Debate: Bro. Eli Soriano to Church of Christ pastor: Stand firm to what you believe, fight like a man!

(Originally posted on Double-Edged Sword)

It was a debate of more than four hours. But the longer it lasted, the starker the contrast of the pair’s knack in the Bible appeared, aside from the obvious disparity of each one’s demeanor – Eliseo Soriano or Bro. Eli of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) remained incisive and valiant the whole time; while Eusebio Catarinen, representative of a Visayan-based Church of Christ, resorted to dirty tactics and gross slurs.

Bro. Eli Sorianio vs Eusebio Catarinen (side by side)

Distance is not a hindrance. Bro. Eli Soriano, presiding minister to the MCGI (left), debates with Eusebio Catarinen, a Church of Christ representative (right), through the help of satellite services. More than 50,000 spectators from 1,281 satellite locations spread over the globe witnessed the face-off aside from viewers via internet. (Screen grabbed from debate’s live streaming)

The pair argued over the proposition “Resolve, that Jesus Christ is the founder and the owner of the church according to the Bible.” Bro. Eli, presiding minister to the Members Church of God International (MCGI), stood on the negative side and proved that God the Father is The Absolute Owner of the Church while Catarinen failed to build his case.

Bro. Eli Soriano vs Catarinen proposition

The proposition shows that it is a one-on-one debate between Bro. Eli Soriano, negative, and Eusebio Catarinen, affirmative, about Christ as the owner. But as it progresses, Catarinen deviates from his stand causing him demerit. (Photo credit:

The debate took place on February 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. replacing the supposed-to-be scheduled Worldwide Bible Exposition of The Old Path program, a question and answer symposium whose main host is Bro. Eli.

Satellite services bridged the clash; whereas Bro. Eli was in South America while debunking the case of challenger Catarinen, who, on that time, was at The Old Path Chapter in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. More than 50,000 spectators from 1,281 satellite points in the Philippines and across the globe witnessed the face-off aside from the unrecorded number of internet viewers.

That same night, the hashtag #DebateBroEli became an overnight Twitter trending topic.

#DebateBroEli trending topic

Using the hashtag #DebateBroEli, netizens join the debate by tweeting their observation between Bro. Eli Soriano and a Church of Christ representative. Not surprisingly, Bro. Eli’s arguments get the upper hand according to them. (Image from Twitter)

The discussion started at around 7:00 p.m. (PHT). The two agreed on a cross examination type of debate where each had three sets of 20-minute stand and 15-minute interpellation. Guihulngan City ex-mayor Simplicio Villegas Mijarez, a Catholic, served as the moderator while Ms. Janice B. Bulandres of New Apostolic Church and Ms. Roejen M. Tejamo, a Born Again member, helped as timekeepers.

After the debate, Bro. Eli gave the credit to God saying, “Even when we haven’t yet begun, God has already triumphed. Don’t insist on what is wrong…. The intent of this debate is not to show that one has lost and the other triumphed, because glory belongs to God.”
Also, despite the insults thrown by Catarinen to Bro. Eli and MCGI, Bro. Eli chose to forgive Catarinen. He was even the one who asked for apology. “Whatever word I have said that may offended anybody, forgive. We are all prone to sins. Good night,” said Bro. Eli.

For more details and debate highlights, read the full article here:


About Jeffrey Eugenio

Jeffrey Eugenio is a writer, motion graphic designer, artist, video editor and entrepreneur. He is currently a member of WritersConnect International - Philippine chapter. He loves doing a lot of things especially one that drives his creative passion. He believes that using himself to the greater good of others gives purpose and meaning to his life. As of now, he self-studies film making believing that as time allows, there should always be a room for exploring possibilities of learning more.

Posted on February 11, 2014, in Entertainment, Religion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I believe in every words of Bro.Eli Soriano.Because he gets it from the BIBLE.

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