Five Questions with Dr. Breshears on His Book: The Gospel According to Barack

Dr. Jefrey D. Breshears was gracious enough to answer five questions about his timely book, The Gospel According to Barack: Where Did Barack Obama Get His Ideas About Christianity? (available on Amazon). He also generously provided a copy of his book to giveaway – so check back tomorrow for a chance to win a free copy. (Click here to enter the giveaway.)

Dr. Breshears is a Christian historian, apologist, and the founder and president of The Areopagus, a Christian education ministry and study center in the Atlanta area that offers seminars and forums in Christian history, apologetics, Christian spirituality, and contemporary cultural issues.

1.What motivated you to write about President Obama’s Christianity?

Over the past four years much has been written and revealed about Barack Obama’s personal life and political ideology, but very little attention has been given to the religious influences that have shaped his values and policies on moral issues such as abortion and homosexuality and the proper relationship between church and state.

The basic question that I explore in The Gospel According To Barack is this: How can someone who professes to be a Christian be so bizarrely confused on such a wide range of moral and public policy issues? As Catholic bishops have charged, his administration poses a threat to religious liberty that is absolutely unprecedented in American history.

The purpose of the book is the reveal the roots of Obama’s theology, which in turn informs and influences not only his social and political ideology but also his views on some of the most controversial moral and ethical issues of our day. This is strictly a theological assessment, and it is neither a personal nor a political critique. My thesis is simple. Obama’s understanding of the Christian faith has been influenced by two major factors – both of which are serious distortions of traditional biblical Christianity: (1)Mainline Protestant liberal theology as mediated through the ultra-liberal United Church of Christ (UCC); and (2)Black Liberation Theology as preached by his long-time pastor and mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in Trinity UCC in Chicago.

2. What, if anything, did you uncover about Obama’s faith that surprised you?

Frankly, nothing. Obama knew virtually nothing about the Christian faith prior to joining Jeremiah Wright’s church in the late 1980s, and his whole paradigm for understanding (or misunderstanding) the Christian faith has been formed by these two influences: mainline Protestant theological liberalism and Black Liberation Theology. Given these factors, it’s no wonder why Obama holds the views that he does.

3. What do you hope to accomplish by publishing your findings about Obama’s theology?

Christians should be aware that there have always been, and will always be, wolves in sheep’s clothing who use their identification with the Christian faith to advance their own personal ambitions and agendas – whether these be economic, social or political. Such people are often shrewd opportunists and savvy manipulators, but eventually they reveal themselves for who and what they are. As Scripture declares, “By their fruit you shall know them.”

Barack Obama may or may not be sincere when he professes to be a Christian, but in either case his promotion of a radical secular/liberal agenda and his unwillingness to apply biblical standards of morality to contemporary issues is inexcusable.

4. Is there anything in Obama’s theology that should concern American Christians as they consider casting their vote this November?

Absolutely. The kind of “Christianity” that Obama has identified with over the past 20 years is a perversion of biblical Christianity. It’s the worst kind of heresy, and one that incorporates a toxic mix of neo-Marxist ideology and bigoted racialism.

5. Finally, what is your reply to critics who claim that Obama’s faith is personal and should not matter for the average American voter?

What we believe about God and the Bible has a definite and profound impact on our values, our morals, our socio/political orientation, and our positions on a wide range of social policies. People are free to believe whatever they choose, but there are ramifications and consequences of our beliefs. In the case of Obama, Americans need to be aware of the factors that have influenced his understanding of the Christian faith, and that these are far out of the mainstream of traditional biblical orthodoxy. I find it disingenuous if not blatantly hypocritical that someone would claim to be a Christian while actively promoting policies and programs that promote a radical secular and immoral agenda.

Thank you, Dr. Breshears for answering a few questions about your book. I appreciate you time. I hope your insights resonate with American Christians.

P.S. Want to read more? Check back tomorrow to enter the giveaway to win a free copy of Dr. Breshears book The Gospel According to Barack: Where Did Barack Obama Get His Ideas About Christianity?

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jandy August 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

This blog is a great idea!

2 Even If Ministries August 31, 2012 at 12:04 am


I was studying earlier tonight on fear before reading this article. I came across a verse that struck me at the time. After reading this article, I went back and looked it up again. I think it is timely:

2 Samuel 23:3 (CJB)

3 The God of Isra’el spoke;
the Rock of Isra’el said to me,
‘A ruler over people must be upright,
ruling in the fear of God;


3 Joe August 31, 2012 at 6:43 am

I hope you use the same criteria when examining the Mormonism of Mitt Romney.

4 Mark August 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

Jandy, thanks!

5 Mark August 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

EIM, appreciate the good word.

6 Mark August 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

Joe, though Romney may have a different set of social and political values, Mormonism is not Christian.

7 jennyelaine October 15, 2012 at 12:19 am

Ok, I’ll just say it. 🙂 Where is Christ in all of this? If Christ was IN our discussions, IN our politics, IN our any and everything…as it does not matter what we are doing…if Christ was really at the forfront of our minds and directs our actions and how we confront the issues in life…then what we would remember first, is that trying to get a non-Christian, or a country of non-Christians, or anyone to act like a Christian without Christ 1st being in their lives is like trying to get something that doesn’t exist TO exist! It IS taking Christ out of the picture.

Secondly, there are many, many people who consider themselves Christians in this country. Only God can see into each heart to see if it is true
1 Cor. 4 : 4-5 My conscience is clear, but that does not matter. It is the Lord Himself that will examine me and decide. So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time–before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.

Also, I accepted Christ when I was 19 and have experienced amazing things because of Christ Jesus. Yet, after lots and lots of prayer and quieting my heart before God…I realize that God, never asked or commanded that I make others live as I do and also, NEVER wants me to rally together with Christians to publically point out the sins of others or other groups, and then (in actuality) compare how Christian I am verses how unChristian others are in the name of God…in fact, there was a particular time in scripture when Jesus told a story about this…in Luke 18:9-14.This is what saddens me about what I see going on in the church today specifically during this election.

When we get up in *public* and *point out* what we consider to be the *sins of others*, and then in actuality say that *we are real Christians and are not like them!*, then we are the sinners! We become the Pharisees, and in Matt. 5; 20, God tells us that unless our righteousness *exceeds* that of the Pharisses, we will not enter the Kingdom of God.

I am not a real fan of either Obama or Romney….but I’ll tell you, that unless you have spoken to Obama himself about his opinions, then it is hearsay. Even being sifted through just one other person can make a big difference. I hate abortion, for instance, yet I do not believe that going back to essentially, the crusades, where the law would essentially strap young women and girls down and force them to do something against their will, and then on top of that, when the babies are born, there is no law that makes someone stay around to help that mother and baby, is wrong. Then, because of this law, if a young woman or girl does get an abortion, they will face imprisonment or harsh punishment.

And what makes this even more wrong is that we, Christians, instead of pointing fingers and condemning, we should be shining the light of Christ that is so powerful, that unless we put a bushel barrel over that light (which we are doing), would draw many, many of these young women and girls to Christ, let alone save their babies! This segment of the population is OUR mission…not the laws mission, which is just to punish. The same with the illegal aliens coming over….we don’t even have to go to the mission fields…God has already brought us some big ones right here!! Again, we must not be like the Pharisees, that just put heavy burdens on others (and THEN do it in the name of God)…on these young women and girls who, many, feel as though they have no choice, because they have no home or support.

I will be praying for you, cause I know ministery is hardwork… blessed as God ministers to your heart!!


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