Ron Paul picks up major evangelical endorsement heading into South Carolina

by Jack Minor –

Ron Paul picked up a major endorsement from an evangelical leader when Dr. James Linzey, president and founder of the Military Bible Association, endorsed the candidate.

Lizney, who served as a military chaplain for over 24 years and retired with an honorable discharge, has hosted Operation Freedom, a television program in Europe. Before founding the Military bible Association, he travelled the world as an evangelist.

In a statement to Congressman Paul declaring his endorsement, Lizney said, “Having thoroughly examined your political philosophy and finding that your platform is 100% in line with the Constitution of the United States of America, and examining your political record to find that you have consistently upheld the Constitution and thereby faithfully represented your constituency, and studying your statement of faith to find that your faith and religious experience is 100% compatible with Evangelical Christianity and Orthodox Christianity, I hereby endorse you for the Office of the President of the United States of America. I wish you Godspeed!”

He went on to say that while Texas governor, Rick Perry, was also an evangelical, the deciding factor for his endorsement was fidelity to the Constitution. “The tell-tale sign of being qualified for the presidency is not faith, but loyalty to the Constitution which defends the open expression of faith. Ron Paul seems to be the candidate most loyal to the Constitution according to the records.”

The endorsement could be a crucial one for Paul going into the South Carolina primary.

Some in the Christian community have taken issue with Paul’s refusal to commit to reinstating the military’s ban on homosexuals serving openly.

Lizney says if evangelicals truly want ot make faith an issue in the campaign they should consider Paul’s personal testimony on his website where Paul says, “Let me be very clear here: I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I endeavor every day to follow Him in all I do and in every position I advocate.”

Lizney said while he would support Romney if he eventually wins the nomination, he believes Paul is  the better candidate because, while Romney may be an excellent debater, Paul argues from the standpoint of the Constitution.


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  • Nolan says:

    Dr. Linzey is absolutely right on the money. To me, the New Testament and the US Constitution are the two most important documents ever written. No one exudes them more than Ron Paul.

  • Ben Hur says:

    Thank you Jack Minor for a fair and un-biased article. You simply reported the news as it is happening without any of the typical slant. This is both refreshing and encouraging. We Paul supporters don’t ask or expect news organizations to throw soft balls at Dr. Paul. Just fair treatment. That’s all.

    Thanks again! I will spread the word about your article!

  • We must recapture what it means to be free. By this I do not mean that we should all become policy wonks or waste our time studying the details of this or that political initiative or sector of life. I mean that we need to form a new approach to thinking about society and government, one that imagines that we can get along without such central management. We need to become more tolerant of the imperfections that come with freedom, and we need to give up the illusion that somehow putting government in charge of anything is going to improve its workings, much less bring on utopia…

    To embrace the idea of liberty is not a natural condition of mankind. In fact, we are disposed to tolerate far more impositions on liberty than we should. To love liberty requires an act of the intellect, I believe. It involves coming to understand how all the things we love in this world were given to us under conditions of liberty…

    We need to come to see government as it is, not as we wish it to be and not as the civics books describe it. And we need to surrender our attachments to government in every aspect of life. This goes for the right and the left. We need to give up our dependencies on the state, materially and spiritually. We should not look to the state to provide for us financially or psychologically…

    Let us give up our longing for welfare, our love of war, and our desire to see the government control and shape our fellow citizens. Let us understand that it is far better to live in an imperfect world than it is to live in a despotic world ruled by people who lord it over us through force and intimidation. We need a new understanding of what it means to be a great nation; it should mean, as George Washington said, that our nation is a beacon unto the world, not that we conquer the world militarily, impose our will on everyone, or even remain number one in the GDP rankings.

    Our sense of what it means to be great must be defined first by morality…

    We must come to imagine liberty again, and believe that it can be a reality. In order to do this, we do not need songs, slogans, rallies, programs, or even a political party. All we need is access to good ideas, some degree of idealism, and the courage to embrace the liberty that so many great people of the past have embraced…

    Liberty built civilization. It can rebuild civilization. And when the tides turn and the culture again celebrates what it means to be free, our battle will be won. It could happen in our time. It might happen after we are gone from this earth. But it will happen. Our job in this generation is to prepare the way…

  • Mbreden says:

    If “how christian” a candidate is was all that mattered to people . . . only Dr. Paul exemplifies Christ not just with lip service, but in his actions. President Paul 2012

  • Joe says:

    Ron Paul is honest and consistent and does what’s right. It’s about time America elect someone that cares about the country and it’s people.

    You have my vote Mr. Paul

  • marhlfld says:

    Praise the Lord, Hallelujah! My prayers have been answered! Thank you Lord! Ron Paul is our modern day Samuel, judge of the laws (Constitution) and modern day Moses, a leader of the people! A honest humble man, with something most Americans aren’t used to… principaled integrity!

    Thank you Jack Minor for a wonderful article, and thank you Dr. Linzey for the endorsement!

  • 4204life says:

    Good article.

  • AP says:

    Dr.Linzey’s endorsement of Ron Paul is excellent, because Ron Paul is the only GOP presidential candidate who is 100% committed to following the US Constitution. Because of this, the other candidates cannot attempt to preserve our religious freedom. If you attack any part of the Constitution, you will eventually destroy the entire document.

  • Reed says:

    Great news! Thanks for covering Ron Paul and treating him fairly. Ron Paul is the candidate that most surely follows Christ by example. He will save America when he is president. Dr. James Linzey is inspired and accurate in his recognition of Paul as the one who is true to the constitution and righteous principles.

  • Chris S says:

    A Ron Paul article without negative slander? I must be dreaming….

  • Andy Jordan says:

    I am a veteran (USAF 87-91, 93-95) and a Catholic Christian supporting Dr. Paul. God Bless Ron Paul

  • Len Snow says:

    Very good news here. S.C. YOU can make the statement that we haven’t quite made yet. Ron Paul #1!~ I’m moving to Greenville one day maybe this year, and hope to see Lots of support there for The Champion of the Constitution!

  • Peacepatriot11 says:

    Thanks for reporting this endorsement with journalistic fairness.

    It is interesting how many evangelical Christians don’t realize how much Ron Paul’s views line up with mainstream Christianity. Ron Paul has been a Christian for most of his adult life. His focus is not only on Constitutional principles, but his personal life is governed by moral principles of the Bible. Ron Paul is a man of integrity who does what he says. His record in Congress proves his unwavering belief in core, unshakeable values that most Americans share.

    People are afraid to be associated with Ron Paul, perhaps because his stances are unpopular. But in the end, Ron Paul is right, and we are all curious to see what a Paul presidency would look like. There’s hope for the future. Let’s give it a chance.

  • Ron Kukal says:

    I am a USS Liberty survivor and a strong Christian believer. Thank you Dr. Linzey for your endorsement of Ron Paul AND the Constitution. I have been screaming this kind of thing about the New Testament, the Constitution, and as a Christian for a long time. Over forty years ago I witnessed and was there for the attack on the USS Liberty The Liberty was a sitting duck and should have went down with a wave of the IDF’s hand. It didn’t and the ship survived an attack that left over 800 holes in her. Rocket fire, napalm, cannon fire, and God only knows how much else. It left me with a distinct impression for that over forty year period of time. My question to others will always be this: “Where Was God That Day”? Well I am very sure I know exactly where he was. Do you know where he was? If you don’t then it is time you figured it out. I will go to my grave loving this country, serving it, and most of all serving the Constitution which I swore to uphold. There are still some of us left you know.

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