“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’-Revelation 2:29
I have taken the liberty to write this letter with the hope that it would provide some clarity and correction to the toxic environment that the Church has found itself in as a result of its involvement in partisan American politics and prophecies surrounding the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. My letter is written to those of the Christian faith in North America. If you consider yourself to be a non-believer and you come across this letter, you are more than welcome to read it although it may not make much sense to you.
The “One-Term” Presidency Prophecy of Donald J. Trump
Friday, January 22nd, 2021 marked the date four years ago to the day when I shared publicly for the first time a prophetic word that I had received from the Lord about the Presidency of then incoming President Donald Trump; the 45th President of the United States.
All Night Prayer Gathering: Friday, January 6, 2017
The church that I pastor (Life Changers Church in the Greater Cincinnati, OH area), has hosted an all-night prayer meeting the first Friday of each month since my wife and I founded the church almost ten years ago. These meetings start at 9 pm on Friday and typically end around 5 am the next day. This prayer meeting, which was held at the Allen home (former members of Life Changers Church) was just one of our regular scheduled times of prayer. It was at this meeting when the Lord initially spoke to me what I am about to share with you.
During the prayer meeting, we proceeded to pray for the not yet inaugurated President-elect Donald J. Trump. Our church has always taken seriously the biblical admonition found in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 that instructs the church to pray for those who are in authority. We have done this faithfully through the years regardless of whom the President is, whether you voted for them or not, or whether you agree with their policies or not. Our church believes in PRAYING for all who serve in positions of authority.
I began leading during this time of prayer. I prayed and asked the Lord to bless the outgoing Presidential administration (President Obama) as his terms in office had come to an end. We thanked God for keeping him and his family safe the past eight years and prayed that God’s grace would be with the Obamas as they transitioned into civilian life. We then turned our attention in prayer and began praying for the incoming Presidential administration (President-elect Trump at the time). We asked the Lord to protect him and his family and that the Lord would give him the wisdom to guide, lead, and govern.
Anyone who understands the nature of prayer knows that prayer is not merely a monologue but a dialogue. You offer up prayers that are on your heart to the Lord while simultaneously remaining aware, attentive, and sensitive knowing that at any moment the Lord may speak back to you. He may begin redirecting the focus of your prayers or He may elect to speak a word of prophecy.
Not long after I began praying for President-elect Trump the “word of the Lord” (another term used synonymously for prophecy) came to me concerning the incoming President. It was at this moment that the Lord spoke three distinct things to me about President-elect Trump. I will share these three things with you in the exact order that they were given to me by the Lord late-night Friday 6th/early morning Saturday, January 7th, 2017.
They are as follows:
- The very first thing that the Lord said to me about President-elect Trump was that he was (and I quote) “a friend to the Christian.”
- The second thing that the Lord shared with me was that he would be (and I quote) “he will be a one-term President.”
- The third and final thing that the Lord said to me was “there are some things that I desire to do through his administration that will not occur if the church does not partner with heaven in prayer.”
I prophesied (which means to speak out publicly) this word out loud during this segment of our all-night prayer gathering. After I shared this word of prophecy, I took note of what the Lord said so I could record it later in my prayer journal as I do all prophecies that the Lord speaks to me. After that we continued on with our prayer gathering as usual.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 (Sunday Worship Service @ Life Changers Church)
On Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, two days after President Trump had been officially sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, we were in our normal Sunday worship service at the local church that I pastor. I had started a new teaching series as I normally do at the beginning of each year and had planned to teach on that subject, but felt during our time of worship that the Lord wanted to speak through me that morning in an extemporaneous fashion bypassing the message that I had already prepared.
As I stood at the podium I began speaking and sharing the Lord’s heart surrounding the disrespect and disdain that had transpired between many Christians during the 2016 Presidential cycle. It was during this spontaneous message that we went on to call “Politics, American Presidents, and the Plan of God” that I shared publicly for the first time (outside of that initial prayer gathering back on Friday, January 6th) the prophetic words that the Lord had given to me concerning President Donald Trump. If you would like to view the video from our church’s broadcast, I will be sure to share those links later on.
Since that Sunday, I have shared the word concerning the Trump Presidency many times both privately and publicly because I understood from the gravity of the word that the Lord shared with me that he would be governing on “borrowed time” meaning his Presidency would end as abruptly as it began. So, I encouraged our church (and whoever else would listen) to pray as the Lord instructed so the Lord’s will would not be frustrated due to our lack of intercession.
What About The Prophets Who Prophesied Trump’s Reelection? Were they wrong?
One of the things that has been constantly discussed in wider parts of the Northern American Christian community were all of the prophecies that were shared concerning the reelection of President Trump. Many voices emphatically stated that God said that President Trump would be reelected and serve two terms. We now see that as of this current election cycle that is not the case. Joe Biden was elected and sworn in just this past week as the 46th President of the United States. This has left a bad taste in the mouths of many Christians. I will share a few thoughts that I have surrounding this topic that hopefully will be able to shed some light on these occurrences.
The Gift of Prophecy
Prophecy is one of the gifts given to the church by the Holy Spirit. Prophecy in the New Testament is defined as:
- To speak forth by divine inspiration
- To utter forth or declare a thing which can only be known by divine revelation.
- To predict something or foretell future events.
When properly used, prophecy can be one of the most dynamic gifts that any person could ever come into contact with. When stewarded well, it can deeply impact the lives of those whom it touches. When flippantly mishandled, it can cause great harm and damage. God’s gifts are not gimmicks. When using these gifts to edify and strengthen others, we must do so in a manner that honors those whom we minister to and glorifies God who endowed us with the gifts. The principles that I am about to share with you I have taught them over the course of the past few years in a class that we host annually at our church. The class is called “The Prophetic Intensive.” You can find a ton of archived and live videos on this topic and other topics on our YouTube channel: (https://www.youtube.com/c/LifeChangerstv).
There are a variety of functions concerning prophetic ministry. Some of those functions include foretelling (predicting events in the future before they happen), forthtelling (declaring the divine will and purpose of God), and edification, exhortation, and comfort to those that receive ministry. These are just a few of many purposes of prophecy. Based on the recent events surrounding all of the reelection prophecies for President Trump that did not come to pass, it has left people bewildered, angry, confused, and exhausted. The level of dishonor and attacks that Christians have been leveling against each other and against Government officials in the wake of these words not coming to pass has been alarming.
Biblically speaking, there are several reasons why alleged prophecies spoken in the name of the Lord don’t come to pass. The list below is not an exhaustive list but just a few points that I thought were important to share with you.
Presumption can be defined as to expect or assume something with confidence. When we presume something is God’s will and then publicly make that claim in the name of the Lord, it is one of the most egregious errors that one can make.
Deuteronomy 18:22 states,
“When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
To add insult to injury when we miss it (which we all do…it is part of being human) instead of being humble and stating that we misspoke in the Lord’s name, many double down in their presumptions, arrogance, and pride and make all kinds of excuses as to why the word didn’t come to pass. When we speak presumptuously in the name of the Lord, it is better if we admit we missed it, repent, apologize, and move on.
All prophecies have the inherent potential to have human bias and presuppositions added to them. This is almost ALWAYS true. This is why the Scriptures implore us “not to believe every spirit but to test (try) them to see whether or not they are from God” (1 John 4:1). The word test/try used here is a word which means to prove and examine something to see whether it is genuine or not.
The Scriptures also speak of the importance of “judging prophecies” (1 Cor. 14:29). The word judge used here in this text is a word that means to discern, weigh, evaluate, scrutinize, dispute, or contend. There are several ways that this can successfully be done.
A few good questions to ask when going through this vetting process is:
- Does the prophecy glorify Jesus or lead us into a deeper place of intimacy with Him?
- Does the prophetic utterance contradict Scripture that is written?
- Did it edify, exhort, or comfort the listeners?
- If the prophecy was futuristic, did the word come to pass?
- Can it be confirmed by other biblical texts or can those who are more “seasoned in the faith” agree that what was spoken actually came from the Lord?
- What is the spirit accompanying the word? Was it released in love, humility, honor, and truth or is it encased in arrogance, pride, and hypocrisy?
Professing believers must learn the importance of taking the approach of the Bereans in the book of Acts when testing prophetic utterances. They “searched the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul taught was accurate and true” (Acts 17:11). If the Bereans thought that it was important to vet everything that Paul spoke or taught, should we not do the same today with people who claim to speak or teach something in the name of the Lord? When we do this well it helps to prevent us and those we love from falling into deception and error.
“Then the LORD said to me, ‘The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.’” Jeremiah 14:14
In July of 2013, I had a life-changing encounter with the Lord that drastically impacted my life and ministry. During this encounter, one of the things that the Lord revealed to me was a three-pronged attack that Satan would level against followers of Christ in the times to come. This divine encounter that I had was anchored in a biblical text found in Revelation 16:13-14. The Lord told me that the three spirits that John the Apostle saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon in that text in Revelation were high-ranking demons that will cause delusion, deception, and defilement in unprecedented ways.
Delusion is defined as “to stray mentally or to be led into error.” Delusion can happen in several ways but one of the most common ways that I’ve found is when people suppress or reject the truth. When we know something to be true yet continually reject or suppress that truth (for whatever reason), the Bible says that the Lord may give us over to what we want. This occurrence happens by the Lord sending a strong spirit of delusion which causes us to believe that the lie that we’ve held onto as truth. An example of this in the Old Testament can be found in 1 Kings 22:1-28 and an example in the New Testament can be found in 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12. This is serious stuff and nothing to play around with.
One of the challenges with prophecy is that is progressive and partial by nature. At times, when a prophetic word is revealed it is simply a small piece in a larger pie that has been shown to the observer. Paul addressed this in one of his writings to the Corinthian church when he stated that “we know in part and we prophesy in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9, NKJV). Another translation puts it this way: “now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!” (1 Corinthians 13:9, NLT)
This prophetic principle is one of the main reasons why we should always approach speaking on behalf of the Lord with much humility. What we are sharing could be something that is only partially being revealed to you. We don’t get to make the determination concerning what we see, hear, feel, or sense prophetically. The Lord does. The Lord determines what part of the puzzle that He wants us to see then reveals it accordingly.
One of the things that I found to be interesting with many of the prophetic voices that proclaimed President Trump’s reelection simply stated he would be reelected. The majority of prophecies that I’ve read or come across never said he would be reelected consecutively. Many simply stated that he would serve “two terms.” I am certain that some assumed that it would be back-to-back but many of the utterances that I heard or read never professed that.
The Lord never spoke anything like that to me. He spoke to me once concerning the Presidency of Donald Trump and that was the word that I mentioned above. “One-term” (which is what the Lord spoke to me) typically means only one-term in a natural sense. In a prophetic sense, it could mean “one-term at a time.” This is the challenge with the progressive and partial nature of prophecy.
To go on record though, I don’t believe that was what the Lord was implying. I believe that it was in God’s divine plans that President Trump would serve one term total. Not one term at a time and not two terms as many have espoused. Again, I came to this conclusion four years ago based on the word that came to me back on January 6, 2017…two full weeks before he was even inaugurated. I also was able to deduce this from two additional things that the Lord shared with me concerning President Trump’s character back in 2016. I believe that the Lord shared those things with me so that I would 1) pray (obviously) and 2) reveal to me the inherent danger that an individual who possesses these traits could put others in if they did not change or if they remained in power too long. I will share a bit more about these two additional prophetic words later.
Based on these findings, I simply believe that the prophets who prophesied he would be reelected misspoke. Some have gone on record and apologized for misspeaking. Myself and others I am certain have appreciated the humility shown by those gestures. Others have doubled down in their pride, bitterness, arrogance, and ego and have refused to repent or apologize. May God be merciful to the proud who cause others to stumble because of their unwillingness.
In Ezekiel 14:1-5, we find another interesting high-level prophetic concept. It has to do with prophesying to an individual who has erected idols in their heart. Ezekiel poses a question to the Lord asking Him how to proceed prophetically if someone approaches him asking him to confirm if something is God’s will or not. Normally, this would not be an issue to someone who is innocently trying to understand what God’s plans are, but in this case, these were individuals who wanted a prophet to tell them that something was God’s will when they already knew that what they were seeking wasn’t God’s will. Below you will find a snapshot of Ezekiel and God’s conversation:
Then the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?
Therefore, speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry. I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’
This means that God will tell the idolatrous person EXACTLY what they want to hear.
If I absolutely had to choose one reason why the majority of the prophets misspoke concerning President Trump’s chance at reelection it would be due to the sin of idolatry. The idolatrous manner in which many Christians, mostly White Evangelical Christians (not all but many), have idolized our former President has been downright frightening. It is one thing to witness the spiritually unregenerate debase themselves in such an idolatrous manner, but it is an entirely different conversation when professing Christians do it. It is frightening and offensive to God. It’s as if the President has been able to disciple many of his followers while simultaneously radicalizing a part of his base. It is unlike anything that we’ve ever seen in our lifetime.
Here are a few ways to identify those who have fallen into an idolatrous relationship with President Trump:
#1-Break off and throw away relationships with people whom you know for politicians (in this case President Trump) that you don’t know personally due to differing political views.
Paul, the Apostle told Timothy that “the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)
The word depart listed here in this text means to withdraw, standoff, or walk away from someone prematurely. The word seduce means to stray mentally and fall into error. It comes from the same Greek word that delusion comes from. The frightening thing about when people are in error and deluded is everyone else around them knows it but them. You cannot even have a rational conversation with them due to the depth of their error that they are wallowing in. In order for them to break free they need an encounter with truth.
In my opinion, the doctrine that has caused these departures has been the demonic doctrine of “Christian Nationalism.” This toxic doctrine mixes Christianity, Right-wing politics, and American culture. It seeks to advance what is perceived as Christian causes through the American political system and process instead of through the power and presence of God which is the way that the Lord always intended for it to be. Christian Nationalism has always been dangerous but under President Trump it became exacerbated and extreme.
“God and Guns,” “for God and Country,” Trump flags, anything America first, Christian spiritual revival tied to certain political figures being in office are just a few of the ways that this rhetoric is advanced. Christian Nationalism now mixed with “Trumpism” is extreme, diabolical and is leading many astray. Those who have become entangled in this web must repent so they can break free.
It has gone to extremes this past political cycle with many hailing Trump as the savior of America, or he has a prophetic or apostolic anointing on him to expose darkness, etc. The main political platform for people who are being discipled by this is the Republican party. Not the GOP, but the “radicalized right” or extreme right-wing from the party. This deification of political figures that has occurred has gone awry. In order to break free from this idolatry, those involved must repent.
I’ve seen the Lord’s prophets in MAGA gear, pictures of biblical characters with President Trump’s picture superimposed upon their bodies, God’s generals hosting coverage of the Presidential election on election night, Christian leaders publicly debase, laugh, mock, and jeer at President Biden’s alleged win, Christian leaders defame themselves by calling for mass prayer gatherings and rallies….not for the purpose of global evangelism or discipleship but to overturn the outcome of a democratic election.
These quotes below are two additional examples that I came across on the internet:
“We decree the next four years of Donald John Trump’s Presidency will see the fruit of God’s divine reset of America. We will experience a Third Great Awakening and return to our ancient paths and foundations, including being a voice of the gospel of the kingdom to all the earth…”
(concerning the election) “Pray that the truth will come out and every legal vote will be counted and President Trump will be vindicated for the glory of God.”
Can the church and our nation experience a great awakening aside from a Trump Presidency? Will God actually be glorified by President Trump being vindicated in an American election? Many of our leaders have gone off base and fallen into error. Only intercession and divine intervention can bring them back from the brink of ministerial suicide.
Many have prostituted their ministries on the altar of Trump and have diminished their witness in the world. They have been so wrapped up in everything Trump the past 5.5 years or so now that he’s out of office, silenced on social media, and out of the spotlight many are at a loss and aren’t even sure how to proceed. I saw one prominent minister who has been Trump-obsessed post something scriptural recently and it seemed so odd because all he’s literally done the past almost six years has been on the train called Trump.
If White Evangelicals would mobilize the church for prayer and evangelism like they have done for Trump political rallies the past four years the results for the Kingdom would be astonishing.
#2-Use of Terminology Garnered from Political Figures
For the longest, the only words that you would hear between the two primary parties in American politics would be conservatives and liberals. Now you hear followers of Jesus using terms like “fake news,” “drain the swamp,” “that’s a hoax,” etc. You have had some who have found themselves chanting “lock her up” (referring to Secretary Clinton) or “crazy Nancy” referring to Nancy Pelosi. You have also had people calling Joe Biden “sleepy Joe.” One would expect this kind of behavior from non-believers but not from true followers of Christ regardless of how deep your political difference are with those on the other side.
#3-The Majority of Your Prayers/Posts/Newsletters/Conversations etc. are about partisan American politics.
Do you pray for the finishing of the Great Commission as much as you do for your favorite politician or political party? What dominates your thoughts? Is it the expansion of the Kingdom of God or politics? Many have been seduced by the adversary these past four years have lost favor with man which is pivotal if they are serious about reaching others with the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Their unbending loyalty to their political saviors has accelerated their demise.
#4-You wouldn’t be caught dead sharing or supporting something good that has transpired from the political party that you do not support.
Many White Evangelical leaders frequented the White House every opportunity that they got under this past Republican administration. They flaunted it for the world to see. I wonder if the Biden White House invited them to functions would they be as eager to attend and take photo ops to post publicly on their social media outlets? I highly doubt it because their bases back in their respective cities would cut them off and leave their churches.
#5-You openly criticize other public figures that do not support your political positions while turning a blind eye and remaining eerily silent concerning our previous President’s erratic, damaging and irresponsible behaviors. We must repent of this idolatry.
You have spirit-filled Christians parroting the lies that the President espoused about this past election being stolen. To be clear, fraud and irregularities occur in every election cycle on both the local and federal levels. This has always been true and will continue to be because election officials and the majority of poll workers are partisan politically. You also have scores of unhinged people who will seek to do whatever it takes to ensure that their candidates of choice are vaulted into office. This is commonplace. What is not common is the level of fraud that former President Trump alleged occurred during this election cycle. This was a flat-out lie.
Consider the following:
- The President’s own Cybersecurity official stated that there was no widespread fraud. He was then fired.
- The President’s own Attorney General stated that there was no widespread fraud. He then resigned not long thereafter.
- Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell stated (albeit late) that there was no fraud and that the President peddled lies which incited the attack on the Capitol building in Washington D.C.
- Bi-partisan Governors, Secretaries of State and election officials in the contested states stated that there was no widespread fraud and certified their elections accordingly.
- The judicial system in the United States (which is the vehicle for working through allegations and legal disputes in the election process) stated that there was no fraud. The Trump legal team filed over 60+ cases in local and federal courts. They even had two cases reviewed by the United States Supreme Court. Out of all of these cases, they won ONE case. They lost 6o+ cases.
Do you mean to tell me that all of these people even some of whom President Trump handpicked himself all conspired together to oust him? All of them are lying and he’s the only one telling the truth? This is nonsensical. Then when people don’t do his bidding, he turns on them like he’s done so many others. Even to the point where he jeopardized the life of his own Vice-President and incited a mob to terrorize the nation’s Capitol? Would God’s anointed or “Cyrus” do such a thing?
If we still believe that he’s the only one telling the truth and EVERYONE else is lying and conspiring against him proves the depth of idolatry at work in the lives of those who think this way. You need to repent.
I mentioned earlier about two additional words that the Lord shared with me concerning President Trump back in 2016. I take no pride in saying what I am about to share but I feel as if it is necessary to do so to break the level of deception that is at work off of people’s minds.
The first word from the Lord came on September 30, 2016, and the second one came to me on October 9th of the same year. The first thing that the Lord spoke to me about the incoming President was that he was a “demagogue.” An excerpt from my journal concerning this is found below.
Demagogue word (September 30, 2016)
All throughout this day, I kept on hearing the Holy Spirit say the word “demagogue.”
The last time that the Lord reminded me of this word was immediately before going to bed in the wee hours of the morning on October 1, 2016. I immediately knew at that time that the Lord was sharing this with me concerning Donald Trump.
A demagogue is defined as the following:
1) A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
2) A political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason.
3) A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.
A demagogue is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd, and shutting down reasoned deliberation.
Demagogues have usually advocated immediate, violent action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty. Demagogues violate established rules of political conduct; most who were elected to high office changed their democracy into some form of dictatorship.
Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens. They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, nothing stops the people from giving that power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population.
Traditional Traits of Demagogues:
- Emotional Oratory and Personal Magnetism
- Accusing Opponents of Weakness and Disloyalty
- Violence and Physical Intimidation
- Personal Insults and Ridicule
- Folksy Posturing
- Gross Oversimplification
- Attacking the News Media
(Source: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demagogue)
This was a clarion call by the Holy Spirit to me not to bash nor shame our incoming President but to be aware of his tendencies and to remain watchful and vigilant in prayer. In their quest to have their preferred candidate in office, many well-meaning people turned a blind eye to the President’s antics by saying things like “we didn’t elect a pastor we elected a President.” As if a President’s character and conduct shouldn’t supersede the character and conduct of a church leader. It is never a healthy thing to turn a blind eye to the character of any leader. By doing so you surely are setting yourself up to be misled.
The next word that the Lord shared with me concerning our former President was the word “megalomaniac” which is defined as a person who is obsessed with their own power. Unfortunately, over the past four years, we have seen these traits on display to the chagrin of our democratic institutions.
I realize that in America’s flawed two-party political system options for selecting good leaders are slim to none. For that reason, (two-party system) I never would blame anyone for voting for him. Likewise, I do not point the finger or judge anyone that voted for Secretary Clinton. If you are bent on voting for the candidate that you deem will govern the best or that has the best shot at winning, then you typically only have two choices. Everyone should extend everyone much grace when you only have two choices. At the end of the day you have to have a clear conscience concerning whom you voted for.
My conscience wouldn’t allow me to vote for either person or party in 2016. That’s just me and my personal choice. I had contemplated sitting out the 2016 election cycle but eventually made the decision not to because I understand that a part of my say in this democracy is underscored by the casting of my ballot. I also realize that I stand on the shoulders of my African-American ancestors who in a literal sense gave their lives so I could have the choice to exercise my Constitutional rights as an American citizen and vote as I see fit.
Blacks in this nation have only had the right to vote as American citizens since the mid-1960s. That’s just a bit over 50 years ago. We as Black Americans are one generation removed from that time. The importance of the Democratic process has been underscored by how long and arduous of a fight it has been just to have the right to have a say. I dare not squander the sacrifices that have been made by those that have gone before me by not at least participating in the process.
I believe that Christians, especially those that serve in public roles as leaders in the Body of Christ should be involved in the American political process (in its various forms) without being partisan, publicly vocal concerning whom they support, nor married to any party. The church should be apolitical. Meaning being involved in politics without showing allegiance nor deference to any person or party. This is a stark contrast to what we see today, particularly in the White Evangelical Christian community. I am not saying all White American Christians fall into this category just like all Blacks aren’t liberals nor support the Democratic party or BLM. What happens when we ignore this admonition that I have set forth, you see the fallout among people in the Christian faith like we’re currently witnessing.
This past week, we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I love how Dr. King communicated my exact sentiment in an interview in February of 1958 at Bennett College. He says,
“I’m not here to tell you how to vote,” he said. “That isn’t my concern. I’m not a politician. I have no political ambitions. I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses. And I’m not inextricably bound to either party. I’m not concerned about telling you what party to vote for. But what I’m saying is this, that we must gain the ballot and use it wisely.”
I agree 110% with what he stated.
I think the thing that has been most concerning in the midst of all of this has been the downright disdain and lack of civility and respect that professing Christians have shown towards each other. Pastors arguing with their parishioners, believers name dropping and calling each other out on public social media platforms, people rebuking and harshly judging and demonizing each other because one voted Republican and the other voted Democrat. Novices openly rebuking Elders in the faith who have been in the ministry longer than they have been alive and I could go on. This has SO grieved the heart of God and given us the absolute worst witness to the world that the Lord has called us to reach.
Jesus said that “all would know that we are His disciples by the love that we have for one another” (John 13:35). What a poor example that we have been. There has been so much damage done in these past twelve years (8-Obama years & 4-Trump years) that I am afraid that it is going to take an additional generation to undo what we’ve done. When I say damage done, I am not talking about at the hand of these Presidents, I am talking about at your hand and my hand. God help us.
You have individuals who have seen us bite and devour each other in the name of partisan politics and for what? To prove that you were right and someone else was wrong? Paul told the Corinthians that we can “speak proficiently with the tongues of angels, move-in precise revelatory fashion with precise prophecies, and understand all divine mysteries and possess all knowledge but if we have all of these things yet do not possess a genuine love for our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith, then we have nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-2). Who cares if the prophecy that the Lord gave me came to pass and the ones that others shared didn’t? If we do this boastfully or to rub it in one’s face, we are worse off than the foul religious leaders in Christ’s day.
Truth be told, I only wrote this blog for three reasons:
1. Because this fallacy about all the prophets missing it is still widely circulating throughout the Body so I knew that the accuracy of this word coming to pass needed to be shared. One, so that people would stop discrediting God and those who do their best to share courageously what they felt like God told them. It takes great guts to stand out on a limb and say a President will or won’t be reelected. Kudos to those who stepped out on faith!
Two, to lure you in so I could have an audience with you about the dearth of love that you have for your brothers and sisters in the faith who vote or believe differently than you. Our mistreatment of each other has been embarrassing and downright abysmal. What has even been more horrific has been the way that we have denigrated and disrespected our publicly elected officials by publicly bashing them and calling them names. God help us and forgive us for disrespectfully placing our mouths upon those who serve our country the best that they know how. If you don’t like the job that they’re doing, run for public office then and let’s see how that turns out for you.
There will ALWAYS be elected leaders who will have policies that you disagree with. That’s normal. But when our disagreement turns into disrespect and dishonor, we cross a line with God. Honor has always been one of the hallmarks of Kingdom people. If Michael, the archangel had enough sense not to bring a reviling accusation against the devil as they argued over Moses’ body (Jude 1:9) then why on earth do you think you have a right to publicly bash or shame others who have been made in the image and likeness of God? For those who refuse to humble themselves and repent may you reap a whirlwind of dishonor where you refuse to show honor. May God grant the blessing of fresh love and spiritual renewal to those who are humble enough to repent and receive this word of correction.
2. To ease the hearts of those who are angry with God and His prophets for missing the mark. I shared this word and private entries from my journal to reveal God’s plan for our now former President. The Lord never intended for him to be reelected which is why I believe He shared with me the things that He did and when He did. Remember, the Lord told me BEFORE President Trump was even inaugurated back in January of 2017 that he would not be reelected. There was no Biden/Harris campaign at the time…nothing just the word of the Lord in its purest form showing us futuristic things to come as the Holy Spirit promised He would (John 16:13-14; Jeremiah 33:3). Stop saying all the prophets who missed it are false or all of the prophets couldn’t have missed it which is why Trump should still be President, etc. Who are you to judge another’s servant (Romans 14:10)?
All of the prophets didn’t miss it…just the ones that you listen to did. Don’t be angry with God because things didn’t work out the way that you wanted them to politically. Release your hurt, anger, and bitterness from this past election cycle, give your frustrations to God, and move forward with your lives and ministries.
3. Finally, (and most important) because God told me to and told me to do so four years to the day when I first shared the Word publicly. Which is why I chose to release this today.
My intention in sharing hard truths in this blog was not to shame anyone for their political choices. Please do not mistake my sharing about President Trump as hatred for him or the positive things that he accomplished during his tenure as President. I don’t think that the Lord would have shared these secrets with me if I hated the man that I have prayed for over the past four years as I have done for Presidents before him and will do for Presidents after him. I realize that it can sound like what I have shared is attacking him but that’s not the case. I encourage you to watch and listen to the broadcast from 2017 where I share about the word I received. I’m not anti-anyone I am pro-truth and anything that stands in the way of truth being revealed stands in opposition to the Kingdom that I faithfully attempt to represent.
Last, please don’t deflect from the conversation at hand and attempt to redirect it by attacking the Democratic party or BLM, etc. as if I have an allegiance to either one of those earthly institutions. Don’t ever fall into the trap of assuming that all Blacks are liberals, vote Democratically, or whatever other fallacy that might be hanging out there. When you polarize yourself in circles of cultural comfort you insulate yourself with people who look, think, vote, act, etc. like you and therefore cheapen your life experience. You miss out on the breadth of experience that an ethnically diverse Kingdom brings to the table. I’m not Republican nor a Democrat…I’m a representative of the Kingdom and proud of it.
As promised, if you would like to listen to that message from Sunday, January 22, 2017, you can do so here:
- Watch the entire service: https://youtu.be/79N3UDJKsE8
- Watch the entire message (teaching only): https://youtu.be/79N3UDJKsE8?t=5446
- Listen to the prophetic word concerning President Trump only: https://youtu.be/79N3UDJKsE8?t=7635
“May the Lord bless you, and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon each one of you and give you His peace.” -Numbers 6:24-26
In Love and Truth,
Warren G. Curry, Jr.
Warren G. Curry, Jr. is the founder and current Senior Pastor of Life Changers Church (www.lifechangers.church), a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church located in Fairfield, OH, a northern suburb of the city of Cincinnati. He has been married for the past 19 years to his college sweetheart and love of his life Tiara. They are the proud parents of six children. Be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or Twitter.