Pastor Jeffress doesn’t hesitate to speak about Jesus Christ

If you watch Fox News, Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, is a familiar face.

Jeffress is unafraid to speak out on his faith in Jesus Christ and how the Bible treats the hot button issues of our day.

And now his show, Pathway to Victory, is heard every weekday at 10 a.m. on KCFO, AM970.

Jeffress is a frequent guest on Fox News shows, including Fox and Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Judge Jeanine.

“They started contacting me maybe 10 or 12 years ago,” Jeffress said. “CNN did originally. Then I started doing a lot of Fox News. Then Fox Business News. Then about three or four years ago, they asked me to become a contributor on the network. So, I’m now a Fox News contributor and I am there exclusively.”

Two years ago, Jeffress met President Trump and they formed a friendship. He endorsed Trump in last year’s election even though some Christian leaders were skeptical of what kind of policies Trump would promote.

“I think he is somebody who is totally out to doing what is best for the country,” Jeffress said. “I think he’s working tirelessly to do that.

“Look, I’ve said all the time. I have known him for two years now and I am not under any allusion that he believes like I do on every issue. I am sure there are some things he will do that I won’t agree with. I’ve told people that we are not going to win every time with Trump but we would have lost every time with Clinton.

“And that’s the difference.”

Trump was so impressed with Jeffress that he had him preach at an inaugural event. Jeffress spoke about Nehemiah in the Old Testament. God told Nehemiah to “build a wall” around Jerusalem.

“I said, Mr. President, God is not against building a wall,” Jeffress said. “That’s part of his plan to protect citizens.

“People have confused the role of individual Christians and the Church with the role of government.

“As Christians, we are to be kind and compassionate and reach out to people. God has given government the primary responsibility of protecting citizens. And we all need to do what we’ve been called to do. The Church has a different responsibility than government.”

Some pastors avoid even the mention of anything political from their pulpits, fearing the removal of their tax exempt status or fear of offending someone in the audience with a different political bent.

Jeffress doesn’t shy away from controversy on TV or in his pulpit.

“As long as you are preaching God’s Word, you are on solid ground,” Jeffress said. “I don’t think pastors should get into partisan politics but when I think it comes to issues – like the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, religious liberty – the things the Bible talks about, that’s not partisan politics. That’s the Bible. And we have the need to speak up about those issues.

“And frankly, I think because we haven’t spoken up, that’s why we are in the shape that we are in as a country.

“Why is it that you have such a large number of evangelicals or Christians who support same-sex marriage? It’s because of what people have heard or haven’t heard in the pulpit. I really blame the situation our country is in right now not on infidels or unbelievers but on Christians who have refused to stand up for the truth. I think we have a responsibility to do that.”

In his book, Not All Roads Lead to Heaven, Jeffress wrote that 57 percent of Evangelical Christians now believe there is more than one way to God other than through faith in Jesus Christ.

“That is why Pathway to Victory exists – to equip Christians with the truth of God’s Word so that they can take a stand for truth,” Jeffress said.

Jeffress applauded Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I tweeted out as soon as it was made that Judge Gorsuch is a ‘supreme choice,’” Jeffress said. “I think President Trump fulfilled yet another promise by nominating a conservative. I think it was a tremendous, tremendous victory for conservatives because the issue is, we need justices who will interpret the law using the Constitution and not political correctness as the standard.

“I think that’s what you have with someone like Judge Gorsuch.

“What we’ve seen happening with an overly active judiciary is we’ve seen justices creating imaginary rights for some people at the expense of very real constitutional rights for many people.”

An example is the “freedom from religion” expression, he said.

“It’s the idea that people have a constitutional right not to be offended by the expressions of others, whether it be a nativity scene or a Ten Commandments display,” Jeffress said. “There is nothing in the Constitution about a freedom ‘from religion.’ What the Constitution talks about is a freedom ‘of religion, the free exercise of religion.

“Or the imaginary right of abortion. There is no right to abortion. What there is a right to is life.

“We need a justice or Supreme Court who will interpret the law using the standard of what it says instead of what liberals wish it said.”

Jeffress welcomes the chance to be a national spokesman for Christians.

“I always enjoy the opportunity to give an evangelical perspective on Fox and I’m grateful for them providing that forum,” Jeffress said. “We’re very excited about being in Tulsa,” he said. “It’s a 30-minute Bible teaching program. At 10 a.m., everybody’s awake and had their first cup of coffee by then.”

Jeffress teaches a course every year at Dallas Theological Seminary. This year, he is teaching a course on speaking on the book of Revelation in the Bible. He has degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and DTS. His undergraduate degree is from Baylor University.

Jeffress has written 23 books and his radio program is carried on 800 stations across the nation.

He is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Dallas, which has 13,000 members. “In Texas, that’s small,” Jeffress said with a smile. “That’s like a country church.

“It’s a great church. It’s been in Downtown Dallas for 150 years. I actually grew up in the church. It’s my home church.

First Baptist of Dallas had two pastors who covered 100 years as senior pastor. Dr. George Truett was pastor for 50 years and Dr. W. A. Criswald was Jeffress’ pastor for 50 years.

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