What is the religion of Ted Cruz? Is Ted Cruz a
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is reputed to be a conservative Christian but what he has said about his religion, as well as what he has not said,
and his actions raise more questions than provide answers about his religion.
Ted Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban refugee father,
who converted from the Roman Catholic religion
when Ted Cruz was eight years old and now serves as a pastor and director of
Purifying Fire Ministries,
founded by Suzanne Hinn, the wife of Benny Hinn (see
After attending Christian high schools in Texas, Princeton University and
Harvard Law School, Ted Cruz clerked for judges for two years and practiced law
for two years before joining George W. Bush's presidential
In 2001, he married Heidi Nelson, a
Seventh Day Adventist and
fellow aide to George W. Bush. Ted Cruz then served as Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General
until 2003, as Texas' Solicitor General for the next five years, and as a corporate lawyer
for the subsequent four years before winning his 2012 U.S. Senate
seat, endorsed by
Rick Santorum and
who is now distancing herself from him.
Is Ted Cruz a born-again Christian?
Ted Cruz attends Houston's First Baptist Church today and identifies himself as
a Southern Baptist. When asked about his faith by a Christian reporter in 2013,
however, he gave a theologically correct but impersonal reply:
"At the end of the day, faith is not organized
religion; it's not going to a church. It is a personal relationship with Jesus
Christ as your Lord and Savior."- Ted Cruz,
Christian Broadcasting Network, February 20, 2013
When pressed by others about his faith, he has spoken about his father's
conversion out of Roman Catholicism and his wife's
Seventh Day Adventist
parents and brother serving as missionaries in Africa and Haiti, respectively,
but he has yet to speak about his personal
In 2016, Ted Cruz took questions from a Christian audience at a
campaign event in Iowa. When a pastor asked him whom he intends to serve first
and foremost - whether he would put his allegiance to God first or his
allegiance to America first - if he were to become president, Ted Cruz replied:
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord...
I'm a Christian first, I'm an American second, I'm a conservative third, and I'm
a Republican fourth... Before we launched [our campaign], we brought our senior
team together in my pastor's office at the church. Heidi and I are both members
of First Baptist Church in Houston. Our pastor is Gregg Matte, who is a
wonderful, wonderful friend. And we spent two hours in prayer. We had my
extended family. We had all the senior campaign team. We spent two hours in
prayer to launch the campaign... As we went around the room, each of us shared
something, each of us lifted up different prayers. I remember our campaign
chairman, who is a dear friend, recounted a story from the Civil War, that one
of Abraham Lincoln's generals went to him in the darkest days of the Civil War
and said, 'Mr. President, are you praying that God is on our side?' And Lincoln
is reported to have responded, 'No, I am not. I'm praying that we are on God's
side.' And that was very much the prayer that [my campaign chairman] offered...
And this is our prayer from the beginning, that we are not seeking God's hand.
Our prayer has not been, 'God, let us win.' Our prayer has been, 'God, let the
people of America see your face. Let this campaign bring glory to you. If it is
His will that we win, then we will win.'" - Ted
Cruz, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, January 25, 2016
Fine words, which raise five questions for Ted Cruz.
1. Does going to a fundraiser at the home of a prominent homosexual couple in New York City to
seek campaign donations from their homosexual friends and telling them that
confronting homosexual marriage isn't your priority bring glory to God (see
2. Does mass mailing deceptive flyers that pretend to be from the government and
that make false accusations bring glory to the Lord (see
Lord, Liar or
3. Does falsely claiming during a caucus that a
rival candidate is dropping out and asking his
supporters to support you instead bring glory to God (see
Justice of God)?
4. Should a campaign that seeks to bring glory to God exemplify honesty and
integrity and rely on God, or rely on political strategists and their tricks?
5. If you are truly born-again and believe God determines who wins elections,
why do you shy away from sharing your Christian testimony?