President Bush was on Nightline this week and said that he does not take the Bible literally. Once again we see another prominent person, who claims to be a Christian, who looks at the Bible as a storybook with good lessons. I am grateful for many of the positive moral decisions that he has made in the last 8 years. But that does not prevent criticism on what is really bad theology. Someone from his church needs to approach him about many of his theological views. I doubt that will happen because we live in a culture where accountability and church discipline doesn’t happen. There are prominent Christians speaking regularly in public about things that are contrary to the Bible, and no one ever holds them accountable. What happens when this is allowed to happen? Their theology just continues to get worse.
The President went on to say that he believed all religions pray to the same God. That is a heretical belief that keeps someone from salvation. So, we have a Christian man on national television sending a message that will send people to hell. Jesus is the only way and there is only 1 God, the God of the Bible. Without belief in that, there is no way for forgiveness of sins. I would hope someone close to the President is concerned enough about his salvation to talk with him about these statements. The interviewer did an excellent job at calling him on it. She asked him if that was true, did he pray to the same god as the terrorists who flew planes into buildings. He had to evade by saying he didn’t think that they were praying to a god. He played on the common theme that they don’t truly represent Islam. Unfortunately, they do represent what Islam really is all about.
I am to the point when I see someone claiming to be a Christian on tv that I don’t want to watch. The people chosen to represent Christianity, don’t really represent Christianity. They make us look stupid, hypocritical and just plain goofy. We have Rick Warren on tv repeatedly and never laying out the Gospel to people. We have the President not taking the Bible literally. We have Todd Bentley kicking people in the stomach on stage. Then there is Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals openly admitting his view of homosexual unions was shifting away from what the Bible teaches. We can’t forget pastor Ed Young and his 7 day sex challenge for his church. And there is Joel Osteen, enough said there. Are these the people who truly represent Christianity? It is no wonder we have lost our influence on the culture. A non-believer has no reason to want anything to do with the junk they see on tv. On CNN and Fox News the question is always asked of Christian guests, what happens to those of us who don’t believe like you. I am still waiting for someone to give the biblical answer. Without faith in Jesus Christ there is no way for your sins to be forgiven. And you will stand before a holy God who will judge you. No one can stand justified before God on their own merits. Everyone needs a Savior and without Him there is no hope of entering the Kingdom of Heaven. That message is not popular, but we must continue to proclaim it.