Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hillary Clinton Gets Endorsement of Odd Puerto Rico Pentecostal Group



Creative Minority Report got me interested in Hillary Clinton's campaign in Puerto Rico in his post. Nuns Invite Clinton to Campaign


I decided to a do a little research on what else happened under the radar down there. In the AP article we found that besides visiting a Catholic Nursing home that the Nuns run that Chelsea was scheduled to meet with a Christian youth group, followed by a visit to a gay rights organization. She refused questions from reporters.

Since the National Press pretty much reports nothing on Puerto Rico , I decided with the help of Google Translate see what the papers are saying.

First about the Christian meeting we learn: That the she attended a Pentecostal Church where the leader/pastor of the temple of the Congregation of Mita endorsed Hillary. Pentecostals have often been friendly to Bill Clinton in Louisiana where they vote in block.

However we must note these are not Louisiana Pentecostals. The Wilki entry on this group says:
The Mita Congregation is a Christian Pentecostal congregation based in Puerto Rico. The congregation has chapters in the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico,Spain, and in the Dominican Republic.
The Mita believe that "Mita" (a
woman who was born as Juanita García Peraza) was the living incarnation of the Holy Spirit. According to their beliefs, the Holy Spirit once acted through "Mita" and anointed Teófilo Vargas Seín as the first prophet of God in the new era, what they call the era of "Mita". Vargas was renamed "Aarón", who became "Mita"'s heir when she died in 1970, and is today the spiritual and material leader of the congregation.
Unlike what many believe, members are not required to wear
white during their religious ceremonies. They wear white if they feel like it. Also, a member can have as many children as he or she wishes.
The religion was rocked in 2004 when a man named Samuel Beniquez alleged on Puerto Rico's television and newspapers that he was "Aaron"s son; these charges were never substantiated. see "
Teófilo Vargas Seín" for details.
This religion was formed in 1940
.

Fun Stuff!!!! More here on the leader from a Catholic blogger down there at Our Lord is back on Earth and he's Puerto Rican. It appears that he is a must stop for many politicians so I suppose this is significant.

I guess this group is quite active in the United States and I would be curious to hear more about them. I suspect people of all parties go after their endorsement but I am not sure.
For instance do we Have Mitas for McCain? Does this effect Florida and especially Central Florida where the Puerto Rican vote is important. I often feel I have no clue about Hispanic political dynamics

11 comments:

Teófilo de Jesús said...

I appreciate your link to Vivificat! First I heard of the Mita endorsement to Hillary.

That's like receiving an endorsement from the Church of Scientology. Some would find it impressive, whereas most should find it repulsive.

The Mita people are a cult. Lousiana Pentecostals remain disciplined Christians compared with these folks. We don't need to look further a field than the Montanist heresy to discover the earliest roots of the Mita cult.

I think this is pretty embarrassing.

Thank you for the news and please, continue on with the good work!

-Theo

Maribel Vazquez said...

Allow me to make it very clear that the Church of Mita is not a cult nor do we worship man. We are also not Pentecostal. Mita is the name revealed in this day and age by the Holy Spirit. It means "Spirit of Life". God has always chosen a humble person, a prophet, to spread his word. Mita is not a female or male, again, the name of the Holy Spirit, just like in Moses' time it was Jehovah and during Jesus' time, it was Christ (father and son of the Holy Trinity). Now, Mita, completes the Holy Trinity for the Holy Spirit dispensation. Please do not try to stain our good church with untruths.

Maribel Vazquez
Orlando, Florida
Active member of the Congregation of Mita Church

Teófilo de Jesús said...

Like I've said: Mita is a cult that would've made the older Tertullian and the Montanists proud.

A basic knowledge of Church history is all that is needed to dispel the bizarre claims of the Mita cult. Mita-followers may be sincere and well-intentioned, but they are objectively wrong in their claims and beliefs. They are, as some say, sincerely wrong.

iuser@mail.com said...

Teofilo is right on the mark. The Mita people are a cult not unlike many others. Maribel rises the biblical concept of the economies of God (dispensations), but, according to the complete revelation of God, we presently live in the dispensation of Grace and St Paul is his messenger and no other. There remains but two other dispensations: the Tribulation and the Millennium.

At this present dispensation anything outside the Gospel of Grace is either a cult or a heresy.
As St Paul himself would put it:

Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

But wait...so are practically all organized christian religions for they no longer preach the gospel of Paul. They all go preaching a mixture of the Gospel of the Kingdom with a little of the Gospel of Grace or something else.
The Gospel of the Kingdom was placed in abeyance upon the Jews rejection of Christ, but it will come back into effect at the culmination of the Gospel of Grace which will end with the Rapture of the Church.

May the Truth of God be manifested in your hearts.

Teófilo de Jesús said...

I appreciate "iuser's" concurrence with my remarks on the Mita cult.

However, I can't agree with his general theological take which smacks of the "rightly-divider" sect spearheaded in part by the followers of Pensacola's Peter Ruckman.

Sure, a sect might dispel a cult, but they are both in error and equally far from Catholic Christian Truth.

-Theo

Donald said...

for all people claiming in the finished work of our lord jesus christ, the first begotten from the dead,let there be no divisions among you! the power of god unto salvation is the gospel of christ rom1:16, that gospel is 1corn15:3,4.it is simplicity in christ. gods amazing grace in this dispensation of the grace of god, for every person on planet earth. remember that jesus christ of the seed of david was raised from the dead according to my gospel,as the apostle to the gentiles(paul)states.rebell against satan. recieve the thirteenth apostle and the thirteen letters written to us. recieve the free gift of salvation, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. notice the past tence!already done.colo2:13 all sins past,present and future.jesus died for all sins once. please belive and trust in his finished work. says the watchman in the night,not much time left for free salvation.

Teófilo de Jesús said...

Nonesense disguised in biblical verbiage.

Donald said...

the fool openeth not his mouth in the gate!

Teófilo de Jesús said...

So why didst thou doeth it?

Donald said...

mita denomination,perhaps they've never read 1cor15:8 and last of all he was seeen of me also, as of one born out of due time. our apostle paul whose gospel of christ reaches even to us that were far off.which is the gospel of the grace of god.by which souls are won to christ in this dispensation of the grace of god.(grace)unmerited favor,can't work for salvation in the night.lost believers around the world need simplicity preached to them from the pulpit.one denomination bashing another will not get the job done! our brother martin luther many generations ago saw clearly the distinction between grace and works for salvation.and took his stand for the word of truth rightly devided.2tim2:15. siding with our apostle paul and his thirteen letters. confussion and darkness prevael unless the truth is preached.as it was in the days of noah so is it now.one world order politicians seeking allies with old and new denominations,we don't like them so they will.probibly take your job away convenyently,let you lose your home in your country,import there followers,give them your job and sell them your house.useing our laws against us to acomplish there agenda.and kicking us to the curb.

Anonymous said...

I need help. My family has been raised under the Mitas and I have to follow this religion to. I am 15 and have first hand witness of this "cult". It is a cult and it is horribly wrong. I am Christian but I don't know if I have freedom of religion as a minor. I want to help my family and convert them to Christians or else they will be condemned but if I tell my mom im not a Mita she will freak!!! I don't know what to do!!! Please someone e-mail me at Hikami_07@yahoo.com if you have any sort of advice.