On Abe Arganiosa’s recent article entitled, “BY WHAT AUTHORITY DID THE ANG DATING DAAN NAMED THEIR CHURCH – CHURCH OF GOD INTERNATIONAL?”, the priest has falsely accused us of changing the name of our organization and establishing our own church. Let me examine the flaws of his argument and prove that his accusation is just a hearsay and does not have any solid ground for a rational person to believe the things that he is saying on his blog. Our goal is to resolve the issues and prove that we did not establish our church and we did change the name of our organization.
Evidently, one of the doctrines that our organization follows that also be read on our website under Church General Declaration and Doctrines on section 4 says.
We believe that the Gentile nations including the Philippines, are partakers of the promise, the ETERNAL LIFE, through belief in Christ Jesus and the Gospel and are not authorized by God TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN CHURCH, but are mere members associated with the same body or Church written in the Gospel by accepting and executing the doctrines written by the Apostles ( Ephe. 3:6; Col. 1:18; I John 2:25; 1:3-4; I Cor. 12:27; Psalm 127:1; I Tim. 3:15 ).
It was clearly stated that we are not authorized by God to establish our own church. It is very illogical to accuse us of establishing our own church while we believe that it is not necessary for us to do that. What we just have to do is to associate ourselves and become members of the same body or Church written in the Gospel.
(Ephesians 3:6) New American Standard Bible
to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
The body that was stated on the verse refers to the church.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
As I have stated above, we are not authorized to establish our own church. What we have to do is to become members of the Church which was established by God. How are we going to do that?
(1 Juan 1:3)
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
The primary reason why the Apostles declared the word of God to the Christians and put it into writing is for them to have fellowship with the Apostles. We associate ourselves with the Church of God by accepting and executing the doctrines written by the Apostles. Although the Catholic Church may claim that there religion has existed for 2000 years, if they are not truly following what was declared by the apostles, they are not in any way in fellowship with them.
Another thing that we are going to address is the accusation that we are changing our names because they can see several names filed in the Securities and Exchange Commission which refers to our organization. That is another example of an ignorant accusation because filing different names in SEC of an organization does not necessarily follow that we are changing our names. There is no prohibition in SEC of filing different names which refers only to a single entity.
Base on the scriptures, the Church of God was also known by different names. Some of the names that can be read in the bible related to the Church of God are; church of the saints (1 Corinthians 14:33), church of the gentiles (Romans 16:4), church of Christ (Romans 16:16), church of God (1 Thes. 2:14). Let us consider that the writer of the epistles where these verses can be found is Saint Paul. It doesn’t mean that Paul keeps on changing the name of the Church because the church in reality are called by different names.
The question which Abe Arganiosa and his minions are trying to magnify is… Why do we use the word “International” on one of our names? This will require a very logical explanation of verses that I am going to show to our readers.
Remember that when the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, he addressed them as the “Church of God in Corinth”(1 Corinthians 1:2); when Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonia, he addressed them as the church of the Thessalonians (2 Thes. 1:1). The place connected to the name “Church of God” depends upon the location of Christians. Fortunately, Christians were also scattered abroad.
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
In order to best describe the location of Christians in the present, we prefer to use the word “International” which means that Christians are located internationally.
In summary, we have proven that the basis for an organization to be associated with the Church established by God in the bible, is by following and executing the doctrines and tenets being declared by the Apostles. To claim that your group is existing for 2000 years is not enough to conclude that you are truly associated with the Apostles. We have also clarified that there are really different names which refers to the Church of God but it doesn’t follow that the Church of God is changing its name. Lastly, we understand that the location of Christians was use in the bible with the way the Apostles addressed them in their letters. Since Christians today are scattered in different countries internationally, it is best to use the word “International” to address them in today’s era.
God Bless You!