The press seems to have jubilantly declared Joe Biden the projected president-elect. I do not know if that is just wishful thinking on the part of the news media whose objectivity during Trump’s presidency and the election process are in question. Press projections have been suspect ever since the Chicago Daily Tribune falsely declared, “Dewey Defeats Truman.”
The Chicago Daily Tribune had relied upon polls, the conventional wisdom of the times, and the prediction of Arthur Sears Henning a veteran political analyst who had called four of the last five presidential elections. Sound familiar? Several other papers made the same mistake that Dewey won.
Certain charismatic leaders have not given up hope in a Trump re-election and have made some prophetic projections of their own.
Self-described ‘revelator’ Kat Kerr said, “The rocks are about to move and Trump will be President no matter what you hear… It will start with a phone call and I can tell you, you will be shocked to see how much exposure comes from that, but Trump will win. He will be president of the United States, he will sit in that office for four more years and God will have His way in this country.” That would be something, God having His way.
Pastor of Regeneration-Nashville Kent Christmas declared, “This is a war between Heaven and Hell and it’s about the destiny of this nation. The Lion of Judah is going to roar again in this nation. This story, the ending has not yet been written. You cannot listen to what the Enemy is saying. You cannot allow the indicators that you’re seeing in the natural begin to shape your faith.” Don’t worry Kent what is happening is not shaping my faith.
In Las Vegas the pastor of Word of Life Mike Thompson in a sermon said “that the prophetic voices have not missed it and that the Lord impressed upon him that amid the ongoing election drama that he was to ‘give Moses a chance to work.’” I am not sure what that means, ‘give Moses a chance to work.’
Some have recanted their earlier predictions. Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church in Redding, California who had prophesied Trump would win confessed, “I was completely wrong. I take full responsibility for being wrong. There is no excuse for it. I think it doesn’t make me a false prophet but it does create a credibility gap…a lot of people trust me and trust my ministry.”
Don’t beat yourself up Kris, my trust was not in you, but regarding being a false prophet I have to go with Moses on this one. He wrote, “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him,” Deuteronomy 18:22.
Of course, either the press or these prophets will be right. Nevertheless, I think presumption is rampant, in the press and the pulpit.