Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 30, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.
The reason, of course, is we all have our own responsibilities before God. So we must seek the truth; we must find where righteousness is.
You have to investigate all religions first to know whether which one is really of God. After you have compared them, you will know which one is true among them.
God will help you and make you feel in your heart what’s right. In these times however, you need to be careful because there will be many false prophets. So you really need to fulfill your duty as a creation of God.
It has been a long time since I was able to listen [to The Old Path], around 2002 when I got to watch on television. They had the program Ang Dating Daan.
It’s the day I’ve long been waiting for as it’s the first step that I’ve really been asking from Him: I’m going to ask for forgiveness; I’m going to serve truly.
So I feel happy inside because the Holy Spirit will correct all the wrong things I’ve done that I may return to Him completely.
Actually, I’ve wanted long ago to be indoctrinated. But I wanted to be sure first that I was really sorry of the sins I committed, and not just get indoctrinated and then turn again to your evil ways.
You must really be sure that you’re going to serve, because you will only get baptized once in the right religion. If you will repeat that, you don’t anymore have that baptism. You won’t get saved should that happen.
My message to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel is that I’m thankful that God used them to fulfill the duty from the Lord to spread unto all nations all the teachings and doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ.
So to those who are investigating, may they search for the truth. May they not waste their lives on other things. They need to find what’s the most important of all – to serve God – and seek the righteousness of God.
Firstly, I have learned a lot of wrong things about what I thought to be right in my former religion. And according to my investigation, everything here is right and is written [in the Bible], has basis.
The other things I have also learned from watching, listening to Bro. Eli. I will never see a preacher like him in our time. You really can’t compare anyone else who will speak the truth, be it pleasant or not.
It’s unlike hypocritical religions now who will only speak pleasant things, especially those that will favor them and the religion they belong to despite being wrong that their membership may increase, even if it’s just hypocrisy.
Bro. Eli isn’t like that. He really says, “It’s like this,” frankly. That’s what I liked about him, his being frank, and everything is written, and has heart.
I could say that I discovered him. I just felt it. Discovering is different from feeling that this person – upon my listening and watching him – is different; he preaches differently. There was a spirit that [encouraged] me.
Actually, I’ve been listening since the 1990s. And in that long period of listening to him, I learned about what he says, “having a hard heart.” I told myself, “I think he’s referring to me,” until many times passed by.
I should’ve been baptized in the Year 2000, but the problem was, I found out, there really are many demons. I was fond of vices.
In the end though, my smoking, my gambling, my drinking gradually ceased because of my listening and watching [Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path].
Also, I have been with many… I said, “I will make friends with [members] … What’s in here?” Then I had an elderly friend named Roberto.
You see one time I was caught in a tight situation; I had no place to sleep in Manila as I’m from Bulacan. Someone invited me to the Transient Home [in Caloocan].
I had no money then, and I felt indebted to them. I told myself, “I will return the favor one day as I am indebted to Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path].” I still called it The Old Path then, and not Church of God.
I was able to sleep there, and I said, “I feel a great amount of debt here.” Imagine, I was three days there, and another time came that I was there. I said, “The people here are really nice.” You will really be taken cared of well.
There was a brother there; now, he’s my brother as well as I am now a member. I’ve been searching for him. He gave me money; he just said he was Bro. Roberto. He is already old, and kind. He was the one that opened the door for me to continue [becoming a member here].
I feel light inside, as if I’m a new person. I’m really happy, unlike before. It’s only now that I feel like smiling. Before, I always seemed haggard, like I was weary.
Now, I’m happy like “Thank You my God.” It’s not like before that within me, on my mind were only gambling, womanizing, drinking. That’s where my life revolved around. Now the only vice I have is food, the word of God, and of course, literal food.
I hope their lives will be longer, and may they be able to continue. I’m really very thankful that we had here in the Philippines someone like you who is different and true.
You’re unlike any other who is frank and says it all, be it good or bad… Unlike in other religions wherein they will also say what’s good, what’s favorable for their religion, all hypocrisy. They don’t want what’s painful. But that’s what can heal. You feel pain for you to be edified.
Bro. John: We wanted to know the true word of God. We already want to do what He commands, what He wills.
Sis. Shiela: That’s also what I’m going to say. For me, this is the right one.
My relatives just told me about this. However they aren’t members yet, but they listen. So we listened as well.
Bro. John: We talked about it. “Let’s turn back unto the Lord.” We actually listened for a long time.
Sis. Shiela: When I was still in high school, my grandmother listened nightly, so I was also able to listen. Even when she was asleep, the television would be loud. Even if her eyes were closed, the TV could not be turned off as she is going to listen.
Bro. John: I’m happy as I’m leading a new life because all your sins have been forgiven and the Lord has accepted you. It’s delightful.
Sis. Shiela: The feeling is different. It’s hard to explain what happened.
Bro. John: May the Lord always guide the service that you do to people. I hope that you will be able to encourage people to change, to obey the commandments of the Lord. May God bless you.
I felt that it was time for me to become a member already. That’s what I felt.
I was only able to listen through my husband last year. It was continuously, until this time now that I felt that it was time already.
It feels good, like all my surroundings were bright. I feel light also, as if all my worries and things like that disappeared.
May they continuously give teachings from God, pleasant doctrines and good works. May they have good health.
Before I have already been fond of listening about religious matters, until I was able to watch Bro. Eli on television. That’s when I got encouraged.
With the Lord God’s mercy, I feel light inside. I feel my worries about life have changed, unlike before.
I hope they will continue… I hope that they will be given longer lives by the Great Lord. I hope that many more souls will be saved, will be given opportunities [to be saved].
I found the Church of God; it is perfect in the Bible as the Bible says it.
In my former religion in the Born Again, obeying is not much emphasized. Many teachings aren’t taught there. Others pastors are really for the money, but here it’s not. It’s you who will decide [what amount to give].
Since you are already cleansed from sins, you’re free; thanks be to God. And that is well explained here, especially when it comes to baptism. But in others, it is not so.
This is my third baptism, and probably the last, and here’s where I’ll stay. The teaching is good; it’s truthful.
I felt good after I got out of the water. As was said, “new creation.” Everything was forgotten; all was included in Jesus’ death.
In my family, all of us our Born Again members, down to my grandchildren. I’m the last to be a [Born Again member]. But now my [hope] is that I may bring them unto the true church.
My message to others is to just seek the truth, and the truth will set you free as was said.
For Bro. Eli, I am thankful that he be given more strength and more wisdom, and also protection. Just continue. As what I got from what he says to some asking in Bible Expositions, “Brother, you are already old. It’s time you find the truth.”
Just continue the good work, because your work is really that you are really being anointed by our God. That’s all. Same with Bro. Daniel, to continue doing what they do now, helping other people no matter who they may be.