CNN host Jake Tapper has engaged in a fierce Twitter exchange with controversial pastor Greg Locke. Pastor Locke had tweeted out a message following the “60 Minutes” interview with Stormy Daniels over her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.
— Pastor Greg Locke (@pastorlocke) March 25, 2018
Tapper did not take kindly to those words, and hit back with his own reply, tweeting out an excerpt from Luke, Chapter 7, when Jesus was anointed by a sinful woman.
“A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears,” Tapper posted. He continued on:
“Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Pastor Locke was quick to reply to being taught a lesson from the scriptures by the popular CNN host:
“Great passage for sure,” Locke noted. “He changed her life by love and grace. She didn’t continue living in it and then get on national television to garner more attention for her nonsense. Context is key. The fact is, you hate my support of Trump w/out a Bible.”
Tapper hit back:
I have complete indifference to your feelings about any politician. But you might want to reconsider a refresher course. Hint: the passage is not “hey, go throw stones!”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 26, 2018
But Locke wanted to get the last word:
A CNN Anchor telling people not to throw stones…..that’s the richest Tweet of 2018. Bravo. https://t.co/9Qcq76YrYr
— Pastor Greg Locke (@pastorlocke) March 26, 2018
The Tennessee pastor has become infamous for his ranting videos and social media posts. But he has been shrouded in a whole host of bizarre controversies. Earlier this month, Locke was confronted as he took the pulpit at a revival service. Initially, he thought that the man who stood up to pray for him and the congregation had good intentions, then suddenly, things took a turn. “This man is not living up to what a pastor needs to be,” the “Pulpit & Pen” associate said on Facebook Live, as security moved in to force him out the building. Soon enough, a gang of Church members had surrounded the man and were forcing him toward the exit. You can watch an extraordinary video of the incident below:
Pulpit & Pen admin gets roughed up at Greg Locke event. “You haven’t seen assault yet.”
Posted by Pulpit & Pen on Thursday, March 15, 2018
Greg Locke has a Facebook following of over one million people.