April 18, 1988
A PTL pastor in Ft. Mill, S.C., called the bankrupt ministry "a scam" and said it suffered financial collapse because idolatry reigned as the faithful worshiped hotels, water slides and trains instead of Jesus Christ. The Rev. Sam Johnson, a former Assemblies of God missionary who pastors PTL's Heritage Village Church, said the ministry used contributions to create a religious Disneyland, showing followers a good time rather than salvation. "This is idolatry," Johnson said.
April 11, 1990 |
A federal judge in Charlotte, N. C., dismissed perjury charges against PTL pastor Samuel Johnson, saying the government's case against Jim Bakker's spiritual successor was circumstantial. The decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Potter made Johnson, 50, the first of five PTL defendants to emerge from court a free man. Potter acted on a defense motion to dismiss the case after the government presented only four witnesses and rested its case.
February 23, 2007 |
When House Republicans needed a John McCain-like war hero to lead their fight against Democratic assaults on President Bush's Iraq strategy, they turned to another former POW, a Texas Republican named Sam Johnson. Though less known than Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), his onetime cellmate in Vietnam, Johnson spent nearly seven years in a prisoner of war camp, about half of it in solitary confinement.
February 13, 1986 |
Australian lightweight boxing champion Dale Artango will meet Sam Johnson of Orlando, Fla., at Festival Hall Feb. 17, the promoters confirmed Sunday. Johnson is the Florida state titleholder and successfully defended his championship against Keith Jackson last month.
April 9, 1990 |
Attorneys seated a jury dominated by churchgoers today to hear federal charges against PTL pastor Sam Johnson, who is accused of lying to the grand jury that indicted ministry founder Jim Bakker in 1988. The government asserts that Johnson perjured himself when he told the grand jury that he could not remember where he got $10,000 that served as the initial "hush money" payment to Jessica Hahn, whose sexual encounter with Bakker led to the evangelist's fall from grace. Assistant U.S. Atty.
January 17, 1989
San Diego State reserve guard Rodney Jones, who sprained his left foot and ankle against Utah Saturday, is expected to miss the Aztecs' home games this week against Texas El Paso and New Mexico, trainer Brian Barry said. Jones is averaging 3.1 points and 8.6 minutes per game. Senior forward Sam Johnson, also bothered by a sprained left ankle, is probable for Thursday's game against UTEP, Barry said.