It is hard to explain, but the more I listened to this man’s preaching, the more I got enlightened. Then I realized that I did not even know what my real religion was.
By Maria Etheleen P. Barcellano
As I looked back fifteen years ago, the first time I heard Bro. Eliseo Soriano was on IBC Channel 13. I was a TV addict then, therefore watching anything as long as the television is turned on was my joy!
I didn’t know why I was hooked in watching Ang Dating Daan, the religious TV program hosted by Bro. Eli, while I hated the preacher. When my mother got the chance to hear him on TV, she didn’t say any negative word about him. Rather she told me, “Get the good out of what he’s saying and throw away the bad.” I agreed with my mom so I kept on listening to Bro. Eli. After all, he is worth listening to, even if you hate him.
At one point, the topic to be discussed was “The official name of the true Church established by Jesus Christ.” I hurriedly stood up to secure a pen and paper and wrote down as much as I could absorb from the preaching.
It is hard to explain, but the more I listened to this man’s preaching, the more I got enlightened. Then I realized that I did not even know what my real religion was. What was it indeed?
In fact, I didn’t even know why the religious organization I got affiliated with was called “Christian JHAISON” and I was called a “JHAISONITE.”
After three months of listening to Bro. Eli’s Bible expositions on TV, I just found myself addicted to it. There was “spiritual elixir” that I could not explain. I even woke up every 5:00 in the morning (which I didn’t usually do) only to listen to his teachings. It gave me so much joy. Thus, I came to know the truth.
On February of 1995, IBC Channel 13 was suddenly off-the-air and no Ang Dating Daan TV programs were being aired at all. Later on, we found out that employees of IBC were on strike, demanding higher pay and other workers’ rights. Since my favorite program was gone, it made a strong impact on my spiritual life.
I was no longer attending the regular worship services of our Christian JHAISON church and this called the family’s attention. There was even a point when my father almost hit me because he was tired of hearing my excuses. I hated going with them for Sunday worship service. Shifting to a different religion was a big deal for the family.
I was known to be a rebel in the family. I pursued the burning desire to become a member of the Church of God. I even influenced my mother to seek for ways how one can be a part of that organization that Bro. Eli preached.
No one had invited us to their church. We’ve known no one from that Church. It was because of the teachings we heard from Bro. Eli that made my mother (Sis Juliet now) and me to decide to get affiliated.
We had attended the live Bible expositions held in Locale of Sucat, Paranaque in Metro-Manila. We also attended Thanksgiving services and all the other Church gatherings that we could attend in that church. From the truth that we heard, we had ourselves baptized on September 15, 1995.
Thanks be to God!