With a straight face, Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to be a Christian — asking us to believe the impossibility that he is the only person in world history to be a Christian without ever having to ask God for forgiveness.
In a July interview, Trump admitted that he has never asked God for forgiveness, but is somehow still a Christian:
“I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”
In other words, Trump doesn’t sin, he can do no wrong, and when he does, it’s so subtle and minor that he can handle it on his own. He doesn’t need to “bring God into the picture,” because his ego is so gargantuan that he places himself right up there with deity.
So in regards to Trump’s phony Christianity, in a slimy attempt to pander to the ever-important evangelical vote in the upcoming Iowa Caucus, he addressed the Christian audience at Liberty University and mangled the pronunciation of 2 (pronounces “Second” by all Christians) Corinthians, but Trump pronounced it “Two Corinthians,” indicating a biblical unfamiliarity perhaps only surpassed by his ignorance of the U.S. Constitution.
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Trump, of course, could not take responsibility for the embarrassing gaffe (because he can do no wrong), but instead blamed it on conservative evangelical leader Tony Perkins, who heads the powerful and influential Family Research Council.
As the Christian Post reported, Perkins admitted that he provided Trump with notes before his Liberty University speech on January 18, but that Trump’s saying “Two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians,” “shows that he’s not familiar with the Bible.”
Perkins told CNN’s Erin Burnett this week that he is “guilty as charged” for writing some helpful notes for Trump ahead of his speech at the Christian university on Martin Luther King, Jr. day.
“No, I don’t dispute it at all. I wrote the scripture reference, which is 2 Corinthians 3:17, which is how it’s written,” Perkins told Burnett on “OutFront” this week.
“I’m guilty as charged. That’s exactly what I did. I sent him a couple of suggestions of some things he could talk about as a connection point,” Perkins continued, adding that Trump’s mistake “shows that he’s not familiar with Bible.”
“Donald Trump’s a very interesting guy. There are some things about him that I find fascinating, that I like about him, as well as other Evangelicals [like about him],” Perkins added.
Perkins, who has several connections to the American Evangelical community, told CNN in December 2015 that while he’s leaning toward an official endorsement of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, he still has not made a definitive decision.
This whole “Two Corinthians” gaffe and the social media hilarity that ensued wouldn’t be a big deal if Trump wasn’t trying to be something he’s not for the purpose of duping voters into supporting him.
If Donald Trump is not a Christian — and he’s not — he should stop the charade and be honest about it. He should admit it’s impossible to be a Christian without having to ask God for forgiveness, that we are all “sinners saved by grace.”
He should admit his gaffe was caused by an ignorance of biblical scripture, take responsibility once for the words that flow out of his unfiltered mouth, and apologize to Tony Perkins for attempting to throw him under the bus just because his ego will not allow him to admit when he’s wrong.