Subj: Was He A Thief?
Was He A Thief?
Yes, some deceived Pentecostals don't want to face the fact that Bisexual Jim Bakker is a thief who has never never repented of the fact that he was a thief or bisexual. He wrote a book stating I was wrong for teaching prosperity but never said he was wrong for being bisexual or a thief.
Assembly of God preacher and Evangelist Jim Bakker presided as the king over one of the most corrupt television ministries of the past two decades. A successful televangelism group run by Jim and Tammy Bakker is a testimony that Evangelical pastors sold their own souls just to make their wallets thicker, when they were supposed to bring God to the people. As a result Jim Bakker and his sidekick Richard Dortch ended up in prison accused of sexual immorality, tax evasion, and racketeering. The wave of corruption not only affected other televangelists such as Jimmy Swaggart, but also showed a dark, dirty fight for the control of PTL among several other prominent televangelists.
Felon Richard Dortch, senior vice-president of PTL and associate pastor of Heritage Village Church, said pride, arrogance and secrets led to the PTL scandal. While most people never face temptations on the same scale, the ingredients for seemingly smaller failures are the same, he said. Dortch said the men in PTL's leadership felt they were above accountability. They felt specially called by God and accountable only to Him. He said they didn't plan the scandal; instead, it was the natural result of living for oneself, rather than for God.
Most people are aware of Jim Bakker's $265,000 payoff to Jessica Hahn to keep her sexual services to him a secret, his longtime homosexual relationship with his right hand man David Taggart, his prison sentence, his close relationship to Billy Graham, and his lust for public spotlight.
That Jim Bakker was corrupt and perverted is a fact established by the following sources including Michael Isikoff of the Washington Post who is impeccable when doing reporting:
1. "Jim Bakker Indicted on Fraud Charges," Fund Raising Management,
2. Russell Shaw, "TV Ministries Gaining Ground After Scandals,"
Electronic Media, Jan 30, 1989.
3. Louise Bourgault, "The 'Jim Bakker Show': The Program, Its
Viewers and Their Churches," The Journal of Communication and
Religion, Mar 1988.
4. Letter from Sam Johnson, PTL Ministry, Dec 8, 1986.
5. Letter from Jim Bakker, PTL Television Network, Aug 8, 1983.
6. Sara Diamond, Spiritual Warfare (Boston, MA: South End Press, 1989).
7. "God and Money: Sex Scandal, Greed and Lust for Power Split the
TV Preaching World," Newsweek, April 6, 1987.
8. "Divided Pentecostals: Bakker and Swaggart," The Christian
Century, May 6, 1987.
9. Susan Harding, "The World of the Born-Again Telescandals,"
Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 1988.
10. David Earle Anderson, "The 'Holy War' for Ratings,"
Christianity and Crisis, May 4, 1987.
11. "Power, Glory--And Politics," Time, Feb 17, 1986.
12. "Jerry Falwell Is Not Just Another Baptist Minister,"
Christianity Today, Mar 18, 1988.
13. "Can Jim and Tammy Make a Comeback?," U.S. News & World Report,
Oct 19, 1987.
14. "Fresh Out of Miracles," Newsweek, May 11, 1987.
15. "TV's Unholy Row," Time, Apr 6, 1987.
16. Richard N. Ostling, "Jim Bakker's Crumbling World," Time,
Dec 19, 1988.
17. Facts on File (New York, NY: Facts on File, 1989).
18. Terry C. Muck, "Healing the Church--After Bakker: Thanks to a
North Carolina Jury, a Time of Recovery Can Come to American
Christians," Christianity Today, 1989.
19. "An Unholy War in the TV Pulpits," U.S. News and World Report,
April 6, 1987.
20. Richard N. Ostling, "Falwell Throws In the Towel," Time,
Oct 19, 1987.
21. Richard N. Ostling, "Tuesday, the Rabbi Bought PTL," Time,
Oct 17, 1988.
22. "Praise the Lord, Pay IRS," Time, May 2, 1988.
23. Frances FitzGerald, "Jim and Tammy," The New Yorker,
April 29, 1990.
24. GroupWatch - The Interhemispheric Resource Center,
Box 4506, Albuquerque, NM 87196.
25. Hadden, Jeffrey K. and Anson Shupe. Televangelism: Power and Politics on Gods Frontier. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988.
26.Jean Seligmann, "The Inimitable Tammy Faye, Newsweek, June 8, 1987, p. 69.
27. Cited in Gordon Witkin and Jeannye Thornton, "Stones Fly in the TV Temple," U.S. News ~ World Report, June 8, 1987.
28. Transcript, Jim Bakker's statement of March 19, 1987. Charlotte Observer, March 20, 1987.
29. Megan Rosenfeld, "Bakker Says His Ministry is at an End," Washington Post, May 2, 1987.
30. Art Harris and Michael Isikoff, "The Bakkers' Tumultuous Return, Washington Post June 12, 1987.
31. Transcript of ABC's "Nightline," May 28, 1987.
32. "Statements from Bakkers," USA Today, April 27, 1987.
33. Ted Mellnik, "Bakker, Dortch Dismissed," Charlotte Observer, May 5, 1987.