As Donald Trump praised the expansion of Bible literacy in schools this week, Pastor David Lewicki, who served as an associate pastor at the president’s family church in New York City for approximately five years, said the president should also apply Bible literacy to his daily life to help him more actively live out his faith.
Lewicki’s advice to the commander-in-chief comes after Trump tweeted Monday: “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!”
In his instant reaction to Trump’s praise of Bible literacy, Lewicki, who is currently a co-pastor at North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Georgia, revealed his affiliation with the historic Marble Collegiate Church in New York City where Trump’s family worshiped for years.
“I was @realDonaldTrump’s pastor for 5 years @MarbleChurch. I assure you, he had the ‘option’ to come to Bible study. He never ‘opted’ in. Nor did he ever actually enter the church doors. Not one time,” Lewicki wrote in a tweet Tuesday morning. He also noted that he wasn’t aware of any financial contribution from Trump during his time at the church.
In an interview with The Christian Post Wednesday, Lewicki said he served on Marble Collegiate’s pastoral staff from 2004 to 2010 and not once did he notice Trump at the church’s Bible study even though he seems to be supportive of Bible literacy now.
“I led Wednesday night worship services and I was present every Sunday to lead worship services,” Lewicki said.
“To my knowledge, no one ever saw President Trump in that time while I was there. So he was not a visible and active member of our congregation while he was on the membership rolls during that time,” he added.
In 2015, as Trump campaigned for the presidency he declared that he attended the Marble Collegiate.
The church released a statement then, however, saying he was an inactive member.
“Donald Trump has had a longstanding history with Marble Collegiate Church, where his parents were for years active members and one of his children was baptized. However, as he indicates, he is a Presbyterian, and is not an active member of Marble,” the church said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair