If you should falter and fall back into sin, Christ has enormous leeway for mercy and forgiveness and you will be richly welcomed when you repudiate your ways and come back into God's grace, if you are sincere in your repentance. The individual receives great mercy from the Lord in this aspect at all times. In the end, it is truly you who are your own worst enemy in this regard and God knows it. You don't have any company in this struggle and the fate you are wrestling with is unique to you.
If, on the other hand, you present yourself as a spiritual minister and claim to be appointed to serve over a flock of men, then lead them all into error with your lies and many deceptions, you will find a whole different brand of justice waiting for you after a lifetime of vanity and pride. It ain't pretty. It's infinite darkness and gnashing of teeth, horrible whispers and agonizing burning in your soul that is never quenched.
Scripture says Falwell is burning in hell right now. He appeared before the Judgement Throne naked and still in his sin, babbling and weeping about his many honors and credentials and people who would vouch for him. He had no end of credentials but in the final moment, Jesus turned away from him shaking his head, having never spoken to this man nor counted him amongst his sheep. Falwell had his reward and respect in this world, now he's paying his debt in the next.
"I shudder to think where the country would be right now if the religious right had not evolved," he said when he stepped down as Moral Majority president in 1987.
Gosh, let's think about it. Maybe the world capital of pornography, whose primary industrial export is videos of blacks sodomizing blonde women anally? Maybe a nation that has deliberately killed more than 600,000+ Iraqi civilians with carpet bombing for the crime of moving-while-muslim? Do muslims and other civilized people along with their children get a chance to convert to Christianity if we melt them into puddles of black ooze with white phosphorus cluster bombs first? Was Jesus at the gunner's bombsight in Iraq? Was Christ like Tom Cruise in Top Gun giving the thumbs up from the cockpit at the calcified standing corpses in the business district of Baghdad? Mission accomplished! You truly liberated that bunch Krisschan-style. All we have to do now is begin targeted assassinations of people who use the wrong tone of voice when they talk about Amerikwa, as Pat Roberts suggested, we should "take'em out." Jesus soaked in blood like Rambo with a buck knife in his teeth lopping ears off dead kids and getting his photograph taken beside staged sodomy piles of cab drivers at Abu Ghraib. Yes, that's what our lord would be doing if he was here right now. Do guys like Falwell really believe this in their hearts or are they innate liars who first deceive themselves before they do everybody else?
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Here's an interesting addendum.
"He was one of the first to come up with ways to use television to expand his ministry," said Robert Alley, a retired University of Richmond religion professor who studied and criticized Falwell's career. Alley died last summer.
I knew Alley in college in Virginia. I believe in fact, I had several vigorous debates with him in his office after hours several months before I dropped out.
Alley conceded to me he didn't believe a word in the Bible was literally true. I asked him why he kept a cross on his office wall if it was simply a symbolic shape for a Roman punishment for prisoners then. He told me he thought it was important we all "prize Christian values" and a lot of other rambling, vague, ambiguous baloney like the quote taken from him above. This was one of the reasons at that time I assumed Christians were basically genetically inferior people with weak minds and bad character who didn't have the guts to ever develop convictions about anything. It increased my contempt for them and gave me certainty that the truly highest values were to be found in the worship of human potential and our own ability to solve problems. That's a perfect example of how false prophets and teachers like Alley and Falwell don't just have reserved parking spaces in hell for themselves, rather they tend to pull everybody they make contact with into the fire alongside them. Encountering them and experiencing the depth of their sheer hypocrisy and deceitfulness leads many other men to fall into error.
Alley is burning in hell with Falwell right now. I'd have loved to hear your defense at the Judgement Throne, professor. That must've been a real shock when you got hit with that light and heard that voice. You thought it was all just a big "allegory." I bet God was really impressed at your carriage and edjumification.