James Dobson Walks Back Assertion Trump Is Christian: ‘Do I Know That for Sure? No.’

Dobson-compressedCOLORADO SPRINGS, Co. — James Dobson, the founder of the renown Colorado-based organization Focus on the Family, is seemingly walking back comments he made last week asserting that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a “baby Christian” who needs to be “cut some slack.”

As previously reported, Dobson was interviewed last Tuesday by Michael Anthony of GodFactor.com, who was among the nearly 1,000 evangelicals who came to listen to Trump at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. During the brief talk, Dobson shared his belief that Trump is himself a Christian.

“There are a lot of people ministering to him personally—a lot of ministers,” he stated in the recorded interview. “I mean, he did accept a relationship with Christ. I know the person who led him to Christ, and that’s fairly recent. I don’t know when it was, but it has not been long.”

“I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian,” Dobson contended. “We all need to be praying for him, especially if there is a possibility of him being our next chief executive officer.”

He said that he believes Trump is open to hearing about the things of God, but that he really doesn’t understand Christianity at the present.

“He doesn’t know our language. We had 40 Christians together with him [and] he used the word ‘Hell’ four or five times. He doesn’t know our language. He really doesn’t,” Dobson said. “He refers a lot to religion and not much to belief and faith in Christ.”

Interviewer Michael Anthony then interjected that the Saul “probably didn’t know much of the language either” when he converted and became Paul.

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“Well, you’ve got to cut him some slack,” Dobson replied. “He didn’t grow up like we did.”

But following controversy over his remarks, Dobson released a statement on his website that some perceive as walking back his previous assertions.

“Only the Lord knows the condition of a person’s heart. I can only tell you what I’ve heard,” he wrote. “First, Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit. I also hear that Paula White has known Trump for years and that she personally led him to Christ.”

“Do I know that for sure? No,” Dobson continued. “Do I know the details of that alleged conversion? I can’t say that I do.”

He opined that it is a “good start” for Trump to have an evangelical advisory board.

“[T]here are many Christian leaders who are serving on a faith advisory committee for Trump in the future. I am among them,” Dobson wrote. “There are about 45 of us that includes Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Ben Carson, James Robison, Jerry Johnson, and many others whom you would probably know.”

“We’ve all agreed to serve. How will that play out if Trump becomes president? I don’t know. It is a good start, I would think,” he said.

Dobson repeated that he doesn’t think Trump understands Christianity, and said that if Trump is a Christian at all, he is a baby one. He advised that he selected Trump because he fears a Clinton presidency.

“If anything, this man is a baby Christian who doesn’t have a clue about how believers think, talk and act,” Dobson stated. “All I can tell you is that we have only two choices, Hillary or Donald. Hillary scares me to death.”


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  • Arbie Viau

    There you go again Dobson, you just have to say Trump is a “baby”. Obviously, you don’t read comments from Christians. I am a Christian for over 30 years and I remember well, when I became a newborn Christian, the insults I received from well meaning Christians hurt and hurt deeply. Can’t you guys stop the insults to new Christians? Why does a person have to talk and act like you? Why can’t you just be pleased and let it go at that? And yet today 30 years later, it still comes at me and other Christians as “correction”, you all have an overpowering attitude compelling you to either insult or correct a person after they become born again, why is that? Many have walked away because of this – learn something – DON’T DO IT!!

    • http://christianheritagenews.blogspot.com/ Angela Wittman

      I think the point being made is Dr. Dobson saying Trump might be a new believer and folks should cut him some slack- but when it comes to electing one to the highest office in America, we need a mature Christian. All Christians were “baby Christians” at one time and most of us acknowledge it and actually appreciate the grace shown to us by mature Christians, but that doesn’t mean we were ready to be POTUS!

      • wandakate

        And Hitlery (aka Hillary) isn’t by any means a Christian. She believes in abortion (the killing of unborn innocent souls) and marches in gay pride parades with all of those like minded people, so how are we any better off with her? She lies all the time, and is now under investigation by the FBI, so please, let it be know that some of us possess some common sense, some of us are aware, alert, and awake to the signs of the times.

  • TheBottomline4This

    Only God knows if Dobson is a Christian or not.
    Matthew 7:13-23 says
    “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

    • Peter Leh

      “Only God knows if Dobson or Trump is a Christian or not.”

      I bet Amos Moses knows…. wait I am sorry did you say god, no mean Amos Moses, right? 🙂

  • Amos Moses

    …………./SMH ……………….

  • Bullhead1

    SMH that such men could be scammed by lying Donald.

    • Crimsonjefri

      He’s still better than the queen of Liars………Hillary

  • Amos Moses

    Calling Bovine Scat on this play ………… word is it is pastrix, false teacher, and martext Paula White that “lead” DJT to Christ ………….. she cannot even follow scripture about who is a pastor and who is not …….. but we are to believe that this impastor and false teacher and her false christ “lead” the Donald ……… and if this is coming from JDobson …….. shame on him …. again ……….. /SMH …………

    • wandakate

      Paula White of all people. James Robison is for the new up and coming one world religion who is spearheading that with the Pope along with Copeland and others. I am surprised that James Dobson is in with this group…Oh my, what are they doing? And Franklin Graham is in there as well. My mind isn’t wrapping around any of this, it’s too far out in left field.

  • Amos Moses

    Dobson Reports it was Charismaniac Prophetess Who Led Trump to Christ – Polemics Report

    Maybe Dobson’s source is somebody in the room of prosperity charismatics who laid hands on him and anointed him along with Robert Jeffress, Paula White, Mike Murdock or David Jeremiah.

    That’s what I wrote in the piece outlining the soteriological Sinner’s Prayer-related problems behind Dobson’s declaration of Trumps baby-Christian status and recent conversion. And as Dave Hester would say when bidding on a storage locker full of junk, “Yuuuuuup!”

    I also wrote…

    Polemic coverage on this story is both welcome and necessary, but most discerning souls have chosen to provide vocal rejections to the absurdity of a supposed Trump conversion, which is altogether as likely as Paula White’s charismatic tongue speaking being much more than gobbledegook. Somewhere in a gated, upscale subdivision in Nashville, Russell Moore is having an aneurism from the mere insanity of a Trump conversion claim. And this would be one time Moore would be right. It is silly.

    As Dobson spilled the beans on his conversion story source, Moore reportedly tweeted, “Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe.” While Moore is wrong on everything from Jesus’ alleged illegal immigrant status, RSVP’ing gay wedding receptions to considering Roman Catholics Christians, he’s right on this. Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as one by pretty much every orthodox Christian in the world. Except Michael Brown, probably, who is somewhere wagging his finger in explanation that false prophecy doesn’t make one a false prophetess. But for the rest of us, White’s orthodox credentials are as existent as Joel Osteen’s expository notes.

    • wandakate

      Now that is a good SABBATH sermon if I even heard one. Preach it Amos Moses!!!

      • Amos Moses

        Actually, that is from Pastor JD Hall in Montana ………….. i just found what he wrote …… Polemics Report

  • Crimsonjefri

    If Paula White said it then it must be true……..NOT………….. Not a P W fan

    • TheBottomline4This

      PW has proven she isn’t a Christian. The jesus she talks about isn’t the Jesus of the Bible. She is a Charlatan.

      • Crimsonjefri

        I would tend to agree…….When she and her husband Randy White divorced they said it was because their ministries were going in different directions. Well, isn’t a married “christian” couple supposed to be one flesh and working together in ministry?…… and I believe Jesus said the only permissible reason for divorce was for martial unfaithfulness….

        • Charles

          There are three actually.. None of which it seems she would qualify for. UNLESS there was more going on than was initially stated.

          1). Abandonment of an unbeliever.
          2). Adultery.
          3). Death.

          • Crimsonjefri

            Death is a release in itself……that would not constitute a divorce. Abandonment is a gray area………but Jesus only talked about adultery as being a valid reason for divorce. But you are right I don’t think she qualifies for either….

          • TheBottomline4This

            The Bible gives two clear grounds for divorce: (1) sexual immorality (Matthew 5:32; 19:9) and (2) abandonment by an unbeliever (1 Corinthians 7:15). Even in these two instances, though, divorce is not required or even encouraged. The most that can be said is that sexual immorality and abandonment are grounds (an allowance) for divorce. Confession, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration are always the first steps. Divorce should only be viewed as a last resort.

          • Crimsonjefri

            agree….if you can work it out that is always best UNLESS there is domestic violence involved then you must get away and look at your options…….. God hates divorce!!

          • Charles

            I don’t think she qualifies from what I’ve read…

          • TheBottomline4This

            The only thing PW qualifies for is the Charlatan Club.

          • wandakate

            And there are more in that club besides her…and some we wouldn’t even suspect were in there, surprise, surprise, surprise!
            However, GOD does know then all and he will have them all sorted in the end, the sheep from the goats, the saved from the unsaved and the wheat from the tare will ALL be divided. Some will rise up to everlasting life, and some to shame and punishment and hell.

          • Oboehner

            Now she can tour with Amy Grant.

          • Charles

            Yeah.. I totally forgot about her… Good point.

          • Amos Moses

            Welll ………. adultry maybe ………. she was hanging with Benny Hinn ……

        • wandakate

          It’s very difficult today to know who is a Christian and who isn’t, but JESUS did tell us, “You will know them by their fruits.” BEWARE, lots of wolves out there in sheep’s clothing.

    • Ronald Carter

      Lots of No True Scotsman fallacy going on here.

      • Amos Moses

        Lots of lying about the “No True Scotsman Fallacy Fallacy” ………

        • Ronald Carter

          No lying. There are lots of Christians here who are not Christian enough for other Christians. And lots who feel they alone are the judge of that.

  • Becky

    Trump looked for a crash course in Christianity and ended up with false teachers…one with an admitted ulterior motive to boot. The whole lot of them supposedly leading Trump to Christ is a perfect example of the blind leading the blind. Our heavenly Father lovingly said he is our husband (Isaiah 54:5) and, as our husband, will we inquire of others to know his desires? Of course, not. We will personally spend time with him daily. Our heavenly Father, through Christ our Lord, wants us to know him and love him with our entire being (Deuteronomy 6:3-9; Luke 10:27; Matthew 10:37). He wants us each to have a living, loving, personal relationship with him through his perfect and precious word (Christ).

    • wandakate

      It’s the TRUTH of the word of GOD that will help Donald J. Trump, and NOT all of these pastors that can’t keep their own lives in order, much less Trump’s. Study to show thyself approved. It’s ALL about a relationship with JESUS and not a relationship with man or the world or our so called traditions.

  • Coach

    “I fear a Clinton presidency” so you pronounce Trump to be a Christian to fit your Americanized religion. Biblical Christianity saves souls, the create your own jesus version is a false religion. I assume that because Trump hasn’t gotten his wwjd bracelet, confirmation certificate, and copy of the ABCs of Christianity (aka broad road salvation) he just lacks a few things to further numb his conscious need for Christ

  • Crusader777

    Now is the time for all Christians to put aside name calling and challenging each others beliefs and stand together as we work to get Trump elected. The enemy causes division and it is time we wised up to his devices and united in the common them Jesus is Lord and agree to disagree on how we chose to worship Him.
    We are all on the same team and to some extent probably all have faulty doctrines. After all Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi that attended Synagogue on Saturday the Sabbath.
    You know the Sabbath chiseled in stone by the hand of God #4 that is very explicit and detailed on what day to honor. Kind of makes it hard for me to believe He changed His mind and moved it to Sunday.
    Jesus or any of the disciples never set foot in a Church on Sunday, they all attended Synagogues on Sabbath. Jesus was focused on the Jewish people and commanded us to go to the Jew first and then to the gentiles.
    This one fact is probably all the proof we need to see how deception and the doctrines of man are what separates us as believers. Too bad everyone can’t throw away those Denominational doctrines and just pick up a Bible and believe exactly what it says as a unified Church. Guess that will probably have to wait on Jesus to officiate! LOL

    • Emmanuel

      So you want me to put down my Bible and vote for a man that is not following the bible to avoid that another godless candidate does not get the office?

      • Randle

        We only have 2 choices. Clinton is under criminal investigation and is not fit to even run for POTUS. Donald might not be perfect but he is the best we have got to chose from. When you don’t vote you vote. Apathy have us 8 years of Obama and all the evil he has legislated.

        • Emmanuel

          We do have other options. The parties have made it that way but we have other parties and candidates. Will they win? on. But, the two parties need to know that they suck and not Godly.

          • Oboehner

            If every evangelical voter voted according to their conscience and stopped pining after the lesser of two evils (which is always just evil), perhaps a third party would have a chance. Alas they have no faith in the God that fed 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish.

          • wandakate

            Agree, but how many GODLY presidents have we had? A President will know how to run a country effectively b/c he’s not being elected to run a Christian nation. We used to be a Christian nation, but that has changed.

        • Amos Moses

          No ……………. eighty years of the rejection of God and Christ gave us 0bama …..

        • wandakate

          Clinton claims to be a “Christian”, and yet she marches in NYC in the “gay pride parade” and she believes in abortion among other things that are NOT biblical…
          Choose today whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD. You will know them by their fruits. We can’t live like hell and expect to go to HEAVEN!

    • Oboehner

      I’ll bet you voted for a worshiper of a false god in the last election didn’t you?

      • Crusader777

        I am amazed at the complete stupidity of the liberal democrat mindset.
        1) Democrats took God out of their platform
        2) Democrats are hostile towards Israel
        3) Hillary is under CRIMINAL investigation along with Bill for numerous felonies, dereliction of duties and acts of treason

        4) Hillary will raise taxes on everyone to 65%
        5) Not a single nation on Earth is bitter off since Obama/Hillary took office
        6) Democrats were the slave owners in the south
        7) The Democratic party has moved so far left it is now Communist
        8) Democrats have allowed the foundations off Western civilization to be undermined and destroyed with political correctness and legislation of evil
        9) Democrats have gutted our military and treated our veterans with utter contempt in the most shameful ways possible
        10) Radical Islamic Terror has grown into a worldwide problem under the Obama/Hillary administration as she stuffed her pockets full of Mid-East cash and Obama kept his promise to always side with his Muslim brothers
        11) We have seen the most corrupt and secretive Administration in the history of the USA nearly destroy our way of life
        12) There are thousands of more documented reasons that every American should never have anything to do with the Democratic party again ever.
        13) The only reason to be a Democrat is to get your free Obama Phone, Section 8 housing, Food-stamps, and to want to stay in poverty dependent on the government forever.

        Should you want lower taxes 15%….a good high paying job…..to see this made One Nation Under God….see Christians respected and our religious liberties restored….then you need to vote a straight Republican ticket with Donald J Trump at the top. And all my brothers and sister said AMEN!

        • Oboehner

          I am amazed at the complete stupidity of the neocon republican mindset.

          1) The republicans only use God in their platform as a carrot for gullible evangelicals
          2) Republicans are hostile toward Israel in the fact they authorize funding their enimies
          3) I could give a crap less about Hillary
          4) It is truly amazing how one is automatically a “liberal democrat” because they disagree with the policies and actions of their precious republicans.
          5) Couldn’t give one single reason for voting for a leftist false god worshiper other than to rip on Obama – very sad.
          6) Republicans allow illegal immigration – the slavery of the new millenium
          7) Republicans under “pro-life” Bush had a “pro-life” majority in Congress and a “pro-life” president appointed majority in the Supreme Court – yet abortion is still legal
          8) Not a single nation on Earth is better off since Bush started the never-ending empirical wars of aggression
          9) Because of all of these wars, our military is just as depleted as the budget cuts you whine about – but with trillions more in debt
          10) The republican party has moved so far left it is now indistinguishable from the communist democrats
          11) “radical Islamic terror” death toll pales in comparison to that of our empirical wars, while Halliburton (rebuilding) and Chertoff (naked body scanners) have stuffed their pockets.
          12) they cry about Islamic violence by a few that is overblown in the press, yet completely ignore the wide open borders
          13)We have seen the most corrupt and secretive Administrations in the history of the USA nearly destroy our way of life, and strip us or our freedoms – can you say patriot act?
          14)There are thousands of more documented reasons that every American should never have anything to do with EITHER duopolistic party again ever.
          Should you want more smoke blown up your rear… business as usual… the continued raping of our civil liberties under the guise of keeping us safe (all the wile we have wide open borders, or some stupid money-sucking, ineffective wall)… then you need to keep you head up the republican elephants posterior and blindly follow whatever scumbag they roll out next. And all your brothers and sisters said DUH!

      • Bob Johnson

        You mean Protestant vs. Mormon?

        • Oboehner

          Nope, I mean right vs. wrong.

          • Amos Moses

            “Oh God …………… Please give us a president and leader we need ………. and not the one we deserve ……………….” ~ Dr. D. James Kennedy

          • Oboehner

            He did, and the man was rejected in favor of a purveyor of pornography and false gods.

    • wandakate

      The Sabbath (the 4th commandment) hasn’t gone anywhere. NO, it’s certain that JESUS did not change His mind about the day. The day was changed by man, the man Constantine who was an emperor back in 324. It’s part of the pagan culture, it’s heathen. Paganism has been infiltrated along with satan into today’s churches. Saturday was the Sabbath back in JESUS day and time and it still is today, even though people don’t honor it like then. The 7th day of the week started at or from (creation), and is still Saturday on our modern calendar. It isn’t obsolete, it’s still relevant and is as valid today as it was back then. JESUS always stood up to read (preach) on the Sabbath day (Saturday). We don’t honor it, b/c we don’t believe it’s for us, that it was only for those Jews back then, but this is ALL just one of satan’s BIG LIES!
      The bible tells us that GOD never changes, He’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Sunday isn’t the Sabbath, and never will be. It’s the 1st day of a new week. People are deceived and living under their “traditions” that’s all.

  • Eye Offend

    Loser. Liar.

    • wandakate

      A man can love children and be a child molester. My grandmother had a family friend and a handyman when I was a little girl and that friend “loved children”, and he loved me so much he abused me and taught me things at a young age that I should never had learned at that time…And not only myself but 3 other little girls in that town that I met and remember. SO, go figure.

  • indyexile

    Actually, Dobson’s comments above and his previous one about Trump’s conversion are consistent with each other. When you think about it, unless we saw someone accept Christ as their Savior, we only have theirs or someone else’s word for that having taken place. For example, I can’t tell you for sure that Dobson is a Christian, but I accept that he is.

    • wandakate

      What do light and dark have in common. According to the Bible NOTHING! There is No commonality there whatsoever.
      I would think he would know who is a false prophet and who isn’t…Where is the discerning spirit that he should have to know which of the people he associates with are and are not real?

  • Amos Moses

    James Dobson now tells us who it is that supposedly shared the gospel with Donald Trump. Dobson says it was Word of Faith false teacher that supposedly led Donald Trump to Christ. What does this really tell us about James Dobson and his theology that he actually thinks prosperity gospel advocate Paula White actually knows the gospel? Is Dobson so clueless that he does not realize that the Jesus of the Word of Faith is a false Christ and if someone is following a false Christ then they also have a false gospel? Therefore, why does Dobson think Paula White could actually explain a Biblical gospel to Donald Trump? Dobson says Trump has accepted Christ. Why do evangelicals talk like Trump just accepted a friend request from Jesus on Facebook? Where is the description of one that has exhibited a godly sorrow that produces repentance unto salvation?

    Worldview Weekend Radio ……….

    • wandakate

      What happen to discerning spirits that will lead us on the right path? The HOLY SPIRIT was to be given to real true Christians, and it would lead them into all TRUTH, so where is the TRUTH?, not from these prosperity preachers. Besides didn’t the Bible tell us, Paul I think it was who said that women are NOT to preach?
      I believe there is ALOT of deceit going on in the so called Christian circles. Prosperity gospel, and the new Hyper Grace gospel, as well as the Name it and Claim it gospel, l and the very popular “feel good gospel” are all taking over.
      The gospel has been diluted, very watered down. It’s been added to, and taken away from, it’s NOT anywhere close to the gospel of salvation that JESUS CHRIST wanted preached…people are deceived big time. Read the bible and learn first hand what the word teaches us, and don’t keep listening to all of these so called preachers that tell you what you want to hear. Remember the bible speaks about our “itching ears.”

  • Dianne

    Paula White prostitutes the gospel for her own greedy pathetic gain. She asked her gullible followers to send her an offering of $1,144.00 according to her referencing Luke 11:44 and she will send you an “anointed” prayer cloth in return. Lol! What a scam job she is.
    YOU CANNOT SERVE BOTH GOD and money. Her and Donald Trump serve their god MAMMON well !!!