Update: Dr. Dobson has released a statement on his website, after his interview with Michael Anthony went viral that gives further clarity to his comments about Donald Trump’s conversion to Christianity.
First, Dr. Dobson seems to adjust his statement a little about Trump’s faith, by saying he doesn’t know for sure Trump has been led to Christ, but only knows what he’s heard about the matter. As far as Dr. Dobson knows, Paula White was the one who led Trump to Christ. Further, Trump “appears to be tender to the things of the Spirit.”
Also, Dr. Dobson clarified that there will be a faith advisory committee for Trump that will consist of about 25 evangelical leaders, including Jerry Falwell, Jr., Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Ben Carson, James Robison and Michele Bachmann. He doesn’t know exactly how this committee will function if Trump is elected president, but he thinks “it is a good start.”
In the statement, Dr. Dobson also reiterated the fact that he believes Trump is the better choice over Hillary. He reminds his readers that if we don’t vote for Trump, “Hillary will run the world for perhaps eight years.” An apparently troubling thought which “haunts my nights and days,” Dobson writes.
During Donald Trump’s meeting with almost 1,000 evangelical leaders in New York last week, Michael Anthony had the chance to speak with Dr. James Dobson to get his take on the meeting.
Anthony is the pastor of Grace Fellowship in York, Pa., and has a blog called Godfactor. In his article about his interview with Dr. Dobson, Anthony has added an update commenting on his surprise when his blog got picked up by notable media giants like The New York Times and dozens of others. In a single day, his post was viewed over 50,000 times.
The reason Anthony’s post went viral? In it, Dr. Dobson shared the fact that Donald Trump recently made a decision to believe in Christ.
The interview starts with Dr. Dobson giving his impression of the meeting overall: “I feel like it was historic—only God knows where we’re headed as a nation—but this gathering of God’s people sincerely actually on their knees. You know, a thousand people praying together, that’s a good thing.”
In his decades of ministry, Dr. Dobson said he had “never” seen anything like this meeting.
Dr. Dobson felt the meeting was a good idea because evangelical leaders have been “genuinely seeking the Lord’s direction in the things that he [Donald Trump] said. He’s kind of obscure in the way he answers questions, so we wanted to ask him directly and then follow up questions, and we got to do that.”
Dr. Dobson explained he attended a smaller, more intimate meeting with Trump at Trump towers, before the meeting with almost 1,000 evangelical leaders. According to Dr. Dobson, Trump is “soft—he’s a lot nicer guy than you realize.” Anthony agreed.
And then, the words many Christian voters have been waiting to hear someone say about Trump: “There are a lot of people who are ministering to him personally….He did accept a relationship with Christ. I know the person who led him to Christ. And that’s fairly recent.”
Dr. Dobson then went on to emphasis the sincerity of Trump’s decision, “I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian. We all need to be praying for him.”
And while this news is encouraging, Dr. Dobson explains, “He doesn’t know our language,” referring to the fact that Trump used the word “hell” four or five times in the presence of evangelical leaders. According to Dr. Dobson, Trump also “refers a lot to religion and not much to faith and belief in Christ.”
In conclusion, Dr. Dobson said, “You gotta cut him some slack, he didn’t grow up like us….I have hope for him. I have hope for us.”