Is Mark Driscoll (@PastorMark) Right on President Obama?

On the day of President Obama’s inauguration, Mark Driscoll sent out the tweet below. There was mixed reaction to the tweet. A lot of people agree with Driscoll and a lot disagree – probably, much like the divide in the country.

Regardless of personal feelings, is Driscoll right biblically in his comments on Obama? Why or why not?

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The above article was posted on January 23, 2013 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Will Adair January 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I do not know. Nor does Pastor Mark. I’m glad he is praying for our President. What I do know is that Obama like all men will stand before God and give an account to the God of the Bible. The Christian response should be to pray often for the President.

2 rhology January 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

The ignorance required to say that Driscoll was wrong is staggering.

3 rhology January 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Nor does Pastor Mark

Excuse me, but Pastor Mark has actually read a few things in the New Testament, about bad trees bearing bad fruit.
There is no doubt.

The Christian response should be to pray often for the President.

AND to proclaim the law and the Gospel and to call him to repent.

4 davvvycDave candel January 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Amen!

5 Closet Calvinist January 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I guess I should start with a bit of a disclaimer. I am not a fan of Driscoll, though I used to be. I learned a lot from Pastor Mark, but his actions and my maturing in the faith lead me away from him.

That said, Mark is spot-on with this tweet. President Obama has given no reason, other than his profession, to believe that he is a Christian. His rhetoric and decisions go against Christian beliefs. A Christian doesn’t encourage abortion, nor funds it. As President Obama has done everything he can to support Planned Parenthood, now even mandating Christian owned businesses to pay for insurance that covers the cost of abortion.

And then there is his theology, Obama’s statements place him somewhere in the universalist camp. I don’t think he is a Muslim, as some accuse him of being. Actually, I don’t think the Muslims would claim him either, he is too liberal and universalist.

From what I have seen, he seems to be somewhere along the lines of the black liberation theology his former pastor taught. He is as Christian as he needs to be to get votes, but nothing beyond.

I wrote a bit about what we can tell regarding Obama’s faith back in October, if you care to read it. http://closetcalvinist.com/2012/no-christian-candidate-what-are-we-to-do/

What is odd to me, is that tweet from Pastor Driscoll is not at all controversial to most people, or at least shouldn’t be, and Pastor Mark has said far worse and more controversial things quite often with far less of a reaction. I think Pastor Mark is probably scratching his head wondering why it is this that is getting him attention today.

6 Robert I Masters January 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

All one has to do is read his last inauguration speech to know that his faith is not The Faith once for all delivered to the saints.

7 jennyelaine January 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

It really does not matter what someone else is doing…as they are not to rule my behavior. My ruler is to be the Holy Spirit. It is in His steps I am to walk. IF you (not just you Mark) think that Pres. Obama is a not a Christian, then why are ‘you’ also acting not like a Christian in how ‘you’ are treating him? Does not make any sense…along with if we are going to sincerely pray and supplicate for those in authority so we might live a peaceable life…then how can we also speak ill of him out of the same mouth? Also, just because he doesn’t want to force certain people to behave in a certain way behind closed doors, does not mean he is not a Christian. How is it that treating specific people who are living in a specific sin less than you would want to be treated, help anything? He is not up in Wash to create a church…he is there to run a very diverse country. He needs our prayers so much….our sincere prayers for a very difficult job! Carnal attitudes toward him just fuel the enemy….as how do you think that operating in the flesh (Gal 5:19-21) will help to drive out evil? Walking in the light is what drives out evil.

Pls read – http://aroundeverycornerat.blogspot.com/2013/01/there-is-no-in-between-ii.html

8 Scott January 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Folks, ultimately, God knows the president’s heart. I can’t see it. But I can see fruit. And the fruit tells me he doesn’t believe the Bible or, if he does, he’s blatantly disregarding it, in which case if he is a Christian, he will be called least in the kingdom of Heaven. But I suspect Mark is right–the president does not know this God before whom he has taken the presidential oath.

9 Bart Barber January 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Yes

10 Christiane January 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm

no

11 davvvycDave candel January 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

President Obama used to attend For a while a Bible Study. Either he knows the way or is conditioned or conditioning himself to be very politically correct to learn deception from the imp he submits to, and/or like an atheist as far as Jesus’s pure calling..pray for him.

12 Mark January 23, 2013 at 11:12 pm

A twitter friend linked me to a 2008 interview with Obama that would certainly lead one to question his “Christianity”. The President said:

So, I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there’s an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived.

13 Closet Calvinist January 24, 2013 at 12:18 am

“A twitter friend linked me to a 2008 interview with Obama that would certainly lead one to question his “Christianity”. The President said:

So, I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there’s an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived.”

I don’t think what follows “I’m rooted in the Christian tradition” lines up with the Christian tradition at all. It lines up closer to Oprah-ism.

14 davvvyc January 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

President likes to try and influence us to a ‘generic’ gospel tolerant but not very good at the Bible Standard.

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