A.J. Castellitto
A lament for the tragic state of the fraudulent Christian
By A.J. Castellitto
March 13, 2017

The penalty for impersonating a police officer is imprisonment up to five years, give or take a few.

The penalty for practicing medicine without a license can often range anywhere between one to eight years in prison, depending upon the severity of the offense.

The penalty for impersonating a Christian? God will make the final ruling on that one...

"And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness." Matthew 7:23

The question must be asked. Are we guilty of impersonating a Christian?

Are we faithful representatives? Are we acquainted with the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Does it compel us to resist the common wisdom of our day?

Blessed are those that stand up and speak out with charity and dignity. Barronelle Stutzman is one of those precious ones standing up before God and man.


Christians must remain mindful and vigilant, knowing the struggle and warfare against sin to be a perpetual, existential reality of true life. On the flipside, we must guard our consciences against the bondage of legalism. Righteousness lies not in us, but in the grace bestowed by the One we serve.

We can never serve Him perfectly. Like the prodigal son, we may even go astray for a season, but be certain we will come crawling back. Assuredly, we will be received in the arms of a loving Savior.


The 'Christian' tag is thrown around way too loosely these days. It is not something we could ever earn. It's not something that can be blindly tainted and diluted by some liberal philosophy.

The knowing must precede the doing. The word of truth can never fill our hearts if we are unwilling to truly hear it. If the Bible remains closed so will our hearts. God's plan is simple. It needn't conform to the times, only to our minds...

And ultimately our hearts.


*America has stood as a beacon of liberty to the world because our Constitution protects people's freedom to peacefully – and publicly – work and live according to their convictions.


More than 75 prominent religious and thought leaders have come together as charter signatories of "Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercion," a statement that affirms every American's freedom to peacefully live their lives according to their beliefs...

Daniel L. Akin

President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Anthony Allen

President, Hannibal-LaGrange University

Jason K. Allen

President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ryan T. Anderson

William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Bruce Riley Ashford

Provost, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Mark L. Bailey

President, Dallas Theological Seminary

Robert Benne

Institute of Lutheran Theology

Gerard V. Bradley

Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

Rick Brewer

President, Louisiana College

Michael Bryant

Executive Vice President, Charleston Southern University

Thomas Buchanan

Senior Editor, Touchstone Magazine

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

Author and speaker

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput

Archbishop of Philadelphia, Chairman, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

D. A. Carson

President, The Gospel Coalition

Joshua D. Chatraw

Executive Director, Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, Liberty University

Derry Connolly

President, John Paul the Great Catholic University

Barry K. Creamer

President, Criswell College

Jim Daly

President, Focus on the Family

Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane

Bishop of Venice, Chairman, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development

Kevin DeYoung

Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church (East Lansing, Mich.)

David S. Dockery

President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Daniel J. Egeler, EdD

President, Association of Christian Schools International

Rev. Wilbur David Ellsworth

Pastor, Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church (Warrenville, Ill.)

Anthony Esolen

Professor of English, Providence College

Tony Evans

Founder and Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Founder and President, The Urban Alternative

William Fahey

President, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Gene C. Fant, Jr.

Provost, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Thomas Farr

Professor of the Practice of Religion and International Affairs, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Robert A. J. Gagnon

Associate Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith

President, Aquinas College

Robert P. George

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University and Former Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Timothy George

Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

David Goodwin

President, Association of Classical Christian Schools

Franklin Graham

President/CEO, Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Loren Gresham

President, Southern Nazarene University

Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison

President, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Anne Hendershott

Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, Franciscan University of Steubenville

James Hitchcock

Professor of History, St. Louis University

Edith M. Humphrey

William F. Orr Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church (Beltsville, Md.); Presiding Bishop, International Communion of Evangelical Churches

John Jackson

President, William Jessup University

David Lyle Jeffry

Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities, Honors Program, Baylor University

Philip W. Kell

President, California Baptist Foundation

Jerry A. Johnson

President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters

Daniel R. Kempton, Ph.D.

Vice President, Academic Affairs, Franciscan University of Steubenville

James M. Kushiner

Executive Director, Fellowship of St. James/Executive Editor, Touchstone Magazine

Peter J. Leithart

President, Theopolis Institute

Stephen D. Livesay

President, Bryan College

Most Rev. William E. Lori

Archbishop of Baltimore, Chairman, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty

Fred Luter

Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church (New Orleans, LA) and Former President, Southern Baptist Convention

John MacArthur

President, The Master's University & Seminary

Barbara C. McMillin

President, Blue Mountain College

Benjamin R. Merkle

President, New Saint Andrews University

Eric Metaxas

Author and Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

C. Ben Mitchell

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Union University

Albert Mohler

President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Russell Moore

President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Jeff Myers

President, Summit Ministries

Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J.

Bishop of Youngstown, Chairman, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education

Bradley Nassiff

Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Northpark University

Samuel W. "Dub" Oliver

President, Union University

Paige Patterson

President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Everett Piper

President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Leon J. Podles

President, Crossland Foundation

Mary Podles

Author and Art Historian

Patrick Henry Reardon

Pastor, All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church (Chicago)

Patrick J. Reilly

President, The Cardinal Newman Society

R. R. Reno

Editor, First Things

John Mark Reynolds

President, Saint Constantine School (Houston)

Jay Richards

Assistant Research Professor, The Busch School of Business and Economics, The Catholic University of America

Samuel Rodriguez

President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Hispanic Evangelical Association

Mike Rouse

President, American Association of Christian Schools

William Saxby

Dean, School of Humanities, Colorado Christian University

Alan Sears

President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

Rev. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR

President, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Robert B. Sloan

President, Houston Baptist University

Kevin L. Smith

Executive Director, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware

Robert Smith, Jr.

Charles T. Carter Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

Timothy L. Smith

President, University of Mobile

John Stonestreet

President, Colson Center for Christian Worldview

Carol M. Swain

Professor of Law and Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Justin Taylor

Author, editor, blogger, The Gospel Coalition

Peter W. Teague

President, Lancaster Bible College/Capital Seminary and Graduate School

H. James Towey

President, Ave Maria University

Todd Wagner

Pastor of Watermark Church

Roland C. Warren

President & CEO, Care Net

George Weigel

Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center

James Emery White

Pastor, Mecklenburg Community Church (Charlotte, N.C.)

David W. Whitlock

President, Oklahoma Baptist University

Thomas White

President, Cedarville University

Carl E. Zylstra

Executive Director, Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities

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