‘God, Trump, and COVID-19’: Persisting through Criticisms Connects Trump to Churchill

Strang: Trump Resembles the British Prime Minister as a Persistent Leader in Tumultuous Times

ORLANDO, Fla. — Occupying the Oval Office may be President Donald Trump’s maiden voyage into politics from his previous career in business and showbusiness, but Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis suggests he has much in common with one of Western civilization’s most crucial statesmen — Winston Churchill — according to award-winning journalist and author Stephen E. Strang.

Strang, founder of Charisma Media and author of the newly released “God, Trump, and COVID-19,”says Trump is showing courage and persistence as he leads during an unpredictable and tumultuous season. In his article published in the Charisma Magazine titled, “Why Trump’s Many Detractors Only Reveal His Leadership Strengths,”Strang shares the connection he sees between Trump and Churchill.

“In the face of Hitler’s military might, Churchill had to resolve to move ahead anyhow and to never quit,” Strang writes. “History has shown that Winston Churchill was the right man at the right time to be used by God, yet he was also unpopular.

“Trump resembles the indefatigable British prime minister, who often went against convention, decorum and his own party to badger the people of Great Britain into defending their country against Hitler’s Third Reich,” Strang continues.

Churchill was flawed, and Trump has weaknesses as well, but Strang reminds his readers that God still placed them in authority to lead their countries during trying moments in history. Strang’s new book, “God, Trump, and COVID-19,” describes how Trump has led the United States during this difficult season due to the coronavirus crisis. In his podcast, “The Strang Report,” Strang discusses the constant flow of disapproval the president has faced while leading the country through this global health crisis.

“Here we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, and it’s ironic to me and hypocritical that so many on the left have been so desperate to criticize Donald Trump in his quest to make America great again,” Strang said. “For example, in his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, the criticisms are wide and varied. Trump didn’t close the borders soon enough — he closed them too soon — he didn’t speak up enough — he spoke up too much — he took the advice of the wrong people — he didn’t listen to enough people.”

While Hitler’s conquest to take over Great Britain certainly differed from the social, economic, and political divisiveness America is experiencing, both Churchill and Trump have withstood opposition to their administrations while working to provide the best lives for their citizens. Trump has weathered much criticism but continues to lead the nation anyway, Strang says.

“Like Churchill, Trump is the target of opposition forces seeking to silence him for his bluntness and to stop him from speaking from the heart about problems the political establishment has been sweeping under the carpet for generations.”

“God, Trump, and COVID-19”is a timely follow-up to Strang’s “God, Trump and the 2020 Election,” revealing insider information about China, the virus, and the ever-increasing stakes of the upcoming election.  It will answer the question for Christian believers (and seekers) asking, “Where is God in all this?

“God, Trump, and COVID-19” is published by FrontLine, an imprint of Charisma House, which publishes books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians.

The book is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats at www.godtrump2020.com.

Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist who founded Charisma magazine, the only national evangelical magazine to endorse President Trump. He is also best-selling author of “God and Donald Trump.” Voted by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Evangelicals in America, Strang has interviewed four U.S. presidents and has been featured on many media outlets, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and CBN.

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Best-Selling Author Stephen E. Strang Releases New Book, ‘God, Trump, and COVID-19’

Award-Winning Journalist Analyzes Trump’s Handling of Coronavirus Pandemic, Reveals Insider Information and Discusses Why the Crisis Has Made the Christian Vote All the More Crucial in 2020

ORLANDO, Fla.—Author, Christian businessman and award-winning journalist Stephen E. Strang is releasing an extremely timely new book: God, Trump, and COVID-19.”

Strang’s newest work, available in both e-book and paperback, comes on the heels of God, Trump, and the 2020 Election,which stresses why the Christian vote will be so critical in 2020.

God, Trump, and COVID-19: How the Pandemic Is Affecting Christians, the World, and America’s 2020 Election” details how, just as the economy was booming and Donald Trump was fixing long-term problems and beating back attacks from his opponents, a brand-new virus shakes up everything including the outcome of the 2020 Election. Strang shares inside information about what happened in China early in the pandemic and what went wrong around the world. He even documents what happened and how Donald Trump has led the nation in this time of crisis.

In “God, Trump, and COVID-19,” Strang also discusses the ever-increasing stakes of the upcoming election. Strang seeks to answer the question, for both Christian believers and seekers, “Where is God in all of this?” “God, Trump, and COVID-19” also provides an unreported 1986 prophecy by the late David Wilkerson about a plague coming that would shut down the government as well as schools, churches, restaurants, bars and thousands of businesses—and would shake New York City as it’s never been shaken. Wilkerson said this plague would force believers into radical prayer that will spark an awakening—something echoed by Christian leaders and prophets.

In 2016, God raised up Donald Trump to lead America at a pivotal time. Evangelicals who recognized this backed him more than any other presidential candidate in history,” Strang says. “Heading into Election Day 2020, the stakes are even higher, especially with the uncertainty and upheaval caused by COVID-19. This book is really ‘part two’ of ‘God, Trump, and the 2020 Election,’ which details the fight for the soul of America. Christians need this continuation to fully realize all that’s at stake. For example, with the shutdown caused by the coronavirus, serious anti-Christian trends surfaced, such as some states closing ‘non-essential’ churches but allowing liquor stores to provide curbside service. Or ceasing all elective surgeries except abortion, which is the taking of a life while the purpose in shutting down the economy was to save lives from this dreaded virus.”

God, Trump, and COVID-19” is released by FrontLine, an imprint of Charisma House, which publishes books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians.

Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist who founded Charisma magazine, the only national evangelical magazine to endorse President Trump. He is also best-selling author of “God and Donald Trump.” Voted by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Evangelicals in America, Strang has interviewed four U.S. presidents and has been featured on many media outlets, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC and CBN.

Media Kit: bit.ly/StrangGTC19

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What Will Christians Do About November?

God, Trump, and the 2020 Election’ Author Stephen E. Strang Writes About the Urgency of Christians’ Actions on So Many Aspects of Culture

(Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist, Charisma founder and author of the best-seller “God and Donald Trump.” This content was excerpted from his new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election.”)

By Stephen E. Strang

As the pause button is pressed on aspects of American life today, what does this mean for November’s election?

Regardless, it seems our nation has been divided into voting blocs, and Christians, especially Evangelicals, are an influential one. But our strength is in our numbers, and too many conservative Christians are tempted to disengage on Election Day. The fact is, whether liberal or conservative, not all Christians vote, and even conservative Christians who do go to the polls don’t always vote based on biblical principles.

Historian David Barton watches Christian voting trends with interest and says no one can know precisely what the actual numbers are; they are based only on generally identified percentages in the United States. There will be regions where these numbers will be higher or lower, but they all combine to form a national general picture.

  • The current U.S. population is 329.4 million.
  • The number of eligible voters (those at least 18 years old) is 255.7 million (which is 77.6% of the total population).
  • Professing Christians are 70.6% of the population, or 180.8 million eligible voters.
  • 33.1% of eligible voters are not registered to vote, including 59.8 million Christians.
  • 36% of professing Christians are considered Evangelical, so 21.5 million Evangelicals are unregistered.

Short story: about 59.8 million professing Christians are not registered to vote, of whom about 21.5 million are professing Evangelicals also not registered to vote. In my book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election,” I discuss how both Republicans and Democrats are trying to get more people to register who they believe will vote for their candidates. If we are concerned, as I am, that people “vote biblically,” the situation becomes more complicated.

“Getting church people to register to vote will not necessarily result in improved candidates,” Barton said. For example, despite efforts to get Christians to register and vote in the 2016 presidential election, 57% of all first-time voters supported Hillary Clinton. “That is one of the highest levels of support she received from any group,” Barton said. “Thus, just because church people get registered to vote does not mean they will vote in a biblical or conservative manner.”

Barton points to statistics that show only a small percentage of Christians have a biblical worldview, a fraction read the Bible on a daily basis, and many American pastors are unwilling to preach on issues they deem too political. So if Christians are not taught to view current issues through a biblical worldview, we should not be surprised if they do not necessarily vote according to Christian values. Barton told me, however, Christians do get involved in political activities if their pastors are talking about what the Bible says about current moral and cultural issues.

Likewise, prayer network organizer, Pastor Frank Amedia, told me God is doing mighty things in the nation right now, but he believes the church must again become aware of the power of God. He tells the story of a well-known Korean pastor who visited the U.S. at the request of one of the biggest denominations. When the pastor came to America, he was disheartened at the lack of zeal for the Lord. Just before he left to return to Korea, he told the pastors who invited him that the American church has a form of godliness but no power.

“I think we need to be a voice calling the body of Christ to get hot, to get on fire and not to be complacent or live on the laurels of an election that was won a couple years ago when we’re losing so many battles day by day in the earth today,” Amedia said.

Charismatic prayer leader and Bible teacher Dutch Sheets believe there will be a revival around the world. Dutch believes this revival will be “like the Jesus movement of the late 1960s-70s, except on steroids.” He’s been traveling the country announcing that God is “birthing the future,” adding, “we’ve been having some of the most powerful, significant gatherings I have ever participated in. And it’s not because there is a great explosion of power; it’s because there is such incredible depth that has come to the remnant church—the praying church. In the past 25 years, millions have prayed and fasted, and we are seeing those prayers answered. It’s been encouraging.”

But at the same time, Dutch, like other leaders, is aware of the vitriolic hate and the attacks against Trump, which are exposing the Left for who they really are and what they really believe.

“I believe it’s all demonically motivated because I believe the powers of darkness are so angry to be seeing the momentum they had gained for the last 40 to 50 years being reversed,” Dutch said. “Because if America becomes weak and loses these markers and loses our strength, we can no longer be the basis for [spreading] the gospel around the world that we need to be. The awakening that’s coming in is going to impact America, but it’s going to be around the world.”

One of the most articulate spokesmen for Christian values is Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas. He’s a regular on Lou Dobbs’ show on the Fox Business Network, and Dobbs asked him almost two years before the election to prognosticate on the political situation in this country.

“The Left has been doing everything they can to try to delegitimize this president since day one,” Jeffress said. “First it was the ‘collusion illusion.’ That hasn’t worked out. And now they created what I call the myth of the midterm massacre—this idea that somehow the GOP lost massive amounts because of Trump’s unpopularity. That is complete fiction. First of all, President Trump did not have the shellacking that Obama did in losing sixty House seats and six Senate seats. Instead he had minimal losses in the House and picked up three Senate seats.”

Let me pause to say I agree with Jeffress, and I believe the president came out ahead in the midterms because the senators from swing states who opposed him about Kavanaugh are gone. I can’t say that surprises me. The debacle surrounding Kavanaugh was one of the most despicable things in Congress I’ve ever seen.

Jeffress continued: “I’m going to make this prediction … that the House flipping and being under the leadership of Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi is going to give President Trump an even larger reelection majority win in 2020. This is all going to work for good … I believe there is great momentum and support behind this president because he’s focusing on results, and we are seeing those results every day of every week.”

Lou asked him who will win in 2020, and Jeffress answered loud and clear: “Donald J. Trump.”

What happens if Jeffress is wrong and Trump loses? What is at stake? Everything. That’s why people must pray. There’s an old axiom that says we need to pray as if everything depends upon God and act as if everything depends upon us—because it does! Never has this been truer than at this critical hour when our nation’s future hangs in the balance. Because we know this is a spiritual battle, prayer is absolutely critical in winning the fight. But it won’t mean much if you don’t vote. If any of the current Democratic presidential candidates wins the election this November, America as we know it is certain to pass away in our lifetime.

As Christian Americans, you and I have enjoyed the traditions of freedom and religious liberty that we’ve inherited from generations before us—values that have defined the United States from its inception. President Trump has vowed that under his watch, we will continue to reap these blessings in our nation. He has vowed that America will never become a socialist country. He has vowed that we will be a nation that believes in the power of prayer. And he has vowed that we will remain one nation under God.

As people of faith, we cannot stand by and allow these rights and privileges to be erased. We must stand up and be counted, casting votes that protect the values we hold most dear. It is the only way we will preserve those rights and freedoms for the generations that follow.

Compromise in the Church

(Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist, Charisma founder and author of the best-seller “God and Donald Trump.” This content was excerpted from his new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election.”)

By Stephen E. Strang

If the enemy causes the extremists on the Left and others in culture to oppose the work of God, what role is the church supposed to play? The Bible says that “judgment [begins] at the house of God.” Is it possible then that the church is partly responsible for our nation’s current condition because it has abdicated its prophetic role?

And will this have an effect on the 2020 election?

While there has never been a perfect time since mankind sinned way back in the Garden of Eden, it seems things are getting worse—almost as if our cultural decline is happening at warp speed now. It’s manifesting itself on a global scale but also through the cultural divide we see so plainly in our own nation.

The belief that what has happened in America over the last century has to do with the differences between Republicans and Democrats betrays serious confusion. As I explain in my new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election,” the war is spiritual. It is a battle between evil and good, between darkness and light. To put it in other terms, two distinct religions are vying for control of America’s public square: secularism and Christianity. They cannot coexist; one will ultimately cause the destruction of the other.

From Anti-Religious to Anti-Church

To claim, as many do, that liberals are anti-religious or anti-Christian is one thing, but to show statistically that Democrats believe churches have a negative impact on society is a couple of steps beyond mere suspicion. But that’s precisely what the Pew Research Center discovered when it examined liberal and conservative opinions of the church. In a July 2017 report, Pew found that 44% of liberal Democrats view churches as a negative influence. (Just 14% of Republicans held that view.) The study also found that 46% of those unaffiliated with any religion (and 43% of those who seldom or never attend religious services) believe churches have a negative impact on society.

To show how divided the worldviews of Republicans and Democrats are, the same study found that 85% of Republicans believe the national news media have a negative impact on society, but only 46% of Democrats held that view. (Note that 51% of liberal Democrats say the news media have a positive impact on the country.)

Reacting to the report, Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, D.C., said he believes the Democratic Party is rapidly on its way to becoming the opposition party to the Christian church in America. “We’ve [never] really had a political party, as many European nations do, with an opposition to the church,” he said, “and hopefully we never will, but the trend seems to be that much of the Democratic Party—a plurality—seems to be heading in that direction.”

It would be a great historical irony if the nation were to end up with a two-party system that was essentially a pro-religion political party and an anti-religion political party going head to head in America—a salutary reminder of the English Civil War with the Protestant Roundheads versus the royalist Cavaliers. As Tooley said, such a scenario “would be potentially dangerous.”

Tooley noted that “many liberals ideologically are very statist … so for them, the Church and other institutions in civil society may seem peripheral—or unneeded—as the government can do it all on its own.” He added that many people hostile to religion fail to fully appreciate the impact religious institutions can have for good in society. But a substantial number of Americans have apparently made up their minds, deciding that the label “No Religion” best describes their belief system.

Conservative activist David Lane, founder of the American Renewal Project, has been sounding this alarm for years. “‘Western culture that at first drifted and is now rushing headlong into apostasy from the Triune God’ is a direct result of the vacuum created as American Christendom relinquished the town square. The disengagement from the culture by Christians left a void in America that is now being filled by everything anti-Christ,” Lane wrote in his weekly American Renewal Project newsletter.

“Decisions have consequences. The gathering storm engendered by Baby Boomers and passed on to the Millennial and Gen Z generations to sort out, will come down hard on the weak-kneed and lily-livered,” he wrote. “What Christian minister and cultural theologian P. Andrew Sandlin styled ‘Sunday-go-to-meetin’ Christianity’ has been the prevailing attitude over the last century. Making no demands on the culture, this attitude exposed ‘the entire West to the risk of a grave cultural and political crisis, and perhaps to a collapse of civilization.’ … The last two generations of Americans handed down this attitude to their children and their children’s children.

Lane predicts that a battle over freedom of conscience is coming, and it will be “with the secular and media luminaries who dominate the spiritual, intellectual, educational, economic, and vocational cultural mountains of influence in America. ‘Big Business’ has become allied with the secular Left, turning into active combatants attempting to put the final nail in the coffin of America’s once biblically-based culture. Public education already did so about fifty years ago, bringing America’s schooling down to the lowest common denominator.”

In another newsletter Lane noted that “contemporary secular political leadership ‘hates knowledge of the moral order and scorns correction.’ … Expecting them to comprehend that moral relativism, state-enforced morality and political correctness embody the death knell to sustainable freedom is equally unlikely, and foolish altogether to them, as expecting natural man to dismiss that life and life’s events are endowed with the Spirit of God.”

This is all the more reason to get behind a president like Donald Trump—and many are getting the message. Historian David Barton noticed an interesting trend among evangelical pastors, many of whom did not support Trump in 2016 probably because they didn’t like his personality. Recent polls show 50% of these pastors are finally supporting the president. Still, it is likely that Trump has less support among evangelical pastors than he does among Evangelicals overall. In 2016 some 81% of white Evangelicals voted for the brash developer from Queens, and Evangelicals have continued to support him despite the constant stream of negative news by most of the mainstream media and their criticism of nearly everything he does.

Barton says that in the current anti-Christian environment many pastors have been able to finally get over not liking Trump’s tweets or the way he is shaking things up and, like most lay evangelical Christians, see the president as their champion. But their members saw it first and in 2016 actually ignored the advice of many of their pastors and other Christian leaders who were active Never Trumpers.

The urgent call in present-day America is for Christians to expose the current idols active in the public square. Nonbelievers lack both the moral fiber and the will to fathom what the battle for the soul of America is about.

Is Donald Trump Foreshadowed in the Bible?

(Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist, Charisma founder and author of the best-seller “God and Donald Trump.” This content was excerpted from his new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election.”)

By Stephen E. Strang

Evangelical Christians believe the Bible is God’s plan for mankind. But is it possible that ancient figures in Scripture foreshadow leaders of our own day—revealing what they do and when they rise and fall, even down to the exact timing of dates?

I can’t say for certain, but the evidence I gathered from Christian leaders while writing my new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election” may give us a peek into the spiritual dimension of what is happening in our day.

I was surprised when during the 2016 presidential campaign I began hearing comparisons between this political outsider named Donald Trump and Cyrus the ancient Persian king who, although never a true follower of the Hebrew God, declared that the Lord God of heaven charged him to build Him a house in Jerusalem—the temple. In other words, God used a pagan king to accomplish His purposes.

Can the same be said of Donald Trump? Did God raise him up as He did King Cyrus to accomplish His purposes?

I’ve been following politics for a long time. I still remember going with my dad to see Richard Nixon speak at a rally in Tampa, Florida, during his 1968 presidential campaign. Years later, I saw Jimmy Carter visit the newspaper where I worked in Orlando, and I was in the room when Reagan gave his famous “evil empire” speech at the National Association of Evangelicals conference in 1983. Yet in all the years I’ve been observing politics, I’ve never heard of any political candidates—Republican or Democratic—being compared to biblical figures. The one exception is Harry Truman, who referred to himself as Cyrus during a speech to a Jewish group after the United States recognized Israel as a sovereign nation. But since his election Donald Trump has been compared to several biblical figures, not only to Cyrus. Why?

To understand whether God has raised up President Trump, you must first believe in God. Then you must understand that He has ruled over all the earth since the beginning of time and that He reveals Himself to mankind in His holy Word, which we call the Bible.

In the Bible and its stories of ancient people, there are mysteries that help unlock an understanding of how God is working. Of course, this isn’t always easy to see. There’s a New Testament scripture that even says, “Now we see through a glass, darkly,” meaning we don’t always understand what we can’t clearly see. But as I saw more and more parallels between Trump and certain biblical figures, I began to see more clearly their significance.

It was helpful to me to hear other leaders use Cyrus, the pagan Persian king, as an example of how God raised up a nonbeliever to accomplish His plans and purposes in the Old Testament. One of those leaders was Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who likened the U.S. president to Cyrus in 2019 before meeting Trump in the Oval Office. In fact Netanyahu has made several statements associating Trump with King Cyrus.

Jonathan Cahn, the author of “The Harbinger,” also sees a connection. He said, “Trump’s proclamation concerning Jerusalem holds striking parallels to the decree of the Persian king Cyrus as recorded in the Bible.” He went on to explain that “each proclamation recognizes the right of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. The result of Cyrus’ decree was the rebuilding of Jerusalem after 70 years. The result of Trump’s decree was the inauguration of the American embassy in Jerusalem after 70 years of Israel’s existence—to the exact day.”

Cahn also sees significance in Trump becoming president at age 70. Many Christians perceive meaning in the pattern of the number 70 in Trump’s presidency that correlates to scriptural passages. In his latest book, “The Oracle,” Cahn explains that Donald Trump moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem exactly 70 years from when the Jewish state was formed. Seventy years was also the length of the Jewish exile foretold by Jeremiah, who wrote: “For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will … perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return.”

The prophecy was fulfilled when Cyrus became king of Persia exactly 70 years after the exile. And according to Cahn, the separation of the newborn Jewish state from Jerusalem and the world’s refusal to grant Israel legal recognition of its ancient capital was a type of exile ended by Trump. As I mentioned previously, President Harry Truman, who recognized Israel soon after its birth was announced in 1948, even referred to himself as Cyrus because he encouraged the Jewish diaspora to return home. Raised going to Sunday school, Truman knew the prophecies that the Jewish people would one day return to their homeland. So if Trump is also like Cyrus, the two Cyruses frame the 70 years of Israel’s existence.

In “The Oracle,” Cahn elaborates:

“And when [President Trump] issued that declaration, he made special mention of another president. He spoke of the other Cyrus, Harry Truman. And his declaration contained the phrase that would link the modern declaration to the ancient—the phrase 70 years. He said this: ‘It was 70 years ago that the United States, under President Truman, recognized the State of Israel.’ So the proclamation itself makes note that the proclamation is itself going forth at the end of a 70-year period.”

I’m proud to call Cahn a close friend and to also be his publisher. “The Harbinger” has been the best-selling book my company has ever published, and it has spawned other popular books, including “The Paradigm.” Here, Cahn found in the Old Testament comparisons between contemporary and ancient leaders, including between two couples: the wicked King Ahab and his pagan wife, Jezebel, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. In Christian prophetic circles, preachers like to use Jezebel to represent any evil, but never before “The Paradigm” had anyone shown the parallels between Ahab and Jezebel and Bill and Hillary Clinton in such a detailed way.

But Cahn does not stop there. He goes on to show parallels between Bible characters and other leaders, including Barack Obama. The Clintons and Obama won’t be running against Trump in 2020, so you might be asking yourself why this matters in a book about the upcoming election. It matters because the timing of each leader’s emergence on the national stage and his or her rise to prominence matches the parallels from Israel’s history that Cahn uncovers in his book.

And all of it leads up to Donald Trump.