A prominent evangelical pastor, author, and radio host has a new book – and even though it's not on the bookshelves yet, it's creating a bit of a stir.
The book Perfect Ending: Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today is written by Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church, Dallas. The book is about the events leading up to the return of Jesus and the period when a dictator – commonly called the Antichrist – will rule over all the nations of the world.
Jeffress tells OneNewsNow the reason some folks are upset is that he referred to "Barack Obama" and "the Antichrist" in the same sentence. According to an advance copy of the book, he writes:
"For the first time in history a president of our country has openly proposed altering one of society's (not to mention God's) most fundamental laws: that marriage should be between a man and a woman .... While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God's law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God's laws without any repercussions."
In talking with OneNewsNow, the pastor explains: "I want to be clear: I'm not at all saying Barack Obama is the Antichrist. In fact, I'm sure he's not – and one reason I know that is the Bible teaches the Antichrist will have higher poll numbers than Barack Obama."
Jeffress adds that the Bible teaches that this world dictator will usurp people's basic rights like the freedom of speech, worship, and in commerce. "Not only that, he will launch an unprecedented attack against God's people," the pastor continues. "And according to Daniel 7:25, he will seek to change God's most basic moral laws – and he will do all of this without any opposition, at least at the beginning."
During the Obama administration, Americans have seen attacks on religious liberty, ObamaCare forced on religious organizations and the people, and a major campaign to alter the traditional view of marriage – all in a forceful manner. In his book, Jeffress is saying such actions pave the way for the coming Antichrist.
Jeffress' book, published by Worthy Publishing, is slated to be released next week (Tuesday, January 21).
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