The Jerusalem based evangelical Christian media network GOD TV recently took issue with “Let Us Worship” founder Sean Feucht’s tweet featuring Florida Governor Ron DeSantis quoting scripture.
“America’s Governor coming in hot with scripture today,” Feucht tweeted on July 24 above an image of DeSantis with the following quote: “You gotta be ready for battle. So put on the full armor of God. Take a stand against the Left’s schemes. Stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. You will face fire from flaming arrows, but the shield of faith will protect you.”
DeSantis, who is a professing Christian, crafted his quote from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus (Ephesians 6:10-20), where Paul encourages Christians to be strong in the Lord and avoid the schemes of the devil.
GOD TV criticized Feucht for the tweet via Facebook on August 21. The media network said they didn’t post their criticism “lightly,” adding that Feucht may have not “fully realized what he was sending out.” Nevertheless, GOD TV expressed that DeSantis’ quote is “exactly the opposite of what Paul is communicating in Ephesians 6.”
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“In fact, this could be considered blasphemous,” GOD TV’s post said. “The passage is specifically saying that our battle is NOT against ‘the left’ or ‘the right’ or anything that could be considered ‘flesh and blood.’ Our battle is against Satan.”
After quoting the New International Version of the Apostle Paul’s letter, GOD TV said, “Changing the word of God for political purposes (or for any reason!) is deeply concerning and dangerous. Sadly, many have merged politics and Jesus, when in fact, Jesus transcends politics. That is not to say that we should not be active politically. We should. But turning political devotion into devotion to Jesus leads to posts like this. Using God’s word for man’s purposes is extremely unwise and places you in a perilous position. Remember, Eve was tricked when Satan subtly changed the word of God.”
“If we disagree with someone politically, that does not make them our enemy, but our mission field,” GOD TV went on to say, asking, “How will we reach unbelievers when we are mocking them or comparing them to Satan? ‘We love because he first loved us.’ We too were once lost, and someone loved us.”
GOD TV explained that they were praying that Feucht would see his error in posting DeSantis’ quote and correct it.
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GOD TV concluded their post, which has received over 1,400 reactions and 574 comments, hoping that Feucht would “use his incredible gift to spread God’s love through Jesus our Messiah.”
Despite GOD TV’s critique of Feucht, many commenters supported him, with some blasting the Christian media network.