Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 2, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 2, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines.

Bro. Arvi Eucogco, 50, Former Born Again Group Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are pure and it isn’t just seemingly true, but really true.

I have been a member of another church before, but this is the only one that teaches undefiled truth.

You can see that the teachings are in the Bible. All the questions here are answered by the Bible. It is not mingled with other doctrines. The teachings here are truly pure.

At first it was through TV, on UNTV that I listened [to Bro. Eliseo]. In the end, I had a relative who was already a member and he invited me.

I attended and I continued with the indoctrination until I have decided to be baptized.

On Being Baptized

I felt light; the burden is gone. I felt that I emerged from the water content and peaceful.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that Bro. Eli will continue spreading the good word of God. May God continue to be with him in such a good work as this. I hope that he’ll be able to lead many more souls.

~o~

Sis. Nina Cayanan, 37, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have been looking for something lacking in my life. That’s what I felt.

Though I attended mass, I felt that there was something missing. I have long felt since. Only, I didn’t know how to begin [searching].

I have a friend [Bro. Red Arce] who is a Church member abroad; we chatted. One time, I shared my problem.

Then he said, “It’s time already. God is calling you.” I replied, “How am I going to start?”
He gave me an address and contact numbers of the Locale in Angeles.

I just went there, and on the same day I attended the current indoctrination topic that was being discussed. Afterwards, we arranged a schedule for me to be able to make up for the indoctrination topics I missed from the introductory session.

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Actually, the first time I attended was when my mother-in-law took me to a Thanksgiving service. That was really my first time.

She then advised me to get indoctrinated. But I was still working and I had many excuses, like my schedule and so on.

She said, “It will all work out.” But I didn’t get indoctrinated then. I just really didn’t have any idea about it.

After a month, I chatted [my friend]. I told him that I still haven’t changed, and I felt that something was still lacking. Then something happened to me and I faced a problem. He told me, “It’s really time for you to return to Him.”

On Being Baptized

I felt light, like there was a light inside of me.

After immersion, I felt as if something welcomed me. It felt sudden. I didn’t even feel that they held me and submerged me under water.

When I got out of the water it was like there was light. It was really bright.

I felt light because the wrong things I did in the past, the people I’ve hurt as a human being before, have been forgiven today. I learned how to forgive and ask for forgiveness. I was really relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m so very thankful that God used them as instruments for us to know the truth. They were instruments for us to return unto Him who created us.

~o~

Sis. Carmela Gascon, 39, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

It was in the Year 2014, before I went to work, that I got invited [to an MCGI service]. I said, “Perhaps at some other time.”

I was busy at work then. I seldom went to church; sometimes, I really didn’t go to church when I was in Catholicism.

Many months passed, and I thought about what Bro. Jeffrey told me. He was the one who lead me here that sometimes we would be mistaken by others as having a relationship. But it’s not like that at all. [laughs]

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He already has a family. He invited me last year. January, February, March had passed by and still I didn’t attend [the indoctrination]. I always said, “Later.” I always disregarded what he told me about…

Bro. Jeff was my high school classmate. He told me to try this out. “Now, if you will feel something different in your spiritual life, then that’s it already,” he told me.

When I went to the Locale of Layunan, I saw the brethren there. I said, “The brotherhood is beautiful.” They entertained me well, and they didn’t pry into my personal life. They will really guide you spiritually… All they spoke of was the word of God.

I am really an investigator actually; I’m like the NBI. May the Lord forgive me, but I really don’t just join an organization. I scrutinize it first.

It’s like choosing from suitors. We should know first whether their nature is really well. Now for me, I assessed first this organization for me to know if it’s really true.

For me, I can see that it really is good, and I believe that my life’s direction will be good once I became a member.

On Being Baptized

When I was getting baptized, my body was shaking, especially when Bro. Eli was speaking. I felt that there was something wrong in me that I needed to change.

I told myself, “What can I do? I’m only human.” [I felt] something descending upon me, and I didn’t understand what it was. I was just crying. I didn’t want to. “Why am I crying like this?” I asked.

Until I reached the stairs of the baptistery, I was shaking. I couldn’t understand it. “Is this the gift of the Holy Spirit that I need to get down [into the water]?”

Now after I was immersed, it felt like there was a light that flowed in my entire being. I said, “Perhaps this is the truth that I have been truly searching for.”

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because I heard from them [how to] live a spiritual life, as well as the [standards] of morality that men should have.

It is the reason why I hope that I will be able to teach it to my children that they may not be lost, until they have their own families.

~o~

Bro. Reinerio Matillano and Bro. Evaristo Dy, 61 & 65, Former Catholics, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Reinerio: I was able to watch on UNTV the question-and-answer program. People asked Bro. Eli questions and he answered them through the Bible. That’s why I was so convinced that all his answers are based on the Scriptures. That’s why I believe.

Bro. Evaristo: Same with me. [Laughs] I also watched, almost daily. For example, when I was watching another program and it would be time for a commercial break, I would return to Bro. Eli’s. Then, I’d return to the program I was watching, and then to Bro. Eli again. When there’s nothing good to watch, I tune in to Bro. Eli.

On TV, just click through the channels and you will find it [Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path]. For example, you’re not watching anything, you’ll eventually find it [and say,] “Wow, this is good. I’m going to watch it.”

Bro. Reinerio: Mine seemed like an accident. I was in Manila and whenever I didn’t have work, I would go home and see the channels on TV.

I saw UNTV and Bro. Eli was on. There were many people that were asking him questions. “This topic is good,” I told myself.

There are many questions and yet he is able to answer them. The answers are well because they are from the Bible, and are read to you, and you can read [the verses] as well.

It’s unlike in other groups. The one I was formerly in had masses on Sundays wherein they read a small portion of the Bible. And that’s the topic that they’re going to focus on until the mass ended. Nothing more. You’ll learn nothing. I reached this age, and it’s like I’m still on level zero.

Bro. Evaristo: I wondered if priests read the Bible?

Bro. Reinerio: They read it, but they don’t want to say to people what is written.

Bro. Evaristo: And it’s like they don’t want to accept it. Perhaps it’s because priests study for 10 or 12 years, and then someone will say they’re wrong.

Bro. Reinerio: They say that the reason why babies get baptized is because they will go to Limbo once they die [unbaptized].

Now, the Pope who resigned [Pope Ratzinger] said that he didn’t believe in Limbo. They removed Limbo, and yet their church didn’t say it. In other words, they still deceive their fellowmen.

Why does [an unbaptized] baby, which committed no sin, when it dies cannot go [to heaven]? And yet when a criminal who killed many, who disrupted many lives because of shabu, dies, then people will just pray for him?

Even if the whole world prays for you, that won’t save you, especially with the grave sin you have done. Besides, when you’re dead already, how can you repent?

Bro. Evaristo: For me, priests may or may not know the things that are in the Bible, just like worshipping idols.

Perhaps one reason why they still remain in that is because they studied being a priest for 10 years, and then they would be told they’re wrong.

It’s like this: If you’re addicted to cigarettes, to drugs, and you’re told it’s bad, you’re going to have a hard time leaving it.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Reinerio: When I was being asked [by the baptizer], I cried because I really want to throw away all my evil ways before. Hopefully, with this opportunity given me, with His guidance, I will triumph in serving Him.

Bro. Evaristo: I felt light, like the burdens I had were taken away.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Reinerio: I hope that Bro. Eli continues to succeed, that hopefully, if he won’t be able to bring [the Word] to the whole world, perhaps even to just one billion of our population.

I have goosebumps thinking about what happened to me. I didn’t expect this spirit in me. I hope his life will be longer. I think he’s still strong; despite his physical being is quite weak already. The same for Bro. Daniel

Bro. Evaristo: May he continue his preaching, and may his life be longer.

Sis. Richjane Canas, 22, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

As a believer, we search for the truth. And I found it here.

It’s kind of like an accident [how I knew this]. I was formerly an INC (Iglesia ni Cristo); then I got excommunicated. Coincidentally, with the many groups I’ve been in, I ended up here.

I was able to come here and be with the members here. They were the ones who lead me here.

On Being Baptized

I felt light; I was even crying. Of course I was happy because I was one of them who got called.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they won’t tire in preaching to other people. I hope they’ll be given longer lives.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: February 7, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on February 7, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Nilo Ortega, 67, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Being Baptized
I feel like a new being. I’ve been listening to Bro. Eli for quite a long time now, but it was only recently that I made efforts to join, and be a member.

It’s a good thing. I believe of course that it’s God who makes a way. In my case, it was through a reunion in our former school.

It was really my wife who was a classmate of Bro. Mamerto, but she already passed away, so they asked me attend instead. We met by chance, and he mentioned that he’s attending in “Ang Dating Daan” (The Old Path).

I told him I wanted to be a member and asked how I can get baptized. He told me not to worry about it and he’ll take care of me. That’s what paved the way of me joining the Church.

He brought me to a locale, to an indoctrination session. He went to my house early in the morning of Monday right after the Saturday reunion, and asked me if I was interested in hearing the indoctrination.

I told him that it’s actually very timely since I take care of my brother-in-law’s hogs in the morning, and my schedule is open at night. That’s it, that’s how I started off.

I started listening back in the ‘90s. Thank God I’m still alive; Bro. Eli always mentions this. So to those who are already of old age: Hurry up!

On MCGI Leaders
I hope Bro. Eli will be given a longer life, so he can still help save more souls. There are still a lot out there who were brought up by false teachings; I pity them.

I pray that both Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel be given longer lives, because there are still a lot of souls to harvest. There are a lot to harvest, but very few harvesters.

~o~

Bro. Michael Ramirez, 38, Former Born Again, Bulacan Province

On Being Baptized
I’m very happy. The feeling is different. I feel lighter inside. Those troubles I used to worry about before my baptism seemed to have vanished.

I learned of Ang Dating Daan through television. I would join my mom who is already a Church member, and listen with her.

Then I had a problem. [That’s when] I decided to join my mother; I attended a Church service.

One day I said to my mom, “Ma, I will go with you.” She responded with, “Oh God, have you already called him?” And I said, “Thank You.”

So I attended the indoctrination, and even Church services. I had a very big problem, and a brother (Church member) mentioned that I should continue the indoctrination to avoid making a detour along the way. I did not stop, I just went on and attended all sessions.

My mom said that if I didn’t encounter the problem I had, I wouldn’t have attended the indoctrination. I told my mother that I was honestly about to take my own life. Thankfully, I was able to listen to the doctrines. Like I said, the problem seemed to fade away on its own.

On MCGI Leaders
I am very grateful to God for what they did for me. The words of God you share with people, I am thankful for those.

~o~

Sis. Chelsea Garcia, 18, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
I feel very light; the feeling is very light.

I got the chance to listen to Bro. Eli when I was younger. The people at home watched Bro. Eli, but I didn’t really understand anything.

When I grew up, some friends tried watching too; that’s when I understood [his preaching]. So last year, I started really watching, and listening through the radio.

On MCGI Leaders
Thank you because if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have known the truth. If you’re not here, I will still be looking for answers until now.

~o~

Bro. Rudyrick Mirasol, 24, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province


On Being Baptized
The feeling is light. I was able to listen through Bible studies, Bible expositions.

I learned about Bro. Eli through my employers, back in 2008 or 2009. I was convinced to get baptized because of the truths I learned from the Bible.

On MCGI Leaders
I pray that God will take care of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, to save them from unfortunate incidents, give them strength, and be allowed to continue to preach truths in the Bible.

~o~

Bro. Elmiro Napa, 32, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
Honestly, while I was being immersed in water during my baptism, I fervently prayed to God.

What I felt earlier was something that I have never felt even when I was younger, until I experienced this strange feeling that I can’t explain. But I can recall from what I heard before, that that’s the Holy Spirit who was with me during my baptism.

To tell you the truth, I’ve been listening to Bro. Eli for a long time now. It was back in 1998 I believe, during my high school days.

The thing is, my faith was weak, maybe because I was very young then. But it reached a point when, I enjoyed watching him so much until 2003, and I became a Bible reader.

Actually, there was something unusual that happened to me that time. I was asking for a sign from the Bible whether I’m really worthy of Him; I prayed He would give me a sign.

Incidentally when I opened the Bible, the verse that came up was that part where God said, “I forgive your iniquities, make known your pleas.” That’s what I remember that I have read.

So in the morning, in the wee hours, I woke my mother up. I was planning to go straight here (at ADD Convention Center) even if I wasn’t a member yet. But because I lacked funds as we were having financial difficulty, I failed to go here.

Then time went by, I was employed to serve in 2007. In all honesty, I was a little careless then because I prioritized work. It came to a point when, in 2011, I decided to undergo indoctrination.

The problem I had to face during that time was my wife. She really stopped me from getting baptized. Although I really want to get baptized, at that time, due to my weaknesses, I was defeated again.

But I did not let go of God. I explained to Him, “Father, it’s not that I’m turning my back on you, but please give me a little more time.” I said I knew that His will must be followed.

Then came 2014, as January approached, I felt a weariness in my soul. It felt like everything was all about problems. When I woke up in the morning, there’s this problem; before I go to sleep, another setback.

I said to myself “It’s really hard without God.” That time I felt that this is probably my calling. So I discussed it with my spouse, and she got mad again, so I let three days pass, but accompanying me through those three days are prayers.

I fervently asked from Him, “Father, if it’s your will that I enter your truth, help me convince my wife.” The following week, I told her again about my decision and strangely, I was able to convince her.

I was surprised because it’s been years that we have been fighting over this. That’s why I believe, that God answers. As long as you ask for something that’s meant for you, He will grant it.

On MCGI Leaders
Actually, I am grateful that even if it took me so long before I got baptized, I got in while Bro. Eli’s still alive. And also now, he’s with Bro. Daniel too.

I’m thankful to God because I told myself when I was still outside of the Church that if I become a member I hope Bro. Eli is still alive. With the way he preaches, I have never seen anyone who propagated God’s words the way he does it.

I’ve compared him with pastors, priests, but [he’s] far too different. And the things Bro. Eli preach are really based from the Bible. So my message to Bro. Eli, may it be God’s will for him to have a longer life, so he can still preach the words of God to other people who have not experienced the teachings of God.

~o~

Bro. Ruel Manlapaz, 30, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I’ve known Bro. Eli’s preaching for a long time now, but it’s only now that I got the chance [to be baptized].

The things I learned in the indoctrination sessions are all truths, all righteous. That’s why I didn’t have second thoughts to be a member of the Church. So I will just continue in this.

I feel refreshed, as if all my problems went away. It feels light. That’s what I feel inside.

I really monitored the program on TV and radio. I studied [the teachings] but I didn’t have the chance then. It was during the ‘90s, however. I couldn’t get closer, there was something [holding me back]. But this time, I really [pursued] it. I got baptized.

On MCGI Leaders
My message for Bro. Eli is to continue what he’s doing. It’s great to be able to have many people join the Church, so that our congregation will grow.

~o~

Bro. Ryan Kristopher Pamplona, 24, Former Born Again, Tarlac Province

On Being Baptized
It feels extraordinary. I should’ve been baptized long ago, a year ago because I have been attending services for about a year now.

With God’s help and mercy, I decided that I really want to be baptized. With God’s mercy, I have proven that the Church is really good.

I feel genuinely good right now. All of the weight, all the heaviness, those things that happened to me, my pains, everything, they’re all gone.

I feel good, however tired I am, no matter how far this place was. All I can truly say right now is: Thanks be to God.

I went here (the ADD Convention Center) because I have a friend who’s a member here. We met with Sis. Luz [Cruz]. Then I heard someone say, “Our topic later is ‘The faith of God.’”” Instead of going straight home, I decided to stay and wait for it.

On MCGI Leaders
Thanks be to God. With His help and mercy, I was able to listen to God’s words, and Biblical truths. If I weren’t able to listen, I may still not be sure where I am today.

Thank you very, very much. I hope more people will listen to them, I hope there will be more. Thanks be to God.


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