Evangelical Leader: ‘God Doesn’t Approve of Christian Pastors Who Criticize Trump’
During a segment of the American Pastors Network’s “Stand in the Gap” podcast published last week, hosts Gary Dull and Dave Kistler tore into “conservative Christian leaders” who “criticize President Donald Trump, claiming that “God does not approve of their criticism.”
“It bothers me and I think it should bother every freedom-loving American when Christian leaders, so-called, attack this president and then endorse progressive, socialist ideology,” said Kistler, a B Kistler, a board member of the American Pastors Network and president of the North Carolina Pastors Network.
Kistler quoted at length from a column by Daily Caller reporter and Townhall columnist titled “Trump Supporters Have ALL The Moral High Ground. Don’t Cede One Inch Of It To The Left.” In that column, Morefield has harsh words for “the #NeverTrump ‘right’ and the anti-Trump left” and says “there’s no reason why we should ever cede one inch of moral high ground to godless leftists, ever.”
As noted by Right Wing Watch, Dull and Kistler engaged in a bit of Q&A about Trump’s virtues. “I think Trump speaks more about God than any other president I can remember in my lifetime, even including Ronald Reagan,” said Dull.
Dull noted that Trump has been accused of being a racist, going on to ask Kistler if he had ever seen Trump make a racist statement. Kistler responded, “Gary, I never have.” Kistler said he takes people to Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C. so they can see the “multiplicity of ethnicities” that work for Trump and love him.
Kistler also called Trump the most “unequivocally pro-life” president “perhaps in history, certainly in your lifetime or mine.” The two also praised Trump for signing an executive order on religious liberty and for protecting the right to property via the “biblical concept” of borders.
“What kind of a religious leader is the right kind of religious leader when he criticizes Donald Trump for standing for truth as has been given to us, and has stemmed from God himself in these unalienable rights?” asked Dull. “He’s not much of a religious leader from God’s perspective, would you agree?”
Kistler agreed and closed the segment by citing from a Facebook post by Franklin Graham in which Graham complained about the fate that befell a public high school football coach who was fired when he refused to stop praying on the football field after games and is waging a court fight to get his job back.
“Christians and churches across our nation need to band together, go to the polls in mass, and preserve religious freedom and traditional American values,” Graham wrote. Kistler added, “If we don’t support a president who supports those things, when we lose our religious liberties, we will have lost them forever.”