As Jerry Falwell's "Old Time Gospel Hour" spread across America, he kept his organization totally honest and legal. And although he was not a charismatic, Falwell felt, for a variety of reasons, that he needed to save Jim Bakker's PTL Club ministry when Bakker's scandal broke.
Bakker would eventually go to prison on a variety of charges that boiled down to three main things:
2) excessive compensation
3) illegal accounting practices.
Believing Bakker's assurances that using donations for blackmail payments and offering lifetime partnerships that PTL couldn't possibly honor were the only two crimes Bakker had committed, Falwell assembled a team of honest Christian leaders to oversee PTL. And then Falwell began discovering a growing list of criminal activities as his people went through the financial records.
How could a man of Jerry Falwell's ability and Godliness have been so badly deceived that he brought other Christian leaders into the same mess? Falwell was Godly himself, and he could not see the sin that was right in front of him.
Brethren, Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, and an entire group of honest leaders were deceived by fallen preachers. It isn't your fault if you were deceived as well.