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What other people say about the Iglesia ni Cristo

LOT OF GOOD things have been said and written about the Iglesia ni Cristo over the years. Indeed, the Church's successes have made quite an impression to people of other faiths from the past to the present.

What follows is the most recent selection of quotations from the works of both observers and critics.

'Strong, Well-managed, Disciplined'

"Why is it that everytime we get to talking about a strong and well-managed, disciplined and powerful church, we invariably point to the Iglesia ni Cristo? 'We would even heave a sigh and wonder what makes the INC so influential. What makes its members so committed and disciplined that they attend services twice a week without fail?"

~ Bodegon, Joel L. The Isaiah Paradigm: Recapturing the Role of the Laity, p. 116

'Remarkable growth'

"The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is a significant element today in the religious mosaic of the Philippines. Boasting of several million members..., it has seen remarkable growth since its humble beginnings in 1914."

- Harper, Anne C "The Iglesia ni Cristo and Evangelical Christianity, Journal of Asian Missions (2001) Vol. 3, p.101. Retrieved April 20, 2003 from http://www.apts.edu/jam/01-1/a-harper.pdf

 'Magnificent , Imposing, High standard, Dynamic'

" ... the INC each year dedicates approximately 10O church buildings that bristle with magnificent spires, feature concrete soaring arches, are painted in distinctive pastel colors, and display high standards of maintenance. Enclosed by imposing fences and carefully manicured grounds, each church dominates the local skyline. The imposing sacred structures of this dynamic religion have thus imprinted both urban and rural landscapes of the Philippines."

- Reed, Robert, "From local to global: The expanding mission of the Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines and throughout the world" Retrieved April 21,2003 from
http: / / www.ethnicstudies.ucsd.edu/html/springlectures.htm

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“In terms of buildings, there can be little doubt that the magnificent Iglesia ni Cristo churches reflect and in most cases surpass the grandeur of the Roman Cathedrals of the Philippines.”

David J. Hesselgrave, editor, Dynamic Religious movements, p. 314

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“Its impressive beautiful cathedral-chapels in the major towns and cities add to this image of imposing power.”

(Iglesia ni Cristo: A Study in Independent Church Dynamics, p.13)

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“….churches constructed by the Iglesia ni Cristo are always expencsive and resplendent and usually appear impressive and overpowering even to the nonbeliever.”

(The Iglesia Ni Cristo , 1914-2000: From Obscure Philippine faith to Global belief system, Bijdragen, p. 581)

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“For centuries every Philippine city and town has been dominated by its Roman Catholic cathedrals built and drafted labor on donated ground. But many of these are now old and dilapidated. Iglesia ni Cristo cathedral chapels now rival these ancient buildings in size and surpass them in beauty. Iglesia members still number only a minority of the population, but their buildings dominate many sky lines.”

(Iglesia ni Cristo: A study in Independent church dynamics, p. 180)

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“One of the reasons the Iglesia ni Cristo has caught the attention of so many people is the rapid rise all over the archipelago of its beautiful and grand houses of worship. Characterized by simple, elegant lines and spires seemingly reaching for the heavens, these structures manifest the Church’s dedication to building edifices that would serve to bring glory to God. The Iglesia ni Cristo has vigoriously pursued its construction program. So far, it has constructed close to 5000 houses of worship all over the country, with close to 200 others abroad. Because of their number and distinct architectural style, these houses of worship have dramatically changed the nation’s landscape…”

(The Iglesia ni Cristo in the 20th century, Philippine Free press: 1999-2000 The Philippine century, p. 214)

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“The continuing construction of expensive and beautiful chapels in many parts of the islands,--These buildings, often costing millions of pesos each, serve as a compensation for the poverty of many of the members. They are symbol of the success of their movement.”

(A protestant view of the Iglesia ni Cristo, p.66)

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“While in the past the Catholic churches dominated for skyline in large population centers, now the huge Cathedral chapels of the Iglesia ni Cristo have risen to challenge, so to speak, the dominance of the Catholic churches. Architecturally well-designed, solidity built, painted, with manicured lawns and always looking clean, they dramatically contrast with the ancient, still strong but drab-looking Catholic Churches. ”

(Manila: history, people and culture, p.93)

 'A rock of  sobriety, unity and nationalism'

"The INC stands out like a rock of  sobriety, unity and nationalism amid the political, and economic turbulence shaking the country today. ..."

- Editorial, "Iglesia ni Cristo's Executive Minister Erano G. Manalo mark his 76th birth anniversary," Manila Bulletin, January 2, 2001

" ... The INC does have discipline and its leaders do keep themselves very low-key, something that we wish our own Catholic bishops would learn to do. ..."

- Paredes, Ducky: Malaya, February 19, 2003

'A good example'

"'The Iglesia Ni Cristo has indeed set a good example to other church groups and non-government organizations extending assistance to our brothers and sisters in war-torn places Mindanao,' [Bess] Masangkay, who is also the president of the Quota International of Las Pinas, an NGO known  for its various socio-civic services in cities of Muntinlupa and Las Pinas, further stressed."

"INC's Mindanao mission supported," Manila Bulletin,  July 28, 2000

'Epitome of compassion'

Beyond ministering to the spiritual well-being of its members, the lglesia ni Cristo epitomizes and compassion concern even for those outside its fold."

- "The Iglesia ni Cristo in Century" Philippines Free Press: 1900-2000 The Philippine Century, pp. 214-215

"Yet for all its magnificent temples and imposing edifices and other signs of material wealth, the Iglesia has remained faithful to its mission as the church of the poor. ... its deeds in improving the life of its followers, spiritual and physical, are indelible  tracks in Philippine religious movements."

- Villanueva, Robert C. "A Church In Every Valley," Philippines Free Press,  July 30,1994

'Impeccable leadership'

"... Bro. (Erano) Manalo's organizational leadership remains impeccable, if not admirable. Who else, for instance can move the INC as efficiently as the enigmatic Manalo?"

- Lucero, Ferdinand O. "The 30 most Influential Filipinos" Men's Zone, 1998

" ... for [Brother Erano] Manalo, prayer rallies, especially one that has a theme of peace amid genuine threats of war, should remain just that―prayer rallies, without these being tinged with partisan politics. ..."

- Editorial, The Daily Tribune, February 26, 2003

'Dynamic stewardship'

"Under Brother Erano's dynamic stewardship a fresh era dawned in the administration of the Church, not in terms of new doctrines or new teachings but in expansion—in the ever-increasing number of brethren being added into the Church, in the numerous magnificent house[s] of worship being constructed, and above all, in its overseas expansion."

Editorial, "Iglesia ni Cristo's Executive Minister Erano G. Manalo 75th birth anniversary/' Manila Bulletin, January 2,2000

"Elected by Church elders almost ten years before his father's death and blessed with keen intellect, good looks, and charismatic leadership as his father, Brother Erano steered the Church to unprecedented growth not only in membership and in infrastructure projects but also in its stature before Philippine society."

- Philippines-U.S.A. News Tribune, July 21-27, 1994

'God-inspired mission'

"Awed by the lNC's achievements, Senator Neptali Gonzales, a Protestant pillar has commented, 'The success of this God-inspired mission which he [Brother Felix Manalo] began in 1914, is all too evident in the fantastic growth of the Church here and abroad Its grand chapels which dominate our skyline are unequalled in their magnificence'."

- Philippine Graphic Magazine, July 29, 1994

'so successful in propagating its teachings'

"The Iglesia ni Cristo is significant not only in the Philippines. As one of the largest, most powerful and dynamic independent, indigenous churches in the Third World, the Iglesia ni Cristo demands our careful study What is the story of the Iglesia ni Cristo? Can we discover the reasons for its remarkable growth? Why has it been so successful in propagating its teachings in areas where other churches have grown only with great difficulty?  These questions will give direction for this investigation"

(Dynamic Religious Movemerits: Case Studies of Rapidly  Growing Religious Movements Around  the World, edited by David J. Hesselgrave, p. 85).

'in unity there is strength'

"...the INC had proven its point: that in unity there is strength; that if the followers of the INC can be united and disciplined under one head, why not the entire nation?"

"Also, the INC had served notice to the government and the country's leaders that public service and welfare could be properly dispensed without exorbitant cost and that graft could be weeded out in any institution. The hope for change for the Filipino people can be galvanized and realized if the national and local leaders would emulate the social commitment and institutionalized discipline of the Church of Christ."

(Cesar T. Mella, "Church Militant", Philippine Graphic, August 5, 1991)

'Kakaiba ang disiplinang pinakikita nila lalo na sa kanilang pagsasamba'

...Kakaiba kasi ang disiplinang pinakikita nila lalo na sa kanilang pagsasamba na isang malaking halimbawa ng pag-rerespeto nila sa DIYOS. Nakailang sama na tayo sa paanyaya ng ilan nating kaibigang mga INC sa kanilang pagsasamba at hindi natin maiwasan ikumpara unang una ang kalinisan sa loob ng kanilang kapilya. Ilang local na ho ang napasyalan natin at pare-pareho ho ito.

Hindi ho kagaya ng ugali nating mga Katoliko na kanyang kanyang puwesto na kadalasan tuloy ay naiiwang bakante ang maraming silya sa gitna, sa mga kapatid ho natin sa INC ay pupunuin ang bawat silya mula sa harap hanggang makarating sa likod.

Wala rin hong social status ang sistema ng kanilang pag-okupa at first come first serve lahat. Kahit sino ka man, kahit sikat ka, walang reservation at kung mahuhuli ka ay sa likod ka uupo.

Bawal rin sa kanila ang mga damit na masyadong maiksi na suot minsan ng ilan nating mga kapatid na Katolikong kababaihan na siya namang aaminin nating nakakadistract ng attention. Hiwalay rin ho ang puwesto ng mga babae at lalaki at walang batang nagtatakbo sa loob na mistulang ginagawang playground.

Ang mga song book nila ay nakalagay sa kaliwang bahagi ng mahabang bangko at isa isang kinukuha at pagkatapos ng kanilang pagsasamba ay isa isa rin nilang binabalik. Kung ginagalang ho kasi natin ang PANGINOON bakit natin kinakalat na lamang ang mga misalette o anumang papel sa simbahan na napakarumi tingnan.

Wala rin hong nag-bubulungan sa kanila habang sumasamba at lalong walang kalabitan na madalas ring gawin ng ilan nating mga kasamahan sa simbahang Katoliko.

Ultimo sa katapusan ng kanilang pagsasamba, row by row silang lumalabas at hindi nagkakagulo at naguunahan. Muli lang natin naalala ito lalo na nung panahon ng holidays kung saan dumalaw naman tayo sa ilang simbahan upang magpasalamat sa PANGINOON sa lahat ng biyayang nakukuha natin. Lahat ho tayo ay dapat mag-count ng blessings natin na bigay sa atin ng DIYOS.

Tunay na kahanga hanga at karapat dapat tularan hindi lamang sa paraan ng pagsasamba o pagsisimba kung hindi sa lahat ng antas ng lipunan dahil isa sa pinakamalaking suliraning kinakaharap natin ngayon ay ang kakulangan sa disiplina at palakasan system na laganap.

At komo unang column natin ito ngayong taong 2007, sana kahit sa maliit na paraan ay maantig natin ang ating mga kababayan at ma-adopt natin ang disiplinang pinaiiral ng mga INC upang kahit paano naman ay
maibsan ang problema ng bayan...

"PANAGINIP LANG Ni Nixon T. Kua, Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 01/02/2007"

'a highly organized disciplined membership'

“The Iglesia moves forward like an army, each member in his proper place and under recognized authority.”

Arthur L. Tuggy, Iglesia ni Cristo, p.258

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“A highly organized disciplined membership mobilized through a cell (“committee”) system for mission and propagation of their church.”

Arthur L. Tuggy, Iglesia ni Cristo, p. 249

'a high degree of unity'

“the most outstanding mark of the INC is the apparent unity of its membership…  …Their unity is best reflected by their brotherhood. They consider themselves members of one huge family.”

Ben Lara, Iglesia—disciplined and cocksure (Last of a series) Bulletin today, July 15, 1973

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“The Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines has managed to retain a high degree of unity.”

David J. Hesselgrave, ed.; Dynamic religious movements : Case studies of rapidly growing religious movements around the world, 1978, p.308

 'the wonderful change in the lives of her members'

“…This wonderful change in the lives of her members are attributable to the fact that, the time one signifies his intention of joining the church, he is subjected to a rigid indoctrination by duly qualified ministers who enjoin and admonish him to lead a life strictly patterned after the will of God; thus, only those who by conviction and faith manifest an unconditional surrender to scriptural teachings and mandates find entrance into the Church.”

Zoilo Galang, editor, Encyclopedia of the Philippines, 1958, p.466

 'the Iglesia congregation often will become the home of a ‘lonely soul’

“And Iglesia congregation often will become the home of a ‘lonely soul’, for he finds congenial fellowship with people like himself, is given what he regards as a responsible God-appointed task and enters with others in the common worship of God. These congregations are close-knit, self-contained, and separist in nature. They are havens which separate and protect the individual from the world with all of its ungodly ways and temptations.”

Gerald H. Anderson, editor, Studies in Philippine church history, p.357

'about the Church and its growth'

“Today, religious sects are flourishing in the Philippines. Some of these have been brought in by missionaries, but others are indigenous having sprouted and grown in the Philippine soil without being introduced or supported from other countries. One of the best known of the latter type is the Iglesia ni Cristo, which came into being in 1914 through the preaching of Felix Manalo. Its more or less distinctive chapels have become familiar landmarks in many cities and towns of the Philippines. Its membership appears to be increasing yearly; and it exercise a measure of influences in the political life of the nation.”

Albert J. Sanders, A protestant view of the Iglesia ni Cristo 1962 p. 3

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“Independent churches have sprung into vigorous life in many, if not all, countries in the Third world. One of the largest, wealthiest, and more powerful of these is the rapidly growing Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines.”

Arthur Leonard Tuggy, IGLESIA NI CRISTO: A study in Independent Church Dynamics 1976 p. vii

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“No one however would doubt that the Iglesia ni Cristo is a dynamic religious body which has shown intense vitality, endowed, as it is, with a sturdy organization that many other religious groups in the country patently lack.”

Pedro S. Archutegui, S.J, Director Cardinal Bea Institute for Ecumenical Studies from the Foreword of the Iglesia ni Cristo: Its Christology and Ecclesiology

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“The Iglesia ni Cristo has increased in its expansion under Erano Manalo. By 1974 it had become the largest non Catholic church in the Philippines.”

Alex Wilson & Christine Tetly,  1978, p.85

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“Yet it cannot be denied that the Iglesia is a large, powerful and expanding organization. It may well constitute the most vital and aggressive threat which the Catholic Church faces in the Islands at the present time. It is certainly a force to be reckoned with now and in the years to come by any one interested in the religious welfare of the Filipino people.”

Joseph J. Kavanagh, S.J.,  Philippine Studies (a quarterly)

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“…the Church of Christ in the Philippines has converted millions of people of various nationalities. The phenomenal growth and unchecked progress of evangelization have caught the imagination of many. Her achievements, both spiritual and temporal, are too marvelous to be considered as the work of man.”

Zoilo Galang, editor, Encyclopedia of the Philippines Vol. XX Manila, Phil. C1958, p. 466

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“The Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo) has developed from proverbial mustard seed to a full grown oak since its emergence in 1914 in Punta, Sta. Manila, under the leadership of Felix Manalo.”

Philippine Daily Express, Iglesia ni Cristo: From mustard seed to full-grown oak”

'about the Iglesia ni Cristo doctrines'

“Actually, Iglesia doctrine is a much firmer structure than many of its opponents are ready to admit.”

Arthur L. Tuggy, Iglesia ni Cristo, p.255

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“… the Iglesia’s liturgy is unique… The liturgy celebrated every Thursday and Sunday, is essentially a liturgy of the Word, consisting of choral and congregational singing, Biblical preaching and communal prayers. … For the Iglesia the most important of all is the Word of God that weekly nourishes the spirit.”

Alfredo Roces, editor' Filipino Heritage: The making of the Nation, p. 2728

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“Adherents of the Iglesia, it must be assumed, are earnestly seeking for the fullness of God’s truth. The Bible for them is the only rule of faith and practice. God’s oneness and creatorship are recognized, and Jesus Christ is accepted and trusted as Lord and Savior.”

Gerald H. Anderson, editor, Studies in the Philippine Church history, p. 364

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“The Iglesia claims to be neither Catholic, for it worships no graven idols, nor Protestant, for it form a single body, firmly ruled by a bishop and is not a multiplicity of sects. The Iglesia is the true long dead Church of Christ, quickened to life by the Lord’s own Messenger—Bishop Felix Manalo.”

Alfredo Roces, editor, Filipino Heritage: The making of the Nation, p. 2728

 
 
Source: PASUGO, April 2003, p.12-13
            God's Message, Feb 2012, p.15
            Pasugo January 2005 issue

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