Falwell’s Shameful Attack on Christian Free Speech Proves He Worships Trump More Than God

One of the byproducts of getting too political is incessant paranoia. I know because I’ve run some campaigns. Jerry Falwell, Jr. has slid into the paranoid, and abandoned any pretense of where his priorities lie–he worships Donald Trump more than God.

As a Christian, I know how politics poisons the soul. And now we see exactly how worldly Falwell has become as the poison takes effect. Christian evangelist and author Jonathan Martin came to the Liberty University campus, and was promptly ejected by armed officers, served with a citation and warned that should he return, he will be arrested.

This is the stuff of UC Berkeley and antifa. It should not be the stuff of Liberty University and Donald Trump. See, Martin is not a fan of the president.

It was this behavior, culminating in a report that Falwell was teaming up with Steve Bannon to oust “fake Republicans,” that prompted Martin to travel to Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday. His goal was to meet with students and alumni to organize a prayer gathering in protest of the school and its leader’s political activity.

Martin was not on campus to organize a rally for the KKK, or to invite Richard Spencer to hold a tiki-torch parade. He was not there to bring in antifa goons to throw rocks and feces at police. He was not there to bus in a few thousand of Linda Sarsour’s vagina-hat brigade. He was there to pray with students. He was invited by a music group, JOHNNYSWIM,  performing on campus. He didn’t trespass.

Yes, he was going to pray that Liberty and its leader, Jerry Falwell, Jr., would abandon their disastrous political course and assume the proper role of a school dedicated to training Christians for the mission field–that field being whatever endeavor they take up. Liberty has trained journalists, lawyers, pastors and others–many of whom do not share Falwell’s devotion to Trump, or his penchant for getting political in the extreme.

But Falwell wouldn’t have anyone praying on his campus against his god (that is, Trump). So, in the name of Jesus, he had Martin expelled, though Martin was invited by a band performing on campus.

Falwell’s weak response defended Donald Trump and Steve Bannon. He argued that allowing Martin to pray would lead to hosting the KKK or Nazis or “Antifah” (sic). What utter rubbish.

It’s a private campus. Liberty can allow Martin to pray–to God–in a way that’s politically unsavory to Falwell’s politics (but acceptable to Jesus!) without compromising his ability to keep truly ungodly groups out later. His implication is, therefore, that praying against Donald Trump is tantamount to praying against God Himself.

A more presumptuous, anti-free-speech, ungodly position could not have been better spoken by King Herod Agippa I (see Acts 12:23), just before an angel struck him down and he was “eaten by worms.” Because he did not give glory to God.

Neither does Falwell give glory to God. He gives glory to Trump. He’s not alone here.

I am completely certain that not one of Pastor Robert Jeffress’ words in that tweet bring glory to God. Yet this man stands in the pulpit, week after week, supposedly exhorting his congregation to follow God, while injecting every second of his life with poisonous politics.

Both Jeffress and Falwell have become paranoid and have abandoned God for their personal orange idol, who neither created the world not saved it from sin.

And now, Falwell has turned against free speech and led Liberty University into shame by preventing a Christian from leading a prayer on his campus because he doesn’t like the man’s politics.

They both need to repent.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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