Pastor Derek Rogers, who heads the Cowboy Church Of Corsicana in Texas, straight up told his congregation in no uncertain terms which candidate they must cast their ballots for in the 2020 presidential election.
Rogers acknowledged that as a pastor, he is prohibited from making such an exhortation from the pulpit, saying, “I know that, as pastors, we’re not supposed to talk about politics and those type of things.”
But he did it anyway, in clear violation of the Johnson Amendment, which “prohibits religious organizations and many nonprofits from endorsing or opposing political candidates.”
As The Washington Post reported last year:
“Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity,” the IRS advises. “Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.”
Nevertheless, the Cowboy Church pastor offered these words to his congregants (transcript courtesy of the Friendly Atheist):
This election, you’re voting for good or evil. You’re not voting for Democrat or Republican, you’re voting for good or evil, one or the other. And I’m just going to encourage you, and I’m going to say it like this: I don’t know how anybody could call themselves a born again Christian, and have a relationship with God, our Father, and know anything about the Bible and the truth of the Bible, I do not understand how anybody that calls themselves a Christian could vote for the agenda and the platform of Joe Biden.
Yep, I said it.
President Trump, he ain’t the greatest dude in the whole world, but he’s the closest thing that we got to what we need. And I’m gonna encourage you. He’s gonna fight for Christianity. He’s gonna fight for everything that we believe in as Christians and the Bible. And the other party is gonna fight to take away every religious freedom and every right we have as Christians.
It matters and you need to know that if you don’t know it. If you haven’t caught up with the current times, that’s the fact of the matter. This Democratic Party is not the Democratic Party that your parents voted for or your grandparents voted for. It is an evil monster. Now, send the voicemails, send the hate mail, send the ugly texts. It doesn’t bother me. I’m just telling you straight up: It matters this year, and if you’re gonna vote as a Christian, and vote for biblical truth, you better vote for Donald Trump so that we can keep America great and keep our religious freedom and our rights as Christians. So I said it.