Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on October 3, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.
Firstly, Sis. Shallie lead me here. But before that happened, [I experienced] many hindrances [in serving God], as what Bro. Eli says.
It was like every day of my life, nothing happened, because I knew in me that I lacked faith. Then I said to myself one day, “I wish that there would be someone to draw me near [to God].” Then that same day, Sis. Shallie chatted me via Skype. She was my former co-worker.
She invited me to a Bible Exposition. I found it interesting. It’s like I was enlightened with the things I’ve learned from Bro. Eli.
It was actually the first time I got to listen to Bro. Eliseo Soriano. It felt very good, like I wanted to listen over and over again because my knowledge about the spiritual aspect increased.
After that, [the brethren] invited me to the indoctrination sessions. I realized a lot about myself, that, “This was wrong” or “It shouldn’t be like this.”
My being felt very light. Actually, I felt as if I was already with the Lord, and He was telling me, “Child, this is your chance,” like He was saying, “Embrace it.” That’s what I felt, like I was truly cleansed.
I thank God because Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel became instruments for us to be enlightened in this generation. May they have longer lives and may they touch more hearts that will follow God’s words.
I learned a lot of new things just by listening to Bro. Eli. That’s why I was persuaded to join the Church. I have been listening to him for about ten years, on and off. That was through television. I knew I wanted this, to get baptized.
There was a strange feeling; I felt like I was floating. I felt lighter.
I’m grateful because if it weren’t for their evangelization, I would not be a member of this Church. I hope they will continue what they are doing so they can reach more people.
This is where I heard the true doctrines of God.
My husband and in-laws are members of the Church, and they encouraged me to listen. As I listened to Bro. Eli, I began getting acquainted with truths from God. My job hindered me from completing the indoctrination, so I took a leave. Thank God I am finally baptized.
I felt that the ill feelings I had inside me were washed away; those feelings that should really be absent inside me anyway. The spiritual teachings that were taught to us must really be applied in our daily lives, so we can live as holy people.
In my previous religion, they only teach for half an hour and only mildly touch those things. They do not even observe the modest apparel of women. They do not obey such teachings.
Also, if you don’t vote for the one they approve of, you’ll be excommunicated. When they knew that the one I will be marrying is a non-member, they gave me a pamphlet depicting Bro. Eli as a rapist. But I never paid any attention to it as I was already listening to [Bro. Soriano’s] teachings then.
Thanks be to God because He used Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel as instruments to call us. I hope they can lead more souls back to God. Thanks be to God!
This is where I found the true teachings, because in Catholicism I just knew that I was Catholic, I didn’t even know what it meant being one. So I searched where I could find the truth.
I believe this is what I have been looking for, and I want my children to grow up good, in the teachings of the Lord.
I heard [Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s] teaching in Makati. I said to myself, “It’s good!” Then I saw that this Church and the INC were disputing. I said, “What kind of religion is this? It’s like it’s untrue.”
Then I became acquainted with Bro. Bong, my co-worker. That’s when I saw that his attitude was so very different than when he was a Catholic. His care for others is there, and his friendship with people is there, so I emulated him. I said that I would adapt his attitude.
It was a good feeling. I think the evil spirits left me.
Thanks to God because my heart and mind were truly opened. In reality, I was really lost before until I heard their teachings. I hope they will be able to help more people and that their lives may be prolonged. Thanks be to God!
There is really a great difference, especially at how brethren here treat each other. I was a former Iglesia Ni Cristo [INC].
For example, if you can help a brother, you have the capacity, then you help the brother. What I saw here in the Church of God is really a big difference [with the INC].
Also, all the doctrines I heard are true. In other religions, they still do wrong acts despite knowing they are so, and do not teach what’s right, especially the priests.
I wasn’t an active member there in the INC; I had difficulty attending worship service due to unemployment. I have been hearing about Bro. Eli, but at first, I was really mad at him. I didn’t know anything. The members from my previous religion didn’t tell us the truth. I found out that the reason why they’re mad was because during debates, they accuse Bro. Eli of using profanities. That’s what they tell everyone. I realized that those were just defamations.
I understand why they are angry with Bro. Eli. They both preach but why are they mad at Bro. Eli? It means that Bro. Eli has a point, that he is right, and that’s what I believe in.
I felt very light. I was very happy because I feel like I’m starting over to fight the bad spirits, including bad company, vices.
Compared to my previous religion, where I didn’t feel the solemnity of the baptism, I just got wet that’s it. Here, after you get baptized you are greeted by [brethren]; I was surprised.
I can only say thanks to God that I understood all the doctrines, and I accepted them in my heart completely.
I also thank God for using my childhood friend Bro. Vic. He accompanied me throughout the indoctrination and baptism. Thanks to God for all our brethren too; I finally found the true brotherhood.