With the rise of the dangerous new Delta variant of COVID-19 this year, there’s never been a better time to mask up to protect yourself and others. However, wearing a face mask has somehow become a politicized issue in the US. There’s still a minority that refuses to do so and calls those who follow the rules ‘sheep’.

Jim Bakker, a disgraced US televangelist, is the latest figure to spread this message. And as God’s shepherd of a different kind of flock, he has shared his religious views on the sins of wearing a mask in church.

“How can you go to church and pray when you’re wearing a mask? Do you think God can hear your prayers through a mask?” Bakker said.

Naturally, his questions have blown the internet’s mind, so Bored Panda has collected the best responses to them. Vote for your favorites and let’s pray to God that anti-maskers will finally see the light.

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Samantha Lomb
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11 months ago

This made me chuckle

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Jim Bakker has a long history of controversy, and COVID-19 misinformation is just the tip of the iceberg. After becoming one of the most infamous televangelists of the ‘80s, his life came crashing down after multiple scandals.

He was accused of raping and drugging a woman and then using his money from his followers to bribe her into silence. There were further accusations of using the same church funds for his own gain, as if that wasn’t apparent already from the lavish lifestyle he was living. 

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rspanther
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11 months ago

I have always liked this quote; “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” ― Epicurus

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In 1989, Bakker was convicted of 24 counts of fraud and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. However, he was later paroled and served 5 years instead. 

You would think that a wake-up call like this would help him to see the error of his ways. Perhaps it was a message from God and he would atone for his sins? But alas, nothing has changed. Bakker has continued to tout his brand of televangelism to scam people and build his own fortunes and platform.

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JuJu
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11 months ago

<3

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MAL
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11 months ago

Too bad he isn't still there.

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And the COVID-19 pandemic was just another way for him to cash in on people’s beliefs. In the initial media frenzy and panic of the coronavirus, there were many unfounded claims and lies being told about it. Suddenly, everyone knew better than the professionals and gave their two cents on how to beat the virus. Bakker was no different. 

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Watching
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11 months ago

He was probably banging his secretary that day.

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Dan H
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11 months ago

Mimes too

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He and his company, Morningside Church Productions, started selling their own snake oil to unsuspecting and panicked customers. The ‘Silver Solution’ (ironically named after the harmful colloidal silver used in it) would supposedly prevent and cure COVID-19, whilst simultaneously boosting the immune system. 

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Viviane
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11 months ago

I was wondering if G-d has a hearing problem. Or maybe people need to enunciate better?

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NsG
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11 months ago

But apparently does nothing to stop it... 🤔

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John C
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11 months ago

Inigo Montoya: "I do not think those words mean what you think they mean" :D

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Of course, none of it was true and it should go without saying that trusting a convicted fraudster selling an unapproved medicine is a bad decision. Thankfully, Bakker was successfully sued by the state of Missouri to stop him and his company from selling the bogus cure, and he was ordered to pay back all the costs to the people he had defrauded.

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Kona Pake
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11 months ago

Don’t forget to tack on the 20% interest for each of the five easy payments.

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Sarah Grape
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11 months ago

also, masks aren't necessary in private, closed rooms.

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earringnut
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11 months ago

Inches of cloth? More like less than one 1/6 of an inch.

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Although televangelism was in its heyday during the ‘80s, its format and concept still persist today in the US. And it seems to be as lucrative as ever. 

Another popular televangelist, Kenneth Copeland, managed to build his wealth on the same business idea. With a net worth estimated somewhere between $300 million to $760 million and being the owner of three private jets, he seems to be doing well for himself.

When asked by investigative reporter Lisa Guerrero if all this was necessary for spreading the good word he said, “It takes a lot of money to do what we do.”

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Ryan Deschanel
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11 months ago

What is that elephant doing?!

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RandomBeing
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11 months ago

All hail the CVS cashier

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mcborge1
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11 months ago

Lol.

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MAL
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11 months ago

Well we all know that God only likes flashy rich folks. I mean look at Jesus. Dude was LOADED. *eye roll*

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v
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11 months ago

The breathing tube acts as an echo chamber.

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LegendYak
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11 months ago

Who said I was mortal...

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Eric Law
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11 months ago

Jim Bakker's church: where the value of your prayers is measured in dollars.

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Joanie
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11 months ago

Amen.

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Ryan Deschanel
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11 months ago

Bakker in hell : "What? So it was true? Oh f**k!"

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WilvanderHeijden
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11 months ago

Televangescammer Kenneth Copeland did better when he said that even when people lose their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak, they must continue giving to the church: "Whatever you do right now, don't you stop tithing!"

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Joanie
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11 months ago

YES!

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RainWingRoyal
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11 months ago

The synagogue I go to went online. That worked just fine for us.

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Nathan Pogorzala
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11 months ago

Looks like the psychopath version of Lucille Ball.

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Kona Pake
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11 months ago

What they’re trying to do is drown out your prayers by screaming (it doesn’t work).

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smugdruggler
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11 months ago

Well, it was a BIG bang.

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Jamma
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11 months ago

It's almost like he's a completely made up and nonsensical character.

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John C
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11 months ago

Nope. Mutes go to hell, just like children killed before they're baptized.

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Terd Fergison
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11 months ago (edited)

I'm against Bakker and his evil grifting, but this comment is just completely false. Scientific study after scientific study have shown that petitionary prayer has the same outcome as random chance. Prayer is less than useless, it's detrimental. Jesus says that you can actually move mountains with prayer alone and faith the size of a mustard seed. Go do it! Go move a mountain with prayer. I won't hold my breathe while waiting. If COVID has shown us anything, it's that prayer is less than useless. Every person of every prayer denomination all over the world has prayed for over a year for COVID to end, and it hasn't. Science and human actions will be the only thing to stop COVID, not invisible sky daddies and magical thoughts.

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Terd Fergison
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11 months ago

He sure was absent at the holocaust.

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