The Week in Quotes (Sept. 2 – 8)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.

John Kilpatrick, head of the Church of His Presence in Daphne, Alabama, praying for President Trump.

“I wanna say this, I’m not being political. Don’t get me wrong, because I see good and bad in all of it, trust me. But it’s almost like Trump is going in and trying to take America by the hand and say, ‘we can be great again,’ and they’re trying to trip him every time he moves. God, help this man. I ask, Lord, help him! Father, topple Jezebel! Topple the powers that be! It’s time! Containment is over! Let’s go! Let’s move! Let’s go! Let’s go! It’s now! It’s time! Let’s go! C’mon!”


Jerry Falwell Jr., the far-right head of Liberty University, urging President Donald Trump to fire Jeff Sessions over his handling of investigations into Russian election meddling, saying the attorney general has lost evangelicals’ support.

“He really is not on the president’s team, never was. He’s wanted to be attorney general for many, many years. I have a feeling he took a gamble and supported the president because he knew he would reward loyalty.”


Michael DíAntonio, who writes in his new biography of Vice President Mike Pence that the vice president believes God is “calling him” to “function as a president-in-waiting.”

“We see Donald Trump in this huge crisis, this rolling chaos. And I think, with every day, Mike Pence imagines he’s one day closer to the Oval Office.”


Representative Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor in Florida, who has drawn accusations of using a racist dog whistle on Wednesday after saying in an interview that voters should not “monkey this up” by electing his opponent, Andrew Gillum, who would be the state’s first black governor.

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state. That is not going to work. That’s not going to be good for Florida.”


President Donald Trump, warning roughly 100 evangelical leaders last week of trouble to come if the Democrats win control of Congress in the November midterms.

“You’re one election away from losing everything that you’ve got. They will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently.”


Kent Hickam, the attorney representing Dahled Up Construction, after a former employee sued for being fired because he wouldn’t attend weekly company-required Bible study sessions.

“We believe that this requirement was not illegal. These are at-will employees and they were paid to go. It was part of their job, so they were expected to attend.”


Gary Tigges, an independent physician who resigned from his roles at Plano Internal Medicine Associates after the above answer to a questionnaire asking whether members of the Dallas County Medical Society believed a gender pay gap existed, what the cause was and what physicians could do about it became public became public.

“Yes, there is a pay gap. Female physicians do not work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians. This is because they choose to, or they simply don’t want to be rushed, or they don’t want to work the long hours. Most of the time, their priority is something else. … Family, social, whatever. Nothing needs to be ‘done’ about this unless female physicians actually want to work harder and put in the hours. If not, they should be paid less. That is fair.”


Ryan Burton King, a Baptist pastor in the United Kingdom, announced that he would not sign “The Statement on Social Justice & The Gospel,” calling it a cynical, misguided document.

“Purporting to address an alleged shift in evangelical circles away from the biblical gospel towards a false social gospel, the new Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel is driven by people I would like to believe are well-meaning but frankly not at all getting what those whom it primarily addresses are saying. That is at best. At worst, it represents a toxic agenda to discredit and undermine godly men and women crying out for biblical social justice, national and ecclesiastical repentance, and meaningful reconciliation. I certainly hope that this statement will not become a litmus test for orthodoxy, as if those who don’t sign it should be written off as not sound.'”