Newly Baptized Testimonials: May 29, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on May 29, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Felix Castillo, 62, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

Ever since I came home from Korea, I have watched Bro. Eli’s program day and night, as there’s no other good program to watch on television except Bro. Eli’s.

At least I [found that] his explanations about the Bible are good, which in reality, are not taught by Catholic priests; they don’t explain the Bible.

What happens is that since people do not know anything about the Bible, they don’t know the Bible’s interpretation. We are at a loss actually.

We are lost, because even if you look in the Bible, you don’t know how to explain it, how things became like this and like that.

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Of course, you need to find the answers from other writers like Mark, Luke, St. James, St. John, St. Peter, from Paul as what they say jive with each other.

Going back also to Genesis, and to Ezekiel to Job, it’s like those prophets foretold that this is going to happen in the future. And those explanations are absent in Catholicism.

And the truth of the matter is, we don’t really [need] to kneel or bow down to those images.

I was really just trying to look for a good television program. What I saw was just dancing and drama where people were just crying, and it was irritating.

However, when I tuned in to Bro. Eli, my continual watching went on straight from then on. It was my first time to hear him.

On Being Baptized

I have long been asking the Lord for the forgiveness of my sins; I was a sinner. [Despite] we confessed to priests, I wasn’t certain whether my sins had really been forgiven or not.

[With my baptism today] I believe that I was forgiven of my sins, according to the explanation of Bro. Eli from the Bible of course. Of course I believed it.

I just told myself that I needed to be baptized that I may be [cleansed] of my sins. And I had to get rid of all my vices as I smoked a lot; of course, with the help of the Holy Spirit. I felt that I was cleansed and I felt light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

We pray to our dear Lord that they can continue their mission, and I hope that the Lord will provide them good health and good finances also [laughs].

For this mission to continue, they will really need a lot of money for this one. This is not a joke. It really is a big challenge for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

It’s a big responsibility, and I hope that the Lord will give them strength to continue.

I hope that other members of the Church of God abroad will [continue to] help them. I’m going back to Korea. We have a community there, and I’ll explain to them that Bro. Eli really needs support.

He cannot do it alone, to propagate the faith to the whole world.

~o~

Sis. Jacelle Rose Omania, 26, Former Born Again, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

That I may know the true doctrines. My husband’s uncle is also a member at The Old Path [the Church of God International], and he conducts Bible studies for us.

He was the one who invited us to attend the indoctrination. He’s abroad, and we talk through Skype.

On Being Baptized

I couldn’t explain what I was feeling a while ago. I felt nervous and was crying. I felt like I was floating as I was being immersed. I just cried out of the joy I felt.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue preaching about the words of God. I hope that they will be able to help and save many more people.

~o~

Bro. Lauro Hernandez, 57, Former Crame Bible Church Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve long been listening to The Old Path. [Even] at the onset, I saw that the teaching was good; it’s in the Bible.

At the end [of my investigation], I saw that it was right. I [compared it to] the evangelical group I formerly belonged to and it’s different. There, you just need to accept Christ as your savior and you’re already saved.

But I learned that it’s not like that. From what I got in The Old Path program, as I have long been a listener, it’s not only accepting Christ, but Christ has to accept you also.

The Bible says, according to the Lord Jesus Christ, many will say, “Lord, Lord, we healed the sick; we preached.” And the Lord will say to them, “Depart from me. I do not know you.”

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There are many other things. Bro. Eli also teaches that the prophecy states that salvation will come from the east, not from the west.

The Crame Bible Church is from the west, so that’s when I saw that there was something wrong there. Of course, we have to investigate.

I was formerly a Catholic, and then became an evangelical. It doesn’t automatically mean that the religion you found yourself in is the right one.

Truth is, my siblings are Born Again members. So now that I’m here in The Old Path, I hope that this will be a way for them to know the true Church of God.

That’s all I can say. I’m just happy that I found the truth in The Old Path, in the Church of God International.

On Being Baptized

Of course, very well! Actually, I felt like crying a while ago even with just the songs.

It’s because I was lost. I used to believe that just repent and you’re still going to be saved. But it’s not like that, and that’s a dangerous [belief].

I felt sorry for my mistakes, and I’m thankful to our Lord God that I have finally found the truth.

I told myself that, “This is it.” And I believe that I will not return to my former ways [with God’s help and mercy].

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My only message to them is that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel may continue preaching with the help of God.

It’s really a great thing for them to preach, especially on TV, on radio, because it’s there where I got to hear good doctrines.

~o~

Sis. Judith Saballa, 50, Former Foursquare Gospel Church Pastor, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

[At first] I didn’t want to join as I didn’t like the Church. But since he [points to husband] watches it in the morning, noon, and night, I couldn’t hear anything else but Bro. Eli’s voice even as I arrive home from work.

“Can you change that to another channel?” I told him. Until time came that I listened and listened. He then brought me to the indoctrination sessions.

I spent two [indoctrination] days in Cavite, and then finished the rest of the seven sessions in Laguna.

Then I saw that it’s really different. I really felt it, especially in prayer; it touched me. You know that it’s really from the heart, as if you’re really talking to the Lord.

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We had many errors in other religions. I learned a lot, the truth, and it’s not about money.

Also, I look at Bro. Eli’s face. I can see the Lord, and that he strives to save souls, to save all men. It’s not about money. I really saw his intention, and that is to save all. It’s not, “We have to lead many so that our Church will have much money,” as I have been to many religions before. Here, life is just simple.

For us, it’s hard to obey at first because we were used to the ways of the world. We did anything we wanted; nobody cared. And yet we were called Christians.

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Before I used to be mad. “Why do we need to dress [modestly]? Is that included in the [law]? So what if we serve? Our apparel is just fine.”

But I saw that if you really serve God, it is the holiness, the will of God for you that you should follow. So I’m really thankful to God that we’re here now.

Wherever should we go, should we go back to Mindanao or something, we feel okay.

I have a sibling now who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. He’s also a pastor. I always tell him to listen as well even just via television.

In the end, we’ll all [die]. But right now, we’re [the only members of our family] who are members of the Church. Hopefully, we will be used [by God] for the salvation of our whole family.

On Being Baptized

It’s my fourth time to get baptized, so I didn’t want to be baptized at first.

But when Bro. Eli explained about the true baptism, and the teachings, and true change… In times past, I already got baptized, but afterwards everything would be back to the way they were.

Now, I really feel that my heart is happy; I’m crying because of joy even while during prayer.

Another thing, it’s the word of God that enlightened me. Imagine, I have taught people for so many years, but it was wrong. I studied theology, but it was nothing.

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I told myself, “I don’t need to be baptized; I will just join.” But it’s not supposed to be so. You need to be baptized so that all your sins will be washed away, because sins are repeatedly done.

In the true baptism however, you will feel afraid to commit sin. When I pray now, [I realize] the many years that we have wasted our lives.

We’re thankful that the Lord did not take us yet, and we reached this point in our lives wherein we had a chance to tell others how good God is to us.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many thanks to the Lord who have used you for us, your children in the spirit. Many thanks. We believe in you. Thank you very much.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: April 17, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on April 17, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Rowena Caballero, 30, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was encouraged by my husband; he didn’t force me though. I saw the change in his life, how he had acquired faith.

He’s just a new member, about one year or going on two years old [in the Church]. He stopped with his vices; his life views have changed. His smart-aleck attitude also changed.

With him, it started when he met a brother-in-faith on board a ship. That’s when it started for him. When he returned home, he was already listening [to Bro. Eliseo], and he invited us to listen through television.

We were former Catholics. But as I was growing up, [I leaned] towards becoming a Born Again member, but I never got baptized. I used to encourage him [her husband] to the Born Again, but with God’s mercy, he ended up being here first.

On Being Baptized

I can’t explain it. I felt like I was nervous that I was just crying.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful because they became the way for me to [become a member]. I have long been looking for the truth, investigating religions. And in doing so, I made the decision to be baptized here.

~o~

Bro. Benjie Arias, 39, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was able to listen to the Bible Exposition [on UNTV]. As I was looking for something to watch, I noticed Bro. Eli’s program.

It caught my attention because the way of teaching is different because he reads it [from the Bible], unlike with other pastors wherein the listener cannot ask them questions.

It’s like it is already programmed [or scripted with others], but with Bro. Eli, he even answers simple-minded questions. That’s what convinced me that what he says is true. He has an explanation for everything, and that’s what drew me here.

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I know someone from our place, as I am from Mindanao, [who is a member here]. Then, I remembered one of my batch mates [in high school], Bro. Rey, is also a member here. It was him who I called [to ask about this religion]. He then endorsed me to a locale nearest our place in Gatbuca in Capalangan through Bro. Freddie Dono.

I have only completed this [the indoctrination] now; it should have been a long time ago already. The reason was always work. Also, I attended to my papers for working abroad. With God’s mercy, it’s like He willed for me to [become a member] in this organization, in this brotherhood.

Actually, the first time I told my wife about this, she didn’t want to believe in it. Of course, there’s the truth that there are religions that are just for money; that’s still her belief.

We’re all Catholics  on my wife’s side and on ours, we’re all Catholics. So when I mentioned about this, she told me not [to join] as I would just be deceived. They [his family] wouldn’t listen to me. So I just keep on praying that they will be able to see what I was able to see, that they may be enlightened as well.

On Being Baptized

It’s like I felt light, like I was at ease; I felt light inside.

Actually, I was feeling tired as I was excited last night. I feel tired and want to sleep, [but] it’s like a thorn has been pulled from me; I feel relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

With Bro. Eli, I hope he continues this ministry, and the same with Bro. Daniel. May God give them more protection that their preaching which I also believed in may [reach countless others].

For us who were taught teachings from the Bible, we will do our [part]; more especially so on my end, I will do my participation [with God’s help and mercy]. Perhaps, what I can only do is to contribute financially when I have some, as well as to other brethren who [have none], as it’s also his [Bro. Eli’s] teaching that everything comes from Him.

~o~

Bro. Efren Ragodon Jr., 26, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are really written in the Bible. I really can’t explain [my feelings about it]. I was able to listen to various religions, but here [the doctrines] seem to convince your heart.

It’s like there’s something telling you that it’s the truth; it’s like that. I guess that’s what they say as the calling of God.

My father [got interested] on the Bible Expositions. That’s why he always [follows it] on TV and on radio. Of course, [we couldn’t] watch other programs on TV as we would come home with it on. So his [Bro. Eliseo] words got imprinted in my mind and in my heart. I was assessing whether it was true or not, and I proved it to be true.

On Being Baptized

It’s different. It’s like all the [shadows of doubt] have turned to light, and I feel unburdened.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

More blessings and more power. I hope that this kind of ministry may continue that many to be lead unto righteousness.

To God be the glory

Bro. Eli: Pain is Essential in Life to Make People Stronger

An MCGI Locale Choir singing in Brgy. Putatan in Muntinlupa City, Philippines for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of February 6, 2015. They sing simultaneously with other MCGI choirs in different parts of the globe connected via satellite and the Internet. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
An MCGI Locale Choir singing in Brgy. Putatan in Muntinlupa City, Philippines for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of February 6, 2015. They sing simultaneously with other MCGI choirs in different parts of the globe connected via satellite and the Internet. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Why do people need to experience physical and spiritual pain before knowing God?

To the question by one of the inquirers during the recent Worldwide Bible Exposition, Bro. Eli Soriano explained that just as pain is a part of life, it plays a vital role in a person’s life.

The multi-awarded Ang Dating Daan radio-television show host told the inquirer from Singapore, Ms. Baby Morales, that pain is very important in the life of a person. “It’s part of life. [Thus] pain signifies life.”

Using as example what people with diabetes feel in relation to pain, Bro. Eli explained that a diabetic person’s nerve endings have been destroyed by high sugar levels in their blood, incapacitating their feeling of pain.

Why God Allows Pain

Reading Ecclesiastes 3:10, Bro. Eli explained why God allows His children to suffer pain. The verse reads —

I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

The international televangelist further added: “When you get used to difficulties, you’ll be able to bear them.”

Bro. Eli also cited passages from the acclaimed Filipino bard Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar, who said that people raised up in pleasures are usually barren or wanting.

Balagtas wrote:

Ang laki sa layaw karaniwa’y hubad

Sa bait at muni’t sa hatol ay salat

Masaklap na bunga ng maling paglingap

Habag ng magulang sa irog na anak

[He who grew up in pleasures is usually wanting

In sense, in reflection, in judgment lacking

A bitter fruit of wayward caring,

(And) compassion of a parent to his beloved offspring]

Those who grew up in difficulties, however, have hope, and cited Lamentations 3:27-32. The Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) said that his experience making a living at an early age can attest to the advantages of growing up in adversity.

There are those who commit suicide for experiencing just a little hardship in life. The Old Path host said these people are the ones accustomed to revelings and luxuries. So when hardship comes and pain becomes unbearable, suicide seems to be the only solution to end their sufferings.

In an article published by TheRichest.com, “10 Countries With the Highest Suicide Rates in the World” (September of 2014), it mentioned a study by the World Health Organization that estimates that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds.

“It’s [thus] better that we feel pain and suffering. We need it to make us stronger, to develop resistance against all sorts of things that may come in our lives,” stressed Bro. Eli.

He pointed out that it is a reason why God allows people to experience both physical and spiritual pains. “The pain of the heart strengthens the heart. Pains and afflictions can edify conviction.”

The Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International is hosted by Bro. Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, where its guests can ask the MCGI Overall Servants any question about faith live and for free.

During the event, more than 1,360 monitoring centers in the Philippines and abroad participate via Internet and satellite, along with MCGI’s Mobile Coordinating Centers.

For more information about MCGI’s upcoming events, please see MCGI’s online calendar, or email us at info@mcgi.org.

Source: 10 Countries with the Biggest Suicide Rates in the World

(Written by Rigor Arellano)


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