Robert Jeffress, pastor First Baptist Church in Dallas, made news recently with excerpts from his upcoming book in which he suggests that President Obama’s “policies are paving the way for the Antichrist.”
Here’s what Jeffress says about the president in his new book, Perfect Ending, which discusses biblical prophecies about the end times:
“For the first time in history a president of our country has openly proposed altering one of society’s (not to mention God’s) most fundamental laws: that marriage should be between a man and a woman. While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God’s law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God’s laws without any repercussions.”
Today One News Now, the propaganda website for the far-right group American Family Association, posted an article in which Jeffress further explains his reasoning:
“I want to be clear: I’m not at all saying Barack Obama is the Antichrist. In fact, I’m sure he’s not – and one reason I know that is the Bible teaches the Antichrist will have higher poll numbers than Barack Obama.”
Jeffress adds that the Bible teaches that this world dictator will usurp people’s basic rights like the freedom of speech, worship, and in commerce. “Not only that, he will launch an unprecedented attack against God’s people,” the pastor continues. “And according to Daniel 7:25, he will seek to change God’s most basic moral laws – and he will do all of this without any opposition, at least at the beginning.”
In recent years Jeffress has built a reputation for making incendiary and offensive statements. Last summer, for example, he compared the United States to Nazi Germany. He has also insisted that Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, isn’t a Christian because he belongs to the Mormon Church (which Jeffress has called a “cult”). And he has claimed that Islam “promotes pedophilia” and suggested that people have good reason to believe that President Obama is a Muslim. President Obama is, of course, a Christian.