Seeking to quickly distance himself from his brother Jerry Jr., the Rev. Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, issued a short statement the same day as his brother's endorsement of Donald Trump, saying Christians should vote for a "person of character" who displays "moral leadership."
In the aftermath of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s endorsement of the real estate mogul on Tuesday, the Liberty University president and son of legendary evangelical leader Jerry Falwell has been widely scrutinized for backing a candidate that many conservative evangelicals feel does not uphold strong biblical values and has a questionable track record on issues like abortion.
Jonathan Falwell, who leads the 12th most influential megachurch in the United States according to Newsmax, issued a statement to Lynchburg, Virginia's ABC News affiliate saying that he will not be endorsing any political candidates and that Christians should vote for candidates who most closely align with their beliefs. more >>
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee put out a new television ad attacking fellow candidate Ted Cruz's Christian faith, accusing him of being a "phony" Christian for giving far less than 10 percent of his income to his church.
The 30-second ad, which was paid for by the pro-Huckabee super PAC, Pursuing America's Greatness, features two Iowa women talking before what appears to be a Bible study discussing which candidate they should caucus for at the upcoming Feb. 1 Iowa Caucus.
The ad tries to paint the staunch conservative candidate as one who panders to the Evangelical vote with disingenuous views. It points out a recently leaked audio clip where Cruz says that gay marriage, which was legalized by a Supreme Court decision last June, would not be a top-three priority for him if her were elected president. more >>
Union University, a Baptist academic institution with campuses in Jackson, Hendersonville, and Germantown, Tennessee, will hold its first evangelism rally that will feature among its speaker the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Fred Luter.
Ernest Easley, spokesman for Union and organizer of the West Tennessee Evangelism Rally on Feb. 21, told The Christian Post that the event came at the request of University President Dub Oliver.
"It's really in the heart of our president for evangelism to permeate our campus," said Easley, who noted that they expect somewhere between 500 and 1,000 attendees. more >>
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has lashed out at an influential Iowa Evangelical leader, who the billionaire once considered to be a friend, after he endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for president and began volunteering for his campaign.
On Tuesday, the real estate mogul took to Twitter to attack Bob Vander Plaats, the head of the Iowa social conservative organization the FAMiLY Leader, whose endorsement is touted by presidential candidates battling for Evangelical support in the first caucus state.
According to the Washington Post, Trump invited Vander Plaats and his family to visit New York several times and refused to let them pay while staying at one of his hotels in what seems to have been an attempt to win over Vander Plaats' political support. more >>
The father of U.S. senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is calling upon Christians to vote for biblical principles this election season.
In his new book A Time For Action: Empowering the Faithful to Reclaim America, Pastor Rafael Cruz calls upon pastors and churches to be politically active.
Pastor Cruz told The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday that he felt compelled to write the book because he saw "America deteriorating very rapidly." more >>
Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis has asked Christians of other traditions to forgive Catholics who have offended them in the past, and called on Catholics to offer the same in return.
"As Bishop of Rome and pastor of the Catholic Church, I want to ask for mercy and forgiveness for the behavior of Catholics towards Christians of other Churches which has not reflected Gospel values," Francis said at the closing Vespers of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the Basilica of St. Paul earlier this week.
"At the same time, I invite all Catholic brothers and sisters to forgive if they, today or in the past, have been offended by other Christians. We cannot cancel out what has happened, but we do not want to let the weight of past faults continue to contaminate our relationships." more >>