Actor Stephen Baldwin has had his share of money woes, and one website is looking to help him out, Bible-style.
The Restoration of Stephen Baldwin seeks support and monetary donations for the born-again Christian actor. According to the website, the movement was inspired by the Biblical story of Job, a man of great wealth who went through a rough period after he stood up for his faith, only to have his wealth eventually restored through token donations.
Baldwin was not involved in the making of the site, but his spiritual adviser Daniel Southern gave permission. It was built by the same company, SPX Studios, that made Baldwin's official site as well as his Breakthrough Ministry page.
Because the inspiration for the movement comes from the Bible verse Job 42:10-11, the donation page automatically populates a gift of $4.21, though they will accept any amount. The site says that donations go directly into a private bank account that Southern set up for Baldwin.
The website cites fall-out over Baldwin's religion for his financial troubles, saying that his income went down 70% because he stopped accepting roles with too much sex and violence after becoming a born-again Christian. The site also alleges that his family, which includes Emmy-winner and "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin, refuses to help because they don't "perceive Stephen's predicament as a matter of spiritual warfare" and because they see his evangelism as a series of bad choices.
Baldwin declared bankruptcy in New York last summer, claiming he and his wife owe more than $2.3 million on his property, which is valued at $1.1 million. He owes over $1 million in taxes and $1.2 million in mortgages, plus credit card debt.
The movement has already inspired at least one parody, Restore Someone Else, which promises to donate any of its restoration profits to various churches and charities.