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Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States this Wednesday, as he took his vows on the Holy Bible outside of the US Capitol. But in the race to the White House, many of America’s Christian leaders hedged their bets on Donald Trump securing another term in office, believing it was a matter of divine right for the Republican to win again. White evangelicals across the country backed the incumbent president, with exit polls in November showing a staggering 75 percent of them voted Red – down on 81 percent in 2016.
Televangelist Mark burns from South Carolina said in 2016 Mr Trump was “fighting for Christianity”.
He backed the Republican once again last year, and recently appeared at a rally where he said: “This is Trump country.”
Televangelist Pat Robertson, host of The 700 Club, said in October last year Donald Trump would win “without question”.
According to Mr Robertson’s prophecy, a Trump victory would lead to chaos and turmoil followed by a period of peace instigated by God.
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And the re-election, he claimed, would set in motion events that would lead to the Biblical End Time.
He has since changed his mind, even urging Mr Trump not to consider another election bid in 2024 – a surprising u-turn on his apocalyptic message months earlier.
Bo Wagner, evangelist and pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Mooresboro, North Carolina, has now come out against the tidal waves of prophetic claims made in the weeks leading to the US election.
In a column published just four days before President Biden’s inauguration, Pastor Wagner discussed the problems with modern-day propheteering.
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According to scripture, prophet is not a job title most people can afford to carry.
Deuteronomy 18:20-22, for instance, make its clear prophets speak on behalf of God and any prophet who does not honestly and accurately convey the message of God does so at the risk of divine judgement.
Pastor Wagner said: “God was abundantly clear that a prophet must be accurate 100 percent of the time to actually be a prophet.
“Anything less was unacceptable, the marks of a false prophet and, in Old Testament times, resulted in death.
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“I rather suspect that if that same fate still applied today, there would be very few applicants for the job of ‘world-famous prophet’.
“If by some unforeseen circumstance President Trump does indeed end up being re-inaugurated on January 20, 2021, a whole bunch of Baptists, myself included, need to go back to the drawing board and see if perhaps we missed the boat in our cessationist views.
“But if Joe Biden (or anyone else other than Donald Trump) ends up being inaugurated on January 20, 2021, Charismatics and Pentecostals everywhere need to completely forsake their ‘prophets’ and demand that they take jobs more suitable, perhaps something in the entertainment industry.”
He added: “So if the prophets do crash and burn as spectacularly as it appears they will, then to paraphrase Deputy Chief Dwayne T. Robinson from Die Hard when the helicopter with the FBI guys burst into flames, ‘We’re going to need ourselves some new prophets.'”
In the months and weeks before the US election, evangelists and psychics alike backed Donald Trump for another victory.
Paul Begley, an evangelist from West Lafayette in Indiana, said with utmost confidence “Trump will win the election”.
Pastor Begley is a fervent believer in End Times prophecies and conspiracy theories, who believes the Second Coming of Christ is edging closer.
Even Polish psychic Krzysztof Jackowski waded into the discussion last year, saying: “If there are no extraordinary circumstances, then Trump will win.”
And yet, on January 20, 2021, it was Joe Biden who said: “I, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States and will, to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me, God.”
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