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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Prayer

In Mat. 6:5, this is what our Lord Jesus Christ said, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”

Here, our Lord Jesus Christ is teaching the Christians that, whenever they pray, they must not do what the hypocrites do. These hypocrites are fond of standing as they pray in synagogues and street corners because they want to be seen by people. Please, bear in mind that the main issue here is, they pray “to be seen by other people.” And for this reason, Jesus Christ forbade His Christian followers to pray if being seen by others. Otherwise, they will not merit any reward from God. Christ said, “Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”

In praying, our Lord Jesus Christ prescribed a definite manner, which must be followed by the Christians. This is written in Mat. 6:6. “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

It is clear that Christ is commanding us to pray in secret, and the only parties that must know about the same is our God and the suppliant.

This is the reason why, we can say that, what most of the religious organizations today are doing is wrong, especially those who have radio and television programs. They pray while in front of a television camera. That is a clear manifestation of their hypocrisy. In other words, if praying, while standing up, in synagogues and street corners is already against the will of God, what more if you are going to pray over radio and television.



Salvation

Salvation comes from God, whom the Bible calls as the Living God and Savior. God is employing a human being in order for His will to be fulfilled … and that is the salvation of man.

Our Lord Jesus Christ will bring two kinds of salvation, thru the Bible. At the time He assumed human form, He saved Israel from its sinfulness. That was written in Mat.1:21. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

However, when He comes again, for the second time, He will bring salvation to the faithful. And, the Bible is teaching us how we can be one of those that our Lord Jesus Christ will save come judgment day.

The first verse that we ought to pay attention to is Ephe. 3:6. “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel.”

St. Paul, the Apostle, said, “The Gentiles should be fellow heirs.” But before we continue analyzing this verse, let us find out from the Bible who were being referred to as “Gentiles,” who were also called “heirs.” In Ephe. 2:11-12, this is what was written: “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.”

In those lines, St. Paul was reminding the Christians in Ephesus of their former conditions. According to the Bible, during that time, “they were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel.” Therefore, Biblically speaking, the Gentiles are those who were apart from Christ. They were “strangers from the covenants of promise,” … they were the hopeless, … and they were without a God in the world because they were not a part of Israel. And we, who are living at the present time, may also be called Gentiles if we are going to use the Bible as our basis.

According to St. Paul, for the Gentiles to be a part of the salvation that comes from our Lord Jesus Christ, they have to be made parts first of the body. And only after that will they become partakers of a promise in Christ by the Gospel.

You will notice that St. Paul made reference to a “body” … a body into which the Gentiles must integrate themselves so that they also become heirs. The explanation to that may be read in Col.1:18. “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Therefore, the body whose head is Christ is the CHURCH. At this point, we must understand that the Gentiles, like us, must join the body, or the Church. And when we say that we must join the Church, it means that we no longer have to build any. We no longer have to establish our own church just for us to become partakers of a promise in Christ.

And whenever we say “join,” or be a part of the body, of the Church, it denotes that, there is already an existing Church … in fact, this Church had already been existing even before the promise of salvation was given to the Gentiles. There was already an existing Church even before Paul was made apostle. … And this was the same Church that our Lord Jesus Christ taught, when he assumed human form. … And there can never be another church.

Today, there are preachers who claim that another church had appeared in the Philippines. And according to them, this church was different from the one in Israel. If this is the case, it would appear that, despite the fact that there was already a church in Israel, another church appeared in the Philippines. As far as the Bible is concerned, such a belief is wrong because, according to St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, in 4:4, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.”

There is just one body … there is no other body. And the proof that there is only one body can be read in Col. 3:15. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which ye are called in one body; and ye be thankful.”

Here, St. Paul was addressing the brethren who, in the beginning were Gentiles, but were eventually called to one body. In other words, the body that the early Christians (the Israelites) made themselves a part of, is also the same body, or church, into which the Gentiles were being called upon to join. Now, if the Gentiles will just integrate themselves to the body, then, the Church will remain ONE.

It is against the teachings of God, and of the Holy Scripture, that other churches be built in other places, let’s say in the US, or in England, or in Germany, or in Rome. They also claim that another church had also been founded in the Philippines. The truth is, God did not give any right to anybody to build his own church. It is indeed disgusting that today, a lot of ministers build churches of their own. They deliberately oppose and defy what the Bible said – that, the Gentiles, like us, must join or make ourselves a part of the body, or the Church, for us to be saved.

And what is the reason why we must abide by it? It is because, as far as God is concerned, He did not give anybody His consent to build a church right now in our time. This is what Psalms 127:1 says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that built it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

The verse mentioned of a “house,” which becomes useless if it is not built by the Lord. Let us now ask the Bible. What is being referred to as the “house, ” which only God has the right to build? In I Tim. 3:15, it says, “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.”

If you have noticed, in the New Testament, the word house refers to the Church of God. This is, truly, the house of God because it was built by God, Himself. That is why, if, in our time, you come across churches, whose founders were also their ministers, you can be sure that they are NOT REAL!

The Bible teaches only one church that each of us must join, for us to be saved by Jesus Christ. In fact, the Church in the Bible will become God's instrument in making the Gentiles heirs to the promise of eternal life. This is what was written in Ephe, 3:10-11, “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose of which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Therefore, the church is the medium that God uses in order to make known “the principalities and powers in heavenly places the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose.” If there are Gentiles who want to go back to God, to be worthy of salvation which will come from our Lord Jesus Christ, they must make themselves a part of the body, or the Church. And all of those who claim that the church is no longer necessary are all liars and deceivers!

Now, we may ask, what could be the reason why, instead of just joining the Church of God, they preferred to build their own churches? We can read the answer in Romans 10:2-3. “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
What could be the motive of these people who built their own churches? In Isa. 56:10-11, it says, “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark: sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds, that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain, from his quarter.”

What is the reason why they turned to their own way? Why did they build their own church, and teach their own doctrines? According to the Bible, it is because each of them only thought of personal gains. In other words, these pastors are teaching and preaching only for personal gains … only for money! Aside from that, the Bible also said that, they are never satisfied with what they have. In fact, formerly, the people that we see in the streets that are asking for alms are the needy--the beggars, who are financially hard up. We see them dirty, and they wear tattered clothes. But nowadays, aside from those beggars, there are other mendicants in the streets. But unlike the beggars, these mendicants are well-dressed. They even wear long sleeved shirt and necktie. And in their desire to solicit as much alms, they capitalize on the name of the Lord. They deceive people by saying that the alms that they give are offerings to the Lord.

Beware of those people! What they do is a clear deception. They tell the people that the money they give is for the Lord, but the truth is, they are using the money in constructing buildings and mansions, and even palaces, for their pastors. And why have those pastors gone to that point? According to a prophecy in the Bible, it is because these pastors are like greedy dogs, whose stomachs are never filled. And at this point, it is no longer surprising to see religious leaders acting like dogs. This is what the Apostle Peter prophesied in II Pet. 2:1-3. “But there were false prophets who among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And though covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

The ulterior motive of these false prophets is to make business out of religion. They make business out of the people’s faith. They teach damnable heresies whose inevitable end is destruction and damnation. It’s a shame that they are even addressed as “reverend,” “most reverend,” or “his eminence.” This is but a confirmation that they are really fond of earthly honors. Of course, we are not saying that all of them are like that but what I am saying is that, those titles of respect are not supposed to be used by men. This is in Psalms 111:9. “He sent redemption unto his people he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”

In the entire Bible, it is only in this verse that the word “reverend” was used. And this word is attributed only to the Lord. However, today, so many preachers have attached the word “reverend” to their names. They do not even show shamefulness to the Lord. They have been trying persistently to make themselves of equal rank to God.

Ironically though, most of those so-called “reverend” are cheaters and liars. They are only using religion to amass wealth. They are using their religious organizations as a front to their business. Actually, if you are going to study the beginnings of many pastors today, you will find out that most of them were but good-for-nothing loafers. But today, they are already millionaires … living in plush palaces … riding very expensive cars.

But our group believes that, in serving God, benefits and personal gains must be out of the question. In fact, in serving God, you have to sacrifice a lot, in terms of material things. Serving God is rewarding only in matters of spirituality. Anyone who thinks that religion is a means of enriching oneself is not of God! That is what I Tim.6:3-5 says. “If any man teach otherwise and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrines which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and stifes of words whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

We must avoid those kinds of beliefs because they will never help us in attaining salvation. Instead, they will just bring us to destruction and damnation.

Do you want to be a part of our Lord’s salvation come judgment day? The Bible teaches us how. Everyone must make himself a part of the Church, which is written in the Bible – The CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS, PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH.

The Bible

The Bible refers to the Holy Scriptures. The topic that we are going to study is, “SHOULD THE BIBLE BE INTERPRETED? We will try to answer this question by referring to what the Holy Scriptures teaches. We found it necessary to discuss with you this subject matter inasmuch as, at present, many religions have deviated from what the Bible really teaches. … And this can be attributed to the fact that they have wrongly interpreted the Bible, just like what our Lord said in Mat. 22:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”

There are people who believe that all religions are but one and the same in the eyes of God, and that, the only difference lies in the manner by which a certain religious belief is explained. … However, this belief ought to undergo a thorough scrutiny, by referring to the Bible. And why are we saying this? It is because it is not true that the Bible should be interpreted by man! God did not give anybody any right to interpret the Bible! And nobody can claim, not even a person who had obtained a degree, like Law for instance, that he can explain the Bible … even if he follows the principles of hermeneutics! There are preachers who think that, through hermeneutics they can rightfully understand the Bible.

We believe that the laws of men do not apply here. They do not contribute in developing correct interpretation and understanding of the Bible. We do not have to follow any set of principles formulated by men because we believe that even before we came to existence the Bible had already been explained. The meaning of everything that had been written there had already been explained in the past. And for this reason, if our concern is our salvation … if we are seeking the light that will lead our souls to the kingdom of God … the only thing that we have to do is, read the Bible. Do not interpret it.

Our intention in tackling this subject matter is, to prove to each and everyone that what we are saying is true, and not to malign and discredit other religious organizations. And neither are we after exalting ourselves. We hope that you’ll not develop that impression. Although in an undertaking like this, it is inevitable that we criticize some preachers who are using the Bible the way they want to.

We are hoping that this study will open your minds. Let us scrutinize our faith … if called for, let us develop “second thoughts”, let us not be fanatics … let us not just cling to what our pastors and ministers are telling us. What is right and proper is that, we cling to what the Bible teaches. Do not just do things simply because you want to, or simply because you like your pastor. That will not be in accordance to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.

And for us to realize its importance, let us begin analyzing our subject matter. By referring to the teachings of the Bible, let us find out if there is a need for man to interpret the Bible? Or, had the Bible already been interpreted by the authorities that God, Himself, had commissioned? That is our first question. Now, let us read Romans 16:25-26. “Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.”

In those paragraphs, St. Paul is clearly telling us that, the mystery that was kept secret through the ages has already been made manifest now. The question is, when is that “now”? Does it refer to the 90’s, so that 10 years from now and we will be led to the year 2000? The “now” that St. Paul referred to, is not our present time! It referred to that particular time when St Paul was preaching this particular teaching. It, therefore, refers to the time of the Apostles.

In other words, even before we were born, God had already made manifest the mystery that had been kept secret since the beginning. He revealed it during the time of the Apostles, and these Apostles were the ones given by God the authority to explain the writings of the Prophets. The early writings in the Bible had been explained by our Lord Jesus Christ to the Apostles. And to prove that the Bible had already been explained in the past, let us read Col. 1:24-26. “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind, of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from the ages and from generation, but now is made manifest to his saints.”

What St. Paul said in these paragraphs is clear. He said, “I am made a minister according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you to fulfill the word of God.” Please, pay a close attention to the next lines. “Even the mystery which hath been hid from the ages, and from generation, but now is made manifest to his saints.” In other words, what St. Paul was referring to when he said, “now is made manifest to his saints” is the mystery that had been kept secret for generations. Therefore, can anybody now claim that, God left a certain mystery unexplained for these pastors to explain by themselves? Doing that is clear act of deception.

The Apostles had, long ago, explained the mystery that had been hidden from the ages and from generations. … And the Apostles had made it manifest to the saints.


There are preachers who say, “I am going to explain this particular paragraph … This is what it means … or, This is my interpretation to that particular verse …” Those who dare do that are all “anti-Christ”. In the first place, who are they to interpret the words of God? Actually, even if we are going to talk about matters that pertain to humans, there are instances when a man finds difficulty in understanding the words of his fellowman because, he does not exactly know how the other feels inside. What more if it concerns the words of God? The more man will have difficulty in understanding and explaining them!

And what is ironic is that, most of those who claim that they are pastors and God-sent are not really pastors and God-sent, in the truest sense of the words. Instead, they just pretend to be one. Most of them had just been trapped in such a situation, and they could no longer find their way out. Why am I saying all these? You see, my fellowmen, today, there are many so-called preachers who loiter in market places, trying to preach. But from the way they talk, you can readily discern that they were just trapped in that situation. And even if they are fully aware that what they do is wrong, they still opt to go on.

Now, what are we trying to show you? There are preachers who would just read a verse, or a paragraph, from the Bible. And after reading it, he will start giving his own interpretation to that passage. And because of this practice, a lot of our fellowmen have been misled … they have gone astray. Do you know the reason why many pastors do that? Let us read the pronouncement in Isa. 56:11. “Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.”

Meaning to say that, they have gone to their own way – a way, which was not taught by God. As mentioned, each of them only considered his personal gain. It is utterly evil if a preacher is being driven only by his desire to extract as much benefits from his members. This is the reason why, whenever the commandment on the giving of donations is being read from the Bible, various interpretations are being given to it by different religious leaders … all of them are geared towards the solicitation of bigger amounts of money. Beware of those kind of religious leaders! They are harmful!

But why will a man surely fail should he dare interpret the Bible by himself? The answer in Isa. 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heaven are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher that your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Today, with the aid of modern science, many experts have seen galaxies, which were never seen by the previous generations. Even the scientists have seen many marvelous things in the outer space. However, until now, no expert has ever given yet the exact distance between the heavens and the earth. The scientific device that would reach to what the Bible referred to as “heaven of heavens” is yet to be invented. And for that reason, no human being can ever succeed in fathoming the thoughts of God. It is impossible for man, especially for preachers whose only concern is his personal gains, reach the thought of the Lord. Let us go over what St. Peter said in 1:19-21. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in the old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

The words of God that the Apostles bore were compared to a light that shines in a dark place. St. Peter said, “no prophecy of the Scriptures is of any private interpretation.” And because of this, the laws of men can never be used as a basis in explaining the Bible. It is only with the laws of men, and the books authored by men, that we can give our individual interpretations to. But we cannot do that with the Bible! Why? Because verses 20-21 said, “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Therefore, the giving of interpretation had been completed during the time of the Apostles.

Now, how are we going to prove (by using the Bible) that the Bible is already an interpreted book? The Bible does not have to be interpreted. All that one has to do is read and search the Book of the Lord. Let us read what was written in Isa. 34:16. “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded and his spirit it hath gathered them.”

It says, “seek ye.” What must we do? Are we going to interpret it? NO! The instruction is clear: Search the book of the Lord. And what must we do as we search? We must read it! It did not say “interpret it” – just “search” and “read.” Why? “No one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate for my mouth it hath commanded and his spirit it hath gathered them.” It clearly states that, it had been commanded by the mouth of the Lord and gathered by His spirit. Therefore, in order to comprehend how the words are connected to each other, these words have to be gathered by the Spirit of God.… And these words had been gathered ever since, and everything that ought to be explained, for man to understand, had already been explained. And for this reason, it will pose a great harm should a person dare to interpret the Bible by himself.

Opening Statement

The peace of our Lord God may be with us all, our fellow countrymen and friends. Once again, we will discuss with you some very important principles of faith by God in the Holy Scriptures. And like what we always articulate with you, our intention is to stir sensible scrutiny of our religious faith. As we all know, faith is a very important aspect in one man's life. It means salvation to our soul. Thus, if we are misguided by our own pastors to follow erroneous manner of delivering service to God, this puts to danger not only our very soul, but all of our beloved family's whom we are leading.

It is not too late for us to engage in a thorough study of the essential problems in religious faith, because this is where conflict and misunderstanding by different existing religious groups and sects in our country and in different parts of the globe entered. For this reason we felt obliged to impart with you one important aspect of faith and this pertains to that One Book that is used by almost all religious groups who are claiming to be Christians.

ANG DATING DAAN BIBLE EXPOSITION ONLINE


Ang Dating Daan Bible Exposition Online is the online edition of the said religious program, which is aired through various waves of the latest communication facilities on radio and television, and the internet.

The program is headed by the most controversial and the most sensible preacher in our time, who is none other than Brother Eli F. Soriano, accompanied by co-hosts, Bro. Josel Mallari, Bro. Danny Navales, Bro. Willy Santiago and Sis. Luz Cruz.

The program aims to propagate the true and everlasting Gospel of Christ based on the Bible, convert sinners to believe and glorify God. Only the Church can teach the wisdom of God in the salvation of mankind.

The program can be viewed over the facilities of Southern Broadcasting Network Channel 21 in Luzon, Cebu, and Davao and heard over the facilities of the most powerful radio networks in the Philippines – DZRH, RMN, and 100 Radyo Natin Stations Nationwide, and now stretching to all corners of the world, the program streams over the facilities of the internet thru www.angdatingdaan.org and http://webtv.angdatingdaan.net.

Our Central Office can be found at the ADD Convention Center, Brgy. Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga with satellite offices all over the Philippines and the world.

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ANG DATING DAAN BIBLE EXPOSITION ONLINE


Ang Dating Daan Bible Exposition Online is the online edition of the said religious program, which is aired through various waves of the latest communication facilities on radio and television, and the internet.

The program is headed by the most controversial and the most sensible preacher in our time, who is none other than Brother Eli F. Soriano, accompanied by co-hosts, Bro. Josel Mallari, Bro. Danny Navales, Bro. Willy Santiago and Sis. Luz Cruz.

The program aims to propagate the true and everlasting Gospel of Christ based on the Bible, convert sinners to believe and glorify God. Only the Church can teach the wisdom of God in the salvation of mankind.

The program can be viewed over the facilities of Southern Broadcasting Network Channel 21 in Luzon, Cebu, and Davao and heard over the facilities of the most powerful radio networks in the Philippines – DZRH, RMN, and 100 Radyo Natin Stations Nationwide, and now stretching to all corners of the world, the program streams over the facilities of the internet thru www.angdatingdaan.org and http://webtv.angdatingdaan.net.

Our Central Office can be found at the ADD Convention Center, Brgy. Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga with satellite offices all over the Philippines and the world.

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