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Posted By: JoniTx, 6/4/2019 7:59:08 AM

The pastor of McLean Bible Church apologized for hurting some members of his congregation by praying for President Trump during an unscheduled visit.Trump visited the northern Virginia church on Sunday on his way back to the White House during a golf outing. His appearance at the church came the same day that evangelist Franklin Graham called for a special day of prayer for Trump. Pastor David Platt said Trump’s visit was unexpected and he didn’t have time to think through his actions.“My aim was in no way to endorse the president, his policies, or his party,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: NorthernDog 6/4/2019 8:09:40 AM (No. 90457)
FTA:I know that some within our church, for a variety of valid reasons, are hurt that I made this decision, They are hurt that the pastor prayed for the President of the United States? Seems like those folks could use a good sermon on whom to pray for.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 6/4/2019 8:11:03 AM (No. 90459)
Ah, the courage of our modern "religious leaders."
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Reply 3 - Posted by: spacer 6/4/2019 8:21:51 AM (No. 90466)
" Yea tho I walk through the Valley......" Well not so much, huh Rev?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: hammondb3 6/4/2019 8:22:57 AM (No. 90468)
The inmates are in charge.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: M2 6/4/2019 8:23:28 AM (No. 90470)
So Pastor David thinks that God looks more kindly upon him for not praying for Trump? Uh, no. God wants prayer for everyone. That this pastor would cave to the voices of hate against Jesus' command to pray, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us", is shameful and undeserving of his Office.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: jacksin5 6/4/2019 8:24:18 AM (No. 90471)
Praying for sinners is something we need to apologize for now? P.S. In my bible, we are all sinners.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Oldenoughtoknowbetter 6/4/2019 8:24:24 AM (No. 90472)
What we want is a leader. Trump was elected because someone finally stood up and said this is what we are going to try for the good of our country instead of blowing in the wind apologizing for everything. Ministers should do the same. The Bible says to pray for our leaders.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Namma 6/4/2019 8:25:26 AM (No. 90473)
So the pastor is saying that if I say a prayer for the person who committed these killings, because that person may be mentally ill, but still has a SOUL, that I condone his behavior. This pastor is nuts. Glad he is not my pastor.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Highlander 6/4/2019 8:25:56 AM (No. 90475)
The headline misleads and references made to his “apology” is not supported by the pastor’s direct statements. He did not apologize. He did the right and Godly thing to pray for Trump and the nation. His critics need to do more bible study or butt out.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Turninggrey 6/4/2019 8:29:41 AM (No. 90481)
Apologizing is so cowardly. Another weak man of God.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: ROLFNader 6/4/2019 8:37:10 AM (No. 90484)
Go lay down by your dish, er , collection plate....
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rumblehog 6/4/2019 8:43:30 AM (No. 90488)
We are all mandated to pray for our national leaders, per the Scripture! Why is this Pastor apologizing for following Scripture? How can it "hurt" a member of his congregation to pray for another? A true leader would eject such a member from his flock as being a wolf in sheep's clothing.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: dovestar 6/4/2019 8:49:55 AM (No. 90494)
There are so few priests and ministers emboldened by the Holy Spirit nowadays, it's no wonder the sheep are lost.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: jinx 6/4/2019 8:52:20 AM (No. 90499)
It is "pastors" like him who give Christianity a bad name. What a hypocrite. He obviously has no idea who Jesus Christ is or what he preached. I pray for Donald Trump every day and I also prayed for Obama.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: raspberry 6/4/2019 8:53:45 AM (No. 90502)
Those hurt and offended by prayers for Trump should be reminded that they are to pray for their enemies. Alas, another minister apologist without backbone or convictions. He tries to be all things to all people.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Chuzzles 6/4/2019 8:58:04 AM (No. 90506)
Disagree with the earlier poster. This pastor fumbled big time. Instead of worrying more about the snowflakes, he should have given a sermon about praying for our leaders, and that if somebody walks into the church and wants to pray, who are those snowflakes to deny them that right? With that attitude, they should worry more about how God views THEM. Besides praying for leaders, the Bible also admonishes us about being aware of angels who may visit a church, so do not judge on appearance. The snowflakes did a mighty lot of judging, and that should not be apologized for.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: TexasRose 6/4/2019 8:59:02 AM (No. 90507)
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, " I Tim. 2:4. Wasn't Nero the ruler at the time Paul wrote this?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 6/4/2019 9:00:28 AM (No. 90509)
How pathetic.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Nevadadad46 6/4/2019 9:09:24 AM (No. 90517)
I guess this fellow, who claims to be a preacher, that is someone educated in the passages of the Bible never heard of the passage from Mark 2: 15-17. Let me paste a bit of it for us so we can be refreshed- Mark 2:15-17 King James Version (KJV) 15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Would that the man prayed for the President of the United States? Is he not doing as Jesus would have, even in the eyes of the President's enemies? Can there be no less educat4ed "Christians" than these people the good Pastor calls his congregation? It seems to me, he needs to do a sermon or two on the fundamentals of what it means to truly walk in the path Christ has set for them. So, if I myself were a man of prayer, I would pray for him to receive guidance in that. But, since I am not, I will include that in my usual talk with God. (Yeah, I talk to God. I talk, He listens. I am continually amazed that He shows me how much he takes to heart my little musings. Sometimes, I think I even make Him laugh.)
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Daria 6/4/2019 9:11:32 AM (No. 90520)
I would respectfully ask the pastor to refer those who are "hurt" by his actions to Luke 6: 27-28, Peter 1: 3-15 and maybe Romans 12:21. What's needed here is pastoral guidance, not backtracking - and yes I would say this if he had prayed for Obama.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 6/4/2019 9:29:35 AM (No. 90539)
So let me get this straight, the so called Christians that belong to this church don't want their pastor praying for the President of the United States? So they decide who is worthy of prayer? Wow now that is really what I call a sin of pride, one of the most deadly, to think that you are better than someone else and not worthy of prayer. Shame on you, and shame on your pastor who give some garbage apology saying he did not have time to think about this. So tell us pastor how exactly would you have done it differently? Would you not pray for someone who asks you specifically to pray for them? I have never heard of such a thing, not in any Christian church I know of. Please tell us how wonderful your congregation must be to be so filled with hatred for a man they do not even know and who asks for nothing but prayer. This is the saddest and most disgusting thing I have heard in a long time and I hope that those people whose hearts are so filled with hate may find some way out of their misery. I pray for them to find their way.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Gnana1 6/4/2019 9:43:27 AM (No. 90552)
Well, cross the mega church off my schedule. A pastor should NEVER apologize for praying for anyone. What a crappy thing to do.... However, God heard the prayer, and stands by the man we call Trump. God also keeps a list of fake pastors who make lots of money from the pulpit. This pastor in effect denied the power of prayer, the power of God, and caved to mere men/women.....or media pressure. Shame on Platt
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Reply 23 - Posted by: AlpineLace 6/4/2019 9:47:57 AM (No. 90556)
Ummm, no he did not, fake news.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 6/4/2019 10:11:57 AM (No. 90568)
Hey REV. My Bible says that only God chooses who will lead any nation! He is fully in control. Sorry about your butthurt congregation, but maybe some bible study instead of preaching about money and happy happy talk might help? No?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: judy 6/4/2019 10:25:45 AM (No. 90580)
The Bible says pray for your leaders.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: ebolamadcow 6/4/2019 10:37:30 AM (No. 90586)
Pastor, you're going to hell.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: msjena 6/4/2019 10:43:31 AM (No. 90593)
#26, judge not. I think the pastor is a sincere Christian but I also think that he shouldn't have to apologize for praying for our President. Do people really think it would be a bad thing if God gave our elected leaders wisdom and strength?
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Reply 28 - Posted by: dwa 6/4/2019 10:47:31 AM (No. 90594)
This person is not much of a pastor.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: thethirdruffian 6/4/2019 10:48:47 AM (No. 90598)
Praying for leaders dates back to 586 BCE: Specifically, the prayer for the government is a biblical prayer, and is read during the Saturday morning service on Shabbat. The concept of praying for the wellbeing of the government was started by the prophet Jeremiah after the first expulsion from Jerusalem. Seeing as the Jewish people could not govern themselves, they implored G-d to guide their foreign rulers. David Abudarham first introduced this prayer into the modern siddurim (prayer book) in the 14th century. Jews have adopted different prayers for the governments of the countries in which they live. The prayer is read aloud after the Torah reading, but before the Torah is placed back into the ark. This blessing asks G-d to guard the proceedings of the government and the nation’s leaders. Jeremiah 29:7 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” If this "preacher" actually taught his followers Torah/Bible, no explanation would be needed. (Note, I am just an Orthodox Jewish guy, not hardly a Biblical scholar, and I know this. Pathetic)
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Harlowe 6/4/2019 11:06:20 AM (No. 90610)
Although there are many passages in Scripture about those in authority, 1 Timothy 2:1-2 is very clear: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Moritz55 6/4/2019 11:14:52 AM (No. 90617)
Retired Lutheran pastor here. We always had prayers for those in authority. But in addition, I always hold the members of my churches that if they voted for those who got elected, they ought to pray for them; if they didn’t vote for those who got elected, that’s all the more reason to pray for them. I used to pray a lot for Obama.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: SALady 6/4/2019 11:42:17 AM (No. 90633)
If that were my congregation, this coward would be gone or I would!!!! When you are such a coward that you feel the need to apologize for saying a prayer for the president of the United States -- your president and the president of everyone in your congregation -- that is clearly not God working through your words or actions!!!! This poser had better decide who he is going to serve!!!!
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Reply 33 - Posted by: SabraJet 6/4/2019 11:42:22 AM (No. 90635)
Just basic 101 Christianity that the Reverend must have skipped over, Jesus said that we were to pray for those in power. He said that when Harold the Greats awful sons were governing Israel and Roman Emperors ruled them. At no time did he say pray only for those leaders you agree with. Yes, and pray for the Clinton and Obama's of this world.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: franq 6/4/2019 11:59:23 AM (No. 90647)
This seemed very disturbing, based on the headline. Read what Rev. Platt actually said. Doesn't sound like an apology to me, nor should it.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: mizzmac 6/4/2019 12:17:53 PM (No. 90655)
An elder in my evangelical church changed the words of the Lord's Prayer in worship to pray for illegal immigrants and ask forgiveness for those of us who have not welcomed them with open arms, no questions asked. And nobody apologized for hurting anyone. The presence of politics and politicians in church is only permissible if they are liberal. Conservatism is equated more and more with hate, and Christian conservatives are seen as being in need of repentance for their views.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: felixcat 6/4/2019 12:28:33 PM (No. 90666)
Another poster stated yesterday about this pastor that he was a good guy. Maybe, but he is weak.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: Tennman 6/4/2019 12:47:22 PM (No. 90674)
It's often said that when Christ returns and calls his children home, many, many churches will cocntinue as if nothing ocurred. Looks like this one can be added to the list. Sure not acting Christian at all.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: TXknitter 6/4/2019 5:40:26 PM (No. 90790)
Thank you so much, #32. The passivity and the cowardice of so many believers today is sickening.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: franq 6/4/2019 6:15:33 PM (No. 90804)
It still seems like the headline is twisting it.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: Trigger2 6/5/2019 7:00:35 AM (No. 90998)
Some pastor he is. Obviously unqualified to be one.
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Beto O'Rourke Announces "Voting Rights"Plan 22 replies
Posted by Muguy 6/6/2019 6:52:39 AM Post Reply
Former Congressman and current Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke has laid out a plan he says would help the country "realize the full potential of our democracy." O'Rourke's campaign says the "Voting Rights and Democracy Reform Plan" could increase registration by 50 million voters and turn 35 million additional voters to the polls by 2024. O'Rourke's plan is built around three parts. One would focus on increasing voter turnout. The plan would allow same-day voter registration. Twenty states and Washington DC allow same-day registration now.​ Sixteen and 17 year olds would be automatically pre-registered.
Trump admin tells U.S. embassies
they can't fly pride flag on flagpoles
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Posted by FlyRight 6/7/2019 3:33:26 PM Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, three American diplomats tell NBC News. The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump's State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said.
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