Falwell: Bigger Issues in America Than Christ

Jerry Falwell Jr, chancellor of Liberty University, a Fundamentalist and Southern Baptist Christian college in Virginia, announced last week that political progress trumps the Gospel of Christ.

In an interview with Glenn Beck (a tv news/talk show host, a former agnostic, Catholic, Born Again Fundamentalist, and now a convert to Mormonism), Falwell defended his decision to have the well-know conservative political pundit as the featured speaker at the 2010 commencement ceremony by stating that there are ‘bigger issues’ in the country right now than ‘theology’.

Story Here: The Political Gospel of Glenn Beck and Liberty University?


In the late 1800s and early 20th Century, when the leaders of America’s Christian academies put moral reforms ahead of faith in Christ, they were pejoratively labeled as ‘liberals’. When a 21st Century Fundamentalist does the same thing, he is looked at as a hero.

They’re In It for the Power?

Perhaps this is why Liberty has tried so hard over the past three months to hide charges of lying and falsifying academic credentials of it’s seminary president – Ergun Caner. Ergun, who has made outlandish fraudulent claims about having been raised in Turkey and trained for Jihad, was at first exonerated by Liberty University, which was later forced by political pressure to administer disciplinary action, once the issue could not be hidden from the public. Caner’s fictional biography and professional credentials brought a lot of cache and political clout to the University and, sadly, that seems a higher capital than the Gospel.

Washington Post Article on Caner

Some Good Analysis of the sad Caner saga (including a pathetic Caner Apologetic, i.e. mis-information PA blitz by Evangelical scholar Norman Geisler) can be found at the following:

I’ve hesitated, to this point to post anything regarding the Caner saga and Liberty U. – my wife formerly attended there, we have family there now, and I am friends with folks in the ministry who graduated from there; but Caner’s non-pology, Falwell’s gutlessness, and Liberty’s non-discipline and political maneuvering are enough to make one sick. Liberty encompasses everything that is wrong with the Evangelical movement today – more concerned with moralism and politics than Christ. You say the prayer, sign the card, join the club, and then roll up your sleeves and get on to the real busine$$ of winning America to Christ ‘traditionalism’ (?). The 1950s just may be the new heaven and the Tea Party the new Gospel message.

New ecumenicalism is the slippery slope to old liberalism.  Nothing good can come of it.  If God is God, let’s put our confidence in Him, not man.

Sad day for Liberty.
Sad day for America.
Sad day for the Church of Jesus Christ.

“Ἀπόδοτε οὖν τὰ Καίσαρος Καίσαρι καὶ τὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ τῷ Θεῷ”

Jesus, The King of Kings, The Lord of Glory


2 thoughts on “Falwell: Bigger Issues in America Than Christ

  1. Funny, I saw that episode, and he didnt say anything about there being bigger issues in America Than Christ.

    How is Christ served if we don’t have to liberty to serve him? Freedom to worship as we feel is right is vital in bringing all men to Christ. It cannot be done any other way.

  2. Here’s a link to the transcript:

    Glenn interviews Jerry Falwell Jr.

    Here’s a brief rundown –
    (1) Jerry calls in and jokes with Glenn about the honorary doctorate that Liberty (a ‘Christian’ university whose goal is to train ‘Champions for Christ’) has conferred the honorary degree of Doctor to Glenn Beck (a noted Mormon).

    (2) Chitchat about Liberty impressively high enrollment…

    (3) A little praise for what Liberty is accomplishing, to which Jerry responds that ‘A lot of people think it’s just a Bible school, but it’s a liberal arts university …We just passed Ohio state to become the 7th largest university, four year university in the United States.’

    (3) Chitchat about new law program…

    (4) Then Glenn Beck says:

    Jerry, I have to speak about something we’ve spoken about privately and I hope you don’t mind, but when we first met and I went down, you asked me to give the commencement speech and I — when I first met you, I thanked you for that and I said I know you must be getting heat because you’re an evangelical in a Christian college and I am a Mormon, and those don’t seem to go hand in hand with a lot of people in their minds. And I know you took heat for that, and I thank you for that. And you told me if you don’t mind me sharing this, that you know what — you know what time of day it is, and that we all have to kind of stand together hare and put our differences aside. That doesn’t you endorse my faith or whatever, and that’s fine. But we have to unite on things that are big, because we are in trouble, here.

    (5) Jerry’s response is, in part:

    If we don’t hang together we’ll hang separately, I mean, that’s what my father believed when he formed Moral Majority, was an organization of Mormon’s, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, people of no faith. And there are bigger issues now, we can argue about theology later after we save the country. And I really think that we really do need to stand together, it’s a critical time in our nation’s history, …But you’re bringing all these types of people together on your show every day, and it’s creating a partnership between groups that may have never talked to each other otherwise, and I think nothing could be more important at this stage of our history…

    > nmontague says: ‘he didnt say anything about there being bigger issues in America Than Christ.’

    He said there are bigger issues in America than arguing about religious affiliation. Given what Mormons reject the Christ of the Bible, setting aside our differences for ‘bigger issues’, makes what a bigger issue than who we see Christ to be?

    > nmontague says: ‘How is Christ served if we don’t have to liberty to serve him?’

    Ask generations of Martyrs that have glorified Christ by shedding their blood, from Apostle James (all Apostles but John, actually), to present day Christian believers in Sudan and China.

    2 Tim 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

    > nmontague says: Freedom to worship as we feel is right is vital in bringing all men to Christ. It cannot be done any other way.

    The only things that are vital to bringing men to Christ is the Word of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit.

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