Recently the idea of Trump “accepting Jesus” has been floated around the Christian blogosphere, talk shows, and various other Evangelical media circles. Trump’s acceptance of Christ as Savior has been highly theorized in part by an interview given by Dr James Dobson were he stated in the interview the following “He [Trump] 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.” (Listen to the interview below) While this sounds great to many in Evangelicalism who care not to be discerning and who want just to get along under one big tent. For those with discernment and who care about what it means to be a “Christian” Trump’s “acceptance of Christ” brings us more questions than gives answers.
For starters, one of the questions I asked myself when hearing this interview of Dobson is why was Dobson unwilling to specify who lead Trump to Christ? Also, on that topic during the interview, Dobson stated he did not know the details exactly on what Trump said or when Trump “accepted” Jesus. All he knows is he (Dobson) believes that Trump has made a commitment. This point should raise a serious red flag to anyone thinking that Trump is somehow a now Christian. Exactly who or what did Trump commit too?
The fact that Dobson is so evasive on stating who lead Trump to Christ is concerning. Considering the number of big named evangelicals, in name only, that were present at this meeting with trying to represent their version of Jesus one has to wonder which Jesus did Trump choose? Was it the Christ of the Bible or was it the Christ of Trump’s choosing? When the big evangelical names in attendance include false teachers like Paula White, New Age psychology promoting Tony Perkins, ecumenical Jerry Farwell Jr, NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) promoting Samuel Rodriguez Jr, and all the way to confetti cannon baptismal Ronnie Floyd; one needs to question which Jesus did Trump accept? While Trump may have made a commitment to a “jesus” without knowing any of the details of what that conversion or what commitment entails we are left only to believe what Dobson tells us and not actually what Trump is telling us.
Which brings me to my other question; I have been asking myself in the recent days’ since Trump’s supposed acceptance of Christ, why hasn’t Trump come forth and made a statement? Even back during the closing statements during the meetings of evangelicals standing with Trump, Trump did not come forth to make a statement or make a proclamation of his newfound faith. Instead, he stood behind Evangelical spokesman occasionally giving the thumbs-up. Why? If Trump truly made a commitment to Christ, why not say something about it? I am not saying Trump had to give a full explanation of his newfound faith, but something should have been said by him. This quietness makes me wonder, is Trump ashamed of his new found faith? Is Trump confused about what it means to be a Christian? Or could it be he does not know what or who he committed to because those who supposedly led him to Christ are not aware of the biblical Christ themselves? It has been several days now since Trump’s meeting with top evangelicals, and he is still mum about his supposed conversion to Christianity. I have a sneaking suspicion that this silence will continue. As I have stated in past articles, blogs, and podcasts, I believe Trump will say and do anything he needs to do to win. Including inviting a bunch of “evangelicals” to a meeting and supposedly accept Christ and in the name of winning the White House.
While listening to the interview with James Dobson something I have observed within Evangelicalism is the quick willingness to accept someone as a Christian with no proof of that person’s conversion. The Bible clearly teaches that we are to test all things, does this not also apply to someone’s claim of conversion to the faith? The Bible also clearly says that we shall know them by their fruit. While in fairness Dobson did say that he believes Trump to be a “baby Christian,” we still need to examine the fruit of Trump’s conversion. Is that conversion producing the fruit of a Christian? Regardless of being a “baby Christian” there will be signs of regeneration in a person. Have there been any indications in the past couple of days? It seems that Trump has been silent on the whole affair. We will have to see in the coming weeks and months if those signs of true regeneration are apparent within Trump or was this just another false conversion claimed by a fake group of supposed Christians and evangelicals trying to push their version of unbiblical Christianity onto unknowing Christians?
As biblical and discerning Christians we need to be cautious when jumping on the ever so popular “American Evangelical bandwagon.” We need to examine and take seriously the claims that people make when they say they are a Christian. More, in particular, we need to take extra time when somebody makes the claim that someone is a Christian for someone else, and we do not hear it from that person’s lips. We always need to match what they are claiming to what the Word of God states is a Biblical Christian.
Richard is the founder of Cross†Roads Radio and host of the Cross†Roads Radio Show. Which can be heard here.