A Jewish businessman interested in PTL's real estate agreed to pay $65 million for the assets of the scandal-plagued ministry but refused to say if he would allow its evangelical operations to continue.

The head of Heritage Ministries, PTL's religious successor, however, said the deal means merely a change in landlords, and purchaser Stephen Mernick told him he was "sensitive" to the religious operation.Mernick, a nonpracticing Orthodox rabbi from Toronto, bought the assets Tuesday for $10 million less than the value placed on it by U.S. Banktruptcy Judge Rufus Reynolds, and only a little more than half of what he offered a month ago.