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Is Trinity Broadcasting Network Doing Godís Will?
The Christian Diarist ^ | November 18, 2012 | JP

Posted on 11/18/2012 12:31:13 PM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I’m conflicted about Trinity Broadcast Network, which wrapped up its Fall Praise-A-Thon today.

There is no denying that “America’s most-watched faith and family friendly network,” as TBN advertises itself, provides a service to the Christian faithful.

I, for one, appreciate the platform it provides for such pastors as Ken Copeland, Charles Stanley, John Hagee, Ed Young Sr., David Jeremiah and Joel Osteen.

I also enjoy the praise and worship music it presents from such Christian artists as Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Martha Munizzi and Cindy Cruse Ratcliff.

Yet, my soul is troubled by news reports of what goes on behind the scenes of the network founded 39 years ago by Paul and Jan Crouch:

A bitter division within the Crouch family that belies the happy front 78-year-old Paul and 74-year-old Jan, and son Matthew and wife Laurie, put on while hosting TBN’s Praise-A-Thon this past week.

Lavish spending by “Papa” and “Mama,” as Paul and Jan are called on air, which might be acceptable for a billionaire couple like Bill and Melinda Gates, but not for a putative Christian couple that has spent the past week encouraging its viewers to “plant of seed” with TBN of $100 or $1000 or more if they desire God’s favor.

This past Spring, Brittany Crouch Koper, the 26-year-old granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, went public with allegations of scandalous, decidedly unGodly behavior within the Crouch family.

That includes, she said, the family’s cover-up of a “bloody sexual assault,” as well as infidelities by both Mama and Papa Crouch, and repeated incidents in which Uncle Matt Crouch exposed his genitals to TBN cleaning staff.

Equally damning were allegations by Brittany, who served as TBN’s finance director, of unscrupulous financial practices by the non-profit Christian enterprise.

Indeed, Mama and Papa Crouch have his-and-her $5.6 million mansions one street apart in Newport Beach, California. Mama spends little time at her SoCal estate because she’s usually at a huge TBN-owned home in Orlando – where she oversees the company’s Holy Land Experience theme park – which is adjacent to a similarly lavish home there Papa uses on his rare visits to the Sunshine State.

The Crouches travel back and forth across the country, and around the world, in TBN jets valued at $8 million and $49 million apiece. The Christian TV network also owns a Bentley, which Papa Crouch sometimes uses to get from place to place.

“People have been conned by my grandparents,” said Britany, who is estranged from the Crouch family along her dad, Paul Jr., who used to host both “Praise the Lord” and “Behind the Scenes” TBN’s flagship programs, before parting ways with his parents last year.

Now, there’s little dispute that Paul and Jan Crouch have done a great work in growing TBN over the past four decades, from renting a couple hours a day on a small SoCal television station back in 1973 to overseeing the vast broadcasting empire network TBN is today.

But “Papa” and “Mama” must well know, from reading the Bible, that their works, however great that may be, are as “filthy rags” in the eyes of God.


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: christianmedia; christiannetwork; christians; paulcrouch; praiseathon; scam; tbn
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God's ministers are not expected to take a vow of poverty. But it's hard to imagine that the Lord condones the profanely lavish lifestyle of Paul and Jan Crouch.
1 posted on 11/18/2012 12:31:18 PM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

It would be awesome if a conservative could build a network like this whack-a-doo’s did


2 posted on 11/18/2012 12:32:32 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

And Paul’s “sex with men” problem.

They are shysters of the worst sort.


3 posted on 11/18/2012 12:34:13 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: AppyPappy

One of their stations is based in my town, it looks like a miniature White House.... geez


4 posted on 11/18/2012 12:35:23 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Go to scripture.

Read every New Testament passage on giving. What did Christ and the early church and apostles say about giving?

Generously, cheerfully, to those in need, to the poor.

What would Jesus do?


5 posted on 11/18/2012 12:37:41 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: GeronL

Occasionally, they show some good Christian movies on there, but I can’t stand all of the ‘prosperity gospel’ stuff.


6 posted on 11/18/2012 12:40:17 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Ask for money, money, money with their homes and also a ranch which several horses are kept. A good racket going for so called Christians and their followers are being suckered in.


7 posted on 11/18/2012 12:41:11 PM PST by YukonGreen
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

bump!!


8 posted on 11/18/2012 12:41:25 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Those who take a vow of poverty are to remain poor.
So why is this wonderful grandchild so estranged?

People can give what they want to.
My mom (who passed) used to go into the OC and help with thre prayer lines in the 90s. She felt they were real and genuine people.

This is a private ministry. The ones that take off have wealth and those that don’t do not.

If you feel to give, do so.
If you do not, don’t.

If they have these big mansions and cars, I guess they don’t need that much then, right?


9 posted on 11/18/2012 12:43:36 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
I sure do miss Pastor E.V. Hill


10 posted on 11/18/2012 12:45:04 PM PST by tsowellfan (Allen West for Speaker!)
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this is what you get when you have network that is based on the age old errors of sola scriptura, and sola fide....

i stick with EWTN, we have His catholic worldview based on His word, His authoritative teaching church, and His Sacred tradition...

all devoted to the word of God....

nothing vaguely close to what happens on TBN.....


11 posted on 11/18/2012 12:45:47 PM PST by raygunfan
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

From my perspective, Billy Graham always set a fine standard for ministers, in terms of personal and financial conduct. His “salary” was extremely modest, and he has lived, for decades, in a comfortable home in the North Carolina mountains that is hardly a mansion.

Compare that to the opulent lifestyles of Crouch clan. I get the impression that the granddaughter wouldn’t be so upset if she hadn’t been kicked off the gravy train. Quite frankly, I’m surprised their empire hasn’t imploded already; it’s also a little disturbing to see ministers I admire (John Hagee, Charles Stanley and even Franklin Graham) paying homage to Paul and Jan, (apparently) to maintain access to their satellite channel.


12 posted on 11/18/2012 12:51:51 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: YukonGreen; GeronL

This should be charged as a criminal conspiracy, racketeering, and the Crouch’s thrown into jail. Same goes for Joel Osteen and his ilk.


13 posted on 11/18/2012 12:54:08 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: raygunfan
EWTN Bible
14 posted on 11/18/2012 12:54:22 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (There goes the dominoes...)
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To: tsowellfan

I miss him, too.

It’s Friday night, but Sunday’s coming!


15 posted on 11/18/2012 12:54:59 PM PST by Jemian
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To: raygunfan

“this is what you get when you have network that is based on the age old errors of sola scriptura, and sola fide....”

Oh please,, the vatican and the Bishops ain’t exactly living in poverty. They live the lives that equal any monarch as far as wealth. The RCC is one of the wealthiest organizations on earth. And sexual perversion on little boys was hidden and covered up. (ahem,,disciplined “internally”)

And their obvious shortcoming are failings of individuals, not of their theology. And this is also the case at Trinity. Try again papist fanboy
The


16 posted on 11/18/2012 12:56:04 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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If somebody is doing Petraeus, there's hope for all guys with comb-overs.


17 posted on 11/18/2012 1:00:55 PM PST by x
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To: DesertRhino

AGREED, there is wealth in rome, and their are individual sinners, but we are talking the network. tbn is based on shows that follow the errors of sola this and that...man made, thus man made shows and man made biz practices to run the network....

ewtn doesnt have that issue, it is God centered with one set of historic biblical doctrine from show to show....no health and wealth.....etc.....and it is run thusly....and is an exemplary model of christian biz practices..


18 posted on 11/18/2012 1:01:31 PM PST by raygunfan
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To: DesertRhino

“HIS Catholic worldview”

???

I don’t recall anything “catholic” in the Bible. I’ve read a lot of Catholic religious posts on FR and most of them never mention Jesus. They sure like naming their churches and devoting prayers to non-deities though.


19 posted on 11/18/2012 1:02:16 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I don’t tune into TBN but really appreciate the satellite offshoot “The Church Channel” . . .with preachers such as Graham from Texas, Merritt, Rogers, Stanley, Roth. This Satellite brings credibility to that part of the “empire”.


20 posted on 11/18/2012 1:03:19 PM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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