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November 19th, 2011
10:31 PM ET

The gospel according to Herman Cain

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series of stories looking at the faith of the leading 2012 presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. We profiled the faith journey of Herman Cain before he suspended his campaign.

(CNN) – On a bright spring day in 2007, a black-robed Herman Cain officiated the wedding of a young couple at a mansion outside of Atlanta. The sun sparkled on the pair’s wedding rings as Cain, an associate minister at a nearby church, held them aloft.

All seemed perfect.

When it came time for the bride and groom to exchange vows, however, Cain was dissatisfied with the volume of the groom’s “I do.”

"Say it louder," Cain told Matt Carrothers.

“When he tells you to say, ‘I do,’” the groom recalled, “it almost sounds like the voice of God telling you that and you take it very seriously.”

In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain is not seen as a candidate who wears his faith on his sleeve. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, Rick Santorum’s Catholicism and Michele Bachmann’s evangelical Christianity have all garnered much more attention than Cain’s Baptist-flavored beliefs.

On the campaign trail, Cain is more apt to talk about his business acumen and leadership skills than his faith. His unlikely rise as a straight-talking White House contender was pegged largely to the popularity among fiscal conservatives of his “9-9-9” tax plan.

But those who know Cain describe him as a devout Christian who leans on his faith in times of hardship. That would appear to include the present moment, when a flurry of sexual harassment allegations and a viral video of a Libya interview gaffe are renewing doubts about Cain’s legitimacy as a candidate.

Indeed, Cain’s religiosity runs deep enough that he regularly delivers sermons at his childhood church, has recorded a gospel music album and has a traveling minister as part of his campaign apparatus.

Carrothers - who worked as Cain’s political director during his failed 2004 bid for a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia - says one of Cain’s favorite sayings is, “There’s our plan, and then there’s God’s plan.”

Rev Herman Cain presides over the wedding of Matt Carrothers and Debra Ann Delong.

“You may think that things are going wrong in your life,” Carrothers says, paraphrasing the candidate, “but just step back it will always get better.”

Faith and work, hand in hand

Cain’s faith journey began at a young age. Born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia, he and his parents joined Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta when he was 10.

The 134-year-old, historically black church was founded by freed slaves. For the Cain family, faith in God and hard work went hand in hand.

Cain has written that his family grew up so poor they were “po.” His mother was a maid and his father at times worked three jobs at once: as a barber, a janitor at Pillsbury and a chauffeur for Coca-Cola executives.

His father, Cain writes in his 2011 book, “This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House,” worked and saved enough to buy a modest home and quit two of his jobs, rising in the ranks at Coca-Cola to become the CEO's private chauffeur.

Herman Cain, meanwhile, would climb the corporate ladder, rising to become the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, based in Omaha, Nebraska, and then head of the National Restaurant Association, where the sexual harassment charges originated.

Cain has always considered Antioch his spiritual home. The candidate declined to comment for this article, but Fred Robinson, a former Antioch minister who left to form his own church, says Cain’s late parents were pillars of the church.

Cain greets potential caucus voters prior to speaking at an Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition event earlier this year.

After he returned to Antioch amid “great fanfare” in 2000, Robinson says, Cain became a fixture in the deacon’s corner, a row of seats near the pulpit.

On any Sunday, Cain could be seen sitting with the other deacons in his favorite light-blue dress shirt shouting, “Preach Rev!” or “Say it.”

Cain became a licensed associate minister at Antioch in 2002.

The liberal church of Herman Cain

“Like most ministers, I felt called to preach the word of God and minister to the least, the last, and the lost, and minister to His people,” he told Christianity Today.

Antioch officials and Senior Pastor Cameron Alexander declined interview requests, saying the church doesn’t divulge information about members or staff.

But congregants paint a picture of Cain as deeply involved, part of a group of associate ministers known as the Sons of Antioch. Members say that if a man feels called by God to preach, he can approach the senior pastor about it. A trial sermon is then arranged.

If the congregation and pastor approve, the man undergoes training in scripture and preaching and can be licensed by the church to preach.

The Sons of Antioch are given the honorific of “reverend.” The positions are unpaid.

Antioch is part of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. but like many Baptist churches, it operates largely autonomously. The process of appointing ministers is particular to the church.

As an associate minister, Cain sometimes preaches at Antioch and regularly helps distribute the elements of communion, a role he has kept up while campaigning for president.

Valencia Seay, a Georgia state senator and longtime member of the church, falls on the opposite end of the political spectrum from Cain. But she said they put politics aside on Sunday mornings.

From the pulpit, Cain is “charismatic, he is knowledgeable, he is on point, and he knows the Word.”

“He can lift a hymn,” she said. “It’s always enjoyable to hear a minister who can not only deliver a powerful message but also finish it with a song that speaks to that message.”

While in Omaha at Godfather’s Pizza, Cain put his singing to work, directing a men’s chorus at Pilgrim Baptist Church and cutting a CD of gospel tunes. The proceeds went to charity.

On the campaign, Cain sometimes sings for supporters and once serenaded reporters with a hymn at the National Press Club.

God-centered self-determinism

For all his church involvement, Cain’s message of self-determinism is seemingly at odds with Antioch’s focus on social justice.

The Rev. Gerald Durley, senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, told CNN that Cain’s call for blacks to forget about racism and pull themselves up by their bootstraps doesn’t mesh with the philosophy of Antioch’s pastor.

“He’s not going to talk about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” Durley says of Antioch’s pastor, Cameron Alexander. “It’s about providing bootstraps.”

Since becoming an associate minister at Antioch, Cain has preached in pulpits around the country, often eschewing the big paydays of motivational speaking gigs for modest preaching honorariums.

In many of those sermons, Cain has promoted a message of self-reliance.

In 2003, while Cain was running for Senate, he preached at the Crystal Cathedral, a high-profile church in Southern California headed at the time by the Rev. Robert Schuller.

“I told Bob that I was so excited that it inspired me to prepare a two-hour message for you this morning,” Cain told the congregation.

“Bob said, ‘That’s great, as long as you can do it in 20 minutes,’” Cain joked.

Cain’s sermon, which was beamed around the globe as part of Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” TV broadcast, focused on the biblical verse Mark 8:36.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Cain quoted.

As he continued, Cain's message seemed to harmonize with his libertarian politics.

“Finding your purpose in life is a continuous process that God reveals to each of us when we are ready and when God is ready,” he said. “Living our purpose in life is a decision.”

In the gospel according to Herman Cain, God may lay out plans, but it is up to each believer to push forward - regardless of obstacles - to reach that goal.

For Cain, that’s meant repeatedly running for political office despite his failure to win.

Cain addresses the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Consumer Electronic Association earlier this month in McLean, Virginia.

From the pulpit of the Crystal Cathedral, Cain traced his political career to an epiphany that accompanied the birth of his granddaughter in 1999.

“The first thought, so help me God, that went through my mind when I looked at that little face was, ‘What do I do to use my talents to make this a better world?’” Cain said. “God had revealed my next purpose in life at an unexpected moment.”

In his 2005 book, “They Think You're Stupid: Why Democrats Lost Your Vote and What Republicans Must Do to Keep It,” Cain said that epiphany led to worrying about
leaving Social Security and Medicare a “mess” for her.

“For three and a half years I would not be able to answer the question of what do I do to make this a better world,” Cain writes. “But I would often reflect on the words of the prophet Isaiah (40:31): ‘They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.’”

In 1999, Cain formed Citizens for Cain Exploratory Committee to test the waters for a presidential bid in 2000, the National Journal reported at the time. He made campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to press reports, which focused on his business acumen and the fact that he was a black GOP candidate, not his religious proclivities. He eventually backed Republican candidate Steve Forbes and joined Forbes' campaign as a national co-chairman.

Three and a half years later, Cain ran for the U.S. Senate, saying the decision had been divinely inspired.

“Being on a God-inspired fast track of success and surviving the many things that could have gone wrong was no accident,” he writes.

He woke early one morning to study the Bible as he wrestled with whether to run for Senate.

The Bible fell on the floor, Cain writes, and opened to Matthew 18, where Jesus asks, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” - the same words he would quote from a different gospel at the Crystal Cathedral.

Later that week, Cain writes, he heard a sermon titled “The Calling” by Alexander at Antioch. After the service, Cain consulted with the pastor.

Cain said he felt God was calling him to run for Senate. According to Cain, the pastor responded: "How much louder does God have to tell you something?"

Not long after, Cain threw his hat in the ring.

Looking for God’s road signs

He would lose in the Republican primary to now-U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, but Cain took a respectable 26% of the vote. Being a millionaire black conservative made him somewhat of a novelty, and he attracted lots of national and local press.

The experience helped Cain land a conservative radio talk show in Atlanta, a book deal and appearances on national television.

Indeed, Cain sees God’s hand in his 2004 loss. Referring to his radio show, Cain writes, “I believe that having that program was God’s way of forcing me to understand the critical issues confronting our nation.”

While his radio career was humming along, Cain faced a major challenge in February 2006, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

The diagnosis tested the faith of Cain and his wife, Gloria. But he saw the hand of God at various points in his treatment.

After the initial diagnosis, Cain’s Atlanta doctor wanted him to get a second opinion from a specialist in Savannah, Georgia, some five hours away by car. Cain didn’t want go, but then he learned the specialist’s name: Dr. Lord. That was the first sign.

Later, Cain went to MD Anderson Cancer Center, a Houston hospital specializing in cancer treatment, after his business pal Boone Pickens called to get him in.

The nurse who gave Cain and his wife their orientation tour at the hospital was named Grace. Yet another sign, Cain writes.

And when it was time for surgery, the doctors explained they would be making a J-shaped incision. “Like J-E-S-U-S?” Cain asked the doctor. The candidate would go on to call the incision a “Jesus cut.”

“You see, the Lord gives you these road signs - that is, if you know how to recognize them,” Cain writes.

By January 2007, Cain was cancer-free. The road signs began to change. He returned to the radio airwaves and began sowing the seeds of a run for president.

‘You got the wrong man, Lord!’

Herman Cain did not want to run for president. He did not want to be president. But God told him to.

In a campaign speech in early November, he told the Georgia Young Republicans he never considered running for president until he saw President Barack Obama’s “arrogant disregard for the people,” which he said weakened the county's economy, military and standing in the world.

“That’s when I prayed and prayed and prayed. … More praying than I’ve ever had to do in my life.

“When I finally realized that this was God saying what I needed to do, I was like Moses. ‘You got the wrong man, Lord! Are you sure?’ Now, you're not supposed to doubt God. But I'm going, ‘I think maybe you're looking at somebody else.’”

Cain announced his candidacy for president in January.

Cain speaks during a campaign visit to Versailles, a Cuban restaurant, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami on Wednesday.

To be sure, Cain is hardly the only candidate who has said that God wants him or her to run for president. Rick Perry and Bachmann have expressed similar sentiments.

“Maybe God just wants a good race,” says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

Sabato points to the large numbers of religious Republican voters in the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina primary. Many voters in those states “respond to language like that,” Sabato says.

Benny Tate, senior pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia, has accompanied Cain on the campaign trail, joining the candidate on recent trips to Ohio and New Hampshire. Tate said whenever they stop to eat on the road, “Herman will literally bow his head and thank God for that food. It may be something small, like a sandwich, but I’ve never seen Herman have a meal where he didn’t thank God for the meal.”

Despite that piety, Cain has had his fair share of trouble with the Christian Right.

In an October interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Cain seemed to mix two disparate positions on abortion. He said he believes life begins at conception and that he opposes abortion in all cases.

But he also said government ought to stay out of a family’s decision - a line that seemed to speak to Cain’s limited government, tea party-flavored conservativism.

The comment enraged many anti-abortion groups and is featured in a new web ad for Bachmann that’s aimed at positioning the Minnesota congresswoman as the true anti-abortion candidate.

While most of the other Republican candidates have reached out to Focus on the Family, an influential evangelical organization and long a stopover for GOP figures, the group has not heard from Cain.

But those who know him say Cain’s focus on economic issues is an outgrowth of his faith and his view of an individual’s ability to chart his or her own course.

“Herman sees the pressing issues of our day are economic,” Tate said. “Because of his faith he sees that that can turn around. One way he sees that is through personal responsibility.

“Herman believes that, ‘By the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread,’” Tate said, referring to Genesis 3:19, in which Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden.

Cain has used this idea to criticize the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks,” he recently told The Wall Street Journal. “If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!”

That idea is not original to Cain. It is one long found in black churches.

“The fiscal conservative thread … not being dependent on anybody else, especially not ‘the white man,’ is a theme that is decades old in the black community,” said Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church, a black megachurch in Maryland.

Jackson, who was invited to give an opening prayer when Cain kicked off his presidential campaign, says Cain is representative of many conservative black evangelicals - though he might not be getting many votes from the folks at Antioch.

The question remains whether Cain’s blend of self-determination and striving to complete what he sees as God’s plan will land him the Republican presidential nomination - whether he wants it or not.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Christianity • Georgia • Herman Cain • Politics • Race • United States

soundoff (1,421 Responses)
  1. Joey

    Wow, it seems that everyone has forgotten here how a black man can run for president with a southern gospel message. Talk like a preacher from Atlanta, with cadence, and mention key words, like Faith, Hope and Change. Notice I capitalized those words? It's because it was trademarked by Barack's run a few years ago. Herman is just actually kinda ripping off the current Pres. Nothing new here. Who can shout the key words louder?

    November 20, 2011 at 4:36 am |
    • Hummmmm!

      So which one is truly better?

      November 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Che-3

      You miss it by a mile. You really lack analytical thought process.

      Remember NOT ALL preachers are created EQUAL. And not ALL preachers are REAL. Barack is REAL at least. Try again!

      November 21, 2011 at 4:43 am |
  2. AlongTheWay

    Is there no way to disqualify him from running for the Presidency on grounds we as a nation don't want an idiot and a mentally unstable person at the proverbial helm of the US???? And on that note - Secret Service needs to have said Hell No in protecting him. The reasons he used "because of my status in the polls..." and because he's stirring up crap. Bogus reasons for a WASTE of tax payers' money!

    November 20, 2011 at 4:34 am |
    • chris

      it souds like your taking about obomer not cain
      do you know jesus as your lord and saver as anyone ever told you that
      God loves you and that He has
      a wonderful plan for your life? I have
      a real quick, but important question
      to ask you. If you were to die this very
      second, do you know for sure, beyond
      a shadow of a doubt, that you would
      go to Heaven? [If “Yes”—Great, why
      would you say “Yes”? (If they respond
      with anything but “I have Jesus in my
      heart” or something similar to that,
      PROCEED WITH SCRIPT) or “No”
      or “I hope so” PROCEED WITH
      SCRIPT.]
      Let me quickly share with you what
      the Holy Bible reads. It reads “for all
      have sinned and come short of the
      glory of God” and “for the wages of sin
      is death, but the gift of God is eternal
      life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. The
      Bible also reads, “For whosoever shall
      call upon the name of the Lord shall be
      saved”. And you’re a “whosoever” right?
      Of course you are; all of us are.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  3. Ferit

    isn't giving one day of the week to religion too much CNN?

    November 20, 2011 at 4:33 am |
    • Occupado

      Not as long as that religion is Christian and it's a sarcastic story where all the ignorant hate-thiests can vent their spleens.

      Would you ever see a negative story about an Islamic pol?

      Never. It's just not politically correct in the liberal lexicon.

      November 20, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • chris

      as anyone ever told you that
      God loves you and that He has
      a wonderful plan for your life? I have
      a real quick, but important question
      to ask you. If you were to die this very
      second, do you know for sure, beyond
      a shadow of a doubt, that you would
      go to Heaven? [If “Yes”—Great, why
      would you say “Yes”? (If they respond
      with anything but “I have Jesus in my
      heart” or something similar to that,
      PROCEED WITH SCRIPT) or “No”
      or “I hope so” PROCEED WITH
      SCRIPT.]
      Let me quickly share with you what
      the Holy Bible reads. It reads “for all
      have sinned and come short of the
      glory of God” and “for the wages of sin
      is death, but the gift of God is eternal
      life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. The
      Bible also reads, “For whosoever shall
      call upon the name of the Lord shall be
      saved”. And you’re a “whosoever” right?
      Of course you are; all of us are.I’m going to say a quick prayer for you.
      Lord, bless (F I L L I N N A M E) and his/
      her family with long and healthy lives.
      Jesus, make Yourself real to him/her
      and do a quick work in his/her heart. If
      (F I L L I N N A M E) has not received Jesus
      Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, I
      pray he/she will do so now.
      (F I L L I N N A M E), if you would like to
      receive the gift that God has for you
      today, say this after me with your heart
      and lips out loud. Dear Lord Jesus,
      come into my heart. Forgive me of my
      sin. Wash me and cleanse me. Set me
      free. Jesus, thank You that You died for
      me. I believe that You are risen from
      the dead and that You’re coming back
      again for me. Fill me with the Holy
      Spirit. Give me a passion for the lost, a
      hunger for the things of God and a holy
      boldness to preach the gospel of Jesus
      Christ. I’m saved; I’m born again, I’m
      forgiven and I’m on my way to Heaven
      because I have Jesus in my heart.
      As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ,
      I tell you today that all of your sins are
      forgiven. Always remember to run to God
      and not from God because He loves you and
      has a great plan for your life.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Karol

      Your Explanation is tool simplistic Chris... is that easy then?

      November 20, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Che-3

      @chris; learn tom post. You must be new on the blog. When you post or write don't drag those tiny little dots (which looks like right-angle triangle) at the very bottom right corner of the dialog box with you. Leave them alone. You feel me?

      November 21, 2011 at 3:54 am |
  4. AlongTheWay

    This guy is just nuts.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:32 am |
  5. fred

    are you kidding me!

    November 20, 2011 at 4:31 am |
    • Che-3

      Nope!

      November 21, 2011 at 3:54 am |
  6. omegarising

    RON PAUL 2012! THE ONLY CHOICE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE HAS TO MAKE!

    November 20, 2011 at 4:28 am |
    • Ardmore

      How do you feel about legalizing all drugs?

      November 20, 2011 at 5:25 am |
  7. omegarising

    RON PAUL 2012! THE ONLY CHOICE AN INTELLIGENT PERSON HAS TO MAKE!!

    November 20, 2011 at 4:21 am |
  8. Jesus Cristo

    I am JESUS CRISTO and Hermain KKKAIN is the anti CRISTO 😛

    November 20, 2011 at 4:18 am |
  9. Steve

    How can God ask Herman to run and yet tell others not to vote for Herman?

    November 20, 2011 at 4:16 am |
    • omegarising

      Simple, Herman is not of God and knows nothing of God and lied! The people told by God not to vote for him are hearing from the true God and actually have a relationship with the Lord. Herman surly, knows knows nothing about the Lord.

      November 20, 2011 at 4:34 am |
    • chris

      sinple god wants us to obey him.not try to find out why god said to do becase there is big diffents beteeen god saying run for office and him saying run for office and you will win.heres why wan you do as god tell you to do and stead of trying to make sens of it he can use you for a lot more. all so thiak on this god do not call the one thats ready call call them that will listen and by his spirit makes them ready. but if your not saved then wart i just said make no sens thats why jesus says in his word that in lest we are saved then we will not under staend becase it takes faith to belive in him and in all we do there must be faith or eles you will only listen and do half hearted and not belive it so keep that in mind.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  10. omegarising

    RON PAUL 2012! THE ONLY CHOICE THAT FREEDOM AND LIBERTY LOVERS HAS TO MAKE!!

    November 20, 2011 at 4:14 am |
    • chris

      do you know god you say cain do not but hu are to say hu am i to say let god be the one to decide that not us but it takes faith to belive in the one ture god so keep that in mind.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  11. Adolph Von Schweitzer

    I guess this definitely shows God is a Neo Fascist Republican who is quite happy to continue his sadistic rule over his children in North America.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:06 am |
    • chris

      if you really read the bible and i mean really took a lot of time praying on the word you will fond the reson god did wart he did in the bible but its going to take faith to do that

      November 20, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • wayh

      Chris....upon reading your first posts, I thought you might be joking.....but, really man, you need to get some help. Your English is horrible!! Are you an 'average' christian? I guess the person questioning the intelligence of athiests just lost his argument......thanks

      November 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  12. Marvin

    For the record, the economic problems started under Clinton and got more serious under Bush. But Obama said he would fix it. He failed. Miserably. Either he did not understand the problem or lied about having a solution, take your pick. For the answer, look at the price of gasoline since inauguration day. Look at the pipeline deals, delay those who may help lower prices, make those that will raise them. Get gas to $2.25 and see how that affects jobs, housing, etc.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:05 am |
    • Adolph Von Schweitzer

      Yes, huge tax cuts for the 1%, two massive wars costing another trillion, deregulated Wall Street, Jeez I guess we should get Bush's kid back, can he run again. Took a balanced budget and tore it into shreds, quite rewritng history.

      November 20, 2011 at 4:08 am |
    • Ken

      You do know Obama can't legislate right? That's kind of Congress' job.

      November 20, 2011 at 4:25 am |
    • snore

      Your a typical American who has no idea how your own government functions. Congress is the problem not the president. You don't know what the tole of congress is do you?

      November 20, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • wayh

      Marvin.....don't forget he was blocked at every turn by the 'party of no'!!! The reptili'con's even voted against things that they wanted just because the democrats proposed them!!!

      November 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Che-3

      @Marvin you sound like someone with brain deficiencies or just graduated from Kabul School of brainless idiots.
      Yea right, blame the collapsed of World Economy on Pres. Obama and NOT imbecilic George Bush and his corrupt cronies you voted for. Let me ask you this though. If your deceased parents left you with huge debts on their estate; do you blame your wife for ills of your parents and their huge debt which took years in the making you now inherited? And who the heck has the right to tell you to pay up next week? It took over 8-yrs. for imbecilic Bush and his corrupt cronies you voted for to destroy US Economy; it will certainly take twice as much to fix it.
      Dummy, you think like a 2-yr. old. Seek some education.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:10 am |
  13. omegarising

    RON PAUL 2012! THE ONLY INTELLIGENT CHOICE WE HAVE TO MAKE!

    November 20, 2011 at 4:01 am |
  14. Martin

    Cain is the American version of Ahmadinejad, he's totally nuts.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:01 am |
    • Lue Blacke

      So true! If any one is the anti-Christ-it is cain. Christianity is the "weapon" men like cain will use to manipulate. You see perry & bachmann is using their "christian values" as a reason they should be President. I even hear the word "moral" coming out of the adulterer, unscrupulous, greedy & arrogant newt gingrich's mouth.

      November 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  15. jdoe

    Since God only speaks to prophets, Herman Cain must be a prophet.

    November 20, 2011 at 3:58 am |
    • omegarising

      Not sure where you got God only talks to prophets, but where ever you got it from that is wrong! But to be clear, Herman is def no prophet and in fact I would say is on the "other" side of the fence.

      November 20, 2011 at 4:06 am |
  16. Langkard

    But... god told Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry to run also. So either two of the three are lying or god is screwing with two of them. I'm going to go with all three are lying to pander to the gullible religious vote.

    November 20, 2011 at 3:58 am |
    • omegarising

      I can say anything, doesn't mean it's true. I'm a very nice person. Guess it depends on who you ask. I'm a Christian. But do you fit the biblical definition of christian? Herman sure doesn't.

      November 20, 2011 at 4:25 am |
    • Langkard

      You claim to be a Christian? How does that square with you being a follower of Ron Paul? The guy who would let someone die if they had no health insurance? You must've skipped the park of bible school in which they discussed Matthew 25:41-46.

      November 20, 2011 at 5:07 am |
  17. Marvin

    Cain, Perry, Romney, in one form or another God told them to run. That's why Newt is getting more popular, God didn't tell him what to do, he tells God what to do. It would be nice to find someone normal, not in someones pocket, and actually knows what to do (unlike what we have now). I'll be happy with 2 out of 3. 300,000,000 people and no one decent to be President? What's wrong with this picture?

    November 20, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  18. Not Fat

    God told Herman Cain to kill his son. And he did!

    November 20, 2011 at 3:56 am |
  19. omegarising

    RON PAUL 2012! THE ONLY INTELLIGENT CHOICE WE HAVE TO MAKE!!

    November 20, 2011 at 3:55 am |
    • Langkard

      Ron Paul... the "Iran is going to get a nuke anyway, so what?" guy! Yeah. He has a chance. /snicker

      November 20, 2011 at 3:59 am |
    • stephen zeber

      one more time ... ron paul is a moron 2012

      November 20, 2011 at 4:00 am |
    • omegarising

      Langkard, You're a blind fool. But it's okay, you have a little, although a very little time to wake up to reality 😉

      November 20, 2011 at 4:09 am |
    • Adolph Von Schweitzer

      Herman must have misunderstood our beloved God.

      Here is what God really said to Herman Cain(t).

      Hoyman, eat your gefelta fish (its brain food and you need it desperately) and dont run, save those poor folks from yet another disatrous presidency. You Republican schmucks have already been through 3 bush terms. Caint you go back and run the Kansas City Fed, or another pizza joint?

      Hoyman dont make me have to, dont make me do it? I willl release the cracken if you run Hoyman...!

      Hoyman leave those people alone.

      Of course Hoyman lives in opposite world and ran for Prez.

      November 20, 2011 at 4:14 am |
    • Lue Blacke

      Please! The only thing that ron paul need is a pkg. of Depends! Plus it would be necessary to have a roll of duct tape for him & his son-to put on their big mouths.

      November 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  20. TheBossSaid

    "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant" – Matthew 20:25-26. God doesn't call the disciples of His son to rule over men nor have the authority to press a button that can launch nuclear weapons and wipe out millions of people. People love to use God as though God has given His seal of approval. God indeed has nothing to do with such delusional men like Cain.

    November 20, 2011 at 3:54 am |
    • omegarising

      Amen brother!

      November 20, 2011 at 3:57 am |
    • chris

      wart about king david hu hu killed a man to lay wed his wife and had a son and i can go on and on wed kings and so on god put in office and went out of his will and did offel stuff and some shed incents blood but some repent and came back to his will did not but god still deals wed sin even wan we repent of our sin we will still have probles in this life for our sins

      November 20, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Che-3

      You're preaching to the Choir.
      Also, Jesus said: “Don’t be like the Gentiles. For the Lord is a Spirit. And they that worship him must worship him Spirit”.

      Unlike the Democrats it’s these delusional GOP Sunday Christians who are primitively backward when it comes to the Bible. You will never find any Democrat making a hail storm out his faith in public as if he/she is all that. These delusional GOP Sunday Christians are the Real Gentiles which the Lord despises. They can crown themselves with crown of Jesus all day long yet; we all know that they will all end up crowded at hells gate of fire.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:36 am |
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