Is Jesus the “only begotten Son of God?
Apparently, Apollo Quiboloy, the megachurch preacher from the Philippines doesn’t think so.
Actually, I had never heard of Quiboloy who boasts some 6 million tithing followers in that country and worldwide, until he made the news when he was detained by federal agents in Honolulu, Hawaii, last Thursday. Agents discovered $350,000 in cash and parts to assemble military-style rifles were discovered on his private jet.
According to The Christian Post, Quiboloy, who leads the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church and is a former member of the United Pentecostal Church, founded the Restorationism church in 1985. He claimed to have received a calling from God. According to Asia Times, God came to his mother in the form of a cloud after he was born, and declared, “That’s my son.”
Since his supposed calling, Quiboloy has become wealthy. In addition to his $15 million private jet, he owns a mansion in the Philippines and is a personal friend of the controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. In a 2010 interview, he said it was “God’s will for me to have these things I have.”
This is quite a contrast to the Son of God that I am reading about in the gospel accounts and the book of Hebrews this week. The writer affirms that Jesus is the Christ. The Son of God. The High Priest of our profession. And the Mediator of the new covenant.
The book begins with this affirming tribute to the character, nature, and work of Jesus, the Son of God.
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” (Heb. 1:1-4).
The superiority of Jesus is a constant theme of the Hebrew letter. Jesus is superior to angels. To Moses. To Aaron. And to the Levitical Priesthood. As a result, Jesus Christ has brought to the world a better order. A better covenant. A better sanctuary. And a better sacrifice.
Men like Apollo Quiboloy are a joke. A fraud. And a con artist. They prey on the weakness and ignorance of people seeking something different than the gospel of Jesus Christ. Unlike the true Son of God who lived a simple life with “no place to lay his head” they live an opulent lifestyle at the expense of their duped followers.
God affirmed that Jesus of Nazareth was His “only begotten Son” who is full of “grace and truth” and manifests “the glory of the Father” and has provided for us the opportunity of “everlasting life” (Jn. 1:14, 18; 3:16; I Jn. 4:9). He is “the one Lord” (Eph 4:5). And “declared to be the Son of God with power” by His resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4).
The Quiloloy’s of the world should be exposed and rejected as charlatans. They usurp the authority of Jesus Christ, make a mockery of Christianity, and only provide fodder for unbelievers to ridicule religion.
Don’t be deceived by fake news of false teachers. Come to Christ Jesus, the only begotten Son of God and receive the Good News to be saved from sin.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman