07 March 2013

The True Founder of the Iglesia Ni Cristo





WHO IS THE TRUE FOUNDER
OF THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO
(CHURCH OF CHRIST)?


 Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Office

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“The Lord Jesus Christ is the true Founder 
of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in 
the Philippines and not Brother Felix Y. Manalo”

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Many non-members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) thought that the founder of this Church was Brother Felix Y. Manalo. However, this information came not from this Church, nor from the members of this Church. The Iglesia Ni Cristo never taught that Brother Felix Y. Manalo is the founder of this Church.

Only the detractors of the Iglesia Ni Cristo who say that this Church was founded by Brother Felix Y. Manalo. We often heard the critics calling this Church as “Iglesia ni Manalo” (“Church of Manalo”) or “Iglesia ni Cristo ni Manalo” (“Church of Christ of Manalo”). However, these are derogatory remarks they made against the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

Ask members of this Church if who is the founder of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), and all will surely answer, “The Lord Jesus Christ is the true founder of this Church and not Brother Felix Y. Manalo.”

This posts a problem to others. They could not accept that the Lord Jesus Christ is the true founder of this Church because the Iglesia Ni Cristo emerged only in 1914, in the Philippines. These people often ask, “Did the Lord Jesus Christ came down to the Philippines in 1914 to establish the Iglesia Ni Cristo?”

The truth is, the Iglesia Ni Cristo that emerged in the Philippines in 1914 was established by THE LORD JESUS Christ by means of prophecy.



CHRIST'S PROPHECY REGARDING 
HIS "OTHER SHEEP"

In John 10:16, the Lord Jesus Christ prophesied that He has “other sheep” which would be made into “one flock”:

“And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:16 NKJV)

Christ said, “other sheep I have.” Why He called them His “other sheep”? Because they are “not of this fold.” What did the Lord Jesus Christ promised to do with His other sheep? He also said, “them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

What did Christ mean when He said that His other sheep “are not of this fold” but He will bring them also and He would form them as one flock? There are instances In the Bible that the word “flock” is used to refer to the Church of Christ:

“Take heed therefore to yourselves and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers to feed the church of Christ which He purchased with His blood.” (Acts 20:28 Lamsa)

Thus, when the Lord Jesus said “And other sheep I have not of this fold,” He meant He has other sheep “NOT OF THIS CHURCH” or “not of the first century Church of Christ” (the word “fold” also means “flock”1). And when He said that He will bring them also and they will be one flock, Christ meant that His other sheep will also be made “Church of Christ.”

Why did the Lord Jesus Christ mention that He has “other sheep” that He promised to bring them also and they will be one flock or will also be made “Church of Christ”? Because the first century Church of Christ will be apostatized. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself testified that those disciples that remained faithful will be persecuted and put to death, and many will be led astray by false prophets:

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” (Matthew 24:9-11 NIV)

The first that persecuted Christ’s disciples were the Jews. During the Jewish persecution, Apostle James (the Great) and Stephen (the deacon) were put to death. Then, the imperial persecution of the Church came. It was Emperor Nero who was the first Roman emperor to persecute the Church. Then, after two decades, another emperor persecuted the Church, Emperor Domitian. At the end of the first century, many disciples were killed because of the imperial persecution of the Church.

However, the Lord Jesus also warned that many will turn away from the faith because many false prophets will appear and will deceive many. How the disciples were deceived by false teachers is explained to us by Apostle Paul:

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
“Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” (I Timothy 4:1, 3 KJV)

Apostle Paul warned us that “some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils…Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats…” The fulfillment of the departing from faith or the apostasy that will take place is the Catholic Church. This church forbids their priest to marry (they call this prohibition "clerical celibacy"):

“Although celibacy is not expressly enforced by our Savior, it is, however, commended so strongly by Himself and His apostles, both by word and example, that the Church felt it her duty to lay it down as a law.
"The discipline of the Church has been exerted from the beginning in prohibiting Priesrs to marry after their ordination." (Gibbons, James cardinal. The Faith of our Fathers. New York: P.J. Kennedy and Sons, 1917, p. 328)

The Catholic Church also commands her members to abstain from meat in certain days of the year:

"What does the second commandment of the Church order us to do?
"It orders us to fast and abstain from flesh meat on certain days of the year." (A Seminary Professor. Manual of Christian Doctrine: Comprising Dogma, Moral, and Worship. New York: Lassale Bureau, 1949, p. 317)

When the Church of Christ of the first century departed from the true faith and followed the erroneous teachings (teachings not taught by the Lord Jesus and His apostles, and not written in the Bible) like clerical celibacy and abstaining from meat, she became the Catholic Church. This is the reason why it's the Catholic Church that continued up to this day.

Thus, the Lord Jesus Himself warned His disciples that apostasy will take place. Because the first century Church of Christ will be apostatized, the Lord Jesus Christ said, “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”



CHRIST'S "OTHER SHEEP"

The other sheep the Lord Jesus Christ mentioned in His prophecy is the third group of people that compose the Church established by the Lord Jesus Christ. In Acts 2:39 this is what Apostle Peter mentioned:

 “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.” (Acts 2:39 KJV)

According to Apostle Peter, the promise is: (1) “unto you”; (2) to your children”; and (3) “to all that are afar off.” These are the three groups of people that compose the Church the Lord Jesus Christ established.

The first and second groups were already been called to the Church in the first century, and the third group will still be called by God. The first group mentioned by Apostle Peter was composed of the Jews who were called in the Church in the first century:

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.” (Acts 2:36 and 39 KJV)

The second group of people mentioned in Apostle Peter’s prophecy was composed of the Gentiles who were called in the Church also in the first century:

“For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” (I Corinthians 4:15 NKJV)

Although Apostle Peter mentioned “to your children,” he is not referring to the literal “children” of the Jews, because in verses 36 and 38 of Acts chapter 2 he said, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly…For the promise is unto you…” Apostle Peter was referring to the Gentile members of the Church who were “children” of the Jews “through the gospel.” Apostle Paul said that “I have begotten you (referring to the Gentile members of the Church) through the gospel.

Indeed, the first century Church of Christ was composed of Jews and Gentiles:

“Even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?” (Roma 9:24 NIV)

Thus, those who were called and who composed the first century Church of Christ referred to by Apostle Peter in Acts 2:39 are the Jews and the Gentles. However, according to Peter’s prophecy, there are those from “afar off” that will still be called by God. They are the one mentioned by the Lord Jesus Christ in John 10:16 as His other sheep that “are not of this fold.”

Because apostasy will take place at the first century Church of Christ, the Lord Jesus promised that He has “other sheep” not of the fold already established in the first century (the first century Church of Christ). He will bring them also and form them as one flock (Church of Christ). Thus, when the Lord Jesus Christ said that “…other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd” He is referring to His re-establishment of the Church of Christ.


THE PLACE WHERE THE CHURCH OF CHRIST 
WILL BE RE-ESTABLISHED

According to Apostle Peter, the “other sheep” of the Lord Jesus Christ will come from a “far away” place:

“This promise is for you. It is also for your children and for the people that are far away. It is for every person that the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:39 Easy To Read Bible)

Where is this “far away” place mentioned in the prophecy of Apostle Peter which will be the origin of Christ’s “other sheep”? In a related prophecy, this is what we could read:

“From the far east will I bring your offspring, and from the far west I will gather you.” (Isaiah 43:5 Moffatt)

The “far away” place” that Christ’s “other sheep” will come from is the “far east” mentioned in Isaiah’s prophecy. The fulfillment of this biblical prophecy was the emergence of the Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) in the Philippines. The region where the Philippines is located is called “Far East”:

“The Philippines were Spain’s share of the first colonizing movement in the Far East.”  (Boak, Arthur E. R., Slosson, Preston, and Anderson, Howard R. World History. Madison United States Armed Forces Institute, 1942, p. 445)

Thus, Christ’s “other sheep” was prophesied by the Bible to emerge in the Far East. The fulfillment of the biblical prophecy was the emergence of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) in the Philippines.


THE TIME OF THE RE-EMERGENCE 
OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

The time of the emergence of Christ’s “other sheep” in the Far East was also mentioned in the prophecy of Prophet Isaiah:

“Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 43:5-6 KJV)

Christ’s “other sheep” were recognized by the Lord God as His “sons and daughters” from the Far East. The prophecy also mentioned the time of the emergence of Christ’s “other sheep” in the Far East – in the time called “ends of the earth.”

Let us not confused the time called “end of the earth” with “ends of the earth.” The time called “end of the earth” is the end of the world or the Day of Judgment:

 “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3 KJV)

The “end of the earth” is at the “second coming” of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the “ends of the earth” is the time when the “second coming” of the Lord Jesus Christ is near:

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’”
“Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” (Matthew 24:33 NIV)

There will be signs that when we saw, the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ or the “end of the earth” is near, “right at the door.” The “signs” are the following:

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matthew 24:6-8 NIV)

According to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, there will be “wars and rumors of wars,” and “nations will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,” and there will also be famines and earthquakes in various places. Take note that according to Jesus, “when you see all these things, you know that it is near.” Thus, these are the signs that indicate when the time is at the “ends of the earth.”

The “war” mentioned here by the Lord Jesus Christ is the First World War, also called the Great War because: (1) these “war” is one of the signs when the second coming of the Lord Jesus is near (thus it could not be the wars happened in the first century, second century, third century, and so on); and (2) this “war” was followed by another “war” that described by Jesus as “nation against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” The First World War started in July 27, 1914:

“The first great campaign on the southeastern battle grounds of the Great War began on July 27, 1914, when the Austrian troops undertook their first invasion of Serbia.” (Miller, Francis, Ed. The Story of the Great War, History of the European War from Official Sources, Volume II, p. 923.)

The Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered in the Philippine government on July 27, 1914. This was the official date of the establishment of the Church Of Christ in the Philippines.

Thus, the emergence of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Philippines in July 27, 1914 was the fulfillment of the biblical prophecies regarding the emergence of Christ’s “other sheep,” the re-emergence of the Church Of Christ.


HOW DID CHRIST ESTABLISH THE CHURCH 
OF CHRIST IN THE PHILIPPINES IN 1914?

How did the Lord Jesus Christ establish the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) in the Philippines in 1914 when during that time He was already in heaven? This was also explained by the Lord Jesus in His prophecy in John 10:16:

“And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:16 NKJV)

The Lord Jesus said, “them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock…” Thus, “there will be one flock” when “they will hear My voice.” How could Christ’s voice be heard in the Philippines in 1914 when He was already in heaven at that time? According to Christ Himself, “He who hears you hears me”:

“He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16 RSV)

The Lord Jesus Christ does not need to go to the Philippines in 1914 and personally preach the Gospel in order for people to hear His voice. Christ said, “He who hears you hears me.” The Lord is referring to His messengers:

“In very truth I tell you, he who receives any messenger of mine receives me, receiving me, he receives the One who sent me.” (John 13:20 NEB)

Thus, the people will hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ through His messenger. Remember what Christ said in John 10:16 that, “them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock…” The “flock” referring to is the “Church of Christ” (cf. Acts 20:28 Lamsa). Therefore, through the instrumentality of God’s messenger in the last days, Christ was able to build His Church (the Church Of Christ) in 1914.

We believe that Brother Felix Y. Manalo is the Messenger of God whom He sent to preach the pristine Gospel of Christ in the Philippines. He was the one used by the Lord Jesus Christ so His voice will be heard by His “other sheep” and so He could bring them also and form into one flock (the Church Of Christ). Hence, Brother Felix Y. Manalo was not the founder of the Iglesia Ni Cristo or the Church Of Christ, but the messenger of God sent to preach the pristine Gospel of Christ, and the one used by the Lord Jesus Christ in re-establishing the Church Of Christ.

THUS, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS INDEED THE TRUE FOUNDER OF THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO (CHURCH OF CHRIST) IN THE PHILIPPINES, AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO IN THE PHILIPPINES IN 1914 WAS THE FULFILLMENT OF CHRIST’S PROMISE OF RE-ESTABLISHING HIS CHURCH BECAUSE APOSTASY TOOK PLACE IN THE FIRST CENTURY CHURCH OF CHRIST.



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4 comments:

  1. It is true that if you ask every members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo if who is the real founder of this Church, all will answer that its the Lord Jesus who is the real founder of the Church of Christ and not brother Felix Manalo. We don't agree in calling us "Iglesia ni Manalo" or "Church of Manalo," because we firmly believe that this Church is not of brother Felix but of Christ. We believe that Ka Felix is the messenger of God that was sent in these last days to preach the Iglesia Ni Cristo, however, it is not he but the Lord Jesus who is the head, the owner, and the founder of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. Sana po ay maging malinaw ito sa lahat.

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  2. Sana this people stop calling us "Iglesia ni Manalo." This is very offensive against us. We call their attention to please respect us as we restpectyou. We don't tag negative adjectives in the name of your church or your religion or the leaders of your church.

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  3. YES .. ! thats true ! and i am proud to be a MANG AAWIT :)

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  4. no need to worry all of them that criticize us will find their place at judgement day.

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