When Christians and Clergy are Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

        Tom Perez, the DNC Chairman, said, “You can't be a Democrat and be pro-life,” and Father Altman, a Catholic Priest, said,[i]  “You cannot be a Christian and be a Democrat.” Both Mr. Perez and Father Altman are correct! This is the unmistakable chasm  between the Democrat Party’s ideology and God’s biblical truth. On one side the leadership of the DNC drew the line in the sand that cannot be crossed by someone who believes in God’s truth. Therefore, Christians cannot be Democrats or they would be supporting what God hates, which is shedding innocents’ blood.[ii] There is nothing more innocent than an unborn baby.

       One might ask how this could even be a question in the minds of Christians. Some of the answer is found in the fact that shepherds have acquiesced the truth of God to the culture, and failed to train up the body of Christ in the way they should go. This means many shepherds have concurred not to teach on moral issues from the pulpit or stand for God’s morality in the public sphere of influence if it is a political issue. The effect on the body of Christ today is obvious. The body of Christ looks little different than the world around them. This shows shepherds have not properly influencing the consciences of their parishioners and have done this by either obscuring the truth of God out of ignorance, cowardice, greed, or lack of faith.

      Today, Christians are desperately seeking leadership from their clergy. Christianity is being attacked and clergy have an obligation to lead. Christians need to be taught and led to combat evils like abortion, and the assault of religious freedom, even if these issues are wrapped around political issues. The Democrat political party today has clearly taken their gloves off and is now attacking the belief in Christ very similarly to the way communist Chinese are attacking the Church in China. The only difference is liberals in America do not yet have the power to indiscriminately jail and murder Christians, but they are suing and persecuting Christians all over America.  

        The question is: can America’s clergy expose the immoral issues from the pulpit and stand for Christ in the public sphere? The biblical answer is not can we: we must. The Bible commands Christians  to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”[iii] It also asks, “Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will stand for me against those who practice iniquity?”[iv]

Then how do laypeople and their shepherds rise up when, "Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant. Then it seeks to silence the good.”[v] This is exactly what is happening today. Liberal secular authorities for instance have tried to silence Father Altman, but thankfully the left-wing bullies--the cancel culture as they call themselves --are exposing themselves in the light of day for all the world to see. They revealed their true evil nature when Father Altman put on the full armor of God and spoke boldly as we should all speak.[vi]

         Whether Father Altman knew it or not his strategy came right out of a page in Christ’s playbook. This is the same tactic John the Baptist and Jesus used to expose the Pharisees and Sadducees to the multitude.  Father Altman  created controversy like Christ by speaking the truth of God into evil. Altman must have known that Christ said.  “The world … hates me because I testify that its works are evil.”[vii]

        When Altman testified to liberalism’s works he caused Godly conflict that put the focus on Father Altman’s video exposing their evil. This focus gave Altman a platform, like speaking God’s truth did for Christ, to speak to the multitude. Father Altman’s video has nearly 1 million views. Now ask yourself, how much would it cost in advertising to get one million views without creating the controversy of speaking God’s truth into evil? Did the multitude hear God’s truth? Yes, and this is every Christian’s mission on earth.[viii]

        Some in the Christian world may falsely see this as unloving or divisive, but it is not divisive; this is the price we have to pay to expose evil. When Christ walked in this world, the division was already real, as it was in the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, and as it is today with liberalism’s war against Christianity. Christians are not creating the division, we are reacting as God commanded us by exposing it and having the faith in the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin.[ix]

            Many clergy and laity today say exposing evil is not speaking Gods truth in love. However, when we speak the truth of God in love, love involves hating evil. The Bible says, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”[x] Simply put, God is love, but God’s love hates evil. If we do not hate evil we are not being charitable to those who are espousing evil. We cannot allow fear of offending people to obstruct our duty to speak the truth of Christ. Christians are charged to unequivocally speak the truth for the sake of saving souls.[xi] This is how we were all saved. Someone or some way the truth of God was spoken into us and the Holy Spirit convicted us. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we gave our lives to Christ. Therefore, we must speak the truth of God into evil.  Christ said, evil will hate us, but some will come to the truth and be saved.

         There is also a popular misunderstanding of mercy. Mercy does not hold back the truth.  This would cruelly be deceiving people with mercy. Mercy is given by God when we repent of our sins, and without hearing the truth people will not know to repent, and will not be given the opportunity to be forgiven by God. So don’t confuse mercy with silence, because silence is evil when it holds back the truth of God. It is my opinion, withholders of God’s truth are enablers of sin and could be subject to everlasting damnation!

           Here is the cold, hard truth: every Saturday--the most popular day for killing the unborn--the day before Christians and Clergy attend church, 10,000 unborn babies in America are killed by being sucked into a machine at an abortion clinic. Then these same Christians and clergy will attend Sunday Church and stay silent about this and other evils and will not speak the name of the evil principality that supplies direct public support for the killings, which is the Democrat party. Worse still, by not speaking and hearing the truth from the pulpit, unlearned Christians can indirectly sponsor the murder of the unborn by voting for people who sponsor infanticide.

          This is the sin of silence that Bonhoeffer was referring to when he said “not to speak into evil is evil itself!” Can we see the effect of our silence, and that it could very well be wickedness?

           If this article makes you angry, then everyone reading this should get angry. Christians, it is time to get angry. Do not sin, but get vocal, get active in speaking the biblical truth into the public square and then implore our clergy to expose evil from the pulpit to enable the Holy Spirit to do wonders upon wonders. Don’t unknowingly be one of the many Christians and clergy who are wolves in sheep's clothing.

A side note: As Christians, our un-inhibited ability to speak into political issues is confirmed in our Constitution’s 1st Amendment, and is explicitly supported by the President of the United States. There is no law barring the Church’s involvement in any political sphere.  An executive order was signed by President Trump in 2017 that promotes free speech and religious liberty. This order directs the IRS to "not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship or other religious organization" that endorses policies or candidates for public office. "We are giving churches their voices back," the president said at the signing ceremony.

Use your voices!

David Howard, Foxhole Ministry

[i]Father Altman YouTube Video

[ii] Proverbs 6:16-19

[iii] Ephesians 5:11

[iv] Psalm 94:16

[v] Charles Chaput

[vi] Ephesians 6:10-20

[vii] John 7:7 

[viii] Acts 1:8

[ix] John 16:8

[x] Romans 12:9

[xi] Acts 1:8