"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

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Letter to Pasugo: Why "Church of Christ" is Accurate

Here is another letter sent by a reader of Pasugo, INC's official magazine.

PASUGO/May 1994 | Volume 46 | Number 5 | ISSN 0116-1636 | Page 3

Why “Church of Christ” is Accurate

I AM AN avid reader of Pasugo. It is really interesting, convincing and I admire it so much.

By the way, like your many readers, I also have questions in my mind. It is about the mention of “Church of God” in most versions of the Bible instead of “Church of Christ.” I have noticed that whenever you refer to Acts 20:28 you always cite George Lamsa’s version which mentions “Church of Christ instead of “Church of God.” Well, why did Mr.Lamsa change the original version? Is he authorized to change the original version?

Elgee Guzman
Nueva Ecija
Philippines

Editor’s Reply:

Acts 20:28 in the George M. Lamsa version of the Bible reads:

“Take heed therefore to yourselves and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers to feed the church of Christ which he has purchased with his blood.”

Lamsa’s version which mentions “church of Christ is accurate because the one who actually shed His blood for the Church of Christ. God, being a spirit (Jn. 4:24), has no flesh and bones (Lk. 24:36-39) and thus has no blood. Other versions of the Bible that render the same portion of Acts 20:28 as “church of God” are not accurate for God has no blood.

The Bible lists several names for the one Church built by Christ. It is called “Church of God” (I Thess. 2:14), “Church of the living God” (I Tim. 3:15). This Church of God is also of Christ because whatever is of God is also of Christ (Jn. 16:15; 17:9-10). It is called the Church of the Lord (Acts 20:28, American Standard Version) but the Lord referred to here is the one who shed His own blood for this church and this is the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:36) who washed the members of the Church with His own blood (Rev. 1:5).

Many Bible versions are done by people with a set of beliefs already in mind and this influenced their versions, thus changing the words of God. God’s words must not be made to contradict one another for God is not the author of confusion (I Cor. 14:33).

The biblical "church of Christ" is accurate but the INC's interpretation of the "church of Christ" which they love to translate to Tagalog (para magkatunog) "Iglesia ni Cristo" is NOT!

1. "church of Christ" (Acts 20:28 Lamsa Translation)
2. "churches of Christ" (Romans 16:16)

3. "Church of Christ" (Pasugo magazine in reference to Acts 20:28 quoting Lamsa's)
4. "Church of Christ" (Pasugo magazine in reference to Romans 16:16)

See the BIIIIG difference?!

In the Philippines where there are more than 78% of Catholics we also have a lot of IGNORANT ones. These ignorant Catholics are the easiest prey!

Much to our own frustration as Catholics is that these ignorant Catholics are CONTENTED on what was told them by Manalo's Church paid ministers. And when they finally embraced Manalo and his church, they become the fiercest anti-Catholics in the Philippines!

However, if you listen INTELLIGENTLY it is extremely DECEIVING to believe that when we say "church of Christ" or "Church of Christ" we mean exactly the same with the "Iglesia ni Cristo" of Manalo?


Manalo's INC Church CLAIMS every word "church(es) of Christ" being mentioned in Bible. They also CLAIM every time Catholic acknowledges the "Church of Christ" in its official pronouncements as THEM. Simply they translate "Church of Christ" (in reference to the Catholic Church) to Tagalog "Iglesia ni Cristo" so they conclude that the Catholic Church believes in the "Iglesia ni Cristo"

BUT why they are not CLAIMING every "Church of Christ" being registered in the United States as THEIRS?

At this time, you should be asking intelligently WHY?

ON LAMSA's ACTS 20:28

First you should be asking, Why only Acts 20:28 in Lamsa?  Who is GEORGE LAMSA? Is he a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo of Manalo?

No!

George Lamsa is NOT a member of MANALO's Church.  During his lifetime, Mr. Lamsa never heard of the Iglesia ni Cristo or even met Felix Manalo or any of the Manalo's in that respect alone. Lamsa for sure never acknowledged the claims of Manalo as the "Last Messenger."

Just as what this Pasugo Editor said "Many Bible versions are done by people with a set of beliefs already in mind and this influenced their versions, thus changing the words of God," George Lamsa's person version was INFLUENCED by his SET OF BELIEFS already in his mind.

Thus Lamsa's changing of the word "God" to "Christ" made to contradict God's word.

True, as Pasugo Editor said "God’s words must not be made to contradict one another for God is not the author of confusion (I Cor. 14:33)" however Lamsa's OWN distorted Bible version REFLECTS a god of CONFUSION, now being COPIED by the INC of Manalo --COPY-CAT (walang originality) church!

Iglesia ni Cristo of Manalo is sowing MORE CONFUSION nowadays having CONTRADICTING teachings, one teaching against another!

Yes, George Lamsa belongs to the ASSYRIAN CHURCH of the EAST which is HISTORICALLY an offshoot of NESTORIANISM.

Netorius was the heretical Bishop of Constantinople. His theology clearly showed that he DID NOT BELIEVE in the DEITY of Christ.  A doctrine COPIED by the INC of Manalo!

His theology was CONDEMNED by the CHURCH at the First Council of Ephesus in the year 431 A.D., 1,581 years before Felix Manalo thought he founded his Church in 1914.

We should not be confused NESTORIANISM from ARIANISM.  Nestorius was the Bishop of the See of Constantinople (Turkey) while Arius was the Bishop of See of Alexandria (Egypt).  Both were considered HERETICS by the CHURCH.

Here is something worth PONDERING:
(For Historical Records: Among the FIVE Ancient Apostolic Sees (Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Rome -- ONLY ROME is still standing.  Rome is the SEE of PETER, LEADER of all the Churches. All other ancient See of Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople and Jerusalem have lost their Sees eventually from invading Muslims and their cities nowadays are governed and controlled by Islam -- Rome indeed is the ETERNAL CITY chosen by God) for Christians!

During the time of INC's "Last Messenger" Felix Manalo, he was quoting ONLY Romans 16:16.  Lamsa's version was unknown to him.  Therefore, Lamsa's Acts 20:28 does not serve any benefit to Manalo's Church today since Lamsa NEVER acknowledged the Iglesia ni Cristo as historically the true Church.

For Lamsa, the true Church is the Assyrian Church of the East.

Today Christians in general DO NOT consider Lamsa's Version as scholarly accurate and faithful to the original Scriptures.  His Acts 20:28 which was originally written as "church of God" was deliberately changed to "church of Christ" for according to him, the Scripture should be in error since "God do not have blood", therefore it should be Christ's.-- "church of Christ."

But the Bible says "church of God" in Acts 20:28

Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,  in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood.

Because the same author, St. Paul believed too, that Jesus is God in the flesh (and blood)!

(Jesus) coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance..." Phil. 2:7
Jesus - in HUMAN LIKENESS, in HUMAN APPEARANCE, therefore Acts 20:28 is ACCURATELY written as "church of God"!

He was found to have abused the Scripture asserting his heretical theological stand according to "Nestorianism" which had been CONDEMNED 1,581 years as of this year 2012 AD.



ON ROMANS 16:16

Romans 16:16 has nothing to do with Manalo's founded Church-- the Iglesia ni Cristo.


"Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet YOU (emphasis mine)."

In Romans 16:16, the Bible confirms that "all the churches of Christ (ang lahat ng mga iglesia ni Cristo) were sending their greetings to YOU!

Who are these YOU being mentioned in Romans 16:16?

It's not the "Iglesia ni Cristo" in the Philippines rather, it's the CHURCH in ROME.

And that ALL THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST should be sending their greetings to "YOU"!

So if you think intelligently, you would be QUESTIONING the INC of Manalo why they are NOT SENDING its greetings to the (Church of ROME)?

ON INC's Biblical Reference about Christ being a Special Man and NOT God (Phil. 2: 9-11)

Manalo's INC Church usually finds CONVENIENTLY verses from the Bible which prove JESUS as a MAN only.

But then, from the same Bible, they cannot find any verse that DENIES His divinity as well.

So in order for them to justify their flawed logic and distorted theology, they said JESUS is not JUST an ORDINARY man but a very SPECIAL man.

To prove that, they claimed PHILIPPIANS 2:9-11.


In VERSE 9, it begins with "... Because of this...."

Here is what they DON'T like you to read!

Verses 5-8

"...though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human  in appearance, he humbled himself..."

Philippians 2 CONFIRMS the DEITY of JESUS, saying JESUS is in the FORM of GOD, something we should GRASPED at. The Bible says JESUS CAME in HUMAN LIKENESS and JESUS God in HUMAN APPEARANCE!

Manalo's INC Church is a TOTAL absurdity and DEFECTIVE, HERETICAL and un-BIBLICAL.  The Iglesia ni Cristo is a FAKE church, founded by a man who PROCLAIMED himself as "God's Last Prophet".

Believe!

LEAVE the Iglesia ni Cristo at once and redeem yourself through his TRUE CHURCH-- the HISTORICAL CHURCH -- the APOSTOLICAL CHURCH -- the BIBLICAL CHURCH -- the UNIVERSAL CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST! -- it's the CATHOLIC CHURCH and no other!

Officially, that's CONFIRMED from the Iglesia ni Cristo:

PASUGO Abril 1966, p. 46: “Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia ni Cristo."

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post, Brother.

    I will print copy of this post and will insert b/w pages of PASUGO/May 1994 issue.

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  2. Thanks then brother and may God bless you and protect you always with angels and saints praying before the throne of God in your behalf ^_^

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  3. The INC response was a lie. The Lamsa Bible is NOT a "translation"; it is a "paraphrase". The accurate translation of the original greek is actually "church of God" and NOT "church of Christ". Mga walang hiya itong mga INC. Mga sinungaling!!!

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  4. Ang pangalan ng simbahan niyo na Holy Catholic Apostolic Church wala sa Bible sa kahit anong version o translations, kahit sa mga Greek manuscripts. Ang name ng iglesia namin na Church of Christ nababasa sa inyo wala, wala at talagang wala.

    Sino ba ang bumili o tumubos sa Iglesia ng kaniyang dugo? Si Cristo? Kaya tama na isalin na, ...ang Iglesia ni Cristo na binili Niya ng kanyang dugo."

    Mababasa niyo ba sa Biblia ang official name ng inyong Iglesia. Inimbento niyo lang yan ang pangalan yan, Si Ignacio ang nagsimula. Inimbento niya ang terminong Katolika at ipinangalan sa inyong iglesia. kung ano-ano pa ang idinagdag niyo humaba ng humaba ang official name ng simbahan niyo pero ang pangalan ni Cristo, tinanggal niyo sa official name. Katuparan yan ng pagtatatuwa sa pangalan ni Cristo dahil sa inalis niyo sa official name ng inyong Iglesia ang pangalan ni Cristo. Then, wala pa kayong mababasa na talata sa Biblia ng pagkahaba-haba na official name ng simbahan niyo.

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    1. Hindi dahil sa KATUNOG eh kayo na iyon!

      Dalawa ang Iglesia ni Cristo: Isang TATAG ni Cristo at isang TATAG ni Manalo.

      Sa dalawang Iglesia, isa ang TUNAY at isa ang PEKE.

      At ang sabi ng inyong PASUGO:

      PASUGO Nobyembre 1940, p. 23:
      “Iisa lamang ang tanging makapagtatayo ng Iglesiang magiging dapat sa Dios. Kung sino? -- Ang ating Panginoong Jesu-Cristo lamang! Sinumang tao-- maging marunong o mangmang-- ay walang karapatang magtayo..."

      Si CRISTO lamang daw ang MAY KARAPATAN!!!

      Ano ngayon si FElix Manalo, mas mataas kay Cristo?

      Kaya WALANG KARAPATAN si Felix Manalo upang magtatag ng KATUNOG na Iglesia.

      Kaya't hindi dahil sa KATUNOG ay MAGKATULAD.

      Ang sabi ng Pasugo:

      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!"


      Opo, yon po ang sabi ng Pasugo niyo.

      Hindi dahil sa KATUNOG ay tunay na.,

      Ang lahat ng mga NAGSISISULPUTANG mga iglesia na nag-aangking mga Iglesia ni Cristo rin sila ay mga HUWAD...

      Peke

      Fake

      Hindi tunay

      At heto ang tunay na IGLESIA...

      PASUGO Abril 1966, p. 46: “Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia ni Cristo."


      Opo sa PASIMULA ay IGLESIA KATOLIKA na po ang TUNAY na IGLESIA NI CRISTO...

      at ang INC sa pinas na KATUNOG ay isang HUWAD, PEKE, "made in China"...

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    2. Supalpal na naman ang abnormal na ang pangalan ay "Anonymous". lol

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  5. Bokya na naman ang mga kumokopya ng pangalan at nagpapanggap ng Iglesia ni Cristo... ^_^

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  6. Sure tlaga kau sa mga sinasabi nio???????tapus ung isa my alam pang "lol" d b masama un
    Ang bait nio!

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  7. Sure po! fake ang iglesia ni manalo!

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  8. May katanungan po ako sa mga INK manalo,kung ang Lamsa Translation ay nung 1933 lamang inilabas ibig po bang sabihin na ang INK manalo nung 1914 ay iba ang paniniwala hanggang mailabas ang Lamsa translation?

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHA NAKAKATAWA NGA TALAGA KAYONG MGA KATOLIKO PILIT NA PINIPILIPIT ANG TUNAY NA ISSUE AT MGA ARAL MULA SA BIBLIA DAHIL KAYO TALAGA ANG TATAMAAN NG SAPOL SA MGA PAGMUMUKHA NINYO KUNG ANO ANO NALANG ANG GAGAWING PANINIRA SA IGLESIA NI CRISTO. HAHAHAHAHA IGLESIA NI MANALO? HAHAHAHAHA ANO YON? MAY GANOON BANG IGLESIA? HAHAHAHAHA PARANG HINDI KO PA YON NAPAG-ARALAN SA DOKTRINA NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO NAKAKATAWA TALAGA KAYO HAHAHAHHA GAGAWA-GAWA KAYO NG SARILI NINYONG HAKA-HAKA HINDI NAMAN NAMIN ALAM YON BUTI PA KAYO MAY GANOONG ARAL SIGURO KAYO ANG SUMASAMBA SA IGLESIA NI MANALO HAHAHAHA KASI AKO PAGSUMASAMBA IGLESIA NI CRISTO ANG PINAPASUKAN KO YON KASI ANG MERON AT ALAM NYO BA ANG GAGANDA PA ANG LALAKI NG MGA KAPILYA NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO HINDI PARANG HAUNTED HOUSE NA SA PELIKULA MGA SIMBAHAN NG KATOLIKO GINAGAWANG KATATAKUTAN HAHAHAHHA BAKA GANOON DIN IGLESIA NI MANALO NA IMBENTO NYO LANG SORRY PO HINDI KAMI MGA TANGA NA SUMASAMBA SA MGA REBULTONG NAKAKATAKOT AT HINDI RIN KAMI MADALING UTUIN NG MGA PANINIRA NYO HAHAHAHA

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    2. HAHAHAHAHAHA NAKAKATAWA NGA TALAGA KAYONG MGA KATOLIKO PILIT NA PINIPILIPIT ANG TUNAY NA ISSUE AT MGA ARAL MULA SA BIBLIA DAHIL KAYO TALAGA ANG TATAMAAN NG SAPOL SA MGA PAGMUMUKHA NINYO KUNG ANO ANO NALANG ANG GAGAWING PANINIRA SA IGLESIA NI CRISTO. HAHAHAHAHA IGLESIA NI MANALO? HAHAHAHAHA ANO YON? MAY GANOON BANG IGLESIA? HAHAHAHAHA PARANG HINDI KO PA YON NAPAG-ARALAN SA DOKTRINA NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO NAKAKATAWA TALAGA KAYO HAHAHAHHA GAGAWA-GAWA KAYO NG SARILI NINYONG HAKA-HAKA HINDI NAMAN NAMIN ALAM YON BUTI PA KAYO MAY GANOONG ARAL SIGURO KAYO ANG SUMASAMBA SA IGLESIA NI MANALO HAHAHAHA KASI AKO PAGSUMASAMBA IGLESIA NI CRISTO ANG PINAPASUKAN KO YON KASI ANG MERON AT ALAM NYO BA ANG GAGANDA PA ANG LALAKI NG MGA KAPILYA NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO HINDI PARANG HAUNTED HOUSE NA SA PELIKULA MGA SIMBAHAN NG KATOLIKO GINAGAWANG KATATAKUTAN HAHAHAHHA BAKA GANOON DIN IGLESIA NI MANALO NA IMBENTO NYO LANG SORRY PO HINDI KAMI MGA TANGA NA SUMASAMBA SA MGA REBULTONG NAKAKATAKOT AT HINDI RIN KAMI MADALING UTUIN NG MGA PANINIRA NYO HAHAHAHA

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    3. Di ba't katawa-tawa naman ang inyong PASUGO at napapasugo kayo sa mga paliwanag ng inyong mga bayarang Ministro na walang habol kundi ang kasaganaan sabi ng yumaong Erano Manalo.. eh ano ang napala niyo labo labong paliwanag.

      Iglesia ba kamo? Hindi ang INCorporated INC of Felix Manalo kundi ang nag-iisang PANGKALAHATANG IGLESIANG KAY CRISTO... IGLESIA KATOLIKA.

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  9. HAHAHAHAHAHA NAKAKATAWA NGA TALAGA KAYONG MGA KATOLIKO PILIT NA PINIPILIPIT ANG TUNAY NA ISSUE AT MGA ARAL MULA SA BIBLIA DAHIL KAYO TALAGA ANG TATAMAAN NG SAPOL SA MGA PAGMUMUKHA NINYO KUNG ANO ANO NALANG ANG GAGAWING PANINIRA SA IGLESIA NI CRISTO. HAHAHAHAHA IGLESIA NI MANALO? HAHAHAHAHA ANO YON? MAY GANOON BANG IGLESIA? HAHAHAHAHA PARANG HINDI KO PA YON NAPAG-ARALAN SA DOKTRINA NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO NAKAKATAWA TALAGA KAYO HAHAHAHHA GAGAWA-GAWA KAYO NG SARILI NINYONG HAKA-HAKA HINDI NAMAN NAMIN ALAM YON BUTI PA KAYO MAY GANOONG ARAL SIGURO KAYO ANG SUMASAMBA SA IGLESIA NI MANALO HAHAHAHA KASI AKO PAGSUMASAMBA IGLESIA NI CRISTO ANG PINAPASUKAN KO YON KASI ANG MERON AT ALAM NYO BA ANG GAGANDA PA ANG LALAKI NG MGA KAPILYA NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO HINDI PARANG HAUNTED HOUSE NA SA PELIKULA MGA SIMBAHAN NG KATOLIKO GINAGAWANG KATATAKUTAN HAHAHAHHA BAKA GANOON DIN IGLESIA NI MANALO NA IMBENTO NYO LANG SORRY PO HINDI KAMI MGA TANGA NA SUMASAMBA SA MGA REBULTONG NAKAKATAKOT AT HINDI RIN KAMI MADALING UTUIN NG MGA PANINIRA NYO HAHAHAHA

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