The IGLESIA NI CRISTO writers are expert in twisting Catholic doctrines, and Catholic authored-books just to get on top. These evil practices are published in their official magazine called PASUGO and books written by INC members such as Isabelo Crisostomo's book deceiving its own flock by twisting carefully selecting Fr. Leonardo Mercado, SVD (Divine Word Misisonary) as if this Catholic priest esteems Felix Manalo. See below the whole article. They cut Fr. Mercado's article so as to appear that Fr. Mercado esteems Felix Manalo.
Thanks to The Bereans.
Thanks to The Bereans.
Is the Iglesia ni Cristo Teaching the Truth? (Part 1)
By Justyn M. from The Bereans
Good day to every one! I am a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC),and I do believe I am on the right path. I found no other church that truly teaches the word of God. Every doctrine the INC teaches is written in the Bible, no doubt. I have heard the teachings of the Catholics, the Protestants, the Baptists... but only in the Church of Christ that I've heard the truth. You say that INC is a false religion, where should man belong? For me, in Jesus Christ's body (the church) man should belong. There are so many religions in this world but only in this church I found Jesus---for real. My greatest dream in life is to be in heaven... I love you all... God bless us!!!
When you said the words, "I do believe I am on the right path" I can picture that you are speaking from the heart. However sincere a person is from his heart, sincerity still cannot be a basis for a person to gain eternal life. Of course, no cult group will ever admit that they are of the devil and all of them will always say they are of God. The apostle Paul reminded us, "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light." (2 Cor. 11:14) The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) will always be heard thumping at the back of their pulpits and announcing on their radio and television programs that they are the "true church." Is this claim valid? Are they really teaching the truth? Let's check their Pasugo magazines and place it under the lense of truth and
Misquoting A Religious Researcher
P s: INC writer Isabelo Crisostomo wrote, "In a book entitled Filipino Religious Psychology edited by Leonardo N. Mercado, it is stated: 'This type of power passed on to Erano, who, in order to maintain the society would have to be as strong and competent as the man before him. From the very start Erano was being trained for a high position... The Iglesia ni Kristo (sic) has been gaining more and more adherents everyday through the exceptional administrative abilities of Manalo. He has been described as an efficient leader, possessing mastery in organization (Sta. Romana, 1955 and Asia Magazine, 1965).'"
By cutting the above paragraph from Leonardo N. Mercado's book, it seems the author is commending Erano Manalo for his type of leadership prowess. But is this really a positive comment or a negative one? Let's see the full quotation from the said book. The Full Quotation: "Manalo is considered to be a leader of singular powers (Sta. Romana, 1955; Quijano de Manila, 1963; Asis, 1963; and Trinidad, 1970) that even in the absence of written laws, the Church is guided by the pronouncements of the Supreme Brother. Casual comments made by the members of the INK point to the fact that all officers depend on the Executive Minister for guidance and have to wait for his orders, especially in all-important matters. His powers have been described as short of dictatorial, where he controls not only the mind but the soul as well (Modesto, 1958; Navarro, 1969; Polotan, 1965; Asia Magazine, 1965; and This Week, 1965). He is the only one who exercises authority with biblical interpretation.
"This type of power passed on to Erano, who, in order to maintain the society would have to be as strong and competent as the man before him. From the very start Erano was being trained for a high position, where he had to devote full concentration on both ministerial and administrative duties. He saw how effective this type of exercise of power was on the INK members. Erano therefore has not made any dramatic changes in the structure of the INK to date. "The Iglesia ni Kristo (sic) has been gaining more and more adherents everyday through the exceptional administrative abilities of Manalo. He has been described as an efficient leader, possessing mastery in organization (Sta. Romana, 1955 and Asia Magazine, 1965).
"Personality development is influenced to a great extent by the cultural and social milieu in which the indiviual is situated. The Filipino people have been observed to have 'a very high regard for a leaders in whom they can repose confidence and to whom they can give respect' (Pototan, 1965). Perhaps, because they have been a colonized people, they have learned over the centuries to become submissive to those in authority. This is particularly true of the people in the rural areas and those who have not have the advantages of an education. History indicates that particular honor and trust is given to the one who claims to be a religious leader, especially if he shows an interest in the people and maintains that he is gifted with knowledge of God's trust (Asia Magazine, 1965 and Trinidad, 1970).
"The followers of the Iglesia ni Kristo love Manalo so much that they are willing to make sacrifices for him (Quijano de Manila, 1963; Polotan, 1965; and Almario, 1967). As he was described by Mrs. Sta. Romana, 'he looks more like a ruler of a small kingdom: beloved always sought after, adored and respected by his followers.' It is interesting to note that the members, who are mostly poor, do not resent the fact that their leader has so many cars and that the residence that he built is fabulously expensive. In fact, they take pride in the fact that they have a leader who has literally risen from the ranks. Again, the process of identification is at work in this particular situation....
“The Supreme Brother of the Iglesia ni Kristo is clothed with infallibility; he can do nothing wrong. Some have sought the help of Manalo even in the choices of a life partner. He, being considered as God's messenger, cannot make a mistake, so his help is invariably sought." (ARL, pp. 135- 137)
Now would you say that write-up by Ms. Guanzon is a positive comment or a negative one? You be the judge. Please understand that her observation is not subjective but an objective one therefore she is not being bias.
Selective Over Lamsa Acts 20:28 Translation
Pasugo, July-August 1993, p. 13: "To be save or saved, one should come into the fold through Christ. The fold into which one should come or enter in is the Churchof Christ as clarified by Apostle Paul in Acts 20:28, thus, 'Take heed therefore to yourselves and to all the flock overwhich the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, to feed the church of Christ which he has purchased with his blood.' (Lamsa)
Explanation: First of all who is Lamsa that the Iglesia ni Cristo ministers loves to quote? His full name is George M. Lamsa and he is proud to admit of his being a Nestorian. A Nestorian is a person who follows the belief of Nestorius that Christ had two separate persons, a human and a divine. He even claimed the original language of the Scripture is in the Aramaic which was change to Greek despite his lack of evidences. I'm very sure the INC ministers will not agree with Mr. Lamsa's bias conclusion. According to Christian researcher John P. Juedes, Continue Reading here...