Trump: Support at Liberty University

Craig Huey2016 Presidential Election, Church, Election, Election Recommendations, Uncategorized10 Comments

Trump: Support at Liberty University

Donald Trump (credit: Gage Skidmore)

Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University, came close to endorsing Donald Trump for President, claiming that he is a great “visionary of our time”.

In stark contrast, Russell Moore, the director of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, blasted Falwell’s fulsome praise of Trump. Moore even contended that the Liberty University leader was sacrificing the truth of the Gospel to score political points.

To answer those who criticize his warm friendship with Donald Trump, Falwell referenced Matthew 7: 16: “By their fruits, you shall know them.” He listed the jobs Trump has provided to millions of people, as well has his donations to many charities. Falwell also praised Trump’s three children, models of success in their private lives and vocations.

Jerry Falwell Jr. reminded his audience that in spite of Trump’s past moral failings, he demonstrated the qualities needed for a good leader to take charge of the nation.

Still, questions linger about Trump’s fit with Evangelical voters. After all, he says that he had never asked God for forgiveness. Trump rebuffed these concerns: “I have a great relationship with God. I have a great relationship with the Evangelicals.” He still points out that he wants to do good, and does not do much wrong.

And yet, the essence of the Gospel is grace, not works. Sadly, 71% of Americans (like Trump) still believe that works is essential to salvation. Ephesians 2: 8-9 could not be clearer:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” In light of this revelation, is there anything you and I (or even Donald Trump) can do to earn more of God’s favor?

Your thoughts? Email me at craig@electionforum.org

10 Comments on “Trump: Support at Liberty University”

  1. Of course we can’t do anything to win our salvation, only receive the sacrifice and grace of the Lord. So, this is what we can do in favor of Mr. Trump, whom I believe is the only one at this moment that has the needed skills to save this Country. Let’s all the evangelicals join in prayer so that he can receive the grace of God, (if he hasn’t…) and be saved. Perhaps nobody ever explained to him what salvation is all about. We were evangelical Ministers for many years and many good people who came to us and loved God did not understand the plan of salvation. Besides, we’re not looking for a Minister or Pastor, we’re voting for a most needed administrator for our beloved Country. We love Mr. Trump! We also believe that once he wins he will be a Uniting and Loving person for “We the People”, All of us, just as he is with his children.

  2. It is true that God loves us unconditionally. I do believe we still need to repent of our sins when we know we have done something wrong, but if you died, God would still accept you into heaven if you have given your heart to the Lord. The key is, have you truly given your life to the Lord and claim Him as your Savior.

  3. Every time I listen to Donald Trump it feels like I’m watching another Hollywood reality show or the Twilight Zone and I think of Isaiah 5:21 coming to pass before my eyes.
    Mr. Trump leaves all kinds of clues for us to know that he doesn’t have the slightest clue. Why are we still listening to him?
    Are we all going to believe that because he’s been a successful business man whose made lots of money that he has the ability to work with Congress and the judicial system, not to mention the entire world’s governments? Or does he plan on becoming CEO as well as President of the United States of America.
    Please tell me that we are not actually thinking of voting for him and entrusting our values and lives to this man.

  4. I totally agree with Bev. Mr. Trump deserves our prayers, but I feel he is pandering to the evangelicals and his lack of humility is a real turn off to me. Only one candidate in this race has been CONSISTANTLY humble and has lived a life of service and healing and giving back for his blessings. He has put teams of experts together to find solutions to our many problems. He, too is not a politician, but has not spent decades influencing politicians by lining their pockets with ‘donations’ and playing the ‘Beltway’ game!

  5. Well, well, interesting comments on trump. I like him, too, but believer’s need to ask some fundamental questions re: faith and politics. What’s the most important quality or aspect that we are looking for on a presidential candidate? What will God think about our choice? Will it please Him? What will we communicate to God about what we believe by the choice we make? Will we communicate to God that we’re trusting in man to solve our problems/issues-to lead us to prosperity and well-being? Or will our choice communicate that we are trusting in Him? What is our purpose in politics? (To glorify God I hope. Hint: Which candidate will best do that?) How does our faith interact or intersect with politics? Or should our faith infuse or permeate our politics? Many questions. 🙂 May God help us.

  6. Right on, Brian! I am in prayer for my vote . One day I will face GOD, not man, in answer to all of my choices, including my frame of reference as to why. With that said, God may still choose to use a candidate I deem an unlikely, ungodly character. We believers must humble ourselves, and Seek HIS face, lest our nation be given over to our treacherous desires. I for one am in favor of a mighty healing upon this land.

  7. I’m sick of Evangelicals pandering and compromising with Trump! He’s rude, doesn’t share our values, and would create more enemies than friends. We need to either rally around Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, or even Marco Rubio! They are far more in line as Conservatives than Mr. Trump!

  8. wow…its a sad day in our history when the church doesn’t even recognize a true man of God….a fighter for our Constitution with a record to prove it…and take the opportunity to rally behind him and see him to the highest office in the land!….what a disappointment and missed appointment to gather Gods people together to heal our land!!!…..I hope the whole University is not following this Presidents decision and if he did it for the wrong reasons…..whoa

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