During the period of 1926 to 1964, Aaron Joaquin declared that all must believe in him and be under “his” apostolic authority in order to receive salvation, and to believe in him now because after his death the way for salvation would stop; this is known as the “time for salvation”.
For a brief time there was great fear within the church of La Luz Del Mundo because of the sudden death of Aaron Joaquin, 1964 (cause of death unknown), but Aaron’s son, Samuel Joaquin Flores, stepped in to take over by declaring himself the new anointed Apostle of God to receive the gift of “Apostolic Authority” or “Election” so that the “times for salvation” may continue for the church members of La Luz Del Mundo and to all of the world.
So for La Luz Del Mundo the power for salvation is coming from an Apostle rather then from the Scriptures or the word of God the Father. It is this belief that supports their definition of “Apostolic Authority” and declares the churches Apostle as having authority over word of God.
The church La Luz Del Mundo openly teaches that the world can not understand the Scriptures without an Apostle on earth with “Apostolic Authority” teaching it to you, because only he understands the will of God and correctly interpret the mysteries and true meaning of the Scriptures.
This of course discourages the members of La Luz Del Mundo from studying the Holy Scriptures on their own only receiving what they are told while attending church services. Many Sunday study services are dedicated to nothing but getting the churches members to attain church everyday to that they can receive the truth. For them all knowledge of God is only found when it is being told to them by the church’s ordained pastors, deacons or the apostle himself.
I am here to declare that this is not the truth and is not what the Scripture teaches!
The Lord Jesus Christ is and has been the only access for salvation and there is no one between man and the Father expect for Jesus Christ. He is alive and very much well in heaven mediating between man and the Father. He is the only one with the authority for the forgiveness of sins. The apostle Paul declares this very clearly in his letter to the Ephesians.
“7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,”
“13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory.”
22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
So you see, Jesus Christ is the one that has all of the authority and continues to still be the only way, for it is through the blood of Jesus Christ that you are saved because he is still alive in heaven.
And when you believe in the word of the truth you are saved because of him and not because you are under the apostolic authority of Samuel Joaquin Flores nor anyone else.
Jesus Christ is the only for salvation and access for salvation, period!
5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
It might be that you are hearing this for the first time, that Jesus Christ is the only access for salvation, because his living blood is the only way anyone can have their sins washed away so that in Jesus Christ you can be brought, in the spirit, into the presents of the Father in heaven and receive the free and loving gift of grace that is to say – salvation.
Samuel Joaquin Flores is not the gate keeper or mediator between man and Jesus Christ.
By the love of God the Father, you can have direct access to the Lord Jesus Christ all by yourself. And how can you have this access? By “Believing” just as Paul told the jailer in the book of Acts. as well as his statement in his book to the Romans.
29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
31They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household." 32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
To receive salvation and grace from God the Father does not required for you to be under anyone’s “Apostolic Authority” in order to guarantee your salvation from the coming judgment of Jesus Christ.
Just believe in the name of Jesus Christ and place all of your trust in him. Once you come to believe and trust in Jesus Christ alone you will immediately receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Salvation and grace from the Father through the blood of Jesus Christ does not require you to be under anyone’s authority, except for the authority of Jesus Christ.
13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
God the Father is telling you here, through Paul, everything we need to know about the mystery of salvation. First be willing to hear the truth, which is the gospel of salvation through Christ Jesus, and secondly once you believe the truth you are promised to be sealed with the Holy Spirit. On the coming day of judgment those who are not sealed with the mark of the Holy Spirit will not have their names written in the “book of life”.
In your heart you are looking to Samuel Joaquin Flores for access to the Lord Jesus Christ and this is wrong!
When you look to someone else other than Jesus Christ for the truth we are not “marked” with the right seal. You are marked with the seal of another , the antichrist, and you will be rejected by the Lord Jesus Christ and that rejection, or judgment, means that you will be put into the “lake of fire” – Hell, for all eternity.
14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
18For through him (Jesus Christ) we both (Jews and Gentiles) have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Samuel Joaquin Flores, through the church La Luz Del Mundo, has taught you that he is the guardian of the mysteries of God; this too is another false teaching. The mystery that was hidden before the first coming of Christ Jesus was revealed also over 2000 years ago and is stated very clearly by Paul.
6This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
12In him (Jesus Christ) and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Regarding the way to salvation there is no mystery anymore for it was revealed to man over 2000 years ago as was prophesied in the Old Testament.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way for your true salvation and access to the Father in heaven for grace and forgiveness of your sins, and you do not have salvation from your sins if you continue to call upon Samuel Joaquin Flores or anyone else for you assurance of salvation.
I offer a challenge to anyone of La Luz Del Mundo to present any Scripture that supports the doctrine of “Apostolic Authority” according to the teachings of Samuel Joaquin Flores as started by his father, Aaron Joaquin.
I guarantee to you that you will not find any of the original apostles of Jesus Christ ever declaring that it is because of them under “Apostolic Authority” that the “time for salvation” was on the earth for mankind. They all, with out hesitation, glorified Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life that leads to the Father and to salvation (John 14:6).
It does not matter what is going on here on earth or who is doing what. Salvation has been available to the entire world under the authority of Jesus Christ since his death on the cross, his resurrection from the grave, and his ascension into heave to be with the Father.
To this day Jesus Christ is our High Priest, and is with Father in heaven, in the perfect body of the first born from death providing is perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins and interceding to the Father on our behalf to this very day!