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Iglesia ni Cristo

Iglesia ni Cristo
Logo of the Iglesia ni Cristo
NameIglesia ni Cristo
Main ClassificationChristian primitivism, Independent
ImagealttextLogo of the Iglesia ni Cristo
CaptionLogo of the Iglesia ni Cristo
LeaderEduardo V. Manalo
Area89 countries
HeadquartersDiliman, Quezon City, Philippines
FounderFelix Manalo
Founded DateJuly 27, 1914
Founded PlacePunta, Santa Ana, Manila, Philippines
AidLingap sa Mamamayan
CongregationsOver 5,600
Members4 9 million
Tax StatusU.S. IRS 501c3
Other NamesChurch of Christ

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Iglesia ni Cristo (Tagalog for Church of Christ) also known as INC, and previously known as Iglesia ni Kristo is the largest entirely indigenous Christian religious organization that originated from the Philippines and the largest independent church in Asia. Due to a number of similarities, some Protestant writers describe the INC's doctrines as restorationist in outlook and theme. INC, however, does not formally consider itself to be part of the Restoration Movement.

Felix Y. Manalo officially registered the church as a corporation sole with himself as executive minister on July 27, 1914 and because of this, most publications refer to him as the founder of the church. However, the official doctrines of the church profess that Jesus Christ is the founder of the INC and that Felix Manalo was the last messenger, sent by God to re-establish the Christian Church to its true, pristine form because the original church was apostatized. INC teaches that the apostatized church is the Roman Catholic Church, and proclaims that Catholic beliefs shared by most Christians, such as the Trinity (which, according to the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, is the central dogma of Christian theology), are proof of this apostasy. The church teaches that the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit are not biblical. , the Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo is Eduardo V. Manalo, the grandson of Felix Manalo.

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