Speaking in Forked Tongues

“I can do my job there in developing our natural resources and doing things like getting the roads paved and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded,” she said in June to ministry students at her former church. “But really, all of that stuff doesn’t do any good if the people of Alaska’s heart isn’t right with God.” – Sarah Palin

Candidate Palin insists she is to be described as merely a generic Christian. She “spent nearly three decades in the Assemblies of God church, the nation’s largest Pentecostal denomination”, reports the Chicago Tribune, while Governor Palin regularly speaks to pastors and ministerial students.

Palins’ former church, the Wasilla Assembly of God, is political and strident from the pulpit. “I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, but if you vote for this particular person, I question your salvation — I’m sorry.”

She insists she is independent, listing her membership in Wasilla’s Church of the Rock that preaches the purpose of the United States is to glorify God.

“This nation is a Christian nation!” Pepper said last fall in a recorded sermon. “God will not be mocked! I don’t care what atheists say! God will not be mocked!

Yet Pastor David Pepper states “Before running for Governor of Alaska she frequently attended Church on the Rock for approximately one year. Since that time she has visited on occasion and now attends Wasilla Bible Church with her family.”

“We’re just a community church”

Prior to a failed run for lieutenant governor, Palin joined the Wasilla Bible Church which attracts about 1,000 parishioners from tiny Wasilla and area. “We like to call this the Bible Belt of Alaska,” says Cheryl Metiva, head of the local chamber of commerce. [TIME]

Palin was attending when guest speaker David Brickner was introduced, “He’s a leader of Jews for Jesus, a ministry that is out on the leading edge in a pressing, demanding area of witnessing and evangelism.”

“I think it speaks volumes that she keeps an Israeli flag on the wall of her office,” Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks told Politico.

Friends have never heard her discuss Middle East policy in detail, continues Politico, and that she’d never visited Israel but has signed the Alaska-Israel friendship resolution. Tuesday after the RNC Convention, Palin was ‘shepherded by Lieberman’ to meet a pro-Israel lobby in St. Paul, “We had a good productive discussion on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

Attending a pastors conference as governor, she told … Assemblies of God clergy that Alaska had been dedicated to the Lord—”and I know the Lord is not going to take it back.”

Her Christian Heritage Week was created “to remind Alaskans of the role Christianity has played in the state’s history.”

While Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin attended the Juneau Christian Center, a large congregation of Pentecostal.

George Bryson and Rich Mauer writing for the Anchorage Daily News point out that all Palin’s churches insist on the inerrancy of the Bible – literally God’s spoken word and the Genesis version of creation.

The website ‘How Insane is John McCain’ is maintaining a running list of lies, misrepresentations, mistakes, vindictiveness, cheating, favoritism and general stumbling at Sarah Palin Scandals: The Complete List. A more detailed update is being kept at SameFacts.

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