The connection between Maduro and evangelicals in Venezuela within the Christian movement

Mocev: Evangelical Christian Movement for Venezuela and the Dilemma of Separating Church and State in Venezuela

The Evangelical Christian Movement for Venezuela (Mocev) is a union of men and women who believe in God. Established in 2017, Mocev has become an integral part of Chavismo within the Venezuelan evangelical community, particularly during election periods. The movement claims to have around 5 thousand associated pastors and a presence in all 24 states of the country.

During the 2018 Venezuelan presidential elections, Mocev openly supported the re-election of dictator Nicolás Maduro, endorsing the continuation of the regime started by late dictator Hugo Chávez. The relationship between Mocev and the Maduro regime goes beyond symbolism, with the movement actively participating in religious acts, government events, and actions by the PSUV. During election periods, Mocev offers local evangelical leaders to hold rallies that target support from evangelicals, particularly the poorest members of society.

Despite Mocev’s support for the regime, not all Venezuelan evangelicals align with its position. The Venezuelan Evangelical Council, established in 1972, emphasizes the importance of separating Church and State. Meanwhile, religious persecution and violence against Christians in Venezuela have been reported by organizations monitoring religious freedom.

As the country approaches the presidential elections scheduled for July 28th, dictator Maduro has intensified his campaigning alongside evangelicals and Mocev. This election cycle has seen increased persecution against the opposition, with Maduro seeking divine intervention from evangelical pastors to lift international sanctions imposed on Venezuela. The event also included announcements of new benefits for the evangelical community, further solidifying the alliance between Mocev and the regime.

The Venezuelan Evangelical Council has taken a stance against this alliance, urging its members to remain neutral in political affairs and to uphold their faith’s teachings about separation of Church and State. However, some critics argue that Mocev’s support for Maduro undermines efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Venezuela.

In recent years, there have been reports of violence against evangelicals who speak out against government policies or support opposing candidates. These incidents highlight concerns about religious freedom and human rights abuses in Venezuela.

Despite these challenges, it is clear that religion remains an important part of life in Venezuela for many people. As such

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