Why I Said What I Said

I apologize for hurting people--but my larger point is that America is in deep spiritual decline

BY: the Rev. Jerry Falwell

 

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We have expelled God from the public square and the public schools. We have normalized an immoral lifestyle God has condemned. American families are falling apart. Because of our national moral and spiritual decline during the past 35 years, I expressed my personal belief that we have displeased the Lord and incurred his displeasure.



I was asking a Christian audience on a Christian TV program to claim II Chronicles 7:14 and repent. I was calling upon the church to heed Proverbs 14:34, which says in paraphrase, "Living by God's principles promotes a nation to greatness; violating those principles brings a nation to shame."



I was blaming no one but the terrorists for the terror, but I was chastising us, the Church, for a generation of departure from God. I was doing what I have done for nearly 50 years in the pulpit--confronting the culture and calling for national revival.



Ill-timed comments



My mistake on the "700 Club" was doing this at the time I did it, on television, where a secular media and audience were also listening. And as I enumerated the sins of an unbelieving culture, because of very limited time on the "700 Club," I failed to point the finger at a sleeping, prayerless and carnal church. We believers must also acknowledge our sins, repent, and fast and pray for national revival.



We are all involved in a very sensitive period of national mourning. We are closing ranks and coming together in a time of great loss, as we are also facing the likelihood of imminent war.



And if, in that crucial context, my statements seemed harsh and ill- timed, I truly regret this and apologize.



But, I repeat, I blame no one but the hijackers and terrorists for the horrific happenings of September 11. But I do believe God's protection of us as individuals and as a nation is dependent upon our obedience to His laws.



We must pray for our President



I was eight years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked, December 7, 1941. I was 30 on the day JFK was assassinated, November 22, 1963. I will never forget either day. And most Americans alive today will never forget September 11, 2001, when Osama bin La-den's barbarians brought war to America, something that had not occurred since 1812.



The suicide attacks brought an end to 189 years of peace on American soil. President Bush calls our present national dilemma "the first war of the 21st Century." I agree with him. We are clearly at war with Islamic zealots who are committed to the extinction of Israel, and hate America because we love and protect Israel. This new war is not unlike our involvement in World War II when we devoted four years of unbelievable human and military resources into the effort of wiping Nazism from the face of the earth.



Osama bin Laden and his ilk hate the Jews just as Adolph Hitler hated the Jews. The Abrahamic Covenant makes it abundantly apparent that we must never retreat from our unswerving devotion to Israel. So, our present national mandate is clear. We must wipe this new ungodly and brutal terrorism from the earth. And we must not stop until the bin Ladens, like Hitler, are extinct.



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