I respected Falwell, agreed with him, and noted that he mellowed and learned how to be less strident in addressing opposition through the years.
He would have been more popular if he had been a slender, more handsome man --like Billy Graham. Probably would have lived longer, too. Fortunately, Jesus says that while man looks on the outside, God looks at our hearts. We are often the losers when we refuse a messenger of God because of his appearance.
Falwell didn't pretend to be perfect, but no one was able to accuse him of scandal of any kind that I ever heard about. He did leave quite a legacy in his very successful University.
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible