Pastor Scott Lively recently claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin champions "Christian values," but failed to mention the dark history of the former KGB agent.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Lively appeared on the "TruNews" radio show this week, where he praised Putin and strongly suggested that President Obama is the anti-Christ.
"We don’t want to gloss over the problems that we have with Mr. Putin, but by the same token he’s the only world leader capable of standing up to the West and he is championing the traditional marriage and Christian values regarding the central moral issue of our time that no one else has the capability to do what he’s doing," said Lively (audio below).
Lively also advocated that other countries "adopt a similar law that [Putin] just adopted," which forbids people from speaking in public about gay rights.
The pastor failed to mention that U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010 stated that Russia was a "mafia state" under Putin, where criminals and politicians work hand-in-hand.
According to The Guardian, the cables said that Putin's government included "arms trafficking, money laundering, personal enrichment, protection for gangsters, extortion and kickbacks, suitcases full of money and secret offshore bank accounts in Cyprus."
On the same radio show, Lively appeared to attack Obama in a prophecy that is supposed to come true in 2015 (audio below).
"So at the right time, after there’s been enough pain, what happens is the Antichrist, I won’t name any names here, but he is heading the largest superpower of the world today," claimed Lively.