I tried posting this comment in response to the Christian Post article that follows it below, but the comment didn’t post.
Chris, your opening statement prompted me to look into what Jesus and Paul actually said. I’ve tried to not call anyone a fool because of Jesus’ Mt. 5:22 very strong warning: “…but whosoever shall say, Thou fool (Grk. ‘moros’), shall be in danger of *hell fire*.” This is after Jesus warned against calling someone “raca” (Grk. ‘rhaka’), a different Greek word. Almost all English translations translate the word ‘moros’ as “fool” here. So Jesus warned against calling people both ‘rhaka’ and ‘moros.’
Paul used a third Greek word, ‘anoetos’ in Gal. 3:1, which is most often translated as “foolish.” Jesus did call the Pharisees ‘moros,’ in Mt. 23:17, which demonstrates how horrible their Talmudic, power-over-others, NWO, anti-Logos thinking was, which even Michael Brown admits is the doctrine of the rabbis in modern Judaism today, which most evangelicals (especially Trump’s “Christian” advisors) don’t warn about.
I’m not sure what the balance is here regarding the use of the word “fool.” You’re clearly taking your analogy from what Paul said in Gal. 3:1, where “foolish” is translated from a different Greek word. I didn’t know three different Greek words were used in these passages.
Also, you write: “they had fallen back into trying to be justified by works rather than faith in Jesus Christ.” Paul specifically said being led by the Holy Spirit now replaces the works of the law. Gal. 5:18: “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” The entire chapter 5 is about walking according to the Spirit now, which is also his theme in Romans 8:1-7. Saving *faith* requires walking according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. The Holy Spirit replaced the law. Paul warned about works *of the law*, and then said we need to work out our own salvation through fear and trembling, which he himself did, running his race to win!
I believe “once saved, always saved” is the greatest deception today, and ‘Christian’ Zionism is the second. God bless!
The article from Christian Post:
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
You foolish evangelicals, Trump has bewitched you
By Chris Thurman
It’s not a word to throw around carelessly. Some Christians erroneously believe the Bible forbids the use of this word toward others and that we risk eternal damnation for addressing people this way. What the Bible actually teaches is to never call someone “racca,” which means “empty one” or “worthless.” The Bible also teaches that it is always wrong to call someone a fool if you are doing it out of sinful, unrighteous anger.
Jesus Christ used the words “blind fools” to refer to the Pharisees regarding how they were grossly misguiding the Jews about how to have an intimate relationship with God (Matthew 23:17).
The Apostle Paul reprimanded Christians in the province of Galatia, saying “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?” (Galatians 3:1) because they had fallen back into trying to be justified by works rather than faith in Jesus Christ.
When either Jesus Christ or Paul used these words, it was a stinging rebuke of a group of people for not looking spiritually or morally at reality the way God looks at it.
I believe evangelicals who support Donald Trump are being both blind and foolish to do so and that labeling them as such is not sinful but appropriate and necessary. By support, I’m not referring to evangelicals who voted for Trump in 2016. I’m referring to those evangelicals who continue to hold Trump up as a great leader, say he is God’s chosen one for the presidency, applaud his appalling words and actions, ignore his glaring moral defects, and enable his dangerous presidency to continue by giving him their time, talents, and treasures.