Faith healer Kenneth Copeland asserted on Nov. 8 that he would be able to quickly deliver a message to President-elect Donald Trump because he is a member of Trump’s faith advisory council (video below).
Copeland made his announcement during his "America Stands: Election Coverage in the Spirit of Faith" broadcast while sitting next to controversialChristian historian David Barton, notes Right Wing Watch:
If something were to really strike my heart, if God really showed me something that I felt like and that the Lord would say, "You deliver this," I have no doubt of what I could deliver. And that was not true in presidents past even though we had influence in some areas in some ways...
I am totally convinced that if the Lord were to say something to me … that the president needs to hear. I have no doubt that we could do it and do it quickly and have audience to say, "Thus saith the Lord" and he wouldn’t just turn it over to an aide or something and just write it off. He would listen and it would mean something to him.
Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition that helped rally Christians behind Trump, told The New York Times: "I am confident he will do as president what he said he would do as a candidate."
"There was no way he had a chance without the pop of that Catholic vote," Reed added.
Catholics supported the thrice-married Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 52 percent to 45 percent, according to the Times.
While conservative Christians hope they can influence Trump in the Oval Office, Michael Wear, a former political consultant and faith adviser for President Barack Obama, believes it is Trump who has influenced them.
"Trump has really changed their entire political ethic," Wear said. "It’s moved from a principled basis to more of a utilitarian ethic, where the ends justify the means."