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Pastoral Couple in Devon Claim “Many” British Christians “Embraced” QAnon and Trump Prophecies

From a post by American neo-Pentecostal commentator Michael L. Brown, following a conversation with two British Christians:

They told me that many U.K. Christians were terribly disappointed with the defeat of Donald Trump. They shared that, to their knowledge, there were hundreds of thousands of British Christians who were looking to Trump as a kind of savior-figure. This was absolutely astounding to them, as they said to me, “Donald Trump is not even our president.”

…They also told me that the failed Trump prophecies had impacted many churches in England, specifically the charismatic and Pentecostal churches. They said that in every church they knew of, people had been negatively affected.

…This pastoral couple also told me that many Christians had embraced the QAnon conspiracy theories, even within their own church. They spoke of well-educated people, committed Christian people, who had dropped out of their congregations because of the conspiracy theories.

These conspiracy theorists believed that they had uncovered the real truth of the matter, causing them to scorn the pastor and his wife whom, they claimed, did not have sufficient spiritual discernment to recognize what was actually taking place.

An accompanying video clarifies that Brown was speaking with Jon and Louise Sibley, a pastoral couple associated with the Crossroad Christian Fellowship in Seaton, Devon. Of course, one should be wary of relying too heavily on an anecdotal impression, but their perspective is worth noting.

Brown has recently promoted a Christian book called The QAnon Deception: Everything You Need to Know about the World’s Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theory, and he is scathing of attempts by co-religionists to rationalise failed Trump re-election prophecies by claiming that Trump is president in heaven or may yet return. Incongruously, he has expressed these views on Charisma News, a neo-Pentecostal news site notable for spreading conspiracy theories and Trump “prophets”.

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  1. I am not familiar with the QAnon Conspiracy Theory, nor with any of the purported prophetic predictions of Trump’s victory in the US Presidential Election of 2020. But I and a great many Christian people on both sides of the Atlantic would admit that we still don’t know yet which candidate would have won that election, Trump or Biden, if all valid votes were properly counted, and no invalid votes were counted; in other words, who “really” won the election, so-to-speak.

    This unknown truth is potentially scientifically knowable, albeit as a probability distribution rather than a binary. The probability that Biden really won, can be calculated from the data obtained from a full audit of a sample of votes. But it will likely remain unknown unless the USA’s government bothers to find out the truth. Since the USA is one of the few nation states left that haven’t yet signed up to the Declaration on Criteria for Free and Fair Elections, any obligation that would in other countries be an international treaty obligation of the state to ensure that the integrity of its elections, is merely a moral obligation in the USA, and one that does not appear to be being taken at all seriously in the corridors of power, especially since the inauguration of Joe Biden.

    I believe that the apathy towards this unkown (but by no means scientifically unknowable) truth of (as I call them) the “complacency theorists”, who are mainly pleased that Biden is in the White House, is at least as displeasing to The God of Truth as the apathy towards the truth of any of the conspiracy theorists who’d have preferred the combined Senate and House vote-counting session of 6th January to have backed their alternative, equally uninformed guess, that the election was (as some of them put it) “stolen”, and then left it at that.

    Until Americans hunger and thirst after the righteousness of having in the White House nobody but the candidate who they at last know really won (or would have won) a free and fair election, why should anybody’s guess as to who will be in the White House in two years time be considered any better (more righteous or a better bet) than anybody else’s, even though Joe Biden is there now?

    I’ve explained the way to avoid getting into this mess and the way out of it, in the following two blog posts on JohnAllman.UK.

    Do the science, Mr President, to give peace a chance

    Who really won, Biden or Trump?

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