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.

You Hurt Your Witness Now and You Should Be Ashamed

Donald Trump has yet again been revealed as a moral cretin and many of his Christian supporters have revealed themselves to be fine with it. Eric Metaxas dismissed Trump’s statement as Trump being Trump before admitting he had not actually seen the video. David Brody was just as dismissive. Ralph Reed couldn’t care less about it.

Do these people not care about leading others to Christ? Are they so wrapped up in the day to day partisanship of Repubilcan vs. Democrat that they have abandoned Christ vs. the World.

Shame on them.

The chief end of man is to glorify God. Trump’s statements do not glorify God and taking the position that we’re all sinners so it is no big deal does not glorify God either. Trump is an unrepentant sinner who revels in his sins and many a prominent Christian with a platform and spotlight on them are defending Trump reveling in sin instead of calling on him to repent.

Eric Metaxas, a man who wrote about Bonhoffer, has descended into partisan defender of the indefensible. Ralph Reed would remind you Satan was an angel before his retirement if you wrote him a big enough check.

At some point your faith must come first. You are commanded by the Lord your God to go into the world and make disciples. You do not do that by defending the indefensible in the name of “well he is not Clinton.”

You should all be ashamed of yourselves. You should have known a man who revels in his sins would have stuff like this in his background. Though we are all sinners and all like sheep have gone astray, we have not all bragged on television camera about trying to sleep with a married woman and then saying repeatedly that we’ve got nothing for which we must ask God for forgiveness.

Backing Trump is not worth risking your witness. Defending the indefensible is not worth your integrity. And Trump in the White House is not worth your soul.

You should be ashamed.

Playboy Posing Pastor Falwell Has Drunk The Trump Kool Aid

I was willing to give Jerry Falwell, Jr. the benefit of the doubt when he and his wife had their photo taken with Donald Trump standing in front of a Playboy cover. Everyone makes mistakes, and who would actually take the time to notice one framed magazine cover in Trump’s grotto of narcissism?

All Falwell needed to do was respond “Ha ha, funny,” or “Oops,” or “I had no idea it was behind us” and put the whole thing to bed. That would be the honest and humble answer expected of the president of a Christian university.

But the Trump has definitely rubbed off on Falwell, who instead decided to go all-in for his new master.

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So everyone who noticed the Playboy cover is now a hypocrite? Now, for pointing out the irony and disappointment of a man whose father sued Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler, standing in front of a nudie magazine cover bearing Trump’s image, we all deserve to be grouped with Pharisees that Jesus condemned as a pit of vipers?

This brought strong reactions on Twitter from people who realize that Trump delights in his unrepentant heart and his ability to charm religious leaders. To which Falwell resorted to the argument of last resort by those caught in compromise.

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To put the scripture Falwell quoted into context, here’s the whole thing from Matthew 7:1-6.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Jesus didn’t say Christians can’t ever remove the speck from a brother’s eye, just that we shouldn’t do so before examining ourselves, and that the same type and degree of judgment we use on ourselves and our brothers, God will use on us. Amen! Hallelujah! I want God to examine me like Psalm 26:2. Apparently, Falwell does not want this for himself, or for Trump.

And giving Trump his endorsement as the leader of the free world is certainly giving what is holy to the dogs, or casting pearls before swine. The analogy holds, since Trump feels he has no need for repentance. He believes he’s without sin, and the Bible calls him a liar. But Falwell said “judge not.”

Trump calls himself a Christian, but lives like a heathen. The Bible is clear on this in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11. If Trump were an atheist, Falwell would be on better ground.

Falwell also put politics above faith defending his action, somehow forgetting that he endorsed Trump before other Christian candidates (Ted Cruz, for instance) left the race.

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Really? We should suspend judgment of a person because they are running for office? I don’t think that’s what Jesus meant. He was speaking on paying taxes to an emperor, not selecting a political leader.

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And finally, Trump is not Hillary. As Erick wrote, neither is Hitler. By all the faulty logic and misapplication of scripture of which Falwell is guilty in his Twitter exchanges, he could easily defend any lying despot.

Let’s be truthful here. Jerry Falwell, Jr. is enamored with Donald Trump. He loves the guy and will personally lay down any deeply-held belief, twist any scripture, and in general defend Trump in any way he can. Falwell has drunk the Kool Aid.

Jerry Falwell, Jr. Has Taken to Mocking God to Support Donald Trump

If Jerry Falwell, Jr. had not gone in the tank enough to support Donald Trump, he’s drown in Team Trump propaganda now and should be ashamed of himself. His latest defense of Donald Trump is to compare Trump to King David.

Speaking to Liberty University’s student paper, Falwell said,

God called King David a man after God’s own heart even though he was an adulterer and a murderer. 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. It means sometimes we have to choose a person who has the qualities to lead and who can protect our country and bring us back to economic vitality, and it might not be the person we call when we need somebody to give us spiritual counsel.

That is flat out mocking God.

God, in fact, punished David for his actions. David had to cry out to God for forgiveness. Psalm 51, a psalm I quote more than I should, is David crying out to God, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. . . . Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right[b] spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

It is beautiful, haunting, and powerful. David feels the break in his relationship with God and longs to again feel the joy of God’s salvation in his life. He begs God to “deliver [him] from bloodguiltinesss.”

Donald Trump has said repeatedly he has never sought forgiveness from God and never felt the need to repent. David was as famous for Bathsheba as he was for repenting.

That Jerry Falwell, Jr. would compare David’s adultery to Donald Trump’s, for which the former cried and repented and the later bragged about on television and radio, is mocking God and shameful.

It might be time for Liberty University to find a new President.

Do Robert Jeffress and Jerry Falwell, Jr. Think Planned Parenthood Does Wonderful Things?

Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, and Jerry Falwell, Jr. are two of the most prominent evangelicals in America to lay hands on Donald Trump and endorse his candidacy for the Presidency.

Falwell, Jr. has gone so far as to claim Trump is a great Christian. According to Trump, Jeffress has said the same and Jeffress has not denied it.

Last night in South Carolina, Donald Trump defended Planned Parenthood, an organization that has covered up child sex trafficking. Trump wants to keep federal funding for Planned Parenthood because it does “wonderful things.”

Do Jeffress and Falwell, Jr. think Planned Parenthood does wonderful things? Both men have said Donald Trump would be an ideal and great President. To be sure, Planned Parenthood kept its funding under George W. Bush, but Bush never advocated for that funding and never, ever called it a wonderful thing.

Jeffress and Falwell, Jr. have endorsed a man who actively wants to keep funding an organization that covers up sex trafficking, harvests the organs of infants, and performs abortions. Their candidate for President calls that organization a wonderful thing.

I think Jeffress’s congregants and students under Falwell, Jr. deserve to know if the men agree with the man they call a Christian who’d make a great President.

If Falwell Sr. Were Alive, He Might Say ‘Son, You’re a Cheap Date’

For the living know that they will die;
But the dead know nothing,
And they have no more reward,
For the memory of them is forgotten. (Eccl. 9:5)

It’s a good thing, too.

Jerry Falwell, Sr., founder of the Moral Majority, is not alive to see his son kiss the ring of thrice married, unrepentant adulterer, casino-owner, potty-mouthed Donald Trump. But would the elder Falwell approve?

First, would Falwell, Sr. have had Trump speak at Liberty University? Probably, yes.

Hosting such speakers falls squarely within the vision of the university’s late founder, Rev. Jerry Falwell, who also founded the Moral Majority. The now-defunct activist organization, long held as central to the rise of the so-called “religious right” was, in fact, a broad coalition of religious, not strictly evangelical, conservatives.

Second, would the Liberty University founder endorse Trump? Maybe, but probably not.

Falwell later told The Washington Post, “I’m a fundamentalist, but I believe in a pluralistic America. This country belongs to the Hebrew Americans, theMormonAmericans, black Americans, white Americans.” Falwell’s political ecumenicism reached even further than these, at least in a tongue-in-cheek way: in mobilizing religious conservatives to elect Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, Falwell said they’d support Reagan “Even if he has the devil running with him, and we’ll pray he outlives him.”

But in the 1980’s, Reagan was the best thing we had in the conservative political sphere. This cycle, we have other conservatives whose faith and history are fairly well established. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are all solid Christians with none of Trump’s baggage. They would all be fine candidates for the Moral Majority to endorse.

It’s likely the Moral Majority would withhold its endorsement until much later in the primaries, if any endorsement would come before the nomination itself, given the field of acceptable candidates. I don’t think Falwell, Sr. would have come out against Trump, but I also don’t feel he would have endorsed the billionaire.

Falwell, Jr., however, is not playing well among his own crowd. After Trump spoke, some of the students’ comments were quite pointed. (“So Trump can curse in Convo and it’s okay? Jerry is down with that?”; “Mr. Trump, I’m afraid you need to put a quarter in the swear jar.”; “Jerry Sr. is turning over in his grave at Trump’s language.”)

But it’s more than Trump’s language that’s foul. Falwell, Jr’s, endorsement of Trump would almost certainly cause concern for the Moral Majority, were it around to comment. This is one time when silence from the grave is a good thing.

Liberty University alumni, however, have not remained silent.

“I really think it is about as tangible as an example that we can witness of in the world of losing your soul,” Dean Inserra, pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, who graduated from Liberty University in 2003, told The Christian Post following the endorsement.

“Honestly, I don’t think I have been extreme in that. As an [alumnus], 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,” Inserra added. “I think Evangelicals at times, can be a cheap political date. I think that this is an example of that.”

That may have been what Jerry Falwell, Sr. would tell his son were he alive to dispense fatherly advice: “Son, you’re being a cheap date.”