The pastor's are adamant that Trump won the election and claim he'll be back in office before Biden completes his four years in office.
A group of Christian ministers still believe the election was stolen from Donald Trump and are ready to wage a war to install Trump as President before the end of Biden's four-year term. Pastors of the Christian nationalist movement view Donald Trump as their President and continue to 'worship' Trump. Ken Peters is one of the many pastors who are mixing patriotism and Christianity to make Donald Trump's case. “Trump was ripped off of the last election,” said the pastor. Peters, who's from Tennessee, says he's on a mission from God and is head of a year-old movement called the Patriot Church, reported Vice News.
Peters believes American life should be centered around Christianity and draws inspiration from the Black-Robed Regiment, a group of radical preachers. The pastors believe America was founded as a Christian state, despite the Consitution making it clear that there is a separation between church and state. The popular belief among Christian nationalists is that the radical group of pastors took up arms and led a revolution against the British but the much-regaled story is nothing but pure fiction. The misinterpreted stories have been debunked time and over. So, it isn't a total surprise that Christian nationalist groups are buying the theory that the election was stolen from Donald Trump when ample evidence suggests otherwise.
Ken Peters and a few other pastors are tapping into that fictional story to incite violence among their congregations, calling on their followers to prepare for a civil war touted as a good vs evil battle, with the left being pitched as evil. “If the truth is suppressed and covered up, then that ultimately will lead to violence,” said Peters. “It could end up bad, you know, a lot of things end up rough and violent. We hope it doesn't, but we can't be so afraid of a violent outcome that we allow the left to cheat their way to destroying this country.” Some of the things they fight against include President Joe Biden, to critical race theory, to gay marriage, abortion, and transgender rights among other things.
Peters and a few other pastors almost worship Trump. “I think Trump exposed some of the silent culture war that was going on. When he came into the presidency, I think he exposed what was happening underneath. And so I think President Trump was a part of me establishing this movement called Patriot Church,” said Peters. Toxic masculinity is also a trait valued at Peters' congregation. “I think most preachers are weak and spineless and they should be leading the Girl Scouts and not being behind pulpits.” said Peters. "We need preachers with the courage to say the foundation of our nation was based on Judeo-Christian values."
Peters is looking to expand his church and believes there are many pastors who are part of his movement. Greg Locke, head of the Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, is also a feature at Peters' meetings. Locke was banned from Twitter for spouting various conspiracy theories including ones centered around QAnon. Peters isn't too concerned about Locke's credibility. “If he's saying that stuff and he says he has evidence, I believe him,” said Peters. Another prominent Christian nationalist is Pastor Dan Fisher, who dresses like a Revolutionary War soldier and calls on people to take up arms and lead their congregations to war to defend their ideals. He recently spoke at a conference organized by the Rod of Iron Ministries, the Unification Church spinoff where congregants worship with AR-15. Yes. An AR-15. An assault weapon. Peters still believes Trump is the legitimate president of the United States. “We’ll see Trump back in the White House before Biden's four-year term is done,” he adds.