Jesus Miracle Crusade

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The Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry (acronym as JMCIM) is an Apostolic (Oneness) Pentecostal religious group 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 only 36 satellite 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, and other parts of Asia .[2] JMCIM is the largest Oneness Pentecostal organization in the Philippines, holding several services weekly at the Amaranto Sports Stadium 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 that looks to Wilde Almeda as 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 authority of Almeda. Their members are referred to as Beloved Brethren. Almeda's wife, now deceased, is called 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 covering subjects including doctrines and how to conduct services for weddings, child dedications and so forth.[1]

History[edit]

JMCIM was founded by Evangelist and Pastor Wilde E. Almeda[2] and his wife, Lina C. Almeda, in Novaliches, Quezon City, Metro Manila February 14, 1975.[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 organization.

On 23 April 2000, a Filipino Moro group known as Abu Sayyaf abducted 21 people from a Malaysian dive resort in Sipadan and took them to Jolo Island in the Philippines. This event, known as the Sipadan Hostage Crises, riveted the attention of the nation. On 1 July, Wilde Almeda and 12 JMCIM members known as prayer warriors went into the Abu Sayyaf camp where the hostages were being held in a widely publicized effort to secure their release through prayer and fasting. They were there until they were found by the Philippine military on October 2 and brought to safety. They claim that all the hostages were released by this time as a result of their intercessory prayer and fasting. JMCIM holds an annual celebration during the month of October to remember and offer thanksgiving for the "Victorious Mindanao Peace Mission."[1]

It also held several anti-communism rallies in the country.[3]

Doctrine[edit]

Like most Oneness Pentecostals, JMCIM strongly emphasize a soteriology 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.

It has a focus on faith healing, form both physical and spiritual disorders; its ministry conceptualizes substance abuse, marital problems, and other personal and life issues as spiritual disorders.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 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. Whither the Philippines in the 21st Century?. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 110. ISBN 9789812304995. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ Westerlund, David (1996). Questioning the Secular State: The Worldwide Resurgence of Religion in Politics. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 343. ISBN 9781850652410. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  4. ^ Goh, Robbie (2005). Christianity in Southeast Asia. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 29. ISBN 9812302972.

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