I BELONG TO a group which teaches that it is
enough to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved.
I wrote for clarification about your doctrines because there is so
much confusion these days resulting in the rise of many religions
with different teachings. My questions are as follows:
1. Jesus said "I will build my Church" (Mt 16:18).
This Church, according to one of your members is the Iglesia Cristo.
As I have known, your founder was Felix Manalo. If this is the case,
then your Church is false because there would be two persons who
built it. Who really built your Church, the Lord Jesus Christ or
2, You believe that Christ is only a man and not
God. In Romans 3:4 it says "Let God be true, and but every man a
liar," If Christ is only a man, then He is a liar.
What a blasphemy! Jesus is the Way and the Savior, but how could a
liar save? The blood of Jesus would be a sinner's blood if He
is only a man. Acts 20:28 (Lamsa) states that the Church of
Christ was purchased by His own blood. Are you claiming then
that your Church was purchased by a sinner's blood?
Marlon Trumpo Apayao, Philippines
never preach that Brother Felix Y. Manalo is the founder of the
Iglesia ni Cristo. It was Christ who founded the Church. The Holy
Scriptures teach that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who built His
Church, cared for it, and gave up His life for it by shedding His
own blood (cf. Mt. 16:18; Eph. 5:29, 25; Acts 20:28, Lamsa). In
God’s sight, Christ and His Church comprise the one new man; Christ
is the head and the Church is His body (cf. Eph. ; Col. 1:18).
We must remember that the Church founded
by Christ in the first century fell in the way of apostasy. Thus,
Christ had to reestablish His Church. He prophesied about His other
sheep who were not yet called during His public ministry (cf. Jn. ) but who would listen to His voice and become a flock
(cf. Acts , Lamsa).
prophecy found its fulfillment in the Iglesia ni Cristo that
reemerged in the Philippines in 1914.
Christ did not personally descend from
heaven to reestablish His Church. By means of the chosen messenger,
Christ’s voice was heard by His other sheep (cf. Lk. ; Jn. ).
The Iglesia ni Cristo believes that God’s chosen messenger in these
last days is Brother Felix Y. Manalo the fulfillment of God’s
prophecies concerning the one whom He has called from the ends of
the earth or in these last days (cf. Is. 41:9-10). He is God’s
messenger not the Church’s founder commissioned to preach the Church
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is
a man as He Himself declared (cf. Jn. ). This truth was affirmed by His apostles (I Tim.
2:5; Acts ; Mt. ). But never do we preach that Christ is a mere man
(with the perceived derogatory connotation), for, unlike all men who
are by nature sinful (cf. Rom. ), He did not sin:
“To this you were called, because Christ
suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in
his steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his
mouth’.” (I Pt. 2:21-22, New International Version)
Yet, this attribute does not elevate
Christ to the position of God. He is without sin not because He is
God but because He was sanctified by God:
“Do you say of Him whom the Father
sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming’, because I
said, ‘I am the Son of God?’” (Jn. 10:36, New King James Version)
Hence, the blood of Christ is not a
sinner’s blood but is the atoning sacrifice which has purged man’s
conscience from dead works so that man may serve the living God (cf.
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.