On Tuesday’s episode of the 700 Club, aging televangelist Pat Robertson warned his television flock that there was a “spiritual battle” being waged against Donald Trump.
“He’s God’s man for this job,” Robertson preached, pointing out Trump is taking “bold steps that please most evangelicals.”
He continued on, “I feel in my heart the thing that I should do and all of us should do is pray earnestly for God’s support of the man, I believe, he has put in this office.”
Robertson and his Christian Broadcasting Network have long been ardent supporters of Trump as God’s chosen candidate and often portray him as a fiercely Christian man.
For example, here is CBN Correspondent David Brody’s take on Trump’s trip abroad:
Did you know that President Trump mentioned the word God 29 times in prepared remarks. Pretty fascinating! I mean, try to get George W. Bush to say God 30 times in prepared remarks. He really didn’t say God all that much, but Donald Trump has and you just wonder what God is going to do with that.
And then you look at some of the places he actually went: the Western Wall in Israel. He talked about how he prayed for guidance there and how it was a spiritual experience for him.
Then he comes here to Rome and meets with the pope. And what does the pope do? He gives him a book called The Joy of the Gospel. And, yes, that book had some social justice reform issues in it, but it also talks about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And Donald Trump actually said to the pope, “I’m going to read that. I’m definitely going to read that.”
Trump, whose wealth plays handily into Robertson’s prosperity gospel teachings, also has a long-standing relationship with Robertson and appeared on the wealthy preacher’s show even before becoming a candidate, telling the televangelist’s faithful in 2011 that, “I would much prefer that Barack Obama was a great president. He’s one of our worst presidents ever and something has to be done because it’s only going to get worse.”
Trump also hinted then that of his now-familiar rally spiels, saying: “I think people want the truth. I think they’re tired of politicians. They’re tired of politically correct stuff.”