I’ve been very reluctant to write this piece because I know it might anger and even challenge some friendships I have. However, this morning the burden is so heavy on me that I must.
Many may wonder why I have been so vocal and publicly critical of Trump. It is not because I vehemently disagree with his policies. In fact, I think some of them are actually quite good and I stand to benefit from them. However, this does not cloud me from the potential underlying truth of his purpose in being elected in this season.
Those of you who have attentively followed my criticisms from the beginning will note that my sharpest criticism has always centered around his faith, not his policies. I’ve been even more critical of Evangelicals and Christian Leaders who vociferously support this man, who unashamedly proclaim that he has NEVER asked God for forgiveness. The impetus for my criticism is a charge to sound the alarm for Christians to be on alert for the manifestation of the Anti-Christ. While I am not emphatically stating that Trump is the (or an) Anti-Christ, I am cautioning us to be aware that he might be and much of the evidence that follows support this theory.
Who is the Anti-Christ? He who denies Jesus is the Christ and he who denies the Father and the Son (1 John 2:22). The anti-Christ is described as a deceiver and we are warned that if anyone comes to you and does not bring the doctrine of Christ (e.g., redemption through forgiveness and the blood of Christ) to not welcome them in our homes and don’t even wish them well or we’ll become partakers in their evil (2 John 1:9-10). This is why I have not wished President Trump success, or even prayed for his success. Rather, I pray for his genuine salvation..
In two separate interviews during his candidacy, Trump admitted that he never asked God for forgiveness. If he did something wrong, he would try to make it right himself. He essentially is his own redeemed. The second interview was even more troubling because he doubled down on it and stated the he could lie and say that he has asked forgiveness, but what would it benefit him. The people wouldn’t want him to lie about that! When I saw that dialogue, my spirit jumped in me and affirmed that he indeed COULDN’T lie about it if he were an anti-Christ. He certainly saw fit to lie about any number of other matters; what made this one so special? I surmise that it may be because the anti-Christ must deny the doctrine of Christ.
Many prominent Christian leaders have been vocal in their support of Trump, even claiming that Trump has accepted Christ and that he is a new/baby Christian. Our salvation is based on the confession of our OWN mouth and not the mouths of other Christians (Roman 10:10). The ardent support of Evangelicals and Christian Leaders does not reassure me. Rather, it makes me more cautious.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24).
I believe many Christians are being lead astray by misinterpreting signs and wonders. They celebrate greatly and proclaim that God allowed Trump to overcome what was perceived to be certain defeat to emerge victoriously. “God be praised,” THEY chant – not Trump. Revelation 13 warns us that the anti-Christ will suffer a mortal wound and will recover. At this many will marvel and will follow him as a result. Some scholars believe this wound might not be a physical wound, but rather a political wound. There are many who already believe Trump is the chosen one because of his recovery from the fatal wounds of his campaign. That’s only the beginning.
The appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate wrongdoings of Trump and his administration will likely result in him being acquitted of any “illegal” activity. Because a special prosecutor is now involved, the details of unethical behavior may never be disclosed. If my suspicion is correct, he will be vindicated from what many people believe is a mortal wound and even more people will follow him.
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess 2:3-4)
Another thing that has concerned me about Trump is his boastful demeanor. He always seeks praise and adulation. Every opportunity he gets, he highlights how people love him, even the Christians, Blacks, Muslims and Mexicans, he boasts. Adulation and worship are obviously high priorities for Trump. If no one else gives it, he’ll gain it for himself. This characteristic of Trump has already caused so many Christians to be at odds with each other. Many are so disheartened by the unfathomable Christian support he has already received and continues to receive, that they have lost faith in the church. The church to many has lost its witness! Hence, a great falling away has or will proceed.
Trump will do a great job as president. The economy will flourish, as many are already celebrating. Illegal immigration is down and some “good” policies will be implemented. These will garner even more praise for the man who already has a god-complex and he will be further emboldened by the reluctant masses who too will follow him.
On the world stage Trump will be successful in subduing world leaders who are a threat to America. Daniel 7:24 states that the anti-Christ will subdue three major kings. I’m thinking Russia, North Korea and Iran (maybe China). But, we should watch closely & prayerfully with great discernment. As many Christians pray for the success of Donald Trump, their prayers might just be answered as the fulfillment of prophesy. It would potentially be for our good if he were truly a Christian. This is why I am so adamant about watching for his profession of faith. He who starts as a “friend of religious liberty” shall not always remain such.
“He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.” (Daniel 7:25).
Character still matters! That Christians are so ready to give a “baby Christian” (if he even is one – which I personally doubt) this much credence is highly concerning for me. We know how easily power corrupts. We’ve all preached at some point to not let your talent, ability or charisma take you places your character can’t keep you. There is not among those leaders who support Trump, one who would authorize a baby Christian to assume pastoral leadership in their mega church. Why should it be so for our country.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10).
I hate to say it but some of our most trusted Christian leaders have (or will) succumb to the temptations of prosperity. Some have been led astray by the allure of affiliation with Trump, which ensures the promise of wealth for them. Others will see a thriving economy and align with his precepts. Don’t be deceived! GAIN IS NOT GODLINESS! (1 Timothy 6:5).
“And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.” (Revelations 13:5).
The next 43 of Trump’s 48 month presidential term will be crucial. He will not be impeached but rather the decision of the special prosecutor will grant him the opportunity to complete his term. He will be further emboldened by this victory and the several others to follow. The allegiance of prior reluctant followers will fertilize his arrogance, which with rapid growth will compel him to seek to become God himself. The one who was first perceived by many to be a “friend of religious freedom” will become its foe. “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.” (Daniel 7:25).
I recognize that many will disagree with my assertion but you must first recognize that Trump is a deceiver, above all. He is cunning in his ways and in his words. He “speaks like you and I, not like a politician,” is the foolish exclamation of the deceived. What he really speaks is exactly what you want to hear for that moment.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
He will say, promise or do whatever is expedient at the moment to accomplish his goal. His supporters defend it and characterize it as “flexibility.” Some even excuse it as inexperience and grants him immunity as he finds his presidential legs. I call it double-mindedness, which is the hallmark of instability (James 1:8).
I realize that many of the things I’ve stated herein seem a bit emphatic. The truth is, I really don’t know for sure and could very well be wrong. However, this I know for certain. There will be many led astray because they are witnessing the miracle but not discerning by whom the miracle is wrought. I am persuaded by the many dreams (and the prophetic gift) God has given me, that these events will happen and the litmus test will be “can they proclaim that Christ is Lord?” To date, Trump cannot with his own mouth. That causes me great concern. His eventual goal will be to magnify the voices of them that praise him and silence the voices of all who oppose him.
Consider how effective Trump has, in a short period of time, been in discrediting the media. The bible encourages us to watch and pray (Mark 14:38). I understand the context was different, but it is still imperative that we have a source for fact gathering. Admittedly, much of the media has its bias (in either direction). However, I have confidence that the vast majority of the media still have some modicum of integrity and verify their sources, hopefully through at least 2 or 3 witnesses (Matthew 18:16). Trump has been so effective at alluring the hearts and minds of his supporters that they will choose to not acknowledge to potential veracity of facts that have been verified by multiple witnesses. It is a tactic to silence his opposition and to allow his agenda to proceed unchecked. Not so Mr. Trump!
We must continue to gather facts and discern the truth from therein. It is imperative now, more than any time in history, that Christians put on the whole armour of God including the helmet of salvation (e.g., that which protects the head). Currently, the head of our country is not protected by the blood of Jesus and that should cause us great alarm! Don’t be deceived by “miracles” and unprecedented victories. Don’t be enticed by the appearance or the promise of financial liberty. Don’t be ensnared by the promise of policy (letter of the law) to deliver what only the spirit of the law can produce. Don’t be mesmerized by the charisma or art of deal making with foreign rulers. Know that our head is still uncovered and the season is ripe for the manifestation of the Anti-Christ.
In addition to his establishing his private surgical practice on the campus of Southern Hills Medical Center, he is also an adjunct assistant professor at Meharry Medical College and founded the Voice Care Center of Nashville, where he specializes in treating and preventing voice problems in Christian and Gospel music artists.
As an independent gospel recording artist himself, Dr. Williams has a keen insight to not only the medical and surgical implications of voice disturbances, but also the many spiritual impacts.
During his medical school training, Williams wrestled with the possible demands that his future medical career (neurosurgery or cardiac surgery at that time) would preclude his ability to effectively develop the ministry he’d been called into. While completing his Ph.D. studies, a colleague suggested Otolaryngology.