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reaching has been taken quite lightly by some, especially those in for “filthy lucre.” To find out if preaching is for real, it may be examined using instructional principles. It is basically teaching and so should fulfill the requirements for teaching if ever made an embellished form of whatever art. A true preacher would know that preaching too is science, and then some. Especially for the word of God, preaching should be clear, accurate, and understandable – and then should be able to fulfill its end of saving souls.

Today what we actually observe is an evolved form of inane art or a ritual of sorts with money as bottom line. That’s the sorry end: money. There is not even a dint of teaching there, but only types allowing superficial release of psychological burdens from worldly problems and then the whole thing is over. In places where this happens, no learning of God’s word is done, if ever.

Instead of teaching in these church groups, you hear of priests in some sing-song gibberish in Latin, some other language, or the dialect. Then comes the bowing, the genuflecting, the rising, the raising of hands, and the ringing of bells. Or the shouting of empty phrases and cries about love and Jesus, and some perceived healing complete with collapsing and some shaking. Nowhere do you hear of bible verses being expounded in these rituals, worlds apart from studying the Word of God. But you hear of stories with a sprinkling of chosen few verses to boot – to fit only an unwarranted belief. And then the collection comes. How these types of “teaching” could ever save souls is greatly mystifying. Philippians 1:15 says some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife. Without the necessary know-how, they too indulge in what they think is preaching – for filthy lucre’s sake, damning themselves in the process.

1Tim 6:10 says –

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Bro. Eli Soriano, presiding minister of the Church of God, International, has shown over the years his teaching the Word of God which is a different, incomparable type. While some use only bits and pieces of the Bible, he uses it whole. While some do not bother to teach the commandments in the Bible, he teaches these commandments in whole. He risks life and limb to teach the Word of God, to defend its truth, and to fight those who corrupt it like a true preacher would. As an expert on the Bible, he teaches for understanding and for learning – toward the salvation of souls. Different from others in caring, he is like Paul as described in Phil 2:20-21

For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

But why are thousands attracted to Bro. Eli’s preaching or teaching the Word of God despite claims that he curses?

The Basics First

Wherever he is preaching – in the television, in the radio, in bible expositions, before the congregation, Bro. Eli does not expect a so-called innate intelligence among his listeners when it comes to the Word of God. There could only be the willingness to respond to truth, or the denial of it. This world had offered more than a share of false teachings so long, they have to be corrected. For this, some work has to be done. Rom 10:14-15 says –

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?

Bro. Eli doesn’t make assumptions about what his listeners know. Point Zero to him would begin with illustrating what happens in these church groups. In here, he would be as candid as he can, calling idols as they are: wood, cement, stone, and yet one bows before them, touching them as though they had some life in them. He is trying to open his listeners’ eyes to the folly foisted on them by false teachers. Then to him, there would be no breakdown points of performance with every one wanting to be a Christian. It is hard to do what’s right, he says, but with guidance, there would be no learner left behind.

Skills, techniques and strategies are modeled successfully in Bro. Eli as a teacher. There is no emphasis of specific memory strategies and study skills. He would encourage frequent study however, and by this, shows that learning is not limited to just memorization, but with the involvement of God’s spirit. For those tending to critical thinking, they can have their day with Bro. Eli whose prowess in this aspect is easily explained from the Bible. Luke 21:14 -15 states –

Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

But he’s not the kind to push around. He knows if someone is asking with a desire to know, or asking in order to impose a mistaken belief. The teacher in Bro. Eli doesn’t give up easily, especially if one shows he is interested in truth. He knows one can improve, even in areas of weaknesses. Those already deceived can be taught not with sarcasm, shame, and humiliation and he shows that in his dealings with them. However, he too knows how to cut clean from hardened fools trying to waste time.

Cursing as his enemies would charge connotes irresponsible desire to have the other afflicted. But that is not what Bro. Eli would want. There is just his duty to expose with vehemence the deception being done by false preachers who may drag others to damnation with them. And as he can say things to the face of these false preachers with anger and in full force, it is illogical that he would curse and so spoil his labor in the process. For one who fully trusts in God to take charge, he could only do his part in rebuking. So when he shouts “Pwe” with full force, it means it is sickening to the stomach – the gall of pretenders who do things abominable to the eyes of God. When he shouts then, he is protesting like others in the Bible did their own protest, as he cares about what God would think of the way he interprets his own work. Who knows if from Bro. Eli’s rebuking them, these people may one day wake up to see their own folly? 2 Tim 3:16 says –

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

In exposing deception then, there is no need to take steps gingerly. This is why Bro. Eli doesn’t try to be diplomatic with fools; he simply says things as they are. He shouts if needed. What is foolish is foolish; what is sin is sin, no matter how one tries to dress it up. He calls a spade, a spade – no excuses. That is his work as far as he is concerned. He has to reprove, rebuke, and reproach no matter who gets hurt. He is not beholden to anyone but to God and in a way, this has been his strength through the years, he needed not preach for vested interests.

Hounding False Preachers

There is this church group that claims salvation is only through membership in their own organization. Ultimately they use the element of fear to cement their salvation package. Outside of their church are those for whom the lake of fire is reserved, they say. They then tell their members not to read the Bible because accordingly they cannot understand. Their founder is “the chosen one” whose teachings they follow, appropriating so many titles including being angel arising from the east, the Worm Jacob, the last messenger, and so many others. They foist the concept of being the covenant people – who have the function of giving, Then they enjoin their members to obey or else… Finally, there is a promise of goodness of God if they obeyed (which included giving). Very well knitted indeed. These are the kinds of deception that Bro. Eli would want to shatter. It is his work, the kind no preacher would dare take up, and so he too warns –

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed (Gal 1:8).

Consider this simplistic 16 question-answer Thursday lecture that doesn’t teach God’s ways but impress upon a false teaching so that their members could give more. Entitled “What God wants from each … member” prepared by their leader, this was said to be delivered by all their ministers all over the globe (http.//incworld.faithweb.com. Sep. 27, 2001). Of course, they came with biblical markers, but since their members are not encouraged to read the bible, they wouldn’t check. Note the flow of the primer (replete with errors, grammatical or otherwise) with just the questions to discern some pattern: Covenant, Disobedience/ Turning away, New group (“Fulfillment of a prophecy as people of God, this church being registered exactly when war broke out on July 27, 1914”), Obey, Thanksgiving, Give, Receive goodness forever.

The questions were as follows –

What is the covenant of God? Did the nation of Israel complied (sic) with the covenant with God to obey Him? What punishment did God gave (sic) Israel for their disobedience? Did the policy (sic) of God to choose His people stopped (sic) when Israel violated their covenant? Did the first century Church of Christ obeyed (sic) or kept (sic) the commandments of Christ and God? Which are (sic) the lies introduced to the first century Church of Christ? What became of the church that turned away (sic) from God and possessing the doctrines of demons? Did God chose (sic) a new group of people when the first century Church of Christ disappeared (sic)? How does God recognize those who don’t belong to Him? How did these people defiled (sic) the earth? How do we members of the Church of Christ, chosen by God, give glory to the Lord? What is one of God’s commands that we should obey? Aside from attending our worship services, what else is required of us to maintain our covenant with God? Besides bearing fruits, besides attending our regular worship services, besides preparing for our year end thanksgivings, what else is the instructions (sic) from God to us? Are we at the losing end if we comply or obey all the commands of God? What do we expect from God if we faithfully obey His commands?

Contesting a knitted deception is not the normal fare of an ordinary individual, much less hounding deceivers all by himself. It takes lots of guts and a backer not less than the Almighty. So aside from an incomparable understanding that Bro. Eli has for the Word of God., one other thing he does that is not duplicated anywhere in the world is his giving false prophets a run for their money.

Not of the Same Level

False preachers eagerly appraise Bro. Eli Soriano and readily pigeonhole him as “the enemy.” They then attach to him so many names as though that could excuse them of facing real issues. One group that has so distinguished themselves above the rest as “the only ones destined to be saved” says their minister is not of the same level with Bro. Eli so their minister could not come out to defend their teachings.

In the course of his preaching, Bro. Eli has gathered many enemies – firstly for his exposure of deceptive teachings. Again and again, he would be presenting videos on such teachings of liars to kingdom come. He would want to show their folly to those deceived and those they could deceive yet. And by the time one thinks of dismissing these things (the “god messages” publications of a certain church group, for example) as mindless drill, the astute strategist in him is again able to present new angles unheard of before. He never would lack items that these could not be viewed as meaningless exercise. Awesome as he does things, it is safer to trust in him and the One backing him up, for why is it that with Bro. Eli, you haven’t seen everything yet, haven’t heard everything yet?

All Bro. Eli was doing was exposing their false teachings while they continued to spread lies about him. To their chagrin, they are forced to play along his hands by answering his questions. But Bro. Eli is clever too, and cannot be caught flat when it comes to the Bible. In effect, in their attempts to answer him, they display more of their ignorance for the whole world to see. They, in fact, do not even come up to the level of hiding under demands of exegetical justification and asking, “What rule did you use?” They simply call Bro. Eli names.

Very much like the enemies of Jeremiah before, they would also say –

Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words (Jer 18:18).

To evaluate by logic, the character or circumstances of Bro. Eli Soriano has nothing to do with the truth or falsity of the teachings of this church group. Attack on the person or argumentum ad hominem is a form of fallacy resorted to by people to divert attention from the real issues. So how could they be of the same level? Perhaps they meant university education, power, and riches – all of which are not the basis for being given an understanding of the Word of God. Instead of answering Bro. Eli Soriano’s contentions about their false teachings, their ministers would mouth tirades against him in their television programs.

But that is true in a sense; “they are not of the same level.” Bro. Eli focused on their false teachings while their group centered on his person. Bro. Eli focused on issues that matter while the other group attacked his being. In logic then, they can be called resorting to fallacies – not answering the questions directed at them, evading them, and so diverted the issue to looking for faults in the speaker.

Commitment

What is the end of preaching? By all means, Bro. Eli would use all resources in propagating the Word of God– the radio, the television, the internet, the print. As church history now spells out, he would get the ire of some censors’ board for mouthing some words irritating to “educated ears.” But he has proven God would use strong words, negative though they be, to mean what He says. He would get a string of malicious cases and be threatened to prison for speaking against false teachings of false teachers. But as a faithful preacher, it is his responsibility to expose them, to defend and protect the Word of God that it not be corrupted. Undaunted by all danger, he knows he is walking the same path taken by the apostles, hence the persecutions, inevitable as they are. Like Paul, he says –

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God (Act 20:24).

The extent of Bro. Eli’s commitment to God’s work is so total that it would strike some as bordering on extreme personal anger or hatred, when he strikes against false teachings. He simply hates deception because this has to do with salvation of souls or the absence of it. When he strikes, therefore, his tirades are part of the caustic satirical sizzle that gives his preaching its bite. With its sharpthartic tone, it may yet purge the world of its filthiness – and how!h?v=julJSYnIvvA]

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Being righteous means you are now dedicated to the will of the Father because you are free from the serpent seed. Being righteous means you repent and surrender that serpent seed and promise that from now on, His will be done in your life and you follow the footsteps of the Appointed Son.

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How Great is God of the Bible (1st Part)
e are going to study about the Bible. But, why do we need to study it? Should we use the Bible as a basis in everything that we do? Whenever we are to do something, must we always have a basis? A mother, for instance, cooks for the family because she has the obligation and the right to do so. What do I mean to say? In our house, not just anybody has the right to cook the rice. The one who should cook the rice must have the authority to do so. And who has the right to cook for the family? It could be the mother, the father, the housemaid, or any legitimate member of the family. But you just can’t allow anybody to cook for you. Who knows if that person wants to poison you all?

If you are going to sweep the streets, you should also have a basis. Try to sweep the streets without being appointed by the rightful person, and you’ll not get any compensation. You cannot compel the government to pay you for your labor because you had never been deputized to be a street sweeper. A man who just wears the uniform of a policeman is not a real policeman even if he has the badge, the patches, and all the other paraphernalia that a real policeman wears. And because that man does not have a basis, not only in wearing the policeman’s uniform, but also in performing the duties of a real policeman, he is just considered as a mere impostor.

In other words, we need to have a basis in everything we do. It follows that even in serving God and in invoking God, we should have a basis why we should do it. In the first place, there are people who do not invoke God at all. And if we are going to invoke God, how should we do it? Where should we base our faith in God?

Wasn’t it that when we were just beginning to learn how to read, we started with ABC? And if we are going to study music, don’t we normally begin with do-re-mi? In our service to God, we also have to know the ABC of salvation. Will it be fine with you if we begin our studies from the lowest level, or the basics? Do you know of any lawyer who studied Law right away without going through the elementary, secondary, and tertiary level? It is only after an aspiring lawyer completes those levels that he could pursue Law. The same process applies in studying salvation. You do not instantly become a Christian, and become saved by just raising your hand! That is not so. Please, do not be misled. It will be fatal if you do not know the basics. Why? This is what Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in the reputation for wisdom and honour.”

Try to kill flies and place them in a bottle of ointment, or perfume. Let them stay there for a week. After a week, open the bottle, savor it scent, and you will realize how a bottle of perfume could be spoiled by just a few flies. What was the Bible trying to tell us? A little folly spoils wisdom and honor.

There is an English adage which says, “Little knowledge is dangerous.” That is true. A little folly could cause danger to a person. For example, no matter how good a surgeon is, the life of his patient could be endangered if the nurse assisting him is a simpleton. A sensible nurse makes an inventory of the number of cotton balls they used during the operation. So that before the wound is closed, she sees to it that the number of cotton balls she prepared reconciles with the number of cotton balls they used. But if the attending nurse is somebody who does not know the sensitiveness of her work, she would not really bother to check the cotton balls. Only to find out later that three pieces of cotton balls were left inside the patient’s body. There are cases like that. There had been an incident when, what was left inside was not an ordinary cotton ball, but a surgical scissors. Such serious damage happened because of the negligence of both the surgeon and the nurse.

That is why it is very true that a little folly can be very damaging. That is, insofar as material things are concerned. But greater is the harm that a little folly can do in terms of godliness. When it comes to faith, there shouldn’t be any shade of folly. When it comes to faith you have to be very sure because what is at stake is either eternal bliss, or eternal damnation. Remember that we are heading for eternity, and eternity has two sides. One side is the eternal lake of fire, and the other side is life everlasting.

Others, who do not want to listen to me, reason out that they do not want to confuse their minds anymore. Many say that they would rather stick to the faith that they grew up with, although they are not sure if their religion will lead them to salvation, or not. But the fact that you are uncertain of your salvation is a proof that your present religion did not even bother to teach you the ABC of salvation. Apparently, you are heading for something eternal without you having any direction. You do not even know the right thing to do. In religion, we should have the full knowledge of what we are doing. We should be certain of our actions. These are some of the things that we shall unravel in our discussion.

First, let us find out, what should we use as a basis in serving God? How shall we serve Him? Why do we have to serve Him? Does God have any name? Is His name Jehovah, or Yahweh El Shaddai? Where is God? What are His physical attributes? Is He black or white? What is the color of His eyes? How does He smell? Some gods do not smell the same. Sometimes, their odor depends on the scent of the perfume, or cologne, sprayed on them. But what does the Bible say on this? Does His smell vary? James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

The Father in heaven does not have variableness. Whatever His odor 5,000 years ago is still His odor today. We can be very sure of that. Perhaps, you would ask, do we have to know God’s odor? Of course, so that if the god who is before you smells differently, that would mean that he is just a false god. Isn’t it that husbands and wives are familiar of each other’s scent? The husband knows if his wife is newly bathed, or if she has not taken a bath for three days. He can never be wrong because he has grown very familiar with her smell. Could a wife tell me that when she was raped, she thought that it was her husband who did it? That would be very stupid of her, because by the mere odor alone, she could already identify if it was her husband, or not. God gave us a sense of smell for us to identify who’s who, and which is which. Look at the blind, they have a very keen sense of smell. They can identify people thru their odors.

There are people whose gods smell differently. Sometimes they smell of sampaguita, sometimes, of rosal. Whatever you put around them becomes their scent. This is the reason why we have to know Him. But, from what standpoint are we going to start in knowing Him? Or, shall we say, from what point of principle? What basis are we going to use in serving Him? What are we going to use in knowing the word of God?

. . . But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood . . .” Gal. 1:15-16 s host of the popular “Ang Dating Daan” program, and as Presiding Minister of the Church of God International, who doesn’t know Bro. Eli Soriano?

Brother Eliseo Soriano — the man, the leader and the servant — remains steadfast in his faith. Amidst all hardships, trials, and persecutions, his unwavering commitment and dedication to mankind is undeniable. He has been offering his strength, time, and love for more than four decades now, for the glory of his Creator, to prove that he is truly God’s humble messenger in these last days.

 
If there is one thing that I can brag about our group, it is about the love that our members have for each other. Our brethren do not bring each other to court. We do not allow that thing to happen. If the brethren in the flesh should care for each other, the more should the brethren in God do so. That is why, in our group, we do not let our less fortunate brother die of hunger in the streets. We look after them. That is a doctrine of Christ.” – Brother Eli Soriano, Members of the Church of God International Presiding MinisterThink of the best place to live on earth. Surely you will not say there is nowadays, as most people would assert. Look around for goodness, and you will find that misery, poverty and famine abound. Selfishness and wickedness that envelop our world today is driving this planet to its destruction.

Yet amidst the sorry state of our society, a community of people who shares charity and understanding with one another still exists. While these people are not related by blood, they are found sharing genuine concern and love for one another like true brothers and sisters. This Christian community is unquestionably the best place any person should and must belong to in these troublous times.

Being a kaanib of a Christian community is both God’s blessing and a source of pride. Why not? It is here in this Church where one can witness and experience the meaning of pure, undefiled religion as stated in the Bible. Here, members of the true Church of God practice and strive to be holy and upright.

Members of the Church of God International, in its zealous desire to uphold the Christian doctrines, follow religiously the Gospel taught by our Lord Jesus Christ as stated in the Holy Scriptures thousands of years ago. All these are manifested in the members’ manner of thinking and acting in any given situation, from rightful manner of speaking to adorning themselves.

Believing that even a single minute should not be wasted to useless earthly endeavors, Christians live and act harmonious with God’s commandments, evolving around unconditional love.

It is here in the house of God where love reigns, charity is practiced and concern for the underprivileged is mutual. It is good to know that community members are responsible for these. The end is nearing. Soon, the Son of God would get His disciples who untiringly abide by His laws. Christians are aware of this prophecy.

As Christians who await the inevitable coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can extend and share the unconditional love taught to us through the Internet. Thanks be to God there is KAANIB.NET, the Church of God International’s official online community portal which provides our brothers and sisters around the world information, communication channel, and venue for expression, good entertainment and recreational area for the electronically-linked members.