Jerry Falwell Jr. Travels to Iowa to Stump for Trump After Declaring Him ‘Christian’

Trump Falwell-compressedDAVENPORT, Iowa — Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of what heralds itself as the world’s largest Christian university, joined Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on stage Saturday and Sunday during campaign rallies in Iowa to help garner support from evangelical voters days before the Iowa caucuses.

“We need someone other than a career politician,” said Falwell, who formally endorsed Trump last week, repeating many of the statements he had made in recent days about Trump’s generosity and that the candidate reminds him of his father.

CNN reports that Falwell’s “praise was effusive—at times almost fawning—as he essentially told the Davenport crowd that he was willing to take the heat over his decision” to endorse Trump.

He asserted that when a parent has a sick child, they take them to the best doctor whether or not that doctor goes to their church.

“It’s just like when you have a sick child. You look for the best doctor you can find. It may not be a doctor who goes to your church, but it’s the one who has best experience with that particular illness,” he stated. “We need a businessman.”

Falwell said that his father had likewise been criticized for supporting divorced actor Ronald Reagan over Sunday School teacher Jimmy Carter.

“You know, I think he made the right decision. He explained that when he went into the voting booth, he wasn’t trying to elect a Sunday school teacher, or pastor, or even somebody who shared his theological beliefs,” he stated. “He was trying to elect the most qualified person to be the president of the United States. We know Jimmy Carter was a great Sunday school teacher; but look how he did as president.”

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Trump was flattered by Falwell’s remarks, telling reporters, “He says I remind him of his father. That’s the best compliment.”

As previously reported, during Trump’s visit to Liberty University last month, 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.”

“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.

But some have expressed concern about Falwell’s actions.

“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,” wrote Michael Farris, chancellor of Patrick Henry College and founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, in a recent post on social media. “I am deeply saddened.”


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  • Amos Moses

    Lots of “pastors” making lots of public statements about who is a christian. Not sure what the value of that is either to the church, the pulpit, the gospel, or Christ Jesus. We still have a nation that is on the decline but some seem to think that if we just elect the right person we can reverse Gods judgement on this fallen nation.

    Wrong!

  • Toro Keng

    Another joke by two men. =(

    Dear @ christian news, can we have some news that can cheer up our spirit? I m kinda sick with all these negative news.

    I know it’s hard to get positive ones, but could you pls promise that if you come across something positive, you would post it up?

    Cause I am tired reading negative news nowadays.

  • FoJC_Forever

    False religion masquerading as Christianity just wants power and control. People who love and follow Jesus want people to be forgiven of their Sin and to be in Covenant with God through the LORD.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

    • Peter Leh

      talk about power and control….

  • dongszkie

    Jesus said that his followers must be NO PARTof this world, as he was not part of this world Jhn.15:19; 17:9,14,16, but religious leaders and their followers are very much A PART OF THIS WORLD, a world that is so part and dominated by the wicked one..1Jhn.5:19..When speaking about genuine Christianity as against that of imitation Christianity, Jesus said, that by their fruits you will know them..Matt.7:15,16,21,22,23..Jas.4:4..

  • gizmo23

    How can any man declare they know with 100% certainty what is in a man’s heart?

    • afchief

      You will know them by their fruits!

      • gizmo23

        Many very good people don’t believe in God and they do everything that would please God if they believed

        • Amos Moses

          False premise, there are no good people. Not even good people who are christians.

          The first thing nonbelievers do to displease God/Christ is to NOT believe, so wrong on that also.

        • afchief

          Romans 3:11-13 (NASB)

          11 There is none who understands,
          There is none who seeks for God;
          12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
          There is none who does good,
          There is not even one.”
          13 “Their throat is an open grave,
          With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
          “The poison of asps is under their lips”

      • Amos Moses

        Those fruits are DOCTRINAL fruits, so not sure what the point is.

        • afchief

          What?

    • Peter Leh

      you can’t. which is why Falwell is being political not at all in the slightest… religious.

      only cults say who is “in” or “out”

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    The quality of politicians and their endless propensity to lie and misrepresent themselves to voters is beyond belief. It is quite odd that America is at such a low point, considering all of the wonderful things that the politically astute have been telling us about themselves and their friends. If for many years, we have had the most wonderful leadership, why is the mess growing? Mr Trump might have obvious flaws, but at least you can see what you’re getting (whether you like it is another matter).

    Political endorsements should however consider Paul’s admonition: “Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others.”

  • afchief

    Where is the discernment in the Body of Christ?

    • Peter Leh

      it is what happens when we exchange Jesus for republicanism, nationalism for the kingdom, the church for politics.

      • afchief

        Did you post on Charisma?

        • Peter Leh

          LOL not any more. They don’t like my opinions there.

          Their toys. They took them home. 🙂

          • afchief

            They banned you too?

          • Peter Leh

            even me. bro

          • Peter Leh

            I challenged the integrity of one of their editors.

          • afchief

            We were discussing this yesterday on this thread. You can read my emails to the moderator at Charisma here. Very immature Christians IMO.

            http://christiannews. net/2016/01/27/harbinger-jonathan-cahn-blessed-to-join-prosperity-preacher-kenneth-copeland-on-tv-broadcast/#comment-2490615079

  • Peter Leh

    I was unaware confirmation went through Falwell JR?

    … and all this time i was praying in the name of Jesus instead of Falwell jr?

  • acontraryview

    Well if you can’t trust Jerry Falwell, Jr. to know a true Christian, who can you trust?