To know Donald Trump’s faith is to understand his politics

Feb 8, 2018

By Martyn Percy

The only surprising feature of Donald Trump’s first year in office is that it has been entirely predictable. So when I mention to colleagues that I have been researching Trump’s religious faith, reactions vary from mild scoffing (“I thought he was his own religion”) to bafflement and surprise. But Trump has a faith. And if you want to know how the next few years of his presidency will pan out, understanding Trump’s religion is an important key.

Start with his inauguration ceremony. Pastor Paula White was one of the clergy nominated to pray for Trump on the day. A televangelist and exponent of the “health, wealth and prosperity” movement, she preaches the “prosperity gospel”, an unorthodox approach to Christianity that says God wants people to be rich, and that he makes them wealthy as a sign of his blessing. So the richer you are, the more obvious it is that God loves you, and the stronger your faith is.

White teaches that God rewards “faithful” people who invest in His promised providence. You invest by making deposits – faith, prayers and gifts of money – to God (the church, naturally, is the “steward” of your financial gifts). So if you want to be healthy and wealthy, all you need to do is give, and then believe, and all your heart’s desires will be realised. The more you invest, the greater the likely rewards.

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4 comments on “To know Donald Trump’s faith is to understand his politics

  • Not surprisingly, Donald Trump first discovered televangelist White by watching her TV show. The fact that she is a blond female with 3 marriages might also be a factor, and especially that White is a proponent of the crass cult of prosperity theology. She, along with other televangelists who have made millions of dollars through the prosperity gospel, was the subject of an inconclusive 2007-2011 Senate investigation, with which she refused to co-operate.

    With brotherly love in somewhat short supply, Southern Baptist theologian and ethicist Russell D. Moore has described Paula White as a ‘charlatan’ and ‘recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe.’ Michael Horton, a professor of theology at Westminster Seminary California, wrote in early January 2017 that White represented a heretical movement, and that her upcoming address at President Trump’s inauguration was helping to introduce this heresy into mainstream public life. Horton addressed White’s alleged denial of the Trinity, and the prosperity gospel’s position that Christ died on the cross not for the forgiveness of humankind but in order to rescue people from financial hardship. White has also been criticized for the common practice among her ilk of being introduced with or claiming to have a doctoral degree, when she has no college or seminary qualifications..

    Trump and White are such perfect matched examples of an ethical vacuum state.

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  • rogeroney #1
    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    White has also been criticized for the common practice among her ilk of being introduced with or claiming to have a doctoral degree, when she has no college or seminary qualifications..

    She probably has a “doctorate” in charlatan fakery, – and has the certificate to prove it! 🙂

    Let’s hope she eventually follows in the footsteps of Dr. Dino!
    Kent E. Hovind (or, use his full academic title Kent E. Hovind, inmate #06452-017)

    As of 2013, Hovind claims four doctorates, in education, theology and biblical ministry with an honorary degree in divinity.

    His first Ph.D., is from Patriot Bible University, a degree mill.[12][13][14][15][16] Patriot sells doctorates for approximately $2,000
    Patriot Bible University only offers “programs which are religious in nature” and their “degrees or diplomas have no state recognition.”

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  • @OP But Trump has a faith. And if you want to know how the next few years of his presidency will pan out, understanding Trump’s religion is an important key.

    Trump has faith in the gullibility of the US electorate and ease at which the American politicians and media, can be corrupted!

    He just keeps telling any audience of electors whatever they want to hear, and they will lap up anything consistent with their biases, including self-contradictions!

    The “GREAT” thing about “god-doing-it-in-mysterious-ways” – in response to prayer, is that everyone else is absolved of responsibility and can carry on posing as effective leaders, while being a counter-productive waste of time!!

    Most Democrats think Americans would be safer with fewer guns, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll.

    Near the convention hall, a woman in khaki shorts held up a sign: “No Trump. No NRA. No guns.”

    Most Republicans, however, believe Americans would be safer if there were more guns.
    Meanwhile, NRA executives want fewer restrictions on firearms.

    With that goal in mind, the NRA gave $30m (£23m) to Trump’s presidential election campaign.
    Now he’s their president. When it comes to the NRA’s positions, though, he’s been low-key.

    Since taking office, he’s struck down an Obama-era rule that would have made Social Security Administration officials add names of people who suffer from mental health problems and receive disability support to a database of individuals who cannot purchase a gun.

    He [Trump] also spoke about his intentions [to the N.R.A. audience] : “Let me make a simple promise,” he said. “I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

    Meanwhile to a different audience:-

    Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump

    My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting.
    No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
    8:50 PM – Feb 14, 2018

    So according to Trump – the mentally unstable have a “right” to buy and run around with guns, but everyone should nevertheless feel safe!

    ^= ^=^

    Florida Governor Rick Scott said the shooting was “pure evil”, but also refused to be drawn into a discussion about gun control.

    There’s a time to continue to have these conversations about how through law enforcement… we make sure people are safe,” he said.

    But it seems, there is NEVER a time to have the discussions up-front and take pre-emptive action to actually ensure people’s safety!
    The corrupt Republican political disconnect from reality, is blatantly obvious to those living outside of the USA!

    Wednesday’s attack is at least the 18th shooting in the US this year on or around school premises, according to research by Everytown for Gun Safety.

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  • @OP – To know Donald Trump’s faith is to understand his politics

    His fallacious “faith-thinking” is frequently evident – as is that of the propagandists associated with him, and the easily led thinking of his gullible followers!

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dismissed as “blather” the charges levelled by FBI special counsel against 13 Russians for election meddling.

    Speaking at a major security conference in Germany, Mr Lavrov said he would not comment further until he saw “facts”.

    How very Trump-like! Denials first – maybe look at the facts later!

    The charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller are seen as a major development in his continuing probe into the 2016 election.

    President Trump has said the indictment shows his campaign did “nothing wrong”.

    Which is of course nonsense, as showing Russian propaganda exists and that there is probable Russian wrong-doing” says nothing about any separate investigation into the activities of Trump’s staff and associates!

    The Russian foreign minister was being questioned by participants at the Munich Security Conference.

    Asked about the charges he kept it brief, saying that even Vice-President Mike Pence had called the investigation into question.

    . . . and Pence could not be blathering nonsensical doubt-mongering based on “faith” in Trump denials and the stooge need to keep his VP job? 🙂

    In a tweet on Friday evening, Mr Trump repeated that there had been “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia.

    However, he did appear to concede that Russia had sought to influence the election. The president has previously disputed US intelligence agency assessments suggesting this.

    If assertions were “proof”, the matter would be settled in other places apart from in Trump’s delusional mind!

    Given Trump’s string of farcical appointments, unfilled staff vacancies, lack of proper security checks, and pronouncements on specialist subjects about which he clearly knows NOTHING, is it even credible to assume he would even KNOW what his staff were doing, or if rules/laws were being broken?

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