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7 Stages of Trump Recovery

Some worshippers called Donald Trump the Savior of America and of civilization itself.[1] They believed Trump could save the nation from the Establishment[2] and statism[3] which it promotes.

7 Stages of Trump Recovery

Instead, Trump has only sacrificed them on the cross of his own ego.

Trump was never – and never could have been – their or our Savior. Trump has always been a part of the Establishment his followers detest. His entire life is one of self-interest and self-aggrandizement fueled by an unrelenting narcissism.

Yet many who believed in him did so because of, not in spite of, his delusions of grandeur. They were looking for a strong man to save the Republic and, instead, nominated a bully[4] and would-be tyrant.[5]

From the beginning, Trump was destined to lose.[6] A liberal posing as a conservative and running as a Republican could never win against a liberal (or even a socialist) running as a Democrat.[7]

Despite Trump’s daily lies and reversals of policy positions,[8] his support surged among the faithful. Even when it was obvious that Trump was mentally unhinged,[9] his followers persisted. Even though Trump’s core “principles” became “flexible” and “negotiable,”[10] they insisted that Trump would do what they want him to do.

When Trump loses – and he will lose – Trump worshippers will have to reconcile themselves to reality. Some won’t. Some are as obstinate and bullying as Trump. Narcissists don’t know how to repent or how to admit error.

For those who are capable of facing reality and being held accountable, this handy outline was designed just for you:

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#NeverTrump has proven itself faithful to the core principles upon which America was founded, the very principles espoused and defended by Ted Cruz.[11]

In contrast, #ForeverTrump forever owes a debt to America.

In the end, we will all have to live with the end of the American Experiment.[12]

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Meet Ann Coulter’s Savior” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bM.

[2]               See “CPAC: Brits Seek Independence (and so should we)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eT.

[3]               See “CPAC: Death by a 1,000 Pens” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eV.

[4]               See “Bully Boy Trump” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-df.

[5]               See “Why Brad Thor is #NeverTrump! Litmus test is liberty!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-fb.

[6]               See “Only Trump Can Lose!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dA.

[7]               See “Coulter’s Latest RINO Would Give Democrats Victory” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8t.

[8]               See “Coulter Admits Trump is a Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-cf.

[9]               See “Coulter Goes Mental Over Her ‘Mental’ Candidate” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-d8.

[10]             See “Coulter Logic (she wants candidate who won’t pursue her agenda)” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dQ.

[11]             See “BrotherWatch Endorses Ted Cruz” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-dw.

[12]             See “The End of the American Experiment?” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eZ.

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Osteen’s Narcissistic Gospel

Victoria Osteen, wife of pastor Joel Osteen, made a remarkable statement the other day which must not be ignored. She claimed:

“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God – I mean, that’s one way to look at it –we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy. So, I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”

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It is imperative that we fully understand the heresy contained in her words. Ask yourself these questions:

When we worship, are we worshiping God or ourselves?

Are we worshipers or are we users?

Selfless or Selfish?

Christian author Tim Chaffey made some salient observations, quoting from some well-known scriptures. Jesus commands His followers to deny themselves and live lives of self-sacrifice (Luke 9:23-25; Luke 10:27-28). Jesus said the greatest commandments are to love God and love your neighbor (Matthew 22:37-39).

Chaffery contrasts Olsteen’s gospel of self-love with Jesus’ gospel of other-love and he states the obvious: “These two ideas cannot be more diametrically opposed.” (Chaffery’s observations are worthy of a complete read.)

True Worship

Jesus tells us that we are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). But what does true worship entail? The apostle John described in vision the penultimate worship service, one which continually takes place in heaven (see Revelation 4).

In that fantastic worship service we see the object of worship is Jesus Christ. The four living creatures constantly say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

The 24 elders cast their own crowns before Jesus and glorify Him, saying, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

We see throughout Scripture that the object of our worship is the one true God. Not ourselves. If our motives for worship are self-focused – to be happy, to get something from God – then we worship amiss.

The great prophet Isaiah had a similar heavenly vision and his response to that vision is well worth emulating (see Isaiah chapter 6).

A Living Sacrifice

The apostle Paul certainly disagreed with the narcissistic gospel proclaimed by the Olsteens. Paul exhorted the people of God, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.”

We worship God whenever we genuinely offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God, pursuing His will instead of our own. Offering ourselves up to Himdenying ourselves daily – is “holy and pleasing to God” and it is the worship to which we have been called.

Jesus promised His disciples a life of hardship and suffering which He would use for His own glory. But Jesus also promised us that He would give us rest (Matthew 11:28-30), His un-surpassing peace (Phil. 4:6-7), and His inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8), and His unfailing love (1 Cor. 13).

True worshipers will worship Him in spirit and in truth. In doing so, they will glorify God. God is faithful and will, in the right time and the best ways, fill us to overflowing with Himself that we may fully experience the fruit of His Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

True worship begins and end with God (not ourselves).