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Televangelist/condo salesman Jim Bakker: Ozarks are safest place to live during the apocalypse

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Published 7:09 p.m. ET May 11, 2018 | Updated 7:09 p.m. ET May 11, 2018Lori Graham Bakker, left, and husband Jim Bakker deliver a Bible lesson during an open Bible study at the Studio City Cafe in 2002.(Photo: Christina Dicken/News-Leader)SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Televangelist Jim Bakker is trying to sell condos and cabins at his Morningside development near Branson.To sweeten his sales pitch, Bakker — who spent five years in prison after being convicted of fraud in 1989 — claimed that the Ozark mountains in southwest Missouri are the safest place to live, ostensibly for when the apocalypse comes.On an episode of his show, which aired on May 1, Bakker said: “You’re not going to live in downtown Chicago and survive the coming day. … Where are you going to go when the world’s on fire? Where are you going to go? This place is for God’s people and this place, we need some farmers to move here.”The Jim Bakker Show is filmed at Morningside, a Christian-themed residential community built by Branson developer Jerry Crawford.In this 2002 photo, Jim Bakker holds one of the paintings that would go up at the Studio City Cafe, in Branson, where his TV show would be filmed. (Photo: Edmee Rodriguez/News-Leader)Morningside’s grand opening was held in 2009. It had been pitched as a Christian retreat — designed for the faithful — with Bakker as the “anchor tenant.”On the recent episode, Bakker described Morningside as “a little bit” outside of Branson, which he credited with having “the No. 1 Christian theater in the world — Sight and Sound.”The white-haired televangelist was dressed in a sporty blue hoodie and a white baseball cap with a cross design.”I tell you what, you all are going to know soon why God brought us here,” Bakker said. “Did you know people …


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