Televangelist Jim Bakker has been urging his followers to make monthly $85 donations to ensure they will get a good place to live in heaven.
“I’m urging people to make these regular donations so we can offer up special prayers to guarantee their homes in heaven,” the pastor said. “People need to look at this like a down payment on their heavenly mortgage.”
Bakker and his ex wife Tammy Faye were among the most flamboyant televangelists of the 1980s, until they were brought down by financial and sex scandals. Bakker went to jail, but has resumed his ministry.
“Heaven has all kinds of property, ghettos, shacks, apartments, starter homes and mansions,” Bakker said. “Send in your love offering to ensure you have a palatial mansion in heaven. You want to make sure you are in a good heavenly neighborhood.”