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Don't Fall for Charlatans in Christian Clothing

Jim Bakker can't sink far enough, in his pursuit of exploiting the fears of Christians for personal gain.

And this is one more reason the American church’s witness is little better than a faint flicker in the dark of the world.

It’s bad enough that Evangelicals now are more associated with being apologists for the adulteries and abusive attitude of Donald Trump than Christian apologists, standing firmly in the faith. We also have to deal with absolute frauds, who cloak themselves in a counterfeit faith and prey on the trust of the gullible.

If ever there was a more glaring confirmation of that very thing, enter Jim Bakker, and his disgraceful infomercial masquerading as faith-based programming, “The Jim Bakker Show.”

For those who may have forgotten, or never knew about Bakker, he’s the disgraced televangelist who spent a few years in prison at the end of the 80s for fraud, ripping off investors in a theme park scam.

The married “pastor” also had an affair with a church secretary, Jessica Hahn, that kept tabloids ablaze around that same time.

Now he’s back, a little older, but no less slimy.

Earlier this week, he spent time on his PTL Network show, “The Jim Bakker Show,” actually pimping twisted theology and attempting to run another long con.

Specifically, he’s claiming that he has built a utopia that is promised to save investors from the coming wrath.

Bakker has been building up a community called Morningside in the Missouri town of Blue Eye for 15 years. It boasts an amphitheater, residential housing, and a wedding chapel.

According to Bakker, you’d better buy into this, quick, because when the end comes, this is where you want to be.

No, don’t worry about Heaven. This is practically the same!

And it’s not just the Morningside community he’s selling.

He also is advertising survival gear, such as a pack of six "extreme survival" water bottles being sold for $150. His website claims that the bottles are "designed using a combination of both Advanced and Radiological filters."

That’s $150 water bottles, folks.

"You all are going to know soon why God brought us here," Bakker said on Tuesday's show.

"Do you know the people from the government, from NASA, the research from so many of them, they have said in their research that the safest place to live in troubled times is right here. That's why God brought us here," he added.

I’m pretty sure there’s not a single word in the Bible that says the safest place to live in troubled times is Missouri.

There’s also no apparent reference from NASA’s we

Or that you should pay $150 for water bottles.

And he also pointed out that they’re looking for “people on fire for God” to jump at this spectacular offer.

What’s he implying?

It would appear he’s implying that a lack of fire for God is the only logical reason for not digging deep and giving to the latest “Help Jim Bakker make it rich” scam.

No Christian of any conscience wants to be told they lack fire for God. Some might actually believe this swill.

Throughout the rest of the show, Bakker advertised various survival meal packages, and spoke with community pastors about the importance of trusting in God's plan in the wake of apocalyptic fears.

"I'm determined to let you know what we have here what's going on and what God is doing," he told the audience.

What God is doing is keeping a record of how you twist His Word and work fear in the hearts of His people, Mr. Bakker.

That wasn’t even the worst of Bakker’s highlights.

Back in 2015 he was still on this beat, still attempting to stir fears, rather than faith.

In fact, back then, he was suggesting cannibalism could be a thing, unless you buy his stuff, of course.

"The Bible says they're going to eat their arms, the Bible says they're going to eat their babies, then it says they're going to eat their children. That's what people do when they get hungry," Bakker warned.

"When you're huddled in a corner with your grandbaby and they're screaming and crying and there's no food — I don't want that blood on my hands."

It’s a truly horrific scenario, but has little connection to end time prophecy.

Bakker had time away in the 80s and early 90s to get his life straight, to repent of his trickery and double dealing. It would seem, he only sharpened his focus on fleecing the sheep.

Proverbs 26:11 AMP – “Like a dog that returns to his vomit Is a fool who repeats his foolishness.”

And what comes after, no $150 water bottle is going to quench.

I’d say, “Shame on you, Jim Bakker,” but men like that tend to have no shame.

Pr 17:14 ¶ The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
This was one of many sin issues in the Corinthian fellowship quarrels among the Saints. That is normal with baby Christians/carnal believers but for the mature believers there should be honest dialog in a spirit of humility correcting those in opposition if perhaps God may grant them a change of mind leading to the knowledge of the truth.
This is why we ask questions because the scripture says to test people to see what they are actually trusting in to go to heaven.
1Jo 4:1 ¶ Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Asking questions is biblical, Scripture says 1Pe 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
I ask 4 questions to determine who I am dealing with…

  1. Who is Jesus Christ according to your understanding?
    Jesus was God in Flesh; Joh 8:24 'Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."And who can forget 1Jo 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
  2. How significant was His blood?
    His blood paid our sin debt in full; Ro 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. And again in Acts 4:12 Peter’s testimony "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
  3. Do you believe and understand the resurrection?
    The resurrection is your proof God was satisfied Isaiah 53:11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied;
  4. Do you believe in eternal security?
    The eternal security of the believer 1John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
    If you understand/believe the first 3 questions the 4th is an automatic and a given. But if you miss any of the first 3 questions your still lost and need to have them explained again or you have just failed to believe the 1st 3 points.
    Believing the gospel of grace is what saves a person; there is no work involved in getting save; it’s a free gift, there is no work involved in staying saved God keeps us saved, and there is no work to prove one is saved the Corinthians make that clear.
    Believing is an act of the free will to put your faith in what God said is true that Jesus died was buried and rose again on the third day as sufficient means to save you and the world 1John 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! You either believe that or you don’t.
    The question you need to ask yourself is; what is my faith truly in?
    Is your faith in your faith; is your faith in your enduring to the end; is your faith in your turning from sin; is your faith taking up your Cross and following Christ; is your faith in your bearing fruit; is your faith in obedience to His commandments; or is your faith in Christ’s death on the Cross sufficient to save you alone?
    Heb 5:9 And having been made perfect, He (Context is Jesus Christ) became to all those who obey (context is believe on) Him the source of eternal salvation, Your works are not the source of eternal life, nothing we do is the source but His death and resurrection is the source of our eternal life.
    When you personally rely on Christ’s death alone as your only means of salvation God saves you that instant as Jesus declared to you in Joh 6:47 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
    You can never un-eternal life yourself that is ridicules; the very definition of the word forbids that.
    Jesus never said I give unto them probationary life, or temporary life, or until they walk away life, or fall away life or if they don’t produce fruit life, or repent of their sin life, or turn from their sin life; or if they backslide life, It’s eternal life. If you miss that you’re self-deceived.
    Please re-think your position.

"Trump derangement syndrome" is as strong with Susan Wright as anyone I have seen. He lives in her head. Everything is about him and her campaign to bring every Christian to the altar of denouncement and condemnation of Trump. If you're not with her in such laser like focus upon Trump, you are worshipping him and he is your new God.
Erick E., who has always been balanced, has inexplicably brought her increasingly bitter vitriol from Redstate to the Resurgent.

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I am a Evangelical, Christian conservative and unlike Ted Cruz (my choice for president), I voted my conscience. Therefore I did not vote for Trump or Hillary. I voted third party. Every friend we have at church, voted for Trump. That's not the problem. The problem is no matter what he does or says, all I hear is "at least he is not Hillary." Thank you Susan for ALWAYS being right. I love your commentaries because you are not afraid to speak the truth about Trump. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He is the Trojan Horse of the Republican party.

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To anyone who dismisses this as the irrelevant fringe of modern evangelicalism, Bakker's program appears on Daystar, World Harvest Television and the Christian Television Network. That's wide exposure for that demographic. Also, guests on his program include Lance Wallnau, Jonathan Cahn, Cindy Jacobs and Rick Joyner; those are popular figures among the charismatic movement. Bakker is just one of a pack of wolves who promote this pseudo-Christian religion. He's just a symptom.

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So this is a story about cons attempting to swindle Christians and you want to talk about Trump? OH, I absolutely do believe there is something that should be called Trump Derangement Syndrome, but it's not what you think. LOL!!

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Exactly.

So what you're saying is you intend to buy into Bakker's community? Nobody is stopping you. I say, go for it!

Those attacking Susan for CORRECTLY pointing out the Bible's authority as supreme in all matters are proving her point as to why the Church must be vigilant for false teachers and ferret them out and do so without being concerned about "offending others". The apostle John makes it VERY CLEAR that we are not to tolerate false teachers, as he notes in the epistle of 2 John:

"7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds." - 2 John 7-11

If anyone, ANYONE preaches anything contrary to what Christ taught and refuses to either see their error or repent of their falsehood, the Bible makes it pretty clear that we are not to tolerate their deception or meddling just because it might hurt the feelings of those they've charmed. And considering that John walked with Christ when He was on earth, he would certainly know what he's talking about as an apostle. Anyone who would claim to speak contrary to what he says here has a lot of gall.

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Christianity is seen, now more than ever, as a subsidiary of the GOP, and young people especially (18-29) are more areligious than ever before. Billy Graham, though he kept counsel with Presidents, tried to be bipartisan. What we're seeing now is chickens coming home to roost from a couple of decades of evangelicals conflating the gospel with GOP talking points.

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Thank you! That's absolutely it!

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Keep up the good work Susan...

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Keep up the good work Susan...

I've been one of the hyper-critical ones about your Trump coverage, but this was actually a very good read and I'd like to see more articles from you on topics like this. I had no idea Bakker was even still pretending to do anything related to ministry. Then again, I didn't know Kenneth Copeland was still on TV until recently either.

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Susan, My mom who has since passed would watch Jim Bakker regularly. Almost every week when I called she would dread the future. She bought many of the things he was hawking, both literally and figuratively. In my opinion, her dread of the future led to her demise. A panic attack took her into a downward spiral that led to life-saving measures at the hospital that would have killed her. The only resolution was a few days of palliative care before she went to be with her Lord. Fox News was no help to her, either, but Jim Bakker did her no favors.

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I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. She is an example of why I feel necessary to speak out - LOUDLY - about people like Bakker.

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This story isn't about Trump. Anyone that isn't mesmerized into delusion by their false idol should be able to see this pretty clearly. If all you got from this informative story (discussing an entirely different fraud) is the lone mention of Trump, then you need to seriously consider why that golden calf sits so large in your worldview. It might have something to do with proximity and a prostate position.

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Good read Susan. I like [most of] your work/articles. Can you tell me why you don't support the wall/improved border security? Btw, you, Erick & David do a great job of exposing those who refuse to mingle with the truth, facts & reality on any kind of regular basis. Keep on keeping on/exposing frauds, false prophets & lying machines/tRumps, no matter the party, place or time. 45 < 2020

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I absolutely DO support improved border security, and have written about it MANY times. I just dont think tossing out loose talk about some magical 'wall' to bait the gullible is the way to do it. Strategic fencing, more boots on the ground, closer to the actual border and not 50 miles out, aviation assets, like drones, patrolling the border, getting information to personnel on the ground and on the spot BEFORE entry. Talk of a wall that Mexico will pay for is just hyperbole. It's not a real plan.

EXACTLY.

@BobtheBeefman If Susan didn't have a substantial audience, her articles wouldn't appear here or anywhere. The fact that many people share a lot of her viewpoints is why she continues to have influence on conservative websites.

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