A major news outlet is trying to make the case that abortion is declining as a pivotal issue for Christians. Instead, claims The Associated Press, some Christians are expanding the pro-life definition to include topics like climate change and social justice.
The Associated Press published a story Sunday portraying Christian leaders, including specifically Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist-Dallas, who see the pro-life issue as central to a strong faith as a dying breed now outside the mainstream of Christian thought. Jeffress takes issue with the piece, saying he thinks he represents the center of evangelical Christianity on the issue.
"I will stand by what I said," he emphasizes to OneNewsNow, "that no Christian who takes his faith seriously could vote for the Democrat platform that advocates murdering children in the womb at any stage in the mother's pregnancy for any reason at all."
The AP characterizes Jeffress as saying anyone who votes Democratic deserves to go to Hell. And while he says he has said – using hyperbole, according to him – that the Democratic Party has sold its soul to the Devil: "I was speaking specifically of Joe Biden and the Democrat Party that have sold their souls to Planned Parenthood for $45 million of campaign investments."
The Dallas pastor makes it clear that God is the one who determines the eternal destiny of mankind – and that anyone can be forgiven through faith in Christ.
The AP cites liberal Christians – and even one Southern Baptist pastor – who are trying to broaden the term "pro-life" to include issues like social justice, poverty, and climate change, implying that traditional pro-life Christians don't care about the lives of people after they're born.
"We shouldn't let ourselves be caricatured that way," Jeffress reacts. "We ought to make it clear that we care about people before they're born, after they're born, and throughout eternity."
That, says Jeffress, is what it means to be pro-life.