Who is Apollo Quiboloy?Question: "Who is Apollo Quiboloy and what is the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church?"
Answer: Apollo Quiboloy is the founder and leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name (KJC), a Philippines-based Oneness Restorationist sect. Quiboloy was the former youth president of the National Assembly of United Pentecostal Church in the Philippines, a Oneness Pentecostal denomination. Quiboloy claims that God the Father sent him to Mt. Kitbog in Malalag, Cogon, South Cotabato, in Mindanao, where the Father spoke to him and showed him many miracles for one year to convince him of his calling. After this period of revelation and faith-building, Quiboloy was finally convinced that it was God who called him.
Apollo Quiboloy teaches that the first man, Adam, was created with a body and a soul but without a spirit. The completion of God’s creation of man is the putting of His Spirit within him. But before God could do that for Adam, the devil implanted his spirit within man. This spirit of the devil is what Quiboloy calls the “serpent seed.” This serpent seed drove Adam and all his posterity to disobey God. Humans were children of the devil, and they could do nothing about it. Only God the Father can solve this spiritual problem—not religion, and not denominations.
Quiboloy teaches that “the Christ in the Jewish setting” was unable to complete the work of salvation. Jesus was sent by God the Father to the Jews but was only able to “touch” the work of dislodging the serpent seed within man as His message was misunderstood and rejected by the Jews. What Christ started He was not able to finish. The Jews’ rejection of Christ as their Savior from the serpent seed is why God raised up Quiboloy. He is now the “chosen one” who will dislodge the serpent seed from those who believe in his message. God has made Quiboloy “the Christ in the Gentile setting.” Quiboloy asserts that all the claims of the biblical Christ can be applied to himself. For example, Quiboloy claims that He is also “the way the truth and the life” and that “no one comes to the Father except through [Quiboloy]” (John 14:6).
Apollo Quiboloy exalts himself above all other men. He declares that, of all the members of the Adamic race who have inherited the serpent seed, he is the only one able to pass God’s test by fully surrendering his will to Him. Quiboloy claims to be without sin and no longer able to sin, although still has knowledge of good and evil. He claims to be the first member of Adamic race in the Gentile setting to have a living relationship with the Father. According to Quiboloy, God the Father has implanted within him His seed, and he has become the “seed” of Jesus Christ. Quiboloy is therefore God’s example of obedience, commitment, and dedication who must be emulated by all men. According to Quiboloy, he is the most righteous person living on earth today.
Quiboloy claims that, after five years of germinating the seed of Jesus Christ in him, God called him as His Son. God finally said to Quiboloy, “I’ll send you to the world. My children are waiting. You don’t know them. They don’t know you. But when they hear your voice, they will listen to you because my sheep know my voice. You will be my audible voice in the world.”
Oddly, Quiboloy also believes that the Father and the Son reside in his body and that he is the embodiment and culmination of all the revelations of God. In an effort to validate his claim to be the Son of God, Quiboloy built a compound in Mt. Tamayong, Davao City, that he calls “the New Jerusalem.” He claims that this is the New Jerusalem mentioned in the book of Revelation and that he is the King of kings reigning there. Quiboloy envisions that this compound will become the seat of the world government, and he anticipates ruling the whole world one day. For this reason, he is pro-active in endorsing politicians and in vocalizing his opinion on politics. He once prophesied that a presidential aspirant by the name of Giberto Teodoro would win the 2010 presidential elections, but he (and the prophecy) failed.
Apollo Quiboloy calls his “church” the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name. The organization has upwards of 6 million members, mostly in the Philippines. Quiboloy also runs the Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), a television network that regularly airs his preaching. His teachings are also heard on more than 15 radio stations all over the Philippines. Quiboloy trains his workers in his ACQ College of Ministries and acts as president of Jose Maria College. His sect also runs an orphanage called the Children’s Joy Foundation.
Like those of other cults, Quiboloy’s teachings are either twisting or outright contradicting what the Scriptures teach. There is no such thing in the Bible as a “serpent seed” infecting mankind. The devil did not implant his spirit within Adam that caused him to disobey God. Adam’s sinful nature is the consequence of his act of disobedience.
Contrary to Quiboloy’s teaching, salvation is not attained by “dislodging the serpent seed within man.” Salvation is the free gift of God in Jesus, who satisfied the wrath of God against sin by paying its penalty on the cross (Ephesians 2:8–9; Romans 3:24–26). Christ said on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30), signifying that He has completed the work of salvation. There is no need for “another” Christ, for the Christ of the Bible has perfectly accomplished the work of salvation: “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Hebrews 10:14).
Jesus, the Christ of the Bible, has warned us not to believe in those who claim to be the Messiah: “If anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time” (Matthew 24:23–25). One such false messiah is Apollo Quiboloy, with his claim to be the “Appointed Son of God.”
Quiboloy’s claim that he is no longer sinning is a blatant lie. The apostle John says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Worse is Quiboloy’s claim that he is the Son of God. Quiboloy accepts service, worship, adoration, and praise, and his members call him Father, Son of God, Christ, and Savior. Accepting worship and adoration due to God alone is blasphemy, and Quiboloy’s followers are committing idolatry. Quiboloy is one of the “many antichrists” mentioned in 1 John 2:18.
John also tells us to test the spirits: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already” (1 John 4:1–3). Believers who value the truth should have nothing to do with the false teacher Apollo Quiboloy.
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