Cult

Back when I was actively promoting the Iglesia ni Cristo to my friends and family who were outside of the faith, I would occasionally be told “That’s not a real religion, it’s just a small fringe cult.” At the time, it was easy to show that, although the church’s doctrines were definitely not “mainstream Christian,” the church was nonetheless a “real religion” and not a cult. However, given the ways in which the church has fundamentally changed under the leadership of the current executive minister, it is worth asking the question “Is the Iglesia ni Cristo now a cult?”

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Nico

Just a quick note to anyone who – like me – was sad to see the loss of the Nicodemus1990 blog this weekend. Brother Nico reached out to me after reading my article Migration and wanted to let everyone know that he’s fine and will be posting again soon.

Censorship

My recent post, Posthumous, must have struck a little too close to home for the church administration. Less than 1 hour after publishing it, my Facebook account was deactivated thanks to the efforts of HActiv. As I work to restore my Facebook account, I will take this action by the church as verification that my prediction about the church’s intention to create their own version of Catholic indulgences as accurate, since the only way they could respond to it was by trying to censor me.

Mothers

This Sunday, we will once again be celebrating Mother’s Day here in the west. As it was last year, we members of the Church of Christ are being instructed not to take part in the one day each year in which our whole society comes together to follow the biblical commandment of “Honoring your mother” (Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16, Matthew 15:3-9, Luke 18:20, Ephesians 6:2-3, etc.). Why is this? According to Brother Louie Cayabyab’s excellent and heartfelt post, this instruction originated with a letter from Radel G. Cortez just over a year ago. However, the explanation of some overzealous ministers that Mother’s Day has pagan origins simply does not hold water. As Brother Cayabyab points out, the celebration of New Years on January 1st has a more direct pagan lineage than does Mother’s Day. In addition, Ka Erdy specifically encouraged the church to celebrate both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in order to strengthen family ties.
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