Print Blog Article

Santorum Should Not Back Down on Obama's Theology

Wed, Feb. 22, 2012 Posted: 07:20 AM


Should We Be Concerned With A Leader's Belief System?

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has finally opened the right (or should we say Rev. Jeremiah Wright) can of worms, and the hope is that he not back down from raising the question! He has NEVER actually been questioned or challenged about his claim to Christianity simply because the vast majority of those in the media who have had the opportunity to address the issue either are basically pagan or cultural Christians who do not know the basic tenets of salvation themselves. This includes the so-called conservative personalities on the FOX News cable network. Overall, the general consensus is to not challenge anyone's claim to the Christian faith; however, what a person believes will affect what he thinks, and ultimately will manifest in their actions.

Most recently, Santorum sternly criticized President Obama's Christian authenticity, but has since began to turn away from a very serious theological rebuke in favor of a vague explanation challenging his allegiance to radical groups such as environmental extremists and animal rights activists. Question: can a true believer in Jesus Christ also believe that there are other ways to heaven beside Him?

In expressing his own views and position in the Christian faith, then state senator Barack Obama's interview with the Chicago-Sun-Times religion reporter Cathleen Falsani (now religion editor) reveals much. He plainly states that he believes that there are other ways to heaven; however, does this not contradict Jesus' proclamation in John 14:6 that "...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Even more, if President Obama sincerely believes that there are other ways to heaven, then he as well as any other professor of this doctrine stand firmly outside of what the Holy Scriptures prescribe in 1 John 4:1-3 (NKJV) ...

"1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world."

Now John's admonition brings very serious implications, but this was written strictly and solely to the Christian believer. Even one who claims that they believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior but still holds to the notion that there are other ways to God and heaven besides Him presents a stark indictment against his own personal testimony. When one confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh acknowledges that He was sent from God (John 3:16-17) to die for all humanity once and for all, and there is no other solution for man's salvation except through Him! On the other hand, any person who does not confess or refuses to acknowledge the unique position Jesus holds in this creation bears what John identifies as the spirit of the Antichrist. Not THE ANTICHRIST, but a spiritual kinship. Therefore, is this a justifiable concern? From President Obama's own mouth, it seems that he selected the Christian faith as one out of many belief systems, but has incorporated into his personal life the influences of several others.

Again, President Obama displayed a puzzling act when he demanded that all symbols in the Georgetown University auditorium representing the name of Jesus be covered before he spoke there. In particular, the pediment on the stage where he was to speak had the initials representing Jesus' name had to be covered. This university is run by the Jesuit order, and is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the nation! The question in this case is simple... "Why?" Was his request an act of humility? Hardly, but it would be an excellent question to ask! Perhaps he did not want to be photographed in such a setting with Jesus' name above him to avoid angering offending the Muslim faith since he had promised to use the power of his office as president to defend Islam. Should this also be a concern? Or perhaps within the environment of the academic elite, it would be inappropriate for a person of such high intellect and pedigree to condescend to the level of superstition and fairy tales. But even in this case, let us remember Jesus' dire warning in Mark 8:38...

"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

Finally, Christian leaders—elders, pastors, teachers, bishops, deacons, etc.—have the sacred duty to question and challenge the position of one who claims to be a believer in Christ. As the Apostle Paul explained to the church leaders at Corinth, he challenged them to withdraw themselves from the mother and son having been found to be what is interpreted to have been an incestuous relationship. When many of the Christian faith are afraid to challenge or judge a questionable testimony, there is a precedent that the man of God provided for us to follow. In addressing the matter, it appeared that some of the leaders were afraid to make a judgment. But Paul called them to their duty to make a judgment concerning the abominable affair as recorded in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13:

"What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked person from among you." (NIV)So as it is reserved for God to judge those outside of the church, the Christian community has an obligation to maintain order within the church as well as the Christian community itself! This includes erroneous Christian theology and its ensuing ideology.

In conclusion, Senator Santorum's effort to raise such a serious question should not be his own burden, but the duty of the church itself! For President Obama to be asked to explain his philosophy as well as his actions is not a political matter for the body of Christ, but a legitimate one for a person who so proudly travels to a foreign land and proclaim that America is no longer a Christian nation! For Christian leaders, especially those who surround the president and advise him in spiritual matters, their prime task must be to make sure that his name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life!

Dr. Melvin Johnson