Free Excerpt from *Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump*

Believe Me 3dWhat is perhaps most disturbing about [Dallas megachurch pastor Robert] Jeffress’s [book] Twlight’s Last Gleaming is the way in which his deeply held passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others is neutralized by his political agenda.  The book begins with a foreword by former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: “If you are looking for a sweet little ‘bookette’ that is politically correct and safe to read and share with staunch unbelievers so as not to offend them, then put this book down and keep looking.”  In the first sentence of the first page, Huckabee alienates unbelievers and, in the process, undermines everything Jeffress says in the book about the importance of evangelism.  But Jeffress proves in the pages that follow that he does not need Huckabee’s help in weakening his gospel witness.  Jeffress urges his readers to give up on the culture wars and focus on their “unprecedented chance” in these final days of humankind to “point people to the hope of Jesus Christ.”  Then he spends the rest of his book teaching readers how to more effectively win the culture wars.  At one point in the book Jeffress attributes the steep decline in the number of new converts baptized in the Southern Baptist Church to spiritually weak church members who are afraid to offend anyone with the claims of the gospel.  Jeffress may be correct.  But the possibility that the decline in baptisms is related to the fact that most Americans now associate the gospel with partisan politics does not appear to have even crossed his mind.

Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, p. 128-129.

3 thoughts on “Free Excerpt from *Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump*

  1. Amazon’s book description for “Twlight’s Last Gleaming”
    “Although we cannot prevent America’s eventual demise, we can delay it…and make a difference for eternity at the same time. For everyone who wonders what can be done right now within our culture, our churches, in the voting booth and our neighborhoods Jeffress answers with biblical insight and real-world clarity, showing Christians how to seize this unprecedented opportunity and point people to our only Hope.”

    How is this not a book about climate change? And where is that attitude in the their discussions about climate change?

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    • Alex,

      You talk as if Jeffress doesn’t care if his church and it’s parishioners are ravaged by a new ice age or alternatively by a Sahara Desert implanting itself in the Dallas area. He has a lot more to lose than most of us if that happens. Is it possible that he sees far more documentable moral challenges to tackle?
      James

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  2. John,
    To a point I agree with you. Unbelievers need to hear a clear scriptural Gospel witness. On the other hand, believers need to be shepherded. A lot of Pastor Jeffress’s message is to his existing base where there is nothing wrong with teaching on moral issues within the political marketplace. The line between evangelism and shepherding is porous.
    James

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