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The Iglesia ni Cristo recognizes Jesus Christ as the "only one Lord"  I notice that this statement is against the teachings of Jesus Christ who told us that "the Lord our God is the only Lord" (Mark 12:29, TEV).  How could you explain this inconsistency between the Iglesia ni Cristo teaching and Christ's teachings in the Gospels? (Acts 2:36; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Matthew 22:44)
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"Who is the only one Lord?"
(Mark 12:29; Acts 2:36; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Matthew 22:44)


Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, March-April 1993, p.2

I AM REACTING to the statement that the Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo) recognizes Jesus Christ as the "only one Lord" (Feljun B. Fuentes, "Some Misconceptions About Iglesia Ni Cristo Unity," Pasugo, March-April 1992, p.5).

I notice that this statement is against the teachings of Jesus Christ who told us that "the Lord our God is the only Lord" (Mark 12:29, TEV).  How could you explain this inconsistency between the Iglesia ni Cristo and Christ's teachings in the Gospels?

Dennis M. Fermace
Quezon City, Philippines

 

Author Feljun B.Fuentes replies:

Thank you for writing us.  It is a pleasure to answer your  question which may also be in the minds of our other readers.

Apostle Paul recognized one Lord Jesus Christ (cf. I Cor. 8:6) because it was God Himself who made Him both Lord and Christ (cf. Acts 2:36)  Christ's Lordship is not inherent in Him but given to Him by God. God did not make any other man lord like Christ, hence, there is only one Lord Jesus Christ.

yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. (1 Cor. 8:6, NKJV)

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36, NKJV)

In Mark 12:29,  Christ recognizes God as the only LORD GOD  when He said " the LORD our God, the LORD is one".    God's Lordship is inherent in Him.

Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. (Mark 12:29, NKJV)

Thus, Iglesia ni Cristo  recognizes only one Lord God and only one Lord Jesus Christ.
This Iglesia ni Cristo teaching is consistent with the teaching of Christ (Matthew 22:44)
who said:

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 

42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ?    Whose Son is He?”    They said to Him,  The Son of David.” 

43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: 
44 ‘The LORD said to my Lord'   "Sit at my right hand, Till I make your enemies Your footstool"'?


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 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” (Matthew 22:41-45, NKJV) 

Thus, the Lord who said  "Sit at my right hand, Till I make your enemies Your footstool" is  
the LORD GOD.
   And the Lord to whom this was said is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Please note that in the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, Jesus is the Son of David:
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: (Matthew 1:1, NKJV)

 

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Note: Verses in smaller font were added for clarity. Emphasis ours.

Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.

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