MANILA – A minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Fremont, California stepped down from his post amid the controversies surrounding his church.
In a video uploaded on YouTube on Saturday, minister Louie Cayabyab said he could not bear to read the circulars expelling the wife and children of Bro. Erano G. Manalo and Bro. Isaias T. Samson Jr., the former editor-in-chief of INC publication The Pasugo.
“You might be asking, ‘why,” Because in my heart, in my heart of hearts, I can’t take it. It is, it is just so so difficult to betray one’s heart,” Cayabyab told the congregation.
The minister said he was well aware of the consequences of his actions. “I know that I will be stripped out of my duty. From now on, I will no longer be a minister, probably I will be expelled from the Church, but I will take it brothers and sisters,” he said.
Cayabyab, however, admonished the faithful “to remain in the Church no matter what happens.”
He then thanked his Fremont brethren for the love and kindness shown to him and his family.
Members of the congregation could be heard sobbing in the video.
The INC has been making headlines since Thursday when it expelled Cristina "Tenny" Manalo, the widow of INC's former executive minister Eraño "Erdy" Manalo, and their son, Felix Nathaniel "Angel."
In a press conference, INC General Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago said the INC leadership decided to expel the two from the general membership of the INC after they appeared in a YouTube video claiming their lives are in danger and that some ministers have allegedly been abducted.
Cayabyab has previously been assigned to INC locales in Washington D.C., Temple Hills, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland, Elizabeth, New Jersey, Central New Jersey, Staten Island, New York, Virginia Beach, Livermore, and Northern California.