Apollo Quiboloy is all over the place. This religious teacher, who hails from Davao is making the headlines because of the recent scandal his church had committed in the US. You might know him with his infamous proclamation as the appointed “Son of God” or his friendship with President Rodrigo Duterte. However he became a household name (and tons of memes) because of his claims of stopping an earthquake.
This popular leader have lots of questionable beliefs and practices that obviously raises questions. It’s easy for us believers to dismiss Quiboloy as a false teacher. We might not be a leading apologist but with a simple reading of the Scriptures we can easily detect what is wrong with Quiboloy. But how about these warning signs of unbiblical beliefs that we might find inside our churches and its leadership? How about blind spots that go unchecked? What if these are not grounded in biblical soils but on shaky man made traditions? What if these undermines what is a healthy church? What if your are trapped in a cult?
This article aims not to promote, side step or justify Quiboloy. Nor create a sort of hypocrite fallacy that will turn the spotlight to our very own flawed leaders. We ought to submit ourselves (including Quiboloy) over the Word of God. Also we ought to expose biblical errors from cults to the church that we belong to. That is the duty of every believer and to people who are seeking the truth. Our very aim as we search and submit to the authority of the Bible is, by the power of the Holy Spirit, convict us from our errors ,repent and do what is right.
Some of the questions here are obvious red flags and some are not. The point of these question is for us to go examine ourselves first and prayerfully ask our church leaders about it. Before you call a church a cult or someone a false teacher, through these questions, better do some research first. And I mean do lots of research. Calling a church a cult or it’s leadership false teachers is a very sensitive issue. There is no perfect church nor flawless church leaders. However, if the Scripture says the opposite of what we deemed to believe as biblical specially on major doctrines then we should comply to what has been delivered once to the saints. If these questions gives you some hint, then its time to pray, examine and talk with your leaders.
If you did a quick scan of this article, you’ll find that it provides no apologetics to the beliefs of Apollo Quiboloy and his church, Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name. If you need that kind of article, let me refer you to this post by Got Questions.
So the next time you bash Quiboloy, look at your own church and go through these questions:
Do they exalt themselves above or equal to Jesus?
How do they view the Bible?
Do they teach things that are unbiblical?
Do they claim titles that are not prescribed to church leaders?
Do they had claims or prophesies that didn’t came about?
When it comes to issues that are gray areas,do they show grace or are dogmatic about it?
What are the determining factors they employ when dealing with gray matters in church and ministry?
Do they use the pulpit to attack personally people in and out the church?
Are they parroting teachings from questionable teachers and pastors?
What are the distinguishing factors between the leadership and lay members of the church?
Do they exhibit humbleness and servant like leadership through their positions?
How do they react when given special treatment because of their position?
How do members view and treat the immediate relatives of the church leaders?
Do they emphasize more on being loyal rather than following what the Bible says?
Do they emphasize more on the well being of the leaders rather the welfare of the church members?
Are they transparent in their ministry specifically in financial aspect of the church?
Do they fellowship with other churches that doesn’t belong to their group?
How do they react and treat members who disagree with their views?
How do fellow members treat you when you have disagreement or airing your opinions with your church leaders?
How do they view people who are in different churches, fellowships or denominations?
Do they encourage you to ask questions especially uncomfortable ones?
Do you feel intimidated or loaded with inhibitions when asking questions pertaining the leaders of the church?
Are you discourage to read books or listen to sermons that are not from your group?
May these questions give us digilent to our spiritual well being and uphold the Word of God.