Jerry Falwell Jr. Says He Is Not a Religious Person, No Longer Believes in the Church

A new long-form interview with disgraced former Liberty University president Jerry Fallwell Jr. and wife Becki detailing his fall from grace has been released by Vanity Fair, covering his side of the story of a series of scandals that forced the once formidable leader to flee the place he called home for decades.

Of note is that the article goes in-depth to the years-long adulterous relationship his wife had and how Jerry navigated it, but also picks up on this tension that has seem to always exist with Falwell and his relationship to his faith, painting the picture that he was never a true believer in the mission and morals of the conservative university he led, but rather was more interested in the business of institution building. For this reason, he had to outwardly adopt some of those trappings in order to play the game, while never holding them as earnest convictions.

Two quotes from the article outline the truth of this, allowing Falwell to be honest about where he stands and taking a posture that he’s spiritual, and a professing believer, but has no love for Christ’s church.

For the first time, Falwell opened up about his true spiritual beliefs and how they diverge from those of his infamous father, who cofounded the Moral Majority and waged a scorched-earth cultural war for four decades. When I told Falwell that many people thought he, consciously or not, wanted to destroy himself, he considered it for a moment.

“Subconsciously, yeah, I believe that’s true,” he said, nodding. “It’s almost like I didn’t have a choice.” He went on: “Because of my last name, people think I’m a religious person. But I’m not. My goal was to make them realize I was not my dad.”

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Jerry said that being on the receiving end of evangelicals’ moral opprobrium has fundamentally turned him away from the movement. He believes in Christ, he said, but not the church. “Nothing in history has done more to turn people away from Christianity than organized religion,” he said. “The religious elite has got this idea that somehow their sins aren’t as bad as everyone else’s,” Jerry said.

Listening to Jerry, it made me think he convinced himself Liberty wasn’t the fundamentalist school that it is.

He would tell reporters that we don’t mind if gay and lesbians come here [sic]. I would tell him, “I don’t know what you’re talking about,”‘ recalled Scott Lamb, Liberty’s former senior vice president for communications.

Amid reports that he’d fallen away from the faith on account of his rejection of religion, Falwell took to Instagram and clarified:

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  3. I don’t see what the big deal is, I’m not a religious person either. Just look at the way I talk to others, I call them names, insult and belittle them, curse at them. But no one’s perfect, so I’m good, I have faith.

    1. Nice try Johnny – I’m assuming the gay porn sites are down today.
      While I speak truth and have never cursed anyone on this site, you are correct about one thing – I am definitely not religious.

      1. Actually, I’m lying. I indeed curse at others. I frequently call them “dumbass.” I enjoy hurling such insults at fellow image-bearers of God.

        1. Calling someone a dumbass is not cursing someone, dumbass, and a godless sodomite such as yourself is as far away from being an ‘image-bearer of Christ’ as one can get.
          As usual, your every comment brings shame upon yourself and your family 🙁

          1. The love of God does not dwell in you. The way you speak to others, it’s as though you desire that they remain captive to the devil. You are full of hate and scorn for others.

            2 Timothy 2:24-26 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

  4. So let me get this straight – you are pontificating against me because I take umbrage with one individual on this site who defends/promotes godless perversion and proudly stands in opposition to Biblical precepts? I’m guessing you’ve never read David’s comments in Psalms concerning God’s enemies –
    While I applaud your breathtaking piosity and judgemental discernment, I absolutely do not apologize for disparaging a servant of Satan, and will continue to do so at every opportunity.

  5. Hey “David”, you may as well post your tranny/homo perversion flags as you’re fooling no one 😛
    Dumbass.

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