The Fall of TBN

Many of you have been keeping up with the OC Register’s breaking news story about Brittany Koper, the granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, and the continuing saga of their implosion.

Koper, who worked for Trinity from 2007 to 2011, has accused the mighty Christian broadcaster of playing fast and loose with the ministry’s millions, and provided internal documents to back up her claims. She says itunlawfully distributed charitable assets worth more than $50 million to the company’s directors (her family members); bought a$50 million jet through “a sham loan to an alter ego corporation” for the personal use of the Crouches, as well as a $100,000 motor home that’s used as a mobile residence for her grandmother’s dogs; falsely reported “multiple residential estates” as guest homes or church parsonages to avoid income disclosures;  doled out meal expenses of up to a half-million dollars per company director; paid personal chauffeurs with Trinity funds disguised as medical payments; and engaged in “multiple cover-ups of sexual and criminal scandals.”

She has provided documentation to law enforcement and the Internal Revenue Service, and said she is cooperating with their inquiries (though neither the IRS nor the Orange County District Attorney’s office will comment).

I remember moving to Tulsa in 2007 just as the Richard Roberts/ORU scandal was beginning to unfold.  A lot of people didn’t want to believe it at first, including myself, but too many of the accusations had a ring of truth to them.  Eventually the whole story came out and Richard Roberts resigned in disgrace.

This situation has a similar feel.  What is ironic is that teaching young people about Jesus can have some remarkable consequences – like when they grow up, get an MBA and come to work on your finances when you aren’t being above board with them.

Something good has already come out of this mess – Brittany Koper.  She learned enough about the truth to stand for it even when it cost her family relationships.  Now we can pray that Paul and Jan will also learn the meaning of the real gospel, repent of their ways and be restored.

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3 comments on “The Fall of TBN

  1. I recently came across an issue where one side wanted to lie to make it easier for another side. I found myself on the “leadership” side, so I made the hard decision to tell the truth even though in the short term, it would be harder to deal with. I’m still convinced I did the right thing.

    As an amateur philosopher, I can’t create a thought experiment where it is possible to create a world where no lying needs to be done at any time or for any reason. There are actually times when lying is acceptable (according to a rabbi I like to read, a wife’s question “does this make me look fat” is one of them).

    Christian leaders need to realize the truth is important, even if it causes more strain in the short term. If you want to buy a jet with the ministry’s finances, just buy a jet with the ministry’s finances and tell the truth. If it’s the right thing, people will get over it. When you create sham corporations to buy a jet with the ministry’s finances, people start to wonder what else you’re hiding.

  2. Are Paul and Jan Crouch and similar “Christian” fraudsters irreversibly damned?

    >> Javanut 10 June 2012: “Now we can pray that Paul and Jan will also learn the meaning of the real gospel, repent of their ways and be restored.”

    Google “false teaching on TBN” for thorough citations of false teachings and false practices promoted on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

    I don’t know of a single case of any “Christian” fraudster who has changed their improper beliefs that misrepresent God.

    To be representing God’s name and simultaneously practicing fraud against him may be a corruption of character that is IMPOSSIBLE to change from.

    They could be temporarily prevented from practicing fraud by being forced to spend time in prison (hopefully the Crouches will, as a warning for others), but their beliefs about God would still remain perverted.

    The prosperity gospel and Word-Faith teachings probably lead to being handed over to a strong delusion by God so that the person becomes irreversibly blinded to being able to believe any differently.

    From then on they will be unable to understand what to repent about.

    2 Thes 2:10-12 They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

    2 Cor 11:13-15 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

    The only “Jesus” TBN associated false teachers know is the Prosperity Gospel Jesus and Word-Faith Jesus.
    These are false Christs they create for people to follow through their unbiblical teachings.

    Matthew 24:24 …false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive……

    Any unbiblical teaching about who Jesus Christ is or what he wants us to do creates a false Christ for people to follow.

    It is a gift to be able to know spiritual truth because it is a work of the Holy Spirit to “open our eyes” to it.
    The Holy Spirit will do this for anyone who genuinely seeks truth because he is the Spirit of truth (John 14:15-18).
    The Holy Spirit is also the author of the Bible through guiding its contributing writers (2 Tim 3:16-17)

    To abuse the gift of knowing truth about Jesus Christ by willfully practicing fraud against God could be a type of unforgivable blasphemy that scripture warns about:

    Mark 3:29 whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

    Maybe “Christian” fraudsters like TBN participators are “lying to the Holy Spirit” in a similarity to the example of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)

    Maybe anyone who affirms Paul and Jan Crouch as “Christian brethren” is also participating in blasphemy of God by their affirmation, if they know of the particular Crouch teachings being cited as false.

    Consideration that Paul and Jan Crouch are irreversibly damned should be a prompt for all Christians everywhere to re-examine themselves and make sure they are practicing sufficient fear of the Lord to be safe from disqualification through:

    Compromise
    Participating in false gospels such as prosperity gospel, Word-Faith teachings, Rick Warren’s PDP (Purpose Driven Perversion) of true Christianity, etc.

    All the false teachings and unbiblical practices promoted or condonded by Paul and Jan Crouch and TBN have grossly defamed God’s name.

    Maybe it even annoys God that any Christian in the world watches any program on TBN or affiliated channels.
    Even good Bible teachers using TBN as a channel for their message are implicated because the Bible holds them responsible to speak out against fraud within the church, and they obviously avoid obeying God in this so that they won’t lose their broadcast opportunity.

    Ray Comfort is taking this stance and so far is defying the warning given him that he is implicating himself with fraud by not obeying scripture, eg:

    1 Cor 5:12-13 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”

    Eph 5:11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

    Titus 1:8-9 Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

    Ray Comfort should also realise that anyone who makes a genuine salvation decision through the evangelism of people like himself is still in danger of subsequently being greatly harmed, even to “departing from their faith” through the influence of false teaching like that promoted on TBN.

    TBN is a channel that specialises in promoting “savage wolves” that harm the church:

    Acts 20:29-31 “Savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch.”

    The Bible repeatedly commands us to beware of deception (eg. Prov 16:25).
    This command affirms the work of any person or ministry that speaks out to expose false teaching both inside and outside the church, eg. all the blogs and internet sites critiquing fraud like that promoted on TBN.

    The critiquers are indirectly honoring Gods name as long as they are practicing integrity in their critique.

    I suggest Christians throughout the world practice the fear of the Lord by quitting watching channels like TBN that broadcast blasphemous, misleading teachings and warn others as well.

    “If your eye causes you to sin pluck it out” (Matt 18:9)
    If watching TBN programs causes you to sin, stop watching anything on TBN.

    Heresies promoted through TBN are dangerous seduction causing great harm within the church and in the world.

    Some will depart from the faith – 1 Timothy 4:1
    Evildoers flourish – Psalm 92:5-8
    His eyes examine them – Psalm 11:4
    Expose them – Ephesians 5:11
    His soul hates – Psalm 11:5
    Fear of man is a snare – Proverbs 29:25
    Another Jesus, a different spirit – 2 Cor 11:3-4
    Watch your life and doctrine – 1 Tim 4:16
    Ending in futility and terror – Psalm 78:33
    Like the first gleam of dawn – Proverbs 4:18-19

  3. Wow this is news to me…it’s sad the whole TBN enterprise and the fact that they teach a word of faith message with a “Blab it, Grab it” gospel.
    I hope the whole crew at TBN repent.

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