RICK AMATO FIGHTS BACK IN
THE WAR ON ADDICTION
UNMASKING JERRY FALWELL JR
THE REAL FALWELL JUNIOR
BY RICK AMATO
JUNE 20, 2020
If I said I could count how many times I’ve experienced Jerry Falwell Junior doing something that displayed an uncanny, almost supernatural, intuition I would be as big a liar as the New York Times and the other Liberty/Falwell haters and slanderers.
I would also be lying if I did not say something else. As the liberal media and the mentally challenged hackers, haters and heathen out there nowadays have threatened and attacked he, his wife Becki and his beautiful family and done everything they could to slander him – the silence of several hundred thousand people whose alma mater is Liberty University, as well as the myriad of people that have been helped these last fifty years has hurt me to the point of anger. Mess with my faith, my message, my love of sobriety and I will let you slide. Mess with my kinfolk and friends and you and I have a problem.
Even some good folks who have no idea of the hardwon spiritual depth of this man ( he is a lawyer and a deeply private person) have gotten carried away with the gang mentality and vitriol. They’ve spread ludicrous stories that had no merit and jumped on the bandwagon of other ex-Liberty types of people who got into a power struggle with Falwell and LOST. For everyone’s information, if it weren’t for Junior there would be NO Liberty University.
Just the other day going through my old files I found a fax Dad Falwell (Junior's daddy Jerry Falwell Senior the Preacher) sent me. It was several pages from when the major Accounting firm of Kemper& Scott said that Liberty was hopeless financially and that he should go ahead and shut it down. He was my spiritual daddy and I often wondered why he sent me that fax asking me to pray? I now think it was so I could set the record straight.
Today Liberty has a two-billion-dollar campus that is unrivaled, First Class NCAA sports program, and an endowment of 2 billion dollars with an enrollment of over 100,000 people all over the world. And you can trace it directly back to Jerry Falwell Junior's ability to govern, manage a fantastic executive team, and develop things economically. And lately, endure horrific slander, libel, and constant trashy attacks with a level head and a cool as cucumber attitude. Most often under enormous pressure.
Most importantly he has a unique ability to use just plain old common sense. For all the people who think he should not be so political and fight back so strong and hard – how is that political strategy working out for us on the streets of America these days? I would rather have a sheep as fierce as a lion than a lion pretending to be a sheep!
Oh yes – lest I forget- the name “ Liberty University?" That was his doing. It was Liberty Baptist college but when we were kids, he told me he was going to convince his dad the sacred mountain in the city of seven hills should be “for all Christians everywhere”. Since then my experience is that everything he said he was going to do back then he did. That right there, a man of his word, is worthy of loyalty and support. Even more so when he and I have the same One True King and a lifetime of friendship between us. It should also serve as an encouragement of hope to some people and a warning to others.
The real Falwell Jr. may seldom show his cards but he is definitely at the table - and playing to win.
OCTOBER 15, 2019
“Rise up and shine, for your light has come. The shining-greatness of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
32 years ago this month, I went to sleep with a colostomy bag on me, which the “specialists” said I would wear for the rest of my life. The next day it was gone and I was healed! Hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, my life would become a whirlwind of usefulness and, without embellishment, historic achievements globally – especially in Russia. I would preside over a multi-million dollar humanitarian Christian outreach that l, along with thousands of American volunteers, would end up touching millions.
Then nightmares came calling. The death of my firstborn child, Beth Anne. The divorce after a 38-year marriage. A financially crippling disability with a diagnosis of Hepatitis C. Death, Divorce and Disability. Anyone of them could slay 10 men. All three left me wondering if I would even live to tell of it, much less if God could ever use me again.
Well, fast forward a few years later. Susan and I have returned from the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, where we had the privilege to attend the 2019 AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors) World Conference called RISE UP with seven thousand counselors! Upon arrival, I was put on a panel with the Executive Director of the Health and Human Services answering questions from mental health professionals and faith leaders from across the country who are trying to save those who suffer with addiction issues.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, spoke on “Christian” leadership. A genuinely humble man – he moved us all to action to touch our worlds. He said, “ While others ran from the battle, David ran towards it when he killed Goliath!”
After that, on the final day, Dr. Tim Clinton, my precious friend and the founder of the AACC, announced my new position as Ambassador for Mental Health and Addiction. I spoke very briefly and engaged the thousands there to actually pray with me as we proceed on in battle to see God’s dream for our country come true!
Then we were surprised by legendary Country Music Star Connie Smith. She picked my wife up and took us for lunch! Her encouraging message was, “God will use every single painful thing you have been through for His glory and your good.”
Oh yes. I almost forgot. Three weeks ago, after a few days of intensely praying for a person I heard wanted to be a preacher – suddenly (out of nowhere almost literally) I got a call to come, be with him. Kanye West flew us to Chicago sent a limo to get us and treated us like royalty. We labored almost 28 hours straight in a whirlwind of bible study, prayer and some of the sweetest gospel music I’ve ever heard this side of heaven!
I suppose I will live after all. Maybe God isn’t finished with me yet. I know I have a divine fire burning in my bones. And a clear call to synthesize science and faith.