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Nearly 200 evangelical leaders called out the president of Christianity Today for publishing a blistering editorial urging President Trump’s ouster, saying they are “Bible-believing Christians” who have been mischaracterized in the opinion piece as “far-right” zealots.

“Your editorial offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations,” the group of 177 evangelicals wrote to the magazine’s president, Timothy Dalrymple.

“We are, in fact, not ‘far-right’ evangelicals as characterized by the author,” the letter sent Sunday said.

“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,” it continued.

The letter was signed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachman, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Ralph Reed.

The editorial, penned by editor-in-chief Mark Galli, appeared in the influential conservative magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham in 1956 last Thursday — a day after the House approved two articles of impeachment against Trump.

In it, Galli said the president’s dealings in Ukraine, where he tried to leverage millions in military aid for an investigation into 2020 political rival Joe Biden, are a violation of the Constitution and “profoundly immoral.”

“To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior,” Galli wrote in the piece.

Galli, who is retiring on Jan. 3, defended the editorial during an appearance Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” claiming he wasn’t making a “political judgment” but a “moral judgment” that Trump is “morally unfit” for office.

“None of us are perfect. We’re not looking for saints. We do have private sins, ongoing patterns of behavior that reveal themselves in our — in our private life that we’re all trying to work on. But a president has certain responsibilities as a public figure to display a certain level of public character and public morality,” he said.

Darlrymple also defended Galli, writing in a lengthy statement on Christianity Today that despite Trump labeling them “far left,” they are “theologically conservative.”

“Out of love for Jesus and his church, not for political partisanship or intellectual elitism, this is why we feel compelled to say that the alliance of American evangelicalism with this presidency has wrought enormous damage to Christian witness,” he wrote.

Trump lashed out at the publication last Friday, calling it a “far left magazine, or very progressive.”

“No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close,” he said in the Twitter posting.



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