Donald Trump may be riding high in polls as the No. 1 Republican contender in the U.S. presidential race, but he has taken heavy blows from a black newspaper columnist and a conservative clerical commentator for trying to claim to represent Christians.
New York Daily News columnist Shaun King blasted the property magnate who is heading the polls in a Jan. 26 piece entitled, "The fake Christianity of Donald Trump (and Jerry Falwell Jr.)."
The second hammering Trump received was in Western Journalism on Jan. 26, written by Rev Michael Bresciani in a piece titled, "Donald Trump does not represent Christ, Christians or the Bible."
King said that Trump has all but broadcast to the world that he knows absolutely nothing about Christianity.
The Daily News columnist notes that people can know what's in a person's heart by studying how they live.
"There is nothing surprising about Jerry Falwell Jr., president of the conservative "Christian" mega-college, Liberty University, endorsing Donald Trump.
"I have always believed that at the heart of southern white conservative Christianity isn't Jesus, but whiteness, not religion, but racism and the Republican Party.
"Donald Trump is the most prominent and popular bigot in modern American history. White supremacist hate groups openly profess their love for him and are actively campaigning for him.
King notes that over the past year Trump has openly stated that the United States should ban all Muslims from entering the country, blamed African-Americans for the overwhelming majority of white murder victims.
He has also been "overtly racist toward Mexican immigrants, has been consistently sexist and crass toward women - and has offered absolutely no apologies for any of it."
King asserts, "These aren't just political statements, but a terrible mix of lies and practices that fly in the face of Christianity.
'KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT CHRISTIANITY'
Not only do Trumps words stand in stark contrast to the compassionate Christ of the Bible, he has also broadcast to the world he knows nothing about Christianity.
"Maybe it has something to do with Jesus saying it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to get into heaven, but whatever the case, Trump has done a terrible job at even pretending to be Christian.
"When asked if he has ever asked God for forgiveness or repented of his sins, a key tenant of Christianity, Trump openly said no, and could not really recall a time, ever, that he needed to ask God for forgiveness.
"Had President Obama uttered such a phrase, white people would've used it as indisputable proof that he was an undercover Muslim or the anti-Christ."
King also say Trump is unable to name his favorite Bible verse when asked.
"When speaking at Liberty University, he so badly flubbed the name of one of the most popular New Testament epistles that it became a trending topic. He's not a young man, mind you, he's a senior citizen. He's 69 years old. He doesn't know these things because they aren't a real part of his life."
The Daily News columnist also notes that most conservative Christians claim to despise divorce, but Trump has been married three times.
"His Christianity is so fake, so phony, that if a fictional conservative character was created to fake it the way he has, it would seem so outrageous, so preposterous, that it would seem like a complete impossibility."
Brescani's takes Trump to task for making the hand symbol for a gun and saying in Iowa, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?"
"Is the idea of getting away with murder and still being a front-runner his best example for America's children?
"Donald's behavior is anything but presidential; it clearly shows what he thinks of the average voter. In this context, he may as well call his own followers (and perhaps the entire nation)."
Brescani raises the issue of idolatry citing 2 Kings 17: 33, in which ancient Israel is charged with fearing God, but serving idols.
"Trump's rallies are dotted with autograph-seeking, shouting and smiling Christians trying to get a glance at their idol, as if they expected him to win both the presidency and the latest televised broadcast of American Idol.
"The Evangelicals may think they don't need to follow the Lord of Righteousness, and now they can follow their lord of self-absorption, Mr. Trump; but they have become conspicuously misguided.
"Author Dr. Don Boys says: "For a Christian to vote for Trump is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders."