The book of Proverbs is outstanding among other books of the Bible in a sense that it tackles things according to the ordinary promptings of men. Very rarely does it speak of the extraordinary.
Proverbs 29:12 says –
If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
To be inclined to hearing lies means something very grave according to the word of God!
II THESSALONIANS 2:11
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Listening to lies is caused by something – delusion. Delusion is, in a sense, a mental disorder! Biblically, the word used is πλάνη (plan’-ay), meaning “under strong sense of error.” But you will notice that delusion can also come from God.
Iglesia ni Cristo Ministers – even some of those who complained of injustice after they were excommunicated – say “Ka Eduardo is a good man; it is the ‘Sanggunian’ or the Council that is corrupt!”
Whether they are saying this out of fear or because of a hidden intention “to be accepted again,” only the Almighty knows!
But it is injustice to the Sanggunian to be blamed for an action that only the leader can approve of! The bitter truth – if they can accept the word of God – is that their leader is the one corrupt according to the Bible! Why so? From listening to lies!
It is a well-emphasized doctrine of the INC that their leader is a “Sugo,” someone sent by God, whose decision is sanctioned by heaven, using as basis the word of the Lord Jesus Christ that says –
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
The history of the INC proves that from Felix to Eraño “Erdy” and to Eduardo, the final decision in every aspect of their faith is the decision of the “Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan” or the “Executive Minister,” believing that they are representatives of heaven on earth. Lessons and circulars implemented in their church are signed by Manalo as the approving officer.
The circular below about the suspension and expulsion of some members was signed by Felix Manalo, first generation Presiding or Executive Minister.
All alleged corruptions about the INC being revealed now are being blamed on the Sanggunian or Council to save the face of their “Sugo” or leader! But analyzing it from the biblical point of view, nobody else must be responsible in any organizational upheaval except the leader.
The silence of Manalo letting all blame fall upon his Sanggunian is not only a mark of weakness, but of a leader under strong delusion.
But is it true that he is listening to the lies being relayed to him by the Sanggunian? Proverbs 29:12 says, “If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.” In the biblical context of this verse, this leader is not listening to men or the Sanggunian but to the “father of lies,” Satan!
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Note the phrase, “when he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own.” The “he” in John 8:44 is the devil. He is the father of lies.
Those that are of Satan listen to him because he is their father.
A leader that is of God will not listen to lies even if the one speaking it is his wife! Job, a righteous man, did not listen to his wife!
9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
A daughter-in-law, most of the time, is a customary enemy of a father and a mother-in-law. Few exceptions are Ruth and Noemi.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister-in-law.
16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.
What is common is what the Lord Jesus Christ said, that a man’s foes shall be those of his own household.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
Satan and his demons dictate evil to men of authority or leaders.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
A leader is vulnerable to attacks of Satan and demons, just like Peter, a leader of Jewish Christians, was fervently desired to be attacked by Satan.
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Paul, the leader of Gentile Christians, was also a favorite target of Satan.
II CORINTHIANS 12:7
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
But in spite of the constant attacks of Satan on the leaders of the First Century Christian church, unimaginable corruption such as the corruption happening within the INC had never happened under the jurisdiction of these leaders who are real “Sugo”!
There was no Christian recorded in the Bible, who “feared for their lives” from among their community.
Now, ministers and members who spoke against corruption in the INC fear for their lives, the threats not coming from other religious groups but from among themselves!
What is the deep logic in these pronouncements coming from the mouth of the siblings and the very mother of the leader of the INC? “Nanganganib ang aming buhay!” (Our lives are in danger).
Even the ministers who spoke against corruption in their church say “Nanganganib ang aming buhay!” Below are Angel Manalo, the very own brother of Eduardo Manalo, the incumbent Executive Minister; and their mother, Ka Tenny.
“Of course, I fear. I would not be myself if I say I am not afraid.”
Above is Isaias Samson, former Editor of Pasugo and INC minister, expelled the following day after a news conference. He claimed he was held against his will but was able to escape. He was suspected as the blogger, Antonio Ramirez Ebanghelista, that exposed corruption within the Iglesia ni Cristo.
Now, I am truly vindicated. Notice that these are their very own people. Thanks be to God Almighty, that I am not a coward as the INC says!
When I left the Philippines, I left not because of fear for my life but for the life of my brethren in faith – to spare them from the vicious threats of the INC even using government officials against us.
In one forum, this was posted (Translated from Tagalog) –
WHY DOESN’T SORIANO HAVE THE COURAGE TO GO HOME TO THE PHILIPPINES NOW THAT HIS FLOCK IS BURSTING? THAT IS ONE OF THE MANY REASONS WHY THE LEADER OF THE ADD CANNOT RETURN! EVEN THE ADD MEMBERS ARE SURPRISED AND NEVER THOUGHT THAT THEIR LEADER HAS A CASE LIKE THIS ONE.
Above photo shows the flagrant use of government agencies against citizens. On a simple case of libel filed by the Iglesia ni Cristo against Bro. Eli Soriano, the ADD Convention Center was raided in the night of February 1 up to the early morning the following day. The National Bureau of Investigation Director at that time was Reynaldo Wycoco, an Iglesia ni Cristo member.
The photo below was where INC ministers were talking in their program, Ang Tamang Daan, at Net25 what will happen when Bro. Eli comes back to the Philippines. As a royal guest, he would be met at the airport, there would be rolled carpet on the floor, peanuts would be free. And their friend Amurao would be asked to take charge.
But Amurao has a funeral parlor and so the suggestion quite points to death wish among these INC ministers talking.
These things are very easy to discern. All of them speak of one thing: Say something against the INC and you have all reasons to fear for your life!
Speak against Christ and it is a light offense.
But speak against their leaders at your own risk!
These people who say that they fear for their own lives know the kind of organization the INC’s have!
I hope you are wise enough to read between paragraphs! God bless you!