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CEO of that ‘other’ evangelical magazine fires back at Christianity Today: ‘God raised up Trump to be president’

If you’ve ever wondered why evangelicals continue to support President Donald Trump in the face of his blatant racism, misogyny, and continual string of lies, CharismaNews publisher Steven Strang is here to tell you why. Strang was responding to the controversial storm stirred up by Christianity Today’s op-ed by Mark Galli, who said Trump should be removed from office.

Strang blamed the left-wing media because it “latched on to the online fury since they finally found a prominent evangelical who bought into their anti-Trump narrative.”

But rather than offering any salient reason as to why so many evangelicals still fawn over Trump, he uses this as an opportunity to slam the media — and make a sales pitch for his own book.

“Since the secular media seems fixated on what evangelicals think about President Trump, I want to go on the record that the ‘other’ evangelical magazine—Charisma—is 100 percent behind the president because even though he is not perfect (no one but Christ is), God has raised him up as a president to give America a reprieve (Strang never says from what.) Not only that but Charisma endorsed Trump in 2016 and put him on the cover, and I have written three books about him, each articulating the spiritual aspect of what is happening in America and why evangelicals and other conservatives must support this controversial president. The newest one releases Jan. 14, 2020, and is called God, Trump, and the 2020 election: Why he must win and what’s at stake for Christians if he loses.”

He also takes so-called “Never-Trumper” evangelicals to task, claiming that “thanks to Mark Galli” these people are all fired up, but also claims without evidence that they make up less than 20 percent of the evangelical movement. Even so, he’s worried about them and thinks they are “dangerous.” He reserves special criticism for Galli, who, he says “told me he is not a ‘Never-Trumper’ but that he didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 and probably won’t in 2020.”

Never-Trumpers, he claims, “should have an epiphany like Dr. Richard Land,” the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Strang writes that Land didn’t like Trump and supported all of the Democratic candidates running against him.

“But when it [came] to a binary choice between Hillary Clinton and President Trump, ‘it took me about one nanosecond that at the very worst, the president was the lesser evil versus Hillary Clinton. And frankly, he’s done a better job than I thought he would.”

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