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Family Feud Reveals Luxuries At Largest Christian TV Network [Televangelist Crooks Galore!]
MSNBC ^ | May 05, 2012 | Erik Eckholm

Posted on 05/05/2012 4:49:14 PM PDT by Steelfish

Family Feud Reveals Luxuries At Largest Christian TV Network Granddaughter attacks founders, who accuse her of embezzlement

The Trinity Broadcasting Network, which also runs the Holy Land Experience theme park in Orlando, Fla., is at the center of a family battle.

By Erik Eckholm

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lord’s bounty in return.

The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station into the world’s largest Christian television network, has worked out well for them.

Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience theme park. Mr. Crouch, 78, has an adjacent home there too, but rarely visits. Its occupant is often a security guard who doubles as Mrs. Crouch’s chauffeur.

The twin sets of luxury homes only hint at the high living enjoyed by the Crouches, inspirational television personalities whose multitudes of stations and satellite signals reach millions of worshipers across the globe. Almost since they started in the 1970s, the couple have been criticized for secrecy about their use of donations, which totaled $93 million in 2010.

Now, after an upheaval with Shakespearean echoes, one son in this first family of televangelism has ousted the other to become the heir apparent. A granddaughter, who was in charge of TBN’s finances, has gone public with the most detailed allegations of financial improprieties yet, which TBN has denied, saying its practices were audited and legal.

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KEYWORDS: crouch; tbn; televangelists
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1 posted on 05/05/2012 4:49:20 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/article_0153f168-9646-11e1-8e6b-0019bb2963f4.html
Hilarious in juxtaposition! :{)


2 posted on 05/05/2012 4:51:10 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Steelfish

There’s a sucker born every minute.


3 posted on 05/05/2012 4:52:04 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Steelfish

Riches? But what about The Pope? He has a whole country! /sarc


4 posted on 05/05/2012 4:56:48 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Steelfish

The pink haired woman?


5 posted on 05/05/2012 4:58:05 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (If Romney needs my vote to win Mississippi, he is in a heck of a lot trouble more than me.)
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To: Steelfish
Read the entire article...yikes...

It's this type of exploitation that will lead to a repeal of religious tax exemption.

6 posted on 05/05/2012 5:01:13 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: BigCinBigD

There’s a sucker born every minute.

Sit in a church full of those suckers, and then ask yourself if there is hope for our country.


7 posted on 05/05/2012 5:02:36 PM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: WestwardHo

Most ministers are honest. These folks may have started out ok, then the greed set in. They are lost now, without repentance.


8 posted on 05/05/2012 5:04:40 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: steve86
Mr. Crouch and an assistant, Matthew and his family, and two pilots are nearing the end of a six-week world tour in the larger company jet, visiting affiliates, taping programs and scouting new territory for evangelism in Rome

Good luck with that. LOL

9 posted on 05/05/2012 5:05:22 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Steelfish

TBN has great kids shows. I never sent them a dime but they run “Drive Thru History” and I appreciate it.


10 posted on 05/05/2012 5:06:07 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: netmilsmom

The worthy parts should be split off, maybe sold to EWTN lol


11 posted on 05/05/2012 5:07:25 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: steve86

Seriously!


12 posted on 05/05/2012 5:09:54 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: gorush

What do you think the odds are that your people donated to the Crouch’s?


13 posted on 05/05/2012 5:10:27 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: netmilsmom

Then we can put some Mary statues in the theme park lol


14 posted on 05/05/2012 5:11:20 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Steelfish
Televangelists? Million dollar mansions? Fraud? Love offerings in return for prayer towels?

Here's my shocked face........


15 posted on 05/05/2012 5:11:26 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: Steelfish

Praise the lord, and pass the basket.

Or as Wolfman Jack used to say, “Just send Five Dollars, cash, check or money order.”

Trinity Hq. building is on 405 freeway at approx. Bear interchange, Costa Mesa, next to Newport Beach.

Nice gig. Been copied over, and over. Benny Hinn down the coast a few miles.

Conservative Orange County is very well represented in this industry.


16 posted on 05/05/2012 5:12:48 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Vince Ferrer

:{)


17 posted on 05/05/2012 5:12:48 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Steelfish

Behind all this is a paying audience that WANTS their spiritual representatives (the Crouches, et. al) to be rich, to live an “abundant life” in the name of Jesus. I see this audience as willfully naive, since reading the Bible for themselves would prevent them from supporting such false teachers in the first place.

Even in the Old Testament, where there were some very wealthy believers, riches were always tied to loving God and people (see Job), never as a blank check for greed and self-indulgence. Flash forward to the New Testament and you find the Son of Man with “no place to lay his head”, and many reversals of the concepts of “success” (see the martyred apostles, content with “food and clothing”). No surprise then that these televangelists are heavy on the Old Testament when (erroneously) defending their wealth.

True wealth as defined by GOD? To be heavy laden with Wisdom from above. “Godliness with contentment” equals “great gain”.


18 posted on 05/05/2012 5:14:27 PM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

These folks may have started out ok, then the greed set in.

The bigger problem is the people sitting in the pews with no discernment. Lord, have mercy on our nation!


19 posted on 05/05/2012 5:21:03 PM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: steve86

You made me spew ice water all over my screen!


20 posted on 05/05/2012 5:21:44 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: WestwardHo

It DOES help to read the Bible : )


21 posted on 05/05/2012 5:25:16 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: WestwardHo

” Lord, have mercy on our nation!”

I pray he does!


22 posted on 05/05/2012 5:26:36 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Steelfish

TBN—The Blasphemy Network. There’s hardly one (maybe only 2%) that teaches the true Gospel on that station. It’s pretty pathetic.


23 posted on 05/05/2012 5:27:09 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: truth_seeker

” Conservative Orange County is very well represented in this industry.”

Nice weather....ocean.....good restaurants......... : )


24 posted on 05/05/2012 5:28:44 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Steelfish
The story behind the story is that virtually any religion, once it gains a critical mass, becomes corrupted by money, power, and political influence. And despite any protestations you may hear to the contrary, none are immune.
25 posted on 05/05/2012 5:31:06 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Tex-Con-Man

That’s basically the purpose of these wolves. Turn people away from the Gospel.


26 posted on 05/05/2012 5:37:18 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Steelfish

BFL


27 posted on 05/05/2012 5:43:05 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Jonty30

Wonder what Jim Wallis pulls in per year.


28 posted on 05/05/2012 5:43:44 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: Steelfish

There's a special place in hell for people with this sort of taste...

29 posted on 05/05/2012 5:57:59 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Steelfish
"Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself." (I Timothy 6:5)
30 posted on 05/05/2012 6:03:06 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: SpaceBar
The story behind the story is that virtually any religion, once it gains a critical mass, becomes corrupted by money, power, and political influence. And despite any protestations you may hear to the contrary, none are immune.

This is why the only church Jesus Christ authorised as His Body is the local church assembly.

31 posted on 05/05/2012 6:05:25 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: Steelfish
More religious hucksters, You know, kinda like Islam!
32 posted on 05/05/2012 6:07:44 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Steelfish

Well, color me shocked. /sarc


33 posted on 05/05/2012 6:10:45 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: Yashcheritsiy

You are so right - Jesus had great disdain for the hierarchy of the religious professionals.


34 posted on 05/05/2012 6:20:31 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Steelfish
I'm shocked, I tell ya, they're so nice!


35 posted on 05/05/2012 6:21:57 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Steelfish
Needless to say, my and your favorite televangelist is A-OK, isn't he?! (Until he gets caught and then we'll be shocked!)
36 posted on 05/05/2012 6:25:32 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmJati2W7uA


37 posted on 05/05/2012 6:36:34 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: mkjessup

LOL!!


38 posted on 05/05/2012 6:42:52 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Steelfish

Nothing like a clean outer vessel.


39 posted on 05/05/2012 7:07:19 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mkjessup
Man O man was that funny....I remember that show...Helen Reddy, Joan Rivers (when she actually looked 1/2 way good) and REDD FOXX...Funny Stuff.
and not to be outdone by...
Richard Pryor - The Negro Exorcist - comedy sketch (1974)
40 posted on 05/05/2012 7:09:06 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: steve86

May be LOL to you but not to this Roman Catholic.


41 posted on 05/05/2012 7:33:01 PM PDT by simonjo
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To: steve86

May be LOL to you but not to this Roman Catholic.


42 posted on 05/05/2012 7:33:09 PM PDT by simonjo
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To: Sioux-san

TBN barred Jack Van Impe from preaching against Islam, and he left their stations.


43 posted on 05/05/2012 7:33:41 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Steelfish
This New York Times article is misleading and has an obvious agenda. At least one of the Newport Beach "mansions" is a home they bought some 40 or 50 years ago when Newport was cheap and sparsely inhabited. The other was donated by a single person, as I recall.

The TBN network is the world's largest TV network with over 18,000 affiliates. For comparison, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox COMBINED have fewer than 1000 affiliates. The chief executives of those networks also fly in private jets, even though they do not have the same international footprint as TBN. The head of TBN makes $400K per year. I am sure each of the other networks pays far more.

I do not agree with everything TBN does, but I believe them to be honest and to live with relative modesty. For example, even though Mrs. Crouch is an on-air personality, she is known to wear the same clothes frequently, from year to year. She could easily justify an expensive wardrobe.

Anyone who buys this story without some skepticism probably also swallowed the NYTimes stories about "diva" Sarah Palin and her $150,000 campaign wardrobe.

44 posted on 05/05/2012 7:34:55 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: billorites

Why is that angel statue groping an artichoke ?


45 posted on 05/05/2012 7:46:07 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Remember Ninevah!


46 posted on 05/05/2012 7:46:45 PM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: Steelfish

If anyone is fooled by TBN - Crouch, Benny Hinn, and the like for 5 seconds they have NO SPIRITUAL Discernment.

People sitting around TV sets with everything painted gold, talking about how people at their services have real gold appear in their teeth, on clothing (etc) as well as many other false “signs”.

For a wicked and perverse generation demands a sign.


47 posted on 05/05/2012 8:16:01 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: simonjo

You missed my profile?

I drive by two Blessed Virgin Mary statues everyday and say at least one Hail Mary for each of them.


48 posted on 05/05/2012 8:44:38 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: WestwardHo

BUMP


49 posted on 05/05/2012 9:21:03 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

More Communist propaganda about humble servants of the Lord. Why, their poor pooches (slandered by the article) have worn the same tutus since they were born.


50 posted on 05/05/2012 9:28:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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