Deal with the Devil

Pastor testifies on the reason evangelicals support Republicans: We “made a deal with the devil”

“From that point on that community that I had served, and still do, made a deal with the devil,” he said. “That deal was, we would support everything on the conservative agenda, whether or not we had conscientious conflict with them. The means were justified by the ends of that.”


“That deal was, we would support everything on the conservative agenda,” says Rev. Robert Schenck
By BRAD REED PUBLISHED DECEMBER 9, 2022 12:30PM (EST)

Article details here: https://www.salon.com/2022/12/09/pastor-testifies-on-the-reason-evangelicals-support-we-made-a-deal-with-the-devil_partner/

Testimony of Reverend Schenck

Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IA9VjIeuPkA

The Temptation of Jesus.

Filled with the holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’” Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant. The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and their glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.” Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.’” Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ and: ‘With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.’” When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time (LK 4:1-13).

Commentary

In the ordinary reading of the temptations of Jesus in the desert, most commentators talk in terms of Jesus’ needs and wants. It makes sense as this is how we think.

  1. He was hungry.
  2. He needed power to do his work.
  3. He needed someone to watch his back.

The devil offered all these things.

The devil offered the fast and easy path: I will do it for you. At a price.

Jesus replies:

  1. The Lord is my nurishment.
  2. My work is enpowered by the Lord not man or devil.
  3. The Lord has my back.

Jesus in popular language:

  1. I don’t need your deal.
  2. I don’t need shortcuts.
  3. I don’t need to use ‘the ends justify the means.’

The Anti-abortion movement made abortion the god of their faith. It made the sin (and virtue) of higher importance than relation and divine life. A grave error in judgement.

I am glad this Evangelical Pastor confessed is his sin.

Waiting for the Catholic Church to do the same.

Salvation is hard work, prayer and fasting. Truth and compassion.

Not the work of a boiler room.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

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