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Megachurch pastor: ‘Ted Cruz has been anointed by God to be president of the United States’

Ted Cruz’s father joined with televangelist Kenneth Copeland in his church on Sunday to announce that the Texas senator has been anointed by God to be the next president of the United States.

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Ted Cruz‘s father joined with televangelist Kenneth Copeland in his church on Sunday to announce that the Texas senator has been anointed by God to be the next president of the United States.

Rafael Cruz, who was introduced by Copeland during Sunday’s services, claimed his son was essentially chosen by God to lead the free world.

“I believe, with all my heart, that his son is called and anointed to be the next president of the United States,” Copeland said.

“… God has raised him up for such a time as this.”

The elder Cruz then asked Christians “to vote in order to beat back secularism and take control of this nation.” Copeland and several of the church’s high ranking individuals gathered around Cruz to “lay hands upon him and pray” while Eagle Mountain International Church senior pastor George Pearsons prayed to the audience:

“There’s a new birth, right now, for America, and it’s taking place right before our eyes. And we will not set apart our responsibility and our duty to do what God has called us to do. We say, ‘Yes, Lord, Yes, we will do exactly what You have called us to do’ and we receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the outpouring of the Spirit over Washington, D.C.

We see Congress praying, we see them seeking God, we see prayer coming back into our schools, we see the Bible coming back into our schools, we see abortion being turned around, we see this nation being completely restored, completely delivered, for it is a time the new birth of our nation and we’re seeing it right before our eyes, now, in Jesus’ name.”

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  1. Perry

    February 8, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Pandering is not a religious virtue.

  2. Mike Davis

    February 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Can no one present this campaigning from the pulpit to the IRS and revoke the tax-exempt status of these radical “Christian” evangelical fundamentalists???

  3. Rich W.

    February 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Take away the tax-exempt status of that church for violating IRS regulations. Neither churches nor pastors may endorse candidates directly or indirectly from the pulpit on behalf of the church.

  4. MyNameisKim

    February 8, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Aren’t Kings, Queens, and Emperors also appointed and anointed by God? If he, on the off chance, gets elected, I wonder what sort of coronation ceremony he’ll have and what his crown will look like.

  5. Robin Smith

    February 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    It’s a good thing prayer doesn’t work because there is no god.

  6. Lorence Sing

    February 8, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    http://jonathanturley.org/2013/10/12/ted-cruz-dominionism-and-jesus/

    Like his father, Ted Cruz belongs to the “Seven Mountains dominionism” sect of Christianity that seeks to place Christians in control over the seven forces that shape and control our culture: (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion. In other words a totalitarian christo-fascist dictatorship led by Dominionists. Even if you are a devout Christian, unless you are Dominionist, you will be the “enemy”. All non-dominionists in a “Cruz America” will end up “enemies of the state”..

  7. darlene

    February 8, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    This is so sick!!! I can’t believe how corrupt Cruz’s and Rubio’s minds are. But lets not forget Trump. The entire GOP is going to doom us to a life a hell.

  8. Tom Thompson

    February 8, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    That separation of church and state thingy. Oh, must be a different county I guess.

  9. Mike Davis

    February 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    The really frightening thing is to see how many GOP voters will actually VOTE for one of these delusional clowns because they are Republican and not Democrats.

  10. Susan Fotter

    February 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Agree 1,000%

  11. shane campbell

    February 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    This must be a misprint….Ted Cruz is more of a Westboro Baptist Church kind of guy. He shares many of the same values and he is a bigot like them and lies when it suits him and thinks women are second class citizens. And even Congress hates the man and they are a sorry bunch of criminals and takers and thieves. Even the republican gov. of Texas will not endorse him and not even one of the low lifes we call Congress endorsed him either. When you are so hated by everyone you come in contact with you are the problem.

  12. Jerry Stogsdill

    February 8, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    It seems possible, that if you are a TRUE Christian, that you should consider that Rafael Cruz, the multi-millionaire megachurch “pastors” and the rest of the lunatic evangelical “christians” in this country may be the collective embodiment of the Anti-Christ sent to destroy TRUE Christianity. Rafael Cruz, his son (the “carpet bomber”) and the rest of these godless, super wealthy, false “christians” follow the arrogant, hateful, greedy, divisive, bigoted, racist, war mongering, and blasphemous teachings of “Republican Jesus” who is in no way WHATSOEVER related or connected to Jesus Christ, the loving, caring, inclusive, generous, welcoming, compassionate Prince of Peace. TRUE follows of Jesus Christ need to start speaking out and start working AGAINST these false prophets before they and their hateful political puppets destroy the TRUE Church of Jesus Christ.

  13. Mike Davis

    February 9, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Sadly, @Jerry, true Christians don’t defame others and attack false prophets – they turn the other cheek and all that, you know. The radical political right has done a masterful job of getting in bed with evangelicals with their public prayers and claims of religious, moral and ethical “superiority.” The religious right has bought it hook, line and sinker and comprise about 25% of the GOP voters. They are one-issue voters and totally oblivious to the collateral damage that would be done by electing one of these egotistical self-righteous politicians.

    I’m not a “conspiracy theorist” fan and in fact I reject most of that crap, but there are some very well written, well documented books on the concerted efforts of the Radical Religious Right (RRR) to infiltrate our institutions at the lower levels (school boards, YMCA, PTA, city councils, etc.) and work up through politics to gain what they think is righteous control of our “sick” society. This movement is rampant and evident in many states in the “bible belt” such as Brownback in Kansas and the schoolbook fiasco in Texas. One such book is “Blueprint for Theocracy” by James C. Sanford and there are several others.

    I write an occasional column for my local newspaper and just finished refuting the RRR claim that the U.S. is a “Christian” nation. There are some quotations from Jefferson and Madison that absolutely and clearly refute that claim, and in fact there was an early attempt by some to include “Jesus Christ” in the original wording to the Constitution which was overwhelmingly defeated by a large majority.

    These guys don’t get that, and as I mentioned above, the end justifies the means, even if you have to break the Commandment of not bearing false witness.

  14. Kevin Curtis

    February 9, 2016 at 8:41 am

    “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” -Susan B. Anthony

  15. Maureen Burns Van Hoven

    February 9, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I debunked a Thomas Jefferson misstatement to my MIL. She replied,just because it’s not documented anywhere doesn’t mean he didn’t say it.

  16. jsbanks

    February 9, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Amen!

  17. Mike Davis

    February 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    How about using documented quotations?

    “Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word ‘Jesus Christ,’ so that it should read ‘departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion’ the insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of it’s protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and infidel of every denomination.” (Thomas Jefferson autobiography July 27, 1821 – Library of Congress)

    Not good enough for the rabid religious right who worship Reagan? How about a quote from the old Grade-B movie actor himself?

    “We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief.” – Ronald Reagan in speech in 1984 to community leaders in Valley Stream, NY

  18. J Daff

    February 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    ROTFLMAO
    These people are TOTALLY crazy LUNATICS.

  19. Perry

    February 9, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Don’t forget that famous quote by Abraham Lincoln: “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”

  20. iampatrickhenry

    February 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    How about this guy stop lying about his son, he knows Ted was a Canadian citizen at birth and that he isnt eligible, and yet he is perpetrating this lie again an entire nation. If you do truly believe in God, you better start remembering you will be standing before him

  21. Doretha White

    February 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    WTF???!!!!j

  22. Steve Sarowitz

    February 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Jerry Stogsdill, whereas I share your general sentiments about wealthy evangelical pastors, they are not the ‘Anti-Christ’ as the Anti-Christ was specifically referring to someone who lived in the time of Christ. I also agree that Jesus had a ‘loving, caring, inclusive, generous, welcoming, compassionate’ spirit. Also, the “Prince of Peace” refers to Isaiah 9:6, which says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” However, Jesus does not fit this particular prophecy very well as shown by Matthew 10:34, which tells us to “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” and John 18:36, where Jesus lets us know that “My kingdom is not of this world.” Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, fits Isaiah 9:6 far better. He declared in 1863 as the Divine Messenger for our age, claiming that His mission was to unify the entire world and bring peace and created a worldwide system of governance designed to be used in the future when we are spiritually ready for it. The following words of Baha’u’llah were read at the first Parliament of World Religions in 1893: “That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religions should cease and differences of race be annulled. What harm is there in this? Yet so it shall be. These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come. Do not you in Europe need this also? Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind.”

  23. ChiMeng Chang

    February 9, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    These people are pathetic DELUSIONAL WACKJOBS making shit up to have their followers believe they have been given the authority, power and blessing from God Almighty! Talk about having a God Complex!
    And when it doesn’t go exactly the way they had plan – the fallback line is, “God is teaching us patience and humility!”
    Their mindset is beyond reason – just f**ked up hell-bent on power!

  24. Vincent Iannelli

    February 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    This is the faith healing church that was the site of a large measles outbreak a few years ago and which was featured on John Oliver’s show for calling doctor’s treatments poison.

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  26. Jim Rector

    February 9, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Definition of WACKJOBS: See above

  27. Mike Davis

    February 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    The danger is that one of these religious wackos will obtain a position of power and control. People such as Carson, Cruz, Bachmann, Palin and other apocalyptic believers already think we are headed to the “end times” as they calculate from their chosen writings. Such belief is dangerous because it could lead us into WWIII and the release of atomic weapons from countries like Pakistan, China, North Korea which be a self-fulfilling prophecy. The nut jobs all think Scotty will beam them up to heaven while the rest of nuked humanity glows in the dark for a few days before dying. These people are extremely dangerous along with those deluded morons who vote for them.

  28. lrdslvrhnd

    February 9, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    They forgot something they see. “We see the Separation of Church and State being repealed…”

  29. shell

    February 9, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I have read that quite a few of these people not only believe we are in the “end times”, but those in politics are actually trying to get it started. That is the real reason they are so fervent in their support for Netanyahu. Not because they love Israel so much.

  30. Robbi Jennings

    February 9, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Romans 13:1-7 states: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

  31. Patricia Dalton

    February 9, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Shell, you are absolutely correct. A lot of these nut-jobs WANT the end-times to come sooner rather than later. They are so egotistical and self-centered that they can’t wait to meet Jesus in person here on earth. And future generations? Tough luck! People have been predicting the end-times for 2,000 years, but I doubt that we ever had a political group hell-bent on bringing it on! The Republican leadership has lost their collective minds!

  32. Patricia Dalton

    February 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I am so confused! Didn’t God have a Preacher lay hands on Sarah Palin 7 years ago and announce that God had chosen her to lead the nation? Is God really that fickle? Plus, didn’t God personally tell Pat Robertson who was going to win the last Presidential Election? God told Pat not to tell anyone, but based on how gleeful Robertson seemed to be, I would have thought that God had planned on Matt Romney to be the guy!

  33. Paul Weaver

    February 10, 2016 at 12:01 am

    If we’re looking to find God’s anointed one then maybe we should look towards the Jewish immigrant who everybody is trying to condemn, just saying…

  34. Lorraine Easterling

    February 10, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Jerry I totally agree with you. These people are greedy money hungry preachers, I believe NOTHING THEY SAY.

  35. Mike Davis

    February 10, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Israel and the evangelicals are basing their claims on biblical deeds, “promised by God,” that the Jews are “God’s chosen people.” Never mind that they have no valid deed to the land they are progressively overtaking. When Israel was recognized as a separate entity after WWII, they began a campaign to drive all Palestinians out of land they had occupied for centuries, claiming “divine right of possession.” One can understand the frustration and anger of the Palestinians in having their land (by squatters rights if nothing else) forceably taken away from them.

    Read the book by Jimmy Carter “Peace, Not Apartheid” for a good look at the brutality of Israeli troops on the Palestinian people and the systematic incursion into their world.

    Of course the biblical literalists think that 2500 year old re-copied texts of the Old Testament written by unknown authors is a valid deed to Jewish lands (we have no originals of anything in the bible). Even the Jews of the diaspora (outside of Netanyahu and a few purists) do not support the forceable takeover of Palestine.

    Like so much of biblical “fullfilled prophesy,” there are those who are struggling to force a predestined conclusion under the “word of God.” Those misguided evangelicals must not be allowed to hold the reins of human decency and incur the wrath of the remainder of the civilized world.

  36. James Huctwith

    February 10, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Just think of these guys with the nuclear button, Homeland Security, the police and passport control under their fingertips, among other things.

  37. Ted C.

    February 10, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Just about to say the same thing. Pay up!

  38. Gary E Richardson

    February 10, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Would that be the same god that asked Ammon Bundy to occupy an Oregon wildlife refuge? …the god that promised him his own planet when he dies?

  39. Ramblings of a mad man

    February 10, 2016 at 9:21 am

    They might as well all be wearing brown shirts and goosestepping across the stage.

  40. Roiphe Q. Schmedlap

    February 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I’ll bet this Copeland-Cruz connection really opened the checkbooks. Praise Jayzus.

  41. MICKEY

    February 10, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Maybe you got the wrong message.. It was satan.. not god

  42. Perry

    February 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I’m starting to believe it was Bernie Madoff.

  43. Motherunit420 (@motherunit420)

    February 11, 2016 at 6:12 am

    A crown of thorns, of course.

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  45. Jim

    February 12, 2016 at 6:21 am

    And may I ask , what qualifies you to know what a true Christian is ?

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  47. ridovem00

    February 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    What has G*D been DRINKING, these days? (I’m a little concerned…) ^..^

  48. Don

    February 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I remember when George W Bush said “God spoke to me, he told me that Hussain has weapons of mass destruction and chemical weapons”. Today we know he was wrong. Even today we are suffering the consequences. I need a President who make important decisions based on science, logic, reason, common sense, and facts. I will not trust a president who talk to imaginary friends and listen to voices. Religion had the opportunity to rule in the Middle Age (Dark Ages) and it was a big mistake.

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    Then 80% of the black churches in America would lose their tax exempt status.

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