UPDATE: I have been approached by the Bakker family and asked to remove this article as it is damaging to their image. I would like to respond here openly that I have reviewed what I have written and I continue to stand by every word of it as I always have. This is a true and correct record of my experiences in the time I knew Jim Bakker and his staff and family (most of whom are one and the same). I stand by my opinions and conclusions without reserve.
As the seasons change, I look back upon the journey of the last half of this year and the terrible conditions my wife and I are forced to live in. While we have shelter and warmth and each other, we are without work and without purpose. We are ministers and we have a need to minister to the people but we are unable to as we work hard just to survive ourselves.
I don’t regret coming here, because it had a purpose. There have been many great blessings and many wonderful people who have come into our lives, and I want to be clear that nothing that I have written here is a reflection of any of those people. The men and women of Morningside have proven themselves to be great Christians and great brothers and sisters who endure through challenging situations. I love them all and am proud to know them.
I am writing about my experience around and what I observed about Bakker. I came because I once knew him to be a certain kind of man and I thought I was coming to serve that man again. I was wrong.