One of the teaching that I and you believed for many years is that the judgement day is near. It was near when I became a member many many years ago. It is near every day you hear it in bible studies, in bible expositions, evangelical missions and worship services.
The judgement day is always near even during the time of the first century Christians, yet, 2000 years later it is still near. The elders of the Church further explain, if it was near 2000 years ago, then it is much nearer now.
No doubt, the faith of the Church members are so strong because of the fear of judgment day, the fear to avoid going to the lake of fire. This is why even if the INC members believe there are anomalies, malpractices, corruptions, abuse of power, does not matter how many more offerings and special offerings there is, does not matter how much time spent in fulfilling office duties, even if lost of time to families, many if not all still prefer to “endure until the end“. It is written in Mathew 24:13 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved“, but the Church never explain when these words are spoken, Christ is talking to the Apostles regarding the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. In Matthew 24:2 Christ said “…Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another…”, He is referring to the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and when the Apostles asked when will this happen Christ gave signs and says he who endures until the end shall be saved – referring to the suffering during the time the Temple is in destruction. The Church excuse is that the words spoken by Christ referring to the Jerusalem Temple’s destruction applies to the end of the world as well like history repeating itself. If everything repeats, then God will allow the destruction of the INC Temples like what happen to the First Temple (Solomon’s Temple) which stood for 410 years but destroyed in 422 BCE. Like the King Herod’s Temple (Jerusalem Temple) which was constructed under the leadership of King Cyrus of Persia in 538 BCE, renovated in 20 BCE by King Herod and destroyed by Roman Empire in 70 AD.
I believe the judgement day effect is very deep inside the Church. Some members don’t bother saving for their future because the end of the world is near, some don’t mind borrowing more money than what they can afford to pay because the world will end anyway. Many do not mind the sufferings of performing office duties, because soon they will be rewarded in heaven. Twenty years ago I don’t mind putting up savings for my retirement, now I thank God I did 20 years ago.
Every member of the Church believe that only inside the Church there is salvation, every one outside Iglesia Ni Cristo will go to the lake of fire. The so-called INC Defenders soften this belief in order to give reasons to their state of being. For INC Defenders they are not truly outside the Church, they are still members because they are not expelled in the rightful manner.
Every faithful INC member believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return soon. It is written in Matthew 24:33 “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors“. Also in Matthew 24:44 “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”. If only you give yourself time to research the verses I quoted, understand the entire Matthew chapter 24, the context is about the Jerusalem Temple, it is not the end of the world. If we continue reading Matthew 24:33 Christ says “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place“. If Christ said “this generation” will by no means pass away till “all this things” take place while He was talking to the generation of His audience, the Apostles or Jews, if Christ is talking to the end of the world in Matthew chapter 24, then He lied to every generation from the first century to our time that the end of the world is near…always near. But I believe Christ words are true and that is why when he said “this generation” he meant it to that generation of His time. History confirms that Jerusalem was destroyed by Romans in 70 AD, estimated 40 years after Christ death. A Minister may argue that Christ want every “generation” to think the end is near so that believers will always be prepared but don’t you think He is lying of that is this case? How much more of the scriptures is true then if Christ meant to trick each generation? Don’t you think people will not start doubting other verses then? This idea of “tricking generations ” is illogical reasoning.
What about the signs of wars and rumors of wars in Matthew 24:6? I am now believe in the teaching that this “wars” are the wars of 70 AD. In what generation of mankind there is no wars in the world? Read history, almost every generations experienced some kind of war, nations against nation.
In Matthew 24:23 Christ said “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.“. If Christ comes tomorrow in Manila, how many people would believe? How many INC members would know and how can people believe? Christ said “do not believe it”. Again in Matthew 24:26 Christ said “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.” . Is Christ trying to tell us that He is actually not coming back? Seriously I am also looking for the answer. I believe the bible is inspired by God so what the Lord Jesus had spoken must be true.
Is there a merit to God all the sacrifices inside the Church? Understand Colossians 2:20-23
Ephesians 2:8-9 is a popular verse to many protestant believers. I think they are right, if we do not believe this verse then we do not believe the bible. We are saved by the grace of God, it is not by our work, it is not saying we do not need to do good work, it is saying not by work so that no one should boast like someone saying “I have done many duties in the Church, spend many hours performing my office so I am saved“. Ephesians 2:9, does NOT teach that you do not need good works, you just can’t use your efforts to boast for your salvation.
Learning the scriptures is wisdom and understanding. There is so much to learn. I do not ask you to believe my opinions, but I encourage you to open your understanding. I dismissed the teaching the bible is kept in mystery, I encourage you do the same, read the bible, search the interpretations of others and use your wisdom to know what is correct and logical interpretations.