"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

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Accidentally Unanimous or it's the Common Knowledge?

(Photo Credit" Rowena Perdon, Felix Manalo's image at Central Temple): I would like to make this clear that I am not anti-Iglesia ni Cristo as others think I am. In fact I do not resort to character assassination as what most of their members are doing to silence those who oppose against their doctrines. It leaves me helpless but to question why do they have to resort to such violence? If this is so, the common belief that Iglesia ni Cristo as a CULT is more strengthened.

Why there's so much insecurities within their members? Why do they have to resort to debasing people when they are free to use the same method of explaining their side? Or it's just so natural for them to be extremely evil (?). Aren't they confident about their faith and about their personal lives , their knowledge that they can explain their beliefs in a language that is understood by everyone? Unless they really don't know what position they're defending. If that's the reason then their irrational reaction to such criticism is obviously understandable.

What I am doing thisis simply an apologetical work. I am into defending the Catholic Church doctrines and official position which everyone, whether Catholics or non-Catholic can investigate without threatening anyone, simply our teachings are available in the net. Please understand that I have no formal studies on apologestics so what I am trying to do is only an amateur one. I love Christ and I love the Church.

Just like many well informed Catholics, I too am obliged to defend the Church of Christ (the real one) against those (false) who attack it particularly from the ranks of the Iglesia ni Cristo beginning from the time of their Sugo down to the least ex-Catholic who converted to the Iglesia ni Cristo due to his or her ignorance of the Catholic faith.

However I still believe that there are still good members of the Iglesia ni Cristo who knows when to act rationally and how to defend his or her position according to his or her understanding of the doctrines of the Iglesia ni Cristo.

One pathetic member, who's so obsessed with me keeps on following me everywhere I go, creating a dummy (bogus) blog that may appear like mine, he stole my identity, used my legal name hunting me down and my friends 'photos but kept hiding in anonymity (but now he is no more a secret. He is known to be CONRADO J. OBLIGACION). In English, we have a term for Mr. Obligacion: he is a COWARD! Just as the Iglesia ni Cristo have hidden their teachings from the public. The same word applies: COWARDICE!

For now, Conrado J. Obligacion has been using my identity, my culture and my name but of course, just like their Iglesia ni Cristo, he is a FAKE! He is not an Ivatan that he uses the name, so much that he is not even a Catholic. He stole that catholicivatan.blogspot.com from me; he is not me and he cannot represent me more than how I represent myself as the real owner of my name, my culture and my identity.

Again, I can't help but to conclude that most of the Iglesia ni Cristo loves to fake almost anything: Bible, Historical Facts, Official References, Quotations, and even Personal identities just to get it over to the top.
(Thank you Mr. Obligacion! Now I can address you by your name and not by simply calling you "anonymous coward" in hiding. Grow up si$sy kid [sorry for the word])

That's a clear indication of EXTREME INSECURITY in his personality. But I chose not to resort to that irrational reaction because I belong to a Church recognized unanimously as the Real Church of Christ. I am not in a cultist religion that I have to react that way. Instead I ask everyone to pray for him. "Give the other cheek as well." "Love your enemies" says Christ. This will separate the sheep from the goats.

Actually he failed to realize that what's he's doing is exactly what I really want. Shaking them of what they wrongly knew and challenging them of what they still so ignorant of perhaps may bring them back to reality that life is worth living in Christ and his true Church, the Catholic Church according to Pasugo Magasin, July – August 1988 pp. 6.
“Even secular history shows a direct time link between the Catholic Church and the Apostles, leading to the conclusion that the true Church of Christ is the Catholic Church.”
PASUGO Mayo 1963, p. 13:
"Noong tumalikod ang bayang Israel at sumamba sa diyus-diyosan ay nagsugo ang Dios upang magtatag ng Iglesia"
PASUGO Setyembre 1940, p.
"Dapat malaman ng lahat, ayon sa Bagong Tipan, ang tunay na INK ay si Cristo ang nagtatag nito."
PASUGO Mayo 1968, p. 7:
"Ang tunay na INK ay iisa lamang. Ito ang Iglesiyang itinayo ni Cristo. Kung mayroon mang nagsisibangon ngayong mga Iglesia at sasabihing sila man ay Iglesia ni Cristo rin, ang mga ito ay hindi tunay na Iglesia ni Cristo kundi huwad lamang."
PASUGO Mayo 1954, p. 9:
"Alin ang tunay na Iglesia? Ang Iglesiang itinayo ni Cristo sa Jerusalem."
PASUGO Abril 1966, p. 46:
"Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia niCristo."
It's not worth fighting for a cult founded by a mere man who pretended to be divinely appointed.

Pasugo Magasin, May 1997 pp. 11.
“Way back on July 27, 1914, the Church of Christ was registered with the Philippine government. The registration papers state among other things that Brother Felix Y. Manalo is the founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo.”
What's beautiful with the story of the "Ang Unggoy at ang Pagong" (The Monkey and the Tortoise) of Jose Rizal is that no matter how the Monkey wanted to outsmart the Tortoise but the Monkey ended up like a brainless wizard.

Did I lie when I said Felix Manalo founded the Iglesia ni Cristo in July 27, 1914 and registered it as a "Corporation Sole"?

No I didn't! It was written in the pages of history!

Did I lie when I said that the Iglesia ni Cristo was owned and managed by the Manalo clan?

No I didn't! It was written in SEC archives. It was written in their PASUGO!

In fact, it was a unanimous common knowledge that the Iglessia ni Cristo was founded by Felix Manalo, an ex-Catholic, who joined apostate churches, studied and gained knowledge from "apostate churches", doubted God, and was once an atheist, agnostic until he founded his own Corporation Sole in July 27, 1914.

In fact, it was a unanimous common knowledge that Felix Manalo was a man in all aspect and that he claimed to be "God's Last Messenger" after he was caught red-handed abusing his religious authority with immorality against various women who trusted him as "God's Last Messenger"

In fact, it was not me who said it, it was their own Pasugo which admitted those facts and so we simply copied them and made them public.

Let's say for example, all those written in Wikipedia that the Iglesia ni Cristo
"officially registered the church as a corporation sole with him [Felix Manalo] as executive minister on July 27, 1914[16] and because of this, most publications refer to him as the founder of the church".
According to GotQuestions, the
"Iglesia Ni Cristo was founded by Felix Manalo in 1914 in the Philippines. The phrase “Iglesia Ni Cristo” is Tagalog (the language of the Philippines) for “Church of Christ.” Sadly, while claiming to be a church, Iglesia Ni Cristo has all of the basic elements of a cult."
The least merciful is the Examine Iglesia ni Cristo when it openly exposed the sexual immorality of their founder Felix Manalo:
"Accusations of sexual immorality plagued Felix Manalo through out His life. In a decision by the Court of Appeals, in the case of "The People vs. Rosita Trillanes" published in July 1942, (A court case initiated by Manalo) the Justices gave an extremely unfavorable estimate of Manalo's character stating:

"...Manalo, took advantage of his position as head of the Iglesia ni Cristo, and...employed religion as a cloak to cover his...immoral practices; that he pretended to be the Messias sent by God; and that to persuade his victims, he cited the example of Solomon and his many wives"
Similarly, LetUsReason has its own share of knowledge about the Iglesia ni cristo. "
Igleslia Ni Cristo means Church Of Christ (in Philipino). We are not referring to the universal Church of Christ, as the body of Christ or the mainline Churches of Christ . This Particular Church was founded in 1914 by Felix Manalo in the Philippines"
For the The Bereans, they consider the Iglesia ni Cristo as a "Cult".

The author of the UK Apologetics shares the same knowledge when he said that the
"group were founded by Felix Manalo (1886-1963) who proclaimed himself to be a 'prophet.' Their modern centre of operations is the Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Office in Quezon City, Philippines. The central office is currently administered by executive minister Erano G. Manalo and deputy executive minister Eduardo V. Manalo, who are the son and grandson of Felix Y. Manalo, respectively."
But the most common knowledge about the Iglesia ni Cristo was written by the owner of the Catholic Answers when he said that the
"Iglesia ni Cristo (Tagalog, "Church of Christ") claims to be the true Church established by Christ. Felix Manalo, its founder, proclaimed himself God’s prophet. Many tiny sects today claim to be the true Church, and many individuals claim to be God’s prophet. What makes Iglesia ni Cristo different is that it is not as tiny as others. "
Further it's their Official Pasugo which says that the Catholic Church is the true Church of Christ.

Pasugo Magasin, April 1955 pp. 36.
“The truth – the church built by Christ is the true church. There can be no other else. It began in Jerusalem.”

Pasugo Magasin, September – October 1988 pp. 14.
“The Church of Christ that started in the Philippines will reach the West.”
(Note the contradictory statements. The former Pasugo Magazine states that the church built by Christ began in Jerusalem and the latter states that it started in the Philippines. )

Pasugo Magasin, March – April 1984 pp. 14.
“Christ, therefore, is the foumder of his church, the true church. Hence, a church established by any other founder means a bogus or false church.”
Pasugo Magasin, May 1997 pp. 11.
“Way back on July 27, 1914, the Church of Christ was registered with the Philippine government. The registration papers state among other things that Brother Felix Y. Manalo is the founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo.”
( Note the contradictory statements of the two magazines. It explicitly means that the Iglesia ni Cristo is a bogus church. )

Pasugo Magasin, July – August 1988 pp. 6.
“Even secular history shows a direct time link between the Catholic Church and the Apostles, leading to the conclusion that the true Church of Christ is the Catholic Church.”

As a consolation, John 15:19 which reads:

"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you
were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the
world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."

Pope Saint Gregory the Great commentaries on the above Biblical passages:

“The hostility of the perverse sounds like praise for our life because it shows
that we are an annoyance to those who do not love God; no one can be pleasing to
God and to God’s enemies at the same time. He who seeks to please those who
oppose God is no friend of God; and he who submits himself to the truth will
fight against those who strive against the truth.” (In Ezechielem homiliae, 9.)

Further Reading: Ang Katotohanan Tungkol sa Iglesia ni Cristo sinulat ni Fr. Pinzon.

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