I already found him to be very knowledgeable about the Bible. He was also fearless in exposing anomalies in religion, and he was totally different from other pastors that I had listened to.
By Ato Tobias
It was in the year 1983 when Bro. More and Bro. Mar Morales were holding a public meeting in our barrio. I went to the venue of the meeting, not because I wanted to listen but because I wanted to ruin the proceedings.
However, because of fear, I failed to carry out my plan. My life had long been in turmoil; it only became orderly when I heard the teachings of God.
II finally got the chance to listen to Bro. Eliseo Soriano himself. The first time that I heard him, I already found him to be very knowledgeable about the Bible. He was also fearless in exposing anomalies in religion, and he was totally different from other pastors that I had listened to.
It was in the Old Central in Apalit, Pampanga that I first heard Bro. Eli preach. I really couldn’t explain what happened to me then. For reasons that I could not explain, I found myself crying as he expounded on the Word of God.
I believed everything that he said. I came to understand that there is, indeed, an organization that is of God that we ought to be a part of, for us to understand the Word of God in the Bible, and for us to be saved. Later on, I decided to join the Church of God.
I was baptized on January 7, 1984, 6:00 PM, at the river of San Marcos, Calumpit, Bulacan by Bro. Antonino de Castro.
As a new member of the Church, I also experienced tests and persecutions, specifically from my former peers. They were insistently tagging me along to a drinking spree but I did not go with them. More than anything else, the teachings of God that I received, through Bro. Eli, was of paramount importance to me.
I entered the Workers’ Ministry in 1985. My first place of assignment was in Tela Payong, Baliuag, Bulacan. At first, I was having second thoughts because I felt that I couldn’t do it, not to mention that I was already a family man. But through the mercy of God, I was able to overcome my apprehensions.
Up to now, I am able to continue with my duties as a worker. Perhaps this is the will of God for me. And just like other workers, I also had my share of difficulties ranging from financial problems, to intrigues, and other forms of tests. But through the help of God, they just made my faith stronger. In my tenth year in the ministry, I thought of stopping, but my love for my duty prevailed. This is why, until now, I am able to continue with my duty as a worker.
I became a baptizer in 1987. This is a very delicate duty that is why I exercised greater caution. In 1993, I became an Officer-in-Charge. I knew the great responsibility that went with this position; nevertheless, it made me so happy. Since 1994, up to the present, I have been tasked to head the Prison Ministry. In 2001, I became a Minister-in-Charge. I am truly thankful to God for giving me this significant position in the Church of God. I owe all these things to God. I am very grateful for being called to this congregation, for helping me turn away from my former wicked ways, and for making a total overhaul of my life.
My life changed so much since the time I was able to know our Lord Jesus Christ, through the preaching of Bro. Eli. I was completely transformed; and I was able to understand the teachings of God, which I did not learn from my former religion.
Although great responsibilities are vested on my shoulders, as an MIC, I am still happy because we have Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel who are sincerely guiding us to attain eternal life.
First published in Believer Newsmagazine, Feb. 2005