Mark 11:23, The Secret to Donald Trump’s Success

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What I’m about to say isn’t hard to understand, yet I have no doubt it will be misunderstood by the majority of people who read it.

Why?

Because mainstream Christianity has strayed so far from the simple practice of reading the Bible and accepting it, that unless their pre-selected group of pastors or Bible teachers tell them something, no matter how clear it is in the Scriptures, they can’t accept it.

 

We have been told multiple times that this election season will go down as one of the greatest, and strangest upsets in American history.

While political talking heads struggle and scramble to explain the Trump phenomena, there is something all of them (and all of us, for that matter) have missed. And that is the fact that the universe is governed not only by physical laws, it’s also governed by spiritual laws. One of which Jesus tells us about in Mark 11:23

 

Whoever should say to this mountain, “be removed and be cast into the sea” and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says.

 

I’ve been watching Trump (who hasn’t, right?). But not for the same reasons most have. After a while of listening to what he was saying, I noticed the level of confidence he has is almost unprecedented in any other human being I’ve come across. So I told my wife six or seven months ago that I suspected there was more at work here than just a guy running for president.

As many of you may or may not know, as a child, Trump’s pastor was Norman Vincent Peale, author of the famous book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Mr. Trump has accredited his worldview, and accomplishments heavily to what he learned from this man.

While watching Donald this campaign season, time after time you have seen confessions of victory in the face of contradicting circumstances.

 

MEDIA: “Your numbers among hispanics are down, what are you going to do to get them up?”

TRUMP: “Hispanics love me.”

MEDIA:”Your numbers among women have never been lower.”

TRUMP: “No one respects women like I do. And I’m doing great with them. They love me.”

MEDIA: “You have the highest unfavorable ratings of any candidate.”

TRUMP: “I’m gonna win, and I’m gonna win big. And we’re going to make America Great Again.”

No matter the stat, or poll, The Donald has remained unmoved and has stood steadfast in confidence about what he will do. While it’s not uncommon for presidential candidates to say delusional things, there seems to be a difference, here. Trump really believes it, and circumstances over time seem to somehow align with what he has said.

 

New Age, and Christians Who Don’t Read the Bible

As previously mentioned, we unfortunately have a lot of Christians who don’t understand this, and never will because they have decided the Bible needs layers of theological commentaries in order to clarify it’s meaning. So when they come across Mark 11:23, they just can’t accept it. There’s gotta be some hat trick to it that will essentially convert it’s meaning to, “It’s not as incredible as it sounds. Relax, and go back to being normal.”

People can explain it any way they want, but in a nutshell, that is the outcome of both our interpretations of Mark 11:23, and the majority of other spectacular claims made in the Bible.

And when you don’t understand something, human nature is, and always has been, to fear it, and label it as evil. So people say it’s of the devil. It’s New Age. It’s demonic, etc. But regardless of what you think it is, God created the principle, and it still works. 

Others say, “It’s a man- centered false doctrine.”

Boloney.

Pardon my directness, but I will tell you what a man-centered false doctrine looks like: When you down play the words of Christ in order to retain a false sense of humility.

True humility accepts what God says, and practices it, instead of sweeping it under the rug for fear of what mainstream Christianity will think of you.

For Those Who Want to Understand It

The context of Jesus’ words about speaking, and having, was the cursing of a fig tree. As many of us are aware, Jesus walked up to a fig tree one day, found that it had no figs, and responded by saying to it, “let no man ever eat from you again.” When the disciples saw that the tree had withered, they were shocked. This is when Jesus said, “If you have faith, not only will you be able to do what was done to the fig tree, but . . . Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that the things he says will come to pass he will have whatever he says.”

Many argue that this would never work for Donald Trump because he isn’t a Christian. Firstly, I don’t know if he is a Christian or not. In my opinion, he is certainly more honest than a lot of Christians I know (but I digress). Assuming he wasn’t, this principle is not just for Christians. Jesus did not say “Whichever Christian should say . . .” He said, “whoever.” —-That’s anybody.

It works for saved and unsaved, alike. Short, tall, skinny, fat. Arrogant. Bad hair. It’s whosoever.

Now, ready to be shocked?

Jesus never said faith in God was required for this to work.

He actually tells you what you have to believe in in order for it to work. And what he said was, “believe that those things which he says shall come to pass.” Belief that it will actually work. That what you say will really happen. This is the requirement Jesus put on this principle, and it is unfortunately why so many Christians can’t understand it. Because they want to turn everything into a generic faith in God. “Just trust God.” But Jesus corrected this type of thinking and told us we need a specific belief in a specific outcome. People don’t like that because it puts responsibility on them, but that’s what it says.

It can also work for good, or it can work for bad.  See, we have over-spiritualized many of these things. We understand, for instance, that God created and gave us our hands. And that our hands can be used for working, for loving, for helping, or for hurting. We live in a world of God-given gifts and principles that we operate in every day. Sometimes we use them for good, sometimes for bad, but they’re all gifts from God. In Mark 11:23 Jesus tells us another gift God has given to us, and He tells us how to use it. Christians get confused and think because it’s abstract that it must be some weird isolated concept from the rest of the physical world we live in. But it isn’t.

I’ve used this principle all my life and I know hundreds of people who have as well. I’m not perfect, of course, so there have been times I tried to use it and failed. But I could tell you story after story of miraculous outcomes from operating in Mark 11:23.

Will Trump Be President?

My guess is that he will.

He has spent his life practicing and developing the concepts of Mark 11:23 much like a musician does on an instrument. The end result is an uncommon level of success.

Even with all the odds against him, he has consistently risen above them.

Many are concerned that if he gets elected, he will ruin the country.

My opinion?

He has said all along that he will make America Great Again, and I think that he truly believes it.

It’s Not Trump’s Christianity We Should Be Questioning— It’s Our Own

 

 

 

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Nobody else is talking about this. And when I say nobody I mean, I have literally not seen a single individual point this out.

Months ago I started warning Christians not to sacrifice their dignity at the altar of politics. Unfortunately, this is exactly what has happened.

It started around the time that it was revealed Donald Trump had won the Evangelical vote in South Carolina.  Naturally, for any believer, we should be interested. And when it comes to a presidential candidate, and potential leader of the greatest nation in history, it’s understandable that many are concerned about whether or not he is a true Christian.

But somewhere along the line, our concern turned into something very dark, and very ugly.

The online world of Christendom began to froth up attacks toward Trump.

Then the attacks turned into half truths.

And half truths turned into complete lies.

Then came outrageous accusations and comparisons to Hitler.

With every victory Trump gained, Christian’s vitriol turned all the more toxic and desperate.

Finally it all seemed to climax into what we are seeing now: Essentially an ultimatum to our fellow believers that sounds something like, “either you disavow Trump, or we will bring into question your relationship with God . . . And maybe even sprinkle in doubts about your salvation as a whole.”

None of this is new.

The Body of Christ has never really dealt with this issue, or even addressed it. It stretches far beyond politics and is the same attitude I have seen in critics of Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, and others we disagree with. There’s always been  a wink and a nod that says, “If you think the person is evil, a false prophet/teacher, then it’s okay to lie and misrepresent them, because it’s for the greater good.” I have already had multiple Christians admit to me that they knowingly have said or passed on false information about Trump because they felt his defeat was more important than the truth. In fact, all the vile and fallacious memes you see in the image above were personally taken from Christian friends of mine who shared and endorsed them on Facebook.

And those are only from the past few days!

 

 

What’s Happening Here?

 

I’m going to say that all of this isn’t about Trump, Hillary, Cruz, or anyone else. It’s not about an election. This is about us. When this is all said and done, will we be able to look back and say we conducted ourselves respectably, honestly, and with dignity? Did we lead the way in a world of mud slinging and name calling? Did we defend the truth, even when it came to those we disagreed with? Or did we contribute to the problem?

I’m not going to dig into the rights and wrongs of any of the candidates. Instead, I’m hoping to appeal to our common sense. In our heart of hearts, we know that many of the accusations coming from believers are bogus, half truths, and unfair.

And you know what?

That means it’s our Christianity that needs examining.

Why Christians Are Voting For Trump (And It’s Not Because We Like Him)

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I didn’t want to write this. But unfortunately, the number of whining Christians appears to be at an all time high. The attempts to shame,  guilt,  and bully their fellow believers into voting for who they see fit is  . . . Well, not very Christian.

Is He A Christian?

So the accusation sounds something like this:

Trump isn’t a real Christian.

He can’t be trusted.

You’re compromising your values if you vote for him.

Okay. So being a Trump supporter myself, let’s see if I can shed some light on the issue.

First of all, I don’t really care if he is a Christian.

You heard me right. I don’t care.

Now, of course it’d be great if he were. And just like anyone else, you’d like to see him saved. But as far as the presidency, it isn’t a deal breaker.

Furthermore, there is no Scriptural basis to shame someone into voting for a politician who speaks Christianese. So let’s cut that crap out.

But the Bible says wicked rulers lead to a perverse nation.

Okay but the Bible also talks about God raising up kings and putting them down. So if we are going to quote the Old Testament, then it isn’t even up to you who gets elected.

In which case, no reason to claim Trump is the antichrist, or the nation is going to spontaneously combust if Christians vote for him. And guys like Matt Walsh can put on their big girl panties and go find someone else to complain about.

But . . .

Before we give ourselves a theological headache trying to figure out OT sovereignty, let’s put this puppy in reverse and go another direction.

Trump for President, not Pastor

We want godly leadership. We want a person who can hear the voice of God and yield to His purpose for the country, true. But the presidency is more than just  Bible quotes and specific mentions of Jesus Christ in your talking points.

Really, more than anything, it’s a job.

I’m a business owner. And I have hired Christians. But you know what? Any business owner will tell you, a lot of times Christians aren’t that smart. Sometimes they’re lazy. Sometimes they’re liars. Sometimes they know all the right things to say, but unfortunately . . . Sometimes they just don’t know how to get the job done.

I’ve never once doubted I was doing something wrong or, “unchristian” by hiring a person who wasn’t religious. Why? Because at the end of the day, you just need to get the job done.

Now, as I said before, the ultimate prize would be to have someone who loves Jesus and knows how to work hard and make things happen as president. But we all know that those people are usually either not running, or can’t get elected. So we end up having to choose.

Super Duper Christians would have you believe that you just vote for the guy who talks about Jesus the most and if not, you’re not being, “wise” or you’re, “deceived” and in need of their super spiritual prayers.

I submit that we’re neither. We’re looking at the field and we are evaluating who has the most potential to get things done. And based on prior elections and broken promises, we see Trump as the best man for the job.

Now, if you disagree, fine. And there should be discussion on who the best and most capable candidate is. But all too often Christians attempt to manipulate one another by playing the, “Jesus Card.” They do the same thing with the gun control debate, and more recently, the Syrian Refugee issue. Where people are expected to forsake common sense, in exchange for abstract ideas forcefully taken from Scriptures that have a loose association to the subject. And if they don’t, then they’re made to feel like God is frowning down upon them.

To be honest, not only is this getting old . . . It’s actually pretty disgusting.

Why Hating Trump Means Hating Ourselves

 

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For years the American people have claimed to be fed up with the political system. We’ve complained about wanting a leader who wasn’t a politician.

Who wasn’t schooled in the art of deceptive communication by which they side step all the tough questions.

A president who isn’t politically correct. Who doesn’t care about saying what needs to be said even if it offends some, or even most.

Someone who could not be bought by outside special interest groups.

Someone who will call out and confront the media for their lies and hidden agendas.

Then, in the midst of this great outcry and discontentment, Donald Trump appears on the scene. Cocky and gruff, but a near embodiment of all of these things.

And what happens?

Do we welcome him with open arms?

No. We hate him.

I guess when we said we didn’t want someone schooled in the art of deceptive communication, we didn’t mean ill-mannered.

When we said we didn’t want someone who didn’t care about offending people, we meant other people. Certainly not ourselves.

When we said we didn’t want a person who could be bought by special interests, we didn’t mean our special interests.

When we said we wanted someone who would confront the bias in the media, we didn’t mean our favorite news network.

 

See, the introduction of Trump to the political scene isn’t really about Trump. It’s about us. It’s a revelation of the heart of this country, and really, our hypocrisy. It reveals to us that, like a snot nosed twerp in need of a nap, we don’t actually know what we want, or what is good for us. We think we do but then it materializes, and we are horrified.

. . . . The more I think about the guy, the more I see myself.

And suddenly politics as usual doesn’t sound so bad, I guess.