I’ve written before about Lance Wallnau and Jim Bakker, two
unrepentant grifters who prey on the unschooled, gullible, and spiritually
The world, unfortunately, is a cold and ugly place for those
who like to claim the status of “Christian,” but do nothing to stretch their
discernment muscle. They will fall for any scripturally unsound con, as long as
it feels good.
Colossians 2:8 CEB – “See to it that nobody enslaves you with philosophy and foolish deception, which conform to human traditions and the way the world thinks and acts rather than Christ.”
This is not to excuse the acts of those who would use
someone’s beliefs as a for-profit scheme.
On the contrary, the Word of God is very clear about these
false prophets and false teachers.
1 Corinthians 11:13-15 AMP – “13 For such men are counterfeit apostles, deceitful
workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And
no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 So
it is no great surprise if his servants also masquerade as servants of
righteousness, but their end will correspond with their deeds.”
This knowledge should be enough to make men like Jim Bakker
and Lance Wallnau tremble and turn from their corrupt ways, but because they
have no reverential fear of the sovereign God, they will continue to mock Him,
while taking from those weak enough to follow their lies.
Around this time last year, I wrote a piece for my other site, Susan Wright on the Right, detailing how Jim Bakker has been given another platform (after his prison stint for running schemes on unsuspecting investors) to hook and crook the evangelical crowd.
I’m all about forgiveness. You can’t walk the path of a
Christian without it, after all. That being said, there has to be repentance,
and for Jim Bakker to return to the life of a swindler shows that he has not
repented of the sins that cost him his freedom, for a time.
Bakker and his then-wife, Tammy Faye, were the caricatures
of shady televangelists that have left a stain on the public face of Christianity
ever since the 80s.
Convicted in 1989 of wire and mail fraud, Bakker was
originally sentenced to 45 years in prison, but had the sentence reduced to 8
years. He was released in 1994.
With his new show (and new wife), Bakker is pushing the ungodly,
unbiblical notion that there is a place where, for a price, you can flee the
coming wrath of God.
Bakker owns a resort called Morningside in Blue Eye,
Missouri, and there, according to Bakker, you can find refuge from the end of
OH – and you can stock up on his $150 cases of water, along
with food buckets, especially designed for fine dining, as you sit and watch
the world burn.
So, this is where I point out that if your heart is settled
with our Father in Heaven, and the blood of Jesus has covered your sin, making
you a new creation, then there is no condemnation. There is no fear of the
wrath of God.
Christians know that all of God’s wrath for our sins was taken
out on Jesus at the cross. To say that we must use worldly means to protect
ourselves from God’s hand is to make the sacrifice of Christ moot.
Now let’s talk about the other spiritually corrupt con in
this story: Lance Wallnau.
I also covered Wallnau in September, after he was allowed to spread his twisted theological views at the 2018 Values Voters Summit.
Wallnau, like Bakker, completely ignores the message of
peace and security in Christ, in order to promote fear of a coming hellscape,
and apparently, even the love of Jesus Christ must take a backseat to what is
coming for us.
A proponent of the “seven mountains mandate,” or Dominionism, which suggests that the hand of the world is what holds back the return of King Jesus, Wallnau is running the long con. According to this theory, Jesus needs Christians to take control of seven areas of life: family, religion, education, business, media, government/military, arts/entertainment.
Now, I’ll go ahead and say I believe Christians need to be upfront, vocal, and active in all of those areas. That being said, it should be a case were we live our faith in those areas. It doesn’t mean a takeover. It would be nice if enough people responded to the Gospel to see that ideology flourish and grow in those areas, but it must be organic and genuine.
Unfortunately, the end has already been written, and we know
that’s not going to happen. It doesn’t mean we don’t try, or that we give up on
grabbing one more soul for the kingdom. This is our real mandate: win souls to
Most importantly, we must display it in our lives, openly and without shame. Authenticity is what will attract the lost. They see the light of Christ in us and they come.
Yes. Christians should take control of all those areas – as it pertains to how we live, how we vote, our entertainment, our business practices, etc…
If you be a child of God, then act like it!
But then, there are men like Bakker and Wallnau, and their
schemes besmirch the character of all Christianity.
So what else do these hacks have in common, besides their
Both have hopped the Trump Train early, with designs on the
wallets of the MAGA crowd.
It makes sense. Their rhetoric is tailor-made for the
fringes of the far right, QAnon, practitioners of Trumpism.
Imagine when these two unscrupulous characters decide to join
together and bump up the con.
What you get is the latest from Wallnau’s toolbag of spiritual
Bakker hosted Wallnau on his show recently, where they
pushed the Trumpcentric line of Trump-as-King-Cyrus.
Not only is Trump King Cyrus, but for the low, low price of $45, you, too, can own a special Trump/Cyrus coin to serve as a “point of contact” between you and God, as you pray for President Trump.
Imagine all the prayers that go up every day without out a
physical “point of contact,” as if prayers run on batteries.
Are those prayers disappearing into the void, or do we have
a God Who is near?
If God be truly God, why would He need a 24 karat
gold-plated coin to operate?
That’s a question for Bakker and Wallnau to answer, as their
god seems to be made of much flimsier stuff than my God.
In fairness, I have to point out that you do get a bit more
for your $45. You also get a dvd full of Wallnau’s corrupt teachings, along
with a booklet.
You can also go to Jim Bakker’s website and get the
Trump/Cyrus bundle, consisting of 13 of the coins, 13 booklets, and the Wallnau
dvd for $450.
That’s when you have an entire church group you want to lead
Listen, I’m all for praying for our leaders. I do, including
That being said, where were the prayers and prayer coins from
these people for Barack Obama? Bush? Clinton?
I don’t recall any such fervor, and it is the worst sort of
hypocrisy, combined with biblical ignorance.
It’s also frightening, because many will be destroyed for
their lack of knowledge and chasing after these false teachings.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 AMP – “3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold, 4 and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths andman-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable].
Bakker and Wallnau have no fear of God. They do not believe
that there is a God Who will judge their actions, or that there is an eternal
life after this very brief life passes away. They are chasing their own
passions, and they don’t care who they mislead along the way. They’ve glommed
on to the worldly Trump lust that has invaded certain segments of the American church.
Trump is simply a vehicle, but money is the goal.
2 Peter 2:1-3 NLT – “2 But
there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers
among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the
Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on
themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching
and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will
be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up
clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and
their destruction will not be delayed.
No, God will not be mocked, and there is no place in Blue
Eye, Missouri or anywhere else on this earth that will save these mountebank’s
from the punishment they are bringing down on themselves with their deceitful