Jim Bakker, the fundamentalist swindler, has always been good for some unexpected mirth. He made me laugh, for instance, when he earnestly confessed that the first time he read the Bible all the way through was… after he went to prison — that is, after almost a quarter century of being a professional God expert.
Now Bakker is at it again.
The televangelist who served five years in a federal prison on fraud and conspiracy charges in the early 1990s is now selling End of the World Biscuits, Time of Trouble Beans and other survival gear for the end of days…
Bakker hawks his wares on his self-titled The Jim Bakker Show, where instead of purchasing items, viewers can buy “Love Gifts” — as they’re called — by making “donations” at extremely marked-up prices.
Along with the Time of Trouble Beans, which consists of 14 totes full of black bean burger mix for $3,000 and End of the World Biscuits, food items include End of the World Gravy and Kevin’s Krazy Lasagna. Viewers can get an assortment of other survival gear including a Bakker’s Dozen Extreme Canteen Kit that consists of 13 packs of ponchos, thermal blankets, glow stick and whistles for $500.
No doubt, Bakker needs a little help paying off his still-standing debt to the taxman — he reportedly owes the IRS a cool six million dollars.
Then again, he may have legally insulated himself from the income that end-times-fearing dupes keep sending him. On paper, most if not all of the assets held by his enterprises are owned by associates of Bakker’s, rather than by the con artist himself.