WASHINGTON — Former Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann warned an annual gathering of Christian conservatives in the nation's capitol Friday that the number of young people holding a biblical worldview in the United States is "dropping like a rock" and added that she believes that world history is coming to a "culmination point."
Bachmann, the former Minnesota congresswoman who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, spoke at the Family Research Council's annual Values Voters Summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel shortly after President Donald Trump delivered his morning keynote address at the event.
Bachmann, known for her staunch social conservative views and serves as an informal evangelical advisor to the Trump administration, praised the rally attendees for being the key factor behind president Trump's election.
As exit polls have shown that 81 percent of self-identified white evangelicals voted for Trump in November 2016, Bachmann purported to cite statistics from evangelical pollster George Barna that showed that voters who are considered to be both "spiritually active" and "governance engaged" had a heavy influence on this year's elections.
"I believe that we are coming to a culmination point in all of human history, a culmination point when we are coming potentially to the pillar of our age because we are looking at a convergence of events. If you read the book of Daniel and Ezekiel and Zechariah and Revelation and the book of Joel and you read the prophets, we see the convergence of events that are happening," Bachmann asserted. "What that tells everyone of us is we need to have our spiritual houses in order. We need to have our lamps full and our wicks trimmed. I think that we had a wakeup call, unlike any other call, this fall as to where America was at this particular time."
Bachmann argued that if it were not for the strong turnout of the "spiritually active" and "governance engaged" crowd, the outcome might have been different. However, Bachmann warned that Christian conservatives still need to be far more spiritually active."
"We have [been marinated] in political correctness to the point where we don't even stand up for what we know is true. We can't indulge that spiritually anymore. What we need to do in our own families, in our communities, in our churches, out where we live, we need to be far more spiritually active, in my opinion, than we have been," Bachmann stressed. "Because I think we have been living on the shoulders of generations of greatness who sacrificed for us spiritually. What we need to do is make sure that millennials and their children understand the truth of the Gospel and not live off of what previous generations have given to them."
Bachmann continued by citing Barna statistics released earlier this year that show the percentage of people in each generation who hold a biblical worldview has decreased. According to a March study, only 4 percent of Millennials hold a biblical worldview.
"You see, we are dropping like a rock in America. America, the country that has sent out more missionaries for the Gospel of Jesus Christ globally than any other nation. We are looking at faithful generations. Now with millennials, 4 percent holding to a biblical worldview," she asserted. "That is something that should give us pause. Because as happy and glorious as today is — as we take a victory lap with the very first sitting president of the United States coming to address us spiritually active, governance engaged [voters] — [Trump] knows.
"Let me tell you. Tony Perkins and I have been in the White House with the president. He has made very clear that he knows that he is president of the United States today because of the evangelical Christians came out and supported him," she contended. "He knows that."
While many have wondered and speculated if Trump truly has a relationship with God, Bachmann assured that she believes that Trump is a "man of God."
"I do believe that he is a changed man," she said.