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Joyce

I don't know, Joe. I'm not with ya on this one. I think that Jerry Falwell did a lot of damage to a lot of people. To me, he represented what makes me shudder most about so many public evangelicals -- they are known for what they stand against instead of what they stand for. He (and the rest of the fundemental religious right) are against homosexuals and abortion. That is pretty much their claim to fame. But what did they stand FOR? Love? Justice? Fighting poverty and disease? I'm sure he did, but unfortunately that is not how I (or most of America) will remember him.

I have a very difficult time standing in agreement with a man who said that the WTC attacks were because of "pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America."

That's not a man whose views I want to align myself with.

OK Joyce. You made me rethink. It was going over the top to say he was a hero. I changed that. But he definitely was an example to me. As far as teh 911 statements, he did in fact apologize for that. SO he has to be forgiven. He could have held on to the statements and it may reveal some of what went on inside of him. But he did apologize. He would not have lost any supporters by not apologizing, nor would he lose any television interview opportunities by not doing so. He must have come to his senses.

Joyce

He did apologize. But forgiveness doesn't mean that the consequences of your infraction have been erased. What actions did he take to fix the damage that had already been done? The man was no King David.

Then again, neither am I.

Perhaps what Falwell can teach us is that we have to be so careful of the arenas that we have to share our views. It's a huge responsibility to have such a huge public platform and I think he can be an example of how damaging the wrong comments can be.

With that, I pray for his family in their time of grief and for his sons who will be filling different roles leading his ministry. I pray that God blesses them and comforts them and empowers them to share the love of Jesus in their new positions.

joe c.

True he was no king David but David did far worse than Jerry but we have God’s mercy and grace.

I spent the better part of 40 years in Lynchburg and can tell you that Jerry was a human like all of us. Prone to the same weaknesses and stumbling as us all. But he was never unapproachable and always willing to talk to anyone with true love and concern in his voice. (Lynchburg is a small small town so seeing him out at the local McD's was very common).

It wasn’t till I was about to move from Lynchburg to CT that I came to Christ (I was a Mormon in the bible belt capital) and never attended Thomas Road Baptist but can tell you that Liberty and TRBC were pioneers in TV evangelism, modern worship music, and not to forget the moral majority. Jerry stepped up to the plate in the late 70’s and 80’s when the country really needed a moral character. He and his ministries suffered also in the late 80’s and 90’s during the PTL, Baker, and Swaggart scandals but yet he held firm and never wavered in his convictions.

We all change whether we like it or not and Jerry did also. I don’t agree with all his actions but I respect him and his moral character. He ran a good race and on this past Tuesday morning was greeted by our master with a loving embrace and a “well done, good and faithful servant.”

joe c.

True he was no king David but David did far worse than Jerry but we have God’s mercy and grace.

I spent the better part of 40 years in Lynchburg and can tell you that Jerry was a human like all of us. Prone to the same weaknesses and stumbling as us all. But he was never unapproachable and always willing to talk to anyone with true love and concern in his voice. (Lynchburg is a small small town so seeing him out at the local McD's was very common).

It wasn’t till I was about to move from Lynchburg to CT that I came to Christ (I was a Mormon in the bible belt capital) and never attended Thomas Road Baptist but can tell you that Liberty and TRBC were pioneers in TV evangelism, modern worship music, and not to forget the moral majority. Jerry stepped up to the plate in the late 70’s and 80’s when the country really needed a moral character. He and his ministries suffered also in the late 80’s and 90’s during the PTL, Baker, and Swaggart scandals but yet he held firm and never wavered in his convictions.

We all change whether we like it or not and Jerry did also. I don’t agree with all his actions but I respect him and his moral character. He ran a good race and on this past Tuesday morning was greeted by our master with a loving embrace and a “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Sue Costa

Two of my kids attended and one graduated Liberty University. Jerry Falwell was one of those people that really made me want to check out that what I believed was really what I believed. I was raised in a fundamental christian church. I am stil on an amazing journey that has led me to Calvary Chapel. I am excited about my life. God is real to me. I'm sure next year I'll be looking back on this year and scratching my head in dibelief at some of the things I am doing today. Praise God he promises to work on me till I die.

janet

Those of us who have REALLY screwed up have a soft spot for fellow screw-ups. I know I do. I love seeing Christians who have sinned sink to their knees in repentance and then be used by God again. Thank God for grace and mercy.

And thank you, Joe for finally putting up something besides chocolate Jesus:)

Lynne Hasuly

Yes,thanks for putting up something else besides the chocolate Jesus. Now to the subject at hand... In spite of some of the comments that Jerry Falwell made in his very public position, he did have a heart after God. I echo Janet in having a heart for fellow screw-ups. God can use anything for His glory, and Jerry Falwell was still used by God in spite of some of the things he has said.

Lynne Hasuly

Yes, Joe, thanks for putting up something besides the chocolate Jesus. Now to the topic at hand...I cringe at some of what Jerry Falwell said and agree that it was damaging. However, I know that he did apologize for at least some of it. He also had a heart that was seeking God. My feet of clay cannot stand in final judgement of him because my screw-ups are just not as public as his were. (Thanks be to God!) I believe that his life still had an impact for God. Ultimately, that is what matters the most.

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