APnc 06/26 0206 Falwell-Remark
CHARLOTTE (AP) -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell says the modern
charismatic movement that teaches a "prosperity theology" is
satanic in origin, according to a tape recording aired by a
Charlotte television station.
The tape was made Wednesday by WPCQ-TV in an elevator at PTL
headquarters in Fort Mill, S.C., as Falwell was leaving a PTL
Falwell said on the tape, "the modern charismatic movement, in
my opinion, is of satanic origin."
But Falwell spokesman Mark DeMoss said Thursday Falwell wasn't
referring to the entire movement.
"... Rev. Falwell made it clear he was not referring to
speaking in tongues or the main line charismatic-pentecostal
movement or denominations," DeMoss said.
"He has never believed the charismatic movement itself to be
of satanic origin. He does, however, feel very strongly and
stands by his remark about prosperity theology, meaning if you
are spiritual, you will be healthy and wealthy. That teaching is
an absolute lie."
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