Trump And The ‘Left Behind’ Evangelicals: How They Were Prepared To Vote For A Fool And (Maybe) Destroy The World

“Trump lives in an imaginary universe divorced from reality — so do evangelicals.”

Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series of sixteen nov­els represents everything that is most deranged about American re­ligion. To understand why Trump became president — with 81 percent of the white evangelical vote — you have to understand the importance of these novels and all they represent.

Trump didn’t just fall from the sky to become the nominee. White evangelicals made him president. And they have a lot in common with Trump. It’s no accident he wound up as the “God-Sent One” of the evangelical-dominated Republicans.

Trump lives in an imaginary universe divorced from reality — so do evangelicals.

The Left Behind novels have sold tens of millions of copies while spawning an “End Times” cult, or rather egging it on. In this world of harbingers of doom Trump’s conspiracy theory-laden self-made apocalypse fits with the evangelical’s perpetual hysteria perfectly.

Trump’s anti-everyone-but-us platform mirrors the evangelical view of the world. God will be revenged on anyone not like us… especially if they “threaten” Israel. There are true believers and everyone else. And God is going to burn the “other” — forever.

It starts with believing the Bible is all literally true. After accepting that “fact” the evangelical mind is prepared to accept any outsider’s claim of special knowledge. Trump wasn’t the first to tell evangelicals that liberal opinion, science and political ideas that contradicted his claims were “fake news.” Evangelicals have been hearing the same thing from their pastors for the last 100 years.

Full article by Frank Schaeffer

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-and-the-left-behind-evangelicals-how-they_us_58ff88c4e4b0c13feaa5c8e3

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  1. Quote from the article:

    The words left behind are ironically what the books are about, but not in the way their authors intended. The evangelical/funda­mentalists, from their crudest egocentric celebrities to their “intel­lectuals” touring college campuses trying to make evangelicalism respectable, have been left behind by modernity. They won’t change their anti-science, anti-education, anti-everything super­stitions, so now they nurse a deep grievance against “the world.” This has led to a profound fear of the “other.” The sense of being left out and left behind is what Trump appealed to in evangelicals.

    Feeling aggrieved, left out and victimized is the evangelical specialty.

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  2. For more information on the threat of Evangelical-Pentecostal apocalyptic cult think read this book by Grace Halsell:

    https://www.amazon.com/Forcing-Gods-Hand-Millions-Destruction/dp/1590080157

    The book explores the danger posed by Christian fundamentalism – a doctrine that is sweeping America. Leaders of the doctrine proclaim that God wants – even demands – that Planet Earth be destroyed in our generation. Adherents to this doctrine are said to constitute the fastest growing movement in Christianity today. Fundamentalist Evangelicals believe there will be catastrophic events on earth, some occurring already, including the turmoil in the Middle East, culminating in the Battle of Armageddon in which Christ will triumph and begin ruling the earth. At this point, they believe, non-believers will be destroyed, good Christians saved and any remaining Jews converted to Christianity. By praying for their Rapture and the End of Time, might they Force the Hand of God — to bring it about?

    A great expose’ of the strange marriage of convenience between the U.S. Christian Right and Israel. Neither likes the other- but they use one another.

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    • “a doctrine that is sweeping America”
      Unfortunately not only there.

      “By praying for their Rapture and the End of Time”
      Rapture – the epitome of idiocy

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    • The extreme and obsessive focus on end times eschatology (Rapture, Armageddon, Revelations, etc.), effectively places Evangelical-Pentecostalism and the New Apostolic Movement into the category of “Doomsday Cults.”

      Yeah, pure idiocy.

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    • It is the single minded focus on end times eschatology that ideologically forces such fundamentalist Christian groups into opposition and confrontation with all other groups (both Christian and non-Christian) that are not equally like minded.

      In contrast to the more apolitical premillennial dispensationalist rapture belief, a more concerning Postmillennial eschatology necessitates real political action in order to the hasten the elimination of all other competing religious movements (Christian or otherwise) in order to prepare the way for the return of Jesus.

      A serious, and preeminent threat lies in the increasingly militaristic rhetoric that these fundamentalist Christian groups give voice to and the theo-political Christian supremacist and dominionist theologies which they espouse. Such teachings provide the ideological underpinnings of continued and future Christian exclusivist hate, fear, hysteria, war and violence towards people of all other faith groups.

      These serious issues have been concerning enough for the SPLC and other critics, including conservative Christians, to have warned about the lurking dangers inherent in such pseudo-Christian movements.

      That Trump has, either knowingly or unknowingly, tapped into all of this is not surprising.

      The question is, does he understand how deeply the Christian fundamentalist well is poisoned.

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  3. “By praying for their Rapture and the End of Time”

    quote :

    Do not lose faith by a delay of 2500 years that no one has come, or, according to the NT 2000 years or more. Rev 22:6-7… And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” “And behold, I am coming soon….”

    /////

    christians please stop killing innocent people, your god spoke falsehood.
    have you not had enough of 2000 years of butchery?

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