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10 Infamous Evangelical Scandals

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TopTenz (9 days ago)
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Mike Perkins (2 days ago)
Shepard's fleece, f..k and eat their flock. They promise you heaven to steal this world. The religious are an obtuse lot.
taofist (2 days ago)
CaLvary, not Cavalry.
paul1x1 (3 days ago)
Went to see Billy once but the smell of sulphur was just too choking to sit through the broadcast
Sookie 1X (3 days ago)
BACKER ??? come on Simon.... It's Jim BAKER as in what you do with an oven. BAKE BISCUITS, BREAD Bake-r NO "C" not your front or "BACKE-R"
Michael Reid Perry (4 days ago)
Evangelicals get in scandals because they cannot talk about what is “unspeakable,” so there can be no intervention before scandal blows up in their faces. It’s a culture of phoniness.
Tunisian Man (4 days ago)
It is pronounced CAL-VERY as in Mt Calvary, Cavalry ride horses or today tanks. Too, maybe of Dutch origin, Baaker is pronounce Baker, as in someone who bakes bread.
Most evangelicals are racists and cynical 😜
Osiris Virus (6 days ago)
I sure did enjoy this video
4shacks1house (6 days ago)
Billy Graham did nothing wrong outing the Jews. As to the rest of these God's chosen mouth pieces, I would not buy a used car from these crooks.
Yiannis (7 days ago)
Evangelicals the Christian Talibans
David J (8 days ago)
Jim Bakker was convicted for the original 42 counts, not 45, and yes his conviction was upheld on appeal, but after he went into prison, part of the 42 counts was tried separately and the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. 42 separate trials would have taken forever, but resulted in the same ending. This is a danger of being tried for "x counts" of a crime along with "x counts" of another crime in the same trial.
You Who (9 days ago)
Another shocking one was in the Reformed Church in the United States. They had a pastor named George Syms who's daughter gave birth to a child out of wedlock and never did marry the sperm donor. I guess the RCUS doesn't practice what it preaches.
clem kadiddlehopper (10 days ago)
Just for reference, it's Jim and Tammy Bakker with a long A.
whollyfree (10 days ago)
How about the top ten evangelical churches that are making impacts in the US? Think Chan, Keller, Piper, etc......
KingBollock (10 days ago)
It often gets on my (not inconsiderable) tits, when cavalry is mispronounced as calvary. This is the first time I have heard it in reverse.
Kevin Rolim (10 days ago)
What's with the thumbnail image of Antonio from Real Men Real Style channel?
Azanath Whateley (11 days ago)
Take em all out back and shoot em. Murrica
cardinal1973 (13 days ago)
I am a victim of Fundamentalism.
Dekisha Jones (14 days ago)
Religion is the worst! We evolved! There isn’t a Sky daddy, no Matt what the name!
Travis Cleary (14 days ago)
At 5:30 Simon says that the Yoido Full church seats 800,000 churchgoers. This could be interpreted by viewers as the physical church itself being capable of seating near on a million individuals (pretty kuh-razy!) so I just wanted to clarify that the building itself has a seating capacity in excess of 26,000 (according to Wikipedia). Hope I don't sound like too much of an internet twat, your team do an awesome job of producing a truly impressive amount of content so it's unreasonable to expect perfection every time :) Keep it up Simon, love your videos!
Big Ronnie (15 days ago)
Thomas Salo (18 days ago)
Evangelists = Evil Agents!
Christopher Johnston (18 days ago)
Organized religion is the real scandal.
Carl Wawrina (20 days ago)
Simon, please have your research department check for correct pronunciations of names and places before recording. Aside from this quibble, I enjoy your channel.
Dean Robertson (22 days ago)
Calvary ... NOT Cavalry !!!
Michelle J (23 days ago)
How about Cardinal George Pell. I understand that he is under investigation for child abuse the pope moved him to the Vatican and now Pell is number 3 on the church heirarky. A terrible betrayal of the young lives ruined. How is it that those who profess to have greater morals than the average person, in reality are far more corrupt and twisted and yet are sheltered by the church whilst their victims are hounded, accused of lies and shunned. Glad I never believed in religion.
Denis Sutherland (24 days ago)
Deuteronomy 18 : 15 "The LORD your GOD will raise up for you a prophet like me(Moses) from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him" (Jesus.)
Nadine White (25 days ago)
Calvary : Calvary is a proper noun that refers to the hillside on which the bible character Jesus was crucified. Cavalry : Cavalry is a group of highly mobile army troops. Back in the day the cavalry or horsemen are soldiers or warriors who fight mounted on horseback. These two words are wholly unrelated, but they often get confused. Calvary pronunciation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEgGEt54kus Cavalry pronunciation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSaEupEYFTg
Mark Horton (27 days ago)
The Cristal Cathedral got caught selling relics brought back from the Holy Land by their pastor before he left to go there. They were not completely tax exempt and also got caught not paying their taxes. The beautiful Cristal Cathedral was sold to the Catholic Church.
Amanda McCaskill (27 days ago)
well done! i attended the seminary where paige patterson was president. the misogyny was ridiculous. thanks for adding him in, he deserves to be on this list! great list!
Ruth Parker (27 days ago)
Mispronouncing names is getting annoying
Deborah (1 month ago)
I trust GOD and am so thankful for my salvation because of Christs' sacrifice on the cross. But trust man?? Never!
Kitana Kojima (1 month ago)
Billy Graham should have been cremated and dumped in a dumpster. Its offensive that an evangelical zealot lunatic would receive a burial place of honor for an American.
Ed McInnis (1 month ago)
Your glee in the statement "dwindling numbers" certainly confirms your bias against Christianity. Sad...
Typical Racist Aussie (1 month ago)
Pretty sure if I spoke down about my employer or place of work on a public forum I would get fired too....
D.R Conly (1 month ago)
There's no way these tv celebrity evangelists made it to heaven. They sold their souls to satan
Freewheelin' Franklin (1 month ago)
I wonder how Ted Haggerd was going to explain his teeth falling out & the open sores had he not been caught.
Freewheelin' Franklin (1 month ago)
I'm surprised you didn't point out that subsequent of Swaggert being caught with a prostitute, he begged for forgiveness, you showed that scene, he was pulled over by police, found to be intoxicated with pornography.
Hank Williams (1 month ago)
Is it any wonder so many of us are cynics when it comes to filthy rich televangelists?
jack meeellleee (1 month ago)
I do not think any building on earth has a capacity of 800, 000, I looked it up and the church has 800,000 members not a building that seats 800,000
fairy bliss (1 month ago)
Evangelicals are sexually twisted.
bigb1946 (1 month ago)
FWIW - "On July 22, 1996, a federal jury ruled that PTL [ ed. - Bakker's Ministry] was NOT selling securities by offering Lifetime Partnerships at heritage USA. The jury's ruling thus affirms what Jim Bakker contended from the first day he was indicted and throughout this volume." The Publishers of "I Was Wrong'" Jim Bakker, 1996 Thomas Nelson Publishers. Remember that the Securities violations were the core of the Government's case against Bakker. The reduction in sentence was produced on appeal and the original 45 year Federal Prison term ruled excessive by the Appeals Court Judge with evidence of Trial Court Judge bias against Mr. Bakker. Everybody deserves justice in our system, even people we might not like. <bb
Curtis Jewell (1 month ago)
Could you imagine if Trumps Oval office convos were recorded? lol
Iain Macmillan (1 month ago)
Calvary not cavalry.
Iain Macmillan (1 month ago)
The name McPherson is pronounced as it's spelt it's not mcphearson.
Mark Gallagher (1 month ago)
This video shows you how crazy and hypocritical religion is!!
mama mandy 83 (1 month ago)
Simon whistleblower😉
Christbepraised (1 month ago)
I wish you could have talked about Robert Tilton as well. That guy is a big crook
Harry McNicholas (1 month ago)
I think the world would be a better place if preachers and priest turned their pants around the same way they wear their collars.
Vince White (1 month ago)
Mark phiilips. He wasn’t convicted of lying. It a fact that Top Ten, got the info wrong. The conviction was wire fraud. Plus the biography was correct, based on facts you can look Up. The media hype & yellow journalism, carries on, many people have corrected Top Tens. Plus, salacious stories people love to believe. Plus, the autobiography is titled ‘I was Wrong’ which should tell you whats going on. News media are notorious for spreading myths as well. The truth is usually in the Retractions.
Mike Donovan (1 month ago)
How did you decide which ones to leave out?
David Boyd (1 month ago)
More smug than ever
Harold D Burke (1 month ago)
Well some of the scandals that didn't make much news seemed worse...But less sensational. I guess the press likes that juicy gossip.
Linda Bishop (1 month ago)
How many times can you mispronounce a really simple name. Bakker which is pronounced Baker like the profession.
Linda Bishop (1 month ago)
His sometime halting speach is annoying.
The Infidel (1 month ago)
I enjoyed this video very much and I'm sure that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
David Renwick (1 month ago)
"Cal vary" dammit.
Angela Hall (1 month ago)
All religions are cults! All of them.
Robert Trca (1 month ago)
A couple things. If someone preaches prosperity gospel they are not evangelical. Just because someone calls themself an evangelist, doesn’t make them evangelical. Thanks.
timothy lines (1 month ago)
the bible is evil.go figure.
Nairda Charles (1 month ago)
Is Simon so less intelligent or informed than he appears or does he mispronounce simple words for some specific theatrical reason?
Ed Soderlind (1 month ago)
jim jones
Abraão T.S (1 month ago)
eu gostaria de saber quais os grupos evangelicos mais populares no facebook
TheSpoiler001 (1 month ago)
Billy Graham was right, & he shouldn't have to apologize for keepin' it real.
fresatx (1 month ago)
This Korean church Seats 800,000 thousand people??? That would be the biggest stadium/church in the world.... And world have been on one one your other top tenz list.... Poofter hack!
fresatx (1 month ago)
Allan Lamb (1 month ago)
hahahahaha....the scandals of the American Taliban.
Kim Hohlmayer (1 month ago)
Excellent video. Did notice though the abundance of mean spirited remarks in the comment section. Never understand anybody hating anybody else over beliefs. It's wrong when the evangelicals do it and wrong when the atheists do it.
Rodolfo Ayala (1 month ago)
All Kkkristian.
Owen Fitzgerald (1 month ago)
Why petty? He brought the hammer down. It was a muck slinging match of huge proportions and he slung the bigger load, big enough to bury the other guy. Still having said that, they are all reprehensible characters on this list. Ted Haggard, he was the guy who was filmed looking into a camera and saying "If you use any of this I'll sue you" Every major religious organization is rotten to the core.
hwgray (1 month ago)
"AFFERmentioned"? aFOREmentioned
Norman Van Rooy (1 month ago)
This was tepid at best. You could have really found better examples and illustrated them better. You are getting top tenzed out dude.
Kassie (2 months ago)
How bout top ten catholic scandals?
knight night (2 months ago)
wonder y no one sees tammy fay as a crook? she was involved in everything. she was so fake
Dan Miller (2 months ago)
More proof of the total evil that is religion.
Aras B (2 months ago)
Great content, but delivery of, halting between each word is a bit distracting.
ProphecyPodRadio (2 months ago)
I usually enjoy your videos. However, Bob Coy was not a founder of Calvary Chapel. Chuck Smith was. The only Calvary Chapel Bob Coy founded was the one in Fort Lauderdale, and that came two decades later.
Kristen Sorensen (2 months ago)
How about a trash truth about scientology.?!
Marty Champlin (2 months ago)
Jim Bakker was completely vindicated and proven to have committed no crime & the sentencing judge was thrown out as a biased fraud. Get your facts straight bub.
LordCLecter (2 months ago)
FYI that Korean megachurch has 800,000 MEMBERS. Not churchgoers!! Do your research properly, or simply use your brains before stating such "impressive" figures. If you consider that the biggest sporting event ever held around 200,000 people standing (soccer Worldcup finals 1950 Rio de Janeiro) in an OPEN stadium, imagining a structure with a roof that SEATS four times as many is pretty hard... According to Wikipedia the church in Seoul seats around 12,000 people
Mark Davis (2 months ago)
Con men are always out to rob you. And then you have the congregation that are happy to be robbed. How can you help people like that?
Karin Allen (2 months ago)
I actually visited Jim Bakker's theme-park-like Heritage USA a year or two before the scandal broke. I and my friends went there as cynical college students who just wanted to gawp at the hypocritical excesses of the Bakkers, who were already notorious among everyone but their followers. Heritage USA was even more disgusting than you can imagine. The Bakkers had spent who knows how many thousands of dollars (donated, no doubt, by true believers who thought they were doing God's will) keeping white lights lit on all their trees, no matter what the season; and they'd built an air--conditioned doghouse for their dog. Then, when we'd absorbed as much of Heritage USA as we could stand, we checked out the Bakkers' actual home in a nearby *very* affluent town. There we found *more* Christmas lights decorating the bar that blocked the access to their driveway...but not, eventually to the police.
Frances Van Siclen (2 months ago)
Regarding Graham's comments, truth hurts, huh Simon !
Bill Scott (2 months ago)
I find your narrative annoying. Sorry
George Kraft (2 months ago)
I remember the film "Marjoe". When it came out in NY, posters were everywhere. Within a couple of weeks the film disappeared from theaters. It had exposed Evangelism's greed.
DaithiKerr68 (2 months ago)
I'm afraid that you also mispronounced McPherson, (it's FERson not FEARson) please check the pronunciation of people's names before recording, small but grating errors in an otherwise great vid
Brent Little (2 months ago)
Sad and depressing.
Joseph Stokes (2 months ago)
Dude! You have a bus to catch? Slow down! We came here to learn and you make it most difficult. Best of luck!
Arthur Newton (2 months ago)
the last story was just awful. to treat anyone like that is bad enough, but to claim to be a CHURCH makes it stomach turning.
Dan Beliveau (2 months ago)
Dude you talk too much
Nazraq S (2 months ago)
Churches should pay taxes
Nazraq S (2 months ago)
+Greg B Several reasons. I pay taxes, and enjoy the benefits they bring. Too many to make a list, but they should be obvious. From things like roads and infrastructure to having a strong military to keep our country safe. I work hard at my job and I EARN my money. I'm a member of a society, and I pay my fair share. I strongly believe in the separation of church and state. No religious organization should be exempt from taxes. As it stands, a religion has to be granted tax exempt status from the government. That doesn't sound like a separation of church and state to me.
Greg B (2 months ago)
Why, so government bureaucrats can waste the money?
Savyar (2 months ago)
Liberals say disgusting things too, they just don't report on it as much
Terpag11 (2 months ago)
"In the age of Trump"?? Trump has nothing to with this. The left is loopy and unhinged.
Salnsd (2 months ago)
WEAK, it's you loonies and your self righteous attitudes ,
omz3694 (2 months ago)
Evangelicals are the worst human beings to trust. Stay away from them.
Jack Rabbit (2 months ago)
Captain Picard on prednisone at 9:25
Dave van Wyk (2 months ago)
You say Cavalry instead of Calvary....
david cunningham (2 months ago)
no surprises here really. evangelicals are nothing more than scumbag con artists preying on the weak minded/religious/children. christian morality ay?
Mike Reyes (2 months ago)
Click bait
George Orwell (2 months ago)
Do 'top 1000 Jews that lie to us' (Banks/media/government - we all know them)

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