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Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Man Who Made TBN Has Gone On To Meet His Maker

Paul Crouch, a pioneering televangelist who founded Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian TV network, died today, according to the network's website. He was 79.
The church reported in October that Crouch had fallen ill and was taken to a Dallas-area hospital while on a visit to a TBN facility in Colleyville, Texas. He had "heart and related health issues," the church said, and he was later returned to California for continued treatment.

He had two sons. Both have exhibited the proclivity for luxury lifestyles as their father had. It will be interesting to see if any sort of infighting comes to the attention of the press over the 3 billion dollar machine that Paul built.


You know I was there when Paul started TBN with Jimmy Baker in Santa Ana. We all were so excited about what we perceived the Lord was doing through these men of God. Looking back we now know all about Jimmy Baker and we know that the money went to Pauls head.

"The televangelist ministry has been embroiled in controversy during the last year, including a legal battle with Crouch’s granddaughter, who alleges she was fired after uncovering “illegal financial schemes” amounting to tens of millions of dollars.

In a lawsuit, Brittany Koper alleged the ministry had committed financial fraud and engaged in lavish spending, including the purchase of a $100,000 motor home for family dogs.

Network lawyers countered in a separate lawsuit that the granddaughter used forged documents to embezzle funds to buy trucks, jewelry, a fishing boat, a motorcycle, a Lexus and life insurance.

TBN has been the subject of controversy before. In 2010, the network settled a suit on confidential terms with a broadcast engineer who alleged he was discriminated against because he was gay. In another case, the network paid a $425,000 settlement to a former employee who said he had a homosexual encounter with televangelist Crouch, who denied the accusation.

Network preachers have been aggressive advocates of the “prosperity gospel,” the belief that God will bestow financial rewards on donors who give generously."
LA TIMES Oct 31, 2013 (Links added by me)

There is the makings of a wonderful David Di Sabbatino documentary here me thinks.

I Own A Bit Of TBN In A Sense

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