• Richard Easson

Past Sermons from U.S. Senate Candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock Resurface and They’re Not Pretty

A couple of days ago I wrote an article on Raphael Warnock, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Georgia, who made headlines last week after announcing on Tim Bryant’s “Mission: Timpossible” podcast that he is a pro-abortion candidate. The announcement by Warnock, who is also a minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, took many Christians by surprise.

In defense of his pro-abortion stance, when asked by Bryant if he thinks his position on abortion is “consistent with God’s view,” Reverend Warnock responded, “I think that human agency and freedom is consistent with my view as a minister.”

Rev. Warnock made headlines again this week as comments he made in past sermons were resurfaced by various Republicans.

In a sermon delivered by Warnock in 2011, he quoted the Bible verse Matthew 6:24, No one can serve two masters.” In quoting the verse, he said “America, nobody can serve God and the military. You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. America, choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day.”

Rev. Warnock’s adversary in the January special election, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, quickly took to Twitter to express her outrage over the comments that she called “disparaging.”

Sen. David Perdue, the Georgia Republican running in the other January runoff election, but against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, also took the opportunity to address Rev. Warnock’s remarks.

“Thousands of Georgians proudly serve in our Armed Forces, and anyone who serves them in the United States Senate should treat them with dignity and honor. Warnock’s comments deserve condemnation and his running mate Jon Ossoff’s silence on this speaks volumes to his own character. I hope Ossoff will join me in urging his teammate, Warnock, to immediately apologize to those who serve our country and their families.”

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted out a clip of the sermon accompanied by a statement that reads “This is an insult to everyone who served. Raphael Warnock should withdraw.”

In a 2016 sermon, Rev. Warnock called on Americans to “repent for its worship of whiteness” in regards to the election of Donald J. Trump as president. In his sermon entitled “How Towers Tumble,” Warnock preached about Genesis 11:4, where humans wanted to construct a tower that reached heaven in fear of being dispersed all over the earth.

During the sermon, Rev. Warnock said “When the wind blows, sometimes you have to bend, you have to recognize what’s going on in the world in order to keep from breaking. In other words, you have to repent, recognize what’s going on in the world. And the fierce winds of change are blowing through our nation like it or not. The complexion of this nation is changing like it or not. Change is coming, like it or not.”

He continued “If it is true that a man who has dominated the news and poisoned the discussion for months needs to repent, then it is doubly true that a nation that can produce such a man and make his vitriol go viral needs to repent. No matter what happens next month, more than a third of the nation that would go along with this, is reason to be afraid. America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness, on full display this season.”

In a 2018 sermon that was resurfaced by Jewish Insider, Rev. Warnock went on the attack against Israel after the White House held a ceremony marking the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In Warnock’s comments, he stated “It’s been a tough week. The administration opened up the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Standing there [were] the president’s family and a few mealy-mouthed evangelical preachers who are responsible for the mess that we found ourselves in, both there and here – misquoting and misinterpreting the Scripture, talking about peace,” he continued “Meanwhile, young Palestinian sisters and brothers, who are struggling for their very lives, struggling for water and struggling for their human dignity, stood up in a non-violent protest, saying, ‘If we’re going to die, we’re going to die struggling.’”

In another segment of the sermon, Warnock said “We saw the government of Israel shoot down unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey. And I don’t care who does it, it is wrong. It is wrong to shoot down God’s children like they don’t matter at all. And it’s no more anti-Semitic for me to say that than it is anti-white for me to say that black lives matter. Palestinian lives matter.”

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, founder of Americans Against Anti-semitism said, “It’s really vile. Don’t tell me he’s a friend of Israel,” regarding Warnock’s comments. “The purpose of the demonstrations in Gaza was to force the border open to invade Israel. What country in the world would permit that? What planet are you living in?”

In his support of a two-state solution, Warnock was quoted by Jewish Insider as saying “It is true that I am deeply concerned about continued settlement expansion – I believe it is a threat to the prospect of a two-state solution, which I believe is the only path to enduring peace. I will continue to advocate for self-determination for the Palestinian people because I want to see a Palestinian state living side by side with a safe and secure Israel.”