Jesus Miracle Crusade

The Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry (JMCIM) is a Christian church in the Philippines which believes particularly in the promotion of miracles, and faith in God for healing. They currently claim 1,500,000 members in the Philippines and 15 other countries. With 40 assemblies outside the Philippines, the bulk of their membership is within the country.[1] It has members in the Philippines, the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Singapore, Japan, China, South Korea, and several parts of Asia .[2] JMCIM is the largest Oneness Pentecostal organization in the Philippines, holding several services weekly at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City, Metro Manila, with Sunday attendance in the tens of thousands at that location alone. Their 40th Anniversary celebration in 2015 saw 300,000 people gather at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City, Metro Manila.[1]

JMCIM is a highly structured organization with Almeda as its Dearly Beloved Honorable Evangelist-Pastor. He remains their only pastor. All other ministers have the title of Beloved Ministers or Beloved Preachers and work entirely under the governing authority of the church. Their members are referred to as Beloved Brethren. Almeda's wife, now deceased, is called Beloved Assistant Pastor Lina C. Almeda. The organization published a 252-page bilingual (English-Tagalog) Preacher's Handbook in 2011 that offers standard instructions for all ministers or preachers covering subjects including doctrines and how to conduct services for weddings, child dedications and so forth.[1]

DoctrineEdit

Like most Oneness Pentecostals, JMCIM strongly emphasize a soteriology (doctrine of salvation) found in Acts 2:38, involving repentance, baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins, and receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit evidenced by speaking in tongues. The belief about baptism in Jesus' name is closely tied to their absolute monotheistic view of God, rejecting the traditional doctrine of the Trinity. This is probably the most distinctive part of their doctrine. They also place a heavy emphasis on prayer and healing, and promote a lifestyle and standards of dress that portray modesty and self-control, a doctrine often referred to as "holiness".

The Crusade has a focus on faith healing, from both physical and spiritual disorders; its ministry sees substance abuse, marital problems, and other personal and life issues as spiritual disorders.[3]

HistoryEdit

JMCIM was founded on February 14, 1975 by Evangelist and Pastor Wilde E. Almeda[2] and his wife, Lina C. Almeda, in Novaliches, Quezon City, Metro Manila.[1] Although Almeda was greatly influenced by American missionary John L. Willhoite, he only briefly held credentials with an American-run missionary organization, the very small Apostolic Ministers Fellowship (AMF). JMCIM is thus a totally autochthonous (indigenous) organization with a location in Novaliches, Quezon City.

In 1983, the church was registered to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)- Philippines as the "Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry" or "JMCIM".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d King, Johnny (2016). Spirit and Schism: A History of Oneness Pentecostalism in the Philippines. University of Birmingham, UK: PhD Thesis. pp. 204–211.
  2. ^ a b Severino, Rodolfo C.; Salazar, Lorraine Carlos (2007). Whither the Philippines in the 21st Century?. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 110. ISBN 9789812304995. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ Goh, Robbie (2005). Christianity in Southeast Asia. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 29. ISBN 9812302972.

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