Members Church of God International (MCGI) - ('Ang Dating Daan') : Formerly Church of God in Christ, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth or Mga Kaanib sa Iglesia Ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas, Inc.
Born from a poor family in Pasay City, Philippines, Soriano claim to be an “exceptional, consistently receiving the highest honors… and was awarded the highest possible grade in the entire history of his grade school.”*
Unknown to many, he was said rumored to be groomed as the successor of Perez after he dies. In 1975 just after Perez’ death, some members were stunned when the leadership was passed on to Levita Gugulan, a woman. At first, Soriano might have yielded to that decision but it did not take long before he along with a few others rebelled against Gugulan’s leadership. They believed that women as leaders in church are not biblically supported.
Mga Kaanib sa Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas, Inc. (1990) and Bayan ng Katotohanan (1993).
Update 4-Nov-2004: Now they prefer to be known as, Members Church of God International (MCGI).
Although ADD members claim to believe the Bible as their only source of authority, this is half-true.
They publish their “Ang Dating Daan” series for old and prospective converts. They normally give these free of charge.
1. Rejects the Trinity doctrine and believe the following:
Father - Almighty God and over-all Savior. Greater than the Son and the Spirit.
Son - Mighty God but not the Almighty God like His Father. He is equal to the Father as God but not greater than the Father because He was sent. Greater than the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit - part of the Father and the Son and also called God but not a Person. Aside from believing these “three Gods,” he also insists that there exist “many gods” because of 1 Cor. 8:5.
(1) He was sent primarily to be the savior of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24) during his humanity (Matthew 1:21) but he is just one among the sent ones to be the savior.
(2) On his Second Coming, he will save the believers (members of Soriano’s group). Moses was also sent by the Father to become an instrument of salvation and savior to the Israelites (Acts 7:35-37), while the Apostle Paul (Acts 13:46-47) was a savior to the Gentiles up to the ends of the earth. Timothy was to be the next savior after the apostle Paul’s death.
Source: The Bereans: Apologetics Research Ministry. P.O. Box 221, Ayala, Alabang, Post Office 1799, Muntinlupa City, Philippines