Most Americans have never heard of Steven Strang. I’ve written about him here and in Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. Strang is the editor of Charisma Magazine, a magazine and website that represents Pentecostal and charismatic Christians in the United States. Many of the court evangelical “prophets” who think Trump is the new King Cyrus are regularly featured in Charisma. In 2005, Time named Strang one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.” According to Wikipedia, Charisma had a circulation of 250,000 in 1997. I don’t know if the circulation has grown or declined since then.
Here is a post we published in January 2018:
I have read Strang’s God and Donald Trump. I think it provides the best (primary source) introduction to the Independent Network Charismatic (INC) wing of the court evangelical coalition. Strang and many of the folks who read Charisma believe that God anointed Trump for such a time as this. These spiritual leaders claim that God spoke to them and told them that Trump is a new King Cyrus, an unbelieving pagan monarch chosen by God to lead His people out of bondage and into the new promised land of a Christian nation. When Christians get control of the culture, Jesus will return.
God and Donald Trump is endorsed by court evangelicals within and without the INC movement, including Michelle Bachman, Kenneth Copeland, Robert Jeffress, and Mike Huckabee. In telling the story of the campaign from the INC perspective, Strang claims Trump is a Christian because he opposes abortion, reads the Bible, prays every day, stands up to liberals, defends religious freedom, and believes in the “American Dream.” Strang relishes in the anger displayed by anti-Trumpers in the wake of the election. His book reads like a Trump victory lap. Strang accepts Trump’s claims of election fraud, attacks Trump’s critics for their “divisiveness,” labels Trump’s opponents “demonic,” defends Fox News, and proclaims Trump a “spiritual remedy for America.”
Strang recently weighed-in on the Trump impeachment trial:
Here are his thoughts on Mitt Romney:
The only surprise and huge disappointment to me was Mitt Romney, who rejected what all of his Republican counterparts thought was right and sided with the Democrats. I regret that I ever endorsed him for president in 2012. We knew then he was not a strong leader and that he had flip-flopped his entire political career, and he has done it again. He will live to regret his decision.
And here is Strang on Trump’s opponents and the supports of impeachment and removal:
In my book, I wrote that dishonesty on the other side was one reason why he actually might win. Let me reemphasize what I’ve said in the past. The impeachment was not about what Donald Trump may have said in a phone call with the Ukrainian president in July. It’s about the fact that this president has been standing for religious liberty and righteousness. He has stood with Israel. He is strong. He can’t be intimidated. The attacks were, in my opinion, from the pit of hell. As a Christian, I believe Satan is behind this. He is trying to steal, kill and destroy. I believe Donald Trump has been raised up by God to stop our nation’s headlong plunge into total depravity. Trump’s presidency has been God’s mercy on America, since we deserve judgment.
I’m amazed at how many sincere Christian friends have been surprised by all these demonic attacks against the president. Why should they be surprised? Satan hates it when America stands with Israel. He hates it when righteousness and religious freedom are championed. No wonder he and his minions have focused their hatred toward Donald Trump.