James Dobson, a leading evangelical figure, has said that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has recently come to faith in Christ.
Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, was one of the evangelical leaders who met with Trump last week as Trump attempted to boost his support from the evangelical community.
Although Trump has often been criticized for his failure to correctly use biblical terms and his failure to name his favorite Bible verse despite saying the Bible was his favorite book, Dobson says that Trump has made a profession of faith and is “a baby Christian.”
"[H]e did accept a relationship with Christ," said Dobson, according to ChristianToday.com. "I know the person who led him to Christ – that's fairly recent. I don't know when it was, but it has not been long. I believe he really made a commitment, but he's a baby Christian."
Dobson said even though Trump has often mangled Christian terms, Christians ought to recognize that he did not grow up in a Christian environment like many evangelicals. "He doesn't know our language," said Dobson."You got to cut him some slack. He didn't grow up like we did."
In his recent meeting with evangelical leaders, Trump assured them that he is a “tremendous believer,” and that he is completely on their side.
Trump also appointed a number of prominent Christian leaders to his newly-formed Evangelical Advisory Board.
"I think there's hope for him. And I think there's hope for us,” said Dobson.
Publication date: June 27, 2016