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Global Fire Ministries Founder Asked to Step Down for ‘Unbiblical Behavior’

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Evangelical Pastor Jeff Jansen, who as recently as early May was still promoting his belief that God would take action to reinstall Donald Trump as president, has been asked to step down as co-senior leader of Global Fire Ministries and Global Fire Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, due to “unscriptural and unbiblical behavior.”

A statement from the ministry’s leadership team, board, and advisors said Jansen had made an “intentional decision” to leave his wife and family and “pursue his own desires.”

Jansen’s wife, Jan Jansen, is now listed on the ministry’s website as the group’s sole senior leader. The couple has been married for more than 25 years and has eight children and 18 grandchildren. 

The statement said a pattern of “poor moral choices” while ministering at home and on the road plus an “inability to cope” had made it apparent that Jansen had character flaws that disqualified him from leadership.

The board said Jansen had been confronted about the flaws “numerous times over a period of time” and declined to “submit to the process of healing and restoration.”

“Any pursuit of further ministry on Jeff’s behalf is not under the umbrella and blessing of Global Fire Ministries,” the statement said.

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In an April sermon at a Georgia church, Jansen called modern pastors “neutered” and “effeminate” but said that Jesus was “a real man,” and said armed ushers at his church were prepared to kill anyone who threatened him. 

Jansen also pushed for Donald Trump’s re-election and has continued to contend that Trump was the true winner of the 2020 presidential race. He also authored a book titled Trump: The Destiny of God’s America.”

In a video posted on Facebook May 4, Jansen said, “What’s coming can’t be stopped. There’s all kinds of amazing things that are happening, and I’m talking about President Trump. I’m talking about him coming back into power…I’m talking about everything that God promised, back-to-back terms.”

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Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.