THE EVANGELICALS



MOTIVATION AND SELF DESTRUCTION 

OF THE EVANGELICALS

(CNN)  A leading Christian magazine founded by late evangelist Billy Graham — father of key presidential supporter Franklin Graham — published an op-ed on Thursday calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office and urging evangelicals not to support him.

"Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment," Christianity Today's editor in chief, Mark Galli, wrote in the op-ed. "That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments."

Galli continued, "We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president's moral deficiencies for all to see."

"None of the president's positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character," he added.

The publication, an influential one among evangelicals, has criticized Trump before on immigration and other issues, but never before called for his removal. The op-ed shows potential reasoning for dissent among a key faction of the Republican coalition as Trump prepares for a potential Senate trial following his impeachment by the House of Representatives Wednesday night.

"To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve," Galli wrote. "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."


T-RUMPS REPLY

T-RUMP dismissed the criticism on Friday morning, calling the publication a “ Far left magazine” and drawing a contrast between himself and the Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.  “No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it's not even close. " You’ll not get anything from those Democrats on stage. ” The schmuck tweeted.

The magazine's web servers were strained by all the web traffic when the editorial came out on Thursday afternoon. After some temporary hiccups, service was mostly restored.   Jim Wallis, one of the nation's most prominent liberal evangelical leaders, called the op-ed's stance a "huge, watershed event," adding that the magazine is arguably the leading Evangelical magazine in the nation.

“What CT is saying in their editorial is removing Donald Trump from office is now a matter of faith, not politics, and I agree," Wallis told CNN. Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine, says evangelicals made a "Faustian" bargain with Trump -- appoint the federal judges we want and we will look the other way.

"They have made the Faustian bargain that no matter what he does, it's all acceptable because he gives them the judges he wants," says Wallis, author of "Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus."

As far as the impact of the announcement, Wallis says it may impact two groups of Evangelicals the most: suburban white women and younger evangelicals who are already jaded by older evangelicals’ embrace of Trump.  "I bet there are going to be a lot of younger evangelicals who are going to be really excited," Wallis said about the editorial.

He says there are now cracks in the wall of Evangelical support for Trump. The call for removal may not sway the majority of Evangelicals but just enough to make a difference in the 2020 election.  "You don't need a whole lot to shift the race, just a few votes in key places in key states could make the ultimate difference" Wallis said.


OUR BIG MISTAKE OTHER THAN LETTING TRUMP

GET ELECTED IS LETTING EVANGELICALS VOTE 

Instead,  our GOP base and the Evangelicals still support him, they listened to your Commander in Chief, not mine, your savior, the great exalted one, Mr. know-it-all, a man of too many words,  mostly lies and lacking any form of intelligence who told us it was just flu-like, that it was a scam by the media and the Democrats and not serious at all.   

So far 04/19/2020, Forty thousand Americans rebuke that but we can’t hear them, they are silent, may God, the real one bless their souls…

I guess the separation of Church and State is missing in the Evangelicals DNA. Evangelicalism, evangelical Christianity, or evangelical Protestantism, is a worldwide, trans-denominational movement within Protestant Christianity that maintains the belief that the essence of the Gospel consists of the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, solely through faith in Jesus’s atonement.  And that the destruction of the world so all can be reborn into the faith.  Sorry I’m not getting on that train.

Anywhere from 6 percent to 35 percent of the United States population is Evangelical, depending on definition.  A 2014 Pew Research Center survey of religious life in the United States identified the evangelical percentage of the population at 25.4 percent while Roman Catholics were 20.8 percent and mainline Protestants were 14.7 percent.  A 2008 study showed that in the year 2000 about 9 percent of Americans attended an evangelical service on any given Sunday. The Barna Group reported that 8 percent of Americans in 2006 were born-again evangelicals, defined as those who answered yes to these nine questions:

  • "Have you made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in your life today?"
  • "Do you believe that when you die you will go to Heaven because you have confessed your sins and have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior?"
  • "Is your faith very important in your life today?"
  • "Do you have a personal responsibility to share your religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians?"
  • "Does Satan exist?"
  • "Is eternal salvation possible only through grace, not works?"
  • "Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life on earth?"
  • "Is the Bible accurate in all that it teaches?"
  • “Is God the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity who created the universe and still rules it today?”

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS, HOW IN 

THE TRUE NAME OF GOD CAN YOU SUPPORT DONALD J. T-RUMP

Evangelical political influence in America was first evident in the 1830s with movements such as the prohibition movement, which closed saloons and taverns in state after state until it succeeded nationally in 1919. The Christian right is a coalition of numerous groups of traditionalist and observant church-goers of every kind:  especially Catholics on issues such as birth control and abortion, Southern Baptists, Missouri Synod Lutherans, and others.  Since the early 1980s, the Christian right has been associated with several nonprofit political and issue-oriented organizations including the Moral Majority, the Christian Coalition, Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council.  In the 2016 presidential election, 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump according to exit polls.

Evangelical political activists are not all on the right. There is a small group of liberal white Evangelicals.  Most African Americans belong to Baptist, Methodist or other denominations that share evangelical beliefs; they are firmly in the Democratic coalition and (with the possible exception of issues involving abortion and homosexuality) are generally liberal in politics.

Evolution
Evangelicals are often stereotyped as Christians who reject mainstream scientific views out of concern that they contradict the Bible.  This is true for some evangelicals, such as those who reject evolution in favor of creation science and flood geology (both of which contradict the scientific consensus).   Or as we call it frickin looney tunes.

There have been a variety of court cases over whether public schools can teach creationism or intelligent design position that the complexity and diversity of life is best explained by the intervention of God or another active intelligence).

However, not all evangelicals believe that evolution is incompatible with Christianity. Prominent evangelicals such as B.B. Warfield, Billy Graham and John Stott believed the theory could be reconciled with Christian teaching. The Biologos Foundation is an evangelical organization that advocates for evolutionary creation. The American Scientific Affiliation is an organization for Evangelical Professional Scientists.  (  THE WHAT?  Evangelical Profession Scientists, please enter that in the OXYMORONIC statement of the year Contest.)


Abortion
Since 1980, a central issue motivating conservative evangelicals' political activism is abortion. The 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, which legalized abortion, proved decisive in bringing together Catholics and evangelicals in a political coalition, which became known as the Religious Right when it successfully mobilized its voters behind presidential candidate Ronald Reagan in 1980.


Church, State and Prayer

In the United States, Supreme Court decisions that outlawed organized prayer in school and restricted church-related schools (for example, preventing them from engaging in racial discrimination while also receiving a tax exemption) also played a role in mobilizing the Religious Right.

Opponents criticize the Evangelicals, who they say actually want a Christian America—in other words, for America to be a nation in which Christianity is given a privileged position. Survey data shows that "between 64 and 75 percent do not favor a 'Christian Nation' amendment", though between 60 and 75 percent also believe that Christianity and Political Liberalism are incompatible.  Evangelical leaders, in turn, counter that they merely seek freedom from the imposition by national elites of an equally subjective secular worldview, and feel that it is their opponents who are violating their rights.

Other issues
According to recent reports in the New York Times, some evangelicals have sought to expand their movement's social agenda to include poverty, combating AIDS in the Third World, and protecting the environment. This is highly contentious within the evangelical community, since more conservative evangelicals believe that this trend is compromising important issues and prioritizing popularity and consensus too highly.  Amazing that those that should talk the talk and help those in need argue if it’s right.  Just a bunch of fakes…

Personifying this division were the evangelical leaders James Dobson and Rick Warren, the former who warned of the dangers of a Barack Obama victory in 2008 from his point of view,  in contrast with the latter who declined to endorse either major candidate on the grounds that he wanted the church to be less politically divisive and that he agreed substantially with both men.   Moral of this issue is stay the hell out of politics, both loved to be seen in the WhiteHouse with the President.


CHURCH AND STATE CLASH

Their pledge is Jesus or God, Family, then the State and Bingo in that order.  In our United States we swear an oath to the Constitution, “  It starts with I pledge allegiance to the Flag ” and if you do not put that first, the flag is the Constitution then leave, you don’t belong here.  I prefer the honesty of an atheist or an agnostic over an Evangelical.

Why…because they are being honest… Atheists VS Agnostic…  There is a key distinction. An atheist doesn't believe in a God or divine being. ... Agnostics assert that it’s impossible for human beings to know anything about how the universe was created and if divine beings even exist.  Both actually are more accurate and pragmatic than what Evangelical Christians on the other hand believe.  All stemming from a book 200 years after what had occurred, revised and changed, altered and regurgitated in a book of stories handed down in a zillion versions, textures, print size, talking books, slide shows digital media and lots of ink.  ( AND THE MOST COLOSSAL LIE OF ALL TIME, DONALD T-RUMP   

And today we have a zillion believers of all kinds of bullsh*t and no real proof. The crooks in politics are not different than the fake prophets on TV sprouting their bullsh*t, their upsmanship and lying.  The Catholic Bible has been rebuilt thirteen times with revisions by a bunch of crooks ( known as Popes making changes as needed to bolster the financial times of the Vatican) all claiming to have the Lords phone number… 

Once again a massive T-RUMP  F*CK-UP on his hands now bloodied by more than forty-thousand deaths.  Just listening to his ignorant words of wisdom… what a brilliant mind and if you pay attention you are just as frickin stupid as he is…and he has blamed just about everyone else but himself… He is sick and needs to be removed before more die… And for his seventy years of lies, deceptions and the work of the devil in him, he is backed by the Evangelicals and their prophesies. 

He has brought out the worst in kind, liars who believe in lies and back him up…

Not all or even most evangelicals believe in the literal truth of these sorts of prophecies, though nearly 60 percent of white evangelicals, according to one 2010 poll, believe Jesus is definitely or probably going to return by the year 2050. 

But those who do subscribe to this apocalyptic world view seem to be overrepresented among Trump’s religious supporters and advisers. In October, a host of influential evangelical pastors came to the White House to pray with T-RUMP to protect him from impeachment. 

Among those who laid hands on the president as he stood, head bowed, in the Oval Office, was repeat visitor Greg Laurie, pastor of a California megachurch. A few days after the killing of Soleimani, Laurie made a YouTube video with Don Stewart, author of 25 Signs We Are Near the End, to discuss Iran and the End Times. “The scenario that the Bible predicted, seemingly so impossible,” Stewart promised, “is now falling into place.”


THE MAGICAL CROCK OF SH*T BEFALLS ON 

T-RUMP AND HE KNOWS HOW TO USE IT

From the outset, T-RUMP has surrounded himself with people who hail from the fringes of the Evangelical community that is steeped in the language of biblical prophecy, and his administration regularly reflects that language back to them in it's messaging. 

In March 2017, for instance, T-RUMP issued an official White House statement recognizing the Persian New Year in which he misattributed a quote to Cyrus the Great, the libertine pagan leader of the ancient Persian empire who was anointed by God to free Jews in Babylon. 

Ordinary Americans probably wouldn’t have even noticed the announcement, but Evangelicals knew that Trump was speaking their language. Many of them believe T-RUMP is like Cyrus, a flawed nonbeliever who nonetheless is chosen by God to work his miracles on Earth.  We believe he is more like Hitler and just flawed really biggly. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was reportedly instrumental in pushing for the killing of Soleimani, is also a master of such messaging. In March, during an interview in Jerusalem with the Christian Broadcasting Network (founded by another apocalyptic preacher, Pat Robertson), Pompeo showed his familiarity with another Iran-centric Bible story popular with End Times evangelicals. In the story, a Persian king is urged to slaughter the Jews in his kingdom at the urging of the evil adviser Haman. 

But his Jewish Queen Esther persuades him not to and saves her people. Asked whether he thought Trump could be a modern-day Esther, saving the Jews from Iran, Pompeo replied, “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.” The secretary of state’s End Times beliefs made headlines again after the Soleimani killing, as meme-makers circulated a quote from a speech he made in a Kansas church in 2015. A few days after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, Pompeo said: “We will continue to fight these battles. It is a never-ending struggle. … until the Rapture.”

Have you noticed that some of these people T-RUMP hires are just as sick as he is and just as incompetent?

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