Jim Bakker
American television evangelist
Jim Bakker
James Orsen "Jim" Bakker is an American televangelist, a former Assemblies of God minister, and a former host (with his then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker) of The PTL Club, a popular evangelical Christian television program. A sex scandal led to his resignation from the ministry. Subsequent revelations of accounting fraud brought about his imprisonment and divorce. He later remarried and returned to televangelism.
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'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' reporter finds comedy in conflict
CNN - 12 months
Journalist Kim Barker joins CNN Today to speak about her experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the movie that was based on her life, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."
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Apocalypse Chow: We Tried Televangelist Jim Bakker's 'Survival Food'
NPR - about 1 year
Jim Bakker preaches that a catastrophe is imminent and will bring major food shortages. His "Survival Food" buckets sell for up to $4,500. We tested the contents of one for you.
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Why We Hate 'Big Food' (And What Big Food Can Do About It)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
1968 is the year we began to hate Big Food. TIME Magazine declared it the year that shaped a generation. The optimism and conformity that defined the 1950s began seeping away earlier in the decade, but the dramatic events of 1968 marked the end of an era, and with it the historical trust Americans had in institutions. Both Bobby Kennedy, Jr. and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated that year. Protestors at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago were attacked by police and troops. The Vietnam War was raging, as was opposition to the war on college campuses across the country. Christmas Eve that year marked a milestone in the environmental movement as images of earth from outer space were seen for the first time, generating new awareness that resources on the blue planet were finite. The wave of high profile incidents that eroded trust in institutions continued in 1970 with the Kent State shootings and in 1972 with the Watergate break-in, which led to the first resigna ...
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Muslim Leader Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Last week, the Grand Mufti of Kyrgyzstan was forced to resign amidst allegations of adultery with a woman he says is his second wife. He claimed he had the proper Islamic marriage ceremony with her, but since Article 153 of Kyrgyzstan's criminal code forbids polygamy, this woman could not have legally been a second wife. Thus came allegations of adultery and calls for his resignation. It is disappointing to see another religious leader embroiled in a sex scandal. People may remember popular evangelical Christian icon Jim Bakker, whose sexual misconduct with a church secretary was revealed in 1987, followed by convictions of fraud and conspiracy that led to imprisonment. World-famous Christian leader Jimmy Swaggart criticized Bakker for his infidelity but later hypocritically availed the services of a prostitute on multiple occasions and even publicly apologized for having sinned. Ted Haggart -- president of the National Association of Evangelicals -- was forced to resign in 200 ...
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Kate Bowler: Sexual Misconduct And The American Prosperity Gospel
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Every Sunday, millions of American Christians attend a megachurch that preaches a "prosperity gospel" of health, wealth and happiness. But in this era of supersized banks and corporations, prosperity megachurches have become just another organization that assumes it is too big to fail. Victory Christian Center in Oklahoma is shaken by allegations that five of its employees failed to report the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl by another church employee on church property. Tulsa police have accused a 20-year-old man of raping the girl in the stairwell of the megachurch Aug. 13 before a church service. Police say that youth pastors John and Charica Daugherty -- the son and daughter-in-law of the church's famous founders -- and three other employees waited two weeks before notifying police. It's hardly the first time that prosperity megachurches have been reluctant to disclose sexual misconduct within their walls: Everyone remembers Jim Bakker's tryst with Jessica Hahn ...
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Tanya Young Williams: Bishop Charles Blake Reveals Mega Churches Political Impact and Social Responsibilities
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Los Angeles is known around the world as home to the rich and famous. Professional sports fans have no shortage of local teams to cheer on and shoppers enjoy one of the most famous streets in the world, Rodeo Drive, to flex their credit card muscle. The beaches are filled with beautiful people with beautiful bodies and eclectic characters strolling the boardwalks. Los Angeles has become a must stop for presidential candidates looking to raise millions while rubbing elbows with A-List celebrities and deep pocket supporters. In fact, over 27 million visitors stop through Los Angeles annually. Very often, on the list of "things to do" is the name "West Angeles Church of God is Christ." West Angeles Church of God in Christ (West Angeles) is one of the countries largest mega churches and boasts a membership of over 25,000. Its cathedral is a Sixty-Five Million Dollar ($65,000,000.00) architectural masterpiece with a 5,000 seat sanctuary. It's sometimes called "the churc ...
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America's Confidence In Organized Religion Hits An All-Time Low
Business Insider - over 4 years
Americans' confidence in organized religion is at its lowest in more than three decades, with just 44 percent having a lot of faith in the church, a new Gallup poll released this week suggests. The results follow a long-term decline in Americans' confidence in religion since the 1970s, when Americans ranked "the church or organized religion" higher than any other institution in the survey, beating out the military and the U.S. Supreme Court. In the 1980s confidence in organized religion fell below 60 percent for the first time. Gallup officials say the dip may have resulted from scandals involving televangelist preachers Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart. Then, in 2001 confidence increased to 60 percent, only to be hammered back down, possibly as a result of charges of child molestation by Catholic priests, Gallup suggests. When separated out by religious affiliation, the new Gallup poll showed that 56 percent of Protestants have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the ch ...
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American Confidence in Organized Religion at All Time Low
Huffington Post - over 4 years
According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44 percent of Americans today have a lot of confidence in organized religion, compared to 66 percent in 1973 when organized religion or church was the highest rated institution in Gallup's "confidence in institutions measure." Organized religion and the Church "continued to rank first in most years through 1985, outranking the military and the U.S. Supreme Court, among others," as reported by the Gallup study. American confidence in organized religion first began to fall in the mid to late 80's, falling below 60 percent for the first time. The consistent decline may be tied back to the scandals and crimes associated with the church since, the poll states. The scandals associated with televangelist preachers Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart and the 2002 child molestation charges and cover-ups in the Catholic church could be contributing factors. ...
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North Carolina polling stations report confrontations over Amendment 1
Guardian (UK) - almost 5 years
Election official reports high tensions and record turnout as state is expected to pass constitutional ban on same-sex unions The North Carolina election to decide on a state constitution amendment to ban same-sex unions has emotions running high at polling stations and is the "craziest in 13 years", according to a senior official at the board of elections in the state capital. Gary Sims, the deputy director of Wake County board of elections in Raleigh, told the Guardian that there were "some really angry people" on both sides of the highly-charged debate. Observers from the Republican party have sought to "challenge and confront" precinct officials from the board and were "clogging up the phone lines" back at Wake County headquarters. "This is the craziest election I've seen in 13 years" said Sims, at his office next to the courthouse. "We've seen political party observers who are not precinct officials. They can ask to be observers. They want to challenge and confront and it's ...
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Dooms-dating: Survivalist singles and domestic tranquility
Colorado Springs - almost 5 years
When it comes to prepping for Armageddon, a lot of us get so caught up in life’s little necessities — canned water, Jim Bakker bean buckets, monkey fist keychains — that we end up forgetting what a tragedy it would be to experience the end of the world without having someone special to share it. But take heart, friends, for there are more than 3,000 like-minded seekers out there who’ve posted their profiles on Survivalist Singles, a dating website that promises you don’t have to face the future — what’s left of it — alone.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Baker Looks Forward to New Term as City Council Member
Maryland Heights - almost 5 years
Incumbent city council member Kim Baker retained her seat on April 3. Maryland Heights Patch reached out to her for comment election night, but the candidate could not be reached. However, Baker responded via email to Patch’s request on April 4. She said she was honored voters elected her back into office. "I'm looking forward to continuing to represent the residents of Ward Two and being a part of the process of what makes Maryland Heights such a great city to live in," she wrote in the email. Council members who won the election—all incumbents—will be sworn in on April 17.
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Celebrity lawyer discovers new species of mercy killing - BioEdge
Google News - over 5 years
The celebrity criminal lawyer who defended Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Jim Bakker, Claus von Bülow and OJ Simpson has come up with a novel mercy killing defence. Giji Jordan, a 50-year-old millionaire single mother,
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Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry Have Hijacked Christianity, Says Jay Bakker - On Top Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
By On Top Magazine Staff Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, says GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry have hijacked Christianity. Bakker, who heads the gay-inclusive Revolution Church,
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Don Lemon Talks To Tammy Faye Bakker, Oral Roberts Family Members On Religion ... - On Top Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
By On Top Magazine Staff Don Lemon, in a guest host role on the Joy Behar Show, on Tuesday spoke with family members of televangelists Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker Messner and Oral Roberts. Randy Roberts Potts, the grandson of Oral Roberts,
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Televangelist Jim Bakker claims he predicted 9/11 disaster - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
It's in this last category that televangelist and former Assemblies of God minister Jim Bakker falls. You may remember Jim as the co-host (along with his wife, the late Tammy Faye Bakker) of the evangelical Christian TV program The PTL Club
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Bakker
  • 2013
    Age 73
    In 2013, Bakker authored Time Has Come: How to Prepare Now for Epic Events Ahead about the end-time events.
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  • 2008
    Age 68
    In January 2008, Bakker's ministry moved into a new television studio near Branson, in Blue Eye, Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details The studio is housed in a development that resembles Bakker's former location, Heritage USA. Most or all of the property in the new development (named Morningside) is owned by associates of Bakker rather than by Bakker himself. Several sources have reported that Bakker still owes the IRS about $6,000,000.
  • 2003
    Age 63
    In January 2003, Bakker began broadcasting the daily Jim Bakker Show at Studio City Cafe in Branson, Missouri, with his second wife, Lori.
    More Details Hide Details It is carried on the DISH and DirecTV satellite networks, Daystar and CTN cable network; the show currently has a millennial/survivalist focus. He and wife Lori have since adopted and/or taken in five children from the Phoenix inner city neighborhoods Lori once frequented as a part of the Master's Commission, a world-wide discipleship program now based in Relevant Church in the Dallas Metro area.
  • 2001
    Age 61
    Bakker's son, Jay, wrote in 2001 that the Bakkers felt betrayed by Falwell, who they thought, at the time of Bakker's resignation, intended to help in Bakker's eventual restoration as head of the PTL ministry organization.
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  • 2000
    Age 60
    Bakker released another book that same year, Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse ISBN 978-0-7852-6987-8, and, in 2000, he published The Refuge: The Joy of Christian Community in a Torn-Apart World ISBN 978-0-7852-7459-9.
    More Details Hide Details His son, Jay, who is now a minister at Revolution Church in Minneapolis, wrote of the PTL years in his book, Son of a Preacher Man: "The world at large has focused on my parents' preaching of prosperity, but... I heard a different message - one of forgiveness and the abundance of God's love. I remember my dad always seating a mentally handicapped man in the front row and hugging him. And when vandals burned an African American church down, Dad made sure its parishioners got the funds to rebuild. His goal was to make PTL a place where anyone with a need could walk in off the streets and have that need met."
  • 1998
    Age 58
    On 4 September 1998, Bakker married Lori Beth Graham, a former televangelist, 50 days after they met.
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  • 1996
    Age 56
    Bakker has renounced his past teachings on prosperity theology, saying they were wrong. In his 1996 book, I Was Wrong, he admitted that the first time he actually read the Bible all the way through was while he was in prison, and that it made him realize he had taken certain passages out of context - passages which he had used as "proof texts" to back up his prosperity teachings.
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  • 1993
    Age 53
    The Charlotte Observer reported that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) still holds Bakker and Roe Messner, Tammy Faye's husband from 1993 until her death in 2007, liable for personal income taxes owed from the 1980s when they were building the PTL empire, taxes assessed after the IRS revoked the PTL ministry's nonprofit status.
    More Details Hide Details Tammy Faye Messner's new husband said that the original tax amount was about $500,000, with penalties and interest accounting for the rest. Notices stating the IRS liens list still identify "James O. and Tamara F. Bakker" as owing $6,000,000, liens on which Jim Bakker still pays.
    In August 1993, Bakker was transferred to a minimum security federal prison in Jesup, Georgia, and was subsequently granted parole in July 1994, after serving almost five years of his sentence.
    More Details Hide Details Bakker's son, Jay, spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to the parole board on his father's behalf, urging leniency. His Federal Bureau of Prisons (B.O.P.) number was 07407-058, and he was released from B.O.P. custody on December 1, 1994. On July 23, 1996, a North Carolina jury threw out a class action suit brought on behalf of more than 160,000 one-time supporters who contributed as much as $7,000 each to Bakker's coffers in the 1980s.
  • 1992
    Age 52
    On November 16, 1992, a sentence reduction hearing was held and Bakker's sentence was reduced to eight years.
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    Jim and Tammy Bakker were divorced on March 13, 1992.
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  • 1991
    Age 51
    In February 1991, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld Bakker's conviction on the fraud and conspiracy charges, but voided Bakker's 45-year sentence, as well as the $500,000 fine, and ordered that a new sentencing hearing be held.
    More Details Hide Details The court held that Potter's statement at sentencing that Bakker's actions resulted in "those of us who do have a religion" being lampooned as "saps from money-grubbing preachers or priests" was evidence that he had injected his own religious beliefs into considering Bakker's sentence.
  • 1988
    Age 48
    Following a 16-month Federal grand jury probe, Bakker was indicted in 1988 on eight counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy.
    More Details Hide Details In 1989, after a five-week trial which began on August 28 in Charlotte, the jury found him guilty on all 24 counts, and Judge Robert Daniel Potter sentenced him to 45 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine. He served time in the Federal Medical Center, Rochester, in Rochester, Minnesota, sharing a cell with activist Lyndon LaRouche and skydiver Roger Nelson.
    In 1988, Falwell said that the Bakker scandal had "strengthened broadcast evangelism and made Christianity stronger, more mature and more committed."
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  • 1987
    Age 47
    Following Bakker's resignation as PTL head, he was succeeded in late March, 1987, by Jerry Falwell.
    More Details Hide Details Later that summer, as donations sharply declined in the wake of Bakker's resignation and the end of the Bakkers' popular PTL Club TV show, Falwell raised $20 million to help keep the Heritage USA Theme Park solvent, including a well-publicized waterslide plunge there. Falwell called Bakker a liar, an embezzler, a sexual deviant, and "the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in 2,000 years of church history".
    On March 19, 1987, following the revelation of a pay-off to Hahn to keep secret her allegation that Bakker and Fletcher had raped Hahn, Bakker resigned from PTL.
    More Details Hide Details Bakker acknowledged he met Hahn at a hotel room in Clearwater, Florida, but denied raping her.
  • 1984
    Age 44
    From 1984 to 1987, Bakker and his PTL associates sold $1,000 "lifetime memberships," which entitled buyers to a three-night stay annually at a luxury hotel at Heritage USA.
    More Details Hide Details According to the prosecution at Bakker's later fraud trial, tens of thousands of memberships had been sold, but only one 500-room hotel was ever completed. Bakker sold more "exclusive partnerships" than could be accommodated, while raising more than twice the money needed to build the actual hotel. A good deal of the money went into Heritage USA's operating expenses, and Bakker kept $3.4 million in bonuses for himself. A $279,000 pay-off for the silence of Jessica Hahn, who was introduced to Bakker by the evangelist John Wesley Fletcher, was paid with PTL's funds to Hahn through Bakker associate Roe Messner, who later married Tammy Fay Bakker. Bakker, who apparently made all of the financial decisions for the PTL organization, allegedly kept two sets of books to conceal the accounting irregularities. Reporters from The Charlotte Observer, led by Charles Shepard, investigated and published a series of articles regarding the PTL organization's finances.
  • 1966
    Age 26
    In 1966, the Bakkers began working at Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, which at the time barely reached an audience of thousands.
    More Details Hide Details The Bakkers greatly contributed to the growth of the network, and their success with a variety show format (including interviews and puppets) helped make The 700 Club one of the longest-running and most successful televangelism programs. The Jim and Tammy Show was broadcast for a few years from their Portsmouth, Virginia, studio and was aimed at young children. The Bakkers then left for California in the early 1970s. Teaming with their former youth pastors Paul and Jan Crouch, the Bakkers created the "Praise the Lord" show for the Crouches' and Bakker's new Trinity Broadcasting Network in California. While that relationship lasted only about a year, this time the Bakkers retained the rights to use the initials PTL and traveled east to Charlotte, North Carolina, to begin their own show, The PTL Club. Their show grew quickly until it was carried by close to a hundred stations, with average viewers numbering over twelve million, and the Bakkers had established their own network, The PTL Television Network (also known as PTL-The Inspirational Network). They attributed much of their success to decisions early on to accept all denominations and to refuse no one regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or criminal record.
  • 1961
    Age 21
    On April 1, 1961, Bakker and Tammy Faye married.
    More Details Hide Details They left the Bible college to become evangelists. They had two children, Tammy Sue "Sissy" Bakker Chapman (born March 2, 1970) and Jamie Charles "Jay" Bakker (born December 18, 1975).
  • 1960
    Age 20
    Bakker was born in Muskegon, Michigan, the son of Raleigh Bakker and Furnia Lynette "Furn" Irwin. Bakker attended North Central University, a Bible college affiliated with the Assemblies of God, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where in 1960 he met fellow student Tammy Faye LaValley.
    More Details Hide Details He worked in a restaurant inside a department store in Minneapolis, and she had a job in a boutique for a time.
  • 1940
    Age 0
    Born on January 2, 1940.
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