Evangelicals are among the strongest supporters of Donald Trump, and now, with his former attorney and campaign manager facing years in prison, some are turning to creative ways to defend him.
One Alabama pastor broke out in tongues during a sermon this week after asking his congregation to pray against “witchcraft” being used to attack Trump.
Pastor John Kilpatrick warned congregants that nefarious forces were working to harm Trump and undermine the values of the United States.
“What’s happening right now in America, is witchcraft’s trying to take this country over,” he said. “It’s witchcraft that’s trying to take America back over.”
After asking the congregation to pray for the President, the enthusiastic pastor breaks out in tongues and begins shouting out:”God make him bold, make him strong! Preserve him, Holy Spirit! Keep him, Holy Spirit! Preserve him, Holy Spirit!”
Kilpatrick, founder of the Church of His Presence in Daphne in 2006, is best known for being pastor of the Brownsville Assembly in Pensacola, Florida. Known as the “Pensacola Outpouring,” the church attracted more than four million people to the pews between 1995-2000.
During his sermon, the minister repeatedly quotes 2 Kings 9:22, which attributes witchcraft to the biblical figure Jezebel, and claims the “Holy Spirit” spoke to him personally and warned that Trump’s presidency was at risk.
“I am not being political, but I don’t see how President Trump bears up under it,” Kilpatrick said. “He is as strong as I’ve ever seen a man be. But here’s what the Holy Spirit said to me last night and what He said for me to tell you. He said, ‘Tell the church that so far, Trump has been dealing with Ahab. But Jezebel’s fixing to step out from the shadows.’ That’s what the Lord said to me.”
The Lord has not yet commented on Trump’s presidency.