Behind Every Answered and Unanswered Prayer Is a Loving God

Why God does not answer all prayers

Every person who prays and makes a request to God definitely wants his prayers to be answered and his request to be granted at the soonest time possible. But that does not happen all the time. While it is true that some prayers are readily granted, there are also prayers that are not granted at all, and sometimes, if granted, it takes a while before the person receives it. But what could be the reasons behind these?

First of all, you have to understand that there is always a valid reason why God does not instantly grant the prayers and requests of a person. God’s response to prayers sometimes depends on the person making it – if he is upright, or if he is wicked. One thing is for sure, God does not listen to the prayers of a wicked man.

Consider what PROVERBS 15:8 (KJV) says,

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

God is delighted with the prayers of the upright, and we can be assured that He listens to his prayers.

1 JOHN 5:14 (KJV) says,

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

God listens to the prayers of the upright especially so if what he asks for is something that is in accordance to His will.

On the other hand, what does the Bible say if the one making the request, or if the one praying, is wicked or an evildoer?

1 PETER 3:10-12 (KJV) says,

10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

God admonishes people to be upright, to do righteousness, to do good deeds, and to speak without guile. Even a person’s tongue should be disciplined because the tongue that we use in speaking is the very tongue that we use in praying.

If the person praying is somebody who deliberately does evil things and intentionally defies the word of God, even if he keeps on praying, God will never listen to him. God is not deaf but He has a way of evading the prayers of the wicked; He has a way so that their prayers would not reach His ears.

LAMENTATIONS 3:44 (KJV) says,

Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayers should not pass through.

God covers Himself with clouds in such a way that the prayers of the wicked would not be able to pass through, because their prayers are an annoyance to Him.

JOHN 9:31 (KJV) says,

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

However, we have to realize also that, there are times that God does not answer even the prayers of a righteous person. Why?

JAMES 4:3 (KJV) says,

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.

Do not forget, God is love. So, if He sees that what you are asking for is something which will do you harm, or if it is something which will make you indulge in worldly pleasures, He will not give it to you. And you have to understand that it is His love for you that prompted Him not to give you what you want, because He doesn’t want you to go amiss or to fall to sinfulness.

Just like a loving parent who would not yield to the request for a blade of his three-year-old child, even if he keeps on crying, because playing with blades could wound him; and neither would a parent give his child a cigarette lighter or match to play on because that could cause fire.

God is like that. If He sees that what you are praying for will do you good, He will surely grant it; but if what you are asking for will do you harm, or will lead you to destruction, He will never give it to you even if you repeatedly pray for it.

MATTHEW 7:9-11 (KJV) says,

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Keep in mind, God gives nothing but good things; He doesn’t give bad things, or things that will pose danger to His children. If an ordinary parent would not give his child stone when he asks for bread, or serpent when he asks for fish, how much more is our Father in heaven who knows and is capable of giving what is best for us, His children.

If an ordinary parent, despite his limitations, would not give his children anything that will compromise their safety and protection, all the more is our Father in heaven who cares not only for our physical welfare but most especially for our spiritual well-beings.

If we will only put ourselves in the position of God, we will come to understand the reasons why God does not grant all the prayers of men, or why we need to wait long before we get answers to our prayers.

In addition, God observes perfect timing in granting our prayers. God gives us what we need at its perfect time. When He sees that the right time has come for you to have it, He will give it to you even if you don’t ask for it.

PROVERBS 19:14 (KJV) says,

House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.

If you are righteous, and when God sees that the right time has come for you to have a spouse, He will give it to you even if you do not pray for it. Just like what He did to Adam. Adam did not ask for a wife; in fact, he did not have any idea about woman because there was no other human being in the Garden of Eden that time. But when God saw that he already needed a companion and helpmate, God gave him Eve.

GENESIS 2:18 (KJV) says,

And the LORD God, said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Upon seeing the situation of Adam, what did God do?

GENESIS 2:21-23 (KJV) says,

21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

God gives what we need at the right time. Remember Adam was not given a woman at once. God made him realize first the would-be importance of a woman to his life. For a long time, his companions were only the different kinds of animals, birds, etc. And none of them could be of personal help to him. For instance, when his back got itchy, he had nobody to scratch it for him. If he would let the tiger or the lion scratch his back, he would end up wounded and bleeding because both of them had sharp claws. So, God gave him a helpmate, a wife, even if he did not ask for it.

EPHESIANS 3:20 (KJV) says,

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

God gives even the things that we do not even think of, even the things that we do not ask for, if He sees our need for them. I have experienced this many times in my life. God has given me lots of things which I did not ask for and things which I did not even think of. For example, I did not pray to God to give me grandchildren. In fact, I did not even think that there will come a time in my life that I will need grandchildren. But at His perfect time, God gave them to me, and they now serve as my source of joy now that I am quite old.

At this point, I have realized the importance of grandchildren to elderly people like me. At my age, I feel pain in my joints, in my knees especially, that is why I have difficulty in rising again after our congregational prayer. But because God had seen that I would need the assistance of my grandchildren in my senior years, now I have a grandson who immediately comes to my aid every time he sees me struggling to rise after our congregational prayer. He never fails to assist me in standing up again. And I am very thankful to God for giving me wonderful grandchildren even if I did not ask for them.

Always remember, God has His reasons for granting, for not immediately granting, and even for not granting at all, our prayers. He knows what is best for us.

Probing on the Existence of the Lord Jesus Christ


I really find it ironic and absurd that there are people who profess to be affiliated with religious organizations that claim to be Christians and yet they remain to be in doubt as to whether the Lord Jesus Christ really existed or not. I really wonder why despite their membership to those churches which also use the Bible, their uncertainty about Christ’s actual existence has not been dispelled yet.

As far as I am concerned, I have more than enough reasons to believe the existence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only the stupid atheists and agnostics question the existence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ has already been in existence even before the creation of the world, and He exists up to now. Before everything else started to exist, Christ already existed with the Father. He taught it, and it is proven by the words of God in the Bible.

JOHN 8:56-58 (KJV) says,

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

In the ‘An American Translation’, verse 58 has been rendered as: “Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you, I existed before Abraham was born!’”

That is why we can say that preachers today who teach their members that Christ’s existence began only when He was born of Mary are grossly mistaken. That is a proof of their lack of understanding of the word of God in the Bible.

Remember, there is no other person who existed with the Father in eternity but Christ.

MICAH 5:2 (KJV) says,

But though, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

According to the prophet Micah, He came from everlasting. And this is supported by another verse.

In Proverbs 8:22 (KJV), the wisdom of God said, “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.”

The beginning of the way of the Lord is in eternity. The “wisdom” existed with the Lord in eternity. Who is this “wisdom” that existed with God in the beginning of his way, before his works of old?

1 CORINTHIANS 2:6-8 (KJV) says,

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The “wisdom” that the Apostle Paul was referring to was the Lord of glory and the Lord that was crucified, who is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:24 (KJV) says,

But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

In the Old Testament, Christ was called as “the wisdom of God.” He is the power of God and the wisdom of God. Please take note of the definite article “the” that was used which implies that there is no other “wisdom” in the Bible that existed with God in eternity except the Lord Jesus Christ. He is called “the wisdom of God.”

Luke 11:49 (KJV) further proves that the wisdom of God is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

The Lord Jesus Christ existed in eternity; He does exist until now. And His existence will be until forever. As written in Revelation 1:17-18 (KJV),

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

When John saw God, He told him, “. . . I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore,”

What I have cited are but some of the verses from the Scriptures that prove the perpetual existence of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, apart from the biblical bases, we also have other evidences that would prove the Lord Jesus Christ’s existence. One of which is a particular account in the annals of Roman history.

Roman historian, Tacitus, recounted something there where he made reference to Christ, Tiberius Caesar, and Pontius Pilate.


According to this information, there was a group of people, called Christians, the followers of Christ, on whom Emperor Nero inflicted the most exquisite tortures. While Christ (or Christus), on the other hand, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of Pontius Pilate. This implies that the Roman society acknowledged the existence of a community of Christians during that time, when Rome was still very powerful.

Aside from that historical record, we also have physical evidences that prove the existence of the other persons that were mentioned in the annals – Tiberius Caesar and Pontius Pilate.

When the Lord Jesus Christ was born, the emperor of Rome then was Augustus Caesar who reigned from 31 BC to 14 AD. Eventually, he was succeeded by Tiberius Caesar who reigned from 14 AD to 37 AD. These two Caesars – Augustus and Tiberius – were the ones in power during the lifetime of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth.

And archeological discoveries confirm the existence of these Roman emperors.

Coins that bore their images had been unearthed and are now kept in museums. They are the very coin mentioned in the Bible when the Pharisees were trying to entrap the Lord Jesus Christ in order to find a ground for His death under the Roman government.


This is recorded in Matthew 22:17-21 (KJV), which says,

17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They say to him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

The story mentions of a coin wherein the image of Caesar, either Augustus or Tiberius, is in the inscription. As mentioned earlier, samples of these coins had been found. I, myself, also have a coin in my library that bore the image of Tiberius Caesar and another coin that has the image of Augustus Caesar.

About the procurator of the Roman Empire, Pontius Pilate, we also have physical evidence that confirms his existence.

In 1961, a limestone was discovered, and the text that was inscribed in it included the names of Tiberius Caesar and Pontius Pilate.


Obviously, the limestone that was discovered by this Italian archeologist was made under the instruction of Pontius Pilate. Probably, it was made in Pilate’s desire to please his emperor, because inscribed in it was a dedication to Tiberius Caesar.

All these prove the authenticity and truthfulness of biblical accounts, specifically the ones concerning the existence of the Lord Jesus Christ, and even the references made to certain personalities like the Roman emperors – Augustus and Tiberius, and the procurator Pontius Pilate as they are also backed up physical evidences and historical accounts.

And I do not believe that Roman historians would connive and invent a story about Christ whom the Roman Empire put to death. The existence of Christ and the group that He led 2000 years ago, called Christians, are some facts that Roman history couldn’t hide because they had been documented and were made part of their annals.

Indeed, biblical accounts, historical records and archeological discoveries are more than sufficient to cast all doubts about the existence of Christ. Christ existed in eternity with the Father, He exists now, and He will exist until forever. AMEN.

How to Overcome Fear According to the Bible

How to overcome fear according to the Scriptures

Distressful events that happen in a person’s life, especially if they happen during childhood, normally leave a negative impact on his outlook in life, on his impression of other people, on his attitude, and in some other aspects of his personality. More specifically, he usually develops fear and anxiety, and distrust towards other people.

Examples of these distressful or traumatic events are death of a loved one, domestic abuse – be it verbal, physical, or emotional, separation of parents, natural calamities, and rape, among others. And indeed, it takes time before one is able to recover from these experiences.

A young girl, for instance, who had been sexually abused by her own father, or by her step-father, would find it difficult to forget and get over that hateful experience. It’s not only fear and distrust in every man that is developed in the victim but also the feeling that all men are bad. What is worse, there is the possibility that she might think that God has allowed such loathsome thing to happen to an innocent child like her.

And these negative thoughts and feelings will not be readily erased unless she gets a strong support system and unless she learns the ways on how to overcome such fear from biblical pronouncements.

First of all, the Bible tells us that there are six or seven things that are abomination to God.

PROVERBS 6:16-17 (KJV) says,

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Let us pay special attention to that portion, “that shed innocent blood.” The term “innocent blood” does not only refer to somebody who is not sinful, or somebody who is not guilty of something. In the Bible, “innocent blood” was first applied to children.

PSALMS 106:38 (KJV) says,

And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.

This verse proves that the Bible used the word “innocent blood” to refer first to the children, to the babies that some Israelites offered to their idols in the land of Canaan. To sacrifice children or to let them pass unto fire to be sacrificial offerings to false gods is an abomination to the Lord.

JEREMIAH 19:5 (KJV) says,

They have built also the places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

The Lord confessed that such an abominable act did not even enter His mind; and He did not even think that the Israelites, His own people, would do such thing because He had shown them too much compassion, especially to the children. Hence, during the time of Solomon, relative to what happened in Canaan, the six or seven things that are hateful to God were written.

PROVERBS 6:16-19 (KJV)

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

There are seven things that are unforgivable for God; they are abominations in His sight. And one of them is the shedding of innocent blood, or abusing children. So, definitely, abusing children is against the will of God.

But how can a victim of an abuse be able to overcome the fear, or the trauma it created? The answer is simple: Trust in God. Trust God because God protects them that trust in Him.

If you are that person who had been abused, sexually or otherwise, during your childhood, try to look at it from a different perspective. Maybe that thing happened to make you more God-fearing and more trusting in God.

The Bible tells us that if we are children of God and if we will trust in Him, He will never leave us.

HEBREWS 13:5 (KJV) says,

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

God promised, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” However, it doesn’t mean that when a young girl was raped, or something bad was done to her, God has forsaken her. No, no! Let us not look at it that way. Do not forget, GOD CARES!

1 PETER 5:7 (RSV) says,

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

Maybe we cannot see God caring for us personally because He is a Spirit but He works in a silent manner. Actually, the reason why we are still alive is because God cares for us. And the clearer manifestation that He cares for us is, He calls and makes members of the Church of God even those who became victims of abuses during their childhood.

ISAIAH 41:4 (KJV) says,

Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginnings? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.

It is God who calls from the beginning to the last generation. And when God calls a person, he is called into the Church.

As written in 1 CORINTHIANS 1:9, 2 (KJV),

9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his son Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Unto the church of God which is in Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, . . .

The word “church” or “ekklēsía” in Greek means the calling out. Wherever you may have come from, if it is God that calls you, He calls you unto the fellowship of His Son in the Church of God, like what happened to the brethren in Corinth. They were called in the Church to be saints.

Why am I mentioning this? If a woman who happened to have experienced a traumatic incident in her childhood becomes a member of the Church of God, it means that God called her unto the fellowship of His Son. So, if she believes that she was called by God and God cares for her, and if she loves God, all the deep-seated fear in her caused by an unpleasant experience will all vanish.

1 JOHN 4:18 (KJV) says,

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

If you will develop the love for God foremost of all, and also love for your fellowmen, even for your enemies, the word of God which says, There is no fear in love, will not fail. The moment you acquire the virtue of loving God above all and your fellowmen, you become under God’s protection.

If you love you have nothing to fear because that very love that you are feeling is God.

1 JOHN 4:8,16 (KJV) says,

8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath for us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Have the love that the Bible teaches and you will not fear anymore. Be steadfast in faith, learn how to forgive, and trust in God’s power that will take care of you.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 (KJV) says,

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Instead of fear, you will experience peace. Not just an ordinary peace but the peace of God which passeth all understanding. The peace of God transcends all understanding on earth; it shall keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

You have nothing to fear if you love God. God is all-powerful that He will protect you from all harms and abuses.

Speaking of God’s protection and deliverance, I, myself, have experienced lots of it in many occasions. One instance was when leaders of one religious organization tasked a member of their liquidation squad to assassinate me. The assassin went in one of our congregational gatherings and he was just waiting for the right moment to carry out his mission. As it was my practice to walk closer to my audience while preaching, unknowingly, I came quite near to where my supposed assassin was. He was all set to assault me. But when he was already standing at my side, he couldn’t execute his plan because, all of a sudden, he couldn’t see me. I got lost from his sight but I was actually there being seen by everybody, yet he couldn’t see me. So the assassination plot did not materialize. He, himself, confessed it to us later on because he eventually got converted and became a member of the Church.

Another instance was when a group of NBI agents went to our central office to apprehend me for a libel case that was filed by our enemy in faith. What I considered a miracle was, when I was alighting from my car, an NBI agent approached me and asked me, “Where is Soriano? Where is Soriano?” How can that be, I asked myself. Isn’t it that most of the time arresting officers have photos of the person that they are going to arrest? How come was he asking me “Where is Soriano?” So I told him I do not know, and I calmly got off my car and went straight to my office. In other words, they were not able to arrest me because they couldn’t find the Soriano that they were looking for, who in truth was the very man whom they asked, “Where is Soriano?”

There was also a time when the officers who were supposed to arrest me called me up to tell me that they were coming for my arrest. Somehow they were indirectly giving me a signal to leave right away because they were coming. They did not hesitate to forewarn me because they know that I am not an evil person.

All of those are wonderful works of God. They are His acts of deliverance.

What might have really happened? Maybe just like what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah when some men were trying to get the two angels in the house of Lot. They were blinded so as not to see the men, who were actually angels, that they wanted to get and rape.

Those maybe are simple miracles but they mean a lot.

The Bible tells us not to fear because we have a keeper, and our keeper is the peace of God. And all our fears, whether they were caused by some distressful experiences in the past or by some other factors, will be dispelled if we trust in God and if we love God above all else.

May God bless us all!

Everybody Is Welcome in the Church of God

The true Church of God is open for all

At certain points in a person’s life, he surely must have experienced being discriminated, or being treated unfairly and differently by others for different reasons.

Sometimes a person is discriminated because of his race, religion, lowly standing in society, educational attainment, gender identity, and physical appearance. Others, on the other hand, get discriminated if they are found to have a contagious disease, or if they happened to have an unsavory past, like having done foolish things before, or having a child out of wedlock.

But whatever the case may be, it is wrong to discriminate people. Unfortunately though, discrimination is practiced not only among individuals who regard themselves better and more superior than the rest but also in institutions that are supposed to promote equity and fairness, like religion, for instance.

Indeed there are really religions that practice discrimination. They do not treat all people fairly. They give special treatment to the rich and famous while they give a cold shoulder treatment to the poor and to people whom they perceive to have a “not-so-good” reputation in society.

As we are guided by the word of God, we, in the Church of God, do not practice discrimination. We treat people with fairness and kindness, and we give them the best accommodation we can regardless of whether they are rich and educated, or poor, illiterate, shabbily dressed, physically challenged, etc. They are all welcome in the Church of God.

For one, the Bible tells us that God does not discriminate people.

ROMANS 2:11 (KJV) says,

For there is no respect of persons with God.

Meaning, God does not play favorites; He does not practice favoritism. Not only God the Father but also the Son. Like the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ also treats all people with fairness. JAMES 2:1 (KJV) says,

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

We must treat people fairly because all people were created by God. All of us are His creations and in His eyes we are all important. That is why 1 TIMOTHY 2:4 says, “it is God’s will that all men be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

The fact that God wants all men to be saved is a proof of how much He loves every man – irrespective of his condition in life. And He is giving all men an equal chance to salvation.

2 PETER 3:9 (KJV) says,

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but his longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God does not want even one man to perish; what He wants is for all men to come to repentance and be saved.

In the true church, the Church of God, we treat each other equally. This way, we are able to achieve unity in the organization, at the same time, avoid divisiveness.

1 CORINTHIANS 12:25-27 (KJV) says,

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

We have to maintain that sense of love and care for each other among members. We do not get affected by their positions in society nor by the kind of life that they had before they became members of the Church.

Actually, in the first century church, there was a particular member who used to be an evil-doer. She was Mary Magdalene. When she was baptized, seven demons went out of her. But despite her past, she was accepted as a member of the church. And when she became a member, she played an important role in the propagation of the Gospel. In fact, she was one of those women who helped the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In LUKE 8:2-3 (KJV), it says,

2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

These women, including Mary Magdalene, supported the Lord Jesus Christ when He was preaching the Gospel in different places. They helped the ministry in every way they could.

So, regardless of your past life, regardless of whether you are a single mother, or you used to be a prostitute before or whatever, you could become a member of the Church of God. In the Church of God, we do not discriminate people. Everybody is welcome here because God wants all men to be saved.

On our part, we are always ready to welcome you with open arms. And we are more than willing to help you discover the true teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Legalizing Marijuana: Promises, Risks and Biblical Basis


At present, there are already several places in the world where the use of cannabis or marijuana for medical purposes has been legalized. And an increasing number of people from different countries are also clamoring for its legalization.

Apparently, the intent of its legalization is good — that is, to give relief to people suffering from terminal illnesses — as it is believed that marijuana can help relieve chronic pains.

Actually, the idea of giving natural remedies to alleviate the sufferings of a person is in the Bible.

PROVERBS 31:6 (KJV) says,

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

The instruction is, “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish.” That is if he is about to die. For example, a soldier who incurred a fatal wound during combat. Since his chances of surviving are next to impossible a strong drink or wine could be given to him to relieve him of the pain he is experiencing.

Therefore, in cases where a person is already dying, and there is no longer any possibility of saving his life, a strong drink, or wine, could be given to him in order to spare him of further agony.

While the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ prohibits strong drinks and wine, yet in extreme cases like when a person is on the brink of death and is experiencing great pain, the Bible permits the giving of strong drink to that person. In the same manner that natural herbs are also given to people suffering from severe pain. Indeed, there are herbs that are manufactured to alleviate pain.

Now, when it comes to the use of marijuana for medical purposes, personally, I have nothing against it, especially if its use is limited to people suffering from terminal cases and also to alleviate the seizures of anybody suffering from epilepsy, and if its use is going to be under strict supervision of a medical practitioner.

“Stories of cannabis’s abilities to alleviate seizures have been around for about 150 years but interest in medical marijuana has increased sharply in the last decade with the help of legalization campaigns. In particular, both patients and scientists have started to focus on the potential benefits of CBD, one of the main compounds in cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for its euphoric effects, CBD does not cause a “high” or pose the same type of risks that researchers have identified for THC, such as addiction and cognitive impairment. Rather, studies have shown that it can act as an anticonvulsant and may even have antipsychotic effects.”

Source:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-cannabis-treat-epileptic-seizures/

“Epilepsy drugs don’t work well, or at all, for about one-third of people with the condition. Unfortunately, these hard-to-treat epilepsies are associated with an increased risk of premature death.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis oil may help some of these people control their seizures and potentially save their lives. A small number of studies have shown that adding cannabis oil to existing medication may be effective in devastating, hard-to-treat epilepsy in children and adolescents.”

Source:
https://theconversation.com/amp/cannabis-oil-for-epilepsy-what-you-need-to-know-98499

My only apprehension is, if it becomes legal, its use might be abused even by people who do not suffer from any serious pain.

As we all know, one of the risks posed by using cannabis or marijuana, habitually, is addiction. The moment a person gets addicted to it, it is somewhat inevitable that he would later crave for stronger and more addictive substances like opioids and fentanyl, which are very strong pain relievers.

Basically, it is not bad to give pain relievers to people who really need them. But if the use of pain relievers will be abused, it could lead to death like what happened to some prominent American celebrities.

My other fear is that, if more people will be addicted to marijuana, we also might come across more people who always smile, like fools, because marijuana causes them to experience mood elation or the feeling of being “high”. Aside from that, there is also a possibility that more people would develop fondness for eating because marijuana, they say, boosts a person’s appetite.

Again, I am not against the legalization of medical marijuana. If it would be legalized, it must be used strictly in accordance to the very intent of the law.

God's Gift of Salvation Is Not For Sale, It's Free

Salvation has no price

Because of man’s insatiable greed for money, he has devised all kinds of scams to further enrich himself even if it would mean victimizing the poor, the innocent, and the unsuspecting. Those who do this, of course, conceal their real motive. We see them in the guise of holiness, using the word of God as their bait to entice people. Yes, indeed, this practice is very evident in religion.

Religions and religious leaders today have become so enterprising that they never run out of gimmicks and schemes that aim to deceive people so that they could amass more and more riches.

Anywhere you go, you can find religious organizations selling different items such as anointing oils, miracle oils, prayer booklets, scapulars, medallions, blessed water, etc. – all of which promise healing, protection and deliverance from evil. This, now, gives people the impression that if they pay a certain amount for these items, they would receive special benefits. That is why an ordinary person could not help but think if there is also a corresponding amount of money to be paid to merit salvation. Is salvation for sale? Can it be bought?

Definitely, salvation is not for sale! It is a gift from our benevolent Lord and Creator. Being a gift, you do not pay for it. Salvation is free. And there is no amount of money that could equal its importance.

It must be remembered that when the Lord Jesus Christ instructed the apostles to preach the Gospel, He also instructed them to preach it for free.

​MATTHEW 10:7-8 (KJV) says,

7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

The preaching of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ should be done freely. That was Christ’s instruction. And the apostles did as they were told by Christ. Thus, in preaching the Gospel freely, they, in effect, had offered to the people the salvation which Christ had taught.

​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?

Nothing is for sale when it comes to the salvation of the soul. Selling anything that is relative to salvation is prohibited by God.

​PROVERBS 23:23 (KJV) says,

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding are not for sale because these are sacred things that come from God — for free.

​ROMANS 6:23 (KJV) says,

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Salvation can be attained through the Lord Jesus Christ.

The statement “the gift of God is eternal life” is synonymous with salvation. Very clearly, salvation is a gift; it is not for sale. A gift is given out of the kindness of the giver.

Holy oil, miracle oil, blessed water, and the like, are just inventions of many religions to make money. These cannot deliver you from perdition; these cannot save your soul. If it is true that those things can give people salvation, it would imply that the rich have a very great chance of being saved since they have the money to buy tons of these so-called miracle oils and holy water. On the other hand, it would also imply that the poor would only have a very slim chance to salvation since they do not have the money to buy those. But such is not the case. This is just one of the many scams and deceits in religion, and the Bible calls it bait, or a trap.

​JEREMIAH 5:26-27 (KJV) says,

26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

To accumulate more and more money, what do these pastors do? According to Jeremiah, “ . . . they set a trap, they catch men.”

They think of so many strategies so that they could ensnare and victimize people without making them suspect that it is all a hoax. Their victims are compared to birds trapped in a cage. Normally, birds would not voluntarily place themselves inside a cage because they love flying freely in vast spaces. But since a trap was set for them, they were captured.

The same principle applies to humans. No person in his right mind would make himself a victim of deception and scam. But because of the bait employed unto him, he has become prey to his greedy pastor who has practically made him his milking cow. And we are a hundred percent sure that those pastors are not of God.

By simply checking on their lifestyles, we can readily determine if a pastor or a religious leader is of God or not. If a religious leader lives in comfort and luxury while his members suffer from extreme poverty and he is unmindful of them, that pastor is not of God.

The real pastors, or ministers, of God look after the welfare of their members; they care about their plight. They would not even eat yet until they are sure that all of their members have eaten. So, it is shameful for a pastor to be living in luxury while his members are living in misery.

Let us take the case of the richest pastor in Africa. This is what an article says about him:

​David Oyedepo – Nigeria – $50 Million Dollars

David Oyedepo is a Nigerian preacher and a founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners Chapel. He’s currently rated as the richest pastor in Africa. He is estimated to be worth $150 million.

He is also the owner of some of the best universities in Nigeria namely: Landmark University, Covenant University, and Crown University.

Apart from being the richest pastor in Africa, he is also the richest pastor in the world. His church has the largest church auditorium in the world which is a 50,000-seater auditorium which was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

His other investments includes secondary schools, bakeries, bottled water processing factories, petrol stations, residential apartments, shopping malls, restaurants, etc. He also has four private jets.

“Papa” as he is fondly called, also owns buildings in the U.K and U.S. He is the Chairman of the Dominion House Publishing (DPH).”​​

Source: https://indapaper.com/richest-pastors-in-africa/

He has so much in life; he lives in abundance while many people in Africa are starving. He does not even share a little of his riches with his poor fellowmen in the African continent. Instead of sharing, he even makes business out of them.​

If the rich pastors in Africa are truly of God, then, no person in Africa will die of hunger.

It is very saddening that many pastors have made religion a means of enriching themselves. They think of nothing but personal gain.

The Bible has rightfully likened them to greedy dogs.

​ISAIAH 56:11 (KJV) says,

Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

They are without satisfaction, like greedy dogs which can never have enough. But in MATTHEW 7:15, these pastors were not simply called dogs but ravening wolves, the fiercest among the family of dogs.

These pastors have made religion a kind of merchandise, as written in 2 PETER 2:1-3 (KJV),

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

The religion that they established is their merchandise. They make business out of the word of God.

​2 CORINTHIANS 2:17 (RSV) says,

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.

You can just imagine the gravity of that declaration by the Apostle Paul. If during his time, there were already so many peddlers of the word of God, expect that these “peddlers” have multiplied in number in our dispensation. Today, there are more pastors who sell the word of God not only the word of God but also things, which they claim to be sacred. What is worse, they also sell their members to politicians.

In the Philippines, for instance, there are religious groups that sell the votes of their members to politicians. They promise the politicians of their bloc vote, and in exchange for their votes, the politicians have to pay them a certain amount of money. But of course only corrupt politicians approach these religions; the decent and highly-principled ones would not succumb to this kind of compromise.

But the sad reality is, these are the kind of religions that we have in our times – profit-oriented, earthly, and deceitful. They make religion a lucrative business. So you must be very vigilant. If they sell you something – which according to them guarantees your salvation – do not believe them. Salvation is something which cannot be bought even by a huge amount of money.

Do not forget — salvation is a gift which the Almighty God offers to people who zealously search for the truth and truly desire to be saved. And it can be attained through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Drop the Façade! Unmasking Religious Wolves

Signs of false preachers

With the advent of modern means of communication, many preachers have likewise utilized not only the traditional media but also the various social media platforms to reach out to as many people to propagate their faith, gain fame, and promote other personal motives.

While most of them use the Bible as their main prop, not all of them speak of biblical truths. In other words, not all of them are prophets of God. The truth is, the majority of them are false prophets.

Using the Bible as our reference, let us try to unmask these preachers and let us see for ourselves if they are truly prophets of God or if they are among the so many false prophets that proliferate in this dispensation.

Actually, if you will just consider their physical appearance, their apparel, and their manner of speaking, you would hardly suspect that they are false prophets or false preachers because they are elegantly dressed, are very gentle, and speak in low and well-modulated voices. Not to mention that they use flowery and enticing words, too. They do all these to capture people’s attention and to project a good impression. But it is all a façade!

2 CORINTHIANS 11:13-15 (KJV) 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.

To deceive people, these false prophets and false apostles are transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. They simply pretend; they make themselves appear righteous and holy before other people, just like satan who transforms himself into an angel of light, but in truth, he is an angel of darkness (biblically speaking, darkness means “evil”). Hence, it is no longer surprising that his ministers also pretend to be ministers of righteousness.

What will be their end? According to PHILIPPIANS 3:19 (KJV),

Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Their end is destruction. Their god is not the true God but their belly, and their glory is in their shame. They are shameless. Verily, it is gross shamelessness if a person’s glory is on things that are shameful.

Aside from that, earthly things preoccupy them. They always speak of prosperity; they brag about their big chapels and cathedrals.

While the minds of false prophets are focused on earthly things, the minds of the true preachers of God are focused on heavenly things.

COLOSSIANS 3:1-2 (KJV) says,

1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things of the earth.

The preoccupation of the preachers of God is on things above, not on earthly things.

If a preacher always thinks of earthly things, you can be sure that such preacher is a false prophet. Like that one American preacher who once said, “I am not going to heaven bankrupt.” Apparently, he wants to go to heaven with lots of riches and money.

So, one has to be very keen for him to determine who is a false prophet, and who is not. Always remember that false prophets always present themselves as saintly as they can. Their physical appearances and their speeches could be very deceiving so you have to exercise extra caution.

As written in MATTHEW 7:15 (KJV),

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

They portray themselves as sheep, which are meek and gentle, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

False prophets also do nothing but burden their members with tithes and other monetary contributions. They keep on promising their followers with prosperity and blessings when, in reality, they are the only ones who prosper and receive blessings (from satan, their father).

They live in luxury at the expense of their members. In fact, sometimes their members do not even have anything to fill their hungry stomachs but still, they are compelled to give financial contributions, even for the whims and caprices of their pastors, or preachers. Otherwise, they would be accused of robbing the Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ gave us a very important factor to look for in a preacher.

JOHN 7:17-18 (KJV) says,

17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

Consider what the preacher is teaching. You have to investigate if the doctrines he is preaching are the very doctrines taught by God and the Lord Jesus Christ, or if they are merely inventions of their religious leaders.

For example, in the Catholic Church, they teach the existence of purgatory but in the Bible, there is no such thing as purgatory. Also, for over a thousand years, they have been preaching about limbo. The priests made their members believe that if a child dies unbaptized, he shall not be able to enter heaven but he is going to limbo instead. Again, there is no such thing as limbo in the Bible. Anyone who is preaching about purgatory and limbo is simply speaking of invented teachings. They are not biblical.

It’s good enough that one pope by the name of Joseph Ratzinger, who was called Pope Benedict XVI, confessed that the doctrine of the Catholic church about limbo is not true. He admitted that limbo does not really exist.


Actually, the Catholic teaching that a baby who died unbaptized will not go to heaven is contradictory to what the Lord Jesus Christ taught.

MATTHEW 19:14 (KJV) says,

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

The Lord Jesus Christ guaranteed the salvation of children. Without any question, children are going to heaven because they are innocent and they are sinless.

In line with this, there is also no truth to the Catholic belief of “original sin.” According to the Catholic Church, the sin that Adam and Eve committed is the “original sin.” And this sin is passed on from one generation to the succeeding generations. Because of this, infants need to be baptized to cleanse them of the original sin which they inherited from Adam and Eve.

Again, this teaching is against the Bible.

EZEKIEL 18:20 (KJV) says,

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

That was the pronouncement of God Almighty. It is not true that there is such a thing as original sin. Why? Adam committed a sin against God but Abel, his son, his direct descendant, did not inherit the sin that his father committed. Take note, Abel was not baptized but God found him righteous.

HEBREWS 11:4 (KJV) says,

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Children are destined to be heirs of heaven even without baptism. Newborn babes need not be baptized. In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ had given us an example as to when baptism should be received. Christ was baptized at the age of thirty, not while he was a baby.

The sin or the original sin that Adam committed was he listened more to his wife than to the voice of God. And for doing that, a curse came to Adam.

GENESIS 3:17 (KJV) says,

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of your life;

Another recommendation given by the Bible that would help you identify a false prophet, or a false preacher, is stated in 1 JOHN 4:1 (KJV), which says,

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

It is a must that you have to investigate -- you have to try the spirit. Find out if their doctrines are similar with the doctrines that the Lord Jesus Christ taught. Try them to gauge how much they know the teachings of Christ. For instance, ask your pastor if the Gospel of Christ teaches tithing, or the paying of 10%. If he tells you that it is a part of the Gospel, then that is proof that he is lying because tithing is not a Christian doctrine.

One thing is very certain, if a pastor or a preacher is teaching something which is not in the Bible, without a doubt, he is false preacher, or a false prophet.

Using all these as your guide, it is now your turn to check on your respective pastors or preachers. Investigate their lifestyles, their preoccupations, and most especially, the doctrines that they teach. And the result of your investigation will tell you if your pastor or preacher is indeed a prophet of God, or if he is nothing but a false prophet. Just don’t let yourself be deceived.

May God bless you!