Ang Hindi Mapigilang Tagumpay ng Iglesia ni Cristo

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Isaiah 14:27
Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD of Hosts Himself has planned it; therefore, who can stand in its way? It is His hand that is outstretched, so who can turn it back?

INTERNATIONAL, NEWS IN PHOTOS, NORTH AMERICA

Catholic Church sells 1914-built church edifice in Philadelphia, USA to Iglesia Ni Cristo

on December 20, 2017


Mater Dolorosa church closed and sold due to dwindling mass attendance, and mounting operational deficits.


(Eagle News) — An old Catholic church edifice built in 1914 in Philadelphia was recently sold by the Catholic Church to the Iglesia Ni Cristo, four years since it was closed due to dwindling mass attendance.


The Iglesia Ni Cristo, a global Christian Church first registered in the Philippines on July 27, 1914, bought the Mater Dolorosa Catholic church property for $450,000.

It would be converted to an Iglesia Ni Cristo house of worship that will serve its growing membership in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States.

A report by the Northeast Times, a community newspaper in Northeast Philadelphia, said the proceeds of the sale were to be used by the Catholic Church to primarily pay parish operational expenses and close the annual operating deficit.

Rev. Thomas Higgins, pastor at Holy Innocents Catholic Church, announced the sale recently of the property with the exact address at 1676 Ruan Street in Frankford, Philadelphia.

http://www.eaglenews.ph/catholic-church-sells-1914-built-church-edifice-in-philadelphia-usa-to-iglesia-ni-cristo/
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  • PrikongkongPrikongkong President PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Undeniably the manalo businessmen are truly successful with their business model.
  • AteoAteo Non est Deus. Fac cum eo. PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    WTF happened to the Mater Dolorosa Catholic parishioners? Why did they dwindle? Did they die? Raptured? Or, God forbids, turned atheists and the new generation got tired of this Mass thingy?
  • TrollmeisterTrollmeister B?nned for trolling PEX PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Undeniably the manalo businessmen are truly successful with their business model.

    May hidden oil daw sa ilalim ng simbahan :lol:
  • KidlatNgayonKidlatNgayon Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Ateo wrote: »
    WTF happened to the Mater Dolorosa Catholic parishioners? Why did they dwindle? Did they die? Raptured? Or, God forbids, turned atheists and the new generation got tired of this Mass thingy?

    Good question, Ateo! Does it not make you wonder also that it only sold for less than half a million dollars while the one bought by INC in Washington from the Orthodox church cost $9.2M USD?
    The Iglesia ni Cristo chapel in Washington D.C. in the United States is located along 16th Street. It used to be a place of worship and school of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. The Iglesia ni Cristo through the Allison James Estates & Homes purchased the chapel building from Summit Commercial which represents the Greek Orthodox church for $9.2 million in November 2012. It was renovated by the Iglesia as a house of worship for its own adherents.[1][2]

    The complex composed with two building. The former Orthodox church building has one story and a basement with a land area measuring 14,800 square feet (1,370 m2) is located within a 1.82 hectares (196,000 sq ft; 18,200 m2) parcel of land. The former school building within the complex is three stories high and measures 16,370 square feet (1,521 m2).[2]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iglesia_ni_Cristo_chapel,_Washington_D.C.
  • AteoAteo Non est Deus. Fac cum eo. PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    These Catholic and Orthodox churches that you renovate, Ka Kidlat, how do you cleanse these of centuries of burned-in heresy and pagan-worshipping. Is there like an INC equivalent to magic-clean?
  • Emilio BonifacioEmilio Bonifacio Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Ateo wrote: »
    These Catholic and Orthodox churches that you renovate, Ka Kidlat, how do you cleanse these of centuries of burned-in heresy and pagan-worshipping. Is there like an INC equivalent to magic-clean?

    'batares' lang katumbas sa mga iyan, the major renovations, general clean-up or any activities that requires manpower support ay madaling matugunan. Kilala ang kapatiran sa kaisahan, kahit ang mga karatig lokal o distrito ay dadayo kung kailangan para tumulong at ipagmalasakit ang bahay sambahan. Wala sa bukabolaryo ng Iglesia ang mag postpone o mag push-out ng target completion date, kapag pinagtibay ang petsa at buwan ng pagpasinaya ng anumang gusali o proyekto, asahan mo na matapos iyan ayon sa itinakda, kalimitan ay mas maaga pa.
  • JagonJagon Don't listen to me PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    so, ang tagumpay pala ay pera pera lang
  • KidlatNgayonKidlatNgayon Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Jagon wrote: »
    so, ang tagumpay pala ay pera pera lang

    HINDI. Ang tagumpay ay pagpapala dahil sa PAGSUNOD sa Kanya. Ang nangyayari sa INC ay PROOF ng mga salita ng Diyos:

    Deuteronomy 28
    New International Version (NIV)

    Blessings for Obedience

    28 -1: If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

    3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

    4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

    5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

    6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

    7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

    8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

    9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

    12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.

    IKAW - yang kinabibilangan mo, meron bang "victories"? :glee:
  • KidlatNgayonKidlatNgayon Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Ateo wrote: »
    These Catholic and Orthodox churches that you renovate, Ka Kidlat, how do you cleanse these of centuries of burned-in heresy and pagan-worshipping. Is there like an INC equivalent to magic-clean?

    Everything is CREATED AND OWNED by God (Deuteronomy 10:14). These material things (built by man and man is created by God) are just material things _ "cleansing" them is to use them for the pleasure and approval of the Lord God! Those who used to belong to the false religions are welcome to go back to God by turning away from the wrong practices

    New Isaiah 1:16
    Living Translation
    Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways.

    James 4:8
    Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

    Job 22:23
    "If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,

    Isaiah 31:6
    Return to Him from whom you have deeply defected, O sons of Israel.

    Isaiah 44:22
    "I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you."
  • KidlatNgayonKidlatNgayon Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO’S SUCCESSFUL INTENSIVE EXPANSION IN AFRICA: ESTABLISHED A FOOTHOLD IN 16 COUNTRIES IN AFRICA IN 2016 ALONE


    Matthew 24:14 NIV
    “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”


    Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) Executive Minster Brother Eduardo V. Manalo with some of the INC members in South Africa after the dedication of the new building of worship in Johannesburg on August 20, 2016 (Photo courtesy INC Executive News)



    THE IGLESIA NI Cristo continues its fast spread in Africa, as it established a foothold in 16 countries in this continent in just this year alone. Also in this year, Brother Eduardo V. manalo himself led the dedication of two new houses of worship in South Africa (Johannesburg and Capetown). Eight more are to be opened in 2017. And also this year alone, thousands had been baptized in Africa, and they are not Filipinos, but allare the locals based in this continent.

    Outreach programs of the INC were also held in King Williams Town, Johannesburg and Ladybrand in South Africa, Nairobi and Kiberia in Kenya, and Maseru and Semongkong in Lesotho. Aside from this, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church OfChrist) has also established eco-farming communities in South Africa.

    The government of South Africa itself highly regards the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) as it recognized the milestone achievements of the Church in Africa. Proof of this is the courtesy call made by South African ambassador to the Philippines, His excellency Martin Slabber, to INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo on July 20 this year at the INC Central Office in Quezon City.

    He also greeted the Iglesia Ni Cristo Executive Minister on the occassion of the seventh year anniversary of his dynamic leadership in the Church last September. In his congratulatory message to Brother Manalo, Ambassador Slabber said the Iglesia Ni Cristo has “an important role to play not only in the lives of the members of the Church, but in the lives of the Filipino people, and people also here in the world.”

    http://theiglesianicristo.blogspot.ca/2016/12/iglesia-ni-cristo-established-foothold.html
  • KidlatNgayonKidlatNgayon Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Hope for a new life: INC inaugurates first eco-farm outside PHL in Ladybrand; inspires South Africans in the area
    on August 16, 2017


    Some of the South Africans who were given a source of livelihood by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) as workers in the 508 hectare INC eco-farm in Ladybrand, South Africa. This is the first eco-farm established by the Church outside the Philippines. (Eagle News Service)


    In South Africa, where there are many unemployed, this 508-hectare eco-farm, is now seen as the land of promise by people there who are mired in extreme poverty.

    “The fact that this farm was bought by the Church Of Christ to make our lives better, it gives me tremendous joy,” said Limakatso Malia, a South African church member, who is raising her three teenage children all by herself.

    “When I began work here in the farm, my life changed tremendously. It is because before I was just living through government provisions, and I am the only breadwinner in my family,” she said.

    “Now, my family and I have a good life. I am very much happy.”


    Life-changing moment

    Malia, an INC member in Ladybrand, is grateful as she is one of the more than 200 South Africans employed in this eco-farm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo that was inaugurated by the Church’s Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo on August 6, 2017

    It was also the same day that the INC dedicated a new house of worship in South Africa – the locale congregation of Ladybrand — in a worship service officiated by the INC Executive Minister attended by the INC brethren, including South Africans. This is the sixth house of worship constructed by the INC in South Africa.

    South Africans lining up to attend a special worship service in Ladybrand, South Africa. The Iglesia Ni Cristo house of worship in Ladybrand was dedicated to God in a worship service officiated by INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo on August 6, 2017 ((Photo courtesy EBC South Africa Bureau, Eagle News Service)


    Last year, two houses of worship were dedicated to God in worship services led by Brother Eduardo. These were the houses of worship in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This year, the INC also dedicated houses of worship in Thaba Nchu in Free State, South Africa on July 30; and in Ha Fochane Village in Semonkong in Maseru, Kingdom of Lesotho, which was dedicated on August 2. The INC already has a house of worship in King William’s Town, South Africa.

    Moeketsi Lesenye, another South African worker in the INC’s eco-farm, recalls how working there had changed his and his family’s life. He now has hope — life can be way better than what they had before.

    “All the people we know didn’t have a job. We are so very poor,” he said.

    “We are like beggars. Because most of the time, when I don’t have maize meal, I will ask someone: Do you have (bread)? Please will you give me bread. I’m so hungry’,” Moeketsi said.

    “It’s because of poverty. Sometimes, we sleep without eating. We sleep without any food in two or three days — even in five days — we don’t have food. We would go to town to see what we can do. And we would come home with nothing,” he said, recalling his life before he was hired to work in the INC eco-farm in Ladybrand.

    “Now we’re so happy because of this farm of the Church Of Christ. I don’t know what I can say to you. Thank you Lord because we have the Church Of Christ here in Manyatseng. Thank you Lord because You have made a difference in our lives in Manyatseng,” said Moeketsi, one of the many South Africans who have been given work in the INC eco-farm, who are not INC members. He comes from Manyatseng, a part of the agricultural town of Ladybrand.


    Ladybrand is situated 18 kilometers from Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. It is one of the five towns that form the Mantsopa Local Municipality in eastern Free State province in South Africa

    The INC eco-farm here is located at 2 Glen Alphen Farm in Ladybrand, with a land area of 508 hectares. It was bought by the Church Of Christ for 8 million South African Rand or around US$601,500.

    After the “Aid To Humanity” activity of the Church Of Christ was conducted in the last quarter of 2016 in Ladybrand, its residents and those of its neighboring towns had eagerly hoped for the fulfillment of this agricultural livelihood project promised by the Church.

    Modern agriculture techniques employed

    The main crops of the eco-farm are pecan and olive trees. There are 20,000 seeds planted for each kind. Intercropping is also done to prepare the land for immediate use. In addition, cork oak and blue gum trees were also planted.

    The pecan tree is one of the high value crops in the eco-farm. So are the olive trees – the source of first class oil for cooking and salads.

    Danny Lovino, an agriculturist in the ecofarm, said that the pecan trees planted in Ladybrand were already grafted, so instead of waiting for five years before nuts can harvested, it would only take three years for pecan nuts to be produced.

    Vegetables like cabbage, eggplant, bottle ground, squash, broccoli, pechay, and other crops have been planted on the six meter space between each pair of the planted pecan tree seedlings.

    Basically, this is to maximize the use of the land and its soil fertility to its full potential. This will also reduce plant diseases, prevent hillside erosion, and control the spread of weeds. Furthermore, such agricultural practice will certainly provide food for the farm workers and their families.

    When the Church acquired the 500-hectare land, different species of trees are already there. The land has about 600 mature cork oak trees. The bark of this tree is processed and used as stoppers in bottled products, as well as in making pin boards, flooring, furniture, and even footwear. And such 600 cork oak trees are ready for harvest, which means a sure work opportunity and an additional source of income for the farm workers.

    Blue gum trees are also in abundance in the farm. Such trees cover more than 100 hectares of the entire farm and are also mature and ready for harvesting and processing.

    The trunk and branches of this tree are basically used as firewood especially during winter season and is regarded as the first class firewood in this part of Africa. There are also other kinds of trees in the farm that are indeed useful for timber and for making furniture such as pine tree, cypress, cedar tree, and more, including those considered as endemic.

    Livestock production starts

    Livestock production has also started in the eco-farm.

    The 50-hectare part of the farm has already been fenced and partitioned for animal enclosures and the other implements needed are now being readied for livestock production.


    Many members and non-members were already hired to keep the eco-farm sustainable. This endeavor of the Church Of Christ and its Administration continue to help the poor and the unemployed, not only by providing them a source of income but most importantly introducing to them the importance of services to God.

    “Totoo, na nakatutuwa napakaraming kapatid at hindi kapatid na nagtratrabaho dito. At tuwang-tuwa sila na kausap natin ang iba na ngayon lang daw sila nagkaroon ng permanenteng hanap-buhay,” said INC General Auditor and minister Glicerio Santos Jr., in an earlier interview.

    (It is truly heartening that there are many brethren and even those who are not church members working here. And they are very delighted when we talked to them, because they say that this was the first time that they had a permanent job.)

    “Ngayon naman ay ikinatutuwa ng ating Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan, kahit bahagya nakatutulong ang Iglesia Ni Cristo sa pagbibigay ng maraming marangal na hanap-buhay sa kanila. (Now this has brought joy to our Executive Minister, that the Church Of Christ was somehow able to help in giving them a decent source of livelihood),” Brother Santos added.


    South Africans, local officials express gratitude to INC

    The municipal manager of Mantsopa, Selby Selepe, is thankful that the Church Of Christ had chosen the town of Ladybrand to be the site of the Church’s first eco-farming project outside the Philippines.

    “We’d like to thank Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for firstly for thinking about this place. We know that every South African needs some support. Our condition is that the unemployment rate is very high. And when people are unemployed, obviously, there’ll be poverty in big numbers,” Selepe said.


    “We think that it will bring a change. That the project will help us by a long way. We are very happy and excited. It’s a relief for the local government sector, ourselves and the municipality. We really appreciate the fact that Brother Eduardo identified our town and our municipality, to give this (humanitarian) support. We are really grateful about it,” he said.

    Ms. Tania Halse, municipal councilor of Mantsopa, was also very thankful for the INC for developing an eco-farm in the area.

    “In Ladybrand we have many, many unemployed people and I feel that with our struggling economy, every year food gets more expensive and the cost of living gets more expensive. It is absolutely nice to have people that care for others. That is very fantastic to teach people to plant their own food and to live in their own land. It will definitely uplift our community,” she said.

    “Brother Eduardo, I just want to say thank you so much. From the municipality and as a councilor of this ward, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing this joy to our community, for bringing unity, and for sharing the love,” she added.


    Fulfilling God’s words to help fellowmen


    INC minister and General Auditor Glicerio Santos Jr., explains how helping those in need, wherever they may be in the world is one of the main reasons why the Church Of Christ is conducting “Aid to Humanity” projects, as well as establishing eco-farming communities.

    This, he said, is also in accordance to God’s commandments to help fellowmen, especially those who are less fortunate, which is why the INC Executive Minister is pushing for these projects.

    “Ang layunin ng Kapatid na Eduardo Manalo ay kahit bahagya ay makatulong ang Iglesia Ni Cristo para masagip natin ang tao sa masidhing paghihirap. Kaya ngayon lahat ng mga kababayan natin maging ang mga kapatid natin na napakarami na, ay nakinabang na sa ganitong eco-farming ng Iglesia,” INC minister Santos said.

    (The aim of Brother Eduardo Manalo is for the Church Of Christ to somehow help save people from extreme poverty. Presently, our countrymen and even our brethren who are so many now have benefited from these eco-farming [projects] of the Church.)

    “Ang totoo, napakarami ng tao na natulungan ng Iglesia sa buong mundo maging dito sa Africa, na kung saan ay napakarami nating kapatid at kababayan na talagang nangangailangan ng hanap-buhay. At itong eco-farming ng Iglesia Ni Cristo ay papalaki pa ng papalaki. At hindi natin titigilan ito hanggang sa makagagawa tayo ng maraming-marami pang eco-farming at mga hanap-buhay sa buong mundo,” he explained.

    (In truth, there are so many people all over the world that the Church had helped, including here in Africa where there are so many brethren and their countrymen who truly need a source of livelihood. And this eco-farming of the Church Of Christ is getting bigger and bigger. And we will not stop until we are able to set up more eco-farming projects and help provide jobs for people all over the world.)

    “Napakalaki ng puso ng Kapatid na Eduardo Manalo, na itong paghihirap nito ng mundo ay kahit bahagya ay makatulong ang Iglesia, makatulong ang Iglesia Ni Cristo, para mabigyan natin ng hanap-buhay ang mga tao.”

    (Brother Eduardo Manalo has a really big heart, because he wants the Church — the Church Of Christ — to somehow help alleviate poverty in the world, and help provide decent livelihood to people.)

    Giving hope and inspiration

    Indeed, the INC’s Aid to Humanity projects have already touched and helped many lives.

    And in Ladybrand, the South Africans employed in the Church’s more than 500 hectares of eco-farm, already feel they can improve their lives and rise out of poverty.


    Limakatso Malia (right) one of the 200 South Africans given jobs in the Iglesia Ni Cristo eco-farm in Ladybrand, South Africa, said working in the farm gave her and her children hope for the future. (Eagle News Service. Photo grabbed from INC Lingap sa Mamamayan video)
    “I would like to thank the Almighty God for the wisdom that He gave to Brother Eduardo Manalo. If it were not for the guidance of the Almighty God, I believe all these things in the farm would have not been present,” said a very thankful Limakatso Malia, one of the South Africans working in the INC eco-farm.

    Malia believes that the Church Of Christ, under the leadership of the INC Executive Minister, is an instrument of God to help the people in the world. And her prayer is for God to continue to bless Brother Eduardo and the whole Church Of Christ so these good works would continue.

    “I ask God to continue to give Brother Eduardo V. Manalo the knowledge that he needs. May he continue doing this wonderful project throughout the entire world, not only here in Ladybrand, not only here in Manyatseng, not only in South Africa, but all over Africa, and all over the world.”

    (Eagle News Service with contributory reports from Brother Rommel Sanvictores and EBC Eagle News correspondent Hanee Czarina Sanchez in South Africa)

    See photos: http://www.eaglenews.ph/hope-for-a-new-life-inc-inaugurates-first-eco-farm-outside-phl-in-ladybrand-inspires-south-africans-in-the-area/
  • Je$u$_Chri$tJe$u$_Chri$t Your Lord and Savior PExer
    For nearly 2000 years the Catholic Church seemed unstoppable.
    Was it the lord God's blessings for its success? No. And neither is your cult.

    I tell you the truth, your cult would never enjoy the same level of success as the major religions. Nay, not by a long shot.


    I AM THE LORD
  • KidlatNgayonKidlatNgayon Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    For nearly 2000 years the Catholic Church seemed unstoppable.
    Was it the lord God's blessings for its success? No. And neither is your cult.

    I tell you the truth, your cult would never enjoy the same level of success as the major religions. Nay, not by a long shot.


    I AM THE LORD
    “The largest decline among major religious groups” has occurred in the Catholic Church according to an earlier PRRI survey. “Nearly one-third (31.2%) of Americans report being raised in a Catholic household, but only about one in five (20.9%) Americans identify as Catholic currently.”

    A 2014 Pew Research study found the same. “The greatest net losses [in the number of Americans claiming a religious affiliation] by far, have been experienced by Catholics. Nearly one-third of American adults (31.7%) say they were raised Catholic. Among that group, fully 41% no longer identify with Catholicism. This means that 12.9% of American adults are former Catholics.”

    The above numbers include all Catholics. Specifically, Latinos are leaving the Church also as shown by a Pew survey conducted in 2013, the latest statistics available. “Nearly one-in-four Hispanic adults (24%) are now former Catholics [although] a majority (55%) of the nation’s Latino adults identify as Catholic … The share of Hispanics who are Catholic likely has been in decline for at least the last few decades. But as recently as 2010, Pew Research polling found that fully two-thirds of Hispanics (67%) were Catholic. That means the Catholic share has dropped by 12 percentage points in just the last four years.”

    Worse yet, only 22% of Catholics attended Mass on a regular basis in 2016, down from 39% in 1990 according to Church statistics.
    https://opentabernacle.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/why-the-u-s-catholic-church-has-lost-more-members-than-any-other-major-denomination/



    Catholic Church is losing sway in Europe Catholic Church Sunday May 8, 2005

    DUBLIN, Ireland � A nation whose very independence is rooted in its Catholic faith, Ireland is questioning its longtime devotion to the Roman Catholic Church and the conservative bent of its newly elected pope, Benedict XVI.

    Irish from various age groups say they view the church increasingly as a relic of a bygone era, and that it is losing meaning in their daily lives. The Vatican acknowledges that one of its major challenges is reversing the rapid decline in church attendance throughout Western Europe.

    http://www.religionnewsblog.com/11159/catholic-church-is-losing-sway-in-europe


    Priest shortage in the Catholic Church

    In the years since World War II, there has been a substantial reduction in the number of priests per capita in the Catholic Church, a phenomenon considered by many to constitute a "shortage" in the number of priests. From 1980 to 2012, the ratio of Catholics per priest increased globally, with the number of Catholics per priest going from 1,895 to 3,126."[1]
    In 2014, 49,153 parishes in the world had no resident priest pastor.[2] Between 1970 and 2012, the number of priests declined from 419,728 to 414,313.[2]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priest_shortage_in_the_Catholic_Church

    Mainline Churches: The Real Reason for Decline

    America's so-called mainline Protestant churches aren't what they used to be. For generations on end, the Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, and kindred denominations reported net annual membership gains. As recently as the 1950s their growth rate equaled or exceeded that of the United States as a whole.

    But in the early 1960s their growth slowed down, and after the middle of the decade they had begun to lose members. With very few exceptions, the decline has continued to this date. Never before had any large religious body in this country lost members steadily for so many years. By 1990 these denominations had lost between one-fifth and one-third of the membership they claimed in 1965 and the proportion of Americans affiliated with them had reached a twentieth-century low.

    http://www.leaderu.com/ftissues/ft9303/articles/johnson.html

    PEW study reveals critical decline in Orthodox religious membership

    Editor’s note: The Orthodox Christian Church in the United States is in Crisis. What actions will the Assembly of Bishops take? Stonewalling and ignoring the facts only contributes to the decline of Orthodoxy in the USA.

    http://ocl.org/pew-study-reveals-critical-decline-in-orthodox-religious-membership/


    More chapels sign of Iglesia growth

    By: Jerome Aning - Reporter / @JeromeAningINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:20 AM December 20, 2015
    IGLESIA Ni Cristo (INC) is experiencing what its leaders said is “unprecedented growth” because of support from its members in the country and abroad, according to a spokesperson of the religious sect.

    Edwil Zabala, INC spokesperson, said in a statement that under the leadership of Eduardo V. Manalo, INC had dedicated at least 1,091 chapels in the country. Several chapels have also been established abroad, Zabala said.

    “These new chapels are a concrete manifestation of the support given by our members to the church, which is at an all-time high,” Zabala said.



    Among the provinces with new and renovated chapels are Bataan, Benguet, Bulacan, Cavite, Camarines Sur, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Iloilo, Laguna, La Union, Leyte, Nueva Ecija, Negros Occidental, Palawan, Pangasinan, Rizal, Tarlac and Zambales.

    Chapels in Metro Manila have also been dedicated in several cities, including Caloocan, Malabon, Manila, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay, Pasig, Taguig and Quezon City.

    Language is not a barrier in the propagation of Iglesia Ni Cristo faith overseas, Zabala said.

    He said church services in other countries were conducted in the same way they were in the Philippines, but in the local language.

    Despite reports of internal discord and allegations of corruption in the Philippine locals, Zabala said, INC is now one of the fastest-growing religious denominations in the world, fueled by the support of church districts in the United States and other countries.



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    THOU SHALT NOT LIE $OPHION! ALSO, WAG KANG INGGITERO!!! :lol: :rotflmao: :naughty:
  • Je$u$_Chri$tJe$u$_Chri$t Your Lord and Savior PExer
    “The largest decline among major religious groups” has occurred in the Catholic Church according to an earlier PRRI survey. “Nearly one-third (31.2%) of Americans report being raised in a Catholic household, but only about one in five (20.9%) Americans identify as Catholic currently.”

    The Catholic Church's decline only began in the last 60 years of its nearly 2000 year history.

    I Am the Lord and I know your cult will never even reach a fraction of the scope, numbers, influence and power the Catholic Church enjoyed at the height of its glory.


    THOU SHALT STUDY HISTORY

    I AM THE LORD
  • JagonJagon Don't listen to me PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    HINDI. Ang tagumpay ay pagpapala dahil sa PAGSUNOD sa Kanya.


    so pera pera lang pala ang biyaya na tinuturing niyo
    IKAW - yang kinabibilangan mo, meron bang "victories"? :glee:

    the resurrection life we have that has victory over death.

    which no amount of money can buy or compare.
  • KidlatNgayonKidlatNgayon Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Jagon wrote: »
    so pera pera lang pala ang biyaya na tinuturing niyo

    Hindi nga eh, kulit mo ha! :glee: Maraming kaluluwang naibubunga, kaya nga dumarami ang mga kapilya. Maraming mahihirap ang natutulungan at naibabalik sa Diyos!

    While you are on earth, you are to FOLLOW Christ's commandments (which complement the commandments of God). Pag-aakay ng mga naliligaw na kaluluwa sa katotohanan upang maligtas, pagbibigay ng offerings upang maisagawa ang gawaing ito sa buong daigdig, pagtulong sa mahihirap at panghahawak sa katotohanan na siyang pag-ibig sa Diyos.

    the resurrection life we have that has victory over death.

    which no amount of money can buy or compare.

    Paano ka mare-resurrect sa life?

    Ito ang iglesia ni Cristo - ang mga kaluluwang papasok sa iglesia o katawan ni Cristo ay ang MALILIGTAS. Papaano magagawa yan? Oo, pera ang gagamitin - PERANG PINAGHIRAPAN ng bawa't miembro ng iglesia ni Cristo, yan ang sakripisyong inihahandog ng bawa't isa sa amin bilang PAG-IBIG sa Diyos at kay Cristo.

    Paano nyo masasabing kayo ay ligtas, anong ginagawa nyo, me ginagawa ba kayo? :naughty:
  • KidlatNgayonKidlatNgayon Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    The Catholic Church's decline only began in the last 60 years of its nearly 2000 year history.

    I Am the Lord and I know your cult will never even reach a fraction of the scope, numbers, influence and power the Catholic Church enjoyed at the height of its glory.


    THOU SHALT STUDY HISTORY

    I AM THE LORD

    To answer your earlier posting:
    For nearly 2000 years the Catholic Church seemed unstoppable.
    Was it the lord God's blessings for its success? No.

    It was God's plan to let the RCC reign for quite a while.

    Revelation 13:5
    English Standard Version
    And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months

    In the bible, a day is equivalent to a year (or 1000 years)
    http://www.1260-1290-days-bible-prophecy.org/day-year-principle.html

    After the last Western Roman Emperor was removed in 476 A.D., the Popes of Rome took power shortly in 538 A.D, when they were given authority by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian.
    http://patmospapers.com/daniel/facts.htm

    And they reigned for 1,260 years until 1798 A.D. when the Jesuits caused Napoleon’s army to take the Pope captive.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1981/12/13/theater/when-napoleon-captured-the-pope.html?pagewanted=all

    Another prophesy:
    Revelation 13:3
    New International Version
    One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.


    Proof:
    The deadly Wound is Healed
    http://www.sundaylaw.net/books/other/standish/antichrist/aih08.htm
  • Je$u$_Chri$tJe$u$_Chri$t Your Lord and Savior PExer
    It was God's plan to let the RCC reign for quite a while.

    Revelation 13:5
    English Standard Version
    And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months


    I the Lord God allow all of you humans to do whatever you like. Whether you succeed or fail, I have nothing to do with it. You are on your own.


    I AM THE LORD
  • KidlatNgayonKidlatNgayon Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    $OPHION wrote:
    i know your cult will never even reach a fraction of the scope, numbers, influence and power the Catholic Church enjoyed at the height of its glory.

    Hmmmm...don't know :glee: did you ever wonder what the condition of RCC was 100 years since she was founded

    INC Directory : https://iglesianicristo.net/directory/districts

    After 103 years, these are the accomplishments of INC:

    This was the Rappler write-up two years ago (101 years of INC):
    https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/102905-map-iglesia-ni-cristo-congregations-around-world

    Inquirer News (December 2015):
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/749115/more-chapels-sign-of-iglesia-growth

    Then of course the building of Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victoria; the new School for Ministers, expanded New Era University, expanded hospitals, etc, etc, etc.

    Show me that the RCC or any other church, Orthodox or Protestant denominations were able to achieve better than these in 100 years and whose membership did not decline at present! :naughty:

    PS - A Catholic Priest admitted:

    A “Powerless” Church
    Filed under: Along the Way - Fr. Amado Picardal |
    Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, SThD


    Fifteen years later after EDSA 2, with the ascendancy of a new president, Rodrigo Duterte, much has changed. It appears that the power of the Church has waned. The (Catholic) Church is now perceived by many as powerless and lacking influence or political clout. This was already apparent during the Aquino presidency with the passage of the Reproductive Health Law. The recent national elections of have made this even more evident. Duterte considered the recent elections a plebiscite daring Catholics to choose between electing him or obeying the appeal of the Church to vote according to their conscience and reject candidates whose behavior are contrary to the moral teachings of the Church. Duterte equated his landslide victory with the defeat of the Church–proof of the powerlessness and waning influence of the Church. The Iglesia ni Cristo, whose leaders can dictate to their members whom to vote for — appears to be even more powerful. Thus, Duterte could insult and bully the Church without fear or restraint despite the Church’s offers of prayers and vigilant collaboration. Duterte does not have to worry about any Church-backed movement to oust him. He can do anything he likes without any vigorous resistance from the Church–whether it is to carry out his election promise of more extrajudicial killings, re-impose the death penalty, give a deposed, corrupt dictator a hero’s burial, full implementation of the RH law, etc. In fact, he can count on the support or acquiescence of the majority of Catholics – including many priests and nuns – who voted and campaigned for him in spite his having insulted the pope and having promised to destroy the Church.

    So what accounts for the Church’s apparent powerlessness?

    Even if the Church membership accounts for over 80% of the population, the Church is not a monolithic organization whose members are all actively living according to her teachings and obeying Church’s leadership. Church unity–especially in the political sphere–is non-existent. There is no such thing as a Catholic vote. The majority of the Church members are nominal and seasonal Catholics who are either ignorant of the Church’s teachings, ignore these or who selectively follow whatever suits them. The results of the recent elections would give the impression that the majority do not follow their conscience, or have no conscience – lacking a sense of right and wrong. For many there is nothing wrong with killing, stealing, cheating, lying, committing adultery. An appeal to conscience is futile.

    The CBCP can come out with pastoral letters about these issues, but very few will listen – not even the Catholic politicians who are products of Catholic educational institutions. There are many lay movements in the Churchm but they are simply pious organizations lacking in social engagement. Majority of our Basic Ecclesial Communities are still Gospel-sharing groups or liturgical assemblies incapable of inspiring personal conversion and mobilizing for social transformation.

    One cannot entirely blame the majority of nominal Catholics for lacking in conscience and for ignoring the Church teachings. The leadership of the Church – the clergy and religious – and our Catholic institutions must admit a lot of shortcomings. We continue our maintenance mode rather than adopt a more missionary strategy. Our efforts and programs in new evangelization and catechesis lack vigor, creativity, and effectiveness and do not lead to personal conversion and formation of conscience. We are not exercising enough our prophetic vocation nor do we empower or inspire the laity to do so. The clergy have become less credible due to allegations of luxurious lifestyles, financial anomalies, and sexual misconduct. Even if these are the faults of a few, these have been sensationalized by the media and have increased anti-clericalism. These can become a hindrance to carrying out our prophetic mission under the new regime.

    http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=79890

    Baka lamunin mo ang isinusuka mo, $ophion!!! :lol: :rotflmao: :naughty:
  • TrollmeisterTrollmeister B?nned for trolling PEX PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
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    Tagumpay nga si Felix Manyakis Manalo sa pangrarape kay Rosita Trillanes! :rotflmao:

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