Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

A Clearwater pastor plans a provocative sermon on President Obama and the anti-Christ

CLEARWATER — Is President Barack Obama the anti-Christ?

That's the question the Rev. Ken Link will answer Sunday during his sermon at Clearwater's Lakeview Baptist Church.

Sunday's discussion is the latest in a series by Link, examining Biblical prophecy and theories about the end of time.

The pastor says parishioners have asked the question since Obama began campaigning for president.

"It's not as much about politics as it is about scripture," Link said.

Link said he isn't afraid to preach politics, and would likely have posed the question regardless of America's leader.

"The popularity of the president is such that even asking the question causes controversy," Link said.

Several people have called to complain since the question was posed on a sign outside the church at 1430 Belleair Road in Clearwater. Link said they began advertising the sermon Monday and expect more than 200 people to attend.

As Renee Baker of Clearwater drove to an appointment Friday morning, she saw the sign and was offended.

"Just the fact that the question was put on marquee display," Baker said.

The church's right to free speech protected the discussion, she said, but she thought the question violated other liberties.

"They are tying the nation to the church," she said. "We aren't supposed to do that, according to the Constitution."

Link, however, said he opposes the country's rigid division of church and state.

Obama's speech in Cairo earlier this week complicates the question, Link said.

Some Obama opponents say the speech, which attempted to engage Muslims around the world, demonstrated wavering American support of Israel.

"I understand he is trying to calm the angst between Muslims and America," Link said. "I also know Jimmy Carter tried to do that."

The question has been rampant among bloggers since Obama's election last year. Many link Obama's widespread charisma with prophecy predicting the anti-Christ will be extremely popular.

In Christianity, the anti-Christ is Jesus Christ's antagonist, expected to rule the world before Jesus' second coming and the end of time.

"I've heard our president referred to as the modern-day Messiah," Link said. "And that is offending to us."

The church's service begins at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

Brian Spegele can be reached at bspegele@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4154

A Clearwater pastor plans a provocative sermon on President Obama and the anti-Christ 06/05/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 5, 2009 7:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trigaux: For Class of 2016, college debt loads favor Florida graduates

    Banking

    Florida college graduates saddled with student debt: Take heart. The average debt Class of 2016 Florida grads must bear is less than students in most states.

    University of South Florida undergraduates gather at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa for last fall's commencement ceremony. A new survey finds their average student debt upon graduating was $22,276. Statewide, 2016 Florida grads ranked a relatively unencumbered 45th among states, averaging $24,461 in student debt. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  2. Romano: One person, one vote is not really accurate when it comes to Florida

    Politics

    Imagine this:

    Your mail-in ballot for the St. Petersburg mayoral election has just arrived. According to the fine print, if you live on the west side of the city, your ballot will count as one vote. Meanwhile, a ballot in St. Pete's northeast section counts for three votes.

    Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections worker Andrea West adds mail ballots to an inserter Sept. 22 at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Service Center in Largo. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
  3. St. Petersburg will hold first budget hearing tonight

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Sunshine City's new property tax rate looks exactly like its current rate. For the second year in a row, Mayor Rick Kriseman does not plan to ask City Council for a tax hike or a tax cut.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman talks about the state of the city on Tuesday, two days after Hiurricane Irma passed through the state. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  4. 'We were lucky': Zephyrhills, Dade City get back to normal after Irma

    Hurricanes

    Two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, residents and city officials in eastern Pasco — hit harder than other areas of the county — are moving forward to regain normalcy.

    Edward F. Wood, 70, tugs at a branch to unload a pile of debris he and his wife picked up in their neighborhood, Lakeview in the Hills in Dade City.
  5. After Hurricane Irma, many ask: How safe are shelters?

    News

    NAPLES — Residents of the Naples Estates mobile home park beamed and cheered when President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott strolled amid piles of shredded aluminum three days after Hurricane Irma to buck up residents and hail the work of emergency responders. But almost nobody had anything good to say about …

    The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area opened its doors to anyone seeking temporary shelter during Hurricane Irma. Evacuees were housed in the Istaba multipurpose building and was quickly at capacity housing over 500 people. [Saturday, September 9, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]