I’ve only known Archbishop Socrates Villegas because he is a fierce critic of President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter said that the Catholic Church is the ‘most hypocritical institution’ as he lambasted its bishops for supposedly attempting to erode public support for him before the May 9 elections. Now, browsing through my old pile of newspapers I can’t believe my eyes after I’ve read an old article on the Allure section of The Philippine Star newspaper dated March 15, 2015. In an article written by Michelle Dayrit-Soliven in her Family Jewels column titled Crazy Love.
On her article she mentioned that Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates ‘Soc’ Villegas gave a Lenten recollection to their group at the St. Marie Eugenie Chapel in Assumption San Lorenzo. She said Archbishop Soc Villegas started a thought-provoking prayer with these words… “Dear Lord, trouble us. Disturb us, so that we can become better, Amen.” Why would God disturb or trouble us so you we can become better? Who in his right frame of mind will ask God to give him trouble or disturbance?It’s ridiculous and contradicting, it’s like asking our parents to give us junk foods so we can live a healthy lifestyle. When in prayer Paul teaches us in Philippians 4:6-7 and we read “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” God will give us His peace through prayer and supplications, and His peace shall keep our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ and not the other way around like what the Archbishop was asking God for trouble and disturbance for us to become better. If God is with us He would not trouble or disturb us because God knows what is good for His children like in the book of Jeremiah 29:11 and we read “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end.” God will give us peace and NOT trouble, and for us to become better we should not depart from the law of God in the book of Joshua 1:8 we read “This book of law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.” This is the way for us to become better, we should follow the law of God so we can be productive both physically and spiritually. How can you become better if you’re asking trouble from God? Do you understand that asking God to trouble us is a terrible thing? Let us read in 1 Samuel 16:14 it says “the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubled you.” If Archbishop Socrates Villegas want God to trouble him too then so be it.
Archbishop Soc Villegas also said that “Have you ever wondered why Christmas is always December 25, but Easter Sunday is never on the same date each year? It differs because the reckoning of Easter is based on the full moon.” Wow, so the Easter Sunday that the Catholics celebrated annually is not based on the Bible but it was based on the full moon?! So it’s not Biblical. This is what separates Christianity from the Catholic faith by not basing their beliefs on what is written in the Bible. They are so blinded by the teachings passed on to them by their council and false prophets. So Jesus Christ said in the book of Matthew 15:9 and we read “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” And not of God I believe.
The Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan continued his ignorance by saying that “Have you ever heard of the legendary effects of a full moon on some people? They become moonstruck lunatics and it makes them crazy in love. That’s Jesus! Jesus fell deeply in love with us…” What?! Are you implying that Jesus Christ because of His crazy love for us is like unto a moonstruck lunatic? God forbid. What is the definition of the love of Christ in contrast to the love of some moonstruck lunatic? Moonstruck lunatics’ definition of love is called “Eros,” and the love of God and Jesus Christ for mankind is called “Agape” and not “Eros!” Clearly Archbishop Soc Villegas’ definition of love pertaining Jesus Christ’s love for us is erotic in nature because he compared it to the effect of the moon on some people who were crazy in love, and it’s not even scientific. The Archbishop continued his nonsense with “You will never understand how much Jesus loves us! It takes a crazy man to do everything He did for people who didn’t even thank Him, betrayed Him, doubted and hurt Him. Yet He is so blinded by His crazy love for us. He has done the craziest things, including death to convince us of how much He loves us.” I’m rolling my eyes in disbelief after reading these statements from an Archbishop. Jesus did the craziest things like what, His death? How dare you call the sacrifice and death of Jesus Christ on the cross as a product of some crazy love? I believe Archbishop Socrates Villegas is crazy by saying these stupid statements, but not Jesus. You can’t even find the word crazy in the Bible so how can you described the death of Christ as crazy love? In the Webster dictionary the word Crazy means “full of cracks and flaws, bizarre, absurd, foolish, insane, nonsensical, etc…”I can’t accept the fact that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is foolish, insane or even nonsensical because it saved us from our sins and we are sanctified by it. Let us read in the book of Hebrews 10:10 and we read “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” And 1 John 1:7 “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleansed us from all our sins.” It didn’t said that Jesus’ crazy love cleansed us from all our sins!The blasphemed-filled litany of Archbishop Soc Villegas continued with “It takes a crazy man to do everything He did for people who didn’t even thank Him…” I smell sacrilege all over the place,and again, Jesus Christ was compared to a crazy man because He did everything for the people (like giving His life) to those who didn’t even thank Him. The Archbishop also said “We need cleansing so we can recognize Jesus…” yeah, straight from the horses mouth, you finally admitted that you didn’t even recognize Jesus Christ from the Bible. You really need some cleansing Archbishop Villegas so you can discern the real Jesus from the moonstruck lunatic Jesus that you are so fond of talking. A word of advice, do not say things about Jesus Christ or take away what is written or adding imaginary stories about what He did which is not Biblical in nature or suffer grave consequence, let us read Revelation 22:18 “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add him plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life…”