Update On Swaggart - Walk Away, Spring 1989 Hard times have fallen on former Assemblies of
Update On Swaggart - Walk Away, Spring 1989
Hard times have fallen on former Assemblies of Gawd evangelist Jimmy
Swaggart. His ministry plummeted after the world learned that he paid a New
Orleans prostitute to engage in "pronographic" acts with him. More reciently,
Penthouse alleged that Swaggart had been preoccupied with still another
woman. The woman, a housewife who worked as a stripper, detailed her bizzare
relationship with Swaggart.
Just over a year ago, Jimmy Swaggart Bible College was bursting at the seams
with 1,500 students. A $9 million dormitory was under construction. Now, the
unfinished building stands empty. All but 400 students have left.
Additionally, 600 employees have departed. Some 90 or so, of them AOG
ministers who were given the ultimatum from their denominational headquarters
-- "Swaggart or us, make your choice."
Swaggart reciently admitted that his haul was a mere $100,000 a day, half of
what he needed to survive. And on another front, he still faces $90 million
lawsuit from New Orleans preacher Marvin Gorman. Gorman has charged that
Swaggart tried to destroy _his_ ministry through accusations of immoral
While Swaggart presses on, he blames the publishers of Penthouse for his
problems. "They are demon-possessed... There is nothing they won't do."
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