Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jerry Falwell Dead

I apologize for making this comment, but not for holding this belief: Isn't gluttony one of the seven deadly sins?
Jerry Falwell is dead.
Jerry Falwell had a history of "heart challenges", like if you weren't just like him and believed just what he believed or told you to believe, he didn't have a heart.

Love him or hate him, he certainly stirred up strong emotions in people.
Falwell had opinions on a lot of issues. This comments on this blog certainly make for interesting reading.
But not all was as rosy as a winky blink's cheeks. Falwell was involved in controversy regarding his Liberty University indebtedness. Many bondholders were "mom and pops cashing in their IRA money because their local minister and Falwell's letters said they'd be doing God's work," recalled Doug Hudman, a lawyer in the case. "The true victims are the mom-and-pop believers who think their money was going to a good cause. All it was doing was going to fund Mr. Falwell's continued indebtedness. It's kind of sickening.

Robert Parry's in his treatise on Falwell and the Moon dynasty said Falwell's greatest deviation from fundamentalism has to do with his part in the PTL Network scandal. On March 20, 1987, Falwell announced that the reins of the charismatic PTL conglomerate had been turned over to him by the "Reverend" Jim Bakker. Falwell was quoted as saying that Bakker's resignation was a "blow to the cause of Christ," that "God would not want me to allow the collapse of this ministry," that he was "trying to save a sister ministry," that his goal was to "rebuild the credibility and guarantee the ongoing testimony of Jesus Christ," and that "the entire cause of Christ is at stake." All of these statements gave credibility to an enterprise which had been a spacey combination of tongues, healing, prosperity gospel, success testimonies, and unabashed deceit. Later revelations exposed all types of immorality, drug addiction, high living, and misappropriation of funds.
Falwell subsequently dumped Bakker almost as quick as Dobson dumped Haggard.
The Springfield connection? He graduated from BBC and, according to reliable sources, was a close personal friend of former state representative Larry Morris.

My personal opinion? I think he was a self righteous, hypocritical son of a bitch. May he rest in peace. May God have mercy on his soul.

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