"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

Friday, May 1, 2009

Are we supposed to expect another Messenger?

Are we supposed to expect a "Last Messenger"?

The Bible says “NO”.

We are not supposed to be expecting anyone coming after Christ today or in the future. Be he an angel, a prophet or sage consider them fakes for Christ is the only, the last, the final, the definitive, the climax, the peak, the fulfillment of all prophesies of the OT. What we should be expecting instead according to the Bible is the upcoming of the fake ones—the anti-Christ.

In Matthew 7:15-20, we are warned of the coming of false prophets (not priests). They come using Christ's name.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (16) You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? (17) Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. (18) A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. (19) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (20) Therefore by their fruits you will know them.


2 Peter 2:1-3, are we not warned specifically of the coming of destructive heresies like those revived by Felix Manalo?
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. (2) And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. (3) By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
1 John 4:1-3, a simple testing of Felix Manalo's spirit, he had failed. He denied Jesus as God who came in the flesh. And he that preaches such is the spirit of the AntiChrist.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (2) By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, (3) and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
In St. Paul's letter to the Philippians 3:18-19, their minds are earthly for registering another church and named it Iglesia ni Cristo, a Corporation Sole bringing billions of pesos to Erano Manalo's bank account:
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (19) Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
In Corinthians 11:13-15, didn't Felix Manalo transformed himself into a higher angelic state? And what good fruit did the Iglesia ni Cristo brought to humanity? None!
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. (14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
So far today, we have two. One from the USA and one from the Philippines. Two self-proclaimed controversial historical figures; a “prophet” and an “angel”. The prophet was claiming that God and Jesus showed “themselves” to him and warned him not to join any of the existing religions for they were all “false.” Then he was instructed carefully by God and Jesus to uncover a “golden plate” buried somewhere else in a hill in Salt Lake where God’s words were written.

While our Bible was originally written in delicate substances such as goat skins and papyrus, here’s Joseph Smith highly favored by God with “golden plates” which today they call it the “Book of Mormon”. No one knows where the “golden plates” are but according to Joseph Smith, God took them back to heaven. Amazing!

In the Philippines, an anti-Christ emerged. A copy-cat, a religion-hopper, turned atheist and agnostic, was accused of sexual immorality by one of his own members, Rosita Trillanes and fathered a child to a certain woman named Teresita. Just like the first false prophet in the USA, he too had to turn against the true Church of Christ which was originally the Catholic Church according to their Official PASUGO (Issue April 1966, p. 46), preached it TOTALLY apostatized and that “NO ONE” survived that “great apostasy” (if it really had happened) making Christ a liar (Mt. 16:16).

Then who had the “true faith” after the “great apostasy”?

According to Iglesia ni Cristo apologists, no one except when Felix Manalo Ysagun realized he was an angel. As an angel, his task is to re-establish and registered the “Iglesia ni Cristo” him as its “founder”, him as the owner for which in truth he was.

How he came up with the idea of building a “church” and named it “Iglesia ni Cristo”?

Unlike Abraham, Moses, Jesus and other great people of the Bible, Manalo had wondered in the excruciating desert of extreme doubt in God and unbelief after he was disowned, fired and ex-communicated by the churches he had joined, that one day he decided to fabricate a church for his own.

Like Judas thinking of how to earn a living by selling the Lord for 30 pieces of silver, Felix Manalo carefully planned his future “Corporation Sole” like an engineer; he took pencils and papers, reflected upon piles of copies of religious literature from other Protestant denomination where he was once a member, a copy of the Bible (most probably in Tagalog for which he came out with the name “Iglesia”), locked himself alone in a dimly lit room for “three days and three nights” according to his biographer and there he “prayed” and “fasted”.

Perhaps, he, not yet an “angel” was unable to withstand extreme hunger for food that he had to end his fasting that lasted for only 3 days, not 40 days as the “man” Jesus was able to endure. Possibly (again) he, must have been suffering from ulcer which ultimately killed him at the age of 76. (Didn’t God have to sustain him with “divine” health that his physical body can be nourished in it?)

Then after 3 days, Felix Manalo went out of his burrow like a ravenous wolf unfed for days and started preaching another gospel— that Christ was “never been God and his Church 'apostatized'" which is completely un-biblical.

Who were his witnesses that God had really appointed him to re-establish the “Church”? No one. Himself alone! The God in the Bible said no one comes after his Christ.

So when he came out of his cave and started deceiving people by his “total apostasy” thing, the Church was surprised because the Church which Christ built was still there.

Evidently, those Basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul in Rome and other ancient Church buildings around Rome were the silent witnesses to this fact that it never apostatized as Jesus promised His Church WILL NOT yearn to the powers of Darkness.

Similarly, the ancient Catholic Church in India that houses that relics of St. Thomas the Apostle (one of Jesus’ 12 Apostles -- Read here) is another silent witness that the Church Christ founded never apostatized.

So that to this day, the Church which Pasugo says “the true Church” is one of the oldest institutions in the world (here), spanning to more than 2000 years in existence with Pope Benedict XVI as the 265th Pope of Christ’s Church.

Rather, the Bible warned us that there would be coming false angels, false prophets, false sages, and false messiahs. And perfectly Felix Manalo fulfilled that Biblical prophesies of the coming of an anti-Christ who, by elevating himself to an angelic state while Christ—God who took our human form was stripped of his divinity.

So are we supposed to expect another “Messenger”

A big NO! says the Bible.

So what are they? They're CULT! (Read more at Apologetic Index)

5 comments:

  1. Correction, Felix Manalo is NOT a prophet, he is a messenger. He never prophesied anything.

    Just FYI...

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  2. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (2) By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, (3) and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

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    Yes, INC believs Christ is flesh = human. Listen to Jesus John 8:40..
    What is your point?

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  3. Read again Mr. Anonymous...

    "... Jesus has come in the flesh..." he came in the flesh but where did he came from?

    GOD! then he came in the flesh from God!

    Read Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21, Acts 1, the whole of it pelase.

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  4. Anonymous said...
    Correction, Felix Manalo is NOT a prophet, he is a messenger. He never prophesied anything.

    Just FYI...

    Oh, sorry. Yes you are right, he's an ANGEL!

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  5. I'm Chris and I'm proud of being Catholic.

    Para sa mga INC ni Manalo.

    Paano na relate sa ibong madaragit si MANALO?

    Dahil dito ba?

    May tinawag na akong mandirigma sa silangan,
    siya ay darating na parang ibong mandaragit,
    at isasagawa ang lahat kong balak.
    Ako ang nagsasabi nito, at tiyak na matutupad.

    Well, ang tinutukoy dyan na ibong madaragit ay an bansang Spain, bakit? Tignan nyo sa link ang simbolo ng Spain which is the Eagle in 15th century.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Spain
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Arms_Aragon-Sicily_(Template).svg

    So, kailan ba dumating ang mga kastila sa Pilipinas? 15th century diba?

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