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Pastor Rips Jerry Falwell Jr. For Putting Trump Above Christian Values: It’s How ‘Hitler Rose To Power’


Pastor Rips Jerry Falwell Jr. For Putting Trump Above Christian Values: It’s How ‘Hitler Rose To Power’

A Southern Baptist pastor issued a scathing rebuke of Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. over a recent interview he gave to the Washington Post, where the evangelical leader stated he would blindly support President Donald Trump regardless of what he decides to do.

After the interview was published on Tuesday, Alan Cross from Montgomery, Alabama, took to Twitter to condemn Falwell Jr.’s statements.

“This interview. Wow. Most Evangelical ‘leaders’ won’t say a word about this. But, Falwell’s clearly articulated ‘Two Kingdoms’ theology needs heavy critique. It’s the SAME approach German Lutherans took as Hitler rose to power,” Cross tweeted, alongside a link to the article titled “Jerry Falwell Jr. can’t imagine Trump ‘doing anything that’s not good for the country.’”

“If you want to know how the German Lutheran church comprising 80-90% of all Germans collapsed into subversion to tyranny, Falwell lays it out the blueprint perfectly,” Cross continued. “Hitler advocated for “positive Christianity” rather than a prophetic Christianity. Support the state as it advances its own interests and the state will leave you alone. Except, the state demands loyalty. Falwell’s position is disaster for the church in a democratic republic.”

The pastor concluded: “None of this is to say that Trump is Hitler or Falwell is promoting Nazi ideology. Not at all. Rather, this is about how history teaches us about the way subversion happens. Falwell lays the groundwork for church capitulation to the state. He should be vigorously critiqued.”

In the post-interview, Falwell Jr. argued that all Christians should support the president and suggested they “may be immoral” if they didn’t.

“It may be immoral for them not to support him because he’s got African American employment to record highs, Hispanic employment to record highs,” the university administrator said. “They need to look at what the president did for the poor.”

Falwell Jr. also urged evangelists to look past the president’s breaches of Christian values and just focus on his policies.

“When Jesus said we’re all sinners, he really meant all of us, everybody. I don’t think you can choose a president based on their personal behavior because even if you choose the one that you think is the most decent,” he said. “You choose a president based on what their policies are. That’s why I don’t think it’s hypocritical.”

He also justified his support for Trump in part by stating that he did not believe Christians should vote for people who want to apply Jesus’ teachings to the government.

“Jesus never told Caesar how to run Rome. He went out of his way to say that’s the earthly kingdom, I’m about the heavenly kingdom and I’m here to teach you how to treat others, how to help others, but when it comes to serving your country, you render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s,” said Falwell.

“It’s a distortion of the teaching of Christ to say Jesus taught love and forgiveness and therefore the United States as a nation should be loving and forgiving, and just hand over everything we have to every other part of the world. That’s not what Jesus taught.”


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