The late 1980's were an amazing time for television evangelism in the USA, and I celebrated as many of its failings as I could. For somepone who is interested in putting voice clips over music, television evangelism is, dare I say it, a God send. Meet Jimmy Swaggart's son, Donnie, Jim and Tammie Bakker, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and a gala troupe of rhetorical abusers.
A look at Swaggart from his current website:
Jimmy Lee Swaggart was born March 15, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana. Ministering the Word under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, he preached to stadiums filled with capacity crowds around the world and, pioneered televangelism through his weekly telecast. In the 1980's his television programming transmitted to over 3,000 stations and innumerable cable systems each week. Reverend Swaggart's telecasts were seen by more than 8 million people in the United States and by more than 500 million people worldwide, making it the most widespread mass communication of the Gospel in history!Reverend Jimmy Swaggart first started his television ministry in 1975 and it continues today, over 33 years later, airing nationally and internationally to a potential viewing audience of over 80 million. The weekly Jimmy Swaggart Telecastand A Study in the Word are seen nationwide and abroad on 78 channels in 104 countries and live over the Internet.
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