Religion: Taking Command at Fort Mill

Jim Bakker surfaces, and Jerry Falwell begins his PTL cleanup

Looking properly contrite and a trifle weary, fallen Televangelist Jim Bakker emerged from his self-imposed seclusion in Palm Springs, Calif., last week. Flanked by Wife Tammy and Son Jamie, 12, the boyish Bakker, once ruler of the $129 million PTL television and theme-park ministry, delivered a message of conciliation ("We will not fight -- we don't want to be part of a circus") and seeming acceptance ("Without a miracle of God, we will never minister again").

The Pentecostal preacher, who has been lying doggo since he confessed seven weeks ago to adultery, bristled slightly when discussing new charges of immorality recently...

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