WASHINGTON — A number of religious leaders, including several known for their false teachings, appeared in the oval office on Monday, where they surrounded President Trump and laid hands on him.
Rodney Howard-Browne, known for the “Holy Laughter Movement” and his claim of being a “Holy Ghost bartender,” said that he had been asked by prosperity preacher Paula White, who reportedly serves as a spiritual advisor to the president, to pray over Trump.
“Yesterday I was asked by Pastor Paula White-Cain to pray over our 45th president,” he wrote on Tuesday in sharing several photos of the occasion to Instagram. “[W]hat a humbling moment standing in the Oval Office, laying hands and praying for our president—supernatural wisdom, guidance and protection. Who could ever even imagine. Wow. We are going to see another great spiritual awakening.”
Howard-Browne also recorded a video (seen below) explaining the time of prayer and noting that while those present at the gathering have various denominational affiliations and therefore “see things a little differently,” they “set aside [their] differences” to pray for the president.
In addition to Howard-Browne and White, included in attendance were Southern Baptist pastors Jack Graham, Ronnie Floyd and Robert Jeffress; Mark Burns, pastor of Harvest Praise and Worship Center in South Carolina; Johnnie Moore, the former senior vice president for communications at Liberty University; Richard Land, the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary; Tony Perkins, the president of Family Research Council; Ralph Reed, former director of the Christian Coalition; and Gary Bauer, president of American Values.
Vice President Mike Pence was also present as well, and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also stopped by the office.
“It was normal, what a lot of us pray when we pray for elected officials,” Moore told the Washington Post. “It was like a meeting of friends.”
According to the outlet, the various religious leaders had gathered to meet with White House Deputy Director and Liaison Jennifer Korn to talk about a plethora of issues of importance to people of faith, including religious freedom, American support for Israel, health care, judicial nominees and other matters.
“Really wonderful visit with President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Pence after a hugely productive day-long-meeting with evangelical leaders and the Office of Public Liaison,” Moore Tweeted in sharing photos of the occasion.
Moore’s former employer, Jerry Falwell Jr., has been a staunch supporter of Trump and has repeatedly characterized Trump as a Christian. As previously reported, Falwell asserted throughout Trump’s presidential campaign that the then-candidate bears the fruit of one being born again because of his characteristic good deeds.
“I’ve seen his generosity to strangers, to his employees, his warm relationship with his children,” he said on CNN’s “Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield” in February 2016. “I’m convinced he’s a Christian. I believe he has faith in Jesus Christ.”
As previously reported, in September 2015, a number of religious leaders likewise surrounded and laid hands on the business mogul, including prosperity preacher Kenneth Copeland and TBN Co-Founder Jan Crouch, as well as TBN regulars Jentezen Franklin, Steve Munsey and Clarence McClendon. White and Jeffress were also present.
“Father, we just secure him right now by the blood of Jesus. We thank you that no weapon formed against him will be able to prosper and any tongue that rises against him will be condemned according to the word of God,” White, who leads New Destiny Christian Center in Florida, prayed as she touched his arm.
“Even as we lay hands on him right now, let Your hand be laid upon him. Let him have a greater encounter with You, a greater encounter with the spirit of God,” she said. “All the days of his life, let him live well. I secure him. I secure his children. I secure his calling and his mantle.”
White has been seen as a controversial figure, not only because of her teaching, but also because of her divorce from her second husband, Randy White, and remarriage to secular Journey rocker Jonathan Cain, who has likewise been married three times.
In a message the two delivered about marriage in August of last year, White’s new husband advised, “Ladies, if you don’t know what he likes, figure it out. Get a book. … If he likes to watch porn, watch porn with him.” The clip, which has raised eyebrows, has been posted online as a warning to others.
Consequently, the president’s selection of White to deliver a prayer at his inauguration ceremony in January was contested by some evangelicals. Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Franklin Graham, Jewish rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Wayne Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International also participated in the inaugural event.