"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, April 8, 2009

No Need for a Last Messenger!

Recently, a die-hard member of the cult Iglesia ni Cristo came across my blog. I don’t know his name nor he or she introduced himself or herself in his blog. What I know was that he was forced to make his blog so as to counter some entries I have in my blog. He was a bit nasty and sarcastic with his approach which warned me not to give in to his provocation to exchange words with him by visiting his blog at resbak.com (resbak (v)is a Filipino word for vengeance). As I was expecting, he’s never friendly enough to consider my points.

Whereas I have been honest in my blog with my personal photo included in my header, the author of resbak.com doesn’t have anything about him. Without my permission, he took my photo and used it as his avatar at this forum with the intention of attacking my personality and not the issues I have with the cult of Felix Manalo. Though his actuations were insulting but it helped me advertise my blog; it’s blessings in disguise (lol).

Again, let me start with a premise that I am sure all Iglesia ni Cristo cult members including the author of resbak.com and I would agree: that the Lord Christ Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE (John 14:6). He, the Christ never uttered LIES for he is the author of all that is TRUE. Only the Father of all lies (the Evil One) can do that.

Again this same Christ Jesus said “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (Luke 21:33 KJV). In other words, what Christ has uttered are ALL truth. We only have to subscribe to this absolute truth of the Bible that not a single of his words will pass away without happening.

This answer may be repetitive and is now becomes annoying but this is the truth I want to address each and every member of the cult of Felix Manalo that if Jesus never lied, why they believe to Felix Manalo’s “Total Apostacy” doctrine? If Christ says all that is TRUTH there’s no need to re-establish the original Church because it never was gone.

In Matthew 16:16, after Simon bar Jonah (Peter-rock) confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, this same Christ who is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE told Simon Peter that upon this rock he WILL build his Church and the Gates of Hell WILL NEVER prevail against it.

If we accept the teachings of the cult of Manalo that the Church has apostatized, then we are making Christ a liar which is totally contradicting our premise.

As this same Christ who is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE had uttered that his Church WILL NEVER apostatized, then who is Felix Manalo to say Christ’s words ceased to be effective? There could be never two Churches and there could never be two truths. Between Jesus and Felix Manalo, one of them MUST BE the LIAR. And most certainly without any hint of doubt, Jesus IS NOT!

Heaven and earth may pass away but the Bible made it clear that Christ’s words WILL NOT! And he said His Church WILL NEVER be quenched by any evil power, any lies, any slander, any deceit, any falsehood, any mistake, any sin, any history, any weather, any politics, any wordly power, His Church WILL perpetually exists even if this Church wouldn’t conform to our present world, it will not yield.

From these basic truths of the Bible, there is no need for another Messenger, now or in the future for Christ is the Last and Perfect of all Prophets and Sages and Messengers. The culmination of everything is Christ so that after him there’s no one to replace his redemptive action.

Sad to say but our separated brethren and in particular, the harshest words come from the Seventh-Day Adventists and the Iglesia ni Cristo in whose teachings they demonized Christ’s Church and deceive many. Iglesia ni Cristo’s PANDOKTRINA authored by the founder of this cult is full of hatred and bigotry against Christ’s true Chruch—the Catholic Church according to their PASUGO Abril 1966, p. 46: "Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia ni Cristo." (The Catholic Church in the beginning was the [true] Church of Christ.")

Christ’s Church is one and it’s not many. His Church was established in Jerusalem according to PASUGO Mayo 1954, p. 9, and in more than 2000 years, this same Church is vibrant in our midst and Successor of Peter as our earthly leader.

There’s no other truth than this, that Christ is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and that He has only ONE Church for there is only ONE LORD, One Faith, One Baptism (Eph 4:5).

I hope I made sense.

To Jesus Christ be praise forever!

NB. Members of this cult can’t blame me for quoting third party sources because they don’t make their teachings available in bookshelves. The Official Catechism of the Catholic Church is there for everyone to read but to this date, this cult claiming to be Christ’s “true” Church have none!)

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