The Washington Post video team is running a mini-documentary on pastors running for political office. The piece features Cameron McGill, a Bladen County Commissioner and pastor of White Lake Church. McGill was “recruited and trained” by the American Renewal Project. We have written about the American Renewal Project and its leader David Lane. His goal is to “restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage and reestablish a biblically-based culture.” He has fifty pastors running for local offices in North Carolina. Mark Robinson, the Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, is also involved.
Watch it here.
Organizations like the American Renewal Project believe that they are restoring America’s Christian heritage. I wonder what they think about Article XXXI of the 1776 North Carolina constitution:
That no clergyman, or preacher of the gospels of any denomination, shall be capable of being a member of either the Senate, House of Commons, or Council of State, while he continues in the exercise of the pastoral function.
I am sure they like Article XXXI. It reads:
That no person, who shall deny the being of God or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State.
Ralph Rebandt is running for governor of my state of Michigan. He is a graduate of Baptist Bible College (now Summit Univ) in Clarks Summit, PA, and Westminster Seminary. He transitioned from a Baptist to an OPC pastor. To my great consternation and sorrow he appears to be on the side of the stolen elections myth, vaccines have little to no benefit, etc. At the recent R debate between 8 gubernatorial candidates, he happily announced that he now has the endorsement of the My Pillow guy, Mike Lindell. Here’s a link to a video of Rebandt highlights from the debate. m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1701100816909950&id=100066346516390
His slogan was “End the Disaster, Vote for the Pastor!”
If the WP hasn’t already lined up an interview with him, they might want to consider it.
John Fea says
Tim: Yes, I’ve seen this guy. Thanks for the video. I am going to use this in my next Evangelical Roundup. The stuff on the “COVID shot” and the “so-called pandemic” is revealing. The spiritual warfare stuff is now standard fare on the Christian Right and the music at the end to the build-up of the Mike Lindell endorsement is both sad and hilarious.