One of the first evangelicals to end a long-term union, Roberts was harshly criticized by some, but still retained a formidable ministerial status, which continues to date.
Former Praise the Lord (PTL) founder Jim Bakker and his wife, the late Tammy Faye Bakker, also dissolved their marriage in 1992 amidst scandal and allegations of adultery and misappropriation of church funds. Highly respected and renowned Southern Baptist pastor Dr.
The dissolution of these high profile marriages have contributed significantly to the rise in divorce church statistics, as those in leadership are apparently leading the flock to the divorce court.
Church leaders might theorize that well known televangelists who have divorced and remarried might be setting a trend for the Body of believers at large.
In the late 90s, televangelist Richard Roberts, heir to the Oral Roberts ministerial dynasty, divorced his first wife, Patti, and later remarried.
It is abundantly apparent that if the trend continues, believers who dare to say, "I don't" will outnumber those who say, "I do." The Barna Group, an organization headed by George Barna of Ventura, California, submits that within Christian denominations, evangelicals known for preaching the whole counsel or full gospel of Jesus Christ top the charts at 26 percent; but born-again believers of other denominations account for a third of marital dissolutions among believers.
Research was conducted from nearly 3,800 adult respondents who have been married.