Oklahoma Pastor Running For Senate, Vows to Investigate 2020 Election

"Lead pastor of Sheridan Church in Tulsa, OK Jackson Lahmeyer told his congregation this past weekend that 'It’s time to shout it in the halls of Congress that Jesus is King.'...Lahmeyer has said that he has signed thousands of vaccine exemption forms, a service he has offered for a one-time donation of any amount to his church." - C.Leaders

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Aaron Blumer's picture

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Any Christian who runs for public office has to understand how to be a Senator, Congressman, etc., for everyone, not just for church members. That means he has to know how the Christian faith relates to the responsibilities of high office and how to talk about his faith appropriately--which is about as far as you can get from language that sounds like theocracy in Congress. If you're going to be a legislative leader for everyone, you have to mostly use arguments that are accessible to everyone, not just Christians.

... and then there's the whole vaccine exemptions for money thing. This kind of leadership is so not what we need.

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Joel Shaffer's picture

Sheridan Church is a "name it, claim it" health and wealth gospel church connected to people like Kenneth Copeland. One of the scary aspects of this stripe of Pentecostalism how they've adopted their own form of  dominion theology that they want to impose on America.   

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Looked at the church's website, they're trying to look like a megachurch--laser light shows and fog machines and all--with only about 100 parking spaces.  Lot of blowing smoke around there, and it's worth noting as well that during COVID, they'd have been easily able to move services outside, as a junior high school is right across the road from them.  That's what my church did, and it worked great.

But, of course, it's hard to get the fog machines and laser light show working outside, and of course, the Spirit of such churches only moves with the fog machine working.  Might not be exactly the same as the Spirit that ought to animate churches, though....

I'm looking for James Lankford to squish him like a bug, thankfully.  The GOP has too many people with crazy ideas already.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Joeb's picture

I agree with Bert another looney and showman.  I just watched a news report regarding Congresswoman Boebert and her anti Vax and Covid is a hoax routine. In it they interview the Director of Small Rural County Hospital in BOEBERT's district.  This Director essentially says he is one of our Brothers in the Lord and that BOEBERT is killing people with her Routine of putting total falsehoods about COVID.  Then the Dr whose the Director of the Emergency room pretty much says the same thing.  Both wished BOEBERT would come talk to them.  Of course BOEBERT doesn't have time to visit the sick or meet with Drs.  BOEBERT would  rather goto a Trumper Church and tell the people to get their guns ready to use them to get our way with a Senior Pastor saying praise the Lord Jesus Christ.   
 

I don't want to question someone's salvation but if a person can't tell from basic right and wrong I believe that's a big sign the Holy Spirit does not reside in that person.  Now you'd expect that from the far left but Boebert claims to know Jesus Christ as her savior.  

Joeb's picture

Bert I heard Lankford was retiring. Did you hear anything different. Seems like he is a stable fellow compared BOEBERT GREENE AND CAUTHORNE.  CAUTHORNE only lasted 3 months at Patrick Henry University and from the President down to the students no one liked him it seems. Plus Cauthorne said the President of University endorsed him and the President denied that and was not a happy camper about the situation.  
 

Of Course the Left has the Squad so their not much better.  Looneys all around more interested in promoting themselves instead of the people they work for.  Just like this Pastor is in Oklahoma is doing.  
 

Their was another Pastor in Tampa FL with no nothing small church doing the same type thing.  Saying and doing all sorts of crazy stuff.  However he got arrested for physically abusing his wife with two unrelated witnesses to back her story up per the Police Report.  
 

The Pastor put a post on Twitter that he was bowing out of the ministry for a while due to his wife's mental health problems. I guess if you use your wife as a punching bag she may have some mental health issues. They have a young child to. it's very sad.    

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Running for office or churches going public against the 2020 election, CRT, Anti-Vaccination, Anti-Masks have become church growth strategies.  Creating tirades of anger and rage against the government is a sure way to get anti-government folks to leave their current churches (who they believe are not standing up against tyranny and not publicly standing for freedom). There's one pastor in our area that has created over 100 youtube videos railing against the government and against what he calls cowardly pastors and churches for not publicly standing against Biden, Govener Whitmer, and anyone else who is pro-mask, pro COVID vaccine, and etc... For 7 years, his church only had 30 people, but now it is at 130 because of his anti-government message.  

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I can't remember the Presbyterian Pastor form Collingswood NJ who used the same playbook and railed against the Communists in the US.  Oh that's right it was Carl Macintyre.  I  probably butchered the name.  
 

The dude had a good size empty church and school in Collingswood and owned an old Hotel on prime real estate in Cape May NJ.  As far as investments from donations Macintyre certainly made a good move with that real estate investment.  I'm sure Jim remembers the church.  I think Macintyre  was still alive when I moved to South Jersey in January 1984.  
 

Again history repeating itself with a broader participation.  My brother in law once a big time Republican Donor during the George Bush Jr's presidency said Franklin Grahm's involvement with Trump was for the money.   They all follow the money.
 

 Pastor Robert Schenck a former Anti Abortion Crusader in DC said the same thing because he used to be in the business.  Schenck said it was big bucks and 100s of millions of dollars.  This dude was extreme Right  and was former best buddies with Roy Moore.  Now he rejects the White Evangelical Christian Right because of their involvement with Trump and the Hypocrisy of the Evangelicals.  Same reasons I abandoned the Right.   

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Joel Shaffer wrote:

Running for office or churches going public against the 2020 election, CRT, Anti-Vaccination, Anti-Masks have become church growth strategies.  Creating tirades of anger and rage against the government is a sure way to get anti-government folks to leave their current churches (who they believe are not standing up against tyranny and not publicly standing for freedom). There's one pastor in our area that has created over 100 youtube videos railing against the government and against what he calls cowardly pastors and churches for not publicly standing against Biden, Govener Whitmer, and anyone else who is pro-mask, pro COVID vaccine, and etc... For 7 years, his church only had 30 people, but now it is at 130 because of his anti-government message.  

So I'm not the only one who sees a strange and shocking trend of anti-government thinking among 'conservative' evangelicals these days?       It's shocking to me that this sort of attitude managed to even get off the ground in Bible-believing churches. I had long assumed that viewing government as an institution of God for man's good was pretty much right up there with belief in creation, as far as clarity and non-negotiability for Christian belief goes. So it's an addition to my personal pile of "Trump and COVID era shocking discoveries" to find that this increasingly not the case.

And I'm seeing forms/expressions of anti-government thinking all over fundamentalist heritage Christianity right now, though most of them are relatively small.

I think it comes back to worldview. At some point, we stopped effectively teaching believers an understanding of the human person and human society as a component of Christian worldview, and we may be reaping the whirlwind.

Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.