INC acquiring assets of other religions abroad

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DESPITE a notable decline in the number of active Christians in America, the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ), a religious congregation composed mostly of Filipinos, continues to gain ground in the US and elsewhere in the world.

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In an interview over radio station dzRH on Friday, INC spokesman Brother Edwil Zabala revealed that the INC is set to inaugurate eight new houses of worship abroad early next year.

“Six of these are located in the US, namely, Bakersfield in California, Jersey City in New Jersey, Orange Park in Florida, Corona in Southern California, Highpoint in North Carolina and another in Virginia. INC is also set to open its new churches in Canada and in Ibaraki, Japan,” Zabala said.

“Most of these pieces of property were purchased from other religious groups whose active memberships were on the decline,” he added.

Based on the Religious Landscape Study by Pew Research Center conducted last year, the Christian share of the population in the United States fell from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent between 2007 and 2014.

The study said this was “driven by declines among mainline Protestants and Catholics.”
Just this year, INC had inaugurated more than 500 new chapels in the Philippines and overseas from January to November, or equivalent to roughly 11 chapels a week.

Zabala said the church had experienced an “unprecedented growth” over the past six years under the leadership of Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo.

A total of 1,091 chapels have been built and renovated all over the country since Manalo took over the church’s leadership in September 2009 after the passing of his father, Eraño Manalo, in August 2009.

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  1. May I know why until now my comment is not posted? Are you filtering comments according to what pleases you?

  2. You are the one who is misleading the readers of this column and I am pretty sure that you are not an INC member so stop using your bogus name “INC MEMBER”. You are just one of those who are BITTER with the unstoppable success of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. May God forgive you with your lies…

  3. Ang Magbubukid on

    To INC MEMBER (USA)- So you are being mislead, huh? You are just wasting your time then, isn’t? Show yourself and do not hide as an INC Member. Anyone can do this and use the social media to discredit the INC. If you really are a member you won’t do this- you have passed a judgment to yourself. Having an unfaithful heart- you are like the other impurities that must be separated from the real gold.

  4. There is no corruption in Iglesia ni Cristo, and history well tell you not from us how great we are….

  5. I’ve seen another bitter comment here of a “former” INC member whose hiding his/her real name again. Don’t be so bitter. Oh, I think this comment of a certain “INC MEMBER” posted here dated December 19,2015 is another member of the fallen angels. Its so sad because you are blinded by your anger due to the fault or your coward leaders who cant even face the fact that nobody believes in their gimmicks anymore. All these victories of the INC are all due to the grace of God Almighty whom, the real members of the INC,are worshipping. We return all the glory to HIM.

  6. As a current US member of the church, this statement from the administration is misleading. These locals are currently active, and have been for many years! This has to do more with the “dedication” of the chapels. INC stop with trying to worry about positive press, making it in the Guinness Book of World Records, and building arenas. None of these are helping us prepare for the day of judgment.

    • Oi purist – inaugurate, dedicate (like what Manila Bulletin has for their 12/17 news item – “INC chapels dedicated overseas” ), what have you?
      Of course the locales exist, would be foolish to have a house of worship with no congregants, wouldn’t it?
      Hindi po dapat ikagalak itong balita na ito? Bakit nyo binabahiran ng malisya?
      And who do you think you are to order INC like that? Kapal!

    • This news article is about new properties acquired. It does not say new locales (US) like what you wanted to imply. It is not misleading, it’s you who got over excited. I belong to one of these locales, pls stop pretending. You’re not one of us.

    • Are you really a member of the INC? Or your one of those backstabbers? The article is about the acquisition of properties and yet instead of being proud of it, you had the gall to say that the INC is more worried about its image? If your really a true INC you would read it proudly and be thankfull to God Almighty that we belong to this true Church. And FYI those edifice and arena brings glory to God, if your in doubt maybe you better talk to your resident minister so you won’t be misled by the other side.

    • Not misleading. You just have to understand the article. You sound like a Fallen Angel. It is your act that does not help in attaining your salvation.

    • I respectfully negate your last sentence stating that “none of these are helping us prepare for the day of judgement”. Building chapels, including those that are renovated, gives the brethren an opportunity to do their own panata anytime they need to. As a member, there are times that you need a moment of solace, your own time with God. As for the arena, it allows all of us to collectively celebrate milestones & events of the church instead of trying to fit in the central temple, thus making the brotherhood stronger. As for the press release, its more for the “fallen angels”, to contradict their negative statements so that they stop leading others to their misfortunes.

    • Your comment bro is misleading. Membershio is growing so the need for a bigger house of worship is needed. Are you being influenced by the fallen angels, you seem not happy for the success God have given to His nation.

    • You are the one who is misleading the readers of this column and I am pretty sure that you are not an INC member so stop using your bogus name “INC MEMBER”. You are just one of those who are BITTER with the unstoppable success of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. May God forgive you with your lies…

    • aren’t they really talking about chapel dedications and not locale establishment? please check the 2nd paragraph.

    • I beg to disagree, positive publicity helps so much in making a positive public perception about the church, and in turn helps big in missionary.

    • Amen.

      Kami din excited na – kasunod na local namin dito sa Bristol, CT (NESB) sa darating na taon.