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Encyclopedia > Christian televangelist scandals

A series of scandals, mostly in the 1980s, resulted in the destruction of the reputations of several famous Christian televangelists, including Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart. A scandal is a widely publicized incident involving allegations of wrong-doing, disgrace, or moral outrage. ... MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament. ... In the USA, a televangelist (television evangelist) is a religious minister (often a Christian priest or minister) who devotes a large portion of his (or her) ministry to TV broadcasts to a regular viewing and listening audience. ... I was wrong written by Jim Bakker James Orson Bakker (born January 2, 1939 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American televangelist, former Assemblies of God preacher, and evangelist beset by scandal, and the former host of The PTL Club (PTL being an acronym for Praise the Lord and People That... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Most scandalized televangelists continue preaching, though with a far diminished viewership. Despite their respective scandals, they each often retain a core group of "faithful" followers.


Jimmy Swaggart

Jimmy Swaggart admitted sinning against God and his wife in 1988 after being caught on film taking a prostitute to a motel. He built his ministry into a $150 million-a-year (£65m) concern. The following year after allegations of a 10-year affair his 2 million television audience turned their backs on him. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Jim Bakker

After receiving millions in salary and bonusues from his PTL televangelism network, Jim Bakker was forced to resign in 1987 following threats of the revelation of payoffs to former secretary Jessica Hahn, to whom Bakker's staff members had paid $265,000 to keep secret her sexual services to him. A later investigation into financial irregularities at PTL and its Heritage USA Christian-oriented theme park led to Bakker additionally being indicted on federal charges of fraud, tax evasion, and racketeering. I was wrong written by Jim Bakker James Orson Bakker (born January 2, 1939 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American televangelist, former Assemblies of God preacher, and evangelist beset by scandal, and the former host of The PTL Club (PTL being an acronym for Praise the Lord and People That... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jessica Hahn (born July 7, 1959 in Massapequa, New York) is a American model and former church secretary who is best known for her affair with televangelist Jim Bakker. ... Heritage USA is the now defunct 2,300 acre (9 km²) Christian theme park/water park built in Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA, by PTL Club founders televangelist Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker. ...

Oral Roberts

In 1987 Oral Roberts addressed his television audience telling them that God had told him to raise $8 million (£4.5 million), if he did not God would “take him home”. He raised $9.1 million. By 1989, due to financial difficulties, he had to close down his ministry. Former employees have alleged that he used ministry funds to buy clothes, jewelry and fund travel in a private jet. Oral Roberts (born January 24, 1918) is an American neo-Pentecostal televangelist. ...

Peter Popoff

Prominent 1980's-era faith healer and televangelist Peter Popoff was publicly exposed by noted skeptic James Randi working together with popular TV host Johnny Carson, when it was discovered that the apparent healing miracles and prophetic acts performed by Popoff were in fact part of an elaborately stage-managed setup including planting of audience members and broadcasts to an in-ear radio receiver. Faith healing is the use of solely spiritual means in treating disease, which, in some cases, is accompanied with the refusal of modern medical techniques. ... Peter Popoff practicing faith healing on television infomercial Peter Popoff is a televangelist who has spent most of his career claiming to treat physical ailments, in a practice known as faith healing. ... Skepticism (Commonwealth spelling: Scepticism) can mean: Philosophical skepticism - a philosophical position in which people choose to critically examine whether the knowledge and perceptions that they have are actually true, and whether or not one can ever be said to have absolutely true knowledge; or Scientific skepticism - a scientific, or practical... James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge, August 7, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario), more often known as The Amazing Randi, is a stage magician, a skeptic, best known as a debunker of pseudoscience. ... For the article about the Erskine College president, see Dr. John Carson John William Johnny Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American actor, comedian and writer best known for his iconic status as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ...

Robert Tilton

By late 1980s Robert Tilton was pulling in $80 million (£45 million) a year through his Success-N-Life television program. In 1991 ABC’s Primetime Live announced that prayer requests sent along with financial donations to Tilton's organization were being thrown away without being read. Primetime Live also did exposes on two other televangelists: W.V. Grant and Larry Lea. Tilton's infomercials have been recently (as of 2006) airing on BET. Tilton is also famous for the internet video series The Farting Preacher, which is composed of various clips of his infomericials with sounds of flatulence dubbed over to accompany his body language. Robert Tilton on his television program Robert Tilton is an American televangelist who achieved notoriety in the 1980s and 1990s through his paid television program Success-N-Life. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Primetimes logo Primetime is a general-interest American news magazine show which debuted on ABC in 1989 with co-hosts Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer and originally had the title Primetime Live. ... W.V. Grant is a televangelist whose ministry has been based in and around the Dallas, Texas area. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Black Entertainment Television is a U.S. cable network targeted toward African-American audiences in the United States. ... fart, see fart Flatulence is the release of a mixture of gases known as flatus produced by symbiotic bacteria and yeasts living in the gastrointestinal tract of mammals. ...

Benny Hinn

A current fraud scandal involves televangelist Benny Hinn, famous for his televised faith healing. Benny Hinn Tofik Benedictus Benny Hinn (born December 3, 1952 in Tel Aviv, Israel) is a controversial Christian pastor, faith healer, and televangelist. ... Spiritual healing redirects here. ...

Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson hailed the stroke and subsequent coma of Ariel Sharon as God's will because Sharon was taking the "Holy Land" away from "us Christians." He also called for the assassination of socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. American religious broadcaster Pat Robertson Marion Gordon Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is a televangelist from the United States. ... (Hebrew: אריאל שרון, also known by his diminutive Arik) (born February 26, 1928) is a former Israeli politician and a retired general. ... Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to social control. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Jim Whittington

Jim Whittington spent 10 years in prison for money laundering, mail fraud, conspiracy, and interstate transportation of stolen property from his evangelist crusades and direct mail business in the 1980s. Reverend Jim Whittington was born in 1941 in Grifton, North Carolina. ...

On November 2, 2005, U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Howard ordered the Rev. Jim Whittington to pay $5,500 a month. Whittington, who had expensive high-speed boats and a Rolls-Royce, owed wheelchair-bound Valeria Lust $848,532.


  • The Independent, "Bad faith, blackmail and a troubled TV evangelist", 14.9.2004

  Results from FactBites:
Jimmy Swaggart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (893 words)
Scandals involving religious figures Swaggart and Jim Bakker made the front of TIME Magazine in April, 1987.
Jimmy Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Christian preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s.
When the PTL scandal destroyed fellow Assemblies of God minister Jim Bakker, Swaggart publicly denounced Bakker's scandal (not Bakker personally) as "a cancer on the body of Christ." Shortly afterward, Swaggart faced his own sex scandal as a private investigator, hired by a rival evangelist Marvin Gorman, documented a series of meetings with prostitutes.
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18th May 2010
Whats wrong with using money from the ministry to fund clothing and transportation for a preacher? Are they supposed to wear rags and ride a donkey!? Would you listen to someone speak about prosperity, grace, healing, or any other type of blessings from God if they were wearing rags?
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