Felix Manalo, founder of the Iglesia Ni Kristo, wanted to abandon his church not just because he wanted to. His desire to excommunicate all his members rooted somewhere deep inside his church. He never thought that these roots would someday be exposed to the public.
In 1938, a circular was issued in the Iglesia Ni Kristo signed by Felix Manalo’s minister Teodoro Santiago. Santiago is one of the 14 students during Manalo’s first batch of ministerial class; one of the three ministers ordained during the first ordination presided by Manalo (the other two being Justino Casanova and Federico Inocencio); and the first Division Minister/Administrator of the Iglesia Ni Manalo, assigned in Pampanga division in 1924. Santiago’s Circular conveys the true feelings of Felix Manalo regarding his church. It carries a very grave message. (To enlarge image, press Ctrl +.)
“GENERAL OFFICE OF THE IGLESIA NI KRISTO
IN THE PHILIPPINE ARCHIPELAGO
“42 Broadway, New Manila, San Juan, Rizal
“Circular No. 19 – Series 1938
“July 25, 1938
“TO ALL BRETHREN
IN ALL PLACES OF THE IGLESIA NI KRISTO
“I appeal to you in this letter and inform you of the happenings that we did not expect to come. Brother Manalo wants to abandon us and he would like to start anew. More certainly, meaning we shall all be excommunicated, and he shall begin to dedicate a new ministry. The reason for this is the misbehavior of the present Ministers. First, what brother Andres Tucker did, which is truly grave in his heart, is that wherever he was assigned the frauds and deceits and borrowing of money from brethren was extreme, that according to him, the Church is becoming an instrument of a filthy lifestyle.
“What grieves him about the brethren, even though he prohibited the borrowing and lending [of money] it is not being kept, that in this manner they become instruments of the Devil to the blemishing of the Church. Second, the forgiving of the Ministers in duties that must be embraced with complete enthusiasm and dedication and the unrestrained manner of speaking in propaganda and worship [service] that gives offense to and degrades the Church. The lack of Spiritual life and lack of dedication to progress to respond to the requirement of the duty one holds the same which gives him exasperation and disappointment, as though being a minister is an employment or livelihood, the presumption according to form and movement seen in ministers, and the lack of trust and confidence in what God can do.
“Third, the lack of care of the Deacons in handling duty and the lack of respect to duty and to [the] faith, in the way that they get angry with each other that leads their resentment to hatred and the lack of concern in maintaining good relationship in all of the brethren inside the Church.
“Fourth, the frequent ruining of the money collected for the construction of chapels or for buying lands in the hands of the [overseers] in different locations and the lack of faithfulness in collecting money the brethren consecrated unto God, whether during Thursday, for the chapel, or for buying land. There is no evidence of the amount of money contributed and there is no name of the contributor and there is no date of when it was received and there are no certain and clear reports for the brethren regarding the inflow of the money and the expenses, such thing which blemishes the Church. And it brings sin and offense unto the brethren.
“Fifth, it is frequently being taught to all who have duties what ought to be done according to the will of God and with faithfulness. This is not being kept by the Ministers, by many Head Deacons and by Deacons, by the committees on the construction of chapels or buying of lands, by Treasurers, and even by the brethren who do not obey the ordinances of the Circular.
“All this mentioned above are the reasons of Brother Manalo in separating from us. But I and Brother Liloy are stopping him and we promised that we will inform the concerned and will ask them of their decision.
“Brethren-Ministers, Workers, Head Deacons, Deacons, Treasurers, or to all of you in the whole Church, I ask of you to make a letter, promising that you will keep and embrace all of the policies of the Church, to the fulfillment of all the will of God unto the salvation from crooked ways mentioned in this letter. As soon as possible send your letters to our Office, that we may remain in the calling of God given to us. And in the end, read Heb. 13:17, 19-22. After you read this letter, read these verses, and it shall be explained by the Teacher or Minister assigned to you. Obey what it says.
“Your brother in Christ,
(Sgd.) T. Santiago
Look how grave the introduction of that circular is. Who was the one abandoning his members? It was Felix Manalo. And then they will accuse it to Bro. Eli Soriano. How absurd. That is why they don’t answer this issue in their programs where Eraño Manalo or Eduardo Manalo never appears. The circular says Manalo wanted to abandon their church and start a new one. He wanted to excommunicate everyone, all of his members! How grave is that? Don’t the members reflect the kind of administration Manalo had and the kind of preacher he was? How can he stomach excommunicating all of his members!
And why did he want to start anew, to establish a new group and abandon the whole church he was governing? Why? There were many grave reasons why Felix Manalo wanted to leave his church. Santiago enumerated them in the Circular: frauds, deceits, dishonesty and disrespect to duty are just some of them. Unfortunately, Manalo was the one who transmitted these evil spirits to his members. If there’s anyone he should have blamed, he should have blamed himself. It was not surprising that even a division minister was making his church an instrument of the devil. Andres Tucker was Division Minister of Laguna that time, ordained in 1928. Actually, Tucker wasn’t making the church of Manalo an instrument of the devil, it is in fact an instrument of the devil. Felix Manalo himself was a captain among satan’s false prophets.
It’s not surprising at all. Why wouldn’t the church of Manalo be an instrument of the devil when Felix Manalo himself was a rapist? Remember Rosita Trillanes? And not only Rosita; Manalo’s victims would hardly fit a top ten list if we start to count. To refresh your memories, here is the headline from the newspaper The Bombshell starring the “Rapist Leader who Rose in the East,” published on October 21, 1954. Take it away Felix!