CNN host Don Lemon has garnered criticism for claiming that Jesus Christ “was not perfect” while He was living on earth.
On an episode of “CNN Tonight” that aired earlier this week, Lemon talked about how Americans have learned about their history with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo.
At issue was the debates over statues and monuments for Confederate soldiers, former U.S. presidents, and Americans who were not slave owners but whose statues have been torn down by rioters in recent weeks, such as abolitionist Col. Hans Christian Heg.
During their discussion, Lemon said, “a lot of what you’ve been taught” in school classrooms about American history “has been propaganda,” adding that “some things you need to unlearn.”
“Jesus Christ — if you believe in, if that’s who you believe in, Jesus Christ — admittedly was not perfect when he was here on this earth. So why are we deifying the founders of this country, many of whom owned slaves?” said Lemon.
Former Arkansas Gov. and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to denounce Lemon’s comments as blasphemous.
“Just when I didn’t think Don Lemon could say something any dumber than stuff he’s already said, he ‘dons’ his ecclesiastical hat and declares ‘Jesus wasn’t perfect.’ In the faith world, we call that kind of arrogant comment ‘blasphemy,’” tweeted Huckabee.
Pastor Robert Jeffress, head of the megachurch First Baptist Dallas, told Fox News that he considered the words of Lemon to be “heretical” in nature.
“Don Lemon’s comments are, first of all, heretical,” explained Jeffress, “and it contradicts the most basic tenet of the Christian faith and demonstrates how tone-deaf the left is to faith issues.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski