How does the God of Israel describe the people who shall be allowed to dwell in His temple or “The Temple of the Lord”?
“Jeremiah 7:3-11 English Standard Version (ESV)
3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.’
5 “For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, 6 if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever.”
How does the public describe our Templo:
The Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Temple (Tagalog: Templo Central) is a main temple of the Philippine-based Christian sect, the Iglesia ni Cristo. Located along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, it was completed on July 27, 1984, and is the biggest place of worship in the country with a capacity of around 7,000 people.
Built on complex of the INC Central Office, the temple was erected fifteen years after the completion of the central office. It was designed to hold around 7,000 worshipers, accommodating some 3,000 in the main hall and 1,900 in its two side chapels. In addition, the ground floor sanctuary, connected to the main hall by video circuit, can accommodate an excess crowd of around 2,000. The sanctuary has a large baptistery pool designed for the simultaneous baptism of up to 600 people.
In 2014, a 20-ton pipe organ with 3,162 individual pipes custom made by American firm A.E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company, was installed within the period of 14 months in time for the 30th-anniversary celebrations of the central temple on July 27. The organ was first played during the special worship service held on July 5, 2014.
This huge and imposing structure which formally saw light on July 27,1984 is the biggest place of worship in the country and was dedicated to the Creator by our beloved Ka Erdy thru our offerings collected on regular worship services (Thursday and Sunday). Then Executive Minister Ka Erdy clearly explained in the homily that there was no need for additional funding since regular offerings were more than sufficient to build and maintain the Temple. In fact the majority of us seniors had no inkling at the time of what was slowly rising in that area of Commonwealth. Most of us thought that it was simply another building until it took shape of a chapel but still we had doubts because it was too huge for that era, the 80s. Cement was scarce and building material costs spiralling because of the economic crunch marking its toll in the country. Still the Templo continued until it saw birth on that eventful day.
Never should we, even for one moment, forget that the Templo not only represents Ka Erdy’s Legacy. It is our Legacy, it is the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Legacy. It represents all that we are, all that we will be, and all that our children will ever be. Let no one desecrate this Legacy.
READ: Former INC member Lowell Menorca’s statement
03/10/2016 9:38 PM