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  • Joel Osteen Says Homosexuality is 'a Sin' but Won't 'Preach' on It

    01/14/2014 9:38:12 AM PST · by Gamecock · 80 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 14 Jan 2014 | Courtney Coren
    Televangelist Joel Osteen says homosexuality is a sin but he doesn't "preach" about it and isn't against "anybody" who is gay. "I believe that scripture says that it's a sin but I always follow up by saying you know what, we're not against anybody," he added. "There's a lot of things, Larry, and I don't understand — so I just don't want to preach on it, preach about it," Osteen replied.
  • Benny Hinn Asks Followers for $2.5 Million to Get Out of Debt

    04/29/2013 11:02:20 PM PDT · by Cronos · 76 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 30 Apr 2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Televangelist Benny Hinn has asked supporters of his ministry for $2.5 million in donations, which he says an anonymous donor will match dollar by dollar to help him get out of debt. "God wants your ministry to be completely out of debt, and I want to plant an anointed seed that will help you take a giant step toward becoming totally debt-free!" says the anonymous man, whom Hinn calls a "long-time and beloved" friend. "God has laid it on my heart to plant a seed of $2.5 million into your ministry, but God only wants me to make this gift...
  • Family Feud Reveals Luxuries At Largest Christian TV Network [Televangelist Crooks Galore!]

    05/05/2012 4:49:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 64 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 05, 2012 | Erik Eckholm
    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...
  • ON AIR – Le « télévangélisme islamique » gagne en audience dans le monde musulman

    11/01/2011 9:38:14 PM PDT · by thecodont · 1 replies
    Le Monde / LeMonde.fr ^ | 28 octobre 2011 | Le Monde staff
    Known since the 1950s the "televangelists" American Christians these preachers capable of attracting millions of followers with their fiery sermons, made ​​for television. The Economist this week recounts the rise of their Muslim counterparts, especially in Egypt and Indonesia. An example: Moez Masoud, a young and beautiful Egyptian preacher with a shaved head, which brought together recently in Cairo "hordes of teenage girls," the British magazine, one enthused, "shortness of breath, 'I can see, I can see 'through the gate of her niqab. " Like all his colleagues, Moez Masoud did not receive a traditional religious training, which disturbs the...
  • Televangelists escape penalty in Senate inquiry

    01/06/2011 3:08:49 PM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    AP - Yahoo ^ | January 6, 2011 | Rachel Zoll
    A senator's high-profile investigation of spending by televangelists wrapped up after more than three years Thursday with no penalties for the pastors who refused to cooperate and no definitive findings of wrongdoing.
  • The Per-purse Driven Church

    01/05/2010 4:10:37 PM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 13 replies · 536+ views
    MountainManna ^ | 1/7/10 | Pastor Terry Hagedorn
    To the Editor: Every church depends by faith on God to supply its needs through the collection of tithes and offerings from its members for its operation. However, churches and ministries should be careful to not abuse that supply or to bring dishonor to God. In this current economic turn-down almost every church and ministry has suffered some loss of income due to the suffering of its members. Yet, it seems that some churches and ministries are deemed to be too big to fail. (Where have we heard that before?) One large church has spent $900,000 more than it took...
  • John McCain told to dump spiritual guide in row over "war" on Islam

    03/14/2008 11:05:51 AM PDT · by isrul · 115 replies · 1,800+ views
    Times Online ^ | 13/03/08 | Hannah Strange
    (Reuters) John McCain described Rod Parsley, a televangelist who urged a Christian war on Islam, as his spiritual guide Hannah Strange John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been called upon to renounce a church leader he considers his spiritual guide for urging a Christian war to destroy the “false religion” of Islam. A number of prominent US weblogs demanded he reject the support of Reverend Rod Parsley, of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, an influential televangelist and political figure who campaigned alongside him in the run up to the Ohio primary. On February 26, a week before...
  • A serious Sen. Grassley may subpoena 'stonewalling' ministries

    03/06/2008 1:21:44 PM PST · by fweingart · 47 replies · 131+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 3/6/2008 | Jim Brown
    The ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee says the televangelist ministries that he's investigating for alleged financial misconduct may be ignorant about the seriousness of his probe, but they're "not going to get away with their stonewalling." Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says he is sending out a second letter to well-known "prosperity gospel" ministries, asking them to address allegations they are using their tax-exempt status to pay for lavish lifestyles. Grassley reports he has received the cooperation of only two of the six televangelists under investigation -- Joyce Meyer and Benny Hinn. The ministries of Paula White, Eddie Long,...
  • TV Evangelists Unite to Beam Gospel to the Stars

    02/13/2008 12:50:17 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies · 290+ views
    the specious report ^ | 2.11.2008 | starbird
    The four biggest names in American Televangelism have united for an evangelistic outreach that is truly out of this world. Paul Crouch, Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson and Kenneth Copeland announced earlier today that they have purchased the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope from the University of Manchester in Great Britain for a reported $130 million. The University had been looking to unload the Radio Telescope after funding for ongoing scientific research had dried up from the British Government. Faith healer Benny Hinn shared a vision that Jesus gave him several months ago, on a recent Praise The Lord broadcast: "I was...
  • Huckabee's Link To TV Preacher Questioned

    02/08/2008 5:48:30 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 69 replies · 509+ views
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 08 FEBRUARY 2008 | CBS NEWS EXCLUSIVE
    GOP Hopeful Has Close Bond With Televangelist Targeted By Senate Investigation NEW YORK (CBS News) ― Last fall, Mike Huckabee taped an appearance on Kenneth Copeland's popular television show. The theme: "Integrity of Character." "Treat people like you'd want to be treated," Huckabee said. Now some are raising issue with Huckabee's character, principally his judgment, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports. They are focusing on his association with the televangelist, who has refused to cooperate with a Senate investigation into his ministry's finances. At issue, as reported by CBS News last week: whether millions of dollars in...
  • Huckabee solicits funds from embattled televangelist

    02/08/2008 4:22:54 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 34 replies · 59+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | February 8, 2008 | Lisa Myers, Jim Popkin and Rich Gardella, NBC News
    Gov. Mike Huckabee, vastly outspent so far in his bid for the presidency, has turned for funding to a controversial televangelist who is under active Senate investigation. Late last month, Gov. Huckabee held a fundraiser at the Texas estate of millionaire televangelist Kenneth Copeland, his spokesman tells NBC News. The U.S. Senate currently is investigating Copeland, and five other televangelists, amid allegations that they are improperly using millions in charitable donations for their personal benefit, and, in the process, fleecing their flock. Copeland and the other televangelists have strongly denied those allegations. “The Huckabee Event was not hosted by Ken...
  • Pentecostal preacher pledges holy war against GOP senator

    01/29/2008 9:54:51 AM PST · by FewsOrange · 296 replies · 221+ views
    The Carpetbagger Report ^ | January 28th, 2008 at 12:50 pm | Steve Benen
    It hasn’t generated a lot of headlines, but in the world of religion and politics, it’s a pretty big deal. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, recently asked six high-profile, hyper-wealthy Pentecostal televangelists for their financial records, under the suspicion that they’re using their ministries for personal gain. (Imagine that.) Not surprisingly, most of the televangelists’ ministries have been loath to cooperate with the inquiry. One in particular is pledging a holy war. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has gone after more than a few iconic nonprofits during his tenure atop the Finance Committee, including...
  • Did Huckabee Tap (Kenneth)Copeland's (Very) Deep Pockets?

    01/28/2008 9:40:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 870+ views
    The Ledger ^ | January 28, 2008 | Cary McMullen
    Via the folks at the Trinity Foundation/Wittenburg Door, there is a report that GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee reached out to televangelist Kenneth Copeland for some fundraising help. Copeland is one of several televangelists under investigation by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and a proponent of the so-called "prosperity gospel." Trinity cites a blog post by former George H.W. Bush staffer Doug Wead to the effect that Huckabee called Copeland during a ministers' conference last week that Copeland was hosting. Wead reports: "Copeland, carefully observing all the laws governing non profits, as a private citizen, re-convened a private meeting, turned...
  • Probe Puts Prosperity Teachings Under Critical Eye

    12/30/2007 12:55:54 PM PST · by Gamecock · 85 replies · 277+ views
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | Dec. 29 2007 | Lillian Kwon
    One believer is bitter that the money she donated to several prominent ministries didn't bring about the material blessings the preachers had assured would come. "I wanted to believe that God wanted to do something great with me like he was doing with them," said Cindy Fleenor, a 53-year-old accountant from Tampa, Fla., according to The Associated Press. "I'm angry and bitter about it. Right now, I don't watch anyone on TV hardly." Fleenor wrote checks to Benny Hinn and Paula White - two popular televangelists - and pledged $500 a year to Joyce Meyer, another prominent evangelist. But Fleenor...
  • 'Gospel of wealth' facing scrutiny (tv evangelists)

    12/28/2007 7:37:39 AM PST · by NYer · 286 replies · 1,247+ views
    AP ^ | December 27, 2007 | ERIC GORSKI
    The message flickered into Cindy Fleenor's living room each night: Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches.And so the 53-year-old accountant from the Tampa, Fla., area pledged $500 a year to Joyce Meyer, the evangelist whose frank talk about recovering from childhood sexual abuse was so inspirational. She wrote checks to flamboyant faith healer Benny Hinn and a local preacher-made-good, Paula White.Only the blessings didn't come. Fleenor ended up borrowing money from friends and payday loan companies just to buy groceries. At first she believed...
  • Paula White Shills for 'Atonement Offerings'?!

    12/16/2007 1:02:05 PM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies · 1,456+ views
    This is so blatantly false and blasphemous that we immediately paused to pray for Paula White when we first uncovered it. The soon to be divorced, 'pastrix' Paula White's latest money scheme demonstrates her clear lack of Biblical understanding and it also is an affront to the core doctrine of the Christian faith, Christ's atoning sacrifice for sins on the cross. 1. Christians do not observe the Jewish Day of Atonement. Our Atonement day is Good Friday. 2. Asking for an 'Atonement Offering' flies directly in the face of Jesus' atonement for our sins on the cross of Calvary. Offering...
  • 'Gospel According to Tammy Faye' New Musical Reading Dec.16-18

    12/06/2007 10:36:28 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 92+ views
    Broadway World ^ | December 5, 2007 | BWW News Desk
    Columbia Gorge Repertory Theatre/Jesse Merz, Artistic Director and Lisa Dozier announce that The Gospel According to Tammy Faye, a new two-act musical based on the life of televangelist Tammy Faye Messner, will be presented in three special industry readings in New York City, on Sunday, December 16 at 7PM; Monday, December 17 at 4PM and Tuesday, December 18 at 2PM. Mindy Cooper (choreographer for Dracula, The Musical) directs and choreographs and Seth Farber is the musical director. With a book by Fernando Dovalina and music and lyrics by JT Buck, The Gospel According to Tammy Faye is based on a...
  • Preacher rebuffs Senate spending inquiry (Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church Int'l, Atlanta )

    12/05/2007 3:56:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 415+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/5/07 | Eric Gorski and Rachel Zoll - ap
    One of six Christian ministries under investigation by a Senate committee is rebuffing inquiries into its spending, challenging the panel's watchdog role over religious groups, The Associated Press has learned. A lawyer for preacher Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta has asked Sen. Charles Grassley to either refer the matter to the IRS or get a subpoena, according to a letter from Dollar's attorney obtained Wednesday by the AP. Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent pointed questionnaires in early November to a half-dozen ministries, asking about salaries, perks, travel and oversight. The...
  • Questions surround TV preacher inquiry

    12/04/2007 5:50:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 119 replies · 122+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 4, 2007 | Rachel Zoll
    Among the many conservative Christians who feel misunderstood by the general public, the six televangelists under investigation by a Senate committee are an embarrassment. The ministers' on-air faith healings and fundraising, backed by self-serving misinterpretations of Scripture, reinforce offensive stereotypes of greedy preachers and put their followers at spiritual risk, critics say. But traditional Christians aren't universally celebrating the inquiry. Some are wondering whether the investigation led by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is the right way to end any wrongdoing, especially if the result is more government oversight of all ministries. [Snip] he ministries under review include Randy...
  • Megachurch took in $69 million in 2006

    11/11/2007 5:20:17 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 152 replies · 356+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Nov. 11, 2007 | A.P.
    An Atlanta megachurch took in $69 million in 2006, according to a financial statement the church's minister released in response to a Senate investigation into him and five other well-known televangelists. The Rev. Creflo Dollar disclosed the World Changers Church International's financial information to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but said the money he spends is his own. Dollar said his income comes from personal investments, including businesses and real estate ventures. But the church gave him a Rolls Royce, which he mainly uses for special occasions, he said. "Without a doubt, my life is not average," he said. "But I'd like...
  • Grassley Probes Televangelist finances...

    11/07/2007 3:50:41 PM PST · by kendall · 50 replies · 55+ views
    Grassley Probes Televangelists' Finances AP Posted: 2007-11-06 19:38:30 AP Photo NYOL959 By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press Writer Acting on tips about preachers who ride in Rolls Royces and have purportedly paid $30,000 for a conference table, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday he's investigating the finances of six well-known TV ministers. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said those under scrutiny include faith healer Benny Hinn, Georgia megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar and one of the nation's best known female preachers, Joyce Meyer. Grassley sent letters to the half-dozen Christian media ministries earlier this week requesting answers by...
  • Senate member seeks financial records of Atlanta megachurches

    11/07/2007 4:43:26 AM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 42 replies · 577+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | November 6, 2007 | Christopher Quinn
    The gospel message that links God with dollars has been called to judgment before a powerful U.S. senator. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sent letters requesting detailed financial documents to two metro Atlanta preachers and four other ministries nationwide whose leaders are known for opulent, or as the ministers would say, blessed, lifestyles. Grassley is the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and has developed a reputation for demanding financial transparency from non-profits. He wants to know how much Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia and the Rev. Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers...
  • Giuliani Is Endorsed By Pat Robertson (Analysis)

    11/07/2007 9:59:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies · 337+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | November 7, 2007 | Marc Ambinder
    The Why Both Giuliani and Robertson share an apocalyptic worldview about the clash with [radical] Islam; for Robertson, it is religious and based in biblical prophecy. For Giuliani, it is secular -- but given his 9/11 experiences, just as personal. Evangelical Christians cite the war on terror as their chief policy concern, and it is not that surprising that Giuliani, who is more identified with an aggressive prosecution of that war than any other candidate, is doing well among evangelicals. It's not that they ignore his views on social issues; it's that they see the war on terror like he...
  • Senate Panel Probes 6 Top Televangelists

    11/06/2007 7:04:14 AM PST · by Grig · 86 replies · 434+ views
    CBS ^ | Nov. 6, 2007 | Laura Strickler
    CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct. Letters were sent Monday to the ministries demanding that financial statements and records be turned over to the committee by December 6th. According to Grassley's office, the Iowa Republican is trying to determine whether or not these ministries are improperly using their tax-exempt status as churches to shield lavish lifestyles. The six ministries identified as being under investigation by the committee are led by: Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth...
  • Joyce Meyer Ministries is a target of GOP senator's probe

    11/06/2007 4:41:44 AM PST · by Clintons Are White Trash · 375 replies · 3,289+ views
    St. Louis Post Disgrace ^ | 11/6/2007 | Diedre Sheesgreen
    WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee has launched a wide-ranging investigation into the financial dealings of six TV evangelists, including Joyce Meyer, the popular preacher who has built a $124-million-a-year empire headquartered in Fenton. On Monday, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Meyer to provide his staff with documents detailing the finances of the Joyce Meyer Ministries, including the religious group's compensation to Meyer, her husband and other family members, as well as an accounting of their housing allowances, gifts and credit card statements for the last several years.
  • Joel Osteen Heresy Gauge

    10/31/2007 11:48:35 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 193 replies · 866+ views
    What?..Um - theological satire ^ | August 6th, 2007 | seth
    How to determine when Joel Osteen is speaking heresy:
  • Televangelist Rex Humbard Dies at 88

    09/22/2007 6:47:27 AM PDT · by FourtySeven · 11 replies · 236+ views
    AP ^ | September 22nd, 2007 | Unattributed
    ATLANTIS, Fla. (AP) — The Rev. Rex Humbard, a former itinerant preacher whose televangelism ministry once reached more parts of the globe than any other religious program, died Friday a family spokeswoman said. He was 88. Humbard died of natural causes at a South Florida hospital near his Lantana home, family spokeswoman Kathy Scott said. "He was the ultimate role model in showing love and caring about other people over and above himself," his grandson Rex Humbard III said. The son of evangelists, Humbard evolved his ministry from revivals across the country to a permanent home in Akron, Ohio, and...
  • Evangelist power couple is splitting up (Paula and Randy White)

    08/24/2007 4:44:29 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 74 replies · 7,162+ views
    My SanAntonio Online (San Antionio Express News) ^ | 08/23/2007 10:51 PM CDT | Abe Levy
    TV evangelist Paula White, who is a frequent speaker at a San Antonio church where she recently formed a ministry partnership, and her husband, Randy, announced Thursday night that they plan to divorce after a nearly 18-year marriage. The split was made public during a Thursday evening service for their Tampa, Fla., congregation, Without Walls International Church, which they founded in 1991 and which became one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing churches. What her forthcoming divorce will mean for Family Praise Center in Northwest San Antonio remains unclear. White plans to keep Tampa as her base and continue preaching...
  • Fla. Televangelist Loses Show After Muslims Complain (Free Speech?)

    08/24/2007 8:46:37 PM PDT · by restornu · 33 replies · 1,059+ views
    wftv.com ^ | August 24, 2007
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A Christian televangelist who harshly criticizes Islam and other religions said Friday that his late-night program is being pulled off the air because of pressure from a Muslim group. Earlier this month, officials from the Council on American Islamic Relations wrote a letter to the TV station's owners asking for an investigation of the show it broadcasts, "Live Prayer with Bill Keller." In a May 2 broadcast, the televangelist said Islam was a "1,400-year-old lie from the pits of hell" and called the Prophet Mohammed a "murdering pedophile." He also called the Koran a "book of...
  • Televangelist: I lost my show over Muslim remarks

    08/24/2007 1:29:44 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 30 replies · 1,388+ views
    St Pete Times ^ | 08/23/07 | Sherri Day
    Televangelist: I lost my show over Muslim remarks ST. PETERSBURG -- Televangelist Bill Keller may have finally met an opponent he can't out-talk. The controversial late-night Christian talk show host, known for his biting criticism of religious, political and pop culture figures, is going off the air. Keller, 49, says he ran afoul of the Tampa Chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations. The group calls Live Prayer with Bill Keller a hate-filled broadcast that damages Muslims and Islam. Earlier this month, CAIR asked CBS executives to remove Keller's nightly talk show from WTOG-TV Ch. 44, a CBS-owned station...
  • TD Jakes, Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen is "Under Fire" by Talk Show Host Reuben Armstrong

    08/08/2007 2:12:39 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 61 replies · 6,173+ views
    PR Web ^ | 7 Aug 07
    National Talk Show host Reuben Armstrong has put TD Jakes, Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, and Joel Osteen, the top four Mega-pastors, "Under Fire." Dallas, TX (PRWEB) August 7, 2007 -- The Reuben Armstrong Show airs on Streaming Faith which is the largest Christian based website in the world and broadcasts in eight states and on TV around the World. Armstrong will release a new book titled "Snakes in the Pulpit." The book is scheduled for release on August 29th, 2007. Armstrong will be sending a certified letter to these four pastors asking them to resign from their positions as Pastors...
  • Rick Warren critics over OBAMA told to leave the church...

    12/14/2006 11:48:10 AM PST · by jodiluvshoes · 311 replies · 10,469+ views
    TownHall ^ | 12.14.2006 | Kevin McCullough
    Members of the congregation at Saddleback Church, the church led by Rick Warren, are evidently being ushered right out of membership for voicing any concern over the idea of Barack Obama being allowed to speak at the church recently. I received a lengthy letter from a member of Saddleback this morning that confirmed as much:
  • 'Restoration' after the fall (Reverend Ted Haggard Imbroglio)

    12/08/2006 5:48:36 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 101 replies · 2,149+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8 December 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — The Rev. Ted Haggard this week formally begins his long journey toward recovery from a drugs-and-gay-sex scandal that forced him to step down as one of the most influential evangelical leaders in the nation. Haggard, 50, has turned himself over to a team of counselors who are "assessing his spiritual, emotional and mental condition," said the Rev. H.B. London, who is helping to guide Haggard through the process. London and two other pastors will then set out a rigorous "restoration plan" requiring Haggard to spend hours each week in counseling, Bible study, prayer and soul-baring talks...
  • Major Christian Leaders Are Widely Unknown, Even Among Christians

    11/28/2006 9:16:07 AM PST · by Sopater · 20 replies · 387+ views
    The Barna Group ^ | November 27, 2006 | Barna
    (Ventura, CA) – A new survey conducted by The Barna Group found that the most positive feelings Americans had toward 16 public figures, including politicians, entertainers and ministers, were awarded to actor Denzel Washington. The least favorable image was associated with singer Britney Spears. The range of opinions was significant: 85% had a favorable view of Mr. Washington and just 2% held a negative view of him. In contrast, 34% had a positive view of Ms. Spears but 54% had a negative opinion of her. The survey discovered several unexpected patterns in people’s reactions to the 16 public figures assessed....
  • Is the 'prosperity gospel' prospering?

    10/03/2006 1:16:30 PM PDT · by cowboyfan88 · 10 replies · 426+ views
    Is the 'prosperity gospel' prospering? Most Christian leaders condemn the "prosperity gospel," the idea that God will reward the faithful with health and wealth. Yet observers say it is enjoying new popularity in this economically tenuous time, when many people are not prospering. What's come to be known as the prosperity gospel began as a staple of fire-and-brimstone preaching in early 20th-century revival meetings. It surged in popularity with television preachers in the 1980s, until scandals revealed that some preachers used money donated for ministry to support their own lavish lifestyles.
  • 'Entertaining Lucifer' - Critics say TBN is too nice to Muslims

    09/14/2006 6:59:47 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 311+ views
    Orange County Weekly ^ | September 14, 2006 | GUSTAVO ARELLANO
    For the past couple of years, Paul Crouch has turned his well-tanned face to the heavens, seeking out the face of his God. And he has seen . . . nothing. God has not smiled on the pater familias of Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Two years ago, the Los Angeles Times revealed that Crouch paid a former employee $425,000 to stay quiet about an alleged 1996 homosexual tryst in Lake Arrowhead. Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church continues to gnaw away at TBN’s long-held position as Orange County’s most powerful evangelical organization. Crouch and TBN have had to fend off...
  • Benny Hinn: Huckster Heretic

    03/12/2005 6:15:41 PM PST · by Keyes2000mt · 148 replies · 7,518+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 03/12/2005 | Kyle Williams
    A few years ago, a Houston, Texas, woman went with her mother to a Benny Hinn crusade. Her mother was suffering from lung cancer and hoped to be healed by Hinn – and she got her chance, even being allowed to go on stage in front of thousands and be healed. At least, that's what she thought. The mother gave hundreds of dollars to Benny Hinn's organization and quit taking her medication. Soon after the crusade, she was dead – another of "faith-healer" Benny Hinn's followers gone. Of course, the initial thought when someone sees the extravagant crusades of Hinn...
  • Televangelist Brings Ministry To Houston But Not Without Controversy. (Benny Hinn...

    03/10/2005 10:15:44 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 199 replies · 7,511+ views
    ABC13 Eyewitness News ^ | 2/24/2005 | ABC13 Eyewitness News
    ...Chances are you've seen Benny Hinn on TV, performing his miraculous healings. Houstonian Jackie Deleon went with her mother to see Hinn's crusade during his last visit here. She was suffering from cancer and for her, Hinn was a last hope. She appeared on TV, apparently being healed by Hinn. After her appearance, she gave hundreds of dollars she couldn't afford to his crusade and stopped taking her medications. She died three weeks later... Hinn's ministry denied Eyewitness News requests for an interview and a request for a list of healings.
  • Televangelist Gene Scott Dies at Age 75

    02/28/2005 4:47:31 AM PST · by restornu · 7 replies · 3,432+ views
    Dr Gene Scott, 1929 - 2005Thought Provocative Evangelist Televangelist Gene Scott Dies at Age 75 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gene Scott, the shaggy-haired, cigar-smoking televangelist whose eccentric religious broadcasts were beamed around the world, has died, a family spokesman said. He was 75. Scott died Monday after suffering a stroke, said the spokesman, Robert Emmers. The longtime pastor of Los Angeles University Cathedral began hosting a nightly television broadcast of Bible teaching in the mid-1970s. His University Network eventually aired a nightly talk show and Sunday morning church services on radio and television stations in about 180 countries. Scott's church,...
  • TELEVANGELIST GENE SCOTT DIES AT AGE 75

    02/22/2005 12:12:53 PM PST · by MOX · 67 replies · 2,462+ views
    Netscape News ^ | 22 Feb 2005 | APO
    Televangelist Gene Scott Dies at Age 75 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gene Scott, the shaggy-haired, cigar-smoking televangelist whose eccentric religious broadcasts were beamed around the world, has died, a family spokesman said. He was 75. Scott died Monday after suffering a stroke, said the spokesman, Robert Emmers. The longtime pastor of Los Angeles University Cathedral began hosting a nightly television broadcast of Bible teaching in the mid-1970s.
  • Televangelist Gene Scott dies at 75

    02/21/2005 11:31:30 PM PST · by Borges · 119 replies · 6,290+ views
    AP ^ | 2/22/05
    LOS ANGELES -- Gene Scott, the shaggy-haired, cigar-smoking televangelist whose eccentric religious broadcasts were beamed around the world, has died. He was 75. Scott died Monday after suffering a stroke, family spokesman Robert Emmers said. For three decades, Scott was pastor of Los Angeles University Cathedral, a Protestant congregation of more than 15,000 members housed in a landmark downtown building. In the mid-1970s, Scott began hosting a nightly live television broadcast of Bible teaching. His nightly talk show and Sunday morning church services were aired on radio and television stations to about 180 countries around the world by his University...
  • Televangelists Get Kudos Study: TV preachers don't talk about money all that much

    02/18/2005 6:56:52 AM PST · by ZGuy · 244+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/17/05 | Rob Moll
    Televangelists devote less time to fundraising than commercial television does airing commercials. That is the latest finding of Stephen Winzenburg, a communications professor at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. He just released his eighth independently funded survey of religious programs. On average, televangelists use 17 percent of their airtime fundraising and promoting their programs, while commercial television devotes 28 percent. Winzenburg has been studying television ministries for 25 years and takes televangelists to task for some practices (like refusing to reveal financial statements), but his studies have consistently found that fundraising is a different matter. "The criticism so...
  • Hinn healing: The plot thickens

    01/24/2005 10:20:39 PM PST · by Gengis Khan · 187 replies · 3,561+ views
    The Times of India ^ | MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2005 11:10:25 PM | SMITHA RAO & HEMALI CHHAPIA
    BANGALORE: For three days now, the city has groaned under the weight of the Benny Hinn show. Many of the apparently healed have justified the need for the mega event despite the multitude of problems. But the jury is still out on whether Hinn is a fraud or someone with connections to the Lord. Questions on people's minds regarding Hinn's healing methods and utterances indicate that all may not have been above board. Sample these: Why were only those cured allowed on stage? Colonel Samuel (retd) suffers from immobility of the right side of his body. Hoping for a miracle,...
  • Evangelist Swaggart Apologizes for Remark

    09/22/2004 1:27:10 PM PDT · by ItsJeff · 109 replies · 2,683+ views
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart apologized Wednesday for saying in a televised worship service that he would kill any gay man who looked at him romantically. A complaint was filed with a Canadian broadcasting group, and Swaggart said his Baton Rouge-based Jimmy Swaggart Ministries has received complaints from gay groups over the remarks made on the Sept. 12 telecast. In the broadcast, Swaggart was discussing his opposition to gay marriage when he said "I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry." "And I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks...
  • Rev. Rice rebels against today's material world (Joyce Meyer Ministry and others pulled off air)

    01/26/2004 3:44:47 PM PST · by Terriergal · 53 replies · 904+ views
    St Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 01/15/2004 | Sylvester Brown, Jr.
    <p>"Life in the Word does not mean life in the streets."</p> <p>These words were plastered on signs carried by homeless women outside the Edward Jones Dome in late October. Inside, TV evangelist Joyce Meyer held her International Women's Convention.</p> <p>Perhaps the homeless need to pick their venues more carefully. More than 15,000 women were expected to attend the three-day event. They spent big bucks, dressed up in fancy duds, and came downtown for an evening of spiritual uplift. Being confronted by the homeless must be a bit of a downer. The Rev. Larry Rice said he heard that Meyer's security officers had hustled the homeless women out of the area.</p>
  • All I Really Needed to Know to be a Televangelist I Learned as a Used Car Salesman (humor)

    09/26/2003 8:29:59 PM PDT · by AVNative · 9 replies · 284+ views
    The Door Magazine | September/October 2003 | Janet Snider
    All I really needed to know about being a televangelist I learned selling cars. This wisdom was not found in churches or classrooms, but in an oil-stained lot on East Street. These are the things I learned: *Share only the good things. *Play on emotions. *People love gimmicks. *Never tell the cost up front. *Numbers DO matter. *Offer a variety of payment plans. *Be sure to push extended warranties. *Remember, pulling out a few dents and slapping on a coat of paint can make anything look good. *Think out of the box. Why sell standard cars and basic salvation? The...
  • Chuck Baldwin: When Preaching The Bible Is Outlawed, I'll Be An Outlaw

    09/22/2003 1:26:54 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 26 replies · 203+ views
    Chuck Baldwin Ministries ^ | 09-22-03 | Baldwin, Chuck
    When Preaching The Bible Is Outlawed, I'll Be An Outlaw By Chuck Baldwin Food For Thought From The Chuck Wagon September 23, 2003 A much under-reported yet critically important news story occurred recently in Canada. On September 17, Canada's House of Commons passed a bill that adds sexual orientation as a protected category in Canada's genocide and hate-crimes legislation. According to many religious believers and free-speech advocates, the bill will criminalize public expression, including Sunday sermons, against homosexual behavior. Those convicted of violating the new law face up to five years in prison. Now, if America were the independent country...