NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 30, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart reported defying national Assemblies of God leaders by resuming preaching next month Report introduced.
(Baton Rouge, LA: Kenley Jones) Swaggart's attorney William Treeby's statement discussed. [TREEBY - says Swaggart has own interpretation of church constitution and laws.] [On March 24, 1987, SWAGGART - comments on what punishment Jim Bakker should be given.] [First Assembly of God spokesperson Ansley ORFILA - says ministry will suffer if Swaggart doesn't preach for year] Ministry empls. noted being laid off and construction at complex halted. [Son Donnie SWAGGART - urges viewers to donate money.] Bdcst. success noted depending upon Swaggart's presence. television stations reported hesitant to broadcast Swaggart's programs if he withdraws from Assemblies of God church. [National Relig. Bdcstrs. association spokesperson Jerry ROSE - says Swaggart shouldn't have defied church leaders] Swaggart quoted.
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