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30 Years Later, a Look Back at Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Scandal-Filled Ministry


Sex and fraud scandals involving fundamentalist Christians are pretty ho-hum these days. At this point, when a charismatic preacher is revealed to be a sinful huckster, most people roll their eyes and think, "well, duh." Not to say all people who perform television ministry are frauds, but at this point it's become something of a cliche for an outwardly pious person to be revealed a complete fraud.

And it all started 30 years ago with Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and the PTL Club scandal.

With 20/20's upcoming retrospective special coming up this week, lots of people unfamiliar with the controversial televangelists are wondering, where are Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker now and what became of them after their ministry was revealed to be a fraud and Jim's morality a cloak of hypocrisy.

First, though, let's recap the scandal.