We have periodically checked in on the disgraced televangelical preacher Jim Bakker from selling doomsday pancake mix to exploring how supernatural demons are undermining Donald Trump. Now it appears that Bakker has found — and is offering for the low price of only $45 — a “point of contact” with God. You guessed it . . . it is a coin with Trump engraved in gold with the face of King Cyrus.
The pitchman on “The Jim Bakker Show” is Lance Wallnau, who says that he has been checking with God and has been told that the Almighty is behind Trump a hundred percent.
The Biblical connection is strengthened on the reverse side with the Biblical quotation from Isaiah 45:1 — “Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kinds of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates shall not be shut.”
He told viewers:
“… This coin is our point of contact. When I asked the Lord, “Why the coin?” The Lord said, “Because when you take the coin, it’s a point of contact. So your faith is being released with a million other believers to pray [for] protection and peace and wisdom and counsel over the president of the United States and over his family. That’s our point of contact every day when you see it.
Remember: God put something in your hand that you have a role in.
That’s why we’ve got to pray, because they think we’re crazy, but we’re actually the sane ones.And so we’re praying. We’re gonna pray. The teaching that is here, this coin is a point of contact, this 24-karat gold-plated coin. And, by the way, I couldn’t copy the Sanhedrin model. I told them I would do an original. So we found a nicer picture of the president. We have our own version of it.
But what we want to do is, we want to be able to start. Jim, this movement. We’ve got 16 months. This battle for the future of America has already started. 16 to 18 months. We’re already in it. We’re in the battle right now. We need to be praying now and not captive to gloom or anxiety or fear, but for channeling our optimism in the direction of God’s begun a miracle; let’s keep that miracle going.“
No, Mr. Wallnau, I do not think you are crazy. It is far worst than that. You are grifting with God. Indeed, the fact that you were not smitten down on live television could be viewed as disproving the existence of God. For my part, it only makes me want to believe more in the concept of eternal punishment (perhaps being forced to eat all of the doomsday pancakes sold to the gullible on “The Jim Bakker Show”).
By the way, “gold platted” simply means a thin layer of gold covering a cheaper metal. It is not “gold” that rises or falls with the market. Indeed, thee Federal Trade commission classes “gold plate” at .5 microns and many grifters call things below .5 microns as “gold platted.” Thus, these coins cost very, very little to make. The rest of that $45 goes to Wallnau or others looking for a “point of contact” with windfall profits.
One can only hope given this passage from Matthew 21:12-17:
Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”