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Prominent pastor gets backlash for explaining why he isn't voting for Trump or Biden

Well-known pastor and Christelik author John Piper received a range of responses after he published a “long-overdue” op-ed explaining why he won’t vote for either Democratic nominee Joe Biden of President Trump op Nov.. 3.

Evangelist Franklin Graham is among Piper’s critics, saying he disagreed with his reasoning and pointed to a response in the Christian Post by former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson, who spoke at the RNC.

He is wrong on this issue,” the son of the Rev. Billy Graham wrote on Twitter.

Piper, the “Desiring God” founder and pastor emeritus of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, isn’t making a third-party endorsement like Kanye West nor does he “dictate how anyone else should vote,” but he does take clear shots at Trump, saying the last five yearsbear vivid witnessto thenation-corruptinginfection offlagrant boastfulness, vulgarity, immorality and factiousnessspreading to every level of society.

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Piper geskryf het he is “baffled” over the fact that many Christians consider the sins of unrepentant sexual immorality, boastfulness, vulgarity, factiousness, and the like, to be “only toxic for our nation,” while policies that endorse “baby-killing, sex-switching, freedom-limiting, and socialistic overreach are viewed as deadly.”

He cautioned that when a leader models “self-absorbed, self-exalting boastfulness, he models the most deadly behavior in the world” and “points his nation to destruction. Destruction of more kinds than we can imagine.”

Piper said the “church is paying dearly” for communicating “a falsehood to unbelievers (who are also baffled!) when we act as if policies and laws that protect life and freedom are more precious than being a certain kind of person” year after year.

Piper claimed his calling to lead people to Christ “is contradicted by supporting either pathway to cultural corruption and eternal ruin.”

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Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood employee, called Piper’s comments “ridiculous.”

“Pride doesn’t kill babies. Boastfulness doesn’t tear them apart in their mothers’ wombs. Arrogance doesn’t cause a baby to flee for their lives as sharp instruments seek to rip them limb from limb while they are still alive. Geen. Abortion does that and abortion alone," sy het geskryf.

“We can’t legislate pride or boastfulness or arrogance. But we can legislate abortion,” Johnson added. “In fact, we can make it illegal. And that is what is on the line. Life is on the line. The innocent lives of precious babies are on the line. Not pride. Not arrogance.”

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Beth Moore, a popular Bible teacher, did come to Piper’s defense, saying his comments are consistent with the approach he’s always taken, “and if you want a preacher who will only preach what doesn’t offend you, you need to find one who doesn’t preach the Scriptures. There’s plenty out there. Knock yourself out.

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