From the Philippines to Brazil: MCGI’s Last Quarter of 2014’s Big Events and Recognitions

From The Old Path’s 34th anniversary to citations in the Philippines and Brazil, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) left the last quarter of 2014 with much to remember by.

34 Years of Religious Service

Marking the 34th year of its flagship program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), MCGI held a month-long celebration of good works. MCGI congregants in different parts of the globe lead public service endeavors like cleanup drives and medical missions. This is apart from the Church’s day-to-day humanitarian activities.

Members in New York launched a clean-up drive in the city’s Belvedere Park. Liberians welcomed patients of MCGI’s free clinic there, while Ghanan members attended to the refugees in its charity home.

In the Philippines similar services took place like the medical missions in Cavite and Bicol provinces, which benefitted about 5,000 indigents.

MCGI topped of its celebration of good works with a Worldwide Bible Exposition on October 30, 2014 that once again challenged The Big Dome’s 16,000-plus seating limits.

Right before the stage, disabled persons seat in front of the huge crowd at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of MCGI on October 30, 2014 in celebration of The Old Path's 34th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Right before the stage, disabled persons seat in front of the huge crowd at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of MCGI on October 30, 2014 in celebration of The Old Path’s 34th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

A Song of Praise (ASOP) interpreters like Frenchy Dy, Gerald Santos and Beverly Caimen to name a few, welcomed the massive crowd with a slew of winning songs from the Philippines’ first-ever Gospel songwriting tilt on television.

Bro. Daniel Razon then delivered a keynote speech on the worldwide reach of The Old Path in its 34 years of programming before giving the floor to Bro. Eli Soriano. Soon afterwards, Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot (The Bible Will Answer. Ask Bro. Eli), the trademark question-and-answer segment of the program, took off. Guests at the coliseum and from more than 1,360 remote points across the globe asked their questions of faith live to the MCGI Overall Servants.

Philippine Pride

In the same month, MCGI, together with media partner UNTV, received a citation from the Philippine Embassy in Brazil for their extensive aid to their fellow Filipinos and Brasileiros.

“MCGI or The Old Path is of great help to the embassy because of your widespread outreach to this place, which is seldom reached by our people,” expressed Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Eva G. Betita to an MCGI representative.

The attaché added that with the aid of UNTV, the country’s consular services in the region reaches as many people as possible. The year saw many succesful Filipino registrants for the upcoming national elections, one of the joint efforts of the embassy and UNTV.

The MCGI brethren in Brazil on the other hand have been recognized for their public services to their fellow Brasileiros. Like their Filipino counterparts, Brazilian members are active in donating blood and in caring for the elderly.

“When you sang and dance for them and they clapped, it is different for them… to them it is very satisfying,” told Jeruza Mogarte, Corner of Old administrator of an elderly home in Porto Alegre when MCGI and UNTV visited the residents in their place.

Dugong Bayani Award

For donating over 10,750 blood bags in 2014 alone, MCGI received the Jose Rizal Award from the Department of Health for the third consecutive year.

Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis told that MCGI’s efforts are “unceasing”. MCGI conducts blood drives quarterly every year as part of its commitment to saving lives.

In the same breath, church members support UNTV’s pioneering and breakthrough advocacy of Rescue First, Report Later, which puts public safety first before breaking news.

The first ever news-and-rescue team in the Philippines was conceptualized and formed by BMPI Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel in 2010. Incidentally, Kuya Daniel is the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI. BMPI, which stands for Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), is content provider of The Public Service Channel UNTV.

The logo of Ang Dating Daan's 34th anniversary with MCGI Leaders Bro. Daniel Razon (left) and Bro. Elise Soriano (right) being shown on the large LED screen. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
The logo of Ang Dating Daan’s 34th anniversary with MCGI Leaders Bro. Daniel Razon (left) and Bro. Elise Soriano (right) being shown on the large LED screen. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Marking his 31st birthday in the spirit on November 28, 2014, Bro. Daniel held a charity dinner concert three days earlier to help further MCGI and UNTV’s various public services.

Bro. Daniel sang standards together with Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming in a concert aptly called “Double” at the Manila Hotel.

Bro. Soriano and Bro. Razon spearhead the funding of many humanitarian endeavors that the organization has launched in the country and abroad. Doing good to all regardless of race or religion is part of MCGI doctrine (Gal. 6:10).

In the words of the Amb. Eva Betita, “To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, we are delighted of what you are doing. May God Almighty bless you that you may be able to continue your good works.”

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

For Three Years Running, MCGI Named Highest Blood Contributor at Dugong Bayani Awards 2014

Bro. Ricky Ledesma,  one of the qualified MCGI youth blood donors, donates his blood at the Elmhurst Hospital in New York to help save the lives of others. (Courtesy of PVI)
Bro. Ricky Ledesma, one of the qualified MCGI youth blood donors, donates his blood at the Elmhurst Hospital in New York to help save the lives of others. (Courtesy of PVI)

Quezon City, Philippines — For the third consecutive year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) earned the Jose Rizal Award from the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center (PBDTC) and the Department of Health at the Dugong Bayani Awards.

The Jose Rizal Award, which aims to feature groups or organizations that gave the most number of blood donations for the year, was given to MCGI on December 16, 2014 at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Diliman, Quezon City.

For the year 2014, MCGI was able to donate 5,000 blood bags for PBDTC and their beneficiaries alone. MCGI’s mass blood donation drives in December 2014 produced to 2, 257 blood bags. This figure completes the said year’s total of 10,757 amassed blood bags from nationwide and regular blood donation drives.

PBDTC OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis acknowledged the blood donation efforts of MCGI. She then extolled the group’s continuous support, stating that it is “never ceasing.”

“We hope that other groups, other churches, will be as zealous as yours,” Dr. Abesamis said in an interview with local television network UNTV.

During the ceremony, PBDTC featured one of their center’s many recipients: a13-year-old boy who has a blood disorder called thalassemia, a disease that causes the abnormal formation of hemoglobin in the body.

The young boy’s blood disorder requires him to be infused with a blood bag every three weeks, and it is made possible through the blood donations given to PBDTC.

“Thank you very much for continuously donating blood for us who have illnesses,” remarked the young man in an interview.

The quarterly blood donation activities is just one of the ways that MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel S. Razon encourage members to always do good towards others.

(Written by Rona Valdez)

For Three Years Running, MCGI Named Highest Blood Contributor at Dugong Bayani Awards 2014

Blood bags lie atop a portable cooler before being stored and brought to the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center for further processing. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Blood bags lie atop a portable cooler before being stored and brought to the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center for further processing. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Quezon City, Philippines — For the third consecutive year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) earned the Jose Rizal Award from the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center (PBDTC) and the Department of Health at the Dugong Bayani Awards.

The Jose Rizal Award, which aims to feature groups or organizations that gave the most number of blood donations for the year, was given to MCGI on December 16, 2014 at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Diliman, Quezon City.

For the year 2014, MCGI was able to donate 5,000 blood bags for PBDTC and their beneficiaries alone. MCGI’s mass blood donation drives in December 2014 produced to 2, 257 blood bags. This figure completed the said year’s total of 10,757 amassed blood bags from nationwide and regular blood donation drives.

PBDTC OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis acknowledged the blood donation efforts of MCGI. She then extolled the group’s continuous support, stating that it is “never ceasing.”

“We hope that other groups, other churches, will be as zealous as yours,” Dr. Abesamis said in an interview with local television network UNTV.

During the ceremony, PBDTC featured one of their center’s many recipients: a13-year-old boy who has a blood disorder called thalassemia, a disease that causes the abnormal formation of hemoglobin in the body.

The young boy’s blood disorder requires him to be infused with a blood bag every three weeks, and it is made possible through the blood donations given to PBDTC.

“Thank you very much for continuously donating blood for us who have illnesses,” remarked the young man in an interview.

The quarterly blood donation activities is just one of the ways that MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel S. Razon encourages members to always do good towards others.

(Written by Rona Valdez)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 2, 2015

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

Bro. Bonifacio Ramones, 68, Former Catholic, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

I saw the difference in the doctrines; I’m from Catholicism, and even joined the El Shaddai movement, but I wasn’t content there. It felt like there was something big missing.

I was scanning the AM band on the radio in search for good Bible topics. I found him [Bro. Eli Soriano] on the far end of the radio [frequencies]. When I heard him, I found that what he was saying is okay. I verified it in the [Bible] books he mentioned, and saw it there, so that’s it.

It has been about two years since I listened on both television and radio. Then I verified that true facts are being said, so there is truth. Even in the Noli Me Tangere, in the Pasyon, in the Huling Paalam (Last Farewell) and in [Jose Rizal’s] Letter to Malolos Women in Meycauayan, I verified those. So there’s truth in it.

On Being Baptized

I felt light and I was crying.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that his life will be longer, that their lives will be longer.

~o~

Sis. Jennilyn Chan, 30, Former Catholic, Tarlac Province

On Joining the Church of God

Of course firstly, I want to know the Lord, that I may be used in a better ministry.

I learned that there are many things that I need to change in myself, [and] that there are many things that I need to obey according to [the will of] the Lord.

My husband is already a member, and he brought me to [Church gatherings]. He was the instrument I was waiting for that paved the way for me to become a member today.

He’s abroad, but whenever he is here for vacation, he brings me to the locale. He just comes back here every vacation. When he left, I just went to the locale on my own. I attended continuously until I was called also.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside. I hope that my getting to know Him will continue.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue to teach us. They have different ways to continue to guide us with the help of the Lord.

~o~

Sis. Rachelle Miranda, 47, Former Catholic, Negros Occidental

On Joining the Church of God

It was through my friend, my towns-fellow, who is already a member [that I got to know about the Church].

When we met again, after not seeing each other for many years, it was like what she was telling me was different; she was different. Then she told me things and the teachings she learned.

She attends in Pasig Bayan Locale, while I in Silang, Cavite. She told me, “Try it there. There is a locale near your place, your apartment.

But even before that, I was already searching [for God]. I attended baptist gatherings, but I didn’t feel comfortable there, as it seemed different. They were more on… Everytime they preached, it boiled down to money.

On Being Baptized

After baptism, there’s a feeling of calmness that I can’t explain. I was teary-eyed when I was being asked questions [by the baptizer] in the baptistery. Even as I was just entering, I felt nervous. But I said some prayers as I was really willing. I really wanted to change for the better.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue doing their works and may they be blessed.

~o~

Bro. Cesar Cabiling, 47, Former Freelancer, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is the true one. Because in my over two years of attending Bible Studies, I really saw that this is the one that speaks the truth.

I attended Bible Studies before [in other religions], but they were heading nowehere. When they were asking me to join, to be baptized, they didn’t lay down the facts on what it was that I will be accepting.

This, here, is the right teaching. Others just don’t have it. It feels like you’re just hanging on air during baptism, that you will just accept Jesus Christ as Savior and that’s it. In the many religions I’ve been to… even how their women dress [is not okay].

In one I attended, their women were wearing short shorts. So you really could not concentrate. Also, the works of those men who really say that they are of God are vain; they really don’t do good.

But here as I told Bro. Gregg, and as my son, who got baptized here on December 19, 2014, told me — when you walk here, you have peace of mind. It’s unlike when you go to other places wherein you don’t know how others behave. The people there might drink and drink, become drunk and then become hostile. But here, you will have peace of mind. You know that the brethren have good hearts.

On Being Baptized

Actually, I’m a person who easily gets angry. But I felt so light that time; I didn’t think of anything that would work me up. Nothing. I just felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

To our two preachers, may God always keep them, give them good health, and refrain them from troubles that may be caused by men. May they have more blessings, especially spiritual ones.

~o~

Sis. Melany Guce, 39, Former Catholic, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

I joined the Church of God because I saw the true reformation, true knowledge of God, through my husband. So, it was my husband, who became a bridge for me to know God.

My husband got baptized on March 21 just last year. Then, that’s when I saw the big change in him. All his gambling, drinking were gone; he really underwent total change.

At first, he invited me, but I sometimes felt irritated because everytime we see each other, he would always mention “Bro. Eli, Bro. Eli.”

Later on, he somewhat changed his strategy. I didn’t hear it anymore. So I was like wanting to hear it, until the time came that I came with him to listen to the teachings. That’s when I learned the true doctrines.

On Being Baptized

It’s different, as I used to get angry easily. I had little self control before. But now it seemed to have broadened, widened.

[After baptism] he forgot to bring me my dry clothes as he was feeding [our] two kids that we brought with us, until the time came that I was the only one left [in the restroom] who hadn’t change clothes.

Before, simple things like that would irritate me. But that time, even I felt unfamiliar to the feeling. “Why wasn’t I irritated? Why did I understand the situation? Perhaps he was still doing something else.” So I proved that even I have been changed. I hope it continues.

Ever since my husband became a member, [The Old Path] is on his cell phone. So in the morning as I write, I would hear it.

Then one time, he brought the children with him. And oh, the kids enjoyed the KNC [Flock of the Lamb]. The time came when I was the only one left at home, so I also joined them. That’s when I started to listen.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, may you be blessed with a longer life to further your preaching of the word of God. The same goes for Bro. Daniel.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 25, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 25, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Paula Jean Cabral, 31, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s here where I felt the true calling, without hypocrisy. Also, there’s the concern of every brother to each other, and their observance of God’s words is not based on their own understanding. I felt the brotherhood here.

In our former religion, it’s like you can do anything you want to do, and after you do it you just pray and you’ll do it again. But here, I learned how to truly pray to God, how to really ask for forgiveness in prayer.

My husband led me here. He was the first to be baptized. While he listened to Q&As in Bible Expositions, I went with him and we also go to Apalit when he’s here. He was baptized last year; it’s my turn this year.

He was abroad for eight years, and he was able to listen [there]. Until the time came when his mother was also able to listen and became a member last November.

We also watched via live streaming. Also, when the TV signal is weak and only UNTV is the only one left as the others are already black and white, you’ll be able to watch [Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s] Q&As.

He was very patient in sharing this religion, our religion to me. He didn’t quit. Even though it’s just one or two Q and As, he would share it with me every day.

When he was here, even our housemate was able to listen and be baptized. I thought to myself, “Gradually, you are being enlightened and you learn not to be close-minded. It’s very delighting to know that I found here the fulfillment that I’ve been searching for, especially of the spiritual kind, as not all religions are [satisfying].

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside, and like something in me was removed and replaced with a humble heart, if that’s how I can term it: a humble heart.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue being good examples to us. I pray for their good health and may they continue to lead and spread more the good news of the Bible that there is still hope.

~o~

Bro. Raymart and Bro. Michael Castillo, 20 & 17, Former Catholics, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Michael: Because we know that this is the true religion. The teaching is right and good, unparalleled by other religions.

Bro. Raymart: As my brother said, this is the right and true one to join. Also, I’m afraid of dying and not knowing the truth. I heard the true preaching.

Bro. Michael: My brother always watched [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Michael: Happiness that I only felt here in The Old Path [the Church of God].

Bro. Raymart: I cannot explain the happiness and thanksgiving to God I feel for being a brother-in-faith. That’s all. Thanks be to God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Michael: Bro. Eli, thanks for your patience in teaching the truth to all the people in various countries who have not yet learned it through radio, through television. Thank you.

Bro. Raymart: I will just start from where my brother left off, and hope that they will be given longer lives to be able to serve many more people who have not yet learned the doctrines.

~o~

Bro. Enrique Jr. & Sis. Caroline Faller, 24 & 26, Former Catholics, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Enrique Jr.: We learned the truth. Since the religion we were born in was different, some associate The Old Path with being evil, that it is like this and like that. So whenever I heard it back then, I felt ashamed, and didn’t find out about it.

But with God’s mercy, our television has UNTV so there were times that I was able to watch it, until the time came that I got married. When I was young, I didn’t take religious talks seriously. Even in my old religion, I seldom went to mass; it’s true.

Then when I got married, I learned in life and seek guidance from my parents even now. I started to become interested in the teachings of Bro. Eli Soriano to us, because I saw that the teachings are very far from those of my former religion wherein I had no choice. You would really join it because even if you hadn’t yet learned how to say “Amen,” you would already be baptized.

Sis. Caroline: Also, the parents are a real influence.

Bro. Enrique: When we became husband and wife, we were able to listen to teachings that we can really see and read [in the Bible]. It’s not just speaking from one’s own thoughts, but is being read from a source.

When I was young, I was invited to the Iglesia ni Cristo, to the Born Again, but I didn’t take them seriously. But even so, I felt that I was still of God though I committed sins sometimes. Now, I’ve very happy that I am able to turn back to Him.

When we were able to listen to Bro. Soriano, since about less than a year ago, we didn’t anymore hesitated. Even though it’s Christmas day now, for me this is truly the happiest Christmas that has meaning. I hope that our loved ones will be with us here.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Caroline: It feels light inside. The emotional baggage, regrets I felt are now gone. It feels very satisfying.

Bro. Enrique: I felt like I just cried and cried when I was before God. I felt as if I was kneeling before Him, and I was showing myself to Him that I was filthy and was sorry of my sins, and will continue to seek guidance from Him till the end.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Caroline: May they be given longer lives so our families who are not yet members here will be able to listen to them.

Bro. Enrique: Thanks be to God that we have a Bro. Eli of whom I had an unpleasant impression before. But now, everything changed. Despite the accusations towards him, which we know are lies, I am thankful that we have a preacher who does not deprive us of salvation. I hope the Father continues to guide him and give him a longer life for his service.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 19, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 19, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Christopher Aranjuez, 40, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I often watch UNTV for over a year now and I saw the beauty of the teachings of Bro. Eli Soriano. I also examined other religions but didn’t get baptized, because I didn’t see [the answers] to my questions in them.

Nobody invited me; I just watch [The Old Path] on UNTV. Sometimes, I have friends [who also watch it]. I have co-workers in our barracks from the Iglesia ni Cristo who frequently watch the program of Bro. Eli Soriano.

On Being Baptized

I feel like there were seven evil spirits that came out of me. The [teachings] are really from the Bible and I hope to keep them my whole life and [teach] them also to my children.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to you Bro. Eli, because of you, many minds have been enlightened. You are a brave man for teaching men who err [to correct their ways].

~o~

Bro. Nikko John Ricamara, 23, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Actually, I’ve long been listening to the program of Bro. Eli Soriano; there were also those who invited me [to Church gatherings].

It started after I graduated high school; I stopped studying and was just a loafer then. One time, someone approached me, but he wasn’t from the Church of God International but from the Iglesia ng Dios Haligi’t Suhay ng Katotohanan. I liked the teaching so I went with him.

Then, someone from The Old Path [the Church of God International] approached me and told otherwise from the Haligi’t Suhay. So I wanted to find out the truth as they had opposing [views].

When I attended gatherings, I liked The Old Path’s better because they give so much information, even what’s wrong in other religions.

On Being Baptized

I couldn’t help but cry during [baptism] because of the many sins I had. When I saw another person get baptized, I just cried and cried until it was already my own baptism. I couldn’t answer [the baptizer] properly due to my sobbing. But after I was baptized, I felt really happy and good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many thanks for all the teaching that you do. I’m thankful for your courage because despite many threats to your life, you still teach people.

~o~

Bro. Cyzlvester Pacheco, 27, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve actually been listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] for a long time now. Although my heart had been hard in the past when it comes to joining the Church, I saw nothing wrong with the teachings in the long period of my listening.

I saw the coherence in the teachings of Bro. Eli, and there is noone that can refute them. That is the reason why I believe that this is truly the Church that is of God because of the undefiled teachings of God.

I usually come here as a guest during Thankgivings, just to listen to the teachings of Christ through the guidance of Bro. Eli. One of his teachings thought me that it is really commanded by Christ to join what’s good and stay away from evil. So that led me to believe that it’s really commanded to join a Church. It’s not enough for you to just do good. You have to follow His teachings and His commandments.

On Being Baptized

I felt sorry of my sins. It felt heavy and I was afraid that I wasn’t worthy to go into the baptistery as I remembered all of my sins. But all the worries and doubts were gone away after I got out of the water; I felt light. Though you’ll remember all your heavy sins, but after being immersed … I believe that [I’ve] been forgiven.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Firstly, thanks be to God for preachers like Bro. Eli. May the Lord give you a longer life that you may be able to lead many more unto the true Church.

~o~

Sis. Lydia Laborte, 66, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was thinking where I could find someone to assist me [in going to a locale]. Then my neighbor who had an in-law and is a member here approached me one time, so I went with her.

I’ve long been listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio for a long time, about two years now.

I have been [blind] since when I was three years old. They told me I had a disease.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am thankful beause God has called me [through them].

~o~

Sis. Purita Villegas and Sis. Luisa Blancia, Former Iglesia ni Cristo members, 68 & 60, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Purita: I thought of listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio. I said, “This is the truth. I should go to it.” So I went with her [points to Sis. Lucia].

Sis. Lucia: Of course I’m searching for a real foundation of faith. You cannot live without worshipping God. That’s why I joined the Church. Even in the Jehovah’s Witnesses I underwent indoctrination, but I didn’t get baptized because I wasn’t content. It’s difficult if you don’t understand something and just enter.

I really aimed to be baptized here because… My cellphone’s battery already swelled up because of my 24-hour watching to Bro. Eli on the television channel on my mobile. It’s going to be broken soon because it works non-stop. It has no more cover because the battery’s swollen.

Sis. Purita: That’s also where I also listened sometimes, and I got fond of it because it was clear to me that it was something good. One time I went to her place, and we searched for a new way.

Sis. Lucia: It’s not a new way; it’s The Old Path [smiles at Sis. Purita].

Sis. Purita: We went to find a locale, but didn’t find one because we already wanted to go to the place we wished to be.

Sis. Lucia: What she’s saying is the coordinating center. The day I invited her to search for a coordinating center, we didn’t find one because I heard from the [plug on] television that there was a locale here, but didn’t know where.

Then I was surprised to know that I had a neighbor who was a member of The Old Path [the Church of God International]. She called me one time and said, “Come here. Do you want to [attend a gathering] but this is in the Church of God. And I said, “Oh! That’s what I’ve been searching for but I just didn’t know where the coordinating center is.” Then, she told me that she’d accompany me to it.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Purita: I feel nice and my body feels light. I feel light and happy.

Sis. Lucia: I feel good. I feel light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Purita: I’m happy listening to them. It’s really good. I was taught the right word of God from the things I heard. I hope I can continue this until I reach salvation with the Lord’s mercy.

Sis. Lucia: For me there is none like Bro. Eli who preaches 100% true. You have to believe that what he says is true. To Bro. Daniel, all his works are good. I am really amazed by those who are getting treated by doctors, given medicine for free.

I am just truly amazed by it. You don’t see those things in ordinary men; they are really special. I hope that their bodily strength goes on that they may be able to help many more.

~o~

Sis. Teresita Cabusay, 64, Former Baptist, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that all the teachings and everything that Bro. Eli says are true.

I often listen to him. But before, [the teachings] didn’t yet settle in my heart and mind. One time I watched his program, and it’s like the verse he said about salvation got imprinted in my mind.

So it was like my spirit was awakened, though [the program] was not live. Then I searched for him. I went to Sta. Maria because [I knew] that there was a The Old Path coordinating center there, but when I got there, I found out they had already transferred to a new place.

Now, I really asked about it; I rally searched for it. Nobody invited me, but I just voluntarily searched for Bro. Eli. Through him, I found the Lord.

I think it was in the 90s that I first heard [Bro. Eli Soriano]. My father listened to him. Before, he would listen solo on the upper floor of the house. He had a radio and my father listened to him so I got to listen too. However, the teachings perhaps weren’t in me yet at the time, but now I was really called.

I was a former Baptist, and now I’m here. Ever since the teachings spoken by Bro. Eli entered my heart, I was lead here. My life’s direction has now changed to the right one. Thanks be to God and for the salvation of the Lord that I have found.

On Being Baptized

After I was baptized, I felt like the word of the Lord entered my heart. I will live by this, by what I learned on how to be clean and live a new life [with God’s help and mercy].

I felt like I was a new person. As what was said, you cannot enter the kingdom of God if you will not be born again. That is why my spirit is now born in Christ.

On MCGI Leaders

To Bro. Eli, may he be given more strength by the Lord to be able to preach to those who have not yet accepted the word of God, our salvation.

To Bro. Daniel, may he and his family be blessed. I hope that our preachers will be blessed.

~o~

Sis. Krisna Mae Ching, 15, Former KNC, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because I also learned from my parents the word of God, much moreso from Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

I learned a lot of deep things from the topics. The topics outlined by Bro. Eli are good. I learned a lot.

I was a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of the Lamb] before. I’m a KNC graduate. Ever since I was a kid, I already heard Bro. Eli. My mother would bring us to the locale. Until I grew up, I was in the KNC.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside and I’m happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May God always keep them. Thanks be to God because I became a member through them.

~o~

Bro. Mark Jayson Villarante, 15, Former KNC, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that the Lord was calling me already. Also, it is God’s will for me that’s why I got baptized.

At first, it was my older brother that became a member. Then my mother invited me to the locale. I was a KNC first, until I understood [the teachings] gradually.

It is not in other religions. If you will compare the Church to others, the teachings I hear in the Church are unparalleled. They are really different.

On Being Baptized

I felt light and I feel that my sins have been cleaned. It’s like I’m a newborn baby. It’s like what Bro. Eli said. I feel really really light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May the Lord always keep them, and I pray that they may reach many more people and lead them to return unto God and become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Bro. Jovey Abac, 69, Former Born Again, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve been 12 years as a Born Again Christian, but I saw [how] the Lord touched me and it’s very effective. I just knew of this through watching television. Every time I would get up at 2 a.m., I would see [The Old Path], and it would start at that time.

Somehow, I knew spiritual things, though in another way. But perhaps, there is an appointed time for me to serve. I believe that I have kept my relationship with God, and my knowedge has increased.

On Being Baptized

Oh I really believe that the Holy Spirit is in me. I just really felt it. Upon sitting down, there was a cool breeze, and I felt my tears flowing from my eyes though I wasn’t remembering anything. I just cried and cried during the baptism.

Before I was immersed, until afterwards I was crying and crying all the way to the restroom. That’s what I felt, that the Holy Spirit was in me.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope many more will pray for their safety, and may they continue to lead many more souls unto the Church.

To God be the glory

#OurGODWeThankYouFor Trends Worldwide As MCGI Holds 3-Day ITG for the 4th Quarter

The #OurGodWeThankYouFor hashtag, launched by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on Twitter, appeared on worldwide trends status that began on Wednesday night (December 24 in the Philippines). The campaign, which earned No. 5 in the Worldwide Trends, aimed to encourage congregants to share their testimony of thanksgiving using social media.

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Since Thursday afternoon (December 25), it continued to trend with over 2,000 users tweeting and retweeting the hashtag while earning more than 16,000 tweets using it as of this writing. In the Philippine Trends, #OurGodWeThankYouFor landed in the second spot since Wednesday evening.

Observers note how social media has transformed the way Church members express their anticipation and excitement to the upcoming International Thanksgiving to God (ITG), held from December 26 to 28 this year.

Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI Overall Servants, respectively, spearheaded the three-day occasion.

The Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Pampanga served as the main gathering point for the brethren in the Northern and Southern Luzon, Philippines. Some Church members from neighboring countries flew home to join the event live in its hosting place.

Meanwhile, major MCGI locales and coordinating centers also geared up across the country to accommodate brethren who cannot physically assemble at the Convention Center. Key locations also served as gathering points abroad like major coordinating centers in Tokyo, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro, to name a few.

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A few weeks ago, MCGI launched a separate campaign, the countdown for the upcoming ITG which highlighted brethren from around the world who shared their reasons and preparations for the coming celebration. The hashtags for this campaign were #HappyPNK and #HappyITG.

(Written by: Yanna Faye Ferrera)

 

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 19, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 19, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Christopher Aranjuez, 40, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I often watch UNTV for over a year now and I saw the beauty of the teachings of Bro. Eli Soriano. I also examined other religions but didn’t get baptized, because I didn’t see [the answers] to my questions in them.

Nobody invited me; I just watch [The Old Path] on UNTV. Sometimes, I have friends [who also watch it]. I have co-workers in our barracks from the Iglesia ni Cristo who frequently watches the program of Bro. Eli Soriano.

On Being Baptized

I feel like there were seven evil spirits that came out of me. The [teachings] are really from the Bible and I hope to carry them my whole life and [teach] them also to my children.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to you Bro. Eli, because of you, many minds have been enlightened. You are a brave man for teaching men who err [to correct their ways].

~o~

Bro. Nikko John Ricamara, 23, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Actually, I’ve long been listening to the program of Bro. Eli Soriano; there were also those who invited me [to Church gatherings].

It started after I graduated high school; I stopped studying and was just a loafer then. One time, someone approached me, but he wasn’t from the Church of God International but from the Iglesia ng Dios Haligi’t Suhay ng Katotohanan. I liked the teaching so I went with him.

Then, someone from The Old Path [the Church of God International] approached me and told otherwise from the Haligi’t Suhay. So I wanted to find out the truth as they were opposing [views].

When I attended gatherings, I like The Old Path’s better because they give so much information, even what’s wrong in other religions.

On Being Baptized

I couldn’t help but cry during [baptism] because of the many sins I had. When I saw another person get baptized, I just cried and cried until it was already my own baptism. I couldn’t answer [the baptizer] properly due to my sobbing. But after I was baptized, I felt really happy and good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many thanks for all the teaching that you do. I’m thankful for your courage because despite many threats to your life, you still teach people.

~o~

Bro. Cyzlvester Pacheco, 27, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve actually been listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] for a long time now. Although my heart had been hard in the past when it comes to joining the Church, I saw nothing wrong with the teachings in the long period of my listening.

I saw the coherence in the teachings of Bro. Eli, and there is none that can refute them. That is the reason why I believe that this is truly the Church that is of God because of the undefiled teachings of God.

I usually come here as a guest during Thankgivings, just to listen to the teachings of Christ through the guidance of Bro. Eli. One of his teachings thought me that it is really commanded by Christ to join what’s good and stay away from evil. So that led me to believe that it’s really commanded to join a Church. It’s not enough for you to just do good. You have to follow His teachings and His commandments.

On Being Baptized

I felt sorry of my sins. It felt heavy and I was afraid that I wasn’t worthy to go into the baptistery as I remembered all of my sins. But all the worries and doubts were gone away after I got out of the water; I felt light. Though you’ll remember all your heavy sins, but after being immersed … I believe that [I’ve] been forgiven.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Firstly, thanks be to God for preachers like Bro. Eli. May the Lord give you a longer life that you may be able to lead many more unto the true Church.

~o~

Sis. Lydia Laborte, 66, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was thinking where I could find someone to assist me [in going to a locale]. Then my neighbor who had an in-law who is a member here approached me one time, so I went with her.

I’ve long been listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio for a long time, about two years now.

I have been [blind] since when I was three years old. They told me I had a disease.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am thankful beause God has called me [through them].

~o~

Sis. Purita Villegas and Sis. Luisa Blancia, Former Iglesia ni Cristo members, 68 & 60, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Purita: Our former religion is not true. That’s why I thought of listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio. I said, “This is the truth. I should go to it.” So I went with her [points to Sis. Lucia].

Sis. Lucia: Of course I’m searching for a real foundation of faith. You cannot live without worshipping God. That’s why I joined the Church. Even in the Jehovah’s Witnesses I underwent indoctrination, but I didn’t get baptized because I wasn’t content. It’s difficult if you don’t understand something and just enter.

I really aimed to be baptized here because… My cellphone’s battery already swelled up because of my 24-hour watching to Bro. Eli on the television channel on my mobile. It’s going to be broken because it works non-stop. It has no more cover because the battery’s swollen.

Sis. Purita: That’s also where I also listened sometimes, and I got fond of it because it was clear to me that it was something good. One time I went to her place, and we searched for a new way.

Sis. Lucia: It’s not a new way; it’s The Old Path [smiles at Sis. Purita].

Sis. Purita: We went to find a locale, but didn’t find one because we already wanted to be in the place we want to be that is so different from the Iglesia ni Cristo.

Sis. Lucia: What she’s saying is the coordinating center. The day I invited her to search for a coordinating center, we didn’t find one because I heard from the [plug on] television that there was a locale here, but didn’t know where.

Then I was surprised to know that I had a neighbor who was a member of The Old Path [the Church of God International]. She called me one time and said, “Come here. Do you want to [attend a gathering] but this is in the Church of God. And I said, “Oh! That’s what I’ve been searching for but I just didn’t know where the coordinating center is.” Then, she told me that she’d accompany me to it.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Purita: I feel nice and my body feels light. I feel light and happy.

Sis. Lucia: I feel good. I feel light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Purita: I’m happy listening to them. It’s really good. I was taught the right word of God from the things I heard. I hope I can continue this until I reach salvation with the Lord’s mercy.

Sis. Lucia: For me there is none like Bro. Eli who preaches 100% true. You have to believe that what he says is true. To Bro. Daniel, all his works are good. I am really amazed by those who are getting treated by doctors, given medicine for free.

I am just truly amazed by it. You don’t see those things in ordinary men; they are really special. I hope that their bodily strength goes on that they may be able to help many more.

~o~

Sis. Teresita Cabusay, 64, Former Baptist, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because I felt that all the teachings and everything that Bro. Eli says are true.

I often listen to him. But before, [the teachings] didn’t yet settle in my heart and mind. One time I watched his program, and it’s like the verse he said about salvation got imprinted in my mind.

So it was like my spirit was awakened, though [the program] was not live. Then I searched for him. I went to Sta. Maria because [I knew] that there was a The Old Path coordinating center there, but when I got there, I found out they had already transferred to a new place.

Now, I really asked about it; I rally searched for it. Nobody invited me, but I just voluntarily searched for Bro. Eli. Through him, I found the Lord.

I think it was in the 90s that I first heard [Bro. Eli Soriano]. My father listened to him. Before, he would listen solo on the upper floor of the house. He had a radio and my father listened to him so I got to listen too. However, the teachings perhaps weren’t in me yet at the time, but now I was really called.

I was a former Baptist, and now I’m here. Ever since the teachings spoken by Bro. Eli entered my heart, I was lead here. My life’s direction has now changed to the right one. Thanks be to God and for the salvation of the Lord that I have found.

On Being Baptized

After I was baptized, I felt like the word of the Lord entered my heart. I will live by this, by what I learned on how to be clean and live a new life [with God’s help and mercy].

I felt like I was a new person. As what was said, you cannot enter the kingdom of God if you will not be born again. That is why my spirit is now born in Christ.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

To Bro. Eli, may he be given more strength by the Lord to be able to preach to those who have not yet accepted the word of God, our salvation.

To Bro. Daniel, may he and his family be blessed. I hope that our preachers will be blessed.

~o~

Sis. Krisna Mae Ching, 15, Former KNC, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because I also learned from my parents the word of God, much moreso from Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

I learned a lot of deep things from the topics. The topics outlined by Bro. Eli are good. I learned a lot.

I was a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of the Lamb] before. I’m a KNC graduate. Ever since I was a kid, I already heard Bro. Eli. My mother would bring us to the locale. Until I grew up, I was in the KNC.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside and I’m happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May God always keep them. Thanks be to God because I became a member through them.

~o~

Bro. Mark Jayson Villarante, 15, Former KNC, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that the Lord was calling me already. Also, it is God’s will for me that’s why I got baptized.

At first, it was my older brother that became a member. Then my mother invited me to the lcoale. I was a KNC first, until I understood [the teachings] gradually.

It is not in other religions. If you will compare the Church to others, the teachings I hear in the Church are unparalleled. They are really different.

On Being Baptized

I felt light and I feel that my sins have been cleaned. It’s like I’m a newborn baby. It’s like what Bro. Eli said. I feel really really light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May the Lord always keep them, and I pray that they may reach many more people and lead them to return unto God and become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Bro. Jovey Abac, 69, Former Born Again, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve been 12 years as a Born Again Christian, but I saw [how] the Lord touched me and it’s very effective. I just knew of this through watching television. Every time I would get up at 2 a.m., I would see [The Old Path], and it would start at that time.

Somehow, I knew spiritual things, though in another way. But perhaps, there is an appointed time for me to serve. I believe that I have kept my relationship with God, and my knowedge has increased.

On Being Baptized

Oh I really believe that the Holy Spirit is in me. I just really felt it. Upon sitting down, there was a cool breeze, and I felt my tears flowing from my eyes though I wasn’t remembering anything. I just cried and cried during the baptism.

Before I was immersed, until afterwards I was crying and crying all the way to the restroom. That’s what I felt. That the Holy Spirit is in me.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope many more will pray for their safety, and may they continue to lead many more souls unto the Church.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 12, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 12, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit Pampanga.

Bro. Ariston Tuazon, 62, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

Way back 10 or 15 years ago, I was already watching Bro. Eli on television. Actually, I wanted to join back then; I just didn’t know what locale chapter to go to.

Now, I was invited by… I made a friend named Bro. Art in Sta. Lucia mall. He invited me to join the Church of God. I was buying bread at French Baker [when we met].

I have long wanted to become a member here. Even her husband [points to Sis. Leonor Dela Paz, his sister], who had already died, really wanted to join here, but didn’t know how. But this is my opportunity now.

Before I became a member here, I was busy in my work. It’s only now that I had a great chance to join here.

On Being Baptized

I feel good. The only thing is, you cannot help but cry. Even in prayer, you’ll remember all the sins you have committed before God. I hope all my sins have been forgiven in the baptism, all my errors, my ill feelings against my fellows.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Long live to their program and may they be able to help our other brethen who are in need of their aid.

~o~

Sis. Leonor Dela Paz, 70, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized

I didn’t plan at first to become a member. I just went with my brother because on Sundays we go out.

Actually, it was my husband who listened to Bro. Eli. I was even mad at times because I heard him say things about other religions. But my husband didn’t say anything. He just continued listening to Bro. Eli.

One time when we were going to church, he didn’t want to come with us. He said, “Those are just statues. Are those what you worship?” That’s what my husband said, so I didn’t urge him anymore.

He wanted to join, I believe. He just didn’t know how until he died in 2010 of colon cancer at the age of 67.

Whenever he [points to Bro. Ariston Tuazon] goes to church, he goes by our house. Then he went to buy at French Baker tagging me along. I never knew I would be here and be baptized.

I just went with him, and I listened to the preaching of Bro. Eli, to the word of God; I listened and it’s all true.

On Being Baptized

It was very touching. I cried. I can’t explain what I felt but I know that my life has changed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli may you continue your good works, and you’ll have many more brethren in the future.

~o~

Bro. Renato Pascual, 44, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because of the clear and deep explanation of the bible, that’s why I joined.

There was a Bible Study in our place. They went to San Miguel, Bulacan. We were invited, and we went there.

Our interest was drawn to listening because it was different from the religions that we were able to examine there. They had shallow explanations, unlike here wherein they really teach to people the word of God.

We didn’t know Bro. Eli Soriano then. Actually, we were attending at the time in a Born Again group called Hope of Life.

But then we were able to listen to [the Bible Study], and I found the explanation to be deep, so I stopped listening to the other one. I said that, “The true one has come.”

On Being Baptized

I feel all right, like my body feels light. It’s like all my problems are gone away. Though I may have problems now, but I don’t mind them anymore. What’s important to me is that I fulfilled what I wanted: to be baptized.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel is, may the Lord God will for their lives to be longer and be able to spread the word of God more.

~o~

Bro. Oliver Maglinte, 40, Former Born Again, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was still studying in Manila when I first heard Bro. Eli Soriano. I heard it [The Old Path] in 1993, but I just wasn’t regularly watching it due to my schooling.

He also got popular because of Brad Pete (Iskho Salvador) on Bubble Gang. That’s when I got to watch him regularly.

But I didn’t mind the teachings before, as they weren’t yet on my mind. I was still in vices then because I was still young. Then I transferred to Bulacan in San Miguel where I found work and rented a place there.

I’m a farmer, but I even make charcoal. Actually, that’s what I have been doing for the many years of my life.

I was also able to listen on radio sometimes, but time came that I lost track of it. One time, there came someone preaching the word of God from The Old Path [the Church of God]. I heard the news from my in-law, from the nephews of my in-law.

It was a Bible Study; sometimes, it was Bible Expositions. I just heard about them at first, but this year, I gave it a try. After work, after delivering charcoal, I found them near [the place I went to], so I tried it.

Before, I only heard Bro. Eli on radio. Now, I’m able to see him personally on television.

When I heard what Bro. Eli says and what our pastor says, the difference is far; It’s very far. The Born Again pastor also made jokes, but unlike Bro. Eli. He makes you laugh with details in his every story.

Of course, he reads [the Bible] and shares stories that can make anybody laugh. It can even make celebrities laugh. That’s what I admire about him. Bro. Eli is the one who really bears the teachings of God. That’s what amazed me about him. All my life, it’s really only now that I heard such teachings.

On Being Baptized

I felt something went out of me. I can’t explain it. In my whole life, at this age, it’s the first time I found this “something” wherein I feel joy. It’s really only now I felt like this.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel I hope that you’ll be guided by God all your lives. I hope that all those who have not heard of your teachings, those who have not been enlightened yet, may hear you. I really pray that [I’ll] be able to continue until the end.

To God be the glory

Bro. Eli Shows Biblical Meaning of Christ’s Cross in Worldwide Bible Exposition

Bro. Eliseo Soriano speaking via live video streaming during the Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International on December 5, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Bro. Eliseo Soriano speaking via live video streaming during the Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International on December 5, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

When asked what the message of Christ’s cross was in the question-and-answer period of a recent Bible Exposition, Bro. Eliseo Soriano shed biblical light not only about its meaning but also expounded his answer to include what the two other crosses signify.

A Bible Exposition guest from Muntinlupa City asked the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) host this question live last December 5 this year. The inquirer, Melissa Soriano, who said she reads the Bible twice a day, sought enlightenment to her question: “What is the word of the cross written in 1 Corinthians 1:18?”

In the verse, we can read: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

Of Heavenly Bodies and Musical Instruments

Bro. Soriano, Overall Servant to Members Church of God International (MCGI), began his discussion by explaining through the Holy Scriptures the different ways in which messages are revealed. Not all messages are heard audibly, according to the Filipino preacher.

“There are many things that speak, but we don’t hear their words,” Bro. Eli said. He then read Psalms 19:1-3, whose verses show that even without speech the heavens declare the majesty of God.

When he elaborated on the passage, Bro. Soriano told audiences that the heavens are proof that there is God.

Bro. Eli explained that the rotation of the earth on its axis and its revolution around the sun has been going on for billions of years. “And yet, no accident has happened. It’s because there is a God who keeps it in order.”

To prove his point further, the preacher said that the sound of the trumpet in Old Israel meant something: to alert the people that enemies were coming. Hence, they should be ready to set out for war.

“What I mean is, the cross says something. And there is a message, good news in the cross,” said Bro. Eli, adding that “it is the word of salvation.” He further explained that the message of Christ’s cross is His triumph over the devil in redeeming the sins of people.

However, it was not the sole cross that bore a message. As the televangelist explained, the two other crosses next to Christ also have meanings.

The cross on the right side of Christ meant that “though you are a sinner like the thief, you can be saved if you’ll repent, if you’ll believe.”

The other cross, on the other hand, meant that “if you are evil, and you don’t want to believe, and you mock Christ, then you really will go to hell.”

Using the Death March in Bataan and Corregidor for parallelism, Bro. Eli said that for Filipinos who understand what happened, the two provinces bear an important message. He said that, “It was there that our fellow citizens gave their lives for our freedom.”

“It doesn’t follow that though significant events transpired in Bataan and Corregidor, that we should worship Bataan and Corregidor,” said the preacher. He then noted that while Christ’s cross speaks of something as valuable as His salvation, it is not something to be worshipped.

The Worldwide Bible Exposition, a monthly evangelization effort organized by MCGI, offers a venue wherein guests in its coordinating centers can ask the preacher any question of faith live and for free.

That evening’s event had over 1,360 remote points in different parts of the globe connected via satellite and Internet facilities.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)


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