Swimming Upstream: “Casting Stones At Fallen Brethren”

In the late 1980’s, the ministry of Jimmy Swaggart was involved in a scandal that rocked the Christian world. And of course, the media had a field day exposing the scandal. It was ugly!

But out of this, I learned something that has forever changed my life.

My revelation came from hearing how two Christian leaders reacted to the news about Swaggart’s scandal.

The first man told how he jumped up and down, called his friends and said, “Isn’t it great how God has finally judged Jimmy Swaggart?” He was elated.

The second man said that when he heard the news, he pulled the curtains in his living room, laid on the floor and wept for hours. The only words he could say were, “Have mercy on him, Lord.” He was devastated.

I made up my mind to be like the second leader, and not the first.

Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.


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4 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “Casting Stones At Fallen Brethren”

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  2. This is a powerful post, Larry. I remember that incident well, as well as the scandal surrounding Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. I completely agree with you. I, too, want to be like the second leader. In fact, I think I’ll post about my reason why on my own blog very soon. I will reference your post here.

  3. seriouswhimsey,


    What’s sad is that the Swaggart and Bakker scandals were somewhat related and took place about the same time. What a mess!

  4. P.S. I posted on this tonight. Hope you’ll take a look.

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