Most Holy Church of God in Christ Jesus
Church of God in Christ Jesus
Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus
|Region||North America, Asia especially in the Philippines|
|Founder||Teofilo Ora (as the registrant in the Philippines)|
|Origin||1922 (registration in Philippine Government)
|Congregations||(no official count)|
|Official website||Official Website URL|
The Most Holy Church of God in Christ Jesus (Filipino: Kabanalbanalang Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus), is an independent Christian denomination officially registered in the Philippines by Teofilo D. Ora in May 1922. The Church claims to restore the visible Church founded in Jerusalem by Christ Jesus.
The church was founded by Bishop Teofilo D. Ora in 1922. He, along with Avelino Santiago and Nicolas Perez, split off from the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in 1922. They initially called their church Iglesia Verdadera de Cristo Hesus (True Church of Christ Jesus). However, following a religious doctrine controversy, Nicolas Perez split off from the group and registered an offshoot called Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God in Christ Jesus, the Pillar and Support of the Truth). Teofilo D. Ora was bishop until his death in 1969. He was officially succeeded by Bishop Salvador C. Payawal who led the church until 1989. Subsequent bishops were Bishop Gamaliel T. Payawal (1989 to 2003) and Bishop Isagani N. Capistrano (2003–present). It was during Gamaliel Payawal's tenure when the church was renamed as Most Holy Church of God in Christ Jesus.
The church's anthem is the "Psalm of Zion", which is based on 1 Peter 2:9-10. Its flag has three colors: red symbolizing the love of God, white symbolizing holiness, and yellow symbolizing faith. It is based on the design of the Philippine national flag, having a white triangle with its base at the hoist, and a bi-color field, in this case gold and red. The church's seal is in the triangle. The church has an evangelistic radio program, Ang Kabanalbanalan, which airs on radio stations in the Philippines, including 'DWBL 1242 kHz AM Band, KISS FM 95.1 Lucena City, 'YES FM 104.1 - Urdaneta City.