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Founder of TBN is DEAD

On September 2011, Paul Crouch Sr. was also hospitalized for congestive heart failure. The faith healers he always promoted did nothing for his decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease.

At age 79 Paul Crouch was hospitalized on Oct. 22 in Dallas, Texas, and returned home to California in early November put on a ventilator. The healers he always promoted did nothing. On Nov. 5, TBN released a statement by TBN attorney and spokesman Colby May that said doctors had taken Crouch off the ventilator and he was breathing on his own.

Over the last few years, the Crouchs and TBN have been embroiled in family lawsuits, issued by their granddaughter Brittany Koper who was the former director of finance and human resources. Koper spoke out and was fired and allegedly threatened with physical and lethal violence. The lawsuit claims the family was distributing more than $50 million for luxury goods, for jets, estates, and vehicles, to company directors. "Praise the Lord," program on TBN was known for its luxurious and expensive sets for their guests.

In October 2011 Paul Crouch Jr., who was presumed the heir of TBN, announced that he would leave TBN to pursue other ministry opportunities.

Paul Crouch Sr. was an entrepreneur that saw an opportunity. In 1973, along with his wife, Jan, and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, they founded TBN; forming America's most watched Christian TV network. He began from the start bringing on Copeland and then other word faith teachers. Since the late 90s TBN became a home for the fringe teachers in the Church, disseminating false doctrine more than genuine sound doctrine. Health and wealth were abundantly promised to those who gave to their network especially during Praise-a-thons and slain in the spirit was commonly seen as what is to happen when the anointing is passed from one to another. Nearly every crazy unbiblical practice and teaching has been featured on this network.

Crouch Sr. became famous among the apologetic wing of the church when he refused to test the teachers he became friendly to who were shaping the direction of TBN. He even had very harsh and threatening words for those who held to doctrine and tested these teachers by it, and agreed with Benny Hinn on cursing them. He would not stand for anyone saying a single disagreeable word about those who were pillars in his Christian TV empire.

TBN is carried on over 287 television stations in the U.S. and now has a programming in every major continent (75 countries in 11 languages) through 84 satellite channels and over 18,000 television and cable affiliates around the world.

Crouchs legacy is a multi-million dollar (probably billion dollar) empire has made money from the fraudulent evangelists and Bible teachers who presented the Jesus of prosperity and faith words to promote the doctrine of mammon and self as the teachings of Jesus.

I know many will have only good things to say about Crouch and his network, especially those who participate in it directly or are recipients of its teachings. Still, there are others that know what really occurred over the years and are willing to tell the truth.  

My condolences to the family for their loss with a caveat: TBN is steeped in worldly and spiritual corruption; If you can't help change the direction from within then get as far away from this religious shyster network as possible.

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