Our questions like “Who is God?,” “Does He exist?,” “What is He like?,” and “Where did He come from?” are important. For knowing about God, and who He is of primary importance.
Why is it important what we believe about God? First, it is important because our salvation depends on it! Jesus said that to know the true God means eternal life (John 17:3). Note, Jesus says here, “This is eternal life.” He defines eternal life as knowing the one true God. Second, it is important because if we are to live right we have to know God! Judges 2:10 – 12 tells that because the people did not know God that they stopped following Him and served other gods. In Jeremiah 22:16 we see that to know God means that we will act in a manner that is consistent with his nature. Continue reading →
The official name of this group is the Members Church of God International. It is also often referred to as Ang Dating Daan (ADD), which translates as “The Old Path,” the name of its international TV broadcast. Members are sometimes called ADD after the broadcast name.
The roots of the church are found in an indigenous Filipino church known as 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 started in 1928 by Nicolas Antiporda Perez, the first Presiding Minister. Perez led the church until his death in 1975. The leadership then passed to the only ordained minister in the church, Eliseo Soriano. Soriano reformed the church in 1980 as the Mga Kaanib Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas (Members Church of God in Christ Jesus the Pillar and Ground of the Truth in the Philippines). Under Perez the church consisted of a single local congregation of about 100 members. Under the leadership of Soriano, the church has grown into an international organization. The church now has over 5000 local congregations in the Philippines, and can be found in about 100 other countries. Some estimate that there may be as many as one million members worldwide. Continue reading →