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9/23/16 at 02:51 PM 0 Comments

Trump Evangelicals’ False Prophesy?

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We are used to hyperbolic language within the Christian community, especially by those who fancy themselves to harness the power of God, and who believe in the power of their own words to perform miracles and conquer the spiritual realms. Unfortunately, much of what passes for spiritual and divine is nothing of the sort - much less a demonstration of God working through such individuals.

Take, for example, the headline of a September 22, 2016 report on Christian Post by Leonardo Blair that reads: Pastors Pray Against 'Concentrated Satanic Attack' Being Waged Against 'God's Choice' Donald Trump. Those were the words of the pastor of New Spirit Revival Center. The pastor spoke of a prophetic warning by a nationally known preacher of such an attack, "that if you choose to run for president, there's going to be a concentrated Satanic attack against you…there's going to be a demon, principalities and powers, that are going to war against you on a level that you've never seen before and I'm watching it every day,"

The ensuing report does not disappoint either as a group of pastors express their thankfulness to God for raising up Trump as His choice to lead the nation. "We thank you God that as a room full of clergy, a room full of leaders, a room full of business owners, mothers, fathers, wives, we ask for help and we ask you God to let that help be in the form of the next president Mr. Donald J. Trump.”

The report noted that “a Monday conference call hosted by "respected prophet" Cindy Jacobs, well-known evangelical Christian, political activist and founder of Wall Builders David Barton urged Christians on the fence about voting for Trump to stop making excuses,” and said he was confident that Trump is God’s choice. Barton said he is confident Trump is God's choice for president because of the record number of Christians who voted for him in the Republican primaries.

There is obviously no doubt in these Trump evangelicals’ minds that he is the prophetic provision as the leader that God wants for this country. And therein lies the problem: it is only in their minds.

The Danger of Proclaiming Prophetic Authority

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end? Jeremiah 5:31 (NKJV).

Our memories should not fail us so soon as to forget the many failures of recent prophetic proclamations. Harold Camping comes to mind as a much publicized failed prediction, but we must not overlook the many instances of failed prophetic proclamations shouted from pulpits of how things are going to change, especially at “watchnight services” at the start of every New Year. Proclamations such as, “this will be the year of _____.” Fill in the blank. And the “prophets” were all confident that they were proclaiming the true prophesy from God. Alas, they were wrong. Why? They were frauds, false prophets; God never told them to say anything, but they “speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord” Jeremiah 23:16b (NIV).

A significant portion of the leadership of the Church have lost their reverence for God. We would think there is still enough godly fear that after so many failed prophesies they may pause and ponder Deuteronomy 18:22 which says, “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously…” (NKJV).

Recall Dr Ben Carson’s claim that God wanted him to run for president, as did many of the failed Republican candidates who ran for the nomination. What should we say of their claim that God told them to do it? They all believed that God wanted them to be president; that they were God’s chosen person for this time. They all wanted the people to think that a vote for them would be in support of God’s will, but they were obviously wrong. They spoke presumptuously.

This level of presumption is not given the serious scrutiny that it deserves in the Church. Too often these “prophets” get away by making excuses for why their “prophesies” failed. The Church is too complacent when its leaders engage in ecclesiastical fraud as Jeremiah lamented in 5:31, “My people love to have it so.” The Church is culpable and needs to examine itself.

The Perils of Politics in Pulpit

"My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place" John 18:36 (TNIV).

Pastor Burns who spoke at the Republican national Convention is an example of the danger of mixing identity politics with the office of the pastor. What does it say about a “representative” of God stumping politically for a candidate whom he regards as God’s choice, when his rise to the pastorate is founded upon fraud? The scripture says our sins will find us out (Numbers 32:23), and this man’s actions caused his downfall. Do we think if he was an emissary of God for the cause he was championing, he would have been exposed as he has? No.

The problem is that Pastor Burns was using God for his own ideological purposes – in fact, breaking the commandment for not taking the name of the Lord in vain. He called the opposing candidate the devil. That is the same thing these Trump supporting clergy are engaged in. They are in effect implying that those who oppose Trump are agents of Satan, never mind that so many Christians are indeed opposed to him because they firmly believe that to do otherwise would go against their sincere faith, traditional Evangelical beliefs, and clear biblical principles.

No doubt, some of Burns’ congregants will have their faith greatly tested, if not shattered. For here is their spiritual leader publicly denigrating another person - a direct violation of the command not to speak evil of others - while he is living a lie. But that is the nature of politics. It forces a level of compromise that has no place in God’s Church.

This will not change until the Church fully recognizes that it cannot identify with political entities and at the same time call itself the Church of God. The Church cannot be an arm of any political party.

Nothing good has ever come from politics and the Church. To make Chrisitanity the official religion of the Roman Empire, the Church had to compromise its orthodoxy and present itself as an instrument to give the Emperor full control over his weakening empire. The Dark Ages of the Inquisition was in part enabled by the close association of the Church with the political class. Then the people were convinced by their spiritual leaders of the rightness of one group, and the evilness of the other. Slavery was for a long time encouraged because the the Church was too closely aligned with the political powers to reject the inhumane treatment of fellow human beings on biblical moral grounds.

In fact, the Church allowed the teaching that Blacks and other minorities were somewhat less than human by using the bible to support that idea. Thus, through its penchant for political power, the Church became the same kind of pharisical power that Jesus denounced. The Church is a spiritual institution, while political parties are carnal institutions fulfilling worldly desires.

There are those who argue that it is biblical to preach politics, and that it is tantamount to duty that the Church becomes a politically activist institution. But that is wrongheaded. Jesus' statement in John 18:36 makes it clear that he considers his kingdom, and his sevants the Church, not to be a part of the world's political systems. The Church is called to preach the Gospel of Christ, and make Him known to the world. Those inclined to make the Church a pilitical institution mistakenly equate the involvement of men and women of faith who through their personal vocation and activism for social justice effected significant social change, with the Body of Christ doing the same. "Let the Church be the Church."

What will they say if Trump loses? Will they say that God failed? Can they say that the enemy thwarted God’s plan? What will they say? "...what will they do in the end?"

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