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Is Donald Trump Truly Repentant and Does It Even Matter?

October 11, 2016

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I am not a politician or a pundit. I am a preacher and a pastor, so I am praying for revival in America—and God can do it through any economic policy, any configuration of the Supreme Court, and any person in the White house, if they and we all repent. That is my faith counsel for Mr. Trump and for myself, for my congregation and constituency, and for our nation.

Integrity of the Faith Council
I wrote here to describe the way the Faith Council formed and how the dedicated Trump campaign staffers seemed, at times, caught between two agendas.

It’s sinful to assert we know motives—but we can form conclusions based upon words and actions.

I did not mean to suggest or infer that the Council members themselves were ‘brokering influence’; rather, that the campaign staff seemed to struggle to stay on seeking our counsel to help Mr. Trump, which we agreed to do, and away from rallying our influence to elect Mr. Trump, which we did not agree to do. Frankly, that is why I was bothered this summer by the frequent online assertions that members of Donald Trump’s Faith Council were enamored with the association and proximity to power. The actual conversations have been prayerful and truthful, without any apparent concern beyond faithfulness to the task of giving ‘faith counsel’ to Mr. Trump as requested. It is always sinful to assert we know the motives of others. What we can do is form conclusions based upon words and actions, for “out of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

Something Changed
My only point of divergence from the Faith Council due to conscience came following last Friday’s revelation of Mr. Trump’s reprehensible 11-year-old recording, which is now familiar to all but cave dwellers. Over the weekend, I wrote to various members of the Faith Council and Trump campaign staff, expressing my view that Mr. Trump’s Friday night video “confession” was quite far from genuine repentance. My use of terms like ‘worthless’ (1 Samuel 2:12) and ‘lecherous’ (which is similar to the biblical term licentious) was in reference to the content of the recording we were all hearing—not descriptive of Mr. Trump today, if in fact he has changed in a way the words of his confession did not convey. Further, it seemed possible that those Mr. Trump did consult might have muddied his intent, or that he simply failed to convey what was in his heart, something I know I have done under great pressure on several occasions. Read More

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