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Should Christians Pray For Obama To Die?

Posted by Job on June 22, 2009

Pastor Wiley Drake recently stated that he is praying that President Barack Obama would either accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior or die. Mr. Drake uses the imprecatory prayers in the Psalms as justification for his doctrine and practice. This teaching describes why this specific example serves as an excellent illustration of why Christians should reject importing old covenant practices and doctrines – including imprecatory prayers – into the new covenant church. The primary reason is that such things are done in order to seek the will of man and do things man’s way, as opposed to seeking the will of God and doing things God’s way. If we take the New Testament view of the world, which is to take a spiritual view rather than a natural one, and also have living as New Testament saints – which means being truly separate of the world, in the world but not of it – and not Old Testament Jews on our hearts, imprecatory prayer is not only unneeded, but also harmful. This teaching uses Pastor Wiley Drake as an example based on his own comments and history of political activism and is not intended to be a personal attack against him. However, let us recall that Pastor Drake is responsible for his actions and his doctrines, and if he is promoting things that are not convenient to the faith that might lead men astray and give the gospel of Jesus Christ a bad report, it is the duty of Christians to respond with love and with the truth.

10 Responses to “Should Christians Pray For Obama To Die?”

  1. pjmiller said

    Should we pray for anyone to die? Heck no!

    Jesus told the disciples when they wanted to call fire down, that they ‘knew NOT what spirit they were of’

    And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.Luke 9: 54-56

    Job, sometimes i just want to throw my hands up in the air in disgust at the craziness coming out of the American church today..

  2. Meg said

    This is crazy what this man had sad that he is praying that our president to die!!!!! I rather to pray for his safty and NOT to pray nor wish him to die! I’ve never do that! What this pastor is doing is is NOT Godly. Praying for the President to die is witchcraft!!!!

  3. Veronica Sanchez said

    He’s crazy. Its not up to us to decide who should die.

  4. nan said

    I agree with you Meg he sounds like someone with the Jezebel spirit (witchcraft). It isn’t Godly to pray for anyone to die, even if u don’t like them. He needs to repent and I hope and pray that he does for saying what he said.

  5. David L. Williams said

    It was recently reported that Obama is trying to find a church to attend while he is in Washington. Let’s pray he gets a surprise and finds one that tells the Gospel, and that he understands it and repents. DavWms

  6. julie wedge said

    I have been a christian, all my life. Ever since I was a little girl, I have gotten into the end times! I always felt that I would be a part of it! I think I know why this man went astray,,,,The LOrd tells us toward the end, that we must be warriors for him, because evil will be so very present. I truly believe this, but, We also have to love and forgive, as Jesus taught us….. WE must test the spirits that stand before us. This spirit, to me does not stand the test!!!!!

  7. cinamingrl said

    Drake has long gone off the deep end. He uses his pulpit for his own personal agendas. Such as “boycotting Disneyland” for employing gays…..and his latest escapade, trying to prove that the President is an “illegal alien”. Drake seems to suffer from a mental illness named “narcissistic personality disorder”. People who suffer from this illness have symptoms such as delusions of grandeur. He seems to believe that acting like an insane person will get him fame. But he is only making a spectacle of himself. I feel sorry for his family. He has become an embarrassment to the FSBC. Maybe at one time his ideas about helping the homeless were positive and helpful. But he has turned his pulpit into a circus. His church services are no longer religious, but more political. And some people have been thrown out of the church physically for dissenting out loud. If he’d use his position for the good of mankind, instead of for how own personal agendas, he night be doing a service to Orange County. But he isn’t. He should go back to Arkansas where his racism and hick ways are accepted. Because most of the citizens in O.C. think he is crazy and needs to be institutionalized.

  8. J Bob Replica said

    Pray for him to die?

    What Were You Thinking?

    Where’s Quality Control on this, or the editor!

  9. Anonymous said

    While I agree with you that we should not pray for anyone to die (in a worldly sense) I think the pastor and all of you have totally misinterpreted the Word. Also, I must point out that your dispensationalism is not consistent with the Words of Christ Himself. He specifically says that the Old Law still applies.

    When there is the “prayer to die” in Psalms it does not mean a physical death, but acknowledging their spiritual death, and God’s justice upon them. These are degenerate people we speak of, the very people who deny faith in God, the wicked who have not been born of the Spirit by God’s grace.

    Secondly, the Old Law still applies. But there is no way for any of us to follow it perfectly like Christ did. That is why, by our faith in Him (which is a gift of God’s grace, not of choice by our own free will), He becomes our substitute before God, so we are seen as righteous in His eyes to be glorified in His name. The Greek word used is Paraclete, which basically means defender or advocate. Christ is our advocate. His sacrifice became like the “Passover sacrifice” for all who believe in Him. That is why He is referred to as to Lamb of God.

    Before you guys preach that the New Testament somehow supercedes the Old Testament, I would advise you to dig deeper into God’s Word, His special and specific revelation about Himself. It perfectly describes God’s character to our weak minds. There is more to Him, but we would not comprehend those mysteries. God never goes back on His covenants. There is not “New Testament covenant” vs “old Testament covenant.” There are three covenants: The Covenant of Redemption, the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace. All were predestined by God since eternity, before the creation. God gave the law to the Hebrews. This was the Covenant of Works. But He actually gave it to Adam before the Fall. Adam failed, and since then so has every other human, with exception to Christ. Christ’s atonement, which gave us the Covenant of Grace (the New Covenant as you might refer) makes the Covenant of Works possible to be fulfilled (not only though His death and resurrection, but also His perfect life). We still have to achieve righteousness before God in order to qualify to make it in to Heaven. But since this is not possible, due to man’s sinful nature (and total depravity), Christ acts as our substitute and through our faith in Him, we are justified in the Father’s view. The Covenant of Grace makes the Covenant of Works possible, which in turn, makes the Covenant of Redemption possible. Since Adam’s Fall, redemption is not possible without God’s grace, because of our inability not to sin. Therefore, there is no dispensation between the Old Testament and the New Testament in the form you describe. Both are totally coherent and in sync with each other, fulfilling God’s promises, which He NEVER breaks. The only dispensations we can suggest would be the covenants being fulfilled by other covenants.

    Praying that someone dies, is not the context of the Scripture. It does not mean physical death. It means spiritual death. We pray that God will either regenerate the wicked by His grace, through the Holy Spirit, if it is His will, or punish the wicked who willfully sin against Him, by condemning them to the second death, which is Hell.

    I hope this clears up any confusion over doctrine and theology of the Bible. This Pastor might of meant that, but I get the feeling that maybe the seminary he went to preaches something outside of the proper context of the Word. Unfortunately, those absolutely do exist.

    I pray for President Obama. I pray that God regenerates his heart, and causes true spiritual rebirth in him, John 3:3-8, so that his only desire is to please God and give glory to His name in everything he does. I pray that prayer for all whose faith is not genuine, and I personally believe that Obama’s faith is not genuine because he is not a humble man, and he does not speak in a way publicly that would indicate his genuine faith. Furthermore, he has stated that there are multiple paths to Heaven. Therefore, he does not really believe that Christ’s sacrifice means anything -he denies the Holy omnipotence and sovereignty of God and the almighty power of His grace. He has also stated that he is not sure if he is going to Heaven or not, but thinks that he is a good person, and so would like to think that he will go. John 6:63 says that “The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing” NLT. Christ Himself says that. Obama therefore, cannot be a Christian if he does not believe that the ONLY way to Heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ (not by works), as it is the BASIS of the Christian faith. So, I pray that he will come to true faith by accepting that justification is through faith alone by grace alone. But I also pray that God fulfills His Holy and Righteous promise to punish the wicked and bring them to justice at the time of Judgment, in order to glorify His Holy name. That is not in any way an evil intention on my part. That is me putting my total faith in God and His redemptive promise. I pray the God’s grace will regenerate President Obama’s heart and that the Holy Spirit will quicken him to the faith. And just to be clear, President Bush also said that there are “multiple paths to Heaven.” I contend that neither of them are Christians. A true Christian acknowledges that their faith is a gift of God’s grace, and not of their own free will, which is human worldly effort. A true Christian professes that Christ is King and there is only one way to the Father, John 14:6, and that is through the King. A true Christian lives his life to give glory to the name of God, in everything he does, says, thinks, and feels -in every breath he draws, it is in desire to fulfill God’s will, Luke 10:27. The true Christian endeavors to look at himself as God sees him -as He has designed us to be. A true Christian “walks the path worthy of his calling by God”, Ephesians 4:1

    Christ be with you.

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