The White House has distanced itself and President Trump from the head of a long-standing weekly Bible study following a blog post that angered militant LGBT groups.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere criticized the remarks of Pastor Ralph Drollinger, the Capitol Ministries chief, who for years led Bible studies for heads of federal departments and members of Congress and administration.
On March 21, Drollinger wrote an article titled “Does God Judge America Today?In the post, Drollinger argues that since God is righteous, “sin must and will be paid.” He adds that “anger” is “an inevitable consequence”.
Drollinger identified five forms of God’s judgment: “eternal wrath (hell)”, “eschatological anger (the Lord’s Day)”, “cataclysmic anger (the flood)”, “letting go of anger (removal of withholding) ”and“ consequent wrath (sowing and reaping).
The post largely focused on the latter two forms of anger – letting go of anger and subsequent anger. Drollinger wrote that the purpose of the week’s Bible study was to examine and “carefully assess” the Biblical understanding of these two forms of anger with respect to the answer to the question posed: “Does God judge?” America today?
Drollinger’s post then lists “five identifiers” of “renounce anger.” One of the five identifiers highlighted by Drollinger is “A Sensation Toward Homosexuality”.
He quotes Romans 1: 26-27, which states: “For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions; for their wives have exchanged the natural function for the unnatural one, and in the same way also the men have given up the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire for one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own person the penalty due for their error.
In the left-wing media, Drollinger was accused of link homosexuality to the coronavirus. He was also criticized by the leader of the LGBT Human Rights Campaign, Alphonso David, who said that “Drollinger’s horrific claims are ridiculous”.
Deere said The hill in a statement Thursday that “President Trump has no higher priority than the health and safety of all Americans, and ensuring that we come out of this pandemic stronger than ever. “
“These comments are disgusting and certainly not something the president believes,” Deere said.
He added that the president does not attend Drollinger’s Bible study and that the study does not take place in the White House.
Drollinger told NBC News he felt his post had been misinterpreted and stressed that he “didn’t believe homosexuality played any role in the coronavirus.”
In fact, Drollinger’s message begins with the qualification that he does not “believe America is experiencing the surrender of the wrath of God” but rather a “consequent wrath of God”.
Drollinger enumerated other reasons for “letting go of anger”: “suppression in oneself”, “an exchange for environmentalism”, “a guarantee of depravity” and “a sanction in others”.
Drollinger states that he thinks God is more concerned with judging the Church than any nation or state.
“The book of Revelation demonstrates God’s concern for the Church. Seven churches are mentioned in chapters two and three. To those who were missing, Christ threatened to remove their candlestick unless they repented. Once again, the emphasis is on purifying the Church, ”he wrote.
“It is interesting that these chapters do not mention the sins of any particular city or state. If God is determined to judge the nations during the Church Age, one would expect (like God warning Sodom and Gomorrah) warnings to repent. There is no warning given to the towns of the seven churches.
While some theologians believe that God destroyed the city of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis because of homosexual behavior, Drollinger also stated in his blog post that “America is not like Sodom and Gomorrah in the sense that there was no devotee to be found. ”
“On the contrary, America today is populated by tens of millions of faithful followers of Christ! Drollinger wrote.
“Many have casually posed, ‘If God does not judge America, then he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology!’ But such thinking ignores what happened between Abraham and God in Genesis 18: 22-33 before he judged Sodom and Gomorrah! Rather, I believe it is a more biblically accurate summary: Abraham, if he were to plead with God for America, would have much stronger arguments than he pleaded with God for. Sodom and Gomorrah.
Drollinger warned that America today is “not on the whole characterized by people who are unfaithful to the precepts of God.”
“Conversely, there is only a small minority of individuals who are grossly disobedient to God, individuals to whom the five indicators of Romans 1 apply,” he warned.
“Unfortunately for the vast majority of the faithful in America, too many infidels have been allowed by the faithful to acquire high positions of influence in our culture: high positions in our government, our education system, our media and our media industry. entertainment. It is tragic, unfortunate and costly.
In bold letters, Drollinger wrote: “Those individuals who are rebuked by the abandonment of the wrath of God are largely responsible for the consequent wrath of God upon our nation.
But Drollinger claimed he had “great encouragement” because he was witnessing a “wave of loyal people who were elected.”
“If my calculations are correct, and I believe they are, there are more believers in Congress and the executive today than at any time in modern American history! Drollinger argued. “And they’re starting to reach a tipping point!
Drollinger says that if homosexuality causes the wrath of quitting, the coronavirus could be seen as a form of “cataclysmic anger.” However, he cautions against labeling the coronavirus for now.
“But that said, I don’t think we should label the coronavirus as a form of cataclysmic anger from God, such as the form of anger it manifests in the [Old Testament] with the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, or the ‘departure’ of the Red Sea, ”he said. “[B]because this form of God’s wrath is devoid of a human cure – and I think we will soon see a human cure for the coronavirus. “
Drollinger’s Bible study classes were reportedly attended by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alex Azar, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of State for Education Betsy DeVos.
According to the Capitol ministries website, Bible studies are sponsored by Vice President Mike Pence.