ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota evangelical pastor once criticized for endorsing Michele Bachmann’s congressional campaign from his church pulpit now plans to work for her presidential campaign.

Mac Hammond is pastor of Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park. He told his congregation Sunday that he and his wife would campaign with Bachmann, and that he may chair a national faith council for her campaign.

“She is a sister in the Lord that is as committed to his word as any of you in here are,” Hammond told the congregation, according to a recording posted on his church’s website. A spokesman for Living Word said Monday that Hammond was traveling and not available for an interview.

In 2006, Bachmann spoke at Living Word as a candidate for the congressional seat she now holds. She detailed her own religious beliefs, saying God had called her to running for Congress and calling herself “a fool for Christ.” Hammond endorsed her candidacy that day, prompting the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington to file a complaint with the IRS that he had violated the church’s tax-exempt status.

Hammond later apologized, and the IRS did not investigate. But the controversy triggered a broader IRS investigation into Living Word’s finances, which a court ultimately shut down when it ruled the church did not have to turn over financial documents.

Hammond is a preacher of what’s known as the prosperity gospel, which teaches that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches. He told his congregation Sunday that he’s been Bachmann’s “personal pastor” for some time. “Everybody needs a pastor,” he said.

A spokesman for Bachmann’s campaign did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Hammond noted that work for Bachmann would “be done on a personal basis. As a church, we can’t formally endorse a particular candidate,” he said — a fact that he went on to bemoan.

“For centuries, politicking was done in the local church,” Hammond said. “And pastors and ministers had the responsibility of illuminating which candidates were most closely aligned with God’s word.”

Hammond said in addition to traveling with Bachmann for campaign appearances, he might head up an entity for the Bachmann campaign that he referred to a her “National Faith and Family Council.”

Hammond said he already made at least one campaign appearance for Bachmann. He introduced her on Friday in Nashville, at a gathering of more than 200 pastors and faith leaders.

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Comments (32)
  1. Swamp Rat says:

    Bachmann needs all the help she can garner to help her ‘withdraw'(?) from her White House campaign. I can’t wait to see the next GOP debate.

  2. robert says:

    Bachmann is going down.

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      Hallelujah and three “Amens” to that!!!!

  3. G Dog says:

    Maybe Mac can fly her around the country in the plane he leased back to his church, give her a ride in his Lexus and give her sanctuary when people wake up and realize that she is dangerous!!!

    1. Kathy says:

      God wants us to live our lives seeking earthly riches? Gospel of Prosperity? Is that why Jesus Christ told the devil be gone with you, when satan offered Christ the earth and all it’s rches?

      I think Iowa is too easily swayed.

      G Dog, I have to agree with you. This is pretty clear, not that I needed more reason to be concerned.

  4. BigE says:

    another Idiot.- and bigger idiots that are the followers in his church.

  5. darell says:

    what happened to separation of church and state

  6. jan says:

    He must have had a vision or heard voices instructing him to support her

  7. Big Media Bias says:

    Let’s not forget Barrack Hussein Obama’s pastor…. JEREMIAH WRIGHT. The racist black theology pastor who taught racial hate to Barrack, Michelle and their two daughters for over 20 years. Youtube search the pastor’s name for all the hate speeches from the pulpit while the Obamas sat in pews praising his words. Interesting how WCCCP communist news never had anything to say about Obama’s pastor. Or his new racist pastor.

    1. Paul Solinger says:

      Who cares?

    2. Yeah, really. Who cares? says:

      Except for you nutters.

      And WCCCP commie news? Ha!! Talk about back to the ’50s!!!

    3. jimmy Jesus says:

      Hussein Hussein Hussein loo i don’t really care

  8. RMT says:

    Separation of church and state must be taken more seriously. If this minister can in any way suggest to his parisioners whom to vote for, his church should no longer have a tax exemption.

    I’m a little dissapointed, this man has a large following and I really thought he was a little more inteligent than to help Bachmann with her campaign. She is clearly not the best this country can do. Seriously. Between her and the Tea Party we are in real trouble.

    1. Big Media Bias says:

      Uh, hello? We just experienced 2 and 1/2 years of Barrack Hussein Obama economics and partisan class warfare. You want to explain how Obama’s Great Depression part II is better than Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party? Right. Democrats have all the answers…. the destruction of the United States.

      1. I rest my case says:

        they know not of what they speak

  9. Sigh. Yet another factually-impaired teabagger says:

    As opposed to Georgie taking a surplus and turning it into a huge deficit.

    Oh, and understanding you guys are factually impaired, you may want to check out the pathetic job creation numbers under Bush II and compare ’em to Obama.

    Then again, facts never much get in the way of your view of the world, do they.

  10. Mrs. G says:

    you people are so full of judgement, based on no facts, and overcome with bitterness. what are you personally responsible for, in making this world a better place?

    1. tan pup says:

      Making sure MB NEVER becomes any more than an bleep on the history rolls. She is as dangerous as Adolf Hitler in his beginnings. Mac Hammond is a fraud and a theif. He feeds off of stupid guilt ridden self centered people who want to buy their way to heaven rather than practice real christian values by helping a homeless person, reaching out the the needy, and withhold YOUR judgement to GOD.. Mrs. G. what have YOU done to make this a better world?

  11. religion is for suckers says:

    Prosperity gospel? oh, ok, I see.

  12. Too much says:

    Separate church and state. Either thump the book of fiction written by a bunch of guys with limited access and knowledge to anything outside a township area or represent your constituents. Anyway why are churches tax free if they an endorse a candidate? And why are donations to a church tax deductible? Do they create jobs? And has this pASStor taken a vow or poverty?

  13. Separate church and state? says:

    Naw!!! Hammond’s church is designed to separate dollars from suckers.

  14. starandstripes says:

    “Beloved I wish above all things that your soul would prosper & be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2 The prosperity message is about more than money. God wants you to prosper in every area of your life, love, peace, joy, relationships, health & finances. In the rat race we all partake in, who couldn’t use a little more peace in their lives?

  15. come out Marcus says:

    A bigot endorsing another bigot. Seems natural to me.

  16. Cranky Constituent says:

    This should get her more money — it certainly worked last time…

    Quick recap of some Bachmann-esque ideals:
    Pro-life and pro-death penalty — interesting approach
    Against “death panels” but okay with letting uninsured die…
    Support the troops, but only heterosexuals…
    …and the list goes on…

    What happened to the “I Like Ike” GOP?

  17. StraycatStrut says:

    Had to tune into my daily “CCO news clip on Bachman. Its really freshing to see the Lib comments- which are so intelligent- on the subject. Like the President…… nothing much enlightening…. just a lot of Liberal name calling… they get an A+ on that subject. There definitely is a big dfference in Obama and Bachman. Again…like many Ameicans… just tired of the Tax and Spend President slamming to raise taxes into infinity. We do need a change for sure.

  18. Mary says:

    The Lynn Hammond CHANGE sermon:

    Change your life and live for God; change, change, change…then, (a plant?) drops his change on the floor, then others follow until everyone drops all the change in your pockets or purses ends up on the floor. If you don’t drop your change on the floor, you feel guilty or your not doing God’s work.

    Come back two hours later…all the money is gone. Why didn’t this change stay on the floor…

    Did this really happen? YES

    Leave your church to help with political campaign…sad sad sad!!! Meanwhile, your TV program runs full blast on KARE 11.

  19. markH says:

    Bachmann may be a nice woman, kind mother, loving wife, but she is definitely living in world of delusion and self-deception. I have no problem with her believing what she wishes, but to suggest in any way that some unseen entity keeps watch over her and her decisions scares the beejezus out of me. I want a practical, thinking, pragmatic leader in the White House next year-not a paranoid delusional person who makes supplications to spirits in another realm. Peace.

  20. Mark says:


  21. d dog says:

    Republican Fraud?! What else is new. How ironic, she was a tax attorney, he was a cheat, a match made in heaven. They can both work on helping her husband pray away the gay or be discriminated against.

  22. d dog says:

    Beware of her, she hears voices.

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