Televangelist Jim Bakker Suffers Stroke at 80 and Takes Break from His Show
Televangelist Jim Bakker is taking a break from his popular TV program after he recently suffered a stroke.
Televangelist Jim Bakker attends BeBe Winans and CeCe Winans' Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on October 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images
"Under the guidance of medical professionals and our Board of Directors, Jim will be taking a sabbatical from the show. Jim will be back!"
Lori added that her 80-year-old husband was "still dreaming and hearing from the Lord" and he had a "powerful" message lined up for when he makes his return to television.
Jim's most recent run-in with the law came after he claimed on his show that "Silver Solution" could cure the novel coronavirus.
CNN recalled that for several decades, Jim and his then-wife, the late Tammy Faye Messner, led the evangelistic empire "Praise the Lord," (PTL) – which birthed a TV program, "The PTL Club."
The TV program, which was hosted by Jim and Tammy, was considered one of the best-known Christian programs of its time. Events soon began unfolding when Jim had to step down from the ministry in 1987 due to sex and financial scandals.
Back then, The Charlotte Observer reported that the televangelist paid off a church secretary with whom he had had sex. Two years after that, Jim got charged with fraud and sentenced to 45 years in prison – although he ended up serving just under five.
He eventually returned to television in the 200s with "The Jim Bakker Show," which was filmed from Missouri with his second wife, Lori, as his co-host.
Daily Mail revealed that Jim first introduced Silver Solution, which he referred to as a "miracle in a tube," to viewers during a segment of his show, back in 2018.
Even though he has claimed that the Silver Solution cures all venereal diseases, it has not been formally proven.
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that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention previously stated that there is currently no known cure or vaccine for the novel coronavirus.