Power really does corrupt. And absolute power does corrupt absolutely. It’s one of the reasons that I don’t want to see the Religious Right get power. Because, you see, they honestly believe that whereas human nature may be sinful, theirs isn’t (20:34+). . . .
Later on I watched pastors sell out for power. I watched pastors that I trusted say things that they never would have said if it had not been for the power. And I began to realize that there are two views of human beings but the second — which is the biblical view — is certainly true of me also. The reason I don’t want the Religious Right to get power is because they don’t understand what I just taught you. And that is, that human beings are basically evil — that includes Jerry Falwell, it includes Jim Dobson, it includes me and it includes you — but we have a proclivity for good (23:31+).
Reformed Theological Seminary lecture, “Grace in the Church“