SAN ANTONIO – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay announced this week that he believes that God has given him the mission to spark spiritual and constitutional revival in the United States of America.
At an appearance this past Sunday at John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, he explained that he believes that an awakening is on the horizon, but that American pastors must not ignore their duty to be salt and light.
“I’ve been spending a lot of my time trying to talk pastors and churches into getting involved in the fight,” he stated. “The way I see it, as you say it, Jesus died for our freedom. And Jesus destroyed Satan so that we could be free.”
“And that is manifested in what is called the Constitution of the United States,” Delay continued. “God created this nation and God created the Constitution; it is written on biblical principles.”
He stated that he “came to realize that pastors have given up their responsibility for civil government.”
“God created three institutions–the family, the church and civil government,” DeLay explained. “It’s all throughout the Bible. Unless you have all three of those institutions working well together, your culture and the people suffer.”
“For many, many years—60 or more years—pastors don’t even realize it is their responsibility to have a ministry of civil government in their church and be involved in the community around them,” he continued. “You can spew that salt out there and that light out there so that people understand who Christ is, that Christ has destroyed Satan, because of the cross and his resurrection.”
DeLay stated that during a flight home from a retreat this past August, as he was reading the devotional My Utmost for His Highest, he believed that God had a “conference call” of sorts with him to show him what he is to do.
“He told me two things,” he said. “You’re coming out of the wilderness; you’re going to write a book—it’s going to be called ‘Shut it Down’ and it’s going to be about constitutional revival.”
“The second things was, ‘I’ve heard My people,’” DeLay outlined, pointing to 2 Chronicles 7:14. “My awakening is beginning, and you’re going to be a part of it.”
The former majority leader then began to become tearful, stating that he did not feel worthy of the calling, but was looking forward to what God had in store.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the week prior, DeLay spoke at a Tea Party gathering and urged attendees to join him in an effort to shut down every department or facet of the federal government that is not delegated by the Constitution.
“It’s time for a constitutional renewal, a constitutional revival,” he said, again noting that he believes a spiritual revival is imminent. “It’s time for a revolution.”
DeLay served as House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2005. He had been convicted in 2010 of money laundering charges, but was cleared of all counts in September by the 3rd District Texas Court of Appeals.