Crime of Passion: Jimmy Swaggart

Last night I asked what televangelist got busted with a prostitute in 1988, and said, “Lord I have sinned against you.” Well above is a short documentary on the fallout. Here is a pic of the prostitute he got busted with…the first time. I cannot find full video of this sermon anywhere, which is unbelievable. Here is the script of that famous speech. After he took a three month absence from the pulpit, Swaggart returned, saying, “If I don’t return to the pulpit this weekend, millions of people will go to hell.” Jimmy, who interestingly enough is cousins with Jerry Lee Lewis, got in trouble again in 1991 when he was caught with another hooker. Rather than confessing to the congregation this time, however, he told them that “The Lord told me it’s flat none of your business.” Ozzy Osbourne recorded a song about Swaggart called Miracle Man. Swaggart is still preaching the word of God, and God has to be extremely pleased with this development. Jim really seems like a pretty terrific guy. And he plays a pretty mean piano. (Seriously, his music isn’t that bad.)

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