Has Donald Trump Killed Christianity in America?

Let me be perfectly clear about Christianity.

Christianity is about one man – Jesus Christ.

It is not about Donald Trump, Joe Biden or any political party.

Over the past four years I have been disgusted as I have witnessed Christians and Evangelicals engage in their unholy alliance with an immoral leader. I have been amazed how people who sold out just to promote an agenda. They embraced a president to support political platforms. Make no mistake about it, Trump used Christians to support HIS agenda. To disregard the morals of a leader is foolish.

So can Christianity recover from this? Christians have a serious public relations problem to repair the damage that has been done over the past four years.

FALSE PROPHETS NEED TO STEP DOWN

I rolled my eyes as the so-called prophets came forward to prophesy that God had told them without a doubt that Trump would be win the election. God told them nothing. These false prophets should be glad we aren’t living under Old Testament law or they would be a lot of stones flying around. The only appropriate response for those who claimed that God told them that Trump would be re-elected is for them all to step down from their leadership positions. This is the only option but none will because of their love of money and need to have a ministry. How can these people ever be respected ever again?

Franklin Graham even compared Trump to Jesus being betrayed by Judas when he was impeached for the riot on the United States Capitol on January 6th. It is disappointing how far Christian leaders have gone with their devotion. If there is any “Judas” here, it is those Christian leaders who have led their followers astray from God to a former reality television personality.

REPENT AND REFOCUS

Christians definitely need some good public relations now and it’s not going to be easy to repair their image. They can start by repenting. Repent that they took their focus off of God and put it on a man and a political party. Platforms and politicians don’t save people, Jesus does. I hope that evangelicals have learned their lesson and won’t endorse a political candidate or tell their people who they should vote for in the future. The pulpit is not the place for politics. Christians lost their way on that and got caught up in a man who pulled the Christian string whenever he needed it.

Over the past four years Christians have been gaslighted by Donald Trump. I was amazed that I never read a single article which questioned this alliance or any preacher who discouraged it in spite of Trump’s immoral activities. Instead, it was excused or completely overlooked. It has been very strange to see Christians vehemently support and defend his actions. It’s almost as if Christians were lured away. I’ve never seen anything like it.

The spiritual leader during Trump’s term was Paula White. That should have been a blazing red flag from the beginning. Many of the spiritual superstars lined up in Trump’s corner. They excused his behavior all for the agenda. The problem with making a deal with the devil is that you will get burned. That’s what has happened to Christians.

By the way, I have disabled the comments for this post. I don’t need to read anything from any haters of this post. You can create your own blog. I have endured four years of being afraid to say anything because of the culture we were in. I have regrettably had to unfriend people and distance myself from Trump supporters because they say that “agree to disagree” but they don’t. Fortunately I still have a remnant of Christian friends and pastors who continued to point people to Christ and not Trump.

So in this year’s election, polls revealed that 81% of white Evangelicals voted for Trump. This is a serious PR nightmare for the Christian church. No, not all Christians supported Trump and we shouldn’t assume that all Christians were supportive of the former president but the perception now is that if you are a white male and say you are a Christian people will immediately assume you are a Trump supporter and a Republican. Yes, this is unfair but this is going to be the assumption. No, not all Christians were Trump supporters but too many were silent in speaking against Him.

The Bible verse that often came to mind over these four years has been Matthew 24:24 which warns us that people could deceive the very elect. This, my friends, has happened. I did wonder at times if it were possible that the beast and/or anti-Christ were among us. That wasn’t the case but the scary thing this has shown us is how easily a charismatic leader could enter the worlds’ stage and influence so many.

FOUR WAYS TO REPAIR CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA

So if I were the PR person for Christianity in America, what would I do to repair the damage from the last four years? Here’s a few things to start with:

#1 – Stay out of politics

If you are attending a church where the pastor is telling you who to vote for or campaigning for a political candidate, leave immediately. There is no place in church for this. Actually churches are prohibited from doing this or they lose their tax-exemption status.

#2 – Put the focus back on Christ

The Great Commission says nothing about supporting a President or political party. That is not and has never been the focus. It is not about a political platform, it is a spiritual agenda.

#3 – Stop being a church building

The church needs to stop gathering at a building and more about being the church. It has become a club or secret society for many. I have seen some churches which, instead of going to a building, they go out to help the homeless or help those in need. There needs to be more of this.

#4 – Stop being Christians and start being examples

People need hope, not an agenda. Start by helping people and being the example that Christians SHOULD be. Many have defined Christians as being “christ-like” but the last four years have been anything but that.

Christianity in America has not been destroyed by former President Donald Trump but it has a lot of work to do to repair the damage that has been done over the past four years. Just as with any other huge task, you can only start working at it one day at a time. Don’t put your hope in the new president or a political party. It is time for Christianity and Evangelicals to repent, repair and get back to the mission of the Gospel which is the “good news” about Jesus Christ.

When Prophets Get It Wrong

In my last blog, I revealed two of the many false prophets who alleged that God told them that Donald Trump would win re-election. I also witnessed the embarrassing “Holy Spirit laughter” that Kenneth Copeland performed for his followers.

Again, this was yet another embarrassment to God and His true followers.

So what happens when prophets get it wrong?

#1 – They blame the devil

The forces of evil were obviously too powerful to overcome. Apparently the angels from South America that Paula White summoned were hindered from getting here in time.

#2 – They say nothing

Admit no wrong or take responsibility for getting their predictions wrong or that they failed in actually hearing from God.

#3 – Lack of faith from their followers

This is another way to deflect the failure of their prophecies. Blame their followers and their lack of “sowing seeds” into their ministries to get the job done.

#4 – “I got it wrong but…that doesn’t make me a false prophet”

I don’t expect that most will admit they got it wrong but if they do , they will have a good explanation and a Bible reference to back them up.

Kris Vallotton, a senior associate leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California prophesied that Donald Trump would win re-election. He posted an apology on Instagram but then took it down when he believed the claims of election fraud. Initially he said, “I was wrong. I take full responsibility for being wrong. There’s no excuse for it. I think it doesn’t make me a false prophet, but it does actually create a credibility gap.”

Ya think?

Christianity Today wrote: “Mistakes in prophecy do not make everyone who’s mistaken a false prophet, any more than mistakes in teaching make everyone who’s mistaken a false teacher.”

Well that’s a convenient way for them to save face don’t you think? So a “false prophet” isn’t someone who said that God told them something when He didn’t? When was that definition changed?

A false prophet is a person who falsely claims the gift of prophecy or divine inspiration, or to speak for God, or who makes such claims for evil ends.

If they claim God said something that He didn’t then that makes them a false prophet. That’s not too difficult to define. The truth hurts just like the election results to most evangelicals.

Okay, so these folks got ONE prophecy wrong. Does that make them false prophets? They can’t be expected to be perfect right? Isn’t there a “three strikes rule” or something?

The problem is that these people aren’t prophets. They claim to be prophets because they want to be special as if they are some super spiritual leader just because they think they have the “gift” of prophecy. Being a prophet is a very serious thing and something that shouldn’t be taken lightly for popularity. When prophets got it wrong in the Old Testament days, it didn’t end well for them.

It seems very odd that I haven’t found anyone that actually predicted that Joe Biden would win the election. Some are still clinging to the idea that a supernatural event is going to happen and make their predictions that Trump with have a second term.

I once heard a preacher say that the enemy of the church isn’t the devil. The enemy of the church is pride. The Bible says that God resists the proud. These superstars are too full of pride to admit their were wrong or risk being accused of being a false prophet because of their false predictions.

I came from a church where I witnessed spiritual abuse. People claiming to hear from God when they didn’t. They were only trying to push some sort of religious agenda or manipulate the emotions of their congregations. I believe that there are prophets today. I just don’t think they have multi-million dollar ministries and fly their private jets around the world.

Chris Roseborough of Pirate Christian Radio has a YouTube channel called “Fighting for the Faith” and I found one of his recent videos that were spot on with this subject. You can view the video here.

Back in my past life, I used to watch these televangelist and even sipped on the koolaide myself. In fact, on the 700 Club I have seen their folks have prayers at the end of their programs and during the prayer they would share a “word of knowledge” where they would say something like “There is a man named Robert who is having pain in his kidneys right now but God is healing that right now.” And then they would finish this prayer with the magic phrase “in Jesus’ name”.

The Bible says that “for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14)

It’s time to stop the foolishness and trying to be God’s Superstar in Christianity. What the nation needs now is unity and hope, not division and even more reasons not to be a Christian.

Beware of False Prophets!

It upsets me to hear so-called celebrity preachers make it their mission to convince us that they can hear from God. In the past week, I have heard and seen two well-known Christian personalities predict the results of the Presidential election. Both Pat Robertson and Paula White promoted themselves as representatives of God in announcing that Donald Trump would win re-election.

He didn’t.

“First of all, I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election,’’ Robertson told us.

Paula White, President Trump’s “spiritual advisor” while speaking in tongues said that angels were on their way from Africa and South America to assist with the election to secure Trump’s victory.

They were wrong.

So doesn’t that make them false prophets?

In Deuteronomy 18:20, A false prophet is a person who “presumes to speak in My name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods.” They also offer false visions, divinations, idolatries AND DELUSIONS OF THEIR OWN MINDS. (Jeremiah 14:14)

Today’s false prophets should be thankful they aren’t living in the Old Testament times.

I think delusions accurately describe the predictions from Robertson and White. I am sure they will explain their errors that their followers will believe and maintain their million dollar ministries but the truth is that they are false prophets. They should remove themselves from their pulpits and stop giving God a bad name. Most importantly, they should stop speaking for God when He hasn’t spoken to them.

God did not tell Robertson that Trump was going to win and White did not summon angels from other parts of the world to do her bidding. It makes me wonder if they may be speaking for the wrong team. It would certainly seem that way.

Be careful who you listen to. If someone tries to tell you that “God told me….” that should be a red flag. Use your common sense and keep the verse in Matthew 7:15 in mind that warns us to “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

People like Robertson and White make the job for true prophets and ministries much more difficult with their antics. They are an embarrassment to God and will be held accountable for misleading their followers. Robertson and White aren’t the only ones. They are just the more public attention seekers that we have seen over the past week while votes were being counted. There have been many preachers standing behind their pulpits using their position to persuade their congregations on what God has “told” them about the election and who to vote for.

Stop telling people that God has told you something when He hasn’t. Stop the ridiculous act of speaking in tongues in an attempt to make your predictions legitimate. That is not the function of the speaking in tongues. Too many use it to manipulate people into thinking God is speaking.

Don’t send your money to support these ministries. Read the Bible for yourself and talk to God for yourself and don’t embarrass God and the hard work many good people are doing by telling us that God has shared some secret with you.

Robertson and White should step down. God would certainly tell them that if they were truly hearing from Him.

What Does Impeached Mean?

Okay, so the President has been impeached. Now what?

President Donald Trump became the third president in American history to be impeached. He joins Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

So what does it mean to be impeached?

To compare it to legal terms, it is similar to being indicted by a Grand Jury. In the legal world, they say that an indictment is only an allegation. The same is true here. Just as in the criminal legal world, the next step is a trial. The Senate will now have a trial to determine if the President is guilty of the crimes he has been charged with.

In October 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors” for lying under oath and obstruction of justice related to his sexual harassment lawsuit by Paula Jones as well as denying that he engaged in sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. In the Senate trial, he was acquitted by a vote of 55-45.

In February 1868, President Andrew Johnson was impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors” for violating the Tenure of Office Act when he removed Edwin Stanton as the Secretary of War and replace him with General Lorenzo Thomas. In the Senate trial, Johnson was acquitted by a single vote as the Senate failed to gain the two-thirds majority vote that was needed for conviction.

Many think that President Richard Nixon was impeached; however, he resigned from office on August 9, 1974 after three articles of impeachment had been adopted on July 30, 1974.

Regardless of which side you are on in this latest impeachment, it does nothing to remove the president who is in office. It is merely the next step in the process.

The current trial is expected to begin in early January and it is not clear how long it will last. The impeachment trial of Bill Clinton lasted five weeks.