Thursday, February 18, 2010

On prophesying the candidate's name above every name

Politicians show up at ‘feast’ of Davao pastor’s ministry

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It was a night of forgiveness, sweet talk, a confession of jealousy and, of course, politics.

For the politicians who were present during the 25th Feast of the "Tabernacles of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name," on Sunday night here, the event was an opportunity to die for. At least 30,000 followers of the charismatic and influential Pastor Apollo Quiboloy were in attendance...

On stage, Teodoro was seated to Quiboloy’s right while Estrada was to his left...

Other politicians who arrived were vice presidential bet Bayani Fernando, senators Tito Sotto, Juan Ponce Enrile, Lito Lapid, Jinggoy Estrada, Representative Teofisto Guingona III, Representative Ompong Plaza. Also present were senatorial candidates Gwen Pimentel, JP Bautista, Raul Lambino and Sylvestre Bello...

Pastor Quiboloy heads the Davao-based sect called Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name. Now, he is bound to announce his presidential candidate's name above every other name. Actually, Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas already paid their respects to Pastor Quiliboy way ahead of this motley group of politicians.

It is certainly fair, legit, and moral to seek the support of any licit leader, as long as you don't sell your soul. Hmm.

It is not very hard to understand why these people are seeking the good graces of Pastor Quiboloy, who sees himself as the "Appointed Son of God". Reportedly, his group claims a following of six million souls. That's six million people who would most probably vote according to conscience - Quiboloy's conscience, that is. After all, Quiboloy thinks God will reveal to him the best person to lead this country as he claims prophetic powers. I hope he could also foresee how this country's myriad problems could be solved. His "revelation" is keenly awaited with bated breath, and it must be coming forthrightly as God will surely not withhold crucial information to his own "appointed Son", would he. The thing is, once Quiboloy chooses a candidate that is supposedly revealed to him, and that candidate loses eventually, then it's going to be a horrendous disaster to his prophet image. Would he soon announce a candidate's name above every other name and risk the fall-out? In the event of a costly mistake, he can always claim afterwards that it was an "erroneous conscience", or that the prophecy was actually for 2016. I hope that counts. Meanwhile, Catholic Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, commenting about this latest development, appeared to be tickled pink.

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