Is It True FYM Declared Himself As A Messenger Only in 1922?

Lesson No. 11 of the INC doctrines is about Bro. Felix Y. Manalo as the messenger of God in these last days. This claim is supported by many bible verses. According to some articles on the internet, FYM declared himself as messenger of God in 1922 after two years living in United States. What was the INC teaching about him between 1914 – 1922?

The messenger of God (Rom.10:15 NKJV) in these last days (Isa.43:6, Moffat) is Brother Felix Y. Manalo (Rev.7:2-3). It was not him who built the Church but it is Christ Himself (Mt.16:18) by virtue of the fulfillment of the prophesy (Jn.10:16). Brother Felix Manalo was only utilized by God as His instrument to preach the pure Gospel of salvation in these last days. He was the first to preach the Church of Christ in the Philippines.

Rev. 7:2-3, NKJV – 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
Romans 10:15, NKJV – 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent?…”
Isa. 41:9-10, NKJV – 9You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,
‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
10Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
John 10:16, NKJV- 16 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.

1Some articles claimed that it was in 1922 that FYM declared himself to be the “fifth angel” or “another angel rising in the east” as mentioned in Revelation 7:2. What happened before 1922? In September 1919 (a year after the end of first world war) it was said that FYM traveled to the United States to study in Pacific School of Religion in California in Berkeley, California. However, the school’s registrar denied this. While he is in United States, he collected many religious books and encyclopedias and different versions (translations) of the bible and later adorned his office back in the Philippines. He returned to the Philippines in 1921. In 1922, he was accused of extravagance and immorality that resulted in a schism led by Teofilo Ora, Januario Ponce and Basilio Santiago. Some followers left the church. Using Revelation 7:2, FYM declare himself as the “fifth angel rising from the east” in order to accumulate power and reassert his leadership in the church. Since then, along with other verses in the bible, FYM as the messenger of God in these last days became part of the doctrinal lessons of the INC.

The Cornelius Theory of Equivocation

Let us start with Romans 10:15. When the minsters preach this verse, they do not read the entire verse for some reason:

Romans 10:15, NKJV – 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Are the doctrines of the church gospel of peace? The members are molded in a process called “mind conditioning”. You must attend worship service without absences, always participate in many different kinds of offerings, invite people to convert in the church, if you do not follow you will end up in the lake of fire. If everything is peaceful inside the church you think this is the way it is to be a servant of God but now it does not feel like it is a gospel of peace. It is more like a spiritual corruption. Religion should be about finding peace with God, about repentance and worship of Him. A member who even in the free speech context can be expelled for saying something not in favor to the church administration. If a member is expelled, he/she is considered enemy of the Church and already destine to hell.

What About Isaiah 41:9-10? If we read from verse 8, clearly the owner of the prophesy are the Israelite.

Isa. 41:8-10, NKJV – 8But you, Israel, are My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
The descendants of Abraham My friend.
9You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,
‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
10Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” – emphasis is mine

Does it not change the meaning of verse 9-10 if you read verse 8? I know what the INC minister will say, Israel is a symbolic word, it refers to the church – the Church of Christ.

The other verses will be covered in future articles.