Theological Question of The Week

Question. What does it mean to be saved?

Seriously.

For some its a matter of prayer, for some its a matter of the right prayer, others its about behavior, some – works. Its a question that preachers and cleaver people all over, spend time trying to work out the answer to.

Jim Bakker has a test…

You know what? Trump is a test [of] whether you are even saved. Only saved people can love Trump. No, you gotta be really saved! You gotta forgive! You gotta be able to forgive… you forgive when you’re saved!

I guess reinforcing that to be a Christian, is to love God, is a way of getting Christians to vote for Trump?

This Week In The Internet

Perhaps its because its nearly Christmas. Perhaps its because Donald Trump is being impeached, but there’s been a few talking points from the Christian internet world this week.

No. Its totally all about Donald Trump being impeached and American Evangelicals… reacting…

Christianity Today had something to say…

So. The US magazine Christianity Today, has pretty much come out and said this week that Donald Trump should go, and Christians shouldn’t support him.

Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment. That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.

Christianity Today

It has lit Twitter on fire, and credit should be given to Christianity Today for making it clear where they stand.

To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?

Christianity Today

Hopefully these strong words would start to give people the permission to feel they can also disagree with Christians about Trump.

Donald Trump had something to say…

Because of course he did…

And unsurprisingly doesn’t address the point of the article.

Then Franklin Graham piled on…

But doesn’t address the nuance of the Christianity Today article.

Hopefully 2020 will be the year that politics and Christianity becomes a little less binary. A little less black and white. And a little more open to discussion.

“Effort To Impeach Trump Is Effort To Impeach Christian Values”?

Well. According to Robert Jeffress, Mega Church Pastor, and close supporter of Donald Trump, the effort to impeach Trump is a direct effort to impeach “christian values”.

Watching this, I cant help but think of that quote “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

But, is he telling people that impeaching Trump is against Christianity, or is support of a republican president already seen to be so very linked with Christianity, that he is now simply reinforcing a lie?

How the heck do you even “impeach Christian values” anyway?

Trump and The “Mandate of Heaven”

Well, here’s a quick something.

Pat Robertson, him of classic comments such as “Opposition To Trump Is ‘Satanic’” and that Bragging about groping women is ‘macho’… has come out almost… against Donald Trump.

Almost.

I’m not sure how biblical the phrase “Mandate of Heaven” is, but I’m happy to be schooled about it. But either way, it feels like a coded way of saying “If Donald Trump does this, Christians shouldn’t be happy with him”.

Whilst I’m not sure if he ever had “the mandate of heaven”, its good to see Pat Robertson taking what feels like more critical view of Donald Trump.

This Week In The Internet: The Donald Trump Revival Edition

“This week in the internet” – Where The Sofa shares some of the random things he’s come across in Christian Internet this week.

Donald Trump has said stuff this week…

Apparently Donald Trump is good for Christianity

… Apparently.

Who were these Church leaders..?

Was it this guy?

Angry Sounding Tweet of The Week

Comedy Tongue Speaking of The Week?

Moral of the story? Turn of notifications on your phone when speaking in tongues on TV?

What I’m Listening to this week.

Start listening for Tre Sheppard, stay for the funny bits…

I wonder what Donald Trump will say next…

This Week In The Internet – Donald Trumps Favourite Bible Verse

“This week in the internet” – Where The Sofa tries to make sense of some of the random things he’s come across in Christian Internet this week…

And this week. There is alot of Trump. (Including his favourite Bible verse).

The “For Trump” or “Against God” Argument…

From The Jim Bakker Show…

Donald Trump reveals his Favourite Bible Verse…

Or kinda reveals something anyway…

But its ok… He’s The Chosen One…

Does anyone miss the days when it was just Mark Driscoll saying outrageous stuff?