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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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crouch; tbn; televangelists
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To: Steelfish

There is a special section in Hell reserved for all of these charlatans.


51 posted on 05/05/2012 9:29:40 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: BereanBrain

Absolutely!. Add the Rev. Schuller and Joel Osteen to this despicable list. It’s all a question of using religion to enrich family and relatives. Most, if not nearly all these suckers are senior white women!


52 posted on 05/05/2012 9:34:55 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
(ahem)
"I say, do you have any Grey Poupon?"


"There is no Joel Osteen, he's just one of my characters, lol!"
~ Martin Short

53 posted on 05/05/2012 9:48:33 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Steelfish

No one could ever top Good ‘ole Bobby Tilton.


54 posted on 05/05/2012 9:53:15 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Steelfish; All
Now in the midst of this semi-good natured ribbing of television evangelifrauds, I DO want to put in a good word for one of them, he may appear flamboyant, some might say that he is quick to smack the forehead with a resounding *YAY-YUH* !!! but I am here to tell you that in late 2003, I actually received a true healing from the man, it wasn't all in my mind, and he never so much as hinted at my giving a donation, in fact our meeting was private and 'off the grid', and he was quick to take NO credit for what was a miraculous healing, and gave all the Glory to God.

Now you can certainly Google up all sorts of data on him, some good,
some 'not so good', however MY experience was nothing but good.
I believe he is sincere, and I will never say an unkind word about him.
(and I confess to poking fun at him mercilessly for many years too)
http://www.ernestangley.org/miracles/
55 posted on 05/05/2012 10:18:28 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

I sure hope so, for when the ‘church’ started the devils 501C3 tax exemption nonsense they sold their souls to the devil. It gagged them to preaching pablum, not the Book of REVELATIONS and the retributions to come IF we as GOD’s people turn our backs on him.

We have witnessed through out the OT what GOD did to those Israelites who turned their backs on HIM, HE destroyed generations and sent them into slavery for centuries until they repented of their sins against HIM.

IF you haven’t read the Last book of the NT better do so, it is coming, we know not the hour or day, only GOD knows that.


56 posted on 05/05/2012 10:45:11 PM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter or president who FAILS to keep faith with the Military, WON'T keep faith with U)
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To: Steelfish

I’m not all that religious but I seem to remember a line about how it would be easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle than a rich man to get into the kingdom of
Heaven. If so, then.... (also “love of money is the root
of all evil”—and they don’t have to pay taxes to the country that makes it possible.)

Champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Wasn’t there a preacher years ago who used to say “Don’t look for pie in the sky by and by when you die—get it now?” (Boston talk host Howie Carr has mentioned)


57 posted on 05/06/2012 1:29:05 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: steve86

The Catholic church has had to deal with the pedophile priest problem. They have had to pay settlements...due to that and dwindling attendance, they’ve had to close churches. I remember the Boston Archdiocese was all set to buy an area
radio station but suddenly backed out. Not long after that I saw the reason why: the priest sexual abuse scandals were
about to come out. Clearly they needed the money for other
purposes...


58 posted on 05/06/2012 1:34:16 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: mkjessup

Pop psychology preachers...”I’m ok, your ok”


59 posted on 05/06/2012 6:50:06 AM 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: Catsrus

JVI also left because he was disturbed about the so-called Christians allowed a forum on TBN who are into the ‘Prosperity/You deserve lots of good stuff from God’ doctrine. JVI is at Ground 0 there in the Muslim haven of Detroit, so he knows of what he speaks.


60 posted on 05/06/2012 7:04:36 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: dfwgator

Not too mention them paying off some homosexual allegation against Paul Crouch.


61 posted on 05/06/2012 8:48:59 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: mkjessup

What was the affliction you were healed from by him, if you don’t mind me asking?


62 posted on 05/06/2012 4:29:48 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Steelfish
And there are scores of these televangelists. A number of years ago,Dateline had a program on Benny Hinn. I recently read a book review about Brother Terrell, who after serving time in prison is back to preaching. I wonder how these guys can convinced so many people to donate money to them.
63 posted on 05/06/2012 4:39:57 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: mkjessup
Now in the midst of this semi-good natured ribbing of television evangelifrauds, I DO want to put in a good word for one of them, he may appear flamboyant, some might say that he is quick to smack the forehead with a resounding *YAY-YUH* !!! but I am here to tell you that in late 2003, I actually received a true healing from the man, it wasn't all in my mind, and he never so much as hinted at my giving a donation, in fact our meeting was private and 'off the grid', and he was quick to take NO credit for what was a miraculous healing, and gave all the Glory to God.

Interesting. As you don’t mention what you needed to be healed from it’s hard to determine what sort of healing you actually received. If you were suffering from some sort of emotional affliction, I’m sure a kind word and some encouragement from a stranger, any stranger, could be healing if you were looking to be healed in the first place. In that case it wasn’t the healer that healed you but the reinforcement of what you probably already knew, a bit of common sense, a kind word that helped you. That wasn’t a miracle.

If you had some medical condition, Earnest Angley’s words to you likely had nothing to do with it. Without knowing if you were under a doctor’s care, perhaps your healing had more to with him than with Angley. Or perhaps you thought you were ill and weren’t or you were misdiagnosed in the first place. Again, this would not be a miracle.

That Angely didn’t hit you up for a donation and gave all the Glory to God doesn’t mean he (Angely) gave you “true healing” and that he isn’t a con man. Understand that sometimes con artists will walk away from a mark. Perhaps he didn’t think you were worth enough or perhaps he thought you would do better as someone who could help him set up other, more lucrative marks. Sometime con artists use “shills” to lubricate the wallets of the “whales”.

“Shills, also known as accomplices, help manipulate the mark into accepting the con man's plan. In a traditional confidence trick, the mark is led to believe that he will be able to win money or some other prize by doing some task. The accomplices may pretend to be strangers who have benefited from performing the task in the past.”

I believe he is sincere, and I will never say an unkind word about him.

See what happened there, you are an unknowing shill in the con game that is Earnest Angley. Nobody ever said he wasn’t a good con artist.

64 posted on 05/06/2012 6:26:57 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA

Quite the sermon there, now toddle along before you’re late for your next meeting of the PBA (Pharisee’s Benevolent Association).


65 posted on 05/07/2012 6:49:36 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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