Jim and Tammy Bakker – Their well-known explosion was all over the news back in 1989 with fraud and infidelity being the twin missiles that brought the rising stars in the Televangelism world down. 

In addition to defrauding the public to help fund Heritage, Mr. Bakker was caught having a threesome with a church secretary named Jessican Hahn and John Wesley Fletcher in a Clearwater, Fl. Resort. 

The Bakkers were the founders of Heritage USA, which, back in its day, was a Christian Theme park and the third most popular theme park destination in the country, that featured, among other things, a life-sized version of the upper room, where the Last Supper was held. 

Although the Bakkers raised more than enough money to finish the Grand Tower, it was never completed, and to this day, nobody’s quite certain where all the money went, or why the church kept asking for more.

Many times in the Bible the word "be-getting" or to "have been the father" is used. Unfortunately some of these TV "profits" have been caught doing a lot of after hours be-getting.  Either off stage with a hooker, or when caught filling water vials from a tap, cheating, begetting and stealing from the flock. 

You know them from their fall from grace as the Jim and the late Tammy Bakker, the Popoff's, and the Swaggarts, lots of begetting there. 

One of the most tragic stories is that of Jim Bakker a former restaurant helper turned evangelist and his wife Tammy Fay Bakker who died at 62 from a long bout with cancer.

Hey, Jim Bakker did a little begetting right here on Clearwater Beach, about six miles from my home with a Ms. Jessica Hahn.   Turns out she was good enough for Playboy, a knockout after a little plastic work was done.  At least he had good taste.  That did not make Mrs. Bakker happy, but why risk a good income, she forgave him and as soon as he went off to jail divorced and she married Jim’s friend and co-worker. 

Thats what happened to Jim Bakker.  Jail.  The problem was he was legally, morally, and spiritually begotten to the late Queen of Mascara, Tammy Fay Bakker. (Begotten - past tense of begetting)  What ever the reasons for the begetting, thats not what brought them down, it was the use of money they got as donations that didn't arrive at the promised land. He promised hotels and rooms and they used it differently.

PTL's fund raising activities between 1984–1987 underwent scrutiny by The Charlotte Observer newspaper, eventually leading to criminal charges against Jim Bakker. From 1984 to 1987, Bakker and his PTL associates sold $1,000 "lifetime memberships", which entitled buyers to a three-night stay annually at a luxury hotel at Heritage USA. 

According to the prosecution at Bakker's later fraud trial, tens of thousands of memberships had been sold, but only one 500-room hotel was ever completed. Bakker "sold" more "exclusive partnerships" than could be accommodated, while raising more than twice the money needed to build the actual hotel. A good deal of the money went into Heritage USA's operating expenses, and Bakker kept $3.4 million in bonuses for himself. 

The $279,000 payoff for the silence of Jessica Hahn, a woman who was mistakenly supposed to be a Bakker staff member, was paid by Tammy Faye's later husband, Roe Messner. 

Hahn was actually a one-time acquaintance of Bakker, set up by a "friend" in 1980. Sort of a "Hooker by Crooker" relationship.

Bakker, who apparently made all of the financial decisions for the PTL organization, allegedly kept two sets of books to conceal the accounting irregularities. 

Reporters from The Charlotte Observer, led by lead reporter Charles Shepard, investigated and published a series of articles regarding the PTL organization's finances.

On March 19, 1987, following the revelation of a payoff to Jessica Hahn to keep secret her allegation that Bakker had raped her, Bakker resigned from PTL. 

Bakker acknowledges he met Hahn at a hotel room in Clearwater Beach, Florida, but denies raping her. 

She was young and at the time and perhaps he promised her some of the “  Holy Land experience” in the future.  

Most of us in the more critical theatre believe she was young, not entirely that bright and got banged.  And he got caught, pants down doing the be-banging.

Following Bakker's resignation as PTL head, he was succeeded in late March, 1987, by Jerry Falwell. The Supreme Ayatollah of God's mirth till Pat Robertson came along.  Later that summer, as donations sharply declined in the wake of Bakker's resignation and the end of the Bakkers' popular PTL Club TV show, Falwell raised $20 million to help keep the Heritage USA Theme Park solvent, including a well-publicized waterslide plunge there. 

No, I know what you are thinking. A miracle. Nope, he slid down the slide, no walk on water routines, no parting of the pool, just slid his fat ass butt down the slide like most mortals leaving a huge wake due to a huge profile. I have seen better water shows at Sea World, similar, whales sliding in a pool.

Some friend. Who says Evangelicals don't eat their own?  Falwell called Bakker a liar, an embezzler, a sexual deviant, and "the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in 2,000 years of church history."   In 1988, Falwell said that the Bakker scandal had “ strengthened broadcast evangelism and made Christianity stronger, more mature and more committed”.   he should talk...

Bakker's son, Jay, wrote in 2001 that the Bakkers felt betrayed by Falwell, whom they thought, at the time of Bakker's resignation, intended to help in Bakker's eventual restoration as head of the PTL ministry organization.  Kettles and pots each calling each other black. So common amongst crooks.

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