Liberty University Alumni Express Concerns About Falwell After ‘Soul Selling’ Trump Endorsement

Falwell-compressedLYNCHBURG, Va. — Liberty University alumni and others are expressing their disappointment and “embarrassment” after the president of what heralds itself as the world’s largest Christian university formerly endorsed the thrice-married, unbridled-tongued, professing evangelical Republican candidate Donald Trump for president on Tuesday.

“I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for president of the United States,” Jerry Falwell, Jr. said in a statement released by the Trump campaign. “He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”

“Great honor – Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University, one of the most respected religious leaders in our nation, has just endorsed me!” Trump soon Tweeted.

As previously reported, during Trump’s visit to the educational institution last Monday, Falwell spent ten minutes providing an introduction for the presidential nominee, 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.”

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

Falwell made similar comments to Fox talk show host Sean Hannity that same day.

“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 contended.

Following Falwell’s glowing remarks about Trump, some Christian leaders expressed sadness over his words.

“I cannot tell you how sad I am about the actions of Jerry Falwell, Jr. in his introduction of Donald Trump at Liberty University on Monday morning,” wrote Michael Farris, chancellor of Patrick Henry College and founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. “Not only did he compare Trump to his own father, he had the audacity to compare Trump to Jesus.”

“Giving Trump an honorary doctorate in the past was unwise, but comparing him to Jesus was as close to heresy as I ever wish to witness,” he continued. “Shame on you, Jerry Falwell, Junior for elevating success in business over the principles of right and wrong that flow from giving priority to the word of God over the priority of a balance sheet. I am deeply saddened.”

After Falwell made his official endorsement today, some likewise expressed their disappointment and embarrassment.

“I am grateful for my four years at Liberty and had a great experience there, but I am actually pretty embarrassed right now about it,” 2003 graduate Dean Inserra, who leads, City Church in Tallahassee, Florida told the Christian Post. “I think evangelicals at times, can be a cheap political date. I think that this is an example of that.”

“I don’t think a populous nationalism should be the way of a Christian. I don’t think that Christians should love America less, but people should love Jesus more,” he said. “I think Jerry Falwell, Jr. is being blinded by might and a lust that all that Trump has to offer in terms of the power to make America great again. … I believe that his father would be disappointed in that kind of soul selling for the sake of might.”

Mandi Ancalle, who works for Family Research Council, whose president, Tony Perkins, helped feed Trump with talking points for his speech at Liberty, expressed disappointment as well.

“The fact he said Donald Trump reflects the fruit of the spirit, I find that very concerning as a Christian. I wonder if that means Jerry Falwell Jr. lacks concern that Donald Trump has indicated that he is very prideful and has indicated that he doesn’t seek forgiveness in the Lord,” she told the outlet.

“He’s indicated a number of things that should make any Christian, any believer question whether Donald Trump actually understands the gospel. To have the fruits of the spirit, you have to be a believer,” Ancalle continued. “Just the statement makes me question whether Jerry Falwell Jr. is using his discernment.”


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  • Angel Jabbins

    Statement of Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University (in response to reporters who asked if he would also be having Donald Trump speak to his student body):

    “Anyone who is pro-abortion is not on my side. Anyone who calls women “pigs,” “ugly,” “fat” and “pieces of a–” is not on my side. Anyone who mocks the handicapped is not on my side. Anyone who has argued the merits of a government takeover of banks, student loans, the auto industry and healthcare is not on my side. Anyone who has been on the cover of Playboy and proud of it, who brags of his sexual history with multiple women and who owns strip clubs in his casinos is not on my side. Anyone who believes the government can wrest control of the definition of marriage from the church is not on my side. Anyone who ignores the separation of powers and boasts of making the executive branch even more imperial is not on my side.

    I’m a conservative. I believe in conserving the dignity of life. I believe in conserving respect for women. I believe in conserving the Constitution. I believe in conserving private property, religious liberty and human freedom. I believe in morality more than I do in money. I hold to principles more than I yearn for power. I trust my Creator more than I do human character. I’d like to think that all this, and more, makes me an informed and thoughtful citizen and voter. I’ve read, I’ve listened and I’ve studied and there is NOTHING, absolutely nothing, in this man’s track record that makes Donald Trump “on my side.”

    I refuse to let my desire to win “trump” my moral compass. I will not sell my soul or my university’s to a political process that values victory more than virtue.

    No, Donald Trump will not be speaking at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.”

    Three cheers for Dr. Piper and shame on Liberty U.

    • Jo Lux

      Dr. Piper is a great Christian. He has my utmost respect.
      And thank you, Angel, for posting this.

    • Jo Lux

      Angel, I wanted to thank you one more time. Dr. Piper’s statement you shared has been very effective in arguing the case against Trump, especially with Christians.

      I’ve been sharing it in several other forums and finding that it’s difficult for most Christians to dispute, because when they do, they’re revealing that they are just a CINO (Christian In Name Only) …

      So, again, my sincere thanks to you!

      • Angel Jabbins

        So glad it was helpful, Jo.

  • Bertha Warren

    There was old song, that said, you ant seen nothing yet. Unexpected people will be selling.

  • Joefortruth

    contradiction

  • https://www.facebook.com/kengpalmer/ Ken Palmer

    Obviously some people dont understand grace. Falwell does. I am proud of him and my school.

    • gizmo23

      The Falwells seem to be concerned about wealth, power , and fame, before anything else

      • https://www.facebook.com/kengpalmer/ Ken Palmer

        You mean when he allows leftists like Bernie Sanders speak at his school?

        • gizmo23

          Yes if it brings them attention

          • https://www.facebook.com/kengpalmer/ Ken Palmer

            Attention to the the student body of one of the largest evangelical schools in the country? Yeah, of course it does, lots of Christian kids there, that vote. The Falwells are responsible for an evangelical ministry that has saved “millions.” Yes, you read that right, “millions,” all over the world. Keep trying.

          • gizmo23

            I still don’t like them

          • https://www.facebook.com/kengpalmer/ Ken Palmer

            That’s ok, you don’t have to, that is your inherent right as a human being. Thank God for that 🙂

  • acontraryview

    Always entertaining to watch a Christian cat fight. CNS has put forth Liberty University and their associates as paragons of true Christianity. But now, they are painting them as false Christians. Too funny.

  • Julian S Harrison

    Trump is not Jesus. Trump is a businessman. Trump is now a politician. Trump funds his own Campaign. And Trump just shot Fox News on 5th Avenue (Ann Coulter). At this point and time we do not need a religious leader as President. Trump is a steam roller. We need a steam roller. Who cares what type fuel it runs on? We need action and we need that action now!

    • Carlos

      Stick to the topic. Trump is not a Christian. If you feel comfortable voting for man who worship at the feet a mammon.. that’s on you. Just be honest about it and move on, no need to bloviate.

      • tigersfan61

        So by this standard, we will not be voting this year because ALL the candidates are the same…

    • Linda League

      No you are wrong. God expects us to use good judgement when picking our leaders as instructed in the Bible and that is what we need to do, pray, and leave the rest to God. He may let Trump win and send judgement on Christians for not defending his word.

      • Amos Moses

        And Trump may lose, and God may do the same thing……….. we do not know.

  • William Thoms

    Billy Graham -> Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell -> Jerry Falwell Jr., Abe Lincoln ->->->-> Donald Trump. See a pattern of devolution here? I do.

    • Carlos

      Franklin Graham = man of God.

  • sammy13

    Trump: Wolf in sheep’s clothing?

  • 201821208 :)

    “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21

  • Amos Moses

    i am having trouble understanding all the supposed christian leaders, of whatever stripe, feeling the need to endorse any candidate at this point. How does any of this advance the gospel and how does it enhance the message from the pulpit of any of these “pastors” (hirelings) other than to get their name and their church in the news and facetime with the media?

    Our salvation is in Christ, not these “pastors” and their support for this man or that man.

  • Jo Lux

    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 … Would Jesus ever do such a thing?!

    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. Why is “winning in this material world” more important than your allegiance to God?!

  • Amos Moses

    Would you want your pastor to endorse a political candidate and campaign with them? Why and how do pastors lower their credibility, damage the gospel, and confuse the mission of the church when they get into a spiritual enterprise with politicians? David Jeremiah, James MacDonald, Kirk Cameron, and Casting Crowns take part in a Ben Carson political event that his campaign called a “prayer worship experience”. Why would Jeremiah, MacDonald, and Cameron want to hold a spiritual event with a Seventh-Day Adventist, or any politicians for that matter? Do they now agree with the false religion of the Seventh-Day Adventist? Brannon explains the proper way for evangelicals to respond is simply to pick the political candidate they want to support and support them on the issues and stop mixing the calling of the church, worship services, and theology with politics. The mission and purpose of civil government is not the same as the mission of the church. Support whatever candidate you want but stop turing political campaigns into religious or spiritual causes. Evangelicals need to stop trying to make a political campaign a spiritual event. Ted Cruz is bragging that he has received the endorsement of Mike Bickle of IHOP. Brannon explains the super scary worldview of IHOP. Why the rise of Donald Trump? Phyllis Schlafly explains why and Brannon will read it to you. National Review says social justice evangelicals like Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention are to blame for the rise of Trump. Brannon says he believes that Trump is rising because Americans realize the two-party system is really one system…something he has said for years. Brannon also believes the American people are sick of the neo-conservatives that are funded by the globalists and military industrial complex that makes a fortune on war and nation building. Brannon also explains why he believes many of the American people look at who the super scary religious right nuts embrace and then run from those candidates. Seriously; do you want your national leaders listening to religious right zealots that want to take over every power-center and all governments so they can usher in their religious theocracy based on their twisted eschatology and theology? So whether you support Trump or do not support Trump, the reason for his rise is largely to blame on the rats nest in a wood pile that is made up of politicians, neo-cons, the pro-family industrial complex, and religious right zealots and liberal media. The American people are sick of all of these groups and their self-serving agendas that can be traced by following the money.

    • Linda League

      If Christians don’t get involved and fight against policies that affect their life, who will? We have let the left make decisions for us long enough but I don’t know that the Pastor should take a spotlight role.

    • FoJC_Forever

      One: Paragraphs, you need some paragraphs.

      Two: Do you live by yourself in a swamp, hunting alligators for a living?

      Three: I don’t disagree with much of what you wrote here; using religion to get votes is nothing but dirty, false religion at its finest.

      Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

      • Amos Moses

        “Two: Do you live by yourself in a swamp, hunting alligators for a living?”

        Yeah, ay did.

      • Amos Moses

        Actually, if you google part of that, it will lead you to an excellent podcast…….

  • FoJC_Forever

    Why do people place their confidence in a system that is wrought with corruption and only truly serves a small part of the population? Because the Light of Jesus (the) Christ is not in them. Many have religion, but few know Jesus.

    Quit trusting in the government for your life. Trust Jesus and be filled with real Life.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.