Newly Baptized Testimonials: August 14, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on August 14, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Germaine Apor, 27, Former Catholic Manila

On Joining the Church of God

My partner for five years has been a member since 2006, so he accompanies me to gatherings. Actually, his entire family are members.

Before I just saw Bro. Eli on television. I didn’t listen to him though; his channel was something that I just passed by as I surfed.

It was in the Locale of Marikina on a Saturday [when I first attended]. It was a Thanksgiving service. It struck me as different at first because the people were singing and dancing; it didn’t feel strange though.

I really couldn’t say anything about [the doctrines]. I have long been a Catholic. When I was a child, I also tried to be a Born Again member. But never did I recall that we did a Bible Study. Here, you will really understand something, and you can apply it.

On Being Baptized

I feel so light. It’s like the feeling after a normal shower, only 100 times better!

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Is there anything I can say that means more than “Thank you”? If they weren’t there, many people would not be able to return unto the Lord. There are so many people here because of them.

If there’s one word that means greater than “Thank you,” that’s what I would say.

~o~

Sis. Nenita Calunsay, 60, Former Catholic, Leyte Province

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to join. I didn’t join any other church but this as I like it here. Also, all explanations are clear. I liked them. In Catholicism, I didn’t like it there.

Sis. Perlita was the one who invited me here. She has been a member for five years now.

On Being Baptized

I feel pleasant and light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful for them because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be member of the Church today.

I’m thankful for everything they have taught; nothing is evil. All of the things they taught are good.

I just really wanted to join. Actually, I didn’t force my husband to come with me. I just pursued to get indoctrinated and become a member here in the Church of God.

~o~

Sis. Angelica Delos Santos, 38, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s because I heard Bro. Eli’s doctrines. My husband was the first to be indoctrinated, and he brought me with him to gatherings. He was just baptized last July 24, 2015.

My mind was enlightened, and the word of God entered my heart that’s why I was enlightened.

I was a handog (offering) in the Iglesia. My parents, even my grandparents from both sides of the family, are Iglesia ni Cristo members.

Wearing modest apparel is something that they did only occasionally. Also, the contributions there are many.

On Being Baptized

I felt relieved, as if all my doubts in life are gone. My wrong faith has been changed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many thanks for your doctrines. My heart and mind have been enlightened by the true teachings of God written in the Bible.

~o~

Sis. Ivy Salonga, 32, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I like what Bro. Eli is preaching; we have watched him on television since about two years ago. My husband liked it too, so we decided to attend indoctrination.

Regarding the doctrines, I’m already 32 years old and it’s my first time to hear the one about women’s apparel. In a free religion, there are no prohibitions.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy. I can’t explain it, but my tears just suddenly fell back there. Perhaps, it was because of the relief I felt inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that you will continue you works for people like me who are sinful, that many more may return unto God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: August 7, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on August 7, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Neri Santos, 47, Former Iglesia ni Cristo Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I chose to leave a chaotic one [religious group], and this is where I found the right teachings. I was able to listen via radio in Isabela Province after I came back from Saudi Arabia.

My girlfriend introduced this to me. Also, I have an uncle who is also a brother-in-faith. He was the one who urged me to go on with the indoctrination.

On Being Baptized

I felt lighter as compared to when I was in the INC.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks Bro. Eli. Because of you, I was able to listen to the truth. I’m also thankful because God still gave me an opportunity to know Him through Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path].

~o~

Sis. Nerissa Santos, 52, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

When I listened to the indoctrination, I saw the big difference. [Starts to cry]

My heart, my mind were more enlightened that it’s really different [from my previous religion]. So, I decided to keep listening and continue with the baptism.

My husband and I were listening [to the program]. He also read the Bible as he was a Born Again Christian before. He told me, “Let’s listen,” and I saw that it was all right.

The difference is great, especially with what I learned since I was little until I grew up. In Catholicism, they don’t read the Bible. With my husband’s, they needed to learn to read it. But with Bro. Eli, my understanding deepened even more.

On Being Baptized

I felt different. As Bro. Eli said, you have to forget the sins you committed and those who have committed sins against you.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will continue their preaching that many more people who do not know God may know Him the more through that means.

~o~

Sis. Mercedita Paler, 61, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are really good here in the Church of God. It’s only now that I came across something like this, because in others, you won’t see this: the true teaching. I really feel that it’s true.

My husband and I have long been listening, for about 10 years now through television only. The time came when he became a member already, and I got encouraged to join as well. He just went first.

Also, I’m sick. As far as what the doctor has told me, I won’t get better anymore. But I thought, it’s only the Lord who can heal us. That’s also another reason why I joined here.

On Being Baptized

I was smiling because I felt so happy inside. I was crying as well, but because I was happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their program will continue so that they may be able to help many more people.

~o~

Sis. Avelina Arsenio, 37, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are really good. They are really related in the Bible.

The owner of the house we rent invited us. It was my first time to listen on the first day of our indoctrination, it was on August 1.

The [doctrines] are good, and can change your views in life.

On Being Baptized

I felt very good!

Even when I was just first attending the indoctrination, I didn’t feel physically well to the point that I didn’t almost want to attend.

But as the days passed by, until the seventh day of indoctrination, it was gone. Before, I had trouble walking. I was palpitating whenever I walked. I couldn’t even walk short distances.

Now, when I attended today, especially after I got out of the swimming pool [baptistery], I have been walking seven times back and forth here already; it’s like my former strength has returned.

I’m amazed because it’s like all I needed was a dip in the pool, but I believe it wasn’t only as is. There really was something there.

I have long been bearing the pain, about two years already. But it’s only now that I have felt like this again. I hope that the feeling continue because I want to be able to work again.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their preaching will continue that many more people will join.

~o~

Bro. Joseph Ison, 34, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

To obey His commandments, and fulfill the laws that we must do as a human being, as His servant, as His disciple.

I got to listen through my brother and mother; also, on radio and television as well.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. After I got out of the water, it felt like there was light, though my eyes were closed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that God used you as instruments in sharing the word of God. Let us continue praying for the ministry that the propagation of the Lord’s words will be wider in extent.

Many thanks for keeping your duties of imparting the word of the Lord to us.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 24, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 24, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Isabelo Ibajo, 63, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

There are many reasons. I woke up in this world with my parents being Catholics. Then, they made me become a Seventh-Day Adventist; however, I didn’t like the preaching.

Many years passed by and I would return to Catholicism. I had a wife. I went to Saudi Arabia. But actually, before I went to Saudi, I had already heard of Bro. Eli’s preaching in 1980.

I just couldn’t give attention and time to it then as I was focused on my work and going abroad. I spent eight years in Saudi, but what I heard from Bro. Eli never left my mind.

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When I returned here in the Philippines, I had a problem with my family. My wife sold our house and lot in Fortune Village, and went with another man. So when I got here, my mind was already troubled. I couldn’t give time to being indoctrinated.

I went back to our province. When I was there, my mind was restless. So now, I strove to reach this place that I may continue with what I heard from Bro. Eli Soriano.

I watch UNTV on my cell phone; it’s only through this that I tuned into his program. I listen daily, nightly. Actually, its antenna already got broken because I rolled over onto it [in bed]. [Laughs]

On Being Baptized

I felt light after I got immersed in the water. I’m greatly thankful for it; I even cried. It’s because this has long been a dream of mine, and now, it has finally come true.

As I was changing my clothes, I was thanking the Lord that my dream has been realized. If my wife didn’t go astray then, perhaps I would have been a member already long ago.

I really feel relieved right now. I don’t feel constrained anymore. So when we were clapping our hands a while ago, even my shouts were on the top of my lungs.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am greatly thankful that my dreams finally came true. Thank you very much Bro. Eli. The brethren in the Locale of Biga told me that there was a locale in Dasmariñas in the province of Cavite. I told them that I just heard from Bro. Eli that there was a locale here. So when I found it, I was really thankful to God that my dreams have come true.

~o~

Bro. Michael Guela, 24, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

His teachings are good; they are from the Bible. It’s really good, and are according to the way and instruction of the Lord.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. It feels good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that God will continue to guide them.

~o~

Sis. Letty Manilag, 65, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

My son is from China, and he got baptized there. When he came here in the Philippines, he invited us.

At first, I didn’t like it. Then he told me, “Mama, please come attend with me. You’re just going to listen.”

So I went with him, and my in-law and other child and their housemate also joined us. As I listened, I realized that what Bro. Eli says is true. And then I liked it already.

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Before, we would just laugh at him [my son], because even when he was just studying, he already listened to Bro. Eli.

We would laugh at him. I even said to him, “Maybe you’re going to be a minister also one day.” I just joked about it, and he just let me.

Time passed by and he went abroad. One day, he called me to seek my permission. He said, “Mama, I’m going to get baptized here.” Now, when he went home, he brought us here.

On Being Baptized

It’s like all my ill feelings have been taken away. Before, I had bad blood towards my husband. My husband always drinks, but he came with us when we attended the indoctrination. Last night, he even went with us. But I don’t think he’s ready yet.

My daughter got baptized, my youngest; she’s here now. So, there are three of us now here. I was formerly a Catholic, and nightly I would pray to God. I said, “Loving Father, please direct me where I should go, because there are many religions now.”

As I listened to Bro. Eli, I felt that it’s what I want. And it’s because I understood everything.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Now that I have been baptized here, I’m exceedingly thankful that I have found a place where true worship of God is.

~o~

Bro. Ariel Bacolod, 28, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to know the true God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that my soul may have a guide. That’s the main purpose why I joined.

Last year, around November of 2014, I was able to listen via the Internet, and it went on from there.

All the doctrines that Bro. Eli says are all from God; they are from the Bible. I watched all of his debates on the Internet.

On Being Baptized

I feel blessed. All the emotional burdens that I carried in my heart, the sins I have committed are now gone.

I realized what the result would have been had I not been baptized, having done many sins before. We need the process of baptism to be saved. That is its purpose.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message for both of them is that may they continue their works that other people will be saved as well. I’m certain that they are the instruments of God for those who don’t know anything about salvation to be able to listen to them and be sure of it.

~o~

Bro. James Manrique, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is the only religion that I have found to be true. What Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel say is the truth.

I was formerly a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of Lambs]. Ever since I was a child, I have already been active in Church activities. I also listened during Thanksgivings and Bible studies. I have been away from the KNC for five years though as I lived with my grandmother who is a Catholic.

On Being Baptized

It’s different; it’s really a different feeling. I can’t explain it.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thank you and I love you.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 10, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 10, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center.

Bro. Russel Llamzon, 43, Former Baptist Church Member, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

At first I didn’t make anything of it. I was invited by my wife; she was the first to be baptized.

It was about six years ago. We attended a Church service. Then, she went abroad and that discontinued.

Perhaps, I can consider this time a calling also. I was formerly a Baptist, and the teachings here are really different from theirs.

At first, it was like my former beliefs were still putting up a fight [in my mind]. Of course, it’s like that, like you’re going to have confusion. But as the days passed by, I would attend Church services without anyone inviting me. I went on my own.

On Being Baptized

It’s really a different feeling. I have experienced being baptized in my previous religion. But even just during indoctrination, I could already see the difference. It was light. I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, keep it up. The teachings are good because they are based in the Bible. Thanks be to God.

~o~

Bro. Emmanuel Villegas, 19, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is where the right teaching from the Bible is.

It was my papa who became a member here in the Church first. Then, papa told me to join as well. Every week my papa would bring me to [thanksgivings].

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside, like all my worries have disappeared.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will be able to preach the true teachings from the Bible to much more many people.

~o~

Sis. Teresita Alferez, 70 Former Baptist, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Now, I feel that my mind has been opened to the truth. My in-law and my nephew in Taguig [introduced this to me]. Whenever I would go to their place, they would share the teachings to me.

I would just listen at home while watching television. I started just this year. One time, when I wasn’t able to attend, they went to my home and I got indoctrinated that time there.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy. I feel happy and teary-eyed. Of course, it’s only now that I have experienced such an acceptance of God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli is a good preacher. With Bro. Daniel, I have long watched him on TV. He hosted Unang Hirit. Actually, I was shocked when he wasn’t there anymore.

I’m happy that they are able to preach messages and teachings [from God].

To God be the glory

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: June 26, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on June 26, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Michelle Taboy, 15, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

For me, I really behaved badly towards my siblings, and I wanted to change.

I was a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of Lambs], and I was always in the locale. When there’s a Bible Exposition, I would be there. Then sometimes, we watched [The Old Path] on television.

On Being Baptized

I felt that I have repented of all of my sins. I felt very light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I’m thankful because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have been able to hear the doctrines. For Bro. Daniel, I’m thankful because he’s always there to assist Bro. Eli.

~o~

Sis. Linda Remanes, 26, Former Catholic, Manila

At the age of 26, I had already experienced difficulties in life. We started out poor, and even until now.

However, I realized that we need God in our lives, because there are times when the strength we have won’t prove enough.

[We watched The Old Path] ever since we had a black and white TV. Then later on, we listened on radio we listened on as well.

On TV, it was on Channel 37, and even then when it was on Channel 13, we tuned in. Though we didn’t watch regularly.

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Until my father began listening religiously on radio. Whenever I would visit him, I was able to listen to it as well.

Then in 2008, God willed that my sister be baptized. Last year, I was able to attend thanksgivings and worship services regularly. I needed to assist my older sister as she had a severe illness.

Since then, we experienced that. I asked, “Is this a trial of God for her?” Or perhaps, it wasn’t only for her, but for our whole family?

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And now I became a member. God willed it, that He had mercy upon me to be joined unto the Church.

Actually I’ve long been told by [my sister] to join; though not forcibly. I did that by my own free will.

It was also because I felt ashamed somehow. I already regularly attended Church services; I was already able to hear teachings, and somehow, even then, they were able to go straight to my heart. I really felt it and that I needed it. I need God in times when we can’t do anything about it.

On Being Baptized

From the first day until the seventh day of [indoctrination], and every time I prayed, I pitied myself and felt ashamed; I always cried during prayer — in both the opening and closing prayers.

When the [baptizer] asked me if until my last breath I would obey the will of God, that I would observe His commandments, until then, I was crying.

But after I got immersed in the water, I felt so light inside. It was like I was lifted. I felt that I was floating in the water.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I’m thankful because if it weren’t for him, if he wasn’t guided by God, perhaps, I wouldn’t be the only one who isn’t a member, perhaps, there would be the Church now or that it wouldn’t have increased as much.

To Bro. Daniel, I’m thankful because of his effort in mass broadcasting. He uses tri-media, and even [beyond] it.

It’s not just advertising, but promotions of [God’s words]. It’s not only via the Internet but also in other media. It helped for us, who didn’t know anything about God, to know about Him and He willed for us to be led unto the Church.

I hope that the Lord will continue to guide and bless them that they may be able to help many more people.

~o~

Sis. Gloria Olmedo, 48, Former Born Again Group Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I was searching in myself where I should be, because I have already received so many trials from the Lord.

I was told that the reason why He hasn’t yet taken me is because there’s a way He’s giving me that I haven’t gone to yet.

At the time that I was searching [for the Lord’s path], I met a brother-in-faith. He told me to join them.

They were passing by our street that’s why they saw me there. When I saw them, I asked if they had a church wherein I could go to.

I was really a Born Again, but I didn’t have any place to worship in our place. “Come with us.” So I went with them.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. It feels good because the presence of God is there, that He is the one guiding you. As He said, when you call on Him, He will answer. So there.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue preaching to men that those who haven’t heard their preaching can do so.

~o~

Sis. Nita Dataro, 59, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

We feel that it’s very easy in our hearts for us to join here. We saw via television that the way Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel run things is good. That’s why we joined.

It has been about a year ago since my husband and I [first watched The Old Path]. We would watch and listen until late at night.

On Being Baptized

I really felt light and very happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their lives will be longer that many more people will join their service to God and in preaching sound righteousness.

~o~

Bro. Frederick Yonzon, 44, Former Born Again Group Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It’s here where I saw and felt the truth. What Bro. Eli says is wisdom that isn’t his own but that which comes from the Father God.

I was able to listen [to Bro. Eliseo] on the UNTV Radio. It’s there where I listened nightly after my shift at work. Even as I go to sleep, that’s what I listen to.

I listened to the questions until midnight. Then on Saturdays and Sundays, I tune in to it as well.

I looked for one of the coordinating centers, and I found one. I continued from there.

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I’ve long been listening actually, ever since I was still in Taguig. I had a TV there and I always watched him.

Only, my religion then was the Born Again. But I was able to listen to him in the afternoon. Actually, I liked listening to him more.

When I moved to Cubao, I still listened to him. Even when my child got sick, it was still Bro. Eli whom I listened to.

I just really felt that I needed to get rid of the sins I’ve done, to change my life because I felt burdened already.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. I poured out there all my sins and [have forgiven] the sins of my siblings. It’s like I threw them away and buried them. It’s a new life.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. Because of their program, they are able to help many people.

Those souls who are seeking favor from God the Father are able to hear, even if they are in the outreaches of society, through satellite, through radio.

~o~

Sis. Sarah Ramos, 19, Former KNC, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt the calling of God to me. I don’t want to dilly-dally anymore because I know that this is the true Church of God.

Ever since I was a kid, even before I was born, my parents have already been members of the Church. I grew up in the Church.

On Being Baptized

I felt cleansed of my sins.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for Overall Servants like them. I hope that until the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel will be in our midst.

~o~

Sis. Mary Grace Guinipaan, 17, Former Born Again Group Member, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Ever since I [heard] the doctrines of God, I felt that it was good. The teachings are from the Bible.

It’s unlike in other religions wherein they only say one verse. Bro. Eli really takes the time to teach us the teachings of God. The instruction is good; you will really learn.

I was able to listen just this year, and I continued doing so. I felt that it would be a waste if I didn’t grab the opportunity.

I told myself, “This teaching is good; I will continue with it.” I was told that there was a baptism, so I pursued that because the doctrine is good, and you have a chance at salvation.

On Being Baptized

It’s like we were washed with sacred water. Also, we feel happy because we’re going to be saved [if we will triumph with God’s help], and that our sins are gone. So thanks be to God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May he continue bringing the teachings from the Bible to people that many more people on this earth to learn these things. I learned that the teachings are good.

I hope that he [Bro. Eli] will also take care of himself as he is already old. [[I believe] that God always takes care of him.

I hope that he doesn’t stop in helping people. Imagine, even his money, he doesn’t see it anymore. He really spends it all for people.

That’s why people are proud of him. That’s why people love him.

~o~

Sis. Machel Tejero, 20, Former Born Again Group Member, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

For me, it’s because the basis is really the Bible. Then, he also says, “What the Lord Jesus did is like this, like that.”

He also well explains everything that the Bible says. That’s why the people understand what the Lord Jesus Christ did, and that that is what we must do also.

My friend invited me to attend a Church service. At first, I was half-hearted. As I continued, I thought that I can be saved if I continue listening. Also, God knows what I felt, and that it could be changed when I get baptized.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy that I have been baptized and that my sins have been forgiven, and that we have returned to the Lord.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to Bro. Eli for sharing to the whole world the teachings of God.

Many people are able to change by listening to him, those people who are ready to change and serve God.

I hope he always takes care and may God constantly guide him. I hope that he heals from his sickness. May he be able to help and save many more people.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: May 15, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on May 15, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Brian Migue, 27, Former Catholic/Atheist, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I believe in the things that Bro. Eli says, because they are based on the Bible — nothing more, nothing less. It’s unlike in other groups wherein they just invent some words, some doctrines.

I’ve long been listening [to Bro. Eliseo] since about 2006 on television, when I was just surfing channels.

Actually, I was sort of an atheist back then. But I believed Bro. Eli because he isn’t a hypocrite. He’s unlike others who just pretend to be holy. He really has basis in what he says.

—-

I used to ask a lot of questions about the world around me, about science, and I said, “There’s no God.”

As time passed however, the number of questions I had that weren’t being answered multiplied.

There are still many things that the people of the world do not know, and we will just arrive at the conclusion that there really is an Almighty Being, a God.

—-

For example, let’s ponder on this: Who makes the world go round? Science would credit it to the gravitational pull of other planets.

But where did gravity come from? Who makes the sun shine? They will say evolution. But from whom did the heat of the sun originate? So we will reach the conclusion that there is God.

Then, there’s the DNA, the chromosomes, the tiny bits of matter that we see. But the structure of the chromosomes is so intelligently done. Can man do that?

—-

How about us? How did we come about to be here on this earth? Did we program ourselves to be here or did we come to exist here because of our will to be alive?

We can’t even choose what our desired race would be. We just turned out to be Filipinos, [we can’t even choose] to be born poor or rich.

Fathoming many things, we will really just conclude that Someone truly created us. There really is God.

—-

Since I was an atheist before, I told myself that I would just be good, that I would just do good.

I didn’t commit anything ill against my fellowmen, despite not believing in any god before. It’s because I would see many people [practicing religion], and I would just get irritated.

When my friends went to church, they would attend mass just to look at girls; then they’d go out afterwards. It just seemed wrong. I didn’t confront them about it though.

They would go to mass only on Christmas, on simbang gabi. When they would have to make efforts to wake up before daybreak they would go, but not on the weekly mass. Things like that.

—-

I heard Bro. Eli as I was surfing channels then. Actually, I already knew Bro. Eli even before that.

When I tuned in to UNTV, someone asked him, “I’m kind and do good. Will I be saved?”

Bro. Eli said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “If you lived in a cave and God was not introduced to you, you can be saved. But if you learned about God and then you rejected Him, that would still count as sin to you despite you’re doing good because you rejected Him.”

I then thought, “Oh no! He’s right. It’s sensible.” I consider Bro. Eli as an authority because his sole basis is the Bible. He doesn’t invent things, not his own philosophy, but the [righteousness] that is in the Bible. That’s it. Thanks be to God that I got baptized.

On Being Baptized

You’ll remember all the sins that you have committed, and it will just bring tears to your eyes. Then, after being immersed in the water, you feel like you’re a new person.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, many thanks for the words [of God] that you bring to many people: Not only to Filipinos, but to everyone in the whole world who needs spiritual education. Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are really a great help to us.

I hope that you will continue your works, and that you may have good health as well, especially to Bro. Eli as he is getting old.

Before, when I watched Bro. Eli on TV, he was still young. Now… I just really wish them good health, and that all the brethren be kept safe.

~o~

Sis. Naning Paz, 31, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s because the way Bro. Eli teaches the doctrines that come from the Lord is well.

My boyfriend was first to become a member. He was baptized just last November. Then, he always brought me with him every time he attended worship services.

I think it was in November when he brought me to a [Thanksgiving] service the Saturday after he got baptized. I felt drawn to listen continually until I finished the indoctrination.

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside, like all your worries in life are gone.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will continue preaching and leading people to join the Church.

~o~

Sis. Marilyn Alpuerto, 40, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I heard them [Bro. Eliseo and Bro. Daniel] in 2008. There was a sister in faith, our neighbor, who invited me here. But I only got enlightened about it when I attended the indoctrination.

She has long been inviting me. Whenever there are Church services, she would invite me, like in the [recently concluded] three-day event. After that, I underwent indoctrination in April.

My children and I are all devout Catholics. My two sons are altar boys, and my daughter is a choir member. I have three children.

Then in recent years, my children would always ask, “Why is it like that?” There were many questions, so we investigated first.

What I have heard from [the indoctrination] are really good, and I somehow gained knowledge in the Bible, because there’s nothing like it in Catholicism.

On Being Baptized

I was happy and nervous at the same time. I can’t explain why.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m very thankful for what we have learned and heard from them.

~o~

Sis. Elsie Carillo, 17, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I know this to be the true Church that’s why I joined here.

My aunt is already a member. Then, she would invite me [to Church services], and I would attend the KNC [Kawan ng Corder or Flock of the Lamb].

Then, my KNC-mates already attended the indoctrination last time, so I decided to follow suit.

I just noticed that it’s different in other religions. Then, I heard Bro. Eli. That’s when I knew that this is the true Church, so I joined.

On Being Baptized

When I was being asked [by the baptizer], I was crying. I’m happy that I’m finally here in the true Church.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that Bro. Eli will always be in good health. I’m thankful to God that he was the one used by Him to preach to us.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: May 8, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on May 8, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Crispin Villegas, 39, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I wish that my children’s names would also be written, even on the very last [page] of the Book of Life, so that when the Lord Jesus Christ appears, we won’t get left behind. I hope that what I ask from the Lord in Jesus’ name will come true.

We were invited by Bro. Tony through text message. He was asking us for a little time to listen [to God’s words]. I thought then, “Why is this person, who is very busy, being used by the Lord?”

He’s so preoccupied at work, but he dismisses it once it’s time for the work of the Lord. Despite we have many needs to attend to in this life, he leaves it all just to bring us unto the true God.

—-

We met near his shop, and we got to talk to each other. He told me that if I had time, I can listen to some doctrines in their group, in The Old Path [the Church of God International].

When he first texted me, I thought about it. But the second time around, I told him that my wife and I would try it. And that’s when it started, until we ended up here now.

I can’t say anything about [the doctrines]. No one [can] contest what he [Bro. Eliseo] says because he just reads from the books of the Scriptures. It’s not from his own.

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Everything he reads is there [in the Bible]. He has no self explanations, so I can’t contest him… How can I ask questions when he already answers them even before I ask him?

Before I ask a question, he already reads in the Scriptures the series of answers from every verse. The answers are in it.

It’s like a puzzle that was just rearranged, but the order is still there. It’s like a puzzle. Every verse of the Bible has meaning, parables…

On Being Baptized

The Holy Spirit brings a feeling of lightness to the body, and it’s in [the] Bible. The gift of baptism with the help of the Holy Spirit is that you may feel lightness because your heart has been cleansed and you have been newly born in the water and in the Spirit.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May [they] be given a longer lives by God since no man can say if he’ll last until the morrow. It’s only God who knows.

All I can say is that may Lord continue to use him as a servant or a sent preacher tasked [by God]. Calling him a “sent preacher” is something that doesn’t place Bro. Eli upon a pedestal, but a creation of God who is tasked to preach the word of God.

~o~

Bro. Ruben Bautista, 51, Former Assembly of God Member, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

I searched for the truth and the true teaching. I have attended other [groups] like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons, and the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

I really often research about and talk with other denominations. But someone lead me here, Mr. Primo Ortega, who told me to just listen.

Though I admit that I was a bit hardheaded [at first] as I also know a little about the Bible. But I tried to listen. And in the eight days that I listened, I didn’t see anything wrong with Bro. Eli’s [teachings], until I decided to be baptized.

I saw the doctrines and I have no doubt, because all the answers and everything read to me were biblical.

—-

I have always listened to Bro. Eli. It started since about five or ten years ago, but I was really angry at him.

That’s what I’ve been telling Bro. Primo, that I was mad at Bro. Eli. And it’s because of the many defamations that I have heard from [others].

So then I decided to investigate, because it’s hard to judge a book that I have not yet read. I then told Bro. Primo that I would join here to find out whether the teaching is truthful.

Even before I was baptized, I haven’t heard anything amiss, and I can also read it from the Bible. I’ve been reading the Bible since 1997, and until now I haven’t seen anything wrong with [the teaching].

It’s because it’s read from the Bible, and it’s not just fables. And so I’m here now, a member in the Church of God.

On Being Baptized

Actually, I felt guilty. With the many sins I had, I felt ashamed, like I didn’t want to surrender my former self wherein I had a lot of text mates, and other things.

I have been separated from my wife for 11 years now. Though that’s understandable for men, but still, it’s [not an excuse] because God [gave] doctrines, [taught] righteousness.

I hope that with the power of the Holy Spirit, the water and with prayer… I also prayed in the water, “Lord, after I get out of this water, may I be a new Ruben Bautista, or a new Christian or a member of the [Body of] the Lord.”

Actually, even if it’s not immediate, not like magic, I hope that later on, gradually, my being will be changed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks to Him for the teachings that I’ve heard from him. Also, my anger towards him somehow was gone.

I was angry at him, and I didn’t know why [at first]. And it’s because of what I heard on television, wherein [his footages] were spliced and different parts were joined together for him to appear faulted. They were being edited; the defamations made towards him were scripted. Thanks to him.

~o~

Bro. Rogelio Araneta, 32, Former Born Again, Aurora Province

When I was in the Born Again, I stopped worshipping. I felt embarrassed to return as it had been years that I was weak, like my faith had died.

Now, a brother in faith invited me to worship in The Old Path [the Church of God International]. I joined him, and told him that I would just try it. I found it to be good. I also felt blessed.

It’s really good because [what you hear] isn’t taken from the newspapers, but is read from the Bible. It’s good.

On Being Baptized

It’s good because I really felt it. I feel that I have been changed anew, like my tears fell again.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I thank him because he let me hear once more the holy word of God.

~o~

Bro. Benjun Fabula, 31, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was searching for the truth. I was a Catholic before, but I didn’t understand the teachings of the priests.

So I really liked it when I heard Bro. Eli’s preaching because it’s right and it’s really in the Bible.

I would even look in the Catholic Bible, and the [verses that Bro. Eli read] were there… That’s why I joined Bro. Eli, why I had faith in his religion.

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It was my first time to listen [to Bro. Eli] in Concepcion through the doctrines. Before, I just saw him on TV, but I [listened] to Pastor Quiboloy as I had a childhood friend in Davao who is a member of Quiboloy.

I was really looking for the truth. When I saw Bro. Eli in the indoctrination, I thought that he was right. I really saw [the truth], because his words are from the Bible.

Bro. Ortega and his wife invited me. We’re guards at Manila Water and there was a canteen there. They invited me to listen. You’re not going to be forced [to be a member]; you’re just going to listen. I understood Bro. Eli’s words.

[The doctrines] are really right. In Visayan dialect it’s “tinamban”. They’re discussed one-by-one, from top to bottom.

On Being Baptized

I felt like I was freed from sin. After I got out of the water, I was walking happily, like a load has been lifted off my chest.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks Bro. Eli. I promise you that I will [abstain] from committing sin to the best of my ability [with God’s help and mercy].

~o~

Bro. Cedrick Lagum, 39, Former Iglesia Ni Cristo, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I found the true doctrine. In my former religion, I didn’t learn any teaching.

I learned from Bro. Eli that Jesus Christ is a God. But previously, I knew Him as a man.

This is also where I found the brotherhood that doesn’t discriminate. In the past organization I was in, when your clothes are different, you can’t go inside [the chapel].

Before, when I wasn’t wearing a barong, a deacon intercepted me so that I would enter through the backdoor. I was bewildered then, “Why was I kept from entering?”

I was in Grade 6 when I got baptized there. I got baptized but I didn’t learn any teaching, as I was also a child then.

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It was on SBN 21, in about the Year 2000 [when I heard Bro. Eli]. There was a brother who was watching [The Old Path].

Actually, there were times that I had seen Ang Dating Daan then. I asked, “What is that Ang Dating Daan?” Is it a new cult?”

But when I saw my friend watching it  I even saw Zoren [Legaspi], “Wow! Bro. Eli preaches well!”

I just saw [how good it was]. I also saw it in his debates. It was like there was nobody that could match him; [he’s] far beyond compare.

On Being Baptized

I wept, because it’s here where I found the true teaching. Actually, I’ve long been… I’ve long wanted to be indoctrinated. Only, it didn’t push through.

Of course, there were many hindrances. Also, my wife is now a Seventh Day Adventist, so it has really been hard for me. But I can do it if the Lord will be with me.

I felt like all my problems vanished. I really wept because, of course, I became a member of the true religion. So I thank God that I have been baptized here.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, I hope you will continue preaching, that you will be able to lead many more souls. I am thankful that I am also one of those who have learned doctrines from you. Many thanks.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: May 1, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on May 1, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Louie Enriquez, 40, Former Born Again Christian, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I feel and see that the teachings of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are true.

My father has long been a [member], for more than 10 years now. I got to live with him recently and he encouraged me [to listen to Bro. Eli].

It was about two months ago when I attended. The last time, I was supposed to be baptized, but I wasn’t able to go on with it. Perhaps the Lord did not will yet for me [to be baptized].

I already finished the indoctrination sessions then. But maybe there just wasn’t yet the calling; I was still reflecting on things. Then one day, I felt it, and told the [deacons] about it. So they assisted me and I got through to the baptism.

On Being Baptized

I felt both nervousness and happiness. After I was immersed, I felt happy. I used to have ill feelings [laughs]. But after that, no more.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be stronger, and may they continue to spread the Good News. That’s all.

~o~

Sis. Areej Gabrielle Rollon, 17, Former Catholic, Romblon Province

On Joining the Church of God

From constantly listening to Bro. Eli’s Bible Expo, I felt something [urging] me to join here. Also, it’s because of mama. It was about two or three years ago [when she became a member].

My youngest sibling is a KNC [Kawan ng Corder or Flock of the Lamb]. I heard about this when I was about 15 years old.

My mother would bring me to the locale near us in the province. I think it was a Thanksgiving service [that I attended]; the one that happens weekly.

The doctrines will really melt your heart because you’ll hear the right [teachings], not the adulterated ones from my previous [religion]; I was a Catholic before.

On Being Baptized

I feel so happy. It’s like “I’m finally here. I’m a new person again.” It’s really just so… I can’t explain it.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks to them because it’s from them that I heard the true doctrine. I hope that they will continue bringing the word of God to all men, that many more youths like me may join here.

~o~

Sis. Krisha Teopinto, 18, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been hearing Bro. Eli because of my parents. Also, I was a KNC before. And I’ve known that my parents are in the right Church from my childhood. That’s why I joined here.

When I was in third year high school, I stopped in the KNC. I returned lately. From then on, I always listened in Prayer Meetings, Worship Services, and Thanksgivings. I also attended ITGs [International Thanksgivings to God].

On Being Baptized

It’s different, like the feeling is so light. Before I was immersed, it felt like I had a lot of burdens. It was heavy to bear. But when I got out of the water, I felt happy. I felt light, like all my problems have been gone.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they won’t tire in proclaiming the word of God, and may the Lord keep them.

~o~

Sis. Norma Parico, 57, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is the only way to… I want for my life to change. I believe that my life will be better.

My former life … It’s because in Catholicism, I had no peace of mind. I just kept attending mass, but I never learned anything about the Bible. [But] I saw it in the Bible Exposition. That’s where I learned it. And it’s all right.

Before, I worked in Parañaque. What happened was I couldn’t commit to always watching [The Old Path] as we always had work. Then, there’s overtime; we we’re not allowed to not go overtime. Our supervisor gets angry when we leave work.

—-

But one time, I attended there. My daughter, my youngest, is really active here in The Old Path [the Church of God International].

My daughter told me, “Ma, you’re with age already. You need to be in a [good place]. I already became a member.” I then told her, “Don’t worry my child, we’ll get to that point someday.” Of course, I already got focused on that.

With God’s mercy, our dream finally came true. Two more members of our household are not yet Church members. I have an eldest child, and my teenage son who is in Taiwan right now. I will encourage them both [with God’s help and mercy].

On Being Baptized

I felt relieved as I had many problems, especially with my children. But I felt that I got somewhat comforted with that as well, like I obtained peace of mind.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message to Bro. Eli is, may he have a longer life that he may be able to guide many more brethren, that he may lead other Christians lost [in the world]. I hope that he may be able to help many more people.

~o~

Sis. Melchora Delos Santos, 47, Former Born Again, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I was searching a place where my soul would be strengthened. And it was like I was so hungry for righteousness, for living the right way. I heard Bro. Eli’s teaching and I got enlightened.

I have friends who led me here. Ten years ago, someone invited me, but my mind was still closed. I was still in the Born Again then; I still lived in sin.

Then, the Lord gave me many trials: Our business went bankrupt; my father had a stroke. He removed every comfort in our lives.

Our wealth really [dissipated]; our comfortable life was gone. I really felt down; there were many difficulties, sufferings. So that’s when I started searching for the Lord.

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I wish that I had heard [Bro. Eli’s teachings] long ago, so that my family would not have experienced the devastation and suffering that we went through.

I sinned, committed adultery and unfaithfulness; I made a great transgression against the will of the Lord. If only I had known Him then.

I didn’t know Him in the Born Again, and that was since 1986 in De La Salle University; I was still a student. It’s because the teachings there aren’t complete. It wasn’t able to make me righteous. That’s why I erred.

If only I was able to lead my family [to good], they wouldn’t have sinned, and we wouldn’t have suffered like this.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy. I felt light inside, and also had that feeling of knowing that you have been forgiven by the Lord. Even I couldn’t forgive myself with the wrong things I’ve done, so it’s like I got free from bondage.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, I hope that I had heard your teachings back then. I wish that I had met you early on.

When I was in high school, I saw around Taft Ave. a Church of God. It got imprinted in my mind, but I didn’t give any attention to it…

I really wish that back then, I had… I’m really greatly thankful that I was able to push through now in knowing [the teachings]. I hope that I will be able to serve, as I really want to be able to serve the Lord.

~o~

Sis. Camille Leong, 18, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Of course, I was a KNC before. But now, the reason why I got baptized is because I [felt] that I was being called to join, formally.

On Being Baptized

I feel like I’m floating. I feel light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May the Lord continue to guide them in the ministry. May they be given more strength that they may be able to help people more.

~o~

Bro. Francis Suriaga, 41, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I want to have a new life, and for me to be also saved from damnation. So when judgment day comes, I have hope in salvation.

It was my cousin who was first to be a member of Ang Dating Daan [the Church of God International], and he told us that [it’s] good.

Now, my father saw The Old Path on TV. He then said that it was good. The time soon came when both of us would watch it, until my parents got baptized first…

The doctrines are good because you’ll learn everything. I was formerly a Catholic, and I went to mass. But then I thought, “I’ve long been going to mass, but still I didn’t know a single thing about the Bible.”

So it’s only now with Bro. Eli that I learned everything: All [the doubts], the questions in your heart will be answered. I also found out what [a person] must do, and what he needs for him to be able to  control himself.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy inside, that feeling wherein you have no burden at all. It’s unlike before when my heart seemed to bear many heavy loads. But now, it doesn’t anymore.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Of course I’m thankful for Bro. Eli because he teaches every good thing. Also, he is a faithful preacher.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: April 24, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on April 24, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Hernani Fedelino, 15, Former KNC, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

It has been my [desire to join] ever since. This has been really what my parents have [wanted] for me.

I grew up here in the Church of God, so this is really where I would be. It’s my dream to be a member here. My parents have been members since I was just a year old.

On Being Baptized

I felt light, and I feel that my sins have been forgiven.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I thank them and I hope that their lives will be longer that they may be able to save many other souls.

~o~

Bro. Wilson Escalora, 58, Former Baptist, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve long been idle in religion. After I became a Baptist, I stopped and didn’t attend anymore in the Baptist church. I was idle for ten years or so, as I was searching [for the truth]. Then, I realized that The Old Path [the Church of God International] was better, based on the [teachings] that I was hearing on television.

It was in about the Year 2000 [when I heard Bro. Eli] on television. When I left the Baptist church, that was when I started watching Bro. Eli. Actually, The Old Path was sometimes criticized in the Baptist Church.

I had neighbors who listened to The Old Path, and they told me that it was good, so I listened as well. That’s when it started. When he [preaches] on TV, it’s the verses of the Bible that he reads in answering all the questions that people ask him. He answers from the Bible, so I saw that the teaching was right.

On Being Baptized

I felt very light, like I was relieved of the burden, the extra baggage that I had. In life, we have many things that burden us. So when I was baptized, and even during the indoctrination, I learned a lot that made me feel very light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My only message for Bro. Eli is that he may be in good health, that his life may be longer, that he may not be sick that he may be able to lead many more people in service to the Lord.

~o~

Bro. John Kennedy Lopez, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

My parents have [long] wanted me to become a member, only there was a hindrance. But I forgot and fought that hindrance that I may be a member of the Church of God.

The doctrines I heard have nothing lacking, no deceit; [they’re] in the Bible. All the answers [to people’s questions] are in the Bible.

On Being Baptized

I felt light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that the Lord above may keep them, and for Him to lengthen their lives that they may be able to help many more people.

~o~

Bro. Fidel Felipe, 40, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I joined the Church of God because I learned the teachings of Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel. Also, with other religions, I didn’t see these kinds of activities and brotherly concern, lifting [each other’s] heavy loads, only with Bro. Eli’s.

I’ve long been listening to Bro. Eli, since 1994… I even saw his live debates; Kuya was still in Channel 2 then.

It was only recently that I took this opportunity. I told myself that I don’t want it to be too late for me [to join]. So here I am, and I have a new life.

On Being Baptized

When I got baptized, I felt really light, like everything – my errors, my sins – have all been buried. So this is me now.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that he will be given a very long life, and may he just disregard whatever bad thing that people throw at him. Thanks be to God

~o~

Bro. Alfejan Bayo, 29 Former Born Again, Cavite Province
On Joining the Church of God

When I was still in the Born Again, there were unexpected events that happened in my life: Problems piled up; I got into an accident at work; but firstly, my parents got hit by Typhoon Yolanda.

After that, less than a month in my new job and I had an accident wherein I broke a bone. But the heaviest to bear was when my baby was born prematurely, just 6.5 months old. That’s when I decided to seek the true righteousness of the Lord.

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When I was in the Born Again I liked [attending] Bible studies, and it just so happened that one of my workmates aboard our ship is a member of the Church of God.

One time, he invited me to watch a Bible Exposition. “Brother, just try and see this. You won’t lose anything should you listen to it,” he said. That was the first time I saw Bro. Eli on a Bible Exposition on TV, as I didn’t watch programs like it before.

My shipmate brought Bible Exposition episodes with him on his hard drive. We just watched it together one time, and that’s when the Word got through to me. Of course, when you read the Bible, you already have a background of the words there.

He asked me, “What do you think of what you’ve heard here as compared to that of your previous religion? What is the difference?” I replied, “The difference is great because here, he explains what is really according to the Bible and not from his own thoughts.”

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Afterwards he told me, “Just continue listening; I have some more [Bible Expositions] here; you can copy them if you wish.” I said, “Sure, I’ll copy it.” And that’s how I began listening and watching Bro. Eli’s [program] daily. Even if it were just the questions of other people, I understood it more because he explains clearly.

My shipmate told me to try the indoctrination sessions when I get home, because he went home first. “Just continue with it and see if it will have a change [in you]. Should you see something wrong with it, then at least you tried,” he said. I agreed and told him that I would go to [the locale] when I disembark.

Coincidentally, the locale was just near our home, so that’s how it started. I said, “This is different. The doctrines that other religions preach is different from here, because they add and take away many things, unlike here wherein what is written in the Bible will be taught to you step-by-step; they [Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel] hide nothing. Whether you accept it or not, they will preach it.

On Being Baptized

Well, it felt light. It’s actually my first time to be baptized. When I was in the Born Again, my baptism would always be put off. Perhaps, the reason why that baptism didn’t push through was because I would really be here.

I started in 2006 [in the Born Again]. I got onboard our ship in 2006, so their schedule of baptism ended up having conflict [with my availability]. Their teaching is different from the truth.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue their preaching, that many more people will be enlightened. We will continue praying for them both, that their lives may be longer, that many more may know the doctrines, that the brotherhood which the Lord formed may be kept and increase the more, and that [the doctrines] won’t be replaced by those of men.

~o~

Bro. Leovir Rama, 31, Former Pentecostal Church Member, Davao City

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, I thank the Lord because I became a member.

I was searching, I was assessing who [the preacher] is who bears the truth. Of course, it wasn’t going to be easy as there were many trials alongside it; not to mention, the persecution of different people.

Then, I was also being swayed by different vices. I tried hard to separate myself from such, but sometimes, I would still give in.

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Now as I was by my lonesome outside [our house], I told myself, “What will happen to me?” because I was feeling the signs that God said, that the end is near…

That’s why I always asked God, “Lord, if You will come, please take me with You; I might be left behind. I just want to know who bears the true doctrine.”

That was really the question that I always asked myself: Who bears the true teaching? It’s because almost everyone that I have heard [preaching] claim that they are such. At that point [of my searching], I heard Bro. Eli, and the difference is great.

Someone gave an invitation at our place [to the indoctrination sessions]. Though it wasn’t my first time [to hear Bro. Eliseo] as I heard him before on TV in Davao. Everything that he says is biblical. He doesn’t digress from it. I really don’t see anything that is against it [the Bible].

On Being Baptized

I felt like crying when I was asked, “Are you ready?” There were questions [by the baptizer] that really got through to me. I wanted to cry a while ago in the pool; I just contained it.

The questions [were poignant] for me as I have somehow a deep understanding about the doctrines, so I was happy because it’s a new life [for me].

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message for Bro. Eli is that may he continue preaching. He’s the one elected to preach; he cannot refrain from doing so. And it’s because it’s a good sign of salvation to all.

~o~

Bro. Adrian Tagle, 35, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

Before, when I was still a teenager… I felt that I had God in my life, like He was always there by my side. It’s like I got everything I asked for.

One time however, when my friends and I were going to Tagaytay, we were one man too many for the van [we rented]. Though I was already inside the vehicle, I decided not to join them as I also had an exam the next day.

I then called one of my friends who felt bad [that he was the one to not be able to go with us]. When he came, they were the ones who went to Tagaytay. The following day, I learned that they got into an accident; almost all of them were dead. So I said, “It’s like Someone saved me.”

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Time passed by. Then one time, my mother had stroke. I couldn’t do anything; I felt weak, as if I was losing hope.

I called [to God], and said, “Heal my mother and I will give my life to You. I will have faith in You.” My mother became better, but that time, I wasn’t able to fulfill my [promise] to Him.

Days went by and I told myself that I need to [return unto God]. I converted to the INC [Iglesia ni Cristo]. So I remained there for almost three years; I got baptized there. But in the end, I felt that there was no change, especially in my being.

I became a Catholic again. Then as time progressed, I had vices; we drank, smoked, and gambled daily. My mother and wife were reprimanding me already, and I even lost my job. I was also feeling pity for my child.

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Thankfully, I have a friend who is a member here, and we were able to talk to each other. I felt that I had a place in my mind and heart again for Him. That’s when I decided to [return to Him].

Actually, there have been many times that I have somehow let Him down as I have started with the indoctrination before, but didn’t finish it. It seems like there were many hindrances.

But now, this is the opportunity [given to me] for me to finish it, so I strove to see it through. And that’s when I proved that the words of God that Bro. Eli preaches go straight into my heart.

When you hear it, you will really have fear of the Lord. Your mind will be enlightened. You will learn to [respect] the word of God, especially the Bible. That’s why I joined.

On Being Baptized

Truthfully, I felt afraid at first. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know if I would be able to obey the [commandments].

However, since I have been baptized, and as I hear new doctrines, I feel I’m getting used to resisting [evil] and that I can be strong about it. That’s how I feel.

When the song, “Faithful Preachers”, was being sung, I cried because I felt God, like He’s just there, and His Spirit.

Actually, I can’t explain it; I really can’t. I don’t know what I’m feeling. But now, it’s like I’m peaceful inside and it’s only now that I felt light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks that you are there. You’ll be able to open many minds and hearts in believing in the word of God, and you’ll be able to teach many to have faith in it.

~o~

Sis. Leovigilda Cronico, 68, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I discovered many wrong doctrines with my former religion. I’ve been with this religion practically for 68 years, since birth.

And I went to Catholic school in Nueva Vizcaya from Grade 1, from kindergarten even until college. It’s a Catholic school so religion, everything is taught… religion is taught every grade, every year.

So when I heard over the radio the Bible Expositions, the questions and answers, I realized [many things]. Then one time, I heard “Thou shalt not bow down to [graven images]…”

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I have a grandfather during the 80s, about 1986, and he said, “You go to mass?” We replied, “Yes, grandfather.” [Speaks Ilocano] “Thou shalt not bow down to anything made by man, natikitikan [graven] by the hands of man,” he said. It was instilled in my mind. I asked, “Is it like that?”

When I was in school: College, high school, elementary, what was instilled in our minds was that we cannot take hold or read the Bible. The only ones who can read the Bible are those belonging to the religious orders like the priest, the nuns.

So I didn’t know that. And then, I gradually… I think it was only in the last week of February this year [that] I got to always listen to the questions and answers [in Bible Expositions]. Then, I would look [for the verses mentioned] in the Bible, and I would see them there.

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One of the activities we had in high school was confession. We would confess every Thursday afternoon, then go to mass every Friday. All schools had that as I went to a Catholic school. So I said, “Those were frequent.”

Another thing I disliked was the mass. I said, “It seems wrong.” Also, receiving the communion; I didn’t like that as well, even doing the sign of the cross. Then, there’s walking towards the altar on your knees, and kissing the idols. It seemed against my will. It’s against my conscience for me to do such.

I then told my housemate, “Look for Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path],” when there was a [TV invitation] for indoctrination: On March 13, we are inviting you to join the Mass Indoctrination. “Rose, let’s go there. Ask where it is,” I told her.

The first time she went out, she didn’t find the [locale] in Marulas. I told her, “You lack skills in searching.” So I went with her, and we found it…

On Being Baptized

It feels okay. I feel light now. I am in the right religion. I am on the right way to God. We’re on the right path already. That’s what I really feel.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, we are very thankful; I am very thankful that I heard His words. Maybe, it’s because God has given me the graces, and perhaps due also to the prayers of the members; they prayed that people may find their way to His heart, to God’s heart, to God’s Church. I hope that many more will come.

To God be the glory

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