Remember back in July when Wayne Grudem said this?
I do not think that voting for Donald Trump is a morally evil choice because there is nothing morally wrong with voting for a flawed candidate if you think he will do more good for the nation than his opponent. In fact, it is the morally right thing to do.
We at Pulpit & Pen have continually warned about the lack of discernment in those who are pushing support for the morally “flawed” presidential candidate, Donald Trump. In fact, we believe that the same lack of discernment that would allow Grudem to be a continuationist–or sign an ecumenical document like the Manhattan Declaration–or pronounce a devout Roman Catholic saved, is the same lack of discernment that would allow him to throw his support behind the debauched candidate. We’ve heard over and over about how much worse the opponent is, therefore, we need to vote to “do the least damage.”
Grudem, a man who believes we can still hear directly from God today outside of Scripture, was unable to predict the moral catastrophe that Trump has become.
The issue here is that anyone with a sense of biblical discernment could see that Trump’s character was a cataclysmic failure. Yet, Grudem would defend him anyways, saying,
I do not think it is right to call him an “evil candidate.” I think rather he is a good candidate with flaws.
Really? He isn’t evil? Jeremiah 17:9, maybe?
Anyways, apparently he’s now come around–and it’s taken a freight train derailment to convince him. Now, on the same blog site, Grudem has officially Canerized his original post praising Trump, and in a seemingly 180-degree turn in which he withdraws his endorsement for the man, now says this:
There is no morally good presidential candidate in this election. I previously called Donald Trump a “good candidate with flaws” and a “flawed candidate” but I now regret that I did not more strongly condemn his moral character.
Hey, thanks for coming around, Wayne. But maybe, just maybe, you should have seen this before. After all, the lesser of two evils is still evil. Even Jerry Garcia knew that. But the simple fact that someone who calls themselves a Christian could unhesitatingly throw support behind a man whose character is that awful is quite telling of one’s discernment–or lack thereof.
A man who has openly stated that he hasn’t asked God for forgiveness because he doesn’t have anything to ask forgiveness for. A man who claims he was led to Christ by one of the foremost false teachers in the world, Paula White. And now, recently released, the audio of a man who unashamedly brags about groping women for sport, and says things so horrible that even the left-wing news outlets won’t repeat what he said.
I mean, come on…who didn’t see this coming?
Apparently, not Wayne Grudem.
The bigger issue at stake here is that these so-called evangelical Christian leaders go out on a limb to throw their support behind this debauched man. What does this say about Christianity to those on the outside watching this charade? “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals”,” says 1 Corinthians 15:33. You get behind someone as morally corrupt as Donald Trump, and it just might start rubbing off on you. This is far worse than a mere lack of judgment…a mistake to simply be sorry for. This affects the Church’s witness for Christ.
This nonsense goes on in evangelicalism all the time.
[Contributed by Pulpit & Pen]