Prominent evangelical leader and Ted Cruz supporter James Dobson has officially endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for president, the day after the Texas senator got booed off the GOP Convention stage for not issuing his endorsement of the Manhattan businessman and reality TV star.
The founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk radio issued his support of the billionaire real estate mogul in an official statement shared with The Christian Post Thursday.
"I have decided to endorse Donald J. Trump for President of the United States, not only because of my great concern about Hillary Clinton. I am supporting Mr. Trump primarily because I believe he is the most capable candidate to lead the United States of America in this complicated hour," the 80-year-old Dobson said in the statement. more >>
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is praising "rank-and-file" evangelicals for being "ahead of all the leadership" in supporting GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and is questioning if leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, who has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump, is really a conservative.
Falwell, the son of late evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Sr., has been one of the first prominent evangelical leaders to endorse the billionaire real estate mogul for president. He was interviewed Thursday by NPR's Steve Inskeep this week and asked about the negative reaction he got from many evangelical leaders for supporting Trump "so strong and so early" in the election cycle.
As a LifeWay survey of over 1,000 American Protestant pastors in January found that only 4 percent of pastors favored Trump, Falwell applauded the rank-and-file evangelicals for their early support of the 2016 Republican nominee. more >>
Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott of the New Spirit Revival Center rallied delegates on the third day of the Republican National Convention in his hometown Wednesday by painting Donald Trump, the party's newly minted presidential nominee, as an experienced Bible-believing dealmaker.
Trump, he said, will be able to bring people together after what he framed as eight divisive years of the Obama administration.
"Let me tell you something, Donald Trump has played the big stakes, he's a master negotiator and deal maker. He knows that for all the sharp elbows and all of the sharp words and the bruised egos and all of the hurt feelings, the art of the deal is bringing people together, to unify, and to get them from no to yes," Scott said. more >>
Many evangelical Trump supporters keep using analogies about how Trump is like Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar and since God used these flawed leaders to accomplish His will, then we should elect Trump.
But that argument is a serious misuse of scripture.
First of all, it's a red herring. The debate is not whether God could use such a person to accomplish His will. Followers of the Bible already know the answer to that. God can, and has, used awful people for His purposes. He's used tyrants, apostates, mass murders even the devil himself to accomplish His purposes. He used strong pagan leaders like Pharaoh and Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzar to accomplish His goals, to discipline His people, to destroy Israel's enemies, to make the point that His people can trust Him to take care of them even under the worst of circumstances. more >>
Last week, the Pew Research Center released an interesting survey on the 2016 presidential election. It looks at how religious views and religiosity are affecting voting behavior. Many surveys ask people about their religious affiliation. However, to Pew's credit, they also asked about frequency of church attendance.
As the two major parties have become polarized on morality policy, frequent church attendees have become more consistently Republican and occasional church attendees have become more consistently Democrat.
However, the voting patterns in the 2016 presidential election appear to be somewhat different. more >>
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz staunchly defended his decision not to endorse Donald Trump, saying on Thursday he was not the Republican presidential candidate's "servile puppy dog" in a damaging rift at the party's convention ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
Cruz, who came in second to Trump in the race for the Republican nomination after a bitter and personal campaign, was booed by delegates at the gathering in Cleveland on Wednesday night when he gave a speech but did not endorse Trump.
The conservative senator from Texas stood his ground on Thursday. He refused to say whether he would vote for Trump, who had maligned Cruz's wife for her physical appearance and had suggested that his father was linked to late President John F. Kennedy's assassin. more >>