Assemblies of God minister, and a former host (with his
a popular evangelical Christian television program.
A sex scandal led to his resignation from the ministry.
Subsequent revelations of accounting fraud brought
ended his time in the larger public eye.
Bakker has renounced his past teachings on
prosperity theology, saying they were wrong.
In his 1996 book, I Was Wrong, he admitted that the first
time he read the Bible all the way through was in prison,
and that it made him realize he had taken certain passages
out of context – passages which he had used as “proof texts”
to back up his prosperity teachings. He wrote:
After his release for prison, Jim Bakker said this about the
” I’d always quoted 3 John 2 , saying, “Above all things
God wants you to prosper.” I loved that Scripture.
It looks great on a TV screen when you’re raising funds,
and I interpreted it as God wants you to be rich.
But when I got to the words of John, I said, “Now this don’t
make sense.” So I took the word ” prosper” apart in the
Greek and found out it’s made up of two words-the first word
means good or well and the second road.
It’s a progressive word, so it’s like a journey. So, here’s John
saying, basically, “Beloved, I want you to have a good
journey through life as your soul has a good journey
to heaven.” It was a greeting! Building theology on that is
like building the church on “Have a nice day.”
I began to look up all the Scriptures used in prosperity
teaching, such as “Give and it shall be given unto you.”
When I put that Scripture back into its context, I found
Christ was teaching on forgiveness, not on money.
He was teaching us that by the same measure that we
forgive, we will be forgiven.
I had got my sermons from other people. The Bible warns
about the shepherds who get their messages from each other.
I think today the reason we have another gospel and
another Jesus being preached is because men have got
their sermons from each other and from motivational teaching.
A lot of what’s being taught today is simply motivational
teaching with a few Scriptures put to it.
Bakker, who spent five years in prison for defrauding
Heritage USA investors, says he has had a change of heart
about the prosperity gospel.
The same man who once told his PTL coworkers that
“God wants you to be rich,” now says he made a tragic
“For years, I helped propagate an impostor, not a true
gospel, but another gospel,” Bakker has said in his 1996 book,
“I Was Wrong.”
“The more I studied the Bible, however, I had to admit that
the prosperity message did not line up with the tenor of
the Scripture,” he said. “My heart was crushed to think that
I led so many people astray. I was appalled that I could
have been so wrong, and I was deeply grateful that God had
not struck me dead as a false prophet”
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