Iglesia Ni Cristo on Trial or Covering-Up For a Weak Leader?
The gravest sin a Christian can commit is speaking against the Holy Ghost. The Lord Jesus Christ said it is unpardonable!
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Use of words in contrast to what is meant by Christ and contrary to His nature is unpardonable. Instead of saying that Christ heals through the power of the Holy Spirit, His enemies said that He casts out demons through Beelzebub, the prince of demons!
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man and then he will spoil his house.
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
The truth is Christ is casting out demons through the agency of the Holy Spirit but His enemies instead said it is through Beelzebub, which clearly shows a change of word for a biblical term.
It is not even euphemism that means replacing one word or phrase with one that is more friendly or less offensive. It is a change due to lack of understanding or spiritual inspiration. Or is it plain cover-up?
What is happening now within the Iglesia ni Cristo-Manalo is being termed by their ministers as "pagsubok" or "trial." And nobody seems to be concerned about this blatant misuse of biblical term. Let us analyze biblically the meaning of the word "pagsubok" or "trial."
Trial comes to a servant of God “at a time when he is at faith and trusting in God." To a servant of God, trial does not come amidst troubles and problems. What comes to him amidst problems is consolation and fortification of the Holy Spirit, not "trials!"
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
The coming of the Holy Spirit augments the weaknesses of our flesh for us to pass through these trials.
THE ROMANS 8:26
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The trial of faith came to Abraham at the time when he was more than "content" with his God-given son, Isaac, whom he waited for almost a century!
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
All heroes of faith experienced trials in times when they are "most content and happy.”
HEBREWS 11:1-2, 36, 39-40
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
What is happening now with the Iglesia ni Manalo is not a "trial of faith" or "pagsubok." It is rather the fulfillment of the words of God that says nothing hid shall not be revealed.
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
There is a strong cover up according to reliable sources, since the death of Eraño Manalo, the former chief executive.
Joy Yuson: "Nagsimula noong 2009 pa lang, nang mamatay na ang Kapatid na Eraño G. Manalo ay nanalangin po ako sa kapulungan na kung maaari ay iligtas ang pamilya ng Kapatid na Eraño G. Manalo sa mga taong masasama sapagkat noon pa lang sa panahong yun ay sinisimulan na po nilang apihin ang pamilya ng Kapatid na Eraño G. Manalo. Dahil sa panalangin ko pong iyon ako po ay iniulat at pinasiyahan po akong alisin sa opisina."
(It started in 2009 when Bro. Eraño G. Manalo died that I prayed before the congregation that the family of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo be saved from evil people because even at that time they started maltreating the family of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo. For my prayers, I was reported and then removed from office).
Based upon broadcasted interviews of some INC ministers, there appears a cover up of corruption and misdeeds beyond imagination! Imagine, a leader excommunicating his own mother and siblings without even an attempt at reconciliation! Imagine many years – five years – of not speaking with one’s own mother. Videos prove that the family are seeking an audience with their beloved son and brother but there’s no response! HOW CRUEL CAN A LEADER GET?!!
What a suspended minister said is heartbreaking but true! "How can anybody lead the church when he is not able to lead his own family?"
I TIMOTHY 3:5
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
Here’s the poor mother speaking to her son -
Tenny Manalo: "At sa aking anak na si Eduardo, sana makausap kita."
(01:35 - 01:44)
(And to my son, Eduardo, I hope to speak with you).
And here’s the brother pleading to his brother, Eduardo Manalo –
Angel Manalo: "Kuya, kung nasaan ka man, sana magkausap na tayo. Hindi lang kaming magkakapatid kundi higit sa lahat ang ating ina. Ang Mommy, sana makausap mo na. Sabik na sabik siya."
(00:13 - 00:25)
(Brother, wherever you are, I wish we could talk – not just with us, your siblings – but most of all, with our mother. She is anxious about you).
And here’s a minister hitting the nail on the head -
Roel Rosal: "Paano siya makakapamahala sa Iglesia kung pamilya niya di niya kayang pamahalaan?"
(00:53 - 01:09)
(How can he [Eduardo Manalo] govern the church if even his family he cannot govern?)
It is unimaginable to learn that even their own minister would get into hot water and later expelled just because he prayed for the safety of the family of the late leader! It is unimaginable to think that the cover up is so tight that the truth is being hidden by almost everybody to save the face of their leader.
A number of INC ministers were reported abducted and then the National Bureau of Investigation declared it “case closed” fast without investigation. That was a quick one said the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), in its editorial titled “Scandal in INC” (7/30/2015). Notice how this broadsheet put it -
….Because this case involves the INC, whose connections to influential people in the government are both well-known and said to be cultivated by the church itself, it’s not unreasonable to think that some forces are trying to close the lid on any inquiry to prevent further damaging revelations. Last Tuesday, four INC ministers came forward to deny they had been abducted.
Is this an internal matter that government scrutiny is not welcome? PDI says otherwise because, as stated by one of those allegedly expelled INC ministers, in exchange for the bloc vote of INC members there is extortion of money by politicians and government officials -
But the sordid disclosures emerging from a growing number of disaffected former church members, some of them previously highly placed and privy to the INC’s most confidential operations, have touched on something else that has immense significance to public policy and governance: the alleged extortion of money from politicians and government officials in exchange for the coveted bloc vote of INC members.
Eduardo Manalo, as Executive Minister, truly has the final say or decision about everything in the church, a "corporation sole."The Corporation Code of the Philippines [Batas Pambansa Bilang 68] Title XIII, Chapter 2 on Religious Corporations reflects the following among others–
In the Amended Articles of Incorporation of the Iglesia ni Cristo, Eduardo Manalo, as the presiding minister of the INC that is corporation sole, is understood to be the trustee of the properties among others of the religious group.
Can a property be sold without the knowledge of the highest official of the corporation sole? No! The Amended Articles of Incorporation of the Iglesia ni Cristo states that disposition of any or all assets of the church including real properties may only be effected under the sole and exclusive authority of the Executive Minister or Presiding Elder acting as the corporation sole.
Here are recent sold properties of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Ref: Antonio Ebangelista, INCsilentnomore.wordpress.com)
It appears from the Deed of sale that on December 11, 2014, Glicerio P. Santos, Head Legal Counsel for the Church and son of the General Auditor, Glicerio Santos Jr., sold 4 parcels of land in Antipolo City to a company called Pet- jatan Corp for P16.896 million. Acopy of the Deed of Sale shows the younger Santos signing as Vendor. Did Eduardo Manalo know about this? It only shows his incompetence and ignorance, if he claims otherwise.
Can something be bought or built without the knowledge of the President of the corporation sole? Impossible. The Articles of the Church points to the sole and exclusive authority of Eduardo Manalo. Did he know about the Philippine Arena, its construction and purpose? His brother Angel questions its existence. He wonders how come it materialized.
Angel Manalo: "Isa na ang Philippine Arena sa ipinagtataka ko kung bakit nabuo eh."
(01:19 - 01:59)What about the luxury airbus costing P8.8 - P11 billion? Since Eduardo is using this together with the Sanggunian in his trips abroad, it is impossible that he does not know how it came about.
INC leaders using planes worth billions of pesos? http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/investigative/100445-iglesia-leaders-billions-pesos-aircraft EXCLUSIVE: The price of a huge Airbus ranges from P8.8 billion to P11 billion, while an executive jet costs about P3.6 billion. This aircraft is being used by the Iglesia executive minister in his pastoral and personal trips abroad, Rappler learns.
It is unimaginable to think that in an organization with 70-80 percent of members living below the poverty line, they are being asked almost every gathering to give "tanging handog" or do "special offering" aside from the indoctrinated contributions and offerings they accepted before joining their church.
Angel Manalo, the brother of Eduardo, claims these projects are not necessary.
Angel Manalo: "Sapagkat nauubos na ang abuloy ng iglesia sa kung anu-anong mga proyektong hindi naman kailangan."
(01:00 - 01:08)
(Because the contributions in the Church are being depleted - going to projects that are not even needed).
In the message of the allegedly expelled INC ministers, who are brave enough to speak against their leaders, it is plain and simple to see that their poor members are trying very zealously to help sustain the caprices of a leader that board his own airbus and jet and whose money are being used by him and his "Sanggunian" in luxurious living.
In a news report, Angel Manalo speaking with press people was shown pleading and asking his brother and/or church council to put a stop in asking additional contributions from their members because according to him (Angel Manalo) their existing contributions are sufficient to sustain the needs of their church.
For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
An unimaginable injustice that the needy support the wants of someone having everything in life that can be bought with money! It is unimaginable to think that all these misdeeds are being blamed by almost everybody even the aggrieved parties on the "Sanggunian”(Council of Elders).
The cover up is being done to layer down the ugly face of the administration in the hands of an incompetent leader! The "Sanggunian" or the “Council” in every angle of definition and analysis in Tagalog and in any other language cannot be more powerful than the leader. And why not? Because supposedly he acts for the corporation sole.
I appreciate the courage of ministers like Isaias Samson Jr., Joy Yuson, Roel Rosal, Louie Cayabyab, Gino Maningas, Ka Tenny, and brothers Angel and Marc Manalo in revealing what they know. But I am not happy that they are ones covering up the real truth.
The fault is not in their "Sanggunian!" The fault is in their leader – an incompetent leader weak in principle - who happens to be the son of their father, and who expelled his own mother, and his own brothers and sister.
What is happening now is undoubtedly God's will that souls so concerned and are close observers may realize that the IGLESIA NI CRISTO-MANALO IS A FALSE CHURCH! Let Eraño Manalo, himself, describe his church in this video, in his own words -
Voice of Eraño G. Manalo: What is this letter of a brother? You might want me to read it to you. “Until now, I have not seen a church worker that is responsible in the history of my life. All of them are crooked!” Those words are hard to take. “This is seen in older ministers; this is seen in older church workers. So that was a way to make them appear good in the eyes of the Administration.”
What is happening right now, even as the Sanggunian threatens everyone that speaks like there is simply schism happening in the church, even as they try to shut up everyone’s mouth, even as the family tries to cover up the incompetence of their brother, God is opening the lid!
There is no pagsubok (trial) happening with them. God is revealing what kind of organization the INC is – one that has paraded itself for 100 years that it is a true church caring for the salvation of souls – but it is not.
This is one chance that God is uncovering the Iglesia ni Cristo for what it is. Not one whit is it interested in your salvation! It is merely interested in your money.
This organization has long been persecuting Brother Soriano and the Church of God International, filing case upon case of invented charges, using their influence in government. It is not a secret that this fact has caused much grief to the MCGI – has required much expense, not only financially but emotionally, causing unnecessary psychological stress.
But finally, this Iglesia ni Cristo is being exposed by the power of God. And those invented charges against Brother Soriano have effectively found their due course: a boomerang on them that have planned the pain meant to inflict harm and defamation to others.
He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
Continue patronizing the INC and you will burn in hell like their ministers say of those who are not with them. Continue believing in its marketing strategy and you will only be feeding the stomachs of hungry vultures.
If Eduardo Manalo is a weak leader, let us be thankful that finally, that organization siphoning the meager income of the millions of Filipinos while they feed the luxurious lifestyles of ministers is revealed. It will be one less false church if it bows out finally.
Be very afraid to claim “pagsubok” or trial when something is breaking apart. This is God’s judgment at work. What God is revealing, don’t whitewash it to make it sound nice.