IGLESIA NI CRISTO NEWS, EVENTS AND UPDATES
INC VS RCC RELIGIOUS DEBATE HELD AT CEBU COLISEUM LAST 11 JULY 2014
11 July 2014, Cebu City, Philippines. A religious debate was held last 11 July 2014 at Cebu Coliseum. The religious debated started at 100 pm and attended by more than 7,500 mixed audienceof Iglesia Ni Cristo members, Roman Catholics and from other religious groups.
The debate was initiated by the chairman of the CFD Cebu archdiocesan dabating team, Mr. Alvin Gitamondoc. He send a formal letter to the district supervising minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo ni Cebu. Through the letter, Mr. Gitamondoc formally challenging the Iglesia Ni Cristo in a religious debate. He even published the said letter in an anti-Iglesia Ni Cristo facebook page which Mr. Gitaondoc is one of the admins.
The invitation was accepted by representatives of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. After the predebate conference, both parties agreed to held the debate on July 11, 2014, with two propositions two resolve. These are the following:
“Pamatud-an nga si Apostol Pedro gipili ni Cristo NGA Makita nga Pangulo duga sa Iglesya nga Gitukod ni Cristo”
(“Resolved tha Apostle Peter was chosen by Christ as the Visible Head of the Church founded by Christ”)
Roman Catholic Church is represented by Mr. Ramon Gitamondoc, the national president of the Catholic organization called “Catholic Faith Defenders” (CFD)
Iglesia Ni Cristo is represented by Brother Ramil parba, minister of the Gospel
|Roman Catholic representative|
“Resolved that Brother Felix Y Manalo is the Messenger of God in these Last Days.”
Iglesia Ni Cristo is represented by Brother Jose Ventillacion, a minister of the Gospel
Roman Catholic Church is represented by Mr. Alvin Gitamondoc, chairman of Cebu Archdiocesan debating team
|Iglesia Ni Cristo representatives|
To make sure the peace and orderliness of the said debate, both parties agreed to have the following as the officers of the said debate: Living Baptist Church’s Ryan Rey Batiquin, Ryan Secretaria, Aladin Cuizon Jr as Official Announcer and Principal, with Gary Tan as Assistant Principal, and Jun Darunday as Second Assistant Principal.
|From Left to Right: Adam Amper (Catholic Time Keeper), Living Baptist Church Ryan Rey Batiquin, Ryan Secretaria, Aladin Cuizon Jr (Official Announcer and Principal) with Gary Tan (Assistant Principal) and Jun Darunday (Second Assistant Principal)|
The debate started at 100 pm witnessed by thousands of Cebuanos filling the whole Cebu Coliseum. The debate was in typical “Oxford type format debate.” The debate was live streamed at a local radio station in Cebu owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Church. However, residents of Cebu City confirmed that the said station turned off the broadcast of the debate during the speech of Brother Joe Ventillacion.
The debate turned out to be peaceful. No untoward incident happened. Another great event marking the coming of the Iglesia Ni Cristo centennial celebration in July 27, 2014.
Iglesia Ni Cristo vs Roman Catholic Church Debate
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