Sunday, July 22, 2007

RIP Tammy Faye Messner
Lord, have mercy upon her
"I believe when I leave this Earth because I love the Lord, am going straight to heaven," a gaunt Messner told CNN's Larry King in an interview on 19 July.

Asked by King if she had any regrets, she said: "I don't think about it, Larry, because it's a waste of good brain space."

Bakker said in a statement that his ex-wife "lived her life like the song she sang, 'If Life Hands You a Lemon, Make Lemonade'.

"She is now in heaven with her mother and grandmother and Jesus Christ, the one who she loves and has served from childbirth," he said.
We on earth can’t predict what will happen to anybody in the afterlife (an issue that comes up when talking about excommunication — it’s not a ticket to hell given by the church but an offer to reflect and come back to it) but I dare say she’s in for some rude shocks (as might we all be). The particular judgement, the intermediate state (the Church Expectant in purgatory, which can be merciful!)...

Rod Dreher wrote this recently which backs up the above.

I saw a clip of her on ‘Larry King’:
You’d have to be Christopher Hitchens not to pity the poor woman under these circumstances.

Even Jim Bakker has confessed his sin ... writing a 1996 book called "I Was Wrong," and publicly repenting of having advocated the wicked prosperity gospel.

King said she approached him about doing an interview. I thought maybe she would want to make some sort of appeal to people to get right with God before they die, or something like that, but there was none of that. I thought afterward, "What was that for?"
Memento mori
On Christian wisdom about the usually inevitable decay of the body and faith in the resurrection
Such grim evidence of mortality lends her a terrifying dignity.
From Joshua Snyder.

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