On the first day of the three-day International Thanksgiving on Saturday (March 13), Members Church of God International witnessed the appearance of MCGI Presiding Minister, Bro. Eliseo Soriano, on an Italian talk show: S.O.S. Sesso. Bro. Eli showed the video footage of the broadcast to MCGI congregants gathered in more than 875 locations across the Philippines and the world via the Internet.
The talk show on sex invited Bro. Eli to talk about the Bible upon hearing him preach in one of his Bible Expositions. “I will be guesting in a program in Rome 15 min from now. The topic is sex and religion,” tweeted @BroEliSoriano to all his followers on Twitter at 5:38 a.m. on March 11 (PHT). The international evangelist appeared on S.O.S. Sesso via live video streaming and entertained the biblical queries of the program’s guests with the aid of an interpreter.
“I speak always based on the Bible,” began Bro. Eli as he answered the question of his Italian inquirer on whether premarital sex was allowed in the Bible. “If we are going to consult the Bible about sex, sex is a part of our being. And our sexual desire, which is part of our being, was given by God for the continuation of our being, for the procreation of our species,” he continued.
After a brief explanation, he says, “The desire of sex comes as early as the teenage years. But in the Bible it is not permitted to Christians to have sexual relationships outside the bond of marriage,” and then cites 1 Corinthians 7 1-2. In the end, both the inquirer and the program host thanked Bro. Eli for the biblical information and insights he shared with them.
Aside from the start of his radio and TV program, the Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path, two decades ago, his regular appearance on a religious show featuring local authorities on religion, Dis is Manolo and his Genius Family, helped establish his presence on Philippine airwaves as the resource person to ask when it comes to the Bible. To materialize that, he was awarded by his fellow preachers on the show, Most Outstanding Preacher of the Year for three consecutive times — a feat achieved by no one else on the show.
This week, after MCGI’s three-day Thanksgiving, Bro. Eli will continue indoctrinating in English at Church coordinating centers worldwide via the Internet; after which, a Mass Baptism reaping thousands of souls simultaneously is expected. The last MCGI Mass Baptism yielded more than 3,500 souls, following the seven-session Mass Indoctrination in Filipino.
S.O.S. Sesso airs every Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 p.m. and every Sunday from 10 to 11 p.m. (CET) on Télévie CH65.
(Written by: Jay Arellano)