Liberty University President Quotes Scripture Suggesting ‘Unrepentant’ Donald Trump Is Christian During ‘Hero’s Welcome’

Trump Liberty Shirt-compressedLYNCHBURG, Va. — In what has been called a “hero’s welcome,” the thrice-married, unbridled-tongued professing Christian Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addressed an enormous crowd at what many consider the world’s largest Christian university on Monday, being lauded by the school’s president as a man who has “borne fruit” and “lives a life of loving and helping others as Jesus taught.”

Jerry Falwell Jr. spent ten minutes providing an introduction for the presidential nominee, who asked reporters last year “why do I need to repent if I am not making mistakes,” painting a picture of a man whose life has been marked by good deeds.

“As our friendship has grown, so has my admiration for Mr. Trump,” Falwell stated.

He quoted Scripture in suggesting that Trump’s life comports with Christianity.

“Matthew 7:16 tells us that ‘By your fruits you shall know them.’ Donald Trump’s life has borne fruit,” Falwell said. “Fruit that has provided jobs to multitudes of people, in addition to the many he has helped with his generosity.”

“In my opinion, Mr. Trump lives a life of loving and helping others as Jesus taught in the Great Commandment,” he declared.

Falwell characterized Trump as a “breath of fresh air” and compared the presidential candidate and billionaire business mogul to his father, the late Jerry Falwell Sr. And while he said that Trump’s appearance was not an endorsement, he opined that “the American public is finally ready to elect a candidate who is not a career politician but rather who has succeeded in real life.”

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During his speech, Trump told those gathered that he believes Christianity is under attack, and characterized himself as a Christian as he has done in other appearances.

“If you look what’s going on throughout the world … Christianity, it’s under siege,” Trump stated. “I’m Protestant. I’m very proud of it. Presbyterian to be exact, but I’m very proud of it.”

The Republican presidential candidate also quoted Scripture in vowing to protect religious freedom.

“2 Corinthians 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” he said. “And here, there is liberty.”

“Is that the one? Is that the one you like?” he asks, sounding awkward. “I think that’s the one you like because I loved it, and it’s so representative of what’s taking place.”

But some state that Liberty University, which has also invited non-Christians such as Mormon adherent Glenn Beck and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to speak to students, shouldn’t be so quick to declare Trump a born-again Christian.

Peroutka
Peroutka

“God hasn’t given us the ability to read men’s hearts, but He does give us the duty to make judgments based on the fruit that we see,” 2008 Constitution Party presidential candidate Michael Peroutka told Christian News Network. “And good fruit doesn’t come from a bad tree, and bad fruit doesn’t come from a good tree.”

“You have to examine someone’s actions and their speech and see whether or not that comports with what they self-declare,” he explained. “Even Satan quoted Scripture, so even the devil knows the Bible.”

David Whitney, pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Pasadena, Maryland and speaker with the Institute on the Constitution, agreed. He noted several red flags surrounding Trump’s behavior indicating that the candidate does not bear the fruit of someone who is born again.

“One [concern] is how he treats other people and verbally denigrates them, showing a lack of respect. It seems to purvey his character that he cannot help but to ridicule, mock and denigrate,” Whitney said. “That does not comport with the kind of character that we see that Exodus 18:20 calls us to in terms of who we choose to be our rulers.”

He also noted concerns with Trump’s answer last summer at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit when asked if he has ever sought forgiveness for his sins.

“I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” Trump stated. “I think if I do something wrong, I think I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

“This indicates that he thought his previous positions were not an issue, such as on abortion, that he should ask God for forgiveness,” Whitney said. “What about the affair that happened while he was married to another woman, and eventually divorced that woman and married the woman he was having an affair with? Clearly adultery was taking place, and if he doesn’t see anything wrong with that, it’s a huge problem…”

Whitney
Whitney

The pastor disagreed with Falwell’s statement that Trump has led a life of love and helping others, considering his ongoing casino enterprise.

“We know that gambling addictions are fed by his business as well as other businesses, so that’s not a loving thing to draw people further into their addiction and profit from their addiction,” he opined. “So I would not say that he’s following in the footsteps of Jesus with his life [as Falwell suggested]. That’s not to say that he hasn’t done good things in and of themselves, but there’s much to be repented of in his life.”

Jessica Taylor of NPR expressed similar thoughts.

“That’s right—the candidate currently leading among the most faith-filled voters is a twice-divorced casino mogul, who isn’t an active member of any church, once supported abortion rights, has a history of crass language—and who says he’s never asked God’s forgiveness for any of it,” she wrote in an article in November entitled “True Believer? Why Donald Trump Is The Choice Of The Religious Right.”

As previously reported, an estimated three dozen spiritual leaders, including a number of prosperity preachers, met with Trump in New York this past September, with some laying hands on him and praying for God’s wisdom and favor on the candidate.

“Father, we just secure him right now by the blood of Jesus. We thank you that no weapon formed against him will be able to prosper and any tongue that rises against him will be condemned according to the word of God,” Paula White, who leads New Destiny Christian Center in Florida, prayed. “I secure him. I secure his children. I secure his calling and his mantle.”

But both Peroutka and Whitney said that it is not wise for Christians to so blindly jump on the Trump train. They expressed disappointment that Trump was received so enthusiastically at Liberty University.

“I think that’s worrisome because there’s an implied endorsement,” Peroutka said. “Even if it’s not an official endorsement from the university, there’s an implication that somehow Christiandom is somehow putting its stamp of approval on it. That’s regrettable.”

“It makes it appear that the Christian university is jumping on the bandwagon,” Whitney stated. “I think if the university had done it a way of not welcoming him as a hero but rather questioning him as a candidate, that would be a very different approach.”

Why is all of this important? The men note that Christians are commanded by God to select rulers that are “able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness,” (Exodus 18:21) and that possessing an “anyone but Hillary” attitude is not a biblical mindset.

“I think that approach is fundamentally flawed,” Peroutka said. “The lesser of two evils, of course, is evil. And when you choose the lesser of two evils, you [still] choose evil. And when you choose evil and you get evil, you are responsible because you chose it, didn’t you?”


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  • gizmo23

    It’s magical how someone because faithful when they decide to run or someone is giving them money

    • afchief

      Tell me, who are you voting for? Or are you the typical liberal that likes to hide who they are voting for?

      I have nothing to hide and I’m voting for Cruz.

      • gizmo23

        I almost always vote third party so I don’t know yet. My state doesn’t have a primary and I’m not registered with any party

        • afchief

          Thought so! Typical liberal!

          • gizmo23

            Thanks

          • Ax2root

            AFchief, good to see your name..I respect your opinion. . What are your thoughts on Trump and Cruz.?

          • afchief

            Hello Ax! My trust for Trump is not there. There is a check in my Spirit. I like what Trump is saying, but I do not know if he will stay true to his word. I will vote for Cruz in the primaries. If Trump wins the primaries, I will vote for him in November.

            We cannot afford Hillary or Sanders in the WH. They are both anti-Americans and anti-Christians. They will further destroy our country.

          • Ax2root

            Yes….understand completely …

            I also support Cruz as a consistent Constitutionalist …who I recognize has made some mistakes but I think he has TRULY recognized them and has grown

  • Rev21

    The students at Liberty are REQUIRED to attend these convocations. It is not optional. Neither Trump nor Bernie “drew”these crowds at Liberty!! Politicians want to speak there because they are guaranteed a large audience!

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Haha, the ironically-named Liberty University, where students’ entire lives are planned out and controlled by Administration.

    • bowie1

      Students still can have their own opinions even if they are required to attend.

  • Ruth Davis

    They need to start worshiping GOD and not the man .

  • Paul Lester

    This is incredible. What is Liberty University teaching? How can someone not ask for forgiveness and be a Christian? Christ death is meaningless for those people. All have sinned including Trump. I still can’t believe the son of Jerry Farwell would give such a glowing endorsement to a charlatan like Trump who is just now realizing he is a conservative. What a joke. I would think twice about sending my children to a place like that.

  • ice

    Liberty in many ways marches to its own drummer and presents various views to it’s students. They brought in Bernie Saunders and Trump so there is a variety their

  • Greg Trujillo

    There must come a falling away first…..

  • acontraryview

    “and compared the presidential candidate and billionaire business mogul to his father, the late Jerry Falwell Sr.”

    Enough said.

  • FoJC_Forever

    False religion always compromises with the world to gain power and influence.

    Follow Jesus, find Truth.

    • Ax2root

      so true

      ” the strength of sin is the law”

      “‘Where the SPIRIT of The Lord is there is Liberty”

  • Tony Robinson

    LU used to have a slogan, “Training Champions for Christ.” I’m unsure what part of Christ they are championing with Donald Trump.

  • Johnny

    Only one candidate stands out in this election, Rand Paul. #StandWithRand

  • Michael Link

    Political Christianity: As long as you get what you want, you’ll say anything to fool Christians that don’t have effective discernment…

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Sadly, that is only too true,Mr.Link…

  • Emmanuel

    I heard the speech and not impressed. Donald was all over the map and not organized as a speaker. He repeated himself and made weird comments. You might say it’s nothing but he lacks professionalism in communication. I question his christianity and salvation due to his comments about “saving through good deeds.” Save your “don’t judge” liberal defense comment. Read the bible.

    • Ax2root

      I saw a video of those a pastor’s praying over Donald Trump…which is fine since everyone needs prayer.

      However, I NEVER HEARD FROM ANY PRAYER OR ANY of those Padtors OR DONALD TRUMP that he has EVER been born again in Jesus Christ as his Lord, Savior and REDEEMER.

      This is important because other statements Trump made were the OPPOSITE

      • Dianne

        Donald Trump boasts he could SHOOT people in a crowded street and his supporters would still back him. Satan truly rules this man’s mind and heart.

        John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the LUSTS of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the TRUTH, but because there is NO TRUTH in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a LIAR, and the father of it.

  • acontraryview

    Here’s my questions: If Trump puts on that jersey they gave him, will the jersey burst into flames, or will Trump? Is “71” the number of times Trump has cheated on his numerous spouses?

  • Noreen L

    I’m voting for Trump. So there. And some Christians don’t leave room for anyone to change their mind….so what Trump believed 15 years ago is what he has to believe today, or you don’t believe him?? I’ve changed my mind about a lot of things over the years, and become much more conservative and moral in my worldview. Sometimes change is good! Some people have minds like a steel trap: already closed and no chance of opening again.

    • Beema

      So right.

  • George Jenkins

    I wonder how big a donation Liberty got………..

  • Dianne

    Jerry Falwell Sr. Would have CALLED for a BOYCOTT of Donald Trump. He’s probably “rolling in his grave ” in anguish over his son’s LACK of spiritual DISCERNMENT!!!

    Donald Trump is a tool of satan to DECEIVE Christians that are not looking to GOD’s word for directions on who to vote for.
    The many reasons Not to vote for this unrepentant heathen should cause restraint. He also makes millions from his STRIP CLUBS.

    Pornography is a SIN unto death!!! Flee all sexual immorality!!! 1Corinthians 6:18-20, Revelation 21:8 Whoremongers burn in the Lake of Fire!!!

    Jerry Falwell Sr. Lead a boycott to stop the open display and selling of pornography in convenient stores in the eighties and it was a success.

    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness. Isaiah 5:20

  • Paul Lester

    I heard a recent interview where Trump was asked specifically about religious persecution in this country. All Trump could come up with was employers not allowing employees to say Merry Christmas and how he would stop that. That was it. Christians are being forced to pay for abortions, contraception’s, fined, forced out of business, called hateful, and thrown in jail all because we refuse to accept that homosexual is not a sin, not wanting them to adopt our children, and to participate in their ceremonies. All Trump can come up with is allowing us to say Merry Christmas. Really?

    • Dianne

      And Donald Trump boasted on Saturday that ” I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and SHOOT somebody and I wouldn’t LOSE any voters, okay?”

      The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that LOVETH VIOLENCE his soul hateth. Psalm 11:5

      Donald ( Hitler) Trump is serving up Jim Jones’s poisoned KOOL AID, to the FOOLISH and spiritually compromised for sure. Woe unto them!