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Senior C of E bishop attacks Trump's evangelical base

Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes criticised US President Donald Trump's evangelical base over their failure to embrace the ideals of Christianity when dealing with the poor and weak in society.

A top Church of England bishop has attacked US evangelical Christians who have backed Donald Trump because of their faith. 

Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes criticised the US President over his failure to protect the poor and the weak - which he claims are key aspects of the teachings of Jesus.

He claimed the 'self-styled evangelicals' regularly contradicted the teachings from the Bible.

Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes has criticised much of Donald Trump's evangelical base over their lack of Christian charity towards the poor and weaker members of society 

He told The Guardian: 'Some of the things that have been said by religious leaders seem to collude with a system that marginalises the poor, a system which builds walls instead of bridges, a system which says people on the margins of society should be excluded, a system which says we’re not welcoming people any more into our country.

'Whenever people say those kinds of things, they need to be able to justify that they’re saying those things as Christians, and I do not believe it’s justifiable.' 

He added: 'Some quite significant so-called evangelical leaders are uncritically supporting people in ways that imply they are colluding or playing down the seriousness of things which in other parts of their lives [they] would see as really important.' 

Bishop Bayes claimed some Trump's evangelical base failed to live by the messages set out in the Bible - especially when it came to the treatment of the poor and the weak

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby attacked Donald Trump and  other populist leaders during his Christmas Day sermon, pictured

In his Christmas Day message, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby also attacked Trump's evangelical base as well as those he described as 'populist leaders'. 

 He contrasted the story of the nativity with Trump claiming Jesus had 'power seen in humility'. 

He told his congregation: 'In 2017 we have seen around the world tyrannical leaders that enslave their peoples, populist leaders that deceive them, corrupt leaders that rob them, even simply democratic, well-intentioned leaders of many parties and countries who are normal, fallible human beings.

'We have experienced across our country terrorism that kills the innocent, claiming that it is the path to freedom in God.

'The nature of God who has all power, and from whom all power comes, is to lay it aside for love’s sake and thus without fear, force or manipulation to offer true freedom for every human being.'