Palmas, Brazil (10/20/16) The Presiding Minister of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) Brother Eli Soriano, his zealousness in conducting live Bible Expositions (Exposição da Bíblia ) and Mass Indoctrinations (Doutrinação Em Massa) in different parts of Brazil like Belo Horizonte, Divinopolis and Palmas produced 15 newly baptized brethren. Most of which, Catholics and Evangelicals and other religious denominations.
Dízimos / tithes
Bro. Eli noticed how generous Brazilians is in giving tithes to their pastors. Questions about “dizimo” is always brought up in every exposition and through the Mass Indoctrination, he crushed that practice. Brazil is a big country with vast lands but there are many families remain poor after years and years believing miracles will soon come and by giving in to the pastors every wish.
“Pastors getting rich collecting tithes while its members getting poor giving tithes.”
Importance of Baptism
“Let us study the power of the holy spirit,” says Bro. Eli. He shared his experience when he was young and had been suffering from asthma. “I’ve learned how to live with the difficulty of breathing.” After his baptism he continued preaching even though the doctors forbid him to do strenuous works.
He is known in the Philippines as “the walking Bible” because he can answer questions based on the Bible, even without opening it. “You have seen me answering questions without notes. Because of this, I believe in the power of God and what it can do for us.” He finished up the statement by this words.
“Submit ourselves in the power of God.”– Bro. Eli Soriano
A bigger place of worship
Because of the ever growing number of Brazilians attending and getting baptized, there is a need for a bigger venue.
Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines. [/8/24/2016] Bro. Eli Soriano’s zealousness to preach the word of God produced more souls and God-fearing people in Laguna, Santa Catarina, Brazil. For more than a month, Bro. Eli conducted a live indoctrination session after seeing that there are people wanting to know the truth, evident through their persistent question after question.
The first day Bro. Eli stood in front of them, he reiterated that his mission is to tell the truth and nothing but the truth about the teachings of God. Guests is encouraged to ask questions that has been haunting them in their current religious affiliations.
“I do not come here to be your enemy. I come here to help you find salvation. In the name of the truth. That is why, do not get mad at me. I am just talking about the truth. The truth. I hope you will understand me later. I am thanking everyone who came. We hope to meet you together. I hope you will come again. I hope that you will not be offended of what I am saying. In Galatians 4:16, Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?”
“I have a feeling that there are people here who are in search for the truth and I want to help you. Even if you do not receive us, I just want the word of God to be instilled in your mind so that nobody else can deceive you. That is our intention. But if you will be joining us, even if you are the poorest of the poor here, you are welcome to the Church of God International. That is our proposition to everyone of you. That is our proposition.”
Laguna is a Brazilian municipality located in the southern state of Santa Catarina, 120 kilometers south of the state’s capital, Florianópolis, and north east of Porto Alegre with a population of 44,650 as of 2015. Along with the live indoctrinations, the TV Program O Caminho Antigo also broadcasts through You Tube and Facebook Live.