Trump Receives Standing Ovation at Apostate PCUSA Church: ‘Hope He Follows His Heart’

trump-compressedBEDMINSTER, N.J. — Churchgoers at a PCUSA Presbyterian assembly in New Jersey gave President-elect Donald Trump a standing ovation on Sunday as he attended services with Mike Pence, Reince Preibus and others.

Trump and his entourage visited Lamington Presbyterian Church in Bedminster Township for worship, which is located just two miles from the National Golf Club Bedminster, where Trump is interviewing prospective cabinet members.

Lamington Presbyterian, led by female interim minister Jacqui Van Vliet, is a member of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), which is considered apostate by orthodox Christians as a majority of presbyteries voted last year to amend the Book of Order to redefine marriage and allow ministers to officiate same-sex ceremonies. PCUSA congregations are also generally pro-abortion.

Presbyterian Church USA differs from the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), which split from the PCUSA in the 1970’s due to “opposition to the long-developing theological liberalism which denied the deity of Jesus Christ and the inerrancy and authority of Scripture.”

PCA believes the Bible defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, and has declared in official statements that “abortion is wrong; it is a sin.”

Trump arrived at the historic Lamington Presbyterian at approximately 10:00 a.m. and left at 11:15 a.m. to much applause. Reporters were not allowed inside.

“I just want to say thank you to President-elect Trump from the bottom of my heart. I’ve been a member of this church for 45 years and the whole congregation is thrilled to have him,” member Shelley Ricco, 62, told the New York Post.

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“We gave him a standing ovation at the end of mass, a rousing standing ovation!” she said, adding, “I hope he follows his heart.”

Trump has stated numerous times over the past year that he identifies as Presbyterian. It is not known if he is aware of the difference between PCUSA and PCA.

“I am a religious person. People are so shocked when they find this out—I’m Protestant. I’m Presbyterian,” he said during the Iowa Family Leadership Summit last July, stating that his pastor was the late Norman Vincent Peale, who became known for his books and speeches on “the power of positive thinking.”

Peale led Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, which according to its website is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (RCA).

As previously reported, Trump also visited First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine (PCUSA) in January just days before the Iowa caucus, as a woman spoke in delivering the reading of 1 Corinthians 12.

“I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are part of,” she said.

“We talked about humility in church today,” Trump told reporters following the service. “I don’t know if that was aimed at me. Perhaps.”

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  • Amos Moses

    PCUSA ………. /SMH ……… Norman Vincent Peale ………. /SMH …..

  • TheBottomline4This

    I am so elated Hillary lost!!!
    She will never have the chance to be President again 🙂
    Mr. Trump is going to straighten some things up, keep some things the way the are and add some new changes to make America better than how it will be left to him.
    The whiny Hillary supporters are intolerant of an opposing view. they get violent when they don’t get their way as is seen in the riots, threats on Trump’s life, burnings, blocking streets, etc. Their true colors shown when someone rises and is willing to stand up to them.
    If ya really don’t like it, move to Canada or Mexico or Australia. Some celebrities are doing that, at least that is what they claim, but we all know they do that a lot and don’t follow through. Just like little babies they are. Why don’t you join them. Also do what BHO has said…support this incoming administration. If you don’t, then you are only hurting yourself in the end.

    • Oboehner

      It’s your dream make it as big as you want, Trump is giving every indication it’s business as usual – Reince Preibus, there’s a clue.

      • TheBottomline4This

        Time will tell whether that is the case of not. At least we have a chance without Hillary at the helm.

        • Oboehner

          Time is already telling, leftist Mormon Romney is on the list for a cabinet appointment.

          • TheBottomline4This

            Are you a Democrat?

          • Oboehner

            Nope, and not a leftist like Romney.

          • TheBottomline4This

            Oh, so can I safely presume you’re not a Hillary fan?

          • Oboehner

            What is the relevance to that? Is it because the only way to stomach the republican candidate it to compare them to something worse?

          • TheBottomline4This

            To tell ya the truth, anyone is better than Hillary. You don’t have to answer if it’ makes you uncomfortable.
            I’m not ashamed to say Hillary is terrible and I’m so glad she lost. I don’t wish her any ill, but she can just fade into the background now. None of the Presidents have been perfect. BHO said the other day to let the Trump administration have a chance, just as the rest of the Presidents did.

    • bowie1

      She could run again in four years.

      • TheBottomline4This

        She won’t 🙂

      • TheBottomline4This

        I’m pretty sure she won’t 🙂

  • Sam Kazee

    Thank you so much for this reporting. Americans need to know many churches are explicitly, doctrinally antichrist.

    Governments, cultures, and religion systems opposed to the Kingdom of God and Jesus confirms the Bible. Their ability to govern, for good or evil is not dimished, but established by God’s will.

  • Becky

    The “religious” Trump “worships” alongside a “female interim minister” who leads an apostate “church” that promotes abortion, the redefinition of marriage and allows “ministers to officiate same-sex ceremonies”. How terribly evil are the ways of secular politics and those who uphold them. Trumps reinforcement of such matters (homosexuality, abortion) are indeed an affront towards Almighty God and are meant to hurt God’s people. The secular political system belongs to the world and the world belongs to Satan (John 12:31).

    • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Mr. Trump is now President-Elect of All Americans – True Christians, Apostates, Republicans, Democrats – even those who claim that he is #NotMyPresident.

      • Becky

        As if that’s to lessen what he truly supports…abortion, homosexuality…including a so-called church that denounces Christ’s deity and that the Word of God is infallible.

        As a naturalised American citizen, I agree, and have no qualms, that Trump is President-Elect of all US Americans. Else why would I go against the will of Almighty God? However, Trump’s new position doesn’t cause him to be a godly leader. Thus far, he’s proving the contrary.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Politicians doing politicians’ shows. The Word of God is the truth.

    • johndoe

      Opinions vary on that…..

  • Emmanuel

    Pharisees cheering on Pharisees.

  • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Whether Apostate or not, Republican or Democratic – if the President Elect visits a house of worship, they should be given a standing ovation by way of giving honor to the Office of the President

    Rom 13:7 Render to all men their dues. [Pay] taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due.

  • peanut butter

    Are you sure that wasn’t Two Corinthians:12?

  • Chet

    President – elect Trump needs to distance himself from such “church” and find one that holds true to the Word of God Almighty, the Holy Bible, and which lifts up the Holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Calvary… While they are fewer in number than prior to America’s “fundamental transformation” under duress, they’re still out there sticking by the stuff…