What is behind the silence of most members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, despite the overwhelming evidence of corruption, and injustice inside and outside the church? Is this silence motivated by FAITH or FEAR?
There is growing tension between members inside the church, most akin to the RIGHT WING AND LEFT WING, or the REPUBLICANS and the DEMOCRATS. This is evidenced by the prevalence of mud-slinging by both factions in social media. While some vehemently deny the validity of any corruption or injustice, some choose to stay silent.
Is it FEAR, or FAITH, or BOTH that makes one turn a blind eye to moral and social injustice?
‘EXPULSION’ is the most feared word for any IGLESIA NI CRISTO member, and the only fate that awaits an expelled member is being cast into the Lake of Fire, most commonly known as “Hell.” To make sense of this, I consulted with a former INC member, who is a Behavioral Therapist.
She explained a few theories to me to better understand the underlying motivation behind the silence. She discussed how such fear can be cultivated through Reinforcement, Shaping, and Conditioning. One of the church’s core beliefs is that anyone outside the church will be condemned to the Lake of Fire. That’s how “EXPULSION” became the most feared word to any member. Love for the Church Administration is fostered in the church. Thus, questioning their appointment or decisions is similar to going against the Words of God. Members were shaped and conditioned from childhood or from indoctrination to follow these beliefs. This to them, became a self-fulfilling prophesy.
How long will this fear or faith reign? Some members choose to just pray for God’s will, while the Church Administration continue to do their will.
2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.