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As mentioned, some legitimate teachers and ministries can be found on TBN. Their reasons for being on the station vary - from indifference or ignorance regarding TBN's heretical teachings and controversial nature, to the suggestion that their own presence presents a sound alternative to the network's usual fare.

Unfortunately, as Robert Bowman points out, "Spiritual gullibility is widespread throughout our culture..." Many Christians do not know how to discern between sound teaching and heresy.

Many, indeed, altogether reject the need for discernment and refuse to judge teachers on their teachings and actions.

The very fact that the Trinity Broadcasting Network has grown into the world's largest religious TV network is a sad indictment of the state of (for the most part) American-style Christianity.

Paul told Timothy:

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. {3} For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. {4} They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. {5} But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
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Orange County Register series: The Gospel of Prosperity

PART 1: A worldwide television ministry prospers
Television has built TBN into a power
The Orange County-based network has grown in 25 years from one station to 750, largely thanks to gifts from viewers.
PART 2: The theology behind Trinity Broadcasting
TBN anything but traditional
The Costa Mesa-based ministry stands apart, even from its often-dramatic Pentecostal cousins.
Growth of a dynasty
They are among the most influential of modern-day evangelists, photographed with presidents and queens, traveling the world by private jet, a channel to God for 8 million saved souls.
PART 3: Millions for a new world headquarters
TBN's headquarters built on grand scale
Supporters say the heavenly make- over is a tribute to a higher power. But it carries a lofty price.
Private suite is a sight to behold, carpenters say
But the public won't see it. A TBN official describes it as 'standard executive offices.'

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Christian The Confused World Of Paul And Jan CrouchOff-site Link by Joseph Chambers
Christian Does TBN represent Jesus?Off-site Link by Mike Oppenheimer
Christian In Bed With TBNOff-site Link by Jackie Alnor, The Christian Sentinel
Thereís been a long-running debate in the evangelical church over what policy should be followed in deciding whether or not to buy air-time on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) or any other "Christian" network that promotes the "Prosperity Gospel," which is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Should teachers who promote the true Gospel grace the set of the "Praise the Lord" program or any other show hosted by false teachers?
Christian Paul Crouch and TBNOff-site Link by by Gary A. Hand. Good overview of the doctrines promoted by and via TBN
Sadly, TBN presents to the world the most distorted, false and misleading view of true Christianity that could be conceived. Virtually everything that is presented as representative of Christianity is false, and it is presented by claiming that God has spoken directly in support of what is being done, what is being taught and what is being shown to the world. Nothing could be farther from the truth. God has not spoken to those people and God does not approve of how they portray the gospel message of Jesus Christ. This becomes abundantly clear when the theology of Paul Crouch is examined.
Christian Trinity Broadcasting Network : Summary ProfileOff-site Link Presented by MinistryWatch.com, "The independent source for ministry ratings."
Christian Trinity Broadcasting Network's (TBN) Coffers are Overflowing with Cash!Off-site LinkPDF file A "MinistryWatch Donor Alert" posted Mar. 12, 2004.
Facts regarding the financial affairs of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) should cause donors to prayerfully consider supporting other Christian ministries that will achieve the donorís objective in a manner that is more transparent and reveals a more efficient and effective use of contributed funds. Huge excess funds, high salaries and very low spending on ministry purposes are grave concerns for donors particularly when so many other worthy ministries are struggling to find the money to meet the needs of the people the Lord has called them to serve.
Christian Trinity Broadcasting TeachersOff-site Link Quotes by Paul Crouch and a host of teachers broadcasting on TBN document the heresies and abberations promoted via the network.


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» Database of archived news items (Includes items added between Oct. 25, 1999 and Jan. 31, 2002.)

Not in database:
(Apr. 16, 1999) FCC chastens Trinity for flouting rules
(Apr. 16, 1999) Trinity's minority station a sham, FCC rules


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• Subject: Trinity Broadcasting Network
• First posted: Jan. 13, 1997
• Last Updated: Feb. 2, 2010
• Editor: Anton Hein
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