Q: What is the Gospel of Manalo Doctrine Lesson 2 and what is its fallacy?
A: An excerpt of Gospel of Manalo Doctrine 2 follows:
“LESSON NO. 2 – The true God
Summary of the lesson: The Iglesia ni Cristo believes in the teachings taught by the Bible that the Father Who created all things is the only true God. There are no three persons in one God; thus, reject the belief in the so-called Trinity. The Bible also prohibits worship of images or idolatry.” (Fundamental Beliefs of the Iglesia ni Cristo, Erano G. Manalo (1989), p.4).
The fallacy of Doctrine Lesson 2:
The Iglesia ni Cristo lies that it is only the Father who is the true God, or that the Father is the only one who created all things. The truth is that the Father as well as the Son Jesus Christ has created all things. This was testified by Apostle John:
“He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (Jn.1:2-3 NKJV)
Therefore, the Bible teaches Jesus Christ is co-creator of all things. Jesus Christ was in the beginning with God. That all things were made through Jesus Christ, and without Jesus Christ nothing was made that was made. This teaching of Apostle John is corroborated by Apostle Paul:
“He is the image of the invisible God,the firstborn over all creation.For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or domination, or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Col. 1:15-16 NKJV)
Therefore, Jesus Christ created also all things. This is the true gospel taught by the apostles.
The Manalo doctrine that it is the Father who is the true God is false. Jesus Christ is also God as attested in Heb.1:8-9:
“But to the Son He says:
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness, Therefore God, Your God,has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” (Heb.1:8-9 NKJV).
It is the Father who is calling His Son, “O God”. The denial of this Bible fact by Felix Y. Manalo is proof that Manalo does not respect the Bible nor God at all. This trait of disrespect to God could only come from the evil spirit.
Felix Y. Manalo also lies about the non existence of the Trinity. The Bible is replete with many verses that testify of the existence of the Trinity or the three compositions of the one God. The following verses teach the Trinity: Matthew 28:19-20; Genesis 1:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14. The Trinity word in the Bible is called Godhead (Rom.1:20 NKJV, Col.2:9 NKJV).
The mirroring of the Trinity on man based on the Bible that man was created in the image of God is the tripartite composition of man. We all know that man has three compositions namely, body, soul, and spirit (1 Thes.5:23). This man’s image source is God’s, therefore, God has three compositions which we all know as the Father, Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The body represents Christ, the soul represents Father, and spirit represents the Holy Spirit. The fact that man is deemed only one man despite that he actually has three compositions, therefore, though God having three compositions, is only one God.