The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity

Support for Trump comes at a high cost for Christian witness.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) stands with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. after delivering keynote address at commencement in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas – RC1EE4E00360

By Peter Wehner

Contributing editor at The Atlantic and senior fellow at EPPC

Editor comment: 

Recently I read this article by Mr. Wehner.  I found it very interesting.  I have often thought that the Evangelicals sold their souls to the devil to get Roe vs Wade overturned.  That belief increases with each passing day.

While I found the article interesting and found the analysis by Tom Walker and the comments by Lee Guice even more compelling. 

I don’t respect many people and that list deceases with time.  These two gentlemen are on that short list of people I really respect.  I think their word are worth preserving for future reference. 

Social media is a snapshot in time and I find it difficult to find old posts – it is for that reason that have posted this article.  Their words are preserved for the next 5 years. 

Please  take the time to read them.

Tom Walker

July 8 at 6:30 AM · 

Evangelical Christianity puts itself in the way of great harm and damage to its witness when it aligns itself with an arrogant narcissistic moral wreck. Such is blasphemy on the cause of Christ, and I have several times personally witnessed the angry blowback against “Christian witness” because of this unholy alliance with an evil character. Yet, their blinders stay on as they refuse to acknowledge this tar pit. The costs will be high and severe. (Shaking my head.)

Lee Guice 

I am in 100% agreement, Tom. The New Testament is full of warnings about such wolves in sheep’s clothing. I hesitate to call anyone evil, but in this case I feel that it is justified.

Tom Walker—  Ed, I am sorry I am slow responding, but this past week has been intense and demanding, with many evenings occupied with doing reports until late, and lots of travel to Dallas and Little Rock and points in between. But it is Sunday afternoon now, and I now have a bit of a break to write. 

First, PLEASE READ the news article to which all these posts are attached. It is thoughtful, insightful, and respectful. 

Second, it is well documented our current President was immoral with prostitutes and he used lies, deceit, and financial wealth to cover this up. Also, his arrogance is massive, and he NEVER takes responsibility for mistakes or wrongs but always blames others and casts insults right and left. He is ambitious and narcissistic to the max, for he is all about himself as being a “genius“ and “master negotiator.” But, he only exerts power through divisiveness, threats, insults, discord, and setting factions at war with one another. 

In light of his behavior consider these words:

Galatians 5:19-21 NIV

[19] The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; [20] idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions [21] and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Some of these terms are descriptive and condemning of the behavior we commonly see in this president. His behavior is NOT descriptive of Christian behavior. To say his behavior is Christian is DELUSIONAL. Let’s not promote the FICTION that his conduct is. 

It is severely distressing to me Christ’s name is dragged through the mud by Christians who foolishly act like this President is a savior. What they are doing is bringing ridicule and blasphemy upon the name of Christ. On FB and elsewhere I AM HEARING it. Multitudes know hypocrisy when they see it, and they are right. Many are calling out this hypocrisy and laughing with derision toward Evangelical Christians. 

Here is a solution I see some of my aware Christian friends employ. They verbally recognize and proclaim this President is not walking the Christian walk though they had voted for him. They verbally admit “he is a skunk” or “he is a terrible person and I can’t stand him,” but they may go on to say “I voted for him to get a job done though I don’t like him as a person” or “I voted for him because he wasn’t Hillary” or “I don’t have to like him as a person to vote for him — and I think he is an awful person — but I voted for him to get a job done and he is doing it.” Okay. I can respect this approach. They are not embracing this President as Christian but voted for him because he was the only option to get a conservative agenda addressed. Politics and politicians are separated from the Christian walk in the minds of these believers. 

Third, let’s address the issue the current President is there because God had put him there. I assume this argument was used to mean he is Christian. 

The tyrant Nero, Emperor of Rome, was in power when the Apostle Paul wrote the following:

Romans 13:1 NIV

[1] Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Nero had a horrible reputation for cruelty, and he even had his own mother executed. Many Roman emperors had cruel reputations, such as Caligula and Domitian. Yet all authorities that exist have been established by God. It is WRONG TO ASSUME that if God puts one in power such person would be godly. For sure, some people in authority were history’s poster children for evil. 

Under Nero, the Apostle Paul was beheaded and the Apostle Peter was crucified upside down. 

The Book of Revelation foretold of evil beasts and evil persons who would be granted power “for a short time” but then would be destroyed. The why of this is another discussion, but the point at hand is this: All governments and people who are in power are there because God allowed it or placed them there BUT NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE NECESSARILY GODLY. If this President was put there by God (and he was), it does NOT mean he is necessarily Christian. 

Fourth, let’s summarize my main point: This President’s conduct is antithetical of what Christian conduct is. They do not line up. It is HYPOCRITICAL and DELUSIONAL to promote the FICTION that they do. Those who conflate the two bring blasphemy — a consequence of foolishness. 

Fifth, one cannot play and work with evil without getting burned. The article to which these posts are attached in so many words makes this point that a whole generation of Evangelical believers will pay a severe price. That’s another discussion.

Lee Guice — Tom Walker this is a wonderfully worded analysis. 

Let’s not forget that the same God who allowed Trump to be elected also allowed Hitler to control Germany, and allowed the Fourth Crusade to sack Constantinople in the name of Jesus Christ. God’s timing and God’s logic are beyond any of us. 

I too believe Donald Trump to be totally evil

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