Magazine article The Christian Century

Falwell Sorry for Saying the Antichrist Is a Jew

Magazine article The Christian Century

Falwell Sorry for Saying the Antichrist Is a Jew

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Televangelist Jerry Falwell has apologized for saying the Bible dictates that the Antichrist is a Jewish male. In January, Falwell unleashed a torrent of criticism from Jewish groups when he asserted that the Antichrist, Christianity's evil false savior, would of necessity have to be a Jewish male because that's what Jesus was. Falwell said his comment was based on traditional Christian belief. "If he's going to be the counterfeit of Christ, he has to be Jewish," said Falwell, chancellor of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and founder of the now-defunct Moral Majority.

The comment drew considerable criticism from Jews, who said that since the Antichrist, who the Bible says will be vanquished by Jesus when he returns to earth, represents pure evil, calling him a Jew could fan anti-Semitism. Falwell told a Christian prayer breakfast February 2 in Nashville, Tennessee, that he is sorry for his remarks, and had meant no disrespect to Jews. "I apologize to my Jewish friends here and around the world, and I apologize to the Christians here for having created any kind of rift," he said. "I apologize not for what I believe, but for my lack of tact and judgment in making a statement that served no purpose whatsoever. …

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