Are patriotic political Christians making the same mistake of idolatry and adding man-made traditions as early church did?

From at the other blog I blog at, “Beggars All Reformation and Apologetics”

I am reposting this article I did back in 2009, with a new picture and updated links.  (both the old photo link was broken, and I felt it needed to have the links to the other articles I was referring to.)

Be sure to review all the articles linked to at the end of that article.

Now, in the light of all the controversy over Dr. White’s dialogue with Yasir Qadhi, and the impression that many conservative political / patriotic Christians give to Muslims,

see here:

the question I have is this:  Are American patriotic / political Christians making the same mistake in a different area that the early church did by the over-exalting of Mary (see the articles at Beggar’s All) , neglect of the doctrine of justification by faith alone in the NT; and the additions of other man-made traditions?

It seems to me the same root of idolatry and leaving our first love.  Revelation 2:4-5


“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you will get neither.” C. S. Lewis, page 118, Mere Christianity.  

The last part – “aiming at earth” is what political Christians do, the first part “aiming at heaven” is what Dr. White did in the dialogue with Dr. Qadhi and all the other outreach to Muslims, both before and afterward.

See more of my responses to the Dr. White / Yasir Qadhi controversy here at this blog:

(see many articles on this issue and responses, at least one or two every month since January of this year) – go to date archive on the side bar from January to July 2017; since January 2017, since Dr. White’s apologetic dialogue with Dr. Yasir Qadhi.)

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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