- Posted August 11, 2010 by
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Getting Faith Questions Answered by “Bible Expert” on Twitter
If you are one of the 11,200+ followers of “Bible Expert” on Twitter, you might be one of the many who already asked this Twitter account a question and received a reply.
Bro. Eli Soriano, well-known in the Philippines for his mastery of the Bible, tweets his answers to questions that range from attaining salvation, to caring for one’s health, and showing love to enemies.
The preacher uses English, Tagalog, Pampango, Ilocano, and sometimes Spanish and Portuguese, and other local Filipino dialects when tweeting.
Oftentimes, a one-word reply from well-known Twitter personalities mean much. When a reply is received, a tweet via Twitter or its equivalent in Facebook – a status update – is expected.
Bro. Eli's Twitter handle is @broelisoriano.
Of course Twitter’s 140-character limit is not enough to contain Bro. Eli Soriano’s answers. Often when the answer required will be longer, he tweets inquirers to ask him live at his weekly livestream.com/elisoriano webcast.
Those who’ve already asked Bro. Eli live during Bible Expositions or webcast will agree that normally, the preacher take not less than 30 minutes to answer just one question. For him, time can take a back seat when he is answering.
The phenomenal preacher also expects people to ask him questions of any kind because he challenges them to test him. He is a rare breed who will not disappoint an inquirer.
When a debate challenge is called, an agreement between the parties must first be signed. So long as the time permits during his television program or Bible Exposition, and even on Twitter, any thing can happen.
For more than three decades or so, Bro. Eli’s mettle and unquestionable logic in answering people’s questions or doubts about the Bible have earned him both avid followers and rabid detractors.
A fake Twitter account named after the preacher’s other moniker, “Truthcaster,” was already created by enemies to confuse and humiliate Bro. Eli before his many followers. Such tactic is already a trademark of his detractors in faith.
For his part, Twitter has afforded Bro. Eli convenience in clearing his name when questions about allegations and smears lashed against him by his detractors bob up as tweets from followers.
Since the time Bro. Eli started preaching abroad, his detractors took advantage of his absence in his own home country and used trumped-up charges filed against him to disseminate misinformation in all forms of mass media, especially the Internet.
As in his home country, the Philippines, Bro. Eli is also recently earning the moniker -- "Walking Bible" -- in the Americas. He earned the title courtesy of Bible Expositions, his weekly scriptural symposiums where Bro. Eli answers questions from people from all walks of life since the early 90s.
In the last three decades now, Bro. Eli's popular Ang Dating Daan remains one of the most-watched television programs in the Philippines, even earning an international award in 2006 for being "most informative religious show."
Since the time Bro. Eli opened a Twitter account in 2009, his page shows that his total tweets now reach 2,700. For a busy person like Bro. Eli, this is already much because he's preoccupied with many gospel-related works.
In this 24/7, seven-day-a-week cycle, Bro. Eli devotes time each to writing a blog, live podcasting and chatting with audience of his Livestream.com webcast, and answering questions from people during his Bible Expositions. In between these works, he may be juggling his time taping new episodes for a program he's showing in India, or preaching before his congregation during his regular Thanksgiving services every Saturday.
And one thing he currently cannot do without: sneaking in to the small monitor of his phone, tapping the keys to send short and sweet tweets to his followers: "SsD!", which is short for Salamat sa Dios! (translated in English as Thanks be to God!)