“I don’t know what their gospel looks like anymore.”

Sorry, Evangelicals, You Can’t Play the Trump Card and the God Card at Same Time

By Jane Eisner


“We found that evangelicals are drawn toward politics by messianic figures,” Mitchell wrote in RealClearPolitics. “Although certainly not Christ-like, Trump is perceived to be strong and bold; a leader that will help evangelicals navigate a world they believe is too often adrift and too different from what they want.”



I get it. In a way, it mirrors the extreme partisanship of most American Jews, whose affinity for the Democratic Party seems to extend far past a particular candidate.

Here’s my struggle: We liberal American Jews view that attachment as a reflection of our faith and values, not a repudiation of them. But white evangelicals seem to bypass faith values to support a thrice-married man who boasts about his sexual exploits, made a fortune from gambling, supported abortion rights and gay and lesbian rights not too long ago, struggles to quote a single verse from the Bible and clearly doesn’t believe in a judgmental God or the Golden Rule.



If they want to be unabashedly pragmatic voters who don’t walk the walk, fine. But they’ve lost the moral high ground. I don’t know what their gospel looks like anymore.

Which is funny, because they have pilloried a leader who has conducted himself with great probity and grace, and who exudes family values without a touch of scandal. But the guy who’s been in the White House for the past seven years is also the wrong color, which may sadly hint at the real explanation for white evangelical support for Donald Trump.

[my emphasis – onesimus]

Full article here:  http://forward.com/opinion/345668/sorry-evangelicals-you-cant-play-the-trump-card-and-the-god-card-at-same-ti/?attribution=articles-article-related-1-headline


(Thanks to Marleen for bringing my attention to this article)

War Diary


My research related to two cousins killed during WWII slowed down for a week or two. I ordered some books related to the campaigns in which their regiments were fighting leading up to their deaths, but haven’t had the chance to read them yet. However those books can only give a general background of what was going on where they were serving.

With Horace details are a little easier to find. He served with 181 Airlanding Field Ambulance and I’ve found several sources of information about them and the tragic events that led to his death on the first day of the attempted invasion of Sicily.

Albert’s story hasn’t been so easy to follow up. He served with 140 Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery in North Africa, where he died of wounds received just prior to the surrender of the Axis powers in May 1943. Details of that particular regiment seem scarce.

This morning I received copies of his regiment’s war diary covering the period from January through to the time of Albert’s death. On the day he died the entry starts: “At 10.30 a.m. we fired our last rds in anger…”

For Albert it was so near and yet so far.


I now need to take a closer look at the diary to get an idea of where Albert was serving leading up to his death.
Maybe the next step in my research will be to obtain the personal military records for both Albert and Horace. Unfortunately that won’t be as easy as getting the war diary. It is also not cheap.

the iniquitous flourish

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”


O LORD, how great are Your works!
Your thoughts are very deep.
A senseless man does not know,
Nor does a fool understand this.
When the wicked spring up like grass,
And when all the workers of iniquity flourish,
It is that they may be destroyed forever.

(From Psalm 92)

As we look at the world today and see “wicked spring up like grass” and “the workers of iniquity flourish”, it isn’t a result of chance, or political circumstance. It isn’t the result of elections, and can’t be avoided by support given to a “lesser of two evils”.

My reading of this portion of the Psalm is that God is behind it – letting the wicked heap judgement upon themselves. “Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie”

He gives those who “by their unrighteousness suppress the truth”, over to that unrighteousness” and allows them to prosper (for a short time), storing up wrath for [themselves] on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed. (Romans 1 and 2).

We all have choices.
We either belong to the Kingdom of God or the kingdoms of men.
We either love the Kingdom of God or the Kingdoms of men
We either serve the Kingdom of God or the kingdoms of men.
We are either concerned with the Kingdom of God or the kingdoms of men.
We either side with the Kingdom of God or the kingdoms of men.
We either side with God’s anointed, righteous King and promote Him, or we side with man’s chosen, unrighteous “kings” and promote them.
We either promote the gospel of truth, or we promote the lies of man.
We either choose  and proclaim the King who IS Truth, or we choose and proclaim a “king” we know to be a liar.

Percentage of evangelicals supporting Trump

On another blog I made a comment that 80% of evangelicals reportedly supported Trump. Another commenter seemed doubtful of the stat, even though most of those commenting on that “evangelical” blog were expressing support for Trump (albeit as more of a vote against Clinton than a vote for Trump).

The figure of 80% came from a radio story I heard about a week ago. Since then I’ve found the following stats reported.

[Trump’s] popularity among white evangelical Republicans has grown significantly, and now the group is one of his strongest bases of support. According to a June survey by the Pew Research Center, 94 percent of them would vote for Trump over Clinton in November.


…white evangelical Protestants show no statistically significant change in their willingness to vote for Trump, with 65 percent of them in his camp.


Yet this year in July, 78 percent of white evangelicals said they would vote for Donald Trump, a man who has repeatedly shifted his stance on abortion as it’s convenient.*


Nearly two-thirds of likely evangelical voters, 65 percent, said they support Trump in a nationwide survey released Tuesday by the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute — this after the airing of an 11-year-old video in which he was recorded lewdly bragging about having made sexually inappropriate advances to married women.


Many Americans are surprised by evangelicals’ support for Donald Trump, who has the backing of as many as 71 percent of white evangelical Protestants in his bid for the presidency, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.


More than three-quarters of self-identified white evangelicals plan to vote for Donald Trump in the fall (78%).


Also listen here (statistic regarding evangelical support at 2 min 30 second mark):


* My emphasis, because the issue of abortion and Trump’s assertion that he’ll appoint anti-abortion judges, is the foundation of a lot of “evangelical” support. To me this highlights the lack of wisdom behind single issue politics. It makes it so much easier to deceive, requiring the making of only one promise about one issue to guarantee support, but as we constantly see with politicians they easily break promises after the desired result has been achieved.

Deception and Manipulation revisited.

I’m still getting notifications from Bill Randles’ blog whenever someone posts a comment on his thread about Donald Trump.

Among those comments I came across the following from “Faith Contender”.

The first part refers to something I said about a statement made by Hilary Clinton shown in the video I wrote about here:


I tried to answer “Faith Contender” on Randles’ blog, however it seems like Randles deleted that reply, fortunately I kept a copy of it and reproduce it in full below. Note that both the actual content of the video AND what I wrote about it aren’t addressed. “Faith Contender” approaches the matter with collection of assumptions and second hand information ( such as “from what I heard she was referring to …”).

It seems like few of those commenting on Randles’ blog  have actually viewed the video for themselves to make their own judgement, OR they are in agreement with its content and the methods used by its makers.


Faith Contender says:


What do you think she might have meant? That too many believers were engaging in heresy? First of all, no one has the right to tell anyone to ‘change their religion’! That is not their choice, it is ours. Second, this is a free country, and we have the right of freedom of religion acknowledged (we have the right anyway, only it is honored here… or it once was.) Third, from what I heard she was referring to gay marriage. Fourth, true believers will never change their religion or deny our faith. Fifth, no one has to do anything as no one can force anyone without their consent. Sixth, the only thing we ‘must’ do is remain loyal to Jesus unto death. Seventh, hillary has to change her religion. (One day every knee will bow… etc.) HA.

But yes, you do deceive yourself and I tell you this out of love.

Hi Faith Contender, I had decided not to comment here again, but I think you deserve a reply.
In NO way has anything I’ve said been intended as acceptance or support of Clinton or her beliefs.
I posted a link to a blog post I wrote about the video that Bill promoted above – and I pointed out that the video was a deceptive and manipulative piece of propaganda. GENUINE Christians should not (would not) resort to such tactics as those used within that video.
This is one of the clearest examples of what is done on the video:

After showing a short excerpt of Clinton speaking, the presenter returns and excitedly says:

“Did you see that? Did you notice that she said that the change of Christian beliefs is the unfinished business of the 20th Century? This means that she wants to persecute Christians.”

But let’s have a look at what she ACTUALLY said:

“I believe the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their society is the great unfinished business of the 21st century.”

Is that what the presenter has claimed she has said? Is there any truth to what he claims?


But then he continues, revealing the real agenda behind the video when he says

“God willing, Donald Trump will vanquish this witch…”

The issue I’ve been trying to address is NOT about Clinton or Trump – it’s been about the behaviour and attitudes of professing Christians, willing to lie and promote lies for a political agenda that has nothing at all to do with the Kingdom of God.

Does THAT make me deceived?
Does that make me a member of a religious cult “Prolly more than one”, as Jerrod* accused later?


* Jerrod was another commenter on Randle’s blog

The more things change…

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

A horrible and shocking thing
has happened in the land:

the prophets prophesy lies,
the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
But what will you do in the end?

How many thousands of years ago were those words spoken and written?

Are things any different today?

Some Christian teachers broadcast blatant lies and somehow they are still able to gather followers who love what they are giving.

As Paul warned the Thessalonians, “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”

Often that’s not so hard to do, and yet the unwary allow themselves to be deceived.

At the heart of this matter is our personal desire for the truth. If we genuinely love and desire the truth, we won’t fall for lies so easily.

Christians Don’t Lie

Many years ago, on an earlier blog of mine, I wrote two or three articles with the title “Christians Don’t Lie” in which I tried to encourage readers NOT to believe everything they read or heard from professing Christians, because contrary to what the title says, Christians can and DO lie.

That is the reason so many warnings are given through the New Testament, telling believers to test all things, and to “beware” because there are many false voices around us claiming to speak truth, when in fact they are doing the opposite.

I condensed those earlier articles into one and posted the new version on this site.

After posting my “A Lesson in Deception and Manipulation” article yesterday I’ve decided to create new category and tag labels with the title “Christians Don’t Lie” to link those related articles and others that may be written in the future.



A lesson in deception and manipulation.

I’ve unsubscribed from Bill Randles blog.

In his recent post with the title “My One and Only Trump column…(I hope)” he continues the anti-Clinton rhetoric of earlier posts while continuing to claim he’s not trying to push or support Trump,

With that post he includes a link to a video that he has given the title: Hillary: Christians must change their Religion

I went to the link to see what was revealed.

The video starts with a lower screen caption saying



For some time a presenter primes the viewer for the terrible things the video will reveal about Clinton’s plans for followers of Jesus, the kind of thing encompassed in the fore-mentioned caption.
We are treated to a photo of an angry looking Clinton dominated by a statement made to appear like a command she is shouting at the viewer.


And finally we get to the “evidence”, a section of video featuring Clinton herself addressing an audience. Here is the FULL transcript of what she says within that video. Which I assume is the best evidence they have to support their claims about Clinton.

…far too many women are being denied critical access to reproductive healthcare and safe childbirth. All the laws we’ve passed don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice mot just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will and deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.
As I have said and as I believe the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their society is the great unfinished business of the 21st century. And not just for women, but for everyone, and not just in faraway countries but right here in the United States.

Yes she does say something about religious beliefs having to be changed – what religion and what beliefs? They are unspecified. That is the only reference to religion within the excerpt screened.

Where is content that would justify the captions and even Bill Randles’ link title?

Considering the context of female reproductive health the religious beliefs and cultural codes she references could be anything – maybe something like female genital mutilation practiced in some sects of Islam, or Catholic denial of contraceptive methods. NOTHING is said about any need to deny the Christian faith, and nothing is said or even implied about kneeling to do so.

That video excerpt is followed by the return of the presenter, who excitedly continues with:

“Did you see that? Did you notice that she said that the change of Christian beliefs is the unfinished business of the 20th Century? This means that she wants to persecute Christians.”

Hold on – sorry, let’s back up to see where she said that again:

“I believe the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their society is the great unfinished business of the 21st century.”

Is that what the presenter has claimed she has said? Is there any truth to what he claims?
Is there any truth in anything he has claimed or in the captions emblazoned across the screen during the video that can be gathered from the “proof” offered in the footage of Clinton’s speech?

But then he continues, revealing the real agenda behind the video when he says : “God willing, Donald Trump will vanquish this witch…”

It is lies. It is deception. It is manipulative propaganda at its worse – all claimed to be conducted in the name of Christ, basically misusing the name of God for a political agenda.

And this all seemingly endorsed and promoted by Bill Randles, a bible teacher I once respected





 link to the video in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-uaBzbHR80&feature=share

 link to Randles article featuring the link https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/my-one-and-only-trump-column-i-hope/