Jan 28, 2016

Trump says, "I don't have to ask God for forgiveness"

Common Sense Commentary: Donald Trump, like the rest of us, is to some degree, the product of the environment in which he was raised and developed into what he is today. To repeat a recent phrase from Ted Cruz, Trump is a product of "New York Values". That is obvious to anyone with  any spiritual perception at all. But Trump can't help that; he was born there. His greatest "New York Values" asset seems to be making money, which is better than not making it. His blindness to his need for repentance is not dishonesty but ignorance of the supreme righteousness of God and his own, human unrighteousness."For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God...." Rom.3:23. And Jesus said, "I tell you ... except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3. Trump has no concept of his desperate need for Christ in his life. But, what do we expect of an unredeemed sinner ... to act, speak and live a Christian life when he is not a Christian? He is not aware of his need for repentance. We Christians need to pray for this man's soul and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. You see, the thing Trump is missing, he doesn't know he is missing. He thinks he has everything worth having, money, fame, power, intelligence, and good looks ... from his point of view. His own words betray him in the absence of the one thing he doesn't have, which he "thinks" he has ... in his own words, "a good relationship with God". But he isn't alone in this respect. In today's "everything goes" world, very few people have "a good relationship with God" unless they are still on their knees and have just that moment repented. Oh, there is an abundance of "religious" folks and people who wear crosses and go to church ... but that is not what makes for "a good relationship with God", as trump claims to have. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are members of Baptist Churches in good standing. Obama was a 20 year member of Trinity United Church Of Christ in Chicago whose pastor, Wright, said, "God damn America". But neither does that make for "a good relationship with God". Trump says he has nothing to repent of. I am an 85 year old preacher who spent my life studying and teaching the Bible, and I have to repent of my sins every day, throughout the day, to God. I would choke on my words if I said, "I have nothing to repent of". Trump's employees report that he is very generous to them, but it is obvious to most of us that he is mean as the devil to his opponents. But, without Christ, you or I may be the same way. Frankly, I would rather have an unsaved Trump as president than Baptists, Jimmy Carter, Bill or Hillary Clinton, Zero Joe Biden, atheist Sanders, Muslim Obama or any other Democrat or "establishment" Republican. Is Trump "pandering" to Evangelicals? Of course he is, as are most of the other candidates. I don't blame Trump for "pandering" I blame Christians for gobbling it up. CNN Politics reported, Trump, who previously said he's never asked God for forgiveness, told reporters he attends church "as often as I can, a lot" and attends different churches since he travels so much. Yeah, I'll bet. Cruz is still the better man and doesn't pander but relates to Evangelicals. He is one of us. His home church is Houston's First Baptist.  

Trump Insists He Has Done 
Nothing To Repent Of...To God

The Daily Wire News by Ben Shapiro

In the latest polls, Donald Trump has been running approximately even with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) among white evangelical voters. This is no doubt due to Trump’s deep religiosity and conversant knowledge of the Bible, as well as his adherence to New and Old Testament precepts..... Or not

There are plenty of solid indicators that Trump doesn’t take (the) Bible particularly seriously. Aside from botching references to “two Corinthians,” refusing to answer questions about his favorite Bible verse (“I wouldn’t want to get into it, because to me, that’s very personal”), and then finally citing verses from Proverbs that don’t actually exist (“the chapter ‘never bend to envy’”), Trump’s odd insistence that he never repents before God boggles religious minds.

He recently told CNN’s Anderson Cooper: "I like to do the right thing where I don’t actually have to ask for forgiveness. Does that make sense to you? You know, where you don’t make such bad things that you don’t have to ask for forgiveness. I mean, I’m trying to lead a life where I don’t have to ask God for forgiveness….Why do I have to repent? Why do I have to ask for forgiveness if you’re not making mistakes?" 

Here are a couple of things for which Trump might want to repent.

Bragging About His ‘Experiences’ With Married Women. In Trump: The Art Of The Comeback, Trump writes, “If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller (which it will be anyway!). I’d love to tell all, using names and places, but I just don’t think it’s right.” In that same book, he wrote of an experience in which a married woman “started petting me in all different ways. I looked at her and asked, ‘Is everything all right?’ I didn’t want to make a scene in a ballroom full of five hundred VIPs. The amazing part about her was who she was – one of the biggest of the big. She then asked me to dance, and I accepted. While we were dancing she became very aggressive, and I said, ‘Look, we have a problem. Your husband is sitting at the table, and so is my wife.’ ‘Donald,’ she said, ‘I don’t care. I just don’t care. I have to have you and I have to have you now.’ I told her that I’d call her, but that she had to stop the behavior immediately….This is not infrequent, it happens all the time.” We can only hope this story was not about Hillary Clinton.

Cheating On His Own Wife. In Trump: Surviving At The Top, Trump writes, “I even thought, briefly, about approaching [first wife] Ivana with the idea of an ‘open marriage.’ But I realized there was something hypocritical and tawdry about such an arrangement that neither of us could live with – especially Ivana. She’s too much of a lady.” His relationship with Ivana ended after Trump apparently put up future second wife Marla Mapes, with whom he was reportedly having an affair, at the same hotel as Ivana, and Ivana found out about it.

Trump Brags About His 'Great Relationship With God'.

What Would a Donald Trump Presidency Look Like?  Support for Partial-Birth Abortion. Trump supported partial-birth abortion – the murder of the unborn up to the point of birth – until some unspecified point in the recent past, when he decided he was pro-life. At the very least, he ought to repent of this position. Trump continues to maintain that abortion isn’t murder and that there are “caveats” to his pro-life position.

Trump’s evangelical support comes from the same place as his other support: dissatisfied voters who seek an out-of-the-box champion to fight against the establishment. But Trump’s ridiculous pandering to Christians should be seen for just what it is: pandering.

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