Brief insight of Felix Manalo founder of the Iglesia Ni Cristo
Source: Monk's Hobbit
- baptized a Catholic – learned the fundamentals of the Roman Catholic faith.
- became a follower of the ”Colorum” spiriting sect in the Philippines
- joined the Methodist Episcopalian Church, attended their Seminary and became a pastor.
- began studying at the Presbyterian Bible School
- came upon the Christian Mission group (Church of Christ), studied at the Manila College of the Bible for four years. received the idea of restoring the New Testament Church.
- became a local evangelist in “Society for the propagation of the Gospel.
- left the Christian Mission group converting to Seventh Day Adventism where he began to think of starting his own church.
- Left Seventh Day Adventists, claimed to experience a call like the ancient prophets.
- Closed himself in with his Bible for three days and began his mission to start a new church.
- His study of religions and the Bible led him to conclusion that none of the existing churches then remained faithful with the biblical truth – that none of them is the true religion.
- Like many others before him he has fallen into the trap since none are perfect by his own judgment he is to restore the true church.
- In 1913 started his own group incorporated in 1914.
- Brother Felix wandered into different religions always examining, in the light of scriptural truth, their various doctrines and religious practices”
- In 1919 Manalo left the Philippines to learn more about religion to America, to study with Protestants, whom Iglesia later declare to be apostates. It is for this reason they do not disclose this information.
- In California enrolled in the Pacific School of Religion.
- Five years after being called by God to be his “last messenger???” he goes to the U.S. to learn from apostates? This does not make sense.
- What could God’s messenger learn from a group that, according to Iglesia, had departed from the true faith?
- Manalo did not believe himself to be God’s final messenger back in 1914. He didn’t use the last messenger doctrine until 1922.
- Another factor of his adopting the messenger doctrine is in response to a schism in the Iglesia movement. Manalo appears to have developed the messenger doctrine in an effort to maintain and re-assert his leadership in the church thereby keeping control.
- In the early days Manalo did not attack the deity of Christ.
- After 1930 began to deny his pre-existence, his being the beginning in purpose with God.
- Erano Manalo wrote a 64 page booklet attacking the Deity of Christ called Christ-God.
- Began systematic campaign of attacking the Church and her doctrines he held from the apostles.
- They attack by writing in their publications and public pronouncements, but when someone challenges their beliefs they are labeled as attackers of God’s (new) Church and considered unworthy to be noticed.
- They continue to have a strong hold on their members and have no intention of reforming to become orthodox.
Ref: http://www.letusreason.org/Iglesia2.htm you be the judge!