Last Wednesday Russell Vought, nominee for the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was hammered by Senator Bernie Sanders.
Following a tense exchange of questions and answers, in which Sanders referred to a 2016 op-ed post by Vought, calling it “hateful,” “indefensible” and “Islamophobic,” the Senator concluded, “..this nominee is not really what this country is supposed to be about.”
So what did Vought write that was so offensive?
Vought answered that his post was in defense of his alma mater, Wheaton College, “that has a statement of faith that includes the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation…”
Vought’s post was written after Wheaton College was attacked for disciplining a professor who said that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. In the piece , Vought wrote, “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, his Son, and they stand condemned.”
Apparently, Senator Sanders forgot the first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees American citizens religious freedom and the freedom of speech. More importantly, however, he is in direct conflict with what the Bible teaches about Jesus.
Norma Jean and I are in Houston for a couple days to attend the Southside Lectures in Pasadena, Texas. It is a rich and rewarding week of inspirational praise led by Tim Stevens and motivating, Bible-centered lessons by four gospel preachers.
This year’s theme is “Come to Jesus.” Last night, we heard fellow Hoosier, Max Dawson, who preaches for the Dowlen Road Church in Beaumont, Texas, speak on “Come to Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Life.” His lesson was preceded by my good friend, Wilson Adams, who preaches for the Veterans Parkway Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and spoke on “Come to Jesus: He Will Save You.”
Both men affirmed the Deity, Sonship and authority of Jesus as the only way to the Heavenly Father, and to eternal salvation.
In what Max described as a “staggering,” “astonishing” and “extraordinary” statement Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (Jn 14:6).
Max offered Biblical assurance that in a world gone mad with political correctness that Jesus is indeed “The Way.” The Right way. The one way. The only way. He’s the way to God. The way to salvation.
Indeed many today are like Pontus Pilate who doubtingly questioned, “What is truth?” We are told there is no such thing as absolute truth. Max related an occasion where a speaker made that bold affirmation. In the Q & A, Max asked, “Is what you stated absolutely true?” Indeed!
Jesus prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them by your Truth, your Word is Truth (Jn 17:17). Jesus is the essence and embodiment of all Truth.
In his prolog, the apostle John affirms that through Jesus “all things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (Jn. 1:3-4).
Jesus as Creator is the author of physical life. And as our Savior and Redeemer is the source of spiritual life. He said that He came that we might enjoy an abundant life–life in all its fullness (Jn 10:10).
Because of who He is and what He has done, Jesus is the only means of salvation. The only way to God. He said so. And Peter proclaimed it. “For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Act 4:12).
Wilson concluded his lesson with these two pertinent observations:
(1) Jesus is unique in a world of religious imposters. No one stands equal to Jesus. No, not Buddha. Not Mohammad. Not Confucius. Not Joseph Smith. And not the pontiff of Rome.
(2) In a world of religious confusion, Jesus has all authority (Matt 28:18-20). The Father’s voice still thunders from Heaven, “This is my beloved Son. Hear Him.”
“All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman