Tuesday, September 26, 2017

When Politics Parallels Evangelicalism

“They think you’re a pack of morons, they think you’re nothing but rubes, they have no interest at all in what you have to say, in what you have to think or what you want to do.

~ Steve Bannon speaking about the GOP establishment's view of the voters. 

The same mentality is very true of the Evangelical Establishment. It's the same exact thinking and thus treatment of those without a seminary degree, those not in the popular, inner circle of approved elite types (yes, that's how immature they are in their thinking--it's high school all over again), those who haven't written a book, are on the speaking circuit, or conference tours (I should  say, "approved" books, conferences, etc).

Much like the way the apostles (boy they learned their lesson I am sure--clearly they had to be humbled and taught by the Lord and the Spirit and I do believe they did) dismissed the children and especially the women (the woman at the well, the women to whom the angel spoke to when Jesus was resurrected, and infamously, the sharp rebuke out of anger of the woman who used her own personal vial of expensive perfume to pour on Jesus just prior to His death).  

Then there was the treatment of Jesus by the religious elite:

Mat 21:23  When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?"

Today's religious Evangelical experts consider the children of God to be nothing more than uneducated, useless sheep which they can manipulate to gain a following, money, and power. Care for the souls of men and actually treating Scripture AS Scripture instead of sitting in judgment of it ("doctrinal triage") is greatly missing from most of these leaders. Worse, they train other men to be the same way. But this isn't the way of Christ Jesus.

What an indictment upon these "experts" that the Lord's sheep actually have more reverence for His Word (it's ALL important and cannot be sliced into categories they deem as important or less important), more reverence for God (they care about their sin before the Holy One of Israel---even those most Evangelical leaders dismiss as sin), more discernment (they know a wolf when they see one because they know Scripture intimately and have done their research on the wolves), and a burden for their fellow sheep (they warn of the wolves coming in).

The wrath of God towards the priests in Jeremiah 23, etc. ought to ring loudly in their ears because they are committing the same types of error and have the same kind of pride. Those truly in Christ serve and worship the God who really does see, hear, and act.  He will vindicate His sheep and He will judge quite harshly these overbearing overlords (1Peter 5:2-3). God doesn't play favorites. In fact, He judges the teacher far more strictly. He can't be fooled. 

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