While You’re Eviscerating Dobson, Don’t Over Look the Real Problem – Evangelical Soteriology

By J.D. Hall - Posted at Polemics Report:

“He did accept a relationship with Christ. I know the person who led him to Christ, and that’s fairly recent … I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian.”
– James Dobson

Explaining away the vile, self-aggrandizing, penitent-less, sulfured stench wafting off the vapid moral character of the Republican presidential nominee, James Dobson explained that Donald Trump was a “baby Christian.” He explained that Trump “doesn’t know our language” and “didn’t grow up like we did” and therefore everyone should “cut him some slack.”

Perhaps the Focus on the Family founder was speaking of Trump’s explicit denial of ever having asked forgiveness. Perhaps Dobson was speaking of Trump’s attempt to soften the criticism regarding his verbal denial of repentance, claiming that taking communion is kind of like asking for forgiveness (it is, right?). Perhaps Dobson was speaking of Trump’s citations of “Two Corinthians.” Perhaps Dobson was speaking of Trump’s name-dropping of Positive Confession guru, Norman Vincent Peale, as his primary spiritual mentor. Maybe Dobson was speaking of Trump’s braggadocious, prideful embrace of a lifetime of adultery, whore mongering, greed, lying, bullying and blasphemy.

All of those may partially be implied, but Dobson was speaking of Trump’s failure – when speaking to leading evangelicals – to use terms like Jesus, prayer, Christianity, forgiveness, repentance, sin, Gospel, or other terms unique to the Christian faith. He did talk about the validity of religion, in general. As others pointed out Trump seemed like an agnostic duck out of Christian water, Dobson interjected that he knows the guy who led Trump to “accept a relationship with Christ.” It was recent, claims Dobson, but he believes based upon testimony that Trump has been born again.



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