Heresy of Perfectionism and Voting

© Rev. Dr. Curtis I. Crenshaw, Th.D., 20 October 2016

The heresy of perfectionism is an old one in the history of the Church. In one form, it is thinking that we can obtain absolute moral perfection in this life by the power of our wills (Pelagianism). In another form, it is demanding that others conform to our level of conformity to God’s word, or we will excommunicate them from our presence.

Christians have a type of perfectionism in politics today. Every Christian is flawed, but in our hypocrisy we want others who are flawed in the same way we are before we will associate with them.  But just think of what the Lord had to work with: hoof in mouth disease Peter, doubting Thomas, tax collecting Matthew, Christian-murdering Paul, and so on. If the Lord Jesus had refused to use them because they were not perfect, we would have no Church today.

Likewise, some Christians are so self-righteous that they will not vote for a professing Christian who is flawed, like Donald Trump. If they can’t have one who conforms to their view of righteousness, then they will not vote at all. Actually, that is not quite true, for a No vote for Trump is a Yes vote for Hillary Clinton. They forget that the Son of God was incarnated to save sinners, to promote His kingdom with good-for-nothing Christians, not that I’m saying Trump is a Christian, but James Dobson says he became one recently (click here). He may not be, but God is so sovereign He even used wicked Pharaoh to accomplish His purposes.

The Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” (Rom. 9:17 NKJ)

The Triune God has been striking straight blows with crooked sticks like Pharaoh since the world began. Consider some of the arguments some Christians give for not voting for Trump:

  • “Trump made some disparaging remarks about women that was played on some media just recently.” We don’t justify that; indeed, we say it was awful. BUT Trump apologized for it so why aren’t you forgiving him? Is that an unpardonable sin? What happened to forgiving 70 x 70?
  • “It is a matter of the lesser of two evils.” Duhh, then why not opt for the lesser evil? Or, do you want more evil? In fact, in every election to any office we’re always choosing the lesser of two evils because no one is perfect.
  • “But someone who professes to be a Christian should not act that way.” Granted, but does that mean that we put a more wicked person into office? Moreover, consider the larger picture. Trump has gathered some good Christians for his administration, such as Pence as Vice President, who professes faith in Jesus. Trump has good appointments to the Supreme Court who will rule according to original intent of the Constitution, who will not engage in making laws, who will protect our Second Amendment rights, Trey Gowdy as the no compromising Attorney General, who, in contrast to Obama’s lying, cheating Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, will actually promote justice and not personal plans. But Hillary will appoint those who will continue abortion, the murder of babies, the destruction of the family with more LGBT rulings, will effectively take away our Second Amendment rights of self-protection, will tax and spend, AND continue persecution of Christians in the USA and worldwide. Indeed, Hillary has said that she will continue Obama’s agenda. What in the world is the matter with us that we would rather have the devil than one who is flawed? Recall what St. Paul said about his own life:

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. (Rom. 7:15-16 NKJ)

Yet, Jesus still used Paul!

Or, how about this objection:

  • “Christians can vote for Trump, but they can’t do it in the name of Christianity.” How silly; then whose name do they invoke if not the Triune God’s name? Is there some neutral, moral territory in the world? I think not, for Jesus is King of kings and everything is His, right now. Voting for Trump is morally a good choice.

Some Christians seemed to be saying that if they cannot get an uncompromising Christian in office, then they will help to put in office a Triune God hating anti-christ, who will murder babies, destroy the families, attack Christians and the Church. What is wrong with us?

Yes, indeed, it is a matter of the lesser of two evils, and I will honor Christ by voting for lesser Trump.


6 thoughts on “Heresy of Perfectionism and Voting

  1. Amen and amen!

    On Oct 20, 2016 3:39 PM, “Curtis Crenshaw’s Thoughts and Works” wrote:

    > Curtis Crenshaw posted: “© Rev. Dr. Curtis I. Crenshaw, Th.D., 20 October > 2016 The heresy of perfectionism is an old one in the history of the > Church. In one form, it is thinking that we can obtain absolute moral > perfection in this life by the power of our wills (Pelagianism).” >

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  3. Trouble with your argument is that “He may not be, but God is so sovereign He even used wicked Pharaoh to accomplish His purposes” can apply to people voting for Hillary.

    • Well of course; never thought otherwise. My point is that God uses evil to His glory, but why should we not pursue lesser evil. God expects us to use human means, such as voting. If you can’t vote for either one, fine. I won’t fault you, but then be prepared if Hillary takes us much further than Trump would have. To be candid, it appears to me that we are under judgment. I keep hearing people say, “Dr. Crenshaw, if we keep going like we are, do you think God will judge us?” Six years ago I wrote a 400 page book to answer that question, titled NOT Ten Suggestions (on Amazon). My verbal response to that question in various Bible studies has been this: “What to you think Obama is, a blessing?” I’ve quoted John Calvin on my Facebook: “When God wants to judge a nation, he gives them wicked rulers.” If we have eyes to see, the Triune God’s judgment is all around us: abortion, lying, LGBT, legal theft through abusive taxes, persecution of Christians (recall that Obama tried to make the Roman Catholic Church support abortion, which Hillary will continue, as she her stated a few days ago), violence and murder off the chart, our children being converted to agnosticism and atheism in our public schools and colleges, etc.

      As for God using Hillary if she is elected, I already stated that in a previous blog. You should visit my blog and read the whole series of articles on voting ( I’m not in despair if the King of kings puts Hillary in office, for He knows that His recalcitrant church in the USA needs purifying; but I’m also for using human means to keep that from happening. I say one more time, the difference between Hillary and Trump is degree, not kind, in their persons, but Trump’s view on wholesale murder of babies and appointing judges is a difference of kind, at least to me. We Christians need to be diligent, faithful in every area of life, and not put our hopes in any one person, Hillary or Trump, that kind of trust is reserved for JESUS THE LORD!

      If trust we can agree to disagree.

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