Does Iglesia ni Cristo celebrate the Feast of the Pentecost as its birthday?

Question: From Vincent Cepeda:

Submitted on 2012/02/17 at 1:27 am

it’s ironic how INC reemerged from the philippines, a third world country.

From an illiterate poor man who didn’t even have money to pay his fare at the time that he’s spreading the words of God.

The poor illiterate man, who was tagged as the map, for he only had one pair of coat (amerikana) which from everyday use already formed a map of sweat.

The poor illiterate Felix Manalo who had to battle the then vast Catholic Church and Protestant – during the start of World War 1.

From a poor illiterate man, INC is now worldly renowed, very powerful and influential.

With the economy failing, the world is getting poorer and poorer.
Even the richest country is going through recession and are filing bankruptcy.

INC is buying old Catholic Churches, buying towns and properties all over the world – paying cash, although majority of it’s members belong to society’s lower class.

INC who, in the middle of a World crisis, is currently building the World’s biggest indoor arena in the middle of a community.

From a poor illiterate man.
With all the impossibilities he had overcome, and by looking at INC now,
If it’s not for God, then whose work was it?

Response:

Submitted on 2012/02/17 at 7:45 pm | In reply to vincent cepeda.

Vincent,

It is ironic how the Catholic Church emerged. It’s founder was born on a stable in Bethlehem. He lived in Nazareth where no prophets have lived. His foster father is a carpenter. He gathered 12 unlikely men, many of them illiterate fishermen. And he taught them the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. The founder died, but the twelve testified that he rose from the dead after 3 days. They saw him ascend to heaven with the angels. And he said to them:

“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19h Go, therefore,* and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,20i teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.* And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20)

Before the founder ascended to heaven, he told them to stay in Jerusalem and wait for “the promise of the Father* about which you have heard me speak;d 5for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)

And the promise was fulfilled:

“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.a 2And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind,* and it filled the entire house in which they were.b 3Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,* which parted and came to rest on each one of them.c 4And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues,* as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.d” (Acts 2:1-3)

The Feast of the Pentecost is what the Catholic Church celebrates every year as its birthday. The 12 men cowering in fear became fearless proclaimers of their founder, Jesus Christ. And from these 12 men, the Catholic Church grew like a mustard seed: “It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.” (Mt 13:32) The Catholic Church has 1 billion members spread in all countries of the world.

Question: does INC celebrates the Feast of the Pentecost as its birthday? If not, then INC is not biblical. And we may, therefore, conclude that INC was not built by Christ and his apostles. In other words, INC was only built in 1914 by one man named Felix Manalo and that INC’s doctrines were only made by Manalo, even though he used the same Bible compiled by the Catholic Church.

 

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

2 Responses to Does Iglesia ni Cristo celebrate the Feast of the Pentecost as its birthday?

  1. Rick Steele says:

    God strictly warns not to create celebrations or rituals he has not ordered. The Feast of the Pentecost is not instructed, eluded to or even hinted at. Thus it is a false religious practice and not celebrated.

  2. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Rick Steele,

    From Wikipedia:

    Pentecost is the old Greek and Latin name for the Jewish harvest festival, or Festival of Weeks (Hebrew חג השבועותHag haShavuot or Shevuot, literally “Festival of Weeks”), which commemorates God giving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai fifty days after the Exodus.[4]

    Pentecost (Greek: Πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], Pentēkostē [hēmera], “the Fiftieth [day]”) is a prominent feast in the calendar of Ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ (Judas had hanged himself), included in the 12 Disciples in the Upper Room, after the Resurrection of Jesus.[1]

    God has made the day of Pentecost holy by sending His Holy Spirit on Mary and the Apostles on this day. That is why we celebrate it. If we celebrate even our birthdays, why not the Feast of Pentecost? Is our birthday more important the descent of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church?

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