May 10, 2018 marks the 132nd Birth anniversary of Brother Felix Manalo who was instrumental in the emergence of the Iglesia Ni Cristo or Church of Christ in the Philippines. After almost 50 years of service, he was laid to rest. The mantle of leadership was then given to his son, Brother Eraño Manalo who valiantly and victoriously led the Church to almost another 50 years. Then , just like his father, after almost 50 years, he too, was laid to rest. The two men carried out their duties nobly in their respective eras. In my humble opinion, those were the age of heroes of our time. They went through the unimaginable hardships, persecutions, communist insurgence and 2 world wars. The Messenger had NOTHING to begin with but with God’s help, victoriously led the church until 1963. During Brother
Eraño’s time, it was a different era but nonetheless, he carried on gallantly and led the church to immense growth across the oceans and onto other nations.
Sad to say, the new “leader”, the Beloved one, is more concerned with his image and his ego than the welfare of the Church. I’m sure some readers who believe otherwise will defend him and say that I am just a bitter ex-member who want to attack the Beloved leader. On the contrary, I am very much registered in the Church and I am not bitter at all. Sad mostly how he has badly handled the mantle of leadership. Why do I say this? Let’s begin…
In the 9 years the Beloved EVM has held the role of leader, the Church has been under all kinds of problems. There was the disastrous Centennial celebration that people still look back on with bitterness. It was THE CENTENNIAL!! 100 years in the making!! How could it not have been planned properly?!
Right after the Centennial, there were deaths of evangelical workers that were buried in the news, lied about to the insurance companies and even family members were left shaking their heads in disbelief.
This was followed by the shocking expulsion of the Beloved’s mother and siblings, nieces and nephews. Not only was it enough to expel them, they had to announce it during the 101’s ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. That sure leaves a lousy taste in one’s mouth doesn’t it?
From then, things just went from bad to worse; a continuous stream of expelled families; more deaths; embarrassing attempts at breaking World Records; sales of Messenger merchandise, selling of tickets by ministers and officers to the Philippine Arena events like they were ticket scalpers; pop songs and rap performances while choir members in their robes sway and prance along behind them; now all kinds of business ventures in eco-farming, olive trees, K-p
op shows and the more recent petting zoo named “The Garden”. What’s next? EVM-land Theme Park with roller coaster rides in the ghost towns we have purchased? Oh I may have just given the more ideas. Gasp!
Is this what Brother Felix and Brother Eraño tirelessly laboured for? So that the Church members can break world records? To give their hard earned money as offering only to be used to buy bags of cabbage and the rest would be for SUVs and free trip to Israel for Ministers and their families?
The Messenger and the old Ministers would probably turn in their graves if they knew that all their sacrifices were to end up this way. The old school Ministers just walked and took public transportation. New generation? Annoyed if they don’t get seafood for lunch or someone shakes their hands after worship service and no “green note” was slipped into their palms.
Tell me, how many Ministers in California have NOT been to Disney for free? How many have have NOT tasted steak and lobster for free? How many Top Ministers have NOT been to America? No doctrinal changes? Ok. But tell me, during Brother Eraño’s time, how many among the “Top” ministers or the council of elders travelled to America? I think only one. Brother Teofilo C. Ramos. Nowadays it’s like tag team wrestling. One goes in, the other goes out. (I hope one of my readers is the visitor of the Grand Canyon / Las Vegas trip).
9 years into his Administration, the Beloved one has expelled more and more families because they were “not One” with him. This includes ministers, district officers, locale leaderships and lay members. The latest in this fiasco are the expulsions of Minister Brother Joji Pineda, son of the late Vivencio Pineda.
And even Brother Jesse Macaspac, an 80 plus year old retired Minister who was one of the pioneers of the Church in the West. (see article and video: https://incsilentnomore.com/2018/05/10/bro-jesse-macaspac-inc-veteran-minister-silent-no-more/) Did Our Beloved Leader even show respect to this old man who was blazing the trail in the West while the Beloved One was still in his school uniform? Did he at least show some courtesy to the pioneer by speaking to him? Or did he email him his signed expulsion papers?
The Beloved’s Administration is becoming more and more of an embarrassment. Members and non members alike are asking what is going on with the leadership. They are more concerned with their public image, world records and photo ops than care for the flock.
Just look at how many cameras are pointed at him during the video playbacks. I mean, honestly, how many angles do you need?
When will the Beloved stop pressing the brethren into giving more and more offerings? When will the nonsensical activities stop being pushed down our throats? And if we didn’t participate we would be threatened with expulsion and be cursed into eternal damnation? Are these our heroes of today?
Would the Messenger have allowed such things to happen for 9 years?
What did Jesus say about being the teachers of the Law?
Matthew 23:9 -Everything they do is for show…
Tell us, exactly HOW does the WORLD RECORD help to FIGHT POVERYY?
Matthew 23:7 – They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces
Matthew 23:25-What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence!
Matthew 23:28 -Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.