(Eagle News) — In this special Eagle News online video, noted Philippine historian Professor Xiao Chua gives his views about the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) as it marked its 104th anniversary since the Church was first registered in the Philippines, and its 50th year in the West.
In this interview by Eagle News Service, Chua traces the Church’s history since it was first registered on July 27, 1914 by the Church’s first Executive Minister Brother Felix Y. Manalo in the Philippines, and notes its remarkable growth in 104 years.
He also notes how in just 50 years, the INC had spread to 143 countries and territories since its first worship outside the Philippines, specifically in the Far West — in Hawaii — which was officiated by the late INC Executive Minister Brother Erano G. Manalo on July 27, 1968.
Chua gives his views about the leadership of the Iglesia Ni Cristo through the years until the present Church leadership of INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo; the brotherhood or “kapatiran” inside the Church; and how the INC had spread the Filipino culture and Filipino language throughout the world.
Chua notes how the INC history is inextricably linked with Philippine history and culture, and remarks how “Ka Felix”, the first INC Executive Minister, gave importance to Philippine language, culture and values and how this had been spread by “Ka Erdy” and “Ka Eduardo” with the growth and global expansion of the Church.
The Filipino historian also remarks the INC’s high level of spirituality and strong faith in God that gives hope and strength to its members.
He also observes how the INC has become a global force that is helping people around the world, and how the present INC Executive Minister is the “perfect” choice to be the special envoy for overseas Filipino concerns.
Chua also greeted INC members around the world on the 104th anniversary of the Church, as he recognized the many good works and contributions of the INC around the world.
(Eagle News Service)