Robert Jeffress has catapulted himself to the head of the class of Southern Baptist preachers over the last few years by spewing a steady stream of inane statements and his new book continues that pattern. In a typical mix of end times theology and stupidity, he says:
For the first time in history a president of our country has openly proposed altering one of society’s (not to mention God’s) most fundamental laws: that marriage should be between a man and a woman. While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God’s law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God’s laws without any repercussions.
Funny, that’s exactly what the defenders of slavery said, that the drive for abolition “openly proposed altering one of society’s (not to mention God’s) most fundamental laws.” And they had every bit as strong case. The Bible endorses slavery repeatedly and attributes it to God’s explicit and direct command. And that whole religious freedom idea, isn’t that a clearly violation of one of “God’s most fundamental laws”? I mean, it’s very first commandment.
And Jeffress’ ideological predecessors at the time of the Constitution made exactly that argument, that the ban on religious tests for office and extension of religious freedom to non-Christians was a violation of God’s law and would bring down his wrath upon us all. The same arguments get used over and over again in opposition to every single advance in freedom and equality in our nation’s history and the Christian right has been on the wrong side in every single one of them.
Though Pastor Robert Jeffress insists that he doesn’t think that President Obama is the Antichrist, he does make the assertion that Obama’s policies are opening the door for the Antichrist in his newest book, Perfect Ending. The Dallas, Tex., based pastor of First Baptist Church has been warning his congregation about Obama for years.
“Although President Obama is certainly not the Antichrist, his policies are paving the way for the Antichrist,” explained Jeffress in a press release from his publisher.
Shouldn’t Jeffress be happy about this? I mean, the Antichrist has to come so that Christ returns, right? From his perspective, shouldn’t this be a really, really good thing?