Five years before Lance Wallnau joined GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano on the campaign trail, the Texas evangelist told his audience in a live video about how an “anointed cake” baked by prostitutes once resulted in gay becoming heterosexual.

“I’m not saying it’s going to work for you,” he says in the video, before recalling a story he heard about “prostitutes” in bars changing their “very vehemently anti-Christian” owner.

“The power of God hit him while he was eating the pie,” Wallnau said in the clip, which was first reported by the Dallas Morning News in 2017.

That same year, Wallnau, the self-proclaimed Christian prophet whose silly speech for Mastriano went viral on Twitter over the weekend, posted another ridiculous rant online, explaining his theory that the Women’s March on Washington and protests over Donald Trump’s inauguration were manifestations “spirit of Jezebel”.

“It’s witchcraft that’s behind these things … and it’s clearly the work of the devil,” he said.

In 2019, Valnow made headlines as a “prayer coin” peddler who claimed God told him that selling the coins would help Trump get reelected. The coins — $45 each — featured images of Trump and King Cyrus.

“When I asked the Lord, ‘Why the coin?’ The Lord said, ‘Because when you take a coin, that’s the point of contact,” Wallnau said during an online sales pitch.

Wallnau, who grew up in Pennsylvania, recently became interested in Mastriano, who is running a Christian nationalist-themed campaign that has attracted a growing network of self-proclaimed prophets, conspiracy theorists and election deniers. Mastriano, a retired Army colonel, largely welcomed their support. Some help in his company.

On Friday, Wallnau joined Mastriano and Donald Trump Jr. at a rally in south-central Pennsylvania in support of Mastriano’s gubernatorial campaign. He led the crowd in asking everyone to raise their right hand in prayer for “a new birth of freedom” and Mastriano’s victory in November. The clip has garnered millions of views on YouTube.

Mastriano, who is running against Democrat Josh Shapiro, the state’s attorney general, said he appreciates Wallnau’s support.

“Thank you, Lance Wallnow, for being here!” his company posted on its Facebook page, along with photos of Mastriano, his wife, Rebi and Wallnau standing together. One commenter responded: “Oh. my GOOD!!! Three of my FAVORITE people. Rebbie, Doug and Lance.”

On Monday, Valnow responded on Twitter to anyone who thought the raised hands at the rally resembled Nazi salutes: “Typical leftist lies about what happens at a Republican event. I should know, I’m on stage. I had the crowd raise their hand and put it down “as one” to commemorate the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg with Little Round Top. Nazi? You’re a fool, I’m part Jew!’

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Neither Valnow nor Mastriano immediately responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

Valnow, who wrote a book about Trump called God’s Candidate for Chaos, is an influential figure in a right-wing movement called the New Apostolic Reformation and a leading proponent of Seven Mountains Dominionism, which believes Christians should take control of seven secular “mountains” — education, religion, family, business, government, art and media.

At Friday’s rally, Valnow compared Mastriano to a Union Army general who held back a Confederate attack during the Civil War. (Ironically, Mastriano was criticized by Shapiro and dozens of veterans for appearing in a Confederate Army uniform for a faculty photo when he was a professor at the U.S. Army War College during the 2013-14 academic year.)

“I love this state. I love this man – said Valnov about Mastryan.

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