2 Corinthians 11:13-15 NLT – “13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.”
You would have thought that a prison stint for his trickery and deception would have put the fear of God into televangelist Jim Bakker.
For those that don’t know the history, Bakker was once the highly successful host of The PTL Club, a cable television ministry.
Bakker was the epitome of the crooked, celebrity televangelist, raking in millions from viewers and investing in a 2,200 acre resort called Heritage USA.
He and his then-wife, Tammy Faye, became pop culture punchlines, and in 1989, Bakker was convicted of mail and wire fraud. He received a 45 year sentence, but managed to get out after eight years.
I absolutely believe in the ability of people to be very wrong at one point in their lives, but to feel genuine remorse, become rehabilitated, and to turn their lives around. That just doesn’t seem to be case with Bakker.
Bakker is back on television with a program on CBN, called The Jim Bakker Show.
He doesn’t have Tammy Faye at his side, any longer. She divorced him while he was still in prison, and in 2007 she passed away.
He’s remarried now, so there’s a new partner to his deception at his side.
It’s not time shares with the resort he’s attempting to scam his viewers with, these days. It’s buckets of “survival” food and supplies.
It’s also a lot of false visions and teachings, as he attempts to ingratiate himself to the Trump evangelicals.
On a broadcast from Tuesday, his guests were Paul McGuire and Troy Anderson, authors of a book called Trumpocalypse: The End Times President, a Battle Against the Globalist Elite, and the Countdown to Armageddon (Babylon Code).
If your MAGA senses are tingling, it’s probably for good cause.
McGuire and Anderson suggested there were plots against the president within the government.
When McGuire mentioned a part of the book that addresses the “deep state” theory that some within the U.S. government are looking to have Trump assassinated, Bakker responded:
“I have been saying for months on the air, there are probably 100 hitmen hired to kill Trump, or more. I know this in the spirit. He is so hated that they want him dead.”
Let’s take a moment to break down what Bakker is saying here, and how he works to get into the heads of those with weak or nonexistent discernment.
He uses “probably” and “I know this” while talking about the same thing – hitmen hired to kill Trump.
That’s a complete contradiction. If you “know,” and especially, if you “know in the spirit,” then there’s no room for “probably.”
He’s making it big, pouring on the hyperbole, with just a dash of evangelical-speak (“…in the spirit”).
He knows his audience.
“There are people I’ve met in prison that for not money, but for fame, would kill the president if you gave them a few hundred dollars,” he said, adding that Trump is an “End Times” president who is facing constant “mega-disruptions” in all his political activities.
There it is, again. He’s saying he’s met people in prison who, not for money, would kill Trump for a few hundred dollars.As for Trump’s “end times” presidency, nobody can know that, least of all somebody so spiritually dead as Jim Bakker.
His guest, Mr. Anderson, went on to say:
“We’re living in one of the most dangerous times in history. We’re watching this acceleration and convergence of all these End Times signs that Jesus told us about,” he added, warning about nuclear war, disasters, earthquakes and volcanoes.
“We live in very dangerous, disruptive times.”
This much is true. We are definitely so much closer to the time of Jesus’ return.
Here’s the thing, if you are truly a Christian, you know your heart is right and that your future is secure, you don’t spend your time worrying. You spend your time reaching out in love to the lost and winning souls for the coming Kingdom. You spend your time living in a way that glorifies the name of El Elyon, the Most High God.
Christians do not fear the end, because we know Who holds the future.
Anderson, his partner, Mr. McGuire, and Jim Bakker are apparently more concerned with creating fear and paranoia, based on our current president, rather than preaching the truth. That should tell us all we need to know about their “spirit.”
And speaking of a fearful spirit, as opposed to a joyful spirit, Bakker is absolutely looking to ride that fear of tomorrow for his benefit today.
Earlier, the televangelist claimed that the Morningside community in Blue Eye, Missouri, where he lives, is being equipped to survive the end of the world.
His TV show regularly features advertisements for various survival gear, including packs of bottles that cost $150, and different kinds of lasting food items, which he claims people need to buy to give themselves the best chance to live.
So, help me understand. What Christian would rather live in a burned out, dystopian society, rather than see our Lord return?
Of course, I’m speaking from the perspective of a Premillennialist, and maybe that makes a lot of difference in this discussion. We can work through that at another time.
That being said, Jim Bakker is a pox on the Evangelical community. By his trickery and scheming, he steals from shut-ins and the spiritually weak.
For those who do not believe, but search the Christian community, acting as accusers, he gives them the brush with which to paint all the faithful as corrupt and hypocritical.
Rather than stress the need to protect one man, he should be continuously preaching the promise of the Son of Man, but he doesn’t do that, and there will be a price to pay.
2 Peter 2:2-3 AMP – “2 Many will follow their shameful ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false arguments and twisted doctrine. Their sentence [of condemnation which God has decreed] from a time long ago is not idle [but is still in force], and their destruction and deepening misery is not asleep [but is on its way].”