When it became clear that Joe Biden had won the presidential race, many white evangelicals and Pentecostals were highly upset. While there obviously are exceptions, a surprisingly large number of white church-goers are convinced that voting Democrat is equivalent to child sacrifice and that this was an election between God and Satan.
Several Pentecostal and charismatic leaders even prophesied that Trump would win. Some, like Bethel Church leader Kris Vallotton, have apologized. Most have not – and they’re now struggling to justify what has happened.
Below is a list of the five most embarrassing reactions among evangelical leaders to the election results. As Trump himself has claimed that millions of votes were illegal, just like he did in 2016 and 2018 without any evidence whatsoever, many of his Christian supporters are trying to convince themselves and others that somehow he will win against all odds. Still, there are clear signs of panic and fear in these responses – a tragic consequence of them equating the Kingdom of God to the populism of Trump.
Kat Kerr: Trump winning by a landslide doesn’t mean what you think it means
Kat Kerr, who calls herself a revelator and prophetess, was one of those who prophesied that Trump would be reelected. In fact, she said that he would do so by a “landslide”. She now explains that a spiritual landslide is different from a human landslide, but she’s convinced that Trump will still win. Don’t hold your breath, Kat.
Terri Pearsons: Let’s have another election!
While some of us can’t thank God enough that this polarizing and destructive election season is over, pastor Terri Pearsons recently prayed that God would do whatever it takes to make sure Trump is reelected, including arranging yet another election.
Jeremiah Johnson: a lying spirit has filled out mouths… or Trump won
Prophet Jeremiah Johnson has become sort of a spokesperson for all the prophetic voices who predicted that Trump would win, and he makes sure to let us know that this is absolutely the result of a demon if Biden is inaugurated in January. He wrote in an email:
“Either a lying spirit has filled the mouths of numerous trusted prophetic voices in America or Donald J. Trump really has won the Presidency and we are witnessing a diabolical and evil plan unfold to steal the Election. I believe with all my heart that the latter is true.
“You read that correctly.
“Donald J. Trump won the 2020 election last night and the chorus of prophets who saw into the future and prophesied it were ACCURATE.”
Now, I’m not comfortable with raising the stakes to that degree. Like Bible scholar Craig Keener, I think one can do prophetic mistakes without being influenced by demons. Still, such mistakes should be taken very seriously.
Kenneth Copeland: HA HA HA HA HA
Televangelist and prosperity preacher Kenneth Copeland, who earlier this year tried to blow Covid-19 away and told those infected to ignore their symptoms, did not take the election results too seriously:
The robotic laughter, which at one point transforms into something quite hysteric, was apparently an expression of the Biblical phrase “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) according to Copeland himself. He felt urged to release a follow-up video explaining that while it might sound like he hates Joe Biden, he actually loves him:
To my ears, there’s neither much joy nor love in Copeland’s laughter.
Paula White-Cain: Angels from Africa Bringing Victory, Victory, Victory
You’ve probably seen this already, but what can beat the fervent prayer of the outgoing president’s spiritual advisor and personal prosperity preacher Paula White-Cain? Her declaration of “victory” with the help of African angels has gone viral, with hundreds of music remixes available on YouTube.
As early as in May of this year, White-Cain declared “victory” over Trump and inserted his name in a Bible passage. She quoted Psalm 89:21 as “My hand will sustain President Trump; surely my arm will strengthen him.” (The Psalm is actually about King David).
It’s easy to laugh at all of this, but when you think about it it’s quite scary how deeply invested these people are into Donald Trump. He has a place in their hearts that nobody but Jesus should have. At PCPJ, we want to keep a critical distance to all politicians, including the new president Joe Biden. The Kingdom of God is not dependent upon a political party.
After all, Jesus clearly said: “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight… But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John 18:36).
Micael Grenholm is a Swedish pastor, author, and editor for PCPJ.
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