Liberty University Alumni ‘Disappointed’ Trump Invited to Speak: He Only ‘Claims to Be Christian’

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LYNCHBURG, Va. — A three-time alumni of Liberty University, which is stated to be the world’s largest Christian educational institution, is expressing his disappointment that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was invited to speak at an upcoming convocation service.

On Jan. 4, Liberty announced Trump’s upcoming appearance, and later provided guidelines for attendance as the university expects record crowds at the Jan. 18 event.

“Since Donald Trump last visited Liberty, our family has stayed in close contact with him and with his top aide, Michael Cohen,” university President Jerry Falwell, Jr. said in a statement. “We are thrilled that they are taking time out of their extremely busy schedule to return to Liberty.”

But alumni Joel Ready of Ready Media recently opined on social media that since Trump claims to be a Christian but denies it with his behavior, he should not be permitted to speak at the school.

“I’m deeply disappointed to hear that Liberty University has invited Donald Trump to speak at convocation,” he wrote.

Ready pointed to 1 Cor. 5:9-13, which reads in part, “I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

“Trump is the grotesque personification of everything that is wrong with American political discourse, and his repeated claims that he is a Christian should disqualify him from speaking at Liberty,” Ready wrote.

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He said that he would instead like to see Liberty officials challenge Trump on his lifestyle, such as his three marriages, as well as his views on Planned Parenthood and his casino empire.

“I wish I believed that Liberty would make an effort to engage him on his contradictory stances, his recent financial and political support of Planned Parenthood, his unapologetic serial monogamy, how he built much of his fortune by preying on the addictions of the weak in his casinos or perhaps his godless views that he shared so gleefully the last time he was at Liberty to speak,” Ready stated.

He stated that he has nothing against varying viewpoints and did not oppose the unbelievers who have spoken thus far, but opined that those who claim to be Christians should be held to a higher standard.

As previously reported, Trump raised concerns among some last July after having difficulty responding to a question at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit as to whether he has ever sought forgiveness for his sins.

“That’s a tough question,” he replied. “I am a religious person. People are so shocked when they find this out—I’m Protestant. … I go to church. I love God and I love my church.”

“But have you ever asked God for forgiveness?” interviewer Frank Luntz repeated, evoking laughter from the audience.

“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.”

The Republican presidential candidate further outlined to CNN’s Anderson Cooper days later that he doesn’t always see a need for forgiveness.

“If I make a mistake, yeah, I think [repentance is] great. But I try not to make mistakes,” Trump said. “Why do I have to repent, why do I have to ask for forgiveness, if you are not making mistakes? 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.”

Some have also remarked that Trump has used more profanity than any other candidate they have seen run for the office of president.

“Over the course of his time on Twitter, including in some cases after he announced his presidential candidacy, Trump has tweeted or retweeted profanity on his account more than 100 times,” reports the Washington Post.

“[Trump’s swear] words render him unfit to be a presidential candidate, let alone president,” wrote radio host Dennis Prager in a National Review article entitled “Donald Trump’s F-Bombs” in 2011. “Any fool can curse in public. … Leading Republicans need to announce that there is no place in the Republican party for profane public speech. You cannot stand for small government without standing for big people.”

Commentator Michael Brown additionally noted concerns with Trump’s repeated practice of cutting others down to make himself look good, as well as “the issue of pride, the sin that is often at the root of a host of other sins (Is. 14:11-15), the sin which God resists (James 4:6), the sin which leads to destruction (Prov. 16:18).”

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  • Linda

    Wow that is very sad. So much for the babes in Christ. Throw them out instead of pray and teach them well. The high minded great holy ones who are so much better than others.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Wow,Linda…do you actually think that Donald Trump is teachable?

  • Ruth Davis

    The American people are going to make the same mistake as they did with obama . When so called christians vote for the things trump support such as abortion , gambling , and taking what someone else worked hard for , they turn their backs on the word od GOD . Some may get angry about my comments , but prove me wrong .

    • Emmanuel

      Preach sister, he is known by his fruits and not his one-liners.

    • Mr. Avatar

      Trump does not support abortion.

      • gizmo23

        I’m sure he would rather have his employees get abortions than pay for pre natal care and child birth

        • ricknick59

          Wow, can we say “IGNORANCE”? I bet we can! And you have absolutely no proof in what you say, but did that stop you? NO! It was almost like the people on this site ordered a heaping helping of personal opinion backed by no facts and covered in ignorance! That’s not a log in your eye it’s a 100 car pile up on I5!

          • gizmo23

            I’m sorry I forgot no one here ever gives an opinion of Hillary or Obama without facts.

          • ricknick59

            Without facts? You need to go back under your rock! Either you are clueless or you don’t know how to use the internet. And this coming from someone who just made false accusations on Trump that he can’t prove! Your new word for the day is “HYPOCRITE” and you have done such a great job at showing us all just how that word should be used!

          • gizmo23

            Touchy! Next time a person here says Obama is a Muslim or someone says they are a Christian I demand you jump all over them for proof. Talk about being a hypocrite!!
            Opinion are just that opinions.

          • ricknick59

            You? Demand anything? Hahahahahahaha. Better stick to being an armchair warrior! Yes I was talking about you, hypocrite! And you mean opinions are like people with their heads up their butt and I seem to run into your kind all the time! Always good for a laugh or two.

          • Ruth Davis

            It’s out out now . Trump supports gay marriage and partial birth abortion . Try looking beyond the flatteries he’s using to get your attention and pay attention to what he’s saying and what he’s not .

          • ricknick59

            Wow, you even have to resort to lying. Why does that not surprise me. You can not prove anything you are saying which means you are desperate. People like you will do anything to try and keep Trump from making it even though your candidate doesn’t stand a chance. Pathetic!

    • afchief

      Are you really comparing Trump to 0bama? Really? Trump may have some moral issues, but he is not evil like 0bama is. 0bama is pure evil in what he is doing to America.

    • ricknick59

      Prove you wrong? Prove that there is a better candidate that actually stands a chance. Most of the GOP candidates are RINO’s and the GOP will never allow Cruz to win. And Rubio is a RINO! Trump would be for capitalism, that is how he made his money, he would be for less government. He is a very successful businessman. So you demand Trump be a Christian and last time you voted for whom? Romney? Who was a mormon! And now you want to hold Trump to standards that you didn’t even use for the last election? PLEASE!

      • gizmo23

        Where’s your proof?

  • john snyder

    Remember Grace and Mercy

  • gizmo23

    Christian are no more moral as a group than any other group. Falwell is just like his dad, more concerned with power and political pull than anything else

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      They’re pretty loud in trumpeting their “superior morals,” though, AND quick to chastise others when their own moral failings are at least as bad.

  • Not that I’m a Trump fan; he’s just another political megaphone in the midst of other political megaphones.

    However! Isn’t this the same Liberty University that openly accepted a homosexual choreographer and embraces openly homosexual students in the school?

    I think at this point they’ve pretty much null and voided their credibility to chastise anyone or anything based on scripture. Liberty University may have a veneer of Christianity, but in truth they’re just another secularized school.

    • Dave Mills

      It’s a fallacy to condemn an entire group based on the actions of a few.

      • What does the Bible say about leaven and flies in the ointment?

        Umm…isn’t there a fallacy in adding terminology into an argument that wasn’t used? I neither condemned nor established an entire group. I’m merely pointing out the compromises in the schools position, to reflect a hypocritical position, in regards to Trumps invitation.

        My post establishes a contentious point of scriptural compromise. If I’m wrong, then my statement is false. If I’m right, then the idea that Liberty University is actually on a secular path is stable; regardless of strong Christian adherents attending or administering at the University. It’s the school in general.

        How is the Laodiceans church described again?

    • Cindy

      I agree. If they’ve compromised on such an issue (such an important issue), then what does it matter that he is invited? They can’t start nit-picking now. They’ve done sold out.

  • Guest

    No offense to Liberty University, but how could they have thought Trump to be a born again Christian??

    • Cindy

      Yeah, I don’t get it.

  • There’s also nothing Biblical about Christian Universities, Mr. Ready….Christians shouldn’t be copying the world’s institutions. (Eph. 5:11) How about teaching the Bible in God’s institution, the local church?

    Certainly Trump is not a Christian, but his LIFESTYLE has nothing to do with it. His WORDS condemn him.

    Mat_12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

    When he says he works hard, he is an honorable person, and he only needs to repent when he makes mistakes, he is totally denying the Bible. The Bible says there in NONE righteous, no not one (Rom. 3:10) . There is none that do good. We are all sinners and all need a savior. Repenting, which is so misunderstood and misused by the phony Christians of this world, means to change your mind. And when it comes to salvation the thing you need to repent of is believing in your own dead works….which is what 99% of the world thinks will get them into heaven, including Donald Trump.

    Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

  • Mr. Avatar

    The worst Christians are the ones who act like they are the only ones Christ-like. No one is Christ-like – no one. The whole reason for renewing of the mind is to become more Christ-like. Christ is a one time mold. They better wake up and realize we live in a society that is diverse. As we need a tough man – a man that leads – a man with integrity and Trump may not be your idea of your Christian – but he just might be more Christian then you are.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Got a lot of dust on your Bible,huh Mr.Avatar?

  • Johnny Davis

    I don’t the school is claiming that Trump is a Christian. They let Sanders speak – the school does not only invite Christians to speak.

  • I do wonder if Mr Trump gets so much air time because the liberal media believes he is the Republican candidate most likely to lose an election.

  • FoJC_Forever

    Liberty University is quite populated with people who only claim to be Christian. Trump fits right in.

    Follow Jesus, find Salvation.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      Are you setting yourself up as some kind of judge of who is Christian,FoJc_Forever?

      • FoJC_Forever

        No, I believe what Jesus said. He is the Eternal Word of God.

        Follow Jesus, find Truth.

  • Josey

    1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

    “For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”—Rom. 6:23.

    1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

  • I believe that Trump is our last chance to turn things around … IF he picks a “Born Again” Christian as his VP and accepts his counseling. So I say vote for Trump and PRAY for him!

  • “Trump is the grotesque personification of everything that is wrong with American political discourse, and his repeated claims that he is a Christian should disqualify him from speaking at Liberty,” Ready wrote. I thought Obama, Pelosi and Reid, or Boehner, McInsane, and McConnell personified all that is wrong with politics.

  • kim segar

    For years America has voted in the ungodly people into gov. Repentance starts in the church and what we are taught. They have preachers who don’t preach the true gospel, and the great falling away from truth , the apostasy is growing. the feel good believer twists G-d’s precious words and adds to or takes away from it. G-d says they will have double punishment. millions who excepted Christ are on the milk and learn to be on the meat. we true christians should speack up in humbleness and love and teach them. G-d hated the self righteous that people have been for years. He said there is none righteous no not one. and if they claim to be they do not have G-d. WE are in the last days and people like feel good christianity.. the road to hell is wide, the narrow road is narrow an few find it. and G-d says I wish you were either cold or hot, but because you are luke warm, I will vomit you out of my mouth. we are to stay in the Word so we don’t become confused. the only bible true is the KJV… and many churches have written their own..G-d says they are cursed.. I think Trump would be a strong Pres. but, I heard him on fox last night say he is against abortion but is prochoice…would not ban it in America. there are a few other things too against G-d. things G-d will not bless..we have three ilegals trying for the WH some can’t read ,,For me and my family We Will SERVE the only G-d there is.. He is coming soon, nothing in this world is worth loseing our souls over. HE tells us , don’t worry about who can kill your body, but who can kill your body and your soul..some need to read Romans 9. 10 and 11… the big lie that the church replaced Israel, but did not. believers are grafted into the Olive Tree to rule and reighn with Christ…in chapter 11 He tells us how the Jews the apple of HIS EYE are lke the dead coming alive and will be HE blinded us so us hearth could have the power to become sons of G-d…we owe them a debt. go read it real slow…it is almost time for HIS coming. be ready ..stay in the word, pray without ceasing.. wea re saved by excepting ALL of the gospel, sorry first asking G-d thru Christ and then overcome and stop and follow HIM.HE said MY sheep hear my voice and follow ME and IF yu love ME obey my commands..

  • mllyjul

    Were you upset when Liberty invited the avowed socialist Bernie Sanders to speak at Liberty?

  • peanut butter

    I’ve never thought Trump was true about his religion. I mean, anybody has favorite quotes from the Bible who has actually studied it. You can’t just read through it one time and let it go at that. And claiming that his favorite quotes are between him and God, you are supposed to spread the word of God, not keep it between Him and yourself. But to think you don’t have to repent…
    1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. .
    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
    2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
    Acts 3;19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
    2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
    2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
    Without repentance, we are doomed.

  • sandra-paquette-

    Jerry Falwell was no “Saint” Judgement begins in the House of the Lord.

  • Cathy

    I don’t think this person’s judgmental attitude is too Christ-like either. You have quite a few people at these Christian Universities, and for that matter, k-12 Christian schools that I don’t want to be around or my children…at least Trump is not a fake and therefore I would rather be around him than a holier-than-thou Christian.

  • maggoting

    Very Judgemental for a Christian organisation!

  • Holly

    Does the Donald display the fruits of the spirit? Paul in his Letter to the Galatians “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      What do YOU think,Holly?

  • ricknick59

    I find it ironic that some of the same people demanding that Trump be the kind of Christian that they think he should be, voted for Romney who was mormon. So how far does your hypocrisy go? Far enough to ensure that hillary or bernie become president? The GOP is hoping that Cruz edges out Trump because they feel their RINO Rubio can beat Cruz. Most of the other GOP candidates are RINO, which mean like Lyin Ryan they would make promises and then act like liberal lap dogs. We don’t need any more professional politicians in office. Once they get in they make noise and do nothing because they want the great retirement and healthcare. Why do you think obama has carte blanche to do whatever he wants and while the GOP whines and moans and yet they don’t do anything! They could have stopped him on several occasions.

    • gizmo23

      Where is your proof backing up your opinions