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“And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; … And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him…”
Christianity Today’s editor, Mark Galli, recently warned Christians: “Remember who you are and whom you serve,” and “Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency“. Subsequently, 177 so-called “evangelicals” reportedly wrote a letter criticizing Galli and the editorial.
An editorial by the magazine “Christianity Today“, entitled “Trump Should Be Removed From Office“, noted that “The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents.” “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral,” declared the editorial, written by editor-in-chief Mark Galli and published Thursday.” (VOA News December 20, 2019 https://www.voanews.com/usa/trump-impeachment/trump-blasts-evangelical-christian-magazine-calling-his-removal-office ). Galli also stated: “Remember who you are and whom you serve,” and “Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency.” https://www.voanews.com/usa/evangelical-magazine-christianity-today-trump-must-go
Newsweek reports that a letter signed by 177 “Evangelicals” was sent to Christianity Today condemning the editorial. Oh, wait, didn’t they just judge that editorial by condemning it? Where is all of that lovey dovey they claim in the article that they have for everyone? According to the article, they claim that Jesus didn’t judge! So, these so-called “evangelicals” don’t even know the Bible? They don’t know about Jesus? I guess that’s the Fundamentalist Christians that learn the Bible. I guess the “evangelicals” just run around and ask people are they “saved”. Or maybe they are simply proclaiming the gospel of Trump, rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ? They have never heard about Jesus in the Temple? Newsweek reported that “Nearly 180 Evangelical Leaders, Including Billy Graham’s Granddaughter, Condemn Anti-Trump Editorial in Letter to Christianity Today“, by Christina Zhao, 12/22/19 at 7:02 PM EST Newsweek: https://archive.li/oFCV4 Next they will say “judge not”, whereas it is “judge not, lest ye be judged likewise”, i.e. Be prepared to be judged according to the standards that you yourself use. As far as forgiving Trump – forgiveness and reconciliation requires repentence and amends. It doesn’t mean sweeping things under the rug. Trump simply lies and denies, he never repents. Trump is clearly the antithesis of Jesus Christ. Trump is the antithesis of holiness. This doesn’t even require judgement. It’s a statement of reality. Trump’s response to Christianity Today was actually lots of laughs and rolling on the floor funny, but this letter by the 177 isn’t.
Matthew 21:12-13 King James Version (KJV)
“12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
Trump has said he could commit murder in broad daylight and no one would care. Arguably he murdered Kurds by double-crossing them. The rest we know he’s done a lot of. “Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness [lie],… “Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19, KJV) Trump is clearly the opposite of Christ, the antithesis of Christ and so an anti-Christ. Some are saying that Trump is the anti-Christ. But Jesus said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:35-36, KJV)
Judge not lest ye be judged likewise, i.e. be prepared to be judged according to the standards that you use: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again“. (Matthew 7: 1-2, KJV)
More appropriate is perhaps render unto Caesar. If they use this verse, then they should themselves stop poking in the political arena, and return to the concept of separation of church and state, upon which the United States was founded. “And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.” (Matthew 22:20-22 King James Version, KJV)
What Billy Graham’s granddaughter says about anything doesn’t matter, if the “evangelicals” claim to be Christians. What did Jesus say? What does God and Christian tradition say? Trump and others are trying to place Billy Graham above Jesus Christ. They act as though Billy Graham and not Jesus Christ is on the right side of God the Father Almighty, where he will judge the quick and the dead. This is so sick. Billy Graham was first promoted by Hearst who was an apparently immoral man, by Luce, and several others through the years: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Crusade_(1949) While Billy Graham may have had some redeeming attributes, his son appears to be lacking in redeeming qualities.
Mark 11:15-19 King James Version (KJV)
“15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.
John 2:13-22 King James Version (KJV)
“13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
Remember that Trump has “put away”, i.e. divorced, more than one wife for no apparent cause, as well as cheating on them (adultery). It is utterly surprising that the “evangelicals” don’t prefer removal of Trump and making Pence President. He “bears false witness” constantly, etc.
Matthew 19 King James Version (KJV)
“19 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me .
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.