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We’re extremely grateful for The Daily Wire and their exclusive interview with Michael Anthony on his thoughts about Donald Trump, Christianity and Religious Freedom. This interview is the result of Mike’s spontaneous interview with Dr. James Dobson that went viral about Mr. Trump allegedly giving his life to Christ recently.
Jesus finally has His day in court with the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes and Elders of Israel – and it doesn’t go well at all – or does it, after all? Explore the details of Jesus’ trial before the Sanhedrin, and understand why it happened exactly as it did.
– EXCLUSIVE –
INTERVIEW WITH DR. JAMES DOBSON
DID DONALD TRUMP RECENTLY ACCEPT CHRIST?
EXCLUSIVE: Q&A With Pastor Michael Anthony On Trump, Christianity, and Religious Freedom, The Daily Wire, released moments ago.
CNN LIVE: Michael was interviewed about his interview with Dr. James Dobson that went viral. Continue reading this blog for more commentary, and to listen to the actual audio interview that got the conversation started.
I’m thrilled about how widely the story is being spread – not because I care about clicks on this blog, but because I care about the message of this blog. And that message is this: Regardless of what somebody thinks about Donald Trump and whether he did or didn’t surrender his life to Christ, salvation is real and available to all. What excites me isn’t the political discussion, but the spiritual one — all across the country, people are talking about how Jesus saves. And Christians, I hope, are praying and repenting – as I urge at the end of this piece – not just for Trump but also for our nation. My prayer is that we would, as a church, embrace repentance and welcome revival to our land. Because it is urgently needed. (This is a key reason why the upcoming October 30 – November 6 National Week of Repentance is so vital, and why that is so heavily on my heart. Visit RevivalMatters.com to participate and spread the word).
If you have a moment, help keep the conversation going and share this blog – or one of the stories linked to above. Let’s flood the web and social media with the truth that all of us — from presidential candidates to ourselves – need not only to accept Jesus, but to worship and follow Him. If, after all the debate, we miss this important truth, we will have missed THE REAL STORY. That, would be tragic.
And, no, this is not an endorsement of Donald Trump or any political candidate. It is to bring the Bible to bear on a relevant topic for everyone, so we can all THINK, PRAY and live for Christ in a day when doing so is very much out of fashion . . .
I WAS AT TUESDAY’S HISTORIC “CONVERSATION WITH DONALD TRUMP AND BEN CARSON” at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway. About 1,000 evangelical leaders attended this historic event. While there, I met Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk. I asked Dr. Dobson his views on the meeting and he shared some things that will not only blow your mind, but should also have you on your knees, praying for Mr. Trump and our country with a fresh perspective. Click here or below to listen to this “you heard it here first” interview.
MY THOUGHTS, WITH A CHALLENGE TO ALL CHRISTIANS, ARE BELOW . . .
Dr. James Dobson claims that Donald Trump recently gave his life to Jesus Christ as his Savior. If true, this could be a game-changer. in how you pray for Mr. Trump and the United States.
I was also interviewed along by the American Family Association, here. My comments come at the end. Here it is:
And, Cortney O’Brien from Townhall.com interviewed me on my thoughts. You can read the interview here.
I remember when I accepted Christ, it took me two years to begin to understand what God did in me. Two years. My walk with Christ was more akin to a crock pot than a microwave. It is for many Christians. And then, even when we think we are walking with Christ we have blindsides. I think anyone who doesn’t realize this doesn’t really understand the depth of our sinfulness.
In regard to Trump, I think – if he really accepted Christ – that it is important to understand 1 Timothy 1:12-16:
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”
Saul wasn’t at all like Christ when he began his journey. He spent 14 years in Arabia, so that God could get a hold of him before he began ministering as “Paul.” See Galatians 1. Often, we expect instantaneous change – complete and absolute change – in a person. When, in reality, God’s work is often gradual. It is often dramatic in some areas, and subtle in others. If Trump really gave his life to Christ, it is already changing – in ways that neither you nor I can see, but God sees. And, people closest to him, will see. It can take a long time to see a dramatic change in someone who has so dramatically missed it. But, in the end, haven’t we all, if we are really honest?
Check out Acts 9:26-27:
“When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.”
If God gets a hold of Trump, it won’t be the first time people didn’t believe it. It won’t be the first time that a terrible person who lived completely against Christ, came to know him. Saul, who became Paul, is a great example. I’m not saying Trump is a real believer. I don’t know. But if he is, there will eventually be fruit. In the meantime, it’s not surprising to see people be skeptical. They were with Saul/Paul until they could begin to see his change in behavior. If you are a Christian, pray for Trump. See 1 Timothy 2:1-5. It’s not a suggestion. It’s a command to do so for all who really know Christ. In fact, anyone who doesn’t believe they weren’t a terrible person, a sinner, before accepting Christ, doesn’t really understand the Gospel. One sin is all it takes to make one a sinner, in need of forgiveness.
Pray for Trump, whether he really accepted Christ or not. He needs it. Let’s not make excuses for him, but let’s also not belittle what God can do through a man.
Is one gullible to believe God could save and transform Donald Trump? Maybe so. But, then again, God has done so in the past. Maybe, just maybe, believing it’s possible is to believe more in God than in man after all. This is what it means to pray for change, see it happen, and then believe that God could do what man cannot. This is what biblical faith looks like, after all.
To those who keep screaming about “tolerance,” and rail against hatred – are you intolerant and hateful? Do you love your enemy, as Jesus commanded? Or, are you selective in who you love, editing the commands of Jesus? Do you love only progressives? Only conservatives? Jesus commands you to love everyone – especially your enemies – if you say you “follow” Him. We are to love our enemies and pray for them.
And when you pray for your enemy do you pray with bitterness and hatred or true concern, compassion and brokenness? The whole idea of praying for an enemy is to pray without enmity. If you pray with enmity for an enemy, you miss the whole point.
Pray for Trump. Regardless of where he stands with God, it’s not stupid to pray for him and believe God can transform him. It’s actually exactly what biblical praying and faith looks like. if you ridicule this practice you don’t understand the Bible in the most basic of ways, and are, in the final analysis, a very poor Christ “follower.”
There’s something powerful about going through the Bible verse-by-verse. Eventually, every conceivable topic gets covered. The Bible remains a timeless, practical handbook for life. This is why I practice what’s known as “expository” preaching. Even if I am doing a topical message, I teach it from the Bible, verse-by-verse. I simply think God has said more than I could ever say. Yesterday, I reached a milestone, delivering my 101st expository message through the Gospel of Luke. It might surprise you to learn that Bible reading plans concern me. Deeply.
Is your Bible reading plan turning you into a Pharisee? If you’re not careful, it could. In fact, it may have already done so. That’s not the really scary thing. What’s more scary is that it may have happened and you may not realize it.
If you or I had to face a Pharisee in an Old Testament knowledge contest, I’d put my money on the Pharisee. With the modern equivalent of a PhD in Old Testament, the Pharisees had it down.
There were about 6,000 Pharisees during the time of Christ (Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus) – but consider this:
When you really take time to think about it, this is outright disturbing.
The problem with Bible reading plans is that they focus on speed and quantity. When we focus on reading through the Bible in a year, or thirty days, or whatever self-imposed timeline we may embrace, we miss the objective out of the gate. If the foundation is askew, the roofline will follow.
The Pharisees read the Old Testament – often. Think about what Pharisees did with their “Bible.” They . . .
So, you’d think the Pharisees would be über-prepared for the arrival of Jesus, able to recognize Him from a mile away. Nope. They not only missed Him, but also resisted Him. Ironic? Tragic. If you’re not careful, this could happen to you.
Luke 24:27 teaches that all of the Old Testament is about Jesus:
John 1:1-2 says
Then, in John 1:14, we read these words about Jesus that should stop us in our tracks every single time we revisit them:
Tragically, when the Word who became flesh arrived on the scene – the very One about Whom the Old Testament is written – the Pharisees not only missed Him, but they were also strategic in having Him crucified. Ouch.
Is your Bible reading plan producing a modern-day Pharisee? Are you merely becoming increasingly familiar with the Bible, but missing Jesus – and the application of Jesus – to your own life and the lives of people with whom you encounter?
Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me . . . ” (John 5:39)
YES, READ YOUR BIBLE. Just make sure you think deeply about what you read, and apply it to your life as if your life depends upon it. In many instances, it does.
The purpose of all Bible reading and study, all sermons and all listening to the Bible is to encounter Jesus Christ – and to be transformed in the process so that we don’t merely learn about Him, but become more like Him. This is what it means to be a “Christian,” which means “little Christ.” We cannot become like Christ in nature, but the whole point of following Him is so that we become like Him in character.
James 1:22 says it well:
Are you courageous or cowardly? This message will build your faith, as you come to understand the tremendous significance of Jesus being seated at the right hand of His Father. The consequences for you, a believer, are huge. This message will help you say goodby to fear and hello to courage. It’s a great one to share with friends!