The money train has arrived. Protestant pastors have been flocking to join Manny Pacquiao's daily Bible studies at his mansion. When the PacMan first decided to change his lifestyle and rid himself of "… distractions like drinking, gambling and girls" there were only two to three pastors attending his devotionals. Now as many as 10 preachers arrive every day and make themselves at home. They take a bath, sleep and eat and act like they own Manny's joint.
Are Pacquiao's pastor pals pimps for Jesus? A source close to the world's eight-division boxing champ told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that these pastor's have been abusing Manny's kindness and generosity.
“They are making our boxing idol a milking cow. The real Manny Pacquiao doesn’t know how to say no. But if they are real disciples of God, they should be ashamed of what they are doing,” the source said.
The source also stated that one pastor was given an I-Pad but didn't seem to be content with that. He asked for a new vehicle. "Now," the source said, "he is sporting a brand new pick-up, courtesy of Manny Pacquiao."
Another "man of God" asked for cash. One pastor abandoned his flock in Northern Luzon just to be with the boxer-lawmaker.
And yet another preacher joined the Pacquiao team during the training camp in Los Angeles and asked for 36 tickets to the recent Pacquiao-Bradley fight. "The guy got what he wanted, " the source said.
"I was the one so ashamed when he asked Manny Pacquiao to get eight hotel rooms for his family in the US." the source added.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer source, it was the first time that someone asked for 36 tickets and eight hotel rooms from the champ.
"Ask and it will be given to you." Jesus said in Matthew 7:7. These pastor "pals" have got that verse of Scripture burned into their brain.
When the champion and his entourage arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on June 16, after the controversial lost to Bradley, this same pastor was seen brandishing a big Louis Vuitton bag.
"Now there are so many pastors. I wanna be a pastor, too," the source stated. Can't blame the guy. Looks like every Jim Bakker-Jimmy Swaggart-wanna-be is climbing aboard the champ's gravy train.
The article goes on to report that another source is convinced that religion is the opium of the masses. "And the preachers are the pushers," the source added. "Before, we were expecting that these pastors would help or guide Manny Pacquiao towards the path of salvation. We didn't expect that they would abuse his kindness and generosity," the source lamented.
The poor, the source claimed, needed Pacquiao's help more than the pastors do. (At least someone has been reading their Bible.) "The poor people are more deserving to receive such blessings. I hope, one day, they would realize their mistake and that they would stop asking any kind of favor from Pacquiao," the source stated.
Guess these "pastors' have forgotten what Jesus said in Luke 6:20: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." Time to brush the dust off your Bibles, you so-called "holy men." Manny, time to show these boneheads the front door.
The Author, Dave DeWall, is an online entrepreneur retired after 30 years of service with AT&T. He is a former member of Pentecostal churches for over 20 years. While not a Bible scholar, he has read the complete Scriptures, Old and New Testaments several times, cover-to-cover.
He has met the late Richard Dortch, former Illinois Assemblies of God superintendent and past president of PTL several times. It was Dortch who first arranged to have church secretary Jessica Hahn recant her charges of sex with Jim Bakker. When that didn't hold water, he helped set up a secret $265,000 ''trust'' for Ms. Hahn, using PTL funds. Mr. Dortch spent time in a federal prison over that matter.
Mr. DeWall has also attended several Jimmy Swaggart evangelistic meetings (before "the fall") and has met with Jimmy's son, Donnie, at length. He has had personal experiences, none of the intimate kind, with some preachers of "The Word" that only do harm to the Gospel.
He now would be considered a full-fledged "backslider" since he does not attend any regular church services and drinks three to six bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen a week. However, he still holds a firm belief in Jesus Christ as his Savior and always will.