Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Does Donald Trump's Family Bible Make Him A Christian?

Does Donald Trump's Family Bible Make Him A Christian?

Owning a Christian Bible is a fine thing. And if owning a Christian Bible made someone, anyone at all a Christian, most Americans would be a Christian. The sad fact and reality is that many Americans own Bibles, even blow the dust off their Bibles and read it from time to time, but according to the words contained within the Bible that so many Christians own, simply carrying a Bible, having a "Family Bible" with your name or family name inscribed in it, certainly doesn't make anyone a Christian.

Donal Trump has been going about telling folks that he is a "Christian." He is publicly displaying his "family Bible" and also informing the American People that he is a "Presbyterian." Now I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there who have probably read the entire Bible through more times than I, but I have never found where being a "Christian" is included as being a "Presbyterian" or belonging to any other so called "Christian Denomination." In fact, reading my Bible, it would seem to me that with how the Bible describes as being a "Christian", most American "Presbyterians" are not Christians at all, especially with their support of sinful behaviour of putting women in pastoral positions and supporting what the Bible clearly states both in the Old, as well as New Testament portions of Scripture, clearly stating that Homosexuality is an act of sin. Obviously not all professing Presbyterians agree with their leadership endorsing such sinful acts, but much like their so called "Christian" counterparts, the Episcopalians, as well as many within other "Denominations" such as the United Methodist and Lutheran Churches, take the name of "Christian", claim to follow the Bible, own Bibles, but also do not follow the teachings of Christ by openly endorsing sin such as Homosexuality as well.

Now I certainly am not to judge American Christians through their salvation through Christ, but the Bible does share that we are to know just exactly who does and doesn't in reality belong to Christ. Simply going to, and reading Matthew Chapter 7, verses 13-27 pretty much sums up, and gives us all we need to know as far as having the ability to discern between true believers/followers of Christ, and the faker's. If Jesus said it, as far as exactly who belongs to Him, it must be true right? Well, maybe. I say "maybe" because there will always be some ignorant person, and or nutjob out there who will argue that the words of Jesus are not true, and she/he has a been "enlightened" through their "religious experience" to the idea that others such as (for example)Oprah Winfrey is a true prophet who speaks for "God." And they will go on to tell you that contrary to the Jesus' teachings, all are going to Heaven despite what the words of the Bible state. No joke, there are many American's who also actually think along those lines. I am contacted all the time by these type of people. They honestly believe many unbiblical things, and no amount of Bible Scripture clearly showing them that their beliefs are incorrect is going to change their minds.

If you actually take the time to read the Bible verses I gave in the last paragraph, you already are aware that Jesus talked about the "fruit" of those who truly belong to Him and that being the way to tell just who belongs to whom. If you are like those that "skim-read" my articles, or do not actually take time to read the Bible verses I quoted earlier, you won't have any idea what Jesus meant by "fruit." Some undoubtedly and unfortunately will contact me thinking I'm sharing about bananas or pears, but most of you know already know full well that I'm not speaking of that kind of fruit. For the unknowing, "Fruit", that is, what evidence of our walk with Christ is what shows the world exactly who and what we belong too. Knowing there is no such thing as a "perfect Christian", but certainly there are those who claim to be associated with Christ's name through examples of showing through their life, and sharing Christ's teachings with others. So simply put, Mr. Trump's "family Bible" is not listed as an indicator of "fruit" and what constitutes being a "Christian" among any teachings of Christ.

To really know if "The Donald" is a true Christian, one would need to take a good, and healthy look to see if he follows the Biblical teachings of Christ. Asking questions about his salvation experience including repentance of sin would need to be examined first and foremost. Next, questioning and examining his views on such matters as abortion, gambling, marriage, family life, lying, cheating, stealing(The Ten Commandments), loving, fellowshipping with, and helping other believers in Christ would all be important matters of examination. All these aforementioned areas are certainly not exclusive areas held to examine just for Mr. Trump and or because he is seeking the Office of President. No, those are the exact same areas of questioning and examining that should apply to all who dare to call themselves as a "Christian" here in the USA and around the world.

I hope and pray that this article is helpful to not only discerning if Donald Trump is truly a Christan, but that also many Americans will also take the time to discern if they themselves are true Christians as well. As I look around me, I see many folks speaking what I call "Christianeese", but few are actually producing any "fruit" consistent with the teachings of Christ. Does that lack of Biblical "fruit" also apply to Donald Trump? So far, I haven't seen much Biblical fruit from him. Oh, I've heard much of what he has been sharing since announcing his run for the Presidency, including his statements that if elected, he would help Christians and also say "Merry Christmas" to others. Those sound nice, but celebrating "Christmas" isn't even Biblical, and to be honest, words only are cheap. Mr. Trump has also indicated he supports Planned Parenthood. Supporting such a wicked organization certainly is not consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ of the Bible either. Perhaps like you, I'm finding it difficult to find the "fruit" lining up with Donald Trump's claim in being a "Christian."

For the die hard Trump supporter, I'm sure some will no doubt find a way to discredit anything in this article the points to any possible negatives of Mr. Trump. Although it's not my intent to point out "negatives" of Mr. Trump, but rather to enlighten folks to examine his words and claims as to being a "Christian", there will be some that will lash out at me anyway. They are as the Bible states, "blind fools" and in the end, It doesn't really matter what they think, the only person's opinion that really maters and counts is that of Jesus of the Bible. I'll be be praying for those folks who attempt to discredit me, and or the Bible's teachings. My exact prayer will be that if they haven't already given their hearts to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, they would repent and do so today.

Ephesians 4:17-24 "This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ,21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness."

Rev. Paul P. Waldmiller~Black Robe Regiment Pastor
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