Contradicting God's Truth: Why INC is not Sanctified
In the midst of what is happening today with the Iglesia ni Cristo, it is important that we learn to distinguish what is true from what is false.
When the supposed victims come out to cry to the public how they had been treated unfairly, they end up saying they come from a true church. But we can always resort to God’s guidance from the Bible to learn what is truth. Let us go to the basics. Who instituted truth if not the maker of all things?
Let us first dwell with the characteristics of truth – God’s truth or absolute truth.
First, truth can sanctify. The best thing with truth is that it blesses the carrier and upholder of it. It purifies the heart. Sanctification is one of the things God’s truth is able to do.
Second, truth is absolute. God’s truth is absolute truth. He does not lie because He cannot lie and it is "impossible" for Him to lie.
Third, truth has proper locations. Truth knows its proper place. It is with God, the Father, that is rightfully defined by the Lord Jesus Christ in John 17:17 as "Thy truth.”
It is also with the Lord Jesus Christ as the Apostle Paul said.
It is also with the Holy Spirit.
The truth can also be in a disciple.
Fourth, truth exists and never dies despite lies arising to cover it up. When one surfaces to reveal what he says are facts, another one comes up with a different version. But truth is there – known to the one who made us all. Take note that the opposite of truth is lie but which can never win over truth.
Fifth, but not the least, not loving the truth has a consequence: they shall be deluded who believe in lies or the opposite of truth.
Sixth, there is “gain” in turning away from truth but a woeful gain. One may reap material and physical profits, that in the first place is the reason why one turns away from truth and turn to lies. Ahead, I will tell you, this “gain” translates itself into punishment.
The Bible then indicates that there are "true pretenders"! They are genuine liars! They receive not the love of the truth but prefer the pleasures of unrighteousness. And for that, they are deluded into believing their lies. That is the sorry effect.
While they may appear for a time as lights, like Satan, that light is not absolute because somewhere not perceivable by the simple, is great darkness! They may look like sheep, outwardly they really are, but something cruel is hidden!
In sum, the Bible has pointed out two truths: One is absolute truth called "God's truth." The other is evil in the guise of truth and, in fact, evil – that the world knows as lie. Those who believe it, really believe it as “truth” out of delusion that God had allowed. Such is the nature of lie or “truths” believed out of delusion. Absolute truth and truth from delusion (lies) are directly opposite each other.
The public has been treated by “truth” from abducted ministers and the mother and siblings of the Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo who is Eduardo Manalo. These were denied by the INC spokesman Edwil Zabala and the INC leadership who voiced out another “truth.” Which is which now? What they are saying are directly opposite each other– and, for a fact, are not my inventions.
I may call expelled ministers of the INC as my "hostile witnesses" to the witness stand to testify to these truths! They are Isaias Samson Jr., former editor-in-chief of the Pasugo, and Lowell Menorca II, also a minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo.
Isaias Samson, Jr. claims being illegally detained.
July 2015, at Net25, station of the INC, Lowell Menorca, middle, claims he was not abducted.
Three expelled INC ministers ran to Department of Justice to seek help, claim lives are in danger.
October 2015, Lowell Menorca goes on YouTube after Writ of Amparo and Writ of Habeas Corpus were granted by the Supreme Court, claims first declaration was scripted.
October 2015, Lowell Menorca tells all about abduction (Rappler interview).
Let us look into what they claim first: Are they really in the true church? If they were, why are these things happening to them?
As we have discussed earlier, not believing in truth has a heavy consequence: One is that one is deluded to believe in lies. God allows that because of the refusal to believe in what is true. The preference for the pleasures of unrighteousness comes from Satan, the father of lies.
II Thessalonians 2: 9-12
9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
And for that, the INC is very full of lies, but let’s focus on just a few assertions that are often repeated.
Expelled INC Ministers Samson and Menorca claim and do believe that they are in the true church, and that outside, no one will be saved. Is this true?
Sanctification not Working with the INC
We have earlier said that the first characteristic of truth is that it purifies the believer or the one who upholds truth. Contrariwise, the one who believes lies is deluded to believe lies as “truth.” There is pleasure found in unrighteousness that they enjoy. We can therefore say, where there is no truth, purification does not happen.
A Pasugo article written by Eduardo V. Manalo, the incumbent Executive Minister, says in the vernacular, “Hindi maliligtas ang nasa labas ng Iglesia ni Cristo.” Translated, it reads, “Outside of the INC, no one can be saved.” He wrote this almost 40 years ago, and therefore this doctrine of theirs can be said to have been taught for 40 long years.
Eraño Manalo, second generation Executive Minister, says those outside the INC are “sentenced to the fire.” He had been preaching for at least 50 years or half a century before he died. With that length of time preaching false doctrines, imagine the many people he had deceived!
What these two Manalos are preaching for a hundred years directly oppose God who says He would want everyone to be saved. He did not say what these Manalo’s are preaching.
I Timothy 2:3-4
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
We then see both father and son, who lead the INC, reinforcing each other in their false doctrines to trap people to their fold.
Corruption of the Soul
Our issue here is not the abduction or illegal detention of these expelled ministers but their claim that they are witnesses to the corruption in the core of “the one-and-only-true church.” The one and only true church? How sure are they?
If at all, the corruption that Samson and Menorca should be talking about should not be focused on siphoning money by those they accuse (material) but about the corruption in the teachings of the INC. That is the core of the true church – the teachings. Then and only then will they be assured that they are in the true church. If the teachings are true, there is no need for anyone of them siphoning the contributions of their poor members.
Investigations of Filipinos about this group have long been overdue! It is high time for my countrymen to know, according to biblical precepts, what kind of churchFelix Manalo established in the Philippines.
Here is what I can say: A church claiming to be the "true church,” the "only one" at that, but being feared by its own ministers and members for what it can do to them, may paradoxically be true! It is the true church of Satan!
No less than the widow of the former Executive Minister, Eraño Manalo, who is the mother of the incumbent Executive Minister, Eduardo Manalo, fears for her life and the lives of her children – the very siblings of the incumbent Executive Minister! By just revealing their knowledge about corruption in the core of their church, they were expelled! Shouldn’t the expected reaction be one of knowing the truth – let them tell what they know, and conduct investigations?
Here’s the mother wanting to talk to her son but from reports, the son never talked to her for six years – or since Eraño Manalo died.
Is there biblical possibility that the INC is a "true church?" I believe there is none!
I did not take it lightly when on Philippine television these ministers of Manalo publicly said that they would welcome me at the airport when I come back home with their brother Amurao, a funeral parlor, to fetch me. Below is footage from Net25, the INC station.
It is not because of cowardice but to spare other people's lives that I decided - although with heavy heart - to stay away from my beloved country!
These INC ministers were mocking and maligning me, saying I am a coward, and must return to the Philippines to face the invented cases they filed against me in Philippine courts!
Even Catholic Apologists are challenging me to go back to the Philippines to face these (false) charges against me.
Now, I know better: I am vindicated by what is being exposed by these ministers and members of the Iglesia ni Cristo. If their very own peers fear the leadership, it is wise for me to feel the same - not only for my life but also for the people who care for my safety!
I praise the Lord for all His love, His justice, and His care!
To Samson and Menorca
Those who do not know the truth and not uphold the truth are not being sanctified. They are not being cleansed from their wanton pleasures.
They know no bounds such that they find pleasure in lies as encouraged by the father of lies. I can tell you, the INC leadership have invented all those false charges they filed against me.
A church that teaches lies to trap people into it is a pit meant for evil people. My hope for Samson and Menorca and the likes of them is that they may still strive to find out the truth. Over and above complaining about siphoned money, they should instead go up a higher level and examine their beliefs. The world is not too narrow that they cannot find the means to do it. Truth has proper locations.
To God be all glory forever! Amen!