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“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” – Matthew 7:15-16

Traditionalist Christians are painfully aware of false prophets that have wormed their way throughout modern Christendom. After all, how many denominations today worship the modern Pharisees? How many preach that sins are not sins at all and should be embraced openly? Are you a homosexual living in sin with your “partner,” engaging in random sex with others, exposing children to your degeneracy, and so on? You could walk into most churches today and be welcomed with open arms, and the “pastor” will go out of his (or her) way to never mention that the Bible says you are a sinner and must repent to be forgiven by the Lord. They will pretend that everything about your degenerate lifestyle is fine, likely even performing a “wedding” for you. If any other member of the congregation dares to speak up, they will likely be chased away for being a “bigot.” The Bible is ignored because it is easier in a hedonistic society to embrace hedonism.

Those who recognize the wickedness must remain vigilant in these troubling times, and that is especially true because one of the greatest weapons Satan has today is subtle and deceptive: namely, social pressure. People are naturally social creatures, and that makes most of us susceptible to peer pressure, particularly from those we see as being close to us. A babbling atheist can exert pressure on Christians through society, but how much more effective is the same effort when it comes from other Christians instead? It is all too easy for people to be tricked by a wolf in sheep’s clothing because they seem like they are one of us, and it may be too late by the time you realize that they have tricked you into following them into the shadows.

A good example of this is found in two recent editorials by Eric Sapp that appeared in the Christian Post. The first claims that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is offering a Faustian bargain to Christians (Source). In the article, Mr. Sapp tells us that Trump would violate everything that Christians stand for in exchange for promising to protect Christians from the American Left, which we are told is needless fearmongering. The second editorial tells us that Christians who oppose abortion should support Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because abortions occur more often under Republican presidents than Democratic ones (Source). To some, it may seem odd that a Christian writing in the Christian Post would be advocating for Christians to embrace the cultural Marxist, secular humanist political Left, but traditionalist Christians can immediately pick up on the old game that is being played here. Christendom is being weaponized against true believers. We are being told that truly being a Christian is wrong because principled positions might harm those who disagree, and our faith is being manipulated by false prophets so that surrendering seems not only easier than fighting but truly righteous.

For example, Mr. Sapp tells us that Donald Trump daring to suggest that we go after the wives and children of Muslim terrorists violates Christian morality. This is interesting considering that Hosea 13:16 says, “Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.” Isaiah 13:15-16 says, “Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.” Are Muslims not infidels? Are jihadists not the enemies of the Lord and the faithful? Donald Trump is correct that the families of our enemies often know what is taking place beforehand, and that means they too are our enemies. Only a fool would let them escape to continue their jihad.

Mr. Sapp then goes on a little rant about how Donald Trump has said or done things that are sinful, or just rude. Perhaps he has forgotten that “there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” and that if “we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (Ecclesiastes 7:20, 1 John 1:8)? Trump saying rude things or engaging in sinful behavior in his past are not indications in and of themselves that he is not a Christian. Mr. Sapp also points to Trump saying he does not recall a time asking the Lord for forgiveness, and he claims that Trump says he has no reason to do so. He conveniently ignores that Trump has also said that he recognizes mistakes and tries to be better and to make amends. While I would certainly encourage the Sacrament of Confession, Donald Trump is a Presbyterian. If he acknowledges he is flawed and he tries to do better, who is Mr. Sapp to say that is not good enough?

The winding path of this false prophet next takes us to the Supreme Court of the United States. Most obviously recognize the harm a secularist progressive court could do to the United States, but Mr. Sapp assures us that a conservative court is no different from a liberal one. After all, George Bush was in office with a Republican Congress and a friendly SCOTUS yet abortion was not banned. Never mind that it would have taken a case winding its way through the legal system for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, not just a President and Congress to be so inclined. Mr. Sapp also tells us that overturning the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which prevents churches from endorsing candidates while retaining their tax-exempt status, would somehow be bad for Christians. Apparently, Christians standing up as one and helping to fund politicians who will actually fight for Christendom is actually bad for Christians because politics are bad.

Finally, perhaps the most outlandish thing that Mr. Sapp claims is that steering into the storm of hedonism and degeneracy is the true path for Christians. We are told that voting for Trump and the Republicans will increase abortions because they will not increase welfare programs, give out free birth control, and teach young children how to have sex. Christians should just accept that some people are too ignorant and/or too hedonistic to refrain from disgusting behaviors, and we must vote for the politician promising to protect such people from the consequences of their own actions. We are not responsible for a homosexual who contracts AIDS from random sex. We are not responsible for a black teenager who gets pregnant after sleeping around at the age of 14. Christians should be concerned with the moral decay we are witnessing in society, not doubling down on it and subsidizing it to protect sinners from consequences. It apparently does not occur to Mr. Sapp that society has gotten worse, not better, because of progressive views on sexuality in the last few decades. Giving condoms to children in middle school certainly won’t reverse that trend. Perhaps Mr. Sapp should reread the passages on Sodom and Gomorrah?

Now, you may be wondering how an avowed Christian like Mr. Sapp has gone so far astray. After all, his biography says that he has a Master of Divinity from Duke University, he has worked as a youth pastor, and he serves as the executive director of the American Values Network. How can he be so immersed in faith and theology yet be so blind? Well, the answer is really quite simple: namely, he is not actually a Christian. Yes, he certainly wears faith like a costume to add credibility to his attacks on Christendom, but there can be no doubt that he is but a wolf in sheep’s clothing. After graduate school, Mr. Sapp worked first for Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and then Rep. David Price (D-NC). He then went to work helping craft messaging targeting Christians for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as well as a string of Democratic politicians and state parties. His career is not one of a man of faith but rather one of a secularist. He is not advocating against Mr. Trump and for Mrs. Clinton because of any faith he holds or claims to hold. Mr. Sapp is doing it because he is a lifelong progressive working to subvert traditional values.

False prophets are convincing because they spend their lives honing their skills, crafting their image, and perfecting their message. They may look the part, sound the part, and know all of the buttons to push and strings to pull, but their mission is our destruction, not salvation. Mr. Sapp certainly does the Devil proud. He goes so far as to paraphrase Matthew 7:15-16 in one of his articles even as he purposely leads Christians to their very doom. Some may mistakenly believe Mr. Sapp is smiling and welcoming them into the light, but we can be certain that he is rather bearing his teeth as he hungrily leads them into the shadows.