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Apollo Quiboloy: Appointed Son of God

Sometimes we wonder how certain men rise up and manage to convince thousands and millions of people of their unique take on religion when it so obviously contradicts Scripture? Such a man named Apollo Quiboloy lives in the Southern region of the Philippines in Mindanao. He has preyed on the spiritual ignorance of six million people to extort from them money and adoration. As terrible as that is, it is worse that Quiboloy’s teachings are proud attacks on God in His attributes, works, and persons. 

 

Quiboloy’s Teachings 

Apollo Quiboloy was born in Davao City, the capital of Mindanao, Philippines on April 25, 1950. He grew up as Oneness Pentecostal and was involved in “ministry” until one day he claims God appeared to him on Mt. Kitbog, in Mindanao. God the Father, he claims, showed him miracles for a year until he was finally convinced that it was God who was calling him.  

He teaches that Adam was created with a body and soul, but before God could put His spirit into man, the devil put his spirit in man. This he calls the “serpent seed” and man is unable to rid himself of it, only God the Father is able to remove the “serpent seed”. The Father determined that He would send Jesus to do that work among the Jews, but because the Jews rejected him his work of salvation was left unfinished. God then raised up Apollo Quiboloy to finish that work in a Gentile setting. Therefore, Quiboloy views himself as the second coming of Christ and all the claims that Jesus makes and all the scripture references pointing to Jesus also speak of him. 

Quiboloy also claims that when God revealed to him that he is the chosen one to finish Jesus’ work, God put His spirit into Quiboloy so that he has “seed of Jesus”. After germinating this seed for five years God called him to be His Son. Quiboloy passed God’s test by completely surrendering himself to God and now he is without sin, is unable to sin and is the most righteous man on earth. God now sends Quiboloy into the world to be His voice. Quiboloy twists the words of John 10 and says that he does not know who God’s sheep are and God’s sheep do not know him, but when he speaks they will come because they know the Father’s voice.  

He also claims that one day he will rule the world as the King of kings from his sprawling compound that he calls the “New Jerusalem” or “Prayer Mountain” on Mt. Tamayong in Davao City. He justifies his lavish lifestyle by saying that God showed him these things in a vision in 1983.  

 

A Biblical Defense 

Quiboloy attacks God’s attributes by denying the omnipotence of God who accomplishes everything He is determined to do in His counsel (Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, Lesson 5). In the work of creation, God determined to make man good and perfect. “And God saw everything he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). God also made man in his own image, meaning that man was created in righteousness, holiness and true knowledge of God (Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10). Satan did not mar the creation of man by planting the “serpent seed” into Adam and Eve.  

He continues to attack God’s attribute of omnipotence, and consequently attacking God’s works as well, by saying that Jesus was unable to complete the work of salvation and God needed Quiboloy to finish it. Scripture says that Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus himself said from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). We are also confident that “he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).  

Quiboloy attacks God in His persons by claiming to be the Son of God who is the Second Person of the Trinity. This is blasphemy because Jesus “alone is the eternal and natural Son of God” (Heidelberg Catechism, LD 13, Q&A 33). It is also blasphemy because claiming to be the Christ, the Son of God, is claiming to be God. Even the wicked Jews understood this in John 10:33: “but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16, John 1:14), and the only begotten Son of God sent into this world (I John 4:9) to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). I John 2:22 very strongly condemns Quiboloy for this: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist”. He also blasphemes God, calling Him a liar (I John 1:10), by claiming that he is without sin. In reality, this proud claim makes Quiboloy a liar, “and the truth is not in him” (I John 1:8) because Jesus is the only man without sin. (I Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21) 

Quiboloy continues to attack God in his persons by taking for himself the offices of Jesus, yet the magnifying glass of scripture exposes him as a false prophet, priest and king. As a false prophet he twists and contradicts John 10. John 10 clearly teaches that Jesus, the true Prophet, knows his sheep and His sheep know Jesus when they hear His voice in His Word (John 10:27). Quiboloy by his words shows himself to be a false prophet because he says the sheep don’t know him, and he is right, the sheep of Jesus’ fold do not know Quiboloy!  

Quiboloy is a false king because he is building an earthly kingdom. Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36), but he is preparing a place for his people in heaven (John 14:2-3). Jesus also never attempted to acquire to himself earthly wealth: “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Luke 9:58), or earthly glory: “I receive not honour from men” (John 5:41).  

He is a false priest because Jesus is the only one to save his people from their sin (Matthew 1:21) by sacrificing himself on cross, and only Jesus is the one to make intercession for us (Romans 8:34). I John 4:14 says “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world”, not Quiboloy or any other man. Isaiah 53, which gives a descriptive picture of Christ, exposes Quiboloy as a false priest because he does not at all resemble one who is “despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief…stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted…wounded for our transgressions…bruised for our iniquities…oppressed…brought as a lamb to the slaughter…” (Isaiah 53:3-7). Quiboloy is not one you can count on laying down his life for his friend (John 15:13). In fact a quick google search of “Quiboloy news” shows he would rather extort friends and followers and use them to gain more power and money. In Januray of last year his LA based church was being investigatged by the FBI for human trafficking related charges. He had his abused “crusaders” gathering funds supposedly for impoverished children but he took it all for himself. He also has allegations against him, which he denies, for stealing land and killing people who refuse to give them their land. This does not resemble the Christ prophesied in Isaiah 53:9: “he had done no violence, neither was there any deceit in his mouth.” 

It is a temptation to laugh at Apollo Quiboloy’s ludicrous claims or those that blindly follow him, but we must not laugh at the spiritual ignorance of others, “For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? (I Corinthians 4:7). Studying men like this shows us the depravity of human nature. We would rather follow Quiboloy than follow the true Christ of the Bible. We can be very thankful that God graciously has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us into the truth of His Word.  

 

Works Cited 

Associated Press. “FBI Raids Quiboloy’s Church in Los Angeles in Human Trafficking Probe.” Inquirer.net, 30 Jan. 2020, globalnation.inquirer.net/184648/fbi-raids-quiboloys-church-in-los-angeles. 

GotQuestions.org. “Who Is Apollo Quiboloy?” GotQuestions.org, 22 Feb. 2018, www.gotquestions.org/Apollo-Quiboloy.html. 

Hoeksema, Rev. H. “Lesson 5: God’s Communicable Attributes”. Essentials of Reformed Doctrine. PRCA.org, 30 June 2006, www.prca.org/Catechisms/Essentials%20FINAL.htm. 

Limos, Mario Alvaro. “Who Is Quiboloy?” Esquiremag.ph, Esquire Philippines, 9 Nov. 2019, www.esquiremag.ph/long-reads/features/who-is-quiboloy-a00293-20191109.  

 

Archivist’s note:

This article was submitted to a Beacon Lights writing contest, with the prompt to “Give a summary and description of a cult or other non-Christian religion of your choice, focusing on the errors of the group and giving a biblical defense against the errors.”  The article above was selected as one of the top 5 submissions in its category.