Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 2, 2015

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

Bro. Arvi Eucogco, 50, Former Born Again Group Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are pure and it isn’t just seemingly true, but really true.

I have been a member of another church before, but this is the only one that teaches undefiled truth.

You can see that the teachings are in the Bible. All the questions here are answered by the Bible. It is not mingled with other doctrines. The teachings here are truly pure.

At first it was through TV, on UNTV that I listened [to Bro. Eliseo]. In the end, I had a relative who was already a member and he invited me.

I attended and I continued with the indoctrination until I have decided to be baptized.

On Being Baptized

I felt light; the burden is gone. I felt that I emerged from the water content and peaceful.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that Bro. Eli will continue spreading the good word of God. May God continue to be with him in such a good work as this. I hope that he’ll be able to lead many more souls.

~o~

Sis. Nina Cayanan, 37, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have been looking for something lacking in my life. That’s what I felt.

Though I attended mass, I felt that there was something missing. I have long felt since. Only, I didn’t know how to begin [searching].

I have a friend [Bro. Red Arce] who is a Church member abroad; we chatted. One time, I shared my problem.

Then he said, “It’s time already. God is calling you.” I replied, “How am I going to start?”
He gave me an address and contact numbers of the Locale in Angeles.

I just went there, and on the same day I attended the current indoctrination topic that was being discussed. Afterwards, we arranged a schedule for me to be able to make up for the indoctrination topics I missed from the introductory session.

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Actually, the first time I attended was when my mother-in-law took me to a Thanksgiving service. That was really my first time.

She then advised me to get indoctrinated. But I was still working and I had many excuses, like my schedule and so on.

She said, “It will all work out.” But I didn’t get indoctrinated then. I just really didn’t have any idea about it.

After a month, I chatted [my friend]. I told him that I still haven’t changed, and I felt that something was still lacking. Then something happened to me and I faced a problem. He told me, “It’s really time for you to return to Him.”

On Being Baptized

I felt light, like there was a light inside of me.

After immersion, I felt as if something welcomed me. It felt sudden. I didn’t even feel that they held me and submerged me under water.

When I got out of the water it was like there was light. It was really bright.

I felt light because the wrong things I did in the past, the people I’ve hurt as a human being before, have been forgiven today. I learned how to forgive and ask for forgiveness. I was really relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m so very thankful that God used them as instruments for us to know the truth. They were instruments for us to return unto Him who created us.

~o~

Sis. Carmela Gascon, 39, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

It was in the Year 2014, before I went to work, that I got invited [to an MCGI service]. I said, “Perhaps at some other time.”

I was busy at work then. I seldom went to church; sometimes, I really didn’t go to church when I was in Catholicism.

Many months passed, and I thought about what Bro. Jeffrey told me. He was the one who lead me here that sometimes we would be mistaken by others as having a relationship. But it’s not like that at all. [laughs]

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He already has a family. He invited me last year. January, February, March had passed by and still I didn’t attend [the indoctrination]. I always said, “Later.” I always disregarded what he told me about…

Bro. Jeff was my high school classmate. He told me to try this out. “Now, if you will feel something different in your spiritual life, then that’s it already,” he told me.

When I went to the Locale of Layunan, I saw the brethren there. I said, “The brotherhood is beautiful.” They entertained me well, and they didn’t pry into my personal life. They will really guide you spiritually… All they spoke of was the word of God.

I am really an investigator actually; I’m like the NBI. May the Lord forgive me, but I really don’t just join an organization. I scrutinize it first.

It’s like choosing from suitors. We should know first whether their nature is really well. Now for me, I assessed first this organization for me to know if it’s really true.

For me, I can see that it really is good, and I believe that my life’s direction will be good once I became a member.

On Being Baptized

When I was getting baptized, my body was shaking, especially when Bro. Eli was speaking. I felt that there was something wrong in me that I needed to change.

I told myself, “What can I do? I’m only human.” [I felt] something descending upon me, and I didn’t understand what it was. I was just crying. I didn’t want to. “Why am I crying like this?” I asked.

Until I reached the stairs of the baptistery, I was shaking. I couldn’t understand it. “Is this the gift of the Holy Spirit that I need to get down [into the water]?”

Now after I was immersed, it felt like there was a light that flowed in my entire being. I said, “Perhaps this is the truth that I have been truly searching for.”

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because I heard from them [how to] live a spiritual life, as well as the [standards] of morality that men should have.

It is the reason why I hope that I will be able to teach it to my children that they may not be lost, until they have their own families.

~o~

Bro. Reinerio Matillano and Bro. Evaristo Dy, 61 & 65, Former Catholics, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Reinerio: I was able to watch on UNTV the question-and-answer program. People asked Bro. Eli questions and he answered them through the Bible. That’s why I was so convinced that all his answers are based on the Scriptures. That’s why I believe.

Bro. Evaristo: Same with me. [Laughs] I also watched, almost daily. For example, when I was watching another program and it would be time for a commercial break, I would return to Bro. Eli’s. Then, I’d return to the program I was watching, and then to Bro. Eli again. When there’s nothing good to watch, I tune in to Bro. Eli.

On TV, just click through the channels and you will find it [Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path]. For example, you’re not watching anything, you’ll eventually find it [and say,] “Wow, this is good. I’m going to watch it.”

Bro. Reinerio: Mine seemed like an accident. I was in Manila and whenever I didn’t have work, I would go home and see the channels on TV.

I saw UNTV and Bro. Eli was on. There were many people that were asking him questions. “This topic is good,” I told myself.

There are many questions and yet he is able to answer them. The answers are well because they are from the Bible, and are read to you, and you can read [the verses] as well.

It’s unlike in other groups. The one I was formerly in had masses on Sundays wherein they read a small portion of the Bible. And that’s the topic that they’re going to focus on until the mass ended. Nothing more. You’ll learn nothing. I reached this age, and it’s like I’m still on level zero.

Bro. Evaristo: I wondered if priests read the Bible?

Bro. Reinerio: They read it, but they don’t want to say to people what is written.

Bro. Evaristo: And it’s like they don’t want to accept it. Perhaps it’s because priests study for 10 or 12 years, and then someone will say they’re wrong.

Bro. Reinerio: They say that the reason why babies get baptized is because they will go to Limbo once they die [unbaptized].

Now, the Pope who resigned [Pope Ratzinger] said that he didn’t believe in Limbo. They removed Limbo, and yet their church didn’t say it. In other words, they still deceive their fellowmen.

Why does [an unbaptized] baby, which committed no sin, when it dies cannot go [to heaven]? And yet when a criminal who killed many, who disrupted many lives because of shabu, dies, then people will just pray for him?

Even if the whole world prays for you, that won’t save you, especially with the grave sin you have done. Besides, when you’re dead already, how can you repent?

Bro. Evaristo: For me, priests may or may not know the things that are in the Bible, just like worshipping idols.

Perhaps one reason why they still remain in that is because they studied being a priest for 10 years, and then they would be told they’re wrong.

It’s like this: If you’re addicted to cigarettes, to drugs, and you’re told it’s bad, you’re going to have a hard time leaving it.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Reinerio: When I was being asked [by the baptizer], I cried because I really want to throw away all my evil ways before. Hopefully, with this opportunity given me, with His guidance, I will triumph in serving Him.

Bro. Evaristo: I felt light, like the burdens I had were taken away.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Reinerio: I hope that Bro. Eli continues to succeed, that hopefully, if he won’t be able to bring [the Word] to the whole world, perhaps even to just one billion of our population.

I have goosebumps thinking about what happened to me. I didn’t expect this spirit in me. I hope his life will be longer. I think he’s still strong; despite his physical being is quite weak already. The same for Bro. Daniel

Bro. Evaristo: May he continue his preaching, and may his life be longer.

Sis. Richjane Canas, 22, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

As a believer, we search for the truth. And I found it here.

It’s kind of like an accident [how I knew this]. I was formerly an INC (Iglesia ni Cristo); then I got excommunicated. Coincidentally, with the many groups I’ve been in, I ended up here.

I was able to come here and be with the members here. They were the ones who lead me here.

On Being Baptized

I felt light; I was even crying. Of course I was happy because I was one of them who got called.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they won’t tire in preaching to other people. I hope they’ll be given longer lives.

To God be the glory

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