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Miracle Crusades and The Healing

John 7:17 KJV

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

A certain Marco wrote his testimonial comment in my post, Why Willy Santiago and his cohorts were given to Satan. He professed to be a member of Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry, JMCIM/JMC.  He said that he was an avid follower of Bro. Eli Soriano, the Presiding Minister of the Members, Church of God International, MCGI on television.  Despite of this, he wrote some unfair and baseless allegations and accusations against Bro. Eli to rationalize that JMC is the true fellowship of God. 

Marco’s (JMCIM) Comment

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Submitted on 2012/06/29 at 5:30 pm

bro, naiintindihan po kita meron po tayong kalayaan na pumili ng relihiyon na gusto po nating aniban, subalit nanghihinayang ako sayo kapatid dahilan sa na brainwas ka ng mag tiyo, im still member of JMCIM and when the time comes na biglang sumikat si soriano naging tagapagsubaybay niya ako, sabihin na nating napahanga dahilan sa ibang taktika niya sa pangangaral na kinakalaban niya ang lahat, na siya na ang pinaka magaling, na sinasamahan pa niya ng mga pagmumura para ma ipakita niya lang ang kaibahan niya at ma pukos sa kaniya ang pansin ng mga tao, walang araw na hindi niya siniraan ang ating banal na gawain at ang mahal na PASTOR at dahil sa mga pananalita niya nahikayat niya ako na magsuri at magkaroon ng alinlangan sa ating banal na gawain, nagsuri ako ng nagsuri hanggang sa abutan ako ng debate sa tv ng ADD at INC, binalanse ko lahat ng aral, nagsilabasan ang kanilang mga baho sa isat isa sa madaling salita puros CARNALITY ang napansin ko sa mga pinaggagawa nila, lahat may mali lahat may punto subalit ang MENTALIDAD ko lamang ang nabubusog, natapos ang aking pagsusuri at isa lamang ang aking napatunayan nananatiling ang JMCIM ANG tunay na gawain ng mahal na DIOS dahilan for the kingdom of GOD is not only in words but of POWER sa JMCIM ko lang po nakita yan, hindi puro salita, hindi puro aral, hindi puro debate o pagalingan na sinasangkalan na paghahanap kuno ng katotohanan ang debate pero iba ang nakikita ko kung sini ang palengkera siya ang panalo hindi yan ang paghahanap ng tamang aral manapay sabi ni APOSTOL PABLO:

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Yan lang po ang masasabi ko bro……”

I was a JMC member and I could see his thirst for truth. He has his share of best intentions to rationalize his belief instilled through repetitions of his pastor’s selective use of bible phrases in preaching. But I also felt his struggle to let go of the veil. Like him and the others, I was once a believer of the message of his JMC pastor’s preaching designed for those who wanted a shortcut in life’s troubles and success. When you get used to in this way of life it’s difficult to let go, that’s why at first I thought of not replying to him anymore. What could I possibly say to him when he believes JMC has the power? Didn’t he try to check the verse in the bible?

Marco said,

“…at isa lamang ang aking napatunayan nananatiling ang JMCIM ANG tunay na gawain ng mahal na DIOS dahilan for the kingdom of GOD is not only in words but of POWER sa JMCIM ko lang po nakita yan,…”

One has to scrutinize the phrase Marco wrote, parroted from his beloved pastor’s use of selective-scrambled verses in preaching! Context-wise you will notice how wrongly they mixed-up verses in the Holy Bible, he heard his JMC Pastor says “…is not only in words…”, but what did St. Paul write in 1 Corinthians 4:20?

1 Corinthians 4:20 KJV
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Have you read his added word, “only“, and the mix-up? Perhaps, he was bewildered in the manner his JMC pastor presented it to his listeners! And how about the context when St. Paul mentioned, “word”? Was he referring to the Gospel of Christ, or to the word or speech of them which are puffed up? By reading the first verses of the Book, we can identify the difference in Marco’s parroted speech from the correct one in the Holy Bible.

1 Corinthians 4:18 KJV
Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

1 Corinthians 4:19 KJV

But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

1 Corinthians 4:20 KJV

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

1 Corinthians 2:4 KJV

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Romans 1:16 KJV

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christfor it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

If he believed the “words” of his JMC Pastor, which word should I write to a fanatic and brainwashed member, to tell him about his misinformed generalization about Bro. Eli, then? Truth!

1 Corinthians 8:2 KJV

And if any man think that he knoweth any thinghe knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

The Healing

On the other hand, my brother asked me and my sister to watch a movie. He chose Governor Vilma Santos-Recto’s newest film, “The Healing”. It was directed by Chito Rono. We watched the R13 cut. The horror movie imparts that faith healers should not go beyond raising the dead because of a devilish consequence. The writer noted that when you raise a person from dead, a bad spirit will have to take the soul’s place and so on and so forth. But speaking of what the bible says, what do you think comes in a person when one believes the doctrines vainly puffed up by the fleshly mind of those who represents themselves as apostles, prophets, teachers, guru and the like?

Colossians 2:18 KJV
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

1 Timothy 1:7 KJV 

Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

While watching the movie, and when I thought of Marco’s comment, I felt the need and decided that it’s time for me to reply to Marco’s bewildered comment.

Doctrine of Vanities

In contrast, most miracle crusades or religious denominations go beyond that based from their man-made doctrines but fronts the bible. In Saint Paul’s time, though he taught the Good Doctrine to the first century Christians, there were elects that have departed from faith. Some listened and followed seducing spirits and the doctrines of devils through false apostles and teachers with puffed up minds. It is not surprising that even today there are seducing spirits and you can distinguish them by knowing the doctrines of the teachers or leaders who preach or give sermons.

1 Timothy 4:1 KJV

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Colossians 2:22  KJV
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Jeremiah 10:8 KJV
But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

Jer 10:8 But they are altogether 259 brutish 1197 and foolish3688 : the stock 6086 [is] a doctrine 4148 of vanities 1892.
Lexicon Results
Strong’s H1892 – hebel
הֶבֶל

Transliteration

hebel

Pronunciation

heh’vel (Key)

Parts of Speech

adverb, masculine noun

Root Word (Etymology)

TWOT Reference

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) vapour, breath

a) breath, vapour

b) vanity (fig.)

adv

2) vainly

Brainwashed

Marco, I often times heard then from our JMC Assistant Pastora, Lina Almeda (deceased), the wife of our Pastor, Wilde Almeda, when I was still a JMC member, prohibiting us to watch or listen to other religious denominations. Marco, you said:

bro, naiintindihan po kita meron po tayong kalayaan na pumili ng relihiyon na gusto po nating aniban, subalit nanghihinayang ako sayo kapatid dahilan sa na brainwas ka ng mag tiyo,…”

I came to know that Bro. Eli Soriano existed one morning, after one of the Friday Overnight Prayers conducted in the Pastoral House in Novaliches ended. I saw people watching Bro. Eli on TV. Some of them are JMC prayer warriors, some pastoral workers, and some brethren. We used to sit in front of the wall where the Ten Commandments were written and just few feet away from the front door of the Pastor’s House where the television was placed. Why were they watching Bro. Eli? Were they exempted to watch other preachers preach? What words were that important to watch for? Though it was some years more before I reached the age when I became curious who this Bro. Eli is. It happened when I unintentionally turned the TV to Channel 13 and heard him preaching and exposing the wrongs of other Christian denominations vis a vis citing verses from the Holy Bible to correct them.

Bro. Eli prefers democracy in choosing your religion. For your information, Marco, I do not regret that I left JMCIM. It was hard leaving JMCIM before, because like you, I can’t just leave the belief and way of life that I’ve feared and gone used to. Before, I was taught in JMC that the mark 666 is something that shall be tattooed or a technological advancement incorporated in gadgets in the market; that you need literal bread and grape juice to be filled with a holy spirit to speak in tongues; Oneness of God (Trinitarian in Manifestation), etc. Especially, miracles are one of the selling factors of JMCIM. I personally saw your pastor’s daughter in death bed that didn’t rise from the dead. He said the return of Jesus was near, but the last sign, which is the great tribulation has not happened yet.

Please allow me to tell you more of my personal experience as a former JMC member. Perhaps, unlike my commenter, I have seen more and witnessed the earlier works in JMCIM or JMC.

I was a member of JMCIM/JMC. As for my personal experience there, the more we were exposed listening to the brethren’s testimony from the pulpit – those who got well from previous diseases; those who were once demon possessed but casted away; stories of those who said they died, or their relative, or they themselves are witnesses of one who was raised from the dead; those who were able to cast away hold-uppers by incantations saying, “in the name of Jesus”; those big stories of success and impossibilities that seemed to become possible; those gay who became straight because they are no more effeminate but rather now dresses as what men should wear; and those what not, we started believing.

The more repetitions of these testimonies, the more we believed. The more we became fanatics. We started believing in the doctrines which include Oneness of God (Trinitarian Manifestation), that Jesus Christ was the Father and also is the Holy Spirit. These three are one and are all the same. That is why in baptism, instead of baptizing us in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, we were baptized in the name of Jesus. The long hairs of women were considered head covering, but just at waistline level, not the natural one untouched by scissors. They can cut it if it grows below the waistline. The sick brethren threw their medicines into the bin, believing that their incurable diseases shall be healed.

From the above YouTube video, Evangelist Wilde E. Almeda tackles about medicine, Trinitarian Manifestation of God, female long hair, make-up, and proper clothing, etc. The title is “JMCIM One True God clip 2”

I was baptized in JMCIM or JMC when I was more or less seven years old, several years after my parents became a born-again Christian. I was baptized in water, in the “name of Jesus” in a coffin like box made of wood and galvanized iron sheet in Amoranto Stadium just a few meters away from the canal. Several years after, I saw in her death bed our pastor’s daughter after an hour or so, when she died. I thought he can raise someone from the dead. And we hoped and prayed that there will be a miracle.

I personally have seen what’s happening in worships and crusades from the pastoral house in Novaliches, going to certain places, like Luneta Grandstand, Rizal Park, Amoranto Stadium, a coliseum in Baguio, in some worship house in Cavite; how they start and end. I have seen how the choirs practice in the pastoral house in Novaliches. I have seen the pulpit embossed and engraved the word, “The Jesus Church”, even on the wall with the waterfall and verse painted on it in the pastoral house. I have seen how the tasty bread and Sunny grape juice were being prepared before the Holy Supper, we usually remained for the second batch because we ride with the coaster of the beloved family, or sometimes in their other vehicles. I often have seen personally their travel back and forth, especially when my father bought us our own car. We celebrated Christmas in the Pastoral House, as kids we wear paper crowns and watch the activities.  There was that big Christmas Tree made of green yarns tied at the ceiling and the base tied to large round table, with complete Christmas lights and accessories. Come the Holy Week, we watched Bible movies on an overhead projector in Amoranto or in the Pastoral House.I have seen how the beloved pastor, beloved assistant pastora, beloved children, the pastoral workers travel from the pastoral house to the place of crusades. I played with the beloved children my age in Amoranto stadium before, during, and after the crusades. I gave them cherry ball bubble-gums which elated them so much.

That was more or less twenty-one years ago. I know the feeling. I experienced, if not more,  the same time and effort you are giving, because I also did my share, if not more, equal sacrifices because of my faith in the god that was preached to me, the god in Oneness, who receives tithes and love offering; and prayer requests in an envelope with money while I was still there.

I was in children’s choir and saw some of them tremble as they hear the solemn songs while they received the holy spirit coinciding with the Assistant Pastora’s trembling and speaking in tongues which no one can understand; while I saw another woman who did the same, and when she almost fell to the ground and felt no one was to catch her, she immediately got back to her feet; and another one even showing to her fruit how it is to tremble and throw her hands to the air while jumping voluntarily. I was left doubting whether all these were involuntary trembling and speaking in tongues or not or seizures that was brought by intensity of belief to the presence of image in mind formed through the preaching of our Pastor and the Bible study conducted by our Assistant Pastor, sometimes by other prayer warriors; whether the brethren were really receiving which Holy Spirit or was just shy that was why they voluntary did these things as what the assistant pastora got. In the eyes of a child who wholeheartedly cried to God asking Him to be blessed with such wonderful gift to also feel His Holy Spirit like those who seemed to be involuntarily doing it, why wasn’t there still an answer? I kept my patience eagerly waiting that sooner or later I will be one of the receivers of Holy Spirit. But it did not happen.  My mother said she personally felt the trembling when she was singing praises in our house, and yet she still smokes cigarettes as often as she can without anyone noticing her.  It was prohibited to smoke cigarettes and drink liquors in JMC. What healing was there? Why was the healing incomplete? Why can diabetes be healed and not the vices and addictions when even the healing from drug addictions are being enticed in JMC?

I still feel the pain of my father’s belt as it touches my skin when I feel the child in me wanting to still sleep and seen by him as laziness to go to crusades. I still hear the laughter of our Baptist neighbor teasing us because my father was so loud when we sing praises in our bedroom. I still remember the banging heads of some brethren, as one suddenly wakes up from sleep during an overnight prayer like a domino; his head resting on his rattan chair, raised it and bang his back-head towards the forehead of another sister who was also sleeping lying his forehead on his back chair. I still hear how my classmates bully me for being gay, but I cannot do anything about it but cry and sometimes wished them dead in my mind, too thin line of cursing and casting away the demon behind their teasing. How cannot I change my ways, playing with girly toys and games? Why not? I have seen a Finest Generation Choir member, who testified that he was gay and now was saved because he doesn’t wear female clothes and yet he still moves his body like gays do.  He was just now wearing a short hair and his uniform; that was the transformation, and yet it is advertised as a miracle, when deep inside is a confused individual.

In contrast, perhaps like Marco who listened to Bro. Eli preached on TV, and just like what I said above, I personally saw how the workers in the JMC pastoral house, including some prayer warriors watch Bro. Eli Soriano on television as he preached the Truth in the Bible.Though I often times heard the Assistant Pastora, the wife of the Pastor, prohibited members watching of other religious denomination.  I also seen them how they watch Apollo Quiboloy’s preaching, the one who wasn’t yet that time, if not, now a self-proclaimed son of God. I even heard how our Assistant Pastora rebuked my mother, of course without telling her name, for buying us a Nintendo family computer and allowing us to watch TV.  I have seen how our church sister, a dentist, who was our neighbor talked to our assistant-pastora, perhaps who reported us about those things, because only her children whom we got to play the computer game. As a child, I was wondering how a sister in faith could do that to us, her only church neighbor, when her children are also watching TV with us, and in their house, but the difference is, they use earphones, so that we cannot hear the sound of their TV. Is this an isolated case of hypocrisy? I think Marco, you just need to open your eyes of what’s going on in JMC. Much better you continue listening more to Bro. Eli as he soberly, carefully, with genuine care discuss to you the errors of what you are saying with Bible facts and proofs.

1 Corinthians 8:2 KJV

And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

John 7:17 KJV

If any man will do his willhe shall know of the doctrinewhether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

John 7 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)

16 Sinagot nga sila ni Jesus, at sinabi, Ang turo ko ay hindi akin, kundi doon sa nagsugo sa akin.

17 Kung ang sinomang tao ay nagiibig gumawa ng kaniyang kaloobanay makikilala niya ang turokung ito’y sa Dios, o kung ako’y nagsasalita na mula sa aking sarili.

Good Doctrine 

Allow me to discuss to you what I learned from Bro. Eli’s teaching whom I believe to be a person sent by God in these times to preach the divine Gospel of Jesus Christ, who based his answers from the Holy Bible for every enquiry he received. Let me remind you also of this verse before I continue:

Proverbs 4:2 KJV
For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

Pro 4:2 For I give 5414 you good 2896 doctrine 3948, forsake5800 ye not my law 8451
Lexicon Results
Strong’s H3948 – leqach
לֶקַח

Transliteration

leqach

Pronunciation

leh’·kakh (Key)

Part of Speech

masculine noun

Root Word (Etymology)

TWOT Reference

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) learning, teaching, insight

a) instruction (obj)

b) teaching (thing taught)

1) teaching-power

2) persuasiveness

I have undergone a rigorous indoctrination in MCGI. I still remember my question to Bro. Eli about the Oneness of God. He was able to answer that live on television in SBN 21. Though it took me sometime to digest his answer, I kept going on. Why did it take me that long to digest the answer of Bro. Eli? Because in JMC, repetitions of the Pastor about the Oneness has instilled in us, a way of rationalizing who god is. But the time came, coupled with the reading of the Holy Bible, I began and continued listening to Bro. Eli, until I finally accepted that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who is lower than the Father, and they are different from the Holy Spirit.

Before I was baptized in the Church of God, I studied the Gospel of Jesus Christ through indoctrination that was explained to me clearly and I agreed to what was taught to me.

1 Corinthians 13 KJV

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Philippians 2:12 KJV

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

1 Timothy 3:15
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Titus 3:8 KJV
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

James 2:17 KJV
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:

Pure and undefiled Religion

James 1:27 KJV
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Marco, you said,

“…im still member of JMCIM and when the time comes na biglang sumikat si soriano naging tagapagsubaybay niya ako, sabihin na nating napahanga dahilan sa ibang taktika niya sa pangangaral na kinakalaban niya ang lahat, na siya na ang pinaka magaling, na sinasamahan pa niya ng mga pagmumura para ma ipakita niya lang ang kaibahan niya at ma pukos sa kaniya ang pansin ng mga tao, walang araw na hindi niya siniraan ang ating banal na gawain at ang mahal na PASTOR at dahil sa mga pananalita niya nahikayat niya ako na magsuri at magkaroon ng alinlangan sa ating banal na gawain, nagsuri ako ng nagsuri…”

Do you mean, in these times, you were already allowed to watch and listen to another religious group? Marco, how did you see Bro. Eli? Have you gone the rigorous indoctrination which took me more than a month to finish and even years before I started? Were you just contented to watch on TV and thought that it’s generally how we worshipped God? Have you gone in our locales or even in Apalit to see how the Worship, the Thanksgiving and International Thanksgiving to the God of Israel transpire?

2 Corinthians 1:12 KJV
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

What specific cusses did you hear from Bro. Eli? Didn’t you know that Bro. Eli, just like St. Paul exposed the false prophets and teachers of Christianity? If they teach false teachings, don’t they deserve to be called as such by Bro. Eli who is a defender of Jesus Christ’s faith? Like you, there are those who also wonder why Bro. Eli does that. You may read a testimony of a sister why she became an avid listener of Bro. Eli in “If he is a man of God, why does he cuss?”. Those preachers who asks for tithes and observe the holy supper in the morning, did Jesus Christ teach them to do that as gentiles?

Bro. Eli started getting to be noticed because of his courage to expose false teachers of Christianity with concrete evidence of their false ways matched with bible Truth. And that is shown accordingly on the “Ang Dating Daan” and “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot” TV programs. Bro. Eli just shown to you, to all his listeners and followers that he knows what he was saying and he has the virtues of a man sent by God to preach the gospel. He reads the Holy Bible and knows what part of it he should read as the need arises, according to the person enquiring.

John 4:23 KJV
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Why are you accusing him that he intentionally want people to focus on him? Haven’t you seen and heard Bro. Eli, even up to now, always read his answer from the Bible? He has the God given humility, courage, and motivation to do all these, a path he never thought to choose one day, but because of the truth that he learned from the Bible, he was speaking to us, ever ready to face any enemy of Truth here and abroad!

Marco, you also said, “…hanggang sa abutan ako ng debate sa tv ng ADD at INC, binalanse ko lahat ng aral, nagsilabasan ang kanilang mga baho sa isat isa sa madaling salita puros CARNALITY ang napansin ko sa mga pinaggagawa nila, lahat may mali lahat may punto subalit ang MENTALIDAD ko lamang ang nabubusog,…”

If you really did listen to the debates and teachings, did you confess this to your JMC Pastor? Where you reprimanded on this? What did your pastor do to you? How did you reach the point of weighing the teachings? Have you been listening or have been undergoing the indoctrination? Or are you just accusing without any concrete evidence or facts? What are the errors of Bro. Eli? How come you didn’t  give an example of carnality you alleged? Was it all about the public service Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon of Ang Dating Daan programs? Was it the help they extended and continuously do so even to non-members of the MCGI here and abroad? Was it the help they incessantly extend to poor and members of other religious denomination like Iglesia ni Cristo, INC? All this humanitarian acts because of faith, you can read Who we areWhat we doWays to helpGallery, and how you can Reach us here at http://www.kamanggagawa.org/. You can also watch UNTV 37 channel on TV as well as online at http://untvweb.com.

John 4:23 KJV
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

2 Corinthians 1:12 KJV
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

The Gospel of Christfor it is the power of God unto salvation

Marco, how did you research about MCGI? What power are you talking about? You said,

“…natapos ang aking pagsusuri at isa lamang ang aking napatunayan nananatiling ang JMCIM ANG tunay na gawain ng mahal na DIOS dahilan for the kingdom of GOD is not only in words but of POWER sa JMCIM ko lang po nakita yan, hindi puro salita, hindi puro aral, hindi puro debate o pagalingan na sinasangkalan na paghahanap kuno ng katotohanan ang debate pero iba ang nakikita ko kung sini ang palengkera siya ang panalo hindi yan ang paghahanap ng tamang aral manapay sabi ni APOSTOL PABLO:

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Yan lang po ang masasabi ko bro……”

What made you say that JMCIM is the true fellowship of God? Please give specific examples and bible verses. Please allow me to discuss point by point your allegations, Marco. You said,

“…hindi puro salita, hindi puro aral, hindi puro debate o pagalingan na sinasangkalan na paghahanap kuno ng katotohanan ang debate pero iba ang nakikita ko kung sini ang palengkera siya ang panalo hindi yan ang paghahanap ng tamang aral manapay sabi ni APOSTOL PABLO:

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Yan lang po ang masasabi ko bro……”

What does St. Paul meant when he wrote about his speech and preaching? Was he referring to the miracles, specifically, the miracles that JMCIM pastors promise with their speech that entice people, especially their members? Wasn’t St. Paul talking about the gospel of Christ? Haven’t St. Paul debated his enemy in faith? When I was in JMC, your pastor didn’t debate anyone, but haven’t you heard him talking about other religious denominations? Please be honest about this. May I ask you, Marco? What are your thoughts about the phrase “enticing words of man’s wisdom”? Don’t you need to be enticed of God’s wisdom that is in Jesus Christ? What should be of the Spirit and of power that were demonstrated in speech and preaching of St. Paul?

1 Corinthians 2:4 KJV

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Romans 1:16 KJV

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

1Cr 2:5 That 2443 your 5216 faith 4102 should 5600 0 not 3361stand 5600 in 1722 the wisdom 4678 of men 444, but235 in 1722 the power 1411 of God 2316.
Rom 1:16 For 1063 I am 1870 0 not 3756 ashamed 1870 of the gospel 2098 of Christ 5547: for 1063 it is 2076 the power 1411 of God 2316 unto 1519 salvation 4991 to every one 3956 that believeth 4100 ; to the Jew 2453first 4412, and 5037 also 2532 to the Greek 1672.

Lexicon Results

Strong’s G1411 – dynamis

δύναμις

TransliterationDynamis Pronunciationdü’-nä-mēs (Key)
Part of Speechfeminine noun Root Word (Etymology)From δύναμαι (G1410)
TDNT Reference2:284,186 VinesView Entry

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) strength power, ability

a) inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth

b) power for performing miracles

c) moral power and excellence of soul

d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth

e) power and resources arising from numbers

f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts

If you are observant you’ll reckon that the definition here tells us that some religious groups describe themselves to be having if not all, some these powers. The Iglesia ni Cristo usually brags of strength in numbers. That is power for them. JMC entices recruits of power for performing miracles that include healing, casting out of demons, turning homosexuals to heterosexuals, etc, but not the Holy Power. Just like them, Apollo Quiboloy entices people of riches and wealth, but he considered himself as God’s son where the kingdom of God lies in Davao. He even said that those who asks “which verse is this and that is a son of the devil!”

Romans 1:16 KJV

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

But, I haven’t encountered the definition of this including ‘Moral power and excellence of soul and inherent power’, and ‘power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth’ except in MCGI! Have you seen this in any group? Perhaps you seen them, but not those based on the bible nor have they reached these?

Mind of Christ

Bro. Eli has taught us about these.  I also have wrote about what I heard when Bro. Eli taught these to us which you can read in my old previous post. It is the Gospel of Christ that Bro. Eli contains in his speech and preaching!

To wit:

(1) Kagalingan – goodness,

(2) Kaalaman – knowledge,

(3) Kabanalan – godliness,

(4) Pagpipigil – self-control,

(5) Pagtitiis – perseverance,

(6) Pag-ibig – love,

(7) Mabuting Kalooban sa Kapatid – brotherly kindness.

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2 Peter 1 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)

1 Si Simon Pedro, na alipin at apostol ni Jesucristo, sa nagsipagkamit na kasama namin ng mahalagang pananampalataya sa katuwiran ng ating Dios at Tagapagligtas na si Jesucristo: 2 Biyaya at kapayapaan ang sa inyo’y dumami sa pagkakilala sa Dios at kay Jesus na Panginoon natin; 3 Yamang ipinagkaloob sa atin ng kaniyang banal na kapangyarihan ang lahat ng mga bagay na nauukol sa kabuhayan at sa kabanalan, sa pamamagitan ng pagkakilala sa kaniya na tumawag sa atin sa pamamagitan ng kaniyang sariling kaluwalhatian at kagalingan; 4 Na dahil dito ay ipinagkaloob niya sa atin ang kaniyang mahahalaga at napakadakilang pangako; upang sa pamamagitan ng mga ito ay makabahagi kayo sa kabanalang mula sa Dios, yamang nakatanan sa kabulukang nasa sanglibutan dahil sa masamang pita.

5 Oo, at dahil din dito, sa pagkaragdag sa ganang inyo ng buong sikap, ay ipamahagi ninyo sa inyong pananampalataya ang kagalingan; at sa kagalingan ay ang kaalaman; 6 At sa kaalaman ay ang pagpipigil; at sa pagpipigil ay ang pagtitiis; at sa pagtitiis ay ang kabanalan; 7 At sa kabanalan ay ang mabuting kalooban sa kapatid; at sa mabuting kalooban sa kapatid ay ang pagibig.

8 Sapagka’t kung nasa inyo ang mga bagay na ito at sumasagana, ay hindi kayo pababayaang maging mga tamad o mga walang bunga sa pagkakilala sa ating Panginoong Jesucristo. 9 Sapagka’t yaong wala ng mga mga “bagay na ito ay bulag, na ang nakikita lamang ay ang nasa malapit, sa pagkalimot ng paglilinis ng kaniyang dating mga kasalanan. 10 Kaya, mga kapatid, lalong pagsikapan ninyo na mangapanatag kayo sa pagkatawag at pagkahirang sa inyo: sapagka’t kung gawin ninyo ang mga bagay na ito ay hindi kayo mangatitisod kailan man:

11 Sapagka’t sa gayon ay ipinamamahaging sagana sa inyo ang pagpasok sa kahariang walang hanggan ng Panginoon natin at Tagapagligtas na si Jesucristo.

What did St. Paul remind as of, also other disciples and prophets of God? Even St. Paul wrote about these things, he left an instruction to the first century Christians, which will include those who will cleave to the Church of God. St. Paul’s instruction is also scriptural:

1 Timothy 3:15 KJV
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Joshua 23:8 KJV
But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

Isaiah 14:1 KJV
For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

Romans 12:9 KJV
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Matthew 19:17 KJV
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Matthew 28 (King James Version)

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded youand, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Ephesians 2:10 KJV
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:

How it is to behave in the Church of God should be according to the mind of Jesus Christ not according to the puffed up minds and puffed up speeches of preachers who have fleshly minds.

1 Corinthians 12:28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

What else did St. Paul write?

1 Corinthians 12 KJV

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

What about the one body?

 1 Corinthians 12 KJV

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

Marco, you said,

natapos ang aking pagsusuri at isa lamang ang aking napatunayan nananatiling ang JMCIM ANG tunay na gawain ng mahal na DIOS dahilan for the kingdom of GOD is not only in words but of POWER sa JMCIM ko lang po nakita yan, hindi puro salita, hindi puro aral, hindi puro debate o pagalingan na sinasangkalan na paghahanap kuno ng katotohanan ang debate pero iba ang nakikita ko kung sini ang palengkera siya ang panalo hindi yan ang paghahanap ng tamang aral manapay sabi ni APOSTOL PABLO:

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Yan lang po ang masasabi ko bro……”

The gifts of healing are supposed to be in God’s will in MCGI, already set in the Church of God in the Bible. What was given to Bro. Eli by God in our era is his understanding and wisdom to know the Bible truth and those who believed have been purifying themselves with the help of the Holy Spirit equipped with the words of God. The healing starts with knowing who God really is in the Bible and His specific commandments to each and everyone; the understanding of how to be a Christian and its corresponding obligations and responsibilities according to the Bible; etc. The healing starts from inside out and able to mend the hearts of those who were brainwashed by false teachers.

1 Corinthians 12 KJV

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

John 7:17 KJV

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

God has set some in the church and the verses explain themselves. I am not saying that there are no miracles today in the Church, but rather it is not the main reason to entice members to join the church. It is the teaching by power in the mind of Christ, not by enticing words of man’s wisdom. The gifts of healing were already set in the Church of God as written by St. Paul as commanded through Jesus Christ by God. And if you want to be a member, you need to cleave or join there.

1 Corinthians 2 (King James Version)

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

Perhaps, you had developed a comfort zone with the promises of miracles and misconceptions of healing and emotional gratification, but that is not the biblical comfort being taught by St. Paul.

1 Corinthians 14:3 KJV

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

But here is Bro. Eli who was blessed by God to teach you the comfort the bible was talking about through the gospel, not miracle based and faulty doctrines.

1 Corinthians 14:10 KJV

There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

1 Corinthians 14:11 KJV

Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

You have to consider the words “false Christ and false prophets”, and “working miracles” mentioned from the below verses. So, you should consider what the Bible say not what your pastor’s human interpretation.

Mark 13:22 KJV

For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Revelation 16:14 KJV

For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Mark (Mk) Chapter 13 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905) (TADB)

Mark 13:22    Sapagka’t may magsisilitaw na mga bulaang Cristo at mga bulaang propeta, at mangagpapakita ng mga tanda at mga kababalaghan, upang mailigaw nila, kung mangyayari, ang mga hirang.

You may read the next verse, it says,

John 7:17 KJV

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine. I am sorry to hear from you that you are instead rationalizing and acting on your Pastor’s own wisdom. Miracles are used by the false prophets to sell their own designed church to prospects for those who are gullible, if not, the hopeless ones who have not heard yet of the true gospel. “Getting used to” false promises of miracles, that’s where you are, perhaps, the reason why you preferred to return to JMCIM/JMC instead of continuing to listen to the Gospel of Jesus Christ being preached by Bro. Eli.

Isaiah 29:24 KJV

They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

1 Corinthians 14 KJV

36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

1 Corinthians 15

King James Version (KJV)

15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

St. Paul explained what he meant by enticing words of man’s wisdom, also about power.

1 Corinthians 4:19 KJV

But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

Colossians 2:4 KJV

And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

What are examples of enticing words? Are these words vainly puffed up by fleshly mind of pastors?

Colossians 2:18 KJV

Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

What else?

Colossians 2 KJV

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

1 Corinthians 4:6 KJV

And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

Philippians 1:27

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So it is in Jesus Christ that we should be rooted and built up after. Jesus Christ said:

Matthew 28 (King James Version)

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

With these, please read again Colossians 2.

Colossians 2 KJV

1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;

22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

Related to this writing, St. Paul said:

1 Corinthians 4:20 KJV

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

1 Corinthians 2 (King James Version)

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

Colossians 2 (KJV)

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

How are the Colossians complete in Jesus Christ? They now have the mind of Christ. We follow the mind of Jesus Christ whose mind follows his Father. We should be followers of:

1 Corinthians 2 KJV

2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

How do the Spirit and power demonstrate? Don’t they demonstrate with the enticing words of God’s wisdom, that is, Truth? What is power, by the way? Isn’t it the gospel of Jesus Christ, the power of God unto salvation?

Romans 1:16 KJV

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Matthew 28 (King James Version)

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

1 Corinthians 13:4

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

1 Corinthians 4:20 KJV

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

1 Corinthians 2 (King James Version)

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 8:2 KJV

And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

Marco you said,

natapos ang aking pagsusuri at isa lamang ang aking napatunayan nananatiling ang JMCIM ANG tunay na gawain ng mahal na DIOS dahilan for the kingdom of GOD is not only in words but of POWER sa JMCIM ko lang po nakita yan, hindi puro salita, hindi puro aral, hindi puro debate o pagalingan na sinasangkalan na paghahanap kuno ng katotohanan ang debate pero iba ang nakikita ko kung sini ang palengkera siya ang panalo hindi yan ang paghahanap ng tamang aral manapay sabi ni APOSTOL PABLO:

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Yan lang po ang masasabi ko bro……”

Marco, what are those “words” is being mentioned here?  Those who are puffed up in St. Paul’s time were teaching, enticing others of what they think based on their own wisdom, not of the gospel of Christ. Please spare me with your accusations and fanatical arguments. If you have been used to the false doctrines preached to you, you will really overlook that the “words” being mentioned is the speech of them which are puffed up. Please read the preceding verse, from 1 Corinthians 18 to 19 and 20.

1 Corinthians 2 KJV

2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 4 (King James Version)

18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

If you have learned from the doctrine, you will know how important the word of God is. And it’s the Lord’s will how you will learn the doctrine. Not the word of those some that are puffed up, but the power that St. Paul knows from the Lord. Don’t be like your Pastors and his prayer warriors who are just selective of verses, they didn’t even mind to show the other verses connected to such. They are used to preaching in shortcut that’s why they are leading themselves and you to the ditch.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5,12-13 KJV

4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1 Corinthians 3 (King James Version)

18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Getting used to” to misconceptions in matters of power of the Church of God is vanity, it won’t profit your soul.

1 Corinthians 14:6 KJV

Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

What can speaking in tongues and miracles shall JMCIM profit you and me if the leader there won’t speak by doctrine?

1 Corinthians 14:26

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

Miracles were set in the first century Christian era stated by St. Paul. But, remember St. Mark and St. John also warned that miracles shall be used by anti-christs to even fool the elect?

1 Corinthians 12 (King James Version)

4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

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.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

All of these are already in the Church of God. To be included in the Church of God and inherit that power as provided by the will of God, as the gospel is being preached here and abroad, from the east to the west, (which you may read, “From the East to the West” and “From East to West: the Sun of Righteousness“) you need to be a member of that body, to learn the good doctrines and to know how work out your own salvation.

1 Timothy 1 KJV

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscienceand of faith unfeigned:

14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

That is why we cleaved to that Church, that is why, we are members of the Church of God, International, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:

 And if you will continue the chapter, you’ll read:

1 Corinthians 12 (King James Version)

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

May God bless you with grace and understanding.

I am nothing.

For further questions, you may direct it to Bro. Eli’s twitter, http://twitter.com/BroEliSoriano and his wordpress at http://esoriano.wordpress.com.

Ephesians 5:9 KJV
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

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