Is Obama A Christian?

Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by admin on 30-09-2010

First let me a knowledge that where I am about to take us will certainly be controversial, and considered by some risky and treacherous territory.

And let me also be clear……….even though I claim Christianity as my own personal theology, this is in no way meant to advocate, condone, or otherwise show bias for or against any other religious belief. I’m just making a case.

Just as much as you can’t take a Mercedes emblem and slap it on an Audi, and make the Audi a Benz, because both cars are distinct by their design, and manufacturers – so also Christianity has its own set of clear and absolute characteristics that define it as a belief system, and thus make it impossible for someone to BE a Christian, just by slapping on the Christian emblem.

Jesus Himself knew, that in His day…..and all the days to come…… there would be those who would – for various reasons – make the claim that they were one of His followers. So he created criteria that would be spiritual as well as physical – that remain crystal clear, and unambiguous – making it easier for someone to identify themselves or others as truly being “Christian”.

I accept Jesus’ straight forward claim to be the “only way” as fact. Others don’t. But again……accepting this belief system as your own personal conviction, is not at issue here. DEFINING someone as one of Jesus’ followers – using Jesus’ own rules, is!

Recognizing the potential risk and pitfalls, I will do the sensible thing, and base my comments, perspective, and analysis on direct quotes and exact teaching of the one single man upon whom Christianity – in its only true sense is based – Jesus Christ.

Whether or not you agree or disagree with the precepts of how Jesus structured the belief system that bears his name, is irrelevant. What matters here, is that just like the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Jewish faith, there are rules of “membership” that define each………rules that MUST be followed, if one is to lay legitimate claim as being a “true believer” of that faith.

A man once told me “Ron, you can argue with me all you like. But you can’t argue with God.” So I will move forward on my personal belief that Jesus is God. And therefore, I commit to confine and constrain everything here solidly within the guard rails of what Jesus himself has been documented to say…… and thereby avoid personal speculation and opinion.

The question…….. “Is the current President of these United States a Christian?”

IF that question were answerable, it would partially resolve by default questions about him having a different belief system – most popularly, the Muslim religion. But alas, there are only two individuals that can answer that question without any doubt – the first is God, and the second is the President himself.

However impossible that question may be to resolve with absolute certainty, it certainly doesn’t prevent us from performing some diagnostics – implementing hard, fast, and non-negotiable criteria…………criteria laid down by Jesus Himself…..then applying those results to extract an informed supposition.

There are three absolutes that Jesus himself set down as being the foundational criteria for determining a legitimate state of “being” Christian…..whether it be for yourself, or for someone else. And ironically it has been the simplicity of this criteria that has caused it to be dismissed by so many. “Oh, come on, it couldn’t possibly be that easy.” Well, according to the man Jesus, it is.

THE PREREQUISITE

So here then is the absolute bottom line definition of whether someone is or is not “Christian”…………….

1. Do you believe Jesus is the son of God?
2. Do you believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection paid the price for the sins of every human
being that has, or ever will, live?
3. Have you – with a sincere heart – confessed “Lord Jesus I am a sinner and I ask you to be
my personal Savior?”

If the answer to those three questions is “yes”,” yes”, and “yes”, then by the standards that Jesus himself set down, the person giving those answers can be absolutely certain that he or she is – by Jesus’ own definition – a genuine follower of His……a Christian.

However, common sense will tell us that if anyone wants to deceive someone else (or even themselves) by gratuitously answering “yes” to all three questions, it would be very easy to do. It’s obvious that Jesus anticipated this very potential. Because several times in the New Testament He specifically warns his followers about “false prophets”, comparing them to “wolves in sheep’s clothing”.

So, fortunately, he expounded on the 1 2 3 rule, and included additional and itendifiable criteria to help further define His genuine adopters – and thereby protect His true followers from being misled by “false teachers”. These “peripherals” are in truth unmovable cornerstones……so that if just ONE is changed or removed in any way, you no longer have Christianity……….and you are left with something totally and absolutely different.

THE MACHANICS

1. Jesus defined himself as being the one and only – completely singular way – to salvation. He says in John 14:6
“I am the way the truth and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.”

That statement is completely straight forward and unambiguous. There is no room for interpretation. Jesus says that if you want to be saved by him – and thereby qualifying with his standards as a Christian – you can’t depend upon anyone else to save you. Your salvation doesn’t depend on anyone but Him………….and certainly not a GROUP of others, as is taught in the philosophy of “Collective” salvation.

That is to say, your salvation is personal……between you and Jesus himself – NOT as the President has repeatedly said “… my salvation depends upon the collective salvation of everyone else…” According to Jesus, “salvation” is personal – one-on-one – NOT a group effort. FATAL ERROR # 1

2. “You are saved by faith alone. Not by your works.” Here’s another pretty cut and dry assertion by Jesus that is stated at least 12 times in the New Testament – 6 times in the book of Romans – 4 times in the book of Galatians – and at least 1 time each in Ephesians and Philippians.

Jesus’ rule – not mine – you are saved by FAITH – believing in Jesus alone……..PERIOD. You are not saved by what you do……… or as the New Testament puts it “your works “. And Jesus gives the reason why he set it up that way in 1 Corinthians 1:29 “…so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” In simple terms, He didn’t want anybody to brag about saving HIMSELF……because it is Jesus that does the “saving”……..not the individual.

The president has surrounded himself with very articulate advocates of what is known as Black Liberation Theology. This is a theological concept that was actually invented by Rev. James Cone. And at its core, Black Liberation Theology demands, that to achieve your salvation you must make amends – the white man must give back to the black man all that he has stolen. It is all about reparations – it is all about taking from the “rich” and giving to the “poor” – it is all about redistribution of wealth.

Proponents of Black Liberation Theology contend that that is what Jesus taught. It is impossible for that to be farther from the truth. Jesus taught “charity”……..not taxation!

This “theology” of taking from the rich and redistributing it, is championed by advisors to, and familiars of the president, like Rev. Jeremiah Wright, (who married the president and his wife) – Rev. Michael Phleger – Rev. Al Sharpton, and of course Pres. Obama’s own personal spiritual advisor Rev. Jim Wallis.

But even though Jesus makes it clear that to consider yourself a Christian (and consequently saved), that you are saved by FAITH in Him alone – NOT by works (or the things you do – or don’t do)…….. Jesus also makes it very clear that if your faith in Him is true and genuine, it will be accompanied by outwardly visible “good works”……. by saying in James 2:20 “faith without works is dead faith”. It’s that whole “walk the talk” thing.

So anyone who continues to advance the proposition that you are saved by what you do or don’t do, is making a claim that completely contradicts what Jesus himself laid down as a primary ground rule. FATAL ERROR # 2

There are certainly any number of additional bits of circumstantial evidence in the Presidents statements. There is his April 2008 insult to Americans saying that they “are bitter and cling to their guns and religion” – his June 28th 2006 speech to Rev. Jim Wallis’s “Call To Renewal” conference, where he mocked the Bible and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – or his proclamation, that the United States is not a Christian nation.

But all those remain – at best – circumstantial, and not in and of themselves an indictment of the President’s professed Christianity.

There is however one thing that more that casts serious doubt on the authenticity of Obama’s Christianity, as taught by Jesus Himself………………and it is in the President’s own words…….words that I can say with absolute certainty, would NEVER be uttered by a “Jesus” Christian…………

In a 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, President Obama said, “I believe that there are many paths to the same place.” And “All people of faith – Christians, Jews, Muslims, Animists, EVERYONE – knows the same God.” FATAL ERROR # 3

This completely contradicts Jesus’ definition of who He Himself is – as stated in the previously mentioned John 14:6 statement – “I am the way the truth and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.”

This position of “many paths to the same place” – this perspective, is anathema to Jesus’ teachings. It is simply not possible to be any more at odds with the singularly most profound tenant of the Christian belief system.

I’m certainly not a Bible scholar. And I would never run the risk of passing judgment on anyone’s Christianity. What I CAN say, is that if and when anyone professing to be a Christian to ME, says “My salvation depends on others.” and “There are MANY ways to God.” I cannot believe that they understand what Jesus said then, and continues to teach today

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