Jimmy Swaggart Essay

1109 words - 5 pages

Jimmy Swaggart: Saint or Sinner?

By:
Candace Westcott

Jimmy Lee Swaggart is a well known television evangelist, he has been working in the ministry since the 1950's. He is a man who brought himself from the depths of poverty and established a ministry worth millions of dollars. If this was all one knew about the man it would seem as though he was most definitely a saint, but there is more! Swaggart's ministry was rocked by not one but two sex scandals. But before we get to this saints transformation to sinner, let us first example his life leading up to this scandal.
Jimmy Lee Swaggart was born in Louisiana on March 15th, 1935 to parents Minnie and Willie. Jimmy was not born into ...view middle of the document...

Jimmy worked and then entered into a Bible college and working for different Christian based radio stations. He was finally accepted into a church, the Assemblies of God. It would not be long until he established his radio show and was then able to start his own church. Once Swaggart established his own church it grew quickly, from 1970 to 1980 he went from around 40 members to well over 1,000 members. It was during this time that Swaggart started what he would be best known for, his television work.
Swaggart had a telecast that was played on a daily basis, he quickly expanded in this area as well and the show was picked up by more stations until he was on in all of the major cities within the United States. Swaggart was responsible for teaching many people about Jesus Christ and was rapidly becoming a house hold name. It would not be long until his first scandal dropped.
In 1988 his first scandal rocked the ministries of Assemblies of God churches. Jimmy Swaggart was put in the middle of a sex scandal. He was caught on camera entering and then leaving the hotel room of a known prostitute in the New Orleans area. The camera was in place because a defrocked minister blamed Swaggart for being kicked out of the Assemblies of God ministry. This man had been exposed by Swaggart for having extra martial affairs. When this scandal first broke Jimmy denied all l of the allegations but after the exposure from the media and his time to think the situation over, Swaggart decided that he would tell the truth.
Upon the discovery of this information the church decided that they should suspend Swaggers television broadcasts for a three month period. The NYPD was investigating the claims made by the prostitute involved, she was given a polygraph and failed several questions. While no one is clear on exactly what happened within that hotel room the fact is he was there and that was caught on film. Swaggart went on air to issue a public apology in 1988, this speech was parodied and is what Swaggart is best recognized by unfortunately. Swaggart never...

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