SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOR AMONG EVANGELICALS

The word “evangelical” is derived from the concept of evangelism or evangelizing, which is communicating the message of Christ. Every professing evangelical should take seriously their responsibility of evangelism. In the New Testament the apostle Paul instructed Timothy to do the work of an evangelist.

Consider Paul’s instructions to Timothy regarding evangelism:

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. ~ 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Paul places emphasis on the preaching of the Word of God for the purpose of sound doctrine in connection to telling Timothy to do the work of an evangelist. It should be noted that Paul’s words to Timothy are instructions for ministry – “make full proof of thy ministry.”

What then is evangelism for the everyday Christian evangelical? The New Testament is saturated with the answer. We are called to live in a manner that is evangelistic. Consider for example, the words of the apostle Peter:

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. ~ 1 Peter 2:11-18 

As Christians, we are called to produce good works which those who do not know God will see and thus glorify God on the day of visitation. Peter echoes the words of Jesus from the gospel of Matthew, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:16

As Christians we are called to let our light shine through good works. Peter expounds on exactly what that looks like in our everyday lives as Christians. Imagine if instead of weaponizing issues such as abortion through political strife evangelicals took a more evangelistic approach.

Unfortunately, many evangelicals have either forgotten or just simply don’t know there is a better way to affect change than the politicalization of moral issues which only stirs carnal passions rather than producing godly fruit.

The lack of sound doctrine among evangelicals is the number one contributor for the lack of true evangelism. This shamefully reflects on the spiritual condition of many evangelical ministers (some are high profile with large followings), who advance conspiracies and false prophecies rather than sound wholesome words which lead to godliness.

One minister among them claimed that Joe Biden as President is the conspiracy and twisted the word of God in such a manner as to encourage people to reject the legitimacy of Biden’s Presidency. This same minister also said, “I will never accept Joe Biden as President.” How does such rhetoric promote godliness? How is it consistent with Peter’s instructions?

Political strife does not espouse the fragrance of Christ. We are called to love our enemies and not to hate them. Yet hate is exactly what many Christians are displaying in their political passion which was gas lighted by the hardhearted rhetoric of Donald Trump.

Less than 3 weeks for the writing of this article, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capital, chanting death threats and causing chaos and havoc. Some even had the audacity to pray in the Senate Chamber as if God were on their side. If they would have had any sound doctrine in them they would have known the scriptures condemn such behavior. Rioting is a display of the flesh and does not cause the ungodly to glorify God on the day of visitation. 

If what I am writing doesn’t sit well with you because of your political views, please know that it is you who needs sound doctrine and what I am doing is the work of an evangelist by telling you the truth – rioting is not an expression of godliness and is condemned by the New Testament. In fact Paul’s instructions to those who want to lead in ministry include being blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. – Titus 1:6

Unfortunately too many evangelicals, and evangelical ministers approve of the Capitol riots, or at the very least fail to condemned it. That is utterly shameful!

As christians, we are instructed to walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. ~ Romans 13:13-14

All those verses regarding how we are to put on Christ and live godly is the sound doctrine that we are called to live by, and that is New Testament evangelism. The sad reality is the manner in which many evangelicals displayed their support for Donald Trump revealed what was in their hearts.

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. ~ Mark 7:21-23

These are the kinds of things that Donald Trump stirred up in many of his staunch supporters. And this is why so many who are not Christians marveled at the hypocrisy of evangelicals. Evangelicals who confess to know Jesus displaying political strife is not the fragrance of Christ to the ungodly. When unbelievers see a “Jesus Saves” flag in the midst of rioters committing an insurrection, how should they respond?

It is a sad day when the ungodly need to point out to evangelicals that their behavior is not Christ like. It is a sad day when the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you. ~ Romans 2:24

In view of Paul’s instructions to Timothy to do the work of an evangelist, Paul had previously told Timothy the following:

Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. ~ 1 Timothy 6:1-3 

It is a terrible testimony for evangelicals when “the clarion call” is no longer godliness, holiness, purity, righteousness, coupled with love, mercy, and grace for the lost. Instead, the evangelical clarion call has become political strife, hatred for your political opponents, rebellion, and insurrection.

You did not learn such behavior from Christ!

KAT KERR

For those of you who believe Kat Kerr, and her claims of how she sees into the spirit realm so very often, and has supposedly been to Heaven many times and how she claims to have seen God, I want you to consider the following scriptures:

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory… ~ 1 Peter 1:8

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is perfected in us. ~ 1 John 4:12

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. ~ 1 John 4:20

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known. ~ John 1:18

Before we proceed further, I want you to notice a point of emphasis about Jesus in relation to the gospel. Jesus is the one in whom God is revealed to humanity. No one has ever seen God (literally seen his person), only the Son whom God sent can reveal God. This is a fundamental truth with regards to the message of the gospel. Anyone claiming otherwise is promoting another gospel. God is revealed to us in Christ alone!

In the Old Testament, God himself told Moses, “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” ~ Exodus 33:20

Now consider Paul’s words:

He alone is immortal and dwells in unapproachable light. No one has ever seen him, nor can anyone see him. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. ~ 1 Timothy 6:16

Earlier in 1 Timothy, Paul refers to God as “invisible” in a doxology of praise – Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Timothy 1:17

Remember, a fundamental truth about the gospel is that Christ alone can reveal the Father. Thus Paul says of Jesus, “who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” ~ Colossians 1:15

Those who in scripture saw the Lord, such as the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 6), did not see God’s face. Instead they saw his majesty and glory, in similar fashion as Moses when God allowed him to see his goodness and glory, but Moses was not allowed to see God’s face. In the New Testament, the apostle John references Isaiah’s experience: “These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.” ~ John 12:41

Now, I want you to think of Kat Kerr’s claims about Heaven where cows drive tractors, where five and six foot rabbits wear aprons, and where a city made of jello can be found. In comparison to this “Alice in Wonderland” and “spiritual Disney World”  description of Heaven, consider the reverence of Moses, Isaiah and the apostle Paul who each had divine encounters with the Holy One.

When God’s presence overshadowed Moses he immediately bowed down to the ground and worshiped (Genesis 34:8). When Isaiah saw the Lord he cried, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” ~ Isaiah 6:5

Now consider Paul’s description:

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:1-4

In contrast to Kat Kerr and others who make claims of regular trips to Heaven, Paul cautiously references an experience 14 years prior, and contextually this was something Paul did not boast in but only mentions it to make his point in refuting the false apostles which were seducing the Corinthians.

In scripture those who had divine encounters with God, or even angels of God, displayed holy reverence. Even the apostle John who walked with Jesus in the flesh and was personally ordained an apostle by Jesus was overcome with in awe (reverence and holy fear) in the presence of the Heavenly glory of Jesus: “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.” ~ Revelation 1:17a

The claims of Kat Kerr and others who make similar claims reduce the glory of the Lord to the commonality of human imagination, but God is not common and can not be crafted by human imagination. God is Holy! God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. ~ Psalm 89:7

You can believe Kat Kerr and others who make outlandish claims of regular trips to Heaven if you so chose, but if you do, you are choosing their words over the holy scriptures. Kat Kerr, and others who make similar claims, have neither seen God, nor had a genuine experience of Heaven. Kat Kerr is appealing to the itching ears of those who are turning away from sound doctrine to fleshly ideas of spiritual realities.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. ~2 Timothy 4:3-4



THEY HAVE NOT HEARD FROM GOD – AN HONEST RESPONSE TO THE TRUMP PROPHETS

I am writing this on the morning of Tuesday, January 12, 2021. There continues to be those within the evangelical community who are prophesying and claiming that God has told them that Donald Trump will still win the election and be President. This simply is not going to happen and they will be proven wrong once again. How many times does a person have to be wrong before they will admit they did not hear from God?

It is especially egregious because they are promoting prophecies that puts God at odds with the foundation of our governing laws on which our freedoms and democracy are established. Under the constitution of the United States Joe Biden was confirmed as the winner of the election. All 50 States have certified their votes and the Congress has certified the votes of the electoral college. It is over!

Their prophecies are not only a display of defiance for our governing laws, but defiance of God’s Holy Word, because their prophecies sanctify Trump as God’s man, even though Donald Trump’s character is at odds with everything scripture reveals about our faith. According to scripture, Christians should reject a man of Trump’s character.

“ Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart…In whose eyes a vile person is contemned…” ~ Psalm 15:1 & 4

Donald Trump is vile person, and those who dwell in God’s presence do not sanctify him as God’s chosen. Even the world sees the evilness of Donald Trump and they marvel at evangelical support of this man. Even after Donald Trump incited a mob of far right extremist to commit domestic terrorism, these so-called prophets continue to double down and claim God is speaking that Trump will continue as President.

At this point they are not simply making a mistake of thinking they have heard from God. At this point they are sinning against God with their false prophecies. They are bearing false witness and undermining the truth of God.

Prophecy within the church is subject to the doctrine of God and is to be judged accordingly.

The written Word of God is authoritative and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. There is nothing in these Trump prophecies that aligns with the sound doctrine of scripture. The truth is, their prophecies are inspired by the words of Donald Trump, and not God.

It is DonaldTrump who was claiming long before the election that it was rigged. It is Donald Trump who has sown division and who has constantly refused to accept the results and who has stirred up many of his followers to turn on their country’s democracy. If DonaldTrump had never made such a claims, and would have accepted the results of the election and agreed early in the process to a peaceful transition of power, many of these prophecies would have never been uttered.

Their prophecies are inspired by Trump, and not God. And that is why they are false and will be proven false, yet again in 8 days from the time of my writing this post.

They have not heard from God!

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE PRO-LIFE MASK

I am a Christian and have been for 40 years. I serve God with righteous convictions and strive to live a life of integrity and truth. My hope and trust is in God’s saving grace and mercy given through his Son Jesus Christ.

I live daily under an awareness that I am accountable to a Holy God, to whom I will one day give an account for my life.

Like most evangelical Christians in the United States, I have, politically, taken a pro life position for most of my adult life. While I continue to hold to the truth that human life is indeed sacred, I no longer process my thoughts about abortion through the same “religious & political” filter that I have in the past.

After my own soul searching, I have reached the conclusion that Christian union with (or loyalty to) right wing politics is not necessarily a good thing for Christian evangelism, nor is it good for promoting the sanctity of human life. This is because many evangelicals have become susceptible to a mob mentality about abortion, and the political right knows this and uses evangelicals to their advantage.

This mob mentality concerning abortion attacks anyone with an opposing view as a baby killer because abortion is murder. Thus, anyone voting for a democrat is disqualified to be called a Christian. There is no reasoning, no dialogue, no in-depth conversation, absolutely nothing. Just a slamming of the gavel because if you don’t think like us, you’re going to hell.

This a bad position for evangelicals to take.

It is a bad position because it demands others to embrace a moral stance without any dialogue or any expression of patience for those who may hold differing opinions. The real truth is most evangelicals could not open the Bible and make a case against abortion if they were put on the spot to do so.

If ending abortions were as important to evangelicals as many claim that it is, there should be more evangelicals searching the scriptures to have a Biblical perspective, along with scientific research so as to be well informed and equipped to engage in discussions about abortion on an intellectual level.

When God gave to Moses the Ten Commandments for the children of Israel to follow, he did not give Moses a moral code with no explanation. Instead, God took the time to explain the commands in detail, and how the commandments were to be interpreted and the consequences applied in different situations in real human life. God did this so that Moses and the leaders of Israel could teach the people how to live by God’s law.

As a result of the politicization of Christianity, along with the influence of unscrupulous ministers who are not expositors of the scriptures, many evangelicals simply don’t know how to interpret and apply God’s truth so as to engage in true biblical evangelism. They never think outside the pro life political box.

If we are being honest we must ask the question, do we really care about the sanctity of human life? Why do we think we have the moral high ground over others if we aren’t equipped, or even willing to be engaged in real compassionate evangelism? When did hate your enemies become an approved behavior for Christians? The real truth is, many evangelicals are masking something just as evil as the murder of unborn children they accuse the pro-choice advocates of – “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.” ~ 1 John 3: 15

The real truth is many who are pro-choice are so out of love and respect for the mother and respect of individual privacy. They are not vicious baby killers as they are accused by the very people who should be able to share the truth of the love of Christ with them.

Who is wise and has understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace. ~ James 3:13-18




THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH

Within the apostolic & prophetic movement there has been a reimagining of Jesus from that of a lamb to a roaring lion. This trend is also occurring within the music associated with the apostolic and prophetic movement. For example, the lyrics in one worship song says, “Let the Lion roar, let the Lion roar, split the heavens…”

The modern day apostolic & prophetic movement is obsessed with authority, government, dominion, and Christian nationalism. Thus the image of Jesus as a roaring lion (dominant and powerful) rather than a lamb (meek and humble) is more desirable for their message. It has been said that Jesus came as a lamb the first time, but he will return like a lion when he comes again. The teachings and prophecies of the apostolic/prophetic movement reflect this notion. In fact one meme on a social media platform shows the face of a lion with the words, “I am returning but not as a lamb.”

Is this a correct biblical message that should be preached about Jesus? Is he no longer to be worshipped as the lamb of God? Is he not returning as the lamb of God? Is he not returning as the lamb of God but as a lion? What does the Bible teach us?

The scripture that is cited to portray Jesus as a lion is Revelation 5:5, where Jesus is mentioned as “the lion of the tribe of Judah.” This is the only text in all of the New Testament that uses the description “lion” in reference to Jesus. In context it has to do with Jesus’s physical descendancy, thus the description “lion of the tribe of Judah” and can be traced to Jacob’s prophecy in Genesis 49:8-10. Jesus is the ruler, the King, and priest who came from the tribe of Judah and from the linage of David, and as a lion is strong in prevailing over its enemies. so Jesus prevailed over sin and death in his flesh.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals. ~ Revelation 5:5

Notice that there is no mention of the second coming of Jesus in Revelation 5:5. It is said, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book…” (Rev 5:5 KJV).

The Lord of glory, who descended from the linage of David from the tribe of Judah, prevailed over sin like a lion prevailing over his enemies, and because he conquered sin and death, he alone is/was worthy to open the sealed book which contains the judgments of God. No one else in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth was found worthy? Only Jesus!

In the very next verse after Jesus is referred to as the lion of the tribe of Judah he is referred to as the slain lamb in the midst of the throne, the four living creatures, and the elders.

Then I saw One like a slaughtered lamb standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. ~ Revelation 5:6

As mentioned already, only once do we find the word lion used to describe Jesus in the New Testament (Revelation 5:5). In contrast, the word lamb is used more than 20 times in the book of the Revelation alone, to describe Jesus.

In the book of the Revelation, Jesus is worshipped as the lamb (5:12-13). As the lamb, he opens the seals which reveals God’ judgments (6:1). His wrath is referred to as “the wrath of the lamb” (6:16). He is redeemer as the lamb ( 7:9-10,17; 12:11). The book of life is called the “book of life of the lamb” (13:8). The 144,000 witnesses follow the lamb (14:1,4). Those who follow the beast, and reject God will suffer God’s wrath in the presence of the lamb (14:10). Those who are victorious over the beast, sing the song of Moses and the song of the lamb (15:3). The 10 kings who serve the beast make war against the lamb, and the lamb overcomes them because he is Lord of lords and King of Kings (17:14). The righteous are gathered to the marriage of the lamb (19:7,9). The bride (God’s people) is the lamb’s wife (21:9). The city of God (in Heaven) has 12 foundations, and the names of the 12 apostles of the lamb are on the foundations (21:14).

Finally, the Lord God and the lamb are the temple within the heavenly city, And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (21:21-23).

The overriding message of the book of the Revelation is that Jesus is the lamb of God. The King that would arise from David’s linage is the meek and humble Savior, Jesus. He is Lord of lords and King of kings. He is the one who redeemed us with his precious blood, and the only one worthy to reveal God’s judgment on his enemies. The lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, is the holy lamb of God.

And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! ~ John 1:36

SHUTTING DOWN CHURCHES

In the book of the Revelation it was Jesus who shut churches down and not the government. Jesus told the church at Ephesus, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen , and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly,  and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” ~ Revelation 2:5

In Revelation 1:13 John saw Jesus in the midst of seven candlesticks. According to verse 20, the seven candlesticks were the seven churches that John saw. Tribulation was coming and John was writing to the 7 churches to warn them about things which must shortly come to pass. It wasn’t worldly governments, persecution, or tribulation which would remove any of the candlesticks (the churches), it was Jesus. Jesus threatened to remove the candlestick of the church of Ephesus if they did not repent.

We would do well to heed Jesus’s message to the seven churches. In fact we are commanded to do so. Seven times in the second and third chapters of the book of Revelation we are commanded, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Yet in our world today many evangelical ministries in the United States have gone far from the truth of the gospel and are convinced that a “deep state” within the federal government is actively at work, attempting to shut down churches through covid restrictions. They never consider that just maybe their failing plight has to do with the judgment of the Lord because they have fallen from the truth of the gospel, and are responsible for turning so many away from Christ.

Jesus said “upon this rock (Jesus is the Christ) I will build my church; and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” ~ Matthew 16:18.

In the book of Acts, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ grew under persecution and God did great miracles, and history shows that the true church of the Lord Jesus thrives in growth under persecution. Those among American evangelicals who have turned the gospel into a political warfare need to wake up and realize that God is not happy with the message they are communicating to the world, and judgement does begin in the house of the Lord.  

FOUR REASONS WHY THE TRUMP PROPHETS ARE NOT TRUE PROPHETS

I am writing this briefly, as I don’t have much time this morning to expound on it. I want give you 4 reasons why the evangelical “prophets” who got it wrong about Trump’s second term , are not true prophets.

1. They are not true prophets because their message about God is not the gospel, and is not in accordance with the gospel of Christ, and is not sound speech according to New Testament doctrine.

2. They do not speak truth to power. They speak what they think is the truth against those whom Donald Trump opposes: Joe Biden, the democrats, the media, and anyone Donald Trump may throw under the bus. Rather than holding Trump to a righteous standard, they pander to him and even follow his lead.

3. They have no real discernment with regards to the manner of man Donald Trump is. They elevate him as God’s chosen to save Christianity and to save America (and in some cases, even the world), and promote him as such in their prophecies. One of them recently prophesied to Donald Trump telling him that he was the apple of God’s eye. They do not discern the truly vile human being that Trump actually is – his arrogance, his constant lying, his con artistry, his bullying, his meanness, his potential to be a dictator, nor his efforts to undermine the very democracy of the United States. Donald Trump is a divisive human being and he uses people for his purposes. Anyone who stands up to him or even stands up for that which is right, if it’s in opposition to Trump, he will turn on them. He has done this with many.

4. Their predictions were wrong. It doesn’t matter that they were right 4 years ago. They were wrong this time. I am sure there are plenty of people who got it right both times who aren’t even Christians. Predicting who will win a presidential election does not make you a prophet. In fact, predicting anything and getting it right does not make you a prophet, but if you are a prophet you don’t go around making false predictions then doubling down and pulling scriptures out of context to cover your error – no republicans are not at the Red Sea, with the election results about to be overturned in Trump’s favor. He lost! It’s over, and his prophets missed it.

If your message about Christ and about the doctrine of Christ is not according to the gospel, you’re not a prophet, and their’s is not. Their message is Christian Nationalism, promoting the gospel of America as a kind of covenant nation to rescue the world from a one world government. This is not the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

WHY THE EVANGELICAL “PROPHETS” WERE WRONG ABOUT DONALD TRUMP’S REELECTION.

I am going to tell you why there are so many false prophets among evangelicals, why so many evangelicals are bewitched by them, and why these “prophets” were wrong about Donald Trump in the recent election.

Many of these “so -called prophets” have turned prophecy into a money making enterprise, and they merchandise evangelicals who follow them. They promote themselves as the spiritual ones who hear from God, and many of them sell their prophecies in books, videos, and by other various means of financial profit.

They are able to garner large followings among susceptible evangelicals who are not grounded in the doctrine of Christ, who become “the market” for these for profit, prophets, who lead them into error. The apostle Peter says that the way of the truth is evil spoken of because of them – And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of. ~ 2 Peter 2:2

The word “pernicious” means having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way. Even now, many of these prophets and unfortunately many who have esteemed them as prophets, have doubled down with claims that they will still be right and the election will be overturned. What will be their excuse on January 20, 2021?

Now is not the time to double down. Now is the time to humbly repent of speaking falsehood under the guise of prophecy. Now is the time to repent of indoctrinating others with their errors.

The sad reality is American evangelicalism has been hijacked by those who are involved in a type of sorcery. When you make prophecy a “for profit enterprise,” the result is witchcraft and divination.

In the Old Testament (2 Kings 5), Gehazi, the servant of Elijah thought he could take advantage of Elijah’s gift as a prophet of God and use it for profit, and was consequently cursed with leprosy.

In the New Testament, Simon the Sorcerer wanted to maintain control over the people who had come to Christ and received the Holy Spirit. After Simon saw that the apostles had the gift of ministering the Spirit of the Lord to the people, he offered them money for this gift and was rebuked by Peter – ” Your money perish with thee, because you have thought the gift of God may be purchased with money. You have not part nor lot in this matter: for your heart is not right in the sight of God.” ~ Acts 8 20-21

Notice what Peter says next: Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. ~ v. 22

Peter refers to Simeon’s offer of money in relation to the gift of God as wickedness which Simeon needed to repent from. On more than one occasion, the New Testament writers make reference to Balaam (an Old Testament prophet who perverted his gift for bribery). The story of Balaam can be found in Numbers 22-24

In Numbers 31:16 the counsel of Balaam is spoken of as “committing trespass against the Lord.” In Joshua 13:22 Balaam is called a soothsayer. In the New Testament, Balaam is mentioned in connection with false ministers who forsake the way of righteousness for financial gain, and who place stumbling blocks before the children of God so that they stumble from truth into error.

Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness… ~ 2 Peter 2:15

Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. ~ Jude 1:11

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. ~ Revelation 2:14

Those who pervert the gifts of God, such as prophecy into a business enterprise, have turned to corruption and no longer abide in the truth of the gospel. God’s gifts are not to be marketed and sold. 

And that is why the evangelical prophets got it wrong, and why they will still be wrong on January 20, 2021. It is time for them to repent and not double down.

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TOLERATING FALSE TEACHERS

https://rootedandgroundedinchrist.com/2017/03/24/tolerating-false-teachers/

THEY HAVE NOT HEARD FROM GOD – AN HONEST RESPONSE TO THE TRUMP PROPHETS

https://rootedandgroundedinchrist.com/2021/01/12/they-have-not-heard-from-god-an-honest-response-to-the-trump-prophets/

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – ARE WE REALLY PRO-LIFE?

On August 26th, CBS reported that 12 million people have lost their employer sponsored health insurance during the pandemic. Obviously, this number continues to grow. In addition, 21 million people are in danger of losing health insurance if the Supreme Court rules in President Trump’s favor to repeal Obama Care. This would bring the total to an alarming 33 million people who will no longer have health insurance.

Among this 33 million, there is sure to be a pregnant woman or two.

What does the pregnant mom who has two children, who is dependent on food banks, and doesn’t know how she is going to pay her next month’s rent, do when she has complications with her pregnancy?

Being pro life is so much more than just simply taking a mob mentality and a moral stance on “life begins at conception.” If we are truly pro life, we must stand for those things which support life. Having no ability to cover medical costs is not a pro life stance. It is pro death. Unfortunately, many of Donald Trump’s supporters have a pro life stance that isn’t well thought out.

If you are going to be pro life, be “pro LIFE!”

DONALD TRUMP & EVANGELICALS

Recently another Christian said the following to me because I have decided to vote for Joe Biden: “I can and do say dogmatically you are no minister of God that I would sit under and based on the scriptures you have no place in the holy sacred pulpit. It’s people like you that compromise the word of God that’s leading the lost straight to hell.”  In the same setting, another person accused me of liking pedophiles.

I have observed as many evangelical Christians have become more increasingly vicious, and quite frankly, hateful towards other Christians and non Christians alike who do not agree with them politically. It is an indoctrination that runs contrary to the Christ-like virtues that those who have put their faith in Christ are called to live by.

Being republican rather than democrat is not a spiritual virtue. Yet the belief that the republican party is doing God’s work, and the democrats are doing the devil’s has taken root within evangelical beliefs. This ideology is deceptive and dangerous because it indoctrinates Christians to believe they are engaged in a kind of “spiritual warfare” against evil forces when the reality is they are the ones who have been taken captive.

When you do not have any patience to listen to fellow Christians who may differ with you politically, when you have no desire to understand why others differ with your views, when all that comes out of you in response is a condescending and hateful attitude, you’re not the truth warrior in any spiritual warfare. You’re the captive.

VOTING CHRISTIAN VALUES


Voting Christian values has become the defense mechanism cited by evangelicals when they need to justify their support of a candidate. In this article, that candidate is Donald Trump. Yet this position of “voting Christian values” is a fallacy when applied to Donald Trump whose life and history is everything but Christian. What makes this even more concerning is that Trump is believed to be a Christian by some evangelicals, and one minister in his fervent support of Trump claimed that Donald Trump is a test whether or not we are even saved!

Rather than Biblical evangelism which glorifies Jesus Christ though the love, grace, and mercy of God more and more evangelicals are embracing Christian Nationalism (an ideology which helped give rise to Hitler in Nazi Germany). Attempting to Christianize America through political warfare against Muslims, undocumented immigrants, and prejudice attitudes toward those within the LGBTQ community is not something we have learned from Christ.

Remarkably, the moral character of a candidate doesn’t even matter anymore to those who often used the “voting christian values” position. Once upon a time it did. We only need to reflect on the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky saga. The outrage from Pastors and Christians was loud and clear. Bill Clinton was an adulterer and he had desecrated the Oval Office. In fact, George W. Bush ran in part on the platform of bringing honor and respect back to the Oval Office, because of Bill Clinton’s moral failures.

So why doesn’t moral character matter anymore?

As a Christian, should I feel compelled to cast a vote for a man who has publicly scoffed at the idea that he needs God’s forgiveness? No that’s not fake news. In an interview before the 2016 election, Donald Trump claimed he doesn’t regret never asking God for forgiveness. He went on to say that he doesn’t have much to apologize for.  This is the same man who also said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters…” Imagine if a well known lesbian, or a democrat had publicly taken this same position. There would be outrage and sharp criticism from evangelicals.

The very essence of the message of the gospel is our need for God’s forgiveness  because we are all sinners. To claim to not need God’s forgiveness, is a blatant denial of God and Christ. This is a fundamental aspect of the gospel, but unfortunately we have embraced someone who has turned us against the truth of the gospel. I write as one who is guilty of the very errors I am pointing out because I voted for Donald Trump in 2016. I will not make the same mistake twice.

Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.~ 1 John 2:22-23

Does voting “Christian values” obligate us to vote for a man who constantly lies, who is a known adulterer, who admires dictators, who insults our military generals, who expresses disdain for POW’s, who privately knew how deadly Covid is yet publicly played it down, who expresses no humility, who consistently demonstrates vindictive behavior, who doesn’t reach across the political aisle to better the country, who stirs division and hate, and who constantly boasts of his “great achievements”?

Shouldn’t real Christian values lead us to be discerning with the ability to see the truth about one’s character? If a Christian observes “dictator-like” traits and tendencies, and the possibility of authoritarianism, is that Christian not free to vote accordingly without his Christianity being maligned by other Christians?

CHRISTIANIZING AMERICAN

It is not uncommon to hear leading evangelical ministers refer to Donald Trump as a type of “savior” for Christianity and America. Those who make such claims promote their version of patriotism as if it is a spiritual virtue. However, patriotism is not a spiritual virtue. Nowhere in scripture will you find any of the apostles preaching or teaching patriotism and mixing it with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The truth is, there is patriotism on both sides of the political aisle, not just on the right. An atheist or a lesbian can be just as patriotic and love the United States as much as a gun toting Southern Baptist.

The reality is Donald Trump has garnered the support from those who seek the Christianization of American, not through biblical evangelism, but through political means. For this reason, they have sanctified Donald Trump as a beacon of light for the Kingdom of God. This has done much damage and evangelicals are steadily losing their influence for Christ with regards to the lost in America.

We would do well to consider Paul’s words to his fellow Jews who had the law but did not obey it, “the name of God is blasphemed among the gentiles because of you.” ~ Romans 2:24

CHRISTIANITY IN POLITICS

Many evangelical pastors and ministers who bring politics into their pulpits promote the narrative that the United States of America was founded on Christian values. This simply is not true, unless you consider slavery and the rape of slave women by white slaver owners as Christian values.

Were there some Christian values embraced by our founding fathers? Absolutely! But this does not mean that the United States is a Christian nation or ever has been, especially when we consider that segregation was still an issue midway through the 20th century, and our current President (Donald Trump) on numerous occasions has failed to adamantly denounce white supremacy. We are not a Christian nation.

The real tragedy with Christianizing America is that we have drifted from evangelizing the world with the gospel into politically fighting to keep those who need the gospel out. How has our understanding of Christianity fallen from preachers who feared God and who trembled at his word, to those who now promote the visions of their own heart, who tell their followers to load up on firearms and ammunition in their support of Donald Trump?

Why do we want to live in a “Christianized America” where the beauty of the gospel is compromised by a political agenda which teaches us to hate anyone who doesn’t think like us? If Christian values are politically imposed on the rest of the country, we will lose our influence. If the rest of the country has to abide by the so-called “Christian values” of those who are often not Christ like in character, the real gospel of Jesus Christ does not advance.

If we stand for religious freedoms and equity for all, we then must demonstrate Christlikeness in the grace of the gospel of Christ to have influence on others. This is the biblical pattern for real evangelism, not the political Christianization of the nation.

That which gives Christianity its effectiveness is its distinction from the rest of society. If everyone is forced to obey our ideas and beliefs, there is no longer any distinction between us and the world, and ultimately we lose. Rather than being people of compassion, mercy, and grace, offering hope and healing, we become like the Pharisees enforcing our own will on others, and thus causing the ungodly to blaspheme the name of the Lord because of our hypocrisy.

WE ARE NOT VOTING FOR A PASTOR

Somehow, it has become justifiable to ignore the moral character of Donald Trump because he’s not a spiritual leader. This is a dangerous position to take especially when we consider how much influence Donald Trump actually has over evangelicals. Trump has been touted as divinely chosen by God, as a great leader like King Cryus in scripture, and as a savior of Christianity and America. If that isn’t the definition of a spiritual leader, what is?

Donald Trump may not be the Pastor of a local church, but he certainly has become an “icon” of God saving America within evangelicalism. I have observed his divisive rhetoric repeated by Christians and ministers. When you sound more like Donald Trump than you do Christ, that’s cultish.

When Christianity Today published Mark Galli’s article holding Trump accountable, there was major backlash from the loyal Trump Christian leaders while Christians (secretly troubled by Trump) were grateful because someone finally spoke up. Mark Gali, who has been faithful to the Lord, was marginalized by fellow Christian leaders and Donald Trump was defended.  Why? Because Donald Trump has become a spiritual leader much like a pastor, and he is beloved by many evangelicals who seem to care more about his bullying policies, than the condition of his soul.

Consider the following from a Christian minister:

Please do not tell me that you are a Christian but plan to vote for the Biden-Harris administration. While I realize that President Trump is not perfect, you need to realize that nobody said he is. In fact, no one is perfect! Jesus didn’t even call himself good! However; Trump’s politics and policies are much more parallel with the word of God, than the extreme radical leftist of today’s generation. Whatever makes you feel safe, even if it means wearing a mask, do your part and go to the polls and vote! If you’re not registered to vote, get registered! Your vote counts! I will not stop being a martyr for Biblical principles and Good vs Evil! WE MUST TAKE A STAND!

Notice how this minister undermines Jesus’s perfection in his comment in order to defend Donald Trump, saying, “While I realize that President Trump is not perfect, you need to realize that nobody said he is. In fact, no one is perfect! Jesus didn’t even call himself good!”

This minister bordered on declaring that Jesus is not perfect. Donald Trump’s name should not even be mentioned in comparison with the Lord Jesus Christ. According to the scriptures, Jesus is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. ~ Hebrews 7:26

As I have already pointed out, many evangelical Christians have been sabotaged by the ideology that republicans are doing God’s work, while the democrats are doing the devil’s. One prominent minister who Pastors a mega Church in the state of Texas referred to the democratic party as. “the atheist group who hates religion.” This same Pastor has also made a comment that anyone who is serious about their faith could not vote for Joe Biden. This sentiment is parroted often by evangelicals. The same Pastor has also said, “the only evangelicals who are going to vote for Joe Biden are those who have sold their soul to the devil.”

The real truth is many evangelicals (not all, but many) have been indoctrinated with an ideology which politicizes Christianity in such a way that it has become acceptable behavior to insult and demonize anyone who is a democrat, or even supports democrats. The verbal abuse that some Christians endure because they cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump, is disturbing. Especially when their Christianity is marginalized and their salvation is questioned. Undermining the faith of others because of political ideologies is not a Christian virtue.

ABORTION

Abortion is the “Ace” that is played when Trump’s character is brought up. It is the “go-to” argument. It doesn’t matter how bad Donald Trump is, since he checks the pro-life box all his sins are atoned for, but Trump isn’t truly pro-life. On May 18th, 2019, the President tweeted the following: “As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan.”

If Joe Biden had said the exact same thing he would have been called a baby killer by many of Trump’s loyal supporters. Trump claims to be pro-life as he stated in his tweet, even though the the position he takes on abortion is the position of the pro-choice movement. Claiming to be pro life helps him politically with evangelicals, but what happens when he doesn’t need evangelicals any longer? Trump has a history of using people and then discarding them. Many evangelicals are completely unaware of this, but it’s true nonetheless. They are ill informed of his history and are convinced he is fighting for them and for good as “God’s chosen”, yet Donald Trump’s history as a shyster is well documented.

Character matters, and entering into a covenant with such a man is dangerous.

POLITICALLY WEAPONIZING ABORTION

For many evangelicals how one votes with regards to abortion is the litmus test as to who is a Christian and who isn’t, but this is not a not a good idea.

I had a friend in Bible School 31 years ago who was pro-choice. It took some time, but he eventually came around to embrace the pro life position. He wasn’t won over by condemnation. He was won over by love and having the scriptures opened to him. His mom was heavy in the pro-choice movement and there were some hurdles he had to get past. Every preacher that addressed the issue, he tuned out, but he was open to what I had to say because I treated him as a friend, and eventually won him over. I don’t know if he stayed the course, but he did change his mind when I was with him. He was won with acceptance, and not rejection and condemnation.

Do you think I would have won my friend if I would have spoken derogatory of him, and condescending to him because of his position on abortion? I think not! What if I had been mean spirited to him, could I have won him over? The central problem with weaponizing abortion and using it to draw lines in the sand as to who is saved and who isn’t, is that you can literally be as “mean as hell” and justify it because you are pro-life.  But God doesn’t justify such behavior. When we weaponize abortion with ungodly attitudes, we become the salt that has lost its savor which Jesus Mentioned in Matthew 5.

Wouldn’t it be better if we could engage in conversation with opponents of our views in a manner which expresses kindness, understanding and discretion? How is insulting and condemning going to win over anyone? Wouldn’t be better for those who differ with our views to see and hear the wisdom and counsel of God when we speak to them rather than hatred and rage?

I get that some evangelicals may feel justified in their disgust over the number of abortions since Roe V. Wade became the law of the land, but is that all we’ve got – wrath and disgust?! If we really want to save lives, we must think outside the political box. How about Biblical evangelism, and really caring for real people?

Jesus told his disciples to look on the fields for they are white unto harvest. Jesus died for all, and this includes those democrats and everyone who is pro-choice.

What if Roe V. Wade is never overturned, what then? Do we just stay mad and outraged waging political wars on our adversaries, as we insult and condemn to hell anyone who doesn’t think like us? If we really care about saving lives, if we really value the lives of the unborn, we need to find another way to display our pro life values than just going to the polls. Rather than hearing the call to political warfare, we need to heed the call to gospel ministry, by seeking to save the lost.

ROE V. WADE

Voting to overturn Roe V. Wade is commendable, but it’s not the “end all” and it’s not not going to save us from all the other sins we face as we fail to do right by those who were born.

Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, conservative justices were in the majority on the SCOTUS, yet Roe V. Wade wasn’t overturned. William T Cavanaugh points out the following in an article published by America Magazine on 9/23/2020:

There has been a majority of Republican-appointed justices on the Supreme Court for 49 of the last 50 years. The lone exception was the year after Antonin Scalia died, when there was a 4-4 split. 

Furthermore, as recently as June 2020, the SCOTUS had the opportunity to take a step in the direction of overturning Roe V. Wade in a case that involved abortions in the state of Louisiana, but failed to do so.

Will another conservative judge make a difference? Possibly, but what if that doesn’t happen? What if Roe V. Wade remains the law of the land, how do we move forward? What happens if we lose our democracy because of our loyalty to a man who used our abortion platform for his own political gain?

There are many important issues that voters consider beyond abortion: namely, democracy vs. authoritarianism, immigration, systemic racism, fair housing, fair wages, affordable health care, the ability to reach across the political aisle, uniting the country rather than dividing it, the ability to manage the pandemic and all other national emergencies. Empathy, compassion, and integrity, matters. Though important, there is far more at stake in the upcoming election than abortions, and no Christian who is uncomfortable with Donald Trump’s personal character and politics should be shamed over abortions.

If you don’t know their heart – don’t shame them!

Furthermore, overturning Roe V. Wade isn’t going to eliminate abortions in the United States. Should it ever be overturned, the issue of abortions would revert back to states rights creating a scenario where people would cross state lines to seek out abortions. Others may seek to privately induce miscarriages, which could affect the health of the mother.

The fact is, abortions were happening before Roe v. Wade, and they are going to happen if the ruling is ever overturned. What then?!

We need to have the right attitudes towards those with whom we differ politically, And being educated rather than indoctrinated would go a long way in that effort. Many who are hostile in their “abortion rage” and condemn anyone who votes democrat aren’t knowledgeable to the fact that the actual data shows the number of abortions have declined over the last 30 years (since 1990). Bill Clinton and Barack Obama occupied the White House 16 of those years.

While the fight to overturn Roe V. Wade is commendable, we need to understand that we have other options in making a difference in saving the lives of the unborn – that is, if that’s what our end game truly is. Abortions are not madated, and if people felt they could trust Christians, just maybe we could find other avenues to make a difference.

Growing in grace and godly kindness would go a long way in making such a difference.

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Addition:

What Evangelicals Need to know about the SCOTUS

When Roe V Wade was decided on January 22, 1973 there were nine justices. Six had been appointed by republican Presidents, and three by democrat Presidents. 

The SCOTUS ruled 7-2 in favor of a woman’s right to have an abortion. Five of the seven Justices who approved of a woman’s right to have an abortion were appointed by republican Presidents. The Court that legalized abortion was a court that had the thumb print of republican Presidents.

Since 1968, there have been 20 Justices appointed to the SCOTUS. Sixteen were appointed by republican Presidents, including Amy Coney Barrett. Only 4 were appointed by democrat Presidents (two by Clinton, and two by Obama).

To put this into perspective, Justices appointed by republican Presidents over the past 52 years outnumber those appointed by democrat Presidents by margin of four to one. In 49 of the last 50 years republican appointed justices have held the majority of the SCOTUS. Only in 2016 after Antonin Scalia died was there not a majority of republican appointed Justices, it was a 4 – 4 split. In the Roe V. Wade era, democratic Presidential appointed Justices have never held the majority in the SCOTUS. 

How do we square the belief that we must vote republican to overturn Roe V. Wade, knowing that the SCOTUS has been dominated by republican appointed justices for the past 50 years? To be clear, not every justice appointed by republicans has been conservative, but the ideology of republican good and democrat bad because of the Justices they would appoint, just doesn’t square with historical facts.

Amy Coney Barrett replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who held liberal beliefs by evangelical standards. Ginsburg was confirmed by a 96-3 Senate vote. Thirty – eight of the 41 republican senators voted “yea” for her to be confirmed. Among them was the current Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who rushed through ACB’s confirmation.

The culpability for the legalization of abortions, and the failure to overture Roe V. Wade falls squarely on the shoulders of the republican party, and this is the “inconvenient truth” that you will not get from political indoctrination. Being indoctrinated only nurtures misguided passion, rage, and hostility. Unfortunately these are the kind of emotions that our current President, Donald Trump, stirs within people. 

Being a well informed voter is better than being an indoctrinated voter.

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Below is a very informative article regarding the religious right:
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/religious-right-real-origins-107133