Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PASUGO Centennial Special Issue

PASUGO God's Message
July Special Centennial Issue

"... the early state of the Church Of Christ that were filled with trials and tribulations. To mention a few ... threats from internal conflicts, such as division and schisms..."
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centennial Issue, p.10 (by Isaias T. Samson Jr.)

"God had allowed His people in these last days to go through years of persecution, adversities, and various trials, to show and underscore the realization of His promise to His Messenger and to the works He had entrusted him... so many have tried relentlessly to oppose the work that God entrusted to His messenger in these last days."
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centennial Issue, pp. 10-11 (by Isaias T. Samson Jr.)

"... the glorious status of the Church. Their faith was strengthened by the fulfillment of God's promises to His messenger and to His Church from the ends of the earth:
'You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' (Isa. 41:9-10, NKJV)"
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centennial Issue, p. 11 (by Isaias T. Samson Jr.)

"...God did not only prophesy the emergence of His children from the Far East but also the gathering of His children from the Far West:

'From the far east will I bring your offspring, and from the far west I will gather you.'  (Isa. 43:5, Moffat Translation)

The World Almanac identifies the Far West as "California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii.." On July 27, 1968, this prophesy began to be fulfilled when brethren from the Philippines... migrated to Hawaii... Brother Eraño proceeded immediately to San Francisco, California to officiate the worship service... 'Gathering Work' happened when the Church Of Christ... has reached its glorious posture in the Far East as also prophesied by God: 'Till in the far west men have awe of the Eternal, and in the east they see his brilliant deeds; for his vengeance pours out like a pent-up stream, driven by a blast of wind.' (Isa. 59:19, Moffat Translation)"
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centennial Issue, p. 11 (by Isaias T. Samson Jr.)

"Most memorable of the expansion works of the Church is the establishment of the local congregation of the Church in Rome; in Jerusalem in Israel on March 31, 1996, signifying the Church's return to its original home; and in Athens, Greece on May 10, 1997, signifying the extension of the Gentile mission."
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centennial Issue, p. 11 (by Isaias T. Samson Jr.)

"...important milestone of the Church was the election of Brother Eduardo V. Manalo on May 6, 1994, as Deputy Executive Minister of the Church.  Fifteen years and three months thereafter, Brother Eduardo assumed leadership in the Church when his beloved father Brother Eraño , passed away on August 31, 2009 at the age of 84..."
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centennial Issue, p. 11 (by Isaias T. Samson Jr.)

"On July 27, 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, when Austrian troops undertook their first invasion of Serbia after sending her startling ultimatum, in the Philippines, the Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered with the Philippine government... the Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Office of the Division of Archives, Patented Properties of Literature and Executive Office of Industrial Trade Works..."
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centennial Issue, p. 16 (by Nicanor P. Tiosen)

"... Brother Felix... set up the first central office in Tondo, Manila."
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centenial Issue, p. 16 (by Nicanor P. Tiosen)

"The first Executive Minister of the Church took upon himself all administrative and spiritual concerns... He personally took charge of the training of ministers in what was then called "Ang Klase" (The Class) in 1915."
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centennial Issue, p. 16 (by Nicanor P. Tiosen)

"...on January 28, 1953... Brother Eraño G. Manalo, the fifth child of Brother Felix and Sister Honorata, was chosen or elected to lead the Church in the event of the passing away of the Messenger of God in these last days."
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centennial Issue, p. 17 (by Nicanor P. Tiosen)

"Other notable glimpses during Brother Eraño Manalo's stewardship of the Church were the official establishment of the local congregation of Rome in Italy on July 27, 1994, signifying the full restoration of the Church in Rome; the official establishment of the local congregation of Jerusalem in Israel on March 31, 1996, signifying the Church's return to its original home; and the official establishment of the local congregation of Athens in Greece on May 10, 1997, signifying the extension of the Gentile mission."
-PASUGO God's Message Special Centenial Issue, p. 17 (by Nicanor P. Tiosen)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PASUGO April 2014

PASUGO God's Message
April 2014

"... a life of eternal and incomparable bliss awaits a faithful servant of God... yet only the true servants who remained patient and faithful in obeying the commandments of God until the end are assured and given by God the exclusive right to dwell therein: 'Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.  Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, 'Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on..'' (Rev. 24:12-13 King James Version, emphasis ours).

"The Bible is very specific as to who the blessed servants are--those "who die in the Lord."

"The sheep that Christ recognizes are His own are those who are in His flock; "and other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10:16, Ibid.)

"It may seem a little harsh teaching that there is only one "flock" or one true Church and only the members thereof are recognized by Christ as His true servants, but this is the very truth recorded in the Holy Scriptures... follow the Savior by entering the flock or the fold which is the Church Of Christ: 'If anyone serves Me, let his follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also...' (John 12:26, NKJV).

"God promised that , 'A faithful man will abound with blessings' and the greatest blessing is 'the corwn of life' (Prov. 28:20, NKJV; Rev. 2:10, Ibid.)"
PASUGO God's Message, April 2014, p. 1-2 (by Isaias T. Samson Jr., Editor-in-Chief)


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"God made it known that He is the only One God... Hence, the only one true God is the Creator or Maker of all things.

"Take note of the statement of the Lord Jesus: 'He did not say, "Eternal life is to know 'Me', the only true God." What He stated was clear: "Eternal life is to know 'You'-- referring to the Father, as the only true God.  This should demolish  and bring to rest once and for all the belief in the so-called Trinitarian God, which is totally unbiblical.

"To insist, then, and believe that the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, is God is clearly to contradict the statement of God Himself, of our Lord Jesus, too, as well as that of the apostles.
PASUGO God's Message, April 2014, p.  5 (by Dennis C. Lovendino)

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"... Brother Dan Orosa prayed for the bread, which was then broken and distributed to all the brethren to eat together to remember the body of the Lord Jesus... Brother Mathusalem Pareja prayed for the juice of the fruit of the vine, which was distributed to all the brethren to drink together to remember the blood of the Lord Jesus..."
PASUGO God's Message, April 2014, p. 7 (by Ed Lumbao with assistance from Markfel Serreno and Kristoffer Reniel Gonzales)

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"This is what the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, emphasized in his visit to Tacloban City on March 14, 2014... [he] comforted the brethren...

"Since the Church Of Christ is what was redeemed by the Savior's blood (Acts 20:28, Lamsa Translation), God's people should give utmost importance to their remaining true members of the Church.

"The Executive Minister said the benediction. ...to the Iglesia Ni Cristo's new established resettlement project in Barangay Langit, Alan-alang... This housing project... intended [for] residents, members of the Church Of Christ affected by the super typhoon.
PASUGO God's Message, April 2014, "Nothing can ever take us away from God's Love", p. 12, 14-15 (by Alejandro Sino Cruz Jr., and Zaldy Petorio with assistance from Markfel Serreno and Angelo)
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"... members of the Church Of Christ are the ones being referred to as the children of God (I John 3:1,  Amplified Bible; Rom. 5:1-2, 8-9; Acts 20:28 Lamsa Translation)"

"Sister Elna Rago Antonio... of Estancia, Iloilo North was reminded of the Executive Minister's lesson of her own experience in teaching her children; 'As a parent, I trained my children to be Church officers since they were young.

"... the candidates lined up by pairs as they carefully took their steps towards the podium to receive the laying on hands of the Executive Minister.
PASUGO God's Message, April 2014, "Being a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo is life's prime necessity", pp. 16, 18-19 (by Agusto Pakipak and Ed Lumbao with assistance from Markfel Serreno, Lexter John Garcia, and Kristoffer Reniel Gonzales)

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"The fold or flock  where those who have entered through Him are found in the Church of Christ (Acts 20:28 Lamsa Translation). 

"Iglesia Ni Cristo members are guaranteed of the permanent solution to man's gravest problem – the promsed salvation from the impending doom in the lake of fire.

"Joining the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ in attesting to the pressing importance of seeking one's salvation, the apostle encouraged the Christians to 'run straight toward the goal...' (Phil. 3:14, Good News Bible)

"... Church Of Christ members share their faith to others greatly considering what Apostle Paul says: 'That is good.  It pleases God our Savior. (I Tim. 2:3-4, New International Reader's Version).  

"... the very truth taught by the Savior Himself that man should enter the sheepfold, which is the Church Of Christ, through Him Who is the door.

"They truly acknowledge that as they do good and, more importantly, as they become rich in good works -- like the giving of offering and sharing their faith, they are storing up a good foundation for them to take hold of eternal life (I Tim. 6;18-19, New King James Version)"
PASUGO God's Message, April 2014, "Today is the day to be saved", p. 20-22 (by Eraño G. Quinito)

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"In caring for the well-being of its members, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ upholds a social welfare program that includes the establishment of its own resettlement communities in aid of those who need it most.

"...a place that was to be called Barrio Maligaya, after the Messenger's first name 'Felix' which means 'happy' or 'maligaya'".

"In 1994, the Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered in the city of Rome.  This was followed by the Church's official registration in two other historic cities: Jerusalem in 1996, which marked the fulfillment of a prophesied return of the true Church to its original home; and Athens, Greece in 1997, which signaled the continuation of the Church's expansion in the Gentile lands.

"Just like Barangay Maligaya and Barangay Bagong Buhay, the dawning of Sitio New Era heralds of bigger and better things to come for the Church...
PASUGO God's Message, April 2014, "The Iglesia Ni Cristo resettlement projects: Triumph after tragedy", pp. 28-31 (by Marlex C. Cantor)

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THE TRAGEDY THE RESETTLEMENT THE TRIUMPH
1964 Severe religious persecution
at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac
1965 Barrio Maligaya in
Palayan City, Nueva Ecija
1968 Birth of the Church's
overseas mission
1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption 1997 Barangay Bagong Buhay
in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija
1994 The Church's official
registration in Rome, Italy...
1996 ... in Jerusalem, Israel
1997 ... in Athens, Greece
2013 Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2014 Sitio New Era in Leyte, Philippines 
-- start of construction
2014 The Church's Centennial
Celebration at Philippine Arena
Source: PASUGO God's Message, April 2014, "The Tragedies that came, the Resettlements Established, and the Triumphs that followed", p. 29.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

PASUGO February 2014

PASUGO God's Message
February 2014

"... the official registration of the Church of Christ with the Italian government and the special thanksgiving service in Rome, which was led by then Executive Minister, Brother Eraño G. Manalo... [he] signed the documents of registration, declaring that the original Church of Christ was officially restored in Rome on that particular day."

"Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, then the Deputy Executive Minister, as he accomplished the preliminary tasks pertinent to the registration of the Church [Iglesia Ni Cristo] at the Tribunale Civile Di Roma."
-PASUGO God's Message February 2014, p. 7

"Brother Eduardo V. Manalo ... read the history of the Church Of Christ in Jerusalem ... then [he] proceeded with the homily, in which he expounded on the fulfillment of the prophesied return of God's people to their original abode, Jerusalem, as marked by the official registration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in the city of Jerusalem in February of that year." [1996]
-PASUGO God's Message, February 2014, p. 7

"... extreme weather conditions ... [o]n June 19, 2009, a great storm hit the area and the brethren of the Great Lakes Local Congregation found that the house of worship... had been flooded. The flood damaged many of the offices and dressing rooms of the choir..."
-PASUGO God's Message, February 2014, p. 21

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ang mga Nagpapatotoo tungkol sa Iglesia Ni Cristo


PASUGO God's Message, February 2012, Volume 2, ISSN 0116-1636, pp. 27-29
Sinulat ni Lloyd I. Castro

SA PANAHONG CRISTIANO, ibibilang tayong mga anak ng Dios kung may kaugnayan tayo sa Kaniyang Anak na si Jesucristo.  Upang magkaroon tayo ng kaugnayan kay Cristo, kailangang maging miyembro tayo ng Kaniyang Iglesia.  Ang kaanib sa Iglesiang itinayo ni Cristo ang may relasyon sa Kaniya dahil sa ang Iglesia ay katawan Niya at Siya ang ulo nito (Col. 1:18; Efe. 5:32, Magandang Balita Biblia).

Kaya, kung sinasabi ng isang tao na siya'y anak ng Diyos o siya'y may relasyon kay Cristo, kailangang mapatunayan muna niyang ang iglesia o samahang panrelihiyong kinabibilangan niya ay siyang tunay na kay Cristo sa panahong ito.  Ang Panginoong Jesucristo na tagapagtatag mismo ng Iglesia, ang mga apostol Niya, at higit sa lahat, ang Dakilang Diyos, ang mga nagpapatotoo kung alin lamang sa napakaraming iglesia at pangkatin ng pananampalataya ngayon ang iisang Iglesiang titinatag ni Cristo.

Iyon ang iglesiang dapat nating pasukan upang maging totoo at matibay ang ating pagkakatiwalang may relasyon tayo sa Panginoong Jesus, at sa gayon, tayo'y sa Ama na iisang tunay na Diyos.

Ang patotoo ni Jesus

Ayon sa Apocalipsis 19:10, "ang patotoo ni Jesus ay siyang espiritu ng hula."  Suriin natin kung ang Iglesia Ni Cristo na nagsimula sa Pilipinas ay pasado sa pamantayang ito.

Kung ang Iglesia Ni Cristo ang siya lamang Iglesiang kay Jesucristo, may patotoo ba Siya tungkol dito?  May hula (prophecy) ba Siya tungkol sa paglitaw ng Iglesia Ni Cristo sa Pilipinas noong 1914?

Ang totoo, ang pagkakatatag ng Iglesiang ito ay katuparan ng hula ni Cristo na nakasulat sa Juan 10:16 tungkol sa Kaniyang ibang mga tupa: "Mayroon pa Akong ibang mga tupa.  Sila ay wala sa kawan na narito.  Kailangan Ko din silang pangunahan.  Sila ay makikinig sa Aking tinig.  Sa  hinaharap ay magkakaroon ng isang kawan at isang pastol." (Isinalin mula sa Easy-to-Read Version).

Ipinagpauna ng Panginoong Jesus na mayroon Siyang ibang mga tupa na gagawin Niyang isang kawan.  Itatatag Niya sila bilang Iglesia Ni Cristo.

Pinatunayan ni Apostol Pablo na ang kawan ng Panginoon ay ang Iglesia Ni Cristo.  Ganito ang sinabi niya sa Gawa 20:28: "Ingatan ninyo kung gayon ang inyong mga sarili at ang buong kawan na rito'y hinirang kayo ng Espiritu Santo na mga katiwala, upang pakanin ang iglesia ni Cristo na binili niya ng kaniyang dugo" (Isinalin mula sa Lamsa Translation)

Ang patitipon sa ibang mga tupa ng Panginoong Jesus upang maging Iglesia Ni Cristo ay mangyayari sa hinaharap o sa darating na panahon.  Kaya tinawag Niya silang Kaniyang ibang mga tupa ay dahil "wala sila sa kawang narito," na ang tinutukoy ay ang Iglesia Ni Cristo noong unang siglo.

Hindi nangangahulugang dalawang Iglesia ang itinayo ni Cristo.  Ang Iglesia noong unang siglo at ang Iglesiang kinabibilangan ng Kaniyang ibang mga tupa ay iisang Iglesia Ni Cristo.  Kung paanong iisa ang ulo, si Cristo, iisa lamang ang katawan o Iglesia (Efe. 4:4; Col. 1:18).  Ang paglitaw ng Iglesia Ni Cristo sa Pilipinas ay muling pagkakatatag sa tunay na Iglesia.

Kailangan ang muling p agtatatag sa Iglesiang nagsimula sa Jerusalem noong unang siglo sapagkat ito ay naitalikod sa pananampalataya noong pumanaw na ang mga apostol (Gawa 20:29-30; I Tim. 4:1).  Kung paanong ipinagpauna ng Panginoon na ang Iglesia ay ililigaw ng mga bulaang propeta o mga huwag na tagapangaral (Mat. 24:4, 9, 11), hinulaan din Niya ang pagkakaroon ng isang kawan sa hinaharap na panahon o ang muling pagtatatag sa Kaniyang Iglesia.

Ang patotoo ng mga apostol

Nagbigay rin ang gma apostol ng patotoo na ang "isang kawan sa hinaharap" na binubuo ng ibang mga tupa ni Cristo ay ang Iglesia Ni Cristo na lumitaw sa Pilipinas.  Ito ang katuparan ng hinulaan ni Apostol Pedro na ikatlong grupo ng mga taong pinangakuan ng Espiritu Santo: "Pakatalastasin nga ng buong angkan ni Israel, na ginawa ng Dios na Panginoon at Cristo itong si Jesus na inyong ipinako sa krus... Sapagka't sa inyo ang pangako, at sa inyong mga anak, at sa lahat ng nangasa malayo, maging ilan man ang tawagin ng Panginoon nating Dios sa kaniya" (Gawa 2:36, 39, amin ang pagdiriin).

Malinaw na ang "sa inyo" ay Judio na umanib sa Iglesia noong unang siglo.  Ang tinutukoy naman na "sa inyong mga anak" ay ang mga Gentil na naging Cristiano sa pamamagitan ng pangangaral ng ebanghelyo, pangunahin na ni Apostol Pablo na isang Judio (I Cor. 4:14-15).

Kung gayon, ang "mga nasa malayo" ay hindi tumutukoy sa mga Gentil na naging kaanib sa unang siglong Iglesia.  Samantalang ang mga Gentil, kasama ng mga Judio, ay tinawag noong panahon ng mga apostol (Roma 9:24), ang ikatlong grupo naman ay tatawagin pa lamang: "sa lahat ng nasa malayo, maging ilan man ang tawagin ng ... Dios."

Tulad ng nabanggit na, iisa lamang ang tunay na Iglesia, Gayunman, ito ay binubuo ng tatlong grupo ng tao. Ang unang dalawang grupo na magkapanahon-- ang mga Cristianong Judio at Gentil-- ang bumubuo sa Iglesia noong unang siglo.  Ang ikatlong gruop ay malayo sa kanila sa panahon at dako.  Ganito ang pagkakasalin ni C.H. Rieu sa Gawa 2:39: "Sapagkat ang kaloob ay ipinangako sa inyo, at sa inyong mga anak, at sa lahat ng nasa malayong mga panahon at dako, na tatawagin ng Panginoon nating Diyos sa kaniya" (Isinalin mula sa Rieu Translation).

Ang patotoo ng Diyos

Ang malayong dako sa mula roon ay tatawagin ang ibang mga tupa ni Cristo ay ang Malayong  Silangan, ayon sa hula ng Diyos sa Isaias 43:5: "Mula sa malayon gsilangan dadalhin Ko ang iyong lahi, at mula sa malayong kanluran ay titipunin Ko kayo" (Isalin mula sa Moffat Translation).

Kabilang sa tinatawag na dako ng mga Gentil ang Roma at Gresya na kapuwa nasa Europa.  Ang mga ito ay wala sa Malayong Silangan.  Ang Far East o Malayong Silangan ay ang rehiyon sa Asya na kinaroroonan ng Pilipinas (Kenneth Scott Latourette. A Short History of the Far East, p. 209), na rito lumitaw ang Iglesia Ni Cristo sa panahong ito.

Ang binabanggit naman na "malayong mga panahon" ay tumutukoy sa ekspresyong "mga wakas ng lupa."  Sa panahong iyon tatawagin o dadalhin ng Diyos ang Kaniyang mga anak na lalake at babae na mula sa silangan, sa malayo.  Sa Isaias 43:5-6, ganito ang nakasulat: "Huwag kang matakot, sapagkat ako'y sumasaiyo; dadalhin ko ang iyong lahi mula sa silangan, at titipunin kita mula sa kanluran; sasabihin ko sa hilaga, 'Bayaan mo!' At sa timugan, 'Huwag mo silang pigilan!' Dalhin mo ang aking mga anak na mula sa malayo, at ang Aking mga anak na babae namula sa mga wakas ng lupa" (Isinalin mula sa New King James Version).

Ang wakas ng lupa ay sa Ikalawang Pagparito ni Cristo o Araw ng Paghuhukom (Mat. 24:3; II Ped. 3:7).  Ang panahon bago ang dakilang araw na iyon ay tinawag ni Cristo na "mga pintuan" na ayon din sa Kaniya ay "malapit na" (Mat. 24:33).  Kung gayon, ang "mga wakas ng lupa" ay ang panahong malapit na ang wakas.

Kabilang sa mga pangyayaring makikita ayon kay Cristo kung ang panahon ay nasa mg awakas na ng lupa ay mga digmaang ito ay mapapabalita (Mat. 24:6-7).  Ang mga digmaang ito ay mapababalita (Mat. 24:6, MB) sa buong mundo sapagkat ang mga digmaang ito mismo ay pambuong mundo.

Sa kasaysayan, may dalawang digmaang pandaigdig, Worl War I (Unang Digmaang Pangdaigdig) at World War II (Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig), na naganap halos 19 na siglo ang layo sa panahon ng Iglesiang pinamahalaan ng mga apostol.  Ang Unang Digmaang Pandaigdig ay sumiklab noong Hulyo 27, 1914.  Ito ang pagsisimula ng panahong "mga wakas ng lupa" kung kailan hinulaang tatawagin ng Diyos ang Kaniyang mga anak mula sa Malayong Silangan.  Bilang katuparan ng hulang ito, ang Iglesia Ni Cristo ay narehistro sa pamahalaan ng Pilipinas sa mismong petsang iyon.

Kung gayon, ang kawan na binubuo ng ibang mga tupa ni Cristo ay ang Iglesia Ni Cristo na bumangon sa Pilipinas noong 1914.  Ang Diyos mismo ang nagpapatotoo na ang mga kaanib ng Iglesiang ito ay ang Kaniyang mga anak.  Tiniyak ng Panginoong Jesus na sila'y Kaniyang mga tupa o mga alagad, alalaong baga'y tunay na Cristiano.  At ang pahayag ng apostol na sila'y tumatanggap ng kaloob ng Espiritu Santo ay katumbas ng rin ng patotoo na ang Iglesia Ni Cristo ay siyang bayan ng Diyos sa panahong ito (Efe. 1:13-14, MB).

Kaya, sa Iglesia Ni Cristo nararapat maging miyembro ang lahat ng nagnanais magkaroon ng relasyon sa Panginoong Jesus upang mapabilang sa mga kinikilala ng Dios na ang anak Niya.

Ayon kay Apostol Pablo, "kung mga anak, ay mga tagapagmana nga; mga tagapagmana sa Diyos, at mga kasamang tagapagmana ni Cristo" (Roma 8:16-17).  Mamanahin nila ang Bayang Banal na doon ay makakapiling nila ang Diyos magpakailanman (Apoc. 21:1-4).

Friday, February 24, 2012

PASUGO February 2012

PASUGO God's Message
February 2012, Volume 64


"As far as God the Almighty is concerned, He forcefully declared: 'I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.' (Jer. 29:11 TEV)

"Implementation of God's plan entails that men be gathered together as members (Rom. 12:4-5, Ibid.) in one body or Church (Col. 1:18, Ibid.), the name of which is Church Of Christ (Acts 20:28, Lamsa Translation).'

"That fold or flock that Jesus purchased with His redemptive blood is the Church Of Christ (Acts 20:28, Lamsa).

"Membership in the Church Of Christ, then, is the first step in satisfying God's intention.

"... God's people, members of the Church Of Christ, knowingly understand that the hardships and troubles in life they go through in their journey in this world are just 'learning experiences' and that tomorrow will always be better."

"Life in this world means that there will always be bad news, setbacks, failures, disasters, horrors, and despair... so members of the Church Of Christ can springtly continue their forward march to salvation and eternal life."
PASUGO God's Message, "Optimism in time of pessimism", pp. 1-2, (by Richard J. Rodas, Editor-in-Chief).


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"Through love takes many shapes and forms in loving others and in loving the brotherhood in the Church, among others, there is a kind of love--immeasurable, boundless, unfailing, and enduring-- which only our Lord God can offer.

"Jesus commanded us to love others as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:39). But love is more than just a word... it is commitment, conduct, action, and attitude.  It should be backed up by concrete deeds-- kindness to strangers, respect for the elderly, helping the poor and the downtrodden, not talking behind someone's back..."

"To prove to all that they are really His disciples, Christ commanded His followers to 'love one another' (John 13:34-35).  Thus, members of the Church Of Christ regard one another as brothers (or sisters, as the case maybe)..."

"By placing a high premium on loving the brotherhood, God's people prove that they are true servants of Christ and are worthy of God's promise (I Pet. 3:8-10, 12-13)."

"God demonstrated His great love through Christ (John 3:16) in that, although all men have fallen into sin and thus have been awaiting eternal punishment on Judgment Day (Rom. 5:12, 6:23; Rev. 20:14), He sent His beloved Son to give them chance to be redeemed with His blood."

"... not all people have been redeemed by Christ with His blood.  God accorded the Church Of Christ only His great love since it is the only Church redeemed by Christ with His blood (Acts. 20:28, Lamsa Translation)"

"Being the beneficiaries of God's perfect and immeasurable love... most of all, for being redeemed through the blood of Christ and thus be saved from God's wrath come Judgment Day, it is only reasonable that Church members prove their love to Him by obeying His commandments (I John 5:3)."

"Fulfilling this mission to win people over to the true Church is no ordinary undertaking because in so doing, they are saving souls, pulling them out of the fire... God Himself wants all men to be saved..."

"... the task of snatching or rescuing as many souls as possible from the fire is made more urgent and immediate."

Above all, if people take the opportunity to benefit from God's unfailing love by joining the true Church Of Christ, salvation and eternal life await them on the nearing day of Judgment."
PASUGO God's Message, "God's Great Love", pp. 3-5, (by Roland A. Aguirre)

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[Since Jesus is just a man, would it be acceptable for the INC™ if the word "Father" (God) is replaced with "Jesus" using the same attributes to God (words in parenthesis and all emphasis are mine) without an iota of doctrinal error? -CD2000]

POEM: Here I am, my Father (Jesus)

Here I am, my Father (Jesus)
I clasp my hands upon my chest (Jesus)
I lift my heart to Thee, O Father (Jesus)
I bend my knees and bow in pray'r; (Jesus)
Tears run down and keep on  falling (Jesus)
Like a river without end (Jesus)
But even when no words were uttered (Jesus)
I know, I know, You understand (Jesus)
My aches, my joys, my sufferings (Jesus)
My courage, enduring faith (Jesus)
In living, loving, losing (Jesus)
In stumbling and standing straight. (Jesus)

Here I am, my Father (Jesus)
Forgive me; hear my plea (Jesus)
Though I have erred, I've never dared (Jesus)
To disobey nor anger Thee; (Jesus)
In weakness, I have fallen (Jesus)
In doubt, I lost my path (Jesus)
But You are kind and forgiving (Jesus)
To a humble, contrite heart. (Jesus)

Here I am, my Father (Jesus
I feel Thy presence great (Jesus)
Shudder I, in fear and awe (Jesus)
I feel Thy bounteous grace; (Jesus)
O look at me, my Father (Jesus)
I thank Thee endlessly (Jesus)
My life is filled with so much beauty (Jesus)
My strength I use in serving Thee (Jesus)
I spend my time with the chosen (Jesus)
To nurture love and unity (Jesus)
To worship Thee together and (Jesus)
Together fight the enemy. (Jesus)

By Angelina B. Reyes
Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
PASUGO God's Message, p. 5


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"In Pembo... in the city of Makati... a... worship building of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ)... was dedicated to the Almighty on December 16, 2011.

"... the Executive Minister began his Bible-based homily by reminding the brethren... for each Church member to become worthy of receiving salvation on Judgment Day.

"The Executive Minister cited Apostle Paul's warning to the first century Church Of Christ not to follow Eve's example..."

"For a servant of God not to share the same fate, the Executive Minister enjoined all the brethren to follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was tempted... yet the Lord Jesus Christ emerged victorious...  The Lord Jesus Christ was able to do this because He held on firmly to the words of God... "

"Members of the Church Of Christ need not worry, because the Lord Jesus Christ will bless them with the [sic] His powers so that they will remain strong and steadfast in serving the Almighty Father..."
PASUGO God's Message, "Constantly Guarding our Salvation", p. 7, (by Ed H. Lumbao, with assistance from Ramil I. Macaspac II, Erman Vem M. Canlas, Augusto D. Pakipak, and Ramfel T. Serreno)

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" God has been fulfilling His promises to the Church Of Christ in these last days: continuous constrcution of worship buildings, acquisition of properties in different part of the world... and an evergrowing  Church membership."

"... Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, began... by enumerating the victorious march of the Church Of Christ..."

"Brother Ernesto V. Suratos led the prayer for the offering..."

"Brother Eduardo emphasized the importance of ensuring that one's name be written in the Book of Life... God's chosen people in these last days are joyful... of being sure of having one's name written in the Book of Life... because they are assured of salvation come Judgment Day..."

"The Bible identified the servants of the Lord God who are certain of having their names written in the Book of Life.  They are the members of the Church who have preserved through extreme hardships, trials, and tribulations-- still faithfully praising and serving God whatever they experienced..."
PASUGO God's Message, "Enduring Our Salvation", p. 10-11 (by Alejandro R. Sino Cruz Jr., with assistance from Eraño C. Malli, June Voltaire Y. Saligumba, and Markfel T. Serreno)

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"Keynoting that 2012 has been designated for the Church's intensive propagation of the gospel, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo... taught that the success of the Church's missionary endeavors... lie in their faithful obedience of God's commandments and instructions."

"...Brother Eduardo disproved the wrong notion that one can still succeed even if he violates the will of God.  He added that all Church workers should also obey the instructions handed down by the Church Administration..."

"... Brother Eduardo disproved the wrong  notion that one can still succeed even if he violates the will of God.  He added that all the Church workers should also obey the instructions  handed down by the Church Administration..."

"Brother Eduardo cited the experience of the first-century Church Of Christ which grew tremendously when all the members submitted themselves completely to God and the Church Administration."

"...[Eduardo] added that bearing fruit is not only confined to having someone baptized in the Church but, as what may brethren have been doing also by giving or handing out Pasugo: God's Message magazine..."

"Brother Eduardo then exhorted the congregation to always ask for the Holy Spirit in their prayers..."
PASUGO God's Message, "1st District Ministers' Conference for 2012: Executive Minister Highlights Value of Obedience as Key to Church's Success", p. 12-13 (by Norman A. Reyes)


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"Sixty men were added to the Church's global ministerial force, bringing to 1,140 the total of ministers who have been ordained since January 2010-- which translates to roughly 43 ministers per month, or about 10 ministers a week-- quite a welcome in contrast to the mass exodus of priests from the Catholic Church (some 20,000 left the priesthood during the last 50 years in the United States alone), as author Donald B. Cozzens recounted in his book entitled, 'The Changing Face of Priesthood: A Reflection on the Priest's Crisis of Soul'."



"Brother Eduardo reminded the brethren that members of the Church Of Christ in these last days are God's chosen servants (Isa. 43:5-6, 10). As such, they are also assured of success that are nothing short of awesome..."

PASUGO God's Message, "Ordination Yields 60 New Ministers", p. 14, (by Dennis C. Lovendino)


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"The first dedication was with holy water. The second was with tears.
When Holy Rosary  Catholic Church was established in 1893, church leaders sprinkled holy water around the sanctuary of the fine brick edifice. Wednesday, 119 years later, the church building was dedicated as the newest church for Iglesia Ni Cristo (Filipino for Church of Christ)..."

"Many had come to see and hear the denomination's leader, Executive Minister "Brother" Eduardo V. Manalo, who flew in from the church's headquarters in the Philippines."

"The dedication service itself, nearly all in Filipino, consisted of much singing, some praying, a monetary collection and an hourlong homily by Manalo... English-speaking visitors listened through translation headsets."
PASUGO God's Message, ("Restoring Life", Reprinted with permission fro the Telegraph Herald with Publication Date: January 5, 2012 pages: 1-2, Section: A, by Mary Nevans-Pederson, TH staff writer), p. 17-18


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"Ipinagpauna ng Panginoong Jesus na mayroon Siyang ibang mga tupa na gagawin Niyang isang kawan.  Itatatag Niya sila bilang Iglesia Ni Cristo."

PASUGO God's Message, "Ang mga Nagpapatotoo tungkol sa Iglesia Ni Cristo", February 2012, p. 27 (Sinulat ni Lloyd I. Castro)

"Ang paglitaw ng Iglesia Ni Cristo sa Pilipinas ay muling pagkakatatag sa tunay na Iglesia."
PASUGO God's Message, "Ang mga Nagpapatotoo tungkol sa Iglesia Ni Cristo", February 2012, p. 28 (Sinulat ni Lloyd I. Castro)

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"Sa panahong Cristiano, ibibilang tayong mga anak ng Dios kung may kaugnayan tayo sa Kaniyang Anak na si Jesucristo.  Upang magkaroon tayo ng kaugnayan kay Cristo, kailangang maging miyembro tayo ng Kaniyang Iglesia.

"Ang Panginoong Jesucristo na tagapagtatag mismo ng Iglesia, ang mga apostol Niya, at higit sa lahat, ang Dakilang Dios, ang mga nagpapatotoo kung alin lamang sa napakaraming iglesia at pangkatin ng pananampalataya ngayon ang iisang Iglesiang itinatag ni Cristo.

"Ayon sa Apocalipsis 19:10, 'ang patotoo ni Jesus ay siyang espiritu ng hula.'  Suriin natin kung ang Iglesia Ni Cristo na nagsimula sa Pilipinas ay pasado sa pamantayang ito.
PASUGO God's Message, "Ang mga Nagpapatotoo tungkol sa Iglesia Ni Cristo", February 2012, p. 27 (Sinulat ni Lloyd I. Castro)

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"...the pioneering members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Cavite... local congregation of Bacoor... was established on May 1925.

"To date, the Church has congregations in all towns and cities of Cavite as 94 locals and 6 extensions of the Iglesia Ni Cristo scatter in the 19 municipalities and 4 cities of the province."
PASUGO God's Message, "The Iglesia Ni Cristo in Cavite: Spiritually Maturing in the Brithplace of Philippine Independence", February 2012, pp. 36-37 (by Jensen DG. Mañebog)


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

PASUGO 2011 Quotes

PASUGO 2011

"Family planning through artificial methods is indeed allowed in the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

"The Iglesia Ni Cristo accepts modern family planning methods or the use of what others call 'contraceptives' as long as they are not abortifacient in nature and they do not impose prolonged abstinence from sexual intercourse among married couples... The Rhythym Method and other s0-called 'natural' family planning methods are rejected because they are actually contrary to nature.  Among other things, they run counter to the apostolic teaching to all married couples which states, 'Do not first agree to do so for a while in order to spend your time in prayer; but then resume normal marital relations..' (I Cor. 7:5, Today's English Version).

"Family planning with the use of artificial birth control methods is part of responsible parenthood.  The Bible teaches hat those who do not provide for their households, by their own imprudence, are worse than unbelievers (I Tim. 5:8)."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 3 (Editor's Reply)

"Just this year, from January to September, the Church Of Christ dedicated to the Almighty God 58 worship buildings in the Philippines alone, with seven more outside the Philippines. Currently, 97 houses of worship are under construction.

"Brother Eduardo V. Manalo... dedication of the new worship building of the local congregration of Sorsogon City... on September 23, 2011."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, pp. 8-9 (by Alejandro R. Sino Cruz Jr., with assistance from Markfel T. Serreno and Eraño C. Malli)

"CARING FOR THE brethren's spiritual needs and other aspects of their well-being has been the commitment of the Church Administration from the time of God's Messengers in these last days, Brother Felix Y. Manalo, to the time of Brother Eraño G. Manlao, and to that of the present Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 11.

"... Brother Dan V. Orosa a prayer for the voluntary offerings..."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 12

"A surge of self-destructive behaviors such as premature sexual activity...

The newest teenage pregnancy statistics 2010 reports that 'teen pregnancy is once again on the rise ... teen girls ages 15 to 19 are the most likely to get pregnant as a teen... the majority of teens that are at risk for becoming pregnant fall into a different, but very  specific groups...'" ["The Iglesia Ni Cristo accepts modern family planning methods or the use of what others call 'contraceptives'... PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 3]
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 18

"Hae-Eun Cheong... had learned that the Lord Jesus Christ is a Man, not God, and that He is God's greatest messenger.  Mr. Cheong also found out that Christmas is not found in the Bible."

"Back from South Korea, Mr. Ku, together with Mr. Cheong and Mr. Son, took care of the necessary documents for the purchase of properties by the Church in South Korea." 
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, pp. 34-35

"Brother Son said that their discussion... centered on the relationship of Brother Felix Y. Manalo to the Iglesia Ni Cristo."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 36

"The Italian Republic is the only country in the world with two independent countries entirely located within its borders: Vatican City and San Marino."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 37.

"As of this writing, there are 16 congregations of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Italy, which reminds us of Apostle Paul's message to the Christians in the Italian city of Rome: 'Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you' (Rom. 16:16, New King James Version)."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 37

"Apostle Paul's travel to Rome was considered his fourth missionary journey, and his letter to the Christians in that city is by far the longest of the so-called Pauline epistles.  In the first chapter, Paul made mention of 'men, who suppress the truth" (Rom. 1:18, New King James Version) and who 'changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible men (Rom. 1:23, Ibid.), worshiping and serving 'the creature rather than the Creator' (Rom. 1:25, Ibid.)"

"How did the devil and his prophets plant the tares or the seeds of apostasy?  By teaching doctrines of demons, 'forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats' (I Tim. 4:1, 3, King James Version)... These two doctrines are both being observed and upheld by the Catholic Church (The Faith of Our Fathers, p. 328; Manual of Christian Doctrine, p. 317)"

"The official return of the true Church Of Christ to Rome, considered  the hub of Catholicism, took place on July 27, 1994, during the Church's 80th anniversary celebration, led by the late Executive Minister himself, Brother Eraño G. Manalo."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 38

"On July 6, 1980, the first worship service-- a Holy Supper gathering--was held at the York Hotel in Via Cavriglia... with 30 brethren in attendance... The first converts were baptized on April 22, 1981 at the Lido di Ostia Beach..."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, p. 39

"Brother Lito Alomisin acted as the head deacon from 1980 to 1982, succeeded by Brother Danilo Lou (1982-1983), then by Brother Anselmo Bio (1983-1988), by Brother Honorio Terrones (1988-2005), and by Brother Carlos Manaois (2005-present).

"... on February 8, 1988, Brother Efren Manangkil was designated by the Church Administration as Rome's fist resident minister.

"After a brief stint, Brother Manangkil was replaced by Brother Abner Celajes on July 7, 1989.  Then on August 8, 1990, Brother Celajes was succeeded by Brother Rizalino Santos, who would later become the first supervising ministry of the ecclesiastical district of Europe.

"... the Church Of Christ was able to purchase a piece of land at Via Viguzzolo 16 on November 8, 1989 for almost 2.3 billion Italian lire... This is the very site where the present house of worship of the local congregation of Rome now majestically stands--a tangible proof that the true Church is indeed back in Rome! This worship edifice was dedicated to God on July 14, 1994... officiated by Brother Eduardo V. Manalo..."

"...in... 1994... the annals of the Church.  The Iglesia Ni Cristo was formally registered with the Tribunale Civile di Roma Cancellaria Provvedimenti Speciali on July 26.  Upon completion of the final steps for the registration of the Church in Italy the following day, July 27, 1994, Brother Eraño Manalo signed the document declaring the official establishment of the Church Of Christ in Rome-- the true Church being fully restored in Rome.

"On August 5, 2010, the congregation of Milan had the fortune of being visited by the Executive Minister of the Church, Brother Eduardo Manalo. Preaching to over a thousand brethren from Italy and surrounding regions... all those called in the Church Of Christ be fully prepared for the great day of salvation."
PASUGO God's Message, November 2011, Vol. 63, No. 11, pp. 39-40

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

PASUGO 1997

PASUGO 1997

"Let us set this clear, We have never taught that  any mention of the expression of 'far east' refers to the Philippines."
-PASUGO, July 1997, p. 5.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

PASUGO 1992 Quotes

PASUGO 1992


"The Church of Christ during the time of the Apostles became the Catholic Church of the bishops in the second century..."
-PASUGO March-April 1992, p. 22