“What we’re offering you is an open way of learning the words of God, a free examination that we know is beneficial to any individual if he will ponder and read the Bible.”
Bro. Eli Soriano, international televangelist and host of the phenomenal religious program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), opened the Worldwide Bible Exposition held on March 9 with such note.
Known for being frank and straightforward regarding religious matters, he then cited different pastors today who are obviously just fooling their members and followers. An example is a pastor in Tanzania who steps on his members’ backs and asks them to carry him during his sermon because he said his feet should not touch the ground.
With this, Bro. Eli’s purpose of conducting Bible Expositions as frequent as he could was highlighted. With the help of God, he wants to bring more and more people to the truth and shed light to those who are blinded by wrong doctrines taught by fraudulent pastors.
During the March 9 Bible Exposition administered by the Members Church of God International (MCGI), whose Overall Servant is Bro. Eli, various guests from different remote points across the globe were given the opportunity to examine the words of God written in the Bible by posing their spiritual queries.
The questions during the symposium included topics on how to fully accept the words of God, what the name of God is, and how to begin listening to the words of God, among others.
Accepting the Words of God
A guest from Dubai, United Arab Emirates addressed Bro. Eli: “I am under indoctrination in MCGI. I just wanted to know how I can be sure that I am ready to be baptized into the Church?”
The MCGI Overall Servant read Hebrews 3:13 and II Corinthians 6:2 to answer the question posed by the guest. What’s written in these verses are admonitions from God, according to Bro. Eli. When you have heard and understood the truth, do not delay or postpone your acceptance of the Lord and His teachings.
Sins and transgressions may harden you and prevent you from joining the true Church of God. Bro. Eli reiterated that the time to join is “now”.
Citing James 4:13-14, a man is like vapour, said Bro. Eli, you would not know if you will still be alive tomorrow.
The Name of God
Meanwhile, a visitor named Marvin from Madrid, Spain asked about the name of God.
Bro. Eli began his explanation by saying that in the Bible, God has may names. But there will come a time, as written in Zechariah 14:9, that He will only have one name.
“And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.” (King James Version)
There will be a day when God will reign over all of the earth. On that day, He will only have one name. But for now, there are many names with which we can address Him. Among these are “God of hosts” as said in Amos 5:27; and “Lord” or “God” based on Deuteronomy 28:58.
Listening to the Words of God
A Roman Catholic guest from Marikina City in the Philippines, on one hand, inquired how he can start listening to the words of God when he knows that his heart is not clean and he cannot turn his back from his vices.
“I admire your question, brother,” remarked Bro. Eli.
He then read John 15:3: “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” (King James Version).
The foremost thing to do is to listen to the words of God because these are what will cleanse you and your iniquities.
The guest received a free Bible, and was advised by Bro. Eli to read the book of Ephesians, which the International Televangelist called “the book of cleansing”.
Written by: Elizabeth Borromeo