firstly, I would like to clarify why we are called MCGI or members church of god international, despite the fact that by faith we believe we are the church of god by name.
The court prohibited the church to use the church of god as identity, therefore forcing the church to invent a name, as necessitated by the Philippine law which name must be registered to the SEC. After trying on new different names, the church decided to use MCGI, as final and yet man made. It is not biblical, the name MCGI is not biblical but the discretion of adopting a new name is biblical. What gives the church right to adopt a new name?
Firstly, as circumstances dictates, the church has to abide by the law to register the church with a name, as performing christian duty imposed by god as it say,
1 Peter 2:13-14
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
secondly, god assured us that the church would exist throughout all generation, as it say,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
thirdly, the church would suffer different kinds of persecution, as it say,
2 Timothy 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
One of such persecution, is how MCGI was persecuted by our enemies such as IGLESIA NI KRISTO, wherein they defamed, maligned and vilified the church by malicious portrayal of bro eli in a negative limelight, by editing his videos and purportedly broadcasting them in vile utter deception on national TV, likewise by portraying him as a sodomizer by promoting porn komiks illustrating eli in acts of sodomy, even, without confirmatory verdict of the court, those among many others, such as more than 10 libel cases which if viewed from a moral perspective are too insignificant in essence of its, nature as reasons to prejudice someone.
These as viewed from a spectators perspective, are mere retaliation, even possible hatred, after they cannot level to his genius, whereby, they are stripped naked of any credibility and decency.
Rumor goes, I read from an INC testimony, why she left INC, enumerating the many atrocities the INC did causing eli to exile to another country.
These persecutions as foretold by god, would indeed happen, such as when another rival church prevented us from using our real identity, THE CHURCH OF GOD,
yet, despite all these, stripped of a name, should we continue existing as a church without a name?
The church without a name as required by law as a registered identity, would naturally, die, yet god intended the church to live through all generation, by advising us to take persecutions patiently, as it say,
1 Peter 2:20
For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
By saying, the church would live throughout all generation and advising us, to take persecutions patiently such as in this case of stripping off our name, its as if god was saying, you have the right to use another name, so as for the church to continue living throughout all generation. Much so, we were authorized to give an adopted and temporary name for the church through divine guidance as it say:
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
The holy spirit influenced what would be our thoughts and action thus as a result the name MCGI was formulated. Indeed divine guidance is real. If you challenge it, then think of this, how did you know the inspired scripture is the bible much so to say, 66 books when in reality nothing of such sort was sanctioned by god? It could only be by divine dictation if you are the true church.
These are fitting for us. That is of course, if we are the true church, logically speaking.
Are we the true church?
Yes. Bec we are one with the Jerusalem church of the apostles.
1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
How did MCGI become one body with the first century church?
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Who are these gentiles who are one body with the church?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you (the Jews), and to your children,(other converts) and to all that are afar off, (afar off in time and distance) even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Those gentiles who become one body with the true church are the converts during the early christianity and to those, afar off in time and distance, referring, to our time and place, specifically, mcgi.
How do we become one body with them?
As i quoted, by the gospel, interpreted in its right context as it say,
1 John 1:3-4
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
We, mcgi, become one body with the true church, indivisible and inseparable, by adopting those things the church wrote regarding the gospel whereby through it, we have fellowship with the early church, thereby, making as members of the church of god, making us one body with them, and being one indivisible body, logically, we embodies the whole church, in principles, tenets, belief and righteousness thereby making us the true church.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
HAVING THAT, LET US SEE HOW INDEED WE ARE THE TRUE CHURCH.
How did a group without continuous and unbroken link from the apostles become the true church?
There was no proof of continuous and successive link from the early church that continues throughout all time.
Though god said, the church would exist throughout all generation, he did not mean it as throughout all time, bec god defines generation or ages differently than how man defines it. One generation could be more than a thousand years as expressed by jesus,
“This generation would not pass until all these be fulfilled”
That includes his coming, it never happened yet, meaning, a generation is the duration of events promised to happen”
Another description of generation implies, a broken line of time, meaning, it is not all the time but selective moments of time as god said,
He will be the god of zion throughout all generation. It did not happen, bec he forsook judah at one time.
Does throughout all generation suggest an all the time existence?
We, mcgi, believes in the death of the physical church thus throughout all generation doesn’t imply it as all the time. How does god use the term throughout all generation? Does it have no period as exception?
PSALMS146:10 THE LORD SHALL REIGN FOREVER YOUR GOD O ZION UNTO ALL GENERATION.
Is all ages or all generation suggesting all time, day to day? Did god REIGN forever in ZION AS THEIR GOD all the time?
JER 18:15 MY PEOPLE HAS FORGOTTEN ME
ISAIAH2:6 THOU HAS FORSAKEN THY PEOPLE, THE HOUSE OF JUDAH
EZEK 15:6-8 I WILL SET MY FACE AGAINST THEM (ZION).
EZEK 22:30 I LOOKED FOR A MAN AMONG THEM WHO WOULD BUILD THE WALL AND STAND BEFORE ME IN THE GAP ON BEHALF OF THE LAND, SO I WOULD HAVE NOT TO DESTROY IT, BUT I HAVE FOUND NONE SO I WILL POUR OUT MY WRATH ON THEM.
HOSEA 4:1, THERE IS NO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GOD IN THE LAND
HOSEA 6:4 WHAT CAN I DO WITH YOU JUDAH? YOUR LOVE…DISAPPEARS…FOR I DESIRE..ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GOD THAN BURNT OFFERINGS…
Meaning, there was a time throughout all generations, that god did not REIGN as god in ZION, as it say: ISAIAH2:6 THOU HAS FORSAKEN THY PEOPLE, THE HOUSE OF JUDAH which concludes that throughout all generations does not necessary mean all the time.
Therefore, logically, throughout all generation would mean, the duration of time wherein god rules in the church regardless of the time it died.
It was not continuous in time as physically the church died as I will illustrate later on.
Another basis, why they say, the church never died is bec jesus said, i will be with you unto the end of time, expressed in this verse,
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Yet, it did not mean as throughout time bec at one time the physical church died, implying by logic that it means, I will be with you always as long as there is a gathering even of at least two or three,as expressed,
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Meaning, I would be with you always whenever you gather regardless of the time the church died, is explanatory to what jesus said, I will be with you always unto the end of time!
By these logical reasons, we don’t believe in the unbroken succession and continuity of the church, the mere fact is, it died, as expressed,
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
There was a famine of gods words, meaning, noone in the world understood the bible, therefore necessitating the death of the church, it was as expressed by prophet daniel,
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
The bible was sealed therefore there was no understanding, therefore the church died, which as promised would resurrect at the specific time of the end wherein knowledge inccrease, implying, all field of knowledge such as science, technology, medicine etc….at this specific time, understanding would flourish necessitating the resurgence of the true church.
What is the name of the church?
THE CHURCH OF GOD
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
That as predicted by Daniel,
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
The people of god, the church, would be called by the name of god, thus, it is correctly and officially named, THE CHURCH OF GOD. God being his name.
From which place would the resurgent church initially would appear?
For from the MIZRACH (sunrise i.e east) of the sun even unto the MABO (west) of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
As testified, the resurgence of the church would begin from the east propagating its ministry unto the west. Which particular in the east?
Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the east even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
The church of god, being, the official name by faith, would emerge from the east from the isles of the sea, expanding in numbers from east going to the west.
They said, from east to west doesn’t imply the east as beginning point going to the west but simply, referring to it in terms of coverage and not direction.
Yes. It could be provided it is taken out of context bec as I will show later the unique distinction of the church it would conclusively and inevitably refers to our church thereby a testament that from east to west speaks of the direction of ministry confirming how our church progressed.
What is the unique description of this church?
They have the unique doctrine of not cutting women’s hair growing long naturally and prohibiting long hair for men for purposes of submission to god, as he prescribed.
1 Corinthians 11:14-15
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
God did not impose any particular length of hair. If we decide its length then its man made doctrine therefore to abide strictly to gods law, women must not cut their hair but to grow long by nature so as god implied,
DOES NOT NATURE TEACHES YOU?
Other unique distinction of the church is, for women to wear modestly without jewelries, as expressed,
1 Timothy 2:9
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
Lastly, as distinctive as it is, is the unique doctrine of calling a fool, as fool, an idiot as idiot, and a stupid person stupid, contextually and appropriately, as expressed, by Paul,
1 Corinthians 15:36
Thou fool (idiot, stupid), that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
We must do that also as paul required,
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Paul uttering those words, thou fool, stupid, idiot, must be replicated in same manner, as paul said to do also as he did, appropriately as god required to call fool, stupid or idiot as fool, idiot or stupid anyone that fits the description, even personally as paul and jesus did being models of morality, accusing people as child of the devil, hypocrites, serpent, fox etc…
I have shown you basically the distinctive elements of the true church, in such a way that it definitely refers to any church bearing this distinction, as it is unique and unduplicatable, as promised,
1 Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Peculiar people, that as assurance, solidifies the uniqueness of the church.
Now ask yourselves, which present day church fits entirely all the unique description?
Which church, with an official name, THE CHURCH OF GOD, resurged, resurrected, re-appeared in the specific time of the end wherein fields of knowledge as science and technology, transportation, meficine etc…are remarkably in progress, initially appearing in the east, in the isles of the sea, having a distinct direction of ministry from east going to the west having the unique doctrines of women not cutting their hair, not wearing jewelries, and modest in clothes and behavior, and men not having long hair
AND HAVING THE UNIQUE DISTINCTION OF DOCTRINALLY CALLING FOOLS, IDIOTS, STUPID APPROPRIATELY AS FOOLS, IDIOTS OR STUPID
so as a christian doctrine?
IM PROUD TO SAY, NO OTHER THAN THE CHURCH BRO ELI SORIANO LEADS
thus applying reason, logic and common sense, it testifies of our church, registered as MCGI, but believed as the true church bearing the official name, THE CHURCH OF GOD…to be the fulfillment of these biblical prophecies.
No other choice.
Now, that I have proven that we are the true church, do you still doubt that the leaders of this church are messengers of god?
A pastor of the true church is a messenger of god as the Greek definition implies,
MESSENGER ESP AN ANGEL; BY IMPLICATION A PASTOR
All pastors of the true church as leader is ordained by god.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
that as I believe speaks of all religious powers or leaders in the church as guarantee of their divine ordination such as eli soriano.
That is not about political powers or government powers of man as not all govt powers were by god
They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not:
whereas ROM 13 speaks that all powers are ordained by god, therefore these ordained are religious leaders
Therefore being leader of the true church and pastor, logically, eli was ordained by god as his messenger, a pastor being ordained leader and messenger.
Conclusively, these biblical evidences, the unique description of the church, taken in correct context testifies of which among churches in the world qualifies in doctrinal essence and fulfillment, to be the one and unique true church that god has ever formulated as heirs of the promise, once delivered to the early church.
It speaks of our church.
Therefore when it say, the name of god would be great FROM EAST TO WEST, it is just confirmatory of direction rather than coverage, testifying of how our church, being the one true church attested by being the only one that fits the unique description of the true church as presented above, progressing from east going to west , is validating mal 1:11 as indeed speaking of direction of ministry wherein it makes gods name great beginning from east to west basing on how our church progressed.
Assess my friends….
Obviously, it testifies of our church, THE CHURCH OF GOD, mcgi, ang dating daan…
And eli soriano, being a pastor who leads was ordained, and being a pastor means he is a messenger!
P.S. Bro eli, correct me where i am wrong!