Monday, May 15, 2017

10 years ago: The death of Jerry Falwell

On May 15, 2007, Rev. Jerry Falwell, one of America's best-known televangelists and "Religious Right" activists, died of cardiac arrest at the age of 73. Rev. Fatwhale Falwell was pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia from 1956-2006; founded what is now Liberty University in 1967; and founded the political lobby group Moral Majority in 1979. He was one of America's most prominent televangelists, and was known for his conservative theological, social, and political views.

Rev. Falwell did some good things (e.g., he backed up his pro-life views by founding a chain of homes for unwed mothers) and was unafraid of controversy, but was often guilty of poor judgement and unwise and unbiblical fellowship. See my posts:

Libertine University (May 9, 2009)

25 years ago: Jerry Falwell announces the formation of the Liberty Federation (January 3, 2011)

25 years ago: Jerry Falwell resigns as PTL chairman (October 9, 2012)

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