Controversial televangelist Jim Bakker has said that the late Rev. Billy Graham once visited him in prison in some of the lowest moments of his life, where he hugged him and told him that he loves him.
Bakker, whose ministry came to a grinding halt in 1987 after he was accused of paying hush money to his secretary for alleged rape, and later served five years in prison for various fraud charges, traveled to Charlotte on Tuesday to pay his respects to Graham, who died at the age of 99 last week.
The televangelist, who hosts “The Jim Bakker Show” in Missouri, told WBTV that Graham showed him remarkable kindness and visited him when he was in prison.
“Billy Graham came into my prison when I was there. He wrapped his arms around me when I was a mess. I was cleaning toilets at that moment and I was at a very low moment in my life,” Bakker said. “Billy Graham walked in and threw his arms around me and said, ‘Jim, I love you.'”
Graham’s wife, Ruth, who died in 2007, even invited him to their home in North Carolina after he was released from prison.
“And Ruth Graham is so amazing, it would take me hours to tell. As I got out of prison, I was at the Graham home, I was at the church with Ruth Graham and all,” he recalled.
“But they represented Jesus Christ to somebody who the world said was fallen and would never preach again.”
Bakker said that he has received love from the whole Graham family and noted that he is looking forward to walking with the late evangelist in Heaven one day.
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Source: Christian Post