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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Wet and Wild, Part Three 

I just commented:

Now that I've thought about this a bit more, I guess the part that is disturbing is that Osteen believed that her ministry would be harmed if she were not perfect. A comparison with Swaggart is in order.

Here's how rotten.com summarized the Swaggart incident:

[Swaggart] took great joy in 1986 for defrocking fellow Assemblies of God minister Marvin Gorman. Gorman had conducted an extramarital affair with one of his parishioners. And then the next year, when the PTL Ministry collapsed in around Jim Bakker, Swaggart was ecstatic. It was almost too good to believe. He went on CNN and told Larry King that Bakker was a "cancer in the body of Christ."...

Ironically, it was Marvin Gorman who nailed [Swaggart].

In a manner of speaking.

In 1987 Marvin paid a private detective to take photos of Swaggart with his Louisiana hooker. It didn't take long. Reportedly Marvin tried blackmailing him, but Jimmy didn't follow through on the payments. So Marvin turned to the same church elders who had disgraced him two years prior.

When confronted by the Assemblies of God leadership, Jimmy had no choice but to confess. He told them that he suffered a lifelong addiction to pornography....

The AOG had no choice but to reprimand him somehow. So they defrocked him for one year. The next week, Swaggart wound up crying his ass off on TV. In front of cameras and congregation, Jimmy seemed contrite: "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, never to be remembered against me." But he made no specific mention of the nature of his transgressions, referring only to some vague "moral failure."...

His empire foundered and never recovered. Three years later, more than 80% of their faithful viewers had stopped watching the telecast. Donations were way, way down and the ministry had racked up $4.5 million in debts....

In March 89, some woman named Catherine Campen gave an interview to Penthouse magazine, in which she claimed to have had an extramarital affair with the preacher. Between July 87 and January 88, they had met up on ten separate occasions. She mentioned beating him with a riding crop, but only after Swaggart convinced her to do it....

Finally, during a preaching tour of California, Swaggart drove his white Jaguar into the town of Indio. There he propositioned 31-year-old Rosemary Garcia, who promptly got in the car. Then they were pulled over by the cops for driving on the wrong side of the road.

Garcia told a Palm Springs TV news crew that Swaggart had picked her up, then inquired where they could find a motel with in-room porn. When the reporter asked why Swaggart had approached her, Garcia said: "He asked me for sex. I mean, that's why he stopped me. That's what I do. I'm a prostitute."

If anybody had still needed proof that Swaggart really loved hookers and porn, no further convincing was necessary....

From the Ontario Empoblog (Latest OVVA news here)

Geez, you people are so hateful. Must have been tough living with your critical and controlling parents. Who knows what happened on the plane but the parties involved. I've been to Lakewood Church. I've discerningly watched everything that occurs there. I've seen people's lives change. No, it's not because of Joel and Victoria, it's because of God. I'm not a "Jesus Freak". I don't waive the bible and preach to family, neighbors and co-workers. I'm usually 99% correct about reading people. I don't sense anything evil about them. They are good folks as were his Dad. There is no such thing as "seats that cost $80." That's absurd. If you've noticed (and obviously you haven't), when Joel preaches on television, he ask NOT ONE DIME during his network time. NOT ONE DIME. Unlike all the other ones who are consistantly asking for money, he ask for nothing. He also does not receive a salary from the church. His book profits are his income. He pays taxes on his home, even though he can claim it as exempt by a church home. So, anonymous, and all you who are critical and synical, take the speck out of your own eye, before you attempt to take the speck out of your fellow man's eye.

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