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May162011

TD Jakes Slams Son of Billy Graham for Negative Obama Remarks 

Bishop T.D. Jakes blasted the son of The Rev. Billy Graham for questioning President Barack Obama’s religious faith.

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.”

Graham said:

“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.”

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I think Bishop Jakes is right to speak out against this. Who are we to cast doubt upon some one else's conviction? That's out of line. If president Obama confesses Christ as his lord and savior, that's all we need to know.

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYolanda

EEW Buzz, I heard about this earlier and was saddened by it. There are more problems in the world that need our attention, and other Christians don't need to be debating about mess like this openly.

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn Washington

Yes, the Bible is clear on what it takes to be saved. None of us can come around and change that. So I think Mr. Graham needs to think long and hard about what he said. More that an apology to Obama, which I think is in order here, he needs to repent to God for calling a fellow Christian's faith into question.

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMitchell

This is so disheartening. I so agree with Mitchell. Who are we to judge others when the profess Christ?

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerrie-Ann

T.D. Jakes is usually very tight-lipped when it comes to controversies over religion and such. I see his point but I don't think it helps anyone to see to religious leaders bickering publicly. The argument ends up getting lost in the sensationalism of the fight IMO.

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Parker

Sometimes I feel like these tv talk shows about politics and religion are the worst thing to happen to leaders. They end up getting on there and saying some really damaging things they can't take back. Hopefully Franklin Graham will apologize. This is too bad.

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Jefferson

honestly I am not called to judge the president and his faith, i believe he may not be like graham and running samaratians purse type of Christian, but there are ppl i know personally who believe in jesus but wont come to church. How do I know they dont believe in jesus. Or the fact that Obama is not greedy and all concerned only about the rich is ALSO a character of Christian. So I am not to judge, but the flip side is to BE HONEST, It feels like ANY critical remark made about Obama seems to get a BARRAGE of defensiveness.. esp in the Black community( i understand why but still) and its as if he can do no wrong when my God is CLEAR certain issues ie.. homosexuality and abortion and other issues that Christians are not supposed to be on the side of. So for black ppl or ANYBODY to act like there arent' issues to me is being blind and bias, sorry but its how i feel and i feel like you should be free to feel how you want unless its sin, but everyone including me is at a different level of faith. this is just my opinion. Christ should be ABOVE any group or clique even our race on BOTH sides.. Sin is still Sin.

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranon

I have to agree with a point that @anon made. Sometimes the president is on the wrong side of the issues when it comes to homosexuality and abortion. I think his faith ought be reflected in the way he governs. I might catch some flack for that but so be it.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerell

I was happy (and surprised) no one played the race card here because it is a White preacher criticizing Obama. I disagree with his criticim because no one can judge. So Franklin Graham, he is out of line there.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterButterfly Mommy

I get so sick of the bickering about what it takes to be saved! That's why we can't be effective at winning the lost because we are fighting each other and its sickening if you ask me. I agree with Bishop Jakes. I think Franklin Graham had no right to call the president's faith into question. And no, I'm not saying that I agree with all Obama's ideas, but still, this just isn't right. Ephesians 2:8 says "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--" The end.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGwendolyn

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