"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

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ang IGLESIA: Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohan (I Tim 3:15)

Ang Simbahan ng Katoliko sa Qatar, isang bansang Muslim
Bagamat nabanggit nga sa sulat ni Apostol San Pablo sa mga Kristiano sa ROMA (16:16) ang mga salitang "iglesia ni Cristo" HINDI nangangahulugan na ang ang mga organisasyon o samahan na may ganitong KATULAD na pangalan ay SILA na nga. NANGOPYA lamang sila at kung tuus-tuusin ay PEKE pa rin sila!

At dahil may NAG-IISANG IGLESIA na ITINATAG si Cristo noong Unang Siglo, ang LAHAT ng mga nagsisibangon na mga iglesiang nagpapatawag din sa pangalang "Iglesia ni Cristo" ay mga HUWAD o PEKE o NAGPAPANGGAP lamang.

Ito ay sinang-ayunan ng opisyal na magasin na pag-aari ng samahang may katulad na pangalan-- ang Iglesia ni Cristo na tatag ni Felix Manalo noong 1914 sa Sitio Punta Sta. Ana, Maynila.

Ang sabi ng magasing 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!"

Bakit nila nasabing HUWAD o PEKE ang mga NAGSISIBANGON at nagsasabing na sila rin ay mga "Iglesia ni Cristo"?

Heto ang sagot din nila sa magasing 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..."

Bakit? Sino ba ang nagtatag ng Iglesia ni Cristo na natatagpuan sa Pilipinas?

Ito ang sagot din ng magasing PASUGO Agosto-Setyembre 1964, p. 5
“Kailan napatala sa Pamahalaan o narehistro ang INK sa Pilipinas? Noong Hulyo 27, 1914. Tunay nga na sinasabi sa rehistro na si Kapatid na F. Manalo ang nagtatag ng INK."

Sa makatuwid, ang Iglesia ni Cristo pala sa Pilipinas ay HUWAD, PEKE, NAGPAPANGGAP at NAGKUKUNYARI lamang kahit na may pangalan pa itong "IGLESIA NI CRISTO" sapagkat ang samahang ito ay HINDI TATAG ni CRISTO na siya LAMANG ang may karapatang magtayo!

Ang samahang ito ay ITINATAG ng isang TAONG HAMAK na si FELIX MANALO dating kabilang sa TUNAY NA IGLESIA at saka NAGTAYO ng sariling KANYA at pinangalanang KATULAD ng sa atin.

At dahil IISA LAMANG ang IGLESIANG kay CRISTO na KANYANG TATAG hindi maaaring ang INC ni Manalo ay kay Cristo rin.

Saanmang dako ng Biblia ay mababasa natin ang salitang IGLESIA. Kung minsan tinatawag na "IGLESIA ng Dios" o kaya'y "IGLESIA ng Dios na buhay" o kaya'y "IGLESIA ni Cristo". Pero sa maraming pagkakataon ay ang katawagan sa kanya ay IGLESIA lamang sapagkat WALANG IBANG IGLESIA kundi ang IGLESIANG KAY CRISTO.

Bago iyan, basahin ang "Alin ang Iglesiang binabanggit sa Roma 16:16?" upang maunawaan natin kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng sulat ni Apostol San Pablo kay Timoteo.

Ngayon, may BINABANGGIT si Apostol San Pablo na IGLESIA raw. Hindi nabanggit dito ni San Pablo ang salitang "BIBLIA".

Balikan natin ang Unang sulat ni Apostol san Pablo kay Timoteo (3:14-16).

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mike Carlton: Tales of an Unlikely Convert

It was 11:45 p.m. and I couldn’t sleep. I was anxious about a phone conversation I overheard my wife, Laurie, was having with her mother about Catholicism, and my patience for this divisive topic had run out. My mother-in-law was asking my wife how she would feel about not receiving the Eucharist at her sister’s upcoming Catholic wedding now that she had no longer been attending the Catholic Church (we decided to join my Presbyterian church after a period of time “church shopping”). She was also concerned because my future brother-in-law’s best man was not Catholic and, combined with my wife, there would be no Catholic witnesses to validate the wedding. Why does religion have to be so difficult? Why can’t we just agree on the same God and live happily ever after? Why does my mother-in-law care about these matters?

I’m glad she did.

I grew up in a typical Protestant Christian home. With Scottish roots, my family is Presbyterian. My church background involved Youth Club retreats, Senior High Fellowship, and many fond memories of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church just outside Buffalo, New York. My parents raised us to respect everyone independently and in a neighborhood filled with Catholic families, religious difference rarely came up. The only difference I personally noticed was that Catholic families were larger, went to private schools, and followed Notre Dame football. There was a time, however, that I wondered about the word “Protestant” and why my church was associated with the word “protest.” I never imagined someday feeling challenged to wade through the vast theological distinctions that have sadly separated Christianity for almost over 500 years.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Manila Bulletin in error: Felix Manalo "FOUNDED" the Iglesia ni Cristo 1914

Remembering Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Erañao Manalo's 87th Birthday

MANILA, Philippines — On this day, the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) observes with deep respect and affection the 87th Birth Anniversary of INC Executive Minister Eraño de Guzman Manalo who passed away on August 31, 2009. Ka Erdie’s sincerity, humility, and word of honor were among the sterling qualities for which he was admired. His words and actions made him a worthy successor to his father, the late Felix Y. Manalo. He was succeeded by his eldest son Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo, as INC Executive Minister. [emphasis mine And Eduardo V. Manalo will be succeeded by Angelo Manalo and another Manalo and another Manalo--- because it's the Manalo's Corporation.)

Born on January 2, 1925, Ka Erdie took over the church on the death on April 12, 1963, of his father INC founder Felix Y. Manalo (emphasis mine). The officials and members of the INC looked upon Ka Erdie, who followed the example of his father, as their guiding light and inspiration. (I hope MB would be sensitive to its writings.  It was NOT Felix Manalo who founded the INC but Jesus Christ.  How could MB, a prestigious local news in the Philippines commit such a mistake in their news reporting? Are they not aware of that fact alone? )

Since its founding on July 27, 1914, in Punta Sta. Ana, Manila, with a handful of followers, the INC has grown to become a universal church with over 5,400 local congregations in 90 countries. (The True Church was founded in Jerusalem and not in Punta Sta. Ana. And what's that name again? SANTA ANA? The INC do not believe in "santas" or "santos".  Why the church is founded in that street named after a "santa"? That's most ridiculous!!!)

Read more Manila Bulletin!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The "Iglesia ni Cristo Church of Christ"?

By Kevin Boie

FORT WORTH, Texas - Fort Worth police on Monday arrested a 15-year-old they said was driving a stolen car belonging to the victim of a violent robbery.

Police allegedly caught the unidentified boy behind the wheel of Carlos Asido's vehicle.

Asido on Sunday was shot in the stomach and robbed of his car outside Iglesia Ni Cristo Church of Christ in the 5400 block of Anderson Street.

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