The Swaggart Bible

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By Mark W. Swarbrick

The Dangers of the Swaggart Bible

Jimmy Swaggart Ministries has published their own bible, called the Expositor’s Study Bible. Typically Biblical commentaries are written and compiled by a council of scholars and theologians. In the case of the Swaggart Bible, all the commentary is written by Jimmy Swaggart, who is himself a high school dropout. Consequently the work suffers from a lack of scholarship resulting in a number of heretical and strange teachings throughout the commentary.

An Altered King James Version

The work is purportedly based upon the King James Version, however the actual biblical text of the Expositor’s Study Bible has been altered by Swaggart and is not a pure King James Version. The change is in capitalization. Modern bible versions often use capitalization to signify deity, such as the word “He” will be in capitals if it refers to God or Jesus. This is an accepted and expected practice today. The original King James Version does not use this signifier. However Swaggart’s version does, but not just for deity, but for any word that Swaggart wants to elevate and this he does often, apparently at whim. For example “Cross” is always capitalized, giving the impression that “cross” should be deified.

Commentary Added in the Midst of Holy Scripture

A disturbing characteristic is that Swaggart has not put his notes on the side or bottom of the page as all other commentaries do, but has placed his comments right in the text itself so that it is impossible to read the Bible without reading his intrusive commentary with every sentence. Many people feel this is an intentional arrogant elevation of Swaggart’s comments to make them on a par with scripture. Whether that was intended, only God can judge, but it certainly gives that impression and is an offense against common decency and respect of the Holy Scripture.

Swaggart’s Words in Red

To make matters worse, instead of the words of Jesus being in red, Jimmy Swaggarts words are in red. It gives one the impression that Swaggart considers his words to be on a par with those of our Lord Jesus Christ. When you consider Swaggart’s constant claims to hear from God, that God told him this or that, and his oft repeated references to his new revelation from God that gave him “more light than the church has previously known,”[1] one wonders if he actually considers himself on the same level, or even above, one of the original apostles. Combine that with his words in red, and it certainly raises some eyebrows.

Below is a page that shows what the Jimmy Swaggart Bible looks like. Note how difficult it is to read God’s Word without being forced to read Swaggart’s commentary.

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The Apostle Paul was Defeated by Sin

One of the most dangerous teachings found in the Swaggart Bible is that, according to Swaggart, the Apostle Paul was continually overcome by sin while he ministered the gospel and wrote scripture, and that Paul did not understand the substitutionary atonement of Christ on the cross, and in fact, none of the other apostles understood it either. In short, the apostles didn’t know what they were talking or writing about. Jimmy Swaggart claims a special divine revelation of God about the cross and that God has called and ordained Jimmy Swaggart Ministries to bring this new revelation to the world.

It should be obvious to any Christian the heretical nature of this teaching and that, if embraced, would bring one to have a lower regard for the Scripture and instead pay more attention to Jimmy Swaggart; the prophet with a new revelation.

Let us now examine Swaggart’s words. The following excerpts are from the Swaggart Bible, Romans Chapter 7. Note how Swaggart alleges that Paul, as a Christian, could not stop sinning because he did not have a basic understanding of the cross:

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The Apostle Paul Did Not Understand the Cross

This is the most dangerous tenet of Swaggartism: That Paul, the author of most of the New Testament, did not understand one of the most basic elements of Christianity; Christ’s substitutionary atonement on the cross and how that applies to our lives.

Let us now summarize Swaggart’s teachings in the above passages:

  1. After the Apostle Paul was saved  he found himself unable to resist sin and live for God
  2. The Apostle Paul did not understand the cross and thus did not know what he was talking about when he wrote about the cross.
  3. Paul continually sinned because he did not understand the cross
  4. All of the other apostles had the same problem, they didn’t understand the cross either.
  5. The Apostle Paul had just been saved when he wrote the book of Romans.

Those five allegations are made by Swaggart in the above passages. Look them over carefully and see that such is indeed what Swaggart claims. Now let us consider the implications of Swaggart’s teaching. If the Apostle Paul (or any other apostle) didn’t know what he was talking about in regard to such a basic Christian doctrine, then why should we consider the Bible reliable? Protestant Christians have always maintained that the Bible is our only rule for faith and practice. If one follows Swaggart’s ideas to their natural conclusion, one would conclude that one must have Swaggart’s revelation to go along with the Bible in order for it to be understood. And that theorem takes one into the realm of cultic delusion.

It should be noted also that it is a fact of history that the Epistle to the Romans was written by Paul at least ten years after his conversion. I quote from the Encyclopedia Wikipedia, For ten years before writing the letter (approx. 47–57), Paul had traveled around the territories bordering the Aegean Sea evangelizing.”[2] Thus Swaggart’s statement that Paul had just been saved when he wrote this is completely erroneous.

It begs the question: How does Jimmy Swaggart know that all of the apostles did not understand the cross of Christ? This is what he alleges. How is it possible for a man living in the 21st century to know what people thought or believed in the 1st century? There are only two ways: One, he perceived it from reading the writings of these men in the Bible, or two, it was revealed to him by God.

Let us examine the first one; that he perceived it in their writings in the Bible. In that case, he would be saying that he found the instruction of the Bible incomplete and insufficient and is considering his enlightenment above the Holy Scripture. That is clearly a heretical statement.

Now let us examine the second; that he had a divine revelation from God. Consider what that revelation would consist of – a revelation that God’s Word is inaccurate or insufficient in some way. Again, that is heresy. Such a position is an impossible conundrum, for how can God declare that his own Word was deficient?

God Has a Body

Expositor’s Study Bible, Exodus 33:23 —

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Expositor’s Study Bible, Deuteronomy 4:16 —

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Expositor’s Study Bible, Exodus 33:23 —

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We find in the commentary the odd teaching that God the Father has a body, and that the Holy Spirit also has a body. In another place Jimmy Swaggart has expounded further saying, “I do not believe His body is omnipresent. I believe His body is in one place at one time, wherever that may be.”[3]

This is clearly unbiblical. Jesus taught that “God is spirit” (John 4:24) and that “a spirit does not have flesh and bones.” (Luke 24:39). Furthermore, that God is omnipresent (everywhere at once) has always been maintained by the church. The principle is seen clearly in Psalms 139:7-10, 17-18, Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.” In Hebrews 4:13 we read that all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

It should be noted that Swaggart’s concocted term “spirit body” is an oxymoron. The words, “spirit” and “body” are mutually exclusive and opposite terms. It is a phrase and a concept nowhere found in scripture. It should also be noted that the phrase “spirit body” is the exact phrase used by Mormonism, which also maintains that God has a body.

Planet Heaven

Swaggart’s commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:2 –

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The idea that heaven is a planet in our universe is not a Biblical teaching. Historic orthodox Christianity has maintained that God exists in eternity outside of time and space. The universe as God’s creation exists within the constraints of the space-time continuum. God is above and beyond those constraints.

The Bible speaks of a first heaven which is the atmosphere surrounding the earth. The second heaven is the universe of stars. The third heaven is the heaven of another realm where God is and where Christians go when they die. Swaggart’s theology is convoluted in that it takes the third heaven and tries to place it within the second heaven.

God’s abode in heaven (the third heaven) is a place of eternal perfection without decay. However this universe, the second heaven, is a place of imperfection that is subject to corruption and decay as evidenced in the second law of thermodynamics, wherein everything in the universe is running down. Scripture declares that the present heavens and earth are temporary and that “the heavens will be destroyed by burning” (2 Pe 3:12) and “by his word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire,” (2 Pe 3:7) and “earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.”(Rev 20:11)

Swaggart’s theology would place God’s heaven within the corrupted and temporary universe that He created. The truth is God’s heavenly paradise is outside this corrupt and dying universe. It is beyond this realm, beyond this space and time, it exists in God’s perfect eternity.

Heaven is North

Another interesting aberration are the numerous heterodox conclusions which Jimmy Swaggart expounds. For example – his teaching that heaven is “north.” In Psalms 75:6 of the Swaggart Bible we read:

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Swaggart seems oblivious to the context of the passage, which is not the location of heaven, but rather that Israel should not be prideful nor look to another nation to exalt them, but to look to God for deliverance and help. The phrase “east, nor from the west, nor from the south,” is just a poetic way of saying no other people can render assistance. The omission of north, if it means anything at all, may be that Israel’s enemies were from the north, and thus they would not normally look that way for help. In any event, there is simply nothing in the context to indicate that the omission of north means that God’s throne or heaven is in the north.

The four directions pertain to the earth only and are nonsensical in space or even outside of creation. So how does Swaggart think that heaven is in the north? Indeed this is a bizarre pronouncement. Biblically heaven is referred to by the Apostle Paul as the “third heaven,” the first heaven being where the birds fly, the second heaven being the sun, moon and stars, and the third heaven beyond all the creation of the “heavens and earth.” Ephesians 4:10 speaks of the Lord having “ascended higher than all the heavens.” Historic orthodox Christian theology has always maintained that the earth, indeed the entire stellar universe, are part of creation, and that God, his throne, and heaven are outside of this creation, thus rendering an earthly geographical “direction of heaven” nonsensical.

One wonders exactly what Swaggart means by north. He believes that heaven is a planet and that it lies somewhere to the north. North from where? Does he mean a line in space drawn from South Pole to North Pole? Or is it north from Israel? That would be a line at an entirely different angle into space. And whichever line you choose, it would still point to vastly different areas of space depending upon when you draw that line, for nothing involved is stationary. The earth wobbles on its axis, constantly changing the direction of the line. The solar system is also moving at a speed of 828,000 Km/Hour as it orbits around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. And the Milky Way Galaxy itself, is part of a “cluster” of galaxies that rotate around their core, as do all galaxies, while simultaneously all galaxies are moving away from each other due to the expansion of the universe.

As can be seen, trying to make a direction of north outside of planet earth leaves you with a ridiculously bizarre hodge-podge of inane impossibilities; the kind of nonsense you might find in a commentary written by a high-school drop-out.

A god who has a body and lives on a planet that lies to the north is a god that is more akin to the god of Greek mythology or of Mormonism, than to the God of Christianity.

Believers of Little Worth

According to Jimmy Swaggart, if you have not received the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, then you are of little worth to the Kingdom of God. Swaggart’s commentary on Luke 24:49 says:

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So think of all the pastors and men of God you know or have ever known. If they have not spoken in tongues they are of little worth to the Kingdom of God, or so says Swaggart. Consider the implications: Billy Graham is of little worth, so also: C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther, John Knox, Dwight Moody, Charles Spurgeon, Billy Sunday and John Wesley. None of these spoke in tongues. So all these, according to Swaggart, are “of little worth to the Kingdom of God.” And this list could go on and on of people that did great things for God, yet Swaggart claims they are of little worth. That is not the teaching of Pentecostal churches and clearly the Jimmy Swaggart Bible speaks fables.

Denigrating God’s Word

Consider these facts: In the Swaggart Bible, Swaggart’s words are mixed in the context of scripture, Swaggart’s words are in red, and Swaggart claims that the apostles lacked a basic understanding of the gospel, for he said that “no one else at that time understood the cross.” Swaggart is saying that approximately a dozen years after the Lord’s resurrection, no apostle had an understanding of the gospel that is equal to Swaggart’s.

All of these things tend to make one think that Swaggart considers his knowledge to be above the Bible. Add to that the fact that Jimmy Swaggart constantly says that God has spoken to him and given him a revelation that is new to the church.[4] The case is strong that Swaggart wants people to hold his own writings above the Bible. Would he admit to that? Probably not. Does he consciously or unconsciously want his followers to put their faith in him? Do his followers unwittingly follow his teaching instead of the Bible? Most certainly.

Further evidence of Swaggart’s denigration of the Bible is found throughout the commentary. For example, there are many occurrences of the phrase “should read.” Swaggart is constantly correcting the Word of God, saying a certain passage should read other than what it does when there is no grammatical or linguistic reason. To wit:

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One can do a search for “should read” in the electronic version of his bible and see page after page of “should read.” It seems that when the Bible says something he doesn’t like he just inserts his “should read” wherever he fancies.

Not only does he find fault with the words of scripture he also argues with the King James Translation itself. Jimmy Swaggart has gone on record that he believes the King James Version is the most accurate translation, (such a premise is easily dismissed) yet even so, Swaggart finds fault with the King James Translation. Over one hundred times he states, “should have been translated,” or “would have been better translated.”

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In some cases the suggested translation by Swaggart makes no sense in that there is nothing in the original Greek or Hebrew as a basis for the change. In fact in many instances Swaggart’s suggested translation is at variance to all other English translations. One wonders at the audacity of one who considers himself above the combined scholarship behind the translation of the KJV, NASB, and NIV. Since Swaggart is not a Greek or Hebrew scholar, it begs the question; on what basis does he make such bold claims?

In other cases Swaggart’s suggested translation is in harmony with the NASB and the NIV. In fact there are so many cases like this that one wonders why he considers the KJV superior to them. If the KJV is supposed to be so much better, why does he then so often favor the modern translation’s rendition?

The Gap Theory

Dake Publishing sued Jimmy Swaggart Ministries for copyright infringement and plagiarism. The suit alleges that Swaggart had “wrongfully taken and used plaintiff’s proprietary works for their own benefit and profit.” One of the teachings borrowed from the Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible is what is known as the Gap Theory. The gap theory purports that there is a great age gap of millions of years between verse one and verse two of Genesis. This theory has been often used in an attempt to harmonize the Bible with the millions of years postulated by evolutionists. The theory usually incorporates the idea of mankind populating the earth before Adam, referred to as a pre-adamite race.

Genesis 1: 26 Expositor’s Bible. —

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This error is resultant from using the KJV, which is not always accurate in its rendition to current English. The Hebrew word translated as “replenish” in the KJV is male (pronounced Maw-lay) in the original Hebrew and it means simply “fill” and thus it is so translated in every modern version. For an in-depth analysis see the website given in the footnote.[5]

The strange idea of a mysterious race of men before Adam, as Swaggart teaches, is contrary to scripture. 1 Corinthians 15:45 declares that Adam was “the first man.” That clinches it, but there is more: The Bible declares unequivocally (Romans 5:12; 8:20-22) that death entered the world by the sin of Adam. Thus it is impossible for a race of men to die before Adam since death came by Adam, unless of course you want to believe that the Bible contradicts itself. And if that weren’t enough, Jesus confirms that Abel’s lifespan was at the “beginning of the world,” when he said “…since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, (Luke 11:50-51). All of these things make the idea of humans on earth before Adam a totally umbilical proposition.

Animosity Toward the Church

Jimmy Swaggart has always been one not to hesitate to attack others, but after his denomination defrocked him in 1989 he has viciously spewed forth his vitriol against the church, especially the Assemblies of God.  The Assemblies of God defrocked Swaggart in 1989 for refusing to accept counseling and discipline by the church after it came to light that he had been visiting prostitutes for many years. Swaggart referred to his former denomination as a cult and alleged that some of its leadership were “in league with pornographers.”[6]

The Expositor’s Bible is filled with statements denigrating the church, for example:

Expositor’s Study Bible, Leviticus 5:17 —

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One merely needs to do a search of the electronic Kindle version of the Expositor’s Study Bible for the phrase, “modern church” and you will find numerous entries that malign the church. Below is a chart showing what Swaggart alleges against the church along with the electronic location number where that commentary can be found.

The Modern Church According To Swaggart

  1. Has no fear of God – Location 30047
  2. Has a false insincere heart – Location 28850
  3. Ignores the will of God – Location 30014
  4. Is not hearing and obeying – Location 30528
  5. Is in a dilemma– Location 30568
  6. Does not listen to today’s “true prophets of God.” – Location 30571
  7. Ignores and repudiates the cross. – Location 30912
  8. Compromises with evil – Location 32100
  9. Abounds with false prophets – Location 32158
  10. Is an apostate church – Location 32178
  11. Cannot tolerate the truth – Location 32178
  12. Teaches people to seek humanistic psychologists– Location 32292
  13. Denies the cross – Location 32767
  14. Is full of uncleanness – Location 32947
  15. Laughs, scorns and mocks the message of the cross – Location 22044
  16. No longer cries to God ; instead, seek psychology – Location 33210
  17. Forgets the cross of Christ – Location 33897
  18. Does not understand justification by faith – Location 36244
  19. Is self-righteous – Location 39120
  20. Claims that the Bible is irrelevant to today’s problems – Location 39367
  21. Does not look to God – Location 40137
  22. Does not fear God – Location 40499
  23. Has a lack of faith in Christ – Location 41401
  24. Worships strange gods – Location 41615
  25. Does not seek the counsel of God – Location 42937
  26. Is materialistic – Location 42940
  27. Put its hope in man, not God – Location 43518
  28. Is a pleasure seeking church – Location 48758
  29. Has little regard for the word of God – Location 48771
  30. Holds services that are an abomination to God – Location 54018
  31. Has forsaken the word of God – Location 54303
  32. Is committing spiritual adultery – Location 54455
  33. Has left Christ – Location 61433
  34. Serves another Jesus – Location 61433
  35. Teaches the commandments of men – Location 73832
  36. Is spiritually asleep – Location 77390
  37. Is rotten and full of corruption and wickedness – Location 80125
  38. Has forsaken Christ and made peace with Satan – Location 80305
  39. Operates with the power of Satan – Location 85996
  40. Does not have the power of God – Location 85494
  41. Does not pray –  Location 86595
  42. Follows the Old Testament law for salvation by works – Location 89126
  43. Does not understand the cross – Location 89128
  44. Has denied the cross
  45. All true believers should leave the church – Location 95717
  46. Has abandoned the cross – Location 98471
  47. Is spiritually blind – Location 99487
  48. Is in rebellion against God’s divine order – Location 99493
  49. Follows cunningly devised fables – Location 99493 

In Matthew 16:18 we see that Jesus stated that “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” According to Swaggart, Jesus must have been wrong, for a church that is rotten, full of corruption and wickedness and is guilty of all the other things that Swaggart alleges, would certainly be a church that has succumbed to the gates of hell.

Conclusion

The Expositor’s Study Bible is based on an altered King James Version with intrusive commentary inserted within the actual biblical text, rather than the accepted practice of placing it in the margin. The commentary is in red instead of the words of Jesus.

This study bible teaches that the Apostle Paul, after he was converted to Christ, found himself continually overcome by sin and unable to live for God. The commentary claims that Paul did not understand the cross, nor did any of the other apostles. It further postulates that non-Pentecostals, or anyone who has not spoken in tongues is “of little worth in the Kingdom of God.” It proposes a pre-adamite race; that Planet Heaven is found in the earthly direction of north, that the Holy Spirit has a body, that God the Father has a body that is not omnipresent, and other strange unbiblical teachings.

Any writing that alleges that the apostles did not have a proper or complete understanding of the doctrines of Christianity is an attack upon Holy Scripture, for the apostles are the authority of the writings of the New Testament. Such an attack, is an attack against Christendom itself, and should be refuted with all diligence.

The commentary suffers from a lack of scholarship, as it was not written by a team of scholars but by one man, a defrocked minister who has not finished high school. There is a noticeable tension between the commentator and the Word of God, wherein the commentary frequently attacks the text of scripture with the admonition, “should have read,” and the translation is likewise derided with “should have been translated.” It leaves the reader with the impression, in certain passages, that the commentator would be happier if the Bible didn’t say what it says.

It is a Bible which appears to be written by one who has great animosity for the church, claiming that today’s church is Satanic, corrupt and apostate and that all Christians should abandon her. The Expositor’s Study Bible teaches, along with other cults, that hell has indeed prevailed against the Church, despite what Jesus said to the contrary.

The teaching that Paul was a sinner who did not have a proper understanding of the gospel is particularly egregious. Paul did not fail “again and again” in living for God and find himself powerless against sin, as Swaggart alleges. It would seem that the trauma and shame that Jimmy Swaggart has suffered as a result of his own well-known failings with prostitutes has brought upon himself a psychosis of counter-transference, wherein he projects his own unresolved conflicts and failings upon the people of scripture. If he can prove they failed, then he can feel better about his own failures. Misery loves company.

The fact is, the Apostle Paul did not suffer serious moral failure as Jimmy Swaggart has. Paul said, “I am conscious of nothing against myself…” (1 Co 4:4) and “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith…” (2 Timothy 4:7). These are not the words of a man defeated by sin.

Jimmy Swaggart can find solace through repentance and acceptance of Christ’s forgiveness solely on the merits of Christ’s shed blood at Calvary. He should not try to assuage his tortured conscience by attempting to drag the apostles down into the mire with him. It would seem, ironically, that it is Jimmy Swaggart who needs to come to the cross.

 

 

[1] http://www.francesandfriends.com/message-cross/

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_romans#Dating

[3] Jimmy Swaggart, Questions and Answers (Baton Rouge: Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, 1985), 199.

[4] In Swaggart’s book, “Brother Swaggart Here is my Question About the Cross,” Swaggart says, “Considering that this message is new to the church…”

[5] http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=11&article=1146

[6] L.A. Times, March 16, 1991, F20.

69 Comments

  1. I am trying to believe, watch Swaggart a lot but with horrid fascination. I am sorry that he has risen again with a remarkably effective sales & marketing juggernaut. He did it in the ’80’s as well. He and his equally ( or more so) arrogant son and his “message of the cross” minions he has gathered around him, think they are actually helping. Their ignorance and insufferable arrogance is appalling. Their unrestrained forays into science, politics, world affairs is beyond stupid. The number of people who may be even slightly swayed by his opinions is just scary. Lastly , minor changes to the KJV aside, his truly silly and intrusive “Expositors” Bible ( by the way , JS apparently does not know that there is an “r” in expositors, or for that matter an “n” in the word “important”) offends me on too many levels to get into. He has made The Good Book quite unreadable. The worst part is when he and his goofy followers quote the Bible, they quote his nonsense as well.

    I believe in our Lord but I neither need or want Jimmy’s help to keep me , my Grandchildren or my son ( who died young and according to the aforementioned loon, is now in the Lake of Fire) Bless us all.

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    1. Good for you Dave. Sounds like you got your head on straight about Swaggart. I Agree with all that you said. Sorry it took me so long to respond to your post, just getting the site up and going…I have posted some more articles about Swaggart since you made your comment. Sorry to hear your son died young. Terrible what Swaggart says about him, but if Swaggart said it its most likely an untruth! I looked at your website. You got some awesome boats for sale! Sold my boat but can’t wait till I can get another. Anyway Dave, thanks for visiting my site. I’m here if I can help in any way. God bless!

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      1. Mark,
        I am new to your website. I find some of the comments such as the one I am replying to be very mean-spirited.
        I watch and listen to the swaggarts also. He seems to be taking confidence for arrogance. That’s the way I see it. Whatever the case….
        The way I understand it In 1997, THE LORD began to open Swaggart up to the Message of the Cross. To be sure, it was not something new but is actually the oldest message known to mankind.
        I have heard Swaggart say ,”The first thing the Lord showed me(swaggart)was the meaning of the sin nature. Swaggart said he was reading behing Dr. Kenneth Wuest and turned to Romans 6..He said he supposed he had read those passages previously,but somehow the meaning of these passages had not registered. Also, I have heard Swaggart say One can say that Jesus is the new covenant, which means that is far more than Christ merely having the new covenant, but rather JESUS is the new covenant . Of course, the full meaning of all of this was given to the Apostle Paul….I have heard Swaggart say he began to know why he had just a failure in his life.
        I could go on …but I would like to hear your reply to this.

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        1. Hi Doris – In his book, Brother Swaggart, Here is My Question About the Cross, Swaggart says, “Considering that this message is new to the church…” This statement leaves no question that Swaggart is claiming that he has a NEW revelation from God. He also teaches that you can’t get it anywhere else except from him. For proof of that read Is it a Cult? You will find that here: http://www.christiananswerman.com/is-it-a-cult/ He also says, “He gave me more light than the Church has previously known…” — All of these are clearly cultic statements. This is covered elsewhere on my site. Please read the article: Message of the Cross. You can find it here: http://www.christiananswerman.com/message-of-the-cross/ As far as mean-spirited, I would ask you if you think Jesus was mean-spirited when he told the Pharisees, “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?” (Matthew 23:33). Do you think the Apostle Paul was mean-spirited when he said, “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some have put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme ” (1Tim 1:18-20) The Bible tells us to name and point out false teachers: “…mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them ” (Rom. 16:17).

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          1. Mark,
            Jesus is God he can do anything he wants to or wanted to do. He instructed his followers,however, to Love one another …He said by this will they know ye are my disciples because ye show love one toward another. I do realize in John 7:14 we are to judge righteous judgement according to the Word of God. Let me clarify the word mean-spirited. There seems to be some rejoicing when a person slams Swaggart. No broken or contrite spirit about the comment.
            Remember Jesus wept over Jerusalem. He said , I would have gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks but you would not. Knowing that in 70 A.D. Jerusalem would be destroyed. I have read the message of the cross book Swaggart has written but I will read your link/links. Thank you for your reply Mark.
            What I told you I have heard Swaggart say, I have also read the same thing in articles in the Evangelist magazine in the articles written by Swaggart himself.

          2. Doris – You are ignoring the point that we as Christians are told to “Mark then that cause division…” and Jimmy Swaggart is very divisive, condemning all churches but his. How can you not see how cultic that is? And concerning sounding contrite – did Peter sound contrite when he pronounced to Aninias and Saphira that they would die for lying to the Holy Spirit? Did the Apostle Paul sound contrite when he delivered Hymenaeus and Alexander unto Satan? You are merely nit-picking and not being teachable or open minded. Trust me, I can tell you, I was broken-hearted when Swaggart fell into sin in the 80’s. As an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God it hurt to see a brother fall into Satan’s trap. I stood in the pulpit the following Sunday after Jimmy Swaggart did his public repentance show and I told my congregation that if Swaggart has repented then we must forgive him and pray for him. And by the way, I still pray for him that he will repent and come to his senses. I am saddened he has gotten so far off base. But he is a danger and the Church must be warned. To do less is to disobey Scripture.

            What I did not know then (when he fell), which we now know, is that his sin with pornography and prostitutes had gone on for twenty years. What we did not know at that moment, was that he rebelled against the gracious rule of the A/G, that he should receive counseling for one year before continuing in ministry. This was a very merciful ruling, and being a millionaire he could have easily afforded to do so. He rejected that and called the A/G leaders “stupid” and said that he hears from God directly and he doesn’t need them. Scripture says that “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,” (1Samuel 15:23) and “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls..” (Hebrews 13:17) Jesus did not cling to his glory as God, but humbled himself and became a man and subjected himself to his parents authority, and obeyed the Father and went to the cross. We are told to be like Jesus, humble ourselves. Swaggart has done the opposite, and exalted himself. Also what we did not know then, was that he continued in his sin AFTER publically putting on a show of repentance. He was caught again with a prostitute in 91 and again caught by police in 95. There are standards in Scripture in order to be qualified to minister in an official capacity. He must be “above reproach.” and “be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior…” Jimmy Swaggart fails the test, as does also his son Donnie, who plays musical chairs with matrimony, divoricing his wife for another in his church, then divorcing her and going back and re-marrying his first wife – all while actively being a minister in the church. These things ought not to be so and this bad example has led to the well known high divorce rate and number of affairs in the Swaggart church in Baton Rouge.

            Pastor Mark

    2. Excellent comment, I concur wholeheartedly! It’s appalling to hear the claim that the Expositor’s Study Bible (ESB) is “the fastest selling Bible in the world” or claim that the ESB has sold “millions of copies!” I believe they count all the ESB’s that give away, paid for by donations raised at the monthly “Bible-thon!” Completely dishonest!

      While his ministry is much smaller than before the scandal, I find it very disheartening that he’s able to get the support he has! There is a segment of folks in Christianity that will follow any charismatic leader that comes along. They are the ones who keep people like this in business! So sad!

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      1. Hi T.Heim – Thanks for the great comments. Your are right-on! God bless you.

        …Pastor Mark

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        1. Pastor Mark,
          Thank you for your excellent work! I’ve been searching the web for an accurate and comprehensive analysis of JSM. Yours is the best, by far!

          I just about choked on my coffee one morning when Frances declared “my husband is a theologian. He doesn’t have a degree, but he’s “read behind” many scholars and theologians.” She proceeded to attempt to prove her case by saying that her husband worked day and night, and even on weekends, to complete the ESB, and it would be “impossible” for one man to write a biblical commentary on the whole bible in a lifetime.

          It seems to me that their programming is getting more bizarre. Especially Frances & Friends and Jimmy’s program “The Message of the Cross.” I don’t believe a day goes by that an un-Biblical statement is made. Just the other day, Jimmy stated that ANY sin that is not confessed (by a born-again believer), is not forgiven by God. And, you will be judged for those sins at the judgment seat of Christ! (I reran the tape several times to be sure I heard it right). He said it doesn’t mean that you’ll lose your soul, unless you have too many un-confessed sins, but you’ll lose your “reward.” My, my, my, I think Swaggart needs a good course in Biblical hermeneutics!

          I’ve also noticed how rarely they ever preach from the gospels, or Psalms and Proverbs! They appear to care more about the words of Paul than the words of Christ!

          I will definitely refer those that I run across with concerns about JSM and SBN to your web page! I also like Mishel’s page called Deception Bytes (I believe you list that page on your site). I’ve chatted with several Swaggart followers on Facebook pages. It’s amazing how many of them don’t know about Donnie’s divorces, or the details surrounding Jimmy’s problems. Donnie’s wife, Debbie is rarely seen or spoken of. When the ministry posted a family picture with Debbie in it, many people commented that they didn’t realize Donnie had a wife! The secrecy, suspicion and paranoia around there is chilling.

          Thanks again!

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          1. Hi T.Heim – Thanks for the encouraging compliments on my website! That means a lot, knowing its a blessing and help to others. Your information on Swaggart’s teaching about Christians being judged for sins – that is very interesting. Any chance you can make a wav file or mp4 of that sound bite? I’d love to have it in the library and write an article about it.

            Yes, Deception Bytes website is a great one.

            Pastor Mark

    3. The above interpretation of Swaggart’s FALSE bible is spot on! The Swaggarts are NOT from God; but from the Devil. This (3) generational family USES God’s word to build a business and profit for themselves and NOTHING more. They own a printing company which not only prints their bibles, but also does print ads for prostitutes and X-rated
      promotions in their Baton Rouge, LA area. Typical of the
      mentality of Jimmy Swaggart with his hooker past. Donnie is NOT much better with two divorces; and all the
      bi and gay claims of men being approached by him. This man is a hypocrite, just like his father! The apple does not fall far from the tree! DO NOT support these jokers! They are NOT out for God; but just out for your money!

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  2. Pastor Mark,
    Jim Woolsey just made the claim (on the live, evening service) that the United Bible Society(UBS) has endorsed Swaggart’s Expositor’s Study Bible, calling it “the study Bible of the 21st century!” I’ve checked the UBS website, and I’ve found no mention of this! Do you know anything about this? If not, I’m going to call or write them tomorrow to get clarification on this claim. I can’t believe any credible organization would do this, and if this is not true, they should know that their reputation is being misused!

    Thanks!

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        1. To Doris Early,

          Where did you check? Please show us the “proof!”

          Yes, the United Bible Society appears to be a collection of Bible Societies in every country! I have written to a London office. I also sent an inquiry to the American Bible Society. The American Bible Society has various Bibles for sale on their website, and the Expositor’s Study Bible is NOT listed there.

          As one of the hallmarks of the Swaggart ministry is hyperbole, I sincerely doubt the veracity of this claim! I have searched the internet for a favorable scholarly review of Swaggart’s ESB, and so far, there isn’t a single one. The only favorable comments I’ve run across are made by individuals who appear to be Swaggart followers. So, it would be highly unlikely to see a scholarly endorsement of this work!

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          1. I am so glad I came upon your site It was bothering me about what colour Jimmy Swagggart had rewritten the original word of God.👏 in now you say that J S write his own words in Red what about God’s words in Matthew what colour did JS put it in would like to know may God.👏 have mercy on my Soul and his.

    1. Hi T.Heim – That is very interesting! Please keep me posted on what you find out. I’ll try to do some research as well. If you can capture any sound bites of these false statements that would be a big help. Thanks again!

      Pastor Mark

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  3. I’ve sent an email to the United Bible Society. I’m not sure it’s going to get there, as their “contact me” form wasn’t working. I sent it from my email addressed to contact@unitedbiblesociety.com. The address and phone number is in London. I’ll write a letter as well. I’ll keep you posted!

    I DVR’d the programming that contains the the statements I mentioned. I don’t know a whole lot about technology, so I don’t know if it’s possible to get a file off of the DVR. I do have a “smart TV.” I’ll check into this.

    They do archive most of their programming, and make it available on the SBN website. It goes back about 30 days. Is it possible to get a clip off one of the archived programs?
    If so, I can get you the dates when these things were said.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi T.Heim – Thats great that you sent an email to the United Bible Society. I’ll be eager to hear if you get a response. Archived programming – Yes! If it can be seen on a computer screen I can capture any of it and make an MP4 of any part of it. So let me know the dates and statements and I’ll do the magic and get the proof up on my website. I appreciate your help!

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    1. Hi Thurza – Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Yes, “Doris” “Doris Early” “Mark” and “n/a x” all are coming from the same email address. This is causing confusion. I don’t know why Doris is using different names but I will remedy the situation. I have now edited the names on all messages from email georgem010@gmail.com to report as from Doris Early.

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  4. It is very sad what is taking place at JSM. They are truly convinced that if you preach under or attend a denominational church that you are not right with God. In fact I don’t think they believe those that attend Independent churches are right with God unless those churches are ties into JSM in some way.

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    1. Hi Michael – Yes, it is very sad what is taking place at JSM. Their denunciation of all denominations is so cultic. Swaggart has even said that the Assemblies of God is a cult. Pride was Satan’s orginal sin and it sounds like there is lots of pride at JSM. Thanks for your comment. God bless,

      Pastor Mark

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  5. I disagree with you. I do not read anywhere in the word of God that graduating or not graduating from high school is a prerequisite to salvation or to being a pastor. I have a college degree and I would trade it in a heartbeat for the knowledge that this man has. He is a top rate orator. I am continually fascinated by his ability to expound on a scripture in order for me to understand it. I have the highest regard and respect for this family. They are truly missionaries by taking the Word of God to the Nation’s. That’s by far more than I have done. You would have to be under the anointing of the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish such greatness. I challenge any one man to challenge the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. I read where David did some pretty bad things and God choose him to have Jesus to be born of the house of David. I read where my sins are as far from the east is from the west. He’s forgiven you and me so what makes you think that he can not forgive Brother Swaggart. What if your sins and mine where exposed to the world. If we were exposed would that mean that we should not be forgiven. All of us have done something we are ashamed of and have regretted time and time again. I’m going to be honest with you – we have not been caught. The Word of God does say Judge not least you be judged. We are living in prevails times. We should be praying and seeking the will of God and asking for wisdom and mercy. God said that we should not touch His anointed. I’m assuming that you have read the book and you know the scriptures so I didn’t quote them, but I assure you that if we humble ourselves God will heal our nation. God will convict us if we are wrong and need correction. I am going to ask you a question has it occurred to you that God would close the doors if His will was not being accomplished? Everyday doors are being opened for more and more homes in the whole world to hear the Word of God and be saved. Let’s pray for them that God continue to bless their ministry and let’s pray the anointing of the Holy Spirit continue to prosper this Evangelist.

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  6. In reference to your statement. “I encourage you to read all of the articles on my website concerning the Swaggarts and that you prayerfully consider what they say.” I choose rather to use my time to read the Word of God. I am going to answer for myself according to my actions not according to yours nor Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version
    For the most part my TV is tuned to SonLife Broadcasting. I love Swaggart’s anointed music and messages. I enjoy watching the Frances and Friends program as well as Donnie and Gabriel.

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  7. One comment-you should call this website The Hammer Swaggart Mini-series website. Someone must have a boring life. Let’s see — what’s that scripture say–He who is without sin cast the first stone. Someone here seems to be sinless.

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    1. Hi Dave, It is not a matter of condemning someone for past sins, thinking we ourselves are sinless. It is a matter of judging with right judgment according to the scripture as we are commanded. This site is committed to obeying our Lord Jesus, who commended the Ephesians, saying, “I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.” You, on the other hand, are refusing to do as the scripture commands, to put false teachers to the test. Jesus said we would know them by their fruits. The sinful, rich and opulent lifestyle, and the sin that abounds to this day at JSM, is an indicator that he is a false teacher. His many false doctrines that are contrary to scripture point to this as well. It is interesting how Swaggart can come out and condemn all other churches except for his own as false, and claim that if you don’t speak in tongues that you are of “little value in the Kingdom of God” and condemn a host of other godly Christian ministers, but if anyone points out Swaggart’s failings his followers cry foul, and rabidly defend him and denounce anyone who dares to speak against Swaggart, their Most Holy Pope.

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  8. The Holy Spirit is our revealer, it is through Him that we have revelation. By your very words, it is so obvious that you are not annointed. Seek the Holy Spirit and then you will understand a whole lot more than you do now. The Holy Spirit shows me what is right or wrong and when you have been endued with power from on high, as they were in the upper room. Only then will you be equipped, and your understanding of Scripture will be as Our Saviour intends that it should be.
    In the meantime you are looking at everything from a Theologians perspective and not through eyes that have had revelation through The Holy Spirit. Be very careful about judging anyone, I’m sure that you know the pertinent Scriptures. And just to give a little food for thought,
    Daniel 12 v 10
    “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried, but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand”.

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    1. Pamela, I am concerned that you have been deceived by a teaching that relies on feelings, not facts. Feelings can be deceptive and easily followed as though they were leadings from the Holy Spirit. The Bible must be our guide for truth, not some nebulous feeling that we are being led by the Spirit. God’s Word says, “If they speak not according to this word, there is no light in them.” (Is 8:20). As far as not judging is concered, there again you have been led astray. Christians are commanded to judge with righteous judgment. You say that I am not anointed. I do not concern myself with anointing. I leave that to the Holy Spirit. I would remind you of this fact: There is not one scripture that tells us to be anointed. There are many scriptures that tell us to be obedient. To be obedient to God’s word and reject false teachers and recognize them by their bad fruit and unbiblical teachings is far more important than being a great orator. Unfortunately too many people confuse impressive emotional oratory with true Holy Spirit anointing. Go to this link and scroll down until you see, “A Cultic Tactic: Touch Not God’s Anointed.” Also see this page http://www.christiananswerman.com/judging-exposing-error-and-naming-names/

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  9. I read much of the article and skimmed the comments. I don’t defend the swaggart ministries or the expository bible. However I am in disagreement about your analagy of the swaggart bible. I have found error in the commentaries, but I also find a greater misinterpretation by you of the commenteries. I have went to task with the swaggart ministries, emailing Larson, Bob Cornel and Francis. Bob and Lauren didn’t care for my questions about the misinterpretation of Romans 6:2.
    However, I find you have a much greater misunderstanding of scripture than swaggart.
    To say a man requires a theological degree to understand scripture is flat out false. Does faith in the Cross of Christ set one free, or does a degree? Does the understanding of Scripture come from our faulty intelect, or does come from the Holy Spirit?
    Do you have an understanding of what flesh really is?
    Do you know the difference between a noun and a verb. Do you know what a definite article is. Do you know how it is used in English and Greek? All of these things a child could learn easily.
    Swaggart did not say that Paul didn’t understand the cross. Paul’s own flesh deceived him in that instance. What’s crazy is, you and others never think you can be deceived. Otherwise you would understand why it’s in scripture. The only one who fulfilled the law perfectly is Christ. The law is holy and perfect, yet you are doing your best to keep the law and failing miserably. The law entered that the offence might(would) abound. Our offence is no different than Adam and Eve’s. They want to be like God.
    Before you begin correcting others, please be sure you understand at least why Christ died on the cross for you.
    Do you want to become a better person, or do you want to be saved. These two choices are diametrically opposed to each other. Its your choice.

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    1. Hi Leo and thanks for the comment. You are using a typical “straw man attack,” wherein you setup a weak position that I do not hold and then attack that. I have not said that it is necessary to have a theological degree to understand scripture. Here are my exact quotes in regard to Jimmy Swaggart not finishing high school:

      “The commentary suffers from a lack of scholarship, as it was not written by a team of scholars but by one man, a defrocked minister who has not finished high school…Typically Biblical commentaries are written and compiled by a council of scholars and theologians. In the case of the Swaggart Bible, all the commentary is written by Jimmy Swaggart, who is himself a high school dropout.”

      I also commented on Swaggart’s Mormon teaching that heaven is a planet and on his strange assertion that Planet Heaven is in the direction of “north.” I said that this is the “kind of nonsense you might find in a commentary written by a high-school drop-out.”

      As you can see this is entirely different from what you alleged that I have said. My point is only that education is important. To do a scholarly work such as a Bible commentary you should first be a scholar and have learned about Biblical history, middle east geography and archeology, Church history, Israeli practices and customs, and so on. Especially if you claim to be a theologian, as Swaggart has claimed. As per the Webster dictionary, the term theologian is generally accepted to mean one who has completed a “4-year graduate course of specialized religious theological training in a seminary or Bible college.” The two main writers of Scripture, Moses and the Apostle Paul, were highly educated. Moses was “educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians” and Paul “studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law…” Higher education is valuable, especially when it comes to Biblical scholarship. Of course an uneducated Christian who is at least literate and guided by the Holy Spirit can understand the Bible. But the advanced scholarly work of theologians is best left to those who are really theologians, not to wannabes who like to pretend.

      You claim “Swaggart did not say that Paul didn’t understand the cross.” Well, actually yes he did. Here it is: “…finds himself unable to stop, unfortunately; due to the fact of not understanding the cross…” He also says the Apostle Paul was “…not understanding the cross of Christ…no one else at that time understood the cross.” And “that time” which is referred to is when Romans was written, ten years after Paul started planting Christian churches. Swaggart audaciously claims no apostle or Christian understood the cross then! The images of these pages where Swaggart says this is in the article. So Swaggart does in fact claim that Paul did not understand the cross. It is there in black and white…well, red and white, thus it cannot be denied.

      Your other ascertions that I am trying “to keep the law and failing miserably” and that I don’t “understand at least why Christ died on the cross,” and the insinuation that I am not saved are merely ad hominem attacks that are not worthy of a response.

      …Pastor Mark

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      1. You claim “Swaggart did not say that Paul didn’t understand the cross.” Well, actually yes he did. Here it is: “…finds himself unable to stop, unfortunately; due to the fact of not understanding the cross…” He also says the Apostle Paul was “…not understanding the cross of Christ…no one else at that time understood the cross.” And “that time” which is referred to is when Romans was written, ten years after Paul started planting Christian churches. Swaggart audaciously claims no apostle or Christian understood the cross then! The images of these pages where Swaggart says this is in the article. So Swaggart does in fact claim that Paul did not understand the cross. It is there in black and white…well, red and white, thus it cannot be denied.

        You have this part wrong, the “That Time” is immediately after Pauls conversion. Which Paul did not have a full understanding of the cross of Christ. Paul was absolutely given this revelation later, and gives it to the church. Paul is looking back in Romans 6, at the time he was writing it, he had full understanding of the cross of Christ. This is exactly what Swaggart is try to say, and does a decent job if you read it correctly.
        Certainly not saying that Swaggart is correct in all he says and does, but if read correctly here, he is spot on.

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        1. Hi Jonny, Thanks for your comment. I find nothing in the context of Swaggart’s writing that proves he is referring to ten years prior. If there is such a passage that establishes that clearly, then please post it. Even if we do make the assumption that he was referring to when he got saved, consider that at that time all of the apostles are actively preaching and teaching the gospel. Now, with that in mind, look again at Swaggart’s quote. “…not understanding the cross of Christ…no one else at that time understood the cross. Oh really? So not one apostle, not one disciple, not one follower of all the thousands saved, understood the cross!? And just how does Swaggart know this? This is a perfect example of Swaggart’s audacious unfounded assertions. Take care of who you follow my friend. I will be praying for you. Please watch all of The Swaggart Seduction video on this website and learn more about the kind of man he is. God bless,

          …Pastor Mark

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  10. We used to give to this ministry tithes. The last time, (litterally the last time) I gave, I asked the person on the other line who was taking the donation if he would’nt mind praying over my tithe. I was appaulled by what he told me. He said we are not allowed to pray over your tithe, and if you want prayer, you need to call the prayer line.. My mouth droped. I feel that anyone who answers the phone at any ministry should have the right to pray over that person or a tithe. That was just wrong. We no longer support this ministry, nor look at any of the programs

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  11. I think it is a disgraceful blasheming act to print your own Bible with your words in red lettering and capitization. Jimmy Swaggart has gone too far and it is a pity that there still are so many souls who cannot see his ministry for what it truly is – a money making scheme using Jesus Christ to acomplish his own perverted desires. I am appalled that his son was not just allowed to divorce his wife and keep his position within the ministry but that he then divorced his second wife and remarried the same wife which he threw aside like you would toss out a piece of garbage. There was not even an apology much less any indication that Donnie understood what he did not wrong. If I seem a. It harsh it is because I feel that as Pastors who claim to be preaching the word of God and bringing lost souls to salvation they should be held responsible for their actions or lack there of. I am by no means perfect and have never professed to be. I can however can recognize the lies that the Swaggart Ministries continue to pour out to millions everyday. I have listened to Donnie tell how their aim to put Bibles into the hands of those without is THE greatest ministry in the world, far above giving food or clothes to those without. This would be true if it were not the Espositors Bible and with each bible donation (which is really a sale) the Swaggarts benefit financially. However Donnie tries to make it seem like it is such a sacrifice on the ministries behalf and such a great mission. I beg to differ. Perhaps they should Use their million dollar homes and property to house those who sleep on the road each night right in their own country. I will never understand how those who profess Christianity can live such elaborate lives while so many have absolutely nothing. The God I serve is definitely not the same in Jimmy Swaggart and his family serve and the Bible I read is most
    definitely not the same one that Jimmy Swaggart seems to have read and then rewrote to suit his ungodly pursuits. It does give me hope though after reading this site that there are some who have not been fooled by this man.

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    1. Hi Yvette, Thanks for your insightful comment. Your perception of the Swaggart “ministry” is spot on. Thanks for sharing.

      God Bless,

      …Pastor Mark

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  12. God bless you Pastor Mark I’m grateful for your remarks and instruction. I found your comments to be biblically sound and also seasoned with Grace. As I looked at the opposing comments, they just seem to validate second Timothy 4:3-4 and we are truly living in a time when people will not endure sound doctrine. You are in my prayers continue to be led by God as you inform Gods people of truth.

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    1. Hi Bill, Wow! Thanks for the wonderful encouragement! That is my goal, to be a help to the body of Christ. Thank you for your prayers! God Bless,

      …Pastor Mark

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  13. Hello.

    First off I wanna say, I have this book. My mother is a semi-swaggarite (As in she likes him but doesn’t necessarily agree with his actions so is willing to possibly take his words with a grain of salt at least) and her family are apart of his fan club.

    At risk of alienating myself from her side completely I want to do an academic essay over this book and the minor flaws as well as the major. Looking into little things such as logical fallacies he uses to sort of turn the reader to his way of thinking.

    I’m in a intro to Christian Theology class, and the Prof. who teaches is seems open to the idea but I need to follow up with him on it. My goal with this essay will be for people who wish to take up the challenge of annotating the Bible to consider a more objective approach, to consider those who are just entering the religion and to help expand the mind of those who have been apart of Christianity for a long time.

    I hope to soon contact you with a rough draft of sorts and bounce ideas off of you.

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi KC, (I hope that is the correct appellation for you). I will be happy to be your sounding board for ideas and I look forward to reading your rough draft of essay. God bless,

      Pastor Mark

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  14. I am heartsick at some of the disparaging comments made about some of our Christian brothers and sisters by some of our other Christian brothers and sisters on this webpage.

    It was Our Lord who said in John 8:7 – So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

    Until we are all glorified, we are ALL imperfect and are subject to mistakes, errors and sin. That includes you, me and every single one of us. At one time or another (maybe even now), we have ALL been disobedient to and prideful in our heart before Our Almighty and Loving God. So, instead of gossiping about one another, let us pray for one another that we may all grow in Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus.

    Should we correct one another? Absolutely. However, we must do so as Christ has taught us–with love for one another.

    Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    “Father God, we pray for all that have come together on this webpage to defend and uphold Your Word. Father, we all have a passion and love for You and Your Word made flesh, Christ Jesus Our Lord and Savior. We ask You Father, through Your Holy Spirit, help us to uphold Your Word all while bringing correction to our brothers and sisters in a manner befitting a disciple and follower of the Lord Christ Jesus. Help us all to do so with love for one another, in understanding and in prayer.

    We ask these things in the mighty name of Christ Jesus. Amen.

    God Bless you all.

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    1. Hi Annie, Thank you for commenting. I am sorry that you are feeling heartsick at the words here. You must then also feel very heartsick over what the Apostle Paul said in regard to false teachers such as Hymenaeus and Alexander, concerning which Paul said, “of whom I have delivered unto Satan.” (1Tim 1:18-20) or when Paul said, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” (II Tim. 4:10).” Was Paul being unloving? No, for it would be unloving towards the whole Church for him not to forcefully combat false teachers. And pastors were told to do the same, “Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13). There are many Christians who fail to understand the proper role of discipline within the Church and do not understand there are times when someone should be rebuked. The failure to understand this principle has led to many church splits, due to Christians thinking a minister is “being mean,” etc. In order to help you understand the proper biblical role of correction within the church I suggest you read this article: on Biblical Judging and Naming Names. May God bless you as you grow in grace and understanding.

      Pastor Mark

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  15. Hi Pastor Mark, how r u doing brother? i believe everything that u stated because it comes from the true Word of God, not something someone made up for their own foolish desires for others to follow them and give money to their ministries where they are all millionaires and everyone else in their church doesn’t have a darn thing. Blasphemy. If u get a chance, go to youtube and type Brian Moon, his website is something like Turnawayfromidols.com he does many videos righteously judging false teachers who do not conform to the Word of God, but rather make up stuff for themselves. So, in all truth, if it’s not in the Bible, that means that man made it up, it’s so simple to understand. In one of his videos, it shows these false teachers and audio for each one. Kenneth Copeland actually said out of his mouth, “God is not in me, I’m a god and I am just as God Incarnate as Jesus is. I guess he doesn’t understand the Jesus is the only begotten Son, these people misinterpret the scriptures in the Old Testament where God said the the religious jews, didn’t I call you little gods, these people twist this scripture to say they’re little gods. God Himself was trying to provoke them to see truth that they were not little gods, so they have wisdom. I have an old friend who goes to a church where I used to attend, and I posted all that was here on Facebook. When i called her up, she answered the phone and did not bring up my Kenneth Copeland post, so I brought it up, and explained everything that Kenneth Copeland teaches, that we’re all little god, then she said to me, Well, you just don’t have a spiritual eye. I told her my spiritual eye is the Word. Then I quoted a scripture where God said, “There are no other gods beformed before me or after me. In reality, If God does not live in your heart like Kenneth Copeland teaches, then it is impossible for him and anyone else to claim that they’re a Chrisitan. The Bible says, “The love of money is the root of all evil,” Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin say, “The lack of money is the root of all evil. There’s so much more I can say, but I’ll end here.

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    1. Hi Robert, Thanks for your input! I agree with all you say. Yes, Kenneth Copeland is a false teacher. I should put something on this site about him. That whole word of faith movement is filled with very dangerous false teaching, as you have pointed out. God bless!

      …Pastor Mark

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  16. You are stoning this poor man… Rather focus on yourself! He is correct that Paul kept on sinning because we all do!! It is physically impossible for humans to stop sinning! Just like every other human being on earth, Paul sinned. Because He was not Jesus! Keep in mind that for every word and thought we will have to account before God one day…

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    1. Hi Chanel, Thanks for your comment but it is not biblically based. The Word of God says, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” (1 John 3:9) Of course, no one is perfect, but this passage is talking about willful continued sin, as in seeing prostitutes over and over as Swaggart did. His rebellion against his own church authority was an additional sin. The Bible says that pastors must be “above reproach.” For him to continue in ministry in the midst of this scandal was another sin, for which he has never made public repentance. Read the book of Acts and see how firm the apostles were about dealing with sin and false teachers. Do you think Peter was “stoning” people when they exercised discipline with Ananias and Saphira or was Paul too harsh when he commanded the man to be thrown out of the church and committed into the hands of Satan?

      …Pastor Mark

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  17. Thx so much for your response Pastor Mark, the second to last church I attended was involved in the Charasmatic Movement. At one time, I was involved in it too, and participated in these ridiculous things, like Name it and Claim it, believe what u say and you will have it, that is a scripture in Mark 11:23-24, so at this church, I remember my pastor, after the service gave a bottle of anointing oil to most of us, then we were told, if we wanted a new car, to go to a dealership, take a drop of the anointing oil and place it on the car, with your hand on it and say, “This car is mine”, Well that was a long time ago, when I foolishly did that, and I still don’t have it, most people when they purchase a vehicle, finance it, or if they have the cash, pay for it. I am not working and am on a fixed income, if I was working, I then could probably finance a car, but what i did was sure stupidity. The Charasmatic movement has been around since 1900, and every thing that was believed then till now is still believed, but they are in deep error. Every time I went to my pastor about something, and stood on the word, it was never accepted, and she would always say, well, we can agree to disagree. They teach that when u get saved, and somewhere down the road u do this and that, that u can lose your salvation and go to Hell. This is one of most heretical teachings ever. So here’s the deal, either Jesus Christ our Lord gave us eternal life or He’s a liar. She was preaching on something once and i talked to her after the service, and told her that I disagreed. She said, that if you have sinned and you know about it, confess it right away to God and that He will make u righteous again, I told her that I can go to the Throne of Grace any time I wanted 24/7 and that I am not popping up and down like a ping-pong ball. As His child, my standing before God is right standing before Him because the Word says, that we are the righteous of God in Christ Jesus, so they focus a lot of attention from what man does, instead of focusing on what Jesus Christ finished on the Cross. She always brought up that scripture that says: Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. I told her that first of all the words fear and trembling does not mean the scary type of fear, but that fear and trembling means reverence to God, and to work out your own salvation means that we must all allow Jesus to do the work in us and through us, because without him we can do nothing. John 15 . there’s a great man of God, used to have his own radio program, he’s retired now but his taped shows are on kltt.org, 11AM, mountain time, so here in Michigan it would be 1PM, it’s either kltt or kllt now sure but one of those, his name is Bob George, one of the very few brothers that understands the 100% grace of God and the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. I went to see him many years ago at a conference. I learned quite a bit. This was pretty funny but very valuable because it is the Truth, The Innerant Word of God. He was standing at the Podium, and said, “You have probably heard a lot of people say that u can walk away from God. Then he said, I am going to show u how ridiculous that is. He walked about ten feet, and then he said, Where is God? He’s still here(As a believer you know that God is always with you) that’s my insert in parentheses, then he said, how can u walk away from God if He’s always there, you can’t. This is how simple God’s teaching is but u have to believe the truth instead of twisting scriptures around to your benefit, and making things up, of man, not what the Bible teaches. One time my pastor was talking about the Rapture, which in my opinion could occur any second, because Pastor Mark, if u haven’t heard, one of the last signs before the Rapture of the Church was the completion of the Third Temple in Jerusalem, well my brother, it has been completed, last year. Anyways, she said that if our heart wasn’t right with God when the Rapture happens, that we will miss the rapture and will be left on earth to go thru the 7-year tribulation. How ludicrous is that? God made us righteous thru Jesus Christ His Son, as I mentioned earlier, so if u are truly born-again and adopted into His family as His child, u r going up in the rapture, there’s so many things here, that’s why I don’t go there anymore. One time they were talking about what God the Father looked like, that he had 4 heads, one looked like a lion, and the others i don’t remember, well my Bible says that God is a Spirit, how can a spirit have a body, would u like to explain this to them, Good Luck? She was preaching about the White Throne Judgment, i again talked to her after the service, and it went in one ear and out the other, she said that all of us and the lost would be standing there, because the scripture talks about the wheat and the tares. I told her that first of all, The true believers all have to stand at the Judgment seat of Christ, she agreed with that, and said, that it only had to do with our rewards, but what she meant was judgment again at the White Throne Judgment, I told her no, I told her the people that would be standing there would be the lost and also the people who became believers that had to go thru the Tribulation and those who became believers through the Milleniul Reign. I’ll tell u brother, it’s like banging my head in the wall, no reaction from the wall, but your head really hurts. One time her husband, who is a Pastor too, said, if u pray for healing for yourself, let’s say a physical ailment, then u should ask God to do it again, because if u do, that that is doubt, and cancels your prayer and faith. I talked to him after the service, and I asked him, What about the scripture that says”Pray without ceasing”, he then said, well, it has nothing to do with this. My understanding of pray without ceasing is you can pray every day for healing or anything, and you have the faith to believe, and what most people don’t understand is that our God is a Soveriegn God, and He does things in His time and His way. Many people either don’t understand, agree, or believe this Character of God. I was reading this book a long time ago, that some supposed Christian wrote about physical healing. After a service, this woman went up to the front to receive prayer from a prayer minister. After he prayed for her, he said, well, the reason the Lord didn’t miraculously heal you right now is because you didn’t have enough faith. Who does this person think he is? Unbelievable. Well, Pastor Mark, I’m on a roll here, so i guess i’ll continue, Kenneth Copeland said, the lack of money is the root of all evil, boy that’s really something, my bible says, the love of money is the root of all evil, but him and all these fanatics all practice spiritual manipulation by getting either in their churches or on Cable, giving them their money. Did u ever notice brother, that all these Televangelists have millions and millions of dollars and everyone else in their churches for the ones watching on Cable don’t have anything? ever notice that brother? sounds like greed to me. Copeland also said, that when you’re sick, don’t confess out of your mouth, by saying, I’m sick, instead, say I’m healed, yeh, real smart statement, that’s why God gave us doctors, you know, a person can say i’m healed and drop over dead in 2 minutes. If u read Proverbs Chapter 3, it talks most about the Wisdom of God, there is a scripture there that says, Nothing is to be compared with wisdom and discretion. Discretion there means common sense. I guess that’s why God gave us a brain. Even, when Jesus healed someone, He said to them, Go show yourself to the high priests and let them examine you, the same as today, when we should see our doctors and specialists who diagnosed the condition(s). Let the professionals tell u that after they have performed all these tests, say, well i don’t know what happened, here, they usually call it a medical miracle, so they say, the cancer is no longer in your body, u don’t have to take your insulin anymore. But tests had to be done, these doctors aren’t idiots. I’ll tell you a funny story, a true story, do u think i can call u Mark, here? instead of Pastor Mark for a little bit? It’s a story about the Charasmatic Christian Woman went to her doctor because she wasn’t feeling well. When the doctor walked into the exam room, he said to her, “Why are u here today? And she said, I am healed by the blood of Jesus. He asked her again, tell me how u r feeling? She said again, I’m healed by the Blood of the Lamb, I can imagine myself in that doctor’s mind about then, probably totally frustrated, not knowing how to help this woman, he asked her one more time, can u tell me what’s going on so i can help u? She said again, I am healed by the Blood of Jesus. Guess what the doctor did next? He said to her, here’s my bill, goodbye. Have u ever hear a story like that Mark? So it that same church i have been sharing with you, my pastor said time and time again, if the Lord tells u to witness to someone and u don’t do it, and that person goes to Hell, then we’re accountable to that before God on Judgment Day. Well, I thought that When Jesus Christ died on the Cross, just before he died, He said, “It is finished.” What was finished? The atonement and forgiveness for all our sins, past, present, and future, which these fanatics don’t believe either, they say Jesus died for all our past sins, but not now, the present, and the future, well, if that was true, then Jesus would have to come back again and die for those sins too, but he’s not going to because He finished it at the Cross. I sure wish these people would see and believe that. When Bob George was on the radio and also did these conference where I went to one of them, many people asked him, well, what about IJohn1:9, which says” If we confess our sins, then He that is Faithful will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Bob gave a very definite answer, he said when the chapter was written, there were believers and non-believers standing there. I believe this to be true too, and I’m going to show u right now. If u back to verse 8, it says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceived ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Well, evidentally it can’t be talking about the believer, because Jesus Christ is the Truth and He dwells within every believer. So, then, this scripture is talking to the lost, and as for verse 9, they are confessing to God that they are a sinner, and are cleansed from all unrighteous when they believe the Gospel, period. The Bible says, that God was reconciling the world unto Himself, not counting their trespasses against them. According to this scripture, since Jesus died for the whole world, and according to this scripture the whole world has been forgiven, so why isn’t everyone forgiven, because they have to believe the Gospel, short and simple. Brother George also mentioned that when u sin, you do not have to ask God for forgiveness for your sin, because He did it already through His Son Jesus, it doesn’t mean that we are not sorry for our sins, you can thank God for forgiveness for all your sins, past, present, and future, he also explained it like this, let say someone gave u gift, are u going to receive the gift or are u continually ask for it back, you see the simile here, that Jesus was and is a gift from God to this whole world that they may be saved. This next discussion is about false prophets, who utter false prophecies, and use spiritual manipulation to get your money. Have u ever seen a so-called Prophet that comes to your church from in-state, out-of-state, or outside the US. Right before the service ends, all of them say the same thing when it come to the offering just for them, they’ll say, well, the Lord just told me that there are 3 of u here today that are supposed to give me $1000, ever heard that Mark? then they keep going down, well maybe you could give $500, and so on and so, it’s really something when they say that the Lord told him that about the congregation sitting there, the Lord didn’t tell anyone in the audience about giving $1000, so in retrospect, these prophets just make it up, and it was not told to them by God, again, spiritual manipulation. Hopefully, this will be my last discussion, brother, at that church, the wife, who’s a pastor too with her husband, her physical brother come into town from California where he lives, like twice a year, claims to be a prophet. He is on Cable, i don’t know what station or when, his name is Danny Davis. So on TV he has the cameras aimed to see right inside a person’s mouth who is going to be prayed for, for new teeth to form, and other teeth problems. Now, listen, for a second, i am not saying that i don’t believe in miracles or i haven’t seen any miracles, which i have, but he claims that that new teeth grew in their mouths where they used to be. Now when he came to his sister’s church, again, he was only praying for teeth problems, nothing else. one woman, after he prayed, fell down, and there was a gold coloring around her lips, his sister would say in previous services that gold dust would just fly down from the ceiling and u could see it on other peoples’ clothes, it didn’t happen when i was there, and also, when he is there, supposedly small gemstones, real tiny, will appear in the sanctuary, like someone found a ruby, someone found a pearl dug in the wall, the way I feel about it, so what’s the difference? Is this guy here to pray for the sick or should we all sitting there look for all these jewels around. So after he prayed for another woman, about her tooth growing back, he told her to go into the bathroom and look in the mirror for herself, and see what she could see, so then she came back, and he asked her, well, did it grow back? she was very hesitant, and said, well, I think maybe a little bit, who knows what happened. And to top everything, toward the end of the service, Mr. Davis, made this statement, “The reason I don’t go the hospitals and pray for the patients to be healed is because they can’t sow a seed.” I couldn’t believe it, i did tell his sister, but does not remember him saying that, well, brother, let’s think about this for a moment, before Jesus was about to heal someone, did he say, “Unless you give me money right now, I am not going to heal u, yeh, lets see where these people can find that in the Bible, these people are unbelievable, and you know, it’s all about the money. In my walk with the Lord I had many times to pray with people with the Love of God that He put in my heart. I could never see myself saying to a person, would it be ok to pray for u, and most would say, yes, then I am going to sit or stand there, and say, well, i’ll only pray for you if you give me $50. All this craziness his hurting and giving a bad name to the Body of Christ, and you know who put it there? Satan himself. I’ve met many people who aren’t saved and they think, they will tell you that they think that being a Christian is about going to church and giving money. Many think you have to go to a church to be saved. You know what I tell them? I’ll say, I don’t care if you’re sitting on the toilet, you can do it right there. So for the last note here, I was on Danny Davis’s mailing list where i received many many letter about doing this and doing that and sowing that seed. He would say in his letter to me in every letter he mailed, it said, “God gave me a special word for you, and it’s in my office at home, and if i don’t hear from you in 3 days, i am going to take that word and throw it in the garbage because i wouldn’t know if it was you or not? What kind of craziness is that, when i a check, it only had my name on it, again spiritual manipulation, after a long time, I felt like a complete jackass, and I wrote him a letter demanding all my money back, when I got the refund check which was in the letter, his wife had written the letter and said we could only give u back the money within the current year, saying they go back the year before. Now, here is his wife, and in her letter to me, she says” Well, I’m sorry u feel that way, anotherwards what she was saying that she her husband, this is my opinion, was doing nothing wrong, but all these so-called prophets, whether in a service or on their mailing lists swindle people by manipulating them to do so. Ok, Mark, one last statement. In Deuteronomy 28, the Word says, If a man preaches a word and it does not come to pass, then you do not listen to them. Well, Brother Mark, maybe more the next time. I wouldn’t mind if it was ok with you that u might possibly want to invite me to be on your program. Listen, Pastor Mark, you have a blessed night, a peaceful sleep, ! Love in Christ, Robert Foon

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    1. Hi Robert, thanks for sharing. Yea, there is lots of crazy doctrines out there. Concerning the Eternal Security question – I’ll have to write something about that sometime. Its an in-depth subject that has extremes at both ends. Anyway, thanks for writing and God bless.

      Pastor Mark

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  18. Mark,
    Thanks for the information. My mother is a swaggarite. And I started looking into his ministry when she asked me to be the executor of her will and make sure Jimmy gets his share of her money. I refused. I told her to name her lawyer executor because I don’t want any part of enriching that man. I sent her information on War International, an amazing group that rescues sex slaves and teaches them trades to support themselves. All while teaching about and demonstrating Christ’s love. I told her she would do more good for God’s kingdom by leaving her money to them than Jimmy. She’s not happy with me. But the more I read of your writings, the happier I am that I took a stand.

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie, I am so pleased that my writings were a help to you. I get lots of hate mail from Swaggarites and it always an encouragement to get a comment such as yours. This is a labor of love and it is for you and others who are able to see the fallacy of Swaggartism that I have spent the many hours to get the truth out. A common thread I see is that the ministry of the Swaggarts has brought division in so many Christian families. The fruit of the Spirit does not come out of his ministry, but rather strife. God bless you as you walk with the Lord.

      …Pastor Mark

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  19. Greetings Mark, Swaggart gets the “Planet Heaven and it being in the North” from the Dakes Bible also he gets the North issue from Ps.75:6 from the Dakes Bible

    Blessings,
    Reverend Linville

    blinville@msn.com

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  20. i am born again 7 months in now.But i always prayed form being a young child not knowing really who i was praying too but more of praying for to the situation around family circumstances.Now where i live i got involved watching the swaggart ministry etc.I found myself judging how young looking this swaggart family looked,and as i know thou should not judge it can be hard,hence to say they wear top suits bling watches etc got millions in the bank private plane akers of land when there is so much poor in life out there,so i came to ask why the riches of what they do and say funds a well established greedy way of life.Also i feel looking at them they must get facial lifts and i see that donnie judgies catholics and other religion but you should not judge from what i am being told.They sell books of this and that yet have millions of dollars,so how is it that they don’t give up so much a live in a million dollar home with just an aker if need be and give up all them riches and give it to the poor.Hence the rich of 1 percent in the world.But i trying not to judge anyone although this does get to feel hard not to do,so i pray to God forgiveness of my strain to be like that.Give it all to Israel then swaggart or all to the poor as the Lord says to look after them.So again forgive me to judging if i have it wrong.

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    1. Hi John, Thanks for your comment. The Bible does tell us to judge and use discernment. John 7:24 Jesus says, “Judge with right judgment.” It is discernment from the Holy Spirit that is witnessing to your spirit that Swaggart’s habit of living an outrageously opulent life-style off of money given for God’s work is a sinful thing. God bless you as you walk with Jesus.

      …Pastor Mark

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  21. Pastor Mark
    First I want to say thank you for your article I have only seen Jimmy Swaggart one time and that was enough for me to Judge his words using the Bible. My mother has been watching Swaggart for some time. The last time I was there she had him on the TV and noticed the how he perverted the Gospel and I informed her of it. I am a firm believer that the best commentary on the Bible is the Bible. I have read through the comments and some many talked about judging and that we as Christians are not to judge. The verses in Matthew 7:1 they use for their argument are taken out of context. They need to read the Bible in the Context in which it was written. They need to read that whole chapter or at least Mathew 7:1-5

    Mathew 7:1-5 1.“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4. Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5. You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

    Here, Christ is warning believers against making judgments in a hypocritical or condemning manner. That type of judging is a characteristic often associated with the Pharisees during the ministry of Jesus. Many people who quote “judge not” from Matthew 7:1 fail to notice the command to judge in Matthew 7:5, when it says, “Then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” The point Jesus emphasizes here is to judge yourself first before you make judgments about others. As a Christian I judge myself daily. (Also, notice the discernment and judgment required in Matthew 7:15–16, 20.) In the broader context, Jesus is telling believers to be discerning when it comes to false teaching and false prophets because they “look” Christian, but their goal is to lead the flock astray (Matthew 7:15–20; Luke 6:43–45) As Christians, we should be living godly lives so that we can first concentrate on our own repentance of sin. Sanctification is a lifelong process of being transformed every day into the image of Christ. Without this, we have no place in helping another brother or sister. What Christ teaches His believers in Matthew 7 is that if we ourselves are not personally repenting of our sins, we are in no place to tell others how sinful they are acting. But the Bible does tell us to preach the gospel—and part of the gospel message is that people are sinners in need of salvation.

    Paul even taught on this in. Galatians 1: 6-10
    6. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel 7. Which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9. As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! 10. Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

    Ephesians 4:14–16
    14. so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16. from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love

    Are we being loving if we allow our fellow brethren to remain in error and even deceive others? Of course not. Loving others requires that we graciously correct them when they fall into error (Matthew 18; 1 Corinthians 1:11; Galatians 6:1). Those who err do not necessarily know they are in error; they are possibly deceived or ignorant. So we gently and carefully correct the error in regard to teaching, no matter what the situation. After all, this is one of the responsibilities of the church: to teach sound doctrine and correct erroneous teaching (2 Timothy 2:25, 3:16; Titus 2:1). For example, we have to use discernment (judging between right and wrong) if we are to obey verses like 1 Corinthians 5:11–13; 6:4; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; 1 Timothy 6:20; and Titus 3:9, just to name a few. We need to be careful in this approach, however, as we are all fallible human beings who can make mistakes in judgment. We should find out the whole story and not base our judgment on appearances. Jesus stated, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24). Notice the Lord’s command to judge. But before we make that judgment, we must make sure we are judging righteously from God’s Word and not relying on our own opinion. Sometimes hard judgment calls must be made, as not everything is “black and white,” which is why it is so important to know and apply the truth of Scripture.

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    1. Hi Justin, Very well said! Thank you for your scholarly input. I hope many will read your comment. God bless you and thank you for the help!

      …Pastor Mark

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  22. Jimmy Swaggart Ministries is getting SERIOUSLY concerned, as others and I undermine the falsehood of their “ministry”. They are NOTHING except about money for the Swaggart family and their immediate church. The Swaggarts have done NOTHING for other world relief causes, as they have claimed. Donnie even claimed that JSM Ministries “built 50 schools and churches in Port- au-Prince, Haiti. That is Total Bull Shit! The Swaggarts stuffed your money in their pockets! They build, OR Gave NOTHING, except BIG mouths!
    That is SO typical of the Swaggart family; God bless them in Lake of Fire!

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  23. I agree with you 100%,I have had the bible given to me, i do not agree with anything it says..I GOT RID OF IT COMPLETELY..ty lord.
    I have family members that constantly quote them and their “ministry” ..they do not associate with anyone else other than those who preach “the message of the cross”. as believers we are to sharpen each other up, all they do is put others down!besides themselves. I have had them say I’m going to hell because the church I attend does not preach “the truth”. they think they are the only “right ones”. they bear no fruit at all, they preach with hatred toward other denominations! I just pray that their eyes be open before its too late! they get confrontational & mean spirited if you talk or evn have a question..they always say “you have to remember its what he did for us on the cross”..my focus is on jesus not no cross..yes I pick it up daily but my entire focus is not on the “cross”.

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    1. Hi Nyam, Thanks for your comment. It is interesting that so many people comment that the Swaggart’s ministry has brought division and trouble within families and churches. Another interesting thing you mention is how they attack other ministries so viciously, yet you should see the hate mail I get from Swaggarites! They accuse me of doing what Swaggart does all the time, yet they are blind to his attacks on others. Very interesting indeed. You are right my brother, keep your eyes on Jesus!

      …Pastor Mark

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    1. Hi Mike, Thanks for the comment. Yes, I was aware that Jimmy follows the teaching of Dake’s. Thanks for the link to CRI’s page on that. CRI is the original cult tracking organization and they have some great information. CRI also has a positional paper warning against Swaggart’s teachings. God bless…

      …Pastor Mark

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  24. Hi Pastor Mark,

    My husband used to be very involved with the Assembly of God church until he got into SonLife Broadcasting and watches it every day now. A few months ago he believed God wanted us to start going to a church connected with JSM. I began to feel very uncomfortable with the constant criticism of other churches, acting as though we are the one true church and there aren’t any real Christians in other churches or else they would come out of them and be a part of this ministry. Reading your article opened my eyes to Jimmy’s false beliefs about receiving more revelation from God than given in the Bible, which is how many false religions and cults have started. It truly breaks my heart and I’ll be praying for them. Praying for God to open my husband’s eyes about this ministry and to come back to the Assembles of God.

    I noticed you’re still commenting on responses to this article a few years later which shows your servant’s heart for Christ to serve Him in all you do. Thank you, and God bless!

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    1. Hi Karen, Thank you for your comment. What you said is very encouraging to me. I rejoice that you can see the truth. I will be praying for your husband that the Holy Spirit will open his eyes to the errors of Swaggartism. It is very telling that many of those who listen to Swaggart end up being critical of their own fellowship and often choose to leave and stop going to church entirely, thinking that listening to Swaggart on TV somehow can replace a real living assembly of believers. I hear of this tendency from many people. It is a mark of cultism. Indeed, it is a very subtle subversive message which he preaches and many good Christians fall prey to it. God bless you and if I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to contact me.

      …Pastor Mark

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  25. Been reading the comments here I have been watching a few teachings on tv from donnie swaggart and he bothers me a lot more than his dad does. I think the swaggarts are good salesman that much
    I know, but why doesn’t any one expose them for what they realy are.

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