Ang dating daan doctrines
Since 1980, there have been conflicts between Philippine-based Christian 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 to be wrong doctrines of other religious groups, including those of INC.When a schism in the church appeared in 1922, he began claiming to be God’s prophet in an effort to accumulate power and re-assert his leadership over the church.Some of his claims are that the Iglesia ni Cristo was prophesied in the Bible.The first and foremost is a single charismatic leader who claims to have a special revelation from God.Felix Manalo was a former Catholic who abandoned Catholicism in his teens.On August 16, 2004, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) preventively suspended the showing of the Ang Dating Daan program for 20 days due to slander and use of offensive and obscene language by its televangelist-host Eliseo Soriano, as a means of disciplinary action. In 2004, Manny Antonio, a worker (presbyter) of MCGI, and Abraham Cruz, an INC minister, had a signed agreement to meet for a debate conference on April 26 in the city hall of Capas, Tarlac.
Manalo finally started his own church, the Iglesia ni Cristo, in 1914.Born into the Aglipayan Church, Topacio converted to the INC in 2002. "By virtue of the fact that members called you ‘brother,’ they treat you like a true sibling,” he said.Ironically, it was INC rival group Ang Dating Daan (ADD) that led him to the INC. (They were answering back at each other, so I was amused.) “After a few months, I realized the INC program was making more sense, so I became curious about the teachings of Iglesia.” The turning point came when he was invited to take part in the worship services. This idea of unity drives the INC’s practice of voting as a bloc and bans members from filing cases against fellow INC brothers.The specific prophecy quoted is Isaiah 43:5–6, “Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth.” Iglesia ni Cristo interprets the word east as “Far East” (based on a faulty translation) and claims that it points to the Iglesia ni Cristo being created in the Philippines.