I would like to take this opportunity to give way to an email sent to me by a reader named Chale. The email states:
Hola Bro. Eli,
A long time ago I’ve been searching for a pastor who could possibly convince me with their teachings… then one day, when I was in Los Angeles taking my vacation while surfing the net. Then I saw a map there, then I tried to search about controversial, sensible, wise pastor, etc. Europe, America, Africa, and in Asian countries, and your names appeared to my screen. I read carefully your messages, the way you explain, the way you deliver grammatically, etc. and I felt that there’s something in me that I couldn’t understand what it is, something cold to my body, I don’t know why? One thing I’m sure, the first time I read about your website and the gospel, of course, it seems that I do not have any questions to ask about that topic, a thing that I never experienced yet to all many pastors in this world for a long time. I traveled in so many countries due to my hectic work and schedules and I’ve listened to many preacher evangelists, etc. but no one, no one of them could preach what you are preaching now. Its amazing really amazing! I thought that I’m alone with my faith — then I found you. Am just hoping that you will reach many more countries and spread the gospel of God.
I do not know whether you are a man or a woman, but whoever you may be, I am sure that I have a new found friend in you. Its not because of your comment on what way or how I preach the word, but your interest in searching for the truth is what called my attention, and give sometime to make my comment on what you have said about me.
Like you, I have listened to almost all religious preachers of our times, and that prompted me to put up my television ministry; for I felt that people are deprived of the truth.
(Jeremiah 23:30) “Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbor.”
Before I used the internet as a medium of spreading God’s word, I have been preaching personally to people, and to groups of people; in radio, and in television. Their questions and inquiries have confirmed to me the kind of teachers they have in the religious group they belong to. In my heart I pity the billions of people now who are being misled by those who lead them out of the way of the Bible.
(Matthew 24:4-5, 24) “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many…”
“…For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
What I have learned from the Scriptures necessitates me to speak.
(James 4:17) “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
I know what I will say. They do not — because they do not have faith in it.
(2 Corinthians 4:13) “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak…”
I know what I will reveal and expose — they do not— in fear of those who will refute them; but my conscience continuously drive me to get out and speak the words of God.
(Matthew 10:27-28) “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
And as I have expected, in preaching the truth, you will make more enemies than friends. I have experienced all manner of cruelty among enemies of the truth. One time, I was beaten by five deacons of a religious group pretending to be of Christ. I was hospitalized for a week. For a year, I am always in the courtroom daily — Mondays to Fridays: defending myself against all the accusations and criminal cases filed against me by a former member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDAC). The same thing happened to the Apostles.
(Acts 25:7) “And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has done immeasurable amount of goodness among thousands upon thousands of people during his short ministry on earth, was only able to convince less than a thousand to join the Church He led. He surely made more enemies than friends.
(1 Corinthians 15:3-6) “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”
Imagine doing irrefutable goodness; and winning only less than a thousand people during His lifetime on earth; but having thousands of enemies who pressured the Roman government to put Him to death? This will also be the fate of those who will the footsteps of the greatest leader this world has ever known.
(John 15:19-20) “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”
(Matthew 5:11) “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
I treasure friends like you: Friendship that springs out from the interest and desire to know God and His word, is very dear to me. I look forward to that day of knowing more of you; and, if possible, meeting you personally so that my joy — and yours, may be full.
(2 John 1:12) “Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.”
To God be the glory!
May God bless you.