Uh oh. Something has popped off between two high profile Christian leaders. Franklin Graham, son of religious leader, Billy Graham, recently called President Barack Obama's faith into question, thus inciting outrage from megapastor TD Jakes.
According to Black America Web, it all started on Easter Sunday of all days, when Rev. Franklin Graham made negative comments in reference to Obama's confession of Christianity, during an interview on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”
“Now, he has told me that he is a Christian,” said Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “But the debate comes, what is a Christian.”
“For him, going to church means he’s a Christian,” Graham added. “For me, the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ and are following him in faith, and we have trusted him as our Lord and Savior. That’s the definition of a Christian, it’s not as to what church you’re a member or. A membership doesn’t make you a Christian.”
Jakes, who has drawn comparisons to influential leader Billy Graham--the 92-year-old preacher who returned home yesterday after being hospitalized with pneumonia--spoke out against such reckless talk about the president.
Appearing on “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” Jakes said Graham needed to be careful about dipping his nose in politics, "because when you do those things, you offend people that you are actually called to save and to serve.”
Jakes also said:
“And I would hope that he would see the rationale in apologizing for such statements – because if the president’s faith is suspect, then all of our faiths are suspect because the Bible is quite clear about what it takes to be saved, and the president has been quite open about his accepting Christ and him openly confessing it before men,” Jakes said. “And if it’s good enough for the Bible, it ought to be good enough for the rest of us.”