Former Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd said faithfulness to the gospel was a priority, and he will not endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for president, after attending Trump's highly anticipated meeting with over 900 evangelical leaders in New York City Tuesday.
In an attempt to win over the support of skeptical conservative pastors, activists and political leaders, a meeting between Trump and the nation's most influential evangelical leaders was convened by the organizations United in Purpose and My Faith Votes to help the prominent evangelicals get to know Trump better.
In both large-group and small-group settings, Trump answered some of the most pressing questions that social conservatives have in regards to a Trump presidency and promised that he will appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices, protect religious freedom and even end a longstanding ban against church politicking. more >>
Former Southern Baptist Convention president and megachurch pastor Jack Graham says that he is ready to "champion Donald Trump" after attending the meeting between the presumptive Republican nominee and over 900 evangelical pastors and activists in New York City on Tuesday.
In the meeting convened by the organizations United in Purpose and My Faith Votes that was billed as a "conversation" between Trump and many of the nation's evangelical leaders, Trump vowed to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices, protect religious freedoms and help fix the problems surrounding America's impoverished inner cities.
While some attendees of the event, such as Fox News's Todd Starnes, claimed that the meeting was "basically a campaign rally," Graham told The Christian Post following the meeting that the gathering lived up to its "conversation" billing and that he and others are ready to encourage others to vote for Trump. more >>
NEW YORK — While many of them said they still weren't ready to endorse him for president, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to have sufficiently convinced a gathering of more than 900 conservative Christian leaders that he is the best choice for protecting religious freedom.
At a press conference after the private meeting in Times Square, New York, between Trump and the leaders billed "A Conversation About America's Future with Donald Trump and Ben Carson," Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of First Liberty Institute, said religious freedom was the top concern among the group and Trump's conversation on the issue was "genuine."
"One of the things we didn't mention and I thought I wanted to make sure we did, is that over 50,000 questions were submitted and by far the most important issue to everyone was religious freedom. And when that was communicated to Donald Trump, he said 'in light of what I'm seeing it doesn't surprise me at all' and he really connected with that which is part of, I thought, how the conversation was a real genuine conversation," said Shackleford, whose organization is the largest legal firm in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. more >>
In a gathering with 900 evangelical pastors and leaders Tuesday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump promised that he would protect the political speech and religious freedom of pastors and clergy by repealing a longstanding ban on church and nonprofit politicking.
As many evangelical leaders have remained skeptical about backing Trump even after he clinched enough delegates to claim the GOP nomination, the organizations United in Purpose and My Faith Votes, headed by Ben Carson, organized a much-anticipated "conversation" between the billionaire real estate mogul and over 900 pastors, activists and leaders in New York City to allow them to get to know each other better.
Trump was successful in winning over a number of the pastors in attendance by promising that he would not only elect pro-life Supreme Court justices but also vowing to protect the First Amendment rights of churches and pastors. more >>
Jerry Falwell Jr. shot back at critics of a photo of himself with Donald Trump that had a Playboy magazine cover in the background, saying they are the "same hypocrites who accused Jesus ...."
Falwell, president of Liberty University, posted the photo to his Twitter account Tuesday. The photo shows Falwell's wife, Becki, and Trump in front of a wall of magazine covers featuring Trump, including a Playboy magazine cover.
What started as an interesting idea to convene 300 Christian leaders in New York for a time with Donald Trump literally exploded in weeks! The interest was so overwhelming that special ID badges had to be made to accommodate over 1,000 who eventually came from all over America.
"A Conversation About America's Future With Donald Trump and Ben Carson" is now in the books. It truly was an experience in genuine humility and unity at a time when "our country is in trouble" as Franklin Graham stated in his opening remarks.
I personally counted it an honor to personally interact with Rev. Graham and others like David Barton, James and Shirley Dobson, Ben Carson and multitudes of humble servants who came like me to learn about the man who could be our next president. We want to serve our constituencies well by conveying an accurate representation of who he is and what he's really about. more >>