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About
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) is a Christian religion whose primary purpose is to worship the Almighty God based on His teachings as recorded in the Bible. The Iglesia Ni Cristo is not a denomination or sect. It is neither affiliated with any federation of religious bodies nor itself an assembly of smaller religious organization.



The Iglesia Ni Cristo is for everyone who will heed the call of God and embrace its faith regardless of nationality, cultural background, social standing, economic status, and educational attainment.




To date, the Iglesia Ni Cristo membership comprises 114 nationalities. It maintains 5,545 congregations and missions grouped into 114 ecclesiastical districts in the Philippines and 102 other countries and territories in the six inhabited continents of the world.




VISION

A "radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless" (Eph 5:27 NIV) and whose members are bound by perfect unity faith and practice, devoted to a life of holiness and service founded on the true Christian teaching.




  • To share the gospel of salvation to all people, by heeding Christ's call to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
    He who believes and is baptized will be saved" (Mark 16:15-16).
  • To carry this out, the members gladly share their faith to everyone at all opportune time. They invite people to attend Bible study
    sessions and worship services. The Church also uses mass media in spreading its message of hope to a broader audience.
    Pasugo: God's Message, the monthly official magazine of the Church that carries mainly religious articles and Church news
    and features, has been in circulation since 1939.
    Through the Christian Era Broadcasting Service Incorporated (CEBSI), the Church broadcasts programs that discuss Bible
    teachings over the radio (via INC Radio - DZEM 954 kHz) and television (via INCTV channel 49).
    INC Radio programs are aired also by other radio stations in the Philippines as well as in the USA and Australia. The INCTV channel
    49 airs in free television and in major cable stations in the Philippines and some channels in the US. These programs can also be
    seen in the Internet via the website www.incmedia.org.
  • To edify the faith of its members through constant and effective religious instruction, "admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom. . .
    [to] present everyone perfect in Christ" (Col 1:28 NIV).
    For the spiritual welfare of the members, worship services are held on Wednesdays or Thursdays and Saturdays or Sundays
    by every local congregation inside the house of worship. This solemn gathering of the faithful consists of hymn-singing, prayers,
    and study of God's words for proper applications in daily living.
    Prayer meetings are also held weekly by each group of neighboring households for further instructions in the faith and announcements
    about Church undertakings.
    Pastoral visitations to the brethren are conducted regularly by the Church officers for prayer and spiritual counseling.
    Through its Christian family organizations (Buklod, KADIWA, and Binhi) the Church Of Christ undertakes programs to strengthen the
    family, to guide the single members in right living and in proper conduct, and to assist the youth in their studies. The Buklod
    (bond) is the organization of married members. The KADIWA (acronym of a Filipino phrase meaning "Youth with a Noble Intent")
    is for the single members 18 years and older, and the Binhi (seed) is composed of 13 to 17-year old members.






THE BIBLE AS BASIS OF FAITH



Iglesia Ni Cristo regards the Holy Scriptures as the sole basis of its faith and practice. Some of its fundamental scriptural teachings are as follows:



  • Absolute oneness of the true God.
    The Church believes in the teaching of Christ and the apostles that
    the Father alone is the true God.
    (John 17:1, 3; 1 Cor 8:6)
  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
    The Iglesia Ni Cristo believes in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
    God made Him Lord and Savior. He is the only Mediator of man
    to God. Jesus Christ is holy and a very special man.
    (Matt 3:17; Acts 2:36; 5:31; 1 Tim 2:5; John 10:36; 8:40;
    Acts 2:22 ERV).
  • The Church Of Christ.
    The faithful firmly believe that Christ establish the Church Of
    Christ for the salvation of mankind. It is for the Church
    that Christ gave His life and thus, it is this Church that He
    will save on Judgment Day.
    (Matt 16:18; Acts 20:28 Lamsa; Eph 5:23, 25)
  • Judgment Day.
    The Church Of Christ believes that God appointed a day when
    He will judge all people through Christ. This is the day of the
    Second Coming of Christ, which is also the end of the world.
    (Acts 17:31; Jude 1:14-15; 2 Pet 3:7, 10)
  • Baptism.
    The Iglesia Ni Cristo observes the biblical way of
    baptism by immersion. Receiving baptism in the
    Church Of Christ is necessary for one to become a disciple of
    Christ, to be forgiven of sin, and to have hope for salvation.
    (Acts 8:38; John 3:23; Rom 6:3-5; Matt 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:15-16)
  • Resurrection.
    The resurrection of Christ is the main proof that the dead
    will rise. Those in Christ will rise first to be with Him forever
    in the Holy City. Those who are not of Christ will rise a thousand
    years after the first resurrection to be cast into the lake of fire.
    (1 Cor 15:20, 23 TEV; 1 Thess 4:16-17; Rev 20:5-10; 21:1-4)

The Church Of Christ is one in faith and practice. Its unity remains intact through a centralized form of administration that ensures the adherence of all members to the same Bible teachings and Church rules.


The Iglesia Ni Cristo strives to maintain a high moral standard. It regards the teaching of the Bible as a way of life. It promotes purity of life among its members by means of instructions, reminders, and when necessary, corrective or disciplinary measures.


The Church Of Christ helps maintain peace and order by teaching its members to respect and observe rules and regulations governing such. They are dissuaded from joining organizations that resort to violence or illegal means to advance their causes.


The Church puts a premium on lawfulness and discipline. It complies with the apostolic teaching to submit to human authority, that is, the duly constituted government, and abide by its laws (Titus 3:1; 1 Pet 2:13). But over and above any law, its members obey the laws of God for Christians in our time as written in the Bible.


The Iglesia Ni Cristo promotes Christian brotherly love. All members are deemed equal in the sight of God (Gal 3:26, 28). Gender, racial, social, educational, and economic discriminations are strongly discouraged.


Marriage in the Church Of Christ is regarded as sacred and inviolable. It is God Himself who instituted marriage and He does not allow the separation of the husband and the wife whom He joined together (Matt 19:4-6). Thus, the Church Of Christ does not subscribe to divorce, annulment, or legal separation as a solution to marital problems in the same way that it opposes live-in relationships and same-sex marriage.


The Church Of Christ acknowledges the importance of family as the basic unit of its organization and of society as a whole. The stability of every family contributes to the stability of the entire Church. The home is where religious education begins so Christian parenting and proper love of children are taught and reinforced at every opportune time.


The Church Of Christ upholds the democratic ideal of separation of Church and State. It advances through peaceful and legal means the right and freedom of its members to conduct worship and other religious activities as provided for and protected by the fundamental law of the land.


HISTORY


Registration

The Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered in the Philippines on July 27, 1914 by Brother Felix Y. Manalo, the Messenger of God in these last days. His specific mission was to preach about the way to salvation which resulted to the reestablishment of the Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ in the first century. The first-century Church Of Christ was apostatized after the death of the apostles.

From the corners of Manila where he initially preached its biblical message of salvation, the Church easily gained a following that, in the next couple of years, spread from within the nation's capital to its neighboring provinces and regions.

By 1939, the Church had already expanded to as far as Ilocos Norte province in Northern Luzon and to the Cebu province in the Visayas with the addition of 14 districts. It reached farther south in Mindanao in 1941, with the establishment of a district in Cotabato in 1946. When its first Executive Minister, Brother Felix Manalo, passed away in April 1963, the Church had established ecclesiastical districts in more than half of all the provinces in this Far Eastern archipelago.



Expansion

From the late '60s throughout the '70s, the Iglesia Ni Cristo began to permeate the continents of North America (establishing congregations and missions in other American states and territories, such as Honolulu, Hawaii, and San Francisco, California in 1968, New York and Guam in 1969, and Canada in 1971); Europe (first in England in 1972, followed by Germany, Switzerland, and later, Spain); Australia, mid-'70s; Asia (China by way of Hong Kong; Japan through Tokyo; Thailand); and Africa (Nigeria and South Africa in 1978).

As more congregations arose across the globe, the US Main Office was set up in Daly City, California in June 1987, to assist the Central Administration in supervising the growing presence of the Church in the West. By the end of the '80s, congregations and missions have been formed in the Scandinavian countries and their neighbors.

The first congregation in Latin America was established in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1990. The following year, the Church reached Mexico and Aruba.

A milestone in the Iglesia Ni Cristo's global expansion was the establishment of its congregations in world cities that are of great relevance to the history of Christianity-Rome, Italy on July 27, 1994; Jerusalem, Israel on March 31, 1996; and Athens, Greece on May 10, 1997. The predecessors (prayer groups) of these full-fledged congregations began two decades earlier.

In 2000, the Church's mission penetrated the South American continent, with the establishment of group worship services in Brazil and Peru. Even in minor island nations and territories throughout the Pacific and in the Middle East, Iglesia Ni Cristo members abound at present. The same is true in Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and many other countries.



Centennial

Now moving on to its centennial year in 2014, the Iglesia Ni Cristo under the leadership of its present Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, continues to be blessed with sustained growth and greater success. As the membership keeps on growing, more ministers, evangelical workers, and Church officers are assigned all over the world. More houses of worship are also being built.

Assisting its Central Office in Quezon City, Philippines, the Church now has two main offices--the US Main Office in Burlingame, California and the Europe Main Office in London, United Kingdom which was inaugurated on July 25, 2010. Thus, the spiritual concerns of its members worldwide are properly addressed and attended to at all times. The unity of the faith is kept. The mission of salvation lives on.