Last week on the Eric Metaxas Show, Franklin Graham said that the efforts to impeach Donald Trump were “almost a demonic power.” Metaxas, the conservative pundit and court evangelical, responded with these words: ” I would disagree, it’s not almost demonic. You know and I know that at the heart it’s a spiritual battle.” When conservative writer Peter Wehner challenged Metaxas in a piece at The Atlantic, Metaxas said that Wehner’s piece was “PREPOSTEROUS.” Get up to speed here.
If you have the time, listen to Metaxas yesterday on his radio show. In an interview with conservative writer John Zmirak, Metaxas complained that Wehner and others misunderstood him. He says: “[Franklin Graham] did not say that everyone who opposes this president is demonic, he didn’t say anyone who opposed this president is demon-possessed–he said the opposition to this president is almost demonic. In other words, there is a spirit that is so angry, it’s like people have given themselves permission to hate….”
I am not sure how Metaxas is saying anything different here. How can opposition to the president take place without people? If the opposition is demonic, then the people promoting the opposition must also be under demonic influences. I am not sure what kind of semantic word-game Metaxas is trying to play here. Perhaps I am one of the people Metaxas describes in this interview as “theologically ignorant.” Maybe those two theological degrees from an evangelical seminary, including a course on spiritual warfare called “Power Encounters,” were all for naught.
In fact, by the end of the interview Metaxas doubles down on his previous comments and affirms again that those who strongly oppose this president and want him impeached are under the influence of “demonic forces.”
Here are some other highlights from the episode:
- Metaxas suggests that liberal philanthropist George Soros may have been behind the negative tweets he received from his affirmation of Graham’s “demonic forces” comment.
- Metaxas complains that no one defended him on twitter after the conversation with Graham. Hmm…. I wonder why?
- Metaxas says Wehner’s article and all the other negative articles about him on this issue are “fake news.”
- In a particular’y rich exchange, Metaxas and Zmirak, diehard Trump supporters, claim that they are the defenders of “honesty” and “truth.”
- Metaxas is upset that Wehner called his Dietrich Bonhoeffer book “slipshod” in its accuracy and scholarship. Wehner is right. The book has been strongly criticized by nearly every major Bonhoeffer scholar.
- Metaxas cries about political partisanship, implying that he is somehow above the fray. This is coming from the man who referred to Hillary Clinton as “Hitlery Clinton” and said in Wall Street Journal article that if evangelicals didn’t vote for Trump “God will not hold us guiltless.”
- Finally, Metaxas says when you allow lies to spread “you are part of the problem.” Again, this is rich. At last check, The Washington Post has counted over 13,000 lies and false claims made by Metaxas’s man in the White House. Who is part of the problem here, Eric?