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Special Assignment Eliseo Soriano

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Is Mr. Felix Manalo the angel ascending from the East being mentioned in Rev. 7:2-3?
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Again, we are inviting you to another discussion about faith. What we are doing is an in-depth analysis of the different organizations of faith here in our country, as a fulfillment of God’s commandment that we study His words and that we seek for the truth. Salvation does not happen by accident, and neither is it something that can be attained without exerting any effort. Our salvation is dependent on how we acknowledge the truth, as written in I Tim. 2:4, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

In other words, salvation is dependent on how much one has learned the truth. God wants all men to be saved; God wants all men to know the truth for them to be saved. A person cannot be saved if he lacks the effort in finding out the truths. These truths are God’s instruments in saving man, and in making him worthy in the eyes of God.

St. Paul’s teaching was very clear. He said, God wants all men to be saved and to know the truth. But which truth should every man have to know? John 17:17, “Sanctify them through the truth; thy word is truth.”

Therefore, truth that each person must know is the word of God. God’s word is truth. And if man’s salvation is dependent on his knowledge of the truth, it is a must, then, that every man gets to know the word of God, if we want to be worthy in the eyes of God. You see, there are preachers in our time who promise salvation to their members, but they do not teach them the entire truth that the Bible speaks. If you are going to watch religious programs today, you will see that they are practically similar. All of them talk about accepting Jesus … that Jesus is a healer and miracle worker … and then … and then, they will pray in front of a television camera. And then, the members that they have deceived will give their testimonies. They would speak of how Jesus performed miracle in their lives, and how He even helped them in their financial problems. They are all the same. In other words, all of the religious programs today do not have the patience in teaching the people about biblical truths vital to their salvation. But in our humble, little way, this program will try to unravel to each of you all the angles of the truth.

Perhaps, others, especially our foes in faith, will hate us for what we are doing. But is seeking for the truth, you have to study all the angles of how man could be worthy in the eyes of God. That is why we are studying the word of God, and we are going to relate this to the many organizations of faith in our time, inasmuch as all of them claim that they are the truth.

The topic that we are tackling right now is no longer new to you. The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) was established here in the Philippines by Mr. Felix Manalo. This is what we are studying. Thru this series of discussion, we will study the INC’s fundamental doctrines. And at present, we are trying to confirm if, indeed, Mr. Felix Manalo is a messenger of God, and not to discredit his person. Our primary intent is to expose the word of God in the Bible, and to show you if Mr. Felix Manalo is a messenger that we should believe in order to be saved.

Like what I have shown you in our previous discussion, the INC is claiming that Mr. Felix Manalo is, allegedly, the last messenger of God. Not only that! They are claiming that Mr. Felix Manalo is God’s last messenger in the last day. And we are expressing our strong opposition to this claim. Actually, if there is one person who should oppose this claim, it is no other but Mr. Erano Manalo, Felix’s successor as the administrator of the INC! Why? … because if Felix is already the last messenger, what, then, is the role of Erano? If Felix Manalo is already the last messenger, it would imply that Mr. Erano Manalo, the present administrator, is no longer a messenger of God! I’m sure you know the meaning of the word “last”. When a person is considered “last”, nobody else comes after him. And since Felix Manalo was already the “last” messenger of God, according to them, then, it follows that, today, there is no messenger of God in the entire INC.

As promised, we shall continue studying the alleged “God’s messenger” role of Mr. Felix Manalo, particularly the INC’s claim that he is the angel ascending from the east.

Rev. 7:1-4 says, “And after these things I saw four angels standing in the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea. Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”

I want you to pay attention to the verses as we analyze them. And later, we will find out if this particular doctrine of the INC is written in the Bible, or if it has any biblical basis at all. We must not forget that this was a scenario in a vision of St. John. St. John said, “And after these things I saw four angels standing in the four corners of the earth.” St. John made reference to the four angels standing in the four corners of the earth. What were the four angels doing? “ … holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.”
The INC’s explanation to this is that, the four angels standing in the four corners of the earth represent the Big Four. This allegation was published in the July 1964, 50th anniversary edition of the “Pasugo.” According to them, the Big Four were represented by the four angels standing in the four corners of the earth, who were trying to stop the four winds from blowing on the earth. The “Pasugo” said that the Big Four were the four most powerful leaders of the world. They were also called the four ministers of war.

We better refer to p. 33 of the July 1964 issue of the “Pasugo”. It said,

“Ang apat na anghel na pumipigil sa hangin ay mga pinuno ng bansa, na ito’y mga sugo rin o anghel ayon sa I Ped. 2:13-14. Ang hanging pinipigil ay digmaan, gaya ng sinasabi sa Jer. 4:11-13, 19. Ito nga ang digmaang sumiklab noong 1914. Ang apat na pinuno ng bansa na kumakatawan sa pagpigil sa digmaang sumiklab noong 1914 ay sina Lloyd George ng Gran Bretanya, sina Clemenceau ng Pransiya, si Orlando ng Italya at Wilson ng Amerika. Sila ay lalong kilala sa tawag na The Big Four. (World History, p. 494).”

(The four angels holding the winds were leaders of nations, who were also messengers, or angels, as written in I Pet. 2:13-14. The wind that they were controlling refers to war as mentioned in Jer. 4:11-13, 19. This was the war that broke out on 1914. The four leaders of nations who worked on the prevention of the war, which broke out in 1914, were Lloyd George of Great Britain, Clemenceau of France, Orlando of Italy, and Wilson of America. They were better known as the Big Four. (World History, p. 494)

That was the statement of the INC of Manalo, which was published in their official organ, the “Pasugo”. Based on their interpretation, the four angels holding the four winds were the Big Four, and according to them, the wind refers to war. It is in this aspect that I want to give a thorough analysis and scrutiny. If you will notice, it was the four angels, who, according to them were the Big Four that St. John saw first. They were standing in the four corners of the earth. What do you think were they doing there? Were they simply standing by there? Of course not! They were, in fact, fulfilling a task. They were preventing the four winds from blowing. You see, if there was only one wind that needed to be stopped, then, there was no need for the four angels. Only one angel could have done that. But inasmuch as there were four winds that had to be prevented, the four angels were needed there. They were preventing the four winds from blowing on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. The four angels were already there, trying to control the four winds, before the event in verse 2 happened.

I am inviting all the meticulous and intelligent members of the INC, including the lawyers and judges who belong to that group. You will agree with me that the deduction and conclusion given to you by Mr. Manalo and his ministers is biblically wrong! Why? Based on the verses that we have cited, the four angels were already standing in the four corners of the earth. What were they doing? They were preventing the four winds from blowing on the earth. After that, what was the next scenario? Verse 2 begins with a conjunction “and”, which means that it is a continuation of the preceding verse (1). “And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea. Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads.”

Very clearly, the four angels were already there before the angel ascending from the east appeared. And as he was ascending, he was shouting at the four angels. He was telling them, “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads.”

Now, let us make a substitution. Let us take for granted that the INC’s deduction, or allegation, is true. If the four angels standing in the four corners of the earth were the Big Four – Clemenceau, Wilson, Lloyd George, and Orlando, and if the angel ascending from the east was Mr. Manalo, it would mean that the Big Four were already positioned in the four respective corners before Mr. Manalo appeared. But that was not what happened. If we are going to look back at history, Mr. Felix Manalo began preaching in the Philippines in 1913. But, granting that he really began in 1914, the question is, where were the Big Four during that time? Their alliance was not formed yet in 1914. Meaning to say, Mr. Manalo was already preaching before their group (the Big Four) was formed. Therefore, the series of events would not fit St. John’s vision because Mr. Manalo appeared ahead of the formation of the Big Four. In fact, the Big Four was organized only in the 80’s or 90’s. As far as historical records are concerned, Mr. Manalo came way, way ahead of the Big Four. Mr. Manalo has long been preaching before the Big Four was organized. But biblically speaking, St. John saw the four angels already positioned in the four corners of the earth, controlling the four winds from blowing, before he saw the angel ascending from the east. In other words, the INC’s explanation is the opposite of what the Bible says.

On that particular aspect alone, the INC”s deduction is already proven wrong, especially so if we are going to consider their explanation to the significance of “ascending from the east”. They said that, this referred to the gradual popularity of the INC. What the Bible said was, St. John saw an angel ascending from the east. But based on the INC’s explanation, it was their church that was ascending because it was already gaining popularity. And this is a very gross mistake.

One more thing, the Bible said, the four angels were preventing the four winds from blowing. According to the INC, the wind symbolizes war. And they based their deduction on Jer. 4:11-13, 19. It says,
“At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse.

Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them.

Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! For we are spoiled.

What is this “wind”? In verse 19, “My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.”

What, according to them, did the wind symbolize? They said that the wind refers to war – the war in 1914. That is wrong! Why? Granting, without accepting, that the wind referred to war, where did this war take place? Is it a war in the Philippines, or a world war? Let us read the verse once again: “At that time shall it be said to his people and to Jerusalem …”

Therefore, it was a war in Jerusalem, and not in the Philippines. And definitely, it is not the 1914 war! Why? “At that time shall it be said to his people and to Jerusalem. A dry wind …” It speaks of a wind – just one wind – while the Book of Revelation mentions four winds! Did you see the discrepancies in the explanation of the INC ministers? There were four winds in the Book of Revelation, but when they read the Book of Jeremiah, where they based their explanation, they only read about one wind. Nonetheless, they still concluded this also refers to the winds in the Book of Revelation. There were four winds in the Book of Revelation. How come, Mr. Manalo gave meaning only to just one wind? Let us go back to the Book of Revelation. “And after these things I saw four angels standing in the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.”

How many winds were the four angels standing in the four corners of the earth trying to control? There were four winds. But granting that they were correct in using Jer. 4:11-13, 19 as a basis to their conclusion that one of the winds referred to war, how about the three other winds? I once told the INC ministers that, if Mr. Manalo is really a messenger of God, then, he should have taught them the symbolism of the three other winds being mentioned in Rev. 7. Do you know what they told me? They said that the three winds are just in my mind. And I even thanked them for that answer because they, in effect, admitted that they couldn’t explain the meaning of the three other winds because they do not know it … because they are all in my mind.

If the winds in the Book of Revelation were the same with the wind in the Book of Jeremiah, which refers to war, definitely it does not refer to the war in 1914! Why? This is what Jer. 4:11 says: “… shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness towards the daughter of the people …” Where did it come? It came to the City of God, Israel, and not to the entire world. The whole world is not the City of God. There are many nations on earth which are not of God. According to the prophecy, there is a dry wind, not four but one. However, the Book of Revelation mentioned four. In other words, the prophecy of Jeremiah is short of three winds. But this was not given any explanation by Manalo. But even if such was the case, still, the INC’s interpretation is wrong. Why? This particular prophecy did not happen in the Philippines! It says, “to Jerusalem, a dry wind of the high places in the wilderness towards the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse …”

Does it refer to literal wind? No! It says, the wind shall neither fan nor cleanse. However, when the literal wind blows, it fans and cleanses. But this wind is a dry wind; it does not refresh one. It does not cleanse. Instead, it makes one dirty. What is this wind?

(Jer. 4:12) “Even a full wind from those places shall come into me: now also will I give sentence against them.”

In other words, this wind refers to the sentence of God. This wind is a punishment of God to Israel. Which wind is it? Let us continue. (Jer. 4:13) “Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as whirlwind.”

So, this is a whirlwind. And this wind has chariots. Do you know that the INC interpreted these chariots as tankers that rotate 360 degrees?

“… and his horses were swifter than eagles.” According to the INC, this refers to the aerial cavalry; those were airplanes whose chariots are swifter than eagles.

“Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.” The INC asserted that this speaks of a recent war, specifically the war in 1914.

“Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles: Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.”

Therefore, this wind represented destruction. And from Jeremiah’s prophecy, the Lord said that this destruction will come to the children of His city. What is it?

(Jer. 4:19) “My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.”

So, this refers to war. Where? It is the war in Jerusalem. It speaks of the destruction of Israel. In fact, verse 20 says, “Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.”

It was, indeed, referring to war, and this war will result to massive destruction. Which war was it? It was the war in Jerusalem, not in the Philippines. And was there really a war and destruction that came to Jerusalem? Let us find out from Matthew 24:1 what our Lord Jesus Christ prophesied.

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

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The laying of hands on Mr. Felix Manalo, founder and leader of the Iglesia ni Cristo
URL: http://www.angdatingdaan.org/bibtopics.php?lang=en&rowid=32
We are inviting you to another important discussion on matters which are vital to our salvation. And these are the teachings of God. And as we have promised you, we shall continue tackling about the church which Mr. Felix Manalo established here in the Philippines in 1914 – the Iglesia ni Cristo or INC.

The topic that we would like to talk about, this time, concerns Mr. Felix Manalo’s being a messenger of God, according to them. But let us find out from the biblical standards if Mr. Felix Manalo is, indeed, a messenger of God. This is not to malign, or to put him in an embarrassing situation. We know very well that the personal life of a dead person should no longer be talked about, but the matters concerning principles. Actually, today, despite the fact that Darwin had long been dead, he is still talked about. People still talk about the good and the bad things that he did. And the same thing happens to many of the prominent men who had passed away … and one of them is Mr. Felix Manalo, who became known, not only in this country, but also in some other parts of the world that had been reached by the preaching of the INC.

We will try to confirm from the Bible if he was really a messenger of God. You see, Mr. Manalo ascribed so many titles to himself, one of which is that, he was “the angel ascending from the east” being mentioned in Rev. 7:2-3. This claim could be read on p.29 of the July 1964 issue of the Pasugo. And this was written by a certain Joaquin Balmores. In that write up, they were claiming that the angel ascending from the east was nobody else but Mr. Felix Manalo.

Actually, the INC has many other claims, which they published in their “Pasugo”. In one of its issues, they claimed that Mr. Manalo was the “one shepherd” in John 10:16. In another issue, they claimed that he was the “worm Jacob” in Isa. 41. They took so many titles from the Bible and ascribed them to Mr. Felix Manalo. But in fairness to him, we shall not explain these matters based on our opinion only. We shall quote parts of their articles in the “Pasugo” for you to see what we are talking about. At least, even if we cannot talk to each other face to face on a debate, thru this, you can weigh both sides – theirs and ours. We will read their publications, and we will refute their claims by referring to what the Bible says. For them, Mr. Felix Manalo is a messenger because he built a church, and this is the INC.

Somebody once accused the Ang Dating Daan, in a letter, of maligning Mr. Manalo when we said that he built a church. But our statement was based on a document, which was a certified true copy of their registration to the Securities and Exchange Commission. And this was duly signed by the former Secretary General of the INC, Mr. Atanacio Morte.

If you were going to consult Mr. Webster for the meaning of the word “founder”, he would give you, “the one that takes the first step in building.” That is why, if we are going to consider what the poem on p. 26 of the November 1977 issue of the “Pasugo”, they were, in effect, implying that that the INC in the Philippines was really founded by Mr. Felix Manalo. This is what the second stanza said:

“Salamat na lamang at sa siglong ito
Sinugo ng Diyos na mangaral dito
Ang aming kapatid na Felix Manalo
Di siya nagtatag ng iglesiang bago
Itinuloy niya’y Iglesia ni Cristo
Inaral niya’y sadyang ebanghelyo.”

(Thanks that in this century
God sent here to preach
Our bother Felix Manalo
He did not build a new church
But just perpetuated the Church of Christ
He preached the true Gospel)

If you are going to analyze the stanza, it was saying that Mr. Manalo did not build a new church. On the other hand, their registration stated that Mr. Manalo was the founder of their church. Besides, while stanza two denied that Mr. Manalo built a new church, stanza four was contradicting it.

“Ang iglesiang ito ay iglesiang tunay
Si Cristo ang ulo, ito ang katawan;
Narito ang ating tanging kaligtasan,
Narito ang ating walang hanggang buhay
Dito namin kayo inaanyayahan
Magsilapit kayo sa tunay na Ilaw.”
(This church is the true church
Christ is the head, this is the body;
This is where our salvation is
This is where eternal life is
We are inviting you here
Come to the true Light.)

In other words, what they were referring to, here, is their own church. That is what they regarded as the true church. “Si Cristo ang ulo, ito ang katawan” (Christ is the head, this is the body). Which “body” are they referring to? They were referring to their church. But that is not right! Let us read what Ephe. 4:4 says. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.”

If there is only ONE BODY, that body does not have any duplicate. If this church in the Philippines is the “body”, that would mean that the body had become two. Their poem said, “Ang iglesiang ito …” (This church …) which church are they referring to? Of course, to the church, which was preached by Mr. Manalo in the Philippines, and which, according to their registration, was founded by Mr. Felix Manalo.

The Bible said, “There is one body.” Which is that “one body”? Rom. 12:4-5 says, “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

In other words, as early as the first century, there was already a “body”. The “body”, which was built in the first century, was comprised by the Apostles, the prophets, and the early Christians. If we are going to accept that there is another “body” here in the Philippines, that would make the body two. Let us repeat what their poem said. “Ang iglesiang ito ay iglesiang tunay/ Si Cristo ang ulo, ito ang katawan.” (This church is the true church/ Christ is the head, this is the body).

If what they said were true, it would appear that there are two bodies. But based on the Bible. God does not want the church to be two. No! There is but “one body”; there is but one church. We, Filipinos, are Gentiles. But, should Gentiles have another “body” here in the Philippines? Let us read Ephe. 3:6,

“That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.”

What must we, Gentiles, do? Shall we have another “body”? No! There is but “one head”, and He is Christ. Christ is the head of the “body”, and the “body” is the Church. And that “body” was already existing even during the time that our Lord Jesus was still on earth. If there would be another “body”, which the INC claimed is their church, that would mean that, that “body” is headless. Why? … because Christ is already the head of the church being mentioned in the Bible. And it is possible that another church would be built here in the Philippines. As the Bible said, we cannot have another “body” apart from the one which was mentioned in the Bible. “The Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body.” That is why, what we are supposed to do is to make ourselves a part of that “body”. We must not claim that we are the “body”, instead, we must only be parts of the “body”. We must join the body. The “body” is already formed. Since the first century, it was already existing; there was already a “body of Christ” being mentioned. What must we, who are living in this period, do? We must make ourselves parts of the “same body” by means of our acceptance of the Gospel. (Ephe. 3:6) “That the Gentiles shall be fellow heirs, and of the same body.”

We are not the “body”; we are only parts of the “body”. For instance, a house is already existing. So, you do not have to build another house. You only have to get inside the house. We, Gentiles, shall be made parts of that “body”. We are not supposed to have a separate body here in the Philippines, unlike what the poem in their “Pasugo” said:

“Ang iglesiang ito ay iglesiang tunay Si Cristo ang ulo, ito ang katawan” (This church is the true church Christ is the head, this is the body).
Unfortunately, we cannot agree that the INC here in the Philippines is the “body”. That cannot be! Why? If your church is the “body”, what would happen to the first body? Just try to think about it. God would not permit that another “body” would be built. Remember what Ephe. 6:6 said? We will only have to make ourselves parts of the “body”, which, even during the time of Christ, was already existing, according to the Bible. That is why the poem of Mr. Jose Esperanza Cruz, which was authorized by the Administration of the INC to be published in their “Pasugo”, contradicted what the Bible said. While they claimed that Mr. Manalo did not build a new church, but only perpetuated the church of Christ, their registration stated that their church was founded by Mr. Felix Manalo.

Their claim that their church is the true church, and Christ is its head, is wrong! If that is so, it would mean that there are now two bodies. However, God does not permit that the “body” becomes two. Let us read our basis.

[Col. 3:15] “And let the peace of God dwell in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful.”

Therefore, there is but “one body”. The “body” remains one; the church is just one. Whoever builds another church are an anti-Christ, anti-Bible, anti-Apostle, and anti-God. Why? … because according to God … according to the Bible … according to the Apostles, there is but one body. There is no need to build another church. All that we, the Gentiles, have to do is to become a part of the “body” by means of our faith in the Gospel.

Now, let us proceed to our main concern. Let us find out if Mr. Felix Manalo is, indeed, a messenger of God. We will not be hasty in our conclusion that he is, or he is not, a messenger of God. Let us give him the benefit of the doubt. Let us presume that he is really a messenger of God.

First of all, let me give you a background on how the Bible introduces true messengers of God. Let us find out how their role, as messengers, began. Do you know that these messengers have a special role in God’s historical and religious book – the Bible? This is what St. Paul said about God’s messengers and leaders in Gal. 1:13-16.

“For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the Church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace. To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.”

The great messengers of God were already tasked to perform a specific role even while they are still in the womb of their mothers. Their tasks begin from the womb. In another verse, we will prove that the leaders of God are already being prepared for their task while they are still inside their mothers’ wombs.

[Jer. 1:4-7] “Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall speak.”

Therefore, God already has a plan for His messenger while he is still inside the womb of his mother.
Our question is when did Mr. Manalo begin as a messenger? Did he begin while he was still in his mother’s womb? I will share with you a little background on the life of Mr. Felix Manalo. This is not my concoction. It was published in their Pasugo Yearbook. It said:

“Sa pagitan ng 1911 at 1912, si Felix Manalo ay umanib naman sa mga Adventista del Septimo Dia (Sabadista). Naging mahalaga siyang tagapagpalaganap ng relihiyong ito. Kasalukuyan siyang nagtatagumpay sa kanyang mga gawain sa relihiyon nang ang kanyang asawa ay namatay. Pinangatawanang lalo ng ebanghelista ang kanyang gawain.”

(In between 1911 and 1912, Felix Manalo joined the Seventh Day Adventists. He became a vital instrument in the propagation of this religion. While he was succeeding in his religious works, his wife passed away. The better the evangelist assumed his responsibility.)

Noong 1913 ay nangibig si Felix at naging karapatdapat siya sa pagtatangi ng kaibig-ibig na dalagang si Honorata de Guzman, na naninirahan noon sa Avenida Rizal, Maynila. At isang hapong uulan-ulan bahagya, isang araw bago sumapit ang ikadalawampu’t pitong taon ng ebanghelista, and magkatipan ay ikinasal sa Singalong ng pastor na si Emiliano Quijano ng Christian and Missionary Alliance. Mula noon, ang mga bagong kasal ay nagtuloy sa Malolos, Bulakan sapagka’t doon bagong nakadestino ang ebanghelista.”

(In 1913, Felix fell in love, and became worthy of the care of a lovable maiden, Honorata de Guzman, who was, then, residing in Rizal Avenue, Manila. And in one drizzling afternoon, a day before the twenty-seventh birthday of the evangelist, the lovers got married in Singalong, and their wedding was officiated by a pastor, Emiliano Quijano, of Christian and Missionary Alliance. From there, the newlyweds proceeded to Malolos, Bulacan because that was where the evangelist was assigned.)

Please take note that Mr. Manalo was once a member of the Seventh Day Adventists. But when he got married, the pastor who officiated their wedding was from the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Why are we mentioning these things? To malign the person of Mr. Manalo? No! We are only looking back to history. They were wedded by a pastor from the Christian and Missionary Alliance when he was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist, the church that prohibits the eating of pork. But before he became a member of this church, he was a member of another church. Let us read a part of the narration.

“Noong siya’y magbalik sa Maynila, ipinagpatuloy ni Felix Manalo ang kanyang pag-aaral ng Biblia sa Presbyterian Ellinwood Bible Training School. Mayroon silang lalong mabubuting pamamaraan kaysa mga Metodista.”

(When he returned to Manila, Felix Manalo continued his study of the Bible in Presbyterian Ellinwood Bible Training School. They had better procedures than that of the Methodists.)

In other words, he used to be a member of the Methodists.

“Siya’y nangasera sa bahay ng isang pag-asawahang Presbyteriano, sina Esteban Aquino at Rita Bagni na naninirahan sa kanto ng mga daang Carolina at Cortabitarte sa Malate. Nagkalapit ang mga kalooban nila at itinuring ng mag-asawang di magkaanak na higit sa isang anak si Felix. Ang mag-asawa ay umanib sa lahat ng mga relihiyong kinabibilangan ni Felix Manalo. Si Esteban Aquino ay namatay sa Metodista ngunit si Rita Bagne ay malaon pang nabuhay at sumapi sa Iglesia ni Cristo. Pagkaraan ng tatlong taon at kalahating pag-aaral sa mg Presbyteriano, natuklasan naman ni Manalo ang Christian and Missionary Alliance, kilala sa pangalang Disciples of Christ sa Amerika, at sa kanilang natatanging paraan ng pagbabautismo sa pamamagitan ng paglulubog sa tubig.”
(He boarded in the house of a Presbyterian couple, Esteban Aquino and Rita Bagni, who were living in the corner of Carolina and Cortabirte Streets in Malate. They became close to each other, and this childless couple treated Felix as their own son. This couple joined all the religions that Felix Manalo became a member of. Esteban Aquino died a Methodist, But Rita Bagni, who lived longer, joined the Iglesia Ni Cristo. After three and a half years of studying with the Presbyterians, Felix Manalo came to know the Christian and Missionary Alliance, which was better known in America as the Disciples of Christ. They were also known for their unique baptism, which was immersion in water.)

Why am I reading all these? … because will show you an old document, which our organization keeps. If you are the inquisitive type of a person, you might ask, why is it that, despite his being a member of the Seventh Day Adventists, when Felix Manalo got married, his wedding was officiated by a pastor from the Christian and Missionary Alliance. I will read to you an invitation.

Iglesia ni Cristo Maynila, Disyembre 1918



Mapitagan naming inaanyayahan ang inyong kamahalan sa gaganaping pagdiriwang ukol sa PAGPAPASALAMAT, sanhi sa ika LIMANG TAONG BUHAY ng “Iglesia ni Kristo” sa Pilipinas at PAGPAPATONG NG KAMAY sa kapatid na Felix Manalo sa tungkuling pagkapastor at tagapamahala ng Iglesia. Ito’y idaraos sa Sine “Gloria” blg, 1649 daang Sande, Tundo, Maynila sa ika-25 ng Disyembre ng taong ito. Sa ganap na ikawalo ng umaga (8:00 a.m.) ng nasabing araw.

Lubos ang aming pag-asa na pararangalan ng inyong pagharap ang nabanggit na pagdiriwang sa araw at oras na nabanggit.

Ang mga gumagalang,

Gustino Casanova Pang. Ng Lupon

Teodoro Santiago Kalihim ng Lupon

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Friday, October 10, 2003

Vote for the Truth, and the Truth shall Set others Free
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Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Assignment ni Luchie Cruz Valdez, Isang malaking kasinungalingan
October 9, 2003

Isa na namiag malaking kasinungalingan ang ginawa ng babaeng natatakpan na ng pera! Si Lichi Cruz Valdez na isang journalist (na walang dignidad at paninindigan sa katotohanan sa report nya kay Bro Eli sa Assignment).

Ang babaeng ito ay isang malaking kasiraan sa mundo ng News Media and Broadcasting dahil sa hindi matuwid na paglalahad ng kanyang report sa Media lalo na sa taong bayan na ang hanap ay katotohanan (dapat ang itawag sa reporting mo Lichi alam mo kung ano? ASSignment kasi isang malaking katarantaduhan ang ginagawa mo sa iyong paghahanap buhay. Hindi mo baa lam na iyo ring pinapahamak ang iyong sariling mga mahal sa buhay dahil sa ginagawa mo? Kung hindi ka naaawa sa mga kababayan mong Pilipino at pati na ang mga nasa ibang bansa maawa ka naman sa mga taong mahal mo sa buhay. Mahiya ka sa balat mo Lichi Cruz Valdez alam mo kung ano ang totoo na talagang bumubulong bulong ka sa Report o Video na pinakita ng Ang Dating Daan Channel SBN 21. Huwag kang magsinungaling! Huwag mong lokohin ang taong bayan! Kung kaya mo ginagawa yan ay dahil sa PERA! KAWAWA KA NAMAN. ANG TAWAG SAYO ISANG TAONG MUKHANG PERA. MUKHANG PERA! WALANG HIYA KA AT HINDI KA NA NAHIYA SA PAGPUPUTOL MO NG VIDEO.

Sa mga taong nakapanood, papayag ba kayo na ginagago kayo ng Lichi Cruz Valdez ng ABS CBN Assignment? Tatangkilikin nyo pa po ba ang ganitong mga kasinungalingan? KAYO PO ANG HUMATOL SA MGA TAONG ITO.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2003

ABS-CBN Management Against Bro Eli Soriano "Special Assignment Featured last Oct 1, 2003 11:30 pm Channel 2" Philippines

ABS-CBN management,

Tungkol sa featured nyo sa Special Assignment ni Luchi Cruz Valdez, sana naman mag practice kayo ng fair journalism. Halata naman na ang layon ng programang inyong pinalabas ay upang sirain si Bro Eli Soriano. At mga tape na ginamit ay galing sa Iglesia ni Kristo ni Manalo na walang pahintulot na ilabas ng mga taga dating daan,



Sinasabi nyo pa naman na 50 years na kayo! Kahiya hiya naman ng dahil sa pera nasusuhulan kayo para manira, masisira rin kayo.

Huwag sana kayo magpagamit at masilaw sa salapi! Dahil may katapusan yan.

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Friday, September 26, 2003


There are preachers who forbid their members from eating pork. And they compel their members to abide by this prohibition. But if they are really sincere about it, how come they are allowing their members to raise hogs? Because, the moment these hogs are sold, their members give the 10% of their earnings to their preachers.

If we are just going to think about it, if it is really forbidden to eat pork, then they must also forbid their members from raising hogs. If in the beginning, the people were forbidden to even touch pigs/hogs, what more if you are going to take care of them – from the time that they are piglets until they become saleable!

How dare are these pastors who claim that eating pork is forbidden, yet, they get a portion from the sales of their hog-raiser members! We hope that you will be able to discern the real motives of your pastors. We are not maligning their persons; we are just telling the truth.

And again, this thing is happening because these pastors have come up with their own interpretation of the Bible. That is why, it is very risky to follow preachers who interpret the Bible by themselves, especially when it comes to money matters. Their explanation and their interpretation are motivated by their vested interests. No wonder they have become very rich! If you follow this kind of preachers, you are, in effect, risking your salvation!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003


In Mat. 6:5, this is what our Lord Jesus Christ said, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”

Here, our Lord Jesus Christ is teaching the Christians that, whenever they pray, they must not do what the hypocrites do. These hypocrites are fond of standing as they pray in synagogues and street corners because they want to be seen by people. Please, bear in mind that the main issue here is, they pray “to be seen by other people.” And for this reason, Jesus Christ forbade His Christian followers to pray if being seen by others. Otherwise, they will not merit any reward from God. Christ said, “Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”

In praying, our Lord Jesus Christ prescribed a definite manner, which must be followed by the Christians. This is written in Mat. 6:6. “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

It is clear that Christ is commanding us to pray in secret, and the only parties that must know about the same is our God and the suppliant.

This is the reason why, we can say that, what most of the religious organizations today are doing is wrong, especially those who have radio and television programs. They pray while in front of a television camera. That is a clear manifestation of their hypocrisy. In other words, if praying, while standing up, in synagogues and street corners is already against the will of God, what more if you are going to pray over radio and television.

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Salvation comes from God, whom the Bible calls as the Living God and Savior. God is employing a human being in order for His will to be fulfilled … and that is the salvation of man.

Our Lord Jesus Christ will bring two kinds of salvation, thru the Bible. At the time He assumed human form, He saved Israel from its sinfulness. That was written in Mat.1:21. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

However, when He comes again, for the second time, He will bring salvation to the faithful. And, the Bible is teaching us how we can be one of those that our Lord Jesus Christ will save come judgment day.

The first verse that we ought to pay attention to is Ephe. 3:6. “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel.”

St. Paul, the Apostle, said, “The Gentiles should be fellow heirs.” But before we continue analyzing this verse, let us find out from the Bible who were being referred to as “Gentiles,” who were also called “heirs.” In Ephe. 2:11-12, this is what was written: “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.”

In those lines, St. Paul was reminding the Christians in Ephesus of their former conditions. According to the Bible, during that time, “they were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel.” Therefore, Biblically speaking, the Gentiles are those who were apart from Christ. They were “strangers from the covenants of promise,” … they were the hopeless, … and they were without a God in the world because they were not a part of Israel. And we, who are living at the present time, may also be called Gentiles if we are going to use the Bible as our basis.

According to St. Paul, for the Gentiles to be a part of the salvation that comes from our Lord Jesus Christ, they have to be made parts first of the body. And only after that will they become partakers of a promise in Christ by the Gospel.

You will notice that St. Paul made reference to a “body” … a body into which the Gentiles must integrate themselves so that they also become heirs. The explanation to that may be read in Col.1:18. “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Therefore, the body whose head is Christ is the CHURCH. At this point, we must understand that the Gentiles, like us, must join the body, or the Church. And when we say that we must join the Church, it means that we no longer have to build any. We no longer have to establish our own church just for us to become partakers of a promise in Christ.

And whenever we say “join,” or be a part of the body, of the Church, it denotes that, there is already an existing Church … in fact, this Church had already been existing even before the promise of salvation was given to the Gentiles. There was already an existing Church even before Paul was made apostle. … And this was the same Church that our Lord Jesus Christ taught, when he assumed human form. … And there can never be another church.

Today, there are preachers who claim that another church had appeared in the Philippines. And according to them, this church was different from the one in Israel. If this is the case, it would appear that, despite the fact that there was already a church in Israel, another church appeared in the Philippines. As far as the Bible is concerned, such a belief is wrong because, according to St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, in 4:4, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.”

There is just one body … there is no other body. And the proof that there is only one body can be read in Col. 3:15. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which ye are called in one body; and ye be thankful.”

Here, St. Paul was addressing the brethren who, in the beginning were Gentiles, but were eventually called to one body. In other words, the body that the early Christians (the Israelites) made themselves a part of, is also the same body, or church, into which the Gentiles were being called upon to join. Now, if the Gentiles will just integrate themselves to the body, then, the Church will remain ONE.

It is against the teachings of God, and of the Holy Scripture, that other churches be built in other places, let’s say in the US, or in England, or in Germany, or in Rome. They also claim that another church had also been founded in the Philippines. The truth is, God did not give any right to anybody to build his own church. It is indeed disgusting that today, a lot of ministers build churches of their own. They deliberately oppose and defy what the Bible said – that, the Gentiles, like us, must join or make ourselves a part of the body, or the Church, for us to be saved.

And what is the reason why we must abide by it? It is because, as far as God is concerned, He did not give anybody His consent to build a church right now in our time. This is what Psalms 127:1 says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that built it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

The verse mentioned of a “house,” which becomes useless if it is not built by the Lord. Let us now ask the Bible. What is being referred to as the “house, ” which only God has the right to build? In I Tim. 3:15, it says, “But if I tarry long , that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

If you have noticed, in the New Testament, the word house refers to the Church of God. This is, truly, the house of God because it was built by God, Himself. That is why, if, in our time, you come across churches, whose founders were also their ministers, you can be sure that they are NOT REAL!

The Bible teaches only one church that each of us must join, for us to be saved by Jesus Christ. In fact, the Church in the Bible will become God's instrument in making the Gentiles heirs to the promise of eternal life. This is what was written in Ephe, 3:10-11, “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose of which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Therefore, the church is the medium that God uses in order to make known “the principalities and powers in heavenly places the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose.” If there are Gentiles who want to go back to God, to be worthy of salvation which will come from our Lord Jesus Christ, they must make themselves a part of the body, or the Church. And all of those who claim that the church is no longer necessary are all liars and deceivers!

Now, we may ask, what could be the reason why, instead of just joining the Church of God, they preferred to build their own churches? We can read the answer in Romans 10:2-3. “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
What could be the motive of these people who built their own churches? In Isa. 56:10-11, it says, “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark: sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds, that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain, from his quarter.”

What is the reason why they turned to their own way? Why did they build their own church, and teach their own doctrines? According to the Bible, it is because each of them only thought of personal gains. In other words, these pastors are teaching and preaching only for personal gains … only for money! Aside from that, the Bible also said that, they are never satisfied with what they have. In fact, formerly, the people that we see in the streets that are asking for alms are the needy--the beggars, who are financially hard up. We see them dirty, and they wear tattered clothes. But nowadays, aside from those beggars, there are other mendicants in the streets. But unlike the beggars, these mendicants are well-dressed. They even wear long sleeved shirt and necktie. And in their desire to solicit as much alms, they capitalize on the name of the Lord. They deceive people by saying that the alms that they give are offerings to the Lord.

Beware of those people! What they do is a clear deception. They tell the people that the money they give is for the Lord, but the truth is, they are using the money in constructing buildings and mansions, and even palaces, for their pastors. And why have those pastors gone to that point? According to a prophecy in the Bible, it is because these pastors are like greedy dogs, whose stomachs are never filled. And at this point, it is no longer surprising to see religious leaders acting like dogs. This is what the Apostle Peter prophesied in II Pet. 2:1-3. “But there were false prophets who among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And though covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

The ulterior motive of these false prophets is to make business out of religion. They make business out of the people’s faith. They teach damnable heresies whose inevitable end is destruction and damnation. It’s a shame that they are even addressed as “reverend,” “most reverend,” or “his eminence.” This is but a confirmation that they are really fond of earthly honors. Of course, we are not saying that all of them are like that but what I am saying is that, those titles of respect are not supposed to be used by men. This is in Psalms 111:9. “He sent redemption unto his people he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”

In the entire Bible, it is only in this verse that the word “reverend” was used. And this word is attributed only to the Lord. However, today, so many preachers have attached the word “reverend” to their names. They do not even show shamefulness to the Lord. They have been trying persistently to make themselves of equal rank to God.

Ironically though, most of those so-called “reverend” are cheaters and liars. They are only using religion to amass wealth. They are using their religious organizations as a front to their business. Actually, if you are going to study the beginnings of many pastors today, you will find out that most of them were but good-for-nothing loafers. But today, they are already millionaires … living in plush palaces … riding very expensive cars.

But our group believes that, in serving God, benefits and personal gains must be out of the question. In fact, in serving God, you have to sacrifice a lot, in terms of material things. Serving God is rewarding only in matters of spirituality. Anyone who thinks that religion is a means of enriching oneself is not of God! That is what I Tim.6:3-5 says. “If any man teach otherwise and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrines which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and stifes of words whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

We must avoid those kinds of beliefs because they will never help us in attaining salvation. Instead, they will just bring us to destruction and damnation.

Do you want to be a part of our Lord’s salvation come judgment day? The Bible teaches us how. Everyone must make himself a part of the Church, which is written in the Bible – The CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS, PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH.

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The Bible

The Bible refers to the Holy Scriptures. The topic that we are going to study is, “SHOULD THE BIBLE BE INTERPRETED? We will try to answer this question by referring to what the Holy Scriptures teaches. We found it necessary to discuss with you this subject matter inasmuch as, at present, many religions have deviated from what the Bible really teaches. … And this can be attributed to the fact that they have wrongly interpreted the Bible, just like what our Lord said in Mat. 22:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”

There are people who believe that all religions are but one and the same in the eyes of God, and that, the only difference lies in the manner by which a certain religious belief is explained. … However, this belief ought to undergo a thorough scrutiny, by referring to the Bible. And why are we saying this? It is because it is not true that the Bible should be interpreted by man! God did not give anybody any right to interpret the Bible! And nobody can claim, not even a person who had obtained a degree, like Law for instance, that he can explain the Bible … even if he follows the principles of hermeneutics! There are preachers who think that, through hermeneutics they can rightfully understand the Bible.

We believe that the laws of men do not apply here. They do not contribute in developing correct interpretation and understanding of the Bible. We do not have to follow any set of principles formulated by men because we believe that even before we came to existence the Bible had already been explained. The meaning of everything that had been written there had already been explained in the past. And for this reason, if our concern is our salvation … if we are seeking the light that will lead our souls to the kingdom of God … the only thing that we have to do is, read the Bible. Do not interpret it.

Our intention in tackling this subject matter is, to prove to each and everyone that what we are saying is true, and not to malign and discredit other religious organizations. And neither are we after exalting ourselves. We hope that you’ll not develop that impression. Although in an undertaking like this, it is inevitable that we criticize some preachers who are using the Bible the way they want to.

We are hoping that this study will open your minds. Let us scrutinize our faith … if called for, let us develop “second thoughts”, let us not be fanatics … let us not just cling to what our pastors and ministers are telling us. What is right and proper is that, we cling to what the Bible teaches. Do not just do things simply because you want to, or simply because you like your pastor. That will not be in accordance to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.

And for us to realize its importance, let us begin analyzing our subject matter. By referring to the teachings of the Bible, let us find out if there is a need for man to interpret the Bible? Or, had the Bible already been interpreted by the authorities that God, Himself, had commissioned? That is our first question. Now, let us read Romans 16:25-26. “Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.”

In those paragraphs, St. Paul is clearly telling us that, the mystery that was kept secret through the ages has already been made manifest now. The question is, when is that “now”? Does it refer to the 90’s, so that 10 years from now and we will be led to the year 2000? The “now” that St. Paul referred to, is not our present time! It referred to that particular time when St Paul was preaching this particular teaching. It, therefore, refers to the time of the Apostles.

In other words, even before we were born, God had already made manifest the mystery that had been kept secret since the beginning. He revealed it during the time of the Apostles, and these Apostles were the ones given by God the authority to explain the writings of the Prophets. The early writings in the Bible had been explained by our Lord Jesus Christ to the Apostles. And to prove that the Bible had already been explained in the past, let us read Col. 1:24-26. “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind, of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from the ages and from generation, but now is made manifest to his saints.”

What St. Paul said in these paragraphs is clear. He said, “I am made a minister according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you to fulfill the word of God.” Please, pay a close attention to the next lines. “Even the mystery which hath been hid from the ages, and from generation, but now is made manifest to his saints.” In other words, what St. Paul was referring to when he said, “now is made manifest to his saints” is the mystery that had been kept secret for generations. Therefore, can anybody now claim that, God left a certain mystery unexplained for these pastors to explain by themselves? Doing that is clear act of deception.

The Apostles had, long ago, explained the mystery that had been hidden from the ages and from generations. … And the Apostles had made it manifest to the saints.

There are preachers who say, “I am going to explain this particular paragraph … This is what it means … or, This is my interpretation to that particular verse …” Those who dare do that are all “anti-Christ”. In the first place, who are they to interpret the words of God? Actually, even if we are going to talk about matters that pertain to humans, there are instances when a man finds difficulty in understanding the words of his fellowman because, he does not exactly know how the other feels inside. What more if it concerns the words of God? The more man will have difficulty in understanding and explaining them!

And what is ironic is that, most of those who claim that they are pastors and God-sent are not really pastors and God-sent, in the truest sense of the words. Instead, they just pretend to be one. Most of them had just been trapped in such a situation, and they could no longer find their way out. Why am I saying all these? You see, my fellowmen, today, there are many so-called preachers who loiter in market places, trying to preach. But from the way they talk, you can readily discern that they were just trapped in that situation. And even if they are fully aware that what they do is wrong, they still opt to go on.

Now, what are we trying to show you? There are preachers who would just read a verse, or a paragraph, from the Bible. And after reading it, he will start giving his own interpretation to that passage. And because of this practice, a lot of our fellowmen have been misled … they have gone astray. Do you know the reason why many pastors do that? Let us read the pronouncement in Isa. 56:11. “Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.”

Meaning to say that, they have gone to their own way – a way, which was not taught by God. As mentioned, each of them only considered his personal gain. It is utterly evil if a preacher is being driven only by his desire to extract as much benefits from his members. This is the reason why, whenever the commandment on the giving of donations is being read from the Bible, various interpretations are being given to it by different religious leaders … all of them are geared towards the solicitation of bigger amounts of money. Beware of those kind of religious leaders! They are harmful!

But why will a man surely fail should he dare interpret the Bible by himself? The answer in Isa. 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heaven are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher that your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Today, with the aid of modern science, many experts have seen galaxies, which were never seen by the previous generations. Even the scientists have seen many marvelous things in the outer space. However, until now, no expert has ever given yet the exact distance between the heavens and the earth. The scientific device that would reach to what the Bible referred to as “heaven of heavens” is yet to be invented. And for that reason, no human being can ever succeed in fathoming the thoughts of God. It is impossible for man, especially for preachers whose only concern is his personal gains, reach the thought of the Lord. Let us go over what St. Peter said in 1:19-21. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in the old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

The words of God that the Apostles bore were compared to a light that shines in a dark place. St. Peter said, “no prophecy of the Scriptures is of any private interpretation.” And because of this, the laws of men can never be used as a basis in explaining the Bible. It is only with the laws of men, and the books authored by men, that we can give our individual interpretations to. But we cannot do that with the Bible! Why? Because verses 20-21 said, “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Therefore, the giving of interpretation had been completed during the time of the Apostles.

Now, how are we going to prove (by using the Bible) that the Bible is already an interpreted book? The Bible does not have to be interpreted. All that one has to do is read and search the Book of the Lord. Let us read what was written in Isa. 34:16. “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded and his spirit it hath gathered them.”

It says, “seek ye.” What must we do? Are we going to interpret it? NO! The instruction is clear: Search the book of the Lord. And what must we do as we search? We must read it! It did not say “interpret it” – just “search” and “read.” Why? “No one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate for my mouth it hath commanded and his spirit it hath gathered them.” It clearly states that, it had been commanded by the mouth of the Lord and gathered by His spirit. Therefore, in order to comprehend how the words are connected to each other, these words have to be gathered by the Spirit of God.… And these words had been gathered ever since, and everything that ought to be explained, for man to understand, had already been explained. And for this reason, it will pose a great harm should a person dare to interpret the Bible by himself.

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Opening Statement

The peace of our Lord God may be with us all, our fellow countrymen and friends. Once again, we will discuss with you some very important principles of faith by God in the Holy Scriptures. And like what we always articulate with you, our intention is to stir sensible scrutiny of our religious faith. As we all know, faith is a very important aspect in one man's life. It means salvation to our soul. Thus, if we are misguided by our own pastors to follow erroneous manner of delivering service to God, this puts to danger not only our very soul, but all of our beloved family's whom we are leading.

It is not too late for us to engage in a thorough study of the essential problems in religious faith, because this is where conflict and misunderstanding by different existing religious groups and sects in our country and in different parts of the globe entered. For this reason we felt obliged to impart with you one important aspect of faith and this pertains to that One Book that is used by almost all religious groups who are claiming to be Christians.

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Ang Dating Daan Bible Exposition Online is the online edition of the said religious program, which is aired through various waves of the latest communication facilities on radio and television, and the internet.

The program is headed by the most controversial and the most sensible preacher in our time, who is none other than Brother Eli F. Soriano, accompanied by co-hosts, Bro. Josel Mallari, Bro. Danny Navales, Bro. Willy Santiago and Sis. Luz Cruz.

The program aims to propagate the true and everlasting Gospel of Christ based on the Bible, convert sinners to believe and glorify God. Only the Church can teach the wisdom of God in the salvation of mankind.

The program can be viewed over the facilities of Southern Broadcasting Network Channel 21 in Luzon, Cebu, and Davao and heard over the facilities of the most powerful radio networks in the Philippines – DZRH, RMN, and 100 Radyo Natin Stations Nationwide, and now stretching to all corners of the world, the program streams over the facilities of the internet thru www.angdatingdaan.org and http://webtv.angdatingdaan.net.

Our Central Office can be found at the ADD Convention Center, Brgy. Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga with satellite offices all over the Philippines and the world.

# posted by photojazz : 10:29 PM

Republic of the Philippines
Securities and Exchange Commission
EDSA, Greenhills, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila

S.E.C. Reg. No. AN094-000703



THIS IS TO CERTIFY that the By-Laws of the


Copy annexed, adopted by the majority of the members on January 27, 1994, certified to by a majority of the Board of Trustees and countersigned by the Secretary of the corporation, was approved by this Office on the 21st day of April, 1995, pursuant to the provisions of Section 46 of the Corporation Code of the Philippines, Batas Pambansa Blg. 68, approve on May 1, 1980, and attached to the other papers pertaining to said corporation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of this Commission to be affixed at Mandaluyong, Metro-Manila, Philippines, this 21st day of April, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-five.

Sonia M. Ballo
Corporate and Legal Department

# posted by photojazz : 10:29 PM


Ang Dating Daan Bible Exposition Online is the online edition of the said religious program, which is aired through various waves of the latest communication facilities on radio and television, and the internet.

The program is headed by the most controversial and the most sensible preacher in our time, who is none other than Brother Eli F. Soriano, accompanied by co-hosts, Bro. Josel Mallari, Bro. Danny Navales, Bro. Willy Santiago and Sis. Luz Cruz.

The program aims to propagate the true and everlasting Gospel of Christ based on the Bible, convert sinners to believe and glorify God. Only the Church can teach the wisdom of God in the salvation of mankind.

The program can be viewed over the facilities of Southern Broadcasting Network Channel 21 in Luzon, Cebu, and Davao and heard over the facilities of the most powerful radio networks in the Philippines – DZRH, RMN, and 100 Radyo Natin Stations Nationwide, and now stretching to all corners of the world, the program streams over the facilities of the internet thru www.angdatingdaan.org and http://webtv.angdatingdaan.net.

Our Central Office can be found at the ADD Convention Center, Brgy. Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga with satellite offices all over the Philippines and the world.

# posted by photojazz : 10:28 PM

For other organizations with the same name, see Church of God International (disambiguation).

For other uses, see Church of God (disambiguation).

Members Church of God International

Official Seal

ClassificationNontrinitarianism, Restorationism
Overall ServantEli Soriano
HeadquartersADD Convention Center, Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines
FounderEliseo Soriano
(as registrant for the Philippine government)
OriginApril 20, 1980
Pampanga, Philippines
Separated fromIglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God in Christ Jesus the Pillar and Support of the Truth)
Congregations1,360 as monitoring/coordinating centers[1][2][3]
Aid organizationADD Foundation International
Kamanggagawa Foundation
Tertiary institutionsLa Verdad Christian College
Other name(s)Ang Dating Daan, ADD, MCGI
Official websitewww.mcgi.org

Members Church of God International, abbreviated as MCGI, is an international Christian religious organization with headquarters in the Philippines. It started as a small group with less than a hundred believers in 1977. It is popularly known in the Philippines as Ang Dating Daan (English: The Old Path; abbreviated as ADD), the title of its flagship radio and television program and currently the longest-running religious program in the Philippines[4] with BrotherEliseo Soriano as its "Overall Servant" (Former title: "Presiding Minister").

Members Church of God International believes that the Almighty God, the Father sent his begotten Son, Jesus Christ, instrumental in the establishment of the "Church of God", first planted in Jerusalem and preached by the apostles. They believe that Gentile nations, including the Philippines, are partakers of the promise of eternal life, through belief in Jesus Christ and the gospel and are not authorized by God to establish their own church, but mere members associated with the same "body" or the church written in the gospel by accepting it and executing the doctrines written by the apostles.[5] Guided by this scriptural principle, the church's registered name contains descriptive words "ang mga kaanib" in Tagalog or "members" in English to emphasize the group's association today, as "members" of the "Church of God" that is already established long time ago and was written in the Bible.

On April 25, 1980, in compliance with government regulations, Eliseo Soriano registered the group with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as Ang Mga Kaanib sa Iglesia ng Dios Kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohan, sa Bansang Pilipinas (English: Members of the Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Ground of Truth in the Philippines). In 2004, its registered name was changed to "Members Church of God International" (Tagalog: Mga Kaanib sa Iglesia ng Dios na Pandaigdig) in line with the church's overseas expansion.

For them, the church's primary objective, as commanded by Jesus Christ, is to propagate the gospel unto all nations until the consummation of the ages, convert sinners to believe and glorify God and to make them qualify for the eternal life in heaven.[5][6] Currently, MCGI is present in six inhabited continents of the world with more than 1,360 established local congregations.[7][8] Its flagship program Ang Dating Daan is being broadcast in more than 70 countries,[9] in five languages over terrestrial television, radio, internet and carried by at least seven satellites across the globe.[10]

They believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit but they adopt a nontrinitarianism orientation, rejecting the Trinitarian concept that there is "one God in three co-equal persons", which for them is against the Bible. They believe that the Father is greater than all, greater than Jesus Christ as declared by Christ himself. They do not observe customs and traditions which they consider to have pagan origins incompatible with Christianity. MCGI members prefer themselves to be called and identified as plain "Christians".

MCGI is not related to the many Church of God groups that descended from the Barney Creek Meeting House revival of the late 19th century in the United States.


The Members Church of God International in the Philippines rooted from a similar denomination, the Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Support of the Truth) which was first led by Brother Nicolas Antiporda Perez in Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines in 1928. On December 10, 1936, the Church was registered with the Philippine government by Brother Nicolas Antiporda Perez as first church Presiding Minister with a Central Office in Natividad St., Pasay, Rizal (now Pasay City). Since the year the church was established, church workers were being sent to the nearby provinces around Manila.

Brother Nicolas Antiporda Perez, lead the church from 1928 until the time of his death in May 1975, the church was then a small group with less than hundred congregations.

After Perez's death in 1975, Levita Gugulan, the secretary-general of the church, succeeded as presiding minister; Soriano countered the authority of Gugulan. On February 21, 1976, BrotherEliseo Soriano, the only ordained minister by Perez, together with 16 other members created a schism and began a new church organization called "Mga Kaanib Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas" (translated as "Members Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Ground of Truth in the Philippine Nation") which was officially registered in 1977.[11]

In 1980, missionary works started and was first done in the towns of Pampanga and then, the neighboring provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, and Metro Manila. In the last quarter of 1980, the church launched the radio program Ang Dating Daan (ADD). Through the local radio station DWWA 1206 kHz, ADD was heard in many parts of the Philippine Archipelago. The program became popular in the Philippines because of its live question and answer portion. In 1983, the program kicked off its national television appearance through IBC Channel 13. Ang Dating Daan as a program in radio made its stint in RJTV 29, PTV 4, SBN 21, and now UNTV.

In 2004, the church changed its name to "Members Church of God International". On January 7, 2006, the first live Bible exposition in the United States was held in Los Angeles, California. In 2008, Bible Expositions were conducted in the continent of Oceania bringing forth the first congregation in Papua New Guinea. In the same year, congregations were established in Ghana, West Africa as a result of a series of Bible studies in Africa. The early months of 2009 saw the Church introduced in Latin America.[12]

A schism in MCGI happened in 2009 when Willy Santiago, one of the bible readers of Brother Eliseo Soriano in his radio and TV programs had a dispute over the church leadership succession and "erratic" changes in church doctrines (such as prostrating towards the east in prayer and Sabbath). This resulted twelve MCGI members including Willy Santiago to split from the group in October 2009 and established a new religion, the Members Church of God in Jesus Christ Worldwide or MCGJCW, with membership now consists mostly of former MCGI followers.[13]

Organization and administration

The organization is managed by the MCGI Central Administration under the MCGI Workers Ministry. It is composed of the Overall Servants (Tagalog: Mga Lingkod Pangkalahatan), council of Helpers of the Ministry (Tagalog: Mga Katulong ng Pangangasiwa abbreviated as "KNP") and Church Workers (Tagalog: Mga Manggagawa).[14]

Overall Servants

Currently, BrotherEliseo Soriano is the Overall Servant (Tagalog: Lingkod Pangkalahatan) to MCGI (formerly called as Presiding Minister or Tagapangasiwang Pangkalahatan in Tagalog) and his deputy, BrotherDaniel Razon is the Vice Overall Servant (Tagalog: Pangalawang Lingkod Pangkalahatan, formerly called as Vice Presiding Minister or Pangalawang Tagapangasiwang Pangkalahatan in Tagalog).[15] They supervise the entire organization, implement policies and projects, teach the Helpers of the Ministry (formerly called as Assistants to the Administration, Ministers-in-Charge, abbreviated as "MIC" and Officers-in-Charge, abbreviated as "OIC") and Church Workers all the doctrines of Christ and oversee rightful execution of duties and responsibilities assigned to them, including other officials in various church ministries and organizations.[14] The Overall Servant prepares the outline of Biblical topics (Tagalog: paksa) and preach sermons.[16] A part of it will be delivered and discussed by his deputy. Preaching of Biblical topic is done by the Overall Servants, either live or recorded, which is being aired in all MCGI local congregations. They also personally take time to resolve spiritual and personal problems of members every Thanksgiving gathering, during the consultation period.[16]

Helpers of the Ministry and Workers

Helpers of the Ministry supervise a church "Division" (Tagalog: Dibisyon) referring to a geographical region in the Philippines or group of countries in a continent such as Asia Oceania.[17] Area Servants (Tagalog: Lingkod Pampook, formerly called as Tagapangasiwang Pampook and abbreviated as "TP") oversee a church "District" (Tagalog: Distrito) referring to one Philippine province.[14] Assigned Church Workers administer various church services such as Prayer Meetings, Worship Services, Indoctrination Sessions, Bible Studies, Bible Expositions, and Thanksgiving in local congregations.[14] They are allowed to communicate official memorandum signed by the Overall Servants and preside over matters and activities concerning the local church. Brethren can personally seek spiritual or personal advice from Workers, who were trained during ministerial classes,[18] in giving Biblical advice and recommendations.


Much of their funding is provided by voluntary contributions from members and personal donations from the Overall Servants. MCGI does not practice tithing and neither accept any contribution or donation from non-members nor offer any religious service in return for any financial payment.[16][19][20]

Geographic distribution and membership

As of 2015, Members Church of God International has established more than 1,360[21] congregations in the Philippines and abroad, up from a total of 1,280 locales reported in 2014.[22]

Congregations are grouped into geographical divisions mainly the Philippines, South America,[22] North America and Canada,[23][24] Asia Oceania,[25] Middle East[26] and Europe, Israel and Africa Division.[27] The official website of the church reported its presence in 46 countries and territories as of 2010.[28]

Since its arrival in South America in 2009, MCGI sees a growing number of locales in the continent. As of 2015, it reported 237 established locales in Brazil, including those in Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Florianópolis.[29] More than a hundred other locations in Brazil receive preaching through DVDs and internet streaming links.[30] In Latin America, the church reported 195 established locales and another 60[29] locales currently being established, with only three countries left to reach.[30]

MCGI keeps a formal number of members but does not openly reveal it. In 2015, the church gained more than 20,000 new members through regular mass baptisms.[29]

Propagation and evangelism

See also: Broadcast ministry of Members Church of God International

They believe that an important duty and obligation of the members of the church is to propagate the gospel on earth until the consummation of the ages.[5]Eliseo Soriano began his nightly town-to-town preaching in the 1970s but eventually realized that his lifetime is not enough to reach the entire Philippines. In the 1980s he decided to use emerging media such as radio and television.

Radio and television

The 30-minute AM radio program of Ang Dating Daan began in 1980 followed by its television debut 1983 on IBC-13. Later, it was transferred to RJTV-29, PTV-4 and SBN-21. In 1999, the program was heard nationwide through DZRH, RMN and 100 Radyo Natin stations. In 2004, UNTV-37 became its permanent home through a blocktime agreement with the Progressive Broadcasting Corporation. UNTV-37 is a free-to-air network and also carried by major cable networks and direct-to-home providers. In 2012, UNTV Radio La Verdad 1350 kHz was launched covering Mega Manila.

TV Verdade (English: Truth TV) was founded in 2009. It airs O Caminho Antigo, the Portuguese version of Ang Dating Daan through local channels in Brazil. Later, TV Verdade became the "free television arm" of Members Church of God International when it was granted a permit by the Ministério das Comunicações (English: Ministry of Communications) of Brazil to build and operate its own broadcast network. Currently, MCGI operates five relay stations in Minas Gerais, the second most populous state in Brazil. TV Verdade is currently rolling out more than 20 relay stations in the state of Paraná starting with the activation of its relay station in Cornélio Procópio. In 2012, the church launched TV La Verdad (English: Truth TV), its broadcast arm for Spanish-speaking countries airing the 24/7 broadcast of El Camino Antiguo in El Salvador.

Between 2010 and 2011, the church reached the airwaves of India, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Portugal by acquiring timeslots in local television channels. To further boost viewership, it acquired a 30-minute slot in Fox Channel which is carried by 50 cable networks in Central America and South America. Later, the church acquired timeslots in Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. In 2013, the program was aired in Mexico via Gala TV. It was followed by broadcasts in Dominican Republic, Spain, Equatorial Guinea and soon in Cuba.

In December 2016, TV Verdade HD was launched in high definition (HD) format (1080p) for households in South America including Central America and some parts of North America via SES-6.[31]

Satellite broadcast

In 2004, MCGI tapped GlobeCast to air the TOP Channel in United States and Canada via a direct-to-home satellite broadcast. In 2010, it was aired in the Philippines via Dream Satellite TV. Currently, MCGI programs reach more than 70 countries in six inhabited continents via TV Verdade, TV La Verdad, The Truth Channel and UNTV using the services of at least seven satellite providers.

MCGI Worldwide Satellite TV Broadcast


SES NSS 806 (SES 6)

TV VerdadeC Band FTA40.5°W4168 MHzLeft (L)2400-2/3
TV La VerdadC Band FTA40.5°W4178 MHzLeft (L)3200-3/4

North America | South America | Europe | North Africa


Galaxy 19

The Truth TV (The Old Path)Ku Band97 ° W12060 MHzHorizontal (H)22000-3/4

North America USA • Canada • Mexico • Saint Pierre & Miquelon Greenland | Central America Guatemala • Belize, Costa Rica • El Salvador Honduras • Nicaragua Panama • Caribbean • Antigua & Barbuda • Cuba Bahamas • Barbados • Dominican Republic • Dominica • Grenada • Haiti • Saint Kitts & Nevis Saint Lucia • Jamaica • Saint Vincent & The Grenadines • Aruba • Trinidad • Tobago, Anguilla • Bermuda Bonaire • Martinique Monsterrat • Saba • Navassa Island • Puerto Rico


Eutelsat Hotbird 13D (Hotbird 6/8/9)

The Old Path TVKu Band13.0° E10815 MHzHorizontal (H)27500-5/6

North America Morocco • Algeria • Western Sahara • Tunisia • Libya • Egypt | Western Asia Israel • Lebanon • Syria • Jordan • Turkey • Iraq • Saudi Arabia • U.A.E. • Bahrain • Qatar • Armenia • Azerbaijan • Georgia • Kuwait | Central Asia | South Asia | Europe | Western Russia | Northwestern China


Thaicom 5

TV VerdadeC Band78.53551 MHzHorizontal (H)13333-3/4

Asia | Europe | Australia | Africa


Star One C2

TV VerdadeC Band70.0° W3947 MHzHorizontal (H)7200-2/3

South America Argentina • Bolivia • Brazil • Chile • Colombia • Ecuador • Guyana • Paraguay • Peru • Suriname • Uruguay • Venezuela & The Territories of Falkland Islands • French Guiana • South Georgia • South Sandwich Islands


Measat 3A Global

UNTV LifeC Band FTA91.5° E3705 MHzHorizontal(H)4290-3/4
C Band Encrypted91.5° E3710 MHzHorizontal(H)2860-3/4

Asia | Australia | Middle East | Europe | Africa
ADD TV is exclusive for MCGI worship services not intended for FTA broadcast

Online media

In 1999, the church joined the world wide web when it launched the www.angdatingdaan.org with video streaming feature. Its English version www.theoldpath.tv went online in 2004.[32] The international website of the church went online www.mcgi.org in 2009.[32] In 2007, Eliseo Soriano published his official blogsite, esoriano.wordpress.com and another blog, Controversy eXtraordinary (CX) in 2014.[33] CX is an expository blog, in five languages, which tackles issues about religion. It has more than 4.5 million page views as of May 2016. In 2012, the church introduced the "MCGI Broadcast App" for Google Android and Apple iOS devices where viewers can watch its programs in four languages.

Print media

The church distributes print and digital materials for free. It publishes the "TOP Magazine", "Believer Newsmagazine" and a newspaper called "Magandang Balita" (English: Good News). Soriano's online blogs are also compiled and printed as "The Blog Magazine". The church has also been acknowledged by the Philippine Bible Society as a regular donor and major distribution partner of Tagalog Bibles. Copies of full-length Ang Dating Daan episodes are also distributed in DVD format.

Beliefs and fundamental doctrines

God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

Members Church of God International believes in the Almighty God, the Father, the begotten Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit but it adopts a nontrinitarianism orientation. The church rejects the traditional doctrine of trinity mainly on its concept that there is "one God in three co-equal persons", which for them, is against the Bible.[34] The church believes that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are not perfectly equal with each other.[34] Adherents believe that the Father and Christ are greater than the Holy Spirit which is being sent by the Father and Christ. They also consider the Father is greater than Jesus Christ, the head of Christ and greater than all.[34]

The Almighty God is also called as "God of Israel" citing Exod 5:1, the creator of the universe (Acts 14:15),[5][35] with his Son, Jesus Christ (John 1:1-14). God cannot lie.[36] God is not omniscient[37] (he does not know ahead of time all future human actions and choices), and God is not omnipresent (he created hell but is not there).

Jesus Christ is the Father's only Begotten Son[5] (in Romanized Greek: Monogenēs theos) as mentioned in John 1:18. For them, Christ is the Wonderful, Counselor, a true and Mighty God,[5] Prince of Peace referred in Isa 9:6. He is the only savior of mankind and the only way to the kingdom of God in heaven (Acts 14:15, 1 Cor 8:5-7, John 14:6; 14:1).[5] He is recognized as the Apostle, High Priest (Heb 3:1) and Mediator (1 Tim 2:5) of the church. They believe that Christ descended on earth from the bosom of the Father, suffered for the redemption of sin, died on the cross, resurrected after three days, ascended to heaven and sat on the right side of God.[38] Christ is talking and acting according to the instruction of the Father (John 12:49; 5:19; 14:10). The church believes in the pre-existence of Jesus Christ in spirit before he was born and manifest in flesh and already teaching the prophets by his spirit.[40]

The Holy Spirit is the "comforter" citing John 14:26, sent by the Father and Christ, to give spiritual happiness and to help the brethren in his or her weaknesses, and to console a believer in times of persecution and trials (Rom 8:26).[35]


Prayer is a basic doctrine in MCGI. All church gatherings, either spiritual or socio-civic, begin and end with prayers. The church believes that it is a commandment of God to live a prayerful life based on 1 Thes 5:17.[41] Praying repetitiously is prohibited.[42] To encourage its members to pray, MCGI launched an exclusive 24/7 prayer service website on March 6, 2011, enabling access to continuous singing of praises and hourly community prayer to God.[43] They believe that it is prohibited to pray in public just to be seen (Matt 6:5). As a discipline, they refrain from showing the act of praying on their television broadcasts, either live or recorded, in public. In November 2013, MCGI launched a community prayer service on UNTV Life and UNTV Radyo La Verdad 1350 kHz. However, only the audio of the community prayer is being aired, to encourage non-brethren to join and participate in praying to God, without necessarily being seen publicly.[44]


MCGI believes that only the Bible or the Holy Scriptures, composed of 66 inspired books, teaches the full wisdom of God for the salvation of man and that no other books should be used as basis for serving God and Jesus Christ.[5]

Relevance of the church

Members of the Church of God International believe that the church built by the Father through Jesus Christ is relevant to salvation.[38][45][46][47] They also believe that the church has a vital influence in a person's thinking, character, priorities and beliefs.[45]

The Church of God in the Bible

Jesus Christ established the church (Matt 16:18),[38] the "Church of God" (2 Cor 1:1, 1 Tim 3:15), not his own but of the Father (Heb 3:4). It is the congregation of the apostles, prophets, teachers and others, and was first planted in the city of Jerusalem, where the preaching of salvation started (Luke 24:47), which was later on scattered and preached by the apostles in different parts of Asia Minor (Acts 8:1, Gal 1:22).[38]

They believe that God is "calling" those people with determination to serve him, bringing them in his fold (1 Pet 1:15-16, 1 Cor 1:9; 1:2), teaching them righteousness after baptism, for their sins to be covered by the priceless blood of Christ poured in Mount Calvary, for the redemption of sin, to make them qualify for life eternal in heaven (Phil 1:27, Eph 2:10; 4:1; 4:10; 4:14).[6][38]

MCGI teaches that Jesus Christ loved the church, sacrificed and gave himself for it, and he will save the church (Eph 5:23).[46] Christ is the "head" of the "body" or the church (Col 1:18).[45] Inside the Church of God, the Lord Jesus Christ and the apostles teach the pure and undefiled religion, written as thrēskeia in the Greek Bible (pronounced as thrace-ki’-ah) which means "worshipping" or the observance of something related to worship. It is where the true religion and worship is being practiced.[45]

People of God in the last days

Members of the Church of God International believe that prophecies written in the Bible are being fulfilled in our days, and the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus (Rev 19:10).[48] They believe that there will be God's people at the time of the end or in the "last days", citing a prophecy written in Dan 12:4; 12:9-10.[48][49] For the MCGI, the advent of the preaching of the "true church" among the Gentiles, referring to all nations outside of Israel (Eph 2:11-12), including the Philippines, is a fulfillment of a Biblical prophecy in Mal 1:11 which states that the name of the Lord God of Israel shall be great among the Gentiles, and will start "from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same". The people of God will offer incense, not a literal incense, but "prayers" (Rev 5:8) to the God of Israel.[48][50]

They also believe that the prophecies written in Isa 24:15 and Jer 30:19-24 were fulfilled in the Philippines and the Church of God International. Prophet Isaiah mentioned about people giving glory to the Lord God of Israel in the "coastlands of the sea in the east" (Revised Standard Version) and "isles of the sea in the east" (King James Version).[49] The MCGI says that the Philippines is a nation with 7,107 islands, geographically located in the Far East direction in the Pacific Ocean, formerly called as "Las Islas Filipinas" (English: Philippine Islands) in honor of King Philip II of Spain.[48] According to MCGI, it is the only country in Asia that believes in the Bible and that takes the Bible as the authority of their faith.[50] Meanwhile, Jeremiah mentioned about people of God in the last days, who will come out with praises and thanksgiving unto the God of Israel, "their nobles shall be of themselves", and "their governor shall proceed from the midst of them". They "will start from few", but God promised that "I will multiply them" and "they shall not be small".[49] They believe that prophet Jeremiah was ordained by the Lord as "prophet unto the nations" based on Jer 1:5.[49]

The MCGI says that aside from starting as a small group in the "east" direction, it is the only congregation in the "last days" that offers a weekly sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the "God of Israel".[48] Further, their overall servant came from among the group he leads and did not came from any other religious group and currently in the "west" to preach the gospel.[48][49]

Members of the Church of God in Bible

They believe that Gentile nations including the Philippines, are partakers of the promise of eternal life (1 John 2:25), through belief in Jesus Christ and the gospel, but are not authorized by God to establish their own church, but mere members associated with the same body or church (Eph 3:6, Col 1:18, 1 Cor 12:27) written in the gospel, by accepting and executing the doctrines written by the apostles (1 John 1:3-4).[38][49][50] The MCGI teaches that we are commanded by God to cleave with the right group (Rom 12:9), to have fellowship (1 John 1:3-4) with God and Jesus Christ, and to disassociate ourselves with false preachers or groups, especially to idol worshippers, as mentioned in Rom 16:17-18 and 2 Cor 6:17.[45]

The church mission

The MCGI believes that Jesus Christ delegated the task of preaching the Word of God, on a global scale, to his apostles based on Matt 28:19-20 and fulfilling this commandment is their primary objective.[51] MCGI aims to propagate the gospel on earth until the consummation of the ages. They believe that only the church can teach the wisdom of God for the salvation of mankind citing Luke 8:1-3, Eph 3:10 and 2 Tim 3:14-17.[5] They believe that this effort is geared towards converting sinners to believe and glorify God (Acts 2:38).

Eschatology and resurrection

MCGI believes that Jesus Christ "will come again" or "will return" (Tagalog: "muling paririto"), rather than using the terminology "second coming" (Tagalog: "ikalawang pagparito") which they consider a mistake by other religious denominations. They strongly believe that Christ came to the earth in many occasions already and his return will not be the "second" citing 1 Cor 10:4-5.[52][53]

They believe that certain and specific "signs" written in the book of Matthew will happen before the return of Christ.[52] Jesus Christ will descend from heaven and those righteous, those saints who died in Christ mentioned in Rev 20:4 will be resurrected first. Those righteous who are still alive will be caught up together with the resurrected saints in the clouds, to meet Jesus Christ in the air citing 2 Thes 4:16-17.

The church believes that Jesus Christ will reign with his saints for another one thousand (1,000) years citing Rev 20:4. Satan will be imprisoned during this period. The remaining people on earth who are still alive, those who were not caught up in the air to meet Christ, will be given a chance to salvation. After the 1,000-year period, another resurrection will occur. God will then judge all people, the living and the dead, according to what they have done. This will happen on God's appointed "day", the "judgment day" or the "last day" citing Acts 17:31. Those who will not merit salvation will be thrown into the "lake of fire" (Tagalog: dagát-dagatang apóy), the "second death", the eternal punishment. After the judgment day will be the earth's destruction.


Baptism is a key part in their doctrines. Membership is conferred through immersion baptism of adults.

Indoctrination classes are required prior to joining the organization. The classes are composed of nine lessons concerning church doctrines prepared by the Overall Servant, Eliseo Soriano. Indoctrinees must fully accept the doctrines taught during the indoctrination before they can be baptized.[54]

The church rejects infant baptism. Members not living in accordance with the church's teachings may be excommunicated, or expelled, from the Church.[55]

Members are required to be modest in dress and grooming. Women are prohibited from cutting their hair and wearing expensive jewelry and denim pants, and men are prohibited from having long hair. They are strictly prohibited from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, using drugs, and gambling.

Worship and church gatherings

The congregation meets at least three sessions each week. Meetings are held at MCGI convention centers and monitoring centers, which are typically functional in character, and do not contain religious symbols except for the church logo and reminders for non-members that are prominently displayed. Gatherings are opened and closed with congregational singing of hymns led by the choir and brief prayers.[16] The subject matter for most meetings is the same worldwide. Brethren kneel in prayer while guests are free to stay in their seats.[16] They believe that Christian believers should always attend religious gatherings.[5]

Prayer meeting and worship service

Prayer meetings are held midweek and worship services are held during weekends. In 2011, a Bible-reading segment was added where a chapter or two of the Bible is being read. Meetings are devoted to the study of a Biblical topic, divided in portions, and will be continued in succeeding meetings.[16] Once a month, the congregation gather for a "special" prayer meeting, where a Biblical topic is discussed in full. The prayer meeting has the same format with the worship service except that there are no voluntary contributions during prayer meetings.[16]

Thanksgiving and special events

The church offers a weekly "Thanksgiving to God" (Tagalog: "Pasalamat sa Dios"). Brethren who have prepared themselves to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving will be singing songs of praises live on stage at the ADD Convention Center or at the nearest local church. A Biblical topic will be delivered in full by the Overall Servants followed by a consultation period during food breaks.[16] Every quarter of each year, the congregation gather for a three-day international "Thanksgiving of God's People" or "Pasalamat ng Buong Bayan ng Dios (PBB)" in Tagalog, formerly called as "International Thanksgiving to God (ITG)" and "Pasalamat ng Katawan (PNK)" (English: "Thanksgiving of the Body"). It has a similar format with the weekly thanksgiving except it allows more time for the Biblical topic and the consultation.[16] In 2014, South America served as the host country of the church's quarterly event.[22] The church celebrates "Christian New Year" with a special thanksgiving every first of Nisan, using the Hebrew calendar, which falls around April.[56] The church also commemorates the sacrifice of Jesus Christ every 13th of Nisan.[56]

Places of worship

Main article: ADD Convention Center

The 10-hectare Ang Dating Daan (ADD) compound in Apalit, Pampanga is MCGI's headquarters in the Philippines.[57] It houses the ADD Convention Center where major church gatherings are held and the chapel, a multipurpose venue for the community prayer, indoctrination sessions, prayer meetings and worship services. Other structures inside the compound include the baptistry, administration office, museum, transient home, orphanages, mini-hospital, dormitories for church officers and volunteers, houses for church ministers and workers and school buildings of La Verdad Christian College.

MCGI has established more than a 1,360 local congregations.[21] These venues are also called the Ang Dating Daan Coordinating Centers or MCGI Satellite Monitoring Centers. It is where the brethren meet to attend church gatherings and host indoctrination sessions. Most of the sites are rented spaces in urban and rural communities in the Philippines and abroad. Equipped with C-bandsatellite dish antenna and high-speed broadband connection, these sites are able to receive real-time broadcast feeds emanating from the headquarters. Assigned church workers and officers oversee activities at the locale and receive queries regarding membership in the church. In 2012, a mobile coordinating center was launched. A bus transformed into a cozy venue with roof, chairs, television screen and satellite receiver, can accommodate guests in remote areas during Bible Expositions.


Main article: Conflicts between Iglesia ni Cristo and Members Church of God International

Since 1980, there have been conflicts between religious organizations Iglesia ni Cristo ("Church of Christ", INC) and the Members Church of God International (MCGI) when Eliseo Soriano started his radio program Ang Dating Daan (ADD). Through his program, he discussed biblical issues and "exposed" what he believes are wrong doctrines of other religious groups, including those of INC. In 2001, after 21 years of silence on the issue, the INC launched its own program, Ang Tamang Daan (English: The Right Path), as a direct response to Ang Dating Daan and to rebuke the claims of Soriano, featuring video footages and recordings of ADD hosts as issues were tackled.


On October 12, 2015, the Ang Dating Daan Chorale of MCGI officially broke the record of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) as the World's Largest Gospel Choir in the Guinness Book of World Records. The ADD Chorale consisting of 8,688 choristers render religious hymns during the 35th anniversary of the religious program Ang Dating Daan at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.[58] However, on May 22, 2016, INC regained the record with 21,262 choristers during their Grand Evangelical Mission at the Philippine Arena.[59]


An ADD Coordinating Center of MCGI in Manila.

In blue are countries and territories where Members Church of God International (MCGI) is present as of 2015.

Worship service at MCGI locale in São Paulo, Brazil

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