Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines (2/7/2014) The much anticipated debate between Bro. Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan and Mr. Eusebio Catarinen of Church of Christ took place on February 7, 2014 as both parties is provided 15 minutes. The live debate is aired in all 1,281 remote satellite stations nationwide. Bro. Eli is on the negative side while Mr. Catarinen takes on the affirmative side.
The program Ang Dating Daan re-scheduled the monthly Bible Exposition to give way to the debate. This special event is also promoted through different social media. The hashtag #DebateBroEli seated 5th on Trending Topics, Facebook and Twitter. But as the debate progressed, it reached the #1 spot.
For a fair debate, the moderators and time keepers are not affiliated to both parties. Mr. Simpicio Villegas Mijarez (Catholic); timekeepers: Janice B. Bulandres (New Apostolic) and Mr. Roejen M. Tejano (Born Again) joined the panel.
“Sa kabila ng mga pang-iinsulto ni G. Catarinen, pinatatawad ko na siya. Kahit sinabi pa niyang masasama ang taga-Dating Daan.” – Bro. Eli Soriano
“Despite Mr. Catarinen’s insulting words and even saying that the members of Ang Dating Daan is evil, I forgive him… “ – Bro. Eli Soriano
Mr. Catarinen had been bashing and throwing hurtful words to his person, thus, saying malicious words to the organizers halfway the event.
The Topic: I will prove that our Lord Jesus Christ s the founder of the true church and He is also the owner of the true church based on the Bible.
Bro. Eli implies that the Church is an entity. A group that the Father owns. People around the globe witnessed and definitely learned a lot from the debate, even the moderator, who admitted and understood the essence of who owns the church. The church is an entity owned by the Father.
1 Ped. 2:9 –Datapuwa’t kayo’y isang lahing hirang, isang makaharing pagkasaserdote, bansang banal, bayang pag-aaring sarili ng Dios, upang inyong ipahayag ang mga karangalan niyaong tumawag sa inyo mula sa kadiliman, hanggang sa kaniyang kagilagilalas na kaliwanag.
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 marvelous light;
Ang absolute owner ay ang Ama, ipinagkaloob kay Kristo — ang pangulo sa lahat ng mga bagay sa iglesia. Colosas 1:18 At siya ang ulo ng katawan, sa makatuwid baga’y ng iglesia; na siya ang pasimula, ang panganay sa mga patay; upang sa lahat ng mga bagay, ay magkaroon siya ng kadakilaan.
Colosians 1:18 He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.
To close the debate, Bro. Eli has this to say: “May God bless us all, and may we continue to quest for the truth as long as we live. Triumph belongs to God. Glory belongs to God.”