By Kirby Robinson
A Special Report
Jimmy Swaggart has trouble telling the truth and his wife Frances Swaggart has trouble grasping the truth.
For those who don't recall, back in the 1980s Jimmy Swaggart was the largest televangelist in the world. If he hadn't been caught with the ladies of the night, he might've become the leader of the conservative church political movement, overshadowing fellow evangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. [There's always been some talk that Falwell and Robertson had a hand in his downfall, as they also did with Jim Bakker.] The Swaggart scandal killed his ministry as did his public confession, "YES I SINNED BUT SEND ME YOUR MONEY." He faded from the spotlight until about four years ago he started the Sonlight Network beaming 24/7/365. It features only him, his family members, and his staff from his unaccredited Bible College that preaches his so-called Message of The Cross. He claims that only he and a few churches are preaching the only way to God. [Shades of the Westboro Baptist Church but without protesting at funerals?] According to Jimmy Swaggart, the rest of us are headed for hell.
Personally, I feel he's headed for a cult label. I tried to attend one of his yearly camp meetings but as time went by, I could see cracks showing in church. The last time there one of his staff members, who happens to be a reader of the EYE, started to feed me information, which I'll be sharing over time.
Mrs. Frances Swaggart has a daily weekday show called Frances & Friends. According to her site, "…we take a biblical approach to current issues facing the church today. Programs deal with false doctrine, world events, and answer viewer and listener questions." One of her favorite topics is welfare and its drain on the wealthy. A California man called in and said he couldn't go back to work even though he was offered his old job, which paid him $50,000 a year. Why not work? Because he was getting $70,000 a month in welfare benefits. For the remainder of her segment, Frances and her panel was just in arms about this.
$70,000 A MONTH? I was shocked. That adds up to $840,000 a year. Even OctoMom Nadya Suleman, the mother of 14, only gets $2,800 per month. The man had to be living in Beverly Hills or Santa Monica. Is this one of the reasons the state of California is having financial difficulties? Is every welfare recipient from all over the US moving to California to earn $840,000 a year and get that welfare Cadillac sung about in the 60s?
The only issue is – it's not true. In fact, California is one of the hardest states to file for welfare as they're trying to combat welfare fraud. They use many tools such as fingerprinting welfare recipients and computer searches for assets and duplicate applications.
So we have to ask why would they make such false statements? Jimmy and Frances claim to have three houses and six luxury cars. They have a staff of 300 including a Bible college, a private Christian academy, and even a preschool.
Guess there is never enough money when it comes to evangelistic organizations. And Jimmy Swaggart can't tell the truth about it.
A day after the March telethon in which Jimmy Swaggart Ministries [JSM] raises funds to pay for network airtime via cable and satellite, he stated that he wanted to thank the viewers for raising 3.2 million dollars.
Sounds nice huh? But it's not true - they raised 3.2 million in PLEDGES, not cash.
- The ministry requires people to send in cash or checks. They don't accept credit or debit cards.
- They know that 3.2 million won't be sent in. People forget to send it, or they were caught up in the begging that takes place and suddenly that generous $1,000 pledge turns into $100 or $50 or maybe it never is sent in at all. Plus, JSM doesn’t really need that 3.2 million dollars.
Only the family and accounting staff ever know how much they actually need. They know what percentage won't be sent and they know how much they need to cover the costs. If more than enough is sent in – that's fine and dandy.
It's also a way to make money for their separate business as they offer a token to the people who donate.
Give away a book the ministry buys it from the publishing/printing arm.
Give away a CD or DVD--no issue at all, as they produce their own. They press all CDs and DVDS and they even print the CD and DVD labels and covers. In fact, they've been known to print and wrap DVDs and CDs in the past so they make even more money for themselves.
In time, more secrets will be revealed.
Ask yourself this--if Jesus were alive today would He act this way?
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