The Essence of A ‘Fora Biblica’


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This is a comment posted by a reader:

Yeah dude that’s cool keep it up. You’re the most sensible I have read so far — Quite interesting blogs — Very knowledgeable and prudent. Other Christian (?) blogs offers their own way of biblical understandings and explanations but your blog contains the most explained about religious issues and controversies after all, you’ve based all your explanations on the bible — Quite good huh. May I suggest that you create a biblical forum consist of leaders of other religious denominations like your old program in the Philippine radio (This is Manolo and his Genius Family Special ) may I suggest a name FORA BIBLICA. (I just construct it from a health program I used to watch FORA MEDICA) hope to read your future blogs and I would like to commend you for doing a job very well done.

P.S.

Praise your God!!!

From: LetUsReason

Dear LetUsReason,

Your reply to my blog entitled “The Power that Drives Me” caught my attention while I was very busy preparing for a “Bible Exposition” in Northern Luzon, Philippines. I am a very busy person; Sometimes, not physically, but mentally.

(Romans 7:25) I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

If I am not the first person whose mind is very busy, but I can certainly feel I am not the last. The Apostle Paul experienced the same thing.

(Philippians 2:20) For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

Thinking of what to teach to our congregation and those outside definitely does not tire me. I believe in the promise of the Lord that He will give the teachings in the perfect time it is needed by His people.

(Luke 21:13-15) And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Irrefutable teachings from the Bible come to my mind very easily. I believe it is God’s working that reveals His truth into my mind even if I am not thinking of it. These are revelations meant by God for His people.

(2 Peter 1:12) To whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto you, did they minister these things, which now have been announced unto you through them that preached the gospel unto you by the Holy Spirit sent forth from heaven; which things angel desire to look into. ASV

I do not just say this, but this was experienced by thousands upon thousands of people who come to our “Bible Expositions” asking all kinds of questions, being answered directly from the verses of the Bible.

Brother Eli Soriano in one of his ‘Bible Exposition’ where he answers people’s questions regarding salvation taking it directly from the Bible.

Although I am presently very busy, I welcome your suggestion with an open mind and heart; if there will be a forum of religious preachers and leaders, who will come together in order to discuss issues regarding faith and religion. Please register my name in that forum at once. If you want to spearhead such a forum, you have all my backing (of course, mine is very little; but the backing of the Bible means everything).

(Isaiah 43:9) Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and show us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

The gathering of people of all nations may not be physically possible now; but I believe it is very much possible through the internet. We can, by this technology, make up a ‘biblical fora’ in search for anybody with witnesses to present, if what he is declaring are God’s former things and the TRUTH.

I believe the internet is now the most civilized way of arguing with people wherein there is no chance of anybody being harmed by the hotheaded and the hypocrites claiming that they are of God.

(Titus 1:16) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Just very recently, a discussion between two groups who both claim that they are the only people of God (but I believe they are both of satan) clashed violently against each other (see reference below). In the internet, this will not happen.

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One of our ministers experienced the same thing with these people; but our group did not go down to their level (see video below).

God wants us to reason out together to see the real and the whole picture of the truth, but without violence.

(Isaiah 1:18) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

To reason out together in the intent of knowing the truth and finding atonement for sins is something Godly. Discussions that ends up violently harming people, especially the innocent, is satanic.

(John 8:40, 44) But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham…

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Christ said this when the Jews tried to kill Him during one of His argumentations against them.

To argue and to reason out with people in search for the ‘Divine Truth’ regarding salvation is a Godly intent in the heart of a true preacher of God.

(Acts 9:22, 29) But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ…

And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

Even the Supreme Court of the Philippines has upheld in its doctrines and jurisprudence the constitutional right of the people to discuss and argue about pertinent issues of faith (see reference below).

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IGLESIA NI CRISTO (INC.), petitioner, vs. THE HONORABLE COURT OF APPEALS, BOARD OF REVIEW FOR MOTION PICTURES AND TELEVISION and HONORABLE HENRIETTA S. MENDEZ, respondents.

The respondent Board may disagree with the criticisms of other religions by petitioner but that gives it no excuse to interdict such criticisms, however, unclean they may be. Under our constitutional scheme, it is not the task of the State to favor any religion by protecting it against an attack by another religion. Religious dogmas and beliefs are often at war and to preserve peace among their followers, especially the fanatics, the establishment clause of freedom of religion prohibits the State from leaning towards any religion. Vis-a-vis religious differences, the State enjoys no banquet of options. Neutrality alone is its fixed and immovable stance. In fine, respondent board cannot squelch the speech of petitioner Iglesia ni Cristo simply because it attacks other religions, even if said religion happens to be the most numerous church in our country. In a State where there ought to be no difference between the appearance and the reality of freedom of religion, the remedy against bad theology is better theology. The bedrock of freedom of religion is freedom of thought and it is best served by encouraging the marketplace of dueling ideas. When the luxury of time permits, the marketplace of ideas demands that speech should be met by more speech for it is the spark of opposite speech, the heat of colliding ideas that can fan the embers of truth.

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Sad to say, we do not anymore enjoy this right as a group. The Movie and Television Review and Classifications Board (MTRCB), under the office of the President of the Philippines and the Kapisan na mga Broadcaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) have prohibited us mentioning or criticizing the wrong teachings and abuses of other religious groups while we are being freely maligned by them in almost every medium of communication.

It will be a very fair forum if we can use the internet to discuss matters of faith in biblical fora. To your suggestion, I say Amen! God bless you.


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About Brother Eliseo F. Soriano
"But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus Christ, to testify fully the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24

26 Responses to The Essence of A ‘Fora Biblica’

  1. JanMichael Lachica says:

    Thanks be To GOD!!!

    bUT no Matter how hectic Brother schedule he is always has
    time for the Brethren like a real shepherd, he never misses
    “FEEDING” tHE Flock under his custody of food that never spoils…

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY

  2. JanMichael Lachica says:

    Brother Eli Soriano is Very visible. unaffected by the threats to his Life, he regularly holds Bible Exposition not only in the metropolis but also in the remotest areas of our country always ready to answer all queries concerning Faith and even on trivial matters….

    But I hold not my life of any account as dear unto myself, so that I may accomplish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

    The Acts 20:24

    For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.

    I Corinthians 9:16

    But I have used none of these things: and I write not these things that it may be so done in my case; for it were good for me rather to die, than that any man should make my glorifying void.

    I Corinthians 9:15

    Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling-place; and we toil, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
    being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things, even until now.

    I Corinthians 4:13

    “THIS VERSES FIT ONLY TO BROTHER ELI”

    KAILANMAN..HINDI KAYANG BASAHIN ITONG MGA TALATANG ITO NG MGA BULAANG PASTOR LALO NA NI MANALO…

    tO God Be THE GLORY!

  3. Bart says:

    Thanks God for His continous guidance to Bro.Eli, to the whole church.

    Isa 43:13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

    Through internet Bro.Eli can now freely preach to the whole world.

  4. jamc_725 says:

    i hope that Bro Eli would also post his latest debates with preachers of different faith and nationalities. that people from different parts of the globe would be able to assess if they have with them the right faith

  5. LetUsReason says:

    oh their too cruel.. too bad for them, they are missing out the very words that comes from your mouth, such a cowardice act. to prohibit you in spreading the truth and revealing religious frauds while a certain michael sandoval used to broadcast sexuality.. uh oh.. they’re too biased in your country, after all like you said they are all of satan. and they do what their father like them to do.. how pity their members who are blinded by thier mischief and deceiviousness and satanic way of teachings! my heart full of joy because i found the one im looking for: your teachings! actually im spenting my whole night just reading your blogs while listening to your expositions which i’ve recorded in the internet. i can feel your sincerity towards propagation. its true like you’ve said ( in phil. web awards ) ” the internet although misused, is destined for salvation ” . the internet indeed is your gateway in reaching out more souls. im with you with your desire for that. looking forward to work for your ministry, just a couple of indoctrination sessions left..
    God bless you and your whole congregartion in your outstanding figth for the truth.

  6. Deeperishi says:

    We hope and pray to God that He will permit it to happen (On-line Fora Biblica) so that the world may know, there is a Preacher sent by God in these last days and that is bro. Eli. And they will know the wisdom of God and they will experience the irrefutable teachings from the Bible through bro. Eli

    Two thumbs up LetUsReason for your suggestion!

  7. quiel says:

    I just would like you to know Bro. Eli that YOUR FLOCK WILL BE WITH YOU IN THIS FIGHT UNTIL THE END. I know I am just a lowly crippled man who could barely stroll around with my wheelchair and I could do very little BUT I STILL HAVE THIS VERY STRONG CONVICTION VERY MUCH GROUNDED ON A VERY SOLID GROUND WHICH IS MY FAITH WHICH I CONSIDER VERY PRECIOUS AND DEAR TO ME but even then WE ARE ALL IN THIS FIGHT WHOEVER THE BELIEVER IS! GOD IS OUR STRONGHOLD AND HE DID NOT ALLOW US TO BE BAREHANDED IN OUR FIGHT, HE GAVE HIS WORD THAT IS OUR SWORD AND ARMOUR AGAINST OUR ENEMIES. I CAN FEEL THE FLAME IN MY HEART BRO. ELI AND I BELIEVE I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE FEELING THIS. WE KNOW YOU WILL FIGHT. I WILL ALSO FIGHT WITH ALL MY MIGHT AND I WILL FIGHT UNTIL THE END!!!!!!

  8. liam sam says:

    Very very glad to hear that LetUsReason will be a brother in faith.

    The suggestion of a religious fora is very welcome. Hope that you can help in the work of telling the whole world of the Word of God.

    We for our part our doing our share (though little it may seem) but with the help of God, we will overcome!!!

    To God be the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

  9. ielle says:

    To your suggestion LetUsReason, I say Amen too.. As what Bro Eli said, If possible spearhead the forum… Bro Eli will back you up. Lets do it!

  10. smolville says:

    Wow, I hope the internet will be fully utilize to spread the good news. Let us make our fare share in posting our websites in other chatrooms to spread the weblog of Bro Eli. To letusreason, we hope and pray that you will be included in God’s flock that Bro Eli is leading. To God be the Glory.

  11. EdwardCellon says:

    God is with you brother Eli, i remember some words of Paul when he said ..”To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. I Cor. 9:22..you are our Paul in this generation,, i am very thankfull to God that he sent you for us..you are always in our prayer….Take Care Always!!! Brother ELi

  12. Kritcee says:

    LetusReason,
    It was a very good idea that crossed to your mind. Bro Eli Soriano, though a very busy person, mentally (spirit) and physically, can easily find a way to make it materialize, with God’s help of course, and with your support. That would be very exciting and interesting. Through that, many people will be enlightened by the true wisdom and righteousness of God, thru the true messenger of God, none other than the most sensible preacher, ever, Bro Eli !

    God bless!

  13. Beiruth says:

    People must reason out their opinions. Especially regarding faith.

    Behold, this have I found, saith the Preacher, laying one thing to another, to find out the account;

    Ecclesiastes 7:27
    The American Standard Version

  14. Jay-r_cute_este_Cruz says:

    brother eli, i also experienced the same to these people through one of their pastor. the pastor hurt me because he cannot argue back anymore

    i was a new member that time(less than a year member) and i was really in HEAT with my faith. there was a pastor then that misleading people in our plaza. without any back up (that time i dont know that we have brethren nearby our place)i argued to that pastor saying is there a biblical proof regarding these collections? i said before you give your contributions, you must first be sure that you dont have hatred or dispute to your brother or sister, i also used the III John 1:7. he was pushing that that thing they are doing was the basic. when i said “sarado utak nito” he then got mad at me and kept hitting me with his hintuturo (was that fore finger in english?) while he says “tigasin ka ba?” multiple times.considering that our place isnt his place. dayo lang siya pero ang siga niya… nkuuu pasalamat siya at naturuan aku, kahit 18 lang aku at payat noon, hindi siya aalis ng hindi iinda ng sakit ng katawan kung nagkataong hindi ako naaralan.

    when i raised my voice and many people watched us, i said with a loud voice, oh bakit ka nananakit? sinasaktan ba kita? or something like that, he then said “kinikiliti lang kita” and his hard hitting fingers became tingling… see how deceitful they are… he was about to “preach” that time, lying to people and saying he was just tingling me that time but the truth was he was hurting me while saying “tigasin ka ba?” err… whenever i remember it, i am so frustrated, i want to bombard him with God’s truth to disprove his misleading doctrines in front of many people he was deceiving…i cant hurt him physically… for brother eli will expel me and im happy with a leader that is not biased and righteous… Thanks be to God, i am not worthy but God gave me and revealed many things that many pastors dont know and will never know

  15. Jay-r_cute_este_Cruz says:

    o btw, that pastor is a pentecostal, that time the pastor hold a pouch while begging to their non members

  16. DOMINIK says:

    TO: LetUsReason

    A great idea,indeed! But the INC will not have the courage to be a part of the FORA!

    The verses below FIT their LEADERS!

    Jer. 51:30 – The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.

    APO. 21:8 – But the FEARFUL, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    LetUsReason… you are now WALKING on the right PATH. Just keep on moving and NO LOOKING BACK. May God bless you and your family.

    WE LOVE YOU BRO. ELI, BRO. DANIEL!!!

  17. Rhina says:

    I think the proposal for a Fora Biblica is a very sensible and reasonable idea, it will be the best medium for people to find out the TRUTH, This is the safest and fastest way for everybody to hear the true preachers from GOD. There will be no physical violence, EPHESIANS 6:12-For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. This will unmask also the ‘pretenders’ and the leaders of ‘fake’ churches who are actually using religion for their own businesses and personal interest. How I wish and pray that this thing will come to reality soon. GOD bless you Bro Eli, Bro Daniel. WE GIVE YOU THANKS AND PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY.

  18. Julius says:

    FORA BIBLICA…sounds good!!!

  19. TRUTH LOVER says:

    =)=)=)

  20. To LetUsReason,

    What a wise suggestion from a wise man. Such practical and doable Biblical Forum format was already proven and tested to be very effective in showing the world the glaring Truths of God’s Words in the Bible which Bro. Eli brings within his persons and printed in his own beings and his body. When it comes to propagation of the Gospel, Bro Eli is more than much interested and willing to spent upto the last single cents he has in his very poor pockets and BE SPENT (2 Cor. 12:15) for the glory of his Divine Master and Creator, the God of Israel and for the salvation of MANKIND and ANGELKIND. In any means that God permits, Bro. Eli grab would take advantage just to introduce and be known to the entire globe his God and to show them his majesty and holiness and make them feel HIS loving kindness and mercy unto all generations.

    As you can see, Bro. Eli has recognized, cosidered and especially dealt it and made the above posted blog article for the Fora Biblica that you are talking for he believes it’s quite possible and soon to be concurrent through some other means than this. That wise idea is not new to Bro Eli. He, once upon a time in the Philippine history and religious affairs, had conquered or reigned the said fora and trodden down under the feet of Jesus Christ through God’s Words in the Bible the mighty FRAUDS and DECEIT of and the false pastors and money-making religious profiteers mobilizing in the archipelago (Philippines).

    to be continued…

  21. LetsUsReason says:

    On-line Fora Biblica is currently under construction. maybe it will be lunch a month from now, i have invited a couple of pastors from different religious group. sad to say some of them had backed out upon hearing that Bro. Eli of Members Church of God Intl. is in the panel defending his stand of faith.Most of them are burn again pastors :).

    i am having a little difficulty creating the web pages due to lack of resources and my pc seems that it will not last for long not ot mention my relatives who are totaly mad at me nowadays when it came to their knowledge that i am working on it. they are now prohibiting me staying very late or not sleeping at all. but im grateful that im experiencing persecutions if i may call it in that term.

    give it more prayers and God willing, Fora Biblica will reveal the truth to this world..

    Coming very soon:

    FORA BIBLICA : on-line biblical forum
    stand your faith,
    voice-out your belief,
    let the truth prevail..

  22. CJ says:

    Bro. Eli,

    it has been a week since your last blog!
    i know you’re busy.. but everyday when i open the computer i check this site to see if there is anything that you have for your readers.

    this is like checking my email regularly if you have some message to us. Or a message from God thru your blog.

    Looking forward to your next blog!
    Have a good day Bro. Eli..

    And don’t forget to rest despite your busy schedule..

  23. Noreen Ocampo says:

    Dear Bro. Eli,

    Reading your blogs makes my nights complete.

    It’s more than drinking a glass of warm milk!

    Thanks be to God!

  24. viki says:

    to God be the Glory! Amen!

  25. Rolf Aneub says:

    Dear Bro Eli,

    Truly GOD is very kind to his people in this era, by giving a true preacher like you.

    Reading your blogs and listening to your programs, makes me comfortable and satisfied for what I am. In this world that is full of anger, hatred, and bitterness, you are my inspiration to show love, compassion, and hope.

    Having an International Religious Forum, similar to the radio program “Genius Family” is something wonderful to happen.

    Always take care and hope I could see you in person.

    Thanks be to GOD, in bringing you to our life.

  26. Guest says:

    Who was the minister attacked debating with? Whoever they are, they’re such sore losers.

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