The six religious leaders who will offer prayers at Donald Trump’s inauguration have been announced.
They include three Pentecostals: Paula White, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, and Samuel Rodriguez. White and Jackson, a black megachurch pastor, are prominent preachers of the “prosperity Gospel.’ (See our earlier post on White.) Rodriguez is a Hispanic Assemblies of God minister also preaches a perhaps less extreme version of the prosperity gospel.
The others are Franklin Graham, whose father Billy now in frail health has been a fixture at presidential inaugurations of all parties; New York catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan; and Marvin Hier, a prominent Jewish rabbi.
There are no mainline Protestants. Graham is the only classical evangelical. No Lutherans, of course.
In the story excerpted after the jump, I was struck by the writer’s point about why prosperity gospelers are so attracted to Trump, and vice-versa. Bishop White says flatly that Trump’s wealth is a sign that he is “blessed by God.” “Not surprisingly,” says the writer, “Donald Trump is drawn to those preachers who say that one’s wealth is a sign of God’s approval.” [Read more…]