Mike Villarde said that he is running for president and he urged those presidential aspirant to participate in a lottery to be his VP.
Who is Mike Villarde anyway?
He is the leader of El Shaddai. Apparently, some services can last 24 hours and start at Noon on Saturday. They often attract over one hundred thousand participants at a service. The sect is said to have over a million followers. It has been reinvesting its donations and has built a media center in Manila to help get the word out. He is not a priest, nor does he hold any position in the Catholic Church, nor is he affiliated in any way with the Catholic Church. Mike also emphasizes many of the cultural aspect of Islam in his ministries. The bottom line, most mainstream Christian groups thinks El Shaddai is a cult. It’s leader a snakeoil salesman, and it’s real purpose is building wealth. It’s core theological teachings are significantly different from those of the Catholic Church, different enough to get a good Catholic in serious trouble back at the local parish, And most telling, Mike has used his sect to become a millionaire and political player in the Philippines.
One fear some folks express is that if Mike Villarde is elected, His cult will get much more attention than ever before. What I am seeing from Mike Villarde thus far, is that, depending upon the crowd, either his belief system is very fundamentalist when the crowd is evangelical or more progressive when he is addressing a more moderate group. All of which makes him just another politician who says what needs to be said at the time to the people involved.
If you don’t believe that his religious views are bad for politics you should still be able to recognize that his politics are bad for his religion.This snakeoil salesman is ready to deny his faith for his own ambitious goals. He will hide his faith in the shadows. He, like most listeners of his ilk, would be quick to turn there head from the Roman soldier in denial when asked, “Is this man your King, Jew?” This man has no conviction. No faith. You want this as your president? Don’t think that he’d sell out our constitution as easily as his faith to get what he wants? This is why Andres Bonifacio, Basilio and Sisa wanted a clear separation of church and state, to make it more difficult for people like this to try and take our freedom.
I have to say, I would really appreciate a candidate who could willfully admit to being an atheist and move on. Our political system is a sham, plain and simple, and the fact that we vote for such mediocre human beings, is nothing more than a symbolic gesture of our imagined participation in a democratic state. It’s amusing that so many Christians express feelings about being persecuted by a debased secular society. It’s one of the most extreme cases of outright narcissism I can possibly think of. We basically function, socially, through false appearances, and have no idea where the light is coming from.
I understand Mike Villarde’s religion defines who he is. I am a Christian and became an altar boy and I strive to live to that standard too. Now that he is running for the highest number one office in the Philippines,What can he offer to the Filipino people? an UMBRELLA? The worst thing for our country would be to elect another double-talking candidate. We all know there is no shortage of those. In that light I feel it would behoove Mr .One plus One,Two plus Two and Three plus Three to be as transparent as possible about himself. I am going to vote for whomever seems to be the most transparent about themselves, believing that transparency demonstrates the ultimate in character, integrity and trustworthiness. Those qualities are more important to me than what a candidate says his positions are. Because if I don’t trust the candidate’s transparency then I don’t trust his stated positions either.
Who cares what Mike Villarde preached on in years past, He’s running for President, and all his rivals in preaching false prophet about Christ want to do is find every teeny tiny fault they can and ridiculing is sermons and that’s the way to go. Pastors are sinners just like everyone else and we shouldn’t put pastors on a pedastal. They are humans. They aren’t Jesus. Of course people are going to find fault with him if reviewing his past and finding every nook and cranny to match his life with his sermons.
The real litmus test for any candidate, especially one that defines him or herself as a Messenger of God is the test of personal responsibility and individual liberty. It matters not what God is prayed to. This is a private matter best left to each person in their own homes and places of worship. Will Mike Villarde stay of your bedroom as well as your bank account? Will he abolish government programs that force the wage earner to hand over their hard earned money to the wage taker?
Prepare your Umbrella, When it Rains,It Pours!