Kenneth Copeland Says Ted Cruz ‘Called and Anointed’ for Presidency at Conference With Raphael Cruz

Copeland Cruz-compressedFORT WORTH, Texas — Raphael Cruz, the father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, recently spoke at a minister’s conference hosted by Texas prosperity preacher Kenneth Copeland, during which time Copeland declared Cruz to be “called and anointed” for the presidency.

Cruz appeared at the Jan. 19 KCM Minister’s Conference in Fort Worth, where he spoke about the biblical standards for voting and the need to reclaim America for Christ.

“If the wicked are in authority, they are going to legislate their wicked brand of morality,” he proclaimed.

Prior to taking the stage, Copeland declared in his introduction of Cruz, “I believe with all my heart that his son is called and anointed to be the next president of the United States.”

“To God be all the glory. It’s an honor to be here with you,” Cruz said, patting Copeland’s arm, “and with all of you people here.”

At the end of his teaching, Copeland asked Cruz to outline how the family spent time in prayer before his son announced his candidacy for office. Cruz said that his son had spent six months praying, and recalled the day that the family gathered in his pastor’s office praying for two hours.

“I remember the final word came from Ted’s wife, from Heidi, and the word from the Lord was, ‘Seek My face, not My Hand,'” he stated. “[I]t was as if a cloud of the Holy Spirit descended on that room. And all of a sudden we were all worshiping.”

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“And the words that came out from Ted’s mouth were, ‘Here am I, Lord, use me. Let Your will be done,'” Cruz outlined. “It was total brokenness, and I’ll tell you, I believe that God has raised him up for such a time as this.”

Copeland and other word of faith preachers, such as Jerry Saville and Keith Moore, laid hands on Cruz and prayed for strength and boldness for the preacher. Copeland’s son-in-law George Pearsons then prayed that prophesies of a “new birth” of the nation would come to pass, where prayer would return to schools and abortion abolished.

As previously reported, around the same time that Copeland asserted that Cruz was “called and anointed” by God to be president, a group of 50 African American pastors gathered in Philadelphia to lay hands on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to “decree and declare the favor of the Lord” on her for the presidency.

In November, leadership and motivational speaker Lance Wallnau declared that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had been given “an anointing for the mantle of government.”

“God has given this man an anointing for the mantle of government in the United States and he will prosper,” Wallnau asserted.

Copeland was also among those present in October when over 30 members of the clergy met with Trump at his New York City tower and laid hands on him to pray for his potential presidency.

“[W]e ask you today to give this man your wisdom, boldly. Make sure and certain that he hears You. Manifest Yourself to him,” he prayed. “And we thank You and praise You for a bold man, a strong man and an obedient man.”


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  • gizmo23

    God obviously tells different people different things in order to confuse us. Either that or these guys are just full of it.
    Personally I don’t trust anyone that says they speak for God or God tells them to run for office

    • abbygirl08

      Well one of them is obviously wrong. Copeland says Cruz is anointed to be president — Wallnau says Trump. I think you’re right — they’re full of it.

    • jr61020

      Well The Lord does tell people stuff if they spend time with .HIM and know His voice. The problem is many times people confuse their inner voice to God’s voice or Satan’s voice. Then their desires and feelings take over and they do what they want anyway and state God told me to do this or that

      • Paige Turner

        When you speak to god its called religion

        When god speaks to you its called schizophrenia

        • jr61020

          A little cutesy saying…really?

          • Paige Turner

            Voices in your head that only you can hear is a very troubling issue.

          • jr61020

            Apparently you have never heard God speak. 9/10 times it comes from inside you. Call it intuition, or you know that you just .know something . It is very hard to explain but when it happens you will know it. If you are not seeking him for something it never happens. Yeah, and Roberson missed it this time. .This is why people need to be very careful and not just go back saying God told me or that

          • Paige Turner

            I don’t have voices in my head because Im not mentally ill. The voices you hear are not god’s, they are yours. If the voices are telling you to do things then you need to be calling an ambulance.

      • Byron Shelby

        I remember Pat Robertson claimed in 2012, that God told him that Romney was going to win the election. Funny how that ended up.

        • Michael Hampton

          OR remember when God told Oral Roberts that he would “call him home” if idiots didn’t give him millions of dollars? OR when Pat Roberts said that God would destroy the world if HE didn’t get millions of dollars from the desperate and sad? Or when Jerry Falwell or Billy Graham or Jimmy Bakker or Benny Hinn or any of the others said the exact same thing!?

          • Laurence Charles Ringo

            You’re confused,Hampton…Billy Graham has NEVER made a claim of that nature and I challenge you to produce any authentic documentation proving that he made such a claim—Go!

          • Michael Hampton

            I’m sorry. It’s his son and his daughter who have made those claims. His daughter claimed that the end times are here so you should give all your money to their church and his son Franklin steals an over $600,000 dollar a year salary out of the collection plate.

          • Laurence Charles Ringo

            Hmm…I’ve not found any documentation proving that Anne Graham Lotz ever made such a claim(I concede that Ms.Lotz is a strong proponent of end-times scenarios,but no one pays for the dubious claims made by these ministeries (No one has forgotten Harold Camping,LOL!). As far as Franklin Graham’s salary is concerned,there has been some scrutiny and questions raised in regards to that,but so far I’ve not heard of anyone accusing him of thievery; normally,in the case of someone actually pastoring a congregation, the church has a financial oversight board that sets the pastor’s salary.I can’t speak to the issue of Graham’s current renumeration for services rendered,but IF he’s guilty of malfeasance,he will be found out.—PEACE.😐

          • Michael Hampton

            In addition to that salary, he takes an almost 300,000 a year salary from Samaritans Purse, his sham of a crowdsourcing website. He won’t let anyone see the books so no one knows how much money is actually going to the charities or into his pocket in addition to that almost 300,000. He is guilty of selling salvation and using hatred towards gay people to get that cash. He has said defamatory things about me and my family in many emails to his followers while begging for cash to further his “campaign” against us.

          • Laurence Charles Ringo

            Well…I can only tell you that I am deep grieved that Franklin Graham defamed you and yours with his ill-chosen rhetoric,Mr.Hampton,and I would like to extend my heartfelt apologies in that regard.Even so,I would urge to to continue seeking the Face of Almighty God in Christ,realizing that unfortunately it was prophesied that individuals of Graham’s character would plague the church throughout its existence.Still,authentic Christian Faith isn’t defined by any given individual;only Jesus the Christ Himself can be the template for genuine Christianity.As for your claim that Franklin Graham,Kenneth Copeland(a person I wouldn’t listen to if he was right outside my door),or any other presumed ecclesiastical figure is “selling salvation”, I trust you realize that that’s a little over the top,given that such a concept has no Biblical basis whatsoever.At any rate,I urge to to put your trust in Almighty God ALONE,and always be discerning and spiritually aware of what you are hearing from any given minister,preacher,priest,or any other man or woman who presumes to claim to speak for God.While suspicion and paranoia are not to be the rule of thumb,even so,be watchful and discerning of what you’re hearing. –PEACE.😐

          • Michael Hampton

            Those guys are the reason my relationship with God became personal. I don’t need anyone other than Him to know my heart.

    • Luke Sulla

      I for one, am here to tell you that God took out Scalia and left us with Obama. So there!

  • Amos Moses

    Ken Copeland: Whatever Your Faith Can Believe You Can Have it in 2016

    Not buying that one either………………………………………

    All heresies eventually converge. Prosperity gospel and the NAR sitting in a tree, kissssing. (It was a really long kiss).

  • Cheryl

    Well, Heather Clark commonly writes articles that are disparaging about ministers, so I’m not at all surprised to read the tone she has set here. Shame on you Ms. Clark. I know of Mr. Copeland’s ministry and Mr. Wallnau’s and both are good men. You are twisting their words to say what you choose to have them say. Mr. Copeland also announced that if a candidate for office requested prayer, he would pray for them. Last I checked, praying over someone was simply that…praying. It isn’t a statement of support. Also, last I checked, the Bible still said to judge righteously and to judge fruit, not intent. I will be unfollowing this site as well as any others that believe slandering a man or woman of God is a public right.

    • Ruth Davis

      You don’t get upset when pastors put themselves out there for the world to see . That’s not what GOD called us to do . We follow them only if their fruits are good .

      • Cheryl

        I have found that Christians want to slander ministers more than they want to obey God’s word so when I say these things, I am usually attacked like a bunch of rabid dogs are going after their last meal. We are to judge fruit and we are to judge between good and evil. However, accusations against a minister or an elder are to be handled properly and keyboard warriors screaming “false prophet” are decidedly unscriptural. No one wants to hear that though. 🙂 It’s ok. It’s still in the Bible and thankfully, I am not the judge.

  • Oboehner

    Another reason not to support the Canadian.

  • afchief

    Ted Cruz has my vote!

  • Steven

    “…where prayer would return to schools and abortion abolished.”

    Yeah…that ship has sailed. For anyone believing the United States can return to something less deplorable, Kenneth Copeland has some prosperity to sell you. Oh!!! And God told him to buy that jet personally. :-/

    • Michael Hampton

      Kids can pray in school right now. Anytime. They just can’t force kids to pray like they used to when I was a kid.

      • Steven

        I’m not involved with the nation’s public educational system; however, I don’t think you’re entirely correct. I’ve seen news reports with students praying outside just not in. In addition, when students, teachers or coaches get together to pray in agreement, all kinds of trouble ensues. Kind of the antithesis of free exercise.

        It is my understanding, schools tend to work at limiting or preventing Christian students from using school resources (i.e. after-school groups), or bringing Bibles to read during their free class time; Something, usually only permitted after legal push back.

        Regardless! The sentiment of the highlighted statement above would be the return to a time before Madalyn Murray O’hair; when there still existed a framework for instilling a moral compass.

        And as far as: Kids can pray in school right now. Anytime. Oh!! As long as there is no indication to surrounding students as to what they are doing.

        • Michael Hampton

          Silent prayer is what is called for in the Bible, and is fully allowed at any time or place in any school in the United States. Students, coaches, and teachers who need to make a spectacle of themselves for the benefit of showing others how religious they are is not allowed. If you need other people to know you are praying in order for you to feel like you are “christian” then you are doing it wrong.

          • Steven

            Please, go back and read my post in its entirety. You are focusing only on an individualized concept of praying; albeit an incomplete one. Try to understand the obvious nature of the post. Your prayer stance is obfuscating the main points; and committing logical fallacies.

            Silent prayer is what is called for in the Bible
            So, in my post, I said that students wanting to pray on their own should pray out load?

            And yes, God teaches to find that secret place for prayer, but is that the only type of prayer? Have you even studied the Bible? Not read. Studied.

            Students, coaches, and teachers who need
            you’re hypocritically generalizing the nature of the action based on your biases and scriptural misunderstanding.

            is not allowed
            Please, refer to the initial post about the ship sailing. This is my whole point!!! The open practice of Christianity is NOT ALLOWED. You know!? The free exercise there of. The practices that permeated in the school system before the schools turned into a secularized amoral free-for-all. Oh! Except for those schools now starting to teach Islam. Wow. Now there’s something not to worry about.

          • Michael Hampton

            Please read a story in the news today about a “christian” prayer at the beginning of a San Antonio city council meeting where a Rabi in attendance was escorted out by security because he was offended by the overt dedications of that meeting and of the town in general to Jesus, and then tell me how “persecuted” you are.

          • Steven

            Please tell me the size of the country (geographic and population), the number of cities, schools, city councils and other governmental organizations; and then find ALL the accounts of where Christians were either fined or forcefully removed from a place because of their message.

            See where this is going? You are changing topics and STILL creating gigantic logical fallacies to continue your off topic argument which you’ve never revealed. You’ve gone from Christianity in school, to silent prayer to rabbi. How?! Are we now talking about Christian persecution in the country?

            Not only that, you are trying to establish religiosity where it doesn’t exist. If a council session has determined a course of procedure in their meeting and an individual disrupts the procession, isn’t the individual being removed for breaking from parliamentary etiquette? I seem to remember something similar in congress with a Christian. You know what? Although, I applauded the Christian’s efforts, I fully understood his removal from the proceedings; although, I can’t remember if he was removed or walked out voluntarily .

            Your example would be akin to organizations disrupting forums because they don’t like the message. which…leads back to a lack of learned moral and ethical behaviors from the secularized public school system. 😉

          • Michael Hampton

            Your willful ignorance will be your undoing. I wish you luck in your future endeavors.

          • JustNTyme

            There is no such word as “Rabi.” Learn to spell – “rabbi.”
            The illiteracy of homosexuals is on full display.

          • Luke Sulla

            Thanks for this. Now I’ll know who are the homos by their illiterate comments.

        • libertybells2

          Your last paragraph is right on.

      • libertybells2

        C’mon I’m going back 50 years and never ever remember being forced to pray. Don’t know where you’re from but I hail from NE which is not known for rampant
        Christianity.

        • Michael Hampton

          In Texas, we had to pray every morning. It was right before the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • acontraryview

    A whole lot of anointin’ going on.

    • abbygirl08

      Funny!

  • disqus_23FzLxRDKW

    Wow! It was only a few months ago Paula White, Kenneth Copeland and a band spiritual miscreants anointed Donald Trump to be president. What happened Ken? Did God change his mind? Jimmy Swaggart said 30 years ago, “The Church suffers from a lack of leadership.” Just look at who are “leaders” are now. And no one can be a leader without followers. It seems to me we the Church have become our own worst enemies.

  • SSGT_Randolph

    Now Ted Cruz is chosen by God, just like Mike Huckabee and … some other guy … oh yeah, Rick Santorum.

    • Bezukhov

      No denying that God has a sense of humor. He tell these clowns to run for President, and then laughs uproariously when they fall flat on their faces.

      • Luke Sulla

        Does that mean God was just kidding when He took out Scalia on Presidents Day weekend?

  • Paige Turner

    Didnt God tell all of the GOP candidates to run?

  • Sonny B.

    In the CHURCH God demands criteria of holiness & purity. but in the CIVIL realm God uses WHOMSOEVER HE WILLS. Both facts, though easily proven by scripture dont seem to be widely known.

  • Byron Shelby

    Shouldn’t he be losing his tax exempt status about now?

  • FoJC_Forever

    No, he is not.

    The election process is so skewed by drama, trickery, and greed that it is virtually impossible to elect a qualified candidate to office. Corruption from the bottom to the top of America is causing it to convulse and rip apart.

    The Good News is that Jesus (the) Christ is still on the Throne and is still saving people from their Sin. Those who seek God will find Him. Those who follow Jesus will find Truth. God is imparting His Kingdom to those who will hear His Word and believe. The End is fast approaching. Those who will forsake their life and receive Jesus, who is the Life, will inherit Eternal Life. Those who keep seeking a religious kingdom here on earth as being God’s Will are going to be led astray, over and over.

    Follow Jesus, find Salvation.

  • Michael Hampton

    For you guys to praise Cruz at every turn while ignoring his blatant lies is hypocritical at best. Is lying not a sin?

    • JoAnne Chisholm

      What lies, please list them here?

      • Michael Hampton

        The most blatant was the one against Ben Carson where he said that CNN reported Carson was suspending his campaign. CNN reported no such thing and has said as much. And yet Ted sent out flyers and had supporters call people telling them that Carson was out and they should support him. A blatant lie. He claimed the president “vilified law enforcement” by issuing “silence” after Ferguson and Baltimore when the President was anything but silent after both. Where he claimed that Diane Feinstein was quoted as saying “If I could go to Mr. and Mrs. American and tell them to hand over their guns, I would.” which was a blatant lie. Where he claimed that the “Gang of 8” bill would give President Obama the power to admit Syrian refugees without any background check whatsoever, a blatant lie. When he claimed that he lost his own health insurance because of Obamacare. That was a blatant lie. Do I need to go on?

        • rogbeemee

          Don;t forget the “god told me to do it” one….And…

    • Diaris

      We should all vote for Hellary, she is the gold standard for honesty and integrity!

      • Michael Hampton

        Um…she doesn’t claim to be a “christian” and denigrate others who aren’t as holy as she is.

      • rogbeemee

        LOLOL,,

  • Chrissy Vee

    These are not “pastors” I would want laying hands on me. The fact that politicians even get mixed up with them and vice versa just brings on visions of a three ring circus. Lord help this country.

    • Michael Hampton

      Um…Ted Cruz spoke at Kevin Swanson’s rally a few months ago. Swanson is the preacher who says that gay people should be executed. In fact, he said it on stage right before Cruz spoke. And Cruz is proud of that engagement. Swanson also said that if his son was gay, he would smear feces all over his body. Is that the kind of person you want talking in the ear of the President of the United States of America?

      • Chrissy Vee

        No way!

        • Michael Hampton

          So that is OK with you, but this Copeland guy, because he is all about money, isn’t? I’m not being antagonistic, I’m just asking.

          • Chrissy Vee

            Michael, how did you get ‘that is okay with me’ by the words ‘No way!’? It was two words. How could you misconstrue two words?

          • Michael Hampton

            I heard that “No way!” in the same smug and condescending tone that you have used throughout our interactions here. Was that not how it was intended? Did you really not know that Ted Cruz was there on stage with Kevin Swanson while he said that gay people should all be put to death?

          • Chrissy Vee

            No, I was answering your question. And no, I have no clue who Swanson is. Sounds like an idiot.

          • Michael Hampton

            He is. And Cruz is friends with him. You should look it up. Cruz is literally holding hands with him on stage while he is shrieking about killing gay families.

          • Chrissy Vee

            Unreal. I don’t understand how these false teachers even have a following at all… never mind a presidential candidate.

          • Michael Hampton

            Because they tell people what they want to hear. Just like Trump.

          • Chrissy Vee

            Right, they have the “itchinjg ears” spoken of in God’s word. As far as all presidential candidates, they are precisely why I do not put my trust in man, but in Jesus. This world will fade someday.

      • sandra-paquette-

        I think Ted will get on any platform to further himself.

        • libertybells2

          Sure seems that way and also that of his father also.

    • libertybells2

      Thoroughly agree.

  • JoAnne Chisholm

    God is the One who raises up and brings down! The United States of America was founded on Jesus Christ! And all the revisionist history is never going to change that fact! God is always motivated by hearts, the conditions of peoples hearts. For those who don’t believe in God, that’s your choice and I respect that. But I do believe in God, as He saved my life from a past that I could only describe as HELL! He gave me love, and hope and showed me this world is not all there is! Because of the obedience of His Son, Jesus Christ, going to the Cross and then when He was resurrected….a whole new Kingdom opened up to all those who will believe! The Kingdom of God is advancing upon the Earth, and yes even in America! NO matter who is President, Jesus Christ is our KING! All true Disciples of Jesus Christ are not fixated on that any one person is going to save this nation, Jesus Christ is the ONLY Savior of the world! Pray for all those in leadership, as it is the Lord God who has allowed them to hold those positions. No matter how these circumstances look make no mistake, God’s will is being done and His Kingdom is coming upon the Earth and no man, no devil can stop what Jesus Christ began at Calvary and HE is alive forever more! ALL GLORY TO OUR GOD!

    • Michael Hampton

      So do you believe that all people who aren’t “christian” like you should be expelled from the country? I’m asking for a friend who still believes in the Constitution.

  • JoAnne Chisholm

    All those who call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, it is not right that you would condemn another follower of Jesus Christ. If God chooses to bless His child in any way, who are we to say God cannot bless someone with a jet, if He so chooses. Many speak out of plain old envy that God is using someone like that. Well, HE is God and He can use anyone that is available. FAITH is the Key, without faith it is impossible to please God, we must believe that He exists and that HE is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! I’ve heard Kenneth Copeland preach and he is a brother in Christ, so with the words of our mouths we curse or we bless. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. What we speak can come back on ourselves! That too is Biblical! Cursing with the mouth and then blessing the Lord God, this is not right Brethren! They will know we are His Disciples by our love for one another! God bless America to put God first in all that we do and say, that HE will be glorified!!!

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Wake up,JoAnne…put down the remote and back away from the “money pimps”! “Crooklo Dollar”(you cannot make a name like up,LOL!!) and those of his ilk are wolves, frauds, scam artists, and hirelings, …”devouring widows houses”…and robbing the naive, gullible,and undiscerning with lies and pseudo-“spiritual”deception.You said that Almighty God delivered you from various distresses and tribulations? Good—STAY WITH THAT,and meditate upon Proverbs 3 : 5-6—You’ll NEVER go wrong!!—PEACE IN CHRIST, ALWAYS!

  • JoAnne Chisholm

    Philippians 1:15 “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill. The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains, but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes and will rejoice! Christ is being preached is what matters!!!

  • rogbeemee

    Who is going to be Cruz’s running mate Jesus or god ??

  • Sammie Jo

    Batsh1t crazy.

  • libertybells2

    Anything Copeland the ‘laughing spirit’, prosperity gospel-preaching apostate is not someone who is credible amongst true believers. Disappointed in Rafael for associating with such a phony claiming to be Christian.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Crosses3 Thomas Spencer

    Why do you call brother Copeland a prosperity preacher when he teaches what the bible says. Inspired words of God. Is it because it is not what religion teaches.