By Hamish Balfour
Detroit pastor Bishop Wayne T. Jackson is still trying to defend Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Jackson caught flak when he invited Trump, who has made several offensive statements about black people, to his church.
“Donald Trump is an example of someone who has been blessed by God,” Jackson told the Conservative Chronicle. “Look at his homes, businesses, his wife and his jet. You don’t get those things unless you have the favor of God.”
Jackson is an adherent of the controversial prosperity gospel. This is a much-contested religious doctrine that claims God wants his followers to be wealthy. However, prosperity gospel preachers, such as Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer and Creflo Dollar, have drawn criticism for living in mansions and owning private jets.
Jackson’s church New Faith Ministries was recently the site of a protest by a community group called New Era Detroit. The protesters complained that Jackson was driving a Rolls Royce and living in a mansion while his parishioners lived in poverty.
Jackson claimed that he gives a lot back to the community.
“I have bought washers and dryers for elderly people,” he told FOX 2. “We have taken and had dinners at my home for school children. I have people living in my home right now that were homeless and they’re not paying me a dime.”