Embattled televangelist Jim Bakker recently suffered a stroke and will be taking a sabbatical from “The Jim Bakker Show,” according to his wife Lori.
In a Facebook post Friday, Lori announced that Bakker, 80, had a stroke and added, “For many years now, Jim has been working non-stop, working hard to bring incredible prophets and guests to our show, discovering and developing new products to share … and bringing forth the message for the days that we are living in. All of these projects, and the vigorous warfare that we have experienced in the last several weeks, have taken a huge toll on Jim’s health.”
Bakker has been under attack for shilling a fake coronavirus cure on his program.
On March 6, New York state Attorney General Letitia James ordered Bakker to quit misleading New Yorkers by falsely advertising the product “Silver Solution” as a reliable treatment. Four days later, the state of Missouri filed a lawsuit against Bakker and his production company for selling the bogus treatment.
In her announcement, Lori seemed to acknowledge the lawsuit by writing: “As a family and staff, we continue to fight the good fight of faith and take a stand against the evil forces and hatred that has come against our ministry. In Jim’s words, this has been the most vicious attack that he has ever experienced.”
While Bakker rested, Lori claims he had a God-sighting noting: “He is still dreaming and hearing from the Lord, and he already has a powerful word to deliver when he returns to the air.”