Trump Endorses Pastor Who Says Satan Started Catholic Church

Yesterday Donald Trump posted a tweet recommending a book called A Place Called Heaven and calling its author, Dr. Robert Jeffress, a “wonderful man.”

What he didn’t say is that this wonderful man has made numerous controversial statements, including his suggestion that Satan is behind the Catholic Church.

It’s no surprise that Trump would praise Jeffress. The pastor has repeatedly promoted Trump and his causes, even saying God gave Trump “authority to take out Kim Jong-Un.” Jeffress also spoke out against NFL protests, saying taking a knee made Jesus angry because he wants us to respect the government.

But now that Trump has given Jeffress his full-throated endorsement, more information is coming out about the pastor. CNN’s Jake Tapper posted this video in which Jeffress suggests Satan is behind Catholicism.

Jeffress falsely links the Catholic Church to a “Babylonian mystery religion that spread like a cult throughout the entire world.” Let’s forget for a second that cults, by definition, don’t spread throughout the world (once they do, they become religions, like Christianity) and hear the man out.

“The high priests of that fake religion, that false religion, would wear crowns that resembled the heads of a fish. That was in order to worship the fish god… it was that Babylonian mystery religion that infected the early church… the early church was corrupted by this Babylonian mystery religion, and today the Roman Catholic Church is the result of that corruption.

If I understand correctly, Jeffress is linking the Catholic Church to Satan because of certain traditions and policies he thinks Jesus would oppose. For some reason, though, I doubt that Jesus would literally demonize about half of the Christians in the world, not to mention about 16% of the total world population, with sweeping generalizations about Satan. But that’s exactly what Jeffress does.

In the next part of the video, he addresses his critics’ possible concerns, saying, “After all, the Catholic Church talks about God and the Bible and Jesus and the blood of Christ and salvation!”

Isn’t that the genius of Satan? If you want to counterfeit a dollar bill, you don’t do it with purple paper and red ink. You’re not going to fool anybody with that. But if you want to counterfeit money, what you do is make it look as closely related to the real thing as possible. And that’s what Satan does with counterfeit religion. He uses, he steals, he appropriates all of the symbols of true Biblical Christianity and he changes it just enough just enough in order to cause people to miss eternal life.

Well, there you have it.

Half of the world’s Christians are going to hell because Satan made up their religion and tricked them, according to the president’s buddy. What a “wonderful man” he is.

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