Evangelicals: God Sent Trump to Be King

By Paul C | 1 January 2019
Daily Kos

A chilling op-ed in today’s NY Times by author Katherine Stewart, who has extensively studied and written about the Christian right, says that the far right have been pushing a meme for several years now that Donald Trump, conman and egomaniac, has been sent by God to be “a vessel for the purposes of the faithful” in the role of King of the United States of America.

Unbeknownst to people with even a tenuous grip on reality, prior to the midterms a thousand theaters showed “The Trump Prophecy,” a film about a firefighter who, in a blinding orgiastic epiphany, picks up a Bible and turns to Isaiah 45, “which describes the anointment of King Cyrus by God.” Get it, Isaiah “45” — Trump “45”? What more proof do you need, right?

Stewart goes on, saying that evangelical author and speaker Lance Wallnau has said:

I believe the 45th president is meant to be an Isaiah 45 Cyrus [who will] restore … us from cultural collapse.

And in this telling it is not at all paradoxical that Trump is a non-believer intent on wrecking our democracy and government. Apparently the story of Cyrus is of a nonbeliever who becomes the first emperor of Babylon (“Babble-on” — it’s all starting to come together now, isn’t it?) and frees the Jews.

Stewart provides numerous quotations from across the spectrum of the religious right leadership pushing this meme that God sent Trump to be King, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Ralph Drollinger who leads weekly bible study groups at the White House attended by Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet.

In her article Stewart confirms our worst suspicions about what Trump’s core followers see in him:

This isn’t the religious right we thought we knew. The Christian nationalist movement today is authoritarian, paranoid and patriarchal at its core. They aren’t fighting a culture war. They’re making a direct attack on democracy itself.

And, according to Stewart, Trump has been egging them on, goading their preachers for becoming too “soft” — as he openly muses about becoming “President for life”.

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216 COMMENTS

  1. I am no fan of Trump, didn’t vote for him (or Shrillary) and support maybe 4% of anything he’s done. I see him as a National disgrace and disaster. Politically, I am as centrist as anyone you’ll ever find and believe that our one-party-with-two-faces needs to be changed and is a big part of the reason he got elected.
    So now that you know my political background let me also sayi am a follower of Jesus and a Bible believer. Some might classify me as Evangelical. I constantly grieve over how much of the Bible my brothers and sisters ignore with regards to our mandates to care for the earth, kindness to strangers, caring for the down and outer, etc. The only possible reason for this is putting politics before Kingdom values. And inner city churches are just as guilty of eating out of the Dem’s hands.
    All of that said, I find your article a bit extremist too. Your very-skewed left viewpoint denies you the bigger picture as well. You mention attacks on Democracy yet ignore the attacks of the left on Democracy. Why is it okay for the left to be the thought and word police? Why are you all about diversity so long as everyone talks and thinks and believes like you do? How democratic is that? Like Google recently did, many more left wing camps need to ask themselves if they are including right wingers in their organizations, conversations, discussions, etc. How are you so diverse by being a left wing echo chamber? From my viewpoint, the thought and word police are now experiencing a backlash from the right and aren’t liking it. Put your own house in order first.

    • I’m tired of hearing conservatives complain that they’re left out of the cobversation. They have tons of media presence, the White House pretty much has it’s own t.v. station, everywhere you turn there’s “fake news” they or the Russians put out like the tape of Nancy Pelosi they doctored to look like she was drunk or had dementia. The ridiculous hand-wringing about the “thought” police – which is simply an effort to keep pejorative terms for people out of the language – cannot even match the right-wing debasement of democracy, asserting the right of control over a woman’s body, or control over who you marry. And don’t get me started about Trump. He is the greatest threat to our democracy by attempting to dismantle the power of the legislature, by attempting to control the Department of Justice and so on. The Christian right has attempted to control people in every legalistic way. Not to mention Mitch McConnell lying about the Supreme Court to appoint justices and deny Obama’s. Plus their voter suppression and gerrymandering. Don’t make me laugh whining about the left

  2. I am a Muslim and I know these Avangelicals are out of their minds! Many Christians are against Trump! He is a racist Bigot! Calling Mexicans illegal Aliens, terrorists, and other racist stuff! He is not a Christian at all! Really he is sent from God! God doesn’t like people who are racists bigots, prejudice!

  3. Of course GOD would approve of a man that separates children from their parents; grabs women by their genitalia, mocks the disabled, lies multiple times a day and trashes our democracy at every opportunity. The Bible states that SATAN is the God of this world.

    • FYI!! Obama made those cages! Trump has provided these ILLEGALS WHO ARE BREAKING THE LAW, food fresh water and air conditioners plus healthcare that We tax payers are. Paying for!! Liberals keep drinking the poison of hate!!

  4. Remember one thing that God set up and he tear down purpose for people to start worshipping him Jesus Christ and our Lord and Savior. Don't worshipper the man on earth worshipper the Superior being in heaven Amen!!

  5. When Trump got elected, he was totally ill-equipped mentally and politically for the job. He still is, as you can see by the turmoil and total shambles of what's going on in his administration. What some guy called 'balls' I call ignorant, rude bully-ism that has no place in our society. In my job I deal with people over seas and they all tell me he's nothing but a joke over there. The world is laughing at us and we should be ashamed of our selves. The fact that his cabinet just sits there in total fear of him and does nothing about him is the worst part of this whole thing. Now lets get back to 'balls'. I wish that someone in his cabinet had the 'balls' to stand up to him but apparently they're all shaking in their shoes. And as far as his wall is concerned; build a 20 foot wall and I'll get a 21 foot ladder and climb over it.

  6. Recent history relates another ego-maniac: Hitler, the Nazis Germany 1934 – 1945. He actually thought himself to be God.
    We have not excuse, if we do not learn from history, we are bound to repeat it. Evangelicals in USA are being lead astray. Shake your heads, see if you can recognize what is happening in your country,.

    • Stop limping evangelicals in one statement!! Most of us who are true Christians don’t believe that stuff!!maybe you should find Christ for yourself instead of blaming us! Hitler did that and killed 6 million plus!! You learn from history where your belief will go!!

  7. He is noway near King Cyrus. Cyrus is to free or protect the Hebrews and not the Jews who are fake Judians, fake Hebrews. So if Trump is compared to Cyrus then he should protect the African-Americans instead.

    Isaiah 45:1
    “The LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him, and strip kings of their armor; to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut”
    Isaiah 45:2
    ““I will go before you and make the rough places smooth. I will break the doors of bronze in pieces and cut apart the bars of iron.”
    Isaiah 45:3
    “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, Yahuwah , who call you by your name, even the LORD of Israel.”
    Isaiah 45:4
    “For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel my chosen, I have called you by your name. I have given you a title, though you have not known me.”
    Isaiah 45:5
    “I am the LORD, and there is no one else. Besides me, there is no other. I will strengthen you, though you have not known me,”

  8. Evangelicals see Trump as a man sent by god, and this is completely reasonable. After all Trump and god are alike in so many ways: Both either create damage or at least indifferent to the suffering caused by it. Both Trump and god favor selected racial and ethnic over others. The strongest and most emotional following for both is centered in less educated and less empathetic portions of the population. Both command strict discipline from male dominated organizations that cannot conjure enough independence and rationality to confront important issues – the Catholic Church and the US Congress. Both respond to doubt and criticism with great anger – the wrath of god, the wrath of Trump. So indeed, Trump can reasonably be considered a “man of god.”

    • What nonsense! The God I know gave us a fertile earth and all the elements that has sustained life infinitely. The God you describe is your invention. You have interpreted the concepts of writers who actually tried to describe the nature of humankind in the allegories of the Old Testament; not the nature of God that was introduced to humankind in the doctrine of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The Genesis account describes the vulnerability of humankind in the face of liars who easily agitate the desires of humankind. “…Study to show yourself approved unto God of your ability to discern the word of truth unto the dividing asunder of bone and marrow…” And also be reminded to tell the liar when the liar quotes what is written that, “…it is also written…”

    • Boy are you hateful! I’m sure your god has placed those beliefs in your heart!! Trump is NOTHING like God!!
      What you don’t realize is there is evil and good and you are following the path of evil and lies! God actually loved ( loves) you SO much ,his son gave his life for you!! And you mock His love! I hope someday you wake up and realize you gave traveled the wrong path and change your life!

  9. Teaching the theory of the big bang or cavemen is also something that must be taken on faith as there is no direct proof of those ideas. I hold such things called science as simply a religion called Science of Theoretical Ideas.

    • No, there is evidence of the Big Bang. When astrophysisists view the universe through telescopes such as Hubble and the newer space based infrared telescopes they are literally looking back into time. They can actually see what occurred milliseconds after the Big Bang. The Big Bang was originally discovered by Bell Labs. who were seeking to discover where the background noise (static) was coming from in their microwave transmissions. They snow you see on your television on a “blank” channel is also background radiation left over from the Big Bang). Anyway, there is a lot of evidence backing the Big Bang theory. As far as creation by a God six thousand years ago the only evidence is the Bible which mean zero evidence. The Bible has undergone multiple translations from several different languages and has been rewritten numerous times by different people who had different agendas. It is full of contradictions and has zero value for anything other than a questionable history book reflective of life during the Bronze Age.

  10. This is a ridiculous article. I am a Christian. I don't consider President Trump a king. He will either be re-elected in 2020, or he won't. Katherine Stewart should never have written this article. All it does is divide people, and I don't believe a word that she wrote. Geesh.

    • On the contrary, I have heard this meme from evangelicals over and over again. He has a whole cult of sycophants to do his slightest bidding and enable his dark, twisted and psychotic impulses…like separating children from their families. He is a malignant narcissist which is a narcissist who is a sadist who delights in mocking, humiliating, hurting people and who is fortunate enough, from their angle, to have no moral compass or conscience not to mention empathy. Unlike some sociopaths, he cannot even fake empathy. So he throws paper towels and natters about Californians not raking their forests. Which brings out a whole lot of pictures of funny Finn’s sarcastically raking their forests. Funny haha but all these qualities, as well as the vindictiveness, the ignorance of government and nuclear weapons, impulsiveness, lack of literacy skills and lack of attention span make him a dangerous man. There’s not a Christian bone in that man’s body. He has already divided the nation. You evangelists made a deal with the devil. And the bill will come due

      • Totally agree!!! I’ve been so dumbfounded as to how Christian’s can spin this to fit into Christian beliefs when the Bible is very clear that Trump is EVERYTHING the Bible has said you are not supposed to be like!! I’m dumbfounded by this!
        I’ve had 2 different Christian’s tell me they didn’t expect him to be their ministry…soooooo he’s not good enough to be their preacher but he’s “good enough” to be President…the highest office in the US? I feel like I’m living in The Twilight Zone! Just crazy to me!!

  11. Katherine is right. There is a fringe movement of those who call themselves Christians and who believe in and rely on modern-day “prophets” and self-appointed “apostles.” These “prophets” like Mark “The Fireman” Taylor claim that G-d told them that Trump is the anointed of G-d and will be used to prosper the US, that Trump will be a man of his word, etc.

    https://youtu.be/4lOC9NN9uf4

    The problem is that these prophets are often wrong, for instance Mark Taylor said that Trump would win the 2012 election, not the 2016 one when Obama was instead re-elected. There are many errors and many things yet to be seen. I believe Mark Taylor and many others from his movement to be false prophets.

    I mentioned “The movement.” This is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), and they believe they Christians are to set up the Kingdom of G-d here on earth before Christ returns to reign and rule. They speak of conquering the “Seven Mountains/ Spheres of Influence” in America: 1) Arts & Entertainment, 2) Family 3) Education, 4) Government, 5) Business, 6) Religion, 7) Media through prayer and putting Christians into key positions in each sphere.

    The NAR uses the Bible and biblical language to mean something very different from the original intent of Scripture and traditional faith. They have infused New Age philosophies into their teaching and have indeed infiltrated all seven spheres. In fact 80% of the books in Christian bookstores are now written by NAR teachers, and the Church has unknowingly received their teaching, thinking it to be biblical, even though the prophecies contain errors and are priven false over and over again. So… This is partially how we got to where we are now… very scary! Study it for yourself. You’ll see what I’m talking about.

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