We find that the teaching of Soriano is similar to Apollinarianism, a 4th century heresy that denied the full humanity of Christ.
Apollinaris, its chief proponent, was a bishop of Laodicea.
Moreover, the exaltation is affected by whether Jesus was really a man, because if he was a true man his humanity is combined with his Lordship in his exalted position.
These verses clearly state that our Lord Jesus only assumed the form of man. Therefore, to teach that our Lord Jesus Christ is a man is a big mistake.
He is not a man by nature; He only assumed the form of a man. [Eliseo Soriano, “How the ‘Iglesia ni Cristo’ made our Lord Jesus Christ a Man.”]Why did John said [sic] that our Lord Jesus was a man?
This is the hermeneutical principle that Soriano violated in his interpretation of Philippians 2:5-8.
Our English word “form” scarcely expresses its full significance.
8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death,even the death of the cross.(NKJV)Our understanding of Philippians 2:5-8 must be in line with the over-all teaching of the Apostle Paul on the humanity of Christ.
If Paul regarded Jesus as a man in one place, he cannot deny it in another. But definitely Paul would not contradict himself when he wrote the Philippians passage.
Like Soriano, Apollinaris taught that In order to save humanity, then, Jesus Christ has to be truly human, possessing all essential aspects of a human being, including a human mind and soul, and truly divine,possessing divine nature equal with God the Father’s own being.
We have to remember that the Council of Constantinople did not invent the doctrine of the humanity of Christ but they only affirmed what the Bible is teaching.
Our salvation depends not only on the deity of Christ but also on His humanity for When we have a proverbial axe to grind, there is a danger that we end up making the Bible say what we want it to say.