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Evangelical leader: Trump recently found a 'relationship with Christ'

 (Steve Helber/AP)
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Donald Trump does not speak about his faith often, but a prominent church leader is suggesting that the billionaire businessman has a new-found bond with Christ. 

James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and a high-profile evangelical leader, said Trump recently forged and accepted a "relationship with Christ." 

In recent weeks, Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, has sought to shore up support among evangelicals.

Despite winning over the support of a majority of evangelicals throughout the Republican primary, many remain divided and are concerned about the depth of his faith. 

Trump met with hundreds of evangelical leaders, including Dobson and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., an early supporter, in New York this week. 

"I don’t know when it was, but it has not been long,” Dobson said of what he described as Trump's new closer relationship with Christ during an interview with a Pennsylvania church pastor. ”I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian.”

Trump, a Presbyterian, drew scorn from some religious leaders earlier this year after he inaccurately cited "Two" Corinthians during a speech at Falwell's Liberty University. The more common expression is "Second" Corinthians.

During the meeting with evangelical leaders earlier in the week, Trump attacked Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, saying "we don't know anything about Hillary in terms of religion." 

However, over the years, Clinton has spoke openly about the role her faith has played in her life. 

Despite his effort to rein in support from church leaders, some remain skeptical.

"We will be watching, listening and waiting to see how he continues to relate on the critical issues of life, family and religious liberty," Paul Weber, president of the Family Policy Alliance, told The Times earlier this week.  


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