The Fall of Falwell
He got busted because he was so arrogant that he became careless and his sins became public knowledge.
Those who he was supposedly accountable to knew about his sin for a long time.
I would be willing to wager that the situation that was exposed was not the Falwell’s first and only sin…it was a lifestyle funded by a “Christian” university.
Jerry Falwell Jr. was good at what he did and that covers a multitude of sins in the world of Christian celebrity.
In almost every scandal we’ve covered the scandal wasn’t a momentary lapse of morals but a pattern of sin and entitlement supported by an inner circle.
Whether it be in the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican communion, or evangelicalism, your sin will be covered if you are “successful” enough.
Where’s the grace?
Waiting for repentance…
We’ll be waiting a long time…until his ten million dollar severance gets down to an uncomfortable level.
This is not a story about the fall of a Christian leader.
It’s about the fall of a grifter who wore whatever mask necessary to enrich and empower himself .
With enough practice, we’ll eventually know how to tell the difference between the two…