A group of about a dozen American evangelical leaders led by Pat Robertson met with Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday following his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Led by Robertson and his Christian Broadcasting Network, the group included author Joel Rosenberg, evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, Charisma Media founder Stephen Strang, Maryland Bishop Harry Jackson and Jonathan Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia and the son of Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell Sr.
Not only did the group discuss the future of the South American country and their shared belief in traditional Christian values, but the Christian pastors and business owners also prayed over Bolsonaro, who has been called the “Trump of the Tropics” because of his right-leaning policies.
“We pray, Lord, the anointing of the Holy Spirit come upon him,” Robertson was quoted as saying. “That he may have wisdom. That he will hear a voice in his ear when he turns to the right or to the left saying, ‘This is the way. Walk ye in it.’ Lord, uphold him. Protect him from evil. And, use him mightily in years to come.”
By critics, Bolsonaro’s policies have been described as “far-right.” Although now a member of the conservative Social Liberal Party, Bolsonaro launched his presidential campaign in 2016 as a member of the conservative Social Christian Party.
After crafting a successful anti-establishment campaign based on some of the same tactics used by Trump in 2016, Bolsonaro took office in January.
Bolsonaro is a member of the Roman Catholic Church but his wife and son are evangelicals, the fastest growing religious demographic in the country.
Because of his socially conservative views, Bolsonaro, who was Baptized in the Jordan River in 2016, won over the support of many evangelicals in Brazil. They voted in large numbers for him just like evangelicals in the U.S. were won over by promises from Trump to implement social conservative, pro-life policies.
According to Strang, Bolsonaro told the evangelical leaders that it was a miracle that he is even alive. During the campaign, he was stabbed and confined to a hospital bed until the election last October.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith