I wish I had the time to write and reply to all those who people who give all kinds of absurd answers and posts ridiculous things about what is going on in the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo). But today, I really just had to say something about what I read on Facebook, the Church’s answer on Access the Truth.
However, if you do go and search for it now, it has magically disappeared and what you will get is this:
Fortunately, Blogger William Smith already re-posted it and you can read it right here: “The Cure for Arthritis”
It is in Tagalog so it took me a while to understand it, but luckily, my life-partner (inside joke) assisted me in the translation.
I will not give you the word for word translation since Mr. Smith already pretty much summed up the contents of it. It has to do with pretty much admitting the Church’s loans and trying (badly) to justify it. So I will just paste portions of it where we need to answer what is wrong with their so-called “justifications” for having loans.
Starting off with that first paragraph, stating “is it right to curse EVM because of having loans?”
Simple, the Bible says this: “Whoever tells you good news that is different from the Good News we gave you should be condemned to hell, even if he is one of us or an angel from heaven.” Galatians 1:8
If the teachings are being distorted, or different from what we were taught, then YES, the Apostles said that whoever does this should be “condemned to hell“ (not my words)
Apostle Paul even warned the Christians in 2 Corinthians 11:4: “For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”
Are we receiving different teachings? That article right there is PROOF of it, stating that there’s NOTHING WRONG with having loans!?
Why? What does the Bible say about OWING? READ: “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.”
And you say the teachings are NOT different?!?! Now it’s ok to OWE?
Next, here is my favourite part:
In response to that video of Brother Erdy mentioning having DEBTS in his sermon, that the Defenders continue to share. The Church now claims this:
- That was in 1985 therefore that was the “PRESENT TRUTH” back then
- Brother Felix’s instructions was for Brother Erdy (only) and it does not apply to the present Administrator because it was “NOT TAUGHT AGAIN”;
- It was NOT REPEATED to Brother EVM by his late father.
Really?? Very very interesting. Then PLEASE CAREFULLY READ WORD FOR WORD (sorry, it’s in Tagalog) this letter of Brother ERANO G. MANALO “REMINDING” the instructions and regulations from the time of the Messenger:
It says, BRETHREN should not BORROW. And that middle paragraph clearly states that those borrow or lend, will be expelled. The date of this circular was 2007. PRESENT TRUTH? YES
Before some smarty pants replies “it’s addressed to the brethren! It excludes the Administration!” I’d like to quote Brother Erdy’s wise and witty sense of humour as he taught about this. He said, “if you have money problems, don’t borrow from brethren. You can approach me. But remember, I’m a brother too” (laughter). He means, he is included in the regulations as well.
In short, ACCESS THE TRUTH, is NOT TRUE AT ALL
Third point: this argues that the Apostles who administered in the first century decided something new and different. For all brethren to sell their belongings and the proceeds would be distributed evenly. Point this is trying to make? That the Administration can make decisions that are new and unheard of. Agree. BUT, whatever decision it makes, it must NOT CONTRADICT the gospel. (see Galatians 1:8 above). Why did the Apostles do this? Before reading Chapter 5 of Acts and always quoting Ananias and trying to frighten the members into submitting, read Chapter 4 first. Look at verses 34-35: “There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.” Do you know why they did this? Simple, so they did NOT HAVE TO BORROW, or BE IN DEBT, which was one of their instructions.
Fourth, this is an interesting one, it says, like the Apostles, the Administration has the right to make decisions, and (in CAPS) that right ENDURES FOR ALL TIME. Correct! Agreed! So doesn’t that instruction about having NO DEBT, from Brother Felix, to Brother Erdy, doesn’t that also ENDURE FOR ALL TIME? Access, you just contradicted yourself again.
Lastly, the article then tries to explain that it is not really the Church who has loans. It is the MALIGAYA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION that has the loans and that the Church is the GUARANTOR.
I’m trying to keep this really short, so for brevity’s sake, please see my previous posts about who and what is the MDC. Here:
Hopefully you read those posts in the links because it simply shows that the MDC does not really exist but it is a “front”; a “shell” or “dummy” corporation of the Church of Christ. Who are in the MDC? All we are told is they are “Brethren who are also Professionals”. (hint – the leader’s surname is Santos) So how will the MDC pay for the billions? IT CANNOT. It is the Church who will answer. How? By the properties purchased by every single cent of our offerings that now serve as collateral.
Lastly, is it so wrong for the Church to be the guarantor? To be the “Surety”?
(Surety – security against loss or damage or for the fulfillment of an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.; a pledge, guaranty, or bond.)
(Especially those who run ACCESS THE TRUTH – PLEASE READ)
“He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.” NASB
There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt; it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt. NLT
Securing a loan for a stranger will bring suffering, but by refusing to do so, one remains safe. ISV
My child, suppose you agree to pay the debt of someone, who cannot repay a loan. Then you are trapped by your own words, and you are now in the power of someone else. CEV
My son, don’t make yourself responsible for the debts of others. Don’t make such deals with friends or strangers. If you do, your words will trap you. You will be under the power of other people, so you must go and free yourself. Beg them to free you from that debt. ERTV
For the Iglesia Ni Cristo to have loans, to be the guarantor, the surety, call it what you want, this was never done by the previous Administrators. Why? Because they followed and never strayed from the doctrines. IS THIS STILL THE PRESENT TRUTH TODAY?