Masked INC members hold protest in California

ANAHEIM, Calif. – About a hundred current and former members of Iglesia ni Cristo convened outside the district headquarters in Anaheim, California, to continue demands for a more transparent church.

Dressed in masks, active and expelled members of INC picketed outside the INC Southern California District Office over the weekend.

While the members didn’t speak much, their signs said it all.

”All they have to do is just come out and explain, be transparent with what’s going on inside the church,” said expelled member Richard Vasquez.

”All we’re looking for is just the truth. We’re not here to go against anybody. We’re just against the corruption. If there’s no corruption just stand up and say there’s no corruption and prove it and stand by your word.”

For the active INC members, joining such action put them at risk of being expelled from the church. But for the chance to stop any alleged corruption, it’s a risk they’re willing to take.

“They just want to make a point, when it comes to what we’re doing here. So maybe perhaps they’re scared or afraid but that is only because that’s what the church administration is instilling in their heart — that they should be afraid or scared. But we’re not scared to expose the truth,” Vasquez said.

Since allegations of church corruption and abductions surfaced earlier this year, some members have expressed their opinions.

Church leaders, however, said these actions are against the teachings of the INC and that the protestors have already been given explanations by the church administration.

”Clearly their intention in holding this demonstration is to cause division in the church, to further their misguided cause. This is to cause doubts among the members of the church. We’re not going to stand and do nothing about it,” INC resident minister Gino Ramilo said.

Leaders said members who are identified during these protest actions would be subject to due process that could eventually lead to expulsion.

”We try to teach them again the doctrines recorded in the bible. But if they make that choice, if they make that decision to continue to do something to disrupt the unity, you’re no longer a Christian, you’re no longer a follower of Christ,” said INC minister Julius Malabanan.

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  • Kenikeni
    3 November 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Mga kulto!!! Uto-uto kayo kay Manalo syet!

  • Leo V.
    17 November 2015 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Here in the East coast, there are a growing number of defenders. I am still active in the INC and I am tired of our recent worship service sermons all about Offerings and Praying for the INC Defenders to be destroyed or killed. I never heard these kind of sermons before when Bro. Erano was still alive. Now the ones creating these worship service sermons are either from EVM or the INC Sangunnian. and all of the sermons are about hate and submission more to EVM than Jesus himself. After the worship services, i have talked to many officers in our Locale, and they all say the same thing. What has happened to our church? I support the Restoration movement and many other brethren in my locale do. We are peaceful, law abiding Christians but it seems our church leaders are the ones committing these evil vices. How could they do this to our beloved Ka Erano’s family members. I heard alot of rumors about Bro. Jun Santos, that if he is taken down, he might also take the whole INC down. If thats the case, go, alis na, get out, anyways the INC can always rebuild itself with God’s help. So if there is no Jun Santos and the rest of the corrupt Sangunnian and EVM himself will be powerless, and God will install new and corruptionless leaders that can teach EVM a lesson or two. Since EVM cannot even control himself anymore and even expell his family members instead or christian family reconciliation. EVM has still alot to learn, but since Ka Erano passed away to soon, it seems his son EVM did not learn to be mature yet.