Liberty University president and Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. told the Washington Post in an interview published on Tuesday that there was nothing U.S. President Donald Trump could do to lose his support.
Falwell was pushed as to whether or not it is "hypocritical" for evangelical leaders to support "a leader who has advocated violence and who has committed adultery and lies often?"
"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," Falwell replied.
"Because even if you choose the one that you think is the most decent — let’s say you decide Mitt Romney. Nobody could be a more decent human being, better family man. But there might be things that he’s done that we just don’t know about,” Falwell continued. "So you don’t choose a president based on how good they are; you choose a president based on what their policies are. That’s why I don’t think it’s hypocritical."
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“Only because I know that he only wants what’s best for this country, and I know anything he does, it may not be ideologically ‘conservative,’ but it’s going to be what’s best for this country, and I can’t imagine him doing anything that’s not good for the country,” Falwell added.
Southern Baptist minister Alan Cross from Montgomery, Alabama, quickly took to Twitter to condemn Falwell assertions.
Cross tweeted, “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.”
“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.