The Old Path Is for the Wicked? Look Who’s Talking.

12/18/2020 15 Comments

Is the old path for the wicked

Because of people’s familiarity with our radio and television program Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path — the broadcast arm of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in heralding the teachings of God and the Lord Jesus Christ written in the Bible — some people in the Philippines also call our congregation by the title of our program. For them, MCGI is Ang Dating Daan, and vice versa.

For being in the airwaves for four decades now, the program Ang Dating Daan has gained much popularity and distinction that many of our brethren were converted through their patronage of the said program. Those who tune in and listen to my preaching inevitably develop biblical understanding and a desire to be part of our congregation. So, without any hesitation, they leave their respective religions and join the Church of God International.

And since other religious organizations consistently experience an exodus of members in favor of our group, their leaders and frontline men have joined efforts in maligning my person and our organization — all in their desire to discourage people from joining MCGI, or Ang Dating Daan, as they call our group.

One of the things that they use against us is the statement of Eliphaz the Temanite, in the Book of Job. It must be remembered that at the height of Job’s sufferings from so much afflictions, Eliphaz came and reproached him instead of giving him some consoling and uplifting words.

In Job 22:15 (KJV), Eliphaz asked Job, 

Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? 


Please note that those were the words of Eliphaz and not of God. Eliphaz was asking Job if he would still continue to walk upon the old way, (translated in Filipino as “ang dating daan”) which, according to him, was trodden by wicked men.  

It can be inferred from Eliphaz’s words that Job was treading the old way, or ang dating daan; otherwise, he would not have asked him that question. But bear in mind that Job was not wicked. In fact, God Himself described him as perfect, upright, God-fearing, and not an evil-doer (Job 1:8). 

After a lengthy discussion and exchange of reasoning between Job and Eliphaz, God spoke in anger. 

Job 42:7 (KJV) says, 

And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.


God was displeased, and His anger was kindled by the things that Eliphaz and his two friends had spoken. Eliphaz, therefore, can be considered as an enemy of God because he spoke of things which were against the will of God.

Actually, Eliphaz’s accusation that the old way is trodden by wicked men — which was why he was urging Job to stop walking in it — is against God’s own pronouncement written in the Book of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) says,  

Thus saith the LORD, Stand in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls...


Very clearly, for God, treading the old path, (or ang dating daan), is not bad. In fact, He was even instructing His people to walk therein because it is where the good way is, and it is where they shall find respite for their souls. 

It also follows that those who walk in the old path are not wicked because they are the ones who abide by God’s instruction. Unfortunately, our detractors who hardly understand the context of Job 22:15 use it against us. They capitalize on the words of Eliphaz, an enemy of God, to make it appear that those who are part of Ang Dating Daan (referring to our group), are wicked. That is a big lie! 

The members of the Church of God International, or Ang Dating Daan as called by many, are not wicked; in truth, our brethren are known for being meek, compassionate, kind-hearted, and God-fearing, and the people with whom they have dealt can attest to this.  

Even court records can attest that we do not have any member who is a murderer, unlike in other religions whose members brutally kill even for petty reasons, like an altercation during a basketball game. 

This was what some members of a church founded in the Philippines did to their opponents in a basketball game. They inflicted them with beastly forms of torture until they were lifeless, and then threw their dead bodies in the Pasig River. Actually, their church leaders utilized their resources and connections in defending them. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court found them guilty beyond reasonable doubt. 


We do not do such things in the Church of God. Our brethren are well-taught of Christian virtues and they are one with the Church administration in promoting faith, hope, and love to all men through the preaching of the Gospel and through the public services and charity works that we do.

Admittedly, we have a lot of detractors, I, most especially. All of them want to put me down; they all want to silence me because my preaching of the undefiled Gospel wreaks havoc to their respective organizations. The moment that their members begin to listen to my broadcasts, they are unstoppable in finding their way out of their religion.

Presently, their crusade is to discredit me and our group, using different social media platforms. One of them even accused me of simply making up stories in my preaching. That is a blatant lie!

To preach of falsehood is one thing that I never have done and will never do. But instead of defending myself, I would rather let other people (whom I do not personally know) and other prestigious organizations speak on my behalf if my preaching is really without credence.


Whenever I preach, be it on radio, television, or social media, I see to it that everything that I say is always factual, supported by pieces of evidence, and is Bible-based; I never concoct stories. I make sure that the things that I say are sensible, relevant, and enlightening. Otherwise, reputable award-giving groups would not have acknowledged and recognized my undertakings.

Allow me to cite a few of these recognitions. During the 3rd Annual Open Mashable Awards in 2009, my blog site esoriano.wordpress.com was awarded the Most Educational to Follow; during the 4th Annual Gawad Amerika in 2006, our program Ang Dating Daan was awarded as the Most Informative Religious Program; and during the 10th Annual Gawad Amerika in 2011, Ang Dating Daan was awarded as the Best Religious Program.

Indeed, these recognitions give us immense pride and honor, however, we know that we could not have achieved any of them if not for the help and guidance of God. So, unto Him we offer all the honor and glory.

As we in the Church of God International are guided by biblical truths, we are aware that until the end, there would still be people whose major preoccupations are to spread lies, deceive and mislead people, and bring them to perdition.

But with God’s help, we will not allow such people to hinder us in propagating the Gospel and in encouraging our fellowmen to walk in the old path, or the good way, as commanded by God, for this is the path that will lead them to salvation.

To God be the glory.

15 comments:

  1. Thanks be to God! People who defamed the old path are liars and don't have understanding of what they are reading. It is clear that Eliphaz was the one who spoke bad about the old path that Job walked in all his life.

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  2. The Old Path is for righteous, say the Lord.

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  3. I will always be proud to be a part of this organization. Incomparable.

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  4. Thanks be to God for another well-crafted blog that nullifies misinterpretations of people against The Old Path.

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  5. Thanks be to God for this blog.

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  6. I am proud to be a member of this church, there is no one like this, if you are not believing, take a look to the teachings and doctrines, as well as to it's works, and then ask our conscience. There's no one like Brother Eli and Brother Daniel in our time who faithfully teaches and obeying the Lord God Almighty. Thanks be to God!

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  7. Haha... Look who's talking? This article if for you, for it will answer your hypocrisy. This is another masterpiece from Mr. Controversy which will really enlighten those who need to be enlightened and will put into anger those who cannot accept the fact that they are ignorant of the truth from the Gospel that is being preached by a phenomenal preacher in our times.

    Go go Bro Eli! May GOD continue to Bless you with more wisdom for so many could be feed with the food from above that you continuously share. Thanks be to GOD and to HIM All Glory and Honor.

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  8. Let's investigate first,before we judge"Angdatingdaan"
    To God be the Glory!

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  9. Even court records can attest that we do not have any member who is a murderer. - Amen!

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  10. The verse they use exactly fits them. Eliphaz haven’t spoken what is right according to God, and they’re like him!

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  11. The old path is the correct path because it is where we can find rest for our souls. Thanks be to God!

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  12. Actually they know in their hearts that Ang Dating Daan or MCGI's members are not wicked. Maybe the spirit that urge Eliphaz and his friends is the same spirit that urge our detractors.

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  13. 7 years in the flock, and I can say "I have become a better person inside this (MCGI) congregation" looking back from my previous life, as a Catholic and Born-again.

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  14. Brother Eli Soriano is not only a multi-award-winning preacher, but also the kind of preacher that will tell you the TRUTH as it is.

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