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November 9, 1989
If an English teacher instructs his or her class in an improper use of grammar, does that mean that all teachers and the English language itself are inherently to blame? A thinking person would say no. Why, then, is the Christian faith held responsible whenever one of its teachers improperly uses or ignores true Christian teachings? Jim Bakker's actions were wrong, no doubt about it. He took the simple leadership guidelines found in the Bible and twisted them selfishly for personal gain and power.
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March 1, 2009 | Associated Press
An Atlanta investment banker is auctioning off more than 15,000 videotaped episodes of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Christian talk show. "The PTL Club," which aired from 1974 to 1987, featured Jim Bakker offering upbeat sermons from a couch and Tammy Faye, wearing her trademark heavy mascara, singing about Jesus. Most episodes were taped at their empire -- which included a hotel, campground and theme park -- just south of Charlotte.
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October 20, 1989
Anyone who takes money from desperate and desperately ignorant people, based upon the transparently false and thoroughly discredited claim that every word of the Bible is literally true, is every bit as guilty of fraud as Jim Bakker. Today, evangelists Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggert, Pat Robertson and the rest of their fundamentalist co-conspirators should march straight to the National Archives and kiss the U.S. Constitution. JOEY TRANCHINA San Mateo
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2007 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Tammy Faye Messner, the mascara-laden former wife of televangelist Jim Bakker, the charismatic TV preacher with the choir-boy face with whom she appeared on their popular Christian talk-variety show until his downfall amid scandal in the late 1980s, has died. She was 65. Messner, who underwent surgery for colon cancer in 1996 and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004, died Friday, her booking manager, Joe Spotts, told the Associated Press on Saturday night.
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May 6, 1987 | United Press International
Jim Bakker, the beleaguered former television evangelist and PTL founder, was defrocked today by the Assemblies of God Church for, among other things, alleged "bisexual activity." Reasons for Bakker's dismissal "include conduct unbecoming to a minister based specifically on his confession to a sexual encounter with Jessica Hahn and his alleged misconduct involving bisexual activity," the Rev. G. Raymond Carlson, church general superintendent, said.
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March 15, 1988 | From the Associated Press
Jim Bakker has returned to the pulpit for the first time in more than a year, preaching from a small wooden lectern to elderly, suntanned retirees at a trailer park in California. Tammy Faye Bakker introduced her husband to the crowd of 225 campers at a service Sunday in Niland, Calif., the Charlotte Observer reported Monday. "This has been a long, hard year for us," Tammy Bakker said. "It hasn't been easy. . . . I am very happy to introduce to you my husband.
NEWS
November 3, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Convicted swindler Jim Bakker today received his expected transfer from a federal prison in Alabama to one in Minnesota to serve his time for defrauding followers of his PTL television ministry, officials said. He arrived at the prison system's Federal Medical Center here at about 11:45 a.m. after being transferred from the Federal Correctional Institution at Talladega, Ala. Bakker, 49, was sentenced Oct. 24 by a federal judge in Charlotte, N.C., to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000.
NEWS
June 19, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Fallen evangelist Jim Bakker is becoming something of an artist. Bakker, serving a 45-year prison term at a federal facility here, has been making pottery behind bars. For Father's Day, he sent his 83-year-old father, Raleigh Bakker, a vase bearing a painting of Bakker's childhood home in Muskegon, Mich. The PTL founder, convicted last year of 24 counts of fraud stemming from the way he raised money at PTL, began taking ceramics classes shortly before Christmas.
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November 29, 1994 | From Reuters
Former televangelist Jim Bakker will begin life as a free man this week after serving about five years of an eight-year sentence, federal prison officials said Monday. Bakker's sentence, imposed for bilking his followers out of $158 million, officially ends Thursday. He was released to a Salvation Army halfway house in July and has been on a home detention program since August. His attorney, Harold Bender, said Bakker is "considering some opportunities . . . offers concerning the ministry . . .
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March 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The five-story lakeside mansion once occupied in lavish style by jailed television evangelist Jim Bakker and his family burned to the ground early today. Police Cpl. Russell Case, the first person on the scene, said the report of a fire at the split-level home, which is now owned by a New Jersey businessman, came from a neighbor at about 2:15 a.m. "When I got there, the entire roof was already on fire and flames were going 30 feet high," Case said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
BRANSON, Mo.--Television evangelist Jim Bakker, who was convicted of wire fraud and served five years in prison, plans to start another TV ministry, this time in Branson. Bakker said he has commitments from stations in several cities to broadcast his new show, which will originate from a restaurant. The 62-year-old former Assemblies of God minister said he is weeks away from launching the hourlong show. His wife--Lori Graham Bakker--will co-host.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
Fallen TV evangelist Jim Bakker hopes to open a camp next year for inner-city youth in the rural Florida Panhandle, where he now lives. Bakker, 61, and second wife Lori Graham Bakker recently moved to Sunny Hills in neighboring Washington County and were given land nearby for the camp. The program would host street youths from an Atlanta ministry led by Jay Bakker, his son with former wife Tammy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2001 | ZACHARY KARABELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES, Zachary Karabell is a contributing writer to Book Review
It's an arresting image: a silver-toned black-and-white photograph of a young man with a pierced lip, a goatee and a left arm covered with a huge tattoo of Christ crowned with thorns. It's even more arresting when you realize that the man is Jay Bakker, the son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. He's written "Son of a Preacher Man" to share with us his strange journey from young prince of televangelist royalty to alcoholic outcast to happily married countercultural minister.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1998 | Associated Press
Former television evangelist Jim Bakker, forced by scandal a decade ago to leave the Praise the Lord ministry he ran with his former wife Tammy Faye, is planning to remarry. Bakker and Lori Beth Graham met while she was addressing a Los Angeles women's group. "I fell in love first with her heart, the way she cares for people. Then I fell madly in love with her," said Bakker. "I am overjoyed that the love was mutual and that Lori Beth has agreed to be my wife."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998
Re "Southland Ranks as TV's Bible Belt," Jan. 12: Didn't the Crouches learn anything from Jim Bakker? It sickens me to think of the amount of money these demons bring in under the name of God and how excessively they spend it. Imagine the good that could be done in this world if that money went to a cause instead of someone's inflated ego. JOHN GORDON Anaheim Hills Every day I drive past the new headquarters of the Trinity Broadcasting...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1996 | From Associated Press
For the thousandth time, the doghouse was not air-conditioned. It was only heated. In the PTL television evangelism scandal according to Tammy Faye, Jessica Hahn was a "professional" seductress, Jerry Falwell a double-crossing man of Mammon and Jim Bakker a poor schnook whose trust in others led to his downfall.
NEWS
August 8, 1987 | Associated Press
Members and leaders of Jim Bakker's denomination condemned the fallen evangelist Friday for his lavish life style and for bringing "an emphasis on pleasure, prosperity and personal gain" into the religious community. "We are deeply saddened, ashamed and repentant before God for these problems in our church family," said the Rev. G. Raymond Carlson, reading a statement from the executive presbytery of the Assemblies of God to a hushed national convention an estimated 15,000 people.
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January 26, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Onward electronic soldiers. A federal grand jury is now investigating charges that TV evangelist Jim Bakker fraudulently raised funds for his PTL ministry and lavished millions on himself. However, a taut and focused "Frontline" documentary on PBS charges tonight that federal agencies had significant evidence of fiscal misconduct against Bakker years ago, but inexplicably did nothing to halt his onward march. News of his 1980 sexual liaison with Jessica Hahn did that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1996 | From Religion News Service
Former televangelist Jim Bakker, on probation after serving a 4 1/2-year sentence for bilking thousands of followers out of nearly $158 million, appears to be slowly taking on a more public life, preaching on a gospel of humility that he said he learned in prison. Nearly 400 people who assembled at the Rev. Marvin Gorman's Temple of Praise Church last Sunday gave Bakker a standing ovation after his 1 1/2-hour sermon, which focused on his prison discovery of the "gospel of meekness."
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November 29, 1994 | From Reuters
Former televangelist Jim Bakker will begin life as a free man this week after serving about five years of an eight-year sentence, federal prison officials said Monday. Bakker's sentence, imposed for bilking his followers out of $158 million, officially ends Thursday. He was released to a Salvation Army halfway house in July and has been on a home detention program since August. His attorney, Harold Bender, said Bakker is "considering some opportunities . . . offers concerning the ministry . . .
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