This is What a Court Evangelical Sounds Like

Messiah College's chair of the history department John Fea coined the phrase "court evangelical" to describe evangelical leaders who defend Donald Trump no matter what he does. Even Republican Senators have expressed confusion and negative reactions to the firing of James Comey, but not the court evangelicals. Watch:"We need to concentrate on these real accomplishments instead of being distracted by the manufactured Comey crisis" ~ @robertjeffress #MAGA … [Read more...]

Where in the World is Phoenix University of Theology?

Last month, I pointed out that dominionist minister Lance Wallnau claimed a doctorate from Phoenix University of Theology. The school grants credits for "life experience" and appears to award entire degrees without any classes or tests. This characteristic alone makes it appear to be a diploma mill (see the federal definition of a diploma mill).Holding classes would require classrooms and it may be that PUT doesn't have those either. Recently, reader Dee Holmes went by the address listed on … [Read more...]

Dominionist Donald Trump Prophet Lance Wallnau Apologizes for Not Asking for Donations

Lance Wallnau has been a supporter of Donald Trump for a long time. He promoted his rise as a modern day King Cyrus and said God directed him to support Trump. Wallnau is also a key and early promoter of Seven Mountains Dominionism, the view that Christians need to take dominion over education, religion, politics, the arts, business, media, and family policy as a part of expanding God's Kingdom. Wallnau sees Trump's rise as a means of bringing the mandate to take dominion to fruition.With a … [Read more...]

Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris is One of Donald Trump’s Spiritual Advisors

Back in June, Donald Trump announced the formation of an evangelical advisory board. At least one member -- James MacDonald -- expressed doubt that the candidate Trump took much advice from the board. However, another member on the inner circle has spoken out favorably about his role in advising Trump. Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church, told his congregation two Sundays ago that he was in on a conference call each Monday morning over the past three months and will continue to advise … [Read more...]

Pay to Pray? Seven Mountains Dominionism on Marketplace Intercession

I just came across this 2010 blog post on Os Hillman's Marketplace Leaders website. Hillman defends the idea that people should be paid to pray for businesses in the same way consultants are paid. Imagine if all corporations had a director of corporate intercession as a paid position. I am pleased to tell you that in at least one case, this is already happening. Darlene Maisano is a full-time intercessor for the marketplace and a paid intercessor for several businesses. She is paid as a co … [Read more...]

David Barton Accuses Marco Rubio of Having Too Many Gay Marriage Supporters

Pundits have been predicting last minute surprises in the South Carolina primary.This looks like an effort by the Cruz campaign -- sorry I meant Barton's Cruz Super PAC -- to cast doubts on Rubio. It certainly sounds like there is a lot of coordination between the Super PAC and the campaign (e.g, door knockers paid for by the Super PAC).We also learn in this video that many Iowa pastors showed a Cruz video in church and urged people to vote for Cruz...just like Jesus exhorted us to … [Read more...]

John Fea on Ted Cruz’s Dominionism

Several authors have tried to tease out the differences between the evangelicals supporting Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Jon Ward did a nice job on this topic for Yahoo News, noting that Ted Cruz followers enthusiastically consider America a Christian nation while Rubio's followers are not as convinced.Now, Messiah College chair of History John Fea has written a piece identifying Ted Cruz as a seven mountains dominionist. I think the evidence is there and because of that I believe … [Read more...]

News from the Alternative Universe: David Barton Builds Support for Ted Cruz in the Midwest

I confess I didn't see this coming.In August 2012, when Thomas Nelson pulled David Barton's flawed book on Thomas Jefferson, I hoped that the event would cause some reflection among culture warriors about the Christian nation narrative that threatens our First Amendment freedoms. I thought debunking the extreme claims would cause reflection about the real heritage of our nation's founders and the actual role of religion in that time period.I now realize I was wrong.If anything Barton … [Read more...]