Years ago at a Back to the Bible Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, I invited Jim Bakker, former head of the PTL Club and a recently paroled inmate, to speak to the men in attendance. It was a controversial decision, and quite a few people were offended at my choice. They couldn’t believe that I would invite a convicted criminal to speak about what it means to be a man of integrity, a man of God. However, I felt myself led to invite Mr. Bakker and therefore was very comfortable with my decision. You see, I know that half the Bible is filled with stories of inmates, and parts of it were even written by people such
as Paul, who had been incarcerated.