THE DEAN OF DOOM, FIRE, HELL, AND HOOKERS
LORD , I HAVE SINNED
Jimmy Swaggart got caught twice..with adulterous indiscretions with a prostitute. Swaggart was the Godly fellow who ratted out Jim Bakker’s parlance's and indiscretions.
There was heavy competition for the money from the TV audience at that time. So the begetters turned on each other. Yes friend, even Godly rats eat their own in times of pestilence.
Swaggart's televised confession was the most tortured public display of contrition in recent memory. "I have sinned against you," he said, looking directly at Frances, his wife of 35 years, and then turned his apologies to his son Donnie, daughter-in-law Debbie, his parishioners and his God. "I have sinned against You, my Lord, and I would ask that Your precious blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God's forgetfulness." His audience, plainly moved by his copious tears, wept with him, interrupting him twice with standing ovations.
It was Swaggart, of course, who helped engineer Bakker's downfall (and the damage done to Bakker's rival PTL network) by informing officials of the Assemblies of God of Bakker's affair with church secretary Jessica Hahn. Indeed, if there was any rough justice in the Swaggart scandal, it lay in the fact that his habit of doing in his rivals with righteous tale-telling and his church’s tolerance of housecleaning-by-vendetta had laid the groundwork for his own downfall.
Jim Bakker’s affair with a secretary of his church was nothing compared to Swaggart’s affairs with street prostitutes and for the record there was no account of soul saving and biblical expressions like “He who among you who has not sinned, etc” none of that, just how much. A second prostitute came forth and another allegation made involving a minor but was quickly buried.
SELLS OTHER SOULS UNDER THE BUS
In July of 1986, Swaggart summoned Marvin Gorman, pastor of the 5,000-member First Assembly of God Church in New Orleans and the star of his own budding TV ministry, to a meeting. Under questioning by Swaggart, Gorman confessed to an adulterous relationship. Swaggart reported the episode in a letter to a church official: "I asked him if there had been other women involved. He assured me there were no others. However...he was, even then, having an affair with the second woman"—the wife of a former First Assembly deacon, Swaggart charged.
Gorman filed a $90 million lawsuit accusing Swaggart of "conspiring, plotting and coercing" to defame him. He admitted to one adulterous affair but said that Swaggart had lied about the others. By the time Gorman's suit was dismissed last year (he is appealing the decision), the pastor had long since been banished from his denomination, deprived of his large church and TV ministry and had begun again, in an independent church located in a former warehouse on the outskirts of New Orleans. His promising career had been all but ruined, and meanwhile the ministry of his persecutor grew ever more glorious.
So it was of more than casual interest to Gorman when he began receiving anonymous telephone calls a few months ago informing him that Jimmy Swaggart was seeing a prostitute. With those telephone calls, the seeds of Swaggart's public humiliation were sown.
Swaggart got caught the first time with a prostitute, whom he tried to solicit her nine year old daughter too, she was a child, underage and we believe he beat that rap, since it did not happen. But Satan, the blame guy was there. Jimmy says he saw him. Must of been a mirror close by. Had it happened, he should have been sent to jail and let Bubba and friends handle it. Whoremonger and potential pedophile and you send him money.
Thank goodness, it debunks the phrase, "it's the thought not the gift", very popular around the holidays. He just wants your money. He was subsequently forced to step down from his pulpit for a year, his son Donny took over till he cleansed. He made a tearful Academy Award quality televised apology in February 1988 to his congregation.
He said "I have sinned against you, my Lord, and I would ask that your precious blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God's forgiveness". Unfortunately, God was busy with a real smooth talker, Peter Popoff at the time because rumors had it he would of sent an Angel with a pair of dull scissors and cut his testicles off for selling fake holy water.
Well it was a short lived cruise. (True-pun) Swaggert was caught again by California police three years later in 1991 with another prostitute, Rosemary Garcia, who was riding with him in his car when he was stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road. When asked why she was with Swaggart, she replied, "He asked me for sex. I mean, that's why he stopped me. Honest Rosemary said "that's what I do. I'm a prostitute." Holy blowjob, Batman...now thats a soundbite. He gets the full five bulls.
Married to Frances Anderson at 17 (she was 15—"and not pregnant," says her husband with a laugh), Swaggart delivered his first sermon in front of a grocery store in Mangham, La., not long after. He played an accordion and sang, knowing even then that "we get the crowds with music."
By the '60s, Swaggart was an itinerant preacher crisscrossing the Southeast. He began cutting gospel records. (To date, he has sold more than 150 million.) Later, receiving another message from God, he began to do a radio show. From that moment, television was Swaggart's manifest destiny. "The ministry probably quadrupled with radio," he said. "With TV, it exploded."
HATES CATHOLICS AND JEWS
Never shy about sharing his views, Swaggart became only more outspoken after his move to television. He called Roman Catholicism "a false religion. It is not the Christian way." Of Jews he has said that "because of their rejection of Christ, they have known sorrow and heartache like no other people on the face of the Earth."
Homosexuals have been another favorite target, particularly those who are ministers: "We've got to get those limp-wristed preachers out of the pulpits". He has railed on TV again and does a show every day on bible study and he still sings gospel, he is Jerry Lee Lewis's cousin from "Great Balls of Fire Fame". Another man of the cloth in good standing with the LORD. Thats if the Lord was James Brown. Could be. So we have great Balls of Fire, the cousin to Great balls of Desire!
For those of you who think Jimmy Swaggart’s peccadilloes in the 80’s permanently knocked him out of the televangelism arena, think again. With the launch of his SonLife Broadcasting Network, Swaggart is now pulling in roughly half a million per day during his monthly four day beg-a-thon. That sum does not include the donations that are called in, mailed in, or made online during the rest of the month. It also does not include proceeds from the mountains of books, CDs and Bibles that the ministry relentlessly peddles, or the untold millions Swaggart receives in rental income from his extensive real estate holdings.
Swaggart’s personal home sits on some of the most expensive real estate in the Baton Rouge. His estate includes three houses, a gazebo, a pond, and twenty landscaped acres. Swaggart once described his house as a modest two bedroom cottage. That, however, is a stretch even for a seasoned tale-bearer such as Swaggart. One of Swaggart’s bathrooms in his “cottage” boasts a four-columned Jacuzzi with a gold swan that spouts water into an eight foot long tub. The square footage of Jimmy and Frances’ house alone is 9,337 square feet. That’s some cottage!
An unidentified Swaggart family member has placed the worth of the Swaggart’s three homes and surrounding acreage at 30 million. It sits across from the highly exclusive Baton Rouge Country Club which cost in excess of 40 thousand per year to join. Of course the Swaggarts are proud members. According to a report by John Camp, the investigative reporter who broke the original hooker story, Swaggart purchased the lot adjoining the one he already owned in June of 1985.
That was less than a month after making a desperate plea for money from his television audience in which he claimed that severe losses were threatening the very future of the ministry. Swaggart said he was forced to buy the land because of death threats and the discovery of intruders on his property. “We felt . . . if the wrong people got that property, we would be in trouble,” he is quoted as saying. This of course is preposterous. How many people could afford a multi-million dollar property just to harass Jimmy Swaggart?