Emily Jordan

Eraño Manalo: the Messenger after the End of the World

In the Iglesia Ni Cristo of Manalo, to whom did they attribute the term “last messenger”? In Pasugo, July 1956, page 13:

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Excerpt:

Naliwanagan natin na may sugo ang Diyos sa Huling Araw, at ito’y si kapatid na Felix Manalo na siyang nangaral ng Iglesia Ni Cristo sa Pilipinas simula noong 1914, ayon sa bisa at kapangyarihan ng hula. Si kapatid na Felix Manalo ang huling sugo ng Diyos bago dumating ang katapusan ng sanlibutan.

Translation:

We have clarified that there is a messenger of God in the Last Day, and this is Brother Felix Manalo who had preached the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Philippines starting in 1914, according to the efficacy and power of the prophecy. Brother Felix Manalo is the last messenger of God before the end of the world comes.

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So Felix Manalo is the last messenger, according to the official magazine of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. This means that until the end of the world no one else should follow him as messenger.  Last means no one else follows after. This is in conformity with their succeeding statements in the same publication.

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Excerpt:

Bakit natin natitiyak na siya ang huling sugo? Sapagka’t sinabi ng Diyos sa hula ni Isaias 41:4, “Sinong gumawa at yumari, na tumawag ng mga sali’t saling lahi mula ng una? Akong Panginoon, ang una, at kasama ng huli, ako nga,” Ayon sa hula, ang sugong tinutukoy ay huling sugo, kung bakit, dahil sa banggit na “kasama ng huli.” Ito ang huling sugo sa panahong Kristiyano, at ang susunod sa kanyang pangangaral ay ang katapusan ng sanlibutan o paghuhukom.

Translation:

Why are we sure that he is the last messenger? Because God said in the prophecy of Isaiah 41:4, “Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.” According to the prophecy, the messenger referred to is the last messenger, because of the term “with the last.” This is the last messenger in the Christian era, and following his preaching is the end of the world or judgment day.

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INC members believe this, that Felix Manalo is the last messenger because this is the doctrine being taught to them. The question is, if Felix Manalo is the last messenger, what is Eraño Manalo’s role now? If nothing comes after the last, what is Eraño Manalo doing in the Iglesia Ni Cristo? What is his duty? What is his authority?

In the Iglesia Ni Manalo, one who is not a messenger of God has no authority to preach. This is their belief published in Pasugo, May 2003, page 10:

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“The one who must preach is a messenger of God”, that is the title of the article. So what is Eraño Manalo now? Is he a messenger? Is he a preacher? Their doctrine is clear: the last messenger of God in the last day is Felix Manalo. But Felix Manalo is already dead; what now makes that of Eraño Manalo? They don’t mention him as messenger in the Iglesia Ni Cristo. But do they believe that Eraño Manalo is also a messenger? Of course! They must. Otherwise Eraño Manalo has no authority to preach, because their doctrine clearly states: “The one who must preach is a messenger of God.”

In reality and in effect, Eraño Manalo is acknowledged as a messenger in the Iglesia Ni Cristo, because he does the things that Felix Manalo did when the latter was still alive. Felix Manalo practiced the laying on of hands to “ordain” a minister, Eraño Manalo also practices the laying on of hands in the same manner.

Pasugo, June 1977

Pasugo, June 1977

They cannot deny that they believe Eraño Manalo is also a messenger. He is the present executive minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo; he makes the outlines of topics being preached in their church; and from him comes out all the rules and policies being implemented; of course he must be, according to their own belief, a messenger. In fact, Eraño Manalo is not just a preacher, but a teacher to preachers or workers in their church. So if he is a preacher, then he must be, according to their official publication, a messenger, otherwise he has no authority to preach.

Their big problem now is this: how come Eraño Manalo is also a messenger when their doctrine clearly states that Felix Manalo is the last messenger? To say that this doctrine is confusing is an understatement. It is ridiculous, illogical, and most of all unbiblical. Obviously, they don’t understand the meaning of the word “last”. A child understands better. When you say to a child that that is the “last”, he knows that nothing comes after it. But the “last messenger” in the Iglesia Ni Manalo has successors.

If you are a member of the Iglesia Ni Manalo, you will wonder, what kind of last is Felix Manalo? Why is there another one after him? In the Central Office of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, employees do not call Eraño Manalo a messenger, but executive minister, just to play safe. But it is clear that they acknowledge him as messenger, because he is the one preaching; and again, the one who preaches must be a messenger of God.

In the Bible, Apostle Paul confirms that one cannot preach the gospel unless he was sent by God. Romans 10:14-15 says:

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”

So what is Eraño Manalo’s role again? Is he a preacher? Is he a messenger? Ministers of the Iglesia Ni Manalo do not mention or teach to their members that Eraño Manalo is a messenger, but they do acknowledge him as one; otherwise he will have no authority to preach. Eraño Manalo is the messenger after the “last” messenger Felix Manalo. And Felix Manalo will be sent in the “last” day. According to their Pasugo, Felix Manalo “is the last messenger in the Christian era, and following his preaching is the end of the world or judgment day.”

So if Eraño is the next messenger after Felix Manalo, that means Eraño Manalo is the messenger after the end of the world.

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2 comments on “Eraño Manalo: the Messenger after the End of the World

  1. Renante Nate
    July 27, 2009

    I don’t recall any instance that we have called Brother Erdy as the “sugo” or messenger. For the purpose of breaking ambiguity, when we say “ang sugo”, we mean the late Bro. Felix Manalo. Brother Erdy is the current executive minister. You cannot fool any member of Iglesia ni Cristo by this simple issue on semantics.

    Messengers of God have biblical testimonies with regards to their duty and commissioning. In Christian era, noted messengers are John the Baptist, Apostle Paul and Jesus Christ himself. John the Baptist had very specific function to prepare the way of the Lord. Apostle Paul was tasked to preach the words of God to the Gentiles as prophesied by Prophet Isaiah. Our Lord Jesus Christ was sent by God for him to “take our infirmities and bare our sicknesses”.
    Likewise, Iglesia ni Cristo believes that Bro Felix Manalo is also a messenger of God as prophesied by Isaiah.

    Brother Erdy Manalo and the rest of the ministers and church workers are also messengers. They are the messengers of the church. (2 Cor 8:23). Just like the disciples of Christ that were sent (“sinugo”) by Christ and the helpers of Apostle Paul that were sent to preach the gospel, the current church administration received the same authority upon laying of hands from the messenger of God, Bro Felix Manalo.
    The bible says, “how can they preach unless they are sent?” If we strictly mean that only those messengers of God are authorized to preach the gospel, then we are defeating the purpose of Christ in sending His disciples to preach the gospel.

    The current church administration is just a continuation of the commissioning of God to Bro. Felix Manalo. The function of Bro. Erdy is no different from the function of Bro. Felix Manalo. So it is absolutely misleading if we say that Bro Erdy is “another messenger” of God.

    We believe that Bro. Felix is the “last” messenger obviously in these “last” days. It is not wrong to say that he is the last messenger because he is the messenger in these last days. We also believe that God did not mention any other commissioning apart from the commissioning of Bro. Felix Manalo.

  2. emilyjordan
    July 27, 2009

    Renante Nate,

    You said, I don’t recall any instance that we have called Brother Erdy as the “sugo” or messenger. For the purpose of breaking ambiguity, when we say “ang sugo”, we mean the late Bro. Felix Manalo. Brother Erdy is the current executive minister. You cannot fool any member of Iglesia ni Cristo by this simple issue on semantics.

    This is not an issue of semantics, this is an issue of being biblical or not. Saying “the messenger” to mean Felix Manalo does not break ambiguity—it enforces it. The fact that the article already mentioned that members of the Iglesia ni Manalo believe that Felix Manalo is “the last messenger” makes no need for you to say that you call him “the messenger”, for the term “the last messenger” is more accurate. Again, Pasugo, which is INC’s official publication, clearly states that Felix Manalo “is THE LAST MESSENGER of God before the end of the world comes.” So do not muddle the issue with your baseless terminology.

    Brother Erdy Manalo and the rest of the ministers and church workers are also messengers. They are the messengers of the church. (2 Cor 8:23).

    Thank you for admitting that you also believe Eraño Manalo and the rest of your ministers and church workers are also messengers. That nullifies Felix Manalo’s claim that he is “the last messenger”, and it makes irrelevant your practice of not calling Eraño Manalo a “messenger”, for you believe him, as you have admitted, to be a messenger himself.

    Just like the disciples of Christ that were sent (“sinugo”) by Christ and the helpers of Apostle Paul that were sent to preach the gospel, the current church administration received the same authority upon laying of hands from the messenger of God, Bro Felix Manalo.

    Wrong. Felix Manalo received his authority from pastors of different religious groups, not from God. The ones who laid hands on Felix Manalo are catholic and protestant pastors, which according to your official magazine Pasugo are of satan or the devil.

    The bible says, “how can they preach unless they are sent?” If we strictly mean that only those messengers of God are authorized to preach the gospel, then we are defeating the purpose of Christ in sending His disciples to preach the gospel.

    Wrong again. Those disciples whom the Lord Jesus Christ sent to preach the gospel are in fact messengers of God, so no purpose was defeated. Messengers of the Church of God as written in 2 Corinthians 8:23 are of course messengers of God.

    The current church administration is just a continuation of the commissioning of God to Bro. Felix Manalo. The function of Bro. Erdy is no different from the function of Bro. Felix Manalo. So it is absolutely misleading if we say that Bro Erdy is “another messenger” of God.

    I agree with you on this one, that it is absolutely misleading to say that Eraño Manalo is another messenger of God. He is not another messenger of God; he is another messenger of satan, just like his father Felix Manalo.

    We believe that Bro. Felix is the “last” messenger obviously in these “last” days. It is not wrong to say that he is the last messenger because he is the messenger in these last days.

    How dare you mislead the readers of this blog, Renante Nate! Your Pasugo, published in July 1956, on page 13, clearly states that “there is a messenger of God in the Last Day, and this is Brother Felix Manalo”. Pasugo says LAST DAY, not “last days”. Last day according to John 6:44 refers to the resurrection of the dead, therefore Felix Manalo will only be sent when the dead are already being resurrected. And since it is the last day, the resurrection of the dead, the judgment day, the end of the world, therefore Eraño Manalo is your messenger after the end of the world! Don’t dare misinform and mislead my readers!

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