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[UPDATED – CORRECTION] Televangelist Jim Bakker Complains that God Cannot Hear Prayers Through Masks
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The name “Jim Bakker” conjures up all kinds of things for people Gen-X and older. A lot of it is very ugly, and no, we’re not referring to Tammy Faye’s makeup, that would be mean. And no, we’re not referring to his mental health which resulted in a lot of hospitalizations because there is almost nothing lower. No, the “ugly” stuff we’re talking about is what happened after the lid got blown off many evangelical preachers, a lid that had largely kept the money, the affairs, all of it, locked up. Yes, kids, there once was a time when one had to presume they were in it just for the money and women.
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Bakker and a few others (Swaggert) gave us proof.
Somehow, and – we admit, we’ll never understand it, Jim Bakker managed to rehabilitate himself enough that he is once again making good money (maybe not Franklin Graham money, but good money) on television as a MAGA. Oh, he’s also an evangelist, but these people are now primarily MAGAs first, “preachers” second, and what they preach has nothing to do with Jesus. In fact, as we’ve read more and more about Jesus’s actual ministry, we’re increasingly convinced that if Jesus were to come back, the first thing that would happen is that he’d immediately shut down their websites and perform a miracle, create 500 forensic accountants with experience in widespread fraud, and 100 prosecutors to back them up.
Loaves of bread, fish, water into wine, it was fine back then. Miracles take a bit of an extra effort nowadays.
We mentioned MAGA ministry? Is there any other explanation as to why Bakker would say that God is unable to hear prayers said from behind a mask? (We presume that Bakker considers mutes damned to… we presume that Bakker is an asshole, actually).
“How can you go to church and pray when you’re wearing a mask? Do you think God can hear your prayers through a mask?”
—- Televangelist Jim Bakker
— Deacon Blues (@DeaconBlues0) August 20, 2021
Is he asking? Because yes, we absolutely do. We hope so. Because most of us who pray, do it in our heads, and quite sincerely, rather than in front of hundreds with our arms out, trying to out-enthusiasm and rapture the others.
As you might imagine, Twitter had some fun with the ole’ boy.
Please direct me to a god who can hear through cloth.
— Chuck Graef (@chuckgraef) August 21, 2021
Jesus seems like a good place to start, he said something about praying at night, alone, when particularly terrified. Ah, we have it right here:
Perhaps Jim Bakker should read his Bible every now and then?
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matt 6:6 https://t.co/SpVolZCuA5
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) August 21, 2021
“How can you go to church and pray when you’re wearing so much makeup? Do you think God can hear your prayers through foundation that thick, with fake eyelashes, blue eyeshadow and a diamond choker while wearing a dead animal!?”
—- 🙄 pic.twitter.com/EaWZWe4Ixa
— Laura Apollo (@lauraapollo) August 21, 2021
The same Jim Bakker that was involved in a sex scandal in the 80s? pic.twitter.com/34rjAbSLW1
— sage_wolf (@sage_wolfin) August 20, 2021
Jim Bakker: God is all-powerful and omniscient, but he's be a little bit hard of hearing.
— Fully Vaxxed Pro-Democracy Libtard (@hitmeister1) August 21, 2021
jim bakker got buckets of soup pic.twitter.com/vGjh2yGBM4
— tHEe KENny G™ 🎧 (@Kenblazed) August 21, 2021
The above shows the level of grift. But one cannot be a grifter nowadays without first being a MAGA and thus he’s MAGA first and last. And we can definitely hear Bakker through a cloth. Too bad for Jim, we suspect God can hear what he’s really thinking, too.
We go out with another entity that can hear through masks. Bakker cannot even fool dogs anymore (no one ever could.)
Jim Bakker: God is Al-Powerful and All-Knowing.
Also Jim Bakker: God cannot hear prayers through a mask. pic.twitter.com/5AFm6SCV1o
— Sybill “Vaxxed” Trelawney (@SybilT2) August 21, 2021
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