"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, March 15, 2011

INC: The First Christians remained faithful to the Gospel till the end, therefore there is NO apostasy!



Introduction:

Bro. Edwil D. Zabala: "Good day and welcome to this program, the Iglesia ni Cristo and the Bible. In today’s study we learn what it is that our faith and services should be based on so that we too can be like the early Christians who remained steadfast in their services to the Lord until the very end." (00:51 -01:05)



Bro. Isaias T. Samson: "Why indeed were the members of the True Church remained firm and steadfast in their services to the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ? What is their basis of their strong faith and dedication?" (01:36 – 01:47)

[Sadly, for INC the Bible is AT THEIR SERVICE, not the other way around.  They quoted 1 Cor 2:4-5 and Rom 1:16-17 since these two Biblical passages happen to talk about the words "Power of God."]

Bro. Isaias T. Samson: "So members of the True Church are truly blest because they have been taught the pure gospel." (03:37 - 03:41)
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Concluding Prayer: (21:21 – 22:57)

Our Almighty God, we thank you so much for giving us the Truth; for allowing us to learn about your Gospel; we realize that this is your power to our salvation. And we are asking you dear God to please once again enlighten our hearts and minds. We know it Father that there is nothing we can do, and we will not be able to receive salvation on the day of Judgment without your help and without your guidance. Now that we have realized, that we all should follow the Gospel; that we all should join the True Church. May you please give us the heart to become obedient, submissive to your will and to your commandments for the sake of our souls.

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, we believe that you are our mediator. And we also believed in the sufferings that you have made for the sake of your holy Church. It is because you want to give us the opportunity to be saved when you return. Dear Lord in heaven, please allow us to realize that we need your help and your guidance. And as we now study your Gospel Oh Lord, kindly give us the heart to obey you for the sake of our salvation.

Our Father in heaven, we firmly believe that you have answered our prayers. You have granted all our requests. We ask all these things of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I could not agree MORE than what their Ministers asserted on TV.  Yes, it is true, that the "EARLY CHURCH" remained FAITHFUL  in their faith 'TILL THE END. So that the words of Christ in Matthew 16:18 is FULFILLED "18 And I say to you: That you are Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell SHALL NOT PREVAIL against it."

So which of the many "churches" TRACES its HISTORY back to the apostolic times (Early Church)? It's none other than the CATHOLIC CHURCH!!

Secular History STANDS a witness to this fact that "The Catholic Church's history can be traced back to the to the apostolic times."

Much that INC's official magazine PASUGO Abril 1966, p. 46 agrees on that fact:
 “Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia ni Cristo." [The Catholic Church is from the beginning the Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo)]
Truly, the Early Church which is the Catholic Church remained faithful to the Gospel of Jesus that Pasugo asserted:

PASUGO Mayo 1968, p. 5:
"Ano ang katangian ng maging Tupa ni Cristo? Sa Juan 10:28 ay ganito ang sabi: 'At sila'y binigyan ko ng walang hanggang buhay, at kailanma'y hindi sila malilipol, at hindi aagawin ng sinuman sa aking kamay'. Isang dakilang kapalaran ang maging Tupa o Tauhan ni Cristo sapagkat sila'y binibigyan niya ng walang hanggang buhay at hindi sila malilipol kailan man." [What is the characteristics of Christ's sheep? In John 10:28 it states: 'And I will give them everlasting life, and never shall they apostatized, and no one can snatch them from my hand.' It's a rare priviledge to be Christ's sheep because He gave them an everlasting life and they will never apostatized ever."]
Let me add Verse 29 of  John 10: "That which my Father has given me is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of my Father."

See? The Bible says NEVER his Church will apostatized!

PASUGO Hunyo 1940, p. 27:
"Papaano ang pag-aalaga at pag-iingat sa pananampalataya? Wala tayong dapat gawin kundi manatili sa mga aral ng Dios na ating napag-aralan. Ito ang ginawa ng unang Iglesia. Sila'y nanatiling matibay sa aral ng mga Apostol. Ganito rin ang dapat nating gawin." [How shall we keep our faith? We have nothing to do except to REMAIN in the teachings of God which we have studied.  This is what the EARLY CHURCH did.  They REMAINED strong in the teachings of the Apostles.  This is what we should be doing also."]
If the Early Church REMAINED FAITHFUL 'till the end (reflecting that words of Jesus "the gates of hell shall not prevail") then the TOTAL APOSTASY doctrine of the Iglesia ni Cristo holds no water.  If the EARLY CHURCH remained faithful to this day, then secular history is right in asserting that the Catholic Church rightfully traces its history back to the times of the apostles which is now more than 2,000 years old.

Therefore, the Iglesia ni Cristo founded by Felix Manalo in 1914 is a FAKE church.

PASUGO Mayo 1968, p. 7:
“Ang tunay na Iglesia ni Cristo ay iisa lamang, ito ang Iglesiang itinayo ni Cristo. Kung mayroon mang nagsisibangon ngayong mga Iglesia at sasabihing sila man ay INK rin ang mga ito ay hindi tunay kundi huwad lamang!" [The TRUE CHURCH of CHRIST is only ONE, this is the Church established by Christ. If there are many Churches sprouting today which CLAIMS to be also the Church of Christ- INK (Iglesia ni Kristo) they are not GENUINE but FAKES only!]
And the TRUE CHURCH of CHRIST is the CATHOLIC CHURCH!

PASUGO Abril 1966, p. 46:
 “Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia ni Cristo." [The CATHOLIC CHURCH in the beginning is the CHURCH of CHRIST.]

And since there is no "Total Apostasy" Iglesia ni Cristo's "Last Sugo" is now the "Lost Sugo".

Now, let me jump to their CONCLUDING PRAYERS.  Let's experiment.  I want to prove that in their prayers, I can interchange the Father (God) with the name of the Lord Jesus (Man only) without having the fear of blasphemy.

See for yourself that anything they (INC) attribute to the Father (GOD) can be attributed to Jesus Christ (MAN ONLY).   The blue ones are the replacements. See for yourself if replacing the words would make this prayer BLASPHEMOUS to God!
Our Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you so much for giving us the Truth; for allowing us to learn about your Gospel; we realize that this is your power to our salvation. And we are asking you dear Lord Jesus to please once again enlighten our hearts and minds. We know it Lord Jesus that there is nothing we can do, and we will not be able to receive salvation on the day of Judgment without your help and without your guidance. Now that we have realized, that we all should follow the Gospel; that we all should join the True Church. May you please give us the heart to become obedient, submissive to your will and to your commandments for the sake of our souls.
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, we believe that you are our mediator. And we also believed in the sufferings that you have made for the sake of your holy Church. It is because you want to give us the opportunity to be saved when you return. Dear Lord in heaven, please allow us to realize that we need your help and your guidance. And as we now study your Gospel Oh Lord, kindly give us the heart to obey you for the sake of our salvation.
Our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven, we firmly believe that you have answered our prayers. You have granted all our requests. We ask all these things of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Notice the phrases in red how these Ministers FREELY address the same attribute to the Father (God) and Jesus Christ (Man only) without fearing blasphemy.   

"... learn about YOUR Gospel" addressed to God (Father)
"...we now study YOUR Gospel" addressed to Jesus (the man only).
Two Gospels? One from God and one from a man only!

We thank the Lord Jesus for revealing his TRUTH to his own CHURCH - the Catholic Church.  The early Church never failed the Lord for remaining faithful to his teachings, handing over this teachings to the Church even before there was a Bible. The Church "of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15), remained steadfast. To Jesus Christ the Lord and God may be praised for all ages!


1 comment:

  1. Catholic Church will always stand with the strength of God and His blessings will always prevail. And the Claims of the Catholic Church can never be disputed by any claims made by inc1914.

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