Image: Pastor Rafael Bienvenido Cruz y Diaz of Dallas.
The Woodlands, October 8 – Pastor Rafael Bienvenido Cruz y Diaz, visiting from the Dallas area where he lives, delivered a fiery sermon Sunday morning to the Woodlands Bible Church. While the title of the sermon was “The Tabernacle of David,” Cruz y Diaz began his message with a discussion of Montgomery County’s reputation for government corruption.
“This community has suffered under a County Judge who has not been a good fiscal steward, as the Lord demands of His people with the instruments he has given them on this Earth,” the highly respected evangelical pastor began. He added, “On November 6, Montgomery County will be able to move forward significantly when Mark Keough becomes the County Judge and applies Biblical teachings to the public trust.”
Cruz y Diaz explained that churches have a Biblical duty to be actively involved in community matters, including politics and elections. “God teaches us that churches must lead and that includes in political matters as well as all others,” he said.
Cruz y Diaz directly address the issue of abortion in the United States. “As a nation with 60 million babies’ blood on our hands from abortions, we must change our ways and bring that abomination to an end,” the Dallas area evangelical pastor explained. Cruz y Diaz’s education is in the field of chemical engineering originally. He received his engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, although he had begun his college education at the University of Santiago.
Cruz y Diaz had grown up in Cuba but left in 1957 during the Communist revolution which eventually overthrew the government of Fulgencio Batista. After he arrived in Florida in 1957, he immediately went to Texas to complete his education.
Cruz y Diaz worked as a chemical engineer and in related fields in the petrochemical industry. In 2004, however, he became an ordained pastor and now preaches full time as a guest in churches throughout the United States.
Cruz y Diaz also discussed the “horror” of the past two weeks in Washington, D.C., during which Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh suffered through accusations that he had sexually harassed women when he was a high school teenager over 35 years ago. “All of the accusations were uncorroborated and greatly harmed that very good man,” Cruz y Diaz said. The United States Senate confirmed Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination on Saturday, October 6, by a 50 to 48 vote. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office on Saturday to Kavanaugh, who became the 114th Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Cruz y Diaz draws his sermons squarely from Biblical teachings. Most of the sermon concerned the Second Book of Samuel in which Israel’s King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to the City of Jerusalem.
For almost a century, evangelical churches urged voters in the democrat political party to go to the polls to support a liberal ideology. In the past quarter of a century, many churches have begun to support conservative ideology and just recently have begun to urge citizens to vote accordingly.