After he became familiar with Jim Bakker's story, he had asked if he could be trusted again and also asked what my opinion was of him. Written below is what I had shared with him.
Ask this question, has God trusted you after you have sinned? You and I can answer that question honestly to say, yes, He has.
Remember Ted Haggard, the pastor from Colorado, who was removed from his position as pastor because of his sexual immorality, he may one day become a pastor of a church again.
With any sin, we suffer the consequences of it, emotionally, physically and spiritually. If we truly come to God and repent of our sin before Him, God will restore us. Others would need to see the change that has occurred so that they could trust that person once again. It may take some time because that trust was broken, but it can be regained. Just like baptism is an outward expression of an inward change, our lives would have to show the inward change by the outward expression of our love and appreciation for God's grace and forgiveness. You and I know that it is His love that makes us want to change to become better at living the Christian life.
Look at the Apostle Peter. Did Jesus trust him after he denied knowing Christ? Jesus trusted Peter with the Gospel to fulfill the Great Commission even after he cursed a woman denying he even knew Jesus. Has Jesus trusted you with the Gospel, after you have sinned? I, myself am included in that question too.
If we are the same way with others who have broken our trust, as Billy Graham showed to Jim Bakker, we would be showing the world the same forgiveness and restoration of trust to someone, in a Christ-like manner, because Christ lives within them. What an awesome way to share the Gospel with someone too!
The Apostle Peter is probably the best example I can think of that would be similar to Jim Bakker and to you and I, generally speaking of course, but it does apply.
Psalm 51:10-13 says,
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.
Have a blessed day.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.