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Established by “Ka” (Brother) Felix Y. Manalo in Sta. Ana, Manila, on July 14, 1914, INC has grown to become one of the country’s biggest religious denominations.
The church has millions [how many millions???] of members in its more than 5,400 congregations in the Philippines and in 90 countries worldwide [composed of Overseas Filipino Workers]...
"...When Ka Felix Manalo passed away on April 12, 1963, his post was taken over by his son, Ka Eraño G. Manalo. Upon Ka Eraño’s demise on August 31, 2009, his eldest son, Bro. Eduardo “Ka Ed” V. Manalo succeeded him to become INC’s current Executive Minister." [Angelo is next in line when Ka Eduardo dies...]
One of the new religious groups, started by a Filipino who broke away from American missionary authority, was the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), the Church of Christ. It remains a dominant institution in the Philippines today, its churches and chapels with their easily recognizable architecture scattered throughout the archipelago. It was founded by Felix Manalo, who after being raised in a devout Roman Catholic home and having some contact with millenarian groups at Mount Banahaw, declared himself to be a Protestant at the age of sixteen. He first joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1904 and then the Presbyterian Church the following year, attending classes for a short time at the Ellinwood Bible School. IN 1908, he joined the Disciples of Christ and served as an evangelist for a year before leaving, having been accused of domestic violence. IN 1912, he joined the Sevent Day Adventists, but was supended a year later for alledged adultery. Manalo decided to start his own church and on July 27, 1914, he incorporated Iglesia ni Cristo. Beginning in Manila, the movement spread out into the provinces. By the beginning of World War II, there were churches of this new group in almost every province on Luzon and in the eastern part of the Visayas.
The doctrines of the church begin with the belief that Felix Manalo was the fulfillment of Revelation 7:1-3, which speaks of the angel from the east. Because Manalo had visited the United States in 1919 and then returned from the east to the Philippines, he proclaimed in 1921 that he was that angel. In addition, the church founded in Jerusalem by Jesus of Nazareth became apostate and did not exist from 70 CE to 1914, but was reborn with the appearance of the angel from the east. In contrast to its Protestant roots, the movement is not Trinitarian and holds the Jesus was not divine.
The movement’s phenomenal growth has been tied to various factors, beginning with the charismatic leadership of its founder, who dominated the church for forty-nine years. Not only an eloquent speaker, he was a master organizer who had absolute control. Only Manalo had authority to interpret the Bible, and he prepared the sermon outlines for his ministers. The indigenous nature of the church also made it popular.
Founded by a Filipino for Filipinos, Filipinos alone have been responsible for its activities, including the construction of its many buildings. The use of Tagalog and other local dialects, rather than English, in the services, hymns, prayers, and sermons is also important. The INC has has provided a sense of community for many. Congregations are close-knit, self-contained, and separatist in nature. Members help each other find work, and the church makes loans to those starting businesses. Members are well-trained in the tenets of their faith and, in contrast to other Filipinos, are able to defend their doctrines by quoting the Bible verses. On the other hand, the fear of excommunication keeps members from straying. One can be cast out of the church for excessive drinking or gambling, disagreement with the policies of the church, apostasy, marriage to someone outside the church, and adultery.
|Poet Sally Read|
|Banal na sambahan ng Iglesia ni Cristo sa Vailankanni, Sumatra, Indonesia. Ito ay ang Annai Velankanni o Our Lady of Good Health (Source: Elisasjourney)|
"Ikaw ay Pedro at sa ibabaw ng batong ito itatayo ko ang aking iglesia at ang pintuan ng Hades ay hindi magsisipanaig sa kaniya."
Video footage of a convert from Islam to Christianity being murdered by Muslims has been shown on Egyptian TV, according to the Barnabas Fund.\
The graphic incident, which is reported to have taken place in Tunisia, was aired on a program called Egypt Today.
The footage shows a young man being held down by masked men with a knife to his throat. One man chants a number of Muslim prayers in Arabic, mostly condemning Christianity. The man holding the knife to the Christian convert’s throat begins to cut, slowly severing the head amid cries of “Allahu Akbar” (“god is great”).
|Arturo Martinez-Sanchez and one of his sons.|
"(Katie Holmes)who renounced her Catholic upbringing for Scientology when she married Cruise in 2006 – has registered as a parishioner at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City not far from her Chelsea apartment. That presumably means she'll be taking Suri along with her to Mass. “Everyone is thrilled to have Katie join us,” a member of the church's choir told The Huffington Post on Monday. “She has not yet attended a service, but when she does she will be welcomed with open arms.” -Yahoo!News!
"For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning."The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
|Purchased former Catholic Church in La Motte, Iowa, USA by the Iglesia ni Cristo founded by Felix Manalo in 1914. (INC's symbol on top of the building was product of edition.)|
Anonymous July 5, 2012 12:22 PM
(PASUGO Abril 1966, p. 46: “Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia ni Cristo.")
oo sila nga ang unang iglesia ni cristo at sila rin ang tumalikod.... batay yan sa pahayag ni cristo.. dapat sana hanggang ngayon ay iglesia parin ni cristo ang pangalan at hindi katoliko. dahil nagbago lahat sa kanila lalo na ang mga aral nagka malimali na ang tinuro at hindi ang aral ng panginoong jesucristo.
kaya ayun... tuluyan nang natalikod sa pananampalataya..
pero wag mag alala dahil hinulaan naman sa bibiliya na sa mga wakas ng lupa o sa malapit ng dumating ang panginoong jesus ay babangon muli ang tunay na iglesia ni cristo na tinayo nya noon at sa pilipipinas magsisimula. dala nila ang tunay na aral ng Dios.
dati po akong katoliko na sumasamba sa mga rebulto at nagpapasalamat ako ng naliwanagan ako ng ang Dios ay espirito (walang laman at buto) sa makatuwid hindi pwedeng gawan ng larawan.
|Maybe the sepulturero was confused with the colors-- it appears now to be of FRANCE FLAG!|
|Member of INC Church of Manalo waving an Italian Flag as their symbol!|
|Faked photo of the late Eraño Manalo at the Vatican, son of INC's founder with the TRI-COLOR (copied Italian Flag) pin on his barong.|