M.J. ANDRE QUOTE: Trump is as Christian as I am from Mars, living quietly among men!
Franklin Graham, Pastor Dobson, Pastor Pat Robertson and oodles of them who endorse Trump are all in one bucket as far as THE GOD THAT I SERVE in concerned. These ‘Christians’ leaders are all after their own 15 minutes of fame so they chose the company of a crass man in exchange of God’s.
These days we throw those words “born again Christian” as if all those who are in the Church, or claim to be Christians have been born again. Nothing could be further from the truth and nothing takes God by surprise. Matthew 15:8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me“. Those leaders do not have their identities in Christ hence why, they are seeking the company of such vile man. When you have your identity in Christ, the world has no power over you. There is a royal seal that you carry on and in your heart with you that says, I am the daughter or son of the Most High, therefore I have no need to be approved by man. This royal seal on the heart comes with a deep sense of humility and loyalty to Him
Those self-appointed leaders need to try to convince their flocks that Donald Trump is Christian because it makes them look good with those in the pews where they serve and it gives them credentials. It is also important for them to claim that Donald Trump has been saved, because they do not have a deep understanding of true salvation which is dispensed only by God not by man. They are used to this cacadoodle kind of salvation out there where one is forced, bribed, or manipulated gently into. They dispense salvation like hot bread.
WE HAVE THE GOVERNMENT WE DESERVE. The average Americans have such a small attention span and a total lack of critical thinking that I find it appalling. What’s more sad is the fact that one cannot make the difference between Christians and those who are not. OODles of Pastors flocked toward Donald Trump so that they too can get their 15 minutes of fame. Anyone with an ounce of the Holy Spirit can see blatantly that they would rather go with crass governments types of people like Donald Trump than remaining in the grace of God.
This is because those misguided leaders like Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, Mark Burn and thousands more, completely lack the spiritual life.
Understand what I am saying here, I am not talking about well behaved leaders who managed to get the life of the Pharisees down pat. Us, as real Christians can go through the layers they are using as their masks to see behind all of it and recognize them as the goats they are as supposed to sheep. It is a shame, when you consider that those leaders are supposed to shepherd His sheep.
I also have to say one thing to these leaders, it is not too late for them, but they need to beg God to do for them, in and through them the same thing He did in the life of Job where He was able to say in 42:5-6 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Therefore, I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.“
Don’t get me wrong, I do not believe there was a choice in the last election. But, I feel the need to speak out because the darkness in Donald Trump heart and his ego only equal Satan’s. The lack of morality, his character is everything that God hates with a passion. We are not talking about flaws like those forefathers who walked before us. We are talking about someone who has been and is still in a deep seated sinful life with no awareness at all of God in his consciousness except when he utters some vain words.
When people are born again, and filled with the spirit of God, they do not have the need to act like a toddler with short attention span, throwing tantrums at every turn like Donald Trump. This is so basic in a born again Christian life, that it is obvious and cannot be missed. For some reasons, you leaders of the flock manage to be okay with all of it when it comes to this man. The conclusion is that you are either a bunch of opportunists or you do not have the light of God for yourself. Take your pick. It makes me feel like asking you those misguided leaders “how dare you associates Donald Trump with my God?”
But, more than that, those leaders who encourage Donald Trump in his misguided and truly crass life will have to face God one day and give an account of what they have done in His name. Not only those leaders dishonor God, He is lamenting for His sheep who are as misguided as those people who elect themselves shepherd over them.
So, Bible verses like those below describe who those pastors and leaders are, and the time we are living in:
- Hosea 4:6 “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
- Matthew 15:14 “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
- Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are”.
- Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows”.
Unless we are truly living and walking in spirit, we have no idea how bad our lives and the way we see things are so compartmentalized we make decisions based on one thing here and there without being able to see the big picture through the lenses of Christ Himself living His life in us.
FIND BELOW, ARTICLES THAT WOULD GIVE YOU SOME INFO ON THOSE SELL OUT BLIND PASTORS WHO ARE MORE LIKE GOATS THAN SHEEP!
Not everyone on the board endorses Trump—but they’ve agreed to consult with him as he continues to reach out to an evangelical movement solidly split between the already on-board, the hesitant, and the decidedly#NeverTrump.
Some of the 25 figureheads on Trump’s board have relationships with him that go back several years. Some first connected at earlier campaign events targeting clergy. The breadth of his list serves as a reminder of the wide reachof American evangelicalism, from the institutional leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention to the prosperity gospel preachers made famous through Christian TV programming.
Below are brief explainers on each of the evangelicals who have signed on to influence the theology of Trump:
The Big Names
James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family
Who he is: Dobson led national Christian ministry Focus on the Family from its founding in 1977 through 2003. He now hosts a radio program called My Family Talk. He also founded the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying group currently led by Tony Perkins. Dobson, a pioneer Christian psychologist, has penned dozens of books about family life. His wife, Shirley, was the head of the National Day of Prayer Task Force until this year, when she handed over the reins to Anne Graham Lotz.
His evangelical ties: Dobson’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all pastors in the Church of the Nazarene. Dobson and the organizations he launched are household names among American evangelicals, synonymous with “family values” stances. He has arguably been the most influential leader in the relatively leaderless evangelical movement, CT noted in 2005.
His beliefs and politics: Dobson endorsed Ted Cruz in December, saying the Texas senator had “the moral and spiritual foundations to lead our nation with excellence.” Dobson has criticized President Obama’s recent remarks regarding transgender bathroom access, his position on abortion, and the Obamacare contraception mandate. He has always made pro-life issues a priority, writing for The New York Times in 2006 that if neither major party nominates a pro-life candidate, family values voters would choose a third-party one. He wrote: “Winning the presidential election is vitally important, but not at the expense of what we hold most dear.”
His Trump ties: Dobson previously stated that after Rubio and Trump “announced they would accept the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, we knew we could not support them.”
Update: In an interview, Dodson said he had reason to believe Trump had recently accepted Christ. “I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian,” he said.
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University
Who he is: Falwell Jr. is the oldest son of late Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell. He succeeded his father as president and chancellor of Liberty University after Falwell Sr.’s death in 2007. Falwell Jr., a graduate of the University of Virginia law school, had previously worked as a lawyer and general counsel for the university and Falwell’s Old Time Gospel Hour program. Though Liberty continues to host political candidates at its weekly convocations, Falwell Jr. is comparatively less vocal, activist, and public-facing than his father.
His evangelical ties: Falwell Jr. carries one of the biggest family names in American evangelicalism, and has led the country’s biggest evangelical university through unprecedented growth. His brother Jonathan succeeded Falwell Sr. as pastor of Thomas Road Baptist, the 24,000-member Southern Baptist church located on campus. Falwell Jr. still occasionally involves himself with his father’s Religious Right networks; in 2010, he joined James Dobson, Richard Land, and John Hagee at a political rally organized by Glenn Beck.
His beliefs and politics: Falwell Jr. is a fiscal conservative and has criticized President Obama’s economic policies. He is also an advocate of the Second Amendment, allowing and encouraging students to carry guns on campus following last year’s attack in San Bernardino, California. Falwell Jr. endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012 and Mike Huckabee in 2007.
His Trump ties: Falwell Jr. was among the earliest evangelical leaders to endorse Trump, saying during the candidate’s campus address in January that the business mogul “lives a life of loving and helping others as Jesus taught in the Great Commandment.” He also said the Republican nominee “reminds me so much of my father,” who once advised Falwell Jr. that when he went into the voting booth, he was not electing a pastor, but a president. Falwell Jr. and Trump have been friendly since Trump’s convocation speech at Liberty in 2012, and Falwell Jr.’s son married at a Trump Winery about an hour from campus.
Richard Land, seminary president and Southern Baptist leader
Who he is: Land served as president of the Southern Baptist public policy arm, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) for 25 years, until he was succeeded by Russell Moore (a vocal Trump opponent). Land was named president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013.
His evangelical ties: During his ERLC leadership, Land was considered the chief spokesman for Southern Baptists and, more than that, a culture warrior and “one of the few remaining scions of the Religious Right.” He stepped down from his position after making controversial remarks on his radio show regarding the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
His beliefs and politics: For most of his career, Land refrained from endorsing political candidates, but made an exception for Romney, who was running against Obama in 2012. The Texas native served nine years on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, having been initially appointed to it by President George W. Bush.
His Trump ties: While his successor has deliberately warned followers against a “lesser of two evil mindset,” that’s not the approach Land is taking. “If we don’t help the lesser evil prevail over the greater evil, we become responsible morally for helping the greater evil to prevail,” said Land, who predicts a close and ugly campaign. (Following the advisory board announcement, he explained his decision to join, though not endorse, Trump: “Is it not our spiritual obligation and responsibility to speak biblical truth in love to all who will listen?”)
Paula White, Florida preacher and televangelist
Who she is: Paula and her former husband Randy White founded Without Walls International, a Tampa megachurch which grew to 25,000 members over 15 years. In 2007, the couple separated as the church underwent a US Senate investigation. Later, White and televangelist and faith healer Benny Hinn admitted their friendship had turned inappropriate following her divorce, though White denied having an affair with Hinn. She is now married to former Journey musician Jonathan Cain and leads New Destiny Christian Center, a multi-ethnic congregation outside Orlando. Her popular TV show also draws in a racially diverse viewership, airing both on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Black Entertainment Television (BET).
Her evangelical ties: White is among America’s most well-known prosperity gospel preachers. While 17 percent of American Christians openly identify with the movement, the “health and wealth” gospel gets dismissed and critiqued by most mainstream evangelical leaders. White admires fellow televangelist T. D. Jakes, whom she considers her mentor in the faith. She has appeared alongside leaders such as televangelist Kenneth Copeland, New York pastor Chris Durso, Lakewood worship leader Israel Houghton, and Jesus Culture singer Kim Walker-Smith.
Her beliefs and politics: Though White generally stays out of politics,, she was the one who coordinated September’s meeting between Trump and several televangelists, including TBN founder Jan Crouch, who died last month.
Her Trump ties: White says she and Trump have been friends for 15 years, and recounted giving him a letter from Billy Graham for his 60th birthday. At the meeting in Trump Tower last year, White cited Isaiah 54 in praying that “any tongue that rises against him will be condemned.” She also spoke at a 10,000-person rally in Florida, telling the crowd that Trump “needs to be our next president.”
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, charismatic Texas ministers
Who they are: The Copelands have been in ministry for more than 45 years. Their daily television program, which is available on Christian networks and their website, has been broadcasting since 1989. Kenneth Copeland Ministries is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, where the couple’s “1,500-acre campus includes a $6 million church-owned lakefront mansion,” jets, TV and production studios, and a church building. Kenneth and Gloria Copeland were among the televangelists targeted in a 2007 Senate investigation, and more recently, the couple’s tax-free ministry status was mocked by Last Week Tonight host John Oliver.
And as the crowd erupted in cheers, he added, “And he is going to make sure we as Christians are protected when he gets to the White House!”
Burns is just one of several religious leaders who have all thrown their weight behind the Republican frontrunner.
As Trump has made a name for himself chastising illegal immigrants, hurling insults at opponents, and proposing to ban people of a certain religion from entering the country, many of these leaders discount that idea that Trump is espousing hate, saying instead that he is the only choice for those who consider themselves to be Christian.
“He’s fighting for Christianity,” Burns told ABC News.
Before he became a surrogate for Trump, Burns was the founder of the NOWNetwork, a web-based, urban Christian programming network, in which he interviewed various prominent pastors, including Baltimore Pastor Jamal Bryant and Florida evangelist Paula White. He also pastors The Harvest Praise and Worship Center in Easley, SC, near where he resides with his wife and children.
In September, he was invited to attend a meeting with other religious leaders to discuss the possibility of Trump running. Burns said that he was told that Trump wanted to discuss religion.
As the group of pastors conversed with Trump, Burns said he impressed him by saying how Christianity was under attack.
“[Trump discussed] How people don’t say Merry Christmas…he believes these are one of the core values that has made America great and we need to get back to those values. That was the beginning of what captivated my interest in Donald Trump,” Burns said.
He says that Trump’s [recent] pro-life position and admission that the Christian faith is under attack all appealed to him and he vigorously defended Trump against accusations of hate or discrimination.
“He’s done business with literally almost every color and race, his work speaks volumes,” he said.
Burns, who has voted for presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, said he understands the skepticism people have about Trump’s faith… but knows otherwise.
“I believe Donald Trump, not from what I’ve read in the paper, but in conversations, I’ve come to the conclusion that Trump has a personal relationship with God,” he said.
As much as Trump often proclaims that he’s a “good Christian” during rallies, he has made some missteps. Last year he told Republican pollster Frank Lutz that he tries to correct himself, without asking for forgiveness, a core tenant of the Christianity.
“I am not sure I have,” Trump said when asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness. “I just go on and try to do a better job from there…I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”
Even still, Trump has garnered other major endorsements within the evangelical community. White, a televangelist and pastor of mega-church New Destiny Christian Center in Florida, has introduced Trump. (She declined an interview with ABC News.) And, to the surprise of many, Trump was endorsed by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the late televangelist.
Falwell told ABC News back in January that his motives weren’t necessarily based on shared spirituality.
“When you go into the voting booth, you’re not electing a Sunday school teacher. You’re not electing somebody that agrees with you…Jesus said render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. And that means be a good citizens and choose who would be the best leader for the country so that’s something that endeared me to Donald Trump,” he said.
“My decision was based on who I believe would be the best president,” he added.”
Others have followed suit. Trump has done well in states solidly part of the Bible Belt, winning states like South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi all with high populations of people who identify as Christians and say religion is very important to them.
But other religious leaders aren’t buying it. As many pastors as have endorsed him, many more have publicly decried his policies. Author and San Antonio Pastor Max Lucado denounced Trump in a blog post.
He wrote, “I’m a pastor. I don’t endorse candidates or place bumper stickers on my car. But I am protective of the Christian faith. If a public personality calls on Christ one day and calls someone a “bimbo” the next, is something not awry? ”
Isaiah 3 New Living Translation (NLT)
Judgment against Judah
3 The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
will take away from Jerusalem and Judah
everything they depend on:
every bit of bread
and every drop of water,
2 all their heroes and soldiers,
judges and prophets,
fortune-tellers and elders,
3 army officers and high officials,
advisers, skilled sorcerers, and astrologers.
4 I will make boys their leaders,
and toddlers their rulers.
5 People will oppress each other—
man against man,
neighbor against neighbor.
Young people will insult their elders,
and vulgar people will sneer at the honorable.
6 In those days a man will say to his brother,
“Since you have a coat, you be our leader!
Take charge of this heap of ruins!”
7 But he will reply,
“No! I can’t help.
I don’t have any extra food or clothes.
Don’t put me in charge!”
8 For Jerusalem will stumble,
and Judah will fall,
because they speak out against the Lord and refuse to obey him.
They provoke him to his face.
9 The very look on their faces gives them away.
They display their sin like the people of Sodom
and don’t even try to hide it.
They are doomed!
They have brought destruction upon themselves.
10 Tell the godly that all will be well for them.
They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned!
11 But the wicked are doomed,
for they will get exactly what they deserve.
12 Childish leaders oppress my people,
and women rule over them.
O my people, your leaders mislead you;
they send you down the wrong road.
13 The Lord takes his place in court
and presents his case against his people.[a]
14 The Lord comes forward to pronounce judgment
on the elders and rulers of his people:
“You have ruined Israel, my vineyard.
Your houses are filled with things stolen from the poor.
15 How dare you crush my people,
grinding the faces of the poor into the dust?”
demands the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
A Warning to Jerusalem
16 The Lord says, “Beautiful Zion[b] is haughty:
craning her elegant neck,
flirting with her eyes,
walking with dainty steps,
tinkling her ankle bracelets.
17 So the Lord will send scabs on her head;
the Lord will make beautiful Zion bald.”
18 On that day of judgment
the Lord will strip away everything that makes her beautiful:
ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces,
19 earrings, bracelets, and veils;
20 scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes,
perfumes, and charms;
21 rings, jewels,
22 party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses;
23 mirrors, fine linen garments,
head ornaments, and shawls.
24 Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink.
She will wear a rope for a sash,
and her elegant hair will fall out.
She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes.
Shame will replace her beauty.[c]
25 The men of the city will be killed with the sword,
and her warriors will die in battle.
26 The gates of Zion will weep and mourn.
The city will be like a ravaged woman,
huddled on the ground.