United Protestant Nations

These are the three words I heard when I awoke from my nap yesterday. The U.S. Britain, and the Czech Republic, have promoted the Protestant religion. Why not the New Moravian Church?

I see a new Union that takes in New England. How about Oregon, Washington, and California? The Evangelical Doomsday Union, is driving us over the edge. How many ministers see Trump’s Bohemian Children ruling America for a thousand years?

I predicted a Trump-like nut would employ End Time Loons to get elected – with the help of the Democrats – who can’t believe our nation is divided in twain by Jesus-freaks. The Dems are helping the Bohemian Clan back in the White House by preaching Socialism and Welfare for the Catholic demons that are pouring over our border – along with radical Islam. That several of the Hart sisters converted to Catholicism, tells me they were preparing for a wedding, between a Puritan family and a Catholic family. God forbid!

Religious Primitivism is more primitive then ever. I predict Donald will win unless the Dems change their evil ways – just to win! Trump did this!

John Presco

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/01/27/millions-of-americans-believe-god-made-trump-president-216537

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/wonder-woman-star-gal-gadot-slams-netanyahu-for-claiming-israel-is-home-only-to-the-jewish-people

This week is a turning point for Britain and Brexit. No, really! We’ve heard this before, but now it looks to be real.

That’s because the British Parliament is scheduled for some crucial votes that will determine

  • whether the United Kingdom leaves the European Union with Prime Minister Theresa May’s much-maligned withdrawal agreement,
  • whether it rejects leaving the EU without a deal,
  • or whether it votes to postpone Brexit.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, with or without a deal — unless Parliament votes to postpone.

Here’s what you need to know about the week ahead.

What’s the first big vote this week?

On Tuesday, Parliament will vote on the prime minister’s withdrawal agreement. For now, it seems likely to go down to defeat, as it did in January.

That’s because May has been unable to convince Brussels to change the agreement, which her team negotiated last year, and put in legally binding reassurances that the U.K. will not become trapped in a long-term customs arrangement with the European Union. Remaining inside a customs arrangement would prevent the U.K. from striking new trade deals with other nations.

“Other religious conservatives, Strang argues, supported Trump in 2016 for reasons familiar to any Fox News viewer: a fear of globalism, the deep state, George Soros the former Nazi collaborator, wide-scale election fraud. They liked Trump because he said he liked them, told them they were persecuted, and vowed to stand up for them. He said he would bring back “Merry Christmas.” He told them they were important.

But there were other, more spiritual reasons as well. Strang outlines a string of charismatics who had visions—or who now retroactively claim to have had visions—that Trump would one day win the White House. A Catholic holy man named Thomas Zimmer who spent much of his life in Italy even claimed to have received a prophesy in the 1980s that Trump would “lead America back to religion.” And the book is filled with testimony after testimony from Christian leaders who were amazed to find themselves supporting Trump in 2016, who each claim that he was their very last choice up until he won the Republican nomination.

In fact, while some conservative Christians speak about Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton as the work of God, it seems the real divine intercession was in clearing the GOP field for Trump. The unspoken assumption for each of the religious figures Strang references—from Franklin Graham to Robert Jeffress to Kenneth Copeland—is that God would only want a Republican president and so if Trump captured the GOP nomination, then ipso facto he must be God’s choice. And the more unlikely the selection, the better proof it is of divine intent.

“Millions of Americans,” declared Jeffress at a July 2017 event his First Baptist Church of Dallas sponsored in Washington, D.C., “believe the election of President Trump represented God giving us another chance—perhaps our last chance to truly make America great again.”

Once it became clear to the community of conservative charismatics that Trump was God’s candidate, they mobilized to support his campaign. It’s in this area that Strang’s book is most useful, revealing the devotion and certainty of a faith group that went largely unnoticed throughout the presidential race. Cindy Jacobs, cofounder of the Reformation Prayer Network, organized 10,000 charismatics to “prayer walk” seven key states for Trump, asking God to move the hearts of voters in those states and to bless their work.

Another network called As One led 40-day prayer walks—40 days being a significant time period in the Bible—and cast their efforts as part of a spiritual battle against the forces of evil seen on the secular left and the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Lou Engle, a prominent revivalist based in California, prevailed upon his supporters to engage in what he called an “Esther Fast,” which involved three days with no food or water, in order to beg God for mercy and victory.

At a certain point in “God and Donald Trump,” the recent theological gymnastics on display from Tony Perkins and Jerry Falwell, Jr., among others, to explain ongoing conservative Christian support for a president who (allegedly) paid off a porn star weeks before Election Day so she would keep quiet about their (alleged) affair become clear. There will be no point at which Trump’s most loyal evangelical and charismatic supporters declare they have had enough. Because to do so would be to admit that they were wrong, that God wasn’t behind Trump’s election, and that their Holy Spirit radar might be on the fritz. That it was, after all, about something as temporal and banal as hating his Democratic rival.

Strang was in New York for the Trump campaign’s victory party on November 8, 2016, and as he describes the euphoria of the evening, he shows just enough of his hand to validate this conclusion. “It was as if God had answered our prayers and the impossible had happened,” he writes. “We had a new president, one we believed God had raised up for a time such as this.”

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