[Note: This series takes the reader through chapter 12 of Dr. David Reagan’s newest book titled God’s Prophetic Voices to America. Order your copy today!]
Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman… so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. (Ezekiel 33:7)
Don Wildmon often bemoaned the fact that most pulpits in America are silent about our nation’s moral problems — and that has certainly been true. But there have been exceptions over the years, like pastors Erwin Lutzer and David Jeremiah. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, is another one of the exceptions. He has never feared to tread — and tread boldly — where few pastors have been willing to go.
I often think of him as the “Harry Truman of American pastors” because, like President Truman, he spits words like bullets and seems to have no concern about who might be offended. To him, the truths of God’s Word are more important than hurt feelings.
Taking a Stand for Righteousness
Jeffress came to national attention in 1998 while serving as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was outraged when the city’s library decided to provide two books about children with homosexual parents, trying to present such a family as “normal.” When the library refused to remove the books, Jeffress checked them out, refused to return them, and paid a fine to cover the cost.1 Like Don Wildmon’s decision to call on people to turn off TV for a week, Jeffress’ action caught the attention of the media, and overnight he was being featured in national newscasts.
In the following years Jeffress became known for his bold, biblical sermons dealing with hotbutton moral issues like homosexual activity and abortion. In 2006 an organization called Vision America gave him their distinguished Daniel Award “for steadfast commitment and boldness in proclaiming the uncompromising Word of God.”2
One very interesting thing about Jeffress is that he understands how the media works, and he makes the most of it. Thus, whereas his more than 20 books contain very thoughtful, in-depth discussions of the moral issues afflicting our nation, when it comes to being interviewed on radio or television, Jeffress always speaks in short, savvy and colorful phrases. He does this because he knows that the broadcast media thrive on “sound bites.”
Consider, for example, the sound bites he has delivered on the following topics:
- Homosexuality — “Gay is not okay. What homosexuals do is filthy. It is so degrading that it is beyond description. And it is their filthy behavior that explains why they are so much more prone to disease.”3
- Same-Sex Marriage — “Such marriages are counterfeit.”4
- Islam — “Islam is a false religion that will lead you to hell. It is based on a false book that is based on a fraud. It was founded by a false prophet who was leading people away instead of to the one true God.”5
- Judaism — “The three greatest Jews in the New Testament — Peter, Paul and Jesus — all said Judaism won’t do it, it’s faith in Jesus Christ.”6
- Roman Catholicism — “It is the Satanic result of Babylonian mystery religion.”7
- Mormonism — “It is a heresy from the pit of Hell.”8
- Obama — “President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”9
- Spineless Pastors — “Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians — and that is why we are losing this culture war.”10
Who is this sharp-tongue prophetic spokesman and defender of the faith?
Robert Jeffress was born in 1955 in Dallas and grew up in First Baptist Church under the tutelage of its renowned pastor, Dr. W. A. Criswell. It’s the church where he was baptized, married, ordained and preached his first Sunday sermon. It’s also where he got his first job out of college as a youth pastor.11
At Criswell’s memorial service in 2002, Jeffress said the pastor had taught him “to always work hard” and “to know the Bible as thoroughly as a doctor knows medicine and a lawyer knows law.”12 In an interview in 2012, Jeffress revealed that Criswell had once told him, “Robert, I want you to get to know every square inch of this church… because one day it will be yours.”13
Jeffress got his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He earned his seminary degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. His graduate degrees, including his doctorate, were earned from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Amy, and they are the parents of two daughters.14
Those who have testified about his childhood say that he was characterized by a sense of certitude from the moment he was born. He was always certain about God, the Bible, Jesus and his salvation. He seemed never to have any doubts.15 His sister once said, “It’s like he came into this world as a little adult.”16
His first pastorate was in East Texas. In 1992 he became pastor of First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas where he served for 15 years. Criswell’s prophecy concerning Jeffress was fulfilled in 2007 when he was called to become the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. At the time, the church was in decline, but Jeffress quickly revitalized it with his passionate biblical preaching, his controversial stands for moral righteousness, and a highly imaginative and bold $128 million replacement of most of the church’s facilities.
Jeffress began speaking prophetically about our nation in 2012 with the publication of his book, Twilight’s Last Gleaming.17 In 2013 he was invited to be the keynote speaker at the annual Bible conference sponsored by Lamb & Lion Ministries. At that conference, he presented a condensed version of the thesis of his book. (Watch the conference presentation!)
In the second segment of Robert Jeffress’ warning of America’s impending judgment, we’ll get right into Dr. Jeffress’ message concerning why he believes America’s collapse is inevitable.
References are available in the References section at the end of the book.
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