You can file this under “I don’t get it”… Not doubting at all that this man may have repented, but would God set him up again, in a large TV ministry after it was the temptation from money, and power he dealt with the first time which caused his fall ? I don’t know.
Just a quote or two from a large article. Read the article…its interesting.
“It’s a little like Disneyland,” one stunned visitor says.
“A miracle,” says another. “It is God’s work.”
This is even more than Jim Bakker promised them. For months they had heard Bakker on his TV show touting his impending move here. Bakker, the disgraced TV minister of PTL-and-Tammy-Faye fame, said the day was coming when he would no longer broadcast his bare-bones show from inside a converted restaurant in nearby Branson, as he had for five years. He talked about moving to a sprawling complex being built for him as the new headquarters for his television ministry, the heart of a 600-acre development named Morningside.
A FAMILIAR PLEA
Jim Bakker waits 41 minutes into his one-hour show to make his plea.
He begins by noting they have been off the air for six weeks.
“We have really gotten behind financially,” he says, fingering a crease in his khakis. “So we really need a miracle. The cost of moving, just to get the stuff you need — and we needed to get a few more microphones, we didn’t even have enough time to get the bugs worked out of things. It just takes a lot of money.”
He is talking directly to the camera now. He says he has a music CD for “a love gift of $30″ and a DVD about marriage for a $55 donation. He decides to offer a recording of his sermon about prison, just $20.
Off to the side in the audience sits Gloria Elliott. Few people have stood with Bakker longer. A singer, she began working with Bakker in 1969 when he was on “The 700 Club.” She was there when Bakker was on top of the world, when Heritage USA was a place of “total class from the moment you pulled onto the driveway.” She was there when Bakker tumbled. She now sings on his TV show once a month.
She knows there are skeptics. “Some folks say he’s doing the same old thing again,” she said.
The show band begins playing louder, forcing Elliott to nearly shout.
“But I’m telling you — and you don’t have to believe me — his heart is right,” she said. “It is in the right place.”