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Trump and a Bible in His Hand in Front of a Left-Wing Protestant Church Rejecting Him
By Julio Severo
In midst of violent left-wing protests and riots in Washington DC, St. John Episcopal Church suffered a fire in May 31, 2020 and next day President Donald Trump, with a Bible in his hand, took a picture in its front, in an act of solidarity.
St. John Episcopal Church, dating to 1815, is one of the oldest Protestant churches in the capital of the United States. It is very near the White House. So Trump needed only to have a short walk from the White House to go the old church.
Its nickname is “The Church of the Presidents,” because since James Madison in 1816 all U.S. presidents, except for Richard Nixon, attended services at St. John’s at least once. Trump’s Inauguration Day prayer service was held at St. John Episcopal Church in 2017, and Trump and members of his family have attended this church a number of times.
The congregation is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, a liberal mainline denomination that embraces LGBTQ agenda, solemnizes same-sex “marriages,” advocates socialism without apology and promotes environmentalist ideas. In other words, it’s the kind of left-wing church conservative Christians would advise anyone to leave and never go to.
It is strange that Trump chose to have his inauguration prayer at this left-wing church.
It is strange that he chose to raise a Bible in front of this church.
Yet, it is not strange the reaction of the pastor of this church. Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde said,
“The President just used a Bible and one of the churches of my diocese as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for… I am outraged. The President did not pray when he came to St. John’s.”
That is, the bishop of St. John Episcopal Church chose to side with left-wing protesters.
Yet, she is right about prayer. With a Bible in his hand, Trump did not mention any Bible verse and he made no prayer. In fact, if Trump were a praying Christian, he would never attend a left-wing church. If he were a praying Christian, he would never allow his inauguration prayer to happen at a left-wing church.
Yet, what about Budde? Is she a praying woman? If she were a praying woman, she would pray for Trump, who even though having been born in the Presbyterian Church, does not know the difference between a conservative church and a left-wing church.
If Budde were a praying woman, she would never get involved in political activism supporting gay causes and left-wing protestors.
If she were a praying Christian, she would minister to homosexuals and left-wing terrorists the way Jesus did: by healing diseases (including ideological diseases) and expelling demons (including demonic ideologies). Above all, she would preach to them the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
If she were a praying Christian, she would see as an honor to have President Trump in front of her church, notwithstanding his attempt to use his presence there for political advantage. But what president has ever done anything in churches without political advantage? She should just pray for him.
St. John Episcopal Church was not born left-wing over 200 years ago. It was hijacked by left-wing activists disguised as Christians. St. John Episcopal Church was born honoring the Bible and now it is rejecting the Bible.
Some could argue that if mainline Protestant churches are rejecting Trump, he should attend the Catholic Church. For June 2, 2020 Trump scheduled a visit to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, the first African American archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, condemned the visit, saying it “violates our religious principles.”
The Rev. James Martin, a prominent Jesuit priest and author, said in a statement:
“Using the Bible as a prop while talking about sending in the military, bragging about how your country is the greatest in the world, and publicly mocking people on a daily basis, is pretty much the opposite of all Jesus stood for.”
“Let me be clear. This is revolting. The Bible is not a prop. A church is not a photo op. Religion is not a political tool. And God is not a plaything.”
The archbishop and the Jesuit are just a small sample of the massive socialist plague among Catholics. Pope Francis, the supreme head of the Catholic Church, is a Liberation Theology advocate.
While liberal Protestants and Catholics complain about Trump mixing Bible and government, they have not complained about the Vatican, which is the headquarters of the Catholic Church and at the same time a nation.
If Trump did not pray and mention the Bible when he was in front of St. John Episcopal Church, what did he do? He just said,
“We have a great country. That’s my thoughts. Best country in the world. Great and we’ll make it even greater and it won’t take long. It’s not gonna take long. See what’s going on. It’s coming back. It’s coming back strong. It’ll be greater than ever before.”
The old America, founded by George Washington and other Americans, was a nation that made the Bible great. Old presidents read the Bible, including in its original Hebrew and Greek languages. These old Bible-reading presidents, in their Bible-reading society — which was 98 percent Protestant —, made America great.
Protestant churches in old America were conservative.
Yet, how does Trump expect America to be bigger when Protestant churches in America are leaving conservatism and the Bible to embrace the strange gospel of socialism?
How does Trump expect America to be bigger when he does not know the Bible even in English, not to mention in Hebrew and Greek?
How does Trump expect America to be bigger when he has inaugurated a multifaith National Day of Prayer with non-Christian and anti-Christian religions?
How does Trump expect America to be bigger when he has equated Christian churches with Muslim mosques?
How does Trump expect America to be bigger when his administration has launched an effort to make sodomy great around the world?
How does Trump expect America to be bigger when his administration does not want to hear any message from the Bible condemning homosexuality?
Today, even the church that George Washington founded in the late 1700s has embraced Liberation Theology, feminism and homosexuality. They left the Bible and conservatism.
Churches are closing and mosques are opening.
With churches in America in a state of apostasy, it is no wonder that pastors and bishops do not read and follow the Bible. So it is equally no surprise that the president himself does not read the Bible.
If I were Trump, I would never attend St. John Episcopal Church. I would never allow my inauguration prayer to happen there, because I am a conservative evangelical who read the whole Bible at least twice a year.
If I were the bishop of St. John Episcopal Church, I would never support homosexual activists and left-wing terrorists disguised as “protestors.” But I would fully love them to preach the Gospel to them, to heal them and expel their demons, in the name of Jesus.
And if Trump attended my church, I would honor his visits and work to make him a disciple of Jesus Christ, teaching him to obey everything Jesus commanded (see Matthew 28:19-20).
And even if I were just an adviser to him, I would help him achieve this spiritual goal.
So he would very prepared to keep the Bible in his hand and point what the Bible says to current America, left-wing terrorists and apostate churches.
Since St. John Episcopal Church has renounced its biblical authority to expel demons from left-wing terrorists, a real Christian could expel the left-wing demons of the leaders of that church.