WASHINGTON — The Rev. Jerry Falwell said today that he is resigning as president of the Moral Majority and will no longer play an active role in stumping for political candidates or lobbying for causes of the religious right.
"I am now rededicating my life to the preaching of the Gospel," he said at a news conference.
However, he said his views on issues will remain well known through his television ministry.
He said he continues to favor Vice President George Bush for President but will take no active role in any campaign.
Falwell, 54, said he will also be closely involved with Liberty University, which he founded near his church in Lynchburg, Va., and with a developing program to provide a national phone number through which people in crisis--drug addicts, pregnant teen-agers and others--could receive counseling and other help.
The minister noted that he had told his church members in Lynchburg one year ago that he planned to pull back from politics and other non-church efforts. But since that time he had been brought in to take over PTL after the sex scandal involving Jim Bakker and a church secretary.