Evidences the Bible is Complete and the Final Authority in Salvation

1/26/2019 21 Comments

Is the Holy Scriptures complete and final authority

One of the most frequently asked questions, especially by the skeptics, concerns the authenticity and completeness of the Bible as a book that contains the words of God. Others even ask if the things written there are the final words of God.

I believe that the Bible is complete. The Bible is a compilation of books which God had given to His people. And when He gave it to them, He set specific prohibitions in the use of this book – nothing must be added to it and nothing must be taken away from it. This was explicitly stated in the book of REVELATION 22:18-19 (KJV) which says,

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

Those verses clearly prove that the Bible is complete. Otherwise, God would no longer prohibit us from adding and taking away anything from it. When nothing more needs to be added, or to be deducted, from something, it means it is already complete. If you are going to add or take away anything from that something, it will lose it completeness. So, by logic, we believe that the Bible is a complete book since God commanded us not to add or deduct anything from it anymore, and disobeying His commandment would merit a commensurate punishment.

God had spoken to humanity since the time of the creation of man – from the time of Adam and Eve, to Cain, to Seth, to Abraham, to Noah, to the tribes of Israel, and so on. God’s communication to humanity had been constant. HEBREWS 1;1-2 (KJV) says,

1 God who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Let me emphasize what Saint Paul said, “Hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son”. We are actually living in the last days in the biblical calendar. Using the past perfect tense of the verb speak, (hath spoken), it implies a completed action. In other words, everything that must be revealed had been revealed by His Son; and all the things that need to be said had been spoken by God thru His Son also. Actually, even the future, up to the end, had already been revealed in the Bible.

REVELATION 1:1 says,

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

So, when the book of Revelation was given, the time left was short. Although it might take 2,000 years or more, for God that is just short.

The things that are contained in the book of Revelation are the things which must shortly come to pass. God gave the revelation to John thru His angels.

As written in REVELATION 4:1,

After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show these things which must be hereafter.

We know that the book of Revelation was written sometime in 98 A.D., which was the end of the first century of the Christian era. This means that as early as that period, the things that must shortly come to pass and the things that must be hereafter, had already been revealed to John. And they were all recorded in the Bible. REVELATION 1:19 says,

Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Therefore, the Bible contains the complete revelations and prophecies that cover until the end.

We must bear in mind that one of the attributes of God is that He is capable of declaring the end from the beginning of all things that exist. That is written in ISAIAH 46:9-10,

9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

That is the kind of God that caused the writing of the Scriptures; He could declare the end from the beginning. Undoubtedly, the Bible is complete in all senses; it is final. The Bible is the final authority when it comes to the salvation of humanity. No other book must be given the same value and importance; and no other book can ever compare with the Bible.

There is definitely no truth to the claim of the Mormon church that the book of Mormon is more superior than the Bible. The so-called “Apostle” Bruce McConkie of the Mormon church said, 

Almost all of the doctrines of the gospel are taught in the Book of Mormon with much greater clarity and perfection than those same doctrines are revealed in the Bible. Anyone who will place in parallel columns, the teachings of these two great books on such subjects as the atonement, plan of salvation, gathering of Israel, baptism, gifts of the spirit, miracles, revelation, faith, charity (or any of a hundred other books) will find conclusive proof of the superiority of the book of Mormon teachings.

That is stupidity! To place the book of Mormon, which is full of lies and inventions of Joseph Smith, in parallel with the Bible in significance and value is an act of blasphemy. The apostle of the Mormon church who made such claim is a false apostle. He is just like the one who sent him, satan.

In II CORINTHIANS 11:13-15 it says,

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves in to 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.

The book of Mormon is full of fallacies and lies! I have mentioned earlier that there is a final revelation of God, and that was written in the book of Revelation. But according to Joseph Smith there was another revelation which came in 1844. From the section Doctrines and Covenants in the Book of Mormons we will see the hallucinations of Joseph Smith and his cohorts. It says:

This revelation of Joseph Smith is a lie. Why? As early as the 19th century, they said that there will be a New Jerusalem that will be built in the western boundaries of Missouri, USA, and that temple will be dedicated by the hands of Joseph Smith. Unfortunately, Joseph Smith died by a gunshot wound caused by a mob in prison. Joseph Smith was imprisoned because of the criminal charges filed against him by the US government. The history of the United States will prove that there was no New Jerusalem built in the western boundaries of the state of Missouri. And there was no temple either that was dedicated by the hands of Joseph Smith because he met an unexpected death while he was in prison.

 At first glance, this revelation seems to be a revelation, but this is not a revelation coming from God. Let us not forget, all the revelations of God that must be known by man had already been recorded by John in the book of Revelation.

Another false revelation was the one received by Apollo Quiboloy sometime in February 2005.

So, to the members of this guy, who is now declaring the blasphemer, in the kingdom of God, you have six months to leave that group. If you won’t leave that group, you will be included in his judgment. You will all be ushered to hell when you die or while you’re still alive, your soul is already marked of destruction. So, that the group of this leader, I am telling you, get out.

Ang lahat sa inyo na mananatili diyan, bibigyan ko kayo ng six months, umalis kayo diyan. Kung hindi kayo aalis diyan, kung ano ang kaniyang kaparusahan ganiyan din ang tatanggapin ninyo.

So, this group of Eli Soriano, of the Dating Daan your leader is already damned and judged. Because, it is not our fault, it is his fault. Because, last night a revelation came to me. He is declared here and there, in the kingdom of heaven and in the kingdom of heaven on earth that this guy has cross the point of no return. He is a blasphemer, he has committed the unforgivable sin. So that, I will tell you how that revelation came to me and what will happen to him. He will be inflicted with the deadly serious disease he cannot overcome, and it will eat up his guts. What a sore punishment, [for a man who is hardheaded because of the sin of pride.”

Let me reiterate, no revelations coming from God will ever come anymore after the revelation that had been given to John thru our Lord Jesus Christ. Those revelations are complete, and so are the teachings of Christ in the Bible, they are also complete. MATTHEW 28:20 says,

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Christ commanded the Apostles to teach all nations all the teachings He taught them during His three years of preaching on earth. Therefore, all the teachings of Jesus Christ are final because they are meant to be taught until the end of this world.


Should Christians Judge Other Religions and Beliefs?

1/18/2019 17 Comments

Judging biblically

Inside the Church of God, we, members, are prohibited by God from judging those who are outside our religion. Christians do not judge other religions. 1 Corinthians 5:13 (RSV) says,

God judges those outside. Drive out the wicked person among you.

Those that are outside the church, or those that are without, are judged by God. We, in the Church of God, judge among us; we judge our members, our ministers, our adherents in faith. Sometimes we are compelled by circumstances to judge our members – to drive away wicked members, to excommunicate them, to send them out of the Church – in our fulfillment of Biblical admonitions. 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 (KJV) says,

2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, Are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

In the Church, we judge things that pertain to this life only. It was written by the Apostle Paul that judgment concerning those that are outside the Church belongs to God. It is only God who could judge those that are outside the Church of God. But within the Church of God, we judge things that pertain to this life. For instance, if there are members who quarrel, or if there are differences among them, we deal with those matters. We address internal issues. And whenever we give judgment, we use the word of God as our basis. It is one of the requirements of God to Christians. 1 Corinthians 6:7, 5 (KJV) says,

7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? Why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise a man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

The Apostle Paul was admonishing the Christians at Corinth that somebody must settle the issues among brethren in the Church. So we judge among ourselves. And if a brother or a sister in the Church had been found to be disobedient to the regulations of the Church of God and to the words of God in the Bible, this is what 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 (RSV) says,

11 But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber – not even to eat with such a one.
12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13 God judges those outside. Drive out the wicked person from among you.

That is the law in the Church. Even the Apostle Paul did not want to judge those who are outside. That was emphasized on verse 12, “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?” But to those who are outside the Church, God judges. “Drive out the wicked person from among you.” So, if there is someone in the Church who does not want to renew his life and he remains to be an idolater, a drunkard, an extortionist, an immoral, a reviler, or a robber, such a person is excommunicated. He/she is driven out of the Church. We are judging only those who are inside the Church; but those who are outside the Church, it is God who judges them. We, in the Church of God, believe that we do not have the right and the authority to judge those who are outside simply because:

1. We do not know them, they are outside the church!

2. We do not know what's in their heart. Only God does! Jeremiah 17:9-10 says,

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

God, who knows everything in the heart of a man, has the right to judge them! One thing we have to reconsider. By their doctrines and fruits, we may know them! Matthew 7:15-16 says,

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

We can judge their doctrines whether right or wrong because we can compare them with the doctrines written in the Gospel. Ecclesiastes 7:27 says,

Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:

John 7:17-18 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.

Any church doctrine must pass the test of the Gospel. Anything not written must be rejected. 1 Corinthians 4:6 (RSV) says,

I have applied all this to myself and Apol'los for your benefit, brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

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.


What is the Solution to Mankind's Seemingly Endless Problems?

1/11/2019 19 Comments

Does the Bible show any solution on the current problems of mankind like high crime rate, hunger, political upheaval, economic downfall and other major concerns of man?

Of course, the Bible or the words of God in the Bible absolutely have the best solution to every problem of humanity. And the solution is renewal. Renewal.

How will renewal take place? The Bible calls it in different terms, restitution, renewal, regeneration, et cetera. So many terms used in the Bible. But how will it come to pass? How will it be fulfilled? Let us read in the Book of Isaiah Chapter 65:17.

ISAIAH 65:17
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

The verse tells us, “I create new heavens and a new earth.” So it is not necessary that God will renovate the earth or will make this present earth stay. Because this earth has been defiled by transgressions, by murder. This earth was defiled by the blood of men, innocent men, that was spilled on this earth. This earth is now in the process of destruction and ultimately it will be destroyed. So God said, “I create new heavens and a new earth.” Now, will this happen? Let us read the vision that was seen by John, in the Book of Revelations.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

The new heaven and the new earth, in the new earth, there will be no more sea. The Jehovah's Witnesses teaches us that this earth will only be renovated, the sea will remain. Therefore, the belief of the Jehovah's Witnesses does not conform with the divine revelation that was given by God to John. Because John is testifying to us no more no less of what he had seen. Let us read 22:18 of the Book of Revelations.

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

The testimony of John is a complete testimony. He even has the warning about the testimony he received. A testimony comes from a witness.

John is a faithful witness. He's not speaking of any lie. In fact, he wrote a stern warning to those who will use the book, you must not add, you must not deduct.

The belief of the Jehovah's Witnesses that this earth will remain forever and this will be the paradise is not true. They are witnessing to something they do not understand, that this earth will remain forever and the sea will be there also? No. There will be no more sea in the new earth according to the Bible. How do we prove that this earth and the heaven that we see now will be gone? Let us read the Book of II Peter Chapter 3:10.

2 PETER 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

“The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” So, the earth will burn up, the elements will melt, and that's very much possible. By nuclear fission, the earth can be turned into nothing. By nuclear fission, elements will melt and this earth will be no more and it is true, it was seen by John. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” And thus, confirm or affirm the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew Chapter 24, “heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away.” That is the truth that the Bible says.

What is the solution then? There will be a renewal. Everything will be renewed, it is not just a renovation. It's not a renovation, it will be a creation. "I create new heavens and a new earth," God said. And when He says, He creates, the word "create" is for something to come into existence.

The solution is for God to end everything that is evil, there will be an end to everything that is evil. I'm just sorry that the Jehovah's Witnesses have predicted that end so many times and they failed. They predicted the end to be 1914, then in 1923, then in 1975, then in 1994 and those dates all failed proving to us that the Jehovah's Witnesses or the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is symbolic of false prophets that exist in America and have practically deceived their followers all over the globe.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is a representation of a false prophet that was mentioned by Christ in the first century. There will be false prophets and false Christ. A false prophet speaks of things that do not come to pass! When the Jehovah's Witnesses predicted the Armageddon will be on 1914, they failed. Then so many more dates followed and finally in 1975 many Jehovah's Witnesses, left their organization because they have realized the lies and the fallacies that are being taught to them.

I'm sorry to say this but it's a part of the truth. It's part of history and I do not just know if we can use this video. I have a video here of former members of the Jehovah's Witnesses telling people that they were deceived really. He was planning to take up law but he did not pursue it anymore because according to their pastor, “It's only 18 months to Armageddon, Brother”, “12 months to Armageddon, Brother”, “6 months to Armageddon, Brother”, that was in 1975. And he left the organization and said, I'm just imagining now how they say it, “It's 12 months after Armageddon, Brother."

I love listening to that documentary of Jeremiah because it exposes the lies of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Now, to that question, what is the solution to all these unpleasant things that are happening to humanity, the solution is, God will end the wicked ways of this world when the Lord Jesus Christ comes and Christ will show an unblemished government for a thousand year. The last probation that God will give to humanity and after the one thousand year period will come the end of this world! After the end of this world, the Apostle John is a witness to that, “I have seen a new heaven and a new earth.” He said because the former heaven the former earth were gone, were no more; there was no more sea. I hope that satisfies the question.


When is the Real New Year Celebrated by Christians?

1/04/2019 23 Comments

True Christian New Year

A person who had been to different places could attest that people in different places celebrate New Year at different months, depending on the kind of calendar they follow. The Chinese, for instance, have their own calendar. Hence, they celebrate New Year at a date different from the date being observed by the Catholics who, on their part, follow the Roman calendar. While the Chinese New Year usually falls in February, the New Year of the Catholics is every January 1. It is common knowledge that in a Roman calendar, a year ends on December 31 and the new year commences in January 1.

How about us in the Church of God, do we celebrate New Year and when do we celebrate it?

We do celebrate New Year but in doing so, we use the Hebrew calendar as our basis.

Before the Israelites left Egypt, God prepared a calendar for them. It must be recalled that on their last day in Egypt, God gave a pronouncement to the Israelites (in Exodus 12:1-2):

“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

This was spoken to them fifteen days before they all left Egypt. You see, in the Hebrew calendar a new day begins at sunset unlike in the Roman calendar wherein a new day starts at midnight. For example, if today is Saturday, come sunset it is already Sunday.

The first month of the year in a Hebrew calendar is Nisan or Abib, and its equivalent in the Roman calendar is at mid March 15 to 31, and the first half of April.

It is the Hebrew calendar that we follow because that was also the calendar that our Lord Jesus Christ followed. We do not follow the Roman calendar as our calendar of worship because it was made by the pagan Romans who were worshippers of false gods.

I just find it ironic that many religions like the Protestants, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Seventh-day Adventists, who claimed that they departed from the Catholic Church because of their erroneous doctrines, but they continue to follow their equally wrong calendar.

We, members of the Church of God International, adhere to the Hebrew Calendar where Nisan or Abib is the first month of the year.