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Soriano joined that group when he was 17 years old.
Though Soriano was an honor student, he failed to finish high school because he got into an argument with a teacher regarding religious issues three months before graduation. Immediately after his baptism in 1964, Soriano joined the ministerial class and since then rose from the ranks. Only Soriano got the title “Minister” from Perez, “making him the only other minister in the Church at that time.” When Perez died in 1975, a power struggle ensued. Barely 30 years old, Soriano led a faction of 500 members, which they registered as Ang Mga Kaanib ng Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas (The Members of the Church of God in Christ Jesus, the Pillar and Ground of Truth in the Philippines).
The meaning of a word then may be different in meaning now.
For example, the ADD misinterpreted the word “form” in Philippians 2:7 to mean “outward appearance.” But Paul used the Greek word morphe for “form,” which means “something intrinsic and essential as opposed to…
He wows them by quoting verses in answering questions on any topic under the sun. The Bible gives its’ own explanation in John as him being sent, therefore speaks the words of God, who gave him unlimited spirit…When a group thinks its leader is “the messenger of God”, they end up with a “true church” mentality or the belief “that they alone are saved or will be saved”. One sign of such mentality is they believe the founder or the group was prophesied in the Bible.
He later started his own group, Ang Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (The Church of God in Christ Jesus, the Pillar and Ground of Truth).
But they lifted the texts out of context so this resulted not just in a defective view of Christ but an aberrant view of God as well.
By quoting Titus 1:2 and Hebrews , the ADD thought they could dismiss the Biblical teachings on the nature of God (like Jeremiah and Luke ).
A protracted legal battle ensued over who has the legal claim to the name.
Four years ago, the Supreme Court ordered Soriano to change the name of his group.