How to Maintain Friendship According to the Bible


From: Ana

Email: megumi3007@yahoo.com

How can we maintain a friendship according to the Bible?

Dear Ana,

In this world, the only thing permanent is change (thus, the saying goes). Maintaining friendship with anybody entails a lot of guts, patience, and understanding. It is almost impossible to have a permanent friend in human society today. But what is impossible under human standards is possible with God.

When I was in elementary school, I have learned a proverb that says: “Make new friends, but don’t forget the old; for new ones are silver, and the old ones are gold.” Biblically speaking, friends can be part of the inheritance from fathers.

Proverbs 27:10 
Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.

But how can we preserve friendship? We must know whom to befriend and the factors that will destroy the friendship! The God of the Bible defines for us a true friend.

Proverbs 18:24 (RSV) 
There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 

The closeness of a true friend is enduring.

Proverbs 17:17 
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

A true friend’s criticism may hurt, but it is a sign of a true friend.

Proverbs 27:6 
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

I have been following these examples set by the Bible regarding friendship. But those who do not understand—when I speak with frankness and truthfulness, with the intention to correct a beloved friend—sometimes, they turn to be bitter enemies. If only people can see the heart, I should have made more friends than enemies. It happened to the Apostles of Christ.

Galatians 4:16-17 (NIV) 
16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them. 

There is a Spanish proverb that says, “El enemigo peor es él que era una vez un amigo” (The worst enemy is he who was once a friend). Beware! Do not make enemies out of friends, but make friends out of enemies.

1 Corinthians 9:20-22 
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 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.

Beware, also, of the words of a talebearer!

Proverbs 16:28 
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

If you want to maintain friendship, apply to yourself the virtues and values of a true friend. Do not expect it from your friend alone, it must be symbiotic. Jesus taught His disciples the greatest friendship attainable among human beings.

John 15:13-15 
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

The disciples of Christ applied this friendship among brethren.

3 John 1:4 
But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

Enduring friendship is attainable in the Church of God. Jesus and His disciples are the best of friends anybody can have.

God Bless,

Bro. Eli Soriano

Why the Best Education is Available in the Bible


Education is defined in the dictionary as an activity of acquiring knowledge through instruction or teaching. The Bible in 2 Timothy 3:15-16 says,

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scriptures is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

The Bible has in its pages doctrines, corrections, instructions in righteousness, and the best knowledge needed in educating any man. It will not come short of any good thing needed to make a man perfect before the sight of God.

The infallible teacher is the Holy Spirit of God who knows the whole truth as was written in John 14:26, which states,

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

The Bible can teach knowledge and wisdom ahead of their discovery by man. We know in the Book of Isaiah, written 600 years before Christ and almost two millennia before the theories of Copernicus and other scientists came out, that the Earth is round and spherical in shape.

Even without a telescope, the stars can be seen by the naked eye, and it is very hard to number them. In Genesis 22:17, God told Abraham that his descendants will be as many as the stars he can see in heaven. With a telescope, we can see more than Abraham has seen less than 3,000 years ago. The Earth now is populated by around 7 billion people, thus, proving that the word of God teaches us the truth about astronomy and mathematics. Abraham couldn’t see as many as a billion stars with his naked eyes; but several billions can be seen with our telescopes now, thus, proving the authenticity of God’s pronouncement in the Bible.

God’s wisdom is compared in the Bible as high as the heaven, and man’s is as low as the earth’s. In Isaiah 55:8-9, it says:

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Until now, even with the advent of sophisticated tools of Science, man cannot know exactly how high the heavens are from the earth. Guesses were made by the Greek thinker Thales and his pupil, Anaximander, regarded as the father of astronomy. Pythagoras, Ptolemy, Copernicus and many others also had theories about the universe and its extent, but they all, in so many points, have failed—proving, once more, what the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 8:17, thus,

“Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.”

I must emphasize that what Solomon said are things under the sun. He said, “…all the work of God…under the sun.” There are a few, very few, that man had accidentally discovered but not all, proving that up to now the said pronouncement of the Bible stands. And, if the work under the sun cannot be fully understood by man, much more those things beyond the sun.

Does anybody want to be knowledgeable of God’s unfailing wisdom? The Bible can educate us with knowledge far more advanced than the knowledge accumulated throughout the centuries by all of humanity combined. 1 Corinthians 1:25 states:

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

The wisdom we can learn from the Bible and the knowledge we can acquire from it are far better than the guesses, temporary and partial knowledge of man. Why temporary and partial? The belief of scientists five decades ago has changed very recently. Sometime in the past, scientists believed that protein is food for the brain, but now, they say that sugar is the food for the brain. In Genesis 2:16 it says:

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat.”

Adam was an intelligent man. He named all the animals and birds that existed in his time. We are sure that they were more in number than the animals at present because a great number of them are now extinct. Genesis 2:19-20 says:

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.”

Adam’s intelligence did not come from a brain that was fed with protein. Fruits that he ate in the garden contained more fructose (a good kind of sugar) and only a very little amount of protein. High protein diets burden the kidneys, but diets of fruits never do. Ask your dieticians and doctors and they will agree with me. This only proves to show that the kind of knowledge we can acquire in believing in the word of God is far better than the guesses of all men combined.

The best education regarding all areas of knowledge and wisdom is available in the Bible. Psychology, science, architecture, nutrition, morals, and everything that will make a man ‘man enough’ to acknowledge his CREATOR are in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. Isaiah 34:16 has this to say:

“Seek ye out 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.”

Sincerely,

Bro. Eli Soriano

A Little of Mathematics and Logic


The Ten Commandments: Why ten?

Numbers are used all throughout the Bible to denote exactness and sometimes approximation. The number of brethren who saw the risen Christ was more than 500!

I CORINTHIANS 15:6
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.

The number 500 in this verse shows approximately the more than sufficient number of witnesses of the resurrection of Christ.

Most of the time, numbers are used to denote exactness.

I PETER 3:20
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

The number eight (8) in the preceding verse gives the exact figure of humans who boarded the ark.

And in the story below, definitely only one!

LUKE 17:17-19
17 And Jesus answering said, were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

God is the only one person in the universe who knows exactly the exact number of everything that exists!

MATTHEW 10:30
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

He is the only power that can make one hair black or white!

MATTHEW 5:36
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Realistic expectations are important, however. It is important to remember that hair still cannot be created.

(Read: Hair Replacement Guide)

Bald billionaires may testify to this truth. Not even their billions can bring back their beautiful hair. God even counts hair to assure protection!

THE ACTS 27:33-34
33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

Even the innumerable stars are numbered and named by God Almighty!

PSALMS 147:4
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

You might ask me why the Bible did not record the number of stars. There was no numerical figure during those times when the Bible was being written (and even now that we have the Hubble Space Telescope) to sufficiently and exactly give us the number of stars in the universe.

Stars are innumerable by human standards. The term googol was very recently applied by modern mathematicians. This is another proof that the Bible is an authentic, scientific book!

PARIS (AFP) – Astronomers may have underestimated the tally of galaxies in some parts of the Universe by as much as 90 percent, according to a study reported on Wednesday in Nature, the weekly British science journal.

Surveys of the cosmos are based on a signature of ultraviolet light that turns out to be a poor indicator of what’s out there, its authors say.
In the case of very distant, old galaxies, the telltale light may not reach Earth as it is blocked by interstellar clouds of dust and gas — and, as a result, these galaxies are missed by the map-makers.

“Astronomers always knew they were missing some fraction of the galaxies… but for the first time we now have a measurement. The number of missed galaxies is substantial,” said Matthew Hayes of the University of Geneva’s observatory, who led the investigation.
Hayes’ team used the world’s most advanced optical instrument — Europe’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, which has four 8.2-metre (26.65-feet) behemoths — to carry out the experiment.


A googol is 10 to the 100th power (which is 1 followed by 100 zeros). A googol is larger than the number of elementary particles in the universe, which amount to only 10 to the 80th power.

The term was invented by Milton Sirotta, the 9-year nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner, who had asked his nephew what he thought such a large number should be called. Such a number, Milton apparently replied after a short thought, could only be called something as silly as a “googol.”

Later, another mathematician devised the term googolplex for 10 to the power of googol – that is, 1 followed by 10 to the power of 100 zeros. Frank Pilhofer has determined that, given Moore’s Law (which is that computer processor power doubles about every 1 to 2 years), it would make no sense to try to print out a googolplex for another 524 years – since all earlier attempts to print a googolplex out would be overtaken by the faster processor.


Why Ten Commandments?

“Ten” denotes the exactness of the commandments that were written on two tablets of stones.

DEUTERONOMY 4:13
And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.

Why is it necessary to put the number ten? Because some unscrupulous writers may add to the commandments, which is against God’s will!

DEUTERONOMY 12:32
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Even a jot or a tittle must not be taken away from the complete commandments.

MATTHEW 5:18
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Adding anything is also against God’s exact will.

PROVERBS 30:6
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

REVELATION 22:18-19
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

To know how to count is a very important piece of wisdom in the Bible.

REVELATION 13:18
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

It is sad to note that this important truth was not learned by the leaders of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church! They insist that the Ten Commandments are in effect and should be followed even in our present dispensation. Here is what they have to say in their book:


While they insist that there are Ten Commandments, they baptize their members! Baptism is a commandment of Christ. It was not written nor included in the two tablets of stone. There were only ten commandments written on the stone which God gave to Moses.

EXODUS 31:18
And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Simple knowledge in arithmetic can disprove the claim of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church that the commandments that apply to all humanity at all times are the Ten Commandments.

Granting that the Ten Commandments are now in force, plus baptism, there will be not ten but eleven commandments!

The truth and the fact is: the giving and the collection of tithes is another commandment.

HEBREWS 7:5
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

You will not be speaking the exact truth if you say that there are ten commandments, and at the same time you are baptizing and collecting tithes!

It will not be very easy for the leaders of the SDA to do away with the tithes, because it is through the collection of tithes that they enrich themselves.

There was a change of priesthood. The Levitical priesthood ended in Christ, so did the law on tithing!

HEBREWS 7:5, 12
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

The law on giving in the Christian era is not tithing!

II CORINTHIANS 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Why are these people (SDA) misled? It is because of the erroneous teachings that came from an unauthorized teacher.

I TIMOTHY 2:11-13
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

Women leaders are prophesied to mislead people!

ISAIAH 3:12
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

Ellen G. White was a self-proclaimed teacher who founded a false church which is now called the Seventh-Day Adventist Church!


THE COMMANDMENTS FOR CHRISTIANS 

The Ten Commandments ended in Christ.

ROMANS 10:4
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Its efficacy was until John.

LUKE 16:16 (New Revised Standard Version)
The law and the prophets were in effect until John came; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is proclaimed, and everyone tries to enter it by force.

Jesus preached the Good News or the Gospel, not the Ten Commandments!

MARK 1:14-15
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Christ repealed the Ten Commandments!

MATTHEW 5:21-22
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Hating a brother in Christ is a serious offense in the commandments of Christ!

I JOHN 3:15
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

MATTHEW 5:27-28
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

The law of Christ is the law for Christians.

GALATIANS 6:2
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Paul counted himself as under the law of Christ and not under the Ten Commandments.

I CORINTHIANS 9:20-21 (Revised Standard Version)
20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law — though not being myself under the law — that I might win those under the law.
21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law — not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ — that I might win those outside the law.

A little understanding of mathematics and logic will enlighten the members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church who were misled by Ellen G. White!

Sincerely,

Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano

Baptism In the Name of Ellen G. White


One of the many erroneous doctrines of the Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) is rebaptism. It implies that rebaptism is “baptizing again” someone who was baptized already in their church.

I am not against baptizing someone in the true church—if such person was baptized in another church, and the one who officiated his baptism was not qualified to baptize in accordance with Biblical standards.

WHO CAN LEGITIMATELY OFFICIATE BAPTISM?

Guided by the Biblical standards that the law is good if used legitimately or lawfully, not everyone can officiate baptism to anyone!

I TIMOTHY 1:8 
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

I TIMOTHY 1:8 (NRSV) 
Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately.

The laws of Christ or the laws for Christians took effect when the apostles received them after the ascension of the Lord.

THE ACTS 1:2 
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

The laws of Moses ended in Christ on the cross!

COLOSSIANS 2:14 
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;

Christians will not be justified by the law of Moses!

THE ACTS 13:39 
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

The laws of Moses were carnal ordinances destined to be done away!

HEBREWS 9:10 
Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

The time of reformation is the effectiveness of the laws of Christ.

HEBREWS 7:12 
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

The result is: we have now the Old and the New testaments!

HEBREWS 8:13 
In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Baptism was not commanded in the Old Testament times! 

WHO IS QUALIFIED TO BAPTIZE?

The Lord Jesus commanded the apostles to baptize.

MATTHEW 28:19-20 
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.

The instruction is very clear, “teach all nations, baptizing them...” The persons commanded to baptize were also commanded to teach. And what are they going to teach?

“…all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” Therefore, he who has the capacity to teach all the commandments of Christ is the one who is authorized by Christ to officiate the true baptism. 

Ministers of the SDA are not qualified to officiate true baptism because they do not teach people all the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ! One example is that they have replaced the law of Christ in “giving” by the law of tithing.

II CORINTHIANS 9:7 
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Maybe you know the reason why they prefer tithing than voluntary giving!

The New Testament or New Covenant is very distinct from all laws in the past. Its focal point is the soul and the spirit – not the flesh only!

II CORINTHIANS 3:6-8 
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 
7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of 
8 Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

II CORINTHIANS 7:1 
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

While John the Baptist had baptized the Jews who believed, when the law of Christ took effect, all Christians were baptized under the law of Christ!

I CORINTHIANS 12:13 
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.

The one “body” wherein both the Jews and Gentiles were “all” baptized is the church!

COLOSSIANS 1:18 
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Even the Jews were baptized in Christ in the church! The allegation of Ellen G. White that some of those who were baptized by John the Baptist were not baptized in Christ is false!

(Seventh Day Adventist Church Manual 17th Edition p.43)
The following examples suggest that rebaptism may not be required. Evidently the instance of Acts 19 was a special one, for Apollos is reported to have received John’s baptism (Acts 18:25), and there is no record that he was rebaptized. Apparently some of the apostles themselves received John’s baptism (John 1:35-40), but there is no record of subsequent baptism.  [Emphasis ours]

Paul had recorded it but unfortunately was not understood by Ellen G. White:

I Corinthians 12:13 
“…are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles…”

In the body or the true church, under the Christian law, there is only one baptism taught by the apostles to the believers!

EPHESIANS 4:4-5 
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism…

Never did the apostles accord another baptism in the same church or jurisdiction. Erring members committing sins that are not worthy of death are being admonished and prayed for, to merit the forgiveness of God, not rebaptized.

GALATIANS 6:1 
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

JAMES 5:19 
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

I JOHN 5:16
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

These teachings of Christ and the apostles were ignored by Ellen G. White and commanded her own idea to the members of the SDA to rebaptize an erring member!

(Seventh Day Adventist Church Manual 17th Edition p.43) Apostasy and Rebaptism

Although apostasy clearly existed in the apostolic church (e.g., Heb. 6:4-6), Scripture does not address the question of rebaptism. Ellen G. White supports rebaptism when members have fallen away in apostasy and have lived in such a manner that the faith and principles of the church have been publicly violated. Then they should, in case of reconversion and application for church membership, enter the church as in the beginning, by baptism. (See pp. 199, 207.)

“The Lord calls for a decided reformation. And when a soul is truly reconverted, let him be rebaptized. Let him renew his covenant with God, and God will renew His covenant with him.”—Evangelism, p. 375. Clearly what is referred to here is not a recurring spiritual revival in a believer’s experience, but a radical change in life.

These teachings of Ellen G. White are against the Gospel of Christ! There is no pronouncement, even once, by Christ and the apostles to “baptize again” or rebaptize erring members! Poor SDA members! They were given by their prophetess a chance to fall away in apostasy or to err grievously, have a vacation for an indefinite time and then enter again in their church at will, “enter the church as in the beginning, by baptism” according to Ellen G. White.

HEBREWS 6:4-6 
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

May God open your minds, poor members of this erroneous church that awaits for the seventh day!

Grammatically Speaking


Grammatically: The word "adventist" is a noun.

The phrase "seventh-day" is an adjective (adjectival) phrase.

If the meaning of the word “adventist,” is a person that awaits for the arrival or coming into being of something (which certainly is the true meaning), therefore: the name, Seventh Day Adventist Church, means a church that awaits for the seventh day and not of the advent of Christ!

This fact is also true even if the original “Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Dia” is used!

Grammatically also:
It should be “cada septimo dia” because ever since Ellen White led this movement, some undetermined number of Saturdays have passed!

The Colossians were warned by the Apostle Paul about being judged for the non- observance of sabbaths and other carnal ordinances in meats and drinks which according to him are a shadow of the real thing that is Christ.

COLOSSIANS 2:16-17 (RSV) 
16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a sabbath.
17 These are only a shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

COLOSSIANS 2:16-17(CODEX SINAITICUS IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION) 
16 Let no one therefore judge you in eating or in drinking or in respect of a feast or of a new moon or of sabbaths, 
17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the body of Christ is the substance.

Note: The ordinances in the Old Testament are shadows of the real substance, the body of Christ. 

These are carnal ordinances given to the Israelites and will tarry until the appointed time of reformation!

HEBREWS 9:10 
Which stood only in meats and drinks, and diverse washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

These simple Biblical truths were not understood by the leaders of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Their blasphemy against the Holy Spirit alleging that “Sunday worship” is a mark of the beast has caused a toll in their understanding of the Scriptures!



II CORINTHIANS 3:14-15 
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. 
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.

II CORINTHIANS 4:4 
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

The facts are: There will be a time of reformation. The appointed time is the change of the priesthood.

HEBREWS 7:12 
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

From Moses to Christ!

HEBREWS 3:1-3 
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 
3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honor than the house.

It was prophesied even in the time of Moses that Christ will replace him in the priesthood.

DEUTERONOMY 18:18 
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

The fulfillment of this prophecy is Christ.

THE ACTS 3:22, 20 
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

The law of Moses was changed and the law of Christ took effect.

THE ACTS 13:39 
And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Until John were the law and the prophets.

LUKE 16:16 
The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

Christ is the end of the law.

THE ROMANS 10:4-6 
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

We are now under the Law of Christ and not under the Law of Moses!

I CORINTHIANS 9:20-21 (RSV) 
20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law — THOUGH NOT BEING MYSELF UNDER THE LAW — that I might win those under the law. 
21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law — not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ — that I might win those outside the law.

The Law of Christ is the law that Paul taught to the first century Christians and not the Law of Moses.

GALATIANS 6:2 
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ.

The collection of “tithes” is a part of the Levitical law.

HEBREWS 7:5 
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

Is this not the reason why Seventh-Day Adventist ministers cling to the Old Testament law of Moses? Tithing is not a Christian law! It was replaced when the priesthood was changed!

HEBREWS 7:12 
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

The replacement for tithing is:

II CORINTHIANS 9:7 
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Let us test the spirits.

I JOHN 4:1 
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

There is somewhere, somehow concealed deceit in insisting that the law of Moses must be observed, the gain and riches a pastor may get from tithes.

II CORINTHIANS 2:17 (RSV) 
For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

May God bless you.

Read more about The Church that Awaits the Seventh-Day here.

The Church that Awaits the Seventh-Day


Apparently, they are not waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as they claim. The name of their church means they are waiting for the arrival of the “seventh day.” Whether in grammar or in logic, the emphasis of the Adventists is on the seventh day or Saturday. Let us study their doctrines: 

In their book, Seventh Day Adventists Believe, page 224:


The true church was founded by God in Christ.

HEBREWS 3:4 
For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.


In the first century of our common era, how can a church founded by Ellen G. White be the true church when it was founded on a different date and setting? A woman like White has no biblical authority whatsoever to establish or even to lead the true church.

1 TIMOTHY 2:11-13 
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 
12 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 
13 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

The Christian doctrine is crystal clear on this aspect that a woman cannot be a leader of the true church. A woman must be under subjection to a man who is under Christ: Just as Christ is under the authority of the Father, so is the woman under the authority of man.

1 CORINTHIANS 11:3 
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

The Bible, even in prophecy, has warned God’s people that a woman leader will mislead God’s people.

ISAIAH 3:12 
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

There are so many available evidences that will prove the errant teachings of White.


“Sunday worship is the mark of the beast.”

Obviously, White and her cohorts do not know the biblical meaning of worship. How can anybody, in his rightful mind, say that Sunday worship is the mark of the beast when the apostles assembled themselves to pray and worship God on Sunday?

JOHN 20:19 
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

The Apostle Paul, together with other Christians, assembled, broke bread, prayed, and preached on a Sunday.

ACTS 20:7 
And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

The church in Corinth and in Galatia were commanded to do the collections on Sundays (logically, while they were gathered together).

I CORINTHIANS 16:1-3 
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 
3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

In their vain effort to prove that Christians assembled themselves on Saturdays, SDAs have blasphemed the Holy Spirit of God who was present in all Christian gatherings when they claimed that Sunday worship is the mark of the beast.

The fact is we can worship God in any day of the week.

ACTS 2:46-47 
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 
47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Sunday worship was done by Christians. It was only the malicious mind of White that could possibly conclude that Sunday worship is the mark of the beast.

Brother Eli Soriano

Scrutinizing the World’s Greatest Religions


Not all great things are good or of God. (Revelation 17:5)

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

It is clear in the verse that this great Babylon is the mother of all abomination upon the earth.

There are gangs and illegal organizations that grow to be international, traversing boundaries of continents and countries, heavily guarded by armed authorities. It may be a paradox in this world wherein fundamental laws and mouths of powerful people condemn evil.

The irony is so clear: that while human society condemns evil in the open, evil grows to be “great” in the underworld.  The Bible has the explanation.  In Psalms 37:35 (ASV) it says,

“I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil. "

Why does it grow to be great? The answer: evil has the power to influence — even the good. (I Corinthians 15:33, ASV)

“Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.”

The aggravating factor is that while most world’s leaders condemn evil by mouth, they approve or tolerate it by heart. (Romans 1:32)

“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

Killing a person mercilessly — or mercifully — is against the scripture. (Matthew 5:44)

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

If we love our enemies, we will not kill them.  In fact, we are obliged to feed them when hungry and alleviate their thirst when thirsty. (Romans 12:20)

“Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”

The logic is clear:  if we can love our enemies by heart, the more we can love our relatives and friends — and even ourselves!  It is marvelous that while the Catholic Church professes to be the only true religion in the world, it has in its known history, records of murder and mutiny of heretics and innocent people.



Biblical records reveal that Christians were murdered, but were never murderers!  Murderers are of the devil. (John 8:44)

“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.”

In the time of the Israelites, only condemned people were being put to death mercilessly. (Hebrew 10:28-29)

“He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”

It is God’s command to His people to execute His judgment unto these condemned people. (Deuteronomy 17:2, 6)

“2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, 
6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.”

God is the giver of life... (Acts 17:28)

"For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. "

…and is the only one who has the right to take it back. (Deuteronomy 32:39)

“See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.”

The commandment, “thou shall not revenge for vengeance is mine,” is a vivid indication that even His people aggrieved by their enemies cannot take life by themselves.  How can now the “great” Catholic Church claim that they are of God and vindicate their crime biblically?

The order from their highest authorities to burn manuscripts of the Bible translated by Wycliffe in the language that can be understood by people, and to burn Tyndale alive for translating the Bible into English are acts proving the satanic power behind the Catholic Church.  The only credible truth to be believed and to be accepted wholeheartedly is the word of God. (John 17:17)

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”


Whatever make-up or camouflage anybody may attempt to cover up the crimes they have committed against humanity is not acceptable to a thinking mind. The Mormons cannot deny their unchristian doctrine of bloodshedding:

But under certain circumstances there are some serious sins for which the cleansing of Christ does not operate, and the law of God is that men must then have their own bloodshed to atone for their sins. Murder, for instance, is one of these sins; hence we find the Lord commanding capital punishment. Thus, also, if a person has so progressed in righteousness that his calling and election has been made sure, if he has come to that position where he knows “by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the power of the Holy Priesthood” that he is sealed up unto eternal life (D. & C. 131:5), then if he gains forgiveness for certain grievous sins, he must “be destroyed in the flesh” and “delivered unto the buffetings of satan unto the day of redemption, saith the Lord God.” (Doctrines and Covenants 132:19-27)

The Christian era is very much different from the Mosaic times of God’s people.  While God uses His people to condemn people to death in the olden times, Christ commanded His disciples to be merciful even to the most bitter of their enemies. (Hebrews 9:10; 8:13; 7:12)

“Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.” “In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.”

I may, for a while, say that those religions who do not know Christ (like Confucianism) are better than the Mormons that claim to be Christians and teaching cruel, unchristian doctrines.  (II Peter 2:21)

“For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”

Having said this, I also disagree with Confucianism…  To be continued.