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TIME: The remains of Jim Bakker's former ministry
Light fixtures that were part of the Heritage USA complex are piled near a stained glass window.
March 29th, 2011
02:28 PM ET

TIME: The remains of Jim Bakker's former ministry

In March of 1987, almost twenty-four years ago, pastor Jim Bakker resigned from PTL (Praise the Lord), a ministry he built from the ground up that later inspired a cable TV show, a 501-room luxury hotel, an amusement park and an amphitheater. Andy McMillan’s series of photographs capture demolished parts of what used to be Bakker’s theme park, Heritage USA, as well as more recent suburban developments in the Regent Park neighborhood of Fort Mill, South Carolina. McMillan began photographing the community in 2006 when he returned to his home town 10 minutes away after graduating from the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

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  1. Daniel Large

    It sickens me to warch Jim bakker on television.Here is a man who is a self-centered egotist.He is a man who has been sent to prison(guilty as charged) trying to pass himself and his much younger wife off as the way to God.He is making a fortune for his entire family(wife,mother-in-law,kids)by selling himself as Gods' messenger.It is my opinion they(Jim and Lori)are nothing more than self-serving con artists.Wise up people.Jim Bakker is not the answer to your problems.HE is a problem.Why are you sending him hundreds of dollars for his self-serving agenda.What he does should be illegal.It is done in the name of religious freedom.Jim and his clan sure are benefitting from the sins of the world.God will listen to you without a Jim Bakker.You can't buy your way to heaven.Don't let this man continue to feed off your fears or guilt.

    March 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  2. P J

    The year that I gave to this ministry. My house was immediately paid off. The financial blessings poured in.
    Believe what you want, I will go with the Lord. I will always love and appreciate Jim and Tammy Faye for the scripture that they taught.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Uh, do you think the reason your house was paid off was because you actually paid your bills?

      March 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      When Jimmy Swaggart got caught snorting blow off a hoo.ker's cleava.ge, he said that God had forgiven him, so why don't I?
      It made so much sense I sent him little Bobby's college fund. The next day, my broken dishwasher started working and my car ran for a full week on a single tank of gas.
      Bobby might be paying for his medication by working a deep fryer today, but at least he has The Lord's blessing!

      And even though Ted Haggard dallied a little bit with methamphetamines and gay hoo.kers, I will always love and appreciate his sermons that told the truth about the evils of drugs and hom.ose.xuals.

      March 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  3. JohnR

    Comedy and tragedy tightly intertwined, as is so frequently the case ...

    March 30, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  4. Doc Vestibule

    "The profession of shaman has many advantages. It offers high status with a safe livelihood free of work in the dreary, sweaty sense. In most societies it offers legal privileges and immunities not granted to other men. But it is hard to see how a man who has been given a mandate from on High to spread tidings of joy to all mankind can be seriously interested in taking up a collection to pay his salary; it causes one to suspect that the shaman is on the moral level of any other con man.
    But it's lovely work if you can stomach it."
    – Robert Heinlein

    March 30, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  5. knock knock

    And the stupid prophet m0hamud, im pretty sure it wdnt do u gud 2judge his r any1 elses atonement, GOD BLESS U.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      I can't understand the posts written by knock knock. Can anyone here translate Nincompoop into English?

      March 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  6. Frederica

    Money and power are a snare to everyone. The Bible has clear warnings against those. There are numerous true servants of Jesus who casted both away for the Kingdom cause. And 2.3 billion Christian would follow those true, sacrifitial followers of Jesus. Truth of Christianity prevails till the end.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  7. Mr. Sniffles

    Old news. There are lots of Jim Bakkers still out there fleecing their flocks. And there are also lots of rubes and yokels just falling over themselves to give money to people like the Bakkers. Try to warn them, and they just get angry at you. Watch:

    HEY RUBES ! GOD IS A FRAUD !

    March 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  8. Reality

    The following captures the situation:

    Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:

    Adulterous preachers, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    March 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • airwx

      Nice to see you are as happy and full of joy as ever, Reality.

      March 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  9. HeavenSent

    They deserved everything that happened to them.
    Amen..

    March 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Phony HeavenSent, you need to stop being a dry bones, wells without water, spiritually dead. I know you won't comprehend a word I'm saying to you. I wasn't near a computer on the 29th or 30th.

      Amen..

      March 31, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Ah, yes, PTL – otherwise known as Pass The Loot! I used to get a kick out of watching Tammy Fay's mascara run every show as she shed her crocodile tears over whatever sob story of the week happened to be on. Unfortunately for the truly devout, other hucksters took their place after their fall. There was always someone else to try and sucker those folks out of their money.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  11. Colin

    Ever notice how televangalists always use big, bright, pretty things to attract the poor fools who donate to them. they always have big, white perfect teeth, quaffed hair and perfectly pressed suits. The churches are always adorned in the most gawdy fashion possible, full of purples and golds and white marble.

    It aill points pretty much to the same thing. The people who believe this nonsense are very, very, very easily enticed and fooled.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  12. ScottK

    Shouldn't they burry remains? Or maybe cremate them?

    March 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  13. HeavenSent

    Him and his wife weren't right in thier walk with Jesus. Bad things happened to them.
    Amen...

    March 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      To the phony HeavenSent, I wasn't on-line on the 29th or 30th. Plus, not only would I not write what you wrote, I wouldn't even think of it.

      Amen..

      March 31, 2011 at 10:46 am |
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