“I usually get angry when members of my tribe worship at the feet of Trump. This time, I just felt sad.”
– John Fea, history professor at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, describing his reaction to a Donald Trump rally at King Jesus International Ministry in Miami.
In his editorial, Fea went on to write: “I am used to this kind of thing from Trump, but I was stunned when I witnessed evangelical Christians – those who identify with the “good news” of Jesus Christ – raising their hands in a posture of worship as Trump talked about socialism and gun rights. I watched my fellow evangelicals rising to their feet and pumping their fists when Trump said he would win reelection in 2020. Trump spent the evening mocking his enemies, trafficking in half-truths in order to instill fear in people whom God commands to “fear not,” and proving that he is incapable of expressing anything close to Christian humility.”
“You know what? Trump is a test whether you’re even saved. Only saved people can love Trump.”
– TV evangelist Jim Bakker, the “Jim Bakker Show”
Bakker’s comment actually elicited a few laughs from the show’s studio audience. Donald Trump – who has ingratiated himself with far-right Christians and somehow found Jesus squatting in the basement of his Manhattan skyscraper – once declared that he’d never asked God for forgiveness. And, when you have that much money, who needs God?!
Those of us in the U.S. of a “Certain Age” vividly recall the Jim Bakker of the 1980s; the self-proclaimed preacher who, along with his perky makeup-clad wife, Tammy Fay, spent more time promoting his godly hotline seeking donations than actually preaching the word of God – whatever that’s supposed to mean. His and other evangelical scandals of the period were the worst of daytime dramas (the fluff formerly known as “soap operas”), but provided delicious fodder for the tabloid press and comedians.
“Right now I want you to click on that button, and I want you to honor God with his first fruits offering. If God doesn’t divinely step in and intervene, I don’t know what you’re going to face – he does.”
– Paula White, Donald Trump’s “personal pastor”, in an email asking followers to send her a donation of USD 229, they will get “prophetic instruction” on how to attain victory over their “enemies.”
White claims the $229 fee is “in
accordance with 1 Chronicles 22:9, and that it is “a specific seed” because
“numbers are important to God.” Those
who can’t manage the $229 for prophetic visions are encouraged to send $31 – the
sum of 22 and 9. Now, isn’t that clever? But she insists the full $229 is needed to
“break any chains.”
To the religiously curious, 1 Chronicles 22:9 reads: “But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.”
I don’t see anything in there about
giving money to a man who inspired “The Joker” character and his gal-pal who’s
in desperate need of a dye job.
The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), which has some 18,000 affiliates and claims to broadcast on every continent except Antarctica, has come under scrutiny for alleged embezzlement and sexual harassment claims by some of its former employees. Founded by Paul Crouch, his wife Janice and – believe it or not – Jim and Tammy Faye Baker in the 1970’s, the California-based entity preaches a so-called “prosperity gospel,” which promises material rewards to those who give generously. It’s obvious from the lavish lifestyles TBN executives lead that the prosperity part is purely subjective. It’s amazing how people keep falling for these goons. Like the Roman Catholic Church, Christian evangelicals always screw people out of their hard-earned money; that is, people who can least afford to get screwed.
Proverbs 28:6 “Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse.”
I mean, who needs a pedophile priest looking out for your kids when you have this bitch!