Where Is the True Church of God?

“Where is the true one?”

Atheism is growing in numbers. Yes, it is growing across the globe.

Church attendance also is in decline and many people are giving their full-time to secular work, recreation and love life, and it seems good enough if he/she has a minute of conversation with God. The prophetic lines of the psalms of David are now fulfilling,

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Everyone of them is gone back; they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalms 53:2-3)

One of the primary reasons that makes people to cease from looking for truth lies upon the popping out of various religious denominations with various theological views but have the same claim of being the true Church founded by God. Being confused and exhausted from false hopes that their churches promised to them in exchange of their intense physical, mental, and financial devotion to its cause, people decided to stop the quest for truth. While ministers and pastors are becoming more wealthy, church members were left into dissatisfaction and despair, until they decided to take no more time for religion which they regarded as foolishness.

Falsehood is a deadly virus that arising today and kills the spiritual life of a person. The Bible speaks the truth, and it tells about the true Church. But the truth that was being said in the Bible was covered by the clouds of falsehood that arising today. Ephesians 5:2 says;

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”

Christ is the savior of the body which is the Church.  But where is that Church that He’s going to save? Is it among those more than forty-two thousand Christian  denominations now registered in different parts of the globe? Founded by those people who said to be called by God to restore humanity unto Him? The Holy Scriptures speaks clearly;

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.” (Psalms 127:1)

Logically speaking, every house has builders. And these builders are their owners. In the Bible, God has His own, too. And of course, He was the builder of His own house. What then is the house of God?

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (I Timothy 3:15)

The house of God is His Church; the Church which was headed by His begotten Son, Jesus Christ. So, those denominations claiming to be of God but ruled and headed not by Christ but by their founders are false and deceptions.  To consider a church to be of God, it must be built by God. “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.”, according to the Bible. Hence, if a particular Church was built by man, it’s considered nothing.

Then, where is the true Church of God in our time that those people who really care for the truth will finally take their rest from this quest? How do we able to identify if such Church is the real one or it’s just one of those vain churches scattered all over the surface of the earth? Apostle Paul said;

“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” (I Corinthians 12:28)

Of course, we are speaking of those true apostles of God, true prophets, true teachers of the gospel, true miracles, true gifts of healing, true government of the gospel, etc. These elements were installed only in the true Church. And where is that true Church? Obviously speaking, that was the Church built by Christ more than 2000 years ago in Jerusalem. Other than that Church, there’s no truth. And don’t be deceived by some preachers of religion saying that the Church founded in Jerusalem was already apostatized or fallen or destroyed. The Lord Jesus Christ has a promise, saying;

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:28-29)

The true Church will never perish but it will stand until the day of judgement. It will remain a light unto the world and vessel of truth that will enlighten the world in the midst of its darkest days. Christ was its founder, so we should not think that it will fall as a house built in the midst of sand. In it, all that will be saved shall be baptized. But how we will be part of it? How we will have fellowship with those members of the Church founded 2000 years ago, like the apostles? is it possible? Of course, it is possible. John said;

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;…
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” (I John 1:1,3-4)

“The Church endured spiritually, and the Bible is the only access to that Church.”

To be part of the only true Church where God put His elected apostles, John said, “that which we have seen and heard (the word of life) declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us.” Through faith with those words they declared in their epistles and letters, man may have fellowship with the true Church. We don’t need to see the apostles personally, or return to their age literally. We can become members of the Church founded in Jerusalem by simply upholding with those words preached by the apostles. We don’t need to look for those churches claiming to be the restoration of the 2000 years old Church because nothing was restored. The Church endured spiritually, and the Bible is the only access to that Church.

The reason why so many religious people ended into infidelity after a long long time of quest for truth lies to the fact that they look for truth with those churches or organizations built by human in our time, rather than seek it in the Holy Scriptures which is the sole record of all godly truth specially about the Church of God. Thus, everyone who seek the truth should return to the Bible. This is the only access that will connect us to the only true Church founded more than 2000 years ago in Jerusalem.

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The Secret of Felix Manalo’s Authority

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According to the publication of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ)  in the Philippines,

(to view the original copy, click HERE )

After being graduated from the Church’s ministerial college (at the New Era University), a minister must receive the laying of hands by the Church Executive Minister as a sign that he was given the authority to lead the congregation in public worship. A common Church member calls it “ordination”. So, if you happen to be a member of the Church choir and you are among those selected to sing during the ordination of the ministers in the Church Central Temple, then you will have a “privilege” to see the Executive Minister officiating the laying of hands. (I say “privilege” because seeing the Executive Minister of the Church is a very rare moment to the life of an ordinary member).

Before his death on August 31, 2009, Mr. Erano Manalo (the then Executive Minister) officiates the Church’s practice of ordination. Eraño was the fifth child of Felix Manalo and Honorata de Guzman. His name came from a reversal and elision of the term “New Era,” which his father used to describe what he felt was “a new Christian era” as the Iglesia ni Cristo was established. On the 10th of May 1947, Erano received the ordination of his father, making him as the new overall minister of his Church. And following Eraño’s passing, his son Eduardo then assumed the role of INC’s Executive Minister by the virtue of the same practice. But the question is, from whom did Felix Manalo, the fist Executive Minister, received his ordination? Actually, the issue about the ordination of the so-called Messenger (that was Felix Manalo), is an unheard thing within the Church. No one knows, except maybe those historians of their Church, the true story of Manalo’s ordination. And this will be the question we will try to answer.

The practice of ordination by laying of hands is a very sacred ceremony of the Church, and it was the reason why the Executive Minister is the only one who perform this duty. According to their publication;

Issue of Pasugo, dated March 1939, page 17

The highlighted part says, ” …only those elected by God by means of prophecy or direct calling can lay hands.” This is the belief of Felix Manalo, published in their official magazine. So if anyone laid hands on Felix Manalo, he must have been elected by God by means of prophecy or direct calling, according to Pasugo. Now, the question is – who performed the laying of hands to Felix Manalo, those ones, which according to the Church publication, are chosen by God to lay hands as Moses did to Joshua. This was the answer…

(unedited copy of “paanyaya”)

This document is an invitation to an event held by the Iglesia ni Kristo which includes the programme. An excerpt of the introductory part on the left page translates in English as: “Gentlemen: We cordially invite your majesty to the celebration concerning the THANKSGIVING due to the FIFTH YEAR LIFE of “IGLESIA NI KRISTO in the Philippines and the LAYING OF HANDS on brother Felix Manalo in the duty of Pastor and Administrator of the Church.” What was to take place in the event? “…the LAYING OF HANDS on brother Felix Manalo in the duty of Pastor and Administrator of the Church.” So someone laid hands on Felix Manalo. It was a secret fact that someone laid hand on the Church’s “Messenger”. Who are they? At the right part of the invitation, it says,

The statement above translated as;

Here’s the translation:

“7. The laying of hands on brother Felix Manalo will be officiated by Bishops and Pastors of different Churches established in the Archipelago, of whom are the Reverend Alejandro Reyes, Victoriano Mariano, Gil Domingo, Guillermo Zarco, Nicolas Fajardo, Emiliano Quijano and Roque Bautista.”

You know what readers? The reason behind the secrecy of Felix Manalo’s ordination is that those people who laid their hands to him to make him as the Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo are those leaders of different religions in the Philippines. But this was not the  gravest part of this secret. Because although Felix Manalo received his ordination from the hands of those ministers and bishop of the other religions in the archipelago, the Church had a certain belief regarding those religious groups outside of their denomination, particularly the Catholic Church and the Protestant denominations. According to the issue of Pasugo (INC’s official publication), dated August 1961, p. 39;

The underlined statement at the very right part states;

“At the end of this publication, we now ought to reject the catholic priests and the protestant pastors, for they are ministers of satan. We also ought to reject the Catholic Church and the different protestant churches, for they are not of God, but of satan or the devil. Rejecting them and their erroneous doctrines is your obedience to God, to Christ and to the Apostles.”

See friends? The mystery behind the secrecy of Felix Manalo’s ordination was that those who performed his ordination and gave him the office of being the Head and the Leader of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Philippines are, according to their official statement, ministers of devil… of Satan. It was a very famous belief within the common INC members that salvation is only given to them, that except of being a member of their organization, man will never ever attain the favor of God nor he have the right to worship God. That was the reason why they regarded those outsiders as of devil. But they were untold that the one whom they attributed the highest honor of their Church is a devil’s ordained minister himself.

Rosita and the “Last Day Messenger”

 

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Rosita Trillanes was a single female convert to the INC who was disowned by her parents after having secretly converted to the Iglesia ni Cristo cult and having sought refuge at the INC, was given sanctuary at the central office of INC founder Felix Y. Manalo, whom Rosita reveres as the messenger of God. Her stay however in that residence became the most bitter and painful experience of her life when FYM spurned of his sexual advances punched her into unconsciousness and had raped her afterwards. Her story was related by her personal letter which was published in the Philippine Gazette in July, 1942. Her lettter in the vernacular (tagalog) is reproduced below. An English translation follows.


From the Philippines’ Official Gazette, Vol. 1, July 1942:

Dear Brethren:

Because of my love for the Church for your sake, I am writing you to confess the things that truly hapened to me and the things I have witnessed and have come to know during the two years I have stayed at the Central. I am a young lady who became a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo in Batangas. Because of this, I was despised and disowned by my parents. Thinking it I would find shelter, brother Jacinto Torres convinced me to go with him to the Central Office. During my stay there, what I encountered was a very bitter and painful ordeal like the time when Manalo, whom I considered almost like a father, took advantage of me. At first he tried to court me but when I resisted his sexual advances, he beat me and hit me which made me lose consciousness. It was during this time that I was unconscious that he accomplished his fleshly desires on me. I suffered so much because of the beatings and the threats I have received all the time that I resisted his advances. I have witnessed many more who were raped by Felix Manalo. Some were young women, others were wives of some members, while I know of one who was the wife of a minister. Manalo told me some of the other women he raped he did when he was trying to seduce me. He told me of some thirty women he raped. I cannot reveal their names but they often can be seen at the Central Office. In my presence, he raped a young lady who later became pregnant and it so happened that she went to the central office for the only time it was related to Manalo. The reason why Liloy resigned was probably because Manalo forced Amada. All of those he has raped feared telling anyone because he threatened to kill them like what he did to Basilia Santos of Paco, who claimed to have 2 children from Manalo. These were the talk of the town for some time in Paco.

Before Manalo went to the United States, he brought me to the Protacio family in Pasay. Not one month has passed he came back for me fearing that I told my hosts everything he did to me; when I resisted, he threatened me. After this, he expelled the Protacio’s from the Church and accused themn with false charges. He used up all his monthly salary of P1,300 on women and for his immoral acts, while the average Iglesia worker receives only P5.00, P10.00, P15.00, P20.00 a month. All of the tithes you gave to God goes to him of which he spends for all his immoral deeds. I told everything to brother Doro while Manalo is in America.

In this regard, will you allow Manalo to abuse the church’s members and accept the Church in the name of God? Don’t you love the Church? Your wives and daughters are in grave danger from the impure desires of the people you trust and revere as your teachers of the word of God.

I confess everything to you and I leave to you the decision that you can do if you really love the Church and God. In convincing the girl he desires, be she single or married, he claims that Solomon has many wives and that the messenger of God is to be pleased and that to consent and to agree is very pleasing in the eyes of God.

Can your good hearts accept this unrighteousness? The decision is yours.

From your sister who was disgraced because of trusting too much.

ROSITA

Trillanes' letter in Tagalog

For additional informations about this “messenger”, you may read the letter of Leslie Wolfe of Philippine Mission Churches of Christ, where Manalo formerly a member, and the news of a weekly tabloid. CLICK

The House of God or a slaughterhouse?

Temples and houses of prayer are very important assets of religious groups. Here, they conducting their masses, holy convocations and other religious observance. Some religions regarded their temples with great reverence that it seems they were at the very door of heaven. Wearing the best attires that they have, they will enter the door of the temple in barefoot. From that time, no more noise should be heard from all corners except voices of prayers and praises.

Building of temples or sanctuaries of worship is an old practice in religion, but in the Bible, the first instruction of building a house of worship was given to Moses during the exodus.  As a dwelling place of God’s glory in the midst of His children, Israelites  erected a sanctuary based upon the plan directed by God to Moses. When the Israelites grew into a great kingdom, the sanctuary was  improved into a magnificent  structure with impressive vessels and utensils made from precious stones of the kingdom. This old practice became the basis for the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) to build great temples and house of prayers all over the Philippines and abroad. The Iglesia Ni Cristo is one of the most powerful religious organizations in our country along with the Catholic Church and the Charismatic El Shaddai Movement. They believe that the Spirit of God dwells in their houses of worship, like what depicted below.
But what if the temple that they regarded with great reverence become a place for their crimes and fanaticism, can we  still say that these temples are truly where the Spirit of God dwells?

 

(In Video)

 

Its true that edifices are important things for the Church. This is where the children of God gather to worship the Creator of heaven and earth, and give glory to Him who gave His begotten Son for us to be saved. But a structure, no matter how expensive and magnificent it is, the Spirit of God does not dwell in this building.  The Old Covenant was passed and its temple was already destroyed and became nonsense. When Christ died on the cross, the gospel reported;

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (Matthew 27:51)

The use of temple as the dwelling place of God had passed. The instruction about the sanctuary that the Israelite should build is only a shadow of a more glorious temple which God pitched, not by the hand of man, for the new and better covenant. This is the temple where the High Priest of the Church minister for the sake of His people.

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. (Hebrews 8:1,2)

God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people of love God and keep His commandments. “Where two ore three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt.18:20) Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church. Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus presides there, let it be in the desolate part of the earth, in the wilderness, or in the city enclosed in by prison walls.