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After Donald Trump Endorsed Bible Study in Public Schools, Trump's Former Pastor Is Calling Him Out, and He Has a Lot to Say


After Donald Trump Endorsed Bible Study in Public Schools, Trump's Former Pastor Is Calling Him Out, and He Has a Lot to Say
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: President Trump with first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife Karen Pence, listen during the National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Early Monday morning, President Donald Trump posted a tweet supporting the teaching of the Bible in public schools. One faith leader who has known Trump for years believes this is all a crock.

"Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Starting to make a turn back? Great!"

According to Trump's former pastor, however, the president has never before expressed interest in practicing his faith.

"I was 's pastor for 5 years " Pastor David Lewicki tweeted on Wednesday. "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 implied that Trump is a hypocrite, tweeting a quote by Edmund Burke: "Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing."

Trump used to be "on the membership roll" at Marble Collegiate Church in Chelsea, Lewicki said. "None of us ever saw him," Lewicki explained. "Based on other evidence, I'll bet he never gave a dime, either. My distrust of him goes back a long way."

Lewicki correctly stated that Trump "had one of his weddings" at Marble Church. Trump tied the knot with his first wife Ivana at Marble Church in 1977. Trump's second wife, actress Marla Maples, was also a member of the church.

Naturally, Trump's defenders wasted no time trying to poke holes in Lewicki's account.

"Never been a fan of pastors who criticize their congregation for not showing up regardless of who it is," one person complained. Lewicki said members have a duty to their church, which Trump failed to live up to.

"Members have a responsibility to a) show up, b) contribute, or 3) volunteer," Lewicki replied. "I won’t criticize anyone for deciding Christianity isn’t for them... unless you then go around talking about how important faith is. Then, you’ve opened yourself to your former pastor holding a mirror."

Another person suggested that Lewicki was lying. Lewicki's response was that it is "tough to have a personal pastoral relationship with someone who doesn’t care at all about God or the church."

Lewicki also shot down an accusation that his intent is to publicly shame Trump. This is about "calling a person to accountability," Lewicki said.

The New York Times reported in 2016 that Trump had a decades-long, and fuzzy, relationship with Marble Church.

Trump "attended its Sunday services for almost 50 years, but says he does not know if he ever formally joined the church," the Times wrote. "He describes himself as a Presbyterian, but Marble is not a Presbyterian church — it is part of the Reformed Church in America, a separate denomination that traces its beginnings to 1628 and the first ordained minister in New Amsterdam, as New York was then known."

The Times also found that despite his regular attendance, Trump never expressed any religious beliefs. Trump, like his father Fred, was a huge fan of the church's preacher-turned-best selling author, Reverend Norman Vincent Peale.

Peale was “a great preacher and a great public speaker,” Trump said in 2016. “You always, when the service was over, you said, ‘I’d have sat there for another hour,’” Trump told the Times. “There aren’t too many people like that. It wasn’t the speaking ability, it was the thought process.”

As the comments on his Twitter feed accumulated, Lewicki said it feels "nice to get some attention on Twitter. But not this much."

Trump? A devout Christian? Twitter has its doubts.

Many feel gunning for Biblical eduation in public schools is just another Trump grift.

As for why Trump all of a sudden wants Christianity taught in public schools, there's likely a simple explanation: he got the idea from Fox News.

The segment below aired a few minutes before Trump tweeted.

Of course.