You can take the man out of the con, but you can’t take the con out of the man! Case in point: Jim Bakker!
(QUICK DISCLAIMER: Back in the old P.T.L. [“People That Love”, or more appropriately, “Pass The Loot.”] days, I used to watch Jimbo’s show once in a while. Not for Jimbo, but for his wife, Tammy Faye. She was sooo “out there” she was a riot to watch. Sadly, Tammy Faye is gone and the new Tammy Faye clone just doesn’t have that zing!)
Back to the regularly scheduled rant!
After a multi-year vacation at “Club Fed,” it didn’t take convicted con artist, Jim Bakker, very long to slither back into his old habits.
He’s back with his own program, the narcissistically named “Jim Bakker Show.” This time, instead of waaaaaay overselling time shares in a Khristian theme park, [“Heritage U.S.A.”] he’s opened up a new boulevard to the “Benjamins.”
You see, when Jimbo was in the slammer, he found “GOD!!!” The old guy turned out to be a dude three cells down. (OK, I made that one up!) What he found was a better con.
One of the main things that got him into hot water last time was that he was taking people’s money and not giving them anything for it. This time around he would give them something tangible for their money. Like food! But, it would have to be something special that Safeway, Kroger or Winco doesn’t stock and there would have to be perceived need.
EUREKA! Create the “need” by pitching a lot of “End-of-Days” nonsense, and link it to the need for “survival food.”
The rubes will buy it. It’s been proven countless times that they’ll buy bullshit by the barrel! (Speaking of Hair Fuhrer……)
From all indications, it’s working out quite well. He likes to have guests that “prophecy” coming calamities like mythical planets colliding with the earth or nuclear war because “gay marriage.”
But, it looks like it’s not enough for Jimbo. (Is it ever?) He seems to be “blessed” with the need for greed.
On his show on Friday, his guest, John Shorey, another “End Times Profit” (Yes, “profit” is spelled correctly.) pitched in to boost sales. Speaking to those with more bucks than brains, he suggested if they “have the means to buy 100 buckets of food” to “buy 100 buckets of food” and give them to churches.
But, 100 buckets is “chump change,” Jimbo wants the big bucks.
Do a million dollars worth of food, I’m serious. If they’re rich, their money is going [away] anyway, John. It’s not going to be worth anything. The crash is coming, so why not sow it into the Lord?
Shorey took the baton and ran with it.
The Bible says that our riches will be a witness against us. When the time comes that you’ve left money in the bank that could have been used to help people, to help feed people and all you did is you just kept all your riches for yourself, it will be a witness against you. You will stand before God and he will say, ‘Why didn’t you do more to help the needy?’
(I’m all for “helping the needy!” Just not really into “helping the greedy!”)
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