WILL NOT prevail against his Church. The future tense SHALL covers before and in the future so how could Felix ever twisted these biblical truth. And if we believe Jesus is "The Way, The Truth, and The Life" why does INC believes in the "Total Apostasy?" Did Christ lied to Peter when he have promised those sacred words? Of course not! Felix was!

Amazing how he came up with those ideas to be believable!

There's no need to post several Biblical passages here that contradicts Felix Manalo's "Total Apostasy" teaching for it would surely expose their lies more and more however I would like to shift to history and see if there is any single historical fact that would back up their claims.
But first, let's ask them when did Christ's true Church came to be? Any dates?
As I have posted in my blog regarding this, hold your breath, here's the INC Ministers' sense of history:

PASUGO Nobyembre 1956, p. 18: (sinulat ni Emiliano Magtuto)
"Tiyak na walang bisa ang pagtuturo ng Relihiyong Katolika sa paaralang bayan. Nang libong taon nang nakatatag ang Relihiyong ito sa mundo? Kulang pa ang libu-libong taon na nakatatag ito s mundo..." (libu-libong taon -- 2000)

PASUGO Pebrero 1959, p. 1: (sinulat ni Ben Santiago)
"Mahigit nang isang libo at limangdaang taon ang Iglesia Katolika sa mundo. Maglilimangdaang taon naman ang mga Protestante. Ang Iglesia ni Cristo ay mag-aapatnapu't limang taon lamang mula noong 1914." (Ika-limang siglo ng Iglesia Katolika)

PASUGO Mayo 1952, p. 5: (sinulat ni Ben Santiago).
"Mula sa taong 527 hanggang 565 sa panahon ng Emperador Justinano naging ganap ang pagkatatag ng Iglesiang ito na sumipot sa Pulong ng Nicea." (Ika-anim na siglo)

PASUGO Agosto 1962, p. 3: (sinulat ni Ben Santiago)
"Sino ang nagtayo ng Iglesia Katolika Apostolika Romana? Ang Konsilyo Batikano! Kailan? Noong 1870." (Ika-labingsiyam na siglo)

PASUGO Marso 1956, p. 25: (sinulat ni Teofilo Ramos)
"Ang Iglesia Katolika'y pinabrika lamang ng mga Obispo noong 1870 sa Batikano."

PASUGO Pebrero 1952, p. 9: (sinulat ni Joaquin Balmores)
"Hindi mapapasinungalingan ninuman na talagang ang Iglesia Katolika ang lumitaw sa loob ng Emperyo Romano noong ika-apat na siglo."
So that's how they belittle historical facts. Heavily, all historical facts agreed by most historians would point to the Catholic Church to be the heir of sense of Christianity more than the newly built ones claiming to be the "true" church. Ridiculous but yes Felix was one of the many.

Since these "blinded" believers don't believe to any Catholic sources, I decided to consult Answers.com to see what this great site would say about the Catholic Church, Christianity as a whole and the Iglesia ni Cristo of Felix Manalo. Sad to say but Answers.com quoted heavily from CAtholic official sources for accuracy's purposes.

History of Christianity as a Whole:

A. D. 33-325

Early Christianity refers to the period when the religion spread in the Greek/Roman world and beyond, from its beginnings as a 1st century Jewish sect, to the end of imperial persecution of Christians after the ascension of Constantine the Great in AD 313, to the First Council of Nicaea in 325. It may be divided into two distinct phases: the apostolic period, when the first apostles were alive and organizing the Church, and the post-apostolic period, when an early episcopal structure developed, whereby bishoprics were
governed by bishops (overseers).”

Note: The CAtholic Church was there before and after the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.

Ecumenical movements within Protestantism have focused on determining a list
of doctrines and practices essential to being Christian and thus extending to
all groups which fulfill these basic criteria a (more or less) co-equal status,
with perhaps one's own group still retaining a "first among equal" standing.
This process involved a redefinition of the idea of "the Church" from
traditional theology. This ecclesiology, known as denominationalism, contends
that each group (which fulfills the essential criteria of "being Christian") is
a sub-group of a greater "Christian Church", itself a purely abstract concept
with no direct representation, i.e., no group, or "denomination", claims to be
"the Church." Obviously, this ecclesiology is at variance with other groups that
indeed consider themselves to be "the Church." The "essential criteria"
generally consist of belief in the Trinity, belief that Jesus Christ is the only
way to have forgiveness and eternal life, and that He died and rose again

Source: History of Christianity

(Note: The Catholic Church existed before and after the Protestant Reformation.)

In other words, what Wikipedia is saying that between 33 A.D-325 A.D., there was:

  1. a Church that propagated the belief in Jesus Christ
  2. This Church went to convert Pagans, went to two dominant civilizations during that time, Greece and Rome and beyond
  3. It is implied that there was no Bible yet while early Christians preached the Gospel
  4. It is implied that the early Christians preached by word and deed (Tradition)
  5. This Church is responsible in the formulation of Episcopacy
  6. Peter was the unifying force in the Early Christianity
  7. The meaning of Church is one, not many.

History of the (Roman) Catholic Church:

The History of the Catholic Church from apostolic times covers a period of nearly 2,000 years, making it the world's oldest and largest institution. It dates its beginning to the confession of Peter, and the establishment of the Church by Jesus Christ. Catholic doctrine states that Christ is the head of his Mystical Body, the Catholic Church.[ The history of the Roman Catholic Church is integral to the History of Christianity and the history of Western civilization”

Source: History of the Roman Catholic Church

What Wikipedia is saying:

  1. That the Catholic Church from apostolic times covers nearly more than 2,000 years.
  2. It is implied that since we're living in 2,009 A.D. the Catholic Church still exists from the time of the Apostles. Again Wikipedia never said it apostatized.
  3. And that the Catholic Church is INTEGRAL to the History of Christianity. There's no twisting of historical facts here my dear INC friends.
  4. Where is "Total Apostasy?"

Now let's see what Wikipedia is saying about the cult Iglesia ni Cristo:

“Felix Y. Manalo officially registered the church as a corporation sole with
him as executive minister on July 27, 1914 and because of this, most
publications refer to him as the founder of the church. However, the official
doctrines of the church profess that Jesus Christ is the founder of the INC and
that Felix Manalo was God's last messenger, whom he sent to reestablish the Christian Church to its true, pristine form[ because the original church was
apostatized. They believe that the apostatized church is the Roman Catholic
Church, and proclaim that Catholic dogmas, such as the Trinity, are proof of
this apostacy.

Source: Iglesia ni Cristo

What does Wikipedia says about Iglesia ni Cristo?:
  1. Felix Manalo registered the 'church' (small letter 'c')
  2. His church was registered as 'corporation sole'
  3. His church was registered in July 27, 1914, one thousand nine hundred fourteen (1914) years behind the Catholic Church nearly more than"Two Thousand years (2000) in existence.
  4. It is through historical chronological sequence that the genuine comes first then the hoax.
  5. It is through the dictates of common sense that a sect built in 1914 was not the genuine but the hoax.
  6. It is by common sense that if one is true, the other is lie.
  7. If the Catholic Church never apostatized, then Felix Manalo's "Total Apostasy" was a lie
  8. And if that is the case, Felix Manalo is not and was not a messenger but a liar and his Iglesia to be just a 'corporation sole' managed and owned by the Manalo clan.

They would lie so as to deceive many. So when did the Catholic Church apostatized according to history?

Their answer is a defeaning silence!

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