Like the Christian faith, the Iglesia Ni Cristo or Church Of Christ’s fundamental aim is to worship God in the way instructed by the Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples as described in the Bible. It is a church for everyone. It is for everyone who will embrace the genuine religion, regardless of race, nationality, cultural background, social standing, economic condition, or educational level. Iglesia Ni Cristo has a global membership of 148 races and ethnicity.
It maintains over 7,000 congregations and missions organised into more than 170 administrative districts in 159 nations and territories on the six continents.
Church as a beacon of light
A “radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other flaw, but holy and faultless,” is mentioned in Ephesians 5:27. (New International Version). As a result, the Iglesia Ni Cristo is envisioned as a Church that is incomplete unity of faith and practises every member is dedicated to a life of holiness built on authentic Christian teachings and is dedicated to all of the Christian obligations toward spiritual development.
Mission Statement: A Church that Genuinely cares
And Jesus told them, “Go throughout the whole world and proclaim the good news to everyone.” Mark 16:15-16 explains the church’s purpose. (NIV) Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Colossians 1:28) “We announce him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present every person complete in Christ” (NIV) (NIV).
So the Iglesia Ni Cristo will continue to teach the message of salvation found in the Bible, so propagating the Catholic and edifying the faithful, and guiding them in the correct worship of God and virtuous way of life that leads to salvation.
Tagalog: “Church of Christ” In the Philippines, Cristo is also known as Kristo, and it is the largest indigenous Christian church in the Philippines. It was founded in 1914 by Félix Ysagun Manalo.
Felix Manalo-Ysagun (Manalo) was reared Roman Catholic but left as a youngster. Before speaking on the necessity for a restoration to the original Christian church established by Jesus Christ, he became Methodist and then Seventh-day Adventist in his teens and 20s. A church was established in Manila by Manalo initially, but he quickly went to preach around the country.
He drew some followers who associated him with the angel rising from the East referenced in chapter7, verse 2 of the Revelation to John, the last book of the New Testament. After World War I broke out on July 28, 1914, one day after Manalo registered Iglesiani Cristo with the Philippine government, his supporters began to believe him.
Some church members viewed Manalo as God’s last sugo or messenger.
As a result of World War II and the Japanese occupation, the church flourished fast despite its humble origins.
Minister of State Manalo oversaw massive growth. After his father died in 1963, his son Erao became the church’s executive minister and developed the catholic globally.
Erao presided over the INC’s first service outside of the Philippines, conducted in Hawaii in 1968. With its increasing riches and reputation, the church exerts a powerful impact on Philippine politics by urging its followers to vote. A testament to its significance was the adoption of July 27 as a national holiday in the Philippines in 2009.
As early as the early 21st century, it claimed to have congregations in more than 100 countries, and its membership was estimated at more than three million in the Philippines and a few thousand worldwide.
In addition to teaching on the Last Judgment, it firmly believes in the Bible’s ban against eating animals’ blood. The congregation’s members speak their native language during services. Pasugo (“God’s Message”), a church periodical, is published in Tagalog, English, and other languages. In Quezon City, Philippines, the company has its headquarters.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo, according to him, was foretold in the Bible. The particular prophecy cited is Isaiah 43:5–6, which states, “Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and I will collect you from the west.” Bring my sons from afar and my girls from the furthest reaches of the earth, and I will say to the north, “Give up, and do not withhold from the south.” Using a flawed translation, Iglesiani Cristo translates the term east as “The Far East” and believes it leads to the Philippines, where the Iglesia ni Cristo was founded.
It claims to be the only authentic Church of Christ since it is named “the Church of Christ” and it can cite to Bible texts that utilise the word “church of Christ” as a part of its name. They cite Romans 16:16, which reads, “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” Thank you for your service.” A church isn’t referred to by name in this passage, but by all the churches that Paul visited that were followers of Jesus. Acts 20:28 is sometimes mistranslated as “church of Christ,” while the Greek text reads “church of God”.
The Christology of the Iglesia ni Cristo is yet another example of faulty teaching within the church. This group denies Jesus Christ’s divinity (like with all cults) and claims that he was made by God and empowered to perform miracles by God. They reject the notion of the trinity, which they believe to be false. Many believe that the Holy Spirit is a power that is not personally identifiable. There are some who also believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apostatized and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s final messenger Felix Manalo—the Iglesiani Cristo’s founder—is bringing back the original church that was lost in the first century.