More than a dozen prominent evangelical leaders from across the country joined together and signed onto a letter sent to Christianity Today President and CEO Dr. Timothy Dalrymple
The letter was in response to an op-ed written by Christianity Today’s Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli on December 19 which called for President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.
According to CBN, the letter was signed by Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed, Christian author James Dobson, Pastor Robert Jeffress, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., Pastor Jentezen Franklin, Bishop Harry Jackson, pro-life activist Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), award-winning musicians Michael Tait and Danny Gokey, and best-selling author Eric Metaxas.
“Gilberto Velez, chairman of the board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, is included, along with a number of other Hispanic leaders.
“We are, in fact, not ‘far-right’ evangelicals as characterized by the author,” the evangelicals wrote via CBN. “Rather, we are Bible-believing Christians and patriotic Americans who are simply grateful that our President has sought our advice as his administration has advanced policies that protect the unborn, promote religious freedom…and ensure that our foreign policy aligns with our values while making our world safer, including through our support of the State of Israel.”
“We are not theocrats, and we recognize that our imperfect political system is a reflection of the fallen world within which we live, reliant upon the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is freely given to sinner and saint, alike,” the religious leaders continued.
Adding: “Of course, it’s up to your publication to decide whether or not your magazine intends to be a voice of evangelicals like those represented by the signatories below, and it is up to us and those Evangelicals like us to decide if we should subscribe to, advertise in and read your publication online and in print, but historically, we have been your readers.”
CBN reports one of the leaders who signed the letter told the press: “I hope Christianity Today will now tell us who they support for president among the 2020 Democratic field.”
A large number of prominent evangelicals sent a sharply critical letter to Christianity Today President over the magazine’s editorial calling for Trump’s removal from office and calling out his evangelical supporters. https://t.co/1xCt3xV7vV
— CBN News (@CBNNews) December 23, 2019
The leaders charged CT’s outgoing Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli with characterizing them as “far-right” and publicly dismissing their views, at one point quoting a past statement by Galli that referred to evangelical Trump supporters as, “These other evangelicals [who] often haven’t finished college, and if they have jobs, and apparently most of them don’t, they are blue-collar jobs or entry-level work.”
The letter also suggested that CT is at risk of no longer for speaking to a wider evangelical audience and losing their readership.
Dr. James Dobson issued today the following statement, as a private citizen, to the Christian community:"I have read a…
Galli posted the editorial just one day after Trump became the third president in United States history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. Galli wrote, “The impeachment of Donald Trump is a significant event in the story of our republic. It requires comment.”
My Response to Christianity Today:Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President Trump should be…
Galli also had a specific address for evangelical supporters of the president: “Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior.”
“Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency,” he continued. “If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?”
The publication “has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism,” he wrote. https://t.co/3FuDx0wzQq
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 20, 2019