Evangelical Religious Leaders Sexual Liaisons & Confessions~
By Synthia Esther
From Jimmy Swaggart's Tearful Confession,"I Have Sinned." To Jim Bakke's confession, "I WAS WRONG." To Catholic priest's such as Father Joseph Henn, who was indicted by a grand jury in the United States on 13 charges of molesting children. The religious church and sector world wide has suffered the aftermath of the flake and the fraudulent within its members and leaders.
Conservative preacher and televangelist, Jimmy Swaggart's infamous sex scandal with prostitute Debra Murphree took place in a Louisiana motel on Airline highway. Swaggart, was being followed by a private detective who took picture's of the tryst, This detective was hired by Marvin Gorman to follow Swaggart. Gorman was retaliating due to Swaggart exposing his affair in 1986, with another pastor's wife. Literally caught in the act, Jimmy Swaggart then tearfully confessed via television on February 21, 1988 with the confirming words, "I have sinned."
Jimmy Swaggart referenced the similarity between himself and David in the Bible. Which in retrospect is untrue, as repentant David confessed his sin with Bathsheba, with no record in the Bible of ever committing his sexual transgressions again. Whereas Swaggart's deviant transgressions were once again carried out on October 11, 1991, when he was caught in the company of Rosemary Garcia, another prostitute.
Swaggart was stopped by California Highway Police in Indio, California, for driving on the wrong side of the road. When the patrolman questioned Garcia concerning why she was with Swaggart, she stated, "He asked me for sex. I mean, that's why he stopped me. That's what I do. I'm a prostitute." These are the sexual liaison's the public has been made aware of Swaggart committing. My inquiring mind wonder's how long Swaggart's list of play time prostitutes really was?
Jim Bakker's sex and money scandal brought down a small empire in Christian television, as Bakker was the head of the North Carolina based Praise The Lord (PTL)TV show and Heritage USA amusement and time share vacation park. Married to Tammy Faye in 1961, they are the parents of Tammy Sue, and son, Jamie Charles. The couple first began their Christian televangelism work as stars of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network.
Jim Bakker aburptly resigned from PTL in 1987 after admitting having a one-time sexual fling with Jessica Hahn, 21, a former church secretary, who then went on to receive hush money payments amounting to $287,000, which was paid by the organization (wikipedia).
According to Hahn, on the afternoon of December 6, 1980, she was drugged and raped by Bakker and preacher John Wesley Fletcher. In a 1997 book by Jim Bakker, "I Was Wrong," Bakker claims that he was set up and the sex was consensual. The sex scandal brought Hahn notoriety, as she went on to appear nude in Playboy magazine.
Bakker was convicted of fraud in 1989 for over-promising Heritage USA partnership privileges to more than 152,000 special contributors (WHO2.com). Tammy Faye (March 7, 1942 - July 20, 2007), divorced Jim while he served five years in prison, a reduced sentence from the orginal 45 year term on the 24 fraud and conspiracy counts. Tammy Faye went on to marry Roe Messner, owner of "Messner Enterprises" a contracting business. Mr. Messner was reported to having produced $265,000 for Hahn hush money, in turn charging it to the uncompleted work on the Jerusalem Amphitheater at Heritage USA (wikipedia).
On July 22, 1996, a federal jury ruled PTL was not selling securities by offering Life Time Partnerships at Heritage USA, which confirmed what Jim Bakker had contended from day one of the investigation.
Jimmy Swaggart and Jerry Falwell played key roles in the PTL scandal, as they took it upon themselves to investigate Jim Bakker, turning evidence of his indiscretions, which inturn lead to the PLT ministry collapse.
THE NEW JIM BAKKER SHOW ~
Jim married Lori Graham Bakker, who are Christian televangelist on the "New Jim Bakker Show" out of Branson, Missouri. I have seen Bakker's new show several times, and find his outreach confusing, not knowing exactly what he currently believes.
Bakker has at times renounced his former teachings of the prosperity "name it and claim it" gospel, but now seems to embrace New Age/signs and wonders. Time and time again as I watched his show, and some of the guests he has promoted, I remained puzzled as to his stance? He has embraced Rick Joyner of Morning Star Ministries (one can read my review of Joyner's occult book, "The Final Quest" at:www.sacredpursuit.org),
Jonathan Cahn *author of "The Harbinger" with so called secret hidden knowledge, who has made use of extra biblical, Gnostic Jewish Zohar references. Lori Bakker openly admits to having had more than one abortion, and is now using her voice and witness across both television and print towards pro-life causes. She remains in my prayers as she speaks out on behalf of the unborn. May God bless her efforts and testimony.
As for Father Joseph Henn, he is fighting extradition orders from inside the headquarters of his religious order in the Vatican (Wikipedia).
While sex within the church is nothing new, as ages past temple prostitutes served the clergy, it does seem to be increasing. The 21st Century will require a new spiritual dynamic in principle and truth, as God in his mighty providence separates the wheat from the tares. Will the spiritual Gladiators stand up to the sexual battle of the ages? Only God's elect will prevail. Who are God's elect? *Those who place God and obedience to His word above anything and everything this world has to offer.
* Matthew 16:24-28, Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done."
Ray Boltz sold about 4.5 million records, cassettes and CDs, within the Christian music scence, was a three time Dove Wards winner from the Gospel Music Association(GMA), and had RIAA Gold-certified albums, came out of the closet with news he is gay.
Joey DiGuglielmo of the Washington Blade, Friday September 12, 2008, quotes Boltz, "Continuing to pretend," Boltz said, "was no longer an option. I'd denied it ever since I was a kid. I became a Christian, I thought that was the way to deal with this and I prayed hard and tried for 30-some years and then at the end, I was just going, 'I'm still gay. I know I am.' And I just got to the place where I couldn't take it anymore...when I was going through all this darkness, I thought, 'Just end this.'"
According to Christianity Today, Mark Moring, September 12, 2008, 4:42 pm, Boltz, 55, said he came out to his family and some close friends in December 2004.
SUCCESS IN CHRISTIAN CIRCLES
Ray Boltz became well known to evangelical Christians with his song, "Thank-You",(GMA 1990 song of the year), which recounted a dream in which a Christian thanks the Sunday School teacher who led him to salvation in Jesus Christ.
Boltz was married to ex-wife Carol for 33 years, and is the father of three daughters and a son.
Ted Haggard was born on June 27, 1956, in Indiana. He met Gayle, his wife during his senior year at college, when Gayle was a junior. They married upon graduation in 1978. They are the parents of one daughter and four sons. Haggard pastored the mega church, New Life Church, and was former president of the "National Association of Evangelicals." Known as an outspoken voice against gay marriage Haggard confessed in a letter to church members on November 5, 2006:
* "The fact is, I am guilty of sexual immorality...I am a deceiver and a liar. There is a prat of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I've been warring against it all of my adult life...I began deceiving those I love the most because I didn't want to hurt or disappoint them...It is important that you know how much I appreciate my wife, Gayle.
What I did should never reflect in a negative way on her relationship with me. She has been and continues to be incredible...Gayle and I need to be gone for a while. We will never return to a leadership role at New Life Church."
* Source: newlifechurch.org
Gayle Haggard responds in a letter to women of New Life Church:
"I know your hearts are broken; mine is as well...What I want you to know is that I love my husband, Ted Haggard, with all my heart. I am committed to him until death do us part. We started this journey together and with the grace of God, we will finish together."
AFTER ONLY THREE WEEKS OF ADDICTION RECOVERY...
Ted Haggard once again made the news, admitting after only three weeks in sex addiction recovery at an Arizona treatment center, that he is not gay.
Ted Haggard spoke at Open Bible Fellowship Church in Morrison, Illinois on the 2nd anniversary of his sex scandal. Haggard stated at that time the root cause of his problems was sexual abuse he had suffered at the age of 7, and in the 2nd grade. Haggard confessed one of his father's workers was the perpetrator and states, "the experience started to rage in my heart and mind."
At one point during his pit of despair Haggard admits he contemplated suicide, "to rid the world of the horrible curse of Ted Haggard." He went on to state the church fell short in showing him love when he needed it most, and gives his wife accolades for providing the love he desperately longed for and needed. For income Ted Haggard has since started an insurance company in Colorado Springs.
SYNTHIA ESTHER COMMENTS ON TED AND GAYLE HAGGARD:
Ted Haggard has continued to show signs of narcissistic delusion by not staying true to his sexual addiction recovery process,(which can last from the cradle to the grave), staying only three weeks before bailing out. His wife Gayle remains an enabler as she continues to add to the false allusion of sex addiction recovery, holding true to the co-dependent mindset.
SEX ADDICTION WARNING SIGNS...
Ted Haggard gave an interview to Alexandria Pelosi for the 2007 HBO dumentary "Friends of God," long before he was caught in his secret double life of sin, in which he blatantly talked about sex. Sex addicts like to move the conversations they participate in to include their favorite subject matter, which is sex.
The following are actual comments made by Ted Haggard during that interview:
Haggard: "You know all the surveys say that evangelicals have the best sex life of any other group."
Haggard: "How often do you have sex with your wife?"
Haggard: "Lets say out of 100 times when you have sex, what percentage...what percentage...does she climax?"
A man answers, "Everyone!"
Female interviewer comments, "We've got to join this church! There's a lot of love in this place."
Haggard confirms, "There's ALOT of love in this place!"
This interview could pass for a Howard Stern question and answer sex quiz.
Ted Haggard, his wife Gayle and their children, are in my prayers. I suggest they both read the book, "Don't Call It Love, Recovery From Sexual Addiction" by Dr. Patrick Carnes. Dr. Carnes is considered one of the leading authorities concerning sex addiction and it's strongholds.
Dr. Carnes states there is a three to five year period before recovery from sex addiction becomes noticeable...that is if the addict stay's true to the process. From my past and present experience with sex addicts and their co-dependent partners, Dr. Carnes is absolutely right.
Since this article was written, Ted Haggard has been featured in the HBO documentary, "The Trials of Ted Haggard," by Alexandria Peloski. I have since written a follow-up article concerning Mr.and Mrs. Ted Haggard's lastest confessions (Febuary 6, 2009 and beyond).