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James Dobson: Trump Is a 'Baby Christian'


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Focus on the Family's Dr. James Dobson says Trump has accepted Christ but still has a long way to go in his faith.

Dobson made the comments in an interview after attending an exclusive meeting between Trump and the nation's top evangelical leaders last week. 

Although Trump is known for his tough, no-nonsense demeanor, Dobson says he notices something different about Trump.

"I think he is listening" Dobson said. "There are a lot of people ministering to him personally."

"He did accept a relationship with Christ -- I know the person who led him to Christ," he added.

According to Dobson, Trump has not had a relationship with Christ for very long and is still maturing in his faith.

"I believe he really made a commitment but he is a baby Christian," Dobson said.

Many Christians remain skeptical, pointing to his use of profanity or questionable beliefs.

Dobson believes evangelical Christians can better understand Trump if they turn to the Apostle Paul's example in the Scripture.

"I think -- if he really accepted Christ -- that it is important to understand ," Dobson explained. "Saul wasn't at all like Christ when he began his journey. He spent 14 years in Arabia so that God could get a hold of him before he began ministering as Paul."

Many evangelicals have a hard time believing Trump could have actually accepted Christ into his life. Dobson had two pieces of advice for the skeptics: all things are possible with God, and only time will tell if Trump's faith bears fruit.

"Maybe, just maybe, believing it's possible is to believe more in God than in man after all. This is what it means to pray for change, see it happen, and then believe that God could do what man cannot. This is what biblical faith looks like, after all," he said.

Dobson urged Christians whether they like Trump or not to pray for the presumptive presidential nominee.

"Pray for Trump. Regardless of where he stands with God, it's not stupid to pray for him and believe God can transform him," he said. "It's actually exactly what biblical praying and faith looks like."

"If you ridicule this practice, you don't understand the Bible in the most basic of ways, and are, in the final analysis, a very poor Christ 'follower,'" Dobson concluded. 

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