Jerry Falwell Jr. Takes to Fox News to Defend Donald Trump as Generous ‘Christian’

Falwell-compressedLYNCHBURG, Va. — The president of Virginia’s Liberty University, which heralds itself as the world’s largest Christian university, took to Fox News on Monday night to defend the the thrice-married, unbridled-tongued Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as being a generous Christian, repeating the praise that he lavished during his introduction of Trump during the university’s convocation earlier in the day.

Jerry Falwell, Jr. appeared on “Hannity” and explained why—although he did not consider his introduction an endorsement—he spoke so glowingly about the presidential candidate.

“I got to know Donald Trump after he spoke here in 2012 and I learned so much about him that the public never hears and I wanted to share that with our audience,” he explained.

Falwell then provided examples of Trump’s generosity, such as the money he donated to help keep the Harlem Hoops tournament operating after its leader died in the 9/11 attacks, to paying off a family’s mortgage after they gave roadside assistance when his limousine broke down, to donating $100,000 to a Christian ministry that was struggling financially.

He then asserted that these aspects demonstrate Trump’s Christianity.

“Those are just things that I think the world needed to know about Donald Trump because the Bible says that by your fruits you shall know them,” Falwell said.

“He may not be a theological expert and he might say two Corinthians instead of second Corinthians, but when you look at the fruits of his life and all the people he’s provided jobs, I think that’s the true test of somebody’s Christianity not whether or not they use the right theological terms,” he stated.

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As previously reported, Falwell had made similar statements in his ten-minute introduction of Trump to Liberty students who attended the mandatory convocation on Monday.

“Matthew 7:16 tells us that ‘By your fruits you shall know them.’ Donald Trump’s life has borne fruit,” he 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,” Falwell declared.

But some believe that Falwell shouldn’t be so quick to stump for Trump, noting that simply performing good deeds doesn’t necessarily make someone a born-again Christian.

“I would disagree with Jerry Falwell because although, yes, Trump has done many generous and good deeds, if he doesn’t have true living faith in Jesus Christ as his savior in understanding that he’s a sinner in need of salvation, then the many good deeds do not equate to the fruit that Jesus is talking about,” Pastor David Whitney of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church and the Institute on the Constitution in Pasadena, Maryland, told Christian News Network.

“After all,” he said, “the prophet Isaiah said that all our righteousness is as filthy rags. Until we come to faith in Jesus Christ, any good things that we do are not seen in God’s eyes as truly acts that are good. The only good that a person can do is after they come to faith in Jesus Christ, and I think that that is the measure of the fruit that Jesus is referring to.”

Whitney noted Trump’s pattern of demeaning other candidates, his casino empire, his support for eminent domain (government seizure of private property), and his statements denying his need for repentance and forgiveness as red flags surrounding Trump’s fruit.

“Why do I have to repent, why do I have to ask for forgiveness, if you are not making mistakes?” Trump asked CNN’s Anderson Cooper in July. “I work hard. I’m an honorable person. I have thousands of people who work for me. I have employed tens of thousands of people over the years.”

“I don’t know anyone who’s truly a Christian who would make such a statement,” Whitney said. “[W]e’re told to confess our sins and to repent of those sins. So someone who would say, ‘I don’t ever see anything that I need to ask God forgiveness for,’ would not have a biblical understanding of their status before God and their need for Christ to be their savior.”

He pointed to 1 Timothy 5:22’s exhortation for church leaders not to “lay hands suddenly” on any man, and opined that the principle likewise applies to university presidents like Falwell who are quick to declare presidential candidates as being Christian.

“Those who are in leadership and are making an impact on a large Christian community, a Christian college or even beyond that realm, need to be cautious in quickly ‘laying hands on’ any politician and endorsing or quasi-endorsing them,” Whitney stated. “We ought to challenge the candidates by the standard of the biblical view of law and government.”

John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, once said, “Providence has given our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

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  • gizmo23

    This may make some here angry, but these kind of fights and arguments make Christians look shallow, petty, and generally bad to a great many people in the USA.
    The overt pandering is embarrassing to this Christian

    • Josey

      You are so silly and immature knowing nothing but shallowness if you think discussing these things makes Christians look petty nor is it an argument to discuss things that are necessary in voting, we should consider all about the person running for election so we can make wise decisions or we could just keep our head buried in the sand as you would like because it is the lazy and easy way and the reason it should be discussed is because Trump wants the Christians’s vote, that is a reason it should be discussed and Whitney is correct in saying that all the good deeds and yes Trump has done those things, I believe it,but our salvation is not based on good works alone for no one is good but God for His motives are pure without selfishness, God does good for people because it is who He is, it’s His character. Where as humans have different motives usually selfish reasons for doing good deeds such as praising ourselves for the good deed done and making it known to others which will only be burnt up as hay and stubble in the end for they received their reward on earth by gaining praise from men. A truly good deed is done in secret before God and that He only knows about and the person who does such a pure good deed doesn’t want praise from men for it but His praise comes from Almighty God.

      Trump says, “Why do I have to repent, why do I have to ask for forgiveness, if you are not making mistakes?” Trump asked CNN’s Anderson Cooper in July. “I work hard. I’m an honorable person. I have thousands of people who work for me. I have employed tens of thousands of people over the years.” All good things yes but he still needs to ask for forgiveness and repent. PRIDE AND BRAGGING! Trump is not perfect, no one is that is why Jesus willingly gave His life for He alone was w/out sin and able to atone for the rest of us imperfect and sinful people,

      And yes he has done these things and he brags about doing those things but fails to see his own pride in praising himself in doing those things which is a sin, he has made himself a god and God will not share His glory with another! And he is now promoting and teaching others the sin which is that he others cam brag and praise their own good deeds and in doing so he is promoting an anti christ view that we don’t need Christ or forgiveness for our sins which we are all sinners who need Christ. Falwell of all people should recognize this anti christ spirit spoken of in 1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” and Trump is either purposefully or unwittingly promoting this lie, it is very distressful that a minister of the gospel is aligning himself with this against the very word of God following what his eyes and ears hear rather than trusting in the word of God which is to come first above what we see or hear, he should know better and this just shows how apostate the church is becoming daily I pray Falwell sees the truth and repents and straightens this out before his congregation, and school before its too late for him and those who are listening to him, do not be deceived people of God Jesus Christ is the Truth, the Life and the only Way to the Father, Good works will not get one to Heaven for all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory and the only way one gets to Heaven is by repenting and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Follow Christ and stick to His word, don’t veer to the left or to the right. Some of the most beautiful snakes in the world are the most deadly.

      “I don’t know anyone who’s truly a Christian who would make such a statement,” Whitney said. “[W]e’re told to confess our sins and to repent of those sins. So someone who would say, ‘I don’t ever see anything that I need to ask God forgiveness for,’ would not have a biblical understanding of their status before God and their need for Christ to be their savior.” amen Mr. Whitney. Come quickly Lord Jesus, even so come. Glory to God alone!

      • gizmo23

        Once you insulted me in the first line I stopped reading

        • OneBreadOneBody

          If all the insulting ad hominem language was pulled from these discussion threads it would be a lonely place. Their policy statement says that abusive language is not permitted, but they are either incapable or unwilling to enforce their own rules. Maybe it’s all the ad revenue they get.

          • gizmo23

            Enforcement does appear to be lacking

          • Josey

            Because I called a duck a duck it is insulting or should be pulled from this discussion, I said she or he was silly, immature and shallow based on their previous post. I don’t see how that was bad language at all, it was my opinion as how I saw their post. I’m sure they cried a river over it…sarcasm.

          • OneBreadOneBody

            An ad hominem argument is when you seek to buttress your position by commenting on your opponent’s character. One does not have to be insulting to do so. It is merely the act of evading the matter at hand by diverting the discussion to something irrelevant. It is similar to a “red herring.”

          • Josey

            And there are no ads showing up on my page

        • Josey

          btw…it is you who called Christians shallow and petty for discussing this article but guess it’s only insulting when someone calls you the shallow one.

          • gizmo23

            I called no one that. I just pointed out a perception

          • Josey

            I am not angry but you are lying because you did insinuate this in your own words, “but these kind of fights and arguments make Christians look shallow, petty, and generally bad to a great many people in the USA. The overt pandering is embarrassing to this Christian.

            Are you a Christian btw? Do you follow Christ and His word w/out leaving out parts or changing it to fit your narrative because what I’ve seen of your posts you are pro-homosexual which the bible clearly names as an abomination, not to mention pro abortion that you have defended. Have you repented of your sins and accepted Christ as the only way to the Father and to Heaven? Have you been born again changed from the old life to a new life? The blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross for each of us is the only thing that can cleanse us and make us new. Do you have a love for those who love Christ? Or are you a pretender? Answer these questions truthfully.

          • gizmo23

            I stopped reading when you said I was lying

          • Josey

            I see you cannot answer for if you are truly a Child of God you’d be quick to say so and testify to it. You made the claim not me and said, ” but these kind of fights and arguments make Christians look shallow, petty, and generally bad to a great many people in the USA.(btw…when one serves the Most High God, they do not worry about what the world thinks of them, the world is at enmity with God and His children and the child of God understands to obey the will of God comes first and the child of God knows He will take care of the world in His own time) you said the overt pandering is embarrassing to this Christian,” you said the pandering is embarrassing to this christian which I understood you to be claiming to be a Christian so you diverted from my questions about your claim to be a Christian by closing your mind to what I had to say by stating because I asserted you were lying and all I did was honestly ask you to answer the questions to see if you truly are a Christian, testing the spirit speaking out of your mouth and if your answers would have lined up with God’s word I would have gladly asked for your forgiveness but you couldn’t answer those questions, could you? Even the devils believe in God but that doesn’t in no way make them a Christian James ch 2

            Matthew 7:21-27 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

            Only those born again will enter Heaven and have the right to call themselves a Christian and Child of God not based on good works but based only on Christ alone and His atoning work on the cross, faith wholly and solely in Him for everything, even good works done as a child of God, all glory goes to Him alone, I have no claim for anything except trust in Him and desire and hunger for His righteousness and to know Him more than anything or anyone else. You should not be angry with me for speaking the truth but you should consider what I’ve said to you for your very soul is at stake for all eternity, it takes God’s love to speak this way and His love is reaching out to you in spite of the sins you have committed against Him. We all have fallen short of His glory and have sinned against Him and only Christ can cleanse us from that sin and give us true peace and joy. I pray you find it for I am not against you nor am I better than you, I just want you to find the truth, receive it and have life anew by being born again and living eternity in heaven not in hell with satan who hates you with a passion.
            My last words to you, do with them as you please.

        • Mary Lyons

          I pity you! If you would have read the post by Josey you would have learned something. You must learn to put on the whole armor of God and stand instead of shrinking away!! This is what God tells us to do. Josey is standing boldly for the faith!! Born-again,Spirit filled Christians see through Trump because the Holy Spirit is giving us discernment.

          Gizmo23 – do you go to an “emergent” “feel comfortable in your sin” church? It certainly looks like it. If the church you attend has in anyway incorporated removing hymns, Bibles, have a Las Vegas entertainment “worship” band and dress down, then you are in a church that is preaching/teaching an apostasy. Get out and find a Bible believing church.

          • gizmo23

            I go to a very conservative church. I will not read posts that start out by insulting me for no reason

          • Mary Lyons

            Why not get off this blog, because you use that same excuse “I will not read posts that start out by insulting me or lies about what I say.” Really gizmo? You bring it on yourself. You want everyone to agree with you and not say anything that violates what God has said. Gosh! gizmo, your problem is you can’t take constructive criticism or truth.

            You told Josey you wouldn’t read her post because “it insulted you” and now you are telling me that I should talk to Josey about being a better Christian. For crying out loud gizmo – this is sad. Truth is what it is, gizmo, and it even hurts. Most of the time “very conservative churches” are usually very legalistic too, and very narrow minded in interpreting Scripture. Being in a “very conservative” church also brings in a LOT of “man” interpretation to the Scripture instead of Holy Spirit interpretation.

          • gizmo23

            My advice is to not reply to people you don’t like. What you call “constructive criticism” is just insulting people.
            No one including you has the absolute truth and discussion is good, if you can’t handle a challenge don’t post.
            I never insult people here and people that do need to look at themselves

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        You nailed it on the head, Josey. When I was an atheist, I did lots of good works – donated my time and money, volunteered in all of my kids’ schools, coached sports teams, etc – but my motives were always to make myself look good, and I was still rattling the gates of Hell. I cannot speak for Trump on his motives, but I can say that his support for abortion and SSM are well outside of Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy.

    • afchief

      All men including Christians make mistakes. We Christians are not perfect, but He who lives within us is! Don’t look to man to see Jesus Christ, because most of the time you will not see Him. He is right there in front of you knocking on your heart.

      Revelation 3:20 (NASB) Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

      • Becky

        Amen! That was awesome afchief!

  • acontraryview

    Nothing like a good Christian cat fight where people try to prove they are better Christians than others. Fun!

  • anonymous

    this is some kind of a joke right?

    • Emmanuel

      I’m afraid not. We are going from a paper christian in Obama to a “earn salvation” president if Trump wins.

  • Emmanuel

    Trump needs Jesus and the Farwells need to call unrighteous, unrighteous. You can’t earn heaven or salvation. Trump is a motivational speaker, an actor and good at business. Trump needs to learn that he needs to denial himself and follow Christ and that’s tough to do when you are a god (in your own head).

  • SFBruce

    I’m not a Christian, so obviously, I don’t mind when politicians aren’t either; however, to my eyes Trump goes out of his to fake being religious, and that’s offensive. It’s surprising to me that so many evangelicals buy it.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      I have been surprised by it too. I think that some Christians confuse his lack of political correctness, which is a good thing generally, with necessarily being a Christian. The man is pro-abortion and pro-SSM, and whatever differences you and I have on these issues, they are well outside of Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy.

    • THDisqus

      Trump is a fraud. If Muslims were the most important voting block right now, he’d be talking about how great Islam is and how his mother always took him to the mosque and they read the Koran together when he was a child. He’s a political opportunist. It’s embarrassing to think that people are falling for this.

    • Mary Lyons

      Many of us Christians see through Trump, it is the CINO’s (Christians In Name Only) that are being deceived. Sad to say, with the apostasy that has crept into the church with the “emergent” and “feel comfortable religion,” many people are being sucked into a false Christianity. Trump is a snake in the grass and it is sad to see Liberty University going the way of the Rick Warren apostasy and embracing worldly standards. I think Jerry Falwell is twirling in his grave at what his son has done to that school and church.

  • FoJC_Forever

    When one false religious group is exposed, there is another waiting in the background to use the corruption and falsehood to gain followers, power, and resources.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

  • Jo Lux

    To my huge disappointment, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr. endorsed Donald Trump.

    Hey, Jerry, Donald is being generous, because he wants something from you in return!

    I simply cannot comprehend how the Christians, those who say they follow Christ’s teachings, to be able to tolerate – much less support!! – Trump’s behavior of demeaning others.

    He mocked McCain’s service to our country and all the American POWs for that matter, especially when he’s never put himself in harms way to protect others’ lives!! He disparaged Megyn Kelly for asking him hard questions. He mocked Fiorina for how she looks. He mocked a reporter for his physical disability … What would Jesus say to that?!

    Most Christians who support Trump don’t seem to care how Trump’s behavior/mannerism doesn’t reflect Christian values. They don’t care that Trump said that he has never asked forgiveness from God … Isn’t asking forgiveness for our sins (as we’re all sinners) an essential part of the Christian faith??

    If you call yourself a Christian, what Jesus taught us should have priority over anything else at all in your life. If you’re compromising your faith because somehow you think Trump will give you what you want “in this life”, that’s selling your soul to the devil.