Christianity in Cuba

Posted by Proyecto Emilia on 5:16:00 p.m.
By Ms. Elsa Morejon
​Baptist Theological Seminary in Havana (STBH) Dr. Rafael Ocaña and its seven branches in other provinces held their graduation, 2013. Over a hundred Christians received their degrees in the fields of: Bachelor of Theology, Ministry, Evangelism, Worship, Youth Ministry and Pastoral; was beautiful and busy graduation. As guests of honor and preachers present were Reverend Daniel Sanchez Patterson and South Western Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth Texas, USA.

The STBH was founded in 1906, located in the street Morel # 102 between Lacret and Final, cast Santos Suarez, City October 10. According to Priest (Pbro.) Leoncio Veguilla, in his book, "More than a hundred years of Baptist work in Cuba", "is something of the heart of the Cuban Baptist Work".

This prestigious institution has as rector Vicente Soto Lugo Hermes priest and the priest inside director Carlos Miguel Gonzalez Gonzalez. Here have studied and graduated hundreds of Cuban pastors who have given their best to the people of Cuba, some have come to make heroes of the faith.

Christians who work in this school made a beautiful work of love, despite having few resources, rushing their daily work in the spirit of the prophet Nehemiah when he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. This institution is supported by the Department of feminine offerings of churches within the Association Western Cuba Baptist Convention (CBCOCC) and others who come from abroad, especially from South Western Baptist seminaries in Fort Worth, Texas, and New Orleans the U.S..

According to the elder Gonzalez, this is one of the largest graduations made by the seminar, as noticeable graduation of a group of new pastors and 20 graduates of Pastoral Counseling are those that accompany the Cuban people in their suffering.While this was happening the priest Carlos Sebastian CBCOCC historian, was requested by Caridad Diego, head of the Office of Religious Affairs of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, according to Pastor: Charity wanted to learn more about the history of the CBCOCC.

Raul Castro in his recent speech to the National Assembly of People's Power, blamed the so-called Special Period in Cuba for the loss of moral and civic values. Forgetting that when usurped power taken away from parents the right to choose the kind of education they wanted for their children.Today maintain policies that undermine religious freedom and prevent the gospel is preached in public places freely. Recent example: the denial by the state to grant permission to the Christian music singer Ricardo Rodriguez to sing to people in a public place and spacious. Rodriguez, who lives in Miami, visited the island and could only sing in churches, as he did in the churchyard MaCall in Santos Suarez, knocked out power.

Paradoxically the July 8 newspaper Granma, the official organ of the Communist Party, published an article entitled "Diaz-Canel Dialoga with Cuban religious." Diaz-Canel met at the headquarters of the Council of Churches of Cuba with Cuban representatives of the Ecumenical Movement, both institutions rooted ties with the Communist Party. According to Granma both parties welcomed the possibility of exchange, where common themes were highlighted as the defense of the values ​​and the importance of family.

The scheme provides evangelical tolerance false appearance as spokesmen keeping U.S. policies both institutions, and in the ranks of the National Assembly of People's Power Reverend Raul Suarez, who has always been a Communist and he supported appropriated of a temple, where ownership lies today CBCOCC Martin Luther King Center.

Since the communist takeover, darkness planted in the heart of the Cuban nation rejected Jesus Christ, Christianity criminalized and sent to prison and Military Units to Aid Production, UMAP, as punishment for hundreds of priests and pastors, established public schools with political indoctrination, instilled hatred and separation of families for believing in God, and to emigrate to the U.S..

The present and future of Christianity in Cuba is seen as a challenge, help a people who have suffered for more than 50 years to recover the spiritual and ethical and moral values ​​against an undemocratic regime and anti-evangelical.

​Elsa Morejon's representative in Cuba of the National College of Journalists of Cuba in Exile.
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