Ted Cruz: Champion or Charlatan?

 

10 Insidious Dangers You Should Know

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(This article stimulated a radio interview between Malcolm Out Loud and me broadcast on 50 am/fm stations and is available online . This article also appears on the Malcolm Out Loud web site at this link. I thank Malcolm for his kindness shown to me.)

Recently, Phil Robertson prayed for a “Jesus Person” to become President of the United States. Since he has endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for President, I presume that he meant Senator Cruz in his prayer.

When Senator Cruz announced his candidacy for President, I welcomed it. As an open Christ-follower, I accepted his profession as a Christian. I thought he would make a good President.

However, as his campaign has continued, I have turned from a position of acceptance of his profession to the exact opposite…one of rejection of his profession of Christianity. I here list some of the reasons for my change in view and ask others who may have accepted Cruz’s profession to reexamine his profession and change their position, too.

Jesus Christ’s Warnings

In Matthew 7, the author told of Christ’s warnings about false prophets. In His warnings, Jesus identified several features of false prophets to observe:

  • They would come;
  • They would come in His name;
  • They would prove convincing.

Jesus then commented on how to discern them: examine the fruit(s) of their lives.

  • Good trees do not produce bad fruit.
  • Bad trees do not produce good fruit.
  • You will know them by their fruit.

In other words, a false prophet will produce bad fruit despite appearances and claims. I conclude that this describes Ted Cruz and why I call him a false prophet.

#1 Bad Fruit: 8 Ted Cruz’s Lies and Deceits

I read an article which claimed that Cruz had stated over 90 different lies during his campaign. Intrigued, I did an internet search to determine the validity of the writer’s claim. To my horror, I found the statement true.

In fact, if you will do a simple online search, you, too, will find what I discovered:  the author’s claim understates the existence of Ted Cruz’s lies and deceits. This list provides only a sample.

  • He claims a conservative political background against the “establishment.” However, his political career is filled with establishment positions from his early days with the President Bush administration.
  • In addition, he has endorsed and promoted establishment positions in Congress only to “vote” against them at a later date, following the pattern of a typical establishment politician, so that he can “claim” opposition to the same positions that he previously promoted.
  • He publicly stated that he would never take any money from establishment sources to fund his campaign. Yet the public record of his financial supporters, whom he has never renounced, come almost exclusively from establishment sources.
  • Senator Cruz repeats false witness statements about his competitors, starting with the false and misleading comments against Ben Carson in Iowa, the false and misleading statements about Marco Rubio in Hawaii, and the never ending false and misleading statements about Donald Trump.
  • On the occasions when PACs make false and misleading statements, Cruz does not reject the statements. He obfuscates, in lawyerly fashion:
    • By minimizing or overlooking their statements an/or actions;
    • He immediately attacks one of his competitors without answering the charge(s) against the PACs.
  • When challenged on one of his many lies and deceits, Ted Cruz never gives a simple yes or no answer nor an apology. Again, he obfuscates in lawyereze in the same fashion as his responses to the PACs misdeeds.
  • Further, Cruz has used this same approach in his responses to the charges against him of previous sexual immorality. I do not know if the charges are true or not. However, in these instances, Cruz has not clearly and emphatically denied the charges. Again, he has responded with lawyer language open to many interpretations. I have yet to hear a flat denial from Ted Cruz of the charges of previous immoral sexual behavior, i.e., “Yes, I did them in the past, for which I apologize;” “No, I have never had any type of sexual behavior with anyone before my marriage or since my marriage.”
  • Ted Cruz makes frequent statements that he may believe true but in fact are not true. A belief of an untruth does not make it a statement of truth.

Sadly, this provides a mere sample of his untruths that do not identify Ted Cruz as a “Jesus Person.”

#2 Bad Fruit: Ted Cruz’s Elevation of Legal Over Moral and Ethical Behavior

During recent campaign activities, Ted Cruz has exhibited a propensity to rely upon legal practices that prove unethical at best.

For example, his campaign PACs and personnel employ tactics that many of his supporters applaud that do not in any way exhibit a Jesus person. Research reports have surfaced that reveal that potential delegates for states’ delegate delegations have misled the selection processes by declaring themselves as supporters of a given candidate only to reveal later that they actually support Ted Cruz. I have yet to hear Cruz deny or reject such behavior or take steps to remedy those instances where it has occurred nor has he taken steps to prevent it from occurring in the future.

He hides behind a “legal” process that reeks of unethical if not illegal action.

#3 Bad Fruit: Ted Cruz’s Campaign For Confusion During The Campaign Season And At The Republican Convention

Ted Cruz’s campaign concentrates upon confusing voters about his competitor’s positions. He misstates them (see #1 above). Further, he confuses voters by misstating his own positions, both previous and current positions.

His current campaign emphasizes, not an attempt to win the nomination by securing the most delegates by votes of the electorate. Cruz’s emphasis now centers upon causing confusion and chaos during the campaign at the Convention in hopes of securing the nomination.

At first glance, you may applaud and/or rationallize some or all of these actions by Ted Cruz. But, please consider the clear statements from the Bible, which you may say you follow, which denounce every one of these examples.

  • Proverbs 6.16-19: “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Some would justify the charge that Ted Cruz commits at least 6 of these violations if not all 7.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5.22: “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14.33: “God is not the author of confusion…”
  • James 3.14-16: “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” 

Jesus, in John 14-16, described the coming the Holy Spirit who would reside within true Christ-followers, or Jesus persons. Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, would guide believers into the truth. The Holy Spirit never guides a believer into untruth or disobedience of God’s word.

So, this ends a partial explanation of why I describe Ted Cruz as a false prophet. His pattern of behavior for many years contradicts his Christian profession.

I pray that you and many others will examine these examples from Cruz’s life and campaign, as well as the Bible references that relate to his behavior. I pray that you will change your mind about Ted Cruz and see him for what I believe him to be, a false prophet.

© Thomas P. Hill (www.masterministries.org)

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Is The Bible True? Is It In The Way?

10 Best Ways Unlock Understanding The Bible

Is the Bible true? What ways unlock understanding the Bible? Does objective truth exist?

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These questions haunt debates over the role of the Bible among Christians and nonchristians. Some reject Biblical authority in their lives. In contrast, many professing Christians proclaim the authority of the Bible in their lives.

The questions of Biblical authority has invaded the Church of Jesus Christ today. This denial has developed into a false doctrine about the Bible. Its quiet infiltration has prevented its recognition by most professing believers.

Is the Bible true? Is it in the way?

10 best ways unlock understanding the Bible

#1: Is The Bible True? Best Ways To Unlock Understanding The Bible: Recognize The Postmodern Attitude To Truth.

Postmodern belief rejects objective truth. All truth develops individually and within groups, they say. No one person or source possesses absolute truth, not even the Bible.

Alas, this error has become a staple in present day Biblical interpretation, especially within small group Bible studies. It follows this common paradigm to encourage discussion:

  1. The leader asks: “What does this passage mean to you?”
  2. Group members, which may include unbelievers, share their thoughts, all of which are considered to possess equal value.
  3. No one evaluates the members’ thoughts for Biblical correctness. No one corrects unBiblical comments, not even the leader, who may not even know the applicable Biblical truth(s).
  4. “It’s all a matter of interpretation” governs the discussion, as if true.
  5. As a result, no correct or true Biblical interpretation arises for application.
  6. Biblical error(s) results.

The Bible provides God’s self-revelation, and He substantiates by the work of the Holy Spirit the objective truths in it to which we must conform our lives.

#2: Is The Bible True? Best Ways To Unlock Understanding The Bible: Confess The Divine Inspiration Of The Bible.

The Church of Jesus Christ rejects the necessity of the divine inspiration of the Bible. Several present day attacks undermine this essential doctrine of God’s word:

  • Postmodernism rejects the existence of objective, absolute truth;
  • Postmodernism places primary dependence upon the validity of individual and/or group interpretation of all texts;
  • Postmodernism elevates the authority of human thought of science, history, life experience, and socially accepted belief(s) above the authority of the Bible;
  • Postmodernism attributes Biblical error to a text if, in the mind of the interpreter, it seems to conflict with human reason and other human authority;
  • Postmodernism rejects the supernatural elements of the Bible and its authority; and
  • Postmodernism does not believe in the divine inspiration of the Bible

By default, the Church, then, discards the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible. It passed from divine revelation to merely an ordinary book of fine but obsolete literature. It has become one book among many books of human origin, but certainly not divine, because it contains errors. Grievously, the professing Church rejects the verbal, plenary, inspiration of the Bible by God through the Holy Spirit.

As a result, the Church of Jesus Christ presents the Bible as merely a handbook to guide humankind in its search for God, instead of providing God’s self-revelation of Himself. Therefore, we make God in our own image, turn the truth of God into a lie, and defy God Who has revealed Himself in His word.

This concept denies God’s intervention into human life and ultimately questions whether anyone can ever know that God exists or if anyone can know Him if He does exist.

The Church and Christ-followers must confess the authority of divine, Biblical inspiration and rely upon the Holy Spirit to confirm and reveal the Bible’s truths.

#3: Is The Bible True? Best Ways To Unlock Understanding The Bible: Reject Reliance Upon Human Reason For Biblical Interpretation.

Popular cultural paradigms cause Christians and nonchristians to seek for life’s answers by conforming to the world’s methods: human reason, understanding, and speculation.

By emphasizing our knowledge, we subject the Bible to critical analysis from science, history, and opinion. Psychology, science, and philosophy now falsely interpret the Bible in hopes of finding solutions to life’s circumstances.

The infallibility of human reason critiques and dictates the meaning of the Bible. The Church of Jesus Christ substitutes reason, education, and knowledge for spiritual revelation, illumination, and insight. Truth, and right and wrong, now bow to this new standard. Humanity, the new deity, determines truth.

Such an approach rejects the Holy Spirit as revealer of truth of God’s word. The Holy Spirit enlightens human minds to see Biblical truth(s) and enables humans to believe them and conform their lives to them.

#4: Is The Bible True? Best Ways To Unlock Understanding The Bible: Renounce Selective Belief And Obedience To God’s Word.

The Church consents to selective obedience to Biblical teaching and commands. Professing believers and unbelievers take the following steps to justify their disobedience:

  • Ultimately, truth depends upon how mere mortals interpret the Bible; and
  • Evidence from social beliefs proves it contains errors;
  • Thus, selective obedience and a concurrent rejection of submission to all of Scripture occurs.

The Christian, then, disobeys God’s word and ignores its application in life.

Belief in an error does not absolve anyone from responsibility to know the truth, believe it, and conform life to it. Humans have a responsibility to believe Biblical truth(s) as revealed by God and apply the truth(s) in life. We do not possess the right of selective faith and obedience to God’s word.

#5: Is The Bible True? Best Ways To Unlock Understanding The Bible: Teach Biblical Doctrines.

A common fallacy grips the Church: doctrine doesn’t matter. Rather than confront the culture’s errors with the truths of God’s word, we abandoned Biblical doctrines. To save face, we said that it doesn’t matter anyway.

So, the Church of Jesus Christ fails to teach Biblical doctrine. In its feeble attempt to correct disagreement and disorder, the Church elevates unity over truth. Such ill-fated attempts compromise truth and open the door to error, even heresy.

Further, ministers, feeling pressure from strife and feuding factions, flee doctrinal preaching in favor of “How To” messages to satisfy their audiences. They concentrate instead upon felt needs.

Everyone holds some doctrinal positions. But, in the absence of teaching true Biblical doctrines, false doctrine(s) take the place of the truth. To unlock understanding the Bible, the Church and its leaders must return to Biblical doctrinal teaching.

#6-10: Is The Bible True? Best Ways To Unlock Understanding The Bible: Recognize The Penalties For Failure To Unlock Understanding The Bible

  • Christians suffer individually and collectively as the Church.
    1. They lack spiritual power. Spiritual maturity in the Church goes wanting. Faith in God declines. Discontent and uncertainty trouble believers.
    2. The Church lacks direction and looks to the world for help. The rejection of Biblical authority causes Christians to question, misrepresent, and finally to distort fundamental truth. The inevitable result, sin, comes because the child of God fails to believe the Bible rightly and fails to obey God thoroughly.
  • Believers today lack the fruit of the word in practical life.
    1. Believers today neglect serious meditation upon the Bible and the direct application of its truths. It shows in the lack of self-examination under Biblical precepts and a failure to study God’s word. Without it, conviction of sin is absent, and application of truth breaks down.
    2. Believers disobey the Bible’s commands. Obedience goes wanting in the wake of neglected study and application. This sin affects individuals and the Church collectively. At the least, it reveals an uncertainty of the Bible’s sufficiency for life and godliness.
    3. An emphasis upon religious activity has replaced simple obedience to the Scriptures. Further, the Church of Jesus Christ fails to walk in the Spirit, but lives according to the flesh.
    4. Numerous evidences prove the failure to walk in the Spirit. The works of the flesh stated in Galatians 5.19-21 and Colossians 3.5 permeate the Church today. Sexual immorality, false worship of God, and strife too often raise their evil heads not only in the congregation but also in the leadership, even the pastorate. Holy living has fallen upon hard times. Rarely is it mentioned; it is virtually extinct in the Church of Jesus Christ today.
    5. Holy Spirit filled believers have become an abnormality. Instead, fear of the very mention of the Spirit and outright rejection of His ministry rule the day. Surely, our sins have grieved and quenched His mighty presence and work in our midst.
  • Rejection of Biblical authority offends a holy God.
    1. This evil practice fails to honor and glorify God. It leads to idolatry, the worship of a false god fashioned after defiled reason.
    2. Prayers go unanswered. God withdraws His glorious presence and begins to judge His children for their sin.
  • This sin of the Church offends the Holy Spirit.
    1. To reject Biblical authority resists the work of the Holy Spirit, Who breathed its message into life. Such betrayal grieves Him and quenches His work.
    2. Thus, without His power, believers operate in the flesh, which is enmity against God and can not please Him (Romans 8.5-8).
  • To reject the authority of God’s word tramples on the person and work of Jesus Christ. After all, the Bible speaks primarily to One Person, Jesus Christ. It promises Him. It predicts His works on behalf of sinners. It describes the sinner’s need of Him. It reveals the gospel in its entire splendor. In effect, then, this evil rejects Jesus Christ.

Summary

Although presented in summary arrangement, the foregoing examples indeed demonstrate the ways that the Church of Jesus Christ and Christ-followers can unlock understanding the Bible. Too often, believers reject Biblical authority. It began subtly but has escalated into a significant problem. The failure to recognize it serves to intensify its magnitude. It now permeates and affects virtually every aspect of the Church.

At first glance, you would think this condition originates from an intellectual problem. It does not. Increased emphasis upon apologetics will not cure it. Well-defined data from archeology will not heal the evil. Neither will well-reasoned argumentation solve the dilemma.

None of these efforts will correct the sin of rejecting Biblical authority, because this evil does not result from an intellectual problem.

Instead, it arises from a moral problem. The natural human heart hates God. Neither will it subject itself unto God. It fights against the Holy Spirit and His workings in mankind (Romans 8.5-8). Thus, the rejection of His word develops from an unbelieving and disobedient heart.

It is precisely to this issue that Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, speaks to his protégé, Timothy. Paul’s counsel centered upon the rebellion of evil men against the truth (1) Against these conditions, the Holy Spirit prompted Paul to direct Timothy to the Scriptures:

 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; {15} 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. {16} All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: {17} That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2)

This text provides the doctrine that when believed and obeyed will help us overcome the common rejection of Biblical authority and remedy the problem. The Bible conclusively reveals God’s word to humankind, exerts authority over mankind, and, when believed and obeyed, produces divine effects in human beings.

Is the Bible true? Unlock understanding the Bible? Yes. The solution requires a change in the moral condition of the human heart. Nothing else will suffice. This regeneration occurs when God’s Holy Spirit gives new life to sinners like you and me. The Holy Spirit illuminates darkened minds to answer the question, Is the Bible true?, and enables understanding the Bible.

References

  1. 2 Timothy 3.1-13.
  2. 2 Timothy 3.14-17.

© Thomas P. Hill (www.masterministries.org)

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John MacArthur: Caution: Time To See False Prophets’ Crisis

 

7 Old Tested Truths To Adopt

“Beware of False Teachers”

By John MacArthur (1)

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“Near the end of His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus issued this stark warning to His listeners: “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15).”

“False prophets were not new to Israel. As long as God has had true prophets, Satan has had false ones. They are seen from the earliest times of redemptive history. Moses warned:

“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,” you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 13:1–5)”

“Elsewhere in the Old Testament, God told the prophet Jeremiah:”

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 Reference

  1. John MacArthur: https://www.gty.org/blog/B140210/beware-of-false-teachers