Newly Baptized Testimonials: May 22, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on May 22, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Jean Reyes, 16, Former KNC, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that I was being called to join here.

My mother and father are both members. Papa already passed away. He became a member in 2004, while mama was in 2010.

[In the Kawan ng Cordero or KNC], what I cannot forget learning is Proverbs 22:6 which says: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

On Being Baptized

I felt so happy, and very light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will continue the good works they do, so they will be able to lead many more people like us.

~o~

Sis. Jude Lastrollo, 15, Former KNC, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Since I grew up in the Church and already know the teachings, I realized that I should become a member already.

Ever since daddy and mama became members, as well as my siblings, I have been in the KNC starting from a very young age.

All [the doctrines] are based in the Bible. Everything has an explanation. Also, whatever thing you wish to ask, Bro. Eli will be able to answer [through the Bible].

On Being Baptized

I felt super light, like I had no worries.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to lead many more people to join here.

~o~

Sis. Myra Joy Bandarlipe, 16, Former KNC, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I already know that the doctrines are true. Also, that I may be able to do works that I know will be for my own good.

My parents have long been members, and I would go with them [to Church services].

I felt enlightened ever so clearly. My knowledge about things I didn’t know before also increased.

On Being Baptized

I felt so light, like I was flying. And I didn’t feel any worries because all my past sins have already been forgiven.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God because He gave you to teach us.

~o~

Sis. Raquel Palad, 17, Former KNC, Pangasinan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I really wanted to, and because of my parents as well. Also, this is where I grew up.

On Being Baptized

At first, I couldn’t express what I was feeling. All I know is that I was happy. I can’t say anything except that I’m exceedingly happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

All that Bro. Eli says are in the Bible. I hope that Bro. Eli will be able to come home because he’s long been there. We miss Bro. Eli already.

~o~

Sis. Mila Sumahit, 59, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I just wanted my sins to be forgiven, because in other religions, it’s different. Their teachings are really different with that of Bro. Eli’s.

I live in Cavite. I’m a housemate. I only watch [Bro. Eliseo’s program] when I have no more work to do.

I’ve been [watching] for a long time. My first boss was a member of The Old Path [the Church of God International].

[Concerning indoctrination], I was very happy about it because what Bro. Eli teaches is true. I’ve heard [him] on television. I really listened to it first that’s why I joined.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy. I felt really happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to Bro. Eli. I’m really happy that I became a member because of the true doctrines.

~o~

Sis. Anna Juanita Valencia, 52, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

My older sister has long been a member, as well as my mother.

When my mother passed away, she told me, “Join here, my daughter, because this is good.” When she died, I obeyed her…

My older sister also encouraged me. She’s a choir member in their locale in EDSA Muñoz, as was my mother in Las Piñas. I was with her in Las Piñas. Now I’m in Cavite, in the Locale of Molino.

[The doctrines are] really good. I understood what the Catholic priests weren’t saying. In mass for example, those things are not explained.

After or before communion, though I didn’t eat it, [the priest] would tell stories already, and that’s all. He doesn’t speak things about the Bible.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. It’s like your feet weren’t touching the concrete. You were walking, but it’s like your feet kept on searching for a ground to walk on.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, oh how pleasant your teachings are in the Bible! I really can’t say anything about them. Many thanks, many thanks to God that I was baptized this day. It’s my birthday today.

~o~

Sis. Elizabeth Maquiling, 16, Former KNC, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

My mother is already a member, and I see [certain things in] her. She also wants me to be a member, so I joined as well.

[On Bro. Eli’s teachings,] all questions have answers, and they all come from the Bible.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful because he teaches from the Bible.

~o~

Sis. Elena Malaga, 40, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I really like the way Bro. Eli leads. It was only last month when I [first heard Bro. Eli]. It’s good. We understood every teaching. He really explains it well.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy and light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Continue it; we’ll support him. That’s all. [laughs]

~o~

Bro. Raul Camua, 40, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I have been seeing this before, but I didn’t pay attention to it. And it’s because of what other people or my family might think or say about me.

Then, it seemed like I have been called a few times already, but I didn’t respond [every time], so I was bombarded with problems.

One time my friend brought me [to the indoctrination], but I didn’t pursue it so I had problems again.

Years passed by and I still didn’t give it time. Then lately, as I watched the program continually, it was like I had a dream again saying, “You’re very hard-headed.” So I took it seriously from then on.

I can’t interpret it much, but [in the dream] I was doing something. Perhaps, this is it. This is where I found it. I can’t explain it. All I know is that there were many people before me.

On Being Baptized

I felt somewhat light. I also wished for something back there, but it’s for the better.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to teach me that I may teach others as well… May he continue to be guided by the Holy Spirit…

~o~

Bro. Prince Albert Galindez, 17, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that this is the true Church. Also, it’s unlike others that… I really felt that this is the one. I also wanted to change my life.

My uncle and aunt would take me [to Church gatherings]. Then, [I listened] on TV and on radio, and through every other means like on the Internet and in Bible Expositions.

I have been going with them since 2010. This year, I felt that it was time already.

On Being Baptized

The feeling was so light, like I was a new man. I felt clean, and as if I was floating on air. That’s how it felt.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to continue with God’s mercy. I hope that they will be able to help many more people like me.

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.

—-

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.

—-

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.

—-

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.

—-

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

Newly Baptized Testimonials: March 13, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on March 13, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Cesar Suva, 50, Former Freelancer, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

For me this is the true Church. This is where I found the true teachings of Christ, not the tradition of men, not the knowledge of men, and Bro. Eli Soriano is an instrument to share it with those who wish to know God.

It was through his Bible Expositions on TV [that I got to listen], since last year only, about July. Since I was a freelancer, I also listened to other religions, but didn’t get baptized. I just listened to them, to their teachings, and what they preach stroke me as something that digresses from the Bible.

On Being Baptized

Of course, I feel great joy not only in my heart but in my whole being. This, after all, is the doctrine of Christ that one should get baptized. And it happened to me, so thanks be to God that He willed for me to be baptized.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, first of all, thanks be to God that He used you as an instrument in persevering for many to be saved. You have been a part of me, of my life.

~o~

Bro. Benjamin Martin Jr., 33, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I joined because I was able to watch Bro. Eli on TV wherein I found the answer that I was looking for, and that we need the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s where I knew Christ.

I heard about Him in church, but you wouldn’t really know Him like that. When I heard Bro. Eli, that’s when I knew that God is the Savior of our lives.

On Being Baptized

I’m so happy. In my heart is a treasure unlike any other here on earth. It’s like this: When you gamble, you’re happy. But here, it’s unparalleled.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that he was an instrument in my life for me to receive the true religion that I can share to my family and relatives.

~o~

Sis. Vivian Wico, 48, Former Born Again, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It’s here that I saw the group that believes in God.

Honestly, my husband and I have been listening since 2001. But for some reason, we didn’t… perhaps, because we were devoted to being Born Again members. I was enticed to being a Born Again even before we got married.

But then, when we got to listen, we gradually discontinued worshipping there. We continued listening and watching [Bro. Eli], and perhaps the calling of the Lord had arrived, but my husband got baptized first.

Last year, I got operated in the ovary. So, the Lord gave me a new life. I promised to Him that I will dedicate my life, my second life to Him. That’s why I am here now.

On Being Baptized

Well, relieved  relieved of everything, of the worries, of the emotional cargo. I felt cleansed.

I feel much comfortable now in doing things, unlike before when I always felt fear. Ever since I got operated, I always felt fear in doing things; I felt stressed. But now, I feel relieved in that whatever I will do in the future, I know God is there.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m very thankful. I’m always thankful that they are there to guide people like us who have lost our ways and are now returning unto God with their help.

I should say, [the preaching] is really truthful. It’s really based on the Bible. I didn’t see anything that was invented. I didn’t hear anything that seemed to be only their opinion as preachers.

I saw that it was true. Since I believe in the Bible, so of course I will believe what they say. But perhaps if it were only based on their opinion, I wouldn’t be here.

~o~

Sis. Gianne Ericka Espino, 20, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel’s teachings are good. I was able to listen to them for about four months until I decided to become a member here, because I believe that the doctrines are true. It was my first time to [hear Bro. Eli] then. But in those four months, I attended without fail; I had no absent.

November 17 marked my friend’s spiritual birthday and he invited me to the Church. That’s when it started, until I liked attending. He works in Manila. But even if he wasn’t around, I would attend by myself. I didn’t even know Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path] before.

On Being Baptized

I feel so elated inside. It’s like, “Wow!” I’ve been cleansed, my heart has been cleansed. I’m really very happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m overly thankful for the teachings that they teach us. May they always be guided by God.

~o~

Bro. Solomon Burgess PhD, 63, Former Baptist, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

The reason I joined the Church of God is because of its message, and what it stands for, its principles. That’s why I joined the Church of God.

I grew up in the [Baptist] church. I taught Sunday school in the church. So being here, its teaching coincides with what I learned in my childhood, what I was teaching. So the message coming from Bro. Eli is what I learned and what I was teaching. So that was one of the main reasons why I joined. When I heard the message, the message was the same.

I saw him a few times on TV, and then one of the members of the Church who invited me by the name of Bro. Felilx spoke to me about watching about this particular program on TV.

So I tuned into this channel; I think it was in ’93. And I said, “Oh, wow! I’ve seen him before.” And so I watched it. The teaching, the scriptures, and the interpretation are coming from the Bible, not man’s interpretation.

Some time lapsed, he mentioned it to me again so I started to follow it, and now I’m tuning into it. So I decided, “Oh, okay.” I think this one is probably, well not probably, the correct teachings that I have been exposed to since childhood.

On Being Baptized

Oh, it was something special; it was different. I was baptized three times before. This one is really different.

I heard that majority of the people who have been baptized, their feet remain at the bottom of the pool. And likewise, my feet remained at the bottom of the people; [they] were dipped in the water.

So, when [I was] told to put my hands over my nose [and got immersed], I went back and just levelled horizontally in the water. According to [the brother], that was never done before.

But the significance of that [for me] was, while in the water… Of course, I was looking upward, vertically. Sometimes when you close your eyes you see darkness, [but] when I closed my eyes and I was looking up through the water, I could see these bright colors: Light pink, light red, but it was pinkish. It was like a rainbow, but all of them together.

Then, just before I have been brought up, everything was clear; it was white. So I said, “Okay, this is different.” This was really different. But [even when] I was just walking to get out of the pool, it was like I was walking on air. “Wow! What’s happening?”

And until now, I’m having that feeling; it’s just like I’m floating [laughs]. So that was the feeling of that.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Keep doing what they are doing. Keep feeding the people the bread of the Scriptures, and hopefully… They’re already making a big difference. Just continue to do what they’re doing, continue to bring the people from the worldly world into the world of salvation.

That’s about it. That’s the reason why I’m here in the first place. So he’s making a difference. Just keep on going; just keep on driving. So hopefully, maybe I can join him, because part of my mission was helping people in the first place since I’ve been here in 1992.

But even before 1992 I have been helping people. We had a bread line where people who didn’t have food to eat [could go to]. So when I got here that was what I was doing [for] those who hadn’t had food to eat; those who couldn’t even buy dextrose at the government hospital, we provide medicine.

I am delighted to be part of this organization, of this mission, this ministry. Hopefully, I can also be part of that team that’s making a difference.

Keep it up. We just have to keep going. The more souls, the more people we can bring into the Church, the better this world will be.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: February 20, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on February 20, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Roderick Cruz, 31, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Depression came into my life last year. I lost everything.

I thought that the people I helped would become my support. It’s not that I was asking for return favors; I just thought that they would be my go-to in my time of need. But it didn’t turn out that way of course; they’re just men.

Almost every day, every night, every hour, I felt weak. I had depression; I felt like I wanted to commit suicide. That was [the time when] I was going to have my birthday on December 9. I was supposed to be a gonner then. Firstly, I was guilty of the sins I committed, and I also kind of neglected my family; though they were in a sense, supported. It’s just that, I lost everything.

I have long been coming here. It was in about 2003 when Bro. Joebeth invited me; he’s the husband of my wife’s uncle. He’s Bro. Joebeth Ola, the Church worker. But even before that, I’ve been listening already, since I was in high school.

However before, I was just really doing some half-hearted searching. Whatever good I hear, [I take it]; when I see something wrong, I look for another. It’s because I’m a “come what may” kind of person.

But that time, I was almost always tuned in to Bro. Eli, because I had no one else I could turn to that… I felt like I was hopeless; I had no one to guide me. It was only the words of God that gave me strength. I would watch on television, in my car, on the radio.

As I’ve said before, I lost everything: My job, my wealth, my loved ones; it was like that. So this is not a kind of decision in a sense. This is a calling perhaps.

I lost my job; I lost everything. I prayed that I would be given a chance. Then I had a project in Balintawak. So I talked to Bro. Joebeth and told him, “I want to attend the indoctrination sessions.”

They’re all true [the doctrines] actually. It’s just that we’re really [unmindful] in life. We’re just too… We just take [God’s word] for granted. As they say, “Something [trying] needs to happen first in your life before you understand.”

On Being Baptized

Now, I feel good. I feel light… Every time I think about it, I cry. I’m really sorry for everything I’ve done. Even as I was just going into the water, I was already crying, until I was baptized.

When I got out of the water, and this is not exaggeration, but I really felt light inside. All I want is, as I said to Him, “I want to serve.”

Actually, I want to be a Church worker, God willing. Of course, if He will entrust me with the responsibility as I was a former sinner, and in the eyes of people, someone worldly.

Though, I didn’t have any vices like smoking, drinking liquor; I didn’t have those. I didn’t gamble. It was only just womanizing that weakened me. I hope, I”ll be able to continue.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful to him. Actually, I always thank him, but there’s just no way [for him to hear it]. I’m thankful for the explanation, because among the rest – from what I have seen – he’s the nearest to the truth. I can’t say among all because I don’t know everything. But he’s the closest. He’s one of a kind.

~o~

Sis. Flordelina Clavacio, 51, Former Catholic, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

He [points to husband] was the first to become a member. And then after three years, perhaps because of his constant praying, he really asked from the Lord that I became baptized. And I’ve been called by the Lord to become a member now.

I listened to the indoctrination sessions; I attended gatherings like Worship Services, Thanksigivngs, and such. That’s why I got encouraged to join, and because of the program of Bro. Eli on TV. From my listening, I saw that what Bro. Eli is saying is really right and true, because it’s really in the Bible.

On Being Baptized

I truly feel so clean today. I’m happy and I really feel cleansed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue to be given more bodily strength and a clear mind that they may be able to spread to the whole world, to other people [the Gospel of the Lord], that they in turn may hear and understand it.

May they be given more health and longer lives that they may be able to encourage more to to join the Church, because it’s where the truth is.

~o~

Bro. Jonalyn Ruisan, 23, Former Korean Born Again Church Member, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

It’s because I want the wisdom that comes from God. This is the wisdom that He gave me. I want to serve Him and to worship only Him.

That’s what I always asked of Him before I went [to Manila]. I said to God, “I want wisdom, God.” I always prayed; I always carried my Bible with me. The Lord is really perfect because He brought me here.

This is the wisdom [I learned when] I joined the Church of God. This is [the calling that] I wanted to respond to, [something] that I also want to share to my parents.

Before I left, I shared [about the Bible] at home, because I believe in the Father in heaven. That’s the reason why I went here. Perhaps, the Lord also wished for me to be baptized.

I’ve never been baptized before in the [organizations] that I went to. So this is the chance for me to turn my back from all the sins I have left behind. The Lord said that there is [a chance] for us to change. This is what I wanted from Him.

I am thankful to God because this is the opportunity… He brought me here to approach Him again serve before His presence; every day and every night I [will] serve Him. I read the Bible at my aunt’s place. They would be asleep, but I would still be awake because I want to learn more…

My aunt Beth invited me [to a Church gathering], until I learned and got touched by what he [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] said. I felt happy and was crying with tears of joy. I can’t explain the joy I feel. I’m happy because … if you’re really true to yourself, you will feel the aches inside [go away].

On Being Baptized

When I was baptized, I felt so light. It was like I was floating, and all the hurt I felt inside are gone, like it’s back to zero.

You feel as if you’re starting again. That’s why I said, “I believe in You, Lord. I give you my whole heart and whole soul. I will serve You.”

This is the wisdom that I want. I can leave my parents, my siblings or anyone of my friends, my best friend; I left them that I may be able to serve Him now. I don’t want the wisdom I learned that [I received].

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that God will continue to use them in spreading [the word] that comes from the Father in heaven that we all may be able to believe the Lord God, the Highest.

I hope we may be able to continue and not lose this opportunity [given] by the Lord and Father, this chance that we may believe.

~ o ~

Sis. Angelina Sanchez, 54, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to prove something to myself.

My nephew invited me; he asked me if he could invite me [to a Church gathering]. I said, “Why not?” We live in Balagtas, and he went there. He’s from Parañaque, but he even went there to fetch me.

He said that we would just [listen] to the word of God, so I went with him. Then, I developed an interest in it, so I went with him again and again. I continued with it until I arrived at baptism.

On Being Baptized

I feel good. I feel light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they may continue their service unto the Lord. And I hope that they will be able to help many more people.

~ o ~

Bro. Rolando Arellano, 60, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Ka Erning and I are friends. I was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.

Now, Bro. Erning visited me one time and [invited me] to listen to a Bible Study; I listened. Until one day, I was also invited to the locale to hear the teachings of God.

They were very nice. The explanations were really well, very clear.

On Being Baptized

I feel unburdened inside, and I feel [peaceful] in my mind and in my heart. You will really feel it if something has changed in you.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their service to people will be longer that they may be able to lead many more people unto salvation.

They are instruments of the Lord. Actually, I listen [to The Old Path] on TV nightly. I would fall sleep listening, and my wife would turn it off. When I wake up the next day, I would just see that it’s already turned off. I always tune in to it. After getting exhausted from watching basketball and boxing, I watch it.

~ o ~

Sis. Maria Elena Macatantan, 55, Former Freelancer, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

A long time has already passed, but it’s only now that I’ve been called, [rather] it’s only now that I have heeded to it.

It has been a long time since [God was calling me]. Now, I finally answered; it really has been long overdue.

I used to smoke, and didn’t wear skirts; I didn’t know how to wear skirts. I wore jeans and was boyish. I didn’t fashion wearing skirts even in college. And also, smoking was a habit.

—-

I’ve been listening for a long time as my sister is already a member. My mother and brother are also members. I was the only one left out as I was in Antipolo. Whenever Bro. Eli speaks, “Your heart is hard. You’ve been listening for ten years now,” [I feel that he’s speaking to me].

Our mother is already 99 years old. I was still in Antipolo then, when my sister who takes care of her got sick. Since my mother’s birthday was on February 16, she wished that I would come. Of course, since nobody was there to take care of her, I took the liberty of doing the task. I’ve been here [Pampanga] since December 31st, and have stayed here for quite a long time now.

I’ve been here [ADD Convention Center] before. She [her sister] brought me to a Bible Exposition. I was able to ask a question directly to Bro. Eli even before. It was a long time ago, about 2002 perhaps because Bro. Eli was still here.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy and I feel light. Also, I feel as if I became more beautiful. It’s as if I’m very pretty.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, this is it, finally. Finally, Bro. Eli, I’m in the Church. I won’t get offended anymore with what you say about those who take too long a time to join, having hard hearts. With Bro. Eli, he speaks for all. Now, this is it; I’m here. Welcome me [laughs]. Thanks be to God.

~o~

Sis. Priscilla Payumo, 70, Angeles City, Former Assemblies of God Member

On Joining the Church of God

Actually, my husband has been baptized for a year now. We were indoctrinated together, but I decided to not get baptized then because I wanted to be certain of myself first.

There were many things that I couldn’t leave behind. I cursed a lot at working people; I was hotheaded. I didn’t want to be belittled; if they’re rich, I can also eat what they’re eating. If they will brag, I will brag the more. But now my belief in life is, as the verse said: Love your enemy. So now, those things are gone.

Also before, whenever I went to the hospital and see a sick person, I would say, “Oh, he’s going to die already.” But now, I feel different when I see someone sick. Different. It’s like I feel love towards my fellow. I would say, “Lord, please heal them.”

I seem to have also developed a sense of trust in others, because I didn’t want to trust strangers [before].

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Now, I try to push myself [forward], especially that I’m already baptized. I don’t want to go back to my former ways. Before, I couldn’t resist wearing lipstick and eye shadow.

I always had eye shadow on. I would apply black eye shadow to the lining of my eye so that it would look deeper. Now, I don’t anymore. My eyebrows are even tattooed. But I scrape it off to erase it.

I don’t anymore wear lipstick. And since I’m used to wearing lipstick, what I do now is apply [lip balm] so my lips won’t dry.

Now, my husband is very happy. He didn’t know that I was getting indoctrinated [at first]; I surprised him. I only told him about it during the sixth indoctrination session. He called right at the moment that [I] was in the locale. I told him, “I’m here getting indoctrinated.” He was elated.

But he was the more so happy today. “My joy has tripled,” he said. “Now, we can get married in the Church,” he told. My husband is already old. He even underwent a mild stroke.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful to God, and for the messages of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. It’s like I didn’t know so many things before, and that my eyes were opened, my mind, enlightened. So praise God and thanks also to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

~o~

Sis. Wenifreda Peralta, 45, Former Catholic, Tarlac Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because it’s here where I saw the unique teachings that I did not hear from other religions.

I entered many [religions]. When I was 14 years old, during high school, I entered a Born Again group. When I already had a child, about 21 years old, I became a Baptist, and then returned to being a Catholic. It’s like I wasn’t content. I couldn’t find anything [to satisfy me]. I didn’t know what was true.

Then Sister Blanca invited me to her [church]. I asked her, “What do you do there, because I feel that something’s lacking in me.” Then, she said, “We have thanksgiving, and it’s like this. If you want, you can [attend]; you can listen.”

I replied, “I want the word of God. I just want to hear something because I feel that I’m not content, because my life is messed up.” She invited me one time. After that, I continued with it nightly, and I went straight into indoctrination.

Then I thought, I think it [following the doctrines] will be difficult. But Bro. Eli said, nothing is hard [for those who love God]. I was having second thoughts earlier, but he said, “We can rely on the word of God that He will not forsake us.” So I didn’t have cold feet anymore.

I didn’t listen to Bro. Eli before; I didn’t even know him as I was busy. All I attended to before was just going to the market, [selling] vegetables. All I minded was vegetables.

But I knew the words of God, from what I learned from the Baptist. However, it’s like I wasn’t content, like something was always missing in my life. I didn’t know; I couldn’t anymore understand what I was hearing [there].

On Being Baptized

When I went to the baptistery, I said to Him, “If I won’t be forgiven, please make a way for me not to be able to go into the water.” My feet even felt numb, and I said, “Please make a way.” I didn’t know what to do, whether I would have more sins or not.

With God’s mercy, until I went into the water, I was really crying; I couldn’t help myself. The Lord gave me an opportunity. I felt that following God is difficult; there’s always a hindrance.

[But] after I got out of the water, it’s like I felt so very light. So I said, “I was forgiven by the Lord.” Even when I was still young, I’ve already undergone trials that I wasn’t able to overcome; perhaps, I was really overtaken by them. I could say that because I wasn’t able to perform my duties properly.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many, many thanks unto God. Because of you, I found [the truth] and was enlightened. I heard the words of God that have really gone into my heart. Many, many thanks especially to You oh Lord.

May the ministry be blessed that many more people will be able to know the truth. Thanks be to God exceedingly.

To God be the glory!

Newly Baptized Testimonials: February 13, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on February 13, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Kevin and Sis. Jaisel Medina, 24 & 23, Former Catholics, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Jaisel: So that I may know the true Church of God. There are many differences [with our previous religion], many things that we thought to be right, but were wrong.

Bro. Kevin: Our reason is because there are many things that Catholics do that are wrong. That’s why we joined. The errors that we committed, we want to set right with God’s help.

Sis. Jaisel: Our boss is a brother in faith. We just watched him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on Youtube, as he listens to the [preaching] of Bro. Eli. That time, it’s as if there was someone who called us. It was my first time to listen to Bro. Eli, about last December only.

I was able to listen because my boss was listening to him. But even before, I’ve heard about him as my aunt is already a member here. That’s why they were surprised that we joined [here]. We were just new at work then. Whenever my husband retrieved me from work, he would be able to listen to.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Jaisel: I feel happy and light. It feels like no other because I’ve been forgiven of my sins. They’re gone.

Bro. Kevin: Like what she said.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Jaisel: Many, many thanks to them because they were used as instruments by God for us to hear the true doctrines of God.

Bro. Kevin: The same goes for me. [smiles]

~o~

Sis. Cherry Ann Paculbe, 19, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

At first, I really didn’t like the way they [the MCGI women] dressed; it seemed funny to me.

But then, through my older sister’s constant listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano], it’s like my mind got enlightened, and I listened as well.

It’s like I opened up to the idea and asked myself “Why don’t I listen?” Also, their lives changed. I just listened, and I knew that this is really [the one with] the true doctrines.

Her attitude became different. She was so outgoing before but now she just stays at home. She’s also mild mannered when she speaks. Before, she was always angry. Now, so many things have changed in her, as well as in her husband.

On Being Baptized

I feel so light, and my mind was enlightened.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

The same with her [points to Sis. Jaisel and smiles].

~o~

Sis. Erlynn Trinidad, 40, Former Baptist, Pangasinan Province

On Joining the Church of God

chThis is where we learned true salvation. Then, what Bro. Eli teaches is really in the Bible.

We just watched on television, for almost a year now. Then, Bro. Jimmy invited us, so we went to the locale and got indoctrinated.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy, because at least, I’ve been accepted.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope he continues to pursue good works, and that he may be stronger to face all trials.

~o~

Bro. Gonzalo Bautista, 65, Former Baptist, Pangasinan Province

On Joining the Church of God

All the members of our family that time were Baptists. But it wasn’t good. It’s not in [the Bible]. It’s unlike when I heard Bro. Eli, I really… Only, we didn’t see him [on television] for a long time. Also, we had just became Baptists then, so I wasn’t [that serious] in listening, so that didn’t push through.

In the month of November [2014], we were watching news in the morning [on UNTV]. It just so happened that I saw Bro. Eli. I told my wife, “Bro. Eli is on again.”

Now, in perfect timing, when I was at my in-laws in Mabini, Bro. Jimmy happened to be there as well; he was selling medicine at my in-law’s canteen. He was surprised to see me too and asked, “Brother, why are you here?” I told him, “She’s my in-law. How about you?”

Then I told him that [I was listening] to Bro. Eli and he told me to just continue. As I reflected about it, I said to myself, “Perhaps this is [God’s calling] upon me already.” So I pursued it.

I was able to bring my grandchildren there [to the locale]. The eldest of them actually wanted to be also baptized today, but he’s just 13 years old. I’m the one who takes my grandchildren to school.

Actually, I don’t allow for people to drink liquor in our place, because I don’t want them to see that. I’ve already seen that in our place, at a time when my [children] were still very young. They would let them [taste liquor]. Now, that they’re adults, they’re drunkards. Well, I just told that side story. But I pray that the day may come that they will be called, as I have.

On Being Baptized

I feel really cleansed. Of course, in my age of 65 years old, I’ve already done many things that are… things that we didn’t know yet [to be prohibited]. I hope that I will always be [clean], because we have an enemy, and it’s hard to fight him.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that he will be in better health, the same with Bro. Daniel. He’s really the one [who preaches] the right way that I have seen to be able to save the soul of every man. In this time, he is different from all other preachers. And I say this without hypocrisy, this is from my heart. That’s why I came here, and got baptized.

To God be the glory!

Newly Baptized Testimonials: February 6, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on February 6, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Jose Mariano Roa Jr., 73, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Eli was still on Channel 13 then. Whenever I watched on TV, I would turn the dial and pass by Channel 13. I’d stop to listen for a few seconds or minutes; then, change the channel.

Actually, I was still quite irritated with Bro. Eli back then because he attacks all the religions I hear about. I was Catholic, of course; I didn’t know the truth, so I became angry.

Still, that went on. Everyday, I would pass by the channel, and stop for a few moments to listen. I didn’t know that what I was listening to was going straight to my heart.

Even on radio, I would stay up late in listening. I would come home early. His time was at 9 o’ clock, so before 9 p.m. I would be home already. It was on radio then, and not on the television. I would fall asleep to his preaching, until His words sprang in my heart.

I have attended many gatherings before, but I didn’t feel any blessing from Him. I still felt the same; the vices were there in other religions.

I would be invited by my friends, by my fellow Catholics and they would share the word of God. I would attend, but then my attitude was unchanged.

Until the time came, to cut it short, that I was searching – as it was the wish of my heart – for a true church that I would join. Until I found this guy [points to a brother-in-faith].

He visited our house, exchanged regards, until he invited me here. When I did, I had… I felt blessed. Even though I wasn’t a member yet then, I already felt blessed.

On Being Baptized

I saw the brethren here; I saw the love. Also, I heard the words of God that are in the Bible. So I hope that on this day I became baptized, may the Lord have mercy on me, that I may continue in this.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am thankful that God used Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. Thank you.

~o~

Bro. Vergilio Ognita, 44, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve heard almost everyone who preaches. What Bro. Eli says, I can also read in the Bible.

With other preachers, I’ve heard them all. Almost all of them are [the same]. But with him, you will really read everything [in the Bible]. That’s what encouraged me, so I got encouraged.

On Being Baptized

I felt somehow light, as if a thorn has been pulled from my chest.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful to them. Because of their help, I’m here and a member of ADD [the Church of God International].

~o~

Bro. Verlito Agustin, 39, Former Muslim, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I got converted to Muslim when I was in the Middle East. I worked there from 2005 to 2013; that’s how long…

Actually, with Bro. Eli, I was still studying then. As early as 1997 I was already listening to him on radio. The line of questioning [of people] back then were more on the personal issues or personal problems, and Bro. Eli would read the answer in the Bible.

Those were very enlightening explanations. He would explain about how we could face life through the word of God. That’s when I started.

I’ve already been staying here [in the Philippines] for two years before I got to listen [again]. But this January he had an invitation on TV, and it’s like I couldn’t say no to it. It’s like something was urging me. “I’ll visit it,” I told myself.

“Since I’ve been watching Bro. Eli for a long time, and I’m amazed by him,” I said. I have a testament that encouraged me: What he exposed on TV that’s like a rock [the Moabite Stone], where the name of God was found. I think it was since 3,000 years ago. And that’s where the name of God was really written.

On Being Baptized

What Bro. Eli said was right that when you get immersed in the water… it’s like you were immersed in darkness; it’s like you were from nothingness, and suddenly emerged again in truth.

Also, there’s that feeling, as what Bro. Eli said, that the Holy Spirit will be sent you. Because like what he told, we cannot do it on our own as we are weak. We need something that we cannot see; something spiritual. Even if we don’t believe it, we will feel that it’s there, and ready to help.

The feeling I felt earlier was different. I haven’t experienced it before. I was baptized in Catholicism. But now I’m baptized as a brother in the Church of God. The difference is great.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that Bro. Eli will [continue to be healthy], because he will be able to help many more people. Help, not in the medical sense, like those who are sick. The necessities of the body are easy to attend to. What’s hard are the needs of the soul. Bro. Eli responds to the needs of the soul, which is worth unlike any other.

What he went through was heavy, difficult. Actually when I was still listening on radio, those belonging in other religions have done him all sorts of malice. And I was a witness to that.

Like in the Bible, it’s like they were trying to stop him. But he continued in fighting. And I believe that he is being accompanied by the Holy Spirit that he may be able to go on.

In fact, he’s already old now. And one of those who used to challenge him before is now passed away. It means, in my humble opinion only, that his life is being extended that many more may be enlightened.

The problem of people is that they need someone to explain things. If they will be able to hear the explanations, they’ll be enlightened. That’s just what I see.

I hope that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, God willing, will be able to continue the works that they do.

~o~

Bro. Juan Pascual, 54 Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have long been listening to various religious programs on TV. As I listened, I was able to compare them from what they said to what their members are doing.

Another thing that [convinced] me was what Bro. [Eli] said, that we’re like inside a well, and all we see are the walls within. “Get out of the well, that you may see how wide the world or the sky is.” That’s when I concentrated on listening to him.

Then, I saw that what he says really has sense and good meaning that isn’t in other religions, like us before in Catholicism. When I hadn’t heard him before, I told myself, “Here is where my relatives, my loved ones are, so here’s where we’ll stay.”

But I realized that it’s not supposed to be like that. Of course, in myself, I already heard the good examples and I want to bring them here, that I’ll be the one to initiate it.

I know however that it’ll be really difficult to [make them leave] Catholicism. But as was said, though I may not be able to persuade them by words, then I’ll be a good example. They need to see in me that, “Oh, he’s like this already.” Though, I wasn’t a drunkard nor smoked, nor was in vices even then. Only, I was hot-headed.

Actually, I should’ve been a member before, but I told myself, “I should fix myself up first, so that it won’t be embarrassing. If I’ll be there and my attitude is still the same, they’ll see no change in me, as if nothing happened.” But I couldn’t do it on my own.

On Being Baptized

I was ready. I already knew what happened, so I just felt calm really. No hesitations. That was all that I was thinking. My mind was already in what’s going to happen.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that… I heard [of news] that he was old already. I told myself, “I need to become a member during his time.” So when I came home, as I was an OFW [Overseas Filipino Worker], I told my wife that I’ll… as my wife knows.

My wife wants me to become a member as well because of adultery. That’s the first concern my wife had. Of course, though I can say that I won’t commit that, it’s like she will feel more at ease if I will become a member here, because she knows [that people change here]. Perhaps before, her trust [in me] ranges from 60% to 70%. Now it’s about 90% to 95%.

I hope that he will have a longer life that he may be able to lead many more like me, like my family. I also want for them to hear or to know the truth. The same with Bro. Razon.

I hope that this organization will become stronger. For us, I hope we will be able to do our part.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 30, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 30, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Flor Kenneth Resujento, 24, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

The reason, of course, is we all have our own responsibilities before God. So we must seek the truth; we must find where righteousness is.

You have to investigate all religions first to know whether which one is really of God. After you have compared them, you will know which one is true among them.

God will help you and make you feel in your heart what’s right. In these times however, you need to be careful because there will be many false prophets. So you really need to fulfill your duty as a creation of God.

It has been a long time since I was able to listen [to The Old Path], around 2002 when I got to watch on television. They had the program Ang Dating Daan.

On Being Baptized

It’s the day I’ve long been waiting for as it’s the first step that I’ve really been asking from Him: I’m going to ask for forgiveness; I’m going to serve truly.

So I feel happy inside because the Holy Spirit will correct all the wrong things I’ve done that I may return to Him completely.

Actually, I’ve wanted long ago to be indoctrinated. But I wanted to be sure first that I was really sorry of the sins I committed, and not just get indoctrinated and then turn again to your evil ways.

You must really be sure that you’re going to serve, because you will only get baptized once in the right religion. If you will repeat that, you don’t anymore have that baptism. You won’t get saved should that happen.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel is that I’m thankful that God used them to fulfill the duty from the Lord to spread unto all nations all the teachings and doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ.

So to those who are investigating, may they search for the truth. May they not waste their lives on other things. They need to find what’s the most important of all – to serve God – and seek the righteousness of God.

~o~

Bro. Reynaldo Rojino, 45, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, I have learned a lot of wrong things about what I thought to be right in my former religion. And according to my investigation, everything here is right and is written [in the Bible], has basis.

The other things I have also learned from watching, listening to Bro. Eli. I will never see a preacher like him in our time. You really can’t compare anyone else who will speak the truth, be it pleasant or not.

It’s unlike hypocritical religions now who will only speak pleasant things, especially those that will favor them and the religion they belong to despite being wrong that their membership may increase, even if it’s just hypocrisy.

Bro. Eli isn’t like that. He really says, “It’s like this,” frankly. That’s what I liked about him, his being frank, and everything is written, and has heart.

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I could say that I discovered him. I just felt it. Discovering is different from feeling that this person – upon my listening and watching him – is different; he preaches differently. There was a spirit that [encouraged] me.

Actually, I’ve been listening since the 1990s. And in that long period of listening to him, I learned about what he says, “having a hard heart.” I told myself, “I think he’s referring to me,” until many times passed by.

I should’ve been baptized in the Year 2000, but the problem was, I found out, there really are many demons. I was fond of vices.

In the end though, my smoking, my gambling, my drinking gradually ceased because of my listening and watching [Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path].

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Also, I have been with many… I said, “I will make friends with [members] … What’s in here?” Then I had an elderly friend named Roberto.

You see one time I was caught in a tight situation; I had no place to sleep in Manila as I’m from Bulacan. Someone invited me to the Transient Home [in Caloocan].

I had no money then, and I felt indebted to them. I told myself, “I will return the favor one day as I am indebted to Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path].” I still called it The Old Path then, and not Church of God.

I was able to sleep there, and I said, “I feel a great amount of debt here.” Imagine, I was three days there, and another time came that I was there. I said, “The people here are really nice.” You will really be taken cared of well.

There was a brother there; now, he’s my brother as well as I am now a member. I’ve been searching for him. He gave me money; he just said he was Bro. Roberto. He is already old, and kind. He was the one that opened the door for me to continue [becoming a member here].

On Being Baptized

I feel light inside, as if I’m a new person. I’m really happy, unlike before. It’s only now that I feel like smiling. Before, I always seemed haggard, like I was weary.

Now, I’m happy like “Thank You my God.” It’s not like before that within me, on my mind were only gambling, womanizing, drinking. That’s where my life revolved around. Now the only vice I have is food, the word of God, and of course, literal food.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope their lives will be longer, and may they be able to continue. I’m really very thankful that we had here in the Philippines someone like you who is different and true.

You’re unlike any other who is frank and says it all, be it good or bad… Unlike in other religions wherein they will also say what’s good, what’s favorable for their religion, all hypocrisy. They don’t want what’s painful. But that’s what can heal. You feel pain for you to be edified.

~o~

Bro. John Manliclic and Shiela Singh, 28 & 26, Former Catholics, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. John: We wanted to know the true word of God. We already want to do what He commands, what He wills.

Sis. Shiela: That’s also what I’m going to say. For me, this is the right one.

My relatives just told me about this. However they aren’t members yet, but they listen. So we listened as well.

Bro. John: We talked about it. “Let’s turn back unto the Lord.” We actually listened for a long time.

Sis. Shiela: When I was still in high school, my grandmother listened nightly, so I was also able to listen. Even when she was asleep, the television would be loud. Even if her eyes were closed, the TV could not be turned off as she is going to listen.

On Being Baptized

Bro. John: I’m happy as I’m leading a new life because all your sins have been forgiven and the Lord has accepted you. It’s delightful.

Sis. Shiela: The feeling is different. It’s hard to explain what happened.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. John: May the Lord always guide the service that you do to people. I hope that you will be able to encourage people to change, to obey the commandments of the Lord. May God bless you.

~o~

Sis. Sarah Jane Sababan, 24, Former Catholic, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that it was time for me to become a member already. That’s what I felt.

I was only able to listen through my husband last year. It was continuously, until this time now that I felt that it was time already.

On Being Baptized

It feels good, like all my surroundings were bright. I feel light also, as if all my worries and things like that disappeared.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continuously give teachings from God, pleasant doctrines and good works. May they have good health.

~o~

Bro. Galo Albatera, 31, Former Catholic, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

Before I have already been fond of listening about religious matters, until I was able to watch Bro. Eli on television. That’s when I got encouraged.

On Being Baptized

With the Lord God’s mercy, I feel light inside. I feel my worries about life have changed, unlike before.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will continue… I hope that they will be given longer lives by the Great Lord. I hope that many more souls will be saved, will be given opportunities [to be saved].

~o~

Bro. Juanito “John” Mopon, 74, Former Born Again, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I found the Church of God; it is perfect in the Bible as the Bible says it.

In my former religion in the Born Again, obeying is not much emphasized. Many teachings aren’t taught there. Others pastors are really for the money, but here it’s not. It’s you who will decide [what amount to give].

Since you are already cleansed from sins, you’re free; thanks be to God. And that is well explained here, especially when it comes to baptism. But in others, it is not so.

On Being Baptized

This is my third baptism, and probably the last, and here’s where I’ll stay. The teaching is good; it’s truthful.

I felt good after I got out of the water. As was said, “new creation.” Everything was forgotten; all was included in Jesus’ death.

In my family, all of us our Born Again members, down to my grandchildren. I’m the last to be a [Born Again member]. But now my [hope] is that I may bring them unto the true church.

My message to others is to just seek the truth, and the truth will set you free as was said.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I am thankful that he be given more strength and more wisdom, and also protection. Just continue. As what I got from what he says to some asking in Bible Expositions, “Brother, you are already old. It’s time you find the truth.”

Just continue the good work, because your work is really that you are really being anointed by our God. That’s all. Same with Bro. Daniel, to continue doing what they do now, helping other people no matter who they may be.

To God be the glory

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