“How dare he!” I said to myself. Yet, the rest of what this Bro. Eli was saying are all true and Bible-based – strictly to the letter.
By Leilani Yu
The man on the television screen was hard-hitting and totally self-confident when he said in Tagalog: “Huwag ka nang magpatumpik-tumpik, huwag ka nang magpa-delay delay, “pag nakasumpong ka ng mabuti, gawin mo agad!” (Do not anymore procrastinate! Do not anymore delay. If you have found something good, do it right away!)
This guy, I found later on, claimed that the pope carries the number 666 of the beast on his crown. “How dare he!” I said to myself.
This was one Bro. Eliseo Soriano telling his audience about this shocking revelation.
It was my first time to hear him and I was shocked!
Yet, the rest of what this Bro. Eli was saying are all true and Bible-based – strictly to the letter.
I began attending a series of Bible Expositions to find out more. No doubt, even the Ang Dating Daan TV shows I saw woke me up.
They marked the start of a conversion that led to my baptism to the Church of God International on September 8, 2006.
I come from a long lineage of Catholic, Chinese, Filipino forebears. I was born 65 years ago in a small northern town of Cebu when the Japanese were fighting a war they knew they were losing to the blue wave of US forces coming to liberate the Philippines.
We are four girls and a boy in our family and I am the eldest. My younger sisters and brother did not experience being nursed by a mother in constant fear of Japanese brutality. But I did. Maybe more than my genes, this experience gave me a stronger personality and made me for what I am: a person who likes to express herself or to voice out a piece of her mind, especially on matters of principles and public interest.
Basically shy in character, my biggest fear was, and still is, being made to speak before an audience. Even if this audience were my personal friends, en banc they can release butterflies in my stomach and wring it into a knot. I prefer to write because then, I can have more time to choose my words and organize my thoughts.
I have been in and out of writing since my high school days, when our English teacher chose to volunteer me as a contributor to our school paper. I was more into writing feature articles rather than news story, though, and dabbled on poetry when inspired, which were rare occurrences.
When I came into the Church of God, I discovered I needed to belong to an active group and make myself more useful, to Bro. Eli but to God, more specially. One sister in the Locale of San Isidro where I was indoctrinated was particularly interested to recruit me to the locale’s mothers’ club. Unknown to her, I had set my heart to pursuing a writing career which, to me, would be more worthwhile as the impact would be immediate.
I would like to write about how Bro. Eli has enlightened me immeasurably on Bible verses that I have already read again and again, but never really understood. Yes, this was my life in the Catholic Church: read the Bible and never mind if you don’t understand it; maybe you’ll understand it better if you pray the rosary daily. And yes, fiestas are few but going with the procession of the saints’ images is highly commendable. To this day, I still remember the Flores de Mayo in the month of May, as a special event I loved to join as a young girl.
But all of these I have now left behind – not because of my age but because I now understand better God’s will and His commandments as found in the Scriptures. I learned these practices are not godly!
Thank you, Bro. Eli; and thank you, Father, most especially!
To God be the Glory!