— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) August 18, 2017
This comes from Mark Burns, one of the more outspoken court evangelicals and the pastor of Harvest Praise & Worship Center in South Carolina. You may recall his prayer at the GOP Convention last summer.
A few thoughts about this rambling video attached to the tweet:
- Trump names some court evangelicals: Michelle Bachman, Ronnie Floyd, James Dobson, Tim Clinton, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Jerry Falwell Jr. Janetzen Franklin, Jack Graham, Harry Jackson, Johnnie Moore, David Jeremiah, Robert Jeffress, Robert Morris, Tom Mullins, Ralph Reed, James Robison, Tony Suarez, Jay Strack, Paula White, Tom Winters, and Sealy Yates
- He mentions that A.R. Bernard has resigned from the “faith initiative” and praises his Christian leadership. He never addresses why Bernard resigned.
- He addresses those who think he (Burns) should resign from the advisory council and says “If God has called me to be a spiritual ear…to the POTUS, if God has anointed me and called me…to walk in that assignment regardless of whether or not we agree with everything our President does…then how in the world can we resign if God has appointed us to do this.” Not sure how to argue with this.
- He adds: “For me this is not political. I would never abandoned a church member of mine…. no matter how many times they don’t understand something….The only time I would abandon them is if they have renounced that Christ is the Messiah and they denounce that there is not God and they become a wolf in sheep’s clothing and they become what we need to separate ourselves from [and] they refuse to believe and receive that Jesus Christ is Lord. At that point there is no need for me to continue if in their mind they believe what I am saying is no longer going to help them.” I will let you decide if Trump fits the bill here. Think about the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” line.
- He is “proud” that he has a “Daniel’s anointing.” Such an anointing, he says, is given to those “called into government” to be an “ear to the King.”
- He talks about the Gospel. But he fails to see that his association with Trump tarnishes the Gospel message and undermines his own witness to that Gospel.
- He says that attacks on Trump are coming from the “pits of hell.”
- He never denounces racism, white supremacy, or Trump’s message of moral equivalency.
- Once again he mentions the phrase “unprecedented access.”
- Reaffirms that Trump “loves God” and “loves Jesus Christ.”
Burns says he is making this video because he does not want to be misunderstood. No misunderstanding here. This is perfectly clear.