If you want to pray to God to help President Donald Trump, the best way of doing so is through a gold-plated coin that retails at $45.
At least, that’s what one might assume if they took televangelist Jim Bakker at his word.
On his television program earlier this week, the controversial preacher pushed for his viewers to purchase a coin that featured Trump’s face on one side and King Cyrus the Great’s on the other, per reporting from the New York Daily News.
Trump is sometimes compared to Cyrus by some in religious circles because of his commitment to Israel. Cyrus is considered a pagan agent of God who helped carry out his plan for the Jewish people, per the Times of Israel’s explanation of the comparisons between the ancient and modern leaders.
For $45, Lance Wallnau and Jim Bakker will sell you a Trump/Cyrus coin that you can use as a "point of contact" between you and God as you pray for Trump's re-election in 2020. pic.twitter.com/EwKgGL7sNp
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) May 14, 2019
The producer of the coins, Lance Wallnau, who appeared on Bakker’s program, suggested that the product served as a “point of contact” with God to help get prayers through to him to help Trump.
Wallnau claims God spoke directly to him about the need for creating — and selling, likely at a profit — the coins.
“When I asked the Lord, ‘Why the coin?’ he said ‘Because when you take the coin, it’s a point of contact.’ So your faith is being released with a million other believers to pray protection and peace and wisdom and counsel over the president of the United States and over his family,” Wallnau told viewers.
The coin’s producer also said that prayer was going to be necessary in order to help Trump win the “battle for the future of America,” implying that the coin might help in those efforts.
“God’s begun a miracle. Let’s keep that miracle going,” Wallnau said.
Experts warn against buying gold-plated coins, reminding investors that those types of purchases rarely are worth the price that they’re buying them for. Even with 24-carat gold-plating, the actual value is relatively low on such coins, and likely is far below the $45 retail price that the Trump coins are being marketed for.
Indeed, a similar coin featuring Trump on eBay is presently selling for around $5 — and even that amount may be circumspect.