Pastor Miguel Arrázola, one of the most influential leaders of the evangelical church in Cartagena, gave something to talk about these days when he decided to go out with his wife in a video posted on his Instagram social network, claiming that the coronavirus was an invention of the American billionaire Bill Gates.
However, he himself denied hours later on his Twitter account the theory presented in the video.
“If I believed that COVID-19 is a farce and that it does not exist, we would not have been locked up at home for more than 7 weeks without congregating, obeying the government’s instructions from the outset, and we would not pray for all COVID-19 patients on a daily basis. “he indicated.
But that was not the first time that the pastor generated a stir. Who is he?
Born in Cartagena on May 28, 1968, Arrázola comes from an upper-class family who lived in the Manga neighborhood.
Over time his family moved to Bogotá, where he made his life and connected with a Christian church, where he also met his current wife, María Paula García.
Both decided to leave for a while to study theology in the United States and then return and found Ríos de Vida in 1998.
Arrázola is the father of two children, Miguel and Samuel, who are also preachers, like him.
If I believed that COVID-19 is a farce and that it does not exist, we would not have been locked up at home for more than 7 weeks without congregating, obeying the government’s instructions from the outset, and we would not pray for all COVID-19 patients on a daily basis.
The farce are the #FAKENEWS
– MiguelArrázola (@PMiguelArrazola) May 4, 2020
Rivers of Life
The growth of Ríos de Vida, since its creation, has been almost exponential. The church went from receiving a few believers, to receive more than 3 thousand people in each congregation, which is held in a winery in Cartagena, located in the Pie de Popa neighborhood.
This has allowed him to be almost a third power in Cartagena, since his influence is so vast that on several occasions his approval of a candidate has added a significant number of votes. One of them, for example, was the late Mayor Campo Elías Terán.
Arrázola’s influence has spread to social networks, since he has almost 400 thousand followers on Instagram, while on Twitter 42,288 and on Facebook almost 1.5 million.
In addition, Arrázola is one of the most loyal followers of former President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, reason why in its moment it supported the No in the plebiscite and later the candidacy of Iván Duque.
He has been, therefore, one of the staunchest opponents of the peace process, which earned him the strength to sound like a political candidate in Cartagena, although he has not finally taken the step.