Accepting the apology
This past month or so I have been both sickened and saddened by the hate filled letters written to the Fort Mill Times in reference to Jim Bakker.
To all of you who still are hanging on to your anger, hate and unforgiveness, know that the person who is hurt most by those emotions is you. Jim Bakker, to his credit, has long moved on since his admission to his past sins, and poor choices, of the PTL days. To those of you who are not in the know, Jim Bakker wrote a book titled “I Was Wrong.” He apologized in the book, he’s apologized on the air, and spent five days out here on the old PTL grounds a month or so ago apologizing to one audience after another and asking for forgiveness in a flood of tears.
Christ has forgiven him, proven by the fact that he has a thriving ministry in the Branson, Mo., area. Christ died for the sins of Jim Bakker just as much as He died for my sins or anyone else’s sins. Romans 3:23-24 says, “All have sinned and has fallen short of the glory of God and are forgiven freely by His grace through the redemption that came through Jesus Christ.”
All of us sin and need to ask for forgiveness – “all.” There is no person on the face of this Earth who is better or worse than Jim Bakker. We’re “all” sinners saved by grace, if we are willing to accept Christ’s forgiveness and grace through the price that he paid on the cross.
By now you might be thinking I must be a big follower of Jim Bakker... you could never be more wrong. I worked at PTL for two years. I wasn’t a follower of Jim Bakker then, and I’m not a follower of Jim Bakker now... I’m just a follower of Jesus Christ and His message of love, peace, forgiveness and fairness. It’s a prayer in my heart that this letter resonates not only with the people who find it difficult to forgive Jim Bakker, but who struggle with unforgiveness with anyone.
Mark 11:25-26 is the best scripture on this subject.