Evangelist Jerry Falwell has a beef with the Jerusalem Post after the newspaper published an article suggesting he’s changed his beliefs about salvation, now thinking Jews can get to heaven without becoming Christians first.
“Falwell: Jews can get to heaven,” is how the headline read on a story by Ilan Chaim, with its lead sentence stating: “An evangelical pastor and an Orthodox rabbi, both from Texas, have apparently persuaded leading Baptist preacher Jerry Falwell that Jews can get to heaven without being converted to Christianity.”
But in an interview with WorldNetDaily, Falwell said the story is completely false.
“I can’t imagine why the Jerusalem Post fabricated it,” Falwell said.
Falwell, chancellor of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and a WND columnist, said in a statement the suggestion he has changed his belief is “categorically untrue,” and noted, “In this age of political correctness and diversity, the traditional evangelical belief that salvation is available only through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is often portrayed as closed-minded and bigoted. But if one is to believe in Jesus Christ, he must believe in His words: ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by Me’ (John 14:6). I simply cannot alter my belief that Jesus is The Way to heaven, as He taught. …
“I want to reaffirm that I am a Zionist in terms of Israel’s entitlement to its homeland. I continue to pray daily for the peace of Jerusalem, as the Bible instructs Christians to do. … However, I simply cannot alter my deeply held belief in the exclusivity of salvation through the Gospel of Christ for the sake of political or theological expediency.”
The Jerusalem Post article stated:
“Televangelist John Hagee and Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, whose Cornerstone Church and Rodfei Sholom congregations are based in San Antonio, told the Jerusalem Post that Falwell had adopted Hagee’s innovative belief in what Christians refer to as ‘dual covenant’ theology. This creed, which runs counter to mainstream evangelism, maintains that the Jewish people have a special relationship to God through the revelation at Sinai and therefore do not need ‘to go through Christ or the Cross’ to get to heaven.”
WND screen capture of Jerusalem Post’s article claiming evangelist Jerry Falwell adjusted his belief on salvation for Jews
Falwell commented on the report, saying, “Dr. Hagee called me today and said he never made these statements to the Jerusalem Post or to anyone else. He assured me that he would immediately contact the Jerusalem Post and request a correction. Before today, I had never heard of Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg or had any communications with him. I therefore am at a total loss as to why he would make such statements about me to the Post, if in fact he did.”
Falwell made it clear that he does not support “dual covenant” theology, adding, “While I am a strong supporter of the State of Israel and dearly love the Jewish people and believe them to be the chosen people of God, I continue to stand on the foundational biblical principle that all people – Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Jews, Muslims, etc. – must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ in order to enter heaven.”
The Post did not immediately respond to a WND request for comment.