The Bible Warns Against Pastors Who Mislead People

1/30/2021 20 Comments

The gift of prophesy

It is a fact that not all preachers are gifted with biblical understanding; many of them just pretend to be of God. Actually, you can easily recognize them because not only is their ignorance of the Bible very obvious, but they also preach things that they themselves do not understand. 

As it is written in 1 Timothy 1:7 (KJV), 

Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 

They desire to be preachers or teachers of the law despite the fact that they have no understanding of the Bible, just like the ministers of the Iglesia ni Cristo of Manalo (INCM). Allow me to cite a portion of an article published in the Pasugo, the official publication of the INCM, for me to show you that their ministers, including Manalo himself, do not understand the Bible and do not know what they are talking about. 

[In Romans 16:16, it says, “Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.” The name “Iglesia ni Cristo” is the official name because it is the salutation that all are commanded to use in greeting (one another). It is not a name of a race, or a place, nor does it pertain to an individual characteristic, but it refers to all. It also refers to a condition, or a state.] 

This article proves how the INCM had grossly misunderstood and misinterpreted Romans 16:16. 

Very clearly, the verse commands the brethren to salute one another with a holy kiss; it is with the holy kiss that the brethren in the church should greet each other. But in the INCM’s interpretation, it is with the name of their church, Iglesia ni Cristo, that they should salute or greet each other. What stupidity! It doesn’t make any sense. 

If we are going to consider the epistles written by the apostles, brethren in the church, like the brethren in Corinth, were given the admonition to salute one another with a holy kiss. 

1 Corinthians 16:20 (KJV) says, 

All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss. 

Actually, not only the brethren in Rome and in Corinth were commanded to greet one another with a holy kiss. The brethren in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia were also given the same instruction by the Apostle Peter. 

1 Peter 1:1 (KJV) says, 

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 

The brethren in those places were scattered because they experienced severe persecution. So the Apostle Peter sent them a letter wherein he told them to greet one another with a kiss of charity, or a holy kiss. 

1 Peter 5:14 (KJV) says, 

Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen. 

The Thessalonians also received a similar instruction from the Apostle Paul. 

1 Thessalonians 5:26 (KJV) says, 

Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 

It’s just weird that only the INCM salute their brethren with the name “Iglesia ni Cristo,” instead of a holy kiss — clear proof that they do not understand the Bible. 

How about the “holy kiss”? What is the INCM’s interpretation of the holy kiss, according to their ministers? 

Instead of coming up with their own interpretation of the “holy kiss” mentioned in Romans 16:16, the ministers of INCM referred to the explanation provided in the Wycliffe Bible Commentary. Obviously, they have no explanation of their own, which is why they used someone else’s explanation. 

[Whatever in modern culture is symbolic of the deep affection which Christians ought to feel toward each other — a kiss on the cheek, a warm handshake, a grasping of both hands, and others — this is the equivalent of the apostolic command.] 

According to them, their stand about the “holy kiss” — which they based on the book of the Protestants — is that it is a manner of greeting a person. And its present-day equivalent is a “beso-beso” or a kiss on the cheek or a handshake. They also admitted that this is what their brothers and sisters in their church practice. 

But following the line of argument that the name “Iglesia ni Cristo” is the salutation by which their brethren ought to greet each other, my question is: When they shake hands, or when they do a beso-beso or kiss each other on the cheek, do they salute one another with the name “Iglesia ni Cristo”? Of course, they don’t! Because they know in their hearts that doing so would make them look ridiculous. 

This only shows that the preachers of the INCM do not understand even their favorite verse, Romans 16:16, and they talk of things which they themselves do not understand. 

I repeat, God gives understanding to a preacher or pastor whose teachings come from God. He is sent by God to preach. 

According to Romans 10:15 (KJV), 

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? . . . 

Preachers who do not understand the Bible are not sent by God. 

Actually, there is another boastful preacher in Mindanao who claims that he is the son of God and that he owns the souls of all men. Like the ministers of the INCM, this man also doesn’t know what he is talking about and the words that come out of his mouth are not in consonance with what the Holy Scriptures say.  

What gave him the guts to say that he owns all the souls of men? Biblically speaking, all the souls of men are owned by God, and not by an ordinary human being like him. 

As it is written in Ezekiel 18:4 (KJV), 

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. 

My appeal to all is please, do not let yourselves be deceived by this kind of preachers. They are not sent by God; they will only lead you to perdition. 

May God guide and bless us all! 


  1. I believed in what Christ said 2000 years ago that many anti Christ will come, they will lead alot of pepople to perdition. Thanks be to God for continuously speaking to humanity through his Son Jesus and for using bro. Eli as a small instrument in preaching the true gospel.

  2. Thank you for consistently writing blogs like this. They truly open people's minds toward reality.

  3. salamat sa Dios at nasumpong tayo ng totoong Iglesia

  4. 1 Timothy 1
    King James Version (KJV)

    7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

  5. Indeed, false pastors are very obvious because their teachings blatantly go against the Bible!

  6. This Blog will teach us not to be decieved by sweet tongue of False preachers!
    To God be the Glory!

  7. A false prophet is stated in Deat.13:1-3 If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,and a sign or wonder that tells you comes to pass,and if he says,Let us go after other gods,whoch you have not known,and let us serve them,you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dramer of dreams.For the lord your God is testing you,to know whether you love the lord of God with all your heart and with all your soul.
    Be careful to those fake prophet or pastors they mislead a lot people.Ipeople.It is true that preachers who do not understand the Bible are not sent by God like apostl Paul said on Romans 10:15-A15-An15-A15-An15-A15-And how are they to preach unless they are sent?As it is written,"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"

  8. Indeed! thanks be to God for this wonderful biblical blog. An eye opener blog,great blogger.

  9. reaches true because guided fro the holy scriptures

  10. Thanks be to God that in the midst of these evil pastors, the God sent His faithful preachers Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel in these last days. The Members Church of God International is endlessly thanking God for this unique experience in a lifetime! To God be the Glory!

  11. Clearly they are the fulfillment of 1 Tim 1:7 who desire to be teachers of the law even though they do not know what they are saying.. why do you need to get someone else's commentary? do you have no stand on your own? Thanks be to God for this blog now we can be more careful

  12. Such a disgusting explanation of their minister about the holy kiss. They did not know what they are talking about. Imagine their so called SUGO said that all outside of their church are all devil, then why they are using the explanation from other denomination? I can’t stop laughing all the time when I read this article. Iglesia ni Cristo is not a church. They are business, making money with the help of their member to vote for their candidate. This group are mafia and gang, they want the government of the Philippines to follow their will. I thank God I am not a member of this fake church.

  13. To God Be The Glory!!! Thanks be to God there are true Preachers sent by God. Preachers who do not understand the Bible are not sent by God.

  14. it turned out to be very funny, when bro eli exposed how those trying to be pastors of the sheep. They do not know anything at all, they really are blind

  15. All false religions have false preachers. False preachers preach the law of men and not the law of God. Their teachings oftentimes are not found in the bible and also contrary to the meaning and context of the bible.
    False preachers do not have the gift of understanding and knowledge of the words of God from God.
    Let us avoid false preachers because they will lead us to eternal punishment by God in hell. Thanks be to God!

  16. Of course, God will entrust the understanding of His words to the one whom He considered worthy

  17. I really don't see any sense in that particular doctrine of the INCM. It is better to listen to Bro Eli Soriano wherein, the teachings are logical and most importantly, biblical.