Adam Kinzinger warns Christians against ‘false prophets’ in evangelical group

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger warned fellow Christians about an evangelical Christian group he says is led by “false prophets” in a Thursday tweet.

The Illinois Republican, who is not seeking re-election and is a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, retweeted a post of a viral video clip from a July 1 FlashPoint Live Church event at the Gas South Arena in Duluth, Georgia. Speakers at the event included preacher Gene Bailey, evangelical leader Lance Wallnau, preacher Mario Murillo and pastor Hank Kunneman.

“To my fellow Christians: these are the false prophets you have been warned against,” Kinzinger wrote. “An idol is an idol, whether it’s money, power or a nation,” he added.

The video retweeted by Kinzinger was first shared by Nick Kudson, the executive director of DemCast. Kudson captioned the clip, “If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will. Christofascist indoctrination ceremony.”

During the July 1 service, Christian leaders led attendees in reciting a “Watchman Decree”, which the video featured.

The executive order states that believers have been given “lawful power from heaven” to exercise their authority and declares that “the executive branch of the United States government will honor God and uphold the Constitution.” He also adds that Congress will only write “fair and constitutional” laws.

The declaration ends with those who recite it proclaiming that the United States will be saved and the country will be taken back.

“We know that this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles,” the group said in the final parts of the prayer statement. “We know the truth; therefore, we stand for the truth and will NEVER be deceived. We will NEVER stop fighting! We will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up. We will take back our country. We will honor the ONE TRUE GOD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! AMERICA WILL BE SAVED!”

Attached for comment by NewsweekBailey, which hosts FlashPoint, said Kinzinger “doesn’t justify my answer.”

Analysts have noted an increase in Christian nationalist sentiment expressed by some Republican lawmakers as well as other conservatives around the country. Some GOP members of Congress, such as Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, have welcomed the trend.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger warned of “false prophets” when he retweeted a post of a viral video clip from a FlashPoint Live Church event in Georgia. Above, Kinzinger listens during a hearing by the House January 6 Committee on June 28.

Kinzinger has previously criticized Boebert, comparing the views she and others have expressed to those of the Islamist group the Taliban, which rules Afghanistan with an extremist version of sharia, or Islamic law. The Republican lawmaker targeted his House colleague in late June after he told attendees at a Christian event, “I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk.”

“There is no difference between this and the Taliban. We have to [oppose] the Christian Taliban. I say this as a Christian,” Kinzinger tweeted at the time, sharing a post chronicling the MP’s remarks.

Recent data from the Pew Research Center shows that about 70% of the American population identifies as Christian, although this category is divided into various denominations with different beliefs. Almost 6% of the population identify as Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu, while almost 23% have no religious affiliation.

Barry F. Howard