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[In the early 2000s,  nearly 80%  of Americans identified as Christians.  By 2014 that number had dropped to  about 70% .  By 2018 that percentage was still  about the same  but by 2019 it was down to  about 65%  — though the percentage of Americans who actually live biblically (revealing their faith to be real rather than  fake ) has remained  fairly constant  for decades.  While the historical dominance of Christian self-identification has diminished in recent years, a majority of Americans still claim to be Christians.  As we so often do on these pages, ASND simply Asks:If most Americans claim to be Christians, why don’t most American Christians  vote  to have Christian (i.e. biblical) values represented and codified into law at local, state and federal levels?  Answer: Because not all  professing  “Christians”  are  actual Christians .   ASND offers dozens of examples for that answer  — with the requisite evidence — on this page.  First, of course, is the biblical evidence for fake “Christianity” (since the Bible is the only universally available source for the definition of real Christianity).  Second, ASND offers the biblical evidence for real Christianity, made clearly evident by Christ’s commands to make His values alone determinative of real Christians’ votes.  Third, ASND offers dozens of references explicating and expounding upon Christ’s commands for Christians to actualize His dominion via their votes.  Fourth, ASND offers dozens more examples of societal evidences revealing the consequences of fake “Christianity”.]  

Fake Christianity: According to Christ

Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+14%3A23&version=ESV

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mat+7%3A21&version=ESV

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith     by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons…
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Tim+4%3A1&version=ESV

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers [and politicians] to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths [including political myths, a.k.a.  lies ].
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy+4:3&version=ESV

They {[who rejected] ‘sound [i.e. biblical] teaching‘} went out from us [i.e. out from Christianity], but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us.  But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Jn+2%3A19&version=ESV

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will... [have] the appearance of godliness, but [will be] denying its power.  Avoid such people [and their choices, including how they vote].
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2Tim+3%3A1-5&version=ESV

For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.  But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+6%3A7-8&version=ESV

I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot.  Would that you were either cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm [evidenced, in part, by your not voting for God’s will to be done on Earth], and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3%3A15-16&version=ESV

[T]rue repentance does not exist without a resolve to obey the Lord.  It is not enough merely to recognize our sin, admit it, and ask for forgiveness; we must also intend to serve God and keep His commandments, even while we recognize that we will not do so perfectly  (Deut. 30:1–10 ;  1 John 1:8–9 )…  [T]o have no resolve to obey and no fruit of obedience whatsoever reveals the lack of true spiritual life, that is, the lack of the new heart given in regeneration that exercises saving faith ( John 3:1–21 James 2:14–26).”

https://tabletalkmagazine.com/daily-study/2019/12/the-jews-covenant-to-obey-god/

Real Christianity: According to Christ

Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6:10&version=ESV

Seek, first, the kingdom of God and His righteousness
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6:33&version=ESV

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness [including how you vote], but instead expose them.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+5%3A11&version=ESV

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness [including in the voting booth] is not of God
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Jn+3%3A10&version=ESV

[Jesus] said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your… mind.  This is the great and first commandment.’
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+22%3A36-38&version=ESV

[Christians must] destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought [and therefore every action, including every vote] captive to obey Christ
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+10%3A5&version=ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can that faith save him?…  But someone will say, You have faith and I have works.Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  You believe that God is one; you do well.  Even the demons believe — and shudder!  Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works [including by his votes].
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+2%3A14&version=ESV
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+2%3A18-24&version=ESV

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+1%3A22&version=ESV

So, whether you eat or drink [or vote], or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians+10:31&version=ESV

…choose this day [in the voting booth] whom you will serve, whether the gods [of unbelievers]But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+24:15&version=ESV

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[Having introduced this page above, ASND is also keenly aware of the unfortunate lie many true Christians believe, that politics is God’s primary means of  separating  His sheep from Satan’s goats.  (Notice, btw, that God’s word clearly specifies that His people [the “sheep“] are found on the “right” while Satan’s people [the “goats“] are found on the “left“.  Coincidence?  We think not.)  We know that is a lie because only  the Gospel  defines God’s means of separating His sheep from Satan’s goats.  While believing the Gospel, though, many of those true Christians have elevated politics above Christ and His word, the Bible.

How to Know If You’ve Made an Idol of Politics

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-know-if-made-an-idol-politics/

Likewise, many of those true Christians are more faithful to their chosen political party than they are to their potentate Savior.

Consistent faithfulness to Scripture will never square with total alignment with any political party.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/prophets-not-partisans/

While properly citing those quotes in the context of this brief, sub-introductory essay, ASND takes issue with some of what is presented in those last two articles because they never correctly identify either a) the proper, biblical connection between Christian morality and secular politics (politics being — by definition — the expression of morality in the secular arena of public policy) or b) the essential  hierarchy  of moral considerations (often including moral dilemmas) which Christians must ‘correctly discern‘ from Scripture in order to make properly biblical political choices (a.k.a. Christ-centered votes).  While that moral hierarchy is not explicitly enumerated in Scripture, the Bible does provide unmistakable guidance for the discernment of said hierarchy — applicable to any generation and/or culture.  ASND has endeavored to present on  this page  a) the biblically-mandated connection between morality & politics and b) the biblically-defined moral hierarchy which Christians must consider when making political choices (i.e. when voting).  While no political party is uniquely Christian in its moral substrate (which is why  Nobody Important  is not a member of a political party), it is unequivocally clear from Scripture that, given the God-ordained moral hierarchy essential to making political choices, the published platform of one political party in the U.S. today towers morally over all the others.]

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WWJD — In A Voting Booth?

God Does, Indeed, Take Political Sides
Therefore Political Partisanship Is Morally Obligatory

https://www.str.org/articles/does-god-take-sides-why-political-partisanship-is-morally-obligatory

… &

God’s Side in Politics

http://www.str.org/articles/does-god-take-sides-why-political-partisanship-is-morally-obligatory

and…

When Christians Disengaged From Politics, the Antichrist Spirit Stepped In

https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/renewing-america/75949-when-christians-disengaged-culture-the-antichrist-spirit-stepped-in

and…

“[The true Christians’] worldview must extend to all of life [most especially to politics], for all of life is religious [and politics are simply the exercise of personal religion in public policy].  Just as  James 1:26  makes the use of the tongue a test of whether one’s religion is true or not, [Christians’] ideas and moral behavior [e.g. how they vote] do so as well…  [Christians’] task as twenty-first century believers is to take not only all thoughts captive to Christ ( 2 Cor 10:5 ) but all of life; to make it obedient to Christ and His revealed Word.

https://tabletalkmagazine.com/article/2008/06/breaking-boundaries/

Yet…

Record low number of Americans hold biblical worldview, survey says

https://www.christianpost.com/news/record-low-number-of-americans-hold-biblical-worldview-survey-says.html

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Democrat voters who identify as Christian has plummeted since 2008

https://www.christianpost.com/news/democrat-voters-who-identify-as-christian-has-plummeted-since-2008-pew.html

and…

Preaching the Gospel Does Not Mean Abandoning the Culture

https://stream.org/preaching-gospel-not-mean-abandoning-culture/

and…

The Good Samaritan does not show that government should confiscate wealth through taxation and redistribute it.  The Good Samaritan emphasizes voluntary charity to help people.
Subsidiarity: If a problem can be addressed by a lower level of society (family) then we shouldn’t make higher levels (government) address it; e.g., the best place to take care of children is within the family.

https://winteryknight.com/2018/11/10/jim-wallis-debates-jay-richards-on-christianity-and-economics/

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Five Reasons Why Christians Should Care About Economics
1. The Bible Deals with Economic Issues [hundreds of times]
2. Economics Helps Us Understand the Public Square [see #5 below]
3. Economics Expands Our Model of Discipleship
4. Economics Enhances Our Theology of Work
5. Economics Illuminates the Theological Implications of Politics [with which  the Bible also deals  often]

https://blog.acton.org/archives/75744-5-reasons-christians-care-economics.html

and…

God certainly is not on the side of lawbreakers who happen to be poor…
Just as the rich are often tempted to be proud, denying God’s goodness, so the poor are tempted to covet the possessions of others [via  taxes  to pay for  unneeded  welfare ].

http://james-dave.com/conservlib2pfv.html

and…

Did Jesus advocate the socialistic, class warfare approach of the political left?
Not at all.

http://james-dave.com/conservlib1pfv.html

and…

Was Jesus Christ Was a Liberal/Progressive?
The fact is, one can scour the Scriptures with a fine-tooth comb and find nary a word from Christ that endorses the forcible redistribution of wealth by political authorities.
 None, period.

https://fee.org/articles/42-jesus-christ-was-a-progressive-because-he-advocated-income-redistribution-to-help-the-poor/

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“Caring for the needy is certainly the work of God, but God’s work must also be done God’s way…  Ultimately, poverty  cannot be defeated  through human means, political or otherwise.  Despite more than a century of progressive reform, including the formal Progressive movement of the pre-World War One era, FDR’s ‘New Deal‘, and LBJ’s ‘War On Poverty‘, poverty is still a devastating reality to countless people…  This fact alone should provoke us to seriously reexamine both [liberal] priorities and [liberal] methods [since those were all failed liberal policies]…  in some cases, these programs have proven to be nothing more than [ ineffectivefalsely defended , and economically  debilitating ] political grandstanding.

http://james-dave.com/conservlib3pfv.html

… &

Wayne Grudem [Bible-believing conservative] debates Richard Glover [Bible-revisionist liberal] on the Bible, poverty and foreign aid

https://winteryknight.com/2020/01/04/wayne-grudem-debates-richard-glover-on-the-bible-poverty-and-foreign-aid-4/

and…

The Nine Deadly Sins of Liberalism/Progressivism

http://bruceashford.net/2019/the-nine-deadly-sins-of-progressivism/

and…

Christians who shun politics to supposedly advance the Gospel are actually allowing others to stop the Gospel.

http://townhall.com/columnists/frankturek/2012/10/23/north_korea_and_christians_in_politics/print

and…

Democrat Party Passes Blatantly  Anti-Christ-ian  Resolution

https://stream.org/democratic-party-resolution-against-christianity/

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True Christians believe Democrats will strip their rights because… they will.
They have been doing just that for decades and they are getting worse, very quickly, wherever they can.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/01/religious-people-think-democrats-will-strip-our-rights-because-its-true/

… &

As the left has grown more secular and fiercer in its attacks on people of faith, the number of people identifying as Christians in America is rapidly trending downwards. Church membership among Democrats dropped precipitously, from 71% to 48% over the course of a couple decades…  Democrats can no longer hide their contempt and hatred towards those who ‘cling to religion’ and believe that the Bible is God’s word and means what it says…  The LGBTQ movement is best understood as a liberal weapon, and it is an effective one.  It has become the spearhead in the attack against Christianity and it will increasingly be used in an attempt to achieve the goal of driving meaningful Christian thought from the public square…  Democratic hatred of Christians extends well beyond the LGBTQ movement.  That’s just their most effective weapon for attacking those they hate.  What most drives their hatred is that Bible-believing Christians stand for the unborn.  Democrats mumble the occasional platitude and claim to be Christian since they still need to hoodwink a sizable portion of their voting base, but it is far more important to pay attention to their actions.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/11/the_democratic_cold_war_on_christianity_heating_up.html

and…

The Left Uses Social Issues As ‘Battering Rams’ To Turn People Against Reality

https://dailycaller.com/2019/11/22/douglas-murray-left-turn-people-society/

and…

Why have so many fake “Christians” voted for overtly  anti-Christian  Democrats?

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/01/the_dumbest_voting_bloc_in_america.html

… &

Just Some Of The Problems With Liberalism

https://www.firstthings.com/article/1996/03/the-problem-with-liberalism

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Liberalism’s war to destroy Christian America

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273176/defender-faith-bruce-thornton

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Wake Up, Christians.  There Is No Place For You In The Democrat Party.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/wake-up-christians-there-is-no-place-for-you-in-the-democrat-party/

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The lack of political resistance to liberalism by Christians in this country has served only to embolden their own opponents.  Ignoring popular leftist culture and refusing to oppose it in the ballot box will only increase the attacks on biblical values perpetrated by the liberal enemies of Christ.

https://www.libertynation.com/the-cultural-revolution-purging-religion-in-america/

and…

Christians, stop supporting charlatans [such as Donald Trump’s “spiritual advisor” Paula White] just because they vote like you.

https://www.disrn.com/2019/11/11/opinion-christians-stop-supporting-charlatans-just-because-they-vote-like-you/

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[Knowing now what Jesus actually would do in a voting booth, it is obvious — at least to those who have been given eyes to see  (by  that same Jesus , who, btw,  withholds that gift  from many) — that He expects those who claim to love Him to actually be like Him… including in the voting booth.  What even some true Christians fail to realize, though, is that Jesus expects His followers to be like Him — including in the voting booth — for their own good.  The existence of representative government — while not the biblical ideal (heaven is a theocratic monarchy, or theocracy) — is, like every other good thing on this Earth, a gift from Jesus.  And like all gifts from God, He expects us to use them for His glory and our own good, which means to perpetuate (i.e. vote for) the ideas, goals, laws and systems that reflect and display Him to a world that not only doesn’t know Him but overtly and unceasingly despises Him.  God’s will in politics will always result in being for their good too, even if they refuse to believe it and never come to Him for forgiveness.]

[W]e have [only] one life to live.  One live to serve.  One live to make an impact.  And then we die…  How did we live our lives?  Did we make things better or worse?  Were we good stewards over our freedoms or did we become enslaved [politically to the enemy of our souls because we refused to simply vote for God’s will to be done on Earth, as it is in heaven]?…  Have we, through… being salt and light [in the voting booth], helped our nation go in a positive direction?  [For those who don’t know, the biblical metaphor of “salt” refers to the power of preserving — or conserving (hence the word “conservative”) — and the metaphor of “light” refers to the power of illuminating — or revealing — Jesus, by way of doing His will in our world, including in the voting booth.Have we helped raise moral standards?  Are people more conscious of God?  More compassionate?  Are families stronger?  Are we leaving a godly legacy to our children?  Have we raised up schools or ministries or businesses or organizations or churches that are making a lasting difference?  And so we [are commanded to] stand up and fight for what is right [when we vote].   It is who we are [commanded to be].  It is what we [are commanded to] do.  Yes we, God’s people, are the moral conscience of the society and the light of the world.  But if we fail to shine [God’s] light [by voting for God’s enemies], there will be cultural deterioration [which, no surprise, there has been].  And then, eventually, cultural collapse [exactly as it has begun to do].  That would mean great suffering and hardship for our kids and their kids and then their kids [which is already happening].  That would mean moral confusion and spiritual bankruptcy and social anarchy [and we are already down on the second of those three steps into hell on Earth — and it has been our own fault for not following Jesus in our voting booths].  That would be [no, that already is a] real tragedy.

https://stream.org/putting-the-culture-wars-in-a-multi-generational-perspective/

and…

America is now the target of an intense spiritual onslaught — brought on by its own rampant descent into decadence.  The left [that is, Democrats, have] been at war with America as founded [and therefore with Christ, since  America was founded on Christian principles ] for decades, and it has made great progress in transforming our culture and institutions.  Leftists are activism-oriented and relentless.  They pursue their goals 24/7, exhausting their less activist and less calculating opponents, and advance their agenda by sheer attrition.  But a more important factor in the left’s success is the depressing naivete of too many conservatives about its ultimate aims…  The [corona]virus isn’t red or blue [i.e. Republican or Democrat], but the leftists [i.e. Democrats] immediately weaponized it against President Donald Trump, their endless efforts to remove him [by way of impeachment and Russiagate] having failed.  From the beginning of this scourge, it was obvious they were more interested in demonizing Trump than in defeating the virus…  Though Trump and virtually all of America condemned the senseless killing of George Floyd, the extreme left seized the moment not merely to protest officer misconduct but to condemn the nation for ‘systemic racism,’ ‘white privilege,’ and ‘white supremacy.’  Leftist activists converted the protests into riots, looting, and violence, and Democratic leaders refused to condemn it and instead fanned the flames lit by the organized mob.  They have joined the movement to topple monuments and erase all other unpleasant aspects of American history — as if they never occurred.  This is nothing new for the Democratic Party…  Too many on the right also mistakenly believe that this Democratic frenzy and leftist unrest is all based primarily on their contempt for President Donald Trump. He has made them crazy, and they’ll do anything to get rid of him.  Then everything will return to normal. Yes, he makes them crazier, more desperate, and more unreasonable — mainly because he’s fighting them hammer and tongs — but he didn’t make them leftists, and leftists don’t need any prompting to unleash their hell on America.  It stands for everything they hate.  With or without Trump, their goals remain the same.  But without Trump, their chances of finally undoing America immeasurably increase [primarily due to the unceasing and inexcusable willful disregard for truth, justice, and the biblical way demonstrated for decades by Republican party leadership, who place a higher value on electioneering than they do on moral consistency]…  Note to [true] conservatives [i.e. Bible-believing Christians]: If you have been casually dismissing leftist extremism, maybe now you will wake up.  Can’t you hear the alarms blaring?

[If you cannot, that is only because you do not want to hear them.]

https://pjmedia.com/columns/david-limbaugh/2020/06/19/the-silent-majority-can-be-silent-no-more-n551984

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“[True] Christians get treated as the red-headed stepchild[ren] by Republicans… for the same reason [that] Democrats take [blacks] for granted: [True Christians] have nowhere else to go [during elections].  At best, we can threaten to stay home in November[s].  But that would just help our [and Christ’s] really, really [ evil ] enemies [i.e.  liberals , a.k.a.  Democrats ] to win [those elections]…  This was true through 2016, when Donald Trump came along…  Trump promised an end to business as usual in the GOP… [and] He also was so isolated in the party [at that time] that he needed us, and actually listened [to us, which he had never done before]…  And indeed, on a number of fronts he delivered.  He has still been more pro-life than any president since Reagan…  And yet here we are.  Trump’s first pick for the U.S. Supreme Court [Neil Gorsush] legislated from the bench.  He adopted the crackpot, Obamadite theory that the 1964 Civil Rights Act outlawed LGBT discrimination… [and this was entirely predictable because] Neil Gorsuch’s stance on LGBT issue was public as long ago as 2008….  Worse still, that the vast apparatus of the federal anti-discrimination police will now be unleashed against Christians…  Soon enough, churches and ministries… will be pressured to ‘train’ [i.e. indoctrinate, according to godless, left-wing dictates] their employees in transgender and [radical homosexual] ideology.  This, or face lawsuits by disgruntled employees who assert a ‘hostile workplace environment.’  No, the First Amendment won’t likely protect these Christian enterprises [anymore].  It’s open season on churches [now], and little Christian businesses [the number of big Christian business can now be counted on the fingers of a single hand]…  Evangelicals and other serious social conservatives [a.k.a. true Christians] need to stop trusting a small cabal of pro-business hacks and tribalist Catholics in Washington, D.C. with decisions as crucial as [Supreme Court nominees] [and] We need Republican presidents to know that we won’t just blindly march to the polls at every election to back the candidate who promises to persecute us a little more slowly…  As long as our country is going to be, in Antonin Scalia’s words, an oligarchy of five judges, we need to be much more careful how our side chooses them.  It’s the only real input we have on a topic like… the survival of Christian institutions.  Or their bankrupting and destruction via the death of a thousand lawsuits.

https://stream.org/are-christians-slaves-on-the-gop-plantation/

and…

In  Exodus 34 , after Moses narrowly saves the Israelites from God’s wrath (they had made a golden cow to worship), God gives instructions.  They amount to staying apart from the world.  God tells Moses not to place himself under financial or legal obligation to the unbelieving world.  Rather he should stand prepared for perpetual conflict with [the unbelieving world] in order to obey God.  This mission remains particularly important for the churches [today], as the body of Christ gathered…  The juridical [including the ostensibly ‘conservative’ U.S. Supreme Court], economic, and political powers [which currently exist] have told churches that they cannot exist [if they remain obedient to God’s  eternal, immutable  moral law] in the United States unless they enter into a new social contract with the unbelieving world [which would be unfaithful to God’s eternal, immutable moral law].  The new social contract amounts to an occupation of Christian America…  It is effectively against the law [in the U.S. now] to be a true Christian…  Think for a moment about the opening pages of [the Bible’s book of] Revelation.  Seven churches are mentioned, of which five… are scolded [for their wanton immorality].  In the end times the vast majority of organized churches is not going to pass [God’s moral-law] muster.  We should know which churches are heading in the wrong direction [i.e. directly to hell, which ‘churches’ already and obviously include the Roman] CatholicAnglican , PresbyterianMethodist , and now  Southern Baptist  churches [why Dr. Lopez omitted the  Episcopal  and  ELCA  ‘churches’ from that list escapes me]…  The Lord has made it so plain to see who will be losing their lamp stands [i.e. sentenced to eternal damnation] when Jesus comes back.

https://stream.org/how-bad-for-faithful-christians-are-the-recent-scotus-rulings/

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A key dynamic in our present epistemological crisis [a.k.a. liberalism] is the way truth has moved from being a matter of reason to a matter of feeling.  Rather than something discovered through logical discourse in community, truth is now — to many people — discovered primarily through felt experience as individuals.  What matters most [now] is whether I feel something to be true for me, and this only has implications for others insofar as they must respect the viability of ‘my truth’ and not threaten it with ‘their truth.’  It used to be that if another’s understanding of truth conflicted with yours, you could engage with and entertain their view, potentially letting it challenge and adjust your own view (and vice versa).  Not anymore.  Now, if another’s understanding of truth challenges yours, you mute them, cancel them, [or] accuse them of bigotry…  Spend any amount of time on social media and you’ll see this in action…  Evangelicals have been complicit in this trajectory.  It isn’t just secular progressives who tend to mute differing voices or avoid encountering ‘threatening’ ideas.  Many [ostensibly] conservative Christians do the same thing.  In the 20th century, fundamentalist fears of ‘worldly‘ ideas led many evangelical parents, pastors, and institutions to shield their children, parishioners, and students from wide swaths of potentially hazardous influences.  To be sure, we’ve cultivated our own ‘safe spaces.’  Accusations of evangelical anti-intellectualism are thus often — though not always warranted.  Meanwhile, much of evangelical Christianity has emphasized the therapeutic and emotive experience of faith above the theological ideas that undergird it.  Poor catechesis and avoidance of difficult doctrine means that for many Christians, religious identity is only as secure as the feelings that accompany it — which is to say, not secure at all.  When difficult questions arise and one is forced to wrestle with the intellectual scaffolding of belief, the house of cards collapses, as we see often in deconversion accounts.  Untrained in the art of logic, reasonable discourse, and articulating what they believe, many evangelicals turn out to be just as fragile as the secular ‘snowflakes’ they critique…  But if we are going to make progress as a society — and for Christians, as missionaries and advocates for the capital ‘T’ Truth — we can’t avoid discomfort.  Truth must be contended for, and that process will inevitably be contentious…  [I]f we give up on persuasion, all that’s left is power.  This is why politics has become a new religion [to liberals and fake Christians]…  Sadly, many [professing, deceived] Christians are functionally atheists in this regard; they’ve thrown in the towel on contending for truth, opting instead to just claw for [political] power.  But this approach doesn’t change minds.  It doesn’t lead anyone to the freedom that comes from knowing the truth (John 8:32).  It’s nihilistic and dangerous, and it will only escalate the violence of our culture wars.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/exit-echo-chamber-persuade/

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True Christians: Liberal or Conservative?:

“[True Christians (a.k.a. ‘conservatives’)] believe in the Judeo-Christian tradition; those on the other side of our cultural divide [a.k.a. ‘liberals’] believe that this tradition is a myth.  [True Christians] hold that our tradition reveals moral truths that dictate how we ought to live; [liberals] believe we make up our own moral values.  The moral relativists [all of whom are also liberals] believe our Judeo-Christian moral teachings are oppressive, hateful, and dangerous.  [True Christians] believe that [liberals have their] own myths [a.k.a. ‘lies’] and that many of [those lies] are dangerous.  [Those lies include:] 1) The [lie] that humanity is merely the product of a contest for survival that rewards the ‘fittest’ of organisms gave rise to theories of racial superiority, eugenics, and ideologies of ‘might makes right.’  2) The [lies] that there are no innate differences between men and women and that ‘gender’ is merely a social construct have given rise to same-sex ‘marriage,’ transgenderism, and harmful ‘reassignment’ surgery.  3) The [lie] that confining sexual activity to marriage is repressive and harmful while unrestrained sexual expression is liberating and healthy has led to the mainstreaming of teen sexual promiscuity and the proliferation of pornography.  4) The [lie] of personal autonomy is now used to justify the killing of one’s own child in the womb. While divisiveness is not desirable in any society, there is no middle ground between opposing abortion and approving it.  Or between viewing marriage as the only proper place for sexual intercourse and seeing it as just one option among many for pursuing sexual fulfillment.  Or between the Judeo-Christian teaching that [humanity] is created in the image of God and atheistic Darwinism’s view of [humanity] as the result of blind, purposeless forces.  As long as destructive cultural [lies] remain [i.e. as long as liberals remain], there will be a need for [true Christians] to continue debunking them, for the sake of human dignity and truth.

https://salvomag.com/article/salvo50/divisive-myths

and…

Christianity and Politics: How Shall the Twain Meet?

http://www.modernreformation.org/default.php?page=printfriendly&var1=Print&var2=736

and…

How should Christians apply a Biblical worldview to social and political issues?

https://www.probe.org/christian-worldview-and-social-issues/

and…

What is a Christian’s Responsibility to Government?

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/christians-and-government/

and…

[Christians] must decide what in our culture is worth conserving and what needs to be rejected so that we can progress beyond it.

http://www.canonandculture.com/the-religious-problem-with-conservatism-and-progressivism/

and…

Christians can “love” Trump without overlooking his faults

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/03/love_trump_without_overlooking_his_faults.html

… &

NeverTrumpers Such As David French Say Evangelicals Who Voted for Trump are Hypocrites.
Not So…  The rhetoric and logic of NeverTrumpers follows this trajectory:

Our NeverTrump diatribes slandering Evangelical Trump voters as hypocrites, if successful, will result in the election of a Democrat who promotes infanticide, GenderQueer coercion, left-wing court tyranny, and mandatory speech.  Thank God we aren’t like those moral compromisers who practice double standards.

NeverTrumpers refused to cast votes against a Democrat — Hillary Clinton — who stood, and continues to stand, for a long list of policies which are absolutely abhorrent to Christ and therefore also to faithful Christians.

https://stream.org/nevertrumpers-evangelicals-hypocrites/

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[E]verything French says on this subject [of Christian faith expressed in politics] is based on a… false premise…  That [false] premise is this: Christian citizens discredit their faith and give scandal to the Gospel itself if they choose a lesser evil in public life  instead of accepting a much greater evil, and keeping their hands “clean” by giving up any [political] influence, even in self-defense.

https://stream.org/david-vichy-french-wants-christians-to-surrender/

and…

From time to time Christians may find themselves in tactical alliance with conservatives, just as with liberals, over particular policies, precepts, and laws. But they cannot be in strategic alliance, because their reasons for these stands are different; they are living in a different vision.

https://www.firstthings.com/article/1996/04/the-problem-with-conservatism

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Legislating Morality?:

Yes, Legislating Morality.  That’s What Every Law Does,  Regardless Who Writes It.

http://trevorgrantthomas.blogspot.com/2013/03/legislating-morality.html

and…

Who Are You To Impose Your Morality on Others?

http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/201003/201003_114_IMPOSE_MORAL.cfm

and…

You can’t legislate morality’ actually means ‘You shouldn’t make laws based on              your morality, but on mine instead.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/13/can-legislate-morality/

and…

You Can’t Not Legislate Morality

https://www.thinkingchristian.net/posts/2013/06/you-cant-not-legislate-morality/

and…

The most often quoted teaching of Jesus seems to be ‘Judge not, that you be not judged.‘ (Matthew 7:1)  It’s also… one of the most misunderstood….  [I]f we read this as a commandment to suspend all judgment… He’d be requiring the impossible because we’re incapable of having no opinion of what’s right or wrong…. [and] He’d also be contradicting Himself, because He specifically calls us, in other verses , to judge.

https://stream.org/misunderstanding-judge-not/

and…

Are Christians who vote according to the biblical worldview “imposing” their views on others?

Ask the opposite question as well.  Are liberals imposing their views on Christians?  Is the liberal position neutral?  Is it unbiased and objective?

Of course not.  Liberalism rests on a highly contentious,  dualistic  view of human nature that involves a subjective definition of a person and a crassly utilitarian view of the body.  There is nothing neutral about any of that.  [So] when [liberals] mandate their policies [via government] based on their worldview, [they are] imposing a secular liberal [i.e.  anti-Christ-ian ] ideology on [Christians].”

https://www.facebook.com/1476753582446105/posts/2467924979995622/

and…

[P]olitics is not separate from culture, nor irrelevant to culture, nor downstream from culture.  Politics is a key part of culture, and often drives [culture].  The law [therefore] can [and does] serve as a teacher and a guide to encourage positive behaviors and discourage negative ones.  Consider, for example, what the Civil Rights Act did to racist discrimination in the South.  Not only did it become unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, it became viewed within the culture as morally repugnant.

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/10/porn-culture-and-political-courage

and…

The [recent, liberalism-imposed]Christ without culture‘ model — meaning Christianity [is] indifferent to culture — … results in [Christianity] acquiescing [to] the culture’s demand that [Christianity] confine itself to the sphere of [mere] privacy [or to the “second story” of a two-story worldview, see  here  ]…  In more contemporary language, [Christianity] is whatever works for you…  In different times and in different places, [Christians have] understood [their] relationship to culture in different ways.  There [has been] Christ against culture, the Christ of culture, Christ above culture, Christ and culture in paradox, and Christ transforming culture [popular since the 1970s among dominion-minded fundamentalist Christians]…  The one model that is not possible, except by deluding ourselves and betraying [Christ’s commands] to the world, is Christ without culture.

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2008/11/the-deadly-convenience-of-christianity-without-culture

and…

Fear Theocracy?  That’s misguided.
All political beliefs are philosophical beliefs, and all philosophical beliefs are theological beliefs.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/05/fear_theocracy_bad_news_all_politics_is_theocratic.html

and…

Is Legislating Morality Biblical?

http://www.equip.org/article/is-legislating-morality-biblical-2/

and…

Because every law springs from a system of values and beliefs, every law is an instance of legislating Morality…  The question before us is never whether or not to legislate morality, but which moral system ought to be made legally binding.

http://www.equip.org/articles/law-and-morality/

and…

The Separation Of Church And State Is An Impossible Fiction
It is impossible even at the conceptual level, let alone at the level of practice.

http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/21/separation-church-state-impossible-fiction/

and…

Should Christians Impose Their Moral Standards on Society?

http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2012/02/should-christians-impose-their-moral-standards-on-society.html

and..

If [Christians] don’t cast our votes [based on Christian principles], we will quickly lose our voice – not just politically but in other ways.  We will quickly find our rights disappearing. Hostility to Christians will become the national norm. We will be silenced on many fronts.  Why?  Because those who hate us won’t stop voting. And those who despise our morals won’t stop campaigning.  And the [ anti-Christian , leftist] activists who feel a sacred calling to oppose us will be empowered.

https://stream.org/evangelical-christians-quandry-politics/ 

and…

Christians, Be Like Athanasius and Machen.  Stand Against the World.

https://stream.org/athanasius-machen-against-the-world/

and…

The story of Daniel and his friends is a clarion call to our generation to be courageous; not to lose our nerve and allow the expression of our faith to be diluted and squeezed out of the public space and thus rendered spineless and ineffective.

https://salvomag.com/article/salvo35/steeled-faith

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Anti-Christ-ian [a.k.a. Liberal] Politics:

[See, also,  this page .]

Today’s Democrat Party insists that a… full-term human baby just about to be born isn’t really a human being, and therefore can be  slaughtered at will  – maybe even after he or she is born – just as long as ‘the mother and her doctor‘  agree …  The Democrat Party’s top leaders also passionately warn that the entire earth will become uninhabitable  within  10 years  due to [ CO2inducedglobal  warmingThe modern Democrat Party likewise contends there are more than a hundred  different genders  that never before existed in history, that men can get pregnant and have babies… and that if you don’t agree with all this, you’re a deplorable bigot – and anti-science…  These are the people who proudly identify themselves as ‘the party of science‘ and contemptuously dismiss critics and political opponents as ‘science-deniers‘…  Most recently, throughout the  coronavirus  pandemic , Democrat leaders and their media propagandists have played their ‘we-listen-to-the-scientists!‘ card more brazenly than ever.

https://www.wnd.com/2020/06/lefts-war-science/

[That “article” is actually an ad for a magazine, and while everything it claimed about liberals (who are  hardly limited to Democrats ) was true, it didn’t include any useful references to prove those claims.  I have, therefor, inserted several references (hyperlinks) which do.]

and…

Witches do not hide their involvement in the violent [2020] protests [against alleged racism by police]…  The hashtag #witchesforblm serves a meeting place for practicing witches who want to learn how to cast protection spells, draw occult sigils, and hex police.  Five days after the hashtag started, it garnered 10 million views on the TikTok app…  The witches are part of a growing movement mixing [liberal] politics and the occult.  Numerous books of spells have been published since the 2016 elections advising occultist activists how to invoke the powers of darkness for [exclusively liberal] political causes.  Witches and satanists are appearing more often in public to push their agenda and display their scorn for God and His Law.  Such occult activism appears at odds with past leftist policies.  The left used to follow a secular outlook that did not recognize spiritual powers of any kind. It always tried to keep politics and Christianity separate by labeling Christian action as superstitious.  However, the left is now welcoming witches and occultists with their dark arts into the public square.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/witches-and-satanists-have-teamed-up-with-leftists-to-destroy-america

and…

The ‘Christian Doomsayers’ Are Right
Democrats really do pose an ‘existential threat’ to Christians

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/12/the-christian-doomsayers-are-right/

and…

As liberal fake “Christians” attempt to redefine what Christianity is, they also attempt to shame and silence real Christians.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/09/the_left_hopes_to_destroy_christianity_by_changing_it.html

and…

The first moral error of political liberalism is propitiationism.  According to this notion I should do unto others as they want; [but] according to Christianity I should do unto others as they need [ Luke 12:5 ; 2Cor 13:5 ]…  The second moral error of political liberalism is expropriationism.  According to this notion I may take from others to help the needy, giving nothing of my own; according to Christianity I should give of my own to help the needy, taking from no one [ Ex 20:15 ; Acts 10:1-2 ]…  The third moral error of political liberalism is solipsism.  According to this notion human beings make themselves, belong to themselves, and have value in and of themselves; according to Christianity they are made by God, belong to Him, and have value because they are loved by Him and made in His image [ Gen 1:27 ; John 3:16 ]…  The fourth moral error of political liberalism is absolutionism.  According to this notion we cannot be blamed when we violate the moral law, either because we cannot help it, because we have no choice, or because it is our choice; according to Christianity we must be blamed, because we are morally responsible beings [ Rom 1:20 ; Mark 16:16 ].  Of course absolutionism cannot be practiced consistently, nor would it be so convenient to its practitioners if it could…  The fifth moral error of political liberalism is perfectionism.  According to this notion human effort is adequate to cure human evil; according to Christianity our sin, like our guilt, can be erased only by the grace of God through faith in Christ [ Eph 2:8-9 ; 1John 2:23 ].  Perfectionists also think the cure can be completed in human time.  Some even believe it can be arranged for whole societies at once.  By contrast, the faith teaches that God must start over with each person, and that although guilt is erased immediately, the cure of sin is not complete until the next life…  The sixth moral error of political liberalism is universalism.  According to this notion the human race forms a harmony whose divisions are ultimately either unreal or unimportant; according to Christianity human harmony has been shattered by sin and cannot be fully healed by any means short of conversion [ Rom 2:12 ; Rom 10:9-10 ]…  The seventh moral error of political liberalism is neutralism.  According to this notion the virtue of tolerance requires suspending judgments about good and evil; according to Christianity it requires making judgments about good and evil [ John 7:24 ; 1Th 5:21 ]…  The eighth moral error of political liberalism is collectivism. According to this notion the state is more important to the child than the family; according to Christianity the family is more important to the child than the state [ Eph 6:1 ; Col 3:20 ]. ”

https://www.firstthings.com/article/1996/03/the-problem-with-liberalism

and…

“[Liberals] openly declare their desire to obliterate [Christianity].  In their own minds, their intentions are noble — they want to save the human race from the social injustice and oppression that [Christianity] allegedly inflicts on humanity.  ‘Religion must die in order for mankind to live,’ proclaimed left-wing commentator and comedian Bill Maher in Religulous, the most-watched documentary feature of 2008.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/32393-the-war-to-destroy-christianity-in-america

and…

“There is a deep spiritual crisis in… the United States.  Society has become void of any kind of fundamental values. In fact, morals and morality have been turned completely upside down.  It means that we are actually having a kind of mercy towards people [liberals] who want to do evil to our society, and we are very angry with people who tell the truth…  [Christians are] get[ing] socially marginalized [by liberals who are]… criminaliz[ing] your opinions…  [Liberalism has become] cultural Marxism [devoted to sexual] identity politics [e.g. homosexuality, transgenderism, etc.]…  It appears tolerant and loving, but it’s anything but.  It is a completely  anti-Christian  system.  And the most diabolical part of it is that [many professing ‘Christians’ are] using Christianity to welcome this [outright evil]…  [These professing ‘Christians’] are using… [left-wing, anti-Christian] ‘Christianity’ to break down the Christian culture…  I don’t think it’s possible to understand what’s going on today on the political scene if you don’t understand spirituality and these dominions that are unseen… we’re not fighting against flesh and blood but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  And I think they’re very much at work today…  [These anti-Christs] never come to you and present themselves as evil forces. They come in the disguise of something that is beautiful [i.e. liberalism] and looks really great and, you know, light.

https://stream.org/a-revolution-against-god-what-happens-now-that-europe-and-the-west-turned-their-backs-on-christianity/

… &

“Political correctness, the new intolerant-tolerance and ever-increasing erotic liberty… [as well as] identity politics, intersectionality and the rise of victimhood culture are [all] part of [cultural Marxism, a.k.a. neo-Marxism and  Critical Theory ]… How should Christians respond [to cultural Marxism]?…  First, Christians need to realize that we have a far more penetrating analysis of both the problem and the solution…. [but] This does not mean that we have nothing to learn about oppression and injustice from [cultural Marxists]…  Second, while we are not to cast ‘pearls before pigs’ (Matt 7:6), we must not only be ready to answer those who inquire about our hope (1 Pet 3:15), but topreach the word … in season and out of season‘ (2 Tim 4:2).  For the gospel is still the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Rom 1:17)…  [In other words, Christians] need to explain our culture [to cultural Marxists] through the Bible that we might better explain the Bible to our culture…  Fourth… most of us can learn to engage in fruitful neighborly conversation or workplace discussion about moral, social and spiritual issues. Some may even be in a position to impact public policy formation — perhaps in schools, businesses or some level of government…  [W]e must not exile ourselves, and we certainly must not retreat into silence while we still have a platform, a voice, and an opportunity.

https://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/article/cultural-marxism-imaginary-conspiracy-or-revolutionary-reality/

and…

There’s a symbiosis to the way culture works.  We create culture by what we choose to do in the world [above all else, in how we choose to vote], and then culture in turn shapes us as it affects our perceptions of reality.”  [Rom 12:2]

https://salvomag.com/article/salvo43/watch-rescue-ops

[It is neither an accident or a coincidence that the right to vote — i.e. democracy — emerged in the Christian west centuries before it began to  spread  around the world.  Democracy is both a  logical  consequence  of biblical Christianity and a  gift  from Christ to His faithful church.  That His church —  i.e. evangelicals — have begun to ignore His explicitly expressed will (see above) in how they are to vote reveals the transience (i.e.  falsehood ) of their faith.]

and…

Satan’s Ten Strategies Against Christians
Most of them are endemic to liberalism

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/satan-s-ten-strategies-against-you

and…

[I]f you really want to influence people in the Christian direction you must not only talk politics and deal with social conditions in speech, you must take an active part in them.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, M.D.,  30+years pastor, Westminster Chapel, London.

https://www.agradio.org/when-your-pastor-becomes-a-social-justice-warrior.html

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Many Christian institutions, though thoroughly compromised [i.e. infected], have maintained a public stance against homosexuality.  Why?  Presumably to keep their conservative stakeholders’ trust [read, ‘money’]…  Meanwhile, no codes existed to stop the purge of true conservatives [read ‘true Christians’] at the exact same institutions…  Bostock  now makes it impossible to play this two-faced game.  At least without feeling a financial hit at the institutional level.  I am sure Christian leaders will go to donors and parents.  They’ll say they need even more money to fight back against this government intrusion.  That’s a farce. Institutions got to this point because they wasted all their financial support.  They did the LGBT lobby’s dirty work while pretending to take a strong stand for the gospel. Christians who have placed their trust in Conservative, Inc., must not lose sight of recent history. Not even in the maelstrom caused by Bostock.  ‘Christian‘ and ‘conservative‘ organizations have voluntarily enforced pro-LGBT policy.  They have purged anyone who would boldly defend Biblical sexuality against the LGBT movement… the ‘religious liberty argument‘ fell prey to all the follies and contradictions in the Republican Party’s mangled philosophy.  The GOP has a one-sided, almost ‘stalker’ crush on corporations, church leadership, and the police.  But there are all entities with a lot to lose from public opprobrium.  So they constantly undermine and betray the conservatives who defend them.  (Can you say Chick-Fil-A?).

https://stream.org/have-our-churches-brought-the-bostock-disaster-on-themselves/

[Hmm… Speaking of Chick-Fil-A…]

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The 2019-20 Chick-Fil-A Controversies:

Chick-Fil-A Talks Out Of Both Sides Of Its Mouth While Switching Support From Christian To LGBT Charities
Chick-fil-A has betrayed its mission with its dollars and cowardice. Christians need to send a message loud and clear because apparently CFA’s president really likes clarity.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/11/25/chick-fil-a-talks-out-of-both-sides-of-its-mouth-while-switching-support-from-christian-to-lgbt-charities/

… &

Chick-fil-A proudly stated it will support Covenant House International, which promotes an aggressive [i.e. anti-Christian] LGBT agenda.

https://www.lc.org/newsroom/details/121719-chickfilas-notsoslow-fade-1

… &

A Christian Appeal to Chick-fil-A Following Their Decision To Stop Donating to Christian Orgs Who Uphold Biblical Views of Marriage & Sexuality
Why cater to the [liberal, anti-Christian] haters?  Do you think they will hate you less?  Do you think they will now welcome you into their cities and onto their campuses?  And even if they do, is that the price you’re willing to pay for more profits?…  As for the ‘anti-LGBT charges,’ they are completely manufactured and unrelated to reality.  They are tools used to bludgeon faithful followers of Jesus, either as individuals or as companies.  And by caving in to the culture wars, you have now made a louder statement than ever before.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/faqs-chick-fil-new-charity-policy-sparks-backlash/

[For those who don’t know, the CFA Foundation’s director is an  overtly   anti-Christ-ian  activist .  CFA could not have not known that.]

… &

Yes, Chick-Fil-A Really Is Funding A Group That Hosts Drag Queen Story Hour

https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/12/yes-chick-fil-a-really-is-funding-a-group-that-hosts-drag-queen-story-hour/

… &

In caving to the bullying of a minority of radical [anti-Christian] activists, Chick-fil-A has only affirmed that [the anti-Christian activists’] destructive tactics work, and it guarantees that those tactics will be used again against others.  If a giant like Chick-fil-A can succumb to anti-[Christian] pressure, then it can happen anywhere. And the activists now know it.

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/2/caving-to-bullies-over-religious-belief/

… &

Chick-Fil-A unjustifiably disparaged the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home, by making a public spectacle of cutting off their charitable support for being ‘anti-LGBT.’  These groups are not ‘anti’ anything.  They simply subscribe to the historic Christian faith — the same faith Chick-Fil-A *claims* to profess.  The bitter irony here is that Bible-believing Christians stood by Chick-Fil-A’s when they were attacked for their stance on marriage.  Chick-Fil-A rewards that kindness by impersonating the deeply-discredited Southern Poverty Law Center which falsely labels groups holding to Biblical views of marriage and family as ‘haters’.

https://www.christianpost.com/voices/biblical-infidelity-in-top-evangelical-institutions-leaders.html

… &

Chick-fil-A once inspired me to live out my faith in the workplace. 
Those days are gone.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2019/12/04/chick-fil-a-southern-poverty-law-center-donation-column/2588820001/

… &

Chick-fil-A’s Betrayal Cannot be Swept Under the Rug

https://stream.org/chick-fil-as-betrayal-cannot-be-swept-under-the-rug/

… &

Christians rip GOP’s ‘dangerous‘ compromise on religious and LGBTQ rights
Appeasement didn’t work for Chick fil-A and it never deters sexual radicals

https://www.wnd.com/2019/12/christians-rip-gops-dangerous-compromise-religious-lgbtq-rights/

and…

Chick-Fil-A CEO: White People Should Shine Blacks’ Shoes to Show ‘Sense of Shame,’ ‘Embarrassment’ for Racism

https://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/chick-fil-ceo-white-people-should-shine-blacks-shoes-show-sense-shame

… &

I love Chick-Fil-A and I defended them through some very difficult days.
But I cannot in good conscience continue to do business with a company that thinks I’m a racist because of my skin color.
God doesn’t make mistakes.
Farewell, CFA. No More Chikin.

https://twitter.com/toddstarnes/status/1274008856847355909

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“Christianity” Today:

[That section title was intended as a pun but not as a reference to several recent controversies involving Christianity Today magazine (and Web site).  Those controversies have their own section below.]

[T]he Bible teaches a religion of public involvement; it’s actually a matter of Christian doctrine [see the many biblical citations just above].  And in a democracy, that necessarily includes political involvement.  So when people [including, amazingly, many professing “Christians”] tell [real] Christians we should keep our religion out of our politics, they’re imposing contrary, un-Christian [actually,  anti-Christian ] views on us.

https://stream.org/problem-evangelicals-and-politics/

and…

[I]t is now controversial to affirm the Christian Scriptures [even] in… allegedly Christian schools [which are several years behind the social and moral decline of society at large]…  To be unmoved [to action, especially in the voting booth] by this [reality] is to be indifferent, apathetic, compromised, and complacent.

https://stream.org/why-we-cannot-be-silent/

[ASND simply asks, “Where is Christ in any of those?”]

and…

The beliefs and practices of most people who call themselves Christians do not look like what we’d expect from people who are actual disciples of Christ…  Such ‘nominalism’ impacts everything [including] the rule of Christ [in political choice-making].”

https://www.whitehorseinn.org/2019/04/the-mod-christians-in-the-age-of-outrage-how-to-bring-our-best-when-the-world-is-at-its-worst-by-ed-stetzer/

and…

Christian Leaders Agree: The Church Isn’t Ready for What We’re Facing Today
The older churched generation still tends to think we live in a Christian culture, where people would believe in Christ if only they heard the message clearly enough.
Those days are long over.

https://stream.org/spiritual-leaders-agree-church-isnt-ready-facing-today/

[To understand why the church “isn’t ready for what we’re facing today,” see the From The Pulpit” section below.]

and…

Many “Christians” Now Cheer the Criminalization of Christianity

https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/16/dont-be-shocked-when-many-christians-cheer-the-criminalization-of-christianity/

… &

Based solely on the historical record compared with explicitly biblical standards of morality (the answer is not a matter of mere opinion), who was — far and away — America’s most anti-Christian President?

Hint: Like the “Christians” cited in the previous article, He claimed to be on himself.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273643/americas-most-anti-christian-president-david-horowitz

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The recent Christianity Today Controversies:

Christianity Today calls for churches to pay reparations to black people

https://disrn.com/news/christianity-today-calls-for-churches-to-pay-reparations-to-black-people-repentance-is-not-enough

and…

Christianity Today’s article against tax exemptions for churches is jaw-dropping — and deeply flawed

https://disrn.com/opinion/cts-deeply-flawed-article-about-tax-exemptions-for-churches

and…

Christianity Today goes full Democrat and lies about Donald Trump

https://capstonereport.com/2019/12/19/christianity-today-goes-full-democrat-and-lies-about-donald-trump/33594/

… &

By claiming that the ‘facts are unambiguous’ that Trump is guilty, Christianity Today is plainly lying to its readers.

https://stream.org/christianity-today-is-lying-to-its-readers/

… &

Christianity Today Betrays the Truth

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/christianity_today_betrays_the_truth.html

and…

Long ago, Evangelicals at Christianity Today digressed, departed, and deserted biblical Christianity and with this unfair, untrue, and unprovoked attack on President Trump they have also deserted common sense.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/12/true_to_their_roots_christianity_today_attacks_trump.html

… &

CT has been highly critical of Trump for years.

https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/1208046145626419200

… &

Christianity Today is Leftist Magazine

https://www.toddstarnes.com/show/franklin-graham-christianity-today-is-leftist-magazine/

… &

Christianity Today asks ‘why aren’t more Christians socialists?‘ while the rest of us ask ‘Why isn’t Christianity Today more Christian?‘”

https://twitter.com/Calvinism_Cap/status/1199132235036856320

… &

Remember that Christianity Today is Backed by  Anti-Christ-ian  Socialist Billionaire George Soros

https://pulpitandpen.org/2019/12/20/remember-that-christianity-today-is-backed-by-george-soros/

and…

Christianity Today’s Mark Galli fails to say exactly what part of the Constitution he thinks that Trump violated.
Galli also fails to show how Trump’s conversation with the president of Ukraine was “profoundly immoral.”  It is not immoral to investigate possible corruption — it’s what governments should do.
Galli implyies that Trump should be held accountable – and removed from office! – for the wrongdoing of people who worked for him.  This is the unjust principle of ‘guilt by association.’
Galli also wants to remove Trump from office because he has admitted to “immoral actions in business and his relationship with women.”  At this point Galli [is] referring to actions done [only] before Trump was elected president.
Galli has made a false accusation about Trump’s frequent Tweets.  The most objectionable thing that he’s actually done in those tweets is label his political opponents with derogatory nicknames.
Galli also claims that Trump’s tweets contain a “habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders.”  But Galli never identifies which tweets are actually false and most of those claimed to be false by the mainstream, left wing media [which, apparently, is all Galli ever reads or watches] are demonstrably false themselves.

https://townhall.com/columnists/waynegrudem/2019/12/30/trump-should-not-be-removed-from-office-a-response-to-mark-galli-and-christianity-today-n2558657

[That article was written by Bible-believing conservative Wayne Grudem, Ph.D.  Not surprisingly, it was immediately criticized by a Bible-revisionist Michael Bird.  Fortunately, another Bible-believing conservative — Robert Gagnon, Ph.D. — refuted Bird’s nonsense.]

To claim that Wayne Grudem’s voting support for Trump is part of a grand design to keep himself or his fellow evangelicals ‘positioned in the court of earthly power‘ is absurd in the extreme (a position in society and politics incidentally that Grudem does not hold).  Grudem had even called for voting against Trump at one point in October 2016 out of concern for Trump’s immoral life eight years earlier and beyond.

https://www.facebook.com/robert.a.gagnon.56/posts/10163046004855045

and…

[T]he [ anti-Christ-ian  mainstream, liberal] secular media will spin [CT‘s anti-Trump Op-Ed] to deepen the divide between [Christians].  It will be used to make rejection of Trump a litmus test for true evangelical Christianity.  It will be used to discourage evangelicals from voting for Trump, if not to shame them from voting for him…. [Additionally, most] evangelicals who do not believe the Democratic charges against Trump. They see the impeachment [for what it is:] a witch hunt and a sham…  [As such] the [impeachment] charges are hardly ‘unambiguous’.  Quite the contrary… [Since, therefore,] the president did not abuse his power as president [CT] believe[s] that Trump should be removed from office [simply] because of his offensive tweets and comments… [CT] might be the talk of left-wing media today…  But tomorrow they will view [CT] as just another bigoted, hateful, homophobic, misogynist [media organization which] opposes women’s rights and believes in an antiquated book…  [Christians should] support [Donald Trump] for the very real good he does do.  Much of this good is on behalf of causes that are of great importance to [true Christians].  Religious liberty really does matter.  Protecting babies in the womb really does matter.  Helping the poor get better jobs really does matter.  These, too, are issues of justice and righteousness.  We simply need to be consistent when it comes to our ethics, meaning, we should call balls and strikes with fairness and impartiality.  And we should call for ethical behavior as loudly as we call for righteous legislation…  [Indeed,] under the [Trump] administration, there has been a dumbing down of the idea of morality.  And it’s true that many evangelicals now wink at things that once grieved them, thankful to have a man like Trump who will stand up and fight (many would say, ‘Finally!’).  But that doesn’t mean we remove him for his alleged dumbing down of morality.  It means we [must be] careful not to lose our own morality in the process.

https://stream.org/a-response-to-christianity-todays-call-for-the-removal-of-trump-from-office/

and…

When the Christianity Today Editor’s Feelings Trump Facts

https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/79274-jim-garlow-why-i-disagree-with-christianity-today-s-pro-impeachment-column

and…

“[Fake] evangelical New Testament scholar Scot McKnight has written a contradictory piece defending Mark Galli and Timothy Dalrymple’s call for evangelicals to remove Trump from office in Christianity Today…  McKnight cites fondly the view of Randall Balmer, a historian of American religion…  Balmer is no neutral voice in this discussion.  He is a hard-left, pro-LGBTQ coercion, pro-‘choice’ Democrat who has arrogantly said that [Dobson’s] ‘evangelical theology assures me that no one, not even … James Dobson, lies beyond the reach of redemption.’  [Balmer] is also the author of a book subtitled, How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America…  Thus, while McKnight claims to be arguing against both evangelical left and evangelical right, his primary target is transparently the latter…  The left regards Galli and Christianity Today as useful for accomplishing the goal of getting a Democrat in the White House so that he or she can impose the Democrats’ sacraments of abortion, ‘LGBTQ’ coercion, and judicial tyranny on [true] evangelicals.

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/new-testament-scholar-attacks-evangelical-trump-voters-as-idolatrous-statists/

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There should be an urgency for Christians to learn more about where their money is going, what it is funding and if their God-given resources are actually supporting causes that conflict with their beliefs.  The answer is called Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI).

https://healthymomsmagazine.net/2019/08/christians-must-stop-supporting-evil-with-investments.html

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Your Local Vote Matters: Left-Wing Groups Are Taking Over School Boards Across the Country

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/election-day-2019-why-your-local-vote-matters/

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From The Pulpit:

“[Our current] culture [is] where the politics have turned some pastors into silent, timid shepherds who are afraid to touch any question that culture has deemed ‘political,’ which includes almost all moral questions…  21st century Christian ministers do not want to create ‘barriers’ for people coming to church — as Andy Stanley has put it — but it is undermining the Gospel because the ‘barriers’ being discussed is the Scripture itself…  And some pastors are softening the text or doing away with teaching it at all.  [T]he root of [this problem] is cultural relativism leading to the denial of absolute truth and the work of the Enemy who wants to undermine the Scripture in the Body of Christ.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/frank-wright-explains-why-hes-going-after-heresy-hes-seeing-in-evangelical-groups.html

and…

Rather than be caught defenseless, pastors must equip their people to engage a culture that is becoming increasingly hostile toward Christianity.  And so, the pulpit must be political…  It is better to lose the world than your soul.  But if you think that society can go to hell as long as people don’t, you’ve fallen for an old trick and you’ve misunderstood the nature of the gospel…  A politically silent pulpit is one that is catering to the secularist’s agenda: ‘Keep your religious beliefs private. They are not wanted in society.  They are no good to us‘…  Christianity is an all-encompassing worldview.  Meaning, it is a set of true beliefs that affect all of life.  The gospel itself has implications that go beyond ones eternal destination…  Pastors [who believe otherwise] have failed [their own] people.  If it is not [their] job to instruct the people of God on [how to express Christian morality in the public arena], whose job is it?…  When politics are ignored in the pulpit the message to the world and the church is clear: Christianity is irrelevant [to reality, which is governed (controlled) by politics].  It tells the world that what we care about is our little club, and it tells those in the club not to worry about what goes on outside.  Subsequently, many in the church find it impossible to find fulfillment in life because life itself is apparently not worth redeeming.  This leads to [worldly, anti-Christ-ian] self-indulgence…  [Christian’s need to] understand that Christ did not redeem us for irrelevance, but to be agents of renewal.  Therefore, let [Christians] turn our attention again to society and utilize all the tools at our disposal.  As we eagerly await the Kingdom to come, let us not neglect the land we have been given. Let us be political.

https://crossexamined.org/why-the-pulpit-must-be-political/

and…

The issues pastors feel most pressured to preach about are the same issues they feel most uncomfortable addressing for fear of offending congregants.
Pastors — like most people — often succumb to the sinful desire for acceptance by people more than acceptance by almighty God.

https://www.faithwire.com/2019/04/08/half-of-pastors-worry-theyll-offend-someone-if-they-preach-on-controversial-topics/

… &

When followers of Jesus [especially preachers in His pulpits] decide to avoid controversial issues… they are making a deal with the devil.  They are compromising with darkness. Let the truth be told…  We may couch our compromise in terms of ‘wisdom’ and ‘maturity.’  We may cloak our non-commitment [to political specifics] in the guise of ‘love.’  But when we refuse to speak up and stand up [to political lies from the pulpit] because it is too costly to do so, we are not wise or mature or loving.  We are not thinking about others.  We are thinking about self, being motivated by convenience [and/or popularity] rather than [biblical] conviction…  To be sure, there are times when wisdom calls for silence and when maturity calls for inaction.  We are not called to fight every fight and engage in every battle [from the pulpit].  We don’t need to weigh in on every controversy that comes our way.  But there are times to speak.  And there are times to act…  How many of us have been paralyzed by the fear of negative consequences, thereby becoming captive to the enemy of our souls?  [H]ere in America… many [Christians, including Christians preaching from Christ’s pulpits] have gone into hiding… [because they] don’t want to lose the richest member[s] of [their] congregation[s]…  And so, [they] make a deal with a devil and enter into a pact with hell… And rather than confront the Jezebelic spirit of the hour [they] come into agreement with this foul demon. ‘I won’t make any trouble for you if you won’t make trouble for me.’

https://stream.org/christians-make-deal-devil/

and…

The Politically Silent Pulpit is Not Christ’s Pulpit

https://stream.org/the-silent-pulpit-is-not-gods-pulpit-young-leaders-are-the-key-to-2020/

and…

The reason [liberals] get so much mileage out of [their] biblically revised one-liners [a.k.a. lies on social and cultural political issues] is because so many Christians do not get a steady diet of the Bible applied to [social and] cultural [political] issues, particularly from the pulpit.”

http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/09/breakpoint-mayor-pete-buttigieg-preaches/

and…

2/3 of U.S. Christians “want more information from their church about what the Bible teaches in relation to current social and political issues” but less than 1/4 of U.S. Christians say their pastors provide such teaching.

https://www.ifapray.org/blog/should-pastors-preach-more-about-political-issues/

… &

Most “Evangelical” Pastors: “My calling is to preach and teach the gospel, not to be a cultural commentator.
But the Bible, in fact and often, comments on culture and intersects with society, and all the biblical prophets openly and repeatedly confronted the cultural evils of their days.
Most “Evangelical” Pastors:My calling is not to be political, it is to make disciples.
But the Bible, in fact and often, instructs disciples on how to live as a disciple.  Looking back on history, we see many examples of “evangelical” pastors who ignored numerous anti-Christian cultural issues of their days, such as slavery, the holocaust, and segregation.  They, too, were disobedient to the gospel by refusing to “be political.” As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said,Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.  God will not hold us guiltless.  Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act.
Most “Evangelical” Pastors:The Bible speaks clearly about the key moral and cultural issues of our day.
But fewer than 10% of those same pastors ever actually speak and act from their pulpits according to those Biblical teachings.  This in spite of published research revealing that among professing Christians who actually attend church regularly, the majority believe that their churches should be more involved in the political process, not less. In particular, they want their pastors to preach and teach what the Bible says about today’s social and political issues.
To fail to preach and teach from the pulpit is to fail to equip (Eph 4:11-12), protect (1Jn 5:18), and love (1Cor 13:6) the very people pastors are called, trained and ordained to equip, protect, and love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOPB2hbrqsM
&
https://stream.org/dont-pastors-speak-moral-cultural-issues/

and…

Pastors, You Must Preach on Current Controversies

https://www.spiritualreadiness.org/articles/pastor-must-preach-current-controversies-part-1/
&
https://www.spiritualreadiness.org/articles/teaching-timeless-biblical-truth-un-teaching-current-lies/
&
https://www.spiritualreadiness.org/articles/how-when-preach-current-controversies/

and…

Why Pastors Must Stand Up to Government Tyranny

https://stream.org/california-pastors-must-stand-government-tyranny

and…

The Slow-Moving Crisis of Comfortable Christianity
The Damage It Does, and How Christians Can Overcome It

https://stream.org/crisis-comfortable-christianity/

and…

“… if your house is dirty, you don’t sit back and stay away from cleaning up your house, because that’s not going to get it any cleaner.  In fact, it’s going to get dirtier if you don’t do something about it.  The way we make things better is we engage.  We get involved.  We clean it up.

https://stream.org/myfaithvotes-why-voting-is-important-for-christians/

and…

How should Christians approach elections?
1. Be informed, not ignorant.
2. Be discerning about politics, not dogmatic.
3. Seek to persuade, not pulverize.

https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/how-should-christians-approach-election-day

… &

Cultural winsomeness will not be enough for Christians

https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/cultural-winsomeness-will-not-be-enough-for-christians

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Religious Liberty:

[A] growing number of Americans [meaning liberals] see religious freedom as a self-serving relic of America’s past, one that only offers contemporary [Christians] a license to discriminate against [liberals]… When [biblical] beliefs collide with the values ushered in by the sexual revolution, [Christians] seem intolerant, bigoted, and even evil [to liberals]…  A recent Barna poll revealed that about 55 percent of Americans strongly agree that ‘True religious freedom means that all citizens must have freedom of conscience…  Just five years ago, the percentage was 69 percent.  Even Protestant clergy are significantly  less concerned  today about their own religious freedom.

http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/10/breakpoint-free-to-believe-2/

and…

Even many American pastors are less concerned today as their own religious liberties are stripped away from them by liberals.

https://blog.acton.org/archives/109818-pastors-less-concerned-as-religious-liberty-declined-poll.html

and…

For the first time in American history, it has become respectable [due to liberalism — which was voted into public office and political power by professing “Christians”] to publicly oppose religious liberty and its supreme value in our polity.  This unprecedented turn is ominous.  It will not only diminish our constitutional law, it will remap our common life, for religious liberty has always been a linchpin of our political culture.

https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/04/50836/

and…

The Christian Case for Religious Liberty
Religious freedom has its origins in Christianity.  Unfortunately, in today’s liberal political climate (created, in large part, by professing “Christians” in their local voting booths), that fact may actually be viewed — by liberals — as an argument against religious freedom.

https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/04/50589/

and…

In the final analysis, liberalism is antithetical to biblical, Christian values

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/04/leftism_a_warped_reflection_of_christianity.html

and…

The 7 Most Important Religious Liberty Cases of the Decade

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-7-most-important-religious-liberty-cases-of-the-decade/

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The Best Book on Politics for Christians
What Christians face (or choose to ignore) in the world of politics today.
The power of social media to censor and silence.
The corruption of our courts.
The completely unearned sense of superiority which ignorant, sneering 20-year-olds display toward seasoned believers.
The slow-motion train wreck of the Democratic Party, which has ceased to be a patriotic or even a sane organization.
The rise of a new, inquisitorial religion, which worships a flittering shadow called ‘social justice.’
The slow grind of laws meant to persecute our faith.
In his new book ‘Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America‘, David Horowitz exposes in fewer than 200 pages the motivations, strategies, and logic of [liberal, Democrat-driven,anti-Christian  campaigns… to erase every trace of Christian culture.. [a]nd America, from its free economy to its culture and Constitution.

https://stream.org/best-book-politics-christians-2019-david-horowitz/

[That article cites liberal “corruption of our courts“.  The word “our” there was intended to mean “American” but it is easily and often misinterpreted to mean “our liberal” or “our conservative” courts, as if the courts belong to an ideology rather than to the entire nation.  In a very real sense, however, the courts actually do belong to a particular ideology, i.e. whichever ideology is willing to actually vote its own interests into national (federal) political power because all federal judges — including all Supreme Court justices — are appointed by the elected President of the United States and then confirmed (or rejected) by the elected U.S. Senate.  Whichever ideology has been elected into control of those two branches of U.S. government, therefore, gets to decide which ideology will be permitted to interpret the Constitution with regard to U.S. (federal) laws.  Tragically, many professing ‘Christians’ either couldn’t care less about these facts or they can’t be bothered to exercise their biblical responsibility to vote in accordance with their professed Christian ideology.  Because they haven’t, the following realities have inevitably resulted.]

Until The Supreme Coucrt Acts, Christians Will Be Punished For Thought Crimes
Courts can’t stop the corrosion of liberalism, but they can stop state-sponsored attacks on individuals.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/10/supreme-court-acts-christians-will-punished-thought-crimes/

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Christians & Donald Trump:

Why Real Christians Support Donald Trump Despite His Many Flaws

https://pjmedia.com/faith/mystery-solved-why-evangelicals-support-trump/

and…

For many Bible-loving followers of Jesus, Donald Trump was our last choice for the Republican nomination.  We didn’t like his past.  We were appalled with some of his comments.  And we didn’t trust him to keep his promises…  Come election day, [many Christians] voted for him.  But, still, for many of [them], there was great trepidation.  How would he behave once elected?  Would he live up to his campaign commitments to evangelicals? And would the good he would do outweigh the bad?…  Then, he was elected… and the crazier the Democrats became, the happier [most true Christians] were to have Trump (rather than Hillary) in office…  Trump kept many of his promises to us, one after the other.  He did fight for our religious liberty.  He did nominate lots of fine justices to the courts.  He did sign pro-life legislation.  He did push back against LGBT extremism [though hardly with much effort, see  here ].  He did move the embassy to Jerusalem.  Not only so, but he surrounded himself with fine Christian leaders and appointed many fine evangelical leaders to his Cabinet.  In fact, in contrast with some past Republican leaders [namely both Bushes] who got close to evangelicals while running for office then cut many of those ties once elected, Trump has done the opposite.  He is more connected to [Christians] than ever… [As a result, many Christians] now feel the need to defend him at every turn.  If he uses ugly rhetoric and engages in personal insult, [many Christians] applaud him…  If he stretches the truth to make a point (to put it mildly), [many Christians] say, ‘Show me one politician who tells the truth.‘  If he makes a wrong policy decision, [many Christians are] silent…  But just a few years ago [those same Christians] would have called these things out.  [They] would have said, ‘This is disgraceful [i.e. anti-Christ-ian] behavior, unfitting for a president‘… Instead, today, [many of those Christians] feel morally obligated to defend his every decision and word [including his gross errors and ourtright lies]But why? [Why do so many Christians now] seem to show more loyalty to the president than to [their] Lord[?]  [Biblically speaking, true] Christian witness and… moral integrity must [always] come first… Christian[s should] not… define [themselves] as being pro-Trump or anti-Trump.  [Christians should d]efine [themselves] as being… followers of Jesus who [are] pro-truth, pro-justice, pro-life, pro-good.  Then, [Christians should] live and speak and vote accordingly.

https://www.wnd.com/2019/11/christian-backers-trump-president-can-defend/

and…

NeverTrumpers and TrumpLemmings Both Abandon Christian Principles

https://stream.org/nevertrumpers-and-trumplemmings-both-abandon-christian-principles/

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Christians are so narrow-minded!”  Really?

http://www.bethinking.org/introductory/you-christians-are-so-narrow-minded.htm

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Should Christians support the death penalty?

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.5410739/k.C212/Capital_Punishment.htm

and…

The Ethics of Capital Punishment

http://www.equip.org/articles/the-ethics-of-capital-punishment/

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… studies confirm that if all Christians tithed, poverty would just about end.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/the_biblical_way_to_care_for_the_poor.html

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The Gun Control Debate: Two Christian Perspectives

https://www.equip.org/article/gun-control-debate-two-christian-perspectives/

[That is false.  Anyone who actually takes the time to carefully read both articles and the source references cited in those articles will realize that only one of the articles deals truthfully with all the cited statistics, all the legal arguments and all the historical & biblical references.  One cannot be a Christian while believing and teaching lies.  Readers interested in further researching the facts so egregiously misrepresented by one of the above-cited authors can do so  here .]

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National Sins and National Judgments
A sermon by John Owen

https://purelypresbyterian.com/2016/08/15/national-sins/

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