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Friday, March 27, 2020

America’s Most Audacious Slimeball

     Jim Bakker. televangelist, entrepreneur, convicted fraudster, rapist and general all-around slimeball is at it again. 
     Bakker hosted the television program The PTL Club with his then wife Tammy Faye from 1974 to 1989. He also developed Heritage USA, a defunct Christian theme park in Fort Mill, South Carolina. 
     In the late 1980s he resigned from the ministry over a cover-up of hush money to church secretary Jessica Hahn for an alleged rape. Subsequent revelations of accounting fraud brought about felony charges, conviction, imprisonment, and divorce. 
     Bakker later remarried and returned to televangelism, founding Morningside Church and he hosts The Jim Bakker Show which focuses on the end times prophecy and pandering all sorts of goods from water bottles to generators to survival food designed to enable one to survive the Tribulation or a natural disaster. 
     He also offers, for $35 something called a “Pandemic Bundle.” This consists of The Great Influenza Book which appears to be the history of the influenza epidemic of WWI. Supposedly The Great Influenza is a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. This edition also brings the reader up to speed on the terrible threat of the avian flu and suggests ways in which we might head off another flu pandemic. There’s also a bonus...Satan’s End Time Plan Revealed 
     On his February 12 broadcast Bakker was touting a product called Silver Solution claiming it would be effective against the Coronavirus. His guest was somebody called a "natural health expert” named Sherrill Sellman. She implied that the liquid would likely be effective while admitting it hasn't been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it has been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours. "Totally eliminate it. Kills it. Deactivates it.", she said. 
     She also claimed the stuff has been proven by the government that it has the ability to kill every pathogen it has ever been tested on, including SARS and HIV. Four 4-ounce bottles only cost you $80. 
     This, of course, violates state and federal law and as a result the state of Missouri filed a lawsuit against Bakker and his production company to stop them from advertising or selling Silver Solution and related products as treatments for the coronavirus. Missouri is the first state to file a lawsuit against Bakker, but others have also been warning him to stop peddling his snake oil. 
     Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission warned Bakker that his website and Facebook page were selling "unapproved new drugs" in violation of the law. Bakker's website is no longer selling the solution and his company has refused to make any public comments.
     But, Bakker is not alone. The FDA has sent warnings to other companies that were selling colloidal silver, teas, tinctures or essential oils as treatments for the coronavirus. 
     Bakker’s actions aren’t surprising. In his second letter in the Bible that was written to an audience made up of various Churches in Asia Minor, the Apostle Peter warned his readers...many will follow their (false teachers) immoral ways and because of what they do, others will speak evil of (Christianity)...in their greed these false teachers will make a profit out of telling you made-up stories.

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