Members Church of God International
|Members Church of God International|
Logo used by the Church; note the use of the Tetragrammaton.
|Region||Worldwide, Concentrated in the Philippines|
|Origin||1928 in Pulilan, Bulacan, December 10, 1936, March 30, 1976 Eliseo Soriano in Pampanga with only about 300 members; 1980 Registered in Securities and Exchange Commission
Pulilan, Bulacan, 1928; Pampanga, 1976
|Separated from||Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi't Suhay ng Katotohanan|
5,000+700+ in the Philippines and over 45 abroad, 2004
|Aid organization||Kamanggagawa Foundation, ADD Foundation International|
|Other name(s)||Ang Dating Daan|
|Official website||Official Website|
The Members Church of God International is an "independent" Christian organization with headquarters in the Philippines. The organization is colloquially known through its flagship international television program, Ang Dating Daan (English translation: The Old Path).
The church is Nontrinitarian, meaning that they reject the doctrine of the Trinity, which is considered the central dogma of mainstream Christianity. They do not observe Christmas, Easter, or other holidays and customs they consider to have pagan origins incompatible with Christianity. Adherents commonly refer to their body of beliefs as "the truth" and consider themselves to be "in the true church preached by the apostles". It 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 church originally 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 registered by Nicholas Perez in 1936. The church has Restorationist characteristics in theme but denies being part of the Restoration Movement.
In 1977, the group[note 1] was registered as Mga Kaanib Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas (Members of the Church of God in Christ Jesus, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth in the Philippines) at the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission with Eliseo Soriano holding the leadership title of Presiding Minister.
The church exercises Congregational disciplinary actions which include membership suspension and, for grave offenses, excommunication. Excommunication is their term for formal expulsion. Excommunicated members are barred from taking part in major liturgical services and from giving offerings. Some excommunicated members who committed grave offenses (i.e. murder) are also barred from entering church premises, depending on the decision of the Church. Suspended members may eventually be reinstated if deemed repentant after a thorough observation by Church ministers.
- 1 History
- 2 Church Organization & Administration
- 3 Practices
- 4 Doctrines and Beliefs
- 5 Membership
- 6 Criticism
- 7 Propagation, missionary and charity works
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Teofilo Ora's Exodus from Iglesia ni Cristo
In May 1922, Teofilo Ora, Januario Ponce and Basilio Santiago, former members a similar Philippine-based denomination, the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ; INC), gathered some members of the Iglesia ni Cristo to formally separate from the church; dubbed as "Ora's Exodus" by critics of INC. This was during the time INC leader Felix Manalo was facing numerous controversies. Several months later, they established the Iglesia ng Diyos kay Kristo Hesus (English Translation: Church of God in Christ Jesus). That same year, Nicholas Perez became a member and preacher of this group at Maragondon, Cavite.
In 1928, Nicholas Perez became its General Evangelist and soon sought the leadership of the group but was denied by Teofilo Ora. Later, Ora expelled Perez from the group.
Some other members of the Teofilo Ora's exodus left and established their own churches. Ponciano Bungay established the "Iglesia Ni Cristo sa Ibabaw ng Bato" in 1932 while Basilio Santiago established the Church of God in Christ Jesus in 1949 and Salvador Payawal established the Most Holy Church of God in Christ Jesus (Tagalog: Kabanal-banalang Iglesia ng Diyos kay Kristo Hesus). Salvador Payawal continues to claim succession rights to Teofilo Ora.
Nicholas Perez's split with Ora
In 1931, Nicholas Perez with Avelino Santiago started their group called Iglesia ng Diyos kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (English Translation: Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Support of The Truth). However, the reality of this event is disputed. According to Eliseo Soriano, Nicholas Perez was already preaching this Church way back in 1928 at Pulilan, Bulacan. Soriano states that Perez was expelled by Ora after a power-struggle regarding Church leadership.
It was not until December 10, 1936 that the Nicholas Antiporda Perez's sect, Iglesia ng Diyos kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan was officially registered with Securities and Exchange Commission. In 1954, Avelino Santiago, Nicholas Perez’ co-founder had a dispute with the latter, and finally left the group and established his own church, Iglesia ng Diyos na Buhay kay Kristo Hesus.
In 1969, Nicholas Perez, who was then the church's Presiding Minister, bestowed upon Soriano the title Minister making him the only minister in the Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan at that time. Rumors were circulating that Soriano is going to be Perez's successor.
Transition Period (1975 - 1977)
In 1975, Nicholas Perez succumbed to his illness and passed away, sending shock waves throughout the church. During Perez' death, Eli Soriano was in Angeles, Pampanga. In Pasay City, a woman named Levita Gugulan was appointed by the Board of Directors to temporarily lead the Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God in Christ Jesus, the Pillar and Support of the Truth).
On January 2, 1976, Eliseo Soriano was then appointed by Levita Gugulan as one of their church’s Board of Directors. There were fifteen members of the Board. He signed on the intention of keeping the church united. On February 21, 1976, he was expelled together with sixteen other members for inciting rebellion inside the church and teaching doctrines contrary to their beliefs. Soriano maintains that he was not expelled but voluntarily left his church as he firmly believes that a woman should not lead the church according to the Bible.
Majority of churches in Pampanga joined Soriano's church while majority of churches in Pasay City and Makati City joined Gugulan's sect. A number of members joined Filomeno Hizon's sect called Mga Mananampalataya sa Iglesia ng Diyos Kay Kristo Hesus, Incorporated (Believers in the Church of God in Christ Jesus) which was registered only on June 20, 1984.
Mga Kaanib Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan
On March 30, 1977, two years after the death of Perez, followers of Soriano registered a new group and called it the Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan (English Translation: Church of God in Christ Jesus, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth) claiming that the name reflects the exact translation in Tagalog of the word hedraioma  of 1 Timothy 3:15  in the Greek Scriptures instead of the word Suhay used by Gugulan's group. According to Soriano, the most exact translation of hedraioma is Ground or Saligan in Tagalog and not Support or Suhay in Tagalog.
The Iglesia ng Diyos na Buhay kay Kristo Hesus, Avelino Santiago's sect, became inactive.
Change of Name
It seemed to Gugulan that Soriano had simply substituted the word “Suhay” to “Saligan”. Gugulan’s church then filed a lawsuit against Soriano on July 16, 1979 for using a similar church name. While the case was in progress he managed to register another church name, Ang mga Kaanib sa Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas, Incorporated (English Translation: The Members of The Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Ground of the Truth, Philippines, Incorporated) on January 20, 1980. Soriano's group lost in 1988 and was ordered by Securities and Exchange Commission to change its church name to one that is not similar to Gugulan's group.
In 1993, Levita Gugulan’s successor Maximino Nieto found out that the name Soriano registered in 1980 is almost identical to his church. Soriano, aware of the possibility of being sued, registered the church name Bayan ng Katotohanan Incorporated (English Translation: City of Truth Incorporated) in December 1993 before Nieto’s group was able to file another complaint against him. Nieto subsequently filed a complaint against Soriano's group in 1994 but while the case was still in progress. In 1995, Soriano's group lost and was ordered to change its church name not similar or identical to a name already used by Nieto's Group. The Court of Appeals denied Soriano's appeal in 1997 and Soriano was forced to change his church name to “Bayan ng Katotohanan”. The decision was finalized by the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 2001. Despite the name change, Soriano maintains that they are still the Iglesia ng Dios Kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan that Nicholas Perez preached.
Name changed to Members Church of God International
On January 13, 2004 Soriano registered and used the name, Members Church of God International claiming that the name is appropriate due to the church's international expansion and because locals were founded in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and in Africa. Soriano maintains that the Members Church of God International is the continuation of the past churches he led.
In early 2010 (some sources say 2009), Soriano's Bible reader Willy Santiago  along with certain factions led by Warly Santiago and Almer Caras left and established their own sects. Santiago established his own sect called Members Church of God in Jesus Christ Worldwide, Inc. while Almer Caras currently leads a schismatic sect called Members Church of God "Theos" Worldwide. In the same year, the splinter group of Willy Santiago divided into 4 groups because of disputes about his authority to lead the church. One of the groups called themselves as "Mga Dating Kaanib sa Iglesia ng Dios kay Jesu Kristo sa buong mundo na pinamumunuan ni BWS" and separated their group from Willy Santiago's newly founded church.
Currently, the Church has growing local churches and congregations in South America, particularly Brazil. Ang Dating Daan now airs in 73 countries worldwide including United States, Latin America, Papua New Guinea, Portugal (as "O Caminho Antigo"), Spain (as "El Camino Antiguo"), India, South Africa, Saipan and Canada.
Church Organization & Administration
Formally, the Members Church of God International is led by a Presiding Minister (Tagalog: Tagapangasiwang Pangkalahatan). According to MCGI teachings, God the Father (through Jesus Christ) is the original founder of the church, hence the term Church of God. According to their doctrine, the Members are simply adhering to the teachings of original Christianity.
The Presiding Minister supervises the entire activity of the Church and implements all policies and projects aimed for the improvement of the Congregation’s spiritual well-being. He ensures the proper and rightful execution of the duties and responsibilities of the Ministers and officials of Church ministries and organizations. He also teaches the Ministers and Workers all Church doctrines and stance on theological matters.
Along with the Presiding Minister is the Vice-Presiding Minister which caters to help the Presiding Minister. Aside from this, there are other ministers assigned to oversee various church locales. These ministers are called Katulong ng Pangangasiwa (Helpers of the Administration, abbreviated as KNP) and other ministers are called Tagapangasiwang Pampook (Area Administrator) or TP, the Presiding Minister forms the Central Administration of Members Church of God International to in administering church members.
The Central Office in ADD Convention Center in Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga is MCGI's headquarters. It was formerly located in San Vicente, Apalit, Pampanga during its early years, before moving to its present site. It houses the offices of MCGI's administration. Administration and ministerial work are delegated into Church Divisions which are led by KNP's and TP's (formerly, division's Ministers-in-Charge and Officers-in-Charge). Church divisions comprise 30 to 200 congregations (referred to as locales) on average. The Church division range is generally a single region of the Philippines; however, divisions are divided in districts which are headed by District Servant. District are also divided into zones which was administered by a zone servant. There were about 5,000 MCGI locales in more than a hundred countries.
Members Church of God, International conducts gatherings of diverse forms, from worship to worthwhile socio-spiritual assemblies. Non-members should be enjoined.
A pasalamat or thanksgiving is a way of offering gratitude to the Almighty God for His goodness. Those who offer thanksgiving range from individuals to groups, with varying reasons for rendering it. Presenters offer songs of praises which boast of God’s kindness (Psalms 92:1-2). In the Church, the sacrifice of thanksgiving has a discipline to ensure that those who will offer it are spiritually prepared. The process includes the registration or enlisting of oneself for thanksgiving, the orientation or consultation done to prepare the participant, and the practicing of the songs to be offered. The group in charge of organizing the presentations and orientation is called the Thanksgiving Orientation Committee.
Quarterly International Thanksgiving
The Quarterly International Thanksgiving celebration is the most anticipated time for brethren from all parts of the globe to come and meet to altogether offer thanksgiving unto the Lord. It is held quarterly and takes about 3 days to finish. The convention center becomes fully packed with brethren and visitors participating in and witnessing the event.
Held every Saturday, completing 52 weeks annually, the Weekly Thanksgiving is a whole-day affair for members and visitors, which starts at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Philippine Time, and ends at about 12 midnight. The Weekly Thanksgiving celebration allows smaller Church groups like locales, committees, districts, divisions, even families and individuals, to offer thanksgiving.
An additional service provided for the brethren who are unable to attend live thanksgiving rites on Saturdays, the Thanksgiving Viewing usually starts at 11:00 in the morning of Sunday in MCGI coordinating centers. This is inspired by the admonition of St. Paul in Hebrews 10:25-26.
The Worship Service is a gathering of members on the first day of the week, which starts on Saturday at 8:30 in the morning, based on the biblical meeting done by the first century Christians recorded on Acts 20:7 and the 2nd batch for Saturday at 2:30 in the afternoon. More batches of the Worship Service are also conducted on Sunday beginning at 8:30 in the morning to accommodate brethren who are not available or were not able to attend the Saturday gathering. In this service, a 10-minute Bible reading is allotted before the main topic is delivered to the congregation. After the sermon, the members line up in front of the offertory box and voluntarily give monetary contribution that they have stored for the week. This contribution is patterned after the Christian practice written on I Corinthians 16:1-2.
The Prayer Meeting is an assembly of congregants done mid-week, either Wednesday or Thursday, which usually starts at 5:30 or 6:30 in the evening, jiving with the setting of the sun in the Bible’s reckoning. During this service, members render songs of praise and worship, after which is the opening prayer. A 10-minute Bible reading is then allotted before the topic is delivered, which is the first cut of a two-part sermon, and is concluded during the worship service. It is slightly different from the worship service as brethren do not conduct the offertory ceremony. This assembly is also patterned after the commandment in Hebrews 10:25-26.
Special Prayer Meeting
Monthly, MCGI leaders deliver the topic for the Prayer Meeting live and in full. It also serves as an additional avenue where they can discuss some Church matters with the brethren. The event is scheduled every first Tuesday of the month. The first service begins at sunset. 
The church has been holding its "Pulong" during its early years where Bro. Eli would move from one town to another to conduct Bible studies (usually three towns every night). From the Pampanga area, the group’s main seat, he reached out to the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, and Metro Manila to do his missionary works. However, Bro. Eli calculated that his lifetime is not enough to reach Filipinos in distant regions even with his nightly town-to-town preaching, so he decided to go on air.
In the last quarter of 1980, the Church launched the radio program Ang Dating Daan, hosted by the church's Presiding Minister, Eliseo Soriano. Through the local radio station DWWA 1260 kHz, ADD was heard in many parts of the Philippine Archipelago. The program became popular more than any other religious program in the country because of its live question and answer portion. The first of its kind, the uncensored Q&A format became the trademark of Ang Dating Daan.
In 1983, the program kicked off its national television appearance through Intercontinental Broadcasting Channel 13. Over the years, it has gained loyalty from its viewers that when it later moved from station to station due to some concerns, people followed it. Ang Dating Daan as a program in radio made its stint in RJTV 29, PTV 4, SBN 21, and now UNTV. Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path was derived from Jeremiah 6:16.
In 1993, the Church introduced what is now the popular Bible Exposition. Daniel Razon, an Officer-in-Charge then, now the Vice-Presiding Minister of the Church, proposed and organized a social event where guests could dine together and ask Bro. Eli matters concerning faith and spirituality. The event, done off-camera, was a success that paved the way for Bible Expositions in larger venues. The first local Bible Exposition was held in Roosevelt, Manila also in 1993. It was televised in the Philippine provinces through the Ang Dating Daan program. Bible Expositions then became a regular segment of the program that attracted more viewers.
Doctrines and Beliefs
We believe in the Almighty God, the Father, the Creator of the universe, in Christ Jesus, the Father’s Begotten Son, a true and Mighty God, the only Savior of mankind and the only way to the Kingdom of God in heaven (cf Acts 14:15; 1 Corinthians 8:5-7; John 14:6; 14:1). We 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.
— Section 1 & 6, Article 2 of MCGI By-Laws
- There is God, (God of Israel) or God the Father who is the Creator of the universe with Christ, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. God cannot lie, God is not omniscient (he doesn't foreknow all future human actions and choices), and God is not omnipresent (he created hell but he is not there).
- Jesus Christ is God the Father's only begotten son (in Romanized Greek: monogenestheos). He is the Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace referred in Isaiah 9:6. He is recognized as the Apostle, High Priest and Mediator of the church. He is the sent savior of mankind and the way, the truth and the life.
- The Holy Spirit came from the Father and part of the Godhead.
We believe 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 book should be used as basis for serving God and Christ Jesus (Romans 1:16-17; 2:16; Galatians 1:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-9; John 20:31; Isaiah. 34:16; John 5:39).
— Section 2, Article 2 of MCGI By-Laws
About the Church
- The Members Church of God International affiliates to the only true church of God first preached in Jerusalem during the 1st century AD and brings the message of salvation to the world. The church of God is the Kingdom of God on earth and is necessary for one's salvation. Those who have heard of the gospel and of the church must join this church in order to be saved.
We believe that God the Father sent His son Jesus Christ, instrumental in the establishment of the CHURCH OF GOD INTERNATIONAL, INC., the congregation of the Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, and others; first planted in the city of Jerusalem, and later on scattered, and preached in by the Apostles in different places of Asia Minor (Matthew 16:18; Acts 8:1; Galatians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 2:14). We believe that the Gentile nations, including the Philippines, are partakers of the promise, of ETERNAL LIFE through belief in Christ Jesus and the Gospel, and are not authorized by God TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN CHURCH, but are members associated with the same body or Church written in the Gospel by accepting and executing the doctrines written by the Apostles (Ephesians 3:6; Colossians 1:18; 1 John 2:25; 1:3-4; I Corinthians 12:27; Psalm 127:1; 1 Timothy 3:15). We believe that God is calling His people with determination to serve Him, bringing them in His fold, 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 (1 Corinthians 1: 9, 2; Ephesians 4:1,10,14; Acts 2:38; Philippians 1:27; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1).
— According to the Section 3, 4 & 5, Article 2 of MCGI by-laws
- The official name of the true church in the Bible is just Church of God.
- Some of the laws of Moses, the 10 Commandments including Shabbat and tithing have been abolished and replaced with the laws of Christ in the New Testament.
- Salvation may only be promised by following all the laws in the New Testament. However, a person can be saved even though he has not heard of the Gospel. He shall be judged by God according to his conscience.
- The establishment of the Members Church of God International in the Philippines is the fulfillment of Zachariah 8:3, Isaias 24:15 and among other prophecies in the Bible because geographically, the Philippines is an archipelago located in the Southeast.
- Zechariah 13:7-9 was fulfilled in the Members Church of God International when the Iglesia ng Diyos kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan, founded by Nicholas Perez, split into three sects: Levita Gugulan's group, Filomeno Hizon's group and Eliseo Soriano's group.
- Women are forbidden to lead the church.
Congregational Services and Prayer
The service involves singing hymns, hearing sermons, offering prayers, and giving to the church. Bending the knees, facing the ground ("panikluhod") is the posture of prayer observed throughout the service.
We believe that all Christian believers should always attend the divine service executed by the administrator of the members of the church or of the congregation every first day of the week, wherein they should sing hymns, hear sermons, offer prayers and alms which is always voluntary according to one’s faith (Hebrew 10:25; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 14:28: Acts 1:14; 1 Corinthians 16:3; 2 Corinthians 9:7-8, 12-13).
— Section 7, Article 2 of the MCGI by-laws
Members are required to be modest in dress and grooming. Women are prohibited from cutting their hair and wearing expensive jewelry, and denim pants, while men are prohibited to have long hair. They are strictly prohibited from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, using drugs, and gambling.
Indoctrination classes are required prior to joining the organization. The classes are composed of 7 lessons concerning church doctrines prepared by Eliseo Soriano. Indoctrinees must fully accept the doctrines taught during the indoctrination, then they will be baptized.
- The Whore of Babylon in Revelation represents the Catholic Church. The Beast of Revelation is the papacy because the pope's alleged title Vicarius Filii Dei adds up to 666 and is allegedly engraved on the papal tiara. The mark of the beast is the sign of the cross. The Roman Catholic Church, however, claims that Vicarius Filii Dei is not an official title of the pope and there is no evidence that Vicarius Filli Dei is inscribed on papal tiara
- The Last Supper should not be commemorated literally. The bread symbolizes the teachings of Jesus and the cup of wine symbolizes the sufferings that Christians must accept.
- The Bible does condemn the hormonally imbalanced persons or the gays and the lesbians. The Sodomites are heterosexuals who practice homosexual sex due to their perversion. However, homosexuals are prohibited from having intercourse.
- The soul is a combination of spirit (breath of life) and body including the emotions, memory, faculties. When a person dies, his soul is in the hands of God and will be restored in the resurrection to face judgement.
- Jesus had younger brothers and sisters.
- The Age of the Earth is 4.55 ± 0.05 billion years.
Membership is conferred through immersion baptism of adults. The word baptize was derived from the Greek word baptizo, which means “immersing.” Baptize, in Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, means “to make whelmed (that is fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: - baptist, baptize, wash.”
Baptism is a key part in their doctrines. More details concerning baptism is discussed during the indoctrination sessions, which a person is required to undergo before being baptized. The church rejects Infant baptism. Members who are not living in accordance with the church's teachings may be excommunicated or expelled from the Church.
The MCGI keeps its formal number of members but does not openly reveal it. Thousands of local chapters are scattered throughout the Philippines and abroad because of increasing number of membership through mass baptisms which gained an average of 5,000 monthly.
Some self-styled Mainline Protestant writers and Roman Catholic apologetics criticize the group due to their rejection of the belief about the Holy Trinity, believing that only the leaders of the church understand the Bible, that Jesus Christ is a Mighty God but not the Almighty God, and that God the Father is not Omniscient, Omnipresent, or Omnipotent.
The Bereans Apologetics Research Ministry based in the Philippines claims that Soriano does not employ correct tactics in debates. They further claim that Soriano, being a skilled heckler, annoys and harasses the opposing party to the point where he either abandons his position, or leaves the debate. Soriano and his followers can then claim victory.
Propagation, missionary and charity works
The church uses radio, television and the World Wide Web in its missionary and propagation labors. Flagship program Ang Dating Daan is primarily hosted by Eliseo Soriano, the Church Presiding Minister. The flagship program currently airs in 73 countries worldwide including United States, Brazil, Portugal (as "O Caminho Antigo"), Spain (as "El Camino Antiguo"), India, South Africa, Saipan and Canada. Soriano also hosts his own Livestream channel, where he broadcasts his Bible preaching shows.
Aside from free channels in the Philippines, MCGI airs English-format programs such as Biblically Speaking, Truth in Focus and Bible Guide through the TOP (The Old Path) Channel, carried by satellite and direct-to-home (DTH) service provider, GlobeCast. TOP Channel is available in the United States and Canada.
MCGI is also a strong partner to the foundation that Eliseo Soriano and Daniel Razon helped establish, the Kamanggagawa Foundation (Co-Worker Foundation). Through the foundation, MCGI is able to serve many people with public charity projects that are matchless in terms of the frequency where social welfare assistance that are costly and hard to maintain are offered. Its own charitable arm, ADD Foundation, provides outreaches for its many poor and low-income members by giving medical to legal assistance, and many such services.
Among these humanitarian services are the charity homes for the senior citizens and orphaned children and teenagers; transient homes; medical missions; full college scholarship; start-up capital for livelihood projects; vocational trainings for the differently-abled; free legal assistance; free bus, jeepney, and train rides for commuters and senior citizens, and; and free Bible for everyone.
MCGI partners with UNTV, through the TV program Good Morning Kuya hosted by Vice-Presiding Minster Daniel Razon, provides various public service projects through free clinics and free bus rides. Also, Daniel Razon has been spearheading many projects for the indigent countrywide. These include "Clinic ni Kuya", a free clinic located in the UNTV studio, a free Transient house for the homeless in Quezon City & Apalit, Pampanga and a free College school simultaneous in Apalit, Pampanga & Caloocan City. 
In its effort to save lives, MCGI is now the number one blood donor in the Philippines acknowledged by the Philippine National Red Cross.
- According to the testimonies aired during the recently held Quarterly International Thanksgiving, it was a certain Bro. Manolito (spelling not sure) who registered the group without Eli Soriano's consent. This occurred during the transition period which began after the untimely death of Nicholas Perez in 1975.
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- Ang Dating Daan - Biblical Topics
- Eli Soriano Biography
- Soriano claims that the Greek word Hedraioma does not mean "support". Eliseo Soriano claims succession rights from Perez's group and designates Perez as the first leader of this group. 
- G.R. No. 137592
- "Sino ba si Kapitan Basa?". YouTube. MCGI (Unofficial). Retrieved 4 May 2013.
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- Saipan Tribune - Members Church of God International Worldwide Bible Exposition
- Ang Dating Daan - Biblical Topics
- Ang Dating Daan - About Us
- Ang Dating Daan - Biblical Topics
- Daniel Razon's second album out - Philippine Star
- Free Bus Ride of UNTV
- Official Members Church of God International Website
- Official Ang Dating Daan Website
- Official Website of Bro. Eli Soriano
- Official Website of Bro. Daniel Razon
- Bro. Eli Soriano's Official Blogsite
- The Old Path TV
- Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Foundation Web Site
- UNTV Channel 37