Beth Moore, David French, and Karen Swallow Prior Criticize Evangelicals for Being ‘Seduced and Manipulated’ Into ‘Idolatry and Fanaticism of Trumpism’

Southern Baptist author and speaker Beth Moore speaks during a panel on sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala., on June 10, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

After more than five weeks since the presidential election was called for Joe Biden and allegations of voter fraud continue to persist among supporters of President Trump — and from Trump himself — some evangelical leaders have had enough.

Karen Swallow Prior, an evangelical author and professor, tweeted Friday (Dec. 11) that she was ashamed to have voted for local and state GOP candidates. Many of whom have been vocal supporters of lawsuits challenging the election results.

“What a bunch of money-grubbing, power hungry, partisan cowards who care nothing about conservatism,” the self-described life-long conservative said in her tweet.

Author and columnist, David French, published a column Sunday on The Dispatch titled, “The Dangerous Idolatry of Christian Trumpism,” maintaining that “the frenzy and the fury of the post-election period has laid bare the sheer idolatry and fanaticism of Christian Trumpism.”

And perhaps most notably, Beth Moore, a popular Southern Baptist author and speaker, took to Twitter Sunday to voice her frustration and seeming bewilderment at the Christian zeal for Trump, saying that in her more than 63 years, she has “never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism.”

Warning her nearly one million followers that she wasn’t going to mince words, the founder of Living Proof Ministries posted a thread in which she called on Christians to “move back” from Trumpism and insisted Christian nationalism “is not of God.”

Moore had particularly strong words for her “fellow” Christian leaders, who she said have a responsibility for protecting their congregants.

“We will be held responsible for remaining passive in this day of seduction to save our own skin while the saints we’ve been entrusted to serve are being seduced, manipulated, USED and stirred up into a lather of zeal devoid of the Holy Spirit for political gain,” she tweeted.

Within a few hours, the tweet thread garnered nearly forty thousand likes and more than three thousand comments, many in support and many outraged at the evangelical leader’s political statements. More than a few expressed that Moore should “stay in her lane.” By mid-afternoon Sunday, “Beth Moore” was trending nationally on Twitter.

Her tweets come on the heels of thousands of pro-Trump protesters gathering in Washington D.C. on Saturday, including one led by several key religious figures. The “Jericho March,” featured speeches by Catholic archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, and evangelical commentator Eric Metaxas, both of whom invoked their faith in support of President Trump and his allegations of voter fraud in the November election.

“Let us ask God to make truth and justice triumph,” Vigano said in a pre-taped message.

Many of the gathered protestors waved flags that included Christian imagery, alongside Trump slogans and “Stop the Steal” messages, in reference to alleged voter fraud. Courts in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia have repeatedly rejected claims of mass election fraud and other irregularities. On Friday (Dec. 11), the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas attorney general Ken Paxton asking the court to block those states from certifying their votes.

Elsewhere in Washington on Sunday, people reportedly affiliated with the hate group Proud Boys tore down Black Lives Matter signs belonging to churches and set at least one aflame.

Moore has received criticism from conservative leaders more than a few times in her career. Most often in regards to her teaching Scripture to mixed gender audiences. Her critics have said that women preaching undermines Southern Baptist teaching, which bars women from holding the office of pastor in churches. In Oct 2019, Evangelical pastor John MacArthur, speaking at a celebration of his 50th year in pulpit ministry this week, said that when he heard the words “Beth Moore,” his first response was “Go home.”

Moore concluded Sunday’s controversial Twitter thread by stating that the answer to Trumpism, for Christians, cannot be “Bidenism.”

“We do not worship flesh and blood. We do not place our faith in mortals. We are the church of the living God. We can’t sanctify idolatry by labeling a leader our Cyrus. We need no Cyrus. We have a king. His name is Jesus,” she tweeted.

SOURCE: Religion News Service, Roxanne Stone

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