Donald Trump can’t name his favorite Bible verse and the church he claimed to worship at says he’s not an active member – and that’s not counting his unchristian-like bullying. Fox contributor and megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress still thinks Trump’s just what Jesus would have wanted.
You may recall that Jeffress appeared on Fox in early August and endorsed Trump as the man for evangelicals despite his mocking of religion - because Planned Parenthood!. Since then, Trump's Christian bona fides have only deteriorated. When asked on Bloomberg to name “one or two of your most favorite Bible verses” in his supposedly “favorite book,” the Bible, Trump refused. Trump has also claimed he worships at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. But late last month, the church released a statement saying he is not an active member there.
But none of that matters in the face of Trump’s awesome “competence” (just pay no attention to the fact that he has never held public office).
On the Hannity show last night, mega-pastor and Fox News contributor Jeffress said the following:
JEFFRESS: The fact is, if 2016 were any other year, Trump would be toast with evangelicals right now for some of the things he’s said. And other evangelical candidates would be topping the polls. But I think this year is different, Sean. I think there is a palpable feeling among evangelicals that this country has been in a downward death spiral since the time of Barack Obama and 2016 may be the last time to reverse that trend. And while in a perfect world evangelicals would like a candidate who is a committed Christian and a competent leader, I think if they have to make a choice this time around, they’re going to leave religion out of it and go for the person they think is the competent leader, like Trump.
Host Sean Hannity was there to help make a better Christian out of Trump:
HANNITY: He said his favorite book is the Bible. He said he reads the Bible. He said he is affiliated with a church, he doesn’t go that often to the church. He’s pro life. On issues that are important to you, he explained how he changed his view on abortion. I assume you take him at his word.
Jeffress said that after seven years of Obama, “we no longer require a president to be one of us, we just want one who doesn’t hate us, like Barack Obama does.”
But according to Merriam-Webster.com’s online dictionary, the very meaning of “evangelical” is to preach the authority of the Bible and Christianity.
Or maybe it's still all about Planned Parenthood. Jeffress argued, “I think the Planned Parenthood debacle that you’ve been covering so well illustrates why people are going for outsiders. …Planned Parenthood has no better friend than the Democrat Party, we all know that, but it’s also true that they have been in the federal budget since 1970… both under Democrat congresses and presidents as well as Republican congresses and presidents and I think a lot of people look at this and say, ‘A pox on both your houses. …Let’s go for an outsider who can change the status quo.'”
It was the other guest, conservative Rich Lowry who pointed out that Donald Trump has flip-flopped on abortion.
Nobody pointed out that the American public does not want to defund Planned Parenthood.
Watch Jeffress’ brand of Christianity below, from the September 10 Hannity.
The masses can get the same message from a street corner preacher without shelling out money to a false prophet’s megachurch.
Paying for the lavish lifestyle of a false prophet is an insult to the poor. We would not give one dime to that so-called “minister.”
Two-Face Hannocchio is not a Christian. He’s a cafeteria Catholic who has done things that would never be forgiven in his lifetime, and he knows it. He has a dark soul that would make Darth Vadar look like a saint.
NOTE TO JEFFRESS
Would Jesus build a megachurch? We doubt that very much.
This has nothing to do with the historical (even if a fictional character, but very plausible as a real human being back then) Jesus, nor of the practical eras of social-justice Judaism.
“Trinitarianism” is the bane of critical thinking, as it requires one to believe in deities, instead of principles (like “goodness”, “peace”, etc.). It also denies the intelligence science/biology or The Great Spirit gave us to choose via free will. (Satan made me do it..)
Pull the supernatural mythology out of say, the book of Matthew, and a clear social justice message stands out. Original Jesus was not preaching religion, he was teaching goodness. The original “church” was not “believe I am God”, it was social justice against a brutally oppressive Roman government accompanied by crooked church leaders, namely Pharisee, add conservative Saducees.
Jesus did not even live the same as the Essenes, although influenced by said. (I have the Dead Sea Scroll translation, so trollies need not even go there). It says right in the (conflicted and confusing) gospel that he was crucified for taking a political stand against the Romans and Pharisees (crookedness in general – moneymakers at the temple, etc.). Funny how it was during the heyday of Hebrew uprisings and rebels.
Study it, kids. I did. Decades. Hoo ha. Jesus was about goodness, not divine anything. Take a harder look at Old Testemant history. Prophets weren’t magically foretelling the future, they were speaking social justice.
Phony Christians like Hannity, O’Reilly, Jeffress can’t give you an honest history of Christianity and the Bible. Fake religion. The real “anti-christs”. End Times self-fulfilling prophecy by destroying the world via Fox warmongering. (666 was a Hebrew cipher for Nero, dumbasses. The Antichrist thing is pure fiction, and the literalist interpretation of Revelations is pure b.s.)
They are evil.