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.

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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.

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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 11, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 11, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Bethoven Caballero, 21, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This was introduced to us by my elder brother. In the beginning, I just went with him because he was family. Actually, he accompanied us [him and members of his family] on the first day of the indoctrination.

He didn’t come with us however the second time around. We were actually looking for him and was wondering why he didn’t accompany us anymore. So that time, we decided to go to the locale on our own anyway because our interest was piqued with what we had heard the first time.

I first heard Bro. Eli in 2006, I think. I had affiliated myself with the INC, and I had heard about Bro. Eli then because they were bashing him so I got intrigued.

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I was there (INC) for three years but I didn’t get baptized. I couldn’t stand their doctrines. There was a part of the teachings where I wasn’t convinced.

Perhaps another reason why I didn’t get baptized there was for me to have a chance to think that there is a true church outside them.

In the past three years that I’ve been listening there, you could say that I have already memorized what they are saying. Perhaps God willed for me to not be baptized there so I could join another.

On Being Baptized

When we were in line to be baptized, I was praying. I felt nervous and I didn’t know why.

When the Church worker was already speaking, I was crying already. I don’t know why, but when I got immersed and then out of the water, I felt that I lost some weight.

It feels so good inside, except for the cold water. [Laughs] It’s such a pleasant feeling, as if all the burdens in my chest were gone, and my being a hard-headed person as well. If I only could go through that again and again. [Chuckles]

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

More power to them. I hope that I will get to see them, even just once. I hope that the propagation of the Gospel of God will grow wider. I pray that all the intents of their hearts come true.

~o~

Bro. Mark Gludo, 26, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I had many wrongdoings before, and I want to change. I want to be saved when the time comes.

It was my wife who always listened to Bro. Eli at first. She actually became a member ahead of me.

On Being Baptized

Even when the baptism rite hasn’t started yet, I already felt nervous in my chair. Then, when the time came when I knelt in the water, I just felt my tears fall from my eyes.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that the Lord will give them longer lives that they may be able to continue the works they have started, and in turn, many more will return unto the Lord.

~o~

Bro. Ronelio Estivesa, 33, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I want my soul to be cleansed. It’s because of my aunt that I got to listen to Bro. Eli. Sometimes I would watch on television, but I started listening [religiously] last year.

The doctrines are true and Bro. Eli preaches the truth.

On Being Baptized

I feel okay. Somehow, I feel relieved inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue doing what they do. I also hope that they may last longer on earth, so that they can preach more the word of God.

~o~

Sis. Lida Lacsao, 62, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Because I believe in Bro. Eli’s doctrines. I was able to watch through UNTV since last year.

His teachings are very clear, and he’s telling the truth. The doctrines are very unique and I believe that his doctrines are different, exceptional.

On Being Baptized

It feels great. I felt like as if I were in the clouds. [Laughs] It’s like the Spirit is with you.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

They are gifts from God. I love them so much. Bro. Eli is life-like Jesus Christ.

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: September 25, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on September 25, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Joel Mercado, 39, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I found this to be the true religion. Also, this is where I found the answers that I have been searching for.

I first listened on television. Then, my wife became a member [in April of 2015].

Before, I would just drive my wife to the locale. She would invite me in, but I declined at first. Though, I felt even then that I wanted to join her there already.

One time, I did go with her. When I got there, I really liked the teachings in the Church.

When I was a Catholic before, we worshipped idols. Now, when Bro. Eli read the teaching concerning that, it hit me and I realized that what we did was wrong.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy. I felt that my doubts in life are gone.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many, many thanks because I learned the true teachings of God from you. Also, I thank him for welcoming me here in Apalit. Many, many thanks.

~o~

Sis. Norie Anne Macabutas, 17, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s here where I better understood the teachings of God.

My uncle is already a member here. He invited me to get indoctrinated. Even at the onset of it, the reason why you need to get indoctrinated first before becoming a member of the Church of God is explained.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside. Before, even when I got baptized in the Born Again, in the Adventist church, I felt that I still had my sins.

I didn’t attend in those much, because I felt bored. I listened to the teachings there, but it’s here where I better understood everything. Here, Bro. Eli explains every prohibition of the Bible.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Of course, I’m thankful because there are preachers like them who teach for people to better understand the doctrines of God.

~o~

Sis. Mercedes Gutierrez, 32, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, I wasn’t really active in Catholicism because it was like nothing was happening.

When I got married and moved to Bulacan, I was able to watch on UNTV. I said, “What Bro. Eli is saying is good.”

I wasn’t able to follow the program avidly though. I was able to watch only when I had the time. But I said, “It’s really okay.”

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At first, my husband said to me, “Oh, those religions are just all the same.” I told him, “Why don’t we give it a try?”

Before we got indoctrinated, many things troubled my husband, so we thought to not push through with the indoctrination. That time, Satan won; he won.

After his trip he told me, “You know, Ma, all I could think of during my entire trip was being indoctrinated.”

So that same night, we went to the locale and listened to the doctrines. That’s when it started until we have arrived to this point. My husband and I were both baptized today.

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It was my first time to hear such doctrines. I realized that there were many dos and don’ts.

It’s unlike in Catholicism. I have aged and all and yet I didn’t know that what I was doing was wrong. I didn’t know it, because nobody taught it. It was only Bro. Eli who preaches what is acceptable, what is not, and what we should do.

On Being Baptized

I was crying. I was really crying.

I didn’t anymore hesitated. I said, “I’m really going to pursue this.” Actually, I’ve long wanted to, but many things just got in the way.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that his life will be longer as he is already old. I also hope that many more people will be able to listen to his preaching.

~o~

Bro. Romeo Tan, 53, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I saw in the truth in the teachings taught by Bro. Eli. Everything he said was undoubtedly true and has basis; all of it is from the Bible.

When he preaches, there’s nothing added nor taken away, but teaches what is written in the Bible. It is unlike in other religions wherein they either add or take something away, just make things up.

I saw this on Youtube, and I studied it first before joining here, whether it was right and whether it was really the words of God that are being preached.

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When I found everything spoken is the truth—nothing lacking, nothing added, and with basis—I didn’t anymore have second thoughts to join this day, September 25.

This is my own decision. I voluntarily came here. Actually, nobody lead me here. I was formerly a Catholic.

In Catholicism, there is idol worship, praying to graven images; they even kneel before those things.

Thus, I thank God that despite being stricken by years already, my mind has been enlightened. Thanks be to the Lord that He lead me to the true Church.

On Being Baptized

My feeling was so light. Before I was baptized, I was reflecting while sitting on my chair. I just suddenly felt that my tears were falling, that I was crying.

It was like I suddenly surrendered myself to Him, to the Lord God and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I have repented of all of my past sins, of all the wrong things I’ve done.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will not tire in helping and leading all the lost souls unto the true Church of God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: August 28, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on August 28, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Antonio Wong, 50, Former Catholic, Manila Province

On Joining the Church of God

I saw the truth; the teachings are truly from the Bible.

Ever since I watched on television and listened continually, the words of the Holy Scriptures gradually sunk into my heart and mind.

On Being Baptized

I feel good. I feel light inside, as if all the pains are gone, as well as the doubts I had in my mind.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I hope that he will be able to live longer that he may be able to preach to more people who haven’t yet heard the truth.

For Bro. Daniel, I hope that he will continue his good deeds: His “Isang Araw Lang” (Just One Day) motto, No good work will yield evil.

~o~

Sis. Jennifer Yanzon, 40, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

My husband has long been listening and he invited me to a Bible Exposition. Alhough, I declined his invitation and told him that I wasn’t ready yet.

He always watched on TV. He would tell me, “Watch here so that you’ll know about it,” as we were Roman Catholics before. “So you’ll know the difference,” he added

I watched and said, “I’ll try it. But I can’t say if I’m going to like it or not.” Then, we went to the locale. That’s when I found that I liked the teachings because everything is from the Bible.

With Catholicism, it’s different. It’s like half of it is from the Bible, and the other from the priest’s sermon.

Here, everything is from the Bible. That’s when I started following him. [Points to her husband]

I learned a lot from the doctrines. It’s good because you will find all the answers to your questions there.

On Being Baptized

It was a different feeling. I felt that my sins have been washed away, that they were all gone. I also felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, many thanks for the Bible Expositions that you do. The Lord made you instruments for us to learn the truth. What you teach is different from what our former religions teach.

I learned a lot from you. So many, many thanks to both of you, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. Many, many thanks.

~o~

Bro. Jimmy Yanzon, 44, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Perhaps, it’s God’s calling to me as nobody lead me here. I guess, it’s just like that when you are being called by God.

I’ve been listening for about four years. I just watched [The Old Path] on TV. I watched it and compared it with those of other religions.

I also attended their services, and listened to their doctrines. However, it’s far more different here; the doctrines of the Church of God are unparalleled.

On Being Baptized

I felt light, and so different than from before.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Firstly, thanks be to the Lord, and thanks also to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel whom He made as instruments. I’m thankful also for the teachings they preach. Thank You Lord.

~o~

Sis. Nerissa Galvan, 30, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s because of my fear in God that I got from hearing His words since I was in college.

Actually, I was a BREAD [Bible Readers Society] member at the Philippine Normal University. I knew there members like Kuya [elder brother] Jeff Samson, Ate [elder sister] Beth Gillen.

I just listened to the Bible studies, but I didn’t decide on becoming a member immediately. I graduated first as I am older than they are.

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I had an elementary classmate in the Locale of Magda. He chatted me on Facebook and invited me to the indoctrination. That’s how it all began.

Actually, I know almost all of the doctrines as I was eager to attend Bible studies. They would invite me to join, but I refused as my heart was still hard back then. I couldn’t yet accept things.

It was on a Monday, August 11, when I first attended the Mass Indoctrination. The moment I got seated, I already cried.

When [the choir] sang, I was crying and I didn’t know why. Until the time came that I felt strength in my heart that I was really going to pursue this despite the hindrances that came.

On Being Baptized

My cousin texted me and asked how I was. I said, “It’s finished, and I have fulfilled my dream.” [Laughs]

I really wanted to join already as I was afraid that it may be too late for me. I have been called many times before and I have dreamed different dreams already.

I think I was already being told that this was my last chance, that if I wouldn’t join, something bad might happen to me.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, many, many thanks to God for preaching to us. I hope that I will be able to see you personally.

~o~

Bro. Christopher Espina, 36, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I joined because I got amazed in watching the programs of Bro. Eli Soriano.

The words are taken from the Bible. The meanings are really deep. That’s why I got interested in listening to him.

I started listening in about 1998. I just felt that I was being called right now as many trials have come in my life. The trials I faced came one after the other.

Before, I would attend MCGI gatherings, but haphazardly. That’s why I felt that I was being called already, that my life may be in order.

On Being Baptized

While I was in the water, I was really crying. I don’t know if many were able to see it. Actually, the baptizer had trouble understanding my answers when I spoke.

That’s why he repeated his questions, because I was really crying. The feeling was different; I don’t know what it is.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I hope that I will see them again. Way back in 1998, I came here in Apalit and sought to see them personally, and I did.

I hope that their lives will be longer for those like me who wish to join as well. I hope to be with them for a far longer time, because I know that I still have many things that I can learn from them.

~o~

Sis. Regine Alvarez, 16, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

Because of the truth. The teachings here are different, unlike in others where it is just nothing.

My friend invited me here, who is now a member. I listened during the Mass Indoctrination, and he brought me once to a Thanksgiving service.

On Being Baptized

I can’t explain it. I felt so empty before. Then, “Wow! So this is how it feels.” I felt happy, so very happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God as they teach truthfully. I hope that their lives will be longer and that many more people will join.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: August 14, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on August 14, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Germaine Apor, 27, Former Catholic Manila

On Joining the Church of God

My partner for five years has been a member since 2006, so he accompanies me to gatherings. Actually, his entire family are members.

Before I just saw Bro. Eli on television. I didn’t listen to him though; his channel was something that I just passed by as I surfed.

It was in the Locale of Marikina on a Saturday [when I first attended]. It was a Thanksgiving service. It struck me as different at first because the people were singing and dancing; it didn’t feel strange though.

I really couldn’t say anything about [the doctrines]. I have long been a Catholic. When I was a child, I also tried to be a Born Again member. But never did I recall that we did a Bible Study. Here, you will really understand something, and you can apply it.

On Being Baptized

I feel so light. It’s like the feeling after a normal shower, only 100 times better!

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Is there anything I can say that means more than “Thank you”? If they weren’t there, many people would not be able to return unto the Lord. There are so many people here because of them.

If there’s one word that means greater than “Thank you,” that’s what I would say.

~o~

Sis. Nenita Calunsay, 60, Former Catholic, Leyte Province

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to join. I didn’t join any other church but this as I like it here. Also, all explanations are clear. I liked them. In Catholicism, I didn’t like it there.

Sis. Perlita was the one who invited me here. She has been a member for five years now.

On Being Baptized

I feel pleasant and light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful for them because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be member of the Church today.

I’m thankful for everything they have taught; nothing is evil. All of the things they taught are good.

I just really wanted to join. Actually, I didn’t force my husband to come with me. I just pursued to get indoctrinated and become a member here in the Church of God.

~o~

Sis. Angelica Delos Santos, 38, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s because I heard Bro. Eli’s doctrines. My husband was the first to be indoctrinated, and he brought me with him to gatherings. He was just baptized last July 24, 2015.

My mind was enlightened, and the word of God entered my heart that’s why I was enlightened.

I was a handog (offering) in the Iglesia. My parents, even my grandparents from both sides of the family, are Iglesia ni Cristo members.

Wearing modest apparel is something that they did only occasionally. Also, the contributions there are many.

On Being Baptized

I felt relieved, as if all my doubts in life are gone. My wrong faith has been changed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many thanks for your doctrines. My heart and mind have been enlightened by the true teachings of God written in the Bible.

~o~

Sis. Ivy Salonga, 32, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I like what Bro. Eli is preaching; we have watched him on television since about two years ago. My husband liked it too, so we decided to attend indoctrination.

Regarding the doctrines, I’m already 32 years old and it’s my first time to hear the one about women’s apparel. In a free religion, there are no prohibitions.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy. I can’t explain it, but my tears just suddenly fell back there. Perhaps, it was because of the relief I felt inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that you will continue you works for people like me who are sinful, that many more may return unto God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 24, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 24, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Isabelo Ibajo, 63, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

There are many reasons. I woke up in this world with my parents being Catholics. Then, they made me become a Seventh-Day Adventist; however, I didn’t like the preaching.

Many years passed by and I would return to Catholicism. I had a wife. I went to Saudi Arabia. But actually, before I went to Saudi, I had already heard of Bro. Eli’s preaching in 1980.

I just couldn’t give attention and time to it then as I was focused on my work and going abroad. I spent eight years in Saudi, but what I heard from Bro. Eli never left my mind.

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When I returned here in the Philippines, I had a problem with my family. My wife sold our house and lot in Fortune Village, and went with another man. So when I got here, my mind was already troubled. I couldn’t give time to being indoctrinated.

I went back to our province. When I was there, my mind was restless. So now, I strove to reach this place that I may continue with what I heard from Bro. Eli Soriano.

I watch UNTV on my cell phone; it’s only through this that I tuned into his program. I listen daily, nightly. Actually, its antenna already got broken because I rolled over onto it [in bed]. [Laughs]

On Being Baptized

I felt light after I got immersed in the water. I’m greatly thankful for it; I even cried. It’s because this has long been a dream of mine, and now, it has finally come true.

As I was changing my clothes, I was thanking the Lord that my dream has been realized. If my wife didn’t go astray then, perhaps I would have been a member already long ago.

I really feel relieved right now. I don’t feel constrained anymore. So when we were clapping our hands a while ago, even my shouts were on the top of my lungs.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am greatly thankful that my dreams finally came true. Thank you very much Bro. Eli. The brethren in the Locale of Biga told me that there was a locale in Dasmariñas in the province of Cavite. I told them that I just heard from Bro. Eli that there was a locale here. So when I found it, I was really thankful to God that my dreams have come true.

~o~

Bro. Michael Guela, 24, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

His teachings are good; they are from the Bible. It’s really good, and are according to the way and instruction of the Lord.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. It feels good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that God will continue to guide them.

~o~

Sis. Letty Manilag, 65, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

My son is from China, and he got baptized there. When he came here in the Philippines, he invited us.

At first, I didn’t like it. Then he told me, “Mama, please come attend with me. You’re just going to listen.”

So I went with him, and my in-law and other child and their housemate also joined us. As I listened, I realized that what Bro. Eli says is true. And then I liked it already.

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Before, we would just laugh at him [my son], because even when he was just studying, he already listened to Bro. Eli.

We would laugh at him. I even said to him, “Maybe you’re going to be a minister also one day.” I just joked about it, and he just let me.

Time passed by and he went abroad. One day, he called me to seek my permission. He said, “Mama, I’m going to get baptized here.” Now, when he went home, he brought us here.

On Being Baptized

It’s like all my ill feelings have been taken away. Before, I had bad blood towards my husband. My husband always drinks, but he came with us when we attended the indoctrination. Last night, he even went with us. But I don’t think he’s ready yet.

My daughter got baptized, my youngest; she’s here now. So, there are three of us now here. I was formerly a Catholic, and nightly I would pray to God. I said, “Loving Father, please direct me where I should go, because there are many religions now.”

As I listened to Bro. Eli, I felt that it’s what I want. And it’s because I understood everything.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Now that I have been baptized here, I’m exceedingly thankful that I have found a place where true worship of God is.

~o~

Bro. Ariel Bacolod, 28, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to know the true God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that my soul may have a guide. That’s the main purpose why I joined.

Last year, around November of 2014, I was able to listen via the Internet, and it went on from there.

All the doctrines that Bro. Eli says are all from God; they are from the Bible. I watched all of his debates on the Internet.

On Being Baptized

I feel blessed. All the emotional burdens that I carried in my heart, the sins I have committed are now gone.

I realized what the result would have been had I not been baptized, having done many sins before. We need the process of baptism to be saved. That is its purpose.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message for both of them is that may they continue their works that other people will be saved as well. I’m certain that they are the instruments of God for those who don’t know anything about salvation to be able to listen to them and be sure of it.

~o~

Bro. James Manrique, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is the only religion that I have found to be true. What Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel say is the truth.

I was formerly a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of Lambs]. Ever since I was a child, I have already been active in Church activities. I also listened during Thanksgivings and Bible studies. I have been away from the KNC for five years though as I lived with my grandmother who is a Catholic.

On Being Baptized

It’s different; it’s really a different feeling. I can’t explain it.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thank you and I love you.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 17, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 17, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Delia Altobar, 53, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

We [she and her family] started listening on TV. We watched him [Bro. Eliseo] and listened to his words about God.

We watched him for three months. Afterwards, we immediately sought The Old Path. We really searched for it ourselves and didn’t confide with other people. We found the locale in San Isidro Dos in Paombong, Bulacan.

Bro. Eli explains well the words of God that’s why we decided to join here.

On Being Baptized

I’m elated, of course!

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will have a longer time in serving people across the whole world. Thanks be to God!

~o~

Bro. Lonillo Jereza, 42, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I started listening because of my workmate as he is a brother-in-faith. I’m a soldier, and he introduced the program of Bro. Eli to me.

I have watched it on television since then. Sometimes, when I was alone, I would go up to [my room] and watch it on my tablet. There are channels that my tablet is able to pick up.

Bro. Eli’s preaching is different. You will really see that what he says is true. You will feel it.

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I read the Bible, and as I listen to the verses, I read them at the same time. That’s why I decided to get indoctrinated.

I experienced some hindrances while I was being indoctrinated, like those coming from someone who is of a higher rank than me at work. But with God’s mercy, I was able to continue. You just really need to have faith in Him.

Actually, before I came here last night, one of my children didn’t go home immediately, and there was no one else to take care of my other children.

I was worried at first [that I might not be able to attend] because my wife also worked. But I thought it good to let my faith go to work. It’s like when the Lord Jesus Christ told Peter to be strong in faith.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy. My life was changed because of my listening [to Bro. Eliseo]. I was cleansed; I had a great change in me.

I have finally attained the true faith. I feel different now that I have been baptized.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for them. Because of them, I was able to hear sound doctrine.

I hope that the Lord will give them more strength to be able to preach that they may be able to reach many more people, so that the true faith will be propagated and that many more will worship God.

~o~

Bro. Rodrigo Altobar, 81, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have long been listening. Now, for the longest time that I have been searching, I didn’t know where I could go.

I asked about [a locale] as my wife didn’t know one too. It turned out, the one I have been looking for is just near [referring to the Locale of Paombong]

I saw here all the truth that I did not see in other religions. Ever since I was a… I really didn’t feel this emotional relief in my being then.

On Being Baptized

Of course, it’s like my being has been changed. I feel that all the errors I have committed… [Cries] It’s only now that I felt like this.

This is why I’m greatly thankful that I was able to listen to Bro. Eli. That is when my consciousness, my emotion was awakened.

I’m thankful for being baptized. I feel that my life has changed. That’s all.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that the minds and paths of many more people will be enlightened.

To God be the glory

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