There is an on-going forum-debate at (Dr. Quirino Sugon, SJ) MONK'S HOBBIT post Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) logo: Christian or Masonic symbol?. Two active regular commentators (or should I say deceivers) Artsee and Truth are the "Resident Evils" in the forum doing nothing in their power but DEMONIZING the Catholic Church in defense of their beloved cult, the Iglesia ni Cristo founded by Felix Manalo which was incorporated it in 1914 according to the pages of history.
Artsee is obviously an INC member while Truth is trying NOT TO BE so obvious about his INC affiliations (nahihiya siguro and I can understand that). He can pretend NOT to be an affiliate but of course he cannot always pretend forever. The TRUTH will always triumph! How he was unmasked? Come to think of it. What is a Trinity believing protestant doing in a forum that talks NOTHING but the MASONIC SYMBOLS in the Iglesia ni Cristo's LOGO? (Anong ginagawa ng isang Protestanteng naniniwala sa pagka-Dios ni Cristo sa isang forum na ang pinag-uusapan ay ang mga Masonic symbols sa logo ng Iglesia ni Cristo?)
Since Dr. Sugon's responses were well founded with Jesuit intelligence Truth's way of refuting them is to "COPY and PASTE" many articles taken out of context from Protestant websites that are heavily armed with ANTI-CATHOLIC weapon of bigotry and prejudice. But what he is doing NEVER do justice to the Iglesia ni Cristo which completely DENIES CHRIST's DIVINE TRUTH.
I can understand that since their own Central Office of the Iglesia ni Cristo DO NOT have helpful articles for their members to use. Their teachings are SECRETLY HIDDEN at the Central Office in the Philippines that only its Ministers have the full access of it and understanding of the full meaning of their teachings. They are even forbidden to interpret the Bible for only the Ministers are gifted with such understanding (but for me, only their Ministers are well trained to twist Biblical truths). Nice try!
Thanks to the Protestant anti-Catholic sites they have something against the Catholic Church "which is the TRUE Church of Christ" (Pasugo April 1966, p. 46), Truth's copied and pasted articles only highlights the TRUTH about the Divinity of Christ.
Posted by Truth on January 26, 2011 at 9:32 am
Before Truth will deceive many, let us expose his deceiving lies and let the TRUTH of Christ radiate in the darkness of their consciences.
|1. They forbid people to marry: PRIEST, bishops and nuns (1 Timothy 4:3)|
Did the Bible SPECIFICALLY mentioned Catholic PRIESTS and NUNS in 1 Timothy 4:3?
No! Here's what is written in 1 Timothy 4: verses 1-5:.
"Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will turn away from the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and demonic instructions through the hypocrisy of liars with branded consciences. They forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected when received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the invocation of God in prayer."
In fact, according to many Municipal Records, there are MORE Catholic marriages that occurred than members of the Iglesia ni Cristo for that matter. The truth is that the Catholic Church DO NOT forbid its members from marrying. Everybody knows that. In fact out of the 7 Sacraments of the Church one of it is MATRIMONY or marriage which is explicitly outlined in our OFFICIAL Catechism of the Catholic Church. To their own shame, the CENTRAL OFFICE of the IGLESIA ni CRISTO cannot provide its members a clear stand on the matter.
Since Truth's mind is clouded by the darkness of hatred, IGNORANCE, bigotry and prejudice against the Catholic Church (which is the true Church of Christ - Pasugo April 1966, p. 46), CELIBACY is NOT a doctrine but a Religious Life DISCIPLINE which is a requirement for priests and religious of the Catholic Church of the LATIN RITE. Those priests, nuns and religious CHOSE not to marry "for the sake of the Kingdom" immitating Jesus Christ HIMSELF who remained unmarried!
"Indeed, I wish everyone to be as I am, but each has a particular gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. Now to the unmarried and to widows, I say: it is a good thing for them to remain as they are, as I do, but if they cannot exercise self-control they should marry, for it is better to marry than to be on fire." -1Cor. 7:7-9
"...some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it." -Mat. 19:12
"I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband." 1 Cor. 7:32-34
|2. They forbid people to eat meat: LENTEN SEASON and vegetarian (1 Timothy 4:3)|
What a BLATANT LIE!
The Catholic Church DO NOT forbid its members from eating meat. Abstinence from eating meat is NOT a doctrine! It's a DISCIPLINE only during 40 Days Lenten Fasting and Abstince and on Fridays. The Code of Canon Law prescribes (Canons 1250-1252):
Can. 1250: The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.
Can. 1251: Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Can. 1252: The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their sixtieth year. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.
Iglesia ni Cristo members DO NOT have days of fastings and abstince which is a practice by all Monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam).
According to Catholic Online:
The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Also forbidden are soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal derived products such as margarine and gelatin which do not have any meat taste.
|3. They do standing prayers in the street: PROCESSION (Matthew 6:5)|
Gagawin ang lahat makalinlang lamang! Kahit Biblia kinasangkapan sa kasamaan! Matthew 6:5 is not talking about Catholics. It's talking about the hypocrisy of the Sadducees. Hudyo ba kami?
Procession? Where is it forbidden in the Bible? In fact, when Israel wanted to tear down the walls of Jericho, they carried the Ark of the Covenant in PROCESSION around the city for 7 days until its walls crumbled!(Joshua 6:6-21). King David and the people even DANCED before the Ark of the Covenant while the people having procession of it on a cart. (2 Samuel 6).
|4. They do repetitive prayers: ROSARY (Matthew 6:7)|
What is the problem with repeating prayers? Jesus even used a parable of the PERSISTENCE of a friend from a journey repeating the same words until his friend gave in, not because of what he was asking but because of his PERSISTENCE (repeating the same thing) - Luke 11.
What's forbidden in Matthew 6:7 is NOT the repetition but the empty words pagans pray. Hindi naman kami pagano ano! Baka kayo!
I wonder if you had prayed the Rosary when you were yet a Catholic. Because if you did, at least you know that the "Our Father" is not a pagan prayer but it's Christ Jesus' own words. How dare you say Jesus' words are not acceptable to God! Hypocrites!
In fact, what's prayed in the Rosary are deeply Biblical. The OUR FATHER was Jesus own prayers in Matthew 6:9-14. The praying of the Holy Rosary is very much CHRIST CENTERED: Thanks to David MacDonald:
- In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost
- I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sin, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. (Said before the Rosary)
- Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Said before each decade)
- Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. (Said after each decade)
- O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. (Said after each decade)
- Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. (Luke 1:28)Blessed art thou among women (Luke 1:41-42a,Luke 1:48),Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus (Luke 1:42b)Holy Mary, Mother of God (Luke 1:43)
|5. They called their priest: FATHER of their soul and spirit (Matthew 23:9)|
These INC members and anti-Catholic bigots are really UNBELIEVABLE. How could Jesus go against calling our earthly fathers as "fathers" when God himself even COMMANDED the Israelites to "Honor your father and mother." And the only way we can express that RESPECT to our parents is to call our father "FATHER" and our mother "MOTHER". Devout Jews are very much aware of this 5th commandment such that St. Paul's letter exorts it to the Ephesians 6. These INC bigots wanted us to believe that Jesus words are against his own servants. (Read Mr. Karl Keating's Call No One "Father""?)
|6. Vicar of Christ: POPE (Matthew 24:5, 11; 24; Mark 13:16,22; Luke 21:8)|
Matthew 24:5 is a warning against the COMING DECEIVERS pretending to be ANGELS, PROPHETS, MESSIAH and Felix Manalo perfectly fits to that category. The Popes in history never proclaimed themselves as such.
Here is Matthew 11
Here is Matthew 24
Here is Mark 13:16,22 which talks about false messiahs and prophets. Again Felix Manalo claimed to be the "Last Messenger" perfecting our "salvation" implying that Jesus' own sacrifice on the Cross was futile and imperfect that He still needed a Felix Manalo to perfect it.
Here is Luke 21:8 which again points to Felix Manalo for deceiving many by proclaiming himself as the "Last Messenger".
Behold what their PASUGO is saying about FELIX MANALO (Last Messenger) having SIMILAR spirit that of Christ!
PASUGO Hulyo 1965, p. 12:
“Parehong-pareho ang espiritu ni Cristo sa diwa ni Kapatid na Felix Manalo sa pamamaraan ng pagdadala ng tungkuling tinanggap sa Dios." (Jesus's spirit is exactly the same with that of Brother Felix Manalo for fulfilling his duties he accepted from God."
PASUGO Mayo 1964, p. 1:
“Inihandog ng Dios ang kanyang sarili sa kanyang huling sugo upang dumiyos sa kanya. Samakatuwid, ang tanging may Dios na huling araw na ito'y ang huling sugo -- si Kapatid na Felix Manalo." (God offered himself to his last messenger so that He (God) may deified in him (Felix Manalo) Therefore the only one who has God in these last days is his last messenger -- Brother Felix Manalo.").
From the above official pronouncements from their magazine, it is not the Pope who's pretending to be "Christ" but Felix Manalo. The title of the Pope as "VICAR of CHRIST" can be read from Wikipedia:
|Use for the bishops|
The first record of the concept of the Vicar of Christ is mentioned in the Epistle to the Magnesians of St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, an alumnus of St. John, probably commanded by Peter, with a pastoral sense, written between the years 88 and 107 AD "your bishop presides in the place of God (...)". Although Ignatius did not explicitly use the term Vicar of Christ, he clearly sets out the concept. Currently the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that all bishops are vicars of Christ.
Use for the Holy Spirit
The second recorded use of "Vicar of Christ is found in the epistles of Tertullian in the 3rd century, with a different theological slant to refer to the Holy Spirit, that is, as Christ is not physically performing miracles in the Church, Holy Spirit acts as his Vicar on his behalf, performing miracles and preventing the Church err. It is unknown whether this term was widely used in the early Church, or whether it was a personal theological observation of Tertullian.
Use for the popes
The third use of the term Vicar of Christ appears in the 5th century, in a synod of bishops to refer to Pope Gelasius I. The theological connotations of the title got a pastoral sense, evoking the words of Christ to the Apostle Peter, regarded by the first Catholic Pope in John 21:16-17, "Feed my lambs... Feed my sheep", so Christ made Peter his vicar and pastor with the responsibility to feed his flock (ie the Church) in his own place.
However, the use of the title to refer to the popes in the early Church was unstable, and several variants of the use of Vicar were used for the Pope, as "Vicar of Peter", indicating that they were the successors of St. Peter, "Vicar of the Prince of the Apostles" or "Vicar of the Apostolic See", among other variants. This title is used by the Roman Missal in their prayers for a dead pope, and the oath of allegiance to St. Boniface to Pope Gregory II. The appointment of the Vicar of Christ for the popes became only the regular use from the thirteenth century, due to the reforms employed by Pope Innocent III, often called Innocent to this title and prerogative to appoint bishops. The edition of 2009 theAnnuario Pontificio, the "Vicar of Jesus Christ" as the third official title of the Popes.
Members of the INC will not stop but the Catholic Church, as Christ's TRUE Church will stand firm on a solid rock as he promised "the gates of hell will not prevail against it (his Church)" (Matthew 16:16-18)