Posts Tagged ‘Jay Bakker’

The 80s were amazing for pop culture – parachute pants, breakdancing, a John Hughes filmography and all those TV preachers falling like the Dow Jones statistics. Thank you, TBN.

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I know there’s always that little voice in the back of your mind saying… well, shouting actually, “Man! I wish I would have recorded those failed days of Jim & Tammy Faye.”

Well, tell that voice to shut up because happy days are here again, thanks an Atlanta investment banker who is auctioning more than 15,000 videotaped copies of the fraudulent “PTL Club” and James Bond spike eyelashes of Tammy Faye Bakker.

The tapes appraised at $8 miiillllllllllllllllioon dollars (can’t you see my pinkie draped to the corner of my mouth?) have a tale of woe to go with it:

The 15,069 hourlong tapes went to a Charlotte church, then a cable content provider, said Ben Dyer, president of Gospel Properties. The cable provider defaulted on a loan from Dyer’s company and he got the tapes, which he plans to auction in San Francisco on March 27.

Fitting for a ministry that began in the opulence of God, was seen all over TV and ended with the visual of fetal boy taken away sucking his thumb.

These days, the Bakker clan have taken some odd paths to obscurity:

  • Tammy Faye died terribly of colon cancer, but not before she became the patron saint of homosexuality and mascara addiction;
  • Jim, since released from prison and absconded from popularity has found deliverance and redemption through reaching out to the lost for Christ;
  • and Jay Bakker, the tattoo-ridden preacher, has taken the torch to carry from… anyone… yeah, his mother.

Who knows? Maybe Paul Crouch and the TBN gang can buy those video tapes and play reruns. Please, you know that would rock the ratings. And in this economy, anything is possible.

Yeah, this guy

[NEWS FLASH: For the story on Eddie Long’s sexual abuse scandal, visit here. Peace.]

In a dazzling touch of irony, Jay Bakker’s and Soulforce’s media manipulative PR stunt… er, national tour of only five megachurches to create awareness about gay rights in spiritual environments will land at Bishop Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga.

The tour, which has been here and here, will go to Willow Creek and Saddleback after speaking with Long’s staff… because who really thinks Bishop Long is going to be in that meeting anyway.

Why the irony? Long has been a bold advocate against same-sex marriages by leading marches in Atlanta espousing the cause. Now, Soulforce thinks they will find common ground with this guy? Just like with Joel, the press release is currently in the proofreading stages set to hit the wire on Monday

As previously mentioned, Soulforce is making the rounds to select megachurches of the land for gay rights inclusion and acceptance in churches.

Yesterday, their trek stopped by Bishop T.D. Jakes’ church, The Potter’s House of Dallas.

According to this story from The Dallas Morning News, a 30-person contingent, consisting in part of gay couples with children, attended the 11 a.m. service at the Potter’s House, a 30,000-member congregation. After which, a meeting was set up with elders from the church and leaders of Soulforce.

Although nothing was solidified and no annunciations were made, one important thing came out of this meeting for Jay Bakker’s traveling gang of misfits – a learning curve.

THIS is how you get things done in ecumenical circles. Meeting on their turf, complying to their setting. Secure location, private conversation, hearty deliberation. With church security and instant media, the bum-rush method has never proved successful. Just try to have another ‘evening with Joel’ after that. (OK, the giggles continue. Sorry.)

[Spokespersons of both the church and the group] said the visitors and church staff found common ground on such issues as the importance of HIV testing, something Bishop Jakes has promoted as part of an extensive outreach ministry.

See there? Back to the original story, once you decipher what “tolerance” really means, common ground can be found. Now, if we can only get preachers of all denominations to intelligently discuss glossolalia, progress could really be made. Ah, good times.

TestifySo, Joel Osteen is at his church one day, greeting people at the door, when he gets hoodwinked and bum-rushed by Jay Bakker. Both, professed Christians. Both, leaders of ministries. Both, following in Daddy’s footsteps.

However, one agrees with the Levitical Law and the other thinks the Old Testament means for the Children of God to sing, “We are the world.” (Tammy Faye Bakker was an icon in the GLBT community, so guess which one sings karaoke).

The full story is captured in this story from the Christian Post.

SUMMARY: Jay invites Joel to massive GLBT conference. Joel declines privately. Jay complains publicly. Joel issues press statement. The blogosphere blows up.

No exception here, but HiScrivener has a POV and after all, isn’t that why we are all here? Here goes:

  1. The Bible is the inerrant word of God. It’s a full dining restaurant – you sit, enjoy and take in all of it at once. This is not a buffet – I’ll take a lil’ of this, a lil’ of that and not so much of the rest. If both of you are reading the same book, learn to read and get hooked on phonics.
  2. Summary of Leviticus for those who differ with Jay. The whole ‘sentence to death’ thingy was written before there was an atonement for sin. That blood covenant and sacrifice came in the form of this Yeshua dude. Real nice guy because whenever he forgives sin, the whole ‘damn you to the infernal flames of hell’ stigma flies out the window. Sin is sin. People are people. God vehemently hates one and passionately loves the other. If you can’t figure out the difference, try Hinduism. Cows are easier to figure out.
  3. MEMO TO JAY: Only going after five megachurches for invites with the innate knowledge of rejection is called in the PR world a ‘stunt’. You knew full well what would happen, so when you got dissed, your press release was already proofed and prepared for national blast-off. You think with two billion adherents of the Gospel, and many of those pastors, you could have located at least one pastor to agree with you and join hands to the buffet smörgåsbord. But because local folk don’t really bring in the parades, you thought you would go turkey hunting. Nice try, tattoo.
  4. Anyone notice other religions don’t have this issue? You don’t see a couple of Muslims on a street corner with their bean pies arguing over pork consumption. Your handbook is what it is.Try driving a car and putting diesel in a gas engine just because you don’t think your owner’s manual was completely accurate and up-to-date. Oh, and by the way, you majored in music not auto mechanics. Let’s stick with the plan, people.

In short, I’m not a farmer but even I can smell this manure. What Jay did was bush league. If he really wanted a conversation, lay down the ‘you may know my Daddy hung out with your Daddy’ card and let the prattle begin.

Oh, and if the GLBT church-going community wanna’ proselytize “tolerance” so much, then MEMO TO YOU as well: learn to TOLERATE other people not vibing with your TOLERANCE. Because, that after all, is what Noah Webster believes tol-er-uhns (n.)” to be. And since you think God wasn’t accurate, he’s a fairly good authority. Next!