So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Philemon 1:6

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Selective Hearing

3/8/16                 Juan (click to see video)                     22?

Why are so many “evangelicals” in support of Trump?  It is disturbing me but not surprising.  I believe the Trump bandwagon is a mirror of another more long time bandwagon in our American culture – evangelicalism.  In the same way people have been attracted to the empty rhetoric and wishful thinking of the Trump campaign, many have for years been attracted to an American, prosperous version of Christianity, a gospel full of empty and false promises that Jesus never made.  The promises of the “health and wealth” gospel are obvious to all except those within it with extreme selective hearing, but there is another, more seductive gospel bandwagon that even far more people have joined.  It is the gospel of good works, a faith not in Jesus but in one’s own ability to be a good person worthy of God’s kingdom.  Juan, the young man in this video, began his answer to my question about eternity by saying “I’m a believer in Christ” – which by most estimations would put him in the “evangelical” category.  But then he went on to say he believes God will judge him by how he lives his life with no further mention of Jesus.  He is a friendly, good guy by human standards but by God’s holy standards he is a sinner in need of forgiveness just like the rest of us.  I can’t judge the heart. But based on his comments Juan is a false convert – someone who believes he is saved but is not.  He has faith, but it is faith in himself rather than Jesus.  He calls his sins “mistakes”, trivializing his own sin and God’s holiness, believing his good efforts can erase his guilt and earn God’s favor.  Juan has missed the true Gospel of God’s grace and our need for forgiveness and replaced it with a false gospel based on works.  He’s on the good works bandwagon, and people who are on it call themselves “evangelical” even though they are not, and see no problem supporting Trump even though he is not.  They have selective, wishful hearing in religion, and in politics too.

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