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3 Lessons to Heed When Preachers Align with Political Power

By Michael Ruffin | November 19, 2019

When preachers cozy up to politicians, they tend to tell the politician what they want to hear, not what God leads them to say. It was true with King Ahab and his 400 court prophets, and it still rings true today.

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Mitch Randall, executive director of, interviews Bill Shiell, president of Northern Seminary, at the annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia on Nov. 12, 2019 in Roanoke.

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