NOTE: No sooner than this blog went up when someone posted Falwell indeed spoke at the ROC last Saturday. According to a comment on this blog, Mr.Falwell told them to “gird themselves up to storm the gates of hell.” Jerry Falwell, Jonathan’s father, at least offered prayer for the victims before telling Trinity Baptist Church it would all be a ‘bump in the road’.
Here’s the invite:
Here is the blog as originally posted this morning:
There have not been any reports about Jonathan Falwell tweeting or making mention about the incidents at the Richmond Outreach Center, where Pastor G was extradited to Texas to face trial for statutory rape. Some might suggest Falwell has no reason to make comment about the ROC. They are two separate ministries, two separate people, and all those good arguments that come up when friends and associates get in legal trouble and businesses (and church is business!) need to cover their tracks.
There is a reason why the Richmond mayor suddenly decided to investigate the ROC, even though it has been weeks since victims filed complaint with the Richmond police only to have to wait until Texas decided to step up and take action. The ROC has been supported by Richmond’s movers and shakers and if it goes down, a number of people, ministries, businesses, and politicians will get a black eye. Including, Thomas Road Baptist Church pastor, Jonathan Falwell, who famously gave both Pastor G and his father, Phil Aguilar, a shout out which included the hope the abusive ministry, SET FREE, would rise again in Southern California and eclipse the ROC!
Now that Pastor G has turned himself in, there is silence. At least, for the moment.
Thomas Road Baptist Church has a history of ‘helping’ troubled ministries, but usually when they have something to gain from it. Jerry Falwell flew in out of the blue to help Jim and Tammy Baker when their PTL ministry began collapsing after allegations that Jim Baker raped, via alcohol, Jessica Hahn. Fundamentalists were mystified that an independent Baptist would have any interest in a charismatic ministry. Jacksonville pastor, Bob Gray, confronted Falwell on this and was told, by Jerry, he had no interest in saving PTL. He just wanted a TV Network for the Lord!
Bob Gray eventually was arrested on multiple charges of child molestation. After his arrest, Falwell swooped in and gave Trinity a sobering, but ultimately uplifting, speech that all of these problems would one day be ‘a bump in the road’.
Jonathan Falwell, Jerry’s heir, has yet to comment on the ROC. If he follows the tradition of his father, I’m expecting Jonathan Falwell to visit the ROC and give them a feel good speech. He’ll probably use different words. I hope he chooses another phrase besides ‘bump in the road’, because the only ‘bump in the road’ anyone will fell will be the victims Falwell, and his associates, have driven over to protect their ministry.