Is Barack Obama a Christian?

Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs with Liberty Counsel, believes many Americans will be shocked to find out just how radical some of Obama’s positions are on social issues.

I certainly cannot judge whether or not Barack Obama has a relationship with Christ. That’s between him and God, and only they know that. However, scripture tells us that you will be known by your fruits, and here Barack Obama is promoting counter-biblical, anti-Christian policies. [These are] policies that elevate deviant sexual behaviors and dangerous sexual behaviors that are destructive spiritually, physically and emotionally, and certainly — when embraced as Barack Obama has embraced them — are destructive societally. For all the talk of hope, change and coming together, it’s becoming abundantly clear that Barack Obama’s administration will be the most leftist, divisive, and discriminatory in recent memory.

Barber is essentially correct, but the whole idea of “having a relationship with Jesus” clouds the issue. Of course, Obama has a relationship with Jesus. We all do. Even enemies of Christ have a “relationship” with Jesus — that of an enemy!

A good question to ask here is whether it says anywhere in scripture that we are to judge someone’s salvation, and whether it’s on the basis of their “relationship with Jesus.” We substituted “personal relationship” in the 1960s for theological words such as regeneration, justification and sanctification — none of which comes without the others in salvation. We can’t know if someone is regenerate or justified, but we can measure the attainment of sanctification by whether basic doctrines and biblical commandments are being kept.

Does Obama think the whole Bible is the inspired inerrant Word of God?

He admits he has doubts about this.

Does he believe abortion is child murder?

No, he does not. To say that is above his pay grade.

That is how we should phrase the argument. Let’s forget about subjective, post-modernist terms like “a personal relationship with Jesus.” I’ll leave you with some thoughts on this by the inimitable Keith Green.

– Jay Rogers

Some Inventions Of Man That Have Become Essential Parts Of the Modern Gospel

The Term and Concept of “Personal Savior.” I find it very disturbing when something unnecessary is added to the Gospel. The use of the term “Personal Savior” isn’t very harmful in itself, but it shows a kind of mind-set that is willing to “invent” terms, and then allow these terms to be preached as if they were actually found in the Bible.

But why must we do this? Why must we add needless, almost meaningless things to the Gospel? It is because we’ve taken so much out that we have to replace it with “spiritual double talk.”

That’s right, double talk! Would you ever introduce your sister like this: “This is Sheila, my personal sister”?! Or would you point to your navel and say, “This is my personal bellybutton”? Ridiculous! But nevertheless, people solemnly speak of Christ as their personal Savior, as if they’ve got Him right there in their shirt pocket – and as if when He returns, He will not have two, but three titles written across His thigh: King of kings, Lord of lords, and PERSONAL SAVIOR! (See Rev. 19:16.) This is only one example of how a non-biblical term can be elevated to reverence by the Church, as if to say, “Well even if it isn’t in the Bible – it should be!”

- Keith Green, “What’s Wrong With the Gospel? Section 2: The Added Parts”

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