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[E]xamine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)

Letting Trump speak for himself

Patriots and Christians alike got so caught up, first, with someone finally appreciating their concerns and then again in the euphoria of Trump overcoming all odds to win the presidency, that they’ve predominantly failed to follow Paul’s instructions in 1 Thessalonians 5.

Christians so desperately want Trump to be “our” guy that they’ve failed to examine him, his oath of office, and his inaugural speech by the only true ethical standard: Yahweh’s1 unchanging morality as reflected in His Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments.2

Let’s remedy this wrong:

Donald Trump: “Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.”

Restoring America’s promise: Whether Trump is able to succeed in this noble endeavor depends upon what he means by “its promise.” As will become apparent from the rest of his speech, Trump is not referring to the only thing that can restore America’s promise, but instead to that which from its inception has provided a false sense of hope because it was built on the shifting sands of humanism.3

DT: “Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.”

For many years to come: This is true. We’re involved in a multi-generational battle that demands we get this right—that is, if you’re at all concerned with the America we’re leaving our children and grandchildren.

DT: “Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.”

Power to the people: This, of course, was precisely what the people wanted to hear. However, where in the Bible do we find anything close to Trump’s declaration? We don’t. Instead, we find the Bible replete with warnings against looking to the people as the source of power or authority:

Thus saith Yahweh; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm [of strength]…. (Jeremiah 17:5)

Regardless the numbers—whether the few in Washington D.C. or the majority of the populace—power or authority given to humans is an act of humanism. It’s also a repudiation of what Christ claimed in the Great Commission, namely, that all authority has been given to Him in both heaven and on earth.4 It’s also a contemporary manifestation of what the Prophet Habakkuk warned against:

[Yahweh’s] law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth … their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. (Habakkuk 1:4,7)

The New American Standard translates Verse 7 more accurately as, “Their justice and authority originate with themselves.” Sound familiar? It should:

The Preamble of the United States Constitution: WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.5

Because the Constitution is a Godless, Christless, and biblically lawless document, We the Peopleism is just an agreed-upon form of humanism. It is man doing what is right in his own eyes, per Judges 21:25. That this is true is demonstrated throughout the Constitution itself.6 It has, furthermore, been attested to by some of the framers and founding fathers themselves. Note the affinity between Trump’s statement “we are giving … [power or authority] back to you, the people” and the declarations that follow:

In one of his many arguments on behalf of the Constitution, James Madison revealed where ultimate power resides in a Constitutional Republic:

As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power … it is from them that the constitutional charter under which the [authority of the] several branches of government … is derived.7

Alexander Hamilton stated it similarly:

The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.8

John Adams confessed to the same humanism regarding the States’ Constitutions:

It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service [the establishment of the States’ Constitutions] had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven … it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses…. Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone….9

In other words, returning power to the people, as Trump put it, is a return to the 18th-century Enlightenment founders’ sedition against Yahweh’s authority. Not to be overlooked: “Power to the people! Power to the people!” didn’t originate with the constitutional framers. It was expelled from the Garden with Adam and Eve.

DT: “What truly matters is not which party controls our government….”

Which Party matters not: How very true. When examined by the only standard by which left and right is determined, the Democrats and Republicans are just two different wings of the same liberal bird.10

DT: “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.”

Government controlled by the people: What truly matters is not that government is controlled by the people, a recipe for disaster if ever there were one. This is especially true since, according to Matthew 7:13, the majority of the population at any given time is in the broad way leading to destruction. Just where do you suppose the broad-way folk are going to lead America? The only place such people can lead America is to the precipice of moral depravity and destruction, which is precisely where she finds herself today.

What truly matters is not that government is controlled by the people, but that government is under the control of Yahweh and governed by biblically qualified authorities, servants of God who are continually a deterrent to the wicked and a blessing to the righteous, as depicted by Paul in Romans 13:3-6.11

DT: “January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

Rulers of the nation: Cursed be January 20, 2017, if this proves to be true. The term “rulers” is just another term for “sovereigns.” Just as there is only one lawgiver per Isaiah 33:2214 and James 4:12,13 there is likewise only one sovereign:

I give thee charge in the sight of God … and before Christ Jesus … who is the blessed and only Potentate [sovereign, NASB], the King of kings, and Lord of lords. (1 Timothy 6:13-15)

Any ruler who doesn’t recognize Yahweh’s sovereignty is not a God-ordained authority for our blessing, but merely a God-established power for our judgment.14 If Trump were otherwise, he would have unequivocally acknowledged Yahweh’s sovereignty like King Jehoshaphat did when setting up judges in his realm:

And he [King Jehoshaphat] set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for Yahweh, who is with you in the judgment…. And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of Yahweh, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. (2 Chronicles 19:5-9)

Note, unlike President Trump, King Jehoshaphat clearly acknowledged that his and the judges’ authority was subordinate to Yahweh’s.

DT: “At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.”

Serving its citizens: Of course, this tickles the ears of the people and explains why so many were so exhilarated with Trump’s speech. The following warnings also explain the people’s intoxication with Trump:

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests [also presidents] rule on their own authority; and my people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it? (Jeremiah 5:30-31)

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

This last statement by Trump and the overwhelming response to it by alleged conservatives15 is just more evidence of how entrenched the humanism of the 18th-century Enlightenment founding fathers’ is in America. This is not the solution to America’s woes. Government of, by, and for the people is the crux of the problem.16

In the 1600s, the Colonial Puritans established governments, not to serve the people, but to serve Yahweh. It follows that the people are best served when Yahweh is served first:

Thy kingdom come. They will be done in earth, as it is in heaven … seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:10, 33)

The 17th-century Colonials sought first Yahweh, His kingdom, and His righteousness and because Yahweh is always true to His word, America became great, blessed by God, per Deuteronomy 28:1-14.

With this last statement and others like it—lauded by non-Christians and Christians alike—Trump is not calling down Yahweh’s blessings upon America but rather the continued curses of Deuteronomy 28:15-68.

Stay tuned for Part 3.

 

Related posts:

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (blog article)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (audio sermon)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2 (audio sermon)

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

 

1. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. Regrettably, it was deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

2. The bulk of contemporary Christianity has approached the United States Constitution in the same optimistic but insubordinate fashion.

3. “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:26-27)

4. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power [authority, NASB] is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18)

5. Chapter 3: “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH,” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

6. Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

7. James Madison, The Federalist, No. 46 (New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1888) p. 217.

8. Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No. 22 (New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1888) p. 135.

9. John Adams, The Works of John Adams, 10 vols. (Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1865) vol. 4, pp. 292-93.

10. Right, Left, and Center: Who Gets to Decide?

11. Ten Reason Why Romans 13:1-7 is Not About Secular Government

12. “For Yahweh is our judge, Yahweh is our lawgiver, Yahweh is our king; he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22)

13. “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” (James 4:12)

14. For more regarding God-ordained authorities versus God-established powers, see blog article “Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government, Part 3.”

15. Right, Left, and Center: Who Gets to Decide?

16. Chapter 3: “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH,” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

  1. Steven Hawk says:

    The constitution is imperfect indeed, but let’s not overlook America’s very Christian heritage. Just look at wallbuilders.com or view the videos of D. James Kennedy on America. I think God is using the imperfect Trump to offer America protection. If Trump knew more, and was not deceived, the powers that be would’ve never let him in! So, in order for Christ to expose, then subdue his enemies, He needs a man with good prowess, but deceived in areas.

    • Ted Weiland says:

      Steven, thanks for responding.

      America certainly has a Christian heritage–a 17th-century Christian heritage. That all changed in 1787.

      Hopefully, you’ll agree that there’s only one standard by which everything (including the Constitution) is to be ethically evaluated: By Yahweh’s unchanging morality as reflected in His Ten Commandments and their respective statues and judgments. When the Constitution is actually examined by this standard (instead of a bunch of dead politicians’ cherry-picked quotations), it’s found to be anything but biblically compatible. In fact, there’s hardly an Article or Amendment that’s not antithetical, if not seditious, to Yahweh’s sovereignty and morality.

      For evidence, see free online book “Bible Law vs. Constitution: The Christian Perspective,” in which every Article and Amendment is examined by the Bible, at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/blvc-index.html.

      Then, find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ConstitutionSurvey.html and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

      • Steven Hawk says:

        Ted, yes I agree there is only God’s standard. Do you think the ten commandments are still in effect? I just say that because you mentioned them.

        • Ted Weiland says:

          Absolutely!

          How about you? For example, do you believe that the First Commandment is still in effect under the New Covenant or do you believe God’s no longer concerned whether we worship Him or some other god, say, Allah?

          For more on my position, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/law-kingdomFrame.html.

          I also gave a radio interview last Saturday on this extremely important issue. You can find it at http://www.biblelawversusconstitution.org/videos.html#AreChristiansUnder.

        • Atossa says:

          Paul referred to the holy scriptures [Old Testament] as God’s inspired instruction in righteousness that makes us wise in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the God of Israel incarnate, is God, or Divine Lawgiver. Jesus kept God’s Law [His Law] perfectly, in spiite of the satanic Edomite-jews who repeatedly kept trying to manipulate Him to disobey God’s Law.

          ” And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. ”

          2 Timothy 3:15-17

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  2. Atossa says:

    Since 1993 God has led me to study both Biblical and historical Cyrus.

    During this study I have come to realize God’s White European Christ-bearing people have been in a repeat pattern… Babylonian jew/nwo captivity on a global scale… since the end of WW2 and the beginning of antichrist global government.

    Ironically, 70 years from the end of WW2 [and almost exactly 70 years from Stalin’s June 24, 1945 victory parade], Trump officially announced his presidential campaign on June 16, 2015.

    So, you can imagine how interesting it is for me that so many have made an analogy between Trump and Cyrus. There is Biblical/historical synchronicity… but that doesn’t necessarily mean Trump is a modern-day Cyrus.

    The satanic antichrist Edomite jew/nwo enemy is also aware of the Cyrus symbolism… and might twist it to serve their evil end like prompting the rebuilding of Herod’s temple in Jerusalem.

    God’s Cyrus would promote the rebuilding of a different type of temple… God’s Temple made without hands, Jesus Christ, and God’s White European Christ-bearing people, who are living stones in God’s Living Temple in which Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone.

    Speaking about Cyrus, Isaiah 45:4-5 says:

    ” For the sake of Jacob My servant, And Israel My chosen one,
    I have also called you by your name; I have given you a title of honor
    Though you have not known Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;
    Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me ”

    In his Daniel 9 prayer, Daniel knew the prophetic 70 years of Babylonian rule were over. Babylon had fallen to Cyrus’ Medes/Persians and it was the first year of Cyrus’ rule. Yet God’s people, Israel, were still in Babylon. Daniel’s prayer was one of repentance and supplication. Daniel compared the situation in Babylon to God liberating Israel from captivity in Egypt. Then God answered Daniel’s prayer when Gabriel told Daniel that at the beginning of his supplications the command was issued.

    Ezra 1:1-2 was God’s answer to Daniel’s prayer… this is the command that was issued at the beginning of Daniel’s prayer:

    ” Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying:

    “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. ‘Whoever there is among you of all His people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel; He is the God who is in Jerusalem. ”

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    • Atossa says:

      Correction… should be Ezra 1:1-3

      Btw… Hitler had made an analogy between Berlin and the temple in Jerusalem. Hitler said he wanted to be like Christ and drive the money-changers out of the temple. Extending Hitler’s analogy… if Berlin were the temple, Germany would be Jerusalem and Europe the holy land. This dovetails with a Babylonian pattern since the end of WW2.

      Another irony of history… Both Imperial Germany and Imperial Russia were destroyed by democrats and bolsheviks. Later the democratic west allied with the bolshevik east to destroy Hitler.

  3. DT: “Together, we will determine the course of America and the world “…..
    What happen to Yahweh being in control and directing the course of all things? Just one more example of whom the gods of America are.

    • Atossa says:

      After WW2, while Europe and Asia were in ruins, the USA arose as leader of the world. 70 years later, we can see the evil perverted antichrist abomination America and the American-led world has become. Instead of being a shining righteous Christian city on a hill… America-Babylon has exported perverted secular humanism.

      Right after WW2, Truman began enacting the “days of Noah” [ie, race-mixing] when he racially integrated the US military including base housing/schools for military families. Eisenhower used armed federal troops to force the racial integration of public schools. Kennedy also threatened to use armed federal troops to racially mix schools. Next came the radical change in immigration law from favoring White Europeans to favoring non-white third worlders. Once the racial destruction of American society was underway, the US government began passing laws to destroy Christianity, legalize baby-killing and perversion and promote the “days of Lot” [ie, sodomites.] These same jew/nwo abominations were happening in all [former] White Christian nations. Alll world leaders shared the same evil demented antichrist jew/nwo hive-mind. There was not one world leader to stand up against the global jew/nwo abomination that was quickly sending the world to hell. Trump, who praised and promoted sodomites in his GOP acceptance speech, is on course to further the descent into the evil dark abyss.

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