Tuesday, March 13, 2018

You can't make this stuff up....

Let us consider mega-church pastor Robert Jeffress. From his wiki bio:
Robert James Jeffress, Jr. (born November 29, 1955) is an American Southern Baptist (Evangelical), best-selling author, and radio and television host. Jeffress hosts the program, Pathway to Victory, which is broadcast on more than 1,200 television stations in the United States and 28 other countries. He also has a daily radio program, Pathway to Victory, which is heard on 900 stations and broadcast live in 195 countries. He is the pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
Last night, pastor Jeffress appeared on Fox News. (Apparently he is a regular contributor. I never watch, so I don't know how often he is resident.) His mission was to explain why reports that President Trump had an adulterous affair with porn star Stormy Daniels seem to have no impact on his evangelical support.

Jeffress argued that “evangelicals know they’re not compromising their beliefs in order to support this great president” and that Trump’s personal behavior is “totally irrelevant” because he is displaying “strong leadership” and promoting their political agenda.

Jeffress also argues that "Evangelicals know they didn't elect an altar boy" and "Christianity is all about forgiveness."

The latter point, while true, is often used as a blunt instrument. You could say of anyone that "we knew he wasn't an altar boy" and "we are all about forgiveness." It's an offer tantamount to a carte blanche to those to whom it is selectively extended.

Color me skeptical that Jeffress would be as open minded if the president was a Democrat. Color me unsurprised that while he talks the talk about forgiveness, the silence is deafening in regards to the very Christian doctrine that forgiveness does not preclude consequences.

You can see the video here.

Atheists can't harm Christianity. Muslims can't harm Christianity. Only Christians can harm Christianity.


  1. To paraphrase - "For what does it profit a man to gain access to the White House and forfeit his soul?

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    2. I deleted my comment because I realized I was just paraphrasing your comment! (On first reading I missed the word access.)

  2. And Mr. Trump, while running for President, said that he hadn't asked God for forgiveness, and didn't need to, and a Liberty University crowd applauded: