On May 3, Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested that the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil disaster were "acts of God." Following up on that belief, Perry, along with the Governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Lieutenant Governor of Florida, issued proclamations in declaring Sunday, June 27 a day of prayer and asking people to pray for a solution to BP's oil gusher on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Evangelist Bob Jones promoted the idea that people are helpless to stop the leak when he wrote online June 3 that "There is no help for this nation apart from God ... We must cry out for God to plug the oil well in the Gulf for He's the only one that can do it! And He'll only do it when the church cries out." Cindy Jacobs, co-founder of the U.S. Reformation Prayer Network and leader of a Gulf prayer network that has been praying since April to stop BP's massive leak, led a separate prayer effort for the Gulf Coast on June 30. Jacobs says that Bob Jones prophesied back in 1997 that sometime after televangelist Oral Roberts died, there would be an oil spill off the Louisiana coast that would be followed by two hurricanes. Jacobs, whose Web site describes her as a "respected prophet," promotes the idea that the oil disaster was caused in part by debauchery on the beaches and a lack of U.S. support for Israel.
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