Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on June 5, 5015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.
Firstly, I heard [Bro. Eliseo] through papa as he was watching on Youtube. Then, he saw The Old Path through his friends on Facebook.
When he learned [more] about it, he would go to Youtube and made us listen to it. So we then got indoctrinated.
When I heard the teachings of God, I developed an interest in [learning] God’s words.
I’m happy because I feel that my sins are gone. I also feel that I want to obey the teachings of God, His commandments that I may be saved.
At first, it was my papa who wished that we be baptized here. Then, I wanted to join here in The Old Path [the Church of God International] because what they teach is right. It’s really in the Bible.
For Bro. Eli, I hope that you will be able to help many more of our fellowmen to hear the teachings of God through The Old Path that their souls may be saved.
I hope that you will be stronger that you may be able to teach our brethren the more.
I saw the good scriptures of the Lord Jesus Christ as well as the explanations of Bro. Eli Soriano.
[I watched] through UNTV. It’s [The Old Path] the only program I follow on television.
The aches I felt are gone. Actually, I have a heart condition. And I said, “Perhaps I will feel pain once I get immersed in the water.” But it didn’t happen.
I hope that his preaching of God’s words will grow more and that his life may be longer.
I have really long been looking for the right group to join in; then, I saw this. As they say, everything [Bro. Eli] says has sense. So I joined.
I have a caretaker in Antipolo who joined here, his whole family actually. He invited me [to attend]. I told him, “Sure. I’ll give it a try,” since I have long been searching.
Our family is a closed-knit Catholic one. I really am the only one in our family who isn’t. And it’s because I didn’t see in Catholicism what I saw here.
Actually, in Catholicism, the Bible is rarely mentioned. Then, ever since I was a child, we have been devotees of St. Jude. In Manila.
However, I didn’t hear any doctrines that are from the Bible. When I was in high school, I read by myself, but I didn’t understand it. Until I joined here and understood all those things.
I’ve been [listening] for a long time, since 1983 or ’84. It was still on Channel 13 then… I was still in college. [laughs]
Although I’m a man, I felt… [starts to cry]. Though, I tried to conceal it.
The last time I got baptized, I was still small [laughs], in the Catholicism. Nothing more followed after that.
Then, I joined here, and immediately got baptized. The feeling is different; it’s like you’re new again.
Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel, I hope that your lives will be longer that you may be able to teach many more people who seek the good path.
I felt that I was being called. That’s why.
My father, brother and aunt are MCGI Church workers. They invited me a long time ago, actually. I was still single then when they had invited me [to join].
I’ve been indoctrinated a couple of times already, but I didn’t pursue it. I think this is the fourth time already. Now however, I felt that He is calling me.
Then, I encountered a big problem, so my father advised me to listen. After that, I felt that my heart was enlightened, and that all the words and righteousness entered my heart and mind.
We were former Iglesia members. So it seemed hard to accept [the teachings] when I first got indoctrinated.
I told myself, “It’s just lies,” as I grew up an Iglesia. I was a handog (offering). So I had this impression that Bro. Eli was just saying things against it.
[The doctrines] are really true, because in my former religion, the apparel of women is not mentioned. It’s absent in the Iglesia ni Cristo. It’s really not there.
Also, what Bro. Eli says, I feel that I have only been enlightened now.
I felt like crying because it’s like all my sins were gone when I got baptized.
I was teary because everything in my past rolled back in my mind; even the little things came back to me. Then, as I approached the stairs, I was asking God for forgiveness, and crying.
Thanks be to God because they were given… they were used to bring me to the right religion.
Actually, I’ve been wanting to become a member since I was in high school. It’s really only now that I was able to pursue it.
I really wanted it to happen. Nobody urged me. I just really wanted to join here. Nobody told me to do this or that. I’ve been watching [Bro. Eliseo] since high school until now.
In the past one week or eight days [of indoctrination], my point of view in life has changed.
Then, rules in my life have also changed because it’s different here; there are many [doctrines to obey]. But for me, I feel happy that I have heard the doctrines.
I felt light inside, like I was different. It’s the feeling of having a new life or being happy inside.
I hope that they will be able to continue their works to help people like us who are lost. I’m happy that they served as instruments for me to know God.