The Danger of Taking An Oath

One of the practice in the Church that I am questioning in my mind is the oath taking. As an officer you take an oath before accepting an office and sometimes specially when there is new Minister assigned, we are required to re-affirm our office. As a member sometimes we are asked to take a new oath specially when there are new campaigns be it propagation or offerings.

Recently in 2015, every members are required to fill up new R2-01 form. This is the member’s detailed records which now includes our thumb marks. The new R2-01 form is now accompanied by another form which is the “affidavit of affirmation of faith” .

Different Oath Takings Inside INC

These are some of the oath taking and forms I remember not including before you are baptized:

  • Membership Oath Taking  – this is the first oath taking every member will normally do before becoming a member. This is accompanied by the Membership Oath Taking Form
  • Affidavit of Re-Affirmation of Faith Form – This is a form introduced in 2015 that we now need to fill up every time you register to a locale.
  • Officers Oath taking – Every time you accept an office you take an oath, every oath you sign an oath taking form.
  • Membership re-affirmation – This is an on-demand command by a resident Minister or Church Administration as a way to remind every member the duties that they have been taught during the doctrines and worship services. This is sometimes also accompanied by written affidavit promising a support for what is being campaign for.

Jesus Forbids Oaths

Interestingly, Jesus actually forbids oaths in the bible. So why Iglesia Ni Cristo keep doing it over and over again?

Matthew 5:33-37, NKJV – 33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
Definition of “swear” from Oxford dictionary
1. make a solemn statement or promise undertaking to do something or affirming that something is the case:

Check the synonyms of swear from Two of the synonyms are “swear to God” or “take an oath”.

Matthew 5:34 clearly say do not swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne. Swearing can mean to refer to bad words but why we are sure we are talking “swear” in the context of taking oath? It is because verse 33 Jesus is talking about the old – perform your oath to the Lord. It is an old practice which in Christ’ time He forbids us to do so.

The question now is why are we directly violating the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ to not swear at all? Worst of it is we do it repeatedly. Now that we learned about this, could it be that us, INC members, are the one referred to in 2 Tim. 3:7 because the church do not teach the full gospel?

2 Timothy 3:7, NKJV – 7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

No matter how many times we go to the church, if we keep learning the same thing over and over again, we will never come to the knowledge of the truth. But now we do as we start learning more about the gospel.