“I am amazed how quickly you are deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is not even a gospel. Evidently some people are troubling you and trying to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be under a curse.” (Gal. 1:6-8)
“We reject the false doctrine, as though the Church were permitted to abandon the form of its message and order to its own pleasure or to changes in prevailing ideological and political convictions.” Declaration of Barmen, 8:18 (1934)
With the campaign and election of Donald J. Trump (serial adulterer, liar and fraudster) in 2016, MAGA ideology spawned a virulent infection of many evangelical Christian churches, leaders and pastors with a distorted “gospel” of white, “America First” supremacy and racism, political rallies disguised as “worship” and FOX News like messages cloaked in biblical phraseology with little grounding in truth. How many churches and followers this metastatic cult of personality with its distortions, lies, & hype has spread to remains unclear but the ease with which the cancer of lies spread leads one to question how much the MAGA disciples were grounded in any semblance of historical orthodoxy or orthopraxy in the first place, as spiritual leaders clambered over one another to curry favor with the “new Cyrus” or “anointed one” who would restore America to mythic greatness.
While there are a few voices for reform and repentance in post-Trump evangelicalism, even the violent attack on the congressional proceedings to finalize the electoral college votes on Jan. 6th has not persuaded most MAGA believers to re-consider their allegiance or devotion to an alien gospel, masquerading as the real thing. Just as it is not possible to change a counterfeit dollar bill into a real one, so too it is impossible to reform counterfeit preaching, worship and practice into the genuine. It is by nature false and must be rejected. The cure for heresy is conversion to the truth.