FINDING THE TRUE CHURCH IN THE GLOBAL AND LOCAL SETTINGS

Mga kapatid, kapag may mga magclaclaim na sila ang tunay na iglesiang itinayo ni Hesukristo at hindi tayong mga Katoliko, kindly ask them these three questions:
1.) Kailan itinayo ang iyong simbahan?
2.) Sino ang tumayo sa iyong simbahan?
3.) Saan itinayo ang iyong simbahan?

Let us first examine the international setting…

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.

If you belong to the Anglican Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.

If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1605.

If you are a Episcopalian, your religion was founded by Samuel Seabury in the American colonies in the 17th century.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.

If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your church in London in 1774.

If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1829.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you belong to Jehovah’s Witnesses, your religion is founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Charles Taze Russell in 1870.

Now we go to the Philippine setting…

If you are a member of Philippine Independent Church (Aglipayan Church), you look to 1902 and in Manila as the year and place it was born with Gregorio Aglipay and Isabelo de los Reyes as its founders.

If you are an Iglesia ni Cristo, Felix Y. Manalo started your religious sect in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila, in 1914.

If you belong to the Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch), your religious group is founded in the Philippines in 1972 by Arsenio T. Ferriol.

If you belong to the Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry, your religious sect is founded by Wilde E. Almedain in 1975.

If you are a member of Jesus Is Lord Church, Eddie Villanueva founded your church in Bocaue, Bulacan, in 1978.

If you are a member of the Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Ang Dating Daan), you recognize Eliseo Soriano as founder, who launched it in 1980, in Apalit, Pampanga.

If you are a member of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc., your religious sect is founded in Davao City, in 1985, by Apollo Carreón Quiboloy, the self-claimed “Appointed Son of God”.

IF YOU ARE A ROMAN CATHOLIC, YOU KNOW THAT YOUR RELIGION WAS FOUNDED IN THE YEAR 33 BY JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD, ST. PETER AS THE FIRST POPE, AND IT IS STILL THE SAME ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH.

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