Where is the baptism certificate? We do not see one because there was no baptism. That central part of Christianity was not required at Obama’s former church, the Trinity United Church of Christ, during the years Obama attended while he lived in Chicago (1988 – 2008). Obama has not attended another church with any frequency since then. In addition, there was no necessary renunciation of his prior faith, Islam, because in the Trinity United Church of Christ one can be both a Muslim and a member.
The disquieting discovery that baptism was not customary and that unreconstructed Muslims were members of Obama’s former church was made by a Christian evangelist, Pastor Dakdok. He grew up in Egypt in a Christian family, the son of a pastor, and lived under the heel of Muslim oppression. Now a U.S. citizen, Pastor Dakdok has a two-fold mission: offering the message of Christian salvation to everyone, including Muslims, and warning America about the evils of encroaching Islamic fundamentalism.
Back in September 2008, Pastor Dakdok thought that Obama might be a Muslim posing as a Christian, just based on his names, all three of which are Muslim. Yet Obama was presenting himself as a Christian. What was the truth? Pastor Dakdok did some research.
He called the United Trinity Church of Christ and questioned an official about membership in the church. See Thestraightway.org (Part 8).
“Do I have to be baptized to join the church?” asked Pastor Dakdok.
“No, you don’t,” was the answer. “You can be a member without being baptized.”
“And what exactly is required to become a member?”
“You attend two Sunday school classes in a row about membership, and then you walk the aisle.”
Then came the killer question.
“If I am a Muslim man, and I believe in the prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, but I also believe in the prophet Jesus, do I have to give up my Islamic faith to join your church?” The shocking answer was, “Absolutely not! We have so many members of our church who are Muslims.”
“Is that how Senator Barack Obama became a member?” Pastor Dakdok queried.
The membership director refused to answer.
So Muslims are welcome members of a Christian church! This is unheard of and theologically impossible. The doctrines are incompatible. Also, keep in mind that a Muslim would not want to join a religious organization that insisted Christ was the way to salvation and that all other religious practices should be abandoned. It would be a betrayal of his Muslim beliefs. The only way a so-called Christian church can accept Muslims as members—not visitors, not guests—is to have teachings that disregard or even deny core Christian beliefs.
I called the Trinity United Church of Christ and they confirmed that baptism is merely optional for members. This is truly an odd practice since the World Council of Churches has twice declared the centrality of baptism for a Christian, in 1982 and again in 1997. The Council notes that no matter how much churches may differ in other ways, the vast majority of churches agree on the importance of baptism. Baptism is seen as necessary for salvation in the New Testament. Christ commands, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:15-16). Peter also connects baptism with repentance in Acts 2:38.
The Trinity United Church of Christ began to welcome members of the Nation of Islam at a time when its membership was faltering and its identity was up for grabs. Starting in 1960, when Malcolm X made Chicago the headquarters for the Nation of Islam, the black pride movement became widespread among African Americans in the area. Obama’s former church opened itself up to members of the Nation of Islam based on racial identification, along with its anti-white, anti-American, and anti-Jewish ideologies. Accepting such negative values was an accommodation to an irreconcilable and hostile theology that continues to this day, undermining whatever basic spiritual Christian doctrines the Trinity United Church of Christ had before. Compromising standard tenets of the Christian faith could easily explain why the Trinity United Church of Christ accepts Muslims as unconverted members and why Obama himself could still be a Muslim.
For many years, Jeremiah Wright served as pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ. We have all been saturated with reports of Wright’s praise for Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, and Wright’s damning of America. But we may not have known how deep was Wright’s deviance from what we can call ‘normal’ Christianity, as the findings made by Pastor Dakdok and myself indicate. For twenty years, Obama sat at the feet of Jeremiah Wright, drinking in the pastor’s words, choosing him to perform his marriage and even referring to him as “uncle.”
President Obama appointed Larry Knox, a gay rights activist, to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in April, 2009. At the time of his appointment, Knox called the Catholic Church “morally reprehensible” for spreading “blatant falsehoods” because it takes a stand against the use of condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, Knox has stated that the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group, are part of a “discredited army of oppression” for following the traditional Christian understanding that marriage is between a man and a woman, which rules out homosexual marriage. Recently Knox re-gained the media spotlight by reaffirming his disrespect for the Catholic Church.
Knox, not only lacks the ecumenical objectivity to coordinate different religions; he speaks like a bigot. So much for Obama’s declared goal of bringing people together harmoniously in spite of their differences.
Whatever one may think personally of the Catholic Church’s policies, for a presidential appointee to publically call them “morally reprehensible” is destructive. Given the disdain for mainstream Christianity that Obama has shown in his earlier choice of churches, and his dubious standing as a Christian at all, one can only wonder what undermining of popular American values will come next from our President Obama.
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