This weekend the American Conservative Union is hosting its annual Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC. Learn more about the line-up here. Donald Trump will speak on Sunday. Let’s see what some of his favorite evangelicals are up to these days.
Eric Metaxas joined his buddy John Zmirak, the senior editor of James Robison’s magazine The Stream, for a conservation with conservative Yale graduates. Needles to say, Metaxas is not a fan of his alma mater. Watch:
The pathological liar is out of office. I think that might be a good step toward “returning” America to a solid foundation built on truth. See Robison’s tweet below. Also, notice the connection Robison makes between the return of “freedom” and God “pouring out” his Spirit. I was on a call with a reporter a few days ago and we were talking about the close connection between the evangelical call for a “great awakening” and the QAnon call for a “great awakening.”
Jim Garlow is upset that some leaders of the Wesleyan Church opposed Trump.
I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. FIRST – I NEED TO SET THE STAGE:
So many of us worked so hard to see religious liberty protected. President Trump was the most PRO-RELIGIOUS LIBERTY President of modern times. [I can back that up: (1) a “ministerial” conference on religious liberty at the US State Dept which was unprecedented….(2) followed by another one the next year, and then (3) his unprecedented speech on religious liberty a the UN on Sept 22, 2019, NYC…and (4) sending official US representatives to the 2nd Conference on the Persecution of Christians in Budapest, Hungary. I attended all four of these events.]
But along came a candidate – Biden – who made it very clear that he would rip away all of those religious freedoms by the coercion of hmsxlty and trans on all Christian businesses, Christian colleges and on churches via the “Equality Act.”81% of evangelicals voted for the candidate who affirmed religious liberty. You know them, the “deplorables,” right? 14% of “evangelicals,” as you know, voted for the candidate who promised to wipe out religious liberty. They are small in number, but they are highly vocal “elites.”
(Reminder: This is ultimately not about Republican vs Democrat. It’s not ultimately about one candidate or another. This is ultimately not about right vs left. This IS about right vs wrong. This IS about good vs evil.)
Yesterday, I received an email from a Wesleyan (my denomination) Christian college president (whom I love and respect – from a college which I also love and respect) asking for us all to contact our Congressmen to try to block the “Equality Act” from passing the House of Representatives.
I wrote back to him assuring him of my love and respect and how much I want to help in this hour of crisis…but then I asked permission from my good friend if I could “vent” and “rant.”
I asked him why would he asked those of us to had worked so hard in the last election to save his college from this type of thing to help him. Why call on us? He needed to go to _____ ____ the former church top leader, and to ______ _____ the guy at the denominational headquarters who slammed Trump, and to ________ ______ the former DS & wife from a certain Midwestern state that I love, and _____ _____ that other guy who is an elected denomination official who seemingly can’t bring himself to even say that “hmsxlty is sin.” Go get them, yes, go get THEM – and have them dig you out of this situation, because they knowingly got you into this.
Then – as we emailed back and forth – I assured him of that which he already knew: that I loved and respected him (and I knew he personally stood on the right side of the issues) and “yes” I would do all I could to help in this moment of crisis.
OKAY – HERE IS MY QUESTION: Am I wrong to think that the 14% of evangelicals who voted for the wrong guy ought to be the ones to clean up the mess they have created?
Okay – I repent. I will continue to try to clean up their mess. (I sure wish they would repent and acknowledge what they have done to the country.)
The 81% who did right have to try to repair the damage caused by the 14% who did wrong. That is…if there is a Republic left to save.And with God’s help, we will.
Jack Hibbs did not feel comfortable sharing Wednesday night’s “exclusive teaching” with Facebook and YouTube:
That lasted about a day. I just watched it on Facebook. Here is a summary:
Hibbs reads Ezekiel 33 and then tells his congregation that the Biden administration has “done absolutely nothing to advance the business of the nation” since he came into office on January 21. He calls the administration “the most tyrannical form that this nation has ever known.” It is the start of a fear-mongering political speech disguised as a message from God.
At one point in this harangue, Hibbs suggests immigrants coming to the country from “Africa” and the “Middle-East” are a threat to Americans because they carry disease.
Then Hibbs starts with his “history” lesson. “According to our Founding,” he says, “our nation has no moral compass anymore.” I am not sure what that means, but the people in Hibbs’s church sure like it. He also spends time defending the Second Amendment. Hibbs fully expects Biden will abolish the amendment. (Fact: Biden supports gun control, but has never said he wants to abolish the second amendment). Hibbs even suggests that if the Second Amendment is abolished there will be a “Civil War” in America.
Hibbs then says that 2020 was “a great blessing” because “so many churches have closed, and most of them needed to close.” He sounds more like a social Darwinist than a pastor. Only the strong will survive! Only those pastors capable of tapping into the populist Christian nationalism of the 81% will prosper!
Hibbs gives his usual schtick about how people who wear masks when they are not sick lack Christian faith.
Hibbs believes that there “is no hope for America” in political figures and parties. If this is true, I wonder why he fought so hard to try to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Hibbs blends the church and the nation in this speech. He assumes they are the same thing. He seems to be saying the fate of the church is directly linked to the fate of the United States. At one point Hibbs equates the “purity” of the church with the renewal of the nation.
Hibbs congregation is growing, but I don’t think it is really a church. The fact that this guy has such a large congregation speaks volumes about the current state of conservative evangelicalism in America. The people of Calvary Chino-Hills are guided by a charismatic leader who uses his platform to advance a political agenda.
Meanwhile, Hibbs seems to be enjoying the celebrity. He makes sure his congregations knows about all the media he is doing. He even talks about how he spends time posting controversial things to Facebook and then monitoring how many likes and views he will get.
We’ll try to post on CPAC throughout the weekend.