Jimmy Swaggart's sex scandal damaged his hard-earned success

By: Priscilla Matthews  |   | 


In 1962, Jimmy Swaggart recorded God Took Away My Yesterdays, which was one of the most successful albums that helped Jimmy proclaim fame and success. The success of his album took Jimmy to a new level of popularity. Later, he went on to record two other albums - This Is Just What Heaven Means To Me and There is a River, which were also highly successful.

This was also a time when Swaggart starting transmitting 30 minutes a week telecast over several local stations in Baton Rouge. Besides that, he also purchased a local radio station – WLUX (currently known as WPFC) from which he broadcasted Christian feature stories and played some inspirational music for its listeners.

With his songs, the work that he was doing from his radio station and from his television career, Jimmy was accumulating fame like never before. But his empire crumbled when the news of his adulterous affairs with prostitutes became public in 1988. Jimmy confessed his sins on television and even apologized publicly to his wife.

At the height of his popularity, Swaggart was a celebrity in the gospel circuit with a lavish lifestyle to match. With contributions from his loyal parishioners, Swaggart was able to finance a Bible college, printing plant, recording studio, television production center, and the church sanctuary, as well as a $1.5 million estate that housed his fleet of expensive cars. His ministry also owned a private jet for a time as well, according to the Los Angeles Times. After the sex scandal, Jimmy resigned from the ministry.


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