Why Joining INC Is A Bad Idea

Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) is a local cult that originated from the Philippines. It was founded by Felix Manalo a former Catholic who left the Church and joined other Protestant denominations until he decided to found his own Church. Majority of the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo are former Catholics and Protestants who have fallen to the tricks and deceptions used by INC ministers to make the people believe that they are truly Biblical. If ever you or one of your friends and family members are thinking of joining this local cult it is better to know what this cult really is and why it is a bad idea to join them.


1. The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) was founded by Felix Manalo, not by Jesus Christ

The Iglesia Ni Cristo apologists rely on a single Bible text to prove that INC is the true Church of Jesus Christ. According to them since the name of their Church is “Church of Christ”, and in Romans 16:16 we can read “Churches of Christ” therefore, theirs is the true Church of Jesus Christ since the name of their Church can literally be found in the Bible. This argument cannot hold water for two reasons, 


1. If the name of the Church is the basis of it authenticity then the INC have to accept that other Protestant denominations that got its name from the pages of Scripture must also be a true Church of Jesus Christ.  


2.  The authenticity (or being the true Church) relies not on its name but whether it is personally of historically founded by Jesus Christ.


The first one is a pill that is hard to swallow by INC apologists because they truly believe that they are the true Church of Jesus Christ. The reason that the INC holds on to their name game argument is that they cannot prove historically that their Church was personally and historically founded by Jesus Christ. If Christ is not the founder of INC then who is? Where was it founded? And when was it founded? The founder of INC is Felix Manalo, it was founded on July 27, 194 at Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila, Philippines.

If you truly want to follow Christ would join a Church which claims authenticity, yet, its origin can only be traced back into Felix Manalo rather than Jesus Christ?


2. The INC teaches that Felix Manalo is the last messenger of God, not Jesus Christ

One of the primary teachings of INC is that Felix Manalo is the restorer of the apostatized church and that he is the last messenger of God not Jesus Christ. This belief is what makes INC more of a cult than a mainstream religion, Felix Manalo being a last messenger is contrary to the teaching of the Bible. Nowhere in the entire Bible ever mentioned his name nor made any reference to him. This belief is not akin to INC in fact Felix Manalo simply copied this belief from Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. The Scripture is clear whom God sent in the last days to tell us His ways, it is Jesus Christ not Felix Manalo.

In time past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through a son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe. Heb.1:1-2 NABRE

This son whom this passage is speaking about cannot be Felix Manalo since God did not create the world through him. The footnote of the Christian Community Bible explains that the Son in this passage is Jesus Christ.

The starting point of his argument is the unique dignity of Jesus, not a prophet or a supernatural personage like so many others, but rather, the Son of God. Every word of this verse asserts that Jesus is unique, God born of God. Christian Community Bible, Footnote on Hebrews Chapter 1

Despite of the preponderance of evidence that Jesus Christ is the last messenger that God sent to us, INC ministers still insists that it was Felix Manalo not Jesus Christ. This is a blatant disregard of the word of God contained in the Bible.


3. INC believes that Felix Manalo is an angel, but Jesus Christ is just a human being

The INC ministers and followers prefer to believe, accept and preach that Felix Manalo is an angel of God but Jesus Christ is just an ordinary human being. Despite of no biblical support for their claim they accepted this doctrine without hesitation. On the contrary the evidences for Christ’s divinity is overwhelming. There is no question whether Christ is human or not for the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is truly human and truly God. In proving Christ divinity we have to first visit the Gospel of saint John which beautifully sums up Christ divine nature.

In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through him and without him nothing came to be. John 1:1-3

This passage demonstrates the dual nature of Christ, that He is both true God and true Man. There is no question whether Christ is a man or not for the Catholic Church accepts and profess Christ’s humanity. The controversy begins when the cultic INC assail the divinity of Christ even if it is obvious that the Scriptures is telling us that Christ is also a God.


In the beginning was the Word

This passage points not to the time wherein the world was created but on the time before the world was created, this tells us about the preexistence of the Word. Jesus Christ on the other hand manifest his existence before the world was created in John 17:5 Jesus Christ said,

Now Father give me in your presence the same glory I had with you before the world begun. John 17:5

Jesus Christ is speaking here in the past tense which means that he was already with God before the world was created. This is a very clear and explicit words from Christ that he himself confess that he was with the Father before the world begun. So who are we to believe? The INC ministers or our Lord Jesus Christ himself? St. Paul in his epistles also affirms this truth, in his epistle to the Colossians he speaks about Christ preexistence.

He is the image of the unseen God, and for all creation he is the first-born, for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, thrones, rulers, authorities, powers all was made through him and for him. He is before all and all things hold together in him. Col.1:15-17

St. Paul is telling us that it was through Christ that everything was created and this would only be possible if Christ has a preexistence. But on the same passage Christ’s preexistence is affirmed with the words “He is before all”.      


And the Word was with God


This statement tells us of the distinction between the Father and the Son, some pseudo Christians believe that the Father and the Son are one and the same, this is a serious error concerning the relationship of the Father and of the Son. Since Christ has a preexistence as proved by the passages we quoted above this brings us to a logical conclusion that Christ is distinct from the Father. This distinction was already been prefigured in the Old Testament when God showed himself to Abraham under the appearance of three men.

Yahweh appeared to Abraham near the oak of Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent, in the heat of the day, when he looked up and saw three men standing nearby. Genesis 18:1-2

In this passage we are told that Yahweh appeared to Abraham under the appearance of three men. But why three men? Because it is a revelation that there is one God in three distinct persons. In like manner Christ was with God in the beginning because they are distinct yet shares that nature of God. In the Gospel of Matthew such a distinction is also mentioned by the Gospel writer in Mt.28:18-19, Jesus Christ said,

Go therefore, and make disciples from all nations, Baptize then in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Mt.28:19

Notice that the Gospel writer wrote “in the name” not “in the names” which is plural, because the Gospel writer is referring only to one God in three distinct persons which is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 


And the Word was God

St. John when writing his Gospel carefully wrote “Word was God” and not “Word was a god” which would imply that Jesus Christ or the Word is a God lower than the Father as what the Jehova’s witnesses believed. He did not also write “Word was the God” because it would mean that the Father and the Son are one and the same. What St. John wrote was crystal clear “And the Word was God” referring to the nature of the Word which is divine. In St. Paul’s epistle to the Colossians he is telling them that Christ possess a divine nature, hence Christ is truly GOd.

For in him dwells the fullness of God in bodily form. Col.2:9

Such a fact is irrefutable but the INC ministers will surely find a way to beat around the bush and raise hilarious and illogical explanations regarding this passage. In Hebrews chapter 1 verse 8 it is no longer the apostles who professed Christ divinity but it was already the Father who is telling us that Christ is God. Who then shall we believe the INC ministers who are famous for deceiving people of God?

But of the Son we read this: Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a rule of justice is your rule. Hebrews 1:8

Beyond any reason of a doubt it is quite clear from the passages of the Holy Scripture that Jesus Christ is God. Any person who deliberately refuses to believe such truth will have nothing in the end of times but the fires of Hell. 


4. The Iglesia Ni Cristo is not a Church nor a faith, it is a corporation solely owned by the Manalo family.


Ever wonder why the INC’s executive ministers were all members of the Manalo family? Because the Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered as a Unipersonal Corporation owned and managed by Felix Manalo. Even their official publication “Pasugo” attests to this.

“…In the Philippines, the Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered with the Philippine government. but even before the documents of the Articles of Incorporation were filed with the office of the Division of Archives, Patented Properties of Literature and Executive Office of Industrial Trade Works. . . A Glimpse into the history of the Church, Nicanor P. Tiosen, Pasugo Special Edition, p.16, 2014

“Articles of Incorporation” is defined as:

A set of documents filed with a government body legally document the creation of a corporation. Articles of Incorporation must contain pertinent information such as the firm’s name, street address, agent of service process, and the amount and type of stock to be issued.  http://www.investopedia.com/terms/a/articlesofincorporation.asp

Clearly the INC is a corporation under the pretext and guise of a religion. Their reason for doing so is only known to themselves. As far as we know it is morally wrong for a Church to have an identity of a corporation while preaching the Gospel.

If you are planning to join the Iglesia ni Cristo for whatever reason you should think twice and know more about them, don’t be a victim of their false faith because your salvation is at stake. Be with the Church that Jesus Christ himself personally and historically founded not the ones invented by mortal men.

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Is Converting To Another Religion A Sin?

Most people are not aware that changing or transferring from one religion to another is a sin or not. Some would say that there is nothing wrong in transferring from one church to another as long as you keep your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. With this ignorance of a most basic tenet of the Christian faith various cults and Protestants denominations have lured so many souls away from Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. In order to satisfactorily answer the question Is changing religion a sin? We must first define what religion and sin is. The Catholic Dictionary (1909) defined religion in two dimensions;

Objectively, it consists in doctrines and precepts by which man seeks to bring about this union. Religion is true when its doctrines and precepts are either dictated by right reason or revealed by God; if the former, it is called natural religion, if the latter, supernatural religion. Religion is false if, when claiming to be revealed, it is unable to show a divine guarantee, or when its dogmas and practices sin against right reason and conscience.    

Subjectively, religion is the attitude of the man who rules his thoughts, words, and actions according to right reason and revelation. In this latter sense religion is a special virtue allied to justice, because it prompts man to render to God what is due Him by strict right from His rational creatures. As such, religion is a strict obligation incumbent on every man. It is also the means by which man is to work out his final destiny. 

The objective dimension of religion is defined as the system of belief it refers to doctrine and dogma that are divinely revealed by God. Judging by the objectivity of religion any system of belief that is not divinely revealed by God is utterly false. Subjectivity of religion is the response of man towards God, it refers to man’s eternal obligation to adore God. Henceforth, if a person cannot fulfill his obligation to God by worshiping Him in the Holy Eucharist he is committing a grave mortal sin.

Another point of consideration is the nature of Sin the Catechism of the Catholic Church defined sin as;

Sin is an offense against reason, truth and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as “an utterance, a deed or a desire contrary to the eternal law. CCC 1849


Sins can be distinguished according to their objects, as can every human act; or according to the virtues they oppose, by excess or defect; or according to the commandments they violate. They can also be classed according to whether they concern God, neighbor, or oneself; they can be divided into spiritual and carnal sins, or again as sins in thought, word, deed, or omission. The root of sin is in the heart of man, in his free will, according to the teaching of the Lord: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man.” But in the heart also resides charity, the source of the good and pure works, which sin wounds. CCC 1853

Sin as defined in the Catechism is a transgression against God, it is an offense against reason and the eternal law. When a person who belongs to the true Church (Catholic Church) changes his religion or transferred to another christian church he is committing a grave sin because it is an offense against reason and God’s eternal law. Knowing that the Catholic Church is the true Church yet he still chooses to leave the church for another is an offense against reason. It is also an offense against God’s eternal law because God’s will for us is to belong into the body of Christ (Col.1:18). The sin of leaving the true Church for another is called apostasy;

Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it. “Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.” CCC 2089

When a Catholic abandoned the Catholic faith and becomes a Muslim, Jew, Pagan and any other religion that is not Christianity he is guilty of apostasy. But when he denied a single doctrine and dogma of the Church whether he transferred to a Protestant Church or not he is guilty of heresy. Whether it is apostasy or heresy as long as it is committed with the knowledge of the person he is guilty of mortal sin.

Whosoever, therefore, knowing that the Catholic Church was made necessary by Christ, would refuse to enter it or to remain in it, could not be saved. Lumen Gentium No.14

Therefore, a Catholic who knows that the Catholic Church is the true Church yet he refuses to remain in it cannot be saved. There is no justifiable reason for a Catholic to transfer to a Protestant Church. Now, going back to the question Is changing religion a sin? Taking in consideration the teaching of the Church, changing of religion or transferring to Protestant Churches is a grave mortal sin. When a Catholic transfers to a Protestant Church or abandoned the Christian faith he commits an offense against reason and God’s eternal law. Catholics should have studied or learned more about their Catholic faith rather than abandoning it and joining other Protestant denominations. Anyone who abandons the Catholic faith he can no longer partake in the Holy Eucharist which fulfills man’s obligation towards God, worship in a Protestant Church do not fulfill this obligation. But when a Protestant or a non-Christian converted to Catholicism he made a decision which is commendable and pleasing to God.

Why Joining The INC Is A Bad Idea

Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) is a local cult that originated from the Philippines. It was founded by Felix Manalo a former Catholic who left the Church and joined other Protestant denominations until he decided to found his own Church. Majority of the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo are former Catholics and Protestants who have fallen to the tricks and deceptions used by INC ministers to make the people believe that they are truly Biblical. If ever you or one of your friends and family members are thinking of joining this local cult it is better to know what this cult really is and why it is a bad idea to join them.

1. The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) was founded by Felix Manalo, not by Jesus Christ

The Iglesia Ni Cristo apologists rely on a single Bible text to prove that INC is the true Church of Jesus Christ. According to them since the name of their Church is “Church of Christ”, and in Romans 16:16 we can read “Churches of Christ” therefore, theirs is the true Church of Jesus Christ since the name of their Church can literally be found in the Bible. This argument cannot hold water for two reasons,

1. If the name of the Church is the basis of it authenticity then the INC have to accept that other Protestant denominations that got its name from the pages of Scripture must also be a true Church of Jesus Christ.
2. The authenticity (or being the true Church) relies not on its name but whether it is personally of historically founded by Jesus Christ.

The first one is a pill that is hard to swallow by INC apologists because they truly believe that they are the true Church of Jesus Christ. The reason that the INC holds on to their name game argument is that they cannot prove historically that their Church was personally and historically founded by Jesus Christ. If Christ is not the founder of INC then who is? Where was it founded? And when was it founded? The founder of INC is Felix Manalo, it was founded on July 27, 194 at Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila, Philippines.

If you truly want to follow Christ would join a Church which claims authenticity, yet, its origin can only be traced back into Felix Manalo rather than Jesus Christ?

2. The INC teaches that Felix Manalo is the last messenger of God, not Jesus Christ

One of the primary teachings of INC is that Felix Manalo is the restorer of the apostatized church and that he is the last messenger of God not Jesus Christ. This belief is what makes INC more of a cult than a mainstream religion, Felix Manalo being a last messenger is contrary to the teaching of the Bible. Nowhere in the entire Bible ever mentioned his name nor made any reference to him. This belief is not akin to INC in fact Felix Manalo simply copied this belief from Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. The Scripture is clear whom God sent in the last days to tell us His ways, it is Jesus Christ not Felix Manalo.
In time past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through a son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe. Heb.1:1-2 NABRE
This son whom this passage is speaking about cannot be Felix Manalo since God did not create the world through him. The footnote of the Christian Community Bible explains that the Son in this passage is Jesus Christ.

The starting point of his argument is the unique dignity of Jesus, not a prophet or a supernatural personage like so many others, but rather, the Son of God. Every word of this verse asserts that Jesus is unique, God born of God. Christian Community Bible, Footnote on Hebrews Chapter 1
Despite of the preponderance of evidence that Jesus Christ is the last messenger that God sent to us, INC ministers still insists that it was Felix Manalo not Jesus Christ. This is a blatant disregard of the word of God contained in the Bible.

3. INC believes that Felix Manalo is an angel, but Jesus Christ is just a human being

The INC ministers and followers prefer to believe, accept and preach that Felix Manalo is an angel of God but Jesus Christ is just an ordinary human being. Despite of no biblical support for their claim they accepted this doctrine without hesitation. On the contrary the evidences for Christ’s divinity is overwhelming. There is no question whether Christ is human or not for the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is truly human and truly God. In proving Christ divinity we have to first visit the Gospel of saint John which beautifully sums up Christ divine nature.

In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through him and without him nothing came to be. John 1:1-3

This passage demonstrates the dual nature of Christ, that He is both true God and true Man. There is no question whether Christ is a man or not for the Catholic Church accepts and profess Christ’s humanity. The controversy begins when the cultic INC assail the divinity of Christ even if it is obvious that the Scriptures is telling us that Christ is also a God.

In the beginning was the Word

This passage points not to the time wherein the world was created but on the time before the world was created, this tells us about the preexistence of the Word. Jesus Christ on the other hand manifest his existence before the world was created in John 17:5 Jesus Christ said,

Now Father give me in your presence the same glory I had with you before the world begun. John 17:5

Jesus Christ is speaking here in the past tense which means that he was already with God before the world was created. This is a very clear and explicit words from Christ that he himself confess that he was with the Father before the world begun. So who are we to believe? The INC ministers or our Lord Jesus Christ himself? St. Paul in his epistles also affirms this truth, in his epistle to the Colossians he speaks about Christ preexistence.

He is the image of the unseen God, and for all creation he is the first-born, for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, thrones, rulers, authorities, powers all was made through him and for him. He is before all and all things hold together in him. Col.1:15-17

St. Paul is telling us that it was through Christ that everything was created and this would only be possible if Christ has a preexistence. But on the same passage Christ’s preexistence is affirmed with the words “He is before all”.
And the Word was with God
This statement tells us of the distinction between the Father and the Son, some pseudo Christians believe that the Father and the Son are one and the same, this is a serious error concerning the relationship of the Father and of the Son. Since Christ has a preexistence as proved by the passages we quoted above this brings us to a logical conclusion that Christ is distinct from the Father. This distinction was already been prefigured in the Old Testament when God showed himself to Abraham under the appearance of three men.

Yahweh appeared to Abraham near the oak of Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent, in the heat of the day, when he looked up and saw three men standing nearby. Genesis 18:1-2

In this passage we are told that Yahweh appeared to Abraham under the appearance of three men. But why three men? Because it is a revelation that there is one God in three distinct persons. In like manner Christ was with God in the beginning because they are distinct yet shares that nature of God. In the Gospel of Matthew such a distinction is also mentioned by the Gospel writer in Mt.28:18-19, Jesus Christ said,

Go therefore, and make disciples from all nations, Baptize then in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Mt.28:19

Notice that the Gospel writer wrote “in the name” not “in the names” which is plural, because the Gospel writer is referring only to one God in three distinct persons which is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

And the Word was God

St. John when writing his Gospel carefully wrote “Word was God” and not “Word was a god” which would imply that Jesus Christ or the Word is a God lower than the Father as what the Jehova’s witnesses believed. He did not also write “Word was the God” because it would mean that the Father and the Son are one and the same. What St. John wrote was crystal clear “And the Word was God” referring to the nature of the Word which is divine. In St. Paul’s epistle to the Colossians he is telling them that Christ possess a divine nature, hence Christ is truly GOd.

For in him dwells the fullness of God in bodily form. Col.2:9

Such a fact is irrefutable but the INC ministers will surely find a way to beat around the bush and raise hilarious and illogical explanations regarding this passage. In Hebrews chapter 1 verse 8 it is no longer the apostles who professed Christ divinity but it was already the Father who is telling us that Christ is God. Who then shall we believe the INC ministers who are famous for deceiving people of God?

But of the Son we read this: Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a rule of justice is your rule. Hebrews 1:8

Beyond any reason of a doubt it is quite clear from the passages of the Holy Scripture that Jesus Christ is God. Any person who deliberately refuses to believe such truth will have nothing in the end of times but the fires of Hell.

4. The Iglesia Ni Cristo is not a Church nor a faith, it is a corporation solely owned by the Manalo family.

Ever wonder why the INC’s executive ministers were all members of the Manalo family? Because the Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered as a Unipersonal Corporation owned and managed by Felix Manalo. Even their official publication “Pasugo” attests to this.

“…In the Philippines, the Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered with the Philippine government. but even before the documents of the Articles of Incorporation were filed with the office of the Division of Archives, Patented Properties of Literature and Executive Office of Industrial Trade Works. . . A Glimpse into the history of the Church, Nicanor P. Tiosen, Pasugo Special Edition, p.16, 2014

“Articles of Incorporation” is defined as:

A set of documents filed with a government body legally document the creation of a corporation. Articles of Incorporation must contain pertinent information such as the firm’s name, street address, agent of service process, and the amount and type of stock to be issued. http://www.investopedia.com/terms/a/articlesofincorporation.asp

Clearly the INC is a corporation under the pretext and guise of a religion. Their reason for doing so is only known to themselves. As far as we know it is morally wrong for a Church to have an identity of a corporation while preaching the Gospel.

If you are planning to join the Iglesia ni Cristo for whatever reason you should think twice and know more about them, don’t be a victim of their false faith because your salvation is at stake. Be with the Church that Jesus Christ himself personally and historically founded not the ones invented by mortal men.