What is happening now within the Iglesia ni Cristo-Manalo is being termed by their ministers as "pagsubok" or "trial." And nobody seems to be concerned about this blatant misuse of biblical term. Let us analyze biblically the meaning of the word "pagsubok" or "trial." Trial comes to a servant of God “at a time when he is at faith and trusting in God." To a servant of God, trial does not come amidst troubles and problems. What comes to him amidst problems is consolation and fortification of the Holy Spirit, not "trials!"
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
The coming of the Holy Spirit augments the weaknesses of our flesh for us to pass through these trials.
THE ROMANS 8:26
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The trial of faith came to Abraham at the time when he was more than "content" with his God-given son, Isaac, whom he waited for almost a century!
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
All heroes of faith experienced trials in times when they are "most content and happy.”
HEBREWS 11:1-2, 36, 39-40
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
What is happening now with the Iglesia ni Manalo is not a "trial of faith" or "pagsubok." It is rather the fulfillment of the words of God that says nothing hid shall not be revealed.
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
What is happening now is undoubtedly God's will that souls so concerned and are close observers may realize that the IGLESIA NI CRISTO-MANALO IS A FALSE CHURCH!
Let Eraño Manalo, himself, describe his church in this video, in his own words -
Voice of Eraño G. Manalo: What is this letter of a brother? You might want me to read it to you. “Until now, I have not seen a church worker that is responsible in the history of my life. All of them are crooked!” Those words are hard to take. “This is seen in older ministers; this is seen in older church workers. So that was a way to make them appear good in the eyes of the Administration.”
What is happening right now, even as the Sanggunian threatens everyone that speaks like there is simply schism happening in the church, even as they try to shut up everyone’s mouth, even as the family tries to cover up the incompetence of their brother, God is opening the lid! There is no pagsubok (trial) happening with them. God is revealing what kind of organization the INC is – one that has paraded itself for 100 years that it is a true church caring for the salvation of souls – but it is not. This is one chance that God is uncovering the Iglesia ni Cristo for what it is. Not one whit is it interested in your salvation! It is merely interested in your money.
But finally, this Iglesia ni Cristo is being exposed by the power of God. And those invented charges against Brother Soriano have effectively found their due course: a boomerang on them that have planned the pain meant to inflict harm and defamation to others.
He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
Continue patronizing the INC and you will burn in hell like their ministers say of those who are not with them. Continue believing in its marketing strategy and you will only be feeding the stomachs of hungry vultures.
If Eduardo Manalo is a weak leader, let us be thankful that finally, that organization siphoning the meager income of the millions of Filipinos while they feed the luxurious lifestyles of ministers is revealed.
It will be one less false church if it bows out finally. Be very afraid to claim “pagsubok” or trial when something is breaking apart. This is God’s judgment at work. What God is revealing, don’t whitewash it to make it sound nice.