Repost from old Splendor Blog
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.
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]
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:
origin ME: from OFr. CATHOLIQUE or late L. CATHOLICUS, from Gk KATHOLIKOS‘UNIVERSAL’, from KATA ‘in respect of’ + HOLOS ‘whole’. [Find here]
“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]
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.
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,
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.
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.
“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]
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).
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.”
“Ang Iglesia Katolika na sa pasimula ay siyang Iglesia ni Cristo.”
– FRANZ LUIGI H. LUGENA