Women are prohibited from wearing short hair, jewelry, and pants, while men are prohibited from wearing long hair.
They are prohibited from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, using drugs and gambling.
Indoctrination classes are required prior to joining the organization.
The classes are composed of at least 30 lessons concerning church doctrines prepared by Eliseo Soriano.
On January 2, 1976, Eliseo Soriano was then appointed by Levita Gugulan as one of their church’s Board of Directors. On February 21, 1976, he was expelled together with sixteen other members for inciting rebellion inside the church and teaching doctrines contrary to their beliefs.
The decision was finalized by the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 2001. On January 13, 2004 Soriano registered and used the name, Members Church of God International because locals were founded in the United States.
Soriano also reserved three more church names to ensure that this problem won’t happen again: The Members of the Church of God International believe that all teachings and interpretation of doctrines should be based upon the 66 books of the Bible alone, which can only be done through their leader Eliseo Soriano and to the founder of the real church, Jesus Christ and his disciples.
Soriano's group lost in 1988 and was ordered by Securities and Exchange Commission to change its church name to one that is not similar to Gugulan's group.
In 1993, Levita Gugulan’s successor Maximino Nieto found out that the name Soriano registered in 1980 is almost identical to his church.
He even sent pictures as a proof of the event but later turned out that the people on the picture were not baptized at all and was just there for a picnic.