“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
The month before the 2018 midterms, a thousand theaters screened “The Trump Prophecy,” a film that tells the story of Mark Taylor, a former firefighter who claims that God told him in 2011 that Donald Trump would be elected president.
At a critical moment in the film, just after the actor representing Mr. Taylor collapses in the flashing light of an epiphany, he picks up a Bible and turns to the 45th chapter of the book of Isaiah, which describes the anointment of King Cyrus by God. In the next scene, we hear Mr. Trump being interviewed on “The 700 Club,” a popular Christian television show.
Several of the Gospels have the quoted words of Christ (usually shown in red in Protestant bibles) telling religious leaders not to be hypocrites.
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
Evangelicals reveal their distaste for democracy. And for their own God. They want a theocracy run by a King under the control of corrupt religious officials. They refuse to read Matthew, Mark and Luke who provide the direct words of Christ against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees (something the evangelicals more and more display).
“But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”
So many of the Woes of the Pharisees fit today’s evangelical leaders. They care more about the gold that supports their church than the immortal souls of those attending the church. They teach of Christ but do not love Chirst, performing acts in His name that directly contradict His teachings.
“You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”
They teach the commandments but did not practice them – justice, mercy, faithfulness. They preach faithfulness but are unfaithful themselves, supporting others who are corrupt rather than those who are not. Justice and mercy are not shown to those deserving of them.
“You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.”
They give an appearance of Grace but fail to actually act with Grace. They love the past but are willing to break Commandments to return to a time when religious leaders were more powerful..
“You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
They talk about how great the old days were, when real religious leaders ruled the world. But instead of actually trying to accomplish the goals of the earlier leaders (such as helping others or showing mercy), they talk about those but fight for the opposite.
Their actions are really the demonstration of the bad fruit. Supporting an adulterer, someone who rips babies away from their mothers, who works aginst the people by working for a foreign adversary, who enriches himself from the coffers of the people, who advances fools, charlatans and hypocrites, whose own children follow in his path. There is not a single good fruit amongst them. Would Christ ever support such a bad tree?
So why do these evangelicals? I suspect the demonstration of their falsity reveal they support not Christ but his eternal foe.
If I believed in the End of Days conspiracy theories, I would state that the Anti-Christ is here and his name is Trump. He has seduced religous followers of Christ to directly act against the words of Christ, to ignore his teachings and to follow hypocrites. As long as people follow these ‘Pharisees’ they place their immortal souls in danger.
“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”
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