Where is Jim Bakker Now? Jim Was Ordered to Pay $156,000 for Advertising a Fake Coronavirus Drug
Jim Bakker was the most influential televangelist of the 1960s and 1970s. Together with his singing wife, Tammy Faye, Jim created a television program on the PTL (Praise the Lord) network that drew 20 million viewers from multiple countries. Heritage USA, a Christian-themed amusement park, was at the time the third-largest amusement park in the United States.
Bakker and Faye sold prosperity to their listeners, promising that anyone could be as successful as Jim and Faye through faith and a donation to the couple. Jim was imprisoned on a multitude of fraud-related offenses after a sexual assault scandal brought down the power couple.
Jim Runs the Jim Bakker Show Alongside His Wife Lori on the PTL Network
Jim Bakker’s decline began when church secretary Jessica Hahn accused him of sexual assault. Jim’s use of tax-exempt church funds to pay Hahn for her silence provoked an investigation into the church’s finances by the authorities.
The investigations uncovered gross financial mismanagement by Jim and Faye. Faye was not charged with a crime, although Jim was sentenced to 45 years for one count of conspiracy and 23 counts of fraud. A judge lowered the sentence on appeal to eight years.
Five years later, Jim was released from prison on parole as a single man; Faye had divorced him three years into his sentence. Bakker resumed preaching unfazed by his incarceration. However, he has been unable to attract the millions of viewers he formerly had.
Perhaps viewers couldn’t get past the incident, or Jim’s show lacked the same vitality without Faye by his side. Regardless matter the cause, The Jim Bakker Show was a failure compared to The PTL Club of the past.
Jim Bakker and his wife Lori continue to host The Jim Bakker Show on The PTL Network. After his comeback to television, Jim got married.
Bakker no longer teaches the prosperity gospel; instead, he teaches that the apocalypse has already begun. Jim shows no sign of abandoning his message of impending catastrophe, which has few followers.
Jim sold a lifetime membership to Heritage USA’s premium hotel for $1,000 in the 1980s. The package included a three-night stay per year, however nobody took advantage of the offer because the hotel was never constructed.
Today, Jim offers survival items that, according to him, will aid in surviving the seven years of chaos and violence that will ensue after two asteroids collide. At a cost of $2,800, twenty-eight buckets of survival goods should sustain you for seven years of torment. The deal also contains two and a half years of shared meals.
The Earth will be struck by two distinct asteroids, one straight after the other, according to Bakker (per BuzzFeed). “Do you know what a scientist said? We inhabit a galactic shooting gallery.”
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Jim Bakker is no longer the Jim he once was, but he continues to preach. Few individuals are willing to consume the 82-year-forecasts old’s of human doom.
Jim Was Ordered to Pay $156,000 for Advertising a Fake Coronavirus Drug
In the early days of the spread of the coronavirus, Jim Bakker claimed to have discovered a cure for the illness: Silver Solution.
Jim interviewed Sherrill Sellman, a ‘natural health expert’ and ‘naturopathic doctor’ who praised Silver Solution’s curative properties. When Jim asked Sherill if the antiviral solution was effective, Sherill replied:
“Well, let’s say it hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it has been tested on other strains and was able to eliminate them within 12 hours. Eliminates it completely; kills it. “It deactivates”
According to Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s lawsuit against Jim, in eleven episodes of The Jim Bakker Show, Bakker promoted the cure. The price of the solution of silver particles suspended in liquid ranged from $85 to $125.
The FDA issued a warning to Bakker that the drug violated federal law and posed a threat to patients. However, Jim continued to market Silver Solution, spreading false information that it cured coronavirus and boosted the immune system.
Jim’s advertisement of the fraudulent miracle drug cost him $156,000, despite his denial of guilt. Jim and his church were prohibited by the settlement from offering Silver Solution as a treatment for any illness.