Jimmy Swaggart is best known for his tearful television appearances in the 1970’s in which he marched across the stage of his church with a microphone in one hand and a Bible in the other. He would adjust his glasses and proclaim the truth of God’s Word in thunderous fire and brimstone oratory befitting a Baptist preacher of the revival days.
1 Timothy 4:16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Somewhere in his journey, Swaggart succumbed to the temptations of the flesh and his will weakened. He began to adjust his theology as his personal life spiraled out of control.
1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
On at least two occasions, Swaggart was caught utilizing the services of prostitutes, while at the same time excoriating Jim Bakker and Marvin Gorman for their sexual indiscretions.
Ephesians 5:3-7 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
Rather than seeking forgiveness from those he harmed (the Lord, his family, and his congregation), and quietly retiring out of the public eye, Swaggart made public his spiritual self-flagellation and promptly returned to the pulpit to grovel for tithes. Swaggart also authored a specious analysis of the Bible, the Expositors Study Bible, wherein his own words are in red, thus imparting upon them the same level of import as those of our Lord and Saviour.
Proverbs 30:6 Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Swaggart is proving by his public actions that he has no repentance and is not turning from his ways. From so-called ‘Christian rock’ performances at his Family Worship Center to photos of his daughter and employees engaging in filthy and satanic innuendo.
Above Left to right:
Grace Larson, Daughter of World Evangelism Bible College Pres. Loren Larson;Jennifer Douglas, Sister in law of Gabriel Swaggart; Jill Swaggart, Wife of Gabriel Swaggart; Alaina Simoneaux, Former worship leader for Crossfire Ministries and IYC
Thanks to FMH Children’s Club International – A Company Of Prophets at http://www.fmh-child.org/JSM_SatanicWorship.html for the photos and some background information.
1 Corinthians 9:13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.