“No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)
I wrote this today as a comment on a post at A Philosopher’s Blog: Trump and Evangelicals and thought I’d post it here as well…
I read a 600+ page book (Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People) this year about Jim Jones and Jonestown. The parallels between Trump, Jones, and their followers is truly frightening. In both cases, their followers were/are marginalized, desperate, frightened, vengeful, and willing to forgive their savior/leader for abominable sexual abuses.
Although Jones and his followers were not, in the end, Christians, they did start out as Christians. Over the course of many years, Jones began replacing Christianity and the Bible with communism and socialism. The cult followers of Jim Jones who died at Jonestown were devotees 1) of Jim Jones; and 2) of communism and socialism. All one needs to do in order to confirm this is to listen to the so-called “Death Tape“.
As someone who considers himself to be a follower of Christ and a believer in the Bible, I am disappointed to see so many so-called “Christians” and “Bible believers” supporting Donald Trump.
I say so-called “Christians” and “Bible believers” because, as Jesus said:
“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:18-20)
Jesus went on to say:
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)
This lets us know: 1) what people do is more important than what people say; and 2) a lot of people who claim (and believe themselves) to be followers of Christ are not.
One of the more sobering truths I’ve come to believe in my many years of studying the Bible and observing Christian peoples is that most people who think they’re Christians aren’t. Most American Christians are Americans first, and Christians second, which, to Jesus, means they’re not Christians at all. They’re members of an American Cult.
Satan is very clever. The Bible tells us this, yet many Bible believers are fooled by just how clever he is. He pretends to be a doer of God’s will. He and his ministers preach misinterpreted cherry-picked Bible passages to make their case. He leads multitudes of people to believe they are saved when, in fact, they are damned.
One cannot endorse war, destruction, and death and be a follower of Christ. Yet how many so-called “Christians”, “Bible believers”, and American Cult members do just that? This is the evil fruit they bear.
Too many people who call themselves “Christians” have sold their eternal souls for a mess of American pottage. Supporting Donald Trump is only one symptom of their eternally fatal disease.
Nationalism is Idolatry
“The church in America will not be a Christ-centered community of peace so long as it is determined to celebrate its identity as American. It is imperative, I believe, that all traces of nationalism be removed from the church’s worship. Otherwise, in times of international crisis, instead of being an instrument of reconciliation, it will continue to embrace the role of handmaiden of war. God cannot be praised in the same breath that America is honored without God being dishonored and replaced by another god…” The Nationalistic Corruption of Worship in America – http://www.redletterchristians.org/the-nationalistic-corruption-of-worship-in-america/
“How can Christians be prepared to recognize, when the time comes, a real choice between God and country, if their churches urge the adoration of country along with praise to God? The so-called patriotic hymns are most often songs of praise to a personification of the country and not a means of truly glorifying God. ‘My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing, or ‘America, America, God shed his grace on thee.’ The ‘thee’ is not God but country. If these are songs of worship, it is false worship. God is mentioned as a supporting figure, a means to bolster the greatness of the nation, which is the real object of adoration in the hymns. We should label this for what it is: idolatry.” Read more: Daring to Call it Idolatry: Nationalism in Worship – http://www.redletterchristians.org/daring-to-call-it-idolatry-nationalism-in-worship/
“Nationalism saturates American life – it is just the ever-present, ambient sound coming from every form of corporate media, 24/7/365, so ever-present that it has become, in an odd way, invisible. I have come to understand that it is idolatry – subtler, arguably, than building a golden calf, but no less idolatrous. And it disturbs me a great deal. I wish Catholic priests and laity would stand up more often against this sort of thing. We Catholics, at every level of our society and in every vocation, me included, have failed to do our jobs of providing clear witness against this spiritually destructive idol.” Read more: Nationalism is Idolatry – https://vox-nova.com/2009/12/12/nationalism-is-idolatry/
“Put bluntly, if Americans feel like there are blessings slipping away from this country as a whole, they have turned the country into an idol and are violating the Ten Commandments. Jesus is not American and the United States is not in the Bible. That particular passage refers to God’s people, who are called Christians, not Americans…” Read more: http://opinion.injo.com/2016/01/252233-jesus-was-not-an-american/
Flying the Flag in Church: A Tale of Strife and Idolatry (.pdf) – http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1346&context=leaven
Podcast: Crucify your nationalism and crucify your political affiliation – http://subversive1.blogspot.com/2015/07/subversive-radio-podcast-star-spangled.html
The Early Christian Attitude to War – http://compassionatespirit.com/Books/Cadoux/TOC.htm
The Scofield Bible—The Book That Made Zionists of America’s Evangelical Christians: http://www.wrmea.org/2015-october/the-scofield-bible%E2%80%94the-book-that-made-zionists-of-americas-evangelical-christians.html
“Does the Christian or denizen of the Old American Empire die and kill for it, as the members of the Cult of the American Sniper apparently believe?” – Patmos, The Emperor Worship Cultus, and The American Sniper https://mark1marti2.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/patmos-the-emperor-worship-cultus-and-the-american-sniper/