Dr. Richard J. Alberta June 28, 2019 “When Politicians Present Themselves as Angels Of Light”

Dr. Richard J. Alberta June 28, 2019

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (NIV)
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

I’ve never been to a “Masquerade Party.” Now and then, there is a scene of such an event in a movie or play. Apart from bizarre outfits and exaggerated behaviors, the partygoers hold onto masks with a short handle. Covering their faces, they present themselves as giddy or dower or menacing or simply blank. No one really knows the heart and thoughts of the person behind the mask. Except the person wearing it.

When Paul uses the word “masquerade” he employs a long Greek word (meta-schēmatizō) that bears examination. Let’s look at it for a moment. We see the prefix “meta” that suggests “beyond” or “outside of.” Thus, “metaphysics” is the philosophical study of things beyond the material. The meaning of life, for example, is a metaphysical question. This other word “schema” has to do with transforming an outward condition. So…masquerading is all about transforming the outside of self or someone. Ok.

The Devil does this all the time. Actually, as sinners we all do it at least a little. That is why we wear make-up and modify our behaviors when someone else is looking. It is often innocent, but such transformation of our outer selves can be dishonest and even evil. That brings us to a recent comment in the Democratic debate. Hold on … I am fully aware that our current President with his actions and words is hardly competing for the Christ-likeness award! We all see that and often cringe. But consider the words of the Mayor from Indiana.

As background, he is articulate and winsome. He also claims to be a Christian despite living a lifestyle that the Word of God calls “abominable.” In fact, he is “married” to another man. Such a lifestyle choice, in modern society, is an option. But it will never be a choice approved by God. Indeed, such a man would be respectably asked to leave any true, Bible-believing church. Why? Because God is Holy, and He expects His church to pursue Holiness. Thus, the Apostle Paul, by the Holy Spirit, wrote these words:

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (NIV) 9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people– 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”

This is a very inconvenient passage to many in our “tolerant” society, including many who claim to be Christians. They recoil with accusations such as “Oh… who are you to judge?” But Paul addresses exactly that. He says he is not calling out worldly people. He has no role in their lives. But if they profess to belong to Christ, they cannot at the same time, live in immorality. That would include all kinds of things including sexual immorality.

The evil one has raised up a lineup of “churches” that are actually promoting sin. They insist that the gay life is acceptable to God. It is not. The Bible makes that clear. But a generation or two of very bad doctrinal teaching has corrupted many hearts. I pray for these folks and have ministered to many of them.

So what? To me…for me… it is particularly obnoxious to hear one such politician living that depraved life lecturing other Christians who do not support his view of how to handle the immigration question. In short, he insists that evangelicals are hypocrites for not supporting “open borders” because Matthew Twenty-Five calls for non-stop compassion for the needy. Ironically, that passage is usually used by Catholic theologians to argue that salvation is not only by faith but by good works (See Trent canon 24 etc.). So, Matthew Twenty Five has become a popular place to visit for bad theology.  Matthew Twenty Five is a beautiful passage about what Jesus expects to see as the fruit of our salvation, not its basis or cause.

This politician rightly points out that Jesus is expecting his own to care about the needy. For sure! But how we do that is complicated because the needy also include those violated by drug-cartels and the sex exploitation industry and other crime. So, virtue-signaling about immigration is really and act of a masquerader. ESPECIALLY when dozens of politicians, including the one in question … DOZENS quote Matthew 25 but overlook the many, many texts about murder and innocent blood! To be clear, can we take seriously any politician who speaks of compassion for children caught up in the immigration debacle … but who supports killing the unborn at the rate of 2400 plus every day? Crushing their skulls and tearing off their arms and burning off their skin? This is what will bring down God’s wrath on America. Perhaps soon. Have any of the politicians … any of them ever read why God condemned ancient pagan nations including Israel at one point? Consider:

Jeremiah 19:4 (NIV) 4 For they have forsaken me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned sacrifices in it to gods that neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.

Such people are industrial-strength hypocrites and are in mortal danger forever. Here is where our nation is courting severe judgment. Innocent blood! It is sexual obsessions that lead to the worship of the “god” of passion. In order to have unrestrained sexual license, they must be able to kill the unborn.

Yet, with great certainty the man speaks of Matthew Twenty-Five. A very selective use of the Word of God. Friends, this society is hanging by a thread practically asking for God to destroy it. As Billy Graham said years ago: “If God does not judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!”

PLEASE NOTE: Will you join me in daily, ongoing prayer for America to repent of this evil that is being constantly promoted by these “angels of light?” INNOCENT BLOOD!

Just a BRIEF THOUGHT. Please. Anyone interested in frequent readings for a while studying the issue of what God expects of a society? Perhaps beginning with the Ten Commandments? Who will join me in this prayer effort? You know … preachers sometimes wonder “Is anyone listening?” Please, let me know if you are and if you could give me your name and location so I could develop a list of who is on this “Prayer team” and send it out to everyone else.

Blessings! Peace. Pastor Alberta

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19 responses to “Dr. Richard J. Alberta June 28, 2019 “When Politicians Present Themselves as Angels Of Light”

  1. I agree regarding the mayor and his “biblical” views. Count on me to stand with you. Russ Kaufman in Howell.

  2. George Lin

    Pastor Alberta, my church is small but mighty. We have men who pray weekly for our church, our neighbors, our city (Fort Wayne, yes, Indiana) our state, our country, our planet. Granted, we may not always know how to pray for our planet, but we do so because it is God’s creation, and it is good. Last week, we had only 3 men but Jesus is clear, where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am also. Thank you, we gladly join you in praying for exactly as God expects of our society, especially one so abundantly blessed as America the Beautiful!

  3. Andrea Clark

    I couldn’t agree more!! Add me to your prayer team list.

  4. Bob Clark

    Richard – we’ll done! The whole bunch is signed up for the abomination of abortion. Add me to your prayer team list.

  5. Jerry Amey

    I pray for this country now. That God would stop the killing of the undorn.

  6. Deanna Wenzel

    Yes, I would like to be a part of the prayer team with you.
    Deanna Wenzel, adwenzel@att.net.

  7. Evelyn Markarian

    Hi Richard,
    My husband Mike & I will join you to pray for our nation. We have children & grandchildren who are being fed the false doctrine promoted in our society today. We appreciate your steadfast promotion of the Biblical values of saving the unborn and traditional marriage. We will pray for a revival in America and also for you and your family.

  8. Evelyn Markarian

    Hi Richard,
    My husband Mike & I will join you to pray for our nation. We have children & grandchildren who are being fed the false doctrine promoted in our society today. We appreciate your steadfast promotion of Biblical values of saving the unborn and traditional marriage. We will pray for a revival in America and also for you and your family.

  9. Mary DeRubeis

    Tom and Mary Beth DeRubeis in Hartland Mi

  10. Haley Codere

    I’m listening! Your posts are always extremely thought provoking and I appreciate them! The ways of our society has been a topic weighing on my heart frequently recently, so I will certainly join you in praying for this country and our society. Great idea! I would love to engage in a series about this, too!

  11. Chad Killian

    Hello pastor we love your blog site and look forward to them when they arrive. We will pray with you on these issues as well as lift you and your family up in prayer. Chad and misty killian.

    On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 1:49 PM http://www.shakingoffthedust.com wrote:

    > Dr. Richard J. Alberta posted: “Dr. Richard J. Alberta June 28, 2019 2 > Corinthians 11:13-15 (NIV) 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful > workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan > himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, the” >

  12. Mark Bumann

    Count me in Pastor.
    Mark Bumann
    Brighton

  13. Robert Bunn

    Please include me on your prayer team. And thank you for speaking out as you are on this loathsome sin. I have forwarded this and a very similar blog on this subject you issued a few months ago to someone attending a local church that has leadership involved in homosexuality and these blogs strongly convicted him. Continue I pray to show forth God’s Word on these “culturally sensitive” subjects.

  14. Karel Seger

    I’m listening. Could t me in.

  15. s popestarnes

    I will join in the prayer effort! Sara Pope-Starnes, Commerce Twp.

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  16. Ailsa Morozow

    Hello Pastor Alberta
    I find this blog concerning.
    First you whip the emotions up of a Christian by talking about the Homosexual candidate, then quickly pivot to the Bible does not say we are required to have open borders. This is a scare tactic where we focus on the one candidate words who we can openly vilify. I am seeing our Christian Leaders daily use this tactic.
    The Church needs to clean up its own house before we can say so much about others. The sins you stated in this blog are so prevalent with in the Church and with so many of its leaders, it had come as no surprise to me they all back a man like Trump to be their face of a man chosen by God to be the face of christianity today.
    Have you not seen the faces of the refugees seeking asylum here in America? You truly believe we need to turn our backs on these good people who walk for miles for a better life? Maybe a trip to the border to volunteer with some would help you put a face on them. Not as rapists and drug smugglers, but humans so scared of where the live, they risk all to come.
    I have stood in protest of Abortion, but one atrocity is not greater than the other.
    Yes I do feel America is being tested by God. And they have forgotten to put their faith in Him and instead argue that a vile man is the new David of the Bible.
    The Church must look within itself. Much needs to be done there before they can speak to the world. Because the world see you lift up a man like Trump and you lose all moral authority.
    Evangelical Christian are the ones who put him in office. Understandable because otherwise we had Clinton. But is this all we have to offer as a man of God. All Trump has done since he has been in office has only made Evangelicals back him with more vigor. Overlooking all his transgressions. Trump has made me realize just how much power a President has. Can’t be held accountable for any of his actions. From not showing his taxes, where did he get all his money from, to choosing brutal dictators above our allies, Putting into high office all his family. Charging large sums of money to join his golf course and then allowing access to him. The name calling and vile tweets he sends out daily. The lies he has told. 22 women have called him out for bad behavior towards them. Nothing sticks to him because Evangelicals say he is some kind of man of God.
    The Christian religion is being shaken up by God and He is using Trump as his plum line.

  17. Carlene Meyer

    Thank you so much for this insight!

    I am interested in being on the prayer warrior list. I do pray daily for our president, leaders in this nation. My favorite thing to pray is “deliver us from evil”. I would like to learn more about how to pray more specifically.

    Carlene Meyer
    South Lyon, Mich.

    248-446-0139

  18. Karen Wolthuis

    Thank you for this, Pastor Alberta. Yes, I am praying!

  19. Kevin J Alder

    Pastor, I will join you in praying. Thank you for this message. I honesty begin to wonder how to demonstrate love and compassion, yet be strong in sharing where the word of God is on this subject. I

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