Pentecostal Pastor To Lead Obama's Faith-Based Programs

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By Joseph DeCaro

Washington, D.C., USA (Worthy News) -- United States President Barack Obama has named a young Pentecostal pastor to lead the White Office on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships as part of attempts to improve relations with faith-based groups, Worthy News learned Monday, February 16.

Joshua DuBois, 26, previously headed religious affairs for Obama's Senate office and his presidential campaign.

His appointment comes after the Office, under former President George W. Bush, was criticized that "it had more politics" than it had funds.

“This is not a religious office or a religious administration,” Dubois said. “We are going to try to find ways to work with faith-based and community organizations that are secular in nature, and don't cross the boundaries between church and state. We understand it is a fine line, but it's a line we're comfortable walking.”

How comfortable, will depend on how the White House deals with the question of whether or not federal contracts should be awarded to religious groups that only hire members of their own faith.

The Justice Department will review a Bush-era policy which said that the doctrine of separation-of-state should not prevent religious groups from competing for government money to help the needy.

PAYING FOR RELIGION?

Opponents say they worry that government would wind up paying for religion.

In addition to DuBois, Obama has named 25 religious and secular leaders to an advisory board, including a critic of the former faith-based Office, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

“In President Obama, you have somebody who is not only religiously knowledgeable, thoughtful, open and sensitive himself,” said Saperstein in a statement monitored by Worthy News.  “You also have somebody who understands constitutional law, who understands the strength of our system is no establishment of religion. He's going to work hard to get this balance right," he added.

The advisory council says it will focus on four priorities: enlisting community groups to assist in economic recovery, reducing the number of abortions while encouraging responsible fatherhood, and improving interfaith relations, especially with Muslims.

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6 thoughts on “Pentecostal Pastor To Lead Obama's Faith-Based Programs

    • Yes. We need to pray for Obama and his family. But the prayers should be that he and his family
      gets saved and change their way of believing. No true Christian can okay the murder of innocent
      unborn babies. He made remarks at the prayer breakfast for which he needs to be rebuked. He said that no God would approve of the killing of innocent people. If that is true, and it is, then how could he sign an executive order to send money overseas to pay for abortions. Who could be more
      innocent than a helpless baby still in the mothers womb??

  1. For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. I wonder if this young pastor has ever studied the true Judeo-Christian heritage of our country and the INTENT of our founding fathers when they penned the phrase "church and state"? And what a shame that some people are willing to jump onboard the ecumenical train for their 15 minutes of fame, denying the Master who bought them, in exchange for the feel good fuzzies of making nice with all faiths and not emphasizing that Jesus' sacrifice is the ONLY way to be God's child?

    • Amen Dear Sister, Amen!

      >>>>>()<<<<<

      "..... that are secular in nature, and don't cross the boundaries between church and state....."

      Who's State Will We Serve?

      "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
      2 Corinthians 5:20

      Which Master Will We Served?

      "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."
      Matthew 12:30

      Who's Words Will We Honor Today?

      "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
      Mark 8:38

      Oh What A Heartbreak To See The Religions Of Man Blow Large Throughout This Land

      "These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage."
      Jude 1:16

      Oh What A Joy It Is To Know The Mighty KING Returns

      "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
      To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."
      Jude 1:14-15

      To Rule From Zion

      "The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
      So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more."
      Joel 3:16-17

      And Bless Israel

      Hallelujah!

  2. Obama doesn't have a clue what it means to be a Christian. Several years back I read an article in the AARP magazine. Several people were interviewed about what it meant to be a Christian. Obama's answers showed how little he knew about salvation through Jesus Christ and other basic
    doctrines of Christianity. It is hard to understand how Obama could attend a "Christian" church for 20 years and still be so ignorant about things Christian. Maybe Obama really just needs to be saved
    and then he can understand the things of God. Without the guidance and teaching by the Holy
    Spirit, he will never understand. We need to pray for him and his staff every day.

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