Intro to INC
God's chosen people
prepared by Erano G. Manalo
TOPIC: GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLEQ: What is God's promise to those He has chosen?
A: "Remember tht the Lord has chosen the righteous for his own, and he hears me when I call to him." -Ps. 4:3 Today's English Version
EGM: God hears those whom He has chosen.
Q: What is the distinction between those chosen and those not chosen?
A: "The Lord has chosen everyone who is faithful to be his very own, and he answers my prayers." - Ps. 4:3 Contemporary English Version
EGM: The distinction is that God answers the prayers of those He has chosen who are faithful to Him.
Q: When God abandoned their faith and separated from God, did God choose a replacement?
A: "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you." - Jn. 15:16 New King James Version
EGM: Jesus Christ chose a replacement for Israel with the same priviledge of having their prayers answered by God.
Q: What is Christ's right in choosing people?
A: "I am the vine, and My Father is the vinedresser." -Jn. 15:1 NKJV
EGM: Christ right to choose people comes from His being the vine planted by God.
Q: How are those chosen by Christ being compared to?
A: "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." -Jn. 15:5 NKJV
EGM: Those chosen by Christ are compared to branches of the vine.
Q: Do all churches belong to Christ?
A: "And He is the head of the body, the church." -Col. 1:18 NKJV
EGM: No. Not all churches belong to Christ. The verse says Church not churches.
Q: What is the name of this church?
A: "Take heed therefore to yourselves and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers to feed the church of Christ which he has purchased with his blood." -Acts 20:28 Lamsa Translation
EGM: As we have heard, the name is Church of Christ or Iglesia ni Cristo.
Q: What are the conditions so that members of the Church of Christ will have their prayers answered by God?
A: "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it hall be done for you." -Jn. 15:7 NKJV
EGM: Two conditions: Abide with Christ and words of Christ must abide in you.
Q: How can we ask God our needs?
A: "Therefore I say to you, whatever you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." -Mk. 11:24 NKJV
EGM: We can ask God our needs by means of our prayers.
Q: What is the enemy of our faith?
A: "But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. A person like that unable to make up his mind and undecided in all he does, must not think that he will receive anything from the Lord." -Js. 1:6-8 TEV
EGM: Doubting is the enemy of our faith. If we doubt, we will not receive what we pray for.
Q: What else should we remember everytime we ask something from God?
A: "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." -1 Jn. 5:14 NKJV
EGM: We must ask only for those things according to His will.
Q: Why do others do not receive what they are asking for?
A: "You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures." -Js. 4:3 NKJV
EGM: Things amiss and things that we will spend in pleasures will not be given by God.
Q: What is the proof that we do not doubt for the things we pray for?
A: "Be patient, and wait for the Lord to act; don't be worried about thoe who prosper or those who succeed in their evil plans." - Ps. 37:7 TEV
EGM: Waiting patiently is proof of our non doubting for God.
Q: To whom should we seek our happiness?
A: "Seek your happiness in the Lord and he will give you your heart's desire. Give yourself to the Lord; trust in him, and he will help you." -P. 37:4-5 TEV
EGM: We should seek our happiness in the Lord God. He will help us if we trust Him.
Q: How about us, are we chosen by God?
A: "And it shall come to pass in all the land, "Says the Lord, "That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one-third shall be left in it; I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined. And test them as gold is tested, They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; And each one will say, "The Lord is My God.'" -Zech. 13:8-9 NKJV
EGM: Yes, we are the one-third that Prophet Zechariah said will be left in. God also will answer our prayers.
Q: How many groups of Church of Christ are there?
A: "For the promise is unto you, and unto your children, and to all who will be coming from far away place from distant time and from distant place." -Acts 2:39
EGM: There are three groups. To you refer to the Jews. To your children refers to the Gentiles. To all coming from far away place from distant time and from distant place is the Church of Christ. Distant time is July 27, 1914. Distant place is the Far East which is Philippines. The two-thirds that were cut off or were apostatized were the Jews and the Gentiles. There is one-third that will remain or will not be apostatized.
Q: Who are these one-third that will be left in?
A: "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." -Jn 10:16 NKJV
EGM: The one-third is us who were called into the Church of Christ in the last days through the commissioning of Brother Felix Y. Manalo by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Q: How did God call his people in the last days?
A: "Indeed the lord has proclaimed To the end of the wordl; Say to the daughter of Zion, "Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And they shall cll them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; And you shall be called Sought Out. A City Not Forsaken." -Isa. 62:11 NKJV
EGM: God calls us the Daughter of Zion. Zion means Church of Christ. We are not the first century Church of Christ, but we are the daughter of that first century Church of Christ. We are sure of our salvation, therefore, we must not exchange our membership in the Church of Christ with anything in this world.
Q: What will happen if we abandon our membership in the Church of Christ?
A: "The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him." -Ezra 8:22 NKJV
EGM: We must not abandon our calling as members of the Church of Christ. God's wrath and power will be upon those who forsake our God. How dreadful it will be if God will be our enemy. We must not exchange our membership for anything else in this world. We must remain members until the end of our borrowed life or until the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
FALLACIES AND TRICKS OF EGM'S BRAINWASHING LESSON:
1) Ezra 8:22 was quoted partially. EGM instructed ministers to not read the introductory phrase of the verse which says,
"For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, "The hand of our God...."
Using only a part of the verse is a standard trick of the Iglesia ni Cristo in order to modify the context of the verse being used. Obviously, the part used is for the purpose of scaring members from leaving the Iglesia ni Cristo cult.
2) Why does EGM repeats, reiterates, reindoctrinates members about the apostasy of the first century church when their members had already receive the doctrine upon membership? The point here is that repetition of doctrine over and over again makes a false statement or fale doctrine true. In Psychology, this is what is called as Classical Conditioning, which is, a type of learning in which a stimulus acquires the capacity to evoke a response that was originally evoked by another stimulus. Simply said, classical conditioning is conditioning the mind by tricking it with a bait for repeated periods such that the mind no longer discriminates what is being feed even after the bait is withdrawn.
APPLICATION OF THE IGLESIA CLASSICAL CONDITIONING:People chosen by God (Iglesia doctrine):
A repetition of this doctrine in the twice a week mandatory worship service of the Iglesia train the minds of Iglesia member to accept the three groups a people chosen by God. Later, the Iglesia ni Cristo changes the gourmet by taking out the baits as follows:
People chosen by God
APPLICATION OF CLASSICAL CONDITIONING OF THIS WORSHIP LESSON:Segment 1 Psalms 4:3 - True;
Segment 2 John 15:16, 1, 5, 7 - True;
Segment 3 Christ is the head of the Church of Christ - False;
Segment 4 Mark 11:24 - True
Segment 5 James 1:6-8; 4:3 - True
Segment 6 John 15:14 - True
Segment 7 Psalms 37:7, 4-5 - True;
Segment 8 Church of Christ is 3rd group (Zech. 13:8-9; Acts 2:39; John 10:16) - False
Segment 9 Church of Christ is daughter of Zion (Isa. 62:11) - False
Segment 10 - Forsaking Church of Christ incurs wrath of God (Ezra 8:22) - False
NOTE: In the application of classical conditioning, there is always a bait (the verses applied in its true context). The main gourment are actually the falsely applied verses.
3) Zion refers to Jerusalem (Smith's bible dictionary, p. 767). Zion is a city not the Church of Christ. The daughter of Zion referred to in Isaiah 62:11 is actually the daughter of Jerusalem (Zech. 9:9), or the same place Jerusalem that was reinhabited by the Israelites upon their return from exile (Zech. 12:6).
4) Zech. 13:8-9 do not refer to the three groups. There is no basis whatsoever in the verses whether literal or symbolic that the two thirds are the Jews and Gentiles, or the one-third is the Iglesia ni Cristo. The Iglesia's only basis is the Number three. Just because there is the number three in the verse does not mean it refers to the three groups being taught by Felix Y. Manalo. Actually, the three that is mentioned by the Prophet Zechariah are the following: JUDAH, ISRAEL, and JERUSALEM (Zech. 1:19). It makes sense that Judah and Israel are the two-thirds because these two divided kingdoms feel at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians. Jerusalem is the one-third because Jerusalem is the city where Jesus Christ appeared. The first century Christians were tested with fire and were persecuted after the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven.
4) Christ chooses the people of God?
The fact is, only those granted permission by God can come to Jesus Christ (John 6:65,44). Therefore, only God the Father can choose whom He likes to call to become members of the flesh and bones body of Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:30).