When I first heard Bro. Eli in the indoctrination exposing the wrong doctrines of the Catholic Church, I decided to go through the sessions to learn what else he had to say.
By Marjhon “Kulot” Obsioma
It was my mother, Rosita Merto (Sis Emily to her friends) who first got affiliated with the Members Church of God International under the leadership of Bro. Eliseo Soriano.
One day, I went home from Laquindingan, Misamis Oriental. My mother came to our house where my brother and I lived because we lived separate from our parents. Three of us siblings live there. After we talked, mama invited us to attend the indoctrination in the Church she joined in. So my older sister, older brother and I went.
I really didn’t want to go with her because I told her and my friends before that I will never join my mother’s group, which is the “Ang Dating Daan,” officially called Members Church of God International. But I was persuaded to go because of my older sister.
In the coordinating center, in the Locale of Iligan City, on that first night, we were many attending the indoctrination. I think we were twelve then. There we saw and heard Bro. Eli Soriano preaching the words of God. I was absentminded that evening though because I was a bit shy. I also was not accustomed to worshipping or going to church. So my eyes were just looking around randomly.
In the following nights, my sister did not come back anymore because she went to Manila to work as my aunt called for her. Only my brother and I came back.
Those of us in the group who came back to hear the doctrines diminished in the succeeding evenings. One of them was my brother; he also didn’t come back to listen. The day came when I was the only one left attending.
Through the mercy and help of God, I continued even though I was alone and a bit shy. Through the mercy and help of God, I was able to accept the teachings preached by Bro. Eli Soriano. I told myself, “This man is great.” I said so because I observed that everything he said comes from the Bible and he knows the errors of other religions, including my former religion!
My former religion is Roman Catholic. I used to believe that it was the true church. In my former religion, they worship idols, which is against God. Above all, all of their teachings are wrong. That is why when I first heard Bro. Eli in the indoctrination exposing the wrong doctrines of the Catholic Church, I decided to go through the sessions to learn what else he had to say.
With the mercy of God, I believed all the doctrines of the Church of God as preached by Bro. Eli. The one who baptized me was Bro. Ato Tobias in the Locale of Cagayan de Oro on August 2, 2004.
A lot of things in my life changed since I have known Bro. Eli and since I became a member of the Church of God, which is the house of God. When I was not yet affiliated in this Church, I had a lot of vices like smoking, drinking liquors, gambling, deceiving people, stealing money from my parents, and I was also worldly. But now, my behavior has changed. All of these are past now. I am greatly thankful to God Almighty that He changed me through Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.
The first thing I liked about Bro. Eli is the fact that he has memorized everything written in the Bible; secondly, he knows all the doctrines of other religions around the world. He is very much familiar with the erroneous teachings of other religions. Another thing I love about Bro. Eli is his being thoughtful, loving and understanding to other people, especially to the brethren.
I believe in what Bro. Eli says that in this congregation there is no murderer; no one thinks of himself highly; it is a group without strife, a Church that is not mongering and does not extort. If there is any one found to be such, then he is not a true brother.
Bro. Eli has no equal. He is not like other pastors who make money out of their members. With Bro. Eli, he teaches what is in the Bible even if it hurts the feelings of other people who do not understand.