A Biblical Warning to Unrepentant Trump Resisters

Christopher Suprun claims to be a man of faith. “I’m Roman Catholic,” the Republican presidential elector told Jack Jenkins, senior religion reporter for the decidedly left-of-center news site ThinkProgress.

Suprun, a Dallas, Texas paramedic, made national news a fortnight ago when he authored an op-ed for The New York Times in which he announced that he would not cast his electoral vote for Donald Trump

In his subsequent interview with Jenkins, the faithless elector insisted that it actually was because of his Christian faith that he decided to repudiate President-elect Trump, who, wrote Suprun, in his New York Times screed, “shows daily he is unqualified for the office.”

That Suprun dares to cast aspersions upon President-elect Trump – who was duly elected by winning the popular vote in three-fifths of the states (which added up 306 electoral votes) – proves him to be a counterfeit Christian.

For an authentic Christian would be mindful of the warning, from the Gospel According to Luke, that “there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.”

Indeed, in his Times op-ed, Suprun claimed: “Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation.” It was “the last time I remember the nation united,.” he lamented.

And that’s why  Suprun can’t bring himself to cast his ballot for President-elect Trump, he explained. “I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.”

The New York Times and ThinkProgress accepted Suprun’s fake narrative as Gospel truth. But the faithless Republican elector has since been exposed as a fraudster.

Indeed, WFAA in Dallas, Texas aired a report this past Thursday in which it noted that Suprun’s LinkedIn resume claimed he was a firefighter in Manassas Park, Virginia in September 2001. Yet, the City of Manassas Park confirmed that the paramedic wasn’t even hired until October 2001.

Caught in a lie, Suprun on Friday doubled down during an appearance on Reddit, the popular online forum.

He insisted he never claimed he was employed by MPFD on 9/11, but was actually a volunteer firefighter at the time in Dale City, Virginia, where, he alleged, he was among first responders to the terror attack on the Pentagon.

WFAA checked the 9/11 records and found that the DCFD was not, in fact, a first responder at the Pentagon. That’s probably why Suprun neglected to mention DCFD on his otherwise comprehensive nine-printed-page-long LinkedIn resume.

The faithless elector’s fraud is egregious. As a genuine first responder who knows Suprun told WFAA, “It’s no different than stolen valor for the military; dressing up and saying, ‘Hey, I earned a Purple Heart’ when you weren’t even in combat.”

Suprun has earned himself lasting ignominy for his deceit. But an even worst fate awaits the counterfeit Christian for brazenly and unrepentantly disdaining God’s Word.

Indeed, Romans 3:1-2 is unambiguous:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”

By resisting the authority of President-elect Trump, Suprun also is resisting the ordinance of God. And, in so doing, the faithless elector is bringing judgment on himself.

And he is not alone.

Everyone who refuses to submit to the President-elect’s authority, who refuses to accept that America’s 45th president – Donald J. Trump – was appointed by sovereign God, is not just opposing the nation’s next commander-in-chief, they also are in open rebellion against the Almighty.

That includes putative “faith leaders” on the Religious Left, who signed a statement this past May condemning then-candidate Trump as nothing less than “a threat to both the values of our faith and the health of our democracy.”

The Rev. Dr. David Gushee, Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, is credited with writing much of the Religious Left’s call to “resist” Republican Trump.

“Faithfulness to Jesus is at stake in how American Christians respond,” he declared, in a column published this past spring by the left-of-center Religion News Service in which he likened the Republican presidential hopeful to Adolf Hitler, who was responsible for the genocide of more than six million Jews, and Daniel François Malan, who ushered in apartheid in South Africa.

Gushee was certain the mass of Christians would heed the call issued by him and his fellow “faith leaders.” So much so that he authored yet another column for RNS two weeks before the presidential election in which he joyously assumed Hillary Clinton would be the next president, while making several snarky post-election predictions.

Among them:

“A group of political fundamentalist Christians declares the election of Clinton to be a fulfillment of Scriptures associated with the End of Days. New Countdown-to-Armageddon calendars appear. Christ’s return is set for July 7, 2017.”

“Two new liberal justices are added to the Supreme Court cementing a liberal majority for a generation. Despair descends across Red State America.”

“Christian right organizations continue their failed 40-year-old strategy of attempting to ‘take back America’ by electing GOP candidates to high office. Their organizations continue to shrink in influence.”

“After this election the culture wars are over, and the conservatives have lost. The rest is endgame.”

More than a month after Donald Trump’s history-making election, Gushee and his fellow “faith leaders” on the Christian Left are still in a state of denial. They simply can’t believe they are so out of step with the mass of American Christians, the overwhelming majority of who voted for the Republican.

They vow resistance to the President-elect’s God-given authority after he is sworn into office next month.

Those Christian Left “faith leaders” are modern day false prophets. They have sown the wind, and they now shall reap the whirlwind.

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13 thoughts on “A Biblical Warning to Unrepentant Trump Resisters

  1. Lori Grimes on said:

    Here is a Biblical warning for Trump supporters.
    Revelation 14:11
    And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.

  2. zoebrain on said:

    Be warned. All criticism of the President is being recorded, and the guilty shall not remain unpunished.

  3. There are a couple of problems with your line of questioning.

    First, you’re conflating ancient Israel – the only supernaturally-ruled theocracy that has ever existed in human history – with modern America, a constitutional republic and one of the kingdoms of this world (which haven’t become the Kingdom of Jesus Christ yet, Rev. 11:15). Hence there’s no comparison.

    Second, you’re conflating God’s antecedent will with His consequent will. All rulers of nation-states are appointed by Satan because he’s the prince of this world, as Jesus called him three times. That’s not to say God didn’t work through pagan kings in the Old Testament to both bless and judge ancient Israel. He did.

    Also, remember what God told His chosen people. When they asked for a king to rule over them, they were rejecting Him. (Big lesson there.)

    Heathen rulers carried out the work of the devil and the work of God, whenever He chose to intervene. Obviously, Satan was working through Pharaoh when he sought to kill Moses.

    As for obedience to authority, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace for disobeying Nebuchadnezzar’s decree to worship the golden image. God has never required blind obedience to authority.

    And if you’re going to liken Trump to Nebuchadnezzar, maybe The Donald will end up dwelling with the beasts of the field and eating grass like oxen. Just a (pleasant) thought 😉

    To clarify, when I spoke of living the Sermon on the Mount, I was referring to lukewarm Christians following Trump, not Trump himself. One reason many evangelicals have been duped by this lying charlatan is they’ve rejected Christ-like kingdom living, i.e., the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.

    • On Election Day, voters had a choice of but two candidates who actually had a chance of becoming the nation’s 45th president. You suggest that “many” evangelicals were “duped” by Trump, whom you condemn as a “lying charlatan.” Have you considered that maybe those evangelicals were not duped; nor had they rejected “Christ-like kingdom living.”

      I think many are pro-life Christians, like yours truly. Presented with the choice between Trump, who promises to appoint pro-life jurists to the Supreme Court, versus Hillary Clinton, who has sold her soul to Planned Parenthood (which is responsible for the massacre of millions more innocents than even Herod the Great could have imagined), they chose the former.

      • American voters didn’t choose Trump, the electoral college did, which Trump said “is a disaster for a democracy” (11.06.12). Of course he’s changed his tune since then. Trump received 46% of the vote. Fifty-four percent voted for someone other than Trump. Trump won the election because roughly 80K voters in three swing states (WI, MI, PA) that voted for Obama twice went for Trump. Hillary won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes. Yes, Trump won the election, but not because most voting Americans wanted him to be president. (I didn’t vote for either of them.)

        I’m pro-life but I don’t put my faith in the Supreme Court. Republican appointed SCOTUS justices brought us legalized abortion in Roe 1973 and affirmed it again in Casey 1992. The blood of 58 million unborn babies is on the head of the GOP. In light of this, abortion isn’t a reason to vote for a temperamentally unstable man that even unbelievers know is an ignorant fraud suffering from narcissistic personality disorder.

        The Religious Right, coupled with the false theology of Dominionism, has done more to destroy the salt and light witness of the church than anything I can think of in the past 50 years. I’ve watched the growth of this great deception since the 1970s. Trumpism is the crown jewel of its subtle craftiness. Gullible Christians really believe the false teachings, false prophecies, false visions and false dreams about Trump. It’s mindboggling and heartbreaking. The end result is millions of people for whom Christ died have been turned off to hearing the soul-saving gospel because of these misguided churchgoers that think Jesus is a Republican wrapped in the American flag and toting an AK-47. It’s another Jesus, 2 Corinthians 11:4.

      • I worked in a Republican White House. I was dispirited when Bill Clinton was elected. I was no less dispirited when Barack Obama won office. Yet, I never questioned their God-ordained authority over me.

        Not even when Clinton defiled himself by having an adulterous sexual relationship with a White House intern young enough to be his daughter. Not even when Obama in 2012 disavowed his 2008 declaration that “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

        I most certainly criticized Clinton for defiling himself and the high office he held. Just as I upbraided Obama for reversing his previous opposition to same-sex marriage, ignoring 1 Corinthians 6:9 which clear states that neither “homosexuals, nor sodomites,” among others of the unrighteous, ”will inherit the kingdom of God.”

        But I never questioned the authority either president had over me. Nor did I have the hatred for either president you obviously have for President-elect Trump.

        You profess yourself a person of faith. Yet you ignore the word of God that condemns such animus as you evince toward Trump. Like 1John 4:20, which admonishes: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”

        Finally, you condescend to “(g)ullible Christians” – your code for Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” – whom you apparently deem at once intellectually inferior and unenlightened on matters of faith. Those know-nothing churchgoers are so “misguided,” you suggest, they think “Jesus is a Republican wrapped in the American flag and toting an AK-47.”

        Well, I think God unamused by such condescension; such pridefulness. Indeed, 1 Corinthians 1:19 advises: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” And Proverbs 16:18 warns: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty heart before a fall.”

      • Re: 1 John 4:20; Cor 1:19; Prov 16:18 … Mature and courageous Christians, such as Russell Moore and others, who are warning the church about Trump do not hate him and are not proud. We hate the evil and deception he represents, and there’s a big difference. Did John the Baptist hate Herod for condemning his unlawful marriage to Herodias? No. Was he proud? No. John was brave and lost his head for speaking truth to power. The context of 1 Cor 1:19 is using the wisdom of man to reject the gospel, so it has no application here. 1 John 4:20 is a reference to other believers and Trump is not a Christian. However, if John meant humanity in general, blowing the whistle on an antichrist false prophet isn’t hatred, it’s love for the brethren. There have been false teachings and revelations published in the churches about Trump, hence this is a serious church issue. And so you’ve misapplied these verses. Scripture applicable to Trump would be the book of Jude, 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and Proverbs 16:18, to name a few.

        Re: Romans 13:1-7 … Paul said God ordained government in general, not evil rulers. The context of this passage is government where doing good is praised and doing evil is punished, just the opposite of Trump’s life, campaign and post-election tweets. Verse 3: “For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.” If the reverse is true and world rulers promote evil, disobey the law, endorse sin and persecute or kill those who are innocent and good, we are to nonviolently resist and disobey. As a member of the Republican party, it’s not surprising you’re confused about this. Jesus is a nonpartisan. He’s not a Democrat or a Republican. Living the Sermon on the Mount will sometimes lead to nonviolent resistance to authority, as we saw in a very small minority of faithful Christians under the Third Reich. Why didn’t more German Christians help rescue Jews? Because they adored Hitler and thought he made Germany great again. We see the same blindness today with Trump. Any Christian who isn’t immediately repulsed and outraged by the idea of a Muslim registry never gets to utter the words “religious freedom” ever again.

        God isn’t under the delusion that the GOP has a superior moral high ground, as the Religious Right claims. God sees wickedness across party lines. Promising to drain the swamp, Trump refilled it with billionaires, corporate executives and Wall Street titans, the majority without any experience at all in government. His unprecedented rise to political power is God’s consequent will – ditto with every dangerous demagogue and authoritarian murderous thug, like Hitler, Stalin and Trump’s best buddy Putin. The 2016 presidential election was God’s judgment on a rebellious and sinful nation. He gave us the kind of reality-TV-show leadership we wanted and deserved, complete with a proud porn model. The U.S. is the biggest exporter of pornography in the world. Americans know Melania is proud of her work in the porn industry because she said so publicly in a TV interview. She even told us why she’s not ashamed of her nude photos – lewd and lascivious images that any teenage boy can see with a simple Google search. Genuine Christians are disgusted, embarrassed and grieved that this will be our First “Lady.”

        Finally, you are in no position to point a finger at Clinton or Obama. They look like choir boys next to Trump. He’s a thrice-married adulterer (currently living in an adulterous remarriage, as defined by Jesus) and a boastful serial sexual predator in deep denial that lied about his violent criminal behavior, and yet he was elected anyway! Unbelievable. Trump has no problem with same-sex marriage, as he said after the election in his “60 Minutes” interview. He told Lesley Stahl it’s the law of the land and he’s fine with it. Remember the standing-o billionaire Peter Thiel received at the RNC when he said he’s proud to be a gay Republican? Most of the GOP is okay with homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

        Thank God there are bold leaders within the church who see what’s happening and are warning those willing to listen. We need more men like John the Baptist.

      • Merriam-Webster defines “hate” as follows:
        1 a :: “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury
        b :: “extreme dislike or antipathy”

        That makes you a Trump hater, AKB. As well everyone else who bears the same “intense hostility and aversion” toward the President-elect that you do, including Russell Moore and others if they share your “extreme dislike or antipathy” toward Trump.

        You invoke the name of John the Baptist, who condemned Herod for his unlawful marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife. You insinuate that First Lady-in-waiting Melania Trump is a latter day Herodias. And you suggest that those who are fulminate about Trump – pronouncing him, variously, “an antichrist” and a “false prophet” – are merely speaking the truth to power. Like John the Baptist did two milennia ago.

        Well, John the Baptist was the forerunner of Christ. His birth was foretold by the angel Gabriel. It is to him that the Lord came to be baptized, fulfilling all righteousness, before beginning his ministry.

        There is no man (or woman) alive today who has the anointing John had. There is no one today who has led as exemplary a life as did John, giving that present day saint the moral authority to condemn Trump as the Baptizer condemned Herod. And there is no one who has heard the voice of God (as had John and prophets before him), who have been personally assigned by the Almighty to speak the (supposed) truth to the President-elect.

        For those who dare to think they are somehow following the example of John the Baptist, they should reread Acts 19:11-17.

        It tells of some itinerant Jewish exorcists who “took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, ‘We exorcise you by the Jesus Paul preaches.’”

        So “the evil spirit answered and said, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?’” Then the man possessed by the evil spirit leaped on the exorcists, “overpowered them, and prevailed over them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”

        That’s what happens to all too many of those who delude themselves that they have some special calling by the Lord, who put their imagined calling to the test. They suffer a rude awakening.

        Finally, you mention again the virtue of “living the Sermon on the Mount.” Yet, you are not living it yourself.

        Christ commanded, “Love your enemies.” But you have made it abundantly clear you have nothing but hatred for Donald Trump.

        That makes you a hypocrite, according to Merriam-Webster’s definition:
        1: “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion”
        2: “a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings”

  4. I notice Catholic bishops parroting Democrat slanders against Trump–especially the “racism” nonsense. To hear them, you’d never guess that Trump just defeated the worst abortion fanatic in the world.

  5. This isn’t a “biblical” warning. You drank the Kool-Aid. You’ve been played by a masterful con artist, better than Bernie Madoff. Trump is an antichrist and a political false prophet. Whether you like it or not, he will be resisted by genuine believers, as Bonhoeffer resisted Hitler. There have been false teachings, false prophecies, false visions and false dreams circulating in the churches about him that gullible, uneducated Christians believe. (Trump: “I love the poorly educated.” Why? Because they’re easier to deceive.) Do you realize most German Christians adored Hitler? They trusted him implicitly and believed his every word — he would make Germany great again. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it (George Santayana).

    • “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.”
      Romans 3:1-2

      • Misinterpretation of Romans 13 is common. Read all of it. Government is God-ordained when it follows good and does not promote evil. That’s what Paul said. All Christians must obey the law when the law does not violate the Word of God. Whenever the law contradicts the commandments of Jesus we must disobey. This is what sent Christians to the death camps along with Jews — they righteously disobeyed the Third Reich, risking their lives to help rescue Jews. Today, there are Christians and Jews willing to stand with Muslims if they are forced to register and wear some sort of self-identification on their clothing. We’ve seen this before.

        World leaders — kings, prime ministers, presidents, dictators, etc. — are put in place by the prince of this world, whose authority to do so was given to him. Jesus was tempted by Satan to grab worldly power but He refused. Tragically, those who claim to know Him covet this power. They’ve rejected the King of kings and His rule in their lives. They will not live the Sermon on the Mount nor worship & serve God (their choice).

        “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Luke 4:5-8 KJV).

      • Was Pharaoh of Egypt, who promoted Joseph vizier over all the land, appointed by Satan, the prince of this world, or God? Or what of King Nebuchadnezzar, who promoted Daniel ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon? Neither Pharaoh nor Nebuchadnezzar lived the Sermon on the Mount or served God. Yet Joseph subjected himself Pharaoh’s authority and Daniel did not resist the authority of Nebuchadnezzar. Were those Biblical figures doing the work of the devil or the will of God?

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