Nearly 200 evangelical leaders wrote a letter to Timothy Dalrymple, the president of Christianity Today, and condemned Christianity Today’s editorial calling for the removal of President Trump from its editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, that “offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations.”

Christianity Today, one Christian magazine publications called for the removal of Trump on Thursday, one day after the House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against him. The editorial was widely celebrated by the left and crashed its website.

“We want CT to be a place that welcomes Christians from across the political spectrum, and reminds everyone that politics is not the end and purpose of our being,” Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli wrote in the editorial titled “Trump Should Be Removed From Office.”  “That said, we do feel it necessary from time to time to make our own opinions on political matters clear—always, as Graham encouraged us, doing so with both conviction and love. We love and pray for our president, as we love and pray for leaders (as well as ordinary citizens) on both sides of the political aisle.”

Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, who founded Christianity Today, responded, “Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece. In fact, he would be very disappointed. I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now. My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.”

The letter condemned the editorial for dismissing evangelicals who oppose its views as “far-right,” the Christian Post reported.

“We are, in fact, not ‘far-right’ evangelicals as characterized by the author,” the letter 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, reform our criminal justice system, contribute to strong working families through paid family leave, protect the freedom of conscience, prioritize parental rights, and ensure that our foreign policy aligns with our values while making our world safer, including through our support of the State of Israel.”

Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser for the Trump 2020 campaign, slammed the magazine in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner as being run by “pious ‘Never Trumpers’ who feel morally justified…in a self-serving desire to be proven right…”

Here is the letter content:

Dr. Dalrymple,

We write collectively to express our dissatisfaction with the editorial Christianity Today published on Thursday, December 19, 2019 calling for the removal of our duly elected President, who was put into office at the behest of over sixty million voters.  

It was astonishing to us that your editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, further offensively dismissed our point of view on CNN by saying, “Christianity Today is not read by the people – Christians on the far right, by evangelicals on the far right – so they’re going to be as dismissive of the magazine as President Trump has shown to be.” It also came to our attention, that Mr. Galli has written other statements about Americans who chose Donald Trump over Secretary Clinton in 2016, referring to them 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” as he describes himself with pride as an “elite evangelical.”

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. 

We are, in fact, not “far-right” evangelicals as characterized by the author. 

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, reform our criminal justice system, contribute to strong working families through paid family leave, protect the freedom of conscience, prioritize parental rights, 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. 

We are proud to be numbered among those in history who, like Jesus, have been pretentiously accused of having too much grace for tax collectors and sinners, and we take deeply our personal responsibility to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s — our public service. 

The editorial you published, without any meaningful and immediate regard for dissenting points of view, not only supported the entirely-partisan, legally-dubious, and politically-motivated impeachment but went even further, calling for Donald Trump not to be elected again in 2020 when he certainly survives impeachment. 

As one of our signatories said to the press, “I hope Christianity Today will now tell us who they will support for president among the 2020 Democrat field?” 

Your editorial offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations. 

It not only targeted our President; it also targeted those of us who support him, and have supported you. 

Sincerely,

Lourdes Aguirre 

President 

United Marketing Solutions

Stephen Alessi

Pastor

Metro Life Church

Chuck Allen 

Pastor

Sugar Hill Church

Rev. Rick Amato

Dream Believe Institute 

Wellington , FL

Doug Anderson

Pastor

Rose Heights Church

Michele Bachmann

US House of Representatives 

Fmr. Member, Minnesota 

Marty Baker

Pastor 

Steven’s Creek Church

Rev. Wesley Baldwin, PhD

Lead Pastor 

Aloma Church

Luke Barnett

Pastor

Dream City Church 

Tommy Barnett 

Pastor

Dream City Church

Gary Bauer

President

American Values

Henry Becarra 

Pastor

City Church International

Steve Berger 

Pastor

Grace Chapel – Nashville

Gary W. Blackard

President & CEO

Adult & Teen Challenge USA

Paul Blair

Fairview Baptist Church

Liberty Pastors Network

John Blanchard 

Pastor

Rock Church International 

Bill Bolin

Pastor

Floodgate Church

Ryan Bomberger

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

The Radiance Foundation

Mario Bramnick

President 

Latino Coalition for Israel 

Josh Brown

Founder & CEO

SoulHeart.co

Dr. Daniel Caamaño

President 

Alma Vision Radio and Television 

Paula White Cain

Paula White Ministries

Pastor, City of Destiny

Chris Cambas

CEO Relationscape 

Founder / Chairman of Board Full Circle

Anita Christopher 

President

West Michigan Prayer Center 

Barry Clardy

Pastor

Princeton Pike Church of God

Dr. Tim Clinton

President

American Association of Christian Counselors

Bishop Kelvin L. Cobaris

Cobaris Ministries International

Paul Cole

Christian Men’s Network 

Cynthia Collins 

Founder, SpeakHope.net

Global Advisor, OperationOutcry 

Jack Countryman

Vice President & Publisher Emeritus

Ministry Development

Harper Collins

David Aaron Crabb

Pastor

Restoring Hope Church

Brad Dacus

Pacific Justice Institute 

Dr.Jimmy L. De La O DDiv. 

Founding Senior Pastor 

Iglesia Cristiana Nuevo Pacto

Apostle Alberto Delgado

Senior Pastor

Alpha and Omega

Rachel Dennis

Awaken The Dawn

Dr. James Dobson

President

James Dobson Family Institute

Dave Donaldson 

Co-founder and Chairman

CityServe International 

Greg Dumas 

Pastor

The Crossing Church

Dr. Kirk Elliott

Founder

Veribella Foundation 

Jenna Ellis

Constitutional Law Attorney

Al Elmore

Senior Pastor

Lima Baptist Temple

Jerry Falwell Jr. 

President

Liberty University 

Joey Fine

Pastor

Seasons Church 

Dan Fisher

Pastor

Fairview Baptist Church

Jentezen Franklin

Senior Pastor

Free Chapel 

Jim Franklin

Pastor 

Cornerstone Church

Dr. Gary D. Frazier, 

President

Discovery Missions International 

Dr. Day Gardner

President

National Black Pro-Life Union

Brian Gallardo

Pastor

LifeGate Church

Jim Garlow

Founder

Well Versed

Rosemary Schindler Garlow

Schindlers Ark

Dr. Nick Garza

NHCLC Board member 

Sacramento, CA

James Gildwell

Pastor

Amazing Grace Baptist Fellowship 

Bishop Anne Gimenez 

Rock Ministerial Fellowship

Jack Graham

Senior Pastor

Prestonwood Baptist Church

Brad Graves

Senior Pastor

Ada First Baptist Church 

Danny Gokey 

Contemporary Christian Artist

Paul Marc Goulet 

Pastor

International Church of Las Vegas 

Rev. Mark Gurley 

Director 

Michigan Oak Initiative

Ken Gurley

Vice President/Director of Operations

National Apostolic Christian Leadership Conference.

Jon & Jolene Hamill 

President

Lamplighter Ministries 

Dr. Frank Harber, Ph.D., J.D.

President

The Institute for Christian Defense

Len Harper

Pastor

Overflow Church

Mike Hayes

Founder/President 

Center for National Renewal

Skip Heitzig 

Pastor

Calvary Church of Albuquerque

Randall Hekman

Director 

Grand Awakening Prayer

Jim Henry 

Pastor Emeritus FBC Orlando 

Former SBC President 

Robert Herber

Pastor

All Peoples Church

Jack Hibbs

Pastor

Calvary Chapel Chino Hills

Rev. Tim Hill 

General Overseer

Church of God

Mark Hoover 

Lead Pastor 

NewSpring Church

Walter B. Hoye II

CEO

Issues4Life Foundation 

Lori Hoye 

CFO

Issues4Life Foundation 

Mike Huckabee

Honorary National Chairman

My Faith Votes

Shane Idleman 

Pastor

Westside Christian Fellowship

Bishop Harry Jackson

Pastor

Hope Christian Church 

Brian Jacobs

Pastor

Metroplex Family Church 

Dr. Mike & Cindy Jacobs

Founders 

Generals International

Phillip Jauregui 

Judicial Action Group

Dr. Thomas Jamieson 

Senior Pastor 

First Baptist Church of Mount Dora, FL

Obed Jauregui

Pastor, Betania Church 

President of MBCS 

Robert Jeffress

Senior Pastor

First Baptist Dallas

Brian & Jenn Johnson

Bethel Music 

Travis Johnson

Church of God Executive Council Member

Dr. Brad Jurkovich

Senior Pastor

First Baptist Church Bossier City, LA

Troy Keaton

Pastor

EastLake Community Church

Becky Keenan

Pastor

President of One With Israel

Alveda King

Pastoral Associate, Priests for Life

Director, Civil Rights for the Unborn

Gary Kirouac

Tent America 

David Kubal 

CEO/President 

Intercessors for America 

Kelly Monroe Kullberg

Veritas Forum

Hank & Brenda Kunneman

Pastors

Lord of Hosts Church and One Voice Ministries

Greg Laurie

Senior Pastor

Harvest Christian Fellowship

Jerry Lawson

Pastor

Daystar Church

Todd Lamphere 

Pastor of Global Outreach

City of Destiny 

Chris Leader

Ignite Outreach

Greg Locke

Pastor 

Global Vision Bible Church

Frank López

Senior Pastor, Doral Church

VP of Hispanic Association of Pastors

Cissie Graham Lynch

Samaritans Purse

Apostle Guillermo Maldonado

President and Senior Pastor

King JESUS Ministries

Tim Martin

Pastor 

New Life Christian 

Victor Marx

President & CEO 

All Things Possible Ministries

Gregg Matte

Senior Pastor

Houston’s First Baptist Church

Bishop Joseph Mattera

Christ Covenant Coalition

Pastor Jurgen Matthesius

C3 Church San Diego

Overseer C3 Churches in the Americas

Bob McEwen

US House of Representatives 

Fmr. Member, Ohio

Dr. David H. McKinley

Pastor-Teacher

Warren Baptist Church 

Augusta GA 

Dr. Yolanda McCune

Director 

HAPN Kingdom Culture 

Rev. Dusty McLemore

Senior Pastor

Lindsay Lane Baptist Church

Barry Meguiar

President Meguiar’s, Inc, 

Founder, Revival Outside the Walls

Eric Metaxas

Author, Host 

Eric Metaxas Radio Show

Jonathan Miller

Pastor

New Beginnings Church

Morgan Mitchell

Director 

Grand Traverse House of Prayer 

Pastor Sergio De La Mora

Cornerstone Church

Kent Morgan

President 

Randall Bearings, Inc. 

Robert Morris 

Senior Pastor

Gateway Church 

Pastor Tom Mullins 

Senior Pastor

Christ Fellowship Florida 

Penny Nance

CEO and President 

Concerned Women for America

Rev. Dean Nelson 

Chairman of the Board

Frederick Douglass Foundation

Dr. Malachi O’Brien 

Former 2nd Vice President

Southern Baptist Convention 

Tim Oldfield

Pastor

Potters House Church 

Dr. Rod Parsley

Founder and Lead Pastor

World Harvest Church 

Founder and Chancellor Valor Christian College

Ramiro A. Peña

Pastor

Christ the King Church

Tony Perkins

President

Family Research Council 

Paul Pickern 

Executive Director

All Pro Pastors 

Chonda Pierce

Comedian 

Dr. Everett Piper 

Best Selling Author

Former University President

Dr. Anthony Ponceti

Director, South & Central America

All Pro Pastors International

Rob Price 

Associate Professor, Communication Arts

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Ralph Reed 

President 

Faith and Freedom Coalition

Steve Riggle 

Pastor

Grace Church International

Rev. Dennis Rivera

Assemblies of God 

NHCLC executive committee

Ernie Rivera 

President 

Las Americas Evangelistic Association 

Marilyn Rivera

Pastor

President of Hispanic Association of Pastors

Juan Rivera

Executive Director

Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition 

Jeremy Roberts

Pastor

Thomasville Road Baptist Church

Wayne Roberts 

Pastor

Bethel Baptist Church

Gerald Rohn

Pastor

First Renaissance Community Church of Sterling Michigan

Dudley Rutherford 

Pastor

Shepherd of the Hills Church

Myles & Delana Rutherford 

Pastors 

Worship with Wonders Church

Dexter Sanders

Founder/President 

Back 2 God Movement 

Rick Scarborough 

Recover America Now

Tom Schlueter 

Texas Apostolic Prayer Network

Darrell & Belinda Scott 

Pastor

New Spirit Revival Center 

Tony Scott

Pastor

theChurch, Maumee

Mark Seppo 

Pastor

Vassar Victory Center

Scott Sheppard 

Pastor

Cornerstone Church

Danny Silk

President

Loving on Purpose

David Smith

Pastor

Oak Park Church

Ron Smith

Pastor 

FBC At The Villages

Ted Squires

CEO Squires Global

Dr. Jay Strack

Founder

Student Leadership University 

Mat Staver

Liberty Counsel

Darryl & Tracy Strawberry

Strawberry Ministries 

Pastor Tom Sterbens

New Hope Church

Tony Stewart

Pastor

Citylife Church 

Rev. Tony Suarez

Executive Vice President 

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference 

Lanny Swaim

Worship Artist

Michael Tait

Christian Music Artist

Zach Terry

Senior Pastor 

Fernandina Beach, First Baptist Church

Claude Thomas

Former Executive Director

GP3

David Tipton

Vice President

National Apostolic Christian Leadership Conference.

LaNell Babbage-Torres

National Diversity Coalition

CT Townsend

Pastor

Victory Baptist Church

Pasqual Urrabazo

Pastor

International Church of Las Vegas 

Andre Van Mol, MD

Elder

Bethel Church

Kris Vallotton

Senior Associate Leader

Bethel Church

Dr. Gilberto Velez

Founder and Senior Pastor for Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia

Chairman of the Board for National Hispanic leadership Conference.

Anthony Verdugo, 

Founder and Executive Director

Christian Family Coalition (CFC) 

Wendell Vinson

Pastor

Canyon Hills Church

Judy Wade

Uniting Our Hearts

Kevin Wallace 

Pastor

Redemption to the Nations Church

Lance Wallnau

Lance Learning Group

Rick Warzywak 

Director 

Michigan Capitol House of Prayer

Wendy Waterson

Pastor

Sanctuary Ministries 

Edward Watts

Pastor

Gateway Hope Center 

Tom Winters 

Winters & King Associates

Ken Whitten

Pastor

Idlewild Baptist Church

George Wood

Chairman

World Assemblies of God Fellowship