Andrew Strom recently posted a video on his blog and remarked on the speaker’s boldness for speaking so strongly at a “Presidential Prayer Breakfast”.
Readers quickly posted their comments to ask whether the President had been there to hear such a strong call to repentance. Others were equally quick to point out he hadn’t attended, purposely avoiding a confrontation with the gospel.
The video started with an image of the Presidential Seal, implying its official status as a Presidential event and then continued with the speaker calling for the need for national repentance.
Eventually some of the blog commenters started to point out the lack of an actual gospel message, that Jesus was barely mentioned. There was no indication of His centrality to the gospel – that repentance was worthless without Jesus being the focus.
And then the BIG revelation. The whole “Presidential Prayer Breakfast” thing was a lie. It had no connection at all to the President. The use of the seal was unauthorised and deceptive.
For a short time Strom removed the video from his site after being made aware of the deceit involved. However he has since reinstated it after receiving a number of requests for it to be brought back. In doing so He changed his introductory statement, as quoted below.
“Jonathan Cahn at “Non”-Presidential Prayer Breakfast
I wanted to take down this video when I first found out the truth about it, but people have begged me to leave it up. However, I do find the presentation very misleading. Though they use the ‘Presidential Seal’ in this video – we have since found out that it was NOT truly an “official” Presidential prayer breakfast as we thought. Actually more of a Christian/ GOP type event. Anyway, below is Jonathan Cahn speaking in Washington. It is sad that it had to be presented in a misleading way. Especially using the Presidential seal like that. But he certainly made his point well.”
I find it disappointing that the video has been returned and giving a degree of undeserved legitimacy. Andrew admits he finds the “presentation very misleading” but still says the speaker “made his point well”.
I wonder what point he means: the point that deceit works? That it’s okay to mislead? Or that it’s fine to leave Jesus out of the gospel.
To me it seems like another example of the truth not really mattering.