This election cycle has caused or exposed much confusion and deception regarding Scriptural truth. Strip club owner Donald Trump has deceived many with his blustering, proud, I’m-a-Christian-but-I-don’t-need-forgiveness “theology.” But don’t get me started on him because in this post I specifically address concerns about the nice, mild-mannered Dr. Ben Carson. Let it be known that I am not judging the condition of his heart. I am discerning his views based upon his own words.
At various times I have commented on several Facebook pages, posting a link to my Blessed is the Nation page on which I responded to a post by Dr. Carson last Easter. My purpose in sharing this information is to educate Christian voters about Dr. Carson’s theology as described in his Easter post. I insert the text here in case the link becomes inaccessible.
Dr. Ben Carson
As Easter approaches, let us remember the role that Jesus Christ and God play in our lives. Let us also remember that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in God, and while there are ideological differences in who Jesus was, we should find peace in the fact that we are all God’s children. Jesus is my role model, and he preached love, he preached acceptance. He also was a man of values and principles, and he ended up being crucified for it. But, he rose again to advocate godly principles of loving our fellow man, caring about our neighbors, developing our God-given talents to the utmost so that we become valuable to the people around us, and maintaining high ideals that govern our lives. We must make certain that people of all types of faith are respected by one another. Let us remember that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is one of the basic pillars of our system of governance and a founding principle of our nation, as it protects religious freedom. It is critical that we allow Americans to practice their religious ways, while also ensuring that no one’s beliefs infringe upon those of others.
Throughout the globe we must serve as champions of freedom of religion. As people across the world are persecuted by religious fanatics who perform hateful acts of ignorance, we Americans have a duty to denounce these acts of persecution. By standing up to such intolerance, we are defending the root of our freedom. I enjoy the following quote from the second Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”
April 4, 2015 at 9:00am · Public
Here is how I responded that day:
I have had a bad feeling about this man but couldn’t pinpoint it except to say he seems too “compromisey.” This post clinches it. He is WRONG. Allah and God Most High are not the same and we are not all God’s children! What he says here is wrong on so many levels.
“But, he rose again to advocate godly principles of loving our fellow man, caring about our neighbors, developing our God-given talents to the utmost so that we become valuable to the people around us, and maintaining high ideals that govern our lives.” WHAT?? What about conquering death and purchasing our salvation and eternal life? Dr. Carson is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
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Today a reader posted this accusatory comment on my page:
This is ridiculous! If you had followed Dr. Carson you would know that he is a born again Christian. Based on what he’s said for *years* I believe he meant that we are all God’s CREATION. And FYI, yes we do serve the same God as the Jews!! Dr. Carson is so far from a wolf in sheep’s clothing it’s absurd. YOU are far more of a wolf in sheep’s clothing than he is! You are causing division among the body of Christ. The Bible says to warn a divisive man once, then twice, then if he does not listen have nothing to do with him. You are the divisive man!
I’ve been called many things, just never a man. But I digress. Here is my response to “Michelle” and others who would agree with her:
How is it reasonable or even possible to go by what someone meant to say rather than what they actually said? Also, I said Allah, the Muslim god, is not the same God that Christians and Jews follow. I never mentioned the Jewish God in my above post, but I will here. Yes, Christians and Jews worship the one true God, although non-Messianic Jews do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
Furthermore, I stated some of the reasons I disagree with Dr. Carson’s theology as he wrote in his post. I reiterate them here with added explanation (and perhaps a little less reactive anger than before).
Jesus Christ wasn’t crucified because He was a man with “values and principles.” He was crucified as the propitiation for our sin so that those who believe in Him can escape eternal punishment in hell (Romans 3, et al.). Jesus didn’t rise again to “advocate godly principles” or any of that other gibberish Carson stated (excepting the caring about our neighbors instruction). Jesus rose again to conquer death (as the “firstborn from the dead” – Colossians 1:18) so that believers can enjoy eternal life with Him (Romans 6, et al.).
Dr. Carson’s words sound happy and nice and pleasant, but the gospel he described above is a false one, and therein lies the danger–hence my opinion that he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. (See Matthew 7:15; Galatians 1:6-9 et al., discuss “different gospels.”)
The following passage, as well as many others, is a sobering instruction:
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 NAS
That verse is sobering because when I first began to hear about Dr. Carson, I was intrigued and interested to learn more about him. I even thought, wow, a nice man like him would be refreshing as president. I was nearly taken captive. But as I read more of his writings, thankfully I began to sense some uneasiness as I described in my Facebook post. I cannot locate anywhere in Scripture the “gospel” he purports to believe.
I don’t know Dr. Carson’s heart, and I respectfully assert that neither does my angry reader. And granted, he may not even understand the danger of his words. But his words are what we have to go by. Therefore, based on those he wrote last April, as well as at other times, I reassert that I disagree with his theology.
If you disagree with what I have written here, that is your choice. I would be interested to read your Scripture references supporting your view. Additionally, if I am “the divisive man” as my reader stated, I firmly believe God Most High is capable of revealing that truth to me. However, what I believe He has shown me through Scripture is that Carson’s words above describe a false gospel. That gospel wouldn’t have required Christ’s cruel, sacrificial death to pay the penalty for our sin that separated us from the Most Holy God. God could have just patted all of us on the back and told us to be nice and accept everyone and compromise and get along and sing Kum Ba Ya together in the land of rainbows and unicorns…and strip clubs.
But that is not the Gospel. The true Gospel, the Gospel that centers on a bloody cross upon which Jesus Christ bore my sin and saved me from eternal punishment, doesn’t call us to be nice and compromise Scripture to get along. It calls us to truth and repentance and sacrifice. It is this Gospel that I desire to see furthered and not trampled upon, whether purposely or in ignorance. The blood of Christ is too precious and the price He paid for my redemption and yours is far too costly.
Janice Powell 2016
Note: After I shared this post with Michelle, she responded with, “No thanks. I’ll be obeying the Bible on this matter.” She wasn’t even willing to read it. I tried…