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 Jimmy Swaggart:

On the storefront of this particular forum section it states very plainly that we can "talk about anything under the sun", and this is what I will do and take advantage of, in a proper manner.

I pray that you all frind this article appropriate, as it is absolute truth presented in love:

To those who have recently posted that Swaggart didn't repent and take his sin seriously etc etc, I herein present an oppossing view from Swaggart himself.

The following is Swaggart's own public repentance after his sin was exposed by the Lord.

I will post no more on the topic now that Mr. Swaggart's own repentce speech is herein presented, as no man can now say he did not repent etc etc.

Reverend Jimmy Swaggart: Apology Sermon

Family Worship Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Everything that I will attempt to say to you this morning will be from my heart. I will not speak from a prepared script. Knowing the consequences of what I will say and that much of it will be taken around the world, as it should be, I am positive that all that I want to say I will not be able to articulate as I would desire. But I would pray that you will somehow feel the anguish, the pain, and the love of my heart. I have always -- every single time that I have stood before a congregation and a television camera -- I have met and faced the issues head-on. I have never sidestepped or skirted unpleasantries. I have tried to be like a man and to preach this gospel exactly as I have seen it without fear or reservation or compromise. I can do no less this morning.

I do not plan in any way to whitewash my sin. I do not call it a mistake, a mendacity; I call it sin. I would much rather, if possible -- and in my estimation it would not be possible -- to make it worse than less than it actually is. I have no one but myself to blame. I do not lay the fault or the blame of the charge at anyone else's feet. For no one is to blame but Jimmy Swaggart. I take the responsibility. I take the blame. I take the fault.

Many times I have addressed the media in a very stern manner, and I have chastised them for what I thought and believed was error in their reporting or their investigation even. This time I do not. I commend them. I feel that the media, both in print and by television, radio, have been fair and objective and even compassionate. Ted Koppel on "Nightline," I feel, did everything within his power, in going the second, third, fourth, fifth, tenth mile to make doubly certain that what he reported was at least as fair and as honest as he, the spokesman for this world-famed news program, could make it. And I thank him for his objectivity, his kindness, and his fairness.

And I also want to express appreciation to the entire media everywhere, but especially here in Baton Rouge -- Channels 9, 2, and 33, the newspapers, the radio stations. They've been hard, but they have been fair. They have been objective and at times, I believe, they have even been compassionate -- even my old nemesis, John Camp, that we have disagreed with very strongly. And I love you, John. And in spite of our differences, I think you are one of the finest investigative reporters in the world -- and I mean that.

I want to address myself as best as I know how to those that I have wronged, that I have sinned against. First of all, my wife, Frances -- God never gave a man a better helpmate and companion to stand beside him. And as far as this gospel has been taken through the airwaves to the great cities of the world and covered this globe, it would never have been done were it not for her strength, her courage, her consecration to her Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. I have sinned against you. And I beg your forgiveness.

God said to David 3,000 years ago, you have done this thing in secret, but I will do what I do openly before all of Israel. My sin was done in secret, and God has said to me, "I will do what I do before the whole world." Blessed be the name of the Lord.

God could never give a man, a father, a minister of the gospel, a finer son than he has given me and his mother -- Donnie and my beautiful and lovely daughter-in-law, Debbie. Donnie has stood with me. I have relied upon him. And in these trying days, his mother and myself, we do not know what we would have done without his strength, his courage, and his utter devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. Donnie and Debbie, I have sinned against you and I beg you to forgive me.

To the Assemblies of God, which helped bring the gospel to my little beleaguered town when my family was lost without Jesus -- this movement and fellowship that ...has been more instrumental in taking this gospel through the...night of darkness to the far-flung hundreds of millions than maybe in the effort in annals of human history. Its leadership has been compassionate and kind and considerate and long-suffering toward me without exception, but never for one moment condoning sin, both on the national level and this esteemed district level. But to its thousands and thousands of pastors that are godly, that uphold the standard of righteousness, its evangelists that are heralds and criers of redemption, its missionaries on the front lines...holding back the path of hell -- I have sinned against you and I have brought disgrace and humiliation and embarrassment upon you. I beg your forgiveness.

This church [Family Worship Center], this ministry, this Bible college [Jimmy Swaggart Bible College], these professors, this choir, these musicians, these singers that have stood with me on a thousand crusade platforms around the world, that have labored unstintedly [sic] and tirelessly to lift up that great name of Jesus Christ, to tell the weary that He is rest, and the sin-cursed that he, Jesus, is victory, my associates -- and no evangelist ever had a greater group of men and women, given by the hand of God -- have stood with me unstintedly [sic], unflaggingly. I have sinned against you. I have brought shame and embarrassment to you. I beg your forgiveness.

To my fellow television ministers and evagelists, you that are already bearing an almost unbearable load, to continue to say and tell the great story of Jesus' love, I have made your load heavier and I have hurt you. Please forgive me for sinning against you.

And to the hundreds of millions that I have stood before in over a hundred countries of the world, and I've looked into the cameras and so many of you with a heart of loneliness, needing help, have reached out to the minister of the gospel as a beacon of light. You that are nameless -- most I will never be able to see except by faith. I have sinned against you. I beg you to forgive me.

And most of all, to my Lord and my Savior, my Redeemer, the One whom I have served and I love and I worship. I bow at His feet, who has saved me and washed me and cleansed me. I have sinned against You, my Lord. And I would ask that Your precious blood would wash and cleanse every stain, until it is in the seas of God's forgetfulness, never to be remembered against me anymore.

I say unto you that watch me today, through His mercy, His grace and His love, the sin of which I speak is not a present sin; it is a past sin. I know that so many would ask why, why? I have asked myself that 10,000 times through 10,000 tears. Maybe Jimmy Swaggart has tried to live his entire life as though he were not human. And I have thought that with the Lord, knowing He is omnipotent and omniscient, that there was nothing I could not do -- and I emphasize with His help and guidance. And I think this is the reason (in my limited knowledge) that I did not find the victory I sought because I did not seek the help of my brothers and my sisters in the Lord. I have had to come to the realization that this gospel is flawless even though it is ministered at times by flawed men. If I had sought the help of those that loved me, with their added strength, I look back now and know that victory would have been mine. They have given me strength along with the compassion of our Savior in these last few days that I have needed for a long, long time.

Many ask, as I close, this: will the ministry continue? Yes, the ministry will continue. Under the guidance, leadership and directives (as best we know how and can) of the Louisiana District of the Assemblies of God, we will continue to take this gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world. I step out of this pulpit at the moment for an indeterminate period of time and we will leave that in the hands of the Lord.

The Bible college of these young men and young ladies whom I have tried to set a standard for and have miserably failed, its most esteemed president, Ray Tresk -- I, too, beg you, the future pastors, evangelists and missionaries, to forgive me. But this Bible college will continue.

I close this today with the words of another man that lived 3,000 years ago -- and I started to say who committed sin that was worse than mine, but I take that back. And if the Holy Spirit will allow me to borrow His words, I will review that which is as real now as when it was penned in Jerusalem:

Have mercy upon me, O God. According to thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned and done this evil in thy sight, that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desireth truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden parts thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken my rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desireth not sacrifice; else would I give it; thou delightest not in a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and with whole burnt offering; then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. [Psalm 51]

Thank you. Thank you and God bless you.



 2004/6/18 12:35
Tyndale
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Chicago, IL

 Re: Jimmy Swaggart:

I really appreciate you submitting that quote.

I listened to the many criticisms of Jimmy Swaggart back when there was moral failure. In fact my pastor was one of the AOG leaders that took part in sentencing Jimmy Swaggart to stepping down two years for rehabilitation and restoration. For a time, I thought Swaggart was in rebellion for not submitting and withdrawing from the AOG denomination.

I now no longer believe in the man-made structuring of the AOG, and I now recognize the error of those leaders, having built their rules and regulations upon the traditions of men and not upon God's Word.

There should be no question to anyone who loves Jesus and has been a recipient of God's imeasurable grace, that Jimmy Swaggart's sin is atoned for and has been washed and is nowhere in God's remebrance at all forever! When the omniscient (all-knowing) God can't remember somthing - it just ain't there! [an astounding thought] The blood of Jesus Christ was sufficient!

We are to judge the tree by the fruit it produces.
His fruits are millions of souls that will enter heaven gates, having heard the preached salvation message and been born from above. These individuals were fornicators, drug addicts, murderers and every other type of sinner, who had no hope, and no answers - until the gospel of God's grace was heard through a man, though imperfect, but yet one who had a perfect Sacrifice and who simply obeyed the call to preach the message of Jesus in our place for sins'payment.

His fruits are true men and women of God that fed on the marvelous works of Jimmy Swaggart's teachings and writings that now walk in the strength and power of the Holy Ghost, living Jesus-filled lives in freedom and victory.

Many people, (including myself) would have strayed away from Christ, having been misled by false and aberrant doctrines of devils, but Swaggart's oposing voice brought warning and kept them from the satanic snares set before them and preserved them in the purity and truth of the Word of God.

I don't get to troubled by the voices that would condemn and criticize Brother Swaggart. In the end there will be the judgment seat of Christ, when the true saints of God will receive their eternal rewards based on their faithful service to Christ here on earth. It will then all be revealed for all to see and know forever who was really of Him and who was not, and for all eternty the "wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever." (Daniel 12:3)

Jimmy Swaggart still has the purest biblical full-gospel message you'll find anywhere in this age of falling away and spiritual corruption. He's written his own commentary from Genesis to Revelation which is tremendously full of insight and blessing. He's presently working on a study bible with commentary notes on every verse of scripture. The new testament is already completed and has been released. Right now his ministry owns about 70 gospel radio stations throughout the US that feature preaching/teaching & praise and worship 24/7. He still preaching the pure gospel of the cross every week through his tv telecast.

Daniel 12:10 says that in the end, "Many shall purified, and be made white, and tried. But the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand, but the righteous shall understand."

People can (and will) critize, but the fruit speaks for itself - which are countless numbers of lives changed - all through an imperfect vessel being used to channel God's love and saving/sanctifying grace flowing from the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the mean time Brother Swaggart I believe will continue His labor for the souls of mankind, and one day soon, we too my brother, that embrace the true work of God will rejoice in heavens' glory giving all praise and honor to Him that kept us "from falling and presented (us) faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. (Jude 24)


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John

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