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The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were the 'Karadashians of the gospel' for a good part of the 1980s, raising close to a billion dollars for their PTL ministry.

It all came swiftly crashing down however when it was revealed that the couple had stolen millions of dollars worth of donations from people around the world to fund their increasingly over-the-top lifestyle.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg, with allegations that Jim had raped a secretary emerging around this time while his wife Tammy was forced to check into rehab for a pill addiction.   Their rapid rise and ferocious fall will be the focus of a new episode of 20/20 set to air on Friday at 10pm on ABC.

Legends Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's fall from grace will b the focus of a new episode of 20/20 airing Friday on NBC (above in 1977)
If they build it: The couple sot to fame and raised close to a billion dollars over 11 years for their PTL ministry, even building a massive amusement-like park Heritage (above in 1986)
If they build it: The couple sot to fame and raised close to a billion dollars over 11 years for their PTL ministry, even building a massive amusement-like park Heritage (above in 1986)
Distance: All the while the two made no secret of their lavish lifestyle and the money they splashed out on clothes, cars and jewels (above in 1988)

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