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Charlotte Megachurch Pastor Rebukes Trump-Endorsed 'God Bless The USA' Bible: 'It's Blasphemous' 

Milton Quintanilla | Crosswalk Headlines Contributor | Updated: Apr 26, 2024
Charlotte Megachurch Pastor Rebukes Trump-Endorsed 'God Bless The USA' Bible: 'It's Blasphemous' 

Charlotte Megachurch Pastor Rebukes Trump-Endorsed 'God Bless The USA' Bible: 'It's Blasphemous' 

North Carolina megachurch pastor recently spoke out against the overemphasis Christians place on politics above God. Loran Livingston, lead pastor of Central Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, delivered a Sunday sermon to his congregation of about 6,000 people concerning the importance of studying Scripture rightly without outside interference from false doctrine. "I'm here to tell you that is a cheap ploy," Livingston began. "If your spirit can't tell the difference from your soul, you will think that is OK."

Per Relevant, He also noted how some Christians have become overly-political and spoke out against Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" Bible, which was recently promoted by former President Donald Trump.

"Some of you bring politics into the church. You think that politics is spiritual stuff. Politics is of this world. You think it's your duty to be political about this, that, and the other. No, your duty is to serve the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, body, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Don't be talking to me about my spiritual responsibility to vote. I don't have a spiritual responsibility to vote. I have a civic privilege," the pastor explained.

"Don't be telling me that voting is spiritual. See, that's what happens when you don't read and pray. When you don't read and pray, you say, wow, there's a Bible out now that includes the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Isn't that wonderful? No. No, it's disgusting. It's blasphemous. It's a ploy. Are you kidding me? Some of you are so encouraged by that?"

"Let me tell you something. The gospel is not an American gospel. It is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ," he contended. Livingston also differentiated the U.S. Constitution and the Bible in pointing his church to what truly matters.

"But pastor, I bought the Bible. Really? You're telling me that you're encouraged because someone took a government U.S. Constitution, a document. That says we are of the people by the people and for the people, the people, the people, the people. And you have put it right beside the Word of God, which is eternal, unchanging, which says, of Him, by Him, through Him, to Him, from Him are all things. And you're going to put those together and be happy about it? God forbid." The pastor argued that Christians are too caught up in politics, and it is evident that they are lacking in their prayer lives.

"Now, you can get mad if you want to, but I'm going to tell you something. If you glory in that kind of thing, you don't have a prayer life," he told the congregation. "If you glory in that kind of mess, political mess, you do not know what the Word of God says. I'm going to rare back and tell you something: This is not my home. This world is not my home. I've been sent out just like the 70 were sent out. You've been put here and sent out just like the 70 were sent outWe've been put here as strangers and pilgrimsand we are passing through. I am just walking through."

"I'm just renting an apartment for a little while in this strange and foreign land. No sir, my real citizenship is in heaven from which we look for the Lord Jesus Christ," he asserted.

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Milton QuintanillaMilton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for CrosswalkHeadlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.

Charlotte Megachurch Pastor Rebukes Trump-Endorsed 'God Bless The USA' Bible: 'It's Blasphemous'