According to NBC.com, Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare reality game show wherein the contestants compete against each other to better and/or quicker than all the other contestants for a chance to win US $50,000. These people have learned to conquer their fear by doing those stunts. However, it seems that this is not evident with the situation of a Catholic Priest, Abraham Arganiosa. The word “Fear” is a relative term which was used in the bible in different contexts.
The Lord Jesus Christ told the Christians not to Fear those who can kill the body but fear the one who can destroy both the body and soul in hell.
A Christian preacher does not fear those people who can kill and destroy his body which is the reason why he continues to preach despite of all the persecutions and trial he faces. This is exactly the same thing that the Apostle Paul experienced during the time of the First Century Christian Church.
(1 Corinthians 4:11-13)
Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
Christian preachers suffered physical trials to the point of loosing their own life. They give more importance to their duty to proclaim the gospel rather than their own life.
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
They don’t fear death as much as they don’t fear of losing in a debate because the Lord Jesus Christ has a promise to them.
And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
This promise was fulfilled in the person of Bro. Eli Soriano. He had practically debated with people coming from various kinds of beliefs ever since he started preaching.
On January 13, 2004, Bro. Eli registered the name Members Church of God International, the name the Church currently uses, in response to the growing number of members in other countries, both Filipinos and non-Filipinos. Despite the persecution presented by other religious groups, the congregation he leads remains steadfast.
The year 1980 marked Bro. Eli Soriano’s launching of his own radio program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path). Ang Dating Daanwas first aired on DWWA 1206 kHz, and then in DWAR, DZME, DZMB, DWAD, DZRD, DWAN, DZXQ, and in local stations in the country.
Bro. Eli Soriano was also invited as guest panelist in the DZBB program “Dis is Manolo and his GENIUS Family” (GENIUS stands for God Eternal News In Universal Salvation). Some of the other panelists were Bert Valinton and Domingo Filomeno of Seventh Day Adventist Church, Manuel Manzanilla of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Agustin Tabuñar of Iglesia Spiritista, Onnie Santiago of Iglesia ng Dios Espiritu Santo, Jess Patricio of Roman Catholic Church, Tydee Toloui of Bahai Faith, Miguel Inciong of Iglesia ng Espiritu Santo, Severino Taril, a Dr. Jose Rizal follower, Romulo Aldana, Mr. Khempis, Resty Policarpio, Aldon Tagumpay, and Rudy Natividad. For three consecutive years, Bro. Eli Soriano received the “Most Outstanding Minister” award in the GENIUS Family. No other minister was awarded the same after him.
Records of his discussions can be seen on National Television and on the Internet as well.
Bro. Eli was always successful on refuting the claims of these claiming to be God-sent preachers which is the reason why other preachers are now avoiding to engage with him in a debate. This is the same scenario that is now happening to the Catholic Priest, Abe Arganiosa. After writing an article on his blog, the members of the Church of God ask him if he will agree to engage in a debate with Bro. Eli Soriano.
Nevertheless, since you are the one who wrote this article and you claim to be Catholic Priest, will you accept a challenge for a debate with ADD on National Television?
The Catholic Priest, instead of giving a direct answer, answered back with a question.
Concerning Debate: Before I answer your question, I want to know who you are first and what is your relation with the ADD. I DO NOT ENTRUST MY ACTIVITIES ON STRANGERS LIKE YOU. The problem is that there are so many anonymous who are PRETENDING to be spokesperson of certain religions but in actuality they are mere PARASITES claiming to be part of such a body.
As courtesy, we informed him that his blog is closely monitored by the Church’s Central administration on his comment box. However, for whatever reason, he did not let it appear on the comment section of his blog. He then in turn resort to divert the challenge to other people.
Besides, before he can reach me he needs to face the prior challenges from INC, from Willy Santiago, from Atty. Marwil Llasos the Catholic Apologist who issued a public challenge to Mr. Razon.
Another funny thing about this Priest is when he wanted to appear that he accepts the challenge later on but gave improbable conditions.
DEFINITELY YES. I CAN EVEN DEBATE HIM FACE TO FACE RIGHT IN FRONT OF INC CENTRAL TEMPLE IN COMMONWEALTH IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. AND WE CAN EVEN INVITE THE JUDGE OF HIS SEXUAL CASES TO BE THE MODERATOR. HA, HA, HA… THAT WILL BE VERY EXCITING.
People who read these declarations on his blog began to wonder if these are words of a Priest. Why will he give an improbable condition to debate in front of the INC temple? Any person in his right mind knows that it is not a rightful place for a debate to take place. The challenge to him was clearly a debate on National Television which he tries to evade. What he said is clearly an answer of a person who will not face Bro. Eli Soriano on a decent discussion regarding faith and religion.
Mister Arganiosa, instead resorted to give excessive sarcasm and insults which are elements of a Fallacy in Argument: “Appeal to Mockery” instead of giving decent replies.
I noticed that one commenter has a similar way of writing like him. We can notice that Mr. Arganiosa loves to use braces in order to quote from another person just like this example.
[Or indeed Mr. Abe is such a blind person for he cannot see Bro. Eli.]
Similarly, a commenter named Parabanog also has the same style of writing.
[Now your writing style reverted back to the writing style of the Priest. Yes, I believe that you are the lame Priest with the support of Wilfredo Santiago’s Group. I will write a separate article to prove that. If you want to know my identity, that’s easy. Are you ready to debate with Bro. Eli on television with the facilitites of UNTV 37 and your own Catholic Television Program which is now possible? Or rather you will resort to improbable conditions to avoid it?]
In addition, checking the IP Address of Parabanog gives us a clue that he is in the same area where Mr. Arganiosa is.
He is in Legaspi using Smart Bro as his Internet Service Provider base on his IP Address. According to Mr. Argionsa, he is in Sorsogan which is very much near Legaspi. Both places are located in the Bicol Region. This gives me an idea that this Parabanog is also Mr. Arganiosa.
As recorded, this commenter also uses trash talks similar to that of the Catholic Priest. However, I also noticed that there is a sudden change on his writing style when he accused “The Old Path” as the path where evil people walk. Instead of using braces, he instead used semi-colon.
Christiandefender: Ginamit ang nakasulat sa Job 22:15. Sino ba ang nagsasalita sa talatang yan? Kung itataas natin ang pagbabasa sa naunang talata, sa talatang Job 22:1, makikita nating malinaw na ang nagsasalita sa talata ay si Eliphaz na Temanita.
He even used Job 4:8 to sustain his stand. It flashed immediately to my mind that this verse was used on one of our Church’s Thanksgiving topics during the time when Wilfredo Santiago was still inside the Church. Just like the flow of our Thanksgiving topic, he also used Gal. 6:7-8 to sustain his claim that the words of Eliphaz was right. However, the verse in Job 4:8 as it was enlightened before the Church of God are not really the words of Eliphaz. We can prove that on a separate article which may be written in Tagalog. It then came to my mind that this Catholic Priest, now uses the arguments feed by Wilfredo Santiago’s Group. In the first place, the Catholic Church never used these arguments in their Catechisms. The Catholic Church did not even teach that it is bad to face the east direction whenever praying. Those arguments just came from Wilfredo Santiago and is not originally Catholic.
My advice to Mr. Arganiosa is to conquer his fear to be be put to shame on a debate on National Television. MCGI has no record of murdering anyone specially our enemies. This is not a physical battle; Rather this is a spiritual battle which can be settled in a peaceful and civilize way.