A conservative political activist is puzzled that Donald Trump is doing so well among evangelical voters.
In a recent Fox News survey of evangelical Christians, Trump received 27-percent support with Dr. Ben Carson at 14 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz at 12 percent.
Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum, warns that evangelicals should be wary of Trump despite his rhetoric.
"When I hear from Donald Trump's own lips that he doesn't want to do things that would cause him to ask for forgiveness or to repent, he is not acknowledging that there is a holy God," Adams tells OneNewsNow.
Adams was referring to Trump's unusual comments at the Family Leadership Summit held in Iowa in July.
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The event's moderator, Frank Luntz, asked the billionaire real estate mogul if he had ever asked for God's forgiveness.
"I'm not sure I have ever asked God's forgiveness," Trump, a Presbyterian, replied. "I don't bring God into that picture."
Trump later clarified his remarks by describing communion, which he called drinking "my little wine and have my little cracker," which he said makes he "feel cleansed."
But such a gaffe hasn't hurt Trump's numbers. He's enjoying a 14-point average lead ahead among the crowded field of GOP candidates. In second place is Dr. Carson, who gained the attention of Tea Party voters when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013.
Other GOP candidates trailing Trump include Gov. Scott Walker, the son of a Baptist minister, and Sen. Cruz, a Tea Party favorite who has been vocal about his Christian faith.
In South Carolina, according to a Monmouth University survey, 33 percent of evangelicals support Trump with Carson at 18 percent.
Trump has an average lead of 18 points among South Carolina voters, RealClearPolitics shows.
Fox News commentator Kirsten Powers recently referred to Trump as an "evangelical scam artist" in a USA Today op-ed that recalled Trump's "forgiveness" answer in Iowa.
Powers, a Democrat, is a recent born-again convert to Christianity.
"A Christian who has never sought forgiveness for his sins is like a vegan who has filet mignon for dinner every night," Powers wrote.
She also pointed out in the commentary that Trump, who claimed to be a churchgoer, failed to name his favorite Bible verse and called that question too "personal."
Adams says evangelicals need to weigh which presidential candidate aligns most closely with the Word of God, when they look at the field of candidates for the 2017 election.