ACCUSATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY DOESN’T
SLOW FUNDRAISING BY TBN’S PAUL CROUCH
By Ted Pike
In 1998, Trinity Broadcasting Network paid $425,000 “hush
money” to silence a former TBN employee, who charged, among
other things, that TBN’s founder and head, Dr. Paul Crouch,
had a homosexual encounter with him in 1996.
TBN is the world’s largest Christian broadcasting network,
airing via 43 satellites and more than 10,000 television and cable
affiliates worldwide. It insists that ministry funds were not used
for the pay-off.
However, in 2004, this employee, Enoch Lonnie Ford, re-surfaced.
His lawyer demanded $10,000,000 from TBN in exchange for the promise
from Ford that he would not publish a book detailing Crouch’s
alleged homosexuality. Crouch and TBN refused, denying any guilt.
A court-appointed Los Angeles arbitrator upheld Crouch’s claim
that the 1989 payment to Ford permanently forbade further disclosures.
After this scandal broke last September in the L. A. Times, Crouch
retired from his frequent appearances on TBN. For six months, the
network seemed leaderless, showing lots of old religious movies.
I wondered who would assume control before it was too late.
Then suddenly last month, it was Paul Crouch’s birthday!
Virtually everyone who had ever broadcast on TBN came on the air,
praising Crouch to the heavenlies. This was immediately followed
by the kickoff of TBN’s first fundraising “Praise-a-thon” in
more than six months.
Here again was Paul Crouch. With undiminished conviction, he reaffirmed
the pitch that nets TBN about $50,000,000.00 in pledges during each “Praise-a-thon.” It
says that if you give money to God’s specially anointed ministries,
particularly TBN, God will give back to you in cash or material benefits
100 times what you invest. And quickly! The promise is frequently
made that it will happen in a matter of months.
Result: only a few days into the “Praise-a-thon” week,
Crouch announced that contributions to TBN exceeded previous records.
What is this fundraising dynamite that empowers such Pentecostal
leaders as Crouch, Benny Hinn and Oral Roberts, to fuel their broadcasting
empires? It’s an old-fashioned theological concept: “simony.”
In the Book of Acts (Acts 8:9), Simon Magus, a Jewish magician,
tried to buy spiritual and material blessing from St. Peter. He was
cursed by the apostle for such presumption. From that encounter comes
the world “simony,” which means attempting to obtain
material or spiritual benefit by paying money to religious leaders.
In Martin Luther’s “95 Theses,” he rebuked the
simony of the Catholic Church. The papacy had grown obscenely rich
by promising material or spiritual benefits to those who purchased
religious offices or paid money as “indulgences” to liberate
souls from purgatory. In fact, the Protestant Reformation began largely
over protest against simony.
So, you see, simony is a mega-money-maker, if you can get away
with it. With the lid being placed on further revelations concerning
charges of homosexuality against Crouch, Crouch and TBN may be doing
It is remarkable that this story has not been picked up by the
secular mainstream media outside Los Angeles, especially since this
media has a proven bias against Christian moral values. Why?
I believe that the liberal media is smart enough to realize that
in TBN it has a good thing going. As TBN continues to expand, so
does universal disdain for Christianity.
While TBN’s incessant promise of “health, wealth and
miracles” through the payment of money may be believed by gullible
millions worldwide, there is little doubt that most of the world’s
more rational inhabitants regard its message with contempt.
Someday, mark my words, the media that now turns a blind eye to
TBN’s simony will turn on Christianity with fury. It will dramatize
how “Christianity” defrauds the elderly and mothers on
welfare of their pittance of income; how it siphons their meager
funds, which should have gone to feed and clothe hungry children
and pay rent, to help fund lavish life-styles for televangelists.
Example: the $5,000,000 yachting resort home in Newport Beach that
Paul and Jan Crouch own. Benny Hinn and other TBN evangelists also
share such opulence.
Sooner than might be expected, an angry world, like the crowds
filling Rome’s coliseum in the first century, will cry out
Thus, TBN, through its distorted “gospel,” is actually
helping to destroy what remains of the integrity and reputation of
true Christianity in the eyes of a skeptical, mocking world. TBN
is contributing to the fulfillment of Christ’s ominous prediction
concerning persecution of the church in the end times: “…you
will be hated by all on account of my name…” (Mk. 13:13) “Everyone
who kills you will think that he does God a service.” (Jn.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian,
conservative watchdog organization.
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