Christian leaders trash President Trump and his supporters

File this under “No good deed goes unpunished”.
On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order promoting free speech and religious liberty by enabling religious groups to speak freely on politics without losing their tax exempt status. In the words of the executive order:

“All executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech. In particular, the Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization on the basis that such individual or organization speaks or has spoken about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate for public office by the Department of the Treasury. As used in this section, the term “adverse action” means the imposition of any tax or tax penalty; the delay or denial of tax-exempt status; the disallowance of tax deductions for contributions made to entities exempted from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of title 26, United States Code; or any other action that makes unavailable or denies any tax deduction, exemption, credit, or benefit.

This is how Pope Francis’ close advisers and a Protestant minister reward President Trump for his religious liberty executive order.

(1) Pope Francis’ Advisers

In a recent article in the Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica, the contents of which are vetted by the Vatican in advance of publication, two close advisers to Jesuit Pope Francis lashed out at American conservatives and the political alliance between conservative Catholics and Evangelical Protestants which elected Donald Trump to the White House.
As reported by Catholic World News on July 13, 2017, the article is co-authored by:

  1. Father Antonio Spadaro, the editor of Civilta Cattolica, who is a regular adviser to Pope Francis.
  2. Marcelo Figueroa, a Presbyterian pastor who was recruited by Pope Francis to launch an Argentinean edition of L’Osservatore Roman, the Vatican’s daily newspaper.


Spadaro and Figueroa maintain that American conservative leaders, including Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, have been heavily influenced by fundamentalist Protestant thought — an influence that shows itself in a noxious Manichean worldview that “divides reality between Good and absolute Evil” and encourages confrontation.
The two close advisers to Pope Francis write that many American Catholics have been drawn into that Manicheanism, and that their alliance with Evangelical Protestants as “values voters” is worrisome because these Catholics are a departure from Pope Francis’s “ecumenism”:

“Clearly there is an enormous difference between these concepts and the ecumenism employed by Pope Francis with various Christian bodies and other religious confessions. Francis wants to break the organic link between culture, politics, institution and Church.”

(2) Protestant Pastor William Barber

On July 10, 2017 in the White House, a group of evangelical leaders laid hands on and prayed over President Trump, asking God to give him guidance, wisdom and protection.

That sent Rev. William Barber II, the pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, NC, and president of North Carolina NAACP. into a spitting rage.

Rev. William Barber II


Abbie Bennett reports for The News & Observer that on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” on Saturday morning, July 15, Barber called the evangelicals’ prayer for the President “theological malpractice”:

“It is a form of theological malpractice that borders on heresy when you can p-r-a-y for a president and others when they are p-r-e-y, preying on the most vulnerable, you’re violating the most sacred principles of religion.”

Next day, in a news release, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) Robin Hayes said:

“In the strongest possible terms, the NCGOP condemns the hateful actions of Dr. Rev. Barber, who cast tens of millions of people, of all faiths, who pray for the president, as sinners in a nationally broadcasted interview. As a pastor in North Carolina, Rev. Dr. Barber has crossed the line this time. Using his role as a supposed faith-based leader to falsely drive citizens away from praying for the good of our nation and our nation’s president, is absolutely grotesque. The idea that it is a sin to pray for any individual, much less the commander-in-chief of our country, goes against any religious teaching that I have ever heard of. Rev. Dr. Barber is spreading a repulsive lie, and he should apologize immediately.”

During the 2016 presidential election, neither the Vatican nor Rev. William Barber had a problem with Hillary Clinton, who is so pro-abort that she favors the legalization of late-term or partial-birth abortion (i.e., up to the 9th month). In contrast, President Trump has been true to his campaign promise, having defunded International Planned Parenthood, as well as signed a law restoring states’ right to defund Planned Parenthood in the U.S.
“Reverend” Barber and Pope Francis’ close advisers “Father” Spadaro and “Pastor” Figueroa, are no more Christian than the devil himself.
~Eowyn

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Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I have an extremely difficult time understanding why ANY Christ centered religious leaders would find it odious to pray for the POTUS. Would we all not want all of the guidance and favors of Heaven to settle upon the man (or woman) who wears that mantle? The fact that these misguided supposed do-gooders DO NOT want a cessation of Planned Parenthood’s genocidal ministrations to the “weakest of us all” leads me to believe that these individuals are ministering in the Church of Satan. As for the Pope, I am not sure where he is coming from . . . it… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Dr Eowyn , , , , , Excellent article. Thank you.

Goldbug
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Goldbug

And how, exactly, is it any of Pope Frankie’s business what laws we pass here in the United States? He is not about religion. He was “appointed” by the New World Order to usher in their agenda. He will, of course, be against anything and everything that matters to the U.S., President Trump and we, the people. “Order out of chaos” is the NWO’s theme. Oh, I forgot, they’re now known as “Deep State.”

Dave
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Dave

I bet this “reverend” Barber obtained his divinity papers from an address he found on the back of the same matchbook Al did – in the parking lot of a local strip joint.

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Dave
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Dave

LOL – I gotta steal that one. 😉

DCG
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Rev. Barber is nothing but a race profiteer, IMO. He’s been associated with the NAACP since he was 15 (he’s now 53) and, according to his Twitter timeline, nothing good comes out of this country. According to him, we have problems with racism, discrimination, economic injustice, climate change, illegal immigration (he supports sanctuary cities), and just about every other issue he can find under the sun. Seems to me that his 38 years of work with NAACP has resulted in no advancements. He also is suing American Airlines because he was removed by police on a flight in 2016. Barber… Read more »

EdK
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EdK

The Pope is a globalist stooge and we all know it.

marblenecltr
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He sounds Wright to me.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Francis I’s “ecumenism” is liberation theology.

Steven Broiles
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Barber will get a haircut and be forgotten soon enough. But Frankenpope has more than proved he is MALIGNANT. On a positive note, Vatican observer Leo Zagami said on Alex Jones recently that word is Francis will resign “some time next year.” I would certainly hope so, but we may go from the frying pan into the fire with his replacement. One thing’s for sure: The mask is off, and I am absolutely convinced that the Second Vatican Council was not only an abysmal failure of ambiguity that sowed nothing but confusion (the Devil’s calling card), but that Pius XII… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

The Church has endured many bad popes and this one appears to be working on joining that awful list. In fairness, I don’t know a lot about him. I have read some, but everything I’ve read so far is biased one way or another. It is always troubling to me, as a Catholic, that maintaining the orthodoxy of the faith is the primary job of the Church. When any Pope or bishop strays in one direction or another it is obvious that both positions can’t be “right”. Secondly, politics are not religious affairs. The Church should help to form consciences… Read more »

rotty2017
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The pope is evil. The “rev” is a fat gloopy racist shit stain.

dkolb2010
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dkolb2010

Willie Barber is no friend of God or His Word. Barber is always taking the opposing side of God’s Word in every action he gets involved in just to have the liberal MSM give him an attaboy affirmations. He acts as though he knows nothing about God’s Word and as a minister (lol, I hate calling him that) what God requires of Him as one. He comes across as a very angry man lost in the spotlight of as advocate for evil.
The man really needs three visitations!

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

These popes, pastors, priests, and revs., appear to be about as familiar with the Bible as our congress is with our Constitution.

TPR
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TPR

Ha, great comment there, Kevin. Sad but true.

TrailDust
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TrailDust

Amazing, but not surprising.

TPR
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TPR

That irreverent “reverand” Bozo Barber MUST be a total fraud/wolf-in-black-sheep-clothing BECAUSE there is no excuse for him to either not know, or not care about these Bible verses at 1st Timothy 2:1-4: 2:1_I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2_For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3_For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4_Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the… Read more »

Josh
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Josh

I can easily picture 0bama as antichrist and this pope as his prophet.

Alma
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Alma

The good shepherd devoutedly tends to his sheep. The Pope unifies so that the believers don’t flee to other greener pastures.

Alma
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Alma

For heaven’s sake, who has ever heard of a socialist Pope? God have mercy on Papa Francisco before he goes to hell!!!

CalGirl
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Surprise! Not the first time in history that religious leadership have either promoted hate and debasement/usery of others or patently ignored it when it came from others in the religious community (becoming complicit IMO). The role of “Judas” never ever goes unfilled as the years roll by. And, when religious leadership become involved in politics, 30 schillings is just a ground-floor buy-in investment.

marblenecltr
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For some clergy, Romans 13: 1, 2 is brought to the pulpit only when it calls for following a politician they like. This day of “clergy response teams” can be dangerous, and I don’t think President Trump meets with Globalist approval. He may not have been anointed with petroleum. Romans 13 is a chapter worthy of much discussion.

Tim Shey
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These so-called Christian leaders are leading people into hell. They are nothing but theological aesthetes.
Beware of Theological Aesthetes
https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/beware-of-theological-aesthetes/