“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” ~Isaiah 5:20
The Church has a responsibility to raise the voice of Truth in the midst of darkness; to warn and exhort against falsehood and deception even when the people seem hungry for it! Our responsibility to be the voice of Truth in our generation doesn’t diminish simply because the truth is not appreciated. Nor does this call contradict our responsibility to be peacemakers and healers; it is possible- indeed, even necessary- to speak the Truth in love and peace. But to raise the voice of truth requires an accurate conviction of the truth and the virtue necessary to stand immovable on the truth even when it is opposed by the majority.
As a result of prayer and a great deal of time studying how one must answer the challenges we face, I feel an obligation to offer my voice as one entreating the Church with warnings and exhortations against the deceptions being welcomed into our ranks; what little platform I have here, I will use to lift up the voice of Truth.
DONALD TRUMP & HILLARY CLINTON
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” ~Romans 13:1
Whether it is Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton that is elected, we can be sure that it is God who appointed them to office. All authority is God’s.
As Christians, we are called upon to live with this wisdom in mind. We are to let this wisdom guide us and direct our hearts; we are to submit to it by faith, and attend our ear to it for counsel.
There is, therefore, no doubt in my mind that God will have His way in November. My concern is for the way in which we are walking upon this earth as followers of Christ! I fear that the Church is being deceived about the nature of Donald Trump. We must not allow ourselves to be fooled.
Some have said we must vote for Donald Trump in order to prevent Hillary Clinton from getting into office. They say “all that is necessary for an evil man to come to power is for good men to do nothing”; but might we not also say that “all that’s necessary for an evil person to come to power is for good people to pick between two evils”?
I believe our current events demand an alternative response from “good men and women”: I believe it is time for the Church to take an account of itself and repent for the sins that have caused breaches in our walls by which the enemy has flooded in! We are flooded by carnal sins and apostasy; it is impossible to expect that we can fight any good fight in the political arena with such strangle-holds on the Church!
We need to acknowledge that God gave us a selection of fine men this year, and our nation abandoned them in favor of Donald Trump; we cannot blind ourselves to the fact that God is raising up judgment upon this nation either way we go.
I believe our only way forward is to specifically acknowledge our sins and repent; we must repair the breaches in our walls and drive out by the weapons of our warfare the enemy that has invaded our midst!
Then let us look to our State and local elections. But rest assured that if we do not repent and repair the breaches that are in our own walls, the corruption that has culminated in this years Presidential election will take over our State and local offices as well!
WE REAP WHAT WE SOW
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” ~Galatians 6:7
The great deception that is blinding the Church is that we believe we can elect a wicked man or woman and reap a good harvest! Wicked leaders advance Satan’s cause; one leader might make the world more comfortable along the way than another, but both lead to the gates of Hell! We’re placing our hope and trust in a wicked man, and that is folly!
Is Donald Trump a wicked man by God’s word?
Yes, by God’s word, he is a wicked man. Donald Trump has been unfaithfully divorced and remarried three times; God says that He hates divorce (Malachi 2:16) and it is adultery (Mark 10:11 cf 1 Corinthians 6:9). Trump has a very crude, profane, and filthy mouth. God’s word says “because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience” (Colossians 3:5-9). Trump is a pathological liar on the scale that even the media cannot keep up with him on it. Trump has openly supported murdering unborn children until very recently. By Trump’s lifestyle he has consistently denied Christ (Titus 1:16).
This is why I am deeply troubled when I hear Christians trying to say that Donald Trump is “a good man”; even comparing him to Cyrus or even Elijah! We must heed God’s warning from my opening verse from Isaiah 5:20. We must not call “evil” “good”. If we do we will find only destruction at the end.
The “Devil” is the “Devil” no matter whose mask he wears. I hope I’m clear in my meaning; not that either candidate is “the Devil”, but simply that they are both evil, regardless how they attempt to appear.
The Church must remember that we still have not seen any widespread repentance in this nation, neither by the unbelievers, nor by the Church. We simply are not going to incur blessing from God for this; rather, we will incur judgment!
JUDGE A TREE BY ITS FRUIT
My earnest prayer is for Donald Trump’s sincere repentance. I eagerly desire that Donald Trump would come to a true revelation of Jesus Christ and repent in His name for the salvation of his soul. But I will not buy into publicity shows and turn a blind eye to the fact that there has still been no manifest evidence of his repentance.
Let Donald Trump bear the fruits of repentance first, then our consciences can be confident in giving him our votes. But where is the fruit of his repentance? God does not diminish His standards just because of the high office someone holds.
I cringe when I hear the Church say “well he has publicly confessed Christ now”. This is one of the breaches that we must repair! We have diminished what it means to confess Christ to allow anyone that serves our own cause into the Church!
I believe there is a big difference between walking in the understanding that a President has been appointed by God- especially understanding that his appointment may be for judgment- and casting a vote of approval for him. The Church must raise its voice for Truth, we cannot compromise our voice by promoting and supporting candidates who are wicked. While we support every candidate in prayer, lawful obedience, and beneficial service wherever possible, we must not strengthen the hands of the wicked to do wickedly!
I have no hatred in my heart towards either candidate; I pray earnestly for both to uphold justice, equity, and truth. I pray that whoever is appointed to the Presidency by God may lead this nation in peace for the furtherance of the gospel world-wide. And I pray that both would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
But I believe our first response must be inward; to acknowledge where we have allowed sin to breach our walls and repent so that we can repair these breaches that the Church may once again be a pillar of “truth” and “justice” in the world. Then I believe we must prove ourselves faithful with the local and State offices. We must demonstrate the moral fortitude and virtue necessary to successfully stand against the popular tides of sin in this nation. But more important than our involvement in the political arena- an area that I believe Christians should be involved in- is our involvement in our local communities as ambassadors for Christ!
This world has been “secularized” under the watch of the Church. What we are seeing today is the result of our decisions from yesterday. Unless we repent of yesterday’s sins, tomorrow will only be worse than today.