The Iglesia ni Cristo (also known as INC, Iglesya ni Kristo or Church of Christ) is a nontrinitarian Christian restorationist religious organization that originated in the Philippines. The INC was founded in the Philippines by Felix Y. Manalo on July 27, 1914; The most basic component of the INC's beliefs is that founder Felix Manalo was sent from God to reestablish the Christian Church in its true form and that the original church was apostatized. The organization denies the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as the Divinity of Jesus. Background Information:
The INC began with a handful of followers on July 27, 1914 in Punta, Santa Ana, Manila; with Manalo as its head minister. Manalo propagated his message within his local area, growing the iglesia ni cristo and converting members of other religions. As membership increased, he delegated others to spread the teachings of the INC and it eventually spread throughout the Philippines and to other countries. After Felix Manalo's death in 1963, his son Erano took over duties as executive minister and Eduardo V. Manalo is the deputy executive minister. By 1988, INC has grown to about 2,635 congregations called locales, in which 220 of them cover sixty-seven countries outside the Philippines. According to various sources, including the 1997 Britannica Book of the Year, INC had a worldwide population of over one million members by the early 1980s. According the 2000 census of the Philippine National Statistics Office, 2.3 percent of the population in the Philippines are affiliated with the iglesia ni cristo
iglesia ni cristo Central Temple in New Era, Quezon City, Philippines The INC's Central Administration is the iglesia ni cristo Central Office; a large, secured complex located on Commonwealth Avenue, New Era, Quezon City, Philippines. An editorial in the July 25, 2004 issue of Philippine Panorama Magazine described the complex as including: the six-story Central Office Building; the 7,000-seat Central Temple; the Tabernacle, a multi-purpose hall; the 30,000 seating-capacity Central Pavilion; the College of Evangelical Ministry; the New Era General Hospital; and the New Era University.
Fundamental Beliefs of the iglesia ni cristo
Jump to: navigation, search The Fundamental Beliefs of the iglesia ni cristo are summarized in a book by Erano G. Manalo, current Executive Minister of the iglesia ni cristo and the fifth child of Felix Y. Manalo. According to Minister Manalo, 1.The words of God are written only in the Bible. The Bible should be the only basis of service to God. This is the truth which will teach man salvation from punishment on Judgment Day. 2.The Father who created all things is the only true God. There is no Trinity, no three persons in one God. 3.The belief that all churches belong to God is false. Christ founded only one true Church - the Church of Christ (iglesia ni cristo). 4.The Church of Christ is the Church that Jesus will save (Acts 20:28 Lamsa) because he made this Church His body and heads it Himself - before God, the Church and Christ are one new man (Eph.2:15 NKJV; Col.1:18 NKJV). This is the reason why Christ is able to answer for the sins of His Church without violating God's law that whoever commits a sin, the same must die for that sin (Dt.24:16). Hence, the belief that salvation can be attained by means of faith in Christ alone, even without membership in the Church of Christ is false. The Church is necessary, not because it saves, but because it is the entity that Christ will save (Eph.5:23 TEV). 5.The Church built by Christ during the first century has apostatized (Acts 20:29). It was led away by false prophets which arose in the Church after the time of the Apostles (Mt.24:11 RSV), and those who remained firm in the faith were slain by ravenous wolves (Mt.7:15). The prophesied false teachers who led the Church away were the Catholic priests. They introduced false teachings (1 Tim.4:1,3) into the Church,...