The Greatest Story of Love Ever Told is the Love of God to Humanity Says Bro. Eli Soriano During Ang Dating Daan’s 36th Anniversary Celebration

Bro. Eli Soriano greeted brethren and guests who celebrated the Ang Dating Daan 36th Anniversary at the Mall of Asia Arena and through various remote points like the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. (Image by: Facebook page of Ang Dating Daan)

Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City – A multitude of brethren and guests were emotionally moved when Bro. Eli Soriano said that ‘the greatest story of love ever told, is the love of God to humanity’ during the Special Worldwide Bible Exposition early in December.

“The Bible is a love letter from God,” Bro. Eli explained further to the thousands of people who joined the program’s milestone.

Positive astonishment was mutually sensed from the crowd. Some brothers and sisters were even brought into tears of joys while singing songs of praise and upon realizing the deep meaning behind the tremendous love of God to mankind.

The Overall Servant to the Members Church of God International (MCGI) is the host of the religious program Ang Dating Daan, which celebrated its 36th anniversary on December 9, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Metro Manila, Philippines.

Longest-Running Religious Program Turns 36

A member of the Ang Dating Daan Choir teared due to a surge of emotions as hymns were offered to the Lord Almighty during the Ang Dating Daan 36th Anniversary Celebration held on December 9, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. (Image by: Facebook page of The Old Path)

Tracing its first radio airing in 1980 and its premiere broadcast on television in 1983, Ang Dating Daan is now regarded the longest-running Philippine-produced religious program in the country. Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel Razon has been hosting Ang Dating Daan for the last 36 years.

Bro. Daniel, who was first to speak during the evening’s celebration, expressed his gratitude to God and welcomed everyone who attended the Special Worldwide Bible Exposition.

“We are first thanking the Lord that we have reached the 36th year on air [of Ang Dating Daan]. Thanks be to God for bestowing upon us colleagues in promoting the broadcast of the program Ang Dating Daan― our partners from the Members Church of God International and to all of the people who have extended us their courtesy at numerous venues where our Bible Expositions are being held such as in various provinces here in the Philippines and also in different parts of the world,” said Kuya Daniel on stage.

Over 15,000 people flocked towards the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City and thousands more linked via coordinating centers and satellite receiver centers all over the world during the celebration.

Instrument of God for Truthcasting

During his opening remarks, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Daniel fondly referred to Bro. Eli as an ‘instrument [of God] for us to know many things from the Holy Scriptures.’

“Just the same, our format, as you know, is offering our guests an opportunity to inquire about the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, on spiritual problems,”Bro. Daniel started. “It [Ang Dating Daan] has been airing since through the mercy and help of the Lord up to the present. This format discusses diverse faith-related concerns and gives a chance to our fellowmen of learning about different dilemmas on spirituality.”

Bro. Daniel told guests of the Worldwide Bible Exposition that the celebration hooks up different remote points in the multitude of regions across the world, including South America, North America, Europe, Asia-Oceania and some parts of the Middle East.

Furthermore, Bro. Daniel told supporters that this momentous gathering can also be witnessed through official Church websites, official Facebook pages and Youtube channels.

Quest for Truth Continues

“We are happy to be with you in this moment in our quest for the truth. Our invitation to you comprises of us learning together, thinking about and reflecting on the words of God,” said Bro. Eli live via video streaming.

“We are thanking especially our followers on Facebook, Youtube and from various social media platforms. We are hoping that you could join us in this moment of us learning the words of God,” uttered Bro. Eli as he encouraged netizens to tune in to the biblical symposium.

The Members Church of God International Music Ministry called for everyone through songs and dances of praise to be in one with the Ang Dating Daan 36th Anniversary Celebration held last December 9, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
(Image by: Facebook page of Ang Dating Daan)

No. 1 in the Trending List

The Ang Dating Daan 36th Anniversary Celebration immensely moved netizens as #AngDatingDaan36Years climbed the top spot of the Philippine trending list at 6:26 p.m. of December 9, 2016. The hashtag trended for 14 straight hours.

#AngDatingDaan36Years trended for 14 hours, reaching the No. 1 spot in the Philippines trends list at 6:26 p.m., December 9, 2016. (Image by: Facebook page of The Old Path)

There was an enormous amount of support from brethren and friends for the Ang Dating Daan 36th Anniversary Celebration as seen in fan sign photos.

Brethren and supporters striked a pose in support of the Ang Dating Daan 36th Year Anniversary Celebration. (Image by: Facebook page of The Old Path)

The MCGI has such a huge patronship online that it has recently gotten 80,000 followers and counting on its official Facebook page along with several websites under its administration.

Written by Gladys Mae Roño

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 15, 2016

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 15, 2016 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Marlon Quintero, 39, Former Freelancer, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Eli explains well. When he explains, you will really understand why, how and what is prohibited. That is what I liked about him.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy when I was baptized earlier. I was really very happy.

I was working in Makati in 1998, then an elderly person approached me. He told me to listen, and he would always invited me to attend church services. Then when I transferred to Bataan in 2004 or 2007, I listened to him. And now the person who has been my guide in joining this Church is my wife.

I have been actually indoctrinated in 2008 for about three times, but I wasn’t able to continue with baptism because my children were still small then. They ran and ran around the house, but now that they’re in college I decided to listen again.

When I was studying in high school from 1989 to 1991 I’ve already been seeing Bro. Eli on TV. Actually, my relatives are Born Again members, and whenever I tuned in to Bro. Eli, they would tell me not to listen to him; they even called it a cult.

But I said he’s really good with the Bible, and I was really amazed. Only, I was still a teenager then, and I also didn’t have any interest in religion. I only developed that when I already had four children.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to encourage many more people like me who are thirsty for the word of God. I am really amazed and inspired by Bro. Eli because he helps even non-brethren. That is the point where I got really amazed by him. The Church of God International is really exceptional.

~o~

Sis. She Laoagan, 29, Former Protestant, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Actually, out of all the religions that I have listened to and been to, this is the one that I believe in because this is based in the Bible.

We [my mother and I] have actually been watching Bro. Eli on TV and that’s where we first saw him. I was still in college maybe about 2002 then when I started listening, but it wasn’t continuous. We just watched him like so and so. Also, the locale was a bit far from where we lived back then.

In 2012, we moved here to Pampanga as we were from La Union. That’s the time when my mother listened continually to Bro. Eli. Then, we planned to attend the indoctrination sessions, but it didn’t materialize.

Then I went abroad. My mother however kept on listening, but didn’t get baptized. In 2012 she passed away. So I said to myself, the first thing I’m going to do when I returned here in the Philippines is to get baptized.

When I came here in July, I sought a locale that was near our place, and got indoctrinated and baptized.

On Being Baptized

I felt renewed. Actually even as I was just entering the baptistery, and even just during the singing of hymns, I couldn’t stop from crying already. I could just feel that there was something different about it, and especially when I got baptized already.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel many, many thanks to them because they have been the instruments for me to be able to return unto God.

~o~

Bro. Kerby Espinosa, 24, Former Catholic, Bicol Province

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, the reason why I wanted to join the Church is because I see many learnings in this Church.
It’s unlike in other religions wherein, despite the teachings are written in the Bible, they don’t teach all of them. Above all, I have seen many doctrines here that have truly enlightened me.

I started listening through UNTV Radio. Before I joined, I listened on radio as they also air Bible Expositions there. I heard the questions of the events’ guests and also those who wish to join the Church. I just started listening in August 2015.

On Being Baptized

I felt something changed in my being after I got baptized. My mind has been enlightened, and I feel that I want to obey all the commandments of God.

I actually got hit by a motorcycle before baptism. But instead of being angry at the driver and filing a complaint, I just advised him to take care the next time.

I wanted to get to the locale as soon as possible because I didn’t want to be late for my baptism and not get baptized.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

First of all, I am thankful to the Church as I saw that there are truly many good teachings and things that members here can learn.

~o~

Bro. Albert Oviedo, 40, Former Catholic,

On Joining the Church of God

I became a member of the Church of God because of my wife who is a member as well. She’s about 12 years in the Church already.

In the long time that we’ve been together, she never forced me to join. I just always accompanied her until the teachings entered my heart. [Cries]

I’ve been listening for a decade already actually. However, from 2014 to 2015, I’ve continually been attending all the Church services: Thanksgivings, worship services, prayer meetings. Sometimes though I wasn’t able to attend because there were conflicts at work.

On Being Baptized

I just really felt that I was being called.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I thank them because of their desire to preach the true Gospel. Many, many thanks unto God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 1, 2016

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 1, 2016 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center.

Bro. Raul Sanchez, 53, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I felt the truth as compared to the other religious sects I’ve been in. In the latter, I felt that they were just deceiving me.

It’s because their teachings are mostly just like advertising. Whereas here, the teachings are truly based in the verses of the Bible. That’s why I was encouraged to join.

I had the opportunity to attend Bible Expositions despite being tired from work, I pursued going there because our souls need it right?

So since I was given by God the opportunity, I am very happy this day. It’s the first day of 2016. It’s such a wonderful day for me.

– – –

I know this sounds bad but I’ve been listening to Bro. Eli since 1982; I listened to his debates.

His station was DZBB, on Don Manolo Favis’ program. Many were in opposition to him in that program, but compared with them, his biblical point of view is different. Bro. Eli is really remarkable.

My only regret is that I’ve been hearing his statement of “Don’t delay [to do what is good upon hearing God’s words]” since then, and yet I tarried.

I think it’s because I made my being busy at work as an excuse then, that’s why I kept saying, “Later,” or “Tomorrow.”

Now that my work is nearer, I really have no excuses. My work got transferred near a locale, so I said, “I guess I don’t have anymore reasons to say “No.”

So here I am now. I have finally gotten what I have long been desiring for in life: To be complete.

On Being Baptized

Well, before I was baptized, I was actually feeling cold and feverish. But after I got immersed in water, I felt energized, especially as I was getting dressed.

When I went to eat here [meals are provided for free], I felt really happy. I didn’t anymore feel that fever that made me feel like I was going to fall. [Laughs]

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I wish him good health, because he has already lead many [unto the truth]. In fact, the volume of believers now is astounding as compared with before.

Compared with other religious sects, we are many. If we will be able to reach [other nations], then the more we will be able to hear Bro. Eli’s preaching.

Because if you are really analyzing [or concerned for] your spiritual state, this is it; you will find Bro. Eli’s teachings. They are really remarkable, him and Bro. Daniel.

~o~

Sis. Olivia Tampoya, 31, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Of all the religions I’ve been to, this is where I saw the right teachings.

On Being Baptized

Inexplicable. [Laughs] I couldn’t refrain from crying back there. My tears were really just flowing. Also, I feel relieved now.

Actually, I haven’t had sleep as it was noisy last night, and we cooked as well. I prayed that He may give me strength. Until now I’m okay.

I’m anemic. My blood dilutes whenever I don’t have enough sleep. But with God’s mercy, I feel fine. I have really dreamed of this, as I’ve also bore children consecutively. [Laughs]

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks. Thanks them, because of their preaching, I became a member. Many, many thanks.

~o~

Sis. Minda Donaire, 53, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was abroad where I had a friend who is a member here in The Old Path [the Church of God International].

She said, “Ate [older sister], when you get to listen to The Old Path, you will see that it’s good, and you will know everything.”

I then replied, “What kind is that?” She said, “You will see things in the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s called The Old Path [based on Jer. 6:16].” I told her that I will find it once I get back home.

I actually only know her nickname. I call her “Nene” [little girl]. But I don’t know her real name as we just met once, during an emergency.

– – –

I went to Bataan to spend my vacation at my sibling’s house. But going here wasn’t in my heart and mind then.

Now, our neighbor is a member here, but she’s just been recently baptized. While she was talking with someone about their beliefs, I asked “What religion is that?” They said, “Ang Dating Daan” [The Old Path]. I instantly remembered what my friend said.

Then I asked, “What kind is that? What kind of teachings are taught there? Who is being worshipped there? Is it like the Jehovah’s Witnesses?” At the time, there were still Jehovah’s Witnesses that went to my house and I entertained them.

Finally, I asked them, “Can I go with you?” Sis. Kristina replied, “Sure, you can come with us.” It was a Thursday then, and I was told that at around 7 pm there was a service.

– – –

If you want we can just listen. I actually didn’t have any formal dress then. I just had pants and a shirt. I had only two pairs of clothing as I was just on vacation.

I went with her to the Locale of Balanga to attend the service. I went there and listened to the preaching.

When I attended, even the songs alone already pierced my heart. Actually, even when we were just talking about it, I felt I already wanted to join. I had no more doubts.

While in the locale, Sis. Katrina told me that there was an indoctrination schedule at the time. I asked, “What is that?” She said, “You can go downstairs and listen to it.” I did and they welcomed me warmly.

When I listened, I cried. I received it; for me, it’s truth. So from that worship service, I continued all the way.

One day, I wasn’t able to attend as I didn’t have any money for fare. I really have no money… Something unfortunate happened to me abroad. I didn’t have any fault, but something like that happened to me. I just found out one day that the place where I saved my money was empty. I didn’t expect that would happen to me.

On Being Baptized

Now, I feel light, and I feel in my heart the teachings of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they could give me a job as I am having a difficult time. What I do for a living now is I clean in cemeteries; I maintain the grass around the sepulchers green.

I hope that I will have a job that is different from being a housemate. I’m alone in my house; it’s a nipa hut. I hope that I will be given a job. If I will be able to return abroad, then no problem.

~o~

Sis. Noela May Gilboy, 16, Former Freelancer, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I learned the right way to pray. Also, the woks in the Church, you’ll see that they are united in doing them. That’s what I really I liked about the Church, the unity.

The brethren help each other. My family was given help by this Church, the Church of God International.

We were helped through the Munting Pangarap [Small Wish, is a livelihood-granting program on UNTV]. We were given capital to start a small business.

– – –

I learned about this on television, through listening to the Bible Expositions. I’ve heard about this since I was a kid. But my mind then was still on playing. However, when I was around 15 or 14, I’ve learned about the Church of God International.

The words of God that I heard from the Bible Expositions on TV are what urged me to join. I heard on TV the teachings of Bro. Eli and saw his charities to people.

And despite that there are defamations against him, he still continues to do good unto all. That’s what we need to do, to do good to others.

On Being Baptized

I felt chills while I was in the water, and my whole body was trembling. I said “Amen” to all of the questions [of the baptizer].

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to continue preaching the word of God unto all people. Through this, I was able to realize that people learning the word of God is important for people; it is our obligation.

We are here on earth for us to do our worship to God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

To God be the glory!

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 24, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren on December 24, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Gil Alonzo, 62, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I heard the words of God in the Bible.

I had a friend in Quezon City who lead me here to eventually join the Church of God. He’s Bro. Domingo Cabido; he’s about nine years in the Church already.

We always bumped into each other in a corner somewhere; we are friends. Now, he invited me once to attend a Church gathering. I said, “I’ll see first before I decide as deciding is difficult.”

When I went there, I saw that I liked Bro. Eli’s preaching. So I continued from then on. I didn’t have any doubts anymore. As fate would have it, there was an indoctrination scheduled at the time, so I went straight to it.

On Being Baptized

I am happy because I have finally done what I have yearned for all my life.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue the preaching that they do.

~o~

Bro. Jose Collano, 65, Former Born Again Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It’s because of the teachings. That is what I followed here. I learned about this on TV, and I found that Bro. Eli’s teachings are better than those of other religions I have been in.

I have been listening for a long time, about a year already. I have long been looking for this, but I have found it only now. It was at the Locale of Bagbag where I went to first, but then I found one that was near our place.

On Being Baptized

Oh, it feels good. It really feels good inside. I felt such a relief.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

All I can say is, I became a believer because of those words that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel preached. To God be the glory.

~o~

Bro. Gonzalo Cordova Jr., 42, Former Born Again Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is the right one. This is the truth.

On Being Baptized

Oh, I’m so, so happy! It feels good; it’s inexplicable.

I also experienced being baptized in a Born Again group, but the feeling wasn’t like this. My head just got wet there. But here, I felt different.

Also, even before the baptism rite, you will see that the doctrines are really something else already.

I mean, the doctrines are great! No other religion has taught these. I’ve been to the INC, in the Born Again, in Catholicism; all of those groups, I’ve investigated their doctrines, but I found nothing.

– – –

Our eldest brother has been here in the Church for 10 years now, Bro. Rene Cordova from the Locale of Nagcarlan, Laguna.

Actually, we used to mock him. We are nine brethren and the eight of us would go against him.

My father is a Catholic devotee, while one of my siblings is a Born Again devotee because she wed an American who is preacher, a pastor. We have different religions in our home. My other sister is an Iglesia ni Cristo member.

We would debate with each other, but my brother already had wisdom. As our eldest, we respected him. But [after being baptized in the Church of God], when he spoke, it was like he was a different person.

– – –

His views are now different. He doesn’t easily get angry. It’s just, he’s different now.

Before, we thought it was just nothing. We thought he changed because he was just already old.

My brother and I are close, him being the eldest and me being the youngest. We are always together, except when it comes to this.

Now, before he left for Manila, my wife and I watched Bro. Eli’s program once on UNTV. Since then, we got addicted to it.

We watched it daily. Our day would not be complete without us watching it. We would watch it after coming home from the office, and would do so until around 2 a.m. Then, the following morning, we would watch again.

Of course, we don’t know how long our lives are going to be. It’s hard when the Lord will take back your life already and you don’t know where you’re going to. That’s hard. I don’t want to go to hell. [Laughs]

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I pray always for him. I hope that he will be stronger, that he’ll have courage. We are just here, the brethren, to support him. We will not leave the gatherings [with God’s help].

~o~

Bro. Charlie Romero, 50, Former World of Hope Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I heard Bro. Eli’s teachings before. I was a Born Again Christian for 13 years.

Now, I’m a seaman and my shipmate gave me copies of [Bible Exposition videos] from here in his hard drive.

My shipmate is just one year here in the Church. He gave me topics of Bro. Eli and I listened to them daily in the afternoon after work.

So I studied them until I went home in December and decided to attend the indoctrination, because the doctrines are truly based in the Bible.

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside. I felt that all my heart aches, the ill feelings I kept before. I felt relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will just continue their propagation of God’s words that many more will be lead unto the truth.

~o~

Bro. Raymart Sarmiento, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

My parents are members here for about ten years now. I found this to be the only religion that has these doctrines.

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will continue their works because they are good and may the Lord continue to keep them.

~o~

Sis. Donna Rocabo, 17, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt the true God here. I got interested the very first time I heard Bro. Eli.

The things that I didn’t learn from my former religion, it’s here that I learned them. That’s why I got interested and joined.

I once asked my boss about the difference of Catholicism with The Old Path. He told me to listen.

There was a Mass Indoctrination at the time, so I attended it. Upon that first instance of listening to Bro. Eli, I learned about the things we did in Catholicism that were wrong. I felt glad about it.

On Being Baptized

I was thinking twice before, but after I got baptized, the anxieties in my heart were gone. It’s like I don’t feel any pain. I felt relieved. I’m thankful because I got to know this religion.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue spreading the truth that many more souls will be saved come Judgment Day.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 18, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 18, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Fhermie Bocobo, 21, Former Catholic, Tarlac Province

On Joining the Church of God

I learned here what we shouldn’t do. The things which we thought before to be right, were actually wrong.

I learned other things as well that we should not do like evil works. I felt that I am now closer to God.

I’ve long been listening, but it was only after four years since that I got baptized. I believe the teachings are right.

Also, our lives were changed, because we know that we are in the right place to serve God.

On Being Baptized

I felt light, like I have a new life before me to serve God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to continue leading many more people so that the wrongdoing of others will be set to right.

~o~

Bro. Karlmichael Levantino, 19, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I saw the true word of God. I can see that what Bro. Eli is preaching is true. In other religions, while the truth is written in the Bible, they don’t teach it.

It was only in November that I got to listen. I tried to attend the indoctrination sessions, and even on the first day of doing so, I felt the presence of God.

On Being Baptized

It feels light because I feel cleansed of all my sins. Also, I feel like a new man.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue the good things they do to people, and I hope that they will be able to save many more souls.

~o~

Bro. Solomon Lagman, 73, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s good. I got to listen to Bro. Eli in Cabiao. Actually, I’ve long been listening but it’s only recently that I got to listen [in the indoctrination] for seven days.

On Being Baptized

I felt relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I felt relieved because of their teachings.

~o~

Sis. Blessirie Borbon, 20, Former Freelancer, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

I joined because ever since I heard Bro. Eli on TV and on the Internet in 2012, I knew in myself that what he says is true.

Only, I still had vices and luxuries back then. However when I had a baby, that’s when I thought that my life should have direction. That’s the main reason why I joined.

I got to listen to Bro. Eli because every time I got home from school, I would see my mother watching him. That’s how I knew about him. Then next, I followed him on Facebook for the quotes. [Laughs]

On Being Baptized

Actually, I haven’t been baptized in any religion; even in Catholicism, I wasn’t baptized as a baby.

So this was really the first and I have nothing to compare it to. But I will say that it is only now that I have cried because of overflowing joy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they take care of their health more that their lives will be longer, especially Bro. Eli, because they are able to lead many people back unto the Lord.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 4, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 4, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Danhill Afable, 22, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It’s the teachings. I watch Bro. Eli on TV, and I saw the wrong teachings, things that Catholicism does.

I’ve long been listening, but I have only listened intently and religiously for a few months now.

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside, and I really felt like crying because I realized all of my sins. It really feels light because you feel like you have been truly washed.

[I joined] to serve as an example as well to my parents. My papa was the one who invited me to listen to [Bro. Eliseo], but I was the one to be first baptized here.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to the teachings that you teach. They preach the truth that they know.

~o~

Sis. Aira Mendoza, 22, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I know that this is the right one, that this is the truth.

My papa was the first one to become a member, and my other siblings as well with God’s mercy.

I have long been listening and I’ve actually been indoctrinated before but didn’t push through with baptism as there were still many temptations then. Now with God’s mercy, I was able to finish it.

Actually, now I suffer from depression, and I feel like I’m still fighting it now. I still have questions in my mind, but I fight it.

On Being Baptized

I feel light; I feel so light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I know that they are the true ones sent by God. They know the truth.

I hope that they will live longer lives. I also hope that many more people will be able to listen to them for their hearts to be opened and their minds be aware that the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is near. Just a little more time of waiting left, and everything will be all right.

~o~

Bro. Miguel and Sis. Rosanna Falcon, 71 & 53, Former Catholics, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Miguel: Firstly, whenever I watch Bro. Eli I always hear from him the word “love”. When you have love of fellowmen, you keep in mind that what you do to your fellowmen, you also do to the Lord.

Also, in every question asked him, he reads the Bible for answers. He doesn’t give his own interpretation, but it is the Bible that speaks.

Sis. Rosanna: I feel in myself that my heart is content with the teachings because everything that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel say is in the Bible. Also, they explain it and I understand it well.

I felt scared to not join because I discovered that worshipping idols is prohibited in the Bible. I was really a devout before in Catholicism, but when I knew that bowing down to graven images is wrong, it changed me; I found the truth here.

Of course, I want to become close to God because He is the true God. Even though I didn’t see Him, and truth is, nobody has, but we believe in Him.

And that is true love. Although you don’t see Him, you obey His great commandment of loving God above all.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Miguel: Actually when I was being baptized, I felt that there was a bit of heat by my head. It was as if I was partly seeing the light of salvation.

Sis. Rosanna: For me, I didn’t hesitate obeying because I was really scared of not being baptized. The truth is here and you feel that the teachings are really true. It feels good inside, like I felt cold and relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Miguel: For Bro. Eli, I hope that he be given good health, a longer life and above all, may he be able to help the brethren more.

Sis. Rosanna: Many thanks for his perseverance in opening all to the true Christian faith. May Bro. Eli’s and Bro. Daniel’s lives be longer that they may be able to help more people like us.

~o~

Bro. Harvey Bonite, 34, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I started hearing from Bro. Eli the things about Catholicism and the idol-worship. I then wondered why people are bowing and worshipping graven images even though the latter cannot hear, speak, nor walk, as Bro. Eli said.

Deep within me, I asked, “Yes, why are people like that?” Since man was given the gift of choice, that’s when I started to ponder about things. “Why do people worship idols when the Bible prohibits it?”

That’s when I watched the television program and heard everything that Bro. Eli has to say. Time went by and I felt relieved whenever listening, and now I’m here, baptized; I didn’t want to delay it any further.

On Being Baptized

I am happy. I feel light inside because I used to have many sins before. When I was in Catholicism, all kinds of vices were available, because there were no prohibitions. It’s only here through Bro. Eli that I heard what the Bible do not approve of.

Also, thinking about it, it’s only here that I felt light, that my being became happy. I am glad, and my heart is content.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, if you are [reading] this, I am thankful for your patience in teaching all men to understand the word of God.

I am thankful that I am one of those chosen by God to become a member. Please, be patient with us. May the Lord give you a longer live and heal you of all sickness.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 20, 2015

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

Sis. Eulanie Jean Rovillos, 20, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I saw the true teachings. They give the right teachings to us. There is nothing wrong with the teachings.

I was actually just surfing the television channels one day and I found his [Bro. Eliseo] program.

I was encouraged to join by his doctrines that he teaches. You cannot hear those in other religions.

On Being Baptized

Though it was cold, I felt so happy. I felt that my sins have been cleansed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they always be safe. I hope that the words of God be propagated more in the whole world that other people may know what we have learned.

~o~

Bro. Joel Pastoral, 42, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have long been listening to Bro. Eli, since about 2001 if my memory serves me right.

The doctrines are right. They don’t lack anything nor there is anything added. Just right.

On Being Baptized

I feel okay. I feel I know all truth.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful because I’ve long been longing to join. Time came when I got assigned in Batangas. I searched for the locale there. But since it was far from where I worked, I decided to be baptized here.

~o~

Sis. Andrea Santos, 17, Former Born Again Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

My father is an avid watcher of Bro. Eli’s program, The Old Path on television. As time went by, I got curious as well.

The first time I saw and watched Bro. Eli sharing the words of God, I said, “Wow!” I even thought, “Is he still human?”

He’s so amazing; he knows so much about the Bible. When we were in the Born Again, I knew many famed pastors and leaders, but none of them knows what Bro. Eli knows.

They don’t have that intensity of understanding of the Bible, so I’m really so amazed by Bro. Eli.

When we attended the Mass Indoctrination, I learned a lot. Summing it up in one word: eye-opening.

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside. It’s my first time to be baptized, because when I was in the Born Again, they didn’t let me. And I’m glad that this is my first time, because it’s really legitimate.

This is also my gift to myself before I turn 18. It’s God’s calling to me.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

First of all, they’re really good. I’m amazed by them because of their works. They don’t tire. They’re really a blessing to us.

I’m glad that there are people like them who have such a great amount of love for God. Without limits, without boundaries, they share God’s words. I’ll always keep them in my prayers.

~o~

Bro. Arnel Villanueva, 45, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It was my wife who really liked watching the program on television. She has been listening for about seven years now.

As she listened nightly, I was also able to hear the preaching as well.

Actually, I wasn’t interested at first as I was Catholic. But when I finally listened to it, I found that the teachings were right.

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Then, my wife decided on it: She asked me when I would join so that we would go at the same time.

I was hesitant to join at the onset. Until after seven years, I decided. [Laughs]

We searched for the locale in Makati, but we didn’t find it there so we went straight to Shaw Blvd. Actually, it was more convenient for us to be there. And now, we’re here.

We are really thankful to God. I’m thankful for my wife as well for inviting me here.

On Being Baptized

It feels so light inside, like all of my problems are gone. It’s an inexplicable feeling.

I am hopeful that we will be able to endure until the end. Actually, I want to bring my children here now as well.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Of course, we know the kind of help they extend to our fellowmen. I hope that many more souls will be saved, not only here in the Philippines but in other nations as well.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 13, 2015

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

Bro. Eric Villaruel, 26 Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have proven that what Bro. Eli says is true. It is only here where I saw all the truth that aren’t in others. The teachings here are different than with the religions I have heard.

When I heard Bro. Eli’s preaching, all the questions that I had were being answered. I was amazed by him, because other religions didn’t have what he was doing. The righteousness as well that he speaks of is entirely from the Bible.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy because I have finally done that which I have wished to do: To return unto the Lord.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their lives will be longer and that they will be able to spread more the righteousness of God in all corners of the globe. May God the Father continue to guide them.

~o~

Bro. Ruel Villaruel, 24, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, the teaching of Bro. Eli cannot be found in other religions. The wrongdoings of other religions, he corrects as well.

Also, you’ll see that everything is right because it is in the Bible. That’s why I believe in what he says because he reads it from the Scriptures.

At first, I didn’t mind the teachings so much. But as I kept on listening, I understood it and have learned many.

I started having questions since then, which got answered as I continued watching the program. So now, I have no more questions because they have all been answered by Bro. Eli.

On Being Baptized

I was crying when I got baptized. As Bro. Eli said, you must repent of the things you have done, and I got to think of all the sins I’ve committed. It was emotional.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Of course, I wish Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel more strength. I hope that nothing bad will come to them abroad. It’s because they are able to propagate the truth. May God the Father bless them more.

~o~

Sis. Sarrah Jane Veleña, 22, Former Catholic, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

I didn’t have any idea about this before. But my husband and his family have known about this for quite some time now. So when they attended the Bible Exposition, I went with them.

It was all new to me, but I was able to adjust quickly as the people are kind.

My husband had also just been baptized today, but he, like his brother, has long been listening to Bro. Eli. Whenever they would turn the TV on and tune in to Bro. Eli, I was able to listen as well.

On Being Baptized

It felt light inside, like it’s a new you, like you have a new life.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue helping our fellowmen that they may be able to bring other souls to God. I hope that this organization will continue to flourish as well. May they have more health for them to be able to do what they need to do.

~o~

Sis. Elinor Mabeza, 39, Former Catholic, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

I found that the teachings, the doctrines are really from the Bible.

I have been listening for about 10 years now, but my brother has been doing so through television since childhood. So we felt excited when we got to the locale as we have been wanting to go for a long time.

Actually, we had seen the locale already before. One time when we went to the town of Sto. Tomas, our ride dropped as off right by the Ang Dating Daan Coordinating Center there.

My brother then said, “Perhaps, it’s the Lord’s calling already for us to try and go in.” We then tried attending the indoctrination, and it went on from there.

On Being Baptized

The feeling was so light and really different. I felt that I had a new life and that all my worries and anger are gone. It’s like you were born again, problem-free.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue their work of encouraging souls unto salvation as there are many people now who are lost because of false doctrines. So we are happy that we have finally found the true teachings that are from the Bible.

~o~

Bro. Leonardo Patanao, 59, Former Born Again Member, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I believe that what Bro. Eli preaches is good and true. Before I have attended in Biñan thrice, when my friend invited me. However, when he went to the province I wasn’t able to attend.

My friend works as a housemate in a place near my work. Whenever I was on-duty, he would bring me to the locale.

I’ve actually been in a Born Again group, but I didn’t like their manner of things, so I left. Of course, you must go where the truth is.

Even when I was still in the Born Again, I was already tuned in to Bro. Eli’s program on TV. My nephew asked me why I was watching it. I said, “I like the explanations, so I watch it.”

The doctrines are good. I learned to respect those who are older than me. Also, I experienced already a trial with my boss. He asked me, “What’s important for you: Work or indoctrination?”

I didn’t reply, because if I did, the talk would just go on for long. Actually, I thought he wouldn’t want me to report to work the following morning. But he let me. Perhaps, it is the Lord’s doing. [Laughs]

On Being Baptized

It was a pleasant feeling. It’s as if I cannot remember anything else like ill feelings and problems.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will always be strong. I wish that their bodies will always be healthy. Because once their gone, nobody will lead us.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 6, 2015

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

Sis. Corazon Payoc, 46, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

For the longest time that my husband has been bringing me to the locale, I get to hear the teachings of God.

My husband never forced me to become a member, as I don’t want that, because I want to feel that it is God who is calling me.

Then, there came a time that whenever I would hear that the time is coming, I would feel afraid because I didn’t want to be left out. That’s when I realized that perhaps the Lord was calling me already.

I asked the Lord that He give me wisdom that I would be able to fully accept in my heart. And I felt that.

During a Thanksgiving service, it was announced that there was a Mass Indoctrination. I told my husband, “Pa, after such a long time, I think now is really the time for me to join.”

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My husband has been bringing me to Church services since 10 years ago. [Laughs] At first it was just to Worship Services, but lately, also to Thanksgivings.

Whenever he turned on the television, I would hear Bro. Eli as well. Actually, I didn’t know then that he was a member already during that time.

He started reading the Bible at home then, and he would bring me and our children to Church services.

I think he’s 15 years in the Church already, certainly, more than 10 years. Before, it was only him who attended, and he would just bring us occasionally. But since two years ago, he was very consistent in bringing us to services.

I felt heavy inside because I always went with him and I was just listening to the teachings. I was only hearing the teachings, but I didn’t obey them — I think I was doing more sins that way. [laughs]

On Being Baptized

I felt so happy. I mean, even in just the congregational singing, I really couldn’t explain what I was feeling already. I just felt my tears falling.

Even until now I feel like crying because of so much joy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that the Lord will give them longer lives. May He will it that they may be able to propagate the good news, that many of our fellowmen will be saved like me.

~o~

Sis. Emilita Nanquilada, 30, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I saw the true teaching that I did not hear from any other.

I have fancied listening to religious groups of all sorts, but it is only here where I heard and understood the teachings that others fail to teach.

I was a Catholic before. Then, I became a member of the Mormon Church. I also attended the services of the Iglesia ni Cristo [INC], and the El Shaddai group. There have indeed been many already.

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My mother and father started listening in 1997. I started listening then as well.

I had immediate interest the first time I heard the teachings. It feels good whenever I hear his [Bro. Eliseo] his words. So whenever they would listen again, I really liked joining them.

This time, I wanted to change already. I have forced myself to change for many times now. I told myself that I can do it on my own. But I’ve tried it, and I just can’t.

On Being Baptized

I cannot explain it. All I know is that I’m happy. Honestly, I feel can now carry all the problems that I couldn’t bear before.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

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

~o~

Sis. Danica Mae Deang, 20, Former KNC, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I know that this the right one. There’s nothing wrong with the doctrines, that’s why I didn’t have any doubts in joining.

My father is already a member, and he has been bringing me to Church services since I was little. He also always watched on television.

The first time I completed the indoctrination, I felt that I wasn’t yet ready. There was something in me that still weighed things, even when it came to the seventh and eighth sessions.

But then in the last one, I thought that I really should already, because there is nothing you can say of the doctrines as they are all true.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy. It was a different feeling.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will still be with us for a longer time that they may be able to help us more through teaching us. I hope that we can overcome trials.

~o~

Sis. Rafaelle Patricia Gloria, 18, Former Atheist, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

I started out as an atheist. All of my family are Christians. It seems I couldn’t feel anything; I was out of place.

The time came when my mom was urging me to go with them in the indoctrination sessions. We would fight because I refused her invitation then.

However, when they had finished it and got baptized, I decided to get indoctrinated as well.

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The first time I attended the indoctrination, I just went there as if I didn’t have any choice. I didn’t have any plans.

I don’t know what happened. I was sitting there listening to the teachings, and I couldn’t believe how I could be in such a place where I really felt the presence of God.

For quite some years, I didn’t acknowledge God, like he didn’t exist. But never did I imagine that in only a few days of listening that would be changed.

On Being Baptized

I felt so light, because before I felt so heavy. I used to think of attempting suicide. I didn’t know what to do with my life.

I felt empty then, as if I didn’t have any purpose. I just went to school and went home on a day-to-day basis, and it felt like I had nothing more.

However, when I was baptized, I felt that I then had purpose. I now know for whom I live.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful for them because they have been used as instruments in propagating the word of God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: October 16, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on October 16, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. MJ Bautista, 18, Former Catholic, Pangasinan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to learn the doctrines of God.

In this Church, [if you follow the commandments of God] you will be saved. Also, every time you attend Church services, teachings are added to you which you can use your whole life.

At first, I wasn’t sure about this as I was solidly a Catholic then; I thought it was the right religion. That was what I believed.

Then, I was able to watch him [Bro. Eliseo]. The very first time, I felt kind of bored because I didn’t want to listen. As time passed by, I understood it. I guess because at first, my mind was closed, but it eventually got opened as I kept attending.

Actually, I haven’t seen my father in a long time, as we [my siblings and I] got adopted. When I returned home, I saw that he was changed; his lifestyle was different as compared to before.

That’s when I saw that this Church can change people’s lifestyles, and I got amazed. Then one time I went with him.

On Being Baptized

I finally felt light, because before I really felt I was carrying this burden inside. Then, I got enlightened by the words of Bro. Eli, and I felt light after I got baptized.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Keep it up. Their explanations are so easy to understand compared to others, like the priests’. But with them, sometimes you’ll even get a laugh or two, and it’s very comprehensible.

~o~

Bro. Christian Figueroa, 18, Former Born Again Members, Pangasinan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Out of the many, many religions that I saw, it is truly only here where I found the reality that I must learn. It is here in this religion.

I was also encouraged to join by her [points to Sis. MJ] father. At first I was kind of bored, because I believed in former religion where there was crying and dancing; I was a Born Again.

That’s when I realized, “Why do I have to dance, cry, when I could listen and reflect on the truths that cannot be learned through dancing and crying, but in listening to teachings as what Bro. Eli preaches.”

I got interested in the doctrines and were able to focus on them. I just had that feeling wherein my knowledge, my awareness, my life views are broadening because of what I have been learning from Bro. Eli.

It’s because of what he says, people’s understanding of each other become bigger. Even though others do you wrong, you understand them.

On Being Baptized

Actually when I haven’t yet been immersed in water, I felt nervous. I don’t know what changes would happen to me once I got out of the water.

But before I got baptized, I prayed that the Lord may guide me. I prayed that when I get out of the water, there will be a new me, and I will have a new life, a new being.

After baptism, I felt I was cleansed. Though not in the physical way, but spiritually; I felt it. I felt the new me. I hope it will continue until the end.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

To join hands with them, to be with them until the end. I cannot say anything more for them, but that they’re good.

~o~

Sis. Dolly Diaz, 30, Former Born Again Member, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I really wanted to join. My parents are just one month in the Church and they have encouraged me as well.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue what they are doing.

To God be the glory

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