Saturday, May 10, 2008

Jim Bakker from Prosperity to Preparedness

Most people who have heard of Jim Bakker remember him as the televangelist who went to prison for tax evasion(?)/fraud...something like that (you can tell that it's really not important). I remember him as one of the first preachers of the prosperity gospel.

Today he'll be the first to tell you that when he was in prison he really started studying the Bible (afterall, what better way of knowing where he'd gone wrong?). During this time of intense study he realized that the Bible doesn't teach a pre-tribulation rapture...instead it makes it very clear that we are going to be here.

That's a teaching that does not go along with the prosperity gospel. Why not? Prosperity and preparedness do not go hand-in-hand. Afterall, the way the prosperity teaching goes you have to "plant your seed" into the ministry (which in turns lines the ministry's pockets and empties yours) in order to trick God into blessing you financially.

Preparedness on the other hand in about planting your seed (in a garden) and getting prepared for the "saving" of your household (as Noah did) and ministering to the lost and hurting during the Tribulation. Well, you can't get prepared and plant seeds for financial prosperity at the same time.

Today thousands (maybe millions) of people are being mislead into trying to build their kingdom here on earth, having the big house, the fancy car, the best clothes...yada yada yada...all as a sign that they are favored by God. In the process they are helping many of those ministries build their own little kingdoms.

"Kingdoms" because after the "king" steps down, then the prince takes over and keeps the kingdom going. Without looking too hard you can find several examples of those ministries that have passed on to the next generation or whose progeny are being groomed to step into the pulpit/throne.

Remember: "they have their reward". The Bible is very clear about those shepherds/pastors who mislead their flock. Their blood will be required of them.

Instead of coming out of prison and taking up the prosperity mantra again, Jim Bakker came out and basically said, "wake up folks! There's no getting out of here before the Tribulation". This could explain why you don't see him much on television...afterall it takes money to buy television time. Plus the major "Christian" networks rely on the prosperity teaching to pay the bills. So I doubt that his views find much support there.

BTW: I haven't talked to Jim Bakker about any of this, so much of the above is paraphrasing based on what he's said and written in recent years.

You may visit his website to learn more:

1 comment:

Irv said...

Bakker's change from pretrib to preparedness is the wave of the future - and many in recent years have undergone such a change. And much of it has to do with finding out what a bizarre and short-lived history the pretrib view really has. For more info Google "Pretrib Rapture Diehards," "Revisers of Pretrib Rapture History," and "Deceiving and Being Deceived." The author of these gems also authored the bestseller known as "The Rapture Plot" (Armageddon Books) which is the most detailed and documented work ever written on the fantastic, 178-year-old pretrib view which arose from the mists of Scotland in the spring of 1830. Google "Scholars Weigh My Research" to read kudos of the same research. Irv