Should Bishop Charles Ellis Of Greater Grace Temple Of Detroit, Be Meddling In Politics?

Reader, should preachers stay away from politics? Wednesday, February 28, two prominent Detroit pastors, Rev. Oscar King, a previous president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit, and Bishop Charles Ellis of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit showed support for Gretchen Whitmer for Michigan Governor. Some on social media are accusing Bishop Charles Ellis of throwing the community under the bus. 

I found the below comment in a Facebook group and thought it to be interesting, tell me what yall think?  Can church leaders send a wrong message when they support candidates who don't seem to have the community best interest at heart? 

Facebook: "Why is it Bishop Ellis consistently involved in local and state politics in the state of Michigan? Why is Bishop Ellis using the church to force good minded church followers to support political candidates that do not follow the Word of God? Why is Bishop Ellis forcing church members into hypocrisy against the faith they believe? Bishop Ellis like many other church owners in our great city continue to use the Word of God and God's house to exploit church members to support political candidates. Either you support the Lord or you support Satan. Bishop Ellis chooses Satan over God, and he, the Bishop, is taking church members down the path of damnation."


  1. He should enter politics for there are some preachers who are/were politicians.

  2. Not surprising about Ellis. Many preachers now are revealing their true colors. "Your true colors shining thru" as the songstress sang back in the 80s.

    1. In my opinion, it is perfectly permissible for Bishop Ellis to publicly endorse the candidate he supports. People have the opportunity to do their research on the candidates and the issues and make an informed choice at election time.

      Jesus said we are salt and light. Salt is mixed in and light gives exposure. The word also says come out from among them and be separate. Each of us has to be lead of the Lord in our involvement or lack thereof. Each of us has to reconcile these two polar opposite scriptures for themselves.

      In Michigan the governor cut seniors pensions and his policies caused an entire city of almost 100,000 people to be poisoned and several people died from ligionalla. Some of the children will bear the physical impact of bad policies for the rest of their lives (cognitive problems, etc.)
      The times we are living in do not call for prayer only, but also action and engagement. James said faith without works is dead. Lots of church people are talkers and complainers only and never do anything to help humanity or the unsaved. "It's my four and no more, to hell with the world."

      We are sojourners here on earth, but we should not be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.

    2. Wrong, wrong wrong. "so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good" has no root in scripture. Please provide scripture and verse if you say it does.

      "The times we are living in do not call for prayer only" -
      1 Timothy 2:1-5 - 2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

      "We may not feel like it or we may not believe that they are doing the best that they can but we are commanded to pray for those who are in “high positions” and that most certainly means praying for governmental leaders and politicians. As bad as they may seem or as corrupt as we might believe they are, this does not relieve us of our responsibility to pray for those who are over us."

      Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

      " We are subjects of the government of the land. This means that we are to be under their authority and this means that we should obey those who rule over us, no matter what we feel about them. God has established those in positions of authority as it pleases him and so we ought always to “be subject to the governing authorities.”

      Daniel 2:21 “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”

      "We might think that we have control over who runs the government but actually God is the One Who plucks up and puts down leaders. He is the One Who removes and sets up kings and kingdoms, including those who have authority over us. Their day of justice will come so we must trust God to execute His righteousness in time and not take it into our own hands."

      Psalm 75:7 “but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.”

      "God does use men and women to help establish governmental powers but in the end, God is the One Who will execute the final judgment on all who have been given much responsibility. It might even be us. He is the One Who sets up kingdoms and tears them down, He exalts one and brings others down…always according to His will."

      Proverbs 8:15-15 “By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth.”

      "Whoever is in power in a nation, it is by no accident. Even issued decrees are under God’s rule. It is by God that princes govern, nobles rule, king’s reign, and issues are decreed. Our job is to simply obey."

      Consider that in the times of Jesus the Jews were under Roman rule and, they were not Roman citizens and could not vote.

      The answer to all problems in this country is for TRUE Christians to follow the following verse:
      2 Chronicles 7:14 - 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    3. "A Christian is one who follows—who copies—Jesus Christ (I Peter 2:21; Phil. 2:5). Again, what would Christ do if He were on Earth today? Would HE participate in the governments or politics of men? What does the Bible teach about voting to select leaders—either in national governments or in the selection of church leaders in various denominations? And what about the Church that Jesus built?

      Christ would not vote, because He understands the origin of the governments of this world and who is behind them.

      Where did the governments of men come from? How did they originate? Who is behind them? Why is there so much strife and competition in the world today? Is this God’s world—reflecting His way, and His direction and guidance?

      Most theologians, religionists and churchmen blindly assume that it is. Therefore, they conclude that, as they usually put it, if “all Christians work together, in love and unity, to make this world and its governments a safer and better place for everyone [or for democracy and freedom, as some emphasize] we can bring peace, happiness and prosperity to all.” Many naively believe that if they can “fix the world”—or even just improve it—they can usher in God’s kingdom on Earth. Also, and even more naïve, is that many believe they can influence governments to become more godly.

      This is fantasy—a completely wrong view, and it is not what God expects or wants.

      Nowhere did Jesus say, “Go you into all the world and strive to make it a better place by becoming part of it.” Instead, He said, “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15).

      Christ did not come to fix or make this world better. He announced the COMING of a better world, made possible because of His government!

      And the Bible also commands, “Come out from among them [the world], and be you separate” (II Cor. 6:17), and further, speaking of society’s Babylonish ways, “Come out of her, My people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4).

      World punishment lies just ahead for those who carelessly reject God’s plain Word.

      This world is a condemned building. Built on a wrong foundation from the beginning, its weak underpinnings have eroded to the point of collapse under its own weight. It will soon be demolished, scraped away and replaced by a vastly better world and government—one infinitely better than the best parts of men’s governments put together!

      Blind, deceived men think they can bring about the kingdom of God through human effort. They see certain evil forces at work and feel compelled to “do something about it.” They assume that Jesus would be an “activist” striving to “make the world a better place.” Be honest! Haven’t you heard this many times? Haven’t you heard churches urge people to “get involved” or “take a stand”—or some similar thing—in order to improve national or world problems of one sort or another?

      Again we ask: Is this God’s world? Does HE want Christians to “make the world a better place”?"


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