Church Plant Part of Tim Keller’s ‘Gospel Coalition’ Urges Pastors to ‘Tell Us to Vote for Clinton’

Gospel Coalition-compressedWASHINGTON — A leader at a Washington, D.C. assembly that is a part of Tim Keller’s Gospel Coalition recently penned an article asserting that pastors nationwide should encourage their congregations to vote for Hillary Clinton.


Nick Rodriguez is a member of Anacostia River Church, a congregation planted by Mark Dever and led by Thabiti Anyabwile. Dever serves on the board for Keller’s Gospel Coalition and Anyabwile writes on the Coalition site. As previously reported, Anyabwile announced last month that unless there is an alternative, he will vote for Clinton in the fall.

“Let the hate begin. But if choice is between Clinton and Trump, I’m voting Clinton. I’ll go back to not voting when this man is defeated!” he wrote on social media on May 9.

Anyabwile also wrote in a post for the Gospel Coalition last month that “I regard a President Trump the worse of the two evils before us.”

Now, Rodriguez, a leader in Anyabwile’s congregation, has also penned an article entitled “Evangelical Leaders: Tell Us to Vote for Clinton,” in which he explains why he thinks pastors should get behind a Clinton presidency.

“I think that evangelical leaders—in particular, conservative evangelical leaders—need to use all the influence God has given them to encourage thinking Christians to vote for Hillary Clinton. No dithering; no qualifications. The stakes are simply too high,” he wrote.

Rodriguez then outlines six reasons why he believes pastors should encourage their congregations to vote for Clinton, starting with the assertion that every election is a choice between two evils. He pointed to the fact that a number of evangelicals were willing to vote for Mitt Romney, a Mormon, during the 2012 presidential election.

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“[F]our years ago, most of you had no problem telling Christians to vote for an avowed leader of a false religion—a person who had dedicated a substantial portion of his life shepherding souls down a path that leads to hell,” Rodriguez wrote. “When you endorsed him, I know you weren’t endorsing that; you just had a common cause that was more important. The same is true with endorsing Hillary. You’re not endorsing her views on abortion (and you can make that clear); rather, you have a common cause with her that’s more important.”

Other reasons for voting for Clinton included concerns that Trump would be a threat to the Republic and the unity of the Church, and that Clinton is at least predictable, although objectionable due to her stances on abortion and homosexuality.

“[Y]ou might spend all of a Hillary Clinton presidency opposing everything she’s doing at the top of your lungs. But I’m pretty sure you’ll still be able to oppose her in the context of the democratic republic we live in, and that you’ll be able to work to unseat her in the next election if that’s what you want,” he stated. “I cannot say the same of Trump.”

While some Gospel Coalition readers applauded Rodriguez’ reasoning, others were not so convinced.

“I will never knowingly and willingly vote for a pro-murder candidate. I will never throw my support behind a person who believes children are not people. Similarly, I would never support a person who believed that Africans were animals or Jews were pigs. I won’t and my conscious won’t let me. It’s disgusting and depraved,” one commenter wrote. “I don’t care how much we have in common and I don’t care how much the Democrat party has done for minorities.”

“[B]oth are terrible options and our jobs as Christians is not to do the lesser of two evils, but to not do evil at all,” another remarked. “Trump will not save [America], Hillary will not save it, the Gospel will. Let’s focus on that and just admit we as Christians cannot vote in this election.”

“I have lost all respect for the Gospel Coalition. Any group that would publish an opinion urging Christians to vote for Hillary is apostate,” a third wrote. “I will never vote for Trump, but Hillary is even worse! So sad to see that there are so few ‘pastors’ who are willing to literally have the Scriptures rule their faith and conduct.”

Anyabwile noted that Rodriguez’s opinions are not necessarily representative of the Gospel Coalition or Anacostia River Church as a whole. As previously reported, a ministry director at Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church has been a regular donor to the Bernie Sanders campaign.

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  • Dyros

    “I will never vote for Trump, but Hillary is even worse!” My church calls such people “High Horse Christians”. You go ahead and not vote, even though not voting for Trump is in essence a vote for Hillary.

    • Emmanuel

      And voting for Trump is a good thing? A man who says he does not need Jesus because of his good deeds.

      • Dyros

        Go to youtube…search “wild bill high horse christians”. You should find Wild Bill for America’s video 1st on the search results.
        Let’s just say I follow this guy’s point of view on the matter.
        Too much is at stake this election…

        • Oboehner

          LOL, like anything will change.

          • ComeOnPeople!

            IF MY people which are CALL 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 SINS, and will HEAL THEIR LAND.

          • Josey

            God will heal the land when He finishes wrapping this thing up and that ole’ lying serpent is bound up and eventually thrown into the fiery pit forever. Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled, Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

          • Oboehner

            And Ignore a Christian statesman and slobber all over a Mormon…

        • Emmanuel

          I just saw his videos. I subscribed and I will follow him. As a christian and as an Independent, I will take his last recommendation, look for another candidate that will be better morally and spiritually for our Country. I agree with him, Obama has been the most immoral pres ever.

    • Peter Leh

      sorry the GOP is dead

      • Dyros

        Good thing Trump is not GOP! Paul Ryan…GOP…is still bashing Trump!

        • Peter Leh

          indeed. the fact Trump is the nominee shows how rudderless the GOP has become. I fear there is no recovery.

    • Amos Moses

      So not voting for HC is a vote for Trump ………… so if i do not vote ……….. who did i vote for ………… it is nonsensical reasoning ………….

  • hytre64

    “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” – Prov 6:16-19

    We already know that Hillary supports the shedding of innocent blood (abortion), I wonder how many of the other six would accurately describe her.

    As for a minister telling people to vote for someone who SUPPORTS abortion… I would truly wonder if he has ever talked to God about this…

    • Josey

      Seems to me she would keep the freebies coming to some ppl, she buys votes but there is no freedom for a minister who would sell himself in this way, he should be able to preach the gospel as it is written with no ties to anyone or person except in obedience to Christ alone. What would a man give in exchange for his soul comes to my mind in this scenario? Apparently as in their case, they get very little in return but they take it over preaching the truth, sad. Maybe they will get to keep the free phone and their 501c exemption, food stamps but the abortions will continue, the killings in their streets and cities will get worse, the robberies, the drug abuse, the list goes on so they are getting very little in return for the selling of their souls of the ppl, maybe the ministers get to line their pockets with more, I don’t get it.

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  • LadyFreeBird♥BlessedBeTheLord

    I feel that no matter who gets in, America will be forever changed. All I can say is I will never vote for Hillary.

    • Peter Leh

      we survived 8 years of Hillary in the white house ( yes she was co-president).

      We can do it again.

      Trump will insult Putin’s wife calling her either ugly or hot and stare and comment about her boobs…. then we will be in a nuclear war.

      Even Trump is a caricature of himself. He can’t believe he has pulled this joke off.

      ( thought from one who has never voted for a dem.. but might in 2016)

      • Oboehner

        Do share what makes Hillary better than Trump, not that I really care but it might be entertaining. Don’t forget to factor in all of the scandals surrounding the Clintons.

        • Peter Leh

          i just did. he is a loose cannon.

          Mark Cuban, who knows Trump, said ” even Trump does not believe what he says.”

          As much as he calls names, degrades women, insults people (ALL ON DISPLAY)… there is NO way I trust him to not start a nuclear war with other countries by his insults.

          • Josey

            I don’t trust Trump and Clinton even less, she could go into a temper tantrum and blow up a Country for not doing what she wants, Ask billy bob about her temper, he had the scratches on his person to prove it. Better to trust in the Lord God, Jesus Christ, than to trust in man!

          • Peter Leh

            Clinton indeed dos have a temper. SO did nixon, lbj. TR.

            Clinton has been life long politician, plenty of time for her to lose it but has not.

            you dont think she was president from 92 to 00? please. hilary know what she is doing. we can reasonable know what to expect.

            Not saying i agree..

            trump has already should what he can say if elected. so degrading

          • Oboehner

            Oh, but perjury, Benghazi, Asian fundraising scandal, Private emails, Whitewater, Travelgate, Humagate, Pardongate, Foundation favors, Disappearing – reappearing Rose Law Firm files, Filegate, Hubble trouble, Swedish slush fund, Boeing Bucks, Larry Lawrence, Cattle futures, Chinagate, etc. Hillary would be much better.

        • Peter Leh

          The Clintons have been surrounded by scandal for 40 years. Nothing new. Nothing sticks.

          At least it will be entertaining with Bill as the first lady. 🙂

          • Oboehner

            They seem to be above the law, but they both reek of it.

      • LadyFreeBird♥BlessedBeTheLord

        I just can’t do it. I have Prayed and Prayed. But noway can I vote for her.

        • Josey

          I can’t either Lady and am tired of being presented with the choice of two lesser evils, that has been going on for decades now. I say let God be God, the battle is the Lord’s. Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
          Let us Christians focus on what He has put before us the task of sharing the gospel and speaking the truth and let Him wrap this thing up. Peace is only going to come through the Prince of Peace, the Almighty God, One True Counselor and Creator. This world isn’t my home, is only temporal and I don’t care about building a kingdom here. Jesus said in John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
          God bless you sisters in Christ 🙂 and brothers in Christ 🙂
          James 1:3 “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

          • LadyFreeBird♥BlessedBeTheLord

            Amen. When Christ went to prepare a place for us. It will be worth everything we went through on earth. I wait for that day He returns to receive us. We will see all our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. May God Bless and Protect our Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

        • Peter Leh

          i am not saying do it.. just if she wins it is not the end.

          Trump is might be the end as soon as he comments on another world leader’s menstrual cycle.

  • Emmanuel

    We have to pick between a person who call themselves a christian but not even close and the other person who says that Jesus’ forgiveness is not needed. Wish one should I pick? What pharisee is better?
    I know, a third candidate.

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  • Peter Leh

    no different than Jeffress telling First Baptist Dallas to vote republican.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    Well, let’s see if we can clear this mess up.

    One party formally supports the genocidal murder of 3000 innocent preborn human beings each day, including up until birth. The other party is formally against that.

    The party that supports this ongoing genocide is also the same party (no name change – if the parties magically switched, wouldn’t there be a call for a name change?!?) that supported the “right” to own and whip black people, and then fought a horrible “civil” war for that “right.”

    The party that supports this ongoing genocide is also the same party (no name change – if the parties magically switched, wouldn’t there be a call for a name change?!?) that voted against civil rights for the black man for 99 years following said war, and even when voting FOR such civil rights, affirmed these rights with a lower % than the other party.

    The party that supports this ongoing genocide is also the same party (no name change – if the parties magically switched, wouldn’t there be a call for a name change?!?) that launched the KKK.

    The party that supports this ongoing genocide is also the same party (no name change – if the parties magically switched, wouldn’t there be a call for a name change?!?) that has destroyed the black family for nearly 50 years by keeping them on the Welfare Plantation, per Democrat LBJ’s proclamation: “I’ll have those ni&&ers voting Democrat for two-hundred years.”

    Can’t be a Democrat and be a Christian at the same time. Christians serve the God of Life and Light (John 14:6), while Democrats serve the devil of death and darkness through abortion.

    • Nidalap

      The two partys are starting to become indistinguishable from each other now, though.

      It’s kind of like the WWE. Pro wrestlers pretend to be in groups violently opposed for the audience. After the show, they’re just all one group…

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        True, but their party platforms and voting records are almost completely the opposite on abortion, with rare exceptions. For the past 7 years, in particular, there have been almost no crossovers in all of the many votes on the Sanctity of Life, which includes abortion, euthanasia, stem cells, etc.

        So, even if they do not push hard enough, the GOP doctrine is at least correct, despite running a closet Democrat this year.

        Lots of cowards on both sides of the political spectrum – and especially in the Church, which will not be held guiltless – but at least the Standard is Life. And we see more progress at the state level, and more pastors ARE speaking up too – finally.

      • Peter Leh

        “The two partys are starting to become indistinguishable from each other now,though.

        kind of like the WWE. Pro wrestlers pretend to be in groups violently
        opposed for the audience. After the show, they’re just all one group…”

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    I can’t tell if the pastor is being serious or not but what he says should make absolute perfect sense to the Trump supporters because he’s saying the same thing they are. Anybody criticizing his reasoning can NOT be supporting Trump with the same reasoning without being a HUGE hypocrite.

  • ComeOnPeople!

    Good thing free thinkers even Christians who are free to think for themselves don’t vote via someone else’s views. Most free thinkers will study up & then vote. Oh and by the way it is God who sets up and God who tears down all for HIS end goal.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Christians must never vote for someone who blasphemes, kills unwanted babies in wombs, or promote sexual immorality. Americans are not poor and do not need free stuff from the Democrats. People simply have to work hard to obtain daily bread in America. What is all the land for?

  • Stephen Anderson

    The Gospel Coalition has been following the same path as Mark Driscoll. That path ends in destruction.
    The Democratic Party is committed to the shedding of innocent blood, the destruction of the family, and the elimination of real Christianity. Trump is an unknown with bad manners. So the TGC prefers the party of Antichrist?

  • Seniorsquadldr

    Go Donald! Crush the Satanists of the Establishment.

  • clean, crime free America

    Once church leaders start thinking of themselves as intellectually superior to the unwashed voting masses they open the door to apostasy. The apostate PCUSA has embraced homosexuality and it seems every form of evil. Will the elites in the PCA follow? Tim Keller needs to wake up and purge his staff and coalition of God hating democrats and those that oppose Israel and are actively working for a Nimrod like globalism. The elites are being rejected all over the world because God has endowed us with the ability to hear truth by his Holy Spirit. Clean it up Tim Keller or become just another globalist pawn and useful idiot.

  • daveycrockett

    It figures that someone with a name like anyabwhile is a raving progressive, abortion and genocide promoting fan of the clinton crime syndicate. Trump is far from perfect, but a continuation of Obomba (i.e. Obomba 2.0 but more chicken hawkish) is not what is needed.