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Disgraced TV Evangelist Jim Bakker Makes a Comeback

After 30 years, five of which were spent in prison, TV evangelist Jim Bakker is making a comeback.
The Charismatic Christian preacher and his then wife, Tammy Faye built a massive organization in the 1970s with millions of dedicated followers tuning into the Television show, Praise the Lord or PTL. Through donations and outreach, the two founded Heritage USA, a Christian theme park. By the mid-1980s over six million visitors enjoyed the parks water rides and Upper Room church services.
Bakker, now 78, has now broadcast from a hidden compound somewhere in the Ozark Mountains a new message: the apocalypse is near.
Jim and Tammy had their fall in 1987 after a young church secretary named Jessica Hahn made public her sexual encounter with Bakker. The stain of hypocrisy was bad enough but then came the IRS audit. Public records indicate that Bakker still has unpaid tax liens of nearly $5.5 million. Tammy Faye died in 2007 from cancer
Baker new television show includes a mix of evangelizing and doomsday survival tips.
His young daughter Tammy Sue, who is now 47, and his new wife Lori Graham are actively apart of the new enterprise.
“One day you’re going to shake your fist in God’s face and you’re going to say, ‘God, why didn’t you warn me?’” says Bakker on his new show. “He’s going to say, ‘You sat there and you made fun of Jim Bakker all those years. I warned you. But you didn’t listen.’”