On worshiping Christ
Letter to the Editor:
GOD'S MESSAGE, April 2008, p.4
MAY I ASK if Felix Y. Manalo had a teaching
that Christ should be worshiped? If he had, what are the
biblical basis of this teaching?
Allan Poe Bona Redona
Thanks for writing us.
Brother Felix Y. Manalo did not have his own
teaching. As God's messenger, he strictly upheld and
taught to the Church the pristine teachings of God
written in the Holy Scriptures (II Tim. 3:15-17)
Among the teachings of the Bible that he
preached concerns the worship of Jesus Christ, not because Christ is
God but because it is God's commandment that at the name of Jesus
"every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those
earth ... to the glory of God the Father" (Phil.
2:10-11, New King James Version).
that at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under
the earth, and [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ
[is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Christ has been
placed by God far
above all principality, power,
might, and dominion, and all things have
been put under His feet (Eph. 1 :21 -22).
far above all principality and power and might
and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but
also in that which is to come. And He put all [things] under
His feet, and gave Him [to be] head over all [things] to the church,
(Ephesians 1:21-22, NKJV)
That Christ is not God, although men are commanded
to worship Him, is further proven by the biblical teaching that He
will eventually subject all His power and
authority to the Father who is the only true God:
"For the scripture
says, 'God put all things under his feet'. It is
clear, of course, that the words 'all
things' do not include God himself, who puts all
things under Christ. But when
all things have been
placed under Christ's rule, then he himself, the
Son, will place himself under God,
who placed all things under him: and
God will rule completely
overall." (I Cor. 1 5:27-28, Today's English Version}