The Media Reporting on the Trump Prayer Meeting Proves they Know Nothing about Christianity

The media once again went off the rails when they found out that a group of pastors and Christian leaders prayed with and for Pres. Trump at the White House. Here’s what Erin Burnett of CNN said of the impromptu prayer meeting:

“Pretty stunning image, I mean, I’ll give you a quick peek at it,” Burnett said. “The president bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of touching him, it’s very strange, we’re gonna tell you what happened there.”

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A comment like this shows how out of touch and ignorant many in the media are when it comes to religion and history. It’s only stunning for someone who doesn’t know much aboaut the Bible or American history. For Christians, praying for political leaders is common and commanded. The Apostle Paul wrote:

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

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So is the laying on of hands (1 Tim. 5:22; Mark 10:16; Luke 4:40; Acts 6:6; 13:3; 8:17; 28:8; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6).

When Pres. Obama cow towed to the Islamists, the media praised his commitment to religious diversity and believed everything he said about the history of Islam. They praised his 2009 Cairo speech even though it was filled with historical inaccuracies like “Islam … paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment” and the claim that President John Adams wrote, “The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.”

Adams did not write that line. (In the past, atheists have claimed that it was written by Pres. George Washington.)  Something similar was written by Joel Barlow as part of the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, a conciliatory line to gain favor with the Islamists. It didn’t work. The United States went to war with the Barbary Pirates of Tripoli. By this time with a navy, the United States was in a better bargaining position. In the 1805 Treaty of Tripoli, the phrase does not appear…


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Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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