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Apopka Pastor Joins Rick Santorum, Other Conservatives on Israel Trip

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 16, 2014 3:55 AM
Doug Bankson and Rick Santorum

Doug Bankson and Rick Santorum

A Florida pastor will be joining a once-and-possible future presidential candidate in a trip to Israel in the days to come. 

Pastor Doug Bankson of the Victory Church World Outreach Center in Apopka will be joining religious and social conservatives, including former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., in heading to Israel on Sunday for a three-day trip. Besides preaching in almost every state and around the globe, Bankson has served as president of the Apopka Ministerial Alliance and chaired the Apopka City Chamber of Commerce.

Bankson, Santorum and their group will head to Israel to show American support for that nation during the current crisis in Gaza and to offer prayers for peace. But, on Friday, Santorum fired a shot at President Barack Obama’s policies in regard to Israel.

"This trip will be an important opportunity as representatives of the American people to show our solidarity with the people of Israel,” Santorum said. “Our goal is to tell Israel's leaders and its people that Americans support them despite President Obama's inconsistent rhetoric and actions regarding their country.”

Most of group’s time in Israel will be spent in Jerusalem. They are scheduled to meet with Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States. The group is also planning to speak to Israelis impacted by the recent violence.

Santorum upset former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., in the Iowa caucus back in 2012 and strung together wins in 10 other states before ending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Looking ahead to 2016, Santorum has left the door open to another presidential bid.

Santorum’s and Bankson’s group has a distinct Iowa flavor. Hawkeye State conservatives radio host Simon Conway, Pastor Cary Godron of Cornerstone World Outreach based out of Sioux City and Bob Vander Plaats, the president of the Family Leader, will be going to Israel with Santorum and Bankson. Vander Plaats is one of the most prominent social and religious conservatives in the state and a major force within the Iowa GOP.

Other conservatives included in the group are former U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C.; businessman Foster Friess who is well-known for his support of social and religious conservatives at the the national level; and conservative pundit Quin Hillyer. Christian novelist Joel Rosenberg will join the group when it reaches Israel.


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Comments (2)

Michael
4:49PM AUG 17TH 2014
Will they all be swimming nekkid in the Dead Sea?
If so will Congressman Steve Southerland have to give up his captaincy of the Dead Sea Skinny Dipping Club?
Inquiring minds want to know.
On a serious note this article and this trip are the best example of the perverse obscession with Israel the conservative religious right has. What a sad testimony to their lack of critical thinking and judgement.
Ken Mattson
9:18AM AUG 16TH 2014
Rick is also bringing along a cult leader from Michigan, the prophet Mark T. Barclay who prophesied that Weapons of Mass destruction would be found in the last Iraq war, which were never found and he also falsely prophesied that U.S economy would prosper right before the economic downturn in 2008.

"Dr. Mark Barclay is traveling Sunday to Israel with presidential candidate Rick Santorum to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Troops, and will visit Gaza, the War Zone."

I guess that Rick is very much influence by an anti-trinitarian leader. I'd be very careful of Rick.

So who is Mark Barclay? Mark T. Barclay has taught three of the most destructive Trinitarian heresies known to the Christian church and this is well documented and not only that, but has spread his heresy to other ministries associated under him. Barclay has taught that the Trinity is not actual persons, but that the Godhead is a three-part being and he has taught that the members were not eternally Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is not only a Trinitarian heresy, but it also attacks the Orthodox teaching on the Person of Christ, being fully God and fully man(hypostatic union).

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