Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 9, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 9, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Rogelio Pablo Jr., 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

The reason why I joined the Members Church of God is because I felt in my heart that this is the true Church written in Bible.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are really incomparable; their teachings are no doubt from God.

I do the laundry at night and I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on the transistor radio by accident. Then I felt as if something was moving me to seek more [about God].

I followed him from his radio to his television show on SBN, then on UNTV. When I had Internet connection installed, I watched on [UNTVWeb.com], on their websites. I watched his debates on Youtube, and I got the more convinced that there is no one that can gainsay Bro. Eli when it comes to [the Bible], because the truth is in him.

It has been since a long time ago as I delayed and delayed [becoming a member]. Perhaps the Lord willed to test me, as I am a teacher by profession; I mold children.

The hardest part was when I had a marital problem… That’s when I had more opportunities to do some soul-searching, and I got to listen the more to Bro. Eli.

On Being Baptized

I felt like a balloon freed from a sea of wind, like I was flying; I can’t explain it. I feel it until now. Thanks be to God.

My message to them [our fellowmen], what Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel said is right: That we should not delay [our joining] because it’s hard if we reach the dawn of our lives and we haven’t yet accepted the right thing that we should do.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, you’re always in our prayers. May you have longer lives that many more people will be saved.

~o~

Bro. Emmanuel San Pedro, 35, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for over a year now. I tried to attend an indoctrination session before, but perhaps God didn’t will for me to be able to go on with it due also to my work schedule. That happened abroad.

When I returned here in the Philippines… this is the opportunity… I must continue listening. So I completed the indoctrination, and now I am baptized. Thanks be to God.

My father was a member and I got to know the Church through him. He died a few days after getting baptized; that was in 2009. I thought about him and got interested in listening to Bro. Eli.

When UNTV launched its [radio] website, I clicked the radio option and watched through livestreaming while abroad. That’s when I got to listen to [The Old Path].

On Being Baptized

I was enlightened. The feeling felt so great; I can’t explain it. When I got out of the water wfter being immersed, it was just inexplicable. I felt so much joy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I pray that they will be given longer lives that they may be able to continue serving the Lord and in spreading God’s words to people. May they be able to go on until many more people become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Sis. Magdalena Bognadon, 45, Former Assemblies of God Member, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

My husband joined MCGI in 2004. We were in Baguio and he was working in Manila. I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for quite a long time now, and I was already attending a few of the Church services with my husband. He was the one who invited me to listen to the indoctrination.

I attended the sessions before but I wasn’t able to continue and back then I didn’t understand a few things. On my second attempt, which I resolved to complete, everything started to fall in to place and I understood all that I listened to.

The teaching here is something you can apply to your self. What you learn is something that you can do for your well-being.

On Being Baptized

I felt light of course. It feels different when you get baptized; it’s like you were unburdened. I was in tears.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that I too became a member here.

~o~

Sis. Arlene Parungao, 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was able to listen to the doctrines during the three-day Thanksgiving as I was invited by my son Paul Darwin. I felt that I was being called by God.

I was happy when they became members when they were still teenagers. They are brothers; his brother is Patrick Ian. They became good children. Sister [Magdalena] is a witness as she is our neighbor.

On our street, the youths would fight each other when they’re drinking liquor, but they didn’t drink. They had no vices; they just studied and went here. I was happy.

Then they invited me, and I felt that I was being called by God. I have already been invited before, but I was waiting for my husband. With the Lord’s mercy, he will become a member too.

On Being Baptized

Actually, I decided not to get baptized today as my husband and I talked with each other and he told me that he will move out of the house [if I get baptized].

I was going to school earlier but I felt really heavy; I was just crying. I was trying not to as I felt embarassed, but my tears just fell from my eyes. I was going to school then on a tricycle, but my heart was really leaning towards going here. So I texted my son, I said “Kuya (big brother), has it started? Can I still come?” He then went to our school and brought me here.

It felt so good. I just let go of the things that held me back. I’m going to follow God now. I also thought that life is [fragile]; you might die tomorrow.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because God sent them to save lost souls.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 25, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 25, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Paula Jean Cabral, 31, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s here where I felt the true calling, without hypocrisy. Also, there’s the concern of every brother to each other, and their observance of God’s words is not based on their own understanding. I felt the brotherhood here.

In our former religion, it’s like you can do anything you want to do, and after you do it you just pray and you’ll do it again. But here, I learned how to truly pray to God, how to really ask for forgiveness in prayer.

My husband led me here. He was the first to be baptized. While he listened to Q&As in Bible Expositions, I went with him and we also go to Apalit when he’s here. He was baptized last year; it’s my turn this year.

He was abroad for eight years, and he was able to listen [there]. Until the time came when his mother was also able to listen and became a member last November.

We also watched via live streaming. Also, when the TV signal is weak and only UNTV is the only one left as the others are already black and white, you’ll be able to watch [Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s] Q&As.

He was very patient in sharing this religion, our religion to me. He didn’t quit. Even though it’s just one or two Q and As, he would share it with me every day.

When he was here, even our housemate was able to listen and be baptized. I thought to myself, “Gradually, you are being enlightened and you learn not to be close-minded. It’s very delighting to know that I found here the fulfillment that I’ve been searching for, especially of the spiritual kind, as not all religions are [satisfying].

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside, and like something in me was removed and replaced with a humble heart, if that’s how I can term it: a humble heart.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue being good examples to us. I pray for their good health and may they continue to lead and spread more the good news of the Bible that there is still hope.

~o~

Bro. Raymart and Bro. Michael Castillo, 20 & 17, Former Catholics, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Michael: Because we know that this is the true religion. The teaching is right and good, unparalleled by other religions.

Bro. Raymart: As my brother said, this is the right and true one to join. Also, I’m afraid of dying and not knowing the truth. I heard the true preaching.

Bro. Michael: My brother always watched [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Michael: Happiness that I only felt here in The Old Path [the Church of God].

Bro. Raymart: I cannot explain the happiness and thanksgiving to God I feel for being a brother-in-faith. That’s all. Thanks be to God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Michael: Bro. Eli, thanks for your patience in teaching the truth to all the people in various countries who have not yet learned it through radio, through television. Thank you.

Bro. Raymart: I will just start from where my brother left off, and hope that they will be given longer lives to be able to serve many more people who have not yet learned the doctrines.

~o~

Bro. Enrique Jr. & Sis. Caroline Faller, 24 & 26, Former Catholics, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Enrique Jr.: We learned the truth. Since the religion we were born in was different, some associate The Old Path with being evil, that it is like this and like that. So whenever I heard it back then, I felt ashamed, and didn’t find out about it.

But with God’s mercy, our television has UNTV so there were times that I was able to watch it, until the time came that I got married. When I was young, I didn’t take religious talks seriously. Even in my old religion, I seldom went to mass; it’s true.

Then when I got married, I learned in life and seek guidance from my parents even now. I started to become interested in the teachings of Bro. Eli Soriano to us, because I saw that the teachings are very far from those of my former religion wherein I had no choice. You would really join it because even if you hadn’t yet learned how to say “Amen,” you would already be baptized.

Sis. Caroline: Also, the parents are a real influence.

Bro. Enrique: When we became husband and wife, we were able to listen to teachings that we can really see and read [in the Bible]. It’s not just speaking from one’s own thoughts, but is being read from a source.

When I was young, I was invited to the Iglesia ni Cristo, to the Born Again, but I didn’t take them seriously. But even so, I felt that I was still of God though I committed sins sometimes. Now, I’ve very happy that I am able to turn back to Him.

When we were able to listen to Bro. Soriano, since about less than a year ago, we didn’t anymore hesitated. Even though it’s Christmas day now, for me this is truly the happiest Christmas that has meaning. I hope that our loved ones will be with us here.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Caroline: It feels light inside. The emotional baggage, regrets I felt are now gone. It feels very satisfying.

Bro. Enrique: I felt like I just cried and cried when I was before God. I felt as if I was kneeling before Him, and I was showing myself to Him that I was filthy and was sorry of my sins, and will continue to seek guidance from Him till the end.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Caroline: May they be given longer lives so our families who are not yet members here will be able to listen to them.

Bro. Enrique: Thanks be to God that we have a Bro. Eli of whom I had an unpleasant impression before. But now, everything changed. Despite the accusations towards him, which we know are lies, I am thankful that we have a preacher who does not deprive us of salvation. I hope the Father continues to guide him and give him a longer life for his service.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 19, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 19, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Christopher Aranjuez, 40, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I often watch UNTV for over a year now and I saw the beauty of the teachings of Bro. Eli Soriano. I also examined other religions but didn’t get baptized, because I didn’t see [the answers] to my questions in them.

Nobody invited me; I just watch [The Old Path] on UNTV. Sometimes, I have friends [who also watch it]. I have co-workers in our barracks from the Iglesia ni Cristo who frequently watch the program of Bro. Eli Soriano.

On Being Baptized

I feel like there were seven evil spirits that came out of me. The [teachings] are really from the Bible and I hope to keep them my whole life and [teach] them also to my children.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to you Bro. Eli, because of you, many minds have been enlightened. You are a brave man for teaching men who err [to correct their ways].

~o~

Bro. Nikko John Ricamara, 23, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Actually, I’ve long been listening to the program of Bro. Eli Soriano; there were also those who invited me [to Church gatherings].

It started after I graduated high school; I stopped studying and was just a loafer then. One time, someone approached me, but he wasn’t from the Church of God International but from the Iglesia ng Dios Haligi’t Suhay ng Katotohanan. I liked the teaching so I went with him.

Then, someone from The Old Path [the Church of God International] approached me and told otherwise from the Haligi’t Suhay. So I wanted to find out the truth as they had opposing [views].

When I attended gatherings, I liked The Old Path’s better because they give so much information, even what’s wrong in other religions.

On Being Baptized

I couldn’t help but cry during [baptism] because of the many sins I had. When I saw another person get baptized, I just cried and cried until it was already my own baptism. I couldn’t answer [the baptizer] properly due to my sobbing. But after I was baptized, I felt really happy and good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many thanks for all the teaching that you do. I’m thankful for your courage because despite many threats to your life, you still teach people.

~o~

Bro. Cyzlvester Pacheco, 27, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve actually been listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] for a long time now. Although my heart had been hard in the past when it comes to joining the Church, I saw nothing wrong with the teachings in the long period of my listening.

I saw the coherence in the teachings of Bro. Eli, and there is noone that can refute them. That is the reason why I believe that this is truly the Church that is of God because of the undefiled teachings of God.

I usually come here as a guest during Thankgivings, just to listen to the teachings of Christ through the guidance of Bro. Eli. One of his teachings thought me that it is really commanded by Christ to join what’s good and stay away from evil. So that led me to believe that it’s really commanded to join a Church. It’s not enough for you to just do good. You have to follow His teachings and His commandments.

On Being Baptized

I felt sorry of my sins. It felt heavy and I was afraid that I wasn’t worthy to go into the baptistery as I remembered all of my sins. But all the worries and doubts were gone away after I got out of the water; I felt light. Though you’ll remember all your heavy sins, but after being immersed … I believe that [I’ve] been forgiven.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Firstly, thanks be to God for preachers like Bro. Eli. May the Lord give you a longer life that you may be able to lead many more unto the true Church.

~o~

Sis. Lydia Laborte, 66, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was thinking where I could find someone to assist me [in going to a locale]. Then my neighbor who had an in-law and is a member here approached me one time, so I went with her.

I’ve long been listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio for a long time, about two years now.

I have been [blind] since when I was three years old. They told me I had a disease.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am thankful beause God has called me [through them].

~o~

Sis. Purita Villegas and Sis. Luisa Blancia, Former Iglesia ni Cristo members, 68 & 60, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Purita: I thought of listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio. I said, “This is the truth. I should go to it.” So I went with her [points to Sis. Lucia].

Sis. Lucia: Of course I’m searching for a real foundation of faith. You cannot live without worshipping God. That’s why I joined the Church. Even in the Jehovah’s Witnesses I underwent indoctrination, but I didn’t get baptized because I wasn’t content. It’s difficult if you don’t understand something and just enter.

I really aimed to be baptized here because… My cellphone’s battery already swelled up because of my 24-hour watching to Bro. Eli on the television channel on my mobile. It’s going to be broken soon because it works non-stop. It has no more cover because the battery’s swollen.

Sis. Purita: That’s also where I also listened sometimes, and I got fond of it because it was clear to me that it was something good. One time I went to her place, and we searched for a new way.

Sis. Lucia: It’s not a new way; it’s The Old Path [smiles at Sis. Purita].

Sis. Purita: We went to find a locale, but didn’t find one because we already wanted to go to the place we wished to be.

Sis. Lucia: What she’s saying is the coordinating center. The day I invited her to search for a coordinating center, we didn’t find one because I heard from the [plug on] television that there was a locale here, but didn’t know where.

Then I was surprised to know that I had a neighbor who was a member of The Old Path [the Church of God International]. She called me one time and said, “Come here. Do you want to [attend a gathering] but this is in the Church of God. And I said, “Oh! That’s what I’ve been searching for but I just didn’t know where the coordinating center is.” Then, she told me that she’d accompany me to it.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Purita: I feel nice and my body feels light. I feel light and happy.

Sis. Lucia: I feel good. I feel light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Purita: I’m happy listening to them. It’s really good. I was taught the right word of God from the things I heard. I hope I can continue this until I reach salvation with the Lord’s mercy.

Sis. Lucia: For me there is none like Bro. Eli who preaches 100% true. You have to believe that what he says is true. To Bro. Daniel, all his works are good. I am really amazed by those who are getting treated by doctors, given medicine for free.

I am just truly amazed by it. You don’t see those things in ordinary men; they are really special. I hope that their bodily strength goes on that they may be able to help many more.

~o~

Sis. Teresita Cabusay, 64, Former Baptist, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that all the teachings and everything that Bro. Eli says are true.

I often listen to him. But before, [the teachings] didn’t yet settle in my heart and mind. One time I watched his program, and it’s like the verse he said about salvation got imprinted in my mind.

So it was like my spirit was awakened, though [the program] was not live. Then I searched for him. I went to Sta. Maria because [I knew] that there was a The Old Path coordinating center there, but when I got there, I found out they had already transferred to a new place.

Now, I really asked about it; I rally searched for it. Nobody invited me, but I just voluntarily searched for Bro. Eli. Through him, I found the Lord.

I think it was in the 90s that I first heard [Bro. Eli Soriano]. My father listened to him. Before, he would listen solo on the upper floor of the house. He had a radio and my father listened to him so I got to listen too. However, the teachings perhaps weren’t in me yet at the time, but now I was really called.

I was a former Baptist, and now I’m here. Ever since the teachings spoken by Bro. Eli entered my heart, I was lead here. My life’s direction has now changed to the right one. Thanks be to God and for the salvation of the Lord that I have found.

On Being Baptized

After I was baptized, I felt like the word of the Lord entered my heart. I will live by this, by what I learned on how to be clean and live a new life [with God’s help and mercy].

I felt like I was a new person. As what was said, you cannot enter the kingdom of God if you will not be born again. That is why my spirit is now born in Christ.

On MCGI Leaders

To Bro. Eli, may he be given more strength by the Lord to be able to preach to those who have not yet accepted the word of God, our salvation.

To Bro. Daniel, may he and his family be blessed. I hope that our preachers will be blessed.

~o~

Sis. Krisna Mae Ching, 15, Former KNC, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because I also learned from my parents the word of God, much moreso from Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

I learned a lot of deep things from the topics. The topics outlined by Bro. Eli are good. I learned a lot.

I was a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of the Lamb] before. I’m a KNC graduate. Ever since I was a kid, I already heard Bro. Eli. My mother would bring us to the locale. Until I grew up, I was in the KNC.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside and I’m happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May God always keep them. Thanks be to God because I became a member through them.

~o~

Bro. Mark Jayson Villarante, 15, Former KNC, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that the Lord was calling me already. Also, it is God’s will for me that’s why I got baptized.

At first, it was my older brother that became a member. Then my mother invited me to the locale. I was a KNC first, until I understood [the teachings] gradually.

It is not in other religions. If you will compare the Church to others, the teachings I hear in the Church are unparalleled. They are really different.

On Being Baptized

I felt light and I feel that my sins have been cleaned. It’s like I’m a newborn baby. It’s like what Bro. Eli said. I feel really really light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May the Lord always keep them, and I pray that they may reach many more people and lead them to return unto God and become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Bro. Jovey Abac, 69, Former Born Again, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve been 12 years as a Born Again Christian, but I saw [how] the Lord touched me and it’s very effective. I just knew of this through watching television. Every time I would get up at 2 a.m., I would see [The Old Path], and it would start at that time.

Somehow, I knew spiritual things, though in another way. But perhaps, there is an appointed time for me to serve. I believe that I have kept my relationship with God, and my knowedge has increased.

On Being Baptized

Oh I really believe that the Holy Spirit is in me. I just really felt it. Upon sitting down, there was a cool breeze, and I felt my tears flowing from my eyes though I wasn’t remembering anything. I just cried and cried during the baptism.

Before I was immersed, until afterwards I was crying and crying all the way to the restroom. That’s what I felt, that the Holy Spirit was in me.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope many more will pray for their safety, and may they continue to lead many more souls unto the Church.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 25, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 25, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Paula Jean Cabral, 31, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s here where I felt the true calling, without hypocrisy. Also, there’s the concern of every brother to each other, and their observance of God’s words is not based on their own understanding. I felt the brotherhood here.

In our former religion, it’s like you can do anything you want to do, and after you do it you just pray and you’ll do it again. But here, I learned how to truly pray to God, how to really ask for forgiveness in prayer.

My husband led me here. He was the first to be baptized. While he listened to Q&As in Bible Expositions, I went with him and we also go to Apalit when he’s here. He was baptized last year; it’s my turn this year.

He was abroad for eight years, and he was able to listen [there]. Until the time came when his mother was also able to listen and became a member last November.

We also watched via live streaming. Also, when the TV signal is weak and only UNTV is the only one left as the others are already black and white, you’ll be able to watch [Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s] Q&As.

He was very patient in sharing this religion, our religion to me. He didn’t quit. Even though it’s just one or two Q and As, he would share it with me every day.

When he was here, even our housemate was able to listen and be baptized. I thought to myself, “Gradually, you are being enlightened and you learn not to be close-minded. It’s very delighting to know that I found here the fulfillment that I’ve been searching for, especially of the spiritual kind, as not all religions are [satisfying].

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside, and like something in me was removed and replaced with a humble heart, if that’s how I can term it: a humble heart.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue being good examples to us. I pray for their good health and may they continue to lead and spread more the good news of the Bible that there is still hope.

~o~

Bro. Raymart and Bro. Michael Castillo, 20 & 17, Former Catholics, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Michael: Because we know that this is the true religion. The teaching is right and good, unparalleled by other religions.

Bro. Raymart: As my brother said, this is the right and true one to join. Also, I’m afraid of dying and not knowing the truth. I heard the true preaching.

Bro. Michael: My brother always watched [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Michael: Happiness that I only felt here in The Old Path [the Church of God].

Bro. Raymart: I cannot explain the happiness and thanksgiving to God I feel for being a brother-in-faith. That’s all. Thanks be to God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Michael: Bro. Eli, thanks for your patience in teaching the truth to all the people in various countries who have not yet learned it through radio, through television. Thank you.

Bro. Raymart: I will just start from where my brother left off, and hope that they will be given longer lives to be able to serve many more people who have not yet learned the doctrines.

~o~

Bro. Enrique Jr. & Sis. Caroline Faller, 24 & 26, Former Catholics, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Enrique Jr.: We learned the truth. Since the religion we were born in was different, some associate The Old Path with being evil, that it is like this and like that. So whenever I heard it back then, I felt ashamed, and didn’t find out about it.

But with God’s mercy, our television has UNTV so there were times that I was able to watch it, until the time came that I got married. When I was young, I didn’t take religious talks seriously. Even in my old religion, I seldom went to mass; it’s true.

Then when I got married, I learned in life and seek guidance from my parents even now. I started to become interested in the teachings of Bro. Eli Soriano to us, because I saw that the teachings are very far from those of my former religion wherein I had no choice. You would really join it because even if you hadn’t yet learned how to say “Amen,” you would already be baptized.

Sis. Caroline: Also, the parents are a real influence.

Bro. Enrique: When we became husband and wife, we were able to listen to teachings that we can really see and read [in the Bible]. It’s not just speaking from one’s own thoughts, but is being read from a source.

When I was young, I was invited to the Iglesia ni Cristo, to the Born Again, but I didn’t take them seriously. But even so, I felt that I was still of God though I committed sins sometimes. Now, I’ve very happy that I am able to turn back to Him.

When we were able to listen to Bro. Soriano, since about less than a year ago, we didn’t anymore hesitated. Even though it’s Christmas day now, for me this is truly the happiest Christmas that has meaning. I hope that our loved ones will be with us here.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Caroline: It feels light inside. The emotional baggage, regrets I felt are now gone. It feels very satisfying.

Bro. Enrique: I felt like I just cried and cried when I was before God. I felt as if I was kneeling before Him, and I was showing myself to Him that I was filthy and was sorry of my sins, and will continue to seek guidance from Him till the end.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Caroline: May they be given longer lives so our families who are not yet members here will be able to listen to them.

Bro. Enrique: Thanks be to God that we have a Bro. Eli of whom I had an unpleasant impression before. But now, everything changed. Despite the accusations towards him, which we know are lies, I am thankful that we have a preacher who does not deprive us of salvation. I hope the Father continues to guide him and give him a longer life for his service.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 19, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 19, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Christopher Aranjuez, 40, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I often watch UNTV for over a year now and I saw the beauty of the teachings of Bro. Eli Soriano. I also examined other religions but didn’t get baptized, because I didn’t see [the answers] to my questions in them.

Nobody invited me; I just watch [The Old Path] on UNTV. Sometimes, I have friends [who also watch it]. I have co-workers in our barracks from the Iglesia ni Cristo who frequently watches the program of Bro. Eli Soriano.

On Being Baptized

I feel like there were seven evil spirits that came out of me. The [teachings] are really from the Bible and I hope to carry them my whole life and [teach] them also to my children.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to you Bro. Eli, because of you, many minds have been enlightened. You are a brave man for teaching men who err [to correct their ways].

~o~

Bro. Nikko John Ricamara, 23, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Actually, I’ve long been listening to the program of Bro. Eli Soriano; there were also those who invited me [to Church gatherings].

It started after I graduated high school; I stopped studying and was just a loafer then. One time, someone approached me, but he wasn’t from the Church of God International but from the Iglesia ng Dios Haligi’t Suhay ng Katotohanan. I liked the teaching so I went with him.

Then, someone from The Old Path [the Church of God International] approached me and told otherwise from the Haligi’t Suhay. So I wanted to find out the truth as they were opposing [views].

When I attended gatherings, I like The Old Path’s better because they give so much information, even what’s wrong in other religions.

On Being Baptized

I couldn’t help but cry during [baptism] because of the many sins I had. When I saw another person get baptized, I just cried and cried until it was already my own baptism. I couldn’t answer [the baptizer] properly due to my sobbing. But after I was baptized, I felt really happy and good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many thanks for all the teaching that you do. I’m thankful for your courage because despite many threats to your life, you still teach people.

~o~

Bro. Cyzlvester Pacheco, 27, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve actually been listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] for a long time now. Although my heart had been hard in the past when it comes to joining the Church, I saw nothing wrong with the teachings in the long period of my listening.

I saw the coherence in the teachings of Bro. Eli, and there is none that can refute them. That is the reason why I believe that this is truly the Church that is of God because of the undefiled teachings of God.

I usually come here as a guest during Thankgivings, just to listen to the teachings of Christ through the guidance of Bro. Eli. One of his teachings thought me that it is really commanded by Christ to join what’s good and stay away from evil. So that led me to believe that it’s really commanded to join a Church. It’s not enough for you to just do good. You have to follow His teachings and His commandments.

On Being Baptized

I felt sorry of my sins. It felt heavy and I was afraid that I wasn’t worthy to go into the baptistery as I remembered all of my sins. But all the worries and doubts were gone away after I got out of the water; I felt light. Though you’ll remember all your heavy sins, but after being immersed … I believe that [I’ve] been forgiven.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Firstly, thanks be to God for preachers like Bro. Eli. May the Lord give you a longer life that you may be able to lead many more unto the true Church.

~o~

Sis. Lydia Laborte, 66, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was thinking where I could find someone to assist me [in going to a locale]. Then my neighbor who had an in-law who is a member here approached me one time, so I went with her.

I’ve long been listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio for a long time, about two years now.

I have been [blind] since when I was three years old. They told me I had a disease.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am thankful beause God has called me [through them].

~o~

Sis. Purita Villegas and Sis. Luisa Blancia, Former Iglesia ni Cristo members, 68 & 60, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Purita: Our former religion is not true. That’s why I thought of listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio. I said, “This is the truth. I should go to it.” So I went with her [points to Sis. Lucia].

Sis. Lucia: Of course I’m searching for a real foundation of faith. You cannot live without worshipping God. That’s why I joined the Church. Even in the Jehovah’s Witnesses I underwent indoctrination, but I didn’t get baptized because I wasn’t content. It’s difficult if you don’t understand something and just enter.

I really aimed to be baptized here because… My cellphone’s battery already swelled up because of my 24-hour watching to Bro. Eli on the television channel on my mobile. It’s going to be broken because it works non-stop. It has no more cover because the battery’s swollen.

Sis. Purita: That’s also where I also listened sometimes, and I got fond of it because it was clear to me that it was something good. One time I went to her place, and we searched for a new way.

Sis. Lucia: It’s not a new way; it’s The Old Path [smiles at Sis. Purita].

Sis. Purita: We went to find a locale, but didn’t find one because we already wanted to be in the place we want to be that is so different from the Iglesia ni Cristo.

Sis. Lucia: What she’s saying is the coordinating center. The day I invited her to search for a coordinating center, we didn’t find one because I heard from the [plug on] television that there was a locale here, but didn’t know where.

Then I was surprised to know that I had a neighbor who was a member of The Old Path [the Church of God International]. She called me one time and said, “Come here. Do you want to [attend a gathering] but this is in the Church of God. And I said, “Oh! That’s what I’ve been searching for but I just didn’t know where the coordinating center is.” Then, she told me that she’d accompany me to it.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Purita: I feel nice and my body feels light. I feel light and happy.

Sis. Lucia: I feel good. I feel light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Purita: I’m happy listening to them. It’s really good. I was taught the right word of God from the things I heard. I hope I can continue this until I reach salvation with the Lord’s mercy.

Sis. Lucia: For me there is none like Bro. Eli who preaches 100% true. You have to believe that what he says is true. To Bro. Daniel, all his works are good. I am really amazed by those who are getting treated by doctors, given medicine for free.

I am just truly amazed by it. You don’t see those things in ordinary men; they are really special. I hope that their bodily strength goes on that they may be able to help many more.

~o~

Sis. Teresita Cabusay, 64, Former Baptist, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because I felt that all the teachings and everything that Bro. Eli says are true.

I often listen to him. But before, [the teachings] didn’t yet settle in my heart and mind. One time I watched his program, and it’s like the verse he said about salvation got imprinted in my mind.

So it was like my spirit was awakened, though [the program] was not live. Then I searched for him. I went to Sta. Maria because [I knew] that there was a The Old Path coordinating center there, but when I got there, I found out they had already transferred to a new place.

Now, I really asked about it; I rally searched for it. Nobody invited me, but I just voluntarily searched for Bro. Eli. Through him, I found the Lord.

I think it was in the 90s that I first heard [Bro. Eli Soriano]. My father listened to him. Before, he would listen solo on the upper floor of the house. He had a radio and my father listened to him so I got to listen too. However, the teachings perhaps weren’t in me yet at the time, but now I was really called.

I was a former Baptist, and now I’m here. Ever since the teachings spoken by Bro. Eli entered my heart, I was lead here. My life’s direction has now changed to the right one. Thanks be to God and for the salvation of the Lord that I have found.

On Being Baptized

After I was baptized, I felt like the word of the Lord entered my heart. I will live by this, by what I learned on how to be clean and live a new life [with God’s help and mercy].

I felt like I was a new person. As what was said, you cannot enter the kingdom of God if you will not be born again. That is why my spirit is now born in Christ.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

To Bro. Eli, may he be given more strength by the Lord to be able to preach to those who have not yet accepted the word of God, our salvation.

To Bro. Daniel, may he and his family be blessed. I hope that our preachers will be blessed.

~o~

Sis. Krisna Mae Ching, 15, Former KNC, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because I also learned from my parents the word of God, much moreso from Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

I learned a lot of deep things from the topics. The topics outlined by Bro. Eli are good. I learned a lot.

I was a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of the Lamb] before. I’m a KNC graduate. Ever since I was a kid, I already heard Bro. Eli. My mother would bring us to the locale. Until I grew up, I was in the KNC.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside and I’m happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May God always keep them. Thanks be to God because I became a member through them.

~o~

Bro. Mark Jayson Villarante, 15, Former KNC, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that the Lord was calling me already. Also, it is God’s will for me that’s why I got baptized.

At first, it was my older brother that became a member. Then my mother invited me to the lcoale. I was a KNC first, until I understood [the teachings] gradually.

It is not in other religions. If you will compare the Church to others, the teachings I hear in the Church are unparalleled. They are really different.

On Being Baptized

I felt light and I feel that my sins have been cleaned. It’s like I’m a newborn baby. It’s like what Bro. Eli said. I feel really really light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May the Lord always keep them, and I pray that they may reach many more people and lead them to return unto God and become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Bro. Jovey Abac, 69, Former Born Again, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve been 12 years as a Born Again Christian, but I saw [how] the Lord touched me and it’s very effective. I just knew of this through watching television. Every time I would get up at 2 a.m., I would see [The Old Path], and it would start at that time.

Somehow, I knew spiritual things, though in another way. But perhaps, there is an appointed time for me to serve. I believe that I have kept my relationship with God, and my knowedge has increased.

On Being Baptized

Oh I really believe that the Holy Spirit is in me. I just really felt it. Upon sitting down, there was a cool breeze, and I felt my tears flowing from my eyes though I wasn’t remembering anything. I just cried and cried during the baptism.

Before I was immersed, until afterwards I was crying and crying all the way to the restroom. That’s what I felt. That the Holy Spirit is in me.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope many more will pray for their safety, and may they continue to lead many more souls unto the Church.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 12, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 12, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit Pampanga.

Bro. Ariston Tuazon, 62, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

Way back 10 or 15 years ago, I was already watching Bro. Eli on television. Actually, I wanted to join back then; I just didn’t know what locale chapter to go to.

Now, I was invited by… I made a friend named Bro. Art in Sta. Lucia mall. He invited me to join the Church of God. I was buying bread at French Baker [when we met].

I have long wanted to become a member here. Even her husband [points to Sis. Leonor Dela Paz, his sister], who had already died, really wanted to join here, but didn’t know how. But this is my opportunity now.

Before I became a member here, I was busy in my work. It’s only now that I had a great chance to join here.

On Being Baptized

I feel good. The only thing is, you cannot help but cry. Even in prayer, you’ll remember all the sins you have committed before God. I hope all my sins have been forgiven in the baptism, all my errors, my ill feelings against my fellows.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Long live to their program and may they be able to help our other brethen who are in need of their aid.

~o~

Sis. Leonor Dela Paz, 70, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized

I didn’t plan at first to become a member. I just went with my brother because on Sundays we go out.

Actually, it was my husband who listened to Bro. Eli. I was even mad at times because I heard him say things about other religions. But my husband didn’t say anything. He just continued listening to Bro. Eli.

One time when we were going to church, he didn’t want to come with us. He said, “Those are just statues. Are those what you worship?” That’s what my husband said, so I didn’t urge him anymore.

He wanted to join, I believe. He just didn’t know how until he died in 2010 of colon cancer at the age of 67.

Whenever he [points to Bro. Ariston Tuazon] goes to church, he goes by our house. Then he went to buy at French Baker tagging me along. I never knew I would be here and be baptized.

I just went with him, and I listened to the preaching of Bro. Eli, to the word of God; I listened and it’s all true.

On Being Baptized

It was very touching. I cried. I can’t explain what I felt but I know that my life has changed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli may you continue your good works, and you’ll have many more brethren in the future.

~o~

Bro. Renato Pascual, 44, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because of the clear and deep explanation of the bible, that’s why I joined.

There was a Bible Study in our place. They went to San Miguel, Bulacan. We were invited, and we went there.

Our interest was drawn to listening because it was different from the religions that we were able to examine there. They had shallow explanations, unlike here wherein they really teach to people the word of God.

We didn’t know Bro. Eli Soriano then. Actually, we were attending at the time in a Born Again group called Hope of Life.

But then we were able to listen to [the Bible Study], and I found the explanation to be deep, so I stopped listening to the other one. I said that, “The true one has come.”

On Being Baptized

I feel all right, like my body feels light. It’s like all my problems are gone away. Though I may have problems now, but I don’t mind them anymore. What’s important to me is that I fulfilled what I wanted: to be baptized.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel is, may the Lord God will for their lives to be longer and be able to spread the word of God more.

~o~

Bro. Oliver Maglinte, 40, Former Born Again, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was still studying in Manila when I first heard Bro. Eli Soriano. I heard it [The Old Path] in 1993, but I just wasn’t regularly watching it due to my schooling.

He also got popular because of Brad Pete (Iskho Salvador) on Bubble Gang. That’s when I got to watch him regularly.

But I didn’t mind the teachings before, as they weren’t yet on my mind. I was still in vices then because I was still young. Then I transferred to Bulacan in San Miguel where I found work and rented a place there.

I’m a farmer, but I even make charcoal. Actually, that’s what I have been doing for the many years of my life.

I was also able to listen on radio sometimes, but time came that I lost track of it. One time, there came someone preaching the word of God from The Old Path [the Church of God]. I heard the news from my in-law, from the nephews of my in-law.

It was a Bible Study; sometimes, it was Bible Expositions. I just heard about them at first, but this year, I gave it a try. After work, after delivering charcoal, I found them near [the place I went to], so I tried it.

Before, I only heard Bro. Eli on radio. Now, I’m able to see him personally on television.

When I heard what Bro. Eli says and what our pastor says, the difference is far; It’s very far. The Born Again pastor also made jokes, but unlike Bro. Eli. He makes you laugh with details in his every story.

Of course, he reads [the Bible] and shares stories that can make anybody laugh. It can even make celebrities laugh. That’s what I admire about him. Bro. Eli is the one who really bears the teachings of God. That’s what amazed me about him. All my life, it’s really only now that I heard such teachings.

On Being Baptized

I felt something went out of me. I can’t explain it. In my whole life, at this age, it’s the first time I found this “something” wherein I feel joy. It’s really only now I felt like this.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel I hope that you’ll be guided by God all your lives. I hope that all those who have not heard of your teachings, those who have not been enlightened yet, may hear you. I really pray that [I’ll] be able to continue until the end.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 12, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 12, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center.

Bro. Ariston Tuazon, 62, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

Way back 10 or 15 years ago, I was already watching Bro. Eli on television. Actually, I wanted to join back then; I just didn’t know what locale chapter to go to.

Now, I was invited by… I made a friend named Bro. Art in Sta. Lucia mall. He invited me to join the Church of God. I was buying bread at French Baker [when we met].

I have long wanted to become a member here. Even her husband [points to Sis. Leonor Dela Paz, his sister], who had already died, really wanted to join here, but didn’t know how. But this is my opportunity now.

Before I became a member here, I was busy in my work. It’s only now that I had a great chance to join here.

On Being Baptized

I feel good. The only thing is, you cannot help but cry. Even in prayer, you’ll remember all the sins you have committed before God. I hope all my sins have been forgiven in the baptism, all my errors, my ill feelings against my fellows.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Long live to their program and may they be able to help our other brethen who are in need of their aid.

~o~

Sis. Leonor Dela Paz, 70, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized

I didn’t plan at first to become a member. I just went with my brother because on Sundays we go out.

Actually, it was my husband who listened to Bro. Eli. I was even mad at times because I heard him say things about other religions. But my husband didn’t say anything. He just continued listening to Bro. Eli.

One time when we were going to church, he didn’t want to come with us. He said, “Those are just statues. Are those what you worship?” That’s what my husband said, so I didn’t urge him anymore.

He wanted to join, I believe. He just didn’t know how until he died in 2010 of colon cancer at the age of 67.

Whenever he [points to Bro. Ariston Tuazon] goes to church, he goes by our house. Then he went to buy at French Baker tagging me along. I never knew I would be here and be baptized.

I just went with him, and I listened to the preaching of Bro. Eli, to the word of God; I listened and it’s all true.

On Being Baptized

It was very touching. I cried. I can’t explain what I felt but I know that my life has changed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli may you continue your good works, and you’ll have many more brethren in the future.

~o~

Bro. Renato Pascual, 44, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because of the clear and deep explanation of the bible, that’s why I joined.

There was a Bible Study in our place. They went to San Miguel, Bulacan. We were invited, and we went there.

Our interest was drawn to listening because it was different from the religions that we were able to examine there. They had shallow explanations, unlike here wherein they really teach to people the word of God.

We didn’t know Bro. Eli Soriano then. Actually, we were attending at the time in a Born Again group called Hope of Life.

But then we were able to listen to [the Bible Study], and I found the explanation to be deep, so I stopped listening to the other one. I said that, “The true one has come.”

On Being Baptized

I feel all right, like my body feels light. It’s like all my problems are gone away. Though I may have problems now, but I don’t mind them anymore. What’s important to me is that I fulfilled what I wanted: to be baptized.

On MCGI Leaders

My message to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel is, may the Lord God will for their lives to be longer and be able to spread the word of God more.

~o~

Bro. Oliver Maglinte, 40, Former Born Again, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was still studying in Manila when I first heard Bro. Eli Soriano. I heard it [The Old Path] in 1993, but I just wasn’t regularly watching it due to my schooling.

He also got popular because of Brad Pete (Iskho Salvador) on Bubble Gang. That’s when I got to watch him regularly.

But I didn’t mind the teachings before, as they weren’t yet on my mind. I was still in vices then because I was still young. Then I transferred to Bulacan in San Miguel where I found work and rented a place there.

I’m a farmer, but I even make charcoal. Actually, that’s what I have been doing for the many years of my life.

I was also able to listen on radio sometimes, but time came that I lost track of it. One time, there came someone preaching the word of God from The Old Path [the Church of God]. I heard the news from my in-law, from the nephews of my in-law.

It was a Bible Study; sometimes, it was Bible Expositions. I just heard about them at first, but this year, I gave it a try. After work, after delivering charcoal, I found them near [the place I went to], so I tried it.

Before, I only heard Bro. Eli on radio. Now, I’m able to see him personally on television.

When I heard what Bro. Eli says and what our pastor says, the difference is far; It’s very far. The Born Again pastor also made jokes, but unlike Bro. Eli. He makes you laugh with details in his every story.

Of course, he reads [the Bible] and shares stories that can make anybody laugh. It can even make celebrities laugh. That’s what I admire about him. Bro. Eli is the one who really bears the teachings of God. That’s what amazed me about him. All my life, it’s really only now that I heard such teachings.

On Being Baptized

I felt something went out of me. I can’t explain it. In my whole life, at this age, it’s the first time I found this “something” wherein I feel joy. It’s really only now I felt like this.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel I hope that you’ll be guided by God all your lives. I hope that all those who have not heard of your teachings, those who have not been enlightened yet, may hear you. I really pray that [I’ll] be able to continue until the end.

Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 28, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on November 28, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Rex Adet, 37, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

When I left the province, my mind was a bit confused. It was like there wasn’t anywhere I could go to; I didn’t know what to do. I was troubled, and I felt that my life was lost; I didn’t want to live anymore.

I have two children in the province, but I had a problem. So when my older brother invited me, it took me another week before I obliged.

I’ve been watching The Old Path, Bro. Eliseo Soriano in the province, but I guess I just didn’t have time before.

I went with my older brother. Thanks be to God that my mind is okay now. Even if I go back home to Iloilo, in the province, without anything material to bring to my children, I bear something great in my heart that’s good.

Also, I can set my life straight now [with God’s help]; I can share this to my children, wife, family, mother, to all. I feel something pleasant in my heart; before, it was really empty.

On Being Baptized

After I got immersed in baptism, I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Daniel, Bro. Eli, thanks for everything that you have taught; your teachings from the Lord God have changed me.

I believe that in the coming times, I will be able to mind matters in my life, be able to give the wonderful things you have taught me to my relatives, mother, and children. I’m really very thankful because of you. If it weren’t for you, my life would have been wasted.

~o~

Bro. Argel Joseph Palisoc, 28, Former Born Again, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Many problems came to me until the time that I wanted to go back to my previous Born Again religion. But I had even more problems and I felt shy, lacklustered and became alone.

My former classmate, who is a member here in The Old Path [the Church of God], invited me here one time.

I tried it and was enlightened, until the time came that everything that was happening to me was being answered in the indoctrination sessions. I felt it was a blessing to me.

It didn’t happen in just one day, but perhaps in those seven days, my questions were answered. Actually, I also lost my job. I asked a sign from the Lord that He was really calling me.

The seventh day arrived and I proved Him to be the One who was really calling me. I set that day and I was really convinced [of the doctrines]. Everything Bro. Eli said was so very clear.

The first time I attended [indoctrination], it was as if Bro. Eli clearly saw what was happening to me. It was already answered there: how to pray when troubles come. It’s clear, and the Bible Exposition as well. It’s clear to me. I was enlightened.

It’s like my problems were solved. As was said, seek the Lord and you’ll see for yourself that He will not forsake you. This is it. Many, many thanks.

On Being Baptized

At first I felt afraid because it says [in the Bible] that we shouldn’t turn back. But then I heard Bro. Eli saying that we should investigate and then choose.

That’s when things became clear to me, that we have a choice, and that you’ll really feel whether the baptism is true or not because it will manifest in the life of everyone. All my questions were answered here. I’m really thankful.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many, many thanks. I hope that you’ll be able to enlighten many more people, be able to lead many more people. May the Lord always guide you wherever you may go.

~o~

Sis. Glecy Pecenio, 31, Former Christian, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are good, clear, biblical.

I’ve actually seen him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television before, but I wasn’t able to tune in to it much.

Then, my co-worker and I always talked to each other, until I became curious because I was learning so much from her than from my pastor. I told her that I would come with her.

We were sharing [about religion], and I was being amazed by how much she was able to share with me. I learned a lot from her so I got curious.

My questions to her were about the Bible, as I really want to be biblical. So when I got to the locale, I liked it very much already. The doctrines were surprising, very pleasant and really true.

On Being Baptized

It was very nice; this is really a first. I was baptized in another religion before but this is different. I was still a teenager then. I felt like I was just immersed then, unlike here wherein I fell really blessed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Of course many thanks because God used him for the words that we haven’t heard from others to reach us. May they always take care of themselves.

~o~

Bro. Romeo Delos Santos, 57, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

At a time in my life when I had many problems, my nephew invited me to a Bible Exposition and a Bible study. And I just found myself saying yes to him.

I weighed what I heard and felt somewhat enlightened. My children would stop me from [listening] but I didn’t let myself get hindered.

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that [they] will be able to help many more people like me to join them.

~o~

Bro. Joel Agbisit, 45, Former Protestant, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

All I can say is that I’ve truly accepted Him as the true Lord. He has cleansed my sins.

What I can say about the doctrines is that what Bro. Eli Soriano says is really good; it’s the true religion. That’s all I can say.

On Being Baptized

I felt like crying, and I can’t explain it. I was trembling and crying. I can’t say it. Perhaps it’s the Holy Spirit. I’m happy and I feel light inside. But I just really can’t say it; I truly can’t explain it.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

All I can say for them is that may there be many more brethren who will join the Church, The Old Path. Happy birthday to Bro. Daniel as well.

~o~

Bro. Nilo and Sis. Sonia Javier, 54, Former Born Again Pastor and Member, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Nilo: When I came home to the Philippines [from the Middle East], my family was in a Born Again group. The names of our churches were different: theirs were Love of Jesus Mission Church, ours was Church of the Living God.

There came a point when there were many Born Again groups in our place, and my aunt and our neighbors and us talked about just becoming one group here in the Philippines.

Now, I had some questions in my mind that lacked answers. So I talked with different religions like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Seventh Day Adventists, the Baptists. I was able to learn a little something from each of them.

I even met an Austrian who was a Jehovah’s Witness. He was short. He married a Filipina and he invited me to their place when he went for a vacation in our place.

I admired his study of the Bible as he had many Bibles of different versions, even online. He has Greek and Hebrew translations. A few of my questions were answered, but it wasn’t complete.

So when we had cable television installed, I found Bro. Eli Soriano’s station and tried to listen to it. I listened and listened until I found that all of my questions have been answered.

Sis. Sonia: I was the one who saw it and told him about it. We were looking for TBN. That’s Trinity Broadcast Network.

Bro. Nilo: That was one of my questions, about the trinity. No one could ever answer it. When I asked a pastor – he was even called a doctor of theology – about it, I didn’t get a satisfying answer from him.

He told me, “Just don’t listen to those people [who questioned the said doctrine].” I didn’t expect such an answer from him, so I didn’t bother to ask him again.

It’s because I asked him who taught such a teaching? From whom did it originate, because it’s not in the Bible? That’s something that I learned from Catholicism, and even when I became a Born Again group member it’s still there. Now, I only learned [the answer] from listening to Bro. Eli Soriano.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Sonia: I feel light. The night before I said, “Why is it like this? Why does my chest feel heavy?” I wasn’t thinking of anything, but I didn’t sleep as soundly.

It’s like the enemy is causing you to have second thoughts. But I toldy myself that, whatever happens, I will really continue [with God’s help]. It’s just the enemy that’s making me feel like this.

Bro. Nilo: I feel okay. I feel good.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Nilo: I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because the Lord used them. The questions I had that other sects could not answer have been answered.

Sis. Sonia: I also thank them both, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because my mind has the more been enlightened.

You will really keep the teachings and doctrines in your heart and mind, and you will not disregard them because they’re truly in the Bible, in the words of God. You’ll realize that [it’s] the right path towards holiness and salvation.

I’m also thankful that our place was used for indoctrination. I hope that it will be used because we are willing. There are many who are in need of salvation. Though it’s small, we are willing for it to be used.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 21, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on November 21, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. John Ray Salas, 23, Former Catholic, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

I was able to listen to him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] through my cell phone as it had TV on it. I was just surfing the channels that time until I saw him.

When my phone broke down, I followed him on Youtube. It was there that I got to listen to Bro. Eli’s debates. I also saw there defamations against Bro. Eli that I found to be untrue.

He had debates with various religions. I also scrutinized the teachings then, and for me, he is right.

On Being Baptized

I feel light, like I’m floating as I was walking. I actually have coughs and colds; I just kept expectorating the phlegm a while ago and now it’s gone. I feel light and happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May God make their lives longer that they may be able to serve and preach to others. May they lead many more brethren unto the Church of God.

~o~

Bro. Ian Roi Lagarde, 21, Former Catholic, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

My father watches [The Old Path] on television, so it’s like he was also instrumental for me to be able to listen to the teachings of Bro. Eli.

Through Bro. Eli, God called me to serve Him, as I have wasted many opportunities already. There have been many times when I was in danger, and whenever I called to God, He didn’t forsake me. He always helps me. Now, in return, I want to serve him with the life He continues to give me.

I’m thankful that Bro. Eli opened this wide discussion, and through him many have been encouraged to return to the true Church of God.

On Being Baptized

It feels good. I felt like I’m in the right Church that lost people or lost souls in other religions must tread in.

I felt light; it’s like I felt how it is to be resurrected, and to leave the past behind. I also felt blessed by God, and that He has given me new purpose in life to live and serve Him and encourage others to do the same.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful to all the workers of Bro. Eli Soriano; they also encouraged me to join the Church.

I’m thankful also to the teachings of Bro. Eli [and Bro. Daniel] because they don’t depend on others. What they defend are the true words of God; they don’t resort to other words to encourage others.

They want to preach to all and inform other people that the word of God is not something to be disregarded. It is something that must be learned. Though it may be hard, we still must obey it.

~o~

Bro. Kevin Samson, 21, Former Aglipayan Church Member, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

My relatives and father are already members. I’ve been listening for a long time and with God’s mercy, I have been given an opportunity to be indoctrinated and baptized. I am now a member with God’s help.

Even at the start of my listening, I felt and learned that it is the true word of God and true teaching of God.

On Being Baptized

I cannot explain it, but I’m happy. It’s a different feeling that is difficult to put in words. I feel very light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I’m exceedingly thankful because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to hear the true doctrines of our Lord God. I hope that their days on earth will multiply that they may be able to preach more the words of God.

~o~

Bro. Benjamin Narvas, 43, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve been watching [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television since about two years ago. As I was watching one day, I heard Bro. Eli inviting people [to attend indoctrination]. I said, “I’ve got time?” So I attended. The doctrines are so true. This is where I found the true teachings.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy, like my life was changed. I feel light and have forgotten the things I’ve done in the past.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope you continue your works. May you lead many more brethren.

~o~

Bro. Dale Ward; 58; Non-Denominational; Texas, USA

On Joining the Church of God

I was brought up a Baptist and I was married into Church of God in Christ, and the most recent was non-denominational. Up until now I found the truth, being in the Church of God International, through the doctrines that have been taught.

From times past, it was just like bits and pieces of the truth in my former religion. And it was only just enough to appease or satisfy the congregation there. I guess it was going for more of a comfortable type of religion or “comfortable church” where any individual could feel comfortable about some of the vices that they were doing, where they can continue to do some of the ills… A comfortable church, that’s what I would call it.

But presently here with the Church of God International … man, it’s like … wow. It’s just like it’s the other side of the leaf that wasn’t shown to you for 58 years of age. And now, I’m receiving the true light and the continuation.

And I thank God for the brothers whom God introduced [to us who steadfastly] continue with this ministry. It’s just blowing the devil’s socks off, because a lot of young, middle-aged and seniors are coming around from different denominations. And I’m just elated myself.

Like I said, today was my baptismal day, my regeneration, my recreation day: 12:07 pm, November 21, 2014. And as long as I can, with God’s will, I will be a part of it, and to help make me become a kingdom citizen.

To be a kingdom citizen, I must learn the ordinances and the laws and the regulations [needed to be] a profitable citizen. And I just thank God for this opportunity: All the way from Texas, USA [laughs].

Well, there’s a Church of God there in my hometown, but not Church of God International. So I began to look at the international aspect of it. And I said, “Wow. Over here in the Philippines.” So I was at my plan to come to the Philippines. I said “Wow. I need a place to worship.” So I prayed to God and God sent a door, and the door was open and thank God He provided [laughs].

There was another individiual that was instrumental in my being made closer and being more aware.

On Being Baptized

First of all, I had to keep everything else out of my mind to see how sacred this is. So everything else was turned out, and I was thanking God for just doing this thing in me, giving me this opportunity, because many guys my same age have the same opportunity but they neglected it and some have died. But He allowed me to have this opportunity to further my purpose in life.

With that, I just felt like my burdens were lifted. And a lot of cares that I cared about, I don’t need to care about no more. No more worries, because I’m gonna have some but I’m gonna have victory over them. At 58 and being baptized? Man!

Oh, wow, I’m still high. And it’s not with intoxicating drugs or alcohol. It’s the Spirit and love of God, and this ministry. It’s just something to keep and sustain us.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I want to tell the brothers to continue, and that God continue strengthening them to bring forth the word, and everything that they do and their families.

[May] they keep feeding us the good news of the Gospel. By it, we will grow and we will be better kingdom citizens and a better help to one another on this earth. And our prayers are with them both and their families. Salamat sa Dios (Thanks be to God). To God be the glory.

~o~

Bro. Mark Anthony Padua, 28, Former Catholic, Bicol Province

On Joining the Church of God

The instruction is right. The teachings we receive here are good, and the religion is true. The reason why I joined is because I want my sins to depart from me.

I was invited by a member here to the indoctrination sessions. I went with him because it’s in the name of God, so I didn’t refuse.

I already got interested with what I heard the first time. So I attended every night of the indoctrination sessions, even though my friend wasn’t with me at times, because I wanted to attend without fail.

I learned prohibitions and righteousness. Also, the reason why I wanted to be indoctrinated is because I wanted to live a new life. And I’m thankful that I was given a new opportunity for my sins to be forgiven. I thank the Lord that I became a member here.

On Being Baptized

It’s good; it’s really good. It’s like my heart became good. During baptism, I felt nervous, but I fought the feeling because I know that this is [the truth], why deny it?

I overcame something that was whispering to my mind. So I’m here now, and it feels so good that I will be serving the Lord.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

To Bro. Eli, I thank him because firstly, he teaches many people. I’m thankful for his service to us. He doesn’t neglect us, so I’m thankful to him as well as to Bro. Daniel.

I hope that they may be able to lead many more who are still in the world. God willing, they may still preach, and that I will be able to lead my mother and my siblings here. I also want them to be saved.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 7, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on November 7, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Raymond & Sis. Mery Joy Ocson, 27 & 17, Former Born Again and Roman Catholic, Pangasinan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Mery: We saw that this is the truth, and foremostly, this is different from all the rest.

Bro. Raymond: I thank Bro. Eli and to Bro. Daniel as well, because what they teach to us has a good message.

Sis. Mery: When we were able to listen [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano], he [Bro. Raymond] recorded it on his cell phone. I got [interested] as well, so I researched it on the Internet [on Youtube], then on television.

We just saw who really it was in whom we should believe, as there are really many religions that have sprung right now, like the Mormons. But it’s really only through him that we really understood what’s good.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Raymond: Oh I really felt different. If only I could stay there for a bit longer, I would.

Sis. Mery: I felt happy because I got baptized in the Church of God. We felt so relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Mery: More power.

Bro. Raymond: May Bro. Eli’s life be longer. We miss you.

~o~

Bro. Armando Calengian, 44, Former Catholic, Pangasinan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I saw that the teaching was good and different from other religious groups. Also, all are based in the Bible, so I got persuaded to join.

At first, when I was in Manila, I listened on radio. Then when my co-worker watched it at work, so I found out that there was already on television. I watched it at home and I got the more impressed by him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano].

I listened for only about three years. It was on radio, but it was hard listening there as well as the signal is not strong. On television, it was clear in our place. I watched it almost everyday.

On Being Baptized

It’s as if all the anger was flushed out from my system. Also, my doubt about the true God was erased. I felt something entered me.

The doctrines are what persuaded me to join this organization; it’s really different. I’ve listened to the Iglesia ni Cristo, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and to many others. They cannot equal the preaching of Bro. Eli.

I thought that God wasn’t true. But when I heard Bro. Eli, I was enlightened, and all my [vices like] drinking, and all the anger gone. I learned love for my fellowmen.

My keeping with bad company, my babblings… I feel now that I’m not like that anymore. I just want to be quiet than to engage in trivial chats. I feel as if I just want to work or clean the house than to be with bad company.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli is a really good preacher. He cannot be matched by any other person alive. I feel that he was blessed by God that’s why he’s that good.

Bro. Eli, I hope that your life may be longer, and that you may be able to teach for a longer time and encourage many more people and be saved. To Bro. Daniel, [I pray] the same. May their lives be longer and continue to be guided by God.

~o~

Sis. Jamille Anne Ricafrente, 17, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

When I heard the doctrines, I realized that everything here is based on the Bible, and are right.

My mom watched [The Old Path] on television, so I was able to listen to it everyday.

On Being Baptized

I felt like crying because it was so refreshing, and you feel truly new.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful because if it weren’t for them, the true teachings of God would not spread.

~o~

Bro. Renato Vidallon, 36, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining Church of God

This is where I saw that right way of faith. Also, all the teachings I heard from them [Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon], I look up in the Bible when I get home. And they match.

It’s unlike in my previous religion. You follow a certain tradition or occasion every year, and yet you cannot read it in any page of the Bible. But us, Christians, the basis of our faith or belief is the Bible.

I’ve been listening since I was in college; I just didn’t pay much attention to it then as I had many other priorities. One time, I got to chat with one of my friends who lives in our town. We were both crazy [back in the days] and he invited me to a Bible Exposition. I wasn’t able to attend that time though.

Then there was a brother-in-faith whom I got to work in our farm. He was the second one who invited me. I was able to go with him, and I continued attending since.

If you’re really investigating then you should really see where what he says is coming from. Because almost everyone now… I mean, just watch Quiboloy and you’ll see that all he says is one story from another. I don’t know where gets what he [preaches].

On Being Baptized

I felt happy. If you were to go to our place, perhaps nobody there would believe you that I joined this kind of ministy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their lives will be longer and their bodies remain strong, as well as retain good health. May the Lord always keep them and may their preaching become broader.

~o~

Bro. Edgie Caguimbal, 17, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I understood what the Bible means. Also, what I heard from the doctrines, there are many things that other religions do that are wrong. Here, what we really study is the Bible’s content, not mingled with any other.

My aunt is a member of the Church. I live with her now. My parents sent me there because I was a headache to them.

At first, I just went with my aunt to Bible Expositions. Then, I talked to my aunt and asked the procedure in joining the Church. I got interested with the doctrines; I even made up for three doctrines that I missed. My parents feel happy about [my joining here].

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside. Before I was immersed in water, I prayed that all my sins may be forgiven by the Lord. I feel that they have been.

[To my parents,] I really miss them. I haven’t seen them. My the Lord will that they join here too. I thank my [aunt] for taking me in. Perhaps, the Lord Jesus Christ has called me to change because I was sent to her.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many, many thanks for sharing the doctrines of God to the brethren. May you establish more brethren in faith in our religion.

~o~

Bro. Hendrick Santos, 33, Former Baptist, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of  God

I’ve been looking for a place where I could be in the Body of Christ; It’s what every person needs, the Church, and that’s what I found.

Nobody invited me; I just went on my own. I prayed that my life will be changed for the bettter. Then from out of nowehere, I just watched TV and turned the channel to Bro. Eli’s program. It started and continued from there until even late at night and early in the morning I still watch. It’s like it’s addicting.

I saw him before, but I didn’t listen as it wasn’t on my mind. But that time when I listened, it felt like an answered prayer like, “This is what I’m giving you; learn from it.” It’s like that.

It was just fast; about a month or les. When I got to listen, I felt addicted and tuned in even on the Internet; I watched all the debates. I [even] saw those who defamed him, and found that what he [Bro. Eli] says is true. “This is what he said there,” that means, they just cut some materials and just made up inventions.

That’s why such things were not a hindrance to me, because I really didn’t look at men, but at the teachings. What happened in Bro. Eli’s life is really amazing. I believe he was really chosen and God-sent.

The doctrines I heard from different television channels of the Iglesia ni Cristo, of the Born Again, the Baptist, the Catholic, I weighed all of those and you’ll see the difference here. All is based in the Bible, nothing added. Also, it’s not only based on his understanding alone; it’s complete.

On Being Baptized

Even as we were just praying, I already felt like crying. Also, it’s like what Bro. Eli said, that the feeling is so light. You’re very wicked old self is gone.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may they keep doing what they do, and continue to be instruments of the Lord. May they be stronger in the battle against evil.

~o~

Bro. Edgar Pacamaran, 50, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

My former drinking mate invited me. We had so many vices then. Those friends of mine went ahead of me here with Bro. Eli.

Years passed before my friend found me. But it took him a long time to convince me. Firstly, because I was busy then; in the end though, instead of offering me wine whenever we saw each other, he offered me merienda (snacks) and softdrinks. That’s what persuaded me to go with him. I said “yes” when he invited me through text.

I attended prayer meetings and Thanskgiving every Saturday. Then, I got indoctrinated.

On Being Baptized

I felt cleansed of my sins, like being born again, that state when you don’t have any sins and you’re clean. I hope this continues with God’s help.

Since you’re baptized already, it doesn’t end there. It’s just the beginning and you have to be always active in works until the end, while we’re still here on earth.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope he continues spreading the words of God to the whole world; the same with Bro. Daniel, because the [ministry] is already worldwide.

To God be the glory

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