Members Church of God International

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Members of the Church of God International
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Abbreviation MCGI
Classification Nontrinitarianism
Presiding Minister Eliseo Soriano
Region Philippines with few international chapters
Headquarters ADD Convention Center, Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines
Founder Eliseo Soriano
Origin April 20, 1980 registered as Mga Kaanib Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas
Pampanga, Philippines
Separated from Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus Haligi't Suhay ng Katotohanan
Congregations 1,360 as monitoring/coordinating centers[1][2]
Members 70, 000 estimated
Nursing homes 3
Aid organization ADD Foundation International
Kamanggagawa Foundation
Tertiary institutions La Verdad Christian College
Other name(s) Ang Dating Daan, ADD, MCGI
Official website www.mcgi.org

Members Church of God International is a Philippine-based Christian religious organization that started in 1977 with Eliseo Soriano as its founder and presiding minister. It is colloquially known in the Philippines as Ang Dating Daan (English: "The Old Path"; abbreviated as ADD) which is the name of its flagship television program.[3]

History[edit]

An ADD coordinating center of MCGI

Eliseo Soriano, born in April 4, 1947, was born and raised as a member of a church called "Iglesia ng Diyos kay Cristo Hesus Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan" which was led by Nicolas Perez (the then church's presiding elder). In 1969, Soriano became a minister of the church. Soriano, as a minister of the church, became one of the candidates to become the next presiding elder. After the death of Perez in 1975, Levita Gugulan, a female minister in the church, ascended to post left by Perez. Soriano countered the authority of Gugulan. In February 21, 1976, Soriano, together with 16 other members was separated in the church 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 Support of Truth in the Philippine Nation").[4]

In April 20, 1980, the new church was officially registered in the Philippines with Soriano as its presiding minister. Missionary works was first made 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 Intercontinental Broadcasting Channel 13. Ang Dating Daan as a program in radio made its stint in RJTV 29, PTV 4, SBN 21, and now UNTV.

In 2005, 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.[5]

The first schism in MCGI happened when Willy Santiago, one of Eliseo Soriano's evangelists had a dispute over church leadership and changes in doctrines (such as prostrating towards the east in prayer). This resulted twelve MCGI members including Willy Santiago to split from the group on October 2009 and established a new religion, the Members Church of God in Jesus Christ Worldwide or MCGJCW.[6]

Organization & Administration[edit]

The ADD Convention Center— the MCGI headquarters.

The MCGI hierarchy is composed of the Overall Servants, the Council of Assistants to the Administration and Church Workers. In coordinating centers, Workers administer spiritual services, such as: thanksgiving services, prayer meetings, worship services, indoctrination sessions, and Bible studies. The Overall Servant (formerly termed as "Presiding Elder") supervises the entire activity of the church and implements all policies and projects. Currently, Soriano is the over-all servant while his nephew, Daniel Razon, is his deputy. The Assistants to the Administration preach sermons in different places assigned to them by the Overall Servants. Workers, on the other hand, are assigned to preside in various activities and services done in church locales under the supervision of the Overall Servants and the assigned Assistant to the Administration.[7]

Their headquarters is located in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines.

Criticism[edit]

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 MCGI Presiding Minister 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 twenty-one years of reticence, the INC launched its own program, Ang Tamang Daan, as a direct response for the first time to Ang Dating Daan, featuring video footages and recordings of ADD hosts as issues were tackled.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soriano, Eliseo. "Twitter: @BroEliSoriano". twitter.com/BroEliSoriano. Twitter. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "From the Philippines to Brazil: MCGI’s Last Quarter of 2014’s Big Events and Recognitions". MCGI. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ang Dating Daan". angdatingdaan.org. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Story of Eliseo Soriano and his churches". http://thetruthaboutreligions.blogspot.com/. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "History of the church". mcgi.org. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "About MCGJCW The History". Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ministry". mcgi.org. 

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