KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: INC: blessed in its 100 years of evangelizing PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 July 2014 14:18

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose…” (Isaiah 46:11, the Holy Bible).

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WHAT SETS INC APART AT  ITS 100 YEARS: As the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) celebrates its 100 year-anniversary on July 27, 2014, it will really have much reason to be happy and overjoyed. For, in the Philippines and in the whole world, it has shown itself to be the only church that has succeeded in weaning away millions of people from their former “so-so” kind of faith, converting them into a highly disciplined army of truly God-loving and God-fearing believers.

This, to me, sets the INC apart from all other religions, both here and abroad. While throngs of believers affiliated with other Christian churches generally exhibit bland and weak loyalty to their churches, INC members are manifestly loyal and rabid followers of their church, fiercely obedient and reasonably submissive to the doctrines espoused by their leaders, most especially the current INC Executive Minister, Mr. Eduardo V. Manalo (or simply Ka Eduardo to INC members).

This disciplined and obedient membership has enabled the INC to gain great political and economic power, here and abroad, not only for the benefit of its top officials, of course, but more so for its rank and file who know, deep in their hearts, that they would never be rejected by the INC hierarchy when they come seeking any form of assistance for every imaginable problem there is.

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CONGRATULATIONS, INC: I therefore reiterate the congratulatory message I first voiced out some two to three years ago, also in this column: congratulations, INC, and congratulations, Ka Eduardo, on the INC’s 100 year of existence.

Undeniably, celebrating the INC’s centennial is made much sweeter for its leaders and its members across the globe by the fact that, in the Philippines, it is the only 100-year old church born and bred in the country that can now boast of a significant international clout and reach.

Sure, there are other churches which were similarly founded in the Philippines and which are now also well-advanced in years, but they greatly pale in comparison with the INC, for a number of reasons, foremost of which is their clear lack of any international clout—whether political or economic—which the INC now enjoys and, from all indications, will continue to enjoy in its next centennial in 2114.

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INC, BLESSED IN ITS 100 YEARS OF EVANGELIZING WORK: Truly, at 100, the INC can rightfully say and claim: it is a church that is so blessed in its evangelizing work nationally and internationally, in fulfillment of the command of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20: “go to all the nations and make all the peoples my disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them everything that I commanded you to do…”

There are disagreements with other religious groups, of course, with its doctrine that Jesus is human, and is not God, but this should not detract from the fact that the INC concededly triumphed to a far greater degree in bringing the Word of God to millions and millions of people worldwide, thereby making them enjoy a more meaningful faith in God.

After all is said and done, the INC could indeed claim that, its founder and its very first Executive Minister, Mr. Felix Y. Manalo (the grandfather of Ka Eduardo), could very well be the “bird of prey from the east, the man from a far-off land”, who has been called by God to fulfill His purpose, as Isaiah 46:11 prophesied.

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