Countering Foolish Statements II

“You must make Jesus Lord of your life.”

I have often wondered what God must think when people who should know better, people who claim to be His people and people who are standing behind a pulpit encouraging those to whom they speak, “You must make Jesus Lord of your life?” I know what I think. I think, this is foolish talk. This is misrepresenting Jesus Christ. This is misrepresenting who He is.

Folks, we cannot ‘make’ Jesus Lord of anything because He IS Lord of everything. Remember that He was present when this world was created, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” John 1:1-3 NASB. Genesis 1:1-2 we find these words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” Paul clears the muddy waters of this discussion as he writes, “But what does it say?  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” Romans 10:8-9. And, finally, “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” Revelation 21:18-21.

I could make more comments here, but this is one of those moments when I must simply say, Jesus is Lord, Period

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Countering Foolish Statements I

“My relationship with God is between Him and me…”

Many times we are confronted with folks who think they are going to find themselves in Heaven by constructing a false relationship with ‘their’ Savior. And therein lies the problem because the Savior who sacrificed himself on the Cross belongs to no one. The fact is that He purchased, redeemed, every lost soul who will find their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

There is another fact which must be addressed, too. Our relationship with the Christ is NOT a private matter, either. Many times in the Gospel narratives and throughout the remainder of the New Testament the Followers of the Christ are instructed to proclaim the Gospel with the world. Never is there a suggestion to put this purchased relationship in a closet. We are incorrect to suggest to anyone that salvation in Jesus Christ is only “between God and me.”

In Matthew chapter 4 and again in Mark 1:14-20 we find this, “Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.  Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.” NASB. Reading the remainder of Mark chapter 1 we find that Jesus is busy proclaiming His message. The fact is that Jesus is crucified because of the opposition to His message. The apostles found that their efforts to preach the Gospel of the risen Savior was opposed at almost every turn as revealed in the New Testament. However difficult that Paul and other found the opposition they continued their work. The reason they refused to quit is based upon their undying commitment to these words of Jesus, “But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 NASB.

 

Undoubtedly, there is opposition to my words here, but the fact that a relationship with Jesus Christ is not “between me and God.” The Savior NEVER intended for anyone to think that He is possessed by anyone, but rather He is the sole Redeemer of souls that were at one time endangered and en route to Hell. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him  with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him  also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,  to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:7-12.

 

No, this relationship with Jesus is to be shared because every Believer is an ambassador, “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Jesus is Lord.

 

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The Issue of Body Piercing and Art

I do not think that I have ever made a statement about nose rings (body piercing) or tattoos, but I will here. The Bible is clear about the body of the Believer being the Temple of the Holy Spirit, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.” So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.”                         1 Corinthians 3:16-23 NASB.

No, body piercings and tattoos are not mentioned here, but these words of Paul support what is stated many times in the Old Testament. There are prohibitions about these things as we find in Leviticus 19:27-31, “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. ‘Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness. You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD. ‘Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.” These words related to pagan religious rituals of those nations surrounding Israel as they were migrating to the Promised Land. However, the pagan worshiper was attempting to please a pagan god in order to gain the attention or blessings of that god. You may say, “But I am not a pagan god worshiper.” That is probably true, but the emphasis in the New Testament is not about pagan worship, but rather the idea of drawing attention to one’s person AND that is what body piercing and tattoos do. THAT is the intent. These are done to draw attention to the outer person, to call attention to one’s self, rather than on the inner person which is to honor God. Remember that the body is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and we should care for the knowing that body of the Believer is the Temple of the Spirit of Holy God. Anything that we might do that brings harm to the body applies to many things. For instance what we eat or how we care for ourselves.

The point is that the Believer must pursue activities that bring honor and glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. No matter how we might feel about body piercings and art, if they are not done ONLY to honor land please Him: DO NOT. Satan is at work in this world to deceive everyone into thinking that our self-worth is of more value than the work of Christ in us as Believers. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:6-10. Jesus is Lord.

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Are We to REALLY FEAR God?

More than just a few times in my lifetime I have entertained the thought of ‘fearing God’ and what that might mean. Some folks, myself included, have said that ‘fearing God’ is not what we might think. But, what is meant by that? There may be more than just these two responses, but these may be the most often repeated: “Our fear is outright trembling kind of fear because Jesus said this in Matthew 10:28, ‘Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.’” NASB. And, we have also been just a bit apologetic and touted that our fear is nothing less than a high degree of respect for the Mosaic Law tells us in Leviticus 19:14, “You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.” And in v 32 we find this, “You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.” Therefore, the question remains, “What does it mean to ‘fear God?’”

 

However, Paul tells us, “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1. The Apostle’s admonishment is that Believers must be in continuous activity to keep our relationship with God absolutely pure because of our enduring respect of His holiness. “these promises” which Paul speaks are found in the last few sentences of chapter 6 in which is found that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, a compelling reason for respect of the Almighty.

Here, then is the answer to our question of “fearing God,” we should stand in mortal fear of the very fact that this God who is the One who created heaven and earth and all that is contained therein AND we should revere Him because He alone is Holy. He holds in His absolute power to give life to the lifeless in spirit and to judge soul to eternal damnation who might deny Him. “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18. Jesus is Lord.

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Contrasting Foundations

26 A righteous man is careful in dealing with his neighbor, but the ways of the wicked lead them astray. 28 There is life in the path of righteousness, but another path leads to death.” Proverbs 12:26; 28 CSB. “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday. But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they don’t know what makes them stumble.” Proverbs 4:18-19.

God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden and since that moment God’s world has contained conflicting foundations of morality, and those foundations are righteousness and evil. Jesus referred to these foundations in His parable found in Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!” Generally speaking there is a discussion among us what defines righteousness and what defines evil. However, when we search the pages of Holy Writ the answer is quite clear to everyone sitting at the table. The real issue is not the Word of God, but how broken humanity chooses to view morality. There is but one way, really, which is spoken of in the Word.

Our real problem, therefore, is not the Word of God, but rather the heart of man. Personally, I find it tragically amusing that so many who like to refer to themselves as Christians truly do not wish to follow the words of the Christ but rather wish to redefine His words to meet their own standards. God has placed the bar of righteousness rather high and He DOES EXPECT His followers to take up that Cross. “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, and even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26-27.

You may notice that Jesus does not mince words here. Yes, He uses a very strong word, “hate” and we must NOT attempt to water down His terminology. If we read Luke correctly, we will find that many people standing in the crowds when Jesus taught were not actually following Him. They were curious, but were not learning from Him. Like many who are members of the local church today, they were present for personal benefits. They may attend all sorts of functions, but are not Followers of the Christ. There is a difference between attending and being a Believer. Unfortunately there are many ‘Christians’ and most likely fewer Followers of the Christ.

 

Jesus gives us two qualifications for being one of His Disciples. If one is to be a Follower there must be willingness to exchange personal preferences: family and self for the servitude of the Christ. He MUST BECOME the First Love. Jesus taught His disciples to love their enemies rather than hating them, “But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other also. And if anyone takes away your coat, don’t hold back your shirt either. Give to everyone who asks you, and from one who takes your things, don’t ask for them back. Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.” Luke 6:27-31. His use of “hate”  is relative and not an absolute sense.  Paul writes these words, “From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him in this way.   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.   Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:   That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”  He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.

 

This is NOT rocket science. This is biblical truth at its core. The difficulty, therefore, is with us and whether or not we choose to follow the Christ. No one can live life now without consequences later. There are consequences for everything done. The issue is whether or not one chooses to follow the Way of the Cross or the way of wickedness. But let the Bible be very clear here: “Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works. Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15.

Jesus is Lord.

 

 

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Why Accept Mediocrity as a Follower of the Christ?

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Why Accept Mediocrity as a Follower of the Christ
Mediocrity is less than what a Follower of the Christ should be and accept. Paul says it this way, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. NASB. (The KJV uses the name of the Christ in place of ‘Him’ and the NASB rendering here is more accurate.) Many years ago the Lord demonstrated to me that far too many people were walking in spiritual fear, bondage, and defeat because of a misunderstanding of God’s Word. This is unfortunate because the misunderstanding comes from people who should know better. Followers of the Christ do not have to live in constant fear of a defeated foe.
Let us begin with an understanding of sin. What is sin? Biblically speaking, sin is not alive. Sin is not a force. Sin is the result of temptation and the result of temptation is named throughout the Word of God.
“Everyone who practices sin practices lawlessness and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared to take away sins; and, in Him, there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins, no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. Little Children, make sure no one deceives you, the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who practices sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the Devil. No one who is born of God practices sin because His seed abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the Devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.” 1 John 3:4-10
In this statement from the hand of John, we find one important facet of anyone who is born of God. That person does not practice sin. Now, do not raise your eyebrows as you see the statement, “he cannot sin because he is born of God.” Please remain calm and keep this thought within the context which is that one who is born of God will not live in or practice sin. Only the Christ is sinless. You and I have not yet arrived.
However, there is an obvious disconnect to what John writes and this is, “I am a sinner.” No, you are not a sinner if you have been born again by the blood of Jesus and if you have been born again you are born of God. And remember that anyone born of God does not practice sin. This does not mean that one born of God does not sin. However, one born of God is not a sinner, but a Saint because a Saint is a Follower of the Christ.
What does Paul say about this relationship that we have with the Savior? “But if, while seeking to be justified by Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the Law, I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:17-20.
In these four verses, we must first understand that Paul is speaking to a group of Christians concerning the Law and emphasizes that the Believers’ relationship with God is not found in the Law, but in the crucified Christ. The strength to live this life in the flesh comes only from the fact that “Christ lives in me” and it is by expressed faith in Him that we are able to live in righteousness. The NASB gives us an understanding of what the Greek language is conveying. Paul writes, “I have been crucified with Christ” which tells us that this is an event that continues on from the moment that it began and there is not turning back. We have been changed from within and therefore walk in newness of life every day. The Follower of the Christ is NOT a sinner, but a Saint.
“And He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to you who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then we are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a Holy Temple in the Lord, on whom you are also being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:17-22.
In John chapter 9 we can read the story of a blind man upon whose eyes Jesus placed mud and told him to go wash off in the Pool of Siloam. Because of his faith in the words of the Christ, this man was healed of his blindness. But there is something more to this story. He is taken before some Pharisees who make accusations of the Christ, and this is what he said to them, “Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.” John 9”30-31.
It is of utmost importance that we who are Followers of the Christ understand, “God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.” This is easy enough to understand, is it not? It is true that His followers are God-fearing and do His will and as a result, God hears them. He hears His followers NOT because they are sinners, but because they have been made righteous through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are NOT sinners who are saved by grace, WE ARE SAINTS WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED BY HIS GRACE.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace we have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come, He might show us the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:4-10.
With what God has written by the hand of Paul, “Why do so many people spend so much time attempting to convince God’s chosen saints that we are sinners?” This is a lie of Satan attempting to keep God’s people in the bondage of the Evil One from the likes of which we have been set free.
Jesus is Lord.

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John Piper’s Tragic Miscalculation

There is a little-known story from the first century, during which Christians – and other Roman citizens – were given the opportunity to end the savage practice of the gladiatorial games.

In A.D. 48, a consul by the name of Antonius Flavius Gracchus led a movement to shutter the barbarism that infected the Roman Empire. Surprisingly, the effort began bearing fruit. True, this movement took political advantage of the suffering of the lower classes and other social maladies, so it was not exactly an effort borne out of pure motives. It was, simply put, a power struggle.

Yet the common people wanted the oppressive power of Rome curbed, and the Coliseum was one place to start. While the rich and powerful were the joyful spectators of the blood and gore of the gladiatorial contests, the slaves and other poor in Rome were often the victims.

Gracchus’s powerful oratory in the Roman Senate began to sway his colleagues. Oddly, the Roman Emperor Claudius allowed the Senate to decide, but the senators developed cold feet. They called for a plebiscite – a vote of the citizens of Rome.

Although many Christians were citizens of the empire, Eusebius Tallum, the bishop of Rome, exhorted the members of his flock not to vote. “Gracchus is a pagan and is not one of us,” Tallum said in a famous epistle about the matter. “No pagan does what is right in the sight of heaven.”

The movement failed by mere hundreds of votes. There were accusations of bribery and other malfeasances, but the issue died nonetheless. While there is no guarantee that the Christians could have turned the tide, the vast majority heeded Tallum’s directive. The sands of the Coliseum continued to drink the blood of Rome’s victims, including, in the years to come, the blood of many Christians.

Of course, the above story is a complete fiction, as any student of Roman history would know. But what if it were true? What if Christians in the first century had suddenly been given the opportunity to vote to end the slaughter of the gladiatorial games? What would we think of Christian leaders who exhorted believers not to vote to end the barbaric practice simply because the leader of the movement was a pagan?

I hope we would be horrified, but that is precisely what some Christian leaders have done 20 centuries later, as the raucous and oftentimes repulsive candidacies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have caused a fiercely emotional split within the evangelical community.

John Piper, the beloved and well-respected pastor emeritus of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the latest to give absolution to Christians who don’t want to dirty their hands by choosing between Trump and Clinton.

In a recent sermon, Piper said: “The right to vote in America is not a binding duty (without regard to other factors) for Christians in every election. ‘The children are free.’ We are free from human institutions. As citizens of heaven, we are not bound in every situation to participate in the processes of human government.”

Of course, Piper is technically correct, but the question is this: Is he correct about this case? Should Christians bow out in this election and abstain from choosing between these two candidates?

I would argue absolutely not. In defense of this, I would offer a contrary scriptural principle: “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people …” (Gal. 6:10).

There are moments in human history when Christians cannot abstain. We might believe we have other, important, spiritual duties elsewhere, but when we pass by a wounded neighbor lying in a ditch after being beaten and left for dead, we’d better stop to help. We have the opportunity to be good neighbors and help (Luke 10:30-37). How can we refuse?

It seems that Piper agreed back in 2012 when he wrote a blog titled “I am going to vote.” He said then that there was nothing wrong with complaining about how bad the presidential choices are, but that there was also nothing wrong with voting for a candidate who will “probably do more good” than the other.

“Tell as many people as you can the good reasons why you are disaffected with the whole thing,” he said, “then go to the polls and take a burden-bearing, pro-active risk rather than staying home and taking a burden-dropping, reactive risk.”

I agree with the John Piper of 2012 while disagreeing with the John Piper of 2016.

My son was the one who suggested the comparison to the first-century hypothetical I assembled above, as we mourned Piper’s comments. A young husband and father, my son’s frustration over the stubborn piety of the Pipers within American evangelicalism matches my own.

Of course, I have no problem with piety when it is expressed biblically, but when it allows great evils to continue, it makes my head explode.

Did Piper encourage his followers to vote for a man or woman of character while the candidacy of Trump was nascent? Did he use his influence when it could have made the most difference?

It is frustrating that influential Bible expositors like Piper, who have been largely AWOL during the culture wars, suddenly feel the time has come for them to choose a side – or rather, to boldly proclaim that they, well, choose no one.

Thanks for the help. Not.

Thousands of Christians in the last two centuries have fought to end slavery and the oppression of Jim Crow laws; resisted the rise of Nazism and the gassing of Jews; struggled to gain the legal right to homeschool their children; battled in court after court for the privilege of offering Christ to women entering an abortion clinic; endured insult and invective in their fight to protect children from the normalization of sodomy; and continue the political war to free women and children from the scourge of human trafficking.

If I might be so bold as to speak on behalf of these courageous culture warriors: John Piper, would you have counseled Christians to sit out these fights? Does our citizenship in heaven excuse us from confronting terrible evils when we have the chance to do something about them?

Whether or not they admit it, church leaders like Piper are using their influence to possibly sway millions of Christians to stay home this Tuesday. It’s one thing for Piper and the rest to hold their own views according to the dictates of their consciences, but when they use their significant influence over followers to alter elections, well, I hope they are prepared to answer for that.

The vast majority of Christians that I know who voted Republican voted for someone other than Donald Trump during the primaries. They’re not happy that the GOP nominee has said and done wicked things.

But what if Donald Trump had been the difference between the continuation of slavery in the 1800s and its cessation? Between the slaughter of Jews in Nazi death camps and the end of the Holocaust? Would Piper and the rest of the pietist mob refuse to vote for him just because he was a pagan?

If Trump and Clinton were simply two common examples of ambitious politicians 20 years ago, I would probably concede Piper’s argument – because at that point there’s nothing really at stake. But there is in 2016. In fact, the distinctions between the two candidates on the life issue and the matter of federal judges are so startlingly divergent that, in my opinion, Piper is without excuse.

These leaders in the body of Christ are influencing Christians to not vote for a candidate that has promised to try to end abortion and preserve religious liberty. In doing so, they are possibly opening the door of victory to a candidate who will absolutely – and zealously – continue to shed innocent blood for generations to come.

As for religious liberty, no sane person can doubt what is coming should secular progressives gain power in Washington, D.C. It will mean the exaltation of sodomy on every front, the possible extinction of Christian schooling on all levels – including homeschooling – and the crushing of Christian dissent.

All of this – the brutal dismemberment of unborn children and the final and possibly irrevocable dismantling of the Judeo-Christian foundations of our country – could be prevented by the simplest of actions: casting a vote.

But John Piper says no. You may have the opportunity to do good to your neighbor, but don’t do it.

These Christian leaders may think their consciences will be clean after its over, but their hands certainly won’t.

And God help us all.

Written by Ed Vitagliano, AFA Executive Vice-President: https://www.afa.net/the-stand/election/2016/11/john-piper-s-tragic-miscalculation/

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