Repost from old Splendor Blog
“Mere adoption of the name “Church of Christ” and registering it in Securities and Exchange Commission will not make your group the One, True Church of the Bible. That rule is nowhere in scriptures. The basis of the Church’s authenticity is its ORIGIN. The Church must be founded by God.”
SCAN International said:
the one true Church founded by Christ is called after His name, the Church of Christ (Matt 16:18). that was the same Church teaches by the apostles during their time (Rom 16:16). none of the verses in the bible says that the catholic church was the name of the Church being founded by Christ. Christ offered His precious blood for the salvation of His people inside His Church (Act 20:28 lamsa translation). Christ is the head, and the Church is the body (Col 1:18, Efe 5:25). you are believing that apostle Peter is the cornerstone of your church and the one who presided over the Church after the death of Christ which directly contradicts to what is written in the bible that Jesus Himself is the cornerstone of the Church He founded and apostle James was the one who presided or administered the Church after the death of Jesus. thus,catholic church is directly opposite to the one true Church that was founded by Jesus. your god might not be powerful enough that you had to use your saints to give worship to him. members of the Church of Christ are worshiping our God directly upon His name because our God is Powerful enough to hear and see our worship services without using any of the living or dead creations. we are also believing that only Jesus was given as mediator between God and man (I Tim 2:5)and not any of your so called saints. and where in the bible should you read that God composes of 3 persons? or trinity? did you know the origin of that doctrine in your church? can you tell me in what verse in the bible should you read the doctrine of purgatory? or the doctrine of the rosary? or the signing of the cross? i will discuss to you later the origin of every false doctrine inside catholic church. for the mean time,i would like to leave you this impt reminder, that the true Church founded by Christ is called after His name, it’s name was clearly written in the bible and teaches by the apostles, none other than the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ).
SCAN International said:
the one true Church founded by Christ is called after His name, the Church of Christ (Matt 16:18).There is no rule in the bible that the true Church should ONLY BE CALLED AFTER CHRIST’S NAME. You are practically going beyond what was written. You are violating your own credo. Even so, there are many sects today that use the name Church of Christ, including your sect. How can you prove that your sect founded only in 1914 is the one true church among the many churches with the name Church of Christ, some even predates your group such as the Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and the Campbellites (Churches of Christ)? Surely, all of you cannot be the One, True Church described in the bible. It is most likely that all of you are fakes. Fakes like to deceive people by using different tricks, the most common of which is through NAME. [For example, counterfeit products tend to adopt the name of trusted brand to deceive consumers] The Bible warned us to be careful and not immediately believe those who claim that “this is the temple of the Lord, this is the Temple of the Lord.” [Jer7:4] This is because even the enemies of God used His name for their evil purpose. [Ps139:20] It is for this reason that Christ warned us that many will come in His name to deceive people so that we will not fall into their trap. [Mat24:5] So NAME is not the basis of Church’s authenticity. Mere adoption of the name “Church of Christ” and registering it in Securities and Exchange Commission will not make your group the One, True Church of the Bible. That rule is nowhere in scriptures. The basis of the Church’s authenticity is its ORIGIN. The Church must be founded by God.Psalm 127:1
EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOUR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
The House, which is the Church [1 Timothy3:15] must be founded by God. This was fulfilled in the New Testament when Christ founded the One, True Church. [Matthew 16:18] So here, we can immediately see the problem with your argument. The One, True Church was founded by Christ. But your church was founded by Manalo. This is what your document states:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
OFFICE OF THE DIVISION OF ARCHIVES PATENTED PROPERTIES OF LITERATURE AND EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF INDUSTRIAL TRADE MARKS
UNIPERSONAL CORPORATION OR THE SOCIETY CALLED
“IGLESIA NI KRISTO”
That said applicant appears before this office and respectfully declares:
THAT SAID APPLICANT IS THE FOUNDER AND PRESENT HEAD OF THE SOCIETY NAMED “IGLESIA NI KRISTO” and desires to convert said society into a unipersonal corporation.”
It is very clear that Manalo is the founder of Iglesia ni Cristo. Not Christ. Your church is founded only by a mere man, not God. That makes your group fake. According to your Pasugo:
“Christ therefore, is the founder of His Church, the true Church. Hence, a church established by any founder means a bogus or false church.”[Pasugo, March-April 1984, p. 14]
So Iglesia ni Cristo founded by Manalo is a bogus or false church according to Pasugo.
EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOUR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT: [Psalm 127:1]
that was the same Church teaches by the apostles during their time (Rom 16:16).But Romans 16:16 says “churches of Christ” referring to churches in different places which makes up the universal Church. You cannot use your “name game or tunog system” here because same name doesn’t mean same identity. Your sect in the Philippines was nowhere at that time when St. Paul wrote his letter to the Roman Christians. Your man-made sect has yet to become Iglesia ni Cristo because SEC and even the Republic of the Philippines are not yet established. That’s why it’s absurd that a 20th century man-made sect like yours is claiming authenticity based from a descriptive name of the Church 2000 years ago. You seem to forget that the Church founded by Christ was called by many names. It was also called as the Church of God [1 Corinthians 1:2], the Way of the Lord [Acts 9:2], the sect of the Nazarene [Acts 24:5], Church of the First Born [Hebrews 12:23], etc. For you to limit the name of the Church to “Iglesia ni Cristo” is very deceptive. I understand your motivation because “Iglesia ni Cristo” was the one registered by Manalo in SEC, so that in a way your group can make claims that you are the true Church. Sadly for you, you cannot fool everyone.
none of the verses in the bible says that the catholic church was the name of the Church being founded by Christ.You are not reading the Bible correctly. The word Catholic is derived from Greek, therefore if you wish to read the word Catholic in the Bible, you have to read the scriptures in Greek:Acts 9:31
he men oun EKKLESIA KATH HOLES tes Ioudaias kai Galilaias kai Samareias eichen eirenen oikodomoumene kai poreoumene to phobo tou kuriou kai te paraklesei to hagiou pneumatos eplethuneto [See here]KATH HOLES comes from two words KATA & HOLOS which later developed into KATHOLIKOS and CATHOLIC: catholic
origin ME: from OFr. CATHOLIQUE or late L. CATHOLICUS, from Gk KATHOLIKOS‘UNIVERSAL’, from KATA ‘in respect of’ + HOLOS ‘whole’. [Find here]
So there is EKKLESIA KATH HOLES in the Bible. That’s the Catholic Church that grows throughout Galilea, Judea, and Samaria, but was actually started in Jerusalem [Luke 24:47] and was persecuted that’s why it was transferred into Rome [Matthew 21:43 & Acts 23:11], and became known throughout the entire world [Romans 1:7-8].
Christ offered His precious blood for the salvation of His people inside His Church (Act 20:28 lamsa translation).But the name Church of Christ is nowhere in original Greek of Acts 20:28. “Prosechete heautois kai panti to poimnio en ho humas to pneuma to hagion etheto episkopous poimainein ten EKKLESIAN TOU THEOU hen periepoiesato dia tou haimatos tou idiou” [Click here]
The original Greek scripture states EKKLESIAN TOU THEOU, which is CHURCH OF GOD. For you to use the Lamsa Translation will not do you good because that is tantamount to saying that Christ is the THEOU or GOD referred to in the original Greek scripture, a notion that is contrary to your Arian Christology.
Christ is the head, and the Church is the body (Col 1:18, Efe 5:25). you are believing that apostle Peter is the cornerstone of your church and the one who presided over the Church after the death of Christ which directly contradicts to what is written in the bible that Jesus Himself is the cornerstone of the Church He founded
Do not force your ignorance on us. We do not have a teaching that St. Peter is the cornerstone of the Church. What we believe is that ST. Peter is the ROCK on which the Church was founded. This teaching doesn’t come from any man, but from Christ Himself [Galatians 1:11-12] when he said:“And I say also unto thee, THAT THOU ART PETER, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.“ [Matthew 16:18]St. Peter is the Rock on which Christ founded his Church. This is the Catholic teaching. For you to force the issue that the Catholic Church teaches that St. Peter is the cornerstone of the Church is just desperation on your part. We do not object that Christ is the cornerstone; it is precisely what the Catholic Church teaches. But the bible attests that as Christ is the cornerstone of the household of God which is the Church, the same Church was built upon the foundations of the apostles.Ephesians 2:19-20
19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD,
20 BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF BEING THE CORNERSTONE, So Christ is the cornerstone, and the apostles are the foundations, the chief of which is St. Peter, the rock upon which the Church was built. [Matthew 16:18]
and apostle James was the one who presided or administered the Church after the death of Jesus. thus,catholic church is directly opposite to the one true Church that was founded by Jesus.No you’re wrong. St. James is the Bishop of Jerusalem and is considered one of the pillars of the Church but he is not the head of the Church after Christ ascended into Heaven. St. James was not given the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven [Matthew 16:18] and he is not the one whom Christ entrusted the feeding of His sheep. [John 21:15-19] All of these were given to St. Peter which makes him the head of the Church after Christ ascended. Even when Christ was still here on Earth, St. Peter was already the recognized head among the apostles:Mateo 10:2 [Ang Salita ng Dios Biblia]
Ito ang mga pangalan ng 12 apostol: SI SIMON (NA KUNG TAWAGIN AY PEDRO), NA SIYANG NANGUNGUNA SA KANILA, si Andres na kaniyang kapatid, si Santiago at si Juan na mga anak ni Zebedee, Clearly, St. Peter is the chief among the apostles.
your god might not be powerful enough that you had to use your saints to give worship to him. members of the Church of Christ are worshiping our God directly upon His name because our God is Powerful enough to hear and see our worship services without using any of the living or dead creations. God’s power is actually the reason why we ask for saint’s intercession. It is God who hears and grants our prayers not the saints who only intercedes on our behalf. We ask for saints’ intercession because we know they are alive in Heaven and though departed are still considered part of the community of believers, united by a fraternal bond, helping and supporting each other through prayer. The Bible encourages intercession [1Timothy 2:1] and teaches that prayers of just men are powerful [James 5:16]. If this is the case, why not avail of saints’ prayers? Your argument that God’s power is diminished because of saints’ intercession is pure garbage. If God can hear the prayers of saints who are spirits, what makes you think that He can’t hear prayers of mortal men? The Bible says “He hears us.” [1 John 5:15] So you are clearly wrong.we are also believing that only Jesus was given as mediator between God and man (I Tim 2:5)and not any of your so called saints.There is no objection that Christ is the mediator between God and men. When saints pray for their brothers here on earth [Revelation 5:8], they are in fact mediating, an act described in the Bible as“pleading for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor.” [Job 16:21] Saints are not supplanting Christ’s mediatorship but are actually sharing in it in a very special way. This is what the Catechism calls giving “rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source” [CCC#970] We have no problem sharing in the mediatorship of Christ because the scripture says:
FOR WE SHARE IN CHRIST, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end,
We share in His mediatorship.
and where in the bible should you read that God composes of 3 persons? or trinity? did you know the origin of that doctrine in your church?FYI, the Doctrine of Trinity predates your man-made sect. Read Matthew 28:19.“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,” Christ said BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME [singular], not NAMES [plural]. God is therefore one in substance but has three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These are not three distinct Gods but rather three divine persons in one substance.
Now regarding to your demand that we have to show TRINITY in the bible, I will gladly do so if you show us first the name FELIX MANALO verbatim et literatim in the bible. You see, to demand us that we show everything letter for letter in the bible while excluding your man-made sect from the same standard is very deceptive.
can you tell me in what verse in the bible should you read the doctrine of purgatory?
The doctrine of purgatory is based on the biblical truth that God’s judgment will be based on what we have done. [Revelation 20-12-13] From this, it follows that punishment will be based on the gravity of sins. Those who died committing grave or mortal sins will be condemned in Hell. But we must realize that:
1. Not all sins are mortal. [1 John 5:16]
2. Nothing impure enters heaven. [Revelation 21:27]
So if a man dies with sins that are not mortal [i.e., do not lead to death], he will not go to Hell because his sins are not grave enough to warrant eternal punishment. However, he will not be able to go to Heaven immediately because he is not pure enough to enter in it. He will first need to undergo purification to enter Heaven. Purification in the afterlife is what we call PURGATORY. This is not a stretch because the bible says that the“forgiveness of sins” happens not only in this world but even in the afterlife [Matthew 12:32; 2 Maccabees 12:46], and that alongside Heaven and Earth there is a place called “under the Earth” where people worship Christ [Philippians 2:10], which points to Purgatory. So Purgatory is biblical. You just have to exercise diligence in understanding the scriptures. The bible says:“whoso readeth, let him understand.” [Matthew 24:15]
or the doctrine of the rosary? The Holy Rosary is consistent to the teaching of the Bible that we have to pray always [Luke 21:36] and contemplate on the life of our leaders, the foremost of which, is Jesus Christ. [Hebrews 13:7] In reciting the Holy Rosary. we do not only obey the command of Christ to pray [Matthew 6:9] but also at the same time, we reflect on significant events in the life of Jesus Christ called Mysteries found in the Bible. The prayers in the Holy Rosary are biblical, starting with Our Father [Matthew 6:9-13], Hail Mary [Luke 1:28, 42], Glory Be is a prayer of praise affirming God’s eternal glory [Romans 11:36] and is similar to the angel’s praise [Luke 2:13], while the Apostles Creed is the summary of the Christian Faith:I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth (Gen. 1:1, Isa. 44:6; 45:5; Neh. 9:6; Jn. 1:1-3; Acts 14:15; Mt. 5:45; 1 Pt. 1:17; Mt. 6:7-13; Rom. 1:20). I believe in Jesus Christ (Lk. 2:11; Jn. 2028; Mt. 3:17; Phil. 2:11), His only Son (Jn. 1:18; 3:16; Prov. 30:4), our Lord (Jn. 20:28).He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit(Lk. 1:35; Mt. 1:20), born of the Virgin Mary (Lk. 1:17; 2:7; Isa. 7:14), He suffered under Pontius Pilate (Lk. 23:23-25; Jn. 19:16), was crucified (Mt. 27:33-61; Mk. 15:22-47; Lk. 23-56; Jn. 19:18-42),died (1 Cor. 15:3), and was buried (1 Cor. 15:3).He descended to the dead (1 Pt. 3:18-20). On the third day He rose again from the dead (1 Cor. 15:4; Mt. 28:1-20; Jn. 20:1; Lk. 24:1-53; Mk. 16:1-20). He ascended into heaven (Mk. 16:19; Lk. 24:41; Acts 1:11). He is seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty (Mk. 16:19; Heb. 1:3). He will come again to judge the living and the dead (2 Tim. 4:1; Jn. 5:22; Mt. 16:27; Acts 10:39; 1 Cor. 15:51). I believe in the Holy Spirit ( Jn. 14:15-20; Jn. 15:26; 16:7-8; 13-14; Acts 1:7-8; Acts 13:2), the Holy Catholic Church (Mt. 16:18-19; 19-20; Rom. 1:7-8; Acts 9:31; Gal. 3:26-29; Rev. 7:9; Eph. 5:26-27; Col. 1:24), the Communion of Saints (Heb. 10:25; Heb. 12:1; Rev. 19:14; Mt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 11:13; 1 Cor. 15:33), the forgiveness of sins (Isa. 1:18; Lk. 7:48; Jn. 20:22-23; 1 Jn. 1:9), the resurrection of the body (1 Thes. 4:16; Jn. 6:39; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rom. 8:23,30),and life everlasting. Amen. (Jn. 10:28; 17:2-3; 1 Jn. 5:20).
or the signing of the cross?Signing of the cross is biblical. The Cross is God’s mark given to his people as a sign of salvation:Ezekiel 9:4-6
4 and Yahweh said to him, ‘Go all through the city, all through Jerusalem, AND MARK A CROSS ON THE FOREHEADS OF ALL WHO GRIEVE AND LAMENT OVER ALL THE LOATHESOME PRACTICES IN IT.’
5 I heard him say to the others, ‘Follow him through the city and strike. Not one glance of pity; show no mercy;
6 old men, young men, girls, children, women, kill and exterminate them all. BUT DO NOT TOUCH ANYONE WITH A CROSS ON HIS FOREHEAD.Begin at my sanctuary.’ So they began with the old men who were in the Temple.Cross is the mark of salvation among God’s people. This is also affirmed by St. Paul:1 Corinthians 1:18
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.The Cross is viewed as the power of God to those who are saved, but is foolishness to people like you who are perishing. You and your man-made sect are the enemies of the cross of Christ. [Philippians 3:18]i will discuss to you later the origin of every false doctrine inside catholic church.
But you already did, and you are summarily refuted.
for the mean time,i would like to leave you this impt reminder, that the true Church founded by Christ is called after His name, it’s name was clearly written in the bible and teaches by the apostles, none other than the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ).
Do not fool yourself. There is no rule in the bible that the Church founded by Christ should ONLY be called after His name because the Church was called by different names as explained earlier and aside from this, fake man-made churches like yours use the Lord’s name and register it in SEC to make it appear that you are the Church described in the Bible in to deceive Catholics. So NAME is not the basis of the Church’s authenticity but rather its origin. The true Church must be founded by God. Your sect was founded by Manalo. So it is fake. The Catholic Church was founded by Christ. [Mateo 16:18; The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1994, p. 734]
Even your Pasugo admits that the Catholic Church is the true Church:
“Even secular history shows a direct time link between the Catholic Church and the Apostles, leading to the conclusion that the true Church of Christ is the Catholic Church.”
[ Pasugo, July-August 1988 pp. 6]
“Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia ni Cristo.”
[ PASUGO, Abril 1966, p. 46: ]Even your Pasugo testifies that the Catholic Church is the true Church. If this is so then that makes your sect fake indeed.
– FRANZ LUIGI H. LUGENA