For over two years, the religious right has worked overtime to warn the American people, especially evangelicals, against opposing Donald Trump. Their explanation? God himself anointed Trump to make America great again-and hacked the election in Trump’s favor. An example of this drumbeat came earlier this week, when one of Trump’s most diehard religious right supporters told his followers that they need to be very careful what they say about the Donald.
Midway through the 2016 campaign, Mark Taylor, a retired firefighter from Orlando, claimed to have received a “word from the Lord” in 2011 predicting that Trump would become president. But there’s one problem. Any competent reading of this supposed prophecy shows that Taylor predicted Trump would unseat Barack Obama.
As it turns out, just a week after Taylor supposedly received this “prophecy,” Trump decided against running in 2012. By definition, that makes Taylor a false prophet. But such little details haven’t stopped Taylor from becoming one of the go-to guys for religious right pastors wanting to drum up support for Trump. He now claims that God actually meant to keep Obama in office in order to allow “a righteous anger” to build up and pave the way for Trump. That’s not what you said in 2011, Mark. You clearly referred to “this next election.”
Taylor recently wrote a book, “The Trump Prophecies,” that forms the basis of an upcoming movie produced by Liberty University. He recently dropped by fringe Christianist podcast “Watchmen Radio” to talk up both the book and the movie. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Taylor told host Richard Keltner that Christians had an easy choice in 2016–either vote for a “demon-possessed witch” in Hillary Clinton, or a “man of God” in Trump. Keltner ate it up, saying that Hillary was a “satanic, Illuminatic witch that’s into Pizzagate, child humping and satanic rituals.”
Taylor then went after those who pronounced Trump unfit for office after the “Access Hollywood” tapes came to light. He claimed it shouldn’t have been an issue because Trump “got born again way after that fact.” Since “your sins are wiped completely clean” when you get saved, Taylor claimed that those Christian leaders who condemned Trump’s remarks only did so because of “political and social pressure.”
Maybe it’s just me, but Trump’s behavior on the campaign trail wasn’t that of a guy with a changed heart, even allowing for him being a baby Christian. Remember, he plastered a private cell phone number on social media, mocked the disabled and condoned violence at his rallies. At best, his principal spiritual adviser, Paula White, was asleep at the switch in these and many other cases.
That didn’t stop Taylor from pronouncing Trump “a political prophet.” It led him to deliver a chilling warning to Trump’s foes.
“And I said from day one, I said you better be careful what you say about this man because you’re touching God’s anointed. And he’s an anointed spiritual machine.”
Taylor was quoting from 1 Chronicles 16:22.
“Do not touch my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm.”
Abusive churches have long used this verse as the spiritual equivalent of a kick in the groin to gag those who dare speak out against leadership. It says a lot about Taylor that he’s hauling it out to bully those who oppose Trump.
Here’s a news flash, Mark. Despite your warnings and explanations, we will persist. And we will continue to do so until the swindle Trump has perpetuated on this nation is exposed in full.
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