Sometimes it becomes quite difficult to comprehend why we encourage non-members to inquire about our doctrines in the belief that one day they too shall be called to the Church. We conduct religious programs over radio and television, at the same time hold evangelical missions throughout the country with the aim to urge more members into the Church. We persuade our guests to ask questions regarding our faith so that they may understand the truth on salvation.
But here’s the irony of it all. Once we are members of the Church, once we are baptized, we are discouraged from asking or inquiring about relative Church affairs on the contention that this function belongs solely to the Church Administration.
Would it be against doctrine to ask our leaders if we ever entered into a loan agreement with any bank here or abroad; would it be wrong to ask if numerous Church properties have been put up for sale; would it be wrong to ask why a particular member was expelled from the fold (I remember quite clearly during the early years when a member was expelled from the Church, his/her violation would be clearly explained in the expulsion circular); would it be wrong to ask our beloved leader to show the love he has continuously preached during his homilies to his own mother, brother, and sisters. Are we not all bound by one law of God?
NOTE: The Iglesia Ni Cristo is classifed as “Corporation Sole” under the Corporation Code of the Philippines. The following is an excerpt. Of particular interest regards the selling and mortgaging of property which is italicized and underscored:
THE CORPORATION CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES [Batas Pampanga Blg. 68]
|TITLE XIII SPECIAL CORPORATIONS|
Sec. 110. Corporation sole. – For the purpose of administering and managing, as trustee, the affairs, property and temporalities of any religious denomination, sect or church, a corporation sole may be formed by the chief archbishop, bishop, priest, minister, rabbi or other presiding elder of such religious denomination, sect or church.
Sec. 113. Acquisition and alienation of property. – Any corporation sole may purchase and hold real estate and personal property for its church, charitable, benevolent or educational purposes, and may receive bequests or gifts for such purposes. Such corporation may sell or mortgage real property held by it by obtaining an order for that purpose from the Court of First Instance of the province where the property is situated upon proof made to the satisfaction of the court that notice of the application for leave to sell or mortgage has been given by publication or otherwise in such manner and for such time as said court may have directed, and that it is to the interest of the corporation that leave to sell or mortgage should be granted. The application for leave to sell or mortgage must be made by petition, duly verified, by the chief archbishop, bishop, priest, minister, rabbi or presiding elder acting as corporation sole, and may be opposed by any member of the religious denomination, sect or church represented by the corporation sole: Provided, That in cases where the rules, regulations and discipline of the religious denomination, sect or church, religious society or order concerned represented by such corporation sole regulate the method of acquiring, holding, selling and mortgaging real estate and personal property, such rules, regulations and discipline shall control, and the intervention of the courts shall not be necessary. (159a)
Something to ponder on …