A challenge to Manny Pacquiao

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It took me many days before I finally decided to write this article, considering that the person involved is a sportsman but I will say what I believe in.

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By now, many people know that the title of my column is “Transformation.”

And one person who needs full transformation is Manny Pacquiao if he wants to apply and practice the Word of God, completely.

For the last 20 years of my life, I have been trying very hard to make Christian practices be part of myself; it involves reading the Gospel everyday, to guide me into the path of righteousness.

I am into the sport of swimming since five years old and am still unmarried until now. My children are the swimmers in the PSL swimming community.

Pacquiao insists that he does not discriminate against the LGBT community but rather just opposed to same sex marriage.

He said, “It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals”.

This offended the LGBT community.

Is Pacquiao’s opinion on this issue fair and just? Pacquiao is being selective on areas in the Bible that he wants to believe in.

Pacquiao insisted that the “act” is the one that he is not in favor with. He even called it “karumal-dumal [abominable].”

If he is really conducting his life according to the Bible, then there must be a dramatic change in him; a transformation.

I repeat, Pacquiao cannot be selective on what parts of the Bible he wants to believe in. He must apply the principles of the Scriptures in its totality and not only parts connected with LGBT issues.

Here is my challenge to Manny Pacquiao:

1. Is Pacquiao ready in giving up all to follow Jesus—sell and give all his possessions and give to the needy?

As what was said in Matthew 19:21, “Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

2. Is Pacquiao ready to give up his boxing career? Because boxing involves gambling; heavily in Las Vegas, which is his favorite venue for his bouts.

Gambling breeds covetousness.

In the 10 Commandments, it said that people must not covet.

Coveting, greed and selfishness are all associated with gambling.

Gambling damages the moral foundations of society and invites corruption in govern-ment.

Gambling destroys families.

Pacquiao is aware that people are gambling every time he has a match in Las Vegas.

3. Will Pacquiao give up associating with evil and wicked people or give up wickedness himself?

According to Proverbs 6:12-16, “A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come up-on him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing. There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him.”

Romans 3:10-18, “As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bit-terness.”

Romans 5:12-19, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgres-sion of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.”

It is good that Pacquiao wants to practice the Word of God into the path of righteousness, but Pacquaio must apply the Word of God to himself first; transform himself, so he can talk about the Word of God freely and without shame!

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33 Comments

  1. I dont think you know what the term karumal dumal mean. I think you just personally attack these peoplr because u are insecure.calling them cocksuckers as if you are clean.

  2. Its pretty obvious what the article suggests. The writer is challenging Manny to practice what he preaches. God will not condemn the gay/lesbian just because they prefer people.of the same sex. We are all God’s children and if you look less to those people who belong to the LGBT then i dont think that is being a Christian at all.

  3. I hope we can all agree that everyone deserves credit for what they do in life if they are doing the right thing not if they are gay or lesbian. Miss Papa’s challenge for Manny is only to be sensitive to everyone’s feelings and apply the word of God asa true Christian.

  4. Susan papa is right , if Pacquiao will live base on the the scriptures of God, pacquiao has nothing to worry about in talking the word of God, he can apply it freely and with dignity.

  5. The writer merely suggests a challenge. I dont see anything wrong about it. Maybe it is even a perfect opportunity for Manny to warm up to the LGBT peeps and get their votes for the upcoming elections.

  6. Isa na namang crab mentality ng isang komentaryo na ito at gumamit pa ng talata ng biliya na lihis na lihis naman sa paksa… maliwanag na nga sa bibilya na ang pakikipagtalik sa kapuwa lalaki or babae sa babe ay karumaldumal hindi parin maintindihan nitong column na to? grabe ha…

  7. jessie corrales on

    much ado about badings, when did they become so vital and significant to society that one can lose his job for making an erroneous comment about the cocksuckers. They look at your crotch and look at you from head to toe. I’m with Manny on this one, i say two men going flippity flop is downright animalistic. Not even animals of the same sex go at it in the savannah. The bible uses the following terms, abomination, detestable and shall be put to death. End of argument.

    • A study published in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology finds those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones.

  8. If I am Manny Pacquiao, I will take the challenge because “who can be against him if God is with him?”.

  9. Homosexuality is a mental disease. It results from a chemical and therefore hormonal imbalance that results in gender confusion.
    A woman is a woman and a man is a man.

  10. Pacquiao has transformed but not the way you want it. He is no longer a womanizer and no longer a gambler. He shared his wealth to other people not only to Filipinos. These are things that he has done that no other politician can match. Built hospital, schools partially finance from his own pockets, put up businesses (Job creation), scholarships, charitable foundations, and other unanimous donations. People who gamble because of boxing is not the fault of the boxer unless the boxer is involved in fixing the game. Following the Bible is very difficult. Even the Pope confess that he commit sins. What more can you ask from Manny?

    • The writer said, she’s trying very hard into the scripture and practice of the Word of God which Pacquiao wants to apply. It is very clear to all of us that Manny follows the Word of God. The writer has nothing against it, in fact, the challenge is for Pacquiao to pursue the practice of what is written in the Bible.

    • The writer said, if Manny really wants to apply the Principles of the Scriptures, he must fully apply it and Manny must believe that he can do it. If Manny surrenders them and be obedient to the scripture, he will have the richness in heaven and of no end.

    • If I am Manny Pacquiao, I will take the challenge because “who can be against him if God is with him?”.

  11. Paquio is one of the many congressman who are always absent during the session. Please Manny, return all the salaries, allowances during your absent days. Don’t run for public office knowing that you are not going to advance the progress of the country. Rather work for the Lord and preached the gospel , specially in your area, the Muslim brothers of ours.

  12. If we look at the big picture, the issue is not Manny or his spirituality or his being a Christian, or him transforming his life. This is not about Manny. Your article suggests that this is about Manny, short of saying he is a hypocrite. Granted he is a hypocrite, it does not change the fact that a man having sex with another man is an offense against Christianity (or any other religion you can think of). I perfectly get the tune of this article. But like in my lessons in Logic, your article is clearly an attack to the person, the fallacy of argumentum ad hominem. Your article is laden with judgements and questionable assumptions. I wonder to what end do you write this. It’s a shame Manila Times publishes fallacies.

    • i totally agree..the writer is obviously a lesbian…he/she wants pacquiao to be a saint first before doing anything…how stupid could it be?

  13. The Barb out it best,
    “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
    An evil soul producing holy witness
    Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
    A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
    O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!”
    ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
    Another Quote is more of the Biblical but perhaps more specific
    Matthew 7:15-20King James Version (KJV)
    15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
    17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
    19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
    20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    Best to remember snakes come in many forms, and challenges are often laid out versus the good and Godly.

    M

  14. Can’t we say what’s on our mind anymore? If you don’t want to hear an answer ,don’t ask. If an lgbt asked me the same question, my answer would be the same as what pacman said. Respect our opinions just like we respect someone is an lgbt. No need for apologies.