A bizarre sex scandal that rocked the evangelical Christian community is getting the documentary treatment in the Hulu film God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down a Dynasty, which focuses on the downfall of former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr.
The film focuses on the story of Giancarlo Granda, who had a sexual relationship with Falwell’s wife, Becki, allegedly having an affair with her for around seven years. Falwell resigned as the private evangelical university’s president after the scandal broke in 2020. But according to James Lasher in an op-ed for the evangelical news outlet Charisma News, the film is yet another attempt by the “critics of Christianity” to slander the faithful.
Lasher starts out by lamenting Christian “failures of leadership” such as the Falwells, saying that if the couple “had studied the Bible as Christian leaders like they are expected and required to do, they would have known that nothing stays behind the scenes for hypocrites.”
“With the release of this tell-all documentary, the flood-gates have swung wide for the critics of Christianity,” Lasher writes. “Tweets have already flooded the social media-sphere with phrases like, ‘In lust we trust’ mocking the name of God.”
These avoidable tragedies highlight the need for Christians to pray for their leadership. To lift them up in prayer to the Lord that He grants them wisdom, discernment and the strength to endure the trials and temptations of the enemy.
As Hulu looks to make a profit off of the sins and downfall of Christian leaders, lift up the Falwell’s in prayer, that they repent and turn from their old ways, that their family is protected during this time and that the church leadership of today is protected and strengthened against the enemy who seeks to destroy them.
Read the full op-ed over at Charisma News.