10 Insidious Dangers You Should Know
(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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