In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC, U.S. President Barak Obama stated his view of “the central message of the gospel” as follows: “that we treat everybody as children of God, that we love them the way Jesus Christ taught us to love them” (“Obama Speaks to the Central Message of the Gospel,” blog.Godreports.com, Mar, 13, 2013).
Obama said that a visit with Billy Graham in 2010 led to a greater passion in his devotional life, particularly in regard to prayer, and he says that he takes calls from two megachurch pastors, Joel Hunter and T.D. Jakes, but a man who holds a false gospel cannot be a true Christian.
The apostle Paul received the gospel directly from Jesus Christ as follows: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). The gospel states that all men are lost sinners and that salvation is only through personal faith in the cross-work of Christ and His bodily resurrection.
Obama holds a universalist gospel whereby all men are children of God and multiple religions are paths to an ill-defined God. Since they were named by Obama in this interview, we call on Billy Graham, Joel Hunter, and T.D. Jakes to condemn Obama’s false gospel so as to clarify the truth in the minds and hearts of the multitudes of people who are in danger of being confused as to the nature of true Christianity and the way of salvation. Of course, we won’t hold our breath waiting for this to happen!
(Friday Church News Notes, March 22, 2013, www.wayoflife.org)