Faced with Doubts on Catholicism: What Must a Devout Catholic Do?

leaving the Catholic Church for Christianity

It always happens that when Catholics, who are inherently God-fearing and are indeed searching for the truth, hear the Christian doctrines that I preach, they readily come to realize that the Catholic teachings which they were made to believe and accept are the exact opposite of what were written in the Bible. Inevitably, they develop the interest in joining our congregation, the Church of God International.

However, sometimes some things seem to hold back others because they know that joining the Church of God would also mean that they have to completely turn their backs to the religion that they grew up with, not only with its doctrines but also with the traditions, ceremonies, and festivals that they subscribed to and observed all throughout their being Catholics. Aside from that, the other thing that gives them the feeling of hesitation is the fact that, subsequently, they also have to leave there the people dear to them who continue to cling to the Catholic faith.

And inasmuch as they have spent practically their whole lifetime in Catholicism, they are worried if there is really nothing wrong in turning one’s back and in departing from one’s former religion.

To shed light on this matter, let us go over first to the story of one of the pillars of the Church of God, the Apostle Paul.

GALATIANS 1:13-17 (KJV) says,

13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 and profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood;
17 Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those apostles before me, but I went into Arabia and returned again to Damascus.

Please, take note of what verse 16 says. When God commissioned the Apostle Paul to preach to the Gentiles, he obeyed unhesitatingly and without even consulting anybody. He did not confer with anyone; he did not even ask the opinion of the people dearest to him. Without giving it a second thought, the Apostle Paul heeded to God’s calling. He turned his back to his former religion despite the fact that, that time, he was a leader of the Jewish faith. I repeat, the Apostle Paul was not merely a member but a leader of Judaism. Yet, he did not show any reluctance in leaving his former faith when God called him.

For a leader of a religion to have done that hastily, I don’t see any reason why an ordinary member should find it difficult to stop cleaving to a wrong religion like Catholicism! Instantly, the Apostle Paul left Judaism, and when he did, he did not even bother to look back anymore.

Actually, looking back to something which you have left behind is something not good for God. Remember the story of Lot, his wife, and his daughters? The angel commanded them to leave Sodom and Gomorrah, with specific instructions: Do not look back because what you are leaving is an evil place. Forget your gold; forget everything that you have in Sodom and Gomorrah. Just run for your life, do not look back. Unfortunately, Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt. I do not want that to happen to you that is why I am telling you all these with frankness.

You should not hesitate to leave anything that is wrong. Practically, all the Catholic doctrines are wrong! Examples of these are child baptism with a fee, confirmation with a fee, prayers and masses with a fee. Everything is sold by the Catholic Church.

As per biblical admonition, the gospel should be preached freely, like what the apostles had done. They raised the dead, they performed unparalleled miracles yet they did not ask for any fee. But in the Catholic Church, every move that a priest makes has a corresponding price. Will you find it difficult to leave that kind of church? Well, it is up to you.

But if you will do as the Apostle Paul did, you will not consult nor ask the opinion of anybody anymore. When you feel that God is revealing to you the truth, do not look back. Immediately take the first step: turn your back to your wrong religion.

ISAIAH 52:11 (KJV) says,

Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.

We are commanded to depart from it, to go out.

ROMANS 16:17 (KJV) says,

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

The Apostle Paul was telling the Romans that they should not be fooled by those who were teaching doctrines that are contrary to the doctrines of the real Christianity. They should also be avoided because they are full of deceits.

ROMANS 16:18 (KJV) says,

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

When you have found out that the teachings of your church are against the teachings of the Bible and of the apostles, you have to leave it immediately. That is a proof that your church is not founded by God, but by satan. There are so many churches now that were founded by satan. Satan uses his ministers – false prophets, false apostles, and false preachers – to deceive as many people.

You have to hate practices which are against the will of God. I am not preaching the gospel of hate but you have to hate everything that is evil.

ROMANS 12:9 (KJV) says,

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

“Abhor that which is evil” means, hate evil. We do not hate people; we love them; we love even our enemies. And the love that God wants us to possess is a love without dissimulation, or a love without hypocrisy. As rendered in the American Standard Version,

ROMANS 12:9 (ASV) says,

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

That is the kind of love that we ought to have – a love that abhors, or hates, evil. For instance, if you have learned that idol worship is an abomination in the sight of God, you would automatically abhor idolatry if you truly love God. It is an undeniable fact that the Catholic Church practices idolatry, or idol worship. If you love God, you would abhor, too, the practice of idolatry.

I am not teaching you to abhor, or to hate Catholics. No! They are good people, and they are only misled by their leaders. We have to show them mercy, compassion, and love. Actually, despite the threats that I receive, I continue exposing their unbiblical doctrines and practices because I love them. I do not want them to be deceived all their lives.

Telling people that what they do is wrong is a way of showing them that we love and care about them. That is the genuine love that the gospel teaches us – a love that abhors that which is evil.

If I were a Catholic, I would readily turn my back to the Catholic Church because it is a church that is not of God. If it is not of God then, it is of the devil. And the Bible tells us to . . . abhor that which is evil.

I hope you understand what I am trying to say.

May God bless you!

On Speaking in Tongues, the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ

Signs that the Holy Spirit is present

Nowadays many people have different notions about the Holy Spirit. Most of the time, their notion is either vague or wrong. In this particular article, I intend to offer you a clearer understanding about the significance or relevance of the Holy Spirit and the observable indicators that a person, a preacher most especially, is filled with the Holy Spirit.

First of all, it must be understood that the Holy Spirit is part of what the Bible calls as “Godhead”.

In Greek, theiotēs, or the being of God, has been translated in English as “Godhead,” and “divine” in some other translations. In theiotēs, or in the Godhead, is embodied the three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We know for a fact that the Father is an eternal being; He is immortal just like the Son. If the Father and the Son are both eternal, we also have to also accept that the Holy Spirit is eternal, it being a part of the Godhead, being a part of what the Bible calls in Hebrew as Elohim.

The word Elohim, according to the Hebrew dictionary of words in the Bible, means “God”. It is the plural form of the word Eloha in Hebrew.

We know that there are more than one persons in the Godhead because during the creation of man the Elohim or God, said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” (Genesis 1:26, KJV) The pronouns “us” and “our” imply that there were more than one beings who worked together in the creation of man.

Aside from that, there is also a particular admonition of the Lord Jesus Christ to the apostles that further proves that the Godhead, or the theiotēs, is more than one person. Specifically, this was when He instructed them to make disciples in all nations.

MATTHEW 28:19 (ESV) says,

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

We have the certainty that the Holy Spirit is very relevant not only in our times but even until the end of the world. As stated in MATTHEW 28:20 (KJV), “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.”

Now, what are the manifestations that the Holy Spirit dwells in a man? When can we say that a person is filled with the Holy Spirit?

Today, people have different bases in determining if a person is filled with the Holy Spirit. The Pentecostal churches, for instance, believe that the Holy Spirit is present in a person if he is able to speak in tongue. This is a gross misconception! It is not true that if you are filled with the Holy Spirit you are going to speak in tongue!

If we are going to consider what happened to the apostles and the first century Christians, although they were filled with the Holy Spirit, not all of them spoke in tongues.

1 CORINTHIANS 12:13 (KJV) says,

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 Apostle Paul told the first century Christians in Corinth, “by one spirit are we all baptized.” In other words, all of them were immersed; all of them were baptized in one spirit and that is the Holy Spirit of God.

After baptism, they all became members of the Church regardless of whether they were Jews, or Gentiles, or Barbarous, or Sicians, or free, or slaves. After they were baptized, what happened next?

1 CORINTHIANS 12:28-30 (KJV) says,

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

After their baptism, they received different gifts like being apostles, teachers, miracle workers, etc.

29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak in tongues? do all interpret?

The answers to the questions enumerated in verses 29 and 30 are all NO. Not all are apostles; not all have the gift of healing; not all speak in tongues. This is despite the fact that they were all baptized in the Holy Spirit.

This only shows how wrong the teaching is of the Pentecostals that the proof that the person (who had been baptized) is filled with the Holy Spirit is his ability to speak in tongue.

In case you are not aware of it, speaking in tongue is one of the main doctrines of the Pentecostal church.

“Speaking in tongues was an integral part of Spirit baptism in the Book of Acts. It is the only manifestation associated with Spirit baptism which is explicitly presented as evidence authenticating the experience, and on that basis should be considered normative.”

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It is an erroneous teaching, it is a lie and it has no biblical basis. This teaching did not come from God, and neither did it come from the Lord Jesus Christ nor from the apostles.

Actually, the Apostle Paul gave the first century Christians a specific instruction concerning speaking in tongues.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:27-28 (KJV) says,

27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Verse 27 implies that even if there are several who could speak in tongues, the Bible has set a limit to the number of people that could speak in tongues. There should be a maximum of three only, but NOT ALL. And there has to be an interpreter. Without an interpreter, they were advised to remain silent.

Now, what are the manifestations that the Holy Spirit is present in a man or in a preacher, specifically?

A preacher with the Holy Spirit speaks spontaneously of the wisdom of God.

2 PETER 1:20-21 (KJV) says,

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The way a holy man of God speaks manifests the presence of the Holy Spirit in him. When he speaks, he speaks the wisdom of God; he speaks of the fulfillment of the prophecy; he speaks the exact words of God in the Bible.

2 PETER 1:19 (KJV) says,

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

This declaration of the apostles was prompted by their faith. Although the prophecy is not of private interpretation, the apostles had that certainty that they had a surer word of prophecy because they were guided by the Holy Spirit. They had this trust in their hearts.

So, one manifestation that the Holy Spirit is in a preacher is that he speaks and teaches something that is sure, something that is certain, something that is not objectionable, something that nobody can object or gainsay. As said by the Lord Jesus Christ in LUKE 21:13-15 (KJV),

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

MARK 13:11 (KJV) says,

But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

That is a testimony coming from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. And this is very possible because of the Holy Spirit. He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to the first century Christians to teach them everything that they need to know as well as the sure word of prophecy.

So if you encounter a preacher who speaks spontaneously about the wisdom of God, you can be sure that that preacher is guided by the Holy Spirit.

Any man who is filled with the Holy Spirit is knowledgeable about the word of God.

PROVERBS 1:23 (KJV) says,

Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words to you.

Knowledge about the word of God is a proof that the Holy Spirit is present in a person, or a preacher.

Aside from that, the presence of the Holy Spirit in a person is also manifested in the virtues he possesses.

GALATIANS 5:22-23 (KJV) says,

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

The Lord, through the Apostle Paul, said that the number one fruit of the Holy Spirit is love. The Holy Spirit is with the person who dwells in love.

Actually, even if a person speaks in tongues, even if he performs miracles, the Holy Spirit would not be in him if he is without love.

1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-2 (ASV) says,

1 If I speak with tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I gave the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Therefore, the first and most important virtue that we will have, if we are filled with the Holy Spirit, is love. We have to learn to love the biblical way. We have to love God most of all, and also our fellowmen, and even our enemies.

According to the Apostle Paul, even if one is capable of speaking the tongues of men and of angels, if he is without love the Holy Spirit will not dwell in him. Therefore, the presence of the Holy Spirit in a person is not determined by his ability to speak in tongues.

Aside from love, a person filled with the Holy Spirit also manifests joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith.

Moreover, the presence of the Holy Spirit is also evident in the wisdom of the preacher that speaks the word of God. He speaks of things that nobody can gainsay or resist just like what happened to the apostles and to the first century evangelists, like Stephen. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen spoke the truth, which prompted the unbelieving Jews to stone him to death.

ACTS 6:8-10 (KJV) says,

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

Meekness, like the meekness of the Lord Jesus Christ, is also another manifestation of the presence of the Holy Spirit in a person. Christ said, I am meek and lowly in heart.

All we have to do is look at the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in Him we will see the evidences of the Holy Spirit.

But one thing that the Pentecostal movements did not realize is that, the Lord Jesus Christ did not even attempt to speak in tongues. He spoke the tongue that He grew up with, and that was Hebrew. Indeed, Christ was filled with the Holy Spirit but He did not speak in tongues.

Diligent Parenting Can Help Resolve Teenage Pregnancy

Preventing Teenage Pregnancy the Biblical Way

The worsening problem of teenage pregnancy is something that poses fear and alarm to many parents. Actually, we cannot even call it teenage pregnancy anymore because there are cases of females becoming pregnant at the age of twelve or eleven. This only means that they got engaged in sexual relationships before reaching their teenage years.

This is indeed very disturbing, and let me tell you, this is not a simple problem. But is there anything that we can do to prevent it? Controlling the problem of teenage or early pregnancy is beyond our power. We have reached the point where there is practically no human power that is capable of controlling the wickedness in the world.

2 TIMOTHY 3:13 (KJV) says,

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

The world has grown wicked; men have become very evil. This situation would not get any better. Instead, it is bound to get even worse. Not even the toughest president of a nation could succeed in eliminating the evils in society today.

If we want to control the wickedness that abounds in the world today, we need the Lord Jesus Christ because no matter how hard we try to eradicate it, our efforts would be in vain. We will surely fail if we will just rely on ourselves.

Although we cannot totally stop it, we can, in our own little way, lessen the occurrence of teenage pregnancy if all parents would do their part. It really has to start within our respective families, with our own children. As parents, we have our responsibilities to our own families.

1 TIMOTHY 5:8 (KJV) says,

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

God commanded us to look after our respective households. It is our foremost obligation. Let us take care of our children; let us always be on guard. Let us restrict their use of their cellphones. Do not allow them to browse or to have access on any site on the internet because there are sites that will definitely stir their curiosity about sex. And there is always the possibility that they might try doing what they see on the internet. And before you know it, your very young daughter is already pregnant.

While it is true that the internet offers us lots of benefits and advantages, you have to also be aware that it is likewise being used by the devil to spread wickedness, to pollute minds, and to entice people to indulge in worldly pleasures. So, parents should be watchful.

The sad reality is, even if we take all precautions to safeguard our children, there is still no guarantee that they will be safe at all times. We cannot be by their side 24/7. Inevitably they go out of our abodes; they go to school and other public places.

Even in school, there are dangers that await them like drugs, sororities, and fraternities, gangs, etc. Even their own peers and circle of friends could also influence them negatively. We can only do so much for our children, but to give them absolute protection is beyond our capability.

Whether we like it or not, the world is heading toward destruction.

REVELATION 11:18 (KJV) says,

And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

According to the verse, God will destroy them that destroy the earth. We are heading for destruction and we are contributing towards it. One of the destructions we’re guilty of, literally speaking, is the destruction of the environment.

Today, for instance, man has made the seas a dumping site for garbage and other wastes. There had been many sea creatures like dolphins, sharks, and whales that died because of plastic – either they swallowed it or they got strangled by it. Isn’t it that man’s irresponsibility and disregard of the environment have likewise led to the destruction of the earth’s ozone layer?

Spiritually speaking, we are also heading for destruction. We have destroyed our own selves because of our sins, our interests, and our love for ourselves alone.

That is why there will come a time that God will destroy those who destroy the earth.

Indeed, our only hope is the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. When He comes, He will rule the earth for a thousand years together with those who were included in the first resurrection.

REVELATION 20:4 (KJV) says,

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

And during the millennial reign of Christ, He will correct everything that is wrong.

In my study of the Bible, I have learned that no human being and no government of men could ever succeed in correcting human errors and in rectifying the wrongs of the society. We are incapable of doing those. We need the Lord Jesus Christ.

Even controlling the problem of teenage or early pregnancy is beyond our power. To do that, we have to control a lot of things first, like television and the internet. But how will you control the internet? Despite the fact that it is from the internet that children learn about sex and all kinds of mischiefs, even the president of a country has no power to control it.

And we would also probably have to control the schools also because there are schools that teach sex education to their young pupils. Even at an early age, the young minds of the schoolchildren are already fed with matters concerning sex and sexuality.

But inasmuch as we have no control over them, the best thing that we can do is to concentrate on our own sons and daughters. To meddle or to interfere in the lives of other people outside our family would be very difficult.

I am just too thankful to God that as a leader of a religious organization, the Church of God International, our brethren in faith, both parents and children, abide by the word of God. Parents never fail to monitor the whereabouts of their children; they see to it that they are in good company; and they do their best to prevent them from getting married unprepared, and at a young age.

1 CORINTHIANS 7:36 (KJV) says,

But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.

There is a biblical admonition that while the daughter has not reached the age of maturity, it is but proper that her parents discourage or prevent her from getting married. But when she has reached the flower of her age, or the age of maturity, and she already wants to get married, then, the parents may grant their consent to their daughter getting married.

Any parent who prevents his daughter from getting married is doing something better.

As written in 1 CORINTHIANS 7:38 (KJV),

So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.

Actually, even under the law of men, there is such a thing as “legal age.” And anybody who is not yet in a legal age is still under the custody of his parents.

So, while a son or a daughter is below the legal age, parents must exercise due diligence in safeguarding their children. This way, they can contribute in the prevention of early pregnancy.

Not All Baptisms Are Acknowledged by God

Types of Baptism and The Authentic One

As a preacher of God, people from all walks of life come to me to ask questions which are vital to their salvation. Although sometimes they ask similar questions, I never tired of giving them answers based on the Bible especially when I see that they are really seeking for the truth. I feel that I have the moral obligation to answer them with the hope that, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, they will be enlightened.

As written in 1 PETER 3:15 (KJV),

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

One of the most frequently asked questions concerns baptism. Specifically, they want to find out if it is still necessary for them to be baptized again if they want to be members of the Church of God International considering they had already received baptism in their former religions.

To this question, my straightforward answer is, if you were baptized in a manner that is not in consonance with what the Bible teaches, then, that baptism means nothing.

MARK 7:7 (KJV) says,

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

If what you received in the past were merely teachings and commandments of men, everything that you do in the name of religion, including your worship to God, is considered vain.

Let me reiterate, if you became a victim of false preachers and you became a follower of the teachings, commandments, and doctrines of men, even the highest work of salvation, which is to worship our Creator, is going to be in vain.

TITUS 1:14 (KJV) says,

Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

The term “be baptized again” is only legal if you were really baptized. If the first baptism that you received is the kind of baptism that is acknowledged by God, then we can say that this will be a re-baptism, or to be baptized again.

But, if what you have received is something which is vain or without worth, it is not even logical and grammatical to use “to be baptized again” because you have never really undergone baptism yet. If you were baptized in a church that teaches doctrines and commandments of men, your baptism is not acknowledged by God.

Furthermore, EPHESIANS 4:4-5 (KJV) says,

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, . . .

You have to notice the way the Apostle Paul emphasized things. He repeatedly used “one”. There is one body, and one Spirit. The body which is one is the church.

COLOSSIANS 1:18 (KJV) says,

And he is the head of the body, the church: . . .

We are certain that the body being mentioned in Ephesians 4:4 refers to the church. There is one body and one spirit. What one spirit? One spirit that gives life to the body because according to JAMES, “A body without the spirit is dead.” (James 2:26) It is nothing. In the same way that faith without work is also dead.  

“Even as ye are called in one hope, of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Eph. 4:4) There is only one baptism, there is only one true body, or church, and there is only one true baptism.

The word “true” is not found in the verse but all the things enumerated by the Apostle Paul are the true things that concern salvation. One body, one spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism – they are all in that body, or church. So, baptism is in the body.

1 CORINTHIANS 12:13 (KJV) says,

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.

That was the Apostle Paul’s declaration to the first century Christians. Everything is in the body. Everything that pertains to salvation and worship is in that body, which is the true church of the Bible. Now, if you received baptism outside of that body, I frankly tell you, your baptism is nothing.

We cannot use the word re-baptized because, in truth, you haven’t been baptized yet. It is inappropriate to say that you will be baptized again since you really haven’t received yet the true baptism.

Biblically speaking, if you received a baptism in a wrong jurisdiction, or from a wrong church, your baptism is null and void. Practically, you did not receive anything.

We always have to be disciplined by the Bible. Let us not think outside the perimeters of the Scriptures, instead we should always be within its perimeters. And based on the Scriptures, true baptism is one, and it is in the body, which is the Church of God.

Actually, even the name of the church spells the truth. How can you receive true baptism if the name of your church is Seventh Day Adventist Church for instance? The true church of the Bible is named after its owner. The true church of the Bible is of God that is why it is called the Church of God. Calling it by another name is wrong because there is a doctrine in the Bible that the true church must be called after the name of the owner, who is none other than God.

I repeat, true baptism is in the Church of God, not in anywhere else. Therefore, baptism outside the Church of God is nothing; it is vain; it is invalid; it is not acknowledged by God.

When is Baptism Invalid and Inauthentic?

Valid and Authentic Christian Baptism

Does somebody who had been baptized in water in his former religion need to undergo water baptism again if he wants to be a member of the Church of God International?

First of all, let us consider the declaration of the Lord Jesus Christ in MARK 7:7 (KJV) which says,

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

It is very evident, especially in this dispensation, that there are religions that do not teach the commandments of God purely. Instead, they teach the commandments of men. This is despite the stern warning given by the Scriptures that we should not add nor deduct anything from what God has said and what He wants to fulfill.

PROVERBS 30:5-6 (KJV) says,

5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Anybody who adds anything to the word of God is considered a liar.

The practice of many deceitful pastors today is that, they take something from the Bible, a verse perhaps which is often taken out of context, and then incorporate in it the commandments of men. And these are now what they teach and what they want their followers to believe in.

More than anybody and anything else, it is the Bible that tells us the true teachings of the gospel. And according to the Bible, the teachings of the Lord should be administered free of charge.

2 CORINTHIANS 11:7 (KJV) says,

Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

The gospel should be preached for free. And since baptism is a part of the gospel, it should be rendered for free also.

If a person had been baptized after paying a certain amount, then, what he received is not a true baptism. It is not valid because it is against the biblical admonition.

That being the case, are we still to ask if there is a need for a person to be baptized again with the true baptism officiated in the true church of the Bible? Of course, there is! Actually, you do not count anything that is null and without credit.

There are so many baptisms in our time. Practically, each religion has its own manner of baptism. There is a religious group that calls themselves Oneness because they believe that the Father is also the Son and the Son is also the Father and the Father is also the Holy Spirit and vice versa. They do not believe that the Father has a person that is different from that of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Because of that belief, this religion baptizes only in the name of Jesus Christ.

On the other hand, there is another group, the Trinitarians, which baptizes in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. However, although they baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, they have their own man-made doctrines, just like the Baptists and the other evangelical groups. Hence, their baptism, likewise, is null and void.

Remember if you incorporate the teachings and commandments of men with the gospel, your worship to God becomes vain; it is nullified.

Actually, the highest act of sanctity that you can do in religion is worshipping God. But if your worship is in vain, then all the other things you do in religion, like your baptism, your songs, your contributions, etc., would altogether be in vain. And sadly, you end up a victim of false religion that teaches doctrines and commandments of men.

Let me reiterate, not all baptisms are valid. Your adherence to man-made commandments makes your worship in vain, and your baptism invalid.

I hope I was able to enlighten some confused minds. May God bless you all!

True Religion Does Not Breed Discrimination

True Christianity Does Not Discriminate

The world today is teeming with so many religious organizations that boldly call themselves as Christians. Practically anywhere one goes he will surely encounter people who call themselves Christians, and religious organizations that regard their respective groups as a Christian organization.

Because of this, an ordinary person needs to be very prudent to realize that not all religions claiming to be Christians are truly Christians in the strictest sense of the word.

Using the Bible as our basis, these groups do not manifest the hallmarks of a real Christian organization. First of all, real Christians are people who embrace and abide by the teachings only of the Lord Jesus Christ.

These people and these religious groups that unabashedly call themselves Christians are actually anti-Christ primarily because they are not governed and they do not abide by the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of cleaving to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, each of these pseudo-Christian denominations formulated its own set of beliefs and teachings which are not in harmony with actual teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A real Christian organization is united, not divided. Real Christians agree to one another; real Christians have the same spirit, the same mind, the same manner of thinking, and they speak only of the same thing.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:10 (KJV) says,

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Contrary to this biblical admonition, the so-called Christian groups that proliferate today vary in their beliefs. One group believes in the oneness of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that is, the Father is also the Son, and the Son is also the Father, and the Son is also the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, there is also another Christian group which subscribes to the doctrine of the Trinity. Hence, they call themselves as Trinitarians.

Furthermore, there is another so-called Christian group, the Mormons, that believes that black people are cursed. This belief is contained in the Book of Mormons, chapter 3, verse 6 of Alma, which says, “And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.”

If you will study the history of the Mormon church you will discover the prejudice and the discrimination of this group towards the blacks. In fact, the blacks were not even made officers in their organization, but only the whites.

In The Brigham Young Journal of Discourses, Volume 5, page 332, there was one leader of the Mormon religion who said, “But let them apostatize and they will be grey-haired, wrinkled and black just like the devil.”

They believe that the devil is black but I believe otherwise.

2 CORINTHIANS 11:13-14 says,

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Satan is a pretender transforming himself as an angel of light. When you say “angel of light” that means he is not dark, or black, but white.

Religions or pastors who teach that the black-skinned people are cursed by God are the ones that should be cursed. I really abhor people who insult the black simply because they are black-skinned.

Nobody must be considered a superior race, or an inferior race. Regardless of the color of our skin, regardless of our physical appearance, in the eyes of God we are all equal. And according to science, “Biologically we are all brothers and sisters under the skin.” It is not true that black people are cursed. Be you dark skinned or fair-skinned, you deserve to be treated honorably.

Actually, there were many black people in the Bible who were blessed by God. One of them was the eunuch from Ethiopia that was baptized by Philip, the evangelist. This eunuch was the caretaker of the wealth of the king of Ethiopia who went to Jerusalem to worship God.

Another was the Ethiopian woman who became one of the wives of Moses. She was also black that was why both Aaron and Miriam objected to Moses’ decision to take her as his wife. But God got angry with Miriam and Aaron, and He cursed them. That could be read in NUMBERS 12:1-9.

Apparently, God does not practice discrimination. Discrimination is against the will of God. What do I mean to say? Mormons pretend to be Christians but their doctrines are against Christianity.

Christians are taught to treat people fairly regardless of their social standing.

JAMES 2:1-4 says,

1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

Real Christians adhere to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and one of these teachings is not to discriminate people. Discrimination is evil; it is from Satan. The Mormonism and other religions denominated as Christians that practice discrimination are not real Christians!

JAMES 2:9-10 says,

9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

Christians Are Told: Beware of False Preachers

Why Christians Must Practice Discernment

Somebody asked me, “Should Christians, like the members of the Church of God International, still attend the gatherings of other religious denominations?”

To answer his question, let me first explain how a person becomes a Christian. A person does not become a Christian overnight. Before becoming a Christian, a person needs to conduct the necessary investigation first just like what the first century Christians did. The Apostle Paul, for instance, was originally an enemy of the Christian faith but, after some period of investigation, from being a member of the Jewish faith, he was converted to Christianity.

To investigate is a requisite to becoming a real Christian. As written in 1 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.

Christians are not really prohibited from attending gatherings of other faiths, neither are they prohibited from communicating with people from different religions. But the thing is, they need to be cautious and they should always consider the word of God, “believe not every spirit.” 

God commanded us to believe in Him, to believe in His words, to believe in His Son, to believe in His prophets. But He also commanded us to “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.” To try is to prove, to investigate, to test. Why is there a need to do that? “. . . because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

If, after investigating spirits, the prophets, the teachings, etc., you discovered that a particular religious group is being led by a false prophet, then, it is no longer wise, nor logical, nor biblical to continue mingling with those people. That is why you shouldn’t expect me to tell our brethren, “mingle with those people; listen to their false prophets; attend their religious gathering” when I know for a fact that their preacher is a false prophet. I would be absurd if I do that.

Let me prove further that the first century Christians became Christians only after a diligent investigation.

ACTS 11:26 says,

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

It was after a year of associating with each other and with the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, and after learning the teachings of the Church that the people from Antioch were called Christians. So, it took them awhile, one year to be specific, before they became Christians.

Aside from them, there was also another group which, before embracing the Christian faith, conducted first a meticulous investigation.

ACTS 17:10-11 says,

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

The apostles considered the Bereans nobler than the Thessalonians because “. . . they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” This proves that they really made an effort to investigate first.

Do we prohibit our brethren to listen to other preachers? No! But they are reminded to be cautious because there are preachers whom the Bible calls as false prophets.


That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

During the time of the first century Christians, there were people who wrote letters and they made it appear that those letters came from the apostles. Obviously, their intention was to deceive and mislead the brethren. As the Apostle Paul was fully aware of the danger that such may pose, he warned the brethren, “nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.”

On our end, we are likewise taking a precautionary measure to safeguard our brethren by advising them to use their discernment before believing anything because there are lots of false prophets around. And inasmuch as the Scriptures has warned us of the dangers that false prophets may bring, I don’t think it would be wise for a religious leader like me to just allow my brothers and sisters in faith to attend any other religious gatherings.

If you are shepherding a flock of sheep, surely, you would not let them go where the wolves are. That is exactly what I am doing. I see to it that the “sheep” I oversee wouldn’t be victimized by “wolves.”

I repeat, our brethren in faith are not prohibited from listening to other preachers but they are advised to be keen and wise for them not to be deceived and misled. They have to be sure that the doctrines that those preachers are teaching are not contrary to the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 CORINTHIANS 11:3-4 tells us,

3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

This is a warning of the Apostle because subtlety is common in many religions. They are preaching another Jesus and another gospel.

GALATIANS 1:8 says,

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

That being the case, I don’t see any reason why our brethren should be allowed to take part in the gatherings of other religions whose pastors teach another gospel. The Bible did not say, “Join them!” Instead, the word of God said, “Let him be accursed.”

It is not true, biblically and logically, that every religion is of God, and that every religion teaches the same God (as believed by others). We must not believe also that every religion, every pastor, or every preacher is telling the truth. If that were true, the Bible would not have warned us to be wary of false prophets that are gone out into the world preaching another Gospel.

2 CORINTHIANS 11:13-15 says,

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Pastors can also pretend to be apostles of Christ. So, I have to teach our brethren the warnings given by the Bible about the pretense and deception of many preachers.

But although our brethren are not outrightly prohibited from attending other religions, they, themselves, opt not to do so because they are fully guided by God’s warning in PROVERBS 19:27 which says,

Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

That is God’s admonition to His children, and it is to our benefit if we will abide by it, especially so today when many religions were established only to make money, and not to faithfully teach the word of God.