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Gage Skidmore/Wiki Commons

A pre-election billboard in St. Louis created quite a stir this week. The sign appeared to claim that President Donald Trump is the Second Coming of Christ.

The billboard featured Trump along with the biblical verse, “The Word Became Flesh…” and appears to support the notion that Trump is divinely ordained to further Christianity in America.

The “Word Became Flesh” reference is from John 1:14 which says, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The signage also read “Make the Gospel Great Again,” a clear play on Trump’s campaign pledge to “Make America Great Again.”

When CBS affiliate KMOV4 asked local area residents what they thought of the billboard, reactions were strong.

“I didn’t know what to make of it,” resident Sherri Chisholism said. “I didn’t know what message it was trying to send but I felt like it was somewhat offense, I didn’t know if they were trying to equate Donald Trump to Jesus.”

Some people are also calling it heresy like this Twitter user.

Since catching media attention the facebook group “Make the Gospel Great Again” is claiming to be behind the ad but they say they were not equating Jesus with President Trump. Their response on social media said:

“Our billboard IS NOT equating Jesus with President Donald Trump. Salvation comes only from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not any man. But God does send his messengers to us, and just as King David liberated the faithful in his day, President Trump is doing this today through his protection of the unborn, defense of our land against foreign invaders and standing up for Israel. He surrounds himself with champions for Christian Rights –Mike Pence, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. Compared to the disaster of a president we had in Obama, how is this not the “word become flesh” for Americans? As Christians we must not  stand against God’s will despite the persecution we face for doing so.”

The billboard has sense been pulled as it didn’t meet the requirement for political ads according to DDI Media who owns the ad.

This is not the first time Trump has been linked to Bible prophecy and even the Second Coming. Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem fulfilled biblical prophecy and carried biblical significance.

“Donald Trump recognized history. He, like King Cyrus before him, fulfilled the biblical prophecy of the gods worshiped by Jews, Christians and, yes, Muslims, that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state and that the Jewish people deserve a righteous, free and sovereign Israel.” Pirro wrote in an opinion piece.

Trump has also been compared to the Antichrist.

While Trump has claimed to be “Christian” and a “religious person” there are many who are not convinced about his faith.

When he has talked about Scripture or faith publicly in the past, his words have not landed for many. During a 2016 rally at Liberty University, Trump’s words fell a bit flat when he referenced “Two Corinthians” before reciting a New Testament verse from “Second Corinthians.”

Then, when asked theological questions, Trump often speaks in vague terms. Asked “Who is God to you?” by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump answered “God is the ultimate,” then went on a brief spiel about how he got a great deal on the golf course before circling back to his original definition. “So nobody, no thing, no there’s nothing like God.”

While Trump hasn’t always been vocal and descriptive related to his faith, or conversion experience, some would say his actions tell the story.

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