From Denialism to Idolatry

Friday, March 5, 2021

Denialism: “In the psychology of human behavior, denialism is a person’s choice to deny reality as a way to avoid a psychologically uncomfortable truth. Denialism is an essentially irrational action that withholds the validation of a historical experience or event, when a person refuses to accept an empirically verifiable reality.” (Wikipedia)

That Donald Trump is not the president of the United States is an empirically verifiable reality. Trump was not inaugurated to the office of president on January 20, 2021. True faith in Christ should find rest in that reality, content with the fact that our sovereign God “changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings” (Dan. 2:21). But many Christians, not content with that truth, reject verifiable reality and place their will above God’s Word.

The problem in today’s denialism is that many believers put their faith in self-appointed false prophets and not God’s Word. There’s an epidemic of that in America while Scripture provides guidance for distinguishing between true and false prophets, but many, desiring their own will, ignore it. God clearly said “when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:22). Period. End of test.

False prophets like Kat Kerr and Paula White and Jeremiah Johnson, have spoken falsely and presumptuously, but only Jeremiah Johnson has humbled himself and repented publically. Many false prophets said Trump would be inaugurated on January 20, 2021, but have not repented nor confessed that they spoke from their own selfish spirit. Discerning Christians know that this sort of chaotic, unbiblical and spiritually corrupt prophecy serves only to fuel the unbelieving world in mocking the church. It’s time deniers believe the truth and let God and His Word be glorified.

In the present case, denialism not only fuels self-will, but is a slippery slope to idolatry. For many, Donald J. Trump, and not the Lord Jesus Christ, has become the object of worship. They believe that if they repeat the lies and denial long enough, then their will can prevail regardless of the fact that Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president. If God had said Donald Trump would have a second consecutive term, then Donald Trump and not Joe Biden would have been inaugurated. But rejecting verifiable reality, presidential denialism infects many in the church.

And false prophets continue to mislead many, now trying to finagle their words in order to make it appear that they are yet right. Presidential denialism, if not stopped, will lead to idolatry. This video taken at the Republican CPAC conference demonstrates idolatry akin to that of the golden calf worshiped in the O.T., and King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue of himself. And this headline from The U.S. Sun – “Golden Boy CPAC” expands on the above video. Idolatry is expected of unbelievers, but not of true saints having an active living faith in God through His Christ.

For the last four years conservatives mocked the fake news media for not accepting the Donald Trump presidency, branding them “never Trumpers”. But now that the shoe is on the other foot, that same media calls conservatives suffering from denialism, “ever Trumpers”. Both are guilty of idolatry. Christians have a mandate to unbelievers, which is to present the gospel of God in a way that honors God’s Word, and never affords mockery of it. In this regard consider that God’s Spirit said “Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed” (1 Tim. 6:1). If this is true in our earthly employer/employee and husband/wife relationships, Titus 2:5, and it is, then how much more so for believers, bondservants of God, as we are under His yoke being crucified to the world, Gal. 6:14, and commissioned to be His ambassadors, (2 Cor. 5:20)?

Like many in America, I’m saddened by the injustices now being perpetrated against Christians, conservatives, and patriots, by President Biden’s regime. Together with over 75 million voters, I also wanted Donald Trump to be re-inaugurated on January 20, 2021. And I believe that attorney Sydney Powell has “More than enough evidence to reverse election results in at least five states”. And I also believe that we have just witnessed a massive 2020 general election fraud and theft. And it’s very discouraging that the verifiable reality that attorney Sidney Powell, a committed Christian, has discovered, and then delivered to the SCOTUS, yet goes unheard. However…

There’s another side to this that many Christians fail or refuse to acknowledge. Am I surprised that SCOTUS has refused to even hear Sydney Powell’s evidence? No. Because the times of the end have come, and God’s prophetic Word will be fulfilled. But many believers are not ready for an inconvenient truth. Christians are now, and will increasingly lose this end-time battle to spirits of Antichrist and his agenda according to God’s promises, see Dan. 7:21 and Rev. 13:7. Satan is being given power to make war against the saints and overcome them. That doesn’t sound good, but it’s one of God’s many end-time promises. And if self-appointed prophets would prophesy God’s Word instead of their own selfish agenda, Christians would be much better equipped to engage and endure the times of the end, and not be weakened in faith by denial of the truth.

The 2020 election fraud and theft is just the beginning of what will prove to be many setbacks for true Christians. The spirits and works of Antichrist are all aligned against the Christian. We must be fully prepared for the soon-coming time when “they will deliver you up to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matt. 24:9). [My emphasis added] With an increasingly insatiable hatred, elite leaders of not only the New World Order, but government officials who love to exercise their authoritarian power as demonstrated by COVID-19 lockdowns, will literally cast the blame for all the world’s woes on Christians.

The denial of the empirically verifiable reality that Joe Biden is President of the United States, regardless of his illegitimacy and inept ability serves only to confuse and lead Christians astray. We cannot do that; it’s not operating in truth or the love of Christ, or in the best interest of our fellowman. Maturity in Christ means to be content when God said that “He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings” (Dan. 2:21). False prophets who deny that verifiable reality do great spiritual harm to not only themselves, but to those who listen to and follow them. Believers must leave false prophets and reject denialism to the glory of God.

Of much greater severity for the church, is the traditional denialism that Christ gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), as dispensationalism’s pre-trib rapture has produced widespread unbelief. The offense and falling away caused by that will be catastrophic. But you can correct that for you and your loved ones by believing the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Marlin J. Yoder

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I'm a non-denominational ordained minister, and have written TheFridayLetter.com for many years and teach the truths of Jesus Christ in whatever venues the Lord provides. With an emphasis on the end-times, I am available to teach in small group or home settings that people would know the truths of Christ instead of the traditions of men.

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