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Minister Tells Why He Spread The Word Of Evangelists Alleged Adultery

July 18, 1991

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A minister who helped publicize reports of televangelist Marvin Gorman’s adulterous affairs says he acted out of concern for the Assemblies of God ministry, not to sabotage Gorman.

The Rev. Michael Indest testified Wednesday in Gorman’s $90 million defamation lawsuit against evangelist Jimmy Swaggart.

″There was a great deal of confusion, crying and broken-heartedness about what had happened,″ Indest said. ″I felt with the general confusion and the lying that was going on, we needed to make the story known.″

Gorman, 58, is a New Orleans-based evangelist who once presided over a growing television ministry. He sued the better-known Swaggart in 1987, claiming the Baton Rouge television evangelist helped bankrupt his ministry by spreading lies about Gorman’s infidelities.

Indest, an Assemblies of God minister from New Orleans, said he confronted Gorman in 1986 with a woman’s confession that she had a three-year affair with him. At that meeting, Indest said, Gorman said he was guilty of more than the single indiscretion he later publicly confessed to in 1987.

″At first he denied it but then he admitted it,″ Indest said.

Indest also said he had sought Swaggart’s advice on how to handle the matter since Gorman was a national official of the Assemblies of God and a well-known televangelist with a 6,000-member New Orleans church.

He denied he was influenced by Swaggart. He admitted, however, that he was offered a job at Jimmy Swaggart Bible College after Gorman resigned but said he didn’t accept it because he preferred to remain a full-time minister.

Gorman and Swaggart are longtime rivals who contributed to each other’s undoing.

Swaggart insisted on Gorman’s resignation from his growing New Orleans church after learning of Savage’s allegations, Indest said.

Gorman, in turn, helped topple Swaggart by providing the Assemblies of God with a photo of Swaggart with a prostitute outside a suburban New Orleans motel.

Gorman and Swaggart were both defrocked by the Assemblies of God, the nation’s largest Pentecostal denomination. Swaggart kept his ministry, college, and television show; Gorman has since established a storefront church in a suburb of New Orleans.

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