Jerry Falwell Jr. Defends ‘Christian’ Trump, Criticizes ‘Hypocrites’ Concerned About Playboy Cover

Falwell Trump-Cropped compressedNEW YORK — Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University, who has repeatedly sought to convince the public that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a Christian, is now calling those who have expressed concern over his pose with the candidate adjacent to a framed Playboy magazine cover “hypocrites” who need to stop “judging.”

The March 1990 Playboy cover is displayed in Trump’s Manhattan office along with other magazine covers featuring the billionaire business mogul, and shows Trump standing next to model Brandi Brandt, who is partially wrapped in what appears to be a towel.

On Tuesday, while attending an event with nearly 1,000 evangelical leaders, Falwell had a picture taken with Trump along with his wife Becki. He posted the photograph on his Twitter page, writing, “Honored to introduce @realDonaldTrump at religious leader summit in NYC today! He did incredible job!”

But followers soon noticed the framed Playboy cover over Becki’s shoulder and quickly expressed concern. Falwell’s Liberty University heralds itself as the world’s largest Christian university and carries the motto “Training Champions for Christ.”

“Would you post that framed Playboy cover at Liberty?” one follower named Kim K. wrote.

“This is shameful, Mr. Falwell. I say this as an evangelical Christian pastor,” wrote another named D.J. Jenkins. “I’m praying you repent.”

“Playboy? Seriously? The world already looks at Christian hypocrisy; this won’t help,” a third named Nathan Platt stated.

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However, Falwell soon defended the photograph, saying that it was instead those expressing concern that were “hypocrites,” and that he was “honored” to be criticized by hypocrites just like Jesus.

“Honored for same hypocrites who accused Jesus of being a friend of publicans and sinners to be targeting me over a decades old mag cover! TY,” he Tweeted.

Writer Ben Howe of Red State also chimed in, noting that Falwell’s father used to lead marches against Playboy and that he would never have supported a presidential candidate like Trump.

“I attended Thomas Road under your father. Disappointed to see what you’ve done using his stature,” he stated.

But during the discussion as Howe and another reader remarked about the “sleaziest thing in the room,” Falwell jumped in, “Judge not lest ye be judged.”

“Hold up. Didn’t you call us all hypocrites like an hour ago?” a follower with the handle Natural Lawyer quickly noted, pointing out that Falwell had judged those who disagreed with the Playboy cover.

“Taking Scripture out of context doesn’t work. Jesus warns us to test fruits & see if they are good,” added Carody Rae Bell. “You’ve shown your fruit, sir.”

“Feel happy to judge with judgment by which I am judging: you should not pose next to a Playboy mag,” follower John Mark N Reynolds also remarked.

As previously reported, Falwell has repeatedly sought to assure the American people of the mud-slinging, foul-mouthed candidate’s Christianity, pointing to the candidate’s good deeds as being the “fruit” that Jesus spoke of that characterizes a man who is born again.

“I’ve seen his generosity to strangers, to his employees, his warm relationship with his children,” he said on CNN’s “Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield” in February. “I’m convinced he’s a Christian. I believe he has faith in Jesus Christ.”

“I’ve had conversations with him just within the past few weeks about his faith, and I have no doubts he is a man of faith and he’s a Christian,” Falwell also stated on Fox’s “Hannity.”

He has also cited the “judge not” Scripture before in defense of Trump.

“Jesus said, ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged. Let’s stop trying to choose the political leaders who we believe are the most godly because, in reality, only God knows people’s hearts. You and I don’t, and we are all sinners,” Falwell contended in an interview with the Liberty University newspaper in March.

“God called King David a man after God’s own heart even though he was an adulterer and a murderer,” he said. “You have to choose the leader that would make the best king or president and not necessarily someone who would be a good pastor. We’re not voting for pastor-in-chief.”

But in writing for the National Review, attorney David French found Falwell’s comparison to be faulty, noting that God punished David for his sin, and the nation suffered as a result.

“To mention King David in the same breath as Donald Trump is to insult our theological intelligence,” he stated. “Yes, David did terrible things—among them, committing adultery and sending his mistress’s husband to die in war—but God imposed terrible punishment—a punishment that cost David his son and ultimately plunged his nation into civil war.”

“And while God forgave David—as He forgives us today—He did not spare David from the cost of disobedience,” French continued. “Ultimately, David’s story is a story of both the awful consequences of sin and God’s mercy in response to true repentance.”


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  • TheBottomline4This

    Trump is pandering to the Charlatans in meeting with them yesterday.

    • http://www.braintarts.wordpress.com/ MichaelL65

      Many of those leaders are Pastors. So, when does the tax exempt status of their churches get revoked?

      • TheBottomline4This

        I would say “pastors”.

    • Peter Leh

      you mean he is a politician? :0

  • Amos Moses

    “Jesus said, ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged. Let’s stop trying to choose the political leaders who we believe are the most godly because, in reality, only God knows people’s hearts. You and I don’t, and we are all sinners,” Falwell contended in an interview with the Liberty University newspaper in March.”

    And this Im-pastor, this charlatan, this martext, this is a person we should listen to, a person quoting scripture out of context and devoid of any meaning of the context of scripture ……….. Neo-evangelical and apostate is much closer to the truth …………….

    • Melody Kay Young

      He’s very good at proof texting.

    • Peter Leh

      “only God knows people’s hearts.”

      I knew that would get your ire up.

      only AMOS MOSES know their hearts. 🙂

      He is the self proclaimed gatekeeper and god.

      • Amos Moses

        No……… he (Falwell) is an Im-pastor, a charlatan, a martext, ………. not his heart ….. but his words ….. have exposed him ……… scripture says ……. in context ….

        Matthew
        12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
        12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
        12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
        12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
        12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

        When he takes a single phrase ….. out of context ….. and makes Gods word void of all meaning that it had ………… then he is exactly what i described him as …… and he has made the fullness of his heart visible by his martextual reading of Matthew 7 ………….. his words mark him as a divider of Gods people …… and NOT a proper divider of Gods words …. and not a proper exegete …………… Hence ………….. Martext ……

        • Peter Leh

          yep. Amos disagrees ..

          everyone please check your salvation with Amos…..

          i mean, I know we are to each give an account to god but we all see, now … it is through AMOS MOSES we have been sanctified.

          our Amos.. who art in heaven.

          holy be they name. 🙂

          • Amos Moses

            i said exactly nothing about his salvation ………. i gave you the scriptures that are relevant …..

          • Amos Moses

            6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
            6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
            6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
            6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
            6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

            We are fully authorized to determine who is a proper exegete and who is a false teacher ……

          • Amos Moses

            Romans 16:17 says, ‘Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned and avoid them.’ Galatians 1:6-9 warns us about those who teach another gospel. The passage says nothing about linking arms with such individuals. Instead it communicates that those who present a contrary doctrine are to be accursed.

            Despite such clear warnings from Scripture, there’s an ecumenical event that’s taking place on July 16th bringing evangelicals and Catholics together on the national mall. It’s reported that more than 1,000 churches nationwide have pledged to attend this event called, Together 2016.

            Woe, woe, woe, ……………

  • Bernie Newton

    I’m beginning to wonder about this christian news website being bias of Trump. I have seen nothing about Hillary’s christian beliefs about supporting abortions, murders, & other corruption.

  • Peter Leh

    we christians sure do love controlling others.

    We can’t live our own lives but we sure can live Falwell’s FOR him. :”)

    • Melody Kay Young

      Not sure that is the point. Falwell represents a university whose code of conduct is very strict against much of what Trump promotes. So the reaction is more of shock at his hypocrisy than any desire to control him. If he hadn’t claimed Trump was Christlike or whatever this might be a nonissue in his personal political decisions. As it is, he has attempted to influence Christians to vote a certain way that is against their consciences. That is in my view far more controlling than an honest reaction to his hypocrisy.

      • ConCern

        Falwell needs to teach Trump the Books of the Bible first: it is NOT two Corinthians….that will be a great start to show sincerity.

        • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

          That’s stupid. Speaking Christian-ese has nothing to do with obeying God. What you call sincerity the bible calls hypocrisy.

          • Guest

            You’re right, not to mention the fact that I’ve heard plenty of preachers in Canada and Scotland say “TWO Corinthians” in place of “Second Corinthians”.

          • ConCern

            “What you call sincerity the bible calls hypocrisy.” You have just describe the Republicans and Trump. No Church goer will ever say, ” two Corinthians”….that’s a sign of a man who has no idea about the Bible and the God of the Bible. Trump has never asked the God of the Bible forgiveness of sins…He has nothing to ask forgiveness for.
            “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”[ 1 John 1:8]

            He has just sinned and deceived himself and yet he is affirmed by the religious right as a ” man of God” chosen to bring salvation to America. That’s hypocrisy…

          • Josey

            I as a born again Christian will never trust in a man to bring salvation to anyone let alone America but God will choose and use whomever He sovereignly chooses for His purpose of bringing about salvation and the opening of eyes of ppl He is calling out of the world into the glorious Kingdom of His dear Son Christ Jesus before He shuts the door to this church age and brings about the fulfilling of endtime prophecy the Bible speaks of, the door to the church age is closing and the warnings are being shouted by the many watchmen God has placed around the world. Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father and the only salvation. He is coming as a thief in the night for His bride and millions are going to disappear, be ready, be watchful as Christ commanded us, pray daily. The second coming of Christ is a whole different thing where everyone left on earth will see Him but the snatching away of born again believers will be instant and in secret, the world left behind will be left to wonder what happened to the believers who gave the warning and the governments of this world will have to come up with lies to explain the phenomenon. You do not have to be left behind, it is your choice to believe or not to believe.

          • ConCern

            Oh , I am a born again believer as well. But I am amused how you guys are so devoted to the Republican Party and conservatism, deceiving yourselves in thinking that the Creator God is a Republican and that Jesus Christ was a Conservative. That nonsense only makes me sad to see the folly many believe while decrying another who do not conform to their view of Conservatism nor pledge allegiance to the Republicans or the NRA….

            Jesus Christ is coming again just as He said He would, and when He comes what would He find?
            A group of Politically minded Christians mixing their subjective ideologies of politics with the Gospel ? Or those Christians who refuse to do good to the least among us, while prioritizing the wealthy and the elites?
            Oh may he find me faithful to thee, standing the test, doing my best that’s how I want my Lord to find me…..

          • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

            1) True Christianity encompasses all of life.
            2) No Christian can vote for Hillary.
            3) Jesus Christ is God and therefore VERY conservative.
            4) “The least of these” refers to Christians, not unbelievers.
            5) You appear to hold to a pietist concept of the Gospel.

          • ConCern

            “1) True Christianity encompasses all of life.” Nonsense ! be this shall ALL men say that we are His Disciples [ True Christians] if we have Love one for the other. Love is patient, kind and is NOT selfish nor greedy, for that matter a Conservative cannot be a Christian.
            “2) No Christian can vote for Hillary.” Nonsense ! you are speaking about Evangelical Christianity, not Christ likeness. Can a Christian vote for Cruz , Trump or Romney?
            “3) Jesus Christ is God and therefore VERY conservative.” Jesus Christ is the Son of God….but you are very confuse. For Conservatism is too mean spirited and greedy to be Christ-like. Just ask them to pay more in taxes or share their wealth and their true nature shows up. It’s nothing like Christ-Likeness.
            “4) “The least of these” refers to Christians, not unbelievers” And you think that you are better and holier than thou? Who is without sin first cast a stone. You are no better than the unbeliever. Jesus came to save those who are lost. He fed every one, gave the Gospel to ALL…you are insinuating that you are not to do good to the unbeliever. But I recall the Good Samaritan and the man who fell among some conservative thieves . Jesus ministered to his physical medical needs and Jesus paid for his Bill. That Sounds like Obama Care.
            “5)You appear to hold to a pietist concept of the Gospel.

            ” You have a subverted, convoluted and confused view of the Gospel, equating your fallacy ( which is Conservatism) to Jesus Christ. That’s utter nonsense, but popular in American version of Christianity.

          • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

            This is too easy: you are not a Christian. You deny the deity of Christ. I bet you like Rick Warren.

          • ConCern

            Quit guessing and making wild accusations….but I am not an American Christian like you.

          • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

            You’re wrong. Many Christians would say “two Corinthians”. Perhaps that is the standard of true Christianity in your church, but not in mine. That is irrelevant. What is crazy is that Falwell insists that Trump is a genuine Christian. Hypocrisy would be Falwell insisting Trump is a Christian when he knows he is not. I don’t think Falwell actually knows what a Christian is.

      • Peter Leh

        the criticism I see is the picture with a framed playboy in the background, not about trump.

        I agree with you about Falwell exchanging his religion for politics

    • Coach

      You’re not a Christian.

      • Peter Leh

        OH… we have god posting, no?

        and all the while I have been praying to jesus while his name was “coach”?

        who is the only one to know if one is saved? What does the bible say about those who pretend to be god? 🙂

        • Coach

          The jesus you pray to is a figment of your imagination, he doesn’t judge anyone, unless they point out the sins of others and believe the Bible.

          You are on the broad road that leads to destruction and too arrogant to heed the warnings. Judging the fruit of your posts, you’re not a Christian, you’re simply a goat trying to redefine Christianity to suit the sin you love all while excusing yourself, because nobody’s perfect. Peter, look to Jesus and be saved!

        • Bob Johnson

          You are probably not a True Scotsman as well. (We know that no true Scotsman would vote to ….)

  • Linda Storm

    David was a man after God’s own heart and he repented; as did Moses. Both of those men were humble in the sight of God and aware of their failings. God may use Donald Trump as he used the Babylonian and Assyrian kings and even Pharoah, but I choose not to vouch for him with my vote. And before anyone says it, NO, I will not vote for Hillary. Our God is an awesome God and if He chooses to put DT into that honored position, He will make a way. However, we are warned about leaning on the arm of flesh; and exalting man instead of God. I just cannot make myself.

  • Guest

    Were any of you this upset about professed Christian Jimmy Carter doing Playboy?

    • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

      Jimmy Carter is not a Christian. He approved of abortion while President and approves of homosexuality and gay marriage. In other words, he opposes God.

      • Guest

        Indeed you are right, yet many professing Christians claim that he is. I wonder why they are holding Trump to a higher standard than they held Carter then – or why they hold him to a higher standard than they do professing Christian Amy Grant who committed adultery. Or why they voted for Obama – twice.

        • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

          Perhaps they are looking for an excuse to vote for Hillary.

      • http://www.braintarts.wordpress.com/ MichaelL65

        President Carter is far more of a Christian than many of you are.

        • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

          A Christian obeys Christ. Being a “do-gooder” is not obeying Christ. Carter approves of sins God hates, including abortion and homosexuality. A Christian hates sin, especially his own.

    • Peter Leh

      At the time? yes. Now? no

  • GetRhonda

    Vote smart. Vote Trump.

    • Bernie Newton

      Be prepared to have this comment deleted.

    • ConCern

      I thought their god had already anointed Cruz to be the chosen one? Strange god !

      • GetRhonda

        You mean to tell me he picked wrong?

        • ConCern

          “he” ? meaning God? or the Religious Right?
          The God of creation don’t make mistakes….

          • GetRhonda

            I wouldn’t know. I’m not into all that. But hey, how ’bout that Trump? He’ll mop the floor with whatshername in November.

          • ConCern

            We’ll see; are you voting for Trump?

          • GetRhonda

            Yessir! My grandsons wish they could vote too. That Brexit vote yesterday is tell-tale.

          • ConCern

            There is no correlation with America…Trump is grasping at straws as a typical opportunist would….

          • GetRhonda

            You should probably rethink Brexit.

          • GetRhonda

            And you are too, right?

          • ConCern

            NO !

      • Josey

        Cruz’s mormon friends put out that he was the chosen one and Cruz’s mistake was he didn’t deny it…lol

  • Bernie Newton

    Wow not only a bias against Trump, but delete Trump supporters comments?

  • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

    1) If Falwell thinks Trump is a genuine Christian, Falwell ought to be removed as head of Liberty University.
    2) If the choice is between the sins of Trump and the public crimes of bloody Hillary, I will vote against Hillary. The sins of David that brought God’s judgment on Israel were sins he committed in office as king, misusing his position and authority. Trump is no David. Trump is not a Christian by biblical standards, most “Christians” aren’t. But Trump is not Hillary, and at least he says he opposes abortion and says he will protect Christians. And at least Trump is no Mormon.
    3) The playboy cover on the wall is a non-issue, except for those obsessed with “optics”, appearances. The framed cover is in Trump’s office, not Falwell’s.

  • Josey

    “Honored for same hypocrites who accused Jesus of being a friend of publicans and sinners to be targeting me over a decades old mag cover! TY,” Falwell Tweeted. Btw falwell, that old mag cover you point at a born again Christian would have had removed by now, it would become repulsive to the born again child of God, it would not be hanging proudly as it is if there was a new heart transplanted into Trump, the born again child of God would clean house as the Spirit of God leads, the things I had and the music I listened to before becoming born again I threw out because they no longer appealed to me, the Spirit of God gave me something far better in their place!
    Mr. Falwell, you are dangerously close to falling into the one world religion and a apostate state, if you are truly born again, you need to seek God and repent first of all, then seek Him for wisdom and for His leading in what you are preaching to many, what a responsibility falls upon you!
    Jesus sat with sinners for as Jesus said He was sent to the sick who were in need of a physician and Jesus taught them and showed them the Father of Heaven and Earth. Jesus however never condoned sin, He didn’t lie about the state of their hearts, He showed them in John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  • Brenda Turner

    I am an alumni as of 3/2016 with an MA in Human Services Counseling with a specialization in Crisis and Trauma. I am attempting to make my way into the field of serving others who are victims of crime, and these demographics tend to be those of minorities and the disadvantaged.
    Liberty in the past few months has turned from a point of pride and confidence for me to one of sincere embarrassment, humiliation and regret.
    The president of the school may personally believe and vote as he pleases. Yet, you are all well aware that he is know to be associated with the school and consequently speaks for staff, associates, students, and alumni in a representative way. While Liberty released a statement months ago saying they do not endorse political parties or candidates, what the school says does bear much weight – as the public looks to Falwell as their representative, and hardly take note of an email sent to students or a single tweet/update.
    I’m not asking him to change his vote. I’m asking him to zip it, it’s not his place. He is wielding nuanced influence in an inappropriate manner. Doubly concerning is the rhetoric from the candidate whom he is associating the school with: a known racist, xenophobe, misogynist, serial liar who is calling for the ban of an entire religion from entering the United States. Arguably, these are nowhere near “Christian” values and this is certainly no platform I would support, ironically in light of the education I received from Liberty.
    My professional career is tied to Liberty. When I chose this school and enrolled I expected for it to maintain its integrity. Liberty has failed to do that. I cannot switch membership, or click unfollow. Were it allowed, I would ask for a refund. Certainly, I will not offer personal donations or personal recommendations of Liberty. I did not write earlier as this last instance was simply too far and too much. The education I received at Liberty continues to lose credibility as more passes, these days it seems month to month.
    Moving forward I hope to see an absence of Liberty from embarrassing political scenes with pornography magazines, and presidential candidates in general.
    Regards,
    Brenda Turner
    (Sent to Alumni Office, Director of Alumni, as well as office of the President)

    • Guest

      “Doubly concerning is the rhetoric from the candidate whom he is
      associating the school with: a known racist, xenophobe, misogynist,
      serial liar who is calling for the ban of an entire religion from
      entering the United States.”

      You just described Obama.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Which religion has Obama called to be banned from the United States?

        • Guest

          Christians. He’s brought in many Muslims, but he won’t allow persecuted Christians.

          • Peter Leh

            the syrians were chrisitans

          • Guest

            No they weren’t. Syrian Christians have routinely been refused entry. The US got Muslims.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Cite, please.

          • Guest

            thegatewaypundit DOT com/2015/11/obama-calls-for-more-syrian-muslim-refugees-deports-chaldean-christian-refugees-from-us/

            gatestoneinstitute DOT org/6564/obama-christian-refugees
            foxnews DOT com/opinion/2015/11/18/obama-is-importing-muslims-deporting-christians.html

            gatestoneinstitute DOT org/6564/obama-christian-refugees

            christiantoday DOT com/article/27.iraqi.christians.face.deportation.in.u.s.while.obama.offers.asylum.to.thousands.of.muslims.from.syria/71278.htm

          • Ambulance Chaser

            So, the Obama administration has denied asylum status for a handful of people, who happen to be Christian, and their being Christian is totally incidental to the decision, but you twist that into some sort of systemic opposition to “Christians” as a whole?

            What is the ratio of Christians to non-Christians that are granted asylum status (corrected, of course, for the country of origin that asylum seekers are likely to come from)?

          • Guest

            So in your eyes, to deny the most persecuted people in the world in favor of admitting the persecutors is okay? Strange logic there, Chaser.

            In Canada, under the Stephen Harper government, persecuted Christians topped the list of refugees. In the US, under Obama, they weren’t even on the list.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I don’t think Christians are “the most persecuted people in the world,” but I will reiterate anyway nothing in any of your links indicates that Obama is denying entry to Christians as a whole. Nor do I see any evidence that he is allowing “the persecutors” in as you put it. You seem to have difficulty distinguishing one Muslim from another.

          • Guest

            a.) Statistics show that Christians are the most persecuted in the world.

            independent DOT co DOT uk/voices/comment/christians-the-worlds-most-persecuted-people-9630774 DOT html

            b.) The links did prove that Obama is only allowing Muslims to enter the country, and deporting Christian immigrants who are already here. Here’s one more for you:

            humanevents DOT com/2015/09/28/obama-throws-christian-refugees-to-lions/

            c.) “You seem to have difficulty distinguishing one Muslim from another” – That would be you.

    • Josey

      Zip it?? who do you think you are to tell him to zip it? Because he is president of Liberty doesn’t mean he can endorse or speak his heart regardless of who agrees or not, he has the right to freedom of speech just the same as you and God will be judge over that. Grow up is all I can say to you! If you are in disagreement with his stance so be it, you have a right to disagree, no one is taking that right from you and neither should anyone take that right from him. I personally don’t agree with all he has said but he has a right to say it regardless of who he is, even the president of the U.S. states his own ideology which I disagree with most of what he says but he still can say it and I as an adult can agree or not agree. Get over yourself!

  • Guest

    How many of you feigning moral outrage at Donald Trump voted for Obama?

    • Peter Leh

      or the clintons?

  • http://www.braintarts.wordpress.com/ MichaelL65

    Love the “Special Message From The Publisher” concerning sending Bibles to Iraqi refugees. I am sure that they would appreciate food and clothing more than a Bible. Oh, and for you folk to stop bombing them.

  • Emmanuel

    Until Donald re-addresses’ his view on Ephesian 2:8-9, he is not saved. He needs to be right with his view on grace.

    • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

      Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: re-address your view on Ephesian 2:8-9

      • Emmanuel

        have you read Ephesians 2:8-9? it’s pretty clear what it says

        • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

          Ephesians 2:8-9 is indeed clear, but your original statement cannot stand: salvation is not by right views, but by grace through faith. Many people with wrong views are saved by grace through faith – not by reforming their views, but as the gift of God.

  • Josey

    I do believe God’s hand is on Trump and in saying that I am not saying he is a born again Christian, I don’t even fully understand God’s hand on Trump, I am not God, I just know in my heart and because of much prayer concerning it that the hounds of hell, elitists are trying to destroy this man anyway they can and I will not be party to joining them in doing so but will submit to God and obey Him always through the leading of God’s Spirit in prayer.
    Trump is inexperienced in politics, he admits it but imo Trump is less inexperienced than the community organizer we now have and at least Trump has the business sense to surround himself with ppl that can advise him and I don’t believe the false media narrative that he will not listen to the smart ppl he surrounds himself with, he didn’t succeed in business by not listening to advisers in comparison to the present liar in chief we have who doesn’t listen to anyone but hell itself where that arrogant demon residing in him lives, he doesn’t even listen to the advisers he himself picked, his crazy ideology is more important to this guy than America, time for the insanity to stop, imo!
    As far as these ministers gathering to support Trump, only the Lord knows each heart, most of them I’ve never heard of, there are a few I have heard of and am sure they want Trump in there for their own greedy reasons to continue their greed but we as Christians do not have to throw the baby out with the dirty bathwater and if God wants us to use the opportunity for us to be as wise servants to spread the truth a bit longer then so be it, let’s use God’s wisdom and leave the rest up to our Creator and God.
    Trump may not know the difference between who is a true minister and who is not, he is not born again and lacks the discernment of the Holy Spirit but when was the last time we had a president that was born again and yet a lot of you voted those in who claimed to be Christian and yet were not and unlike Trump they knew they were lying, those are those who are in secret societies that worship the devil, whereas I believe there is a great chance Trump really believes he is a Christian based on good works in which he has done regardless of the false media reports, I’ve read instances in which Trump has helped out this or that person many times over to have better lives, once again I reiterate that doesn’t make one a Christian but it shows he cares about ppl.
    In another comment I mentioned the lesser of two evils, I knew I shouldn’t have said that the moment I said it for it’s not about that and I know it. I do not fully understand God’s plans concerning Trump except that he is for the 1st and 2nd amendment and that will only help Christians preach and teach the gospel and give more grace in doing so.
    Whereas, Clinton will round up Bible believing Christians she will claim are extremists even though a born again child of God could not hurt another soul, she will make us out to be dangerous because we speak truth for which she is against the truth of God, also, she will tear up to her best ability the constitution our founding fathers wrote for us, she will confiscate guns, she will close every coal mine down as she herself has proclaimed, she will raise taxes as she has proclaimed as if we are not taxed to death as it is, she has made herself rich off of other nations and has on many occasions sold America out to the highest bidder so she could enrich herself and her family, she is power hungry and has left a long list of dead ppl in her decades of politics that can’t be explained other than every person that has been in some kind of weird accident has had ties to her and her hubby, she also lies about being for women and yet she has shown again and again she hates women by her actions in protecting her husband’s actions against women and in the killing of innocent babies, many who would have become women, she is a modern day jezebel, if you don’t know what the Bible says about the queen jezebel who was married to king ahab and who gave the prophet Elijah so much trouble, look it up.
    And if you think the last almost eight years has been bad, it will get worse under her, she will continue Obama’s poisonous ways and do even worse. You can vote or not, you have to live with your conscience between you and the Lord and you have to have your own peace with it. God will use whom He will use to bring about His will regardless, He rises kings and he removes them for His purposes, To God our Savior, Jesus Christ be all the glory, honor and praise forever and ever!!!

  • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

    I believe that Jesus said, “bless are you who are persecuted for RIGHTEOUSNESS’ sake”. Falwell is contending that he is being persecuted for being like Jesus! Does Donald Trump meet Jesus’ definition of a Christian? No. Falwell needs to enroll in some of his courses.

  • Nedd Kareiva

    There are issues with Trump. However, they are not so blatant they can’t be overcome. The Hildabeast, however, is a total non-starter, period. Trump may have a mixed record in his past statements and actions but he has spoken convincingly for the Christian community, particularly those Christians from the Middle East whom the Obama Administration refuses to allow to immigrate while allowing Muslims without exception to do so. Plus it was reported at WND that Trump spoke out for removing the long standing (unconstitutional) bar on ministers speaking on political issues, something the Christian community certainly should cheer. Remember, we’re looking to elect a commander in chief, not a pope or Rev. The few problems he has (like believing Planned Parenthood does some good) indeed need fixing but contrasted to the Hildabeast, there is no comparison. Trump is the only choice to not only make America great but help reestablish Christianity’s historic importance in American life.