| January 3 at 7:00 AM | Washington Post

This opinion piece is by Michael Horton, a theology professor at Westminster Seminary California.

Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration will include Paula White and possibly other members of his inner circle, Darrell Scott, “Apostle” Wayne T. Jackson and Mark Burns. They’re all televangelists who hail from the “prosperity gospel” camp. They advocate a brand of Pentecostal Christianity known as Word of Faith.

Inaugurations are always curious rituals of American civil religion. It would not be surprising to see a non-Christian religious leader participating. But what’s problematic for me as an evangelical is how Trump’s ceremony is helping to mainstream this heretical movement.

The prosperity gospel — the idea that God dispenses material wealth and health based on what we “decree” — is not just fluff. It’s also not just another branch of Pentecostalism, a tradition that emphasizes the continuation of the gifts of healing, prophecy and tongues. It’s another religion.

In terms of religion, this inauguration exhibits the confluence of two major currents of indigenous American spirituality.

One stream is represented by Norman Vincent Peale’s longtime bestseller “The Power of Positive Thinking” (1952). The famous Manhattan pastor is Trump’s

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THIS IS A very interesting post in which I can have some agreement, but when I see a pastor or Christian writers expresses a theologically opinion like this I am often disappointed with their other theological positions because often the other opinions are usually NOT orthodox. 

However posted because it is provocative. Take it for what it is worth because I don’t know much about Preston Sprinkle, but I do agree with the idea that “grace” is messy: 

By Preston Sprinkle

“You cannot sanitize grace. You can’t stuff it into a blue blazer and make it wear khakis.”

Christian subcultures are an entertaining phenomenon. Multiple brands of Christianity claim the same Lord and read the same Bible, and yet they promote a set of values sometimes as different as apples and orangutans.

I once heard a story about a Christian woman from the East Coast who confronted a West Coast youth-pastor, who allowed “mixed bathing” at youth events. “I can’t believe any so-called Christian leader would allow boys and girls to swim together!” She expressed her concern, all the while puffing on a cigarette. The youth pastor couldn’t help but smile, speechless at the irony.

I attended a conservative Brethren church when I lived in Scotland. Some of the women wore head coverings and none of them spoke in church. When I had our Irish pastor and his wife over for dinner, I asked them what he would like to drink. “Beer please,” the preacher said. “And for you, madam?” “I’ll take . . . 

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The MERRY CHRISTIAN that many are trying is very anti-Christmas. Check out the latest White Horse Inn evaluating the Theology of popular Christmas carols:

Hosted by Adriel Sanchez, Kim Riddlebarger, Michael Horton, and Rod Rosenbladt
Have you ever taken the time to really listen to and think about the lyrics of the various Christmas carols that you hear on the radio and in the shopping malls at this time of year? On this program the hosts will do just that as they consider popular songs like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” to more traditional carols such as “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night.” Finally, they’ll explore the theology expressed in the world’s first Christmas carols recorded for us in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke.

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WOW, THIS POST may change my opinion about ALL politicians. 🙂

Q&A | A U.S. senator talks personal theology and public policy
by J.C. Derrick
Vol. 31, No. 21 – October 15, 2016
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016, at 1:00 am

Nebraskan Ben Sasse, 44, is a husband, father, and graduate of both Harvard and Yale who won election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. Last year he gave a much-discussed maiden floor speech on why “the people despise us.” This year he drew national attention—and some calls to run for president—when he openly opposed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. I recently sat down with Sasse in his Capitol Hill office to discuss his theological formation and how it influences his political philosophy.

How did you come to faith in Christ? I am blessed to have grown up in a church where the gospel had long been faithfully preached. I knew myself to be a sinner and Christ as my only hope for as long as I can recall. In the Lutheran tradition you’re called to remember your baptism and what it means, so I self-consciously affirmed the faith in my confirmation class in April-May 1986. I was confirmed and became a communicant member at age 14.

Are you denominationally a Lutheran now? I am a “Lutero-Calvinist.” I was raised Missouri Synod Lutheran. I am in love with the Lutheran tradition, but I am a member of a PCA church—Grace Church in Fremont, Neb.

How did you become theologically Reformed? In college I was very involved . . .

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Glenn Beck has been known to lecture us about our nation’s “Christian” belief of our founding father. I would tell him that before he lectures me on the historic founding our country that he should seriously investigate the history of the Mormon church. He will then find that their historic claims are fabricated.

Dear Pastors Benton, Filson, and Teller: I know it has been a few weeks now since the big Glenn Beck rally in Washington. Most of the conversation about it has centered on Beck’s Mormon faith. But that is not what prompts me to write to you. What prompts me to write is a statement Beck made on August 30 in an appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s show, when he cheerfully celebrated that “240 pastors, priests, rabbis, and imams on stage all locked arms saying the principles of America need to be taught from the pulpit.”

As I’ve continued to think about this statement, I’m moved to write today and say “thank you” for not being one of them. Thank you for your faithfulness in preaching Christ from the pulpit, not “the principles of America.” Thank you for leaving that to others and reserving the sacred desk at our church for preaching, in the last few weeks, about the once-for-all sufficient sacrifice of Christ, about the privilege we have to approach God in prayer as Father, about Christ as the Wisdom of God, about Christ as the most valuable Treasure in the universe, worth trading everything to have.

I love my country and certainly I have concerns about where it is headed. But I also know . . .

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Wow, this is a fantastic article from The Huffington posted by Jason Foster (of ALL places). The “Phony Prosperity Gospel” fits us very well of a Christianity where “God and Country” idol motto in our churches. PSST… If you see an American flag in your church sanctuary chances are your church has embraced the “God and Country” idol.

Below is the introduction to this excellent article, and really like this quote:

The prosperity gospel is fooling a lot of people.

No, not that prosperity gospel. The other prosperity gospel.

The one that doesn’t have an official name, but that’s more popular than ever.

It’s the one that worships America, the one that worships freedom, the one that worships “rights.” It’s a gospel premised on the idea that Christians should have an easy existence, and it’s as false a gospel as has ever existed.

You might call it the Patriotic Gospel, the American Civic Gospel or maybe even the “Duck Dynasty” Gospel. Whatever the name, it’s way more American than Christian, and it’s ultimately just another prosperity gospel that promises security through something other than Christ.

This form of American Christianity is a frustrating faction of the faith. There are passionate but generic references to God, calls for fervent prayer and public pleas for “morality.” But the alleged No. 1 devotion to God is usually tied to a No. 1a devotion to the Stars and Stripes, as if one must always be tied to the other.

It’s a gospel that pays lip service to a god that’s in control, but it’s heavy on emotions that say man is really the one who protects us. In other words, it’s a gospel that downplays or ignores the complete sovereignty of God.

Among its other tenets:

It’s a gospel that suggests living out and sharing your faith is dependent on having the freedom to do so.

It’s a gospel that looks to the government, rather than the

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