Iglesia ni Cristo

Iglesia ni Cristo

Classification

Independent[1][2][3]

Orientation

unitarian [4]

Polity

Hierarchical

Leader

Eraño G. Manalo

Geographical area

Worldwide, especially the Philippines

Founder

Felix Y. Manalo

Origin

July 27, 1914

Punta, Santa Ana, Manila

Congregations

5600+[5]

Members

1.76 million in the Philippines alone (2000), up from one million worldwide in 1984[6][7][8]

Ministers

114 Total outside of the Philippines(1993).97 based in U.S. and Canada, 17 in other countries. [9]

Hospitals

1

Tertiary institutions

2

The Iglesia ni Cristo[10] (pronounced [ɪˈɡleʃɐ ni ˈkɾisto]; Tagalog for Church of Christ; also known as INC, or Iglesia[11], is the largest entirely indigenous Christian[12] religious organization that originated from the Philippines[13] and the largest independent church in Asia.[14] Due to a number of similarities, some Protestant writers describe the INC’s doctrines as restorationist in outlook and theme[15], but nothing can be found to connect the INC to the Restoration Movement. Felix Y. Manalo officially registered the church as a corporation sole with him as executive minister on July 27, 1914[16] and because of this, most publications refer to him as the founder of the church.[17] However, the official doctrines of the church profess that Jesus Christ is the founder of the INC[18] and that Felix Manalo was God’s last messenger, whom he sent to re-establish the Christian Church to its true, pristine form[19] because the original church was apostatized. They believe that the apostatized church is the Roman Catholic Church[20], and proclaim that Catholic dogmas[21], such as the Trinity, are proof of this apostacy. The organization does not believe in the Trinity, nor that the divinity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit are Biblical.[22][23][24]

From: Wikipedia



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