“Borking” Trump

A friend of mine sent me a link to an article entitled, “Evangelicals should be deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s attempt to mainstream heresy”. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/01/03/evangelicals-should-be-deeply-troubled-by-donald-trumps-attempt-to-mainstream-heresy/?postshare=8361483466894116&tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.0f92418b136f

Since my church home group is currently doing a study in the book of Colossians, which Paul wrote to confront heresy threatening the church at Colossae,  I was already focused on the danger heresy poses to the message of the gospel. Doctrinal correctness is no small matter when it comes to following the Great Commission.

Jesus said, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). This doesn’t mean to teach opinions or theories.  It means to accurately and reliably spread the message of salvation given to us in Scripture.

“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” —  2 Timothy 2:2

“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” — 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

The responsibility we have as Christians to preserve the integrity of scriptural doctrines makes us “stewards of orthodoxy”. This responsibility begins by knowing Scripture, a prerequisite which sadly has been forsaken by much of the Church. And because many self-proclaimed Christians are ignorant of what the Bible actually teaches, they are as vulnerable to the slick, charismatic purveyors of heresy as a country rube to a snake oil salesman.

That having been said, the charge that Donald Trump is attempting to “mainstream heresy” falls into another category. It is a specific accusation against Trump, not just against heresy. It points the finger of blame at Trump for intentionally misrepresenting Christianity, when it just as well can be understood that because American society at large is already ignorant and confused about the message of the gospel, even the President-elect is subject to misunderstanding it.

The more important issue is what exactly is the Christian faith. In the past half century there has been an increasing amount of ignorance and misrepresentation of Christianity. That hasn’t occurred as part of the concerted efforts of heretics, and it hasn’t happened because Trump or people like Trump have tried to influence public opinion. It’s happened because our society has increasingly become secular, unfamiliar with Biblical teaching and more specifically, de-Christianized.

Pointing fingers at Trump for this is a bit of a canard, used to distract us from more substantive issues. It will be remembered that Nancy Reagan — beloved wife of a man credited to be a Christian and supportive of traditional values — regularly consulted an astrologist and is said to have influenced the President. That is no less significant than the Word of Faith heresy.

Also, remember Barack Obama’s claim to be a Christian and the infamous quote of his reverend, the Rev. Wright? (“God d— America”)? The horse has long ago left the barn. The damage has been done. But all that so many unhappy and fearful people can do is to blame Trump, just like the liberals blamed everything on Bush for problems under Obama’s watch.

A perfect example is this hysterical claim that Trump is in cahoots with Putin for the dastardly act of hacking the Democrats’ computers. The more important fact is that the information this hacking revealed (regardless of who did it) shows conclusively that the Democrat Party colluded with the media to rig the debates. That is the truth, and that is the real issue. And yet, hardly a peep is heard about it and no one in the Democrat Party or the media is paying any consequences for their deceptive, unethical and illegal acts. Instead, all we hear in the news are reports that Donald Trump is evil because he has said good things about Putin and the Russians.

The “inconvenient truth”, to use a loaded phrase, is that historically, it’s been the Democrats and those on the Left who have been buddy-buddy with the Russians. But in their twisted perspective it is diplomatic statesmanship when they do it, but un-American and unforgivable when their political opponents do it. When the Left is out to “Bork” an opponent, they will stop at nothing, which is exactly what they are doing to Trump.  And for the most part, the media is complicit in their unending repetition of the party line.

Most people have either been caught up unawares in this propaganda aimed at controlling public opinion, or they haven’t paid any attention at all. The task of true believers is to know the truth, and our source for the truth is Scripture. We need to focus on that truth, speak it whenever we can and reflect it in how we live our lives. All around us people keep repeating not just lies but half-truths that tempt us away from our message and point fingers at whomever is the whipping boy du jour.

We must be vigilant to remain undistracted from the greater truth. It is our responsibility to share the truth of the gospel. Will the Church do that? Or will they choose to complain that the job isn’t being done because the President-elect has selected heretics as speakers?

Every time I walk to the store I pass a Presbyterian church that proudly flies the rainbow flag. I say a prayer when I do, and I wonder if their consciences are seared or if they will respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction. The Church in America is in serious trouble, a trouble we cannot lay at the feet of Trump.

Popular trends in evangelicalism defy Scriptural teaching, such as the idea that Hell does not exist or that faith in Jesus isn’t the only way of salvation or that our redemption is the result of the “social justice” our governments bring about. Barely noticed in a quiet corner, away from the spotlight, is the centrality of Biblical faith — that our sin separates us from our Creator and only brings death; but that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross gives us the opportunity to have our sins forgiven if we only accept it and receive him as our Lord.

The good news is that while there is no human solution to the dilemma of sin, we can have fellowship with God and eternal life through Christ. That requires standing before the One who has all authority in heaven and on Earth (Matthew 28:18) and being honest about ourselves — honest about our sin.

Focusing the blame on Trump is a sure way of avoiding that reality.

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About retiredday

I am Michael D. Day, a regular, everyday guy -- retired. I stand for God-given freedom, which means I think for myself. I believe in being civil, because the Bible teaches that we should love our enemies. But I also believe in saying it how I see it, and explaining just why I see it that way, sort of like 2 Timothy 4:2.
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7 Responses to “Borking” Trump

  1. As can be seen in the Old Testament, the people of God, who had many direct communiques to and from God, still fell away from the “orthodoxy” of adhering to whatever rules and laes God had already shared with them. They still drifted away from being obedient and moved to an ‘interpretation’ of Gods commands such that in time, the obedience was to man’s take on God’s commands rather than faithful trust and obedience to God. Just look at what the Bible says about divorce being given to man, not as God’s will, but because of man’s hardened heart to God’s commands.

    When I was first led to Christ as a teenager, one of the teachings within the church was to be tolerant and even accepting of the ‘Day-Age” theory for the Genesis 7 days of creation account. I learned it from other Christians. Yet over the years, having now learned the rules of Bible study and word studies on all the words involved in that chapter, specifically “And there was evening and morning, day XXX (one, two, …six)”, I can confidently hold to the authors intent as meaning to convey the concept of 24 hours periods called days, not arbitrary ages of time.

    Other things I was taught have had at least some revision based on the time and personal studies I have done, shared and discussed with other Christians and sometimes with those who took stands against what I held. In the end, my positions which I hold tend to be anchored in what scripture reveals, not so much what man says.

    A serendipitous moment weeks ago here where I live, revealed my next door neighbor is actually the ex-boyfriend of my blood sisters foster-sister (FS). Now, my sister likes Joyce Meyers on TV and her foster-sister likes Joel Osteen. My response when the FS said this was that I can no longer watch Joel. The reason? I did watch him over 2 months years ago and found the gospel he preached to lack conviction of sin and a reward system such as Mike has shared. I want the truth taught to me, not fatty unhealthy falsehoods in the name of Christ. WShen I had learned from my sister about her liking Joyce Meyers I accepted her declaration and only mildy pushed back that I did not find her to teach the entire gospel of Jesus Christ, to which I watched my sisters jaw tighten and facial muscles clench, telling me the possibility of discussion had come to an end. We have a silent agreement to not speak too much about our faith as we tend to have very differing opinions about many things also.

    It pains me that so many seem to be content to find people whose sermons tickle their ears and who do not test out what they are being fold as the Bereans did of Paul in the book of Acts: Acts 17:10-15 New King James Version (NKJV)

    10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds. 14 Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.

    This passage shows that the opposition to hearing sound doctrine has existed back in the early days of the church. It is therefore, not surprising to find it still exists today, even within the churches we would expect truth to be found.

    Mike has covered this topic well, and demonstrated that the heresies we can perceive are not just being supplied by the people outside the church but also within.

    The article linked does try to demonize Trump. But it is not him that carries this fault, so much as all the rest of us do. WE must not be guided by those leading us away from truth, but instead be closely examinging the truths thrown at us in light of a standard we can trust and rely on. And in the process, hopefully we can grow into diligent disciples and obedient servants of God the Most High.

    There is no comparison for doing the research, study and examination of scriptures for oneself .

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  2. retiredday says:

    ” hopefully we can grow into diligent disciples and obedient servants of God the Most High.”
    Amen brother!

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  3. mc the blue says:

    Can we criticize him when his secular policies begin to hurt Christians?
    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Two-Syrian-Families-Detained-at-Philadelphia-International-Airport-Told-to-Fly-Back-Family-Member-Says-412047173.html

    He is after all an unrepentant sexual deviant and bombastic atheist.
    http://www.christianpost.com/news/trump-why-do-i-have-to-repent-or-ask-for-forgiveness-if-i-am-not-making-mistakes-video-141856/ cf. 1 John 1:8-10

    Back to this post’s point, I am also not going to call Trump a heretic or blame him for the ongoing decline of American Christianity because he is not a Christian. But I will vocally oppose someone who flagrantly hurts even “the least of these”, my brothers and sisters in Christ, with a view to motivating actual American Christians to rethink their priorities and if they are participating in that decline. In my own mind and faith conviction, the priority that the Gospel and that other Christians should take over patriotism/America isn’t even a contest.

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  4. retiredday says:

    I, too consider the gospel a higher priority than national patriotism. But I don’t see that there is a contest between them, or that we are making an either/or choice between them.

    In his personal response to this post, davidbunchDavid wrote, “We have a silent agreement to not speak too much about our faith as we tend to have very differing opinions about many things also.”

    This sad fact reflects an all too common experience between Christians. On the surface we agree on lofty principles, but because we hold our convictions with such passion, we recoil at those with whom we disagree, and are tempted to shift a discussion of ideas into personal attacks and pointing the finger of blame.

    Many of us try to avoid potential confrontations by following the rule of not talking about politics or religion. But while this may avoid uncomfortable confrontations, it doesn’t say much for the depth or genuineness of our relationships.

    A better solution is found in the New Testament. Among other things, it tells us to love one another, forgive one another, accept one another, bear with one another and serve one another. It tells us that one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. If we are in Christ, and indwelled by his Spirit, should we not be capable of engaging constructively in our disagreements?

    Romans 14:13 says, “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” This means that believing we are right is only half of the truth. The other half is loving our brothers and sisters enough that we do not say things that may be detrimental to their faith walk. By that I refer to spoken words that either come from anger or are likely to incur such anger as to inject enmity into what are supposed to be loving relationships.

    I confess that I struggle with this, but I know I am not alone. So, what I aspire to is a discussion of concepts, not of making personal assaults. I am not against criticism. Healthy dialogue on any issue must, by definition, confront the opposition. But I have no tolerance for the “Borking” of anyone. And what I mean is the unreasonable, unrelenting, hate-driven demonization of political opponents. That is what many in the government and media have been doing to Trump, and I have absolutely no respect for them or for what they have to say.

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  5. messiah gate says:

    After eight years of anti-Christian sentiment, I voted for Trump because I thought, overall, he would do less harm to Christian values than Hillary Clinton. Whether he is a Christian, or not, I thought it important that he filled the Supreme Court vacancy, and not Hillary.

    With regards to the immigrant ban, the President has the God-ordained responsibility to protect us. Paul Ryan said that the visa ban is a good idea, but poorly implemented. There were people stopped that should not have been, but error on the side of caution is no sin.

    If there had been this level of hostility directed at President Obama, imagine the outrage and cries of racism coming from the Left. Every incoming President is traditionally afforded a respectful honeymoon. Not this President.

    Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

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    • mc the blue says:

      Americans have the right and privilege to vote for whomever they support, for whatever reason they hold dear. Your reason for supporting Trump is as legitimate as any other, even from a non-Christian voter, and when you are voting your conscience based on your faith convictions you are doing God’s will (Rom 14).

      That said, there was extreme hostility and racism for former President Obama during his presidency. Do a quick Google image search for “Tea Party Obama” to see some of the atrocious behavior that many engaged in. That type of hostility is just as evil when it goes against our current President, but let’s not view the past with rose-colored glasses either. :)

      I wish we had a better forum for discussion, but am intrigued on your point that erring on the side of caution is not sin. On its face I agree with that statement. What I am not currently convinced of is that President Trump’s orders are quote-unquote honest mistakes, just erring on the side of caution. I am deeply concerned with the heart behind the President’s actions, from a person of his character and the character of those championing it (without reference to their political affiliations). I also believe we are allowed to make judgements here, both as conscientious voting citizens with political power and as Christians who are commanded to make have wisdom and discernment in multiple NT verses; so the “cast the first stone” quote I believe does not apply in our current context.

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  6. retiredday says:

    I disagree with your statement, “there was extreme hostility and racism for former President Obama during his presidency.” That indeed was the mantra we continually heard from the media but in my humble opinion that is a misrepresentation — a lie on the part of the Left about the loyal opposition — a rational, principled and peaceful opposition — not racist and not generated by a personal hatred for the man, which is how I characterize much of the “Borking” being done to Trump. The Tea Party was never the Nazis the Left stream media said they were. “Birthers” (at least this Birther) weren’t racists. They just wanted access to public records that had been frozen.

    “Extreme hostility” is exactly what is being directed towards Trump. The hostility is so extreme that apparently his enemies feel justified in demonizing him with lie after lie. He is not a racist, not a sexist, not an atheist — all lies. In the case of Obama, rational people still wonder why his school records and medical records were frozen, making any real vetting of the man impossible. And rational people still wonder why his so-called long-form birth certificate should be considered authentic when it was created by software that hadn’t even been invented at the time of his birth.

    There is no comparison of the current drive to resist and destroy the Trump administration with the respectable and well-behaved activities of the Tea Party. My original post referred to the “Borking” of Mr. Trump prior to the inauguration. Again, in my humble opinion, the unrelenting, attack-dog mode of vilifying him at every point continues unabated because of haters who are intolerant of any political philosophy that does not cow to the globalist/socialist agenda pushed by the government-media complex. Obama never had to deal with the lies and hateful vitriol that Trump is facing.

    What we are seeing now is not a healthy or loyal opposition, not a debate, not a real conversation, but an un-fettered, un-tempered drive to destroy a constitutionally elected government because it threatens the status quo of the bureaucrats, lobbyists and power brokers like George Soros. Trump is for American sovereignty and for putting Americans first, which is why he won the election. The dump Trump movement is fueled by people who can’t accept the fact that the election didn’t go their way. They are people who have lost respect for our institutions and don’t care if they destroy them.

    I’m all for freedom of speech, reasoned debate and working out differences. But that’s not what the anti-Trump hysteria is about. I have no respect or tolerance for “Borking”.

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