Easter message: U.S. senator claims 'we are able to save ourselves'

Easter message: U.S. senator claims 'we are able to save ourselves'

Easter message: U.S. senator claims 'we are able to save ourselves'

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U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., a former pastor, said in a now-deleted tweet that “the meaning of Easter is more transcendent” than the resurrection of Jesus.

“Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves,” he wrote.

Constitutional lawyer Jenna Ellis pointed out the deletion and wrote on Twitter, “He should delete Reverend in front of his name, too.”

The Washington Examiner reported the senator’s office claimed the tweet was posted by staff and “not approved before it was published.”

Christianity is distinguished from other religions in its belief that salvation is a gift of God, through Jesus’ payment of the penalty for sin. And it’s the resurrection of Jesus from the dead that verifies that claim.

Retired Desert Storm veteran Samuel Williams reacted to Warnock’s tweet: “What kind of Reverend would say something like this. Jesus Christ died and then rose again to take the sins of the world away. You are poisoning the minds of Christians for political purposes.”

Television producer Jason Romano pointed out Warnock’s message “is literally the opposite of what the Gospel says.”

Warnock got the support of MSNBC host Joy Reid, who criticized Ellis’ response.

“This lady is literally calling the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church – the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church – a heretic … Madame, I’m gonna take @ReverendWarnock’s take, as a pastor and a scholar on the Word over yours, if you don’t mind.”

Warnock’s support for abortion previously was criticized by Hall of Fame football coach and Christian leader Tony Dungy.

In December, Warnock called himself a “pro-choice pastor.”

“Rev Warner may be a pastor. My question would be ‘Is he a Christian?’ That is, does he follow the teachings of Jesus and does he believe that the Bible is the absolute word of God?” Dungy wrote.

“I would think it would be difficult for someone who believes that God sees us when we are in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16) to think that it is OK to choose not to bring that life to fruition,” he said.

On Twitter, Dungy pointed critics of his response to Warnock to the Bible.

“Please read Psalm 139:13-16. Then tell me if you think God puts babies in the womb or man does? If you believe they randomly get there, then I have no argument. But if you believe God puts them there, then how does anyone have a right to ‘choose’ which ones survive?”

Warnock, Breitbart reported, mocked Christians several years ago for advocating carrying guns for self-defense.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported he also charged that it is the “moral bankruptcy of the American church” that put President Trump in office.

“Perhaps more than anything else we have seen in modern times, a rise of Trump and Trumpism on the shoulders of Christians brings into sharp focus the moral bankruptcy of the American church,” Warnock said after Trump was elected.

He also declared America needed to “repent” for supporting Trump’s political rise.

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