Evangelical leaders, Christian leaders, the Religious Right, TV evangelists: Call them what you will. So many of them have lost all claim to the high road. They have not only lost their integrity and honesty, many of them are nothing more than self-aggrandizing spiritual prostitutes. They have become little more than pandering, groveling, bootlicking toadies for political potentates—one political potentate in particular: President Donald Trump.
I don't mind so much these pandering preachers saying they support the adulterous, philandering, lying, warmongering, bottom-feeder Donald Trump because his politics—not his personal life, mind you, just his politics—are somewhat better than Hillary Clinton's. That might be true. Somewhat. A little bit. Maybe a smidgen. But these lackeys have taken their support for Donald Trump much further than that. They literally idolize this reprobate. They cover for him, pretend for him, and lie for him…you name it, and they do it.
There's got to be a better word for people who honestly and sincerely believe in the Bible, constitutional government, common decency, integrity and truth telling, because "Christian" or "evangelical" or "fundamentalist" or "conservative" or "Religious Right" mean absolutely nothing today. NOTHING!
The word "Christian" was originally ascribed to the disciples of Jesus Christ during the early church period—by unbelievers. To be a Christian meant to follow the teachings and example of Christ. The word had substance and meaning. Today, it is as worthless a term as a Hudson car or the job of lamplighter.
No wonder Jesus dined with publicans and sinners, accepted the worship of women with a history of demon possession and received the company of harlots but relegated Pharisees, Scribes, religious and political leaders and pious moralists to eternal hell and damnation. Our Lord despised hypocrisy and phony righteousness. If this is still true today (and it is), many of our so-called preachers and Christian leaders probably have more to fear from Almighty God than many people who never darken the doors of a so-called church. Oh! That's another word that has absolutely no meaning anymore. Glorified social clubs? Yes. Entertainment centers? Yes. Recreation centers? Yes. Glorified circuses? Yes. Churches? Absolutely not!
These pandering preachers pretend to speak for God when they proclaim Donald Trump to be "God's anointed leader" or "another John the Baptist" or "a modern-day King Cyrus" or "a great Christian" or "America's last chance," etc., ad nauseam.
Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor, said on Sunday that Christian followers of President Donald Trump tend to have "deeper convictions" than other believers.
"[I]n the poll we're talking about today [that reports a significant reduction in attendance in evangelical churches]," Jeffress said, "even though the evangelical number has dropped as a whole, the number of evangelicals turning out at the ballot box is greater than other groups, and it's because evangelicals have deeper convictions. They believe in absolute moral and spiritual truth, and they tend to vote those convictions at the ballot box." (Source)
No! The truth is, Mr. Jeffress, evangelicals such as you do not have "deeper convictions" than other people; they have NO convictions. You and your ilk have compromised and sullied almost every conviction you were ever taught—or taught to others—in order to stay on the smiley side of this Corrupter-In-Chief, Donald Trump. You have condoned, covered up and defended Trump's totally debauched and perverted lifestyle, his lying and duplicity, his criminal conduct and his murderous foreign policy. You might as well be a priest for the Mafia. In my opinion, Mr. Jeffress, your pandering to and bootlicking of Donald Trump is no different than the pandering and bootlicking of the Old Testament prophets of King Ahab.
Then there is the Trump bootlicker of bootlickers, Jerry Falwell Jr. I'm confident there is nothing this toady won't do or say to stay seated at Trump's wretched, warped and wicked table. In defending Trump, Falwell said, "You don't choose a president based on how good they are." (Source) Well, it's for sure that how morally rotten and corrupt a man is doesn't keep Falwell from voting for him, and that's a fact. Falwell also said that Donald Trump's first term in office should be extended by two years (imagine what he would have said had some liberal college president said the same thing about Barack Obama) as payback for the investigations into his criminal activity—including obstruction of justice that even Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano admits Trump committed "at least a half-dozen times."
Then there is Trump toady, evangelical leader Pat Robertson. What a piece of work this guy is:
A prominent evangelical leader told viewers to "cool down the tempers of those who are screaming blood for the Saudis" and not risk a $100 billion arms deal over the apparent death of Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Appearing on Christian television show "The 700 Club," Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian [there's that word again] Broadcasting Network, said America's relationship with Saudi Arabia is too important to risk.
"These people [Saudi butchers and terrorists] are key allies," Robertson said Monday on the show. "I don't think on this issue we need [to] pull sanctions and get tough. I just think it's a mistake."
Robertson advocated for behind-the-scenes diplomacy instead of publicly leveling harsh sanctions. He repeatedly invoked the more-than-$100-billion arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. as reason not to go after the country widely viewed as the culprit behind Khashoggi's disappearance.
"We've got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of," he said. "It'll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers. It's not something you want to blow up willy-nilly." (Source)
Tell me, Mr. Robertson, where does the Bible teach you to put millions of dollars in weapons of mass destruction into the hands of evil, murderous, terrorist regimes like Saudi Arabia? When is facilitating the wanton slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people more important than truth, justice and the sanctity of human life?
Mr. Robertson, you claim to be pro-life, yet you vehemently support the two countries in the Middle East that take more innocent lives and spread more terror and bloodshed than any other two nations on earth: Israel and Saudi Arabia. You are the worst of hypocrites, Sir. You should change the name of your program to ZBN, Zionist Broadcasting Network.
Oh, yes, Mr. Robertson also called for MORE GUN CONTROL after the Parkland, Florida, shootings. Like I said, this guy is a real piece of work.
And let's not leave out evangelical Christian Zionist David Jeremiah. On Zionist-controlled FOX News, Jeremiah wrote, "I believe America's future, and any nation's future, depends in large part on one simple factor: our relationship to the tiny nation of Israel."
Tell me something, David: The U.S. has been "blessing" Zionist Israel for over 70 years. We have financed it, fought its wars, killed its enemies and promoted its success for seven decades. How does America look 70 years later? How do our families look? Have they been "blessed" during this span of time? What kind of shape is traditional marriage in compared to 70 years ago? What about our education system? Has it been "blessed"? What about our entertainment industry? Has it been "blessed"? What about our news media? Has it been "blessed"? What about our peace and freedom from war? Do we have more peace now than 70 years ago? Are we involved in less global military conflict than we were 70 years ago? What about our cities and communities? Have they been "blessed"? Is there less violence, less rape, less mugging, less burglary, less murder or less mass shooting now than 70 years ago? Where is all of this "blessing" for "blessing Israel" you're talking about? You're doctrine is full of crock, David.
Then there is this line from evangelical "Christian" Michele Bachmann. Folks, this one takes the cake: "We will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetimes so we need to be not only praying for him; we need to support him." Excuse me while I get sick!
I could go on almost endlessly with the way famous and not-so-famous evangelical preachers and "Christians" continue to excuse and defend Donald Trump. I hear from them every day, and much of what they are saying centers on Trump's hateful rhetoric against Muslims:
"Trump is killing Muslims—good for him."
"I hope Trump drops a million bombs on Iran."
"In Trump's second term, we are going to start killing Muslims in America."
These are actual quotes I've received from Trump's "spiritual," "Christian" lackeys. And I'm not talking about an isolated one or two, either. I've heard from hundreds of such hate-filled "Christians."
I think it was Kamala Harris (I'M NO FAN) who said, "[Trump] isn't trying to make America great. He's trying to make America hate." She's absolutely right about that. And our good evangelical "Christian" brethren are increasingly among the worst haters of all. That's what happens when "preachers" and "Christians" sell their virtue and integrity to amoral, warmongering haters like Donald Trump: There is no high ground left.
"Great Christian" (there's that word again) Secretary of State and former CIA director Mike Pompeo recently gleefully admitted that "we [the CIA and President by inference] lie, cheat and steal." He went on to say, "We [have] entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment."
Wow! And this guy reputedly keeps an open Bible on his desk. It must be opened to John 10:10a, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy."
Mr. Jeffress, Mr. Falwell Jr, Mr. Robertson, where do you go from here? Where do you go after you excuse everything from serial adultery to cheating to stealing to lying to bribing to blaspheming (Trump swears and uses the Lord's name in vain as much as any sailor—but he says he's never done anything he needs God's forgiveness for) and mass murder? Where do you go from here?
Here's where you go:
In a recent radio interview on SiriusXM, Falwell said, "I think 83 percent of Evangelicals voted for him [Trump, in 2016], and I think in 2020 it'll be an even higher percentage."
Now get this. Falwell went on to say:
Even Evangelicals were disillusioned by the moderate Republican administrations of the last few decades. They voted on social issues back in those days, and they finally realized that there was never really going to be any change on social issues, so they stopped voting on social issues, and instead now they vote on the same issues that all average Americans who supported Trump vote on: bringing jobs back to this country and fair trade deals.
WHAT DID YOU SAY, JERRY???
Evangelical Christians "voted on social issues BACK IN THOSE DAYS [before Trump]"? But NOW they've "STOPPED voting on social issues"? Now, it's all about "bringing jobs back to this country and fair trade deals"? WHAT???
So, since Donald Trump got their support, evangelicals don't worry about abortion anymore; they don't worry about the traditional family anymore; they don't worry about foreign entanglements (mass murders) anymore; it's all about "bringing jobs back to this country and fair trade deals." In other words, it's all about MONEY???
Jerry is lying. He knows it's not about "bringing jobs back to this country and fair trade deals." What a joke! On the other hand, it might be about money to HIM. This is the same Jerry Falwell Jr. who said, "A poor person never gave anybody charity. Not of any real volume."
Falwell was born into the lap of luxury. His family was rich going back several generations. He inherited a financial empire. He has thousands of rich people (including many Zionists) who financially support him. What would he know about poor people?
I can tell you that the vast majority of Bible-preaching churches around the country are not supported by the rich. For the most part, millionaires (even more so billionaires) are not interested in supporting Gospel preaching as much as they are positioning themselves to make more money by hobnobbing with and financing celebrity preachers and TV evangelists who can remunerate their "generosity." I've pastored for over 40 years, and I can tell you flat out that the vast majority of people who are tithing and sacrificially supporting America's Gospel-preaching churches and Gospel ministries are the working middle class and even the poorer class.
Here's what the Apostle James says one can usually expect from the rich: "Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?" (James 2:6 - 7 KJV) Who are the biggest promoters of filth and debauchery in the world today? Who are the ones starting wars, coups and conflicts for their own profits? Who are the ones corrupting governments around the world? The super-wealthy, that's who. There are exceptions to the Apostle's warning, of course, but they are just that: exceptions. But I digress.
No! It's not about "bringing jobs back to this country and fair trade deals." What it's really about is Trump's Zionism—and Falwell knows it. It's about fighting wars for Israel; it's about killing Shia Muslims for Israel; it's about making money for Israel; and it's about fulfilling the false prophecy doctrines popularized by C.I. Scofield. It's all about Trump's Zionism.
Donald Trump and Jared Kushner are playing these evangelical Christians Zionist preachers like Charlie Daniels plays a fiddle.
And the signs are ubiquitous that Trump is on the verge of using U.S. forces to fight Israel's war against Iran in much the same way evangelical Christian Zionist president G.W. Bush used the U.S. military to fight Israel's war against Iraq. And all this will do is to make Trump even more popular among evangelicals than he is already.
C.I. Scofield's introduction of Israel-based dispensational eschatology deceived more Christians in the 20th century than the work of any other man. And Donald Trump and his gaggle of evangelical toadies—and perhaps World War III—are the 21st century result.
© Chuck Baldwin
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