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Back-to-back Music of Praises to God at the Big Dome

The Araneta Coliseum echoed with Songs of Praises to God for two consecutive nights, when the Members Church of God International (MCGI) Choir won the Guinness World Record Title for Largest Gospel Choir, back-to-back with the Grand Finals of UNTV’s A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival where the song entry, “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan” won Song of the Year.

Ang Dating Daan at 35 bags Guinness

On October 12, 2015, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) celebrated its 35th year on Philippine TV with the Guinness World Record title for the Largest Gospel Choir being won over by Members Church of God International (MCGI) Choir, where there was a total of 8,688 participants.

The choir sang to a guest audience of thousands consisting of eleven (11) PWD charitable institutions, which were later presented 100,000php each as part of Ang Dating Daan’s celebration. and the program’s earnest devotion to give back.

The whole Araneta erupted with songs of praises for more than two hours through the night as the MCGI Choir in over a thousand coordinating centers all over the world presented heart-felt songs of praises that brought even Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem, the Guinness World Records Official Adjunctator, to near tears.

Mr. Public Service and co-host of the Ang Dating Daan Program Kuya Daniel Razon received the new title for the Largest Gospel Choir. Watch the MCGI Choir Record-breaking performance here:

A Song of Praise Season 4 Finals

The following night, songs of praises echoed within Araneta again as the stage was set for the grand finals of A Song of Praise Music Festival 2015. In its fourth season, competition was as fierce as ever. But eventually the Song of the Year title was presented to composer Christian Malinias for the song “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan,” interpreted by Leah Patricio.

The night came alive with song of praise performances not only from this season but from previous seasons. (See Also: ASOP Year 4 Grand Winner Named) An audience of over eight thousand also witnessed the performances by previous grand finalist interpreters, MCoy Fundales, Jonalyn Viray and Rachel Alejandro.

The annual songwriting competition continues to encourage songwriters to dedicate songs of Praise to God. I am personally looking forward to the next season.

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Bro. Eli: Steward of Truth & Servant of God for 51 Years

“There is no better way to live our lives than to live by the intent of our Creator” – Bro. Eli Soriano

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An unforgettable encounter

When my grandmother died of heart attack, it was as if the pain caused by her death was unbearable. But nothing beats the hurt that cuts deep into my heart by what happened during her wake. Yet, I consider that opportunity something of importance, a great chance that helped make me stronger. It was because I have gained the best opportunity to defend someone dear to me.

When someone is dear to you, you couldn’t just sit back while people spoke ill of that person. The person am talking about is Bro. Eli Soriano. Even though I considered my grandmother dear to me, so is Bro. Eli, ever since that moment when I learned the truth of the Bible through him.

I am the kind of person who hardly show up at any family get-together, so being there, at my grandmother’s wake in June last year was quite unusual in itself. The last time I saw her alive was at the burial of my maternal grandfather. I think they said she insisted to come. I loved her for that and regret the times I couldn’t spend with her.

PG from the Drawing of S. L. Fildes “The empty chair” Gad’s Hill Ninth of June 1870 / Photo taken from: finedictionary.com

My mother text-messaged me one Sunday morning and broke the news. I was in Pampanga at the time and left in quite haste. I had decided to visit her wake with my paternal uncle.

At the wake, he introduced me to a few relatives. I’ve seen a few of them before; and most are already familiar of me. Incidentally, this was because I had also attended the wake of my second-cousin who died in February. (It was a car accident.)

I took a long look inside the coffin—a long last look at my grandmother, who, even in death, wore a smile. Before I went there, my heart was heavy with guilt knowing that she had expressed how much she loved to see us but I couldn’t make the time.

There were a few among our relatives who took notice of me. They eyed me strangely, and I thought I knew why. I took a liking to one of the elder women who dressed familiarly simple. She had her hair in a bun and wore a long skirt. Finally, she asked, “You know, I’ve seen you before. You always seem to dress like that, very modest and meek.”

They were third-cousins perhaps once-removed. One thing led to another and I found out they belonged to Haligi ng Dios Kay Kristo Hesus. I had also told them of my faith, that I joined Members Church of God International (MCGI) recently. I mentioned that it was the group led by Bro. Eli Soriano. “You are knowledgeable of him, I believe,” I inquired of the woman who asked to be called Lilang. (Lilang refers to an old aunt in their province.)

I had been eager to find brethren among them. So it hurt my heart to hear how they were very contrary towards Brother Eli. It was not a surprise for I have already heard about the history of both our faiths.

Times Have Changed

On April 7, 1964, at the age of 17, Bro. Eli Soriano was baptized, joining a congregation of Christians then led by Bro. Nicholas Perez. (See: http://www.elisoriano.com/biography) After the death of Bro. Perez, there was disarray in tenet which led to the division of the church members allegiance to different people who claimed the right to lead them after Bro. Perez. One of the groups listened to Soriano, and the one which now claims the name Haligi ng Dios Kay Kristo Hesus, was led by the late Levita Gugulan.

I knew a different Bro. Eli from the one my Lilang had imposed from the stories told in their church. She claims to have worked with him back in the day, being a deaconess in their church. She says she felt it as a waste for such a man, who was so knowledgeable of the Bible and so good at defending it to turn corrupt. She tells me that she heard Brother Eli was infuriated to find Gugulan in the position of authority instead of him, so that is why he led some astray. These are all LIES! –lies of their congregation that scarred into their history; and she openly stated, “It’s so wasteful of you to be of Ang Dating Daan, with Soriano” to my face with a sympathetic front that left me pitying her instead. I saw her sorrow and her sister’s too. But my heart was heavy thinking how deceived they are.

It will be almost two years for me in the Church. Bro. Eli has been leading this congregation as a servant of God for five decades, and tomorrow marks his 51st year of service. If you ask any true brethren why we love Bro. Eli, they’d tell you that his sympathy for his fellowmen is sincere.

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I have not been in the Church for that many years, but already I feel the power of the Holy Spirit working in Bro. Eli with every lesson he teaches based on the Holy Scriptures. My aunts told me these most-likely fabricated and/or exaggerated stories about Bro. Eli, in order to pull me out of the brotherhood, the Church I now knew. They pitied me and told me what a waste it was for me to be with the congregation, following after the biblical preaching of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. But I knew better. I stood fast to my faith for I knew that they were wrong.

Some people simply look into his eyes as he spoke, and they believed he preached in all honesty and commitment. But God works in ways you cannot imagine, that words do not stay merely words, but become actions. Members of the congregation work together, and this in itself is very inspiring.

Times have changed. The congregation he led since that time grew much stronger and much faithful. Lilang mentioned variations between the practices theirs during Bro. Perez’s times and ours now, and that is because Bro. Eli never ceased studying the Bible, improving the practices of faith of the brethren as we continued to grow.

A True Servant of God

As written in prophecy according to the Bible, many were called to the Church. Many turned back to the Lord through the efforts of the congregation which did sympathize with Bro. Eli and the work of God. I believe it so because I witnessed it myself.

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I felt his compassion and dedication to the work of God. I realized so much here compared to when I was a catholic, a self-acclaimed non-denominational Christian, and later even a deist. It was only Brother Eli’s words that struck me, that intervened in my heart and changed my outlook in so many aspects of life completely.

If my Lilang were to read this, she’ll then know that I’ll never turn away from that, not even by the words of blood-relatives. It is justice to stand in the truth, and God is first before anyone else, even family; And I wish that everyone would realize that Bro. Eli is not what the fabricated stories and false accusations claim him to be.

And to Bro. Eli, in the fifty-first year of your service to God, beloved Brother Eli, I believe that God works in you. Happy 51st year in service to God Bro. Eli Soriano, Steward of Truth & Servant of God!

Brother Eli in Brazil during the International Thanksgiving in April 2015/ Photo Credits: MCGI.org

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The Televangelist Who Reads

In times past, humans sometimes called magic and/or miracles the things and occurrences they could not explain. As decades went by, there slowly became a system of ‘discovering’ and ‘naming’ of such things and occurrences that were later known as systems and processes; and men called it “Science.”

As more things are being explained by the Science of men, more ideas emerge – sometimes dangerous and self-serving ideas – they consider as theories. As some theories become proven to be facts, some theories are simply made fact because of a majority of agreement. And that’s just how it is. Some traditions change. And as it happens, even the perception of human history is theorized against what could be called tradition, and apologists and atheists arise, refuting that God exists.

But some traditions don’t change. And despite all odds, the facts are clearer than day; And I don’t believe there is no God. For unlike what Kurt Eichenwald claims, I believe in the Televangelist who reads.

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Atheistic Conspiracy Theories
In December 2014, Newsweek came out with an article “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin” by Kurt Eichenwald. In this article, the self-proclaimed atheist author wrote, “No television preacher has ever read the Bible.”

He claims further that the Bible of today is inauthentic, and that words and ideas have been changed and adulterated through the times. Eichanwald mentioned many known preachers including 700 Club’s Pat Robertson and Governor Rick Perry, and some practice of various religions that are practically just for show.

Let me cut to the chase. As Eichenwald had written, “There were no vacuum-sealed technologies to preserve paper for centuries. Dried clay broke, papyrus and parchment crumbled away, primitive inks faded.” Therefore, what more proof do people need in order to establish the authenticity of something as old as the Bible?

They say, if you judge a fish for its ability to climb a tree, you may convince that fish that he is stupid for the rest of his life. I’m not saying that something inanimate such as a book, if it were to listen to an atheist tell it that it’s made up, would believe it. That’s not the point. I’m saying that people shouldn’t be convinced that the Bible is no longer authentic due to the lack of present-day objective evidence.

God can’t be comprehended by the punitive science that man has thus far discovered, so inevitably, atheists would want to conform to human standards of explanation of His existence–which is not enough!

So they go about their pointless mission, exclaiming that all must not believe in God, looking for evidences but biased by their stronghold belief, or unbelief rather. Such is how Eichenwald has made his long elaborated article on why people should not believe the Bible, when in fact, he himself claims that he has not read the Bible.

Because if Eichenwald had researched thoroughly, he would have known of the man given the title of “The Most Sensible Preacher of Our Time.”

What is there to refute that Brother Eli Soriano has read and, in fact, continues to read the Bible? I daresay. For those who do not know Soriano or have only heard false word about him, I dare you to seek for in all corners of media, for with the help of modern technology, he is even preaching through the internet.

 

Brother Eli on The Old Path Channel

Biblical Explanation to Creation

There is a particular part in Eichenwald’s article wherein he discusses “alleged inconsistencies” in biblical Creation. He claims, without full understanding (because, as he has claimed in writing, he has not read the Bible), and I quote, “Few of the Christian faithful seem to know the Bible contains multiple creation stories.”

Again, I am quite appalled. I have much to say, but nothing I say would compare to the answers Brother Eli has the blog posted, “Creation: The Most Misunderstood Portion of Genesis.

The article points out and corrects various misinterpretations regarding biblical creation by going straight to the core of the issues – discussing as necessary even regarding the origin of certain translated words in the Bible. That said, there are mysteries in the Bible, but not everything is a mystery.

“To qualify, not everything in the Bible is considered a mystery. The Bible contains information worded in simple words understandable even by the most illiterate of humans. Honor and obey a father and a mother can be understood even by a child.”

– “Creation: The Most Misunderstood Portion of Genesis

In his blog, “Big Bang Theory and Creation: What to Believe In,” he wrote:

Before man has even discovered the Law of Gravity, the Bible tells us in advance that it was hung by God upon nothing.

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He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

We know that it is the force of gravity that holds the earth and other planets and heavenly bodies in their place in space.

For atheists, to believe in science is to reject the Bible because for them it is fiction and unscientific! But I say that, in believing the Bible you will learn true science.

Atheists say that the universe started with a Big Bang and is ever expanding. God said in the Bible that He created the universe with exact measurements and weight!

But there are always things that man could never find out.

Human sciences are wanting, wanting as ever. That is because God has reserved some knowledge of his work for him alone.

ECCLESIASTES 8:17
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labor to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

As defined in the dictionary, human science is the study and interpretation of the experiences, activities, constructs, and artifacts associated with human beings. Normally used with the Letter “s,” the human sciences correspond to humanities and social sciences, but also include aspects of psychology and even mathematics.

Discussions by Michael Dunn in The Human Sciences (2013), theoryofknowedge.net said many people do not consider human sciences as true science because they rely on empirical observation to arrive at findings. In contrast, the natural sciences, which are much ‘stricter’ in their use of observation, are backed up by rational theorizing. Still they are just theories. And yet man resorts to either in trying to understand the universe.

Therefore, human sciences as well as natural sciences endeavoring at their best, lack explanation in so many things that actually happen and exist. In faith and in the Bible such unexplained thing is called mystery. This progress report, for example, by Adam Hadhazy published in Popular Mechanics is about unsolved mysteries of science.

– “Creation: The Most Misunderstood Portion of Genesis

Not Just A Reader but a Heeder

For the likes of people who oppose biblical truths for the ideals of men, you can listen to his preaching in the program The Old Path in popular segments such as “Bible Expositions” and “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano: Biblia ang Sasagot (Ask Soriano: The Bible Will Answer),” for he is the Televangelist who reads!

“My dream is to find friends; the lost souls; to meet the less fortunate; the hungry; the underfed; the forgotten; and all those rejected by human society: to share with them the hope that is in me; and to be a humble instrument of my Great God, to announce that there is something beautiful and wonderful in store for them who were neglected by this present world! (Luke14:13-14)”

Bro. Eli on WordPress

The Bible is source of many scientifically proven knowledge of today. For instance, the Bible teaches that Honey is nutritious, but good only for adults and not babies. This simple pronouncement in the Bible that Soriano puts forward is quite an evidence already, if one is not blind nor a coward.

 “Would anybody dare to refute this truth? To the enemies of the Bible, SPEAK THAT YOU MAY BE HEARD AND BE JUSTIFIED; OR BE FOUND TO BE FOOLS AND IGNORAMUSES,”

– Brother Eli Soriano 2007, written in “Sweet Evidence of Authenticity of the Bible”

There is such a person who reads the Bible in all its glory and preaches accordingly. And if any atheist claim to have read the Bible, and choose to refute its authenticity, I would say to him: It is in utmost sympathy I tell you that I believe (and know) your understanding of the Bible is misled.

“It is possible that a cause can cause an effect but it is impossible that the cause is nothingness for in nothingness, the ability to think cannot develop or exist.

“It is possible for the seen to cause another seen to exist, but penultimately, the seen is caused by an unseen, a being of higher level than the one caused.

“It is possible that atheists may fool people with their so-called masterpiece knowledge but it is impossible for such knowledge to take the place of truth.”

– Brother Eli Soriano 2014, written in “Possibilities and Impossibilities: God is in Control”

Below, a testimony from one of the listeners of The Old Path’s Bible Expositions.

Claims of Neutrality and Equality

Maybe Eichenwald’s purpose in writing his article is not mal intended. Maybe, like the many seekers of the truth about God, Eichenwald isn’t trying to  escape from the many requirements of holy living (be it there be a God in his life), but is just one of those people who are fed up of listening to pastors and preachers who hardly even read, let alone investigate the Bible to know that what they are saying are exactly contrary to what the God of the Bible teaches.

I too cannot refute that there are those atheist who claim to fight for what they think is humane, what they think is what humanity deserves. In the first week of January, I came across a controversial article from the Huffington Post: “Jewish Atheist’s Controversial T-Shirt: “I Met God, She’s Black”“. There is pretty much nothing I can say except that most people’s perception of God, even if they claim Him to be a make-belief god, are misled if they think that believing in God is being a sexist, or racist.

As far as I have learned, the God of the Bible is neither sexist nor racist.

It is not God’s intention in creating the woman to be the leader or someone dominating the male above her but a helpmate, and to satisfy the desires of the man He created.

PSALMS 145:16

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

In creating the woman, God wants to satisfy the desire of a man and symbiotically the woman also. See how wise the Creator is?

THE ROMANS 16:27

To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

But to maintain order and prevent strife that may lead to evil, God placed the woman under the authority of the man.

I TIMOTHY 2:11-14

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Placing the woman under the authority of the man is not being misogynistic, but being compassionate, loving, and with utmost concern for the woman. God knows the physical constitution of the woman He created. He knows that the woman is inferior in strength.
– Mr. Controversy at controversyextraordinary.com

And God is neither male nor female. God is genderless, for He is Spirit!

http://angdatingdaan.org/pangkalahatang-tanong/ang-dios-ba-ay-may-kasarian-o-sex/

– Brother Eli Soriano answers the question: “Does God have gender or sex?”

A Distinction

There is, in fact, many different interpretations of the Bible, as there is many theories to the things that exist which the human-discovered science of today cannot comprehend in facts. But not all interpretation is correct. Not all of the preachers are the same.

As with the case of the Bible, how sure are you, Eichenwald, that there is absolute error with the inter translations from ‘koine’ to today’s various languages? You focus so much on detesting the Bible, you spend so little time looking for the one ‘preacher’ who actually reads and understands the Bible.

There he is on TV broadcasting the Word of God in all purity, even to the point of creating enemies. A man who disposes of inauthentic early ‘christian beliefs’ (such as trinity and 6,000 years of creation and misleading verses in the Bible), to the point of creating for himself enemies from other religious denominations that choose to, as you put it, “sugarcoat” the words in the Bible.

Since you had written in very great detail how the Bible could be false, placing evidences out of the mouth of several pastors and preachers who are contrary even to each other, this blog entry seems to say very little compared to your article. But I am not the one you should be asking, I am merely stating an excerpt of opinion.

One may think Science and Religion are contrary to each other, but the human race, in all its so-called glory which is the science and technological breakthroughs discovered, have not reached the peak of Scientific Understanding. Therefore, to conclude that God doesn’t exist is futile. But to conclude there are many misleading interpreters of the Bible is more befitting. There is a distinction!

True, this world is filled with fools who claim to have read the Bible and preach it incorrectly, but not all. And if you are ready to investigate, unbiased by the influence of atheistic ideations (that claim to build a stronger, wiser human race, but does the opposite), you will realize there is a God, by listening to Soriano.

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Strong at 34: The “Ang Dating Daan” Anniversary 2014

“The truth of the Bible is not dependent on any book on earth.”

– Bro. Eliseo F. SorianoWorldwide Bible Expo: Oct 30, 2014

Oct. 30, 2014 – Even under the scorching heat, people had already started to amass at all entrances at the Smart Araneta as early as 2:30pm. What was the fuss all about? This day specifically marks the 34th anniversary of the longest running religious program on Philippine TV, Ang Dating Daan. In celebration, a Worldwide Bible Exposition was to be held at the Big Dome.

To-date, the Bible Exposition has become a gathering where people all across the globe can ask questions regarding Christian faith, answered straight from the Bible by none other than Bro. Eli Soriano, presiding minister of Members Church of God International. Bible Expositions have since made up the show “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot” (“Ask Soriano, the Bible Will Answer”) which is one of the first segments produced by the Ang Dating Daan program.

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Humble Beginnings

The first ever airing of Ang Dating Daan on television was in 1983 (apart from the radio broadcast which started in 1980), with a three-person production staff. Despite the lack of personnel, financial constraints and other setbacks, there was no stopping the program from airing on Philippine Television.

Starting with an initial air time of 30 mins, the program slowly developed, and in years to come, the program would have faced many more obstacles including media critics, religious enemies, and conspirators.

In 2005, the religious host, Bro. Eli Soriano left the country, during which time one could hardly realize that this would be the start of expansion of the program and its works toward other countries, slowly infiltrating the Global Arena.

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For the anniversary special, it had been a collaborative effort from MCGI members in selected parts of Luzon including Laguna, Cavite, and Metro Manila.

And since Ang Dating Daan had long focused on and continue to shape a nation zealous of good works, hand-in-hand with the celebration had been continuous medical missions, clean-up drives and other public services.

Worldwide Bible Exposition at Araneta Coliseum

The event began with a few intermission numbers. ASOP interpreters presented most defining Songs of Praise to God. Songs such us “Ikaw,” and “May Awa ang Dios” were one of the highlight performances.

But none was of astounding brilliance as the view of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale, together with MCGI Music Ministry Choir in the background.

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The stadium was already jam-packed as early as 3:30pm, but there were thousands more guests who were no longer able to enter. Despite that, there were Ang Dating Daan coordinating centers/ local chapters (live-viewing centers) which were open to accommodate them.

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As with every Bible Exposition, many were given the chance to ask their questions and hear Bro. Eli answer straight from the Bible.

“Naniniwala akong hindi nakadepende ang pag dami [ng miyembro ng isang samahan] sa debate, kundi yung aral ng Dios ang nakapagtuturo…”

– Bro. Eliseo F. SorianoWorldwide Bible Expo: Oct 30, 2014

Bro. Eli had earlier on taken the opportunity to thank their sponsors with which the broadcasts were able to continue despite difficult times, apart from making known his gratefulness for all those who were able to grace the occasion. Bro. Eli was proud to mention that, especially in Brazil, Filipinos were not seen as liabilities.

Bro. Eli was not meek to point out his unrest regarding the rise in number of Atheists—people who do not believe in God, pointing out that there is nothing wrong with believing in God. From there, he reminisced the history of how he and his program had kept up with enemies trying to halt the propagation of their cause.

“Ang tao ay may instinct ng pagiging maka-Dios. Naco-corrupt lang ito ng demonyo.”

– Bro. Eliseo F. SorianoWorldwide Bible Expo: Oct 30, 2014

In addition to the success of the event, the featured hashtag #Happy34YearsADD had made it to the top of Philippine trends on Twitter.

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And even for me, it was simply a wonderful experience to have taken part in this celebration. For to merely listen to this man, how he conforms to every question, and how he is able to answer queries according to the Bible, but most importantly how he is able to care for the flock in these grave times with the guidance of the holy Gospel–these things are not the work of man but of God.

Thanks be to God.

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Sources:

angdatingdaan.org

mcgi.org

facebook.com/AngDatingDaanTV

facebook.com/BroEliseoSoriano