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 But Evil Men and Impostors Shall Wax Worse And Worse, Deceiving And Being Deceived.
2 Timothy 3:13.

Compiled by Carol Brooks

Also See

Merchandising the Gospel   Virtual Christianity   Tele-Evangelist Lifestyles

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“TBN is now the world's largest Worldwide Religious Network” (The TBN web site used to call themselves a Christian television network)  Across America and around the world TBN is carried by TV stations and cable systems to millions of homes. TBN reaches every major continent via 47 satellites and 12,460 TV and cable affiliates.  (One page on the TBN site says they have 47 satellites while another mentions 33). Whichever may be true the numbers are enormous and continue to grow! (From the official TBN web site as of November 2005).

Introduction 42 years ago the newlywed Paul and Jan Crouch called a small duplex in Springfield, Mo. home. Paul earned $50 a week in the film department at the Gospel Publishing House of the Assemblies of God, followed by a stint as assistant pastor at a church in Rapid City, where he also worked as a disc jockey at a 250-watt radio station and later as an announcer and director for a TV station. On Thanksgiving Day 1961 the Crouches, two young sons in tow, moved to Southern California for a job with the Assemblies of God film studios.

In March 1973, as the Crouches were headed home from an event in Hollywood, God supposedly told Paul it was all right to start his own TV ministry. He had what he calls a "classical vision" while praying. "All of a sudden it was as though the ceiling of my den literally became a giant television screen," he recalls in a TBN video, in which he describes seeing an outline of North America, with brilliant streams of connecting light. "God spoke as clearly to my spirit as I've ever heard him speak. One resounding, ringing word — satellite."

From humble beginnings TBN has evolved into arguably the world’s largest religious broadcaster, with more than 1,200 outlets as of the end of 1999 and at various times has been described as "ranking at the top of mid-sized networks", "dominating the Christian airwaves" and as the "world's largest religious TV network". TBN allegedly owns 12 full-power television stations in the United States, including major broadcast facilities in Orange County, Texas and Tennessee, and hundreds of other TV and radio outlets from the Caribbean to Russia. Apparently TBN airs in 190 countries, and "TBN says it reaches more than half of the estimated 98 million U.S viewing households, and it is carried by 4,500 cable operators and three satellite systems".  According to the Wall Street Journal, "TBN reaches 52 million cable and direct-broadcast satellite households, and another 30 million homes via local stations." 

According to year 2000 tax documents, Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, which oversees a network of Trinity Broadcasting organizations and overseas ventures, had $444 million in net assets. (Trinity Backs Out of Easter Service, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 6, 2002). Crouch says he has rejected offers of up to $2 billion for the network.  (The Orange County Register. May 31, 1998).

Many top evangelists and celebrities have graced the TBN set — Robert Schuller, Pat Boone, Meadowlark Lemon, Rosey Grier, Della Reese, Jane Russell, Rick Joyner, Paul Cain, Mike Bickle [See Section on Dominion Theology], Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Hal Lindsey, John Arnott, Randy Clark, John Kilpatrick, Steve Hill, Rodney Howard-Browne [See Section on Counterfeit Revivals], Franklin Graham and others presenting their theology and new books. "Praise the Lord" airs live five times a week on TBN and is hosted by Crouch and his wife Jan. It features famous preachers and celebrities, praise music acts, prayer, Christian weight lifters, former sports figures, Bible readings, faith healing, biblical prophecy applied to current events etc. etc.

    “In highly individualistic, culturally pluralistic societies, such as we have in North America, there is a strong tendency to focus on personalities and to exalt leaders.  There are few strong social groups that hold people together and no dominant set of shared ideas and values that unite people in their thinking.  People are left to fend for themselves, and often they are attracted to a "big man" who claims to know the way” (Paul G. Hiebert. Healing and the Kingdom)

So in view of the fact that TBN can only be seen as a tremendous influence in the world of Christian public broadcasting, reaching an enormous audience both in the US and around the world, the question has to be asked… What do TBN and the Crouches stand for? What are they promoting?  What doctrine do they espouse? What are their beliefs?

Sadly these questions lead only to very murky waters. Apparently Paul and Jan Crouch do not know what they believe or they do not care. Their response to any guest (regardless of how fundamental or ‘way out’ the theology) who invokes the name of Jesus, is the same… Unabashed approval. Consider the following quote by one of their regulars, Kenneth Copeland.. "God is the biggest failure in the Bible...the reason you've never thought that is because He never said He was one". " TBN, Praise-a-thon", 1988.
 

Cursing The ‘Enemy’ The Crouches use no distinctions, no discernment… Well! Almost no discernment. Paul Crouch has been known to react to critics of his and his guest’s theology… In fact Paul and Jan Crouch frequently join their guests, (TBN star Benny Hinn in particular) in verbally attacking those who call TBN to accountability.

(Click On Sound Icon To Hear Audio Clip, or TV Icon TO Watch Video Clip. In the bone chilling audio clip Hinn hisses and growls and finally calls down curses against his critics.)

 On November 7, 1997, Paul Crouch read a prophecy and then issued a death threat to the enemies of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Apparently part of the prophecy commanded Crouch to, "Take authority over the principalities and powers that dare to threaten this ministry." Paul Crouch went on to state, "God, we proclaim death to anything or anyone that will lift a hand against this network and this ministry that belongs to You, God. It is Your work, it is Your idea, it is Your property, it is Your airwaves, it is Your world, and we proclaim death to anything that would stand in the way of God's great voice of proclamation to the whole world. In the Name of Jesus, and all the people said Amen!"

(Apparently these curses were of little effect. All the opponents of TBN seem to be doing just fine..  I know I am)

On August 7 Benny Hinn told an audience at Melodyland Christian Center in Southern California. "Now I'm pointing my finger with the mighty power of God on me. ...You hear this. There are men and women in Southern California attacking me. I will tell you under the anointing now, you'll reap it in your children. You'll never win. ...And you children will suffer. You're attacking me on the radio every night; you'll pay, and your children will. Hear this from the lips of God's servant. You are in danger. Repent, or God Almighty will move his hand. ..."

Doctrine? On a Praise The Lord telecast Paul Crouch shouted, "Let Him (God) sort out all this doctrinal doo-doo, I don’t care about it.". Perhaps Paul Crouch should read 1Timothy 4:16.. “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee”.

  Also See Theology And Doctrine:  All too many Christians seem to be under the impression that "theology" and "doctrine" are of minimal importance. Perhaps the words "theology" and "doctrine" gets Christians on the defensive, because they have been taught to believe that their faith must be based in the heart, therefore all that is important will be "experienced". Or perhaps they want no challenges to their shallow 'easy Christianity', which requires no intellectual effort, and allows people to coast along, never being stretched, or using their God given brains. The fact is that both theology and doctrine are crucial to authentic Christian faith

He apparently hates no one worse than those he calls "heresy hunters". On another occasion he spoke to his worldwide audience by stating, "Heretic hunters, those guys who spend their lives straightening us all out doctrinally, they are going to go straight to hell." (You could hear Jan laughing approvingly on the set.)” (The Confused World Of Paul And Jan Crouch by Joseph Chambers).

He has also gone on record for saying he ‘will shoot heresy hunters if God doesn't’, in response to the Christian Research Institute’s week of radio programs exposing the errors of the word-faith movement. (CRI is a reputable apologetic ministry).

    “….I say to hell with you! Oh hallelujah. Get out of God's way, quit blocking God's bridges or God's gonna shoot you if I don't! I refuse to argue any longer with any of you out there. Don't even call me. If you want to argue doctrine, if you want to straighten out somebody over here, if you want to criticize Ken Copeland for his preaching on faith, or Dad Hagin. Get out of my life! I don't even want to talk to you or hear you. I don't want to see your ugly face! Get out of my face in Jesus’ name." (Praise-a-thon (TBN) 4/2/91).

    And “... I am a little god. Critics be gone!” (Praise the Lord. (TBN)  6/7/86).

Paul Crouch never bothers to explain why they believe what they believe and and why his critics are in error, all he ever does is attack people. Yet the Bible gives us clear instructions to “always be prepared with a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you”.


TBN: the Ark of God??? In a shocking display of spiritual arrogance, TBN founder Paul Crouch is now claiming that he and his wife, Jan, and TBN are God's appointed Noah's Ark for the last days.  Their names are encrypted in the book of Genesis in the passage where Noah loaded the survivors of the flood onto the ark, according to a guest on the Praise the Lord program that aired earlier this week … (

    As said by Sandy Simpson in his Study In Jude… “We name names on our site as Paul named names in his time, but we do so on the basis of the facts. We present the case, including what wolves have taught and done, and compare those teachings and actions to the Bible. We carefully footnote everything so anyone can look up what has been said and done and will be able to draw their own conclusions. But wolves speak abusively. They don’t deal with the facts because they can’t. So they resort to abusive language.

     Jacob Prasch says about wolves, “They can’t kill the message so they try to kill the messenger.” Isn’t that always the case?” (deceptioninthechurch.org)

They expect everyone to accept their authority and teachings without criticism or testing, using the Bible only if it suits their purposes but relying more on ‘Revelation Knowledge’. Making up a doctrine and then going in search of Scripture to back it up, however remotely and however out of context the verse may be, is a recipe for disaster. But what is truly catastrophic about this situation is that too many Christians do little better, showing little or no discernment when it comes to blatant heresies, forgetting that Christians are instructed to reject those who preach a false gospel because they are condemned by the Lord.. And those who follow false prophets will share in their judgment. 2 John 1:10

Contrary to popular beliefs.. the Bible makes some very straight forward statements about ‘judging’ See Section Judge Not?

People are often deceived into thinking big TV evangelists are true believers because much is said ‘in the name of Jesus’, but even a cursory examination reveals that the biblical basis for what they say is very thin, if nonexistent, no matter how convincing they sound. There is very little, if any, preaching about the cross, sin, repentance and judgment. Their emphasis is not on what the Bible says, but on feelings, which are inherently subjective and relativistic. They think that it is more important to "feel" the truth instead of understand it and meditate on it. Too many of the evangelists today place revelation knowledge above Scripture, which is one reason why WF teachers not only often blatantly contradict Scripture, but often each other.

  Today’s Biblically unsound generation relies on things like experiences, manifestations, feelings, emotions, numbers of followers, numbers of people who claim to be saved, the size of a church or movement, signs and wonders, purported miracles (Whether real or false), subjective testimonies, hearsay and rumors, how successful and rich a teacher is, if a person speaks with authority and/or the atmosphere of a meeting. The ancient Israelites were often led into error because they were not sufficiently grounded in the knowledge of God (Hosea 4:1, 6) and many Christians today are equally being led into error because they are not testing what they hear by the standard of God's Word.  According to the Bible we are to test all teaching for sound doctrine, and especially against the core doctrines of the Faith as laid down in the sixty-six books of the Bible. (See Section on The Christian and Knowledge)

(Tommy Tenney, promoted by Charisma magazine & at the Pensacola Revival states in his best-selling book, The God Chasers, that: “A true God chaser is not happy with just past truth. He must have present truth. God chasers don’t want to just study from the moldy pages of what God has done; they’re anxious to see what God is doing.”)
 

Jan Crouch hears Voices: Trinity Broadcasting Network cofounder Jan Crouch claims to have levitated during a recent mystical experience. But some cult experts are labeling it occultic and have accused Crouch of teaching people to participate in spiritism (specifically forbidden by Scripture) and guided imagery. [http://www.inthefaith.com/2004/08/14/jan-crouch-hears-voices-and-levitates/]
 

TBN’s ‘Occasional’ Guest List has posed problems of it’s own. For example, at her appearance on TBN, Della Reese was showcased as a minister of the Gospel, thereby unleashing her on, who knows how many, thousands of viewers. Della Reese is not a Christian Minister. She is a ‘New Thought’ minister ordained in 1987 by Rev. Dr. Johnnie Coleman founder of Universal Foundation for Better Living. Reese founded the Understanding Principles for Better Living Church in Los Angeles. The four quotes below will give you some idea of what Della Reese believes. (For more details please see New Thought).

From the Upchurch Website in a section called “what we teach”.

    “Everything that exists, or ever will exist, is pressed out of the body of God (God substance) in different forms of manifestation. Since the nature of God is Absolute Good and everything is God substance, there can be no evil in reality”.

    “To the New Thought teacher and student, the Bible is the history of man - his generation, degeneration, and regeneration. It tells how man came out of God with a divine estate, forgot his origin, suffered limitation, even death, and how his divine memory is re-awakened and quickened so that he may regain his freedom and reclaim his divine birthright”.

From two separate interviews with Reese:

    Della Reese: That's what you are. This is just a body you're in. The real you is that spirit of God inside of you, and me, too. (Larry King Live, February 16, 2001).

    Della Reese: Well, the thing is, you don’t think enough about you. You see, most people don’t think they’re wonderful. You see, I’m made in the image and likeness of God. He said I’m the greatest thing He ever made. So, my attitude might be haughty to you, but it’s natural for me. (Praise the Lord, February 21, 2002).

Every Saturday at 6 pm Pacific time (as of writing) TBN airs Robert Schuller’s ‘Hour Of Power’. [More about Robert Schuller]
 

TBN’s Stable of ‘Regulars’ However it is TBN’s stable of ‘regulars’ that has done the worst damage in scattering the seeds of heresy far and wide. This list includes Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Marilyn Hickey, T.D. Jakes, John Hagee, Rod Parsley, Jack Van Impe, Morris Cerrulo, Earl Paulk, Reinhard Bonnke, Tommy Tenney, Jesse Duplantis, Joyce Meyer, Mark Chironna, Juanita Bynum, Creflo Dollar and many others. Not forgetting the ‘rising star’ of the Word-Faith movement … Joel Osteen.

    The Anointing: The names listed above represent a wide spectrum of heresies foisted on a Biblically illiterate church. Please note that many of these ‘teachers’ espouse more than one false teaching, usually under the banner of being ‘Anointed’ (Which is perhaps one of the most overused and misunderstood terms used in Charismatic circles).  From Marilyn’s Hickey’s ‘anointed’ oil, cornmeal, red thread, prayer cloths, and Christmas stars to Morris Cerullo’s apparent ability to transfer a ‘double portion’ of the unnamed and unexplained ‘anointing’ through a mantle he will send the faithful (After a double portion seed gift to Morris Cerullo?). What is The Anointing.. A Biblical Study

    Perhaps Rod Parsley takes the proverbial cake since he seems to believe (or hopes you will) that an item such as a cheap sword can be anointed with the Holy Spirit, to be passed on to anyone with $1000.  His website says “"...with the symbol of the cross of christ engraved in the blade and on the hilt this sword will be presented to you when you join me as an Armourbearer with your gift of $1000 or more. In addition, when you become my Armourbearer in 2004 . . . You’ll be my special guest at Dominion Camp Meeting and other ministry events, you’ll receive a direct line to leave your prayer requests, so I can stand in prayer for your greatest needs -- plus! You’ll be enrolled as my Breakthrough Covenant Partner and will receive the many special benefits of this partnership as well. But most importantly, this sword represents the anointing God has placed on my life – an anointing that will be imparted to you when I commission you as my 2004 Armourbearer and send you this stunning sword”. (Emphasis Added)

This entire exercise of selling the anointing is noting more than a contemptible and disreputable way to make even more money. (See Merchandising the Gospel.. Christianity is BIG Business)
 

    Jesse Duplantis states that material poverty is the result of not being anointed and Benny Hinn teaches that we have to be in the ‘right location’ and have the ‘right leadership’ to get the anointing. … The Holy Spirit has now become a commodity to be given away and can now be sent out of a person and into little bags of corn meal, or vials of oil.

So, under this so-called anointing a wide variety of false doctrines (most of which have been covered in detail in this section of the site) are taught as Gospel truth. Most of TBN’s regulars espouse The ‘Faith’ Movement, which “believes that the human mind and tongue contain a supernatural ability or power. When a person speaks expressing his faith in supposedly divine laws, his positive thoughts and positive verbal expression allegedly produce a "divine force" that will heal, produce wealth, bring success, and in other ways influence the environment.... According to the "Faith" teachers, God automatically responds and accomplishes what we command when we positively confess our needs and desires in faith…” (Ankerberg and Weldon, 1993, p.6)

    Word of Faith: The "force" of faith, is the foundation of Word of Faith theology. Proponents believe they can use words to manipulate the faith-force, and thus actually create what they believe Scripture promises (health, wealth, etc.). Laws supposedly governing the faith-force are said to operate independently of God's sovereign will -- God Himself being subject to the "laws" of faith. Frederick Price says, "Yes! You are in control! So, if man has control, who no longer has it?.. God"   ("Prayer: Do You Know What Prayer Is...and How to Pray?," The Word Study Bible, 1990. p.1178). Word Of Faith

    Slain in the Spirit: Many Charismatics claim that apart from the anointing, falling down backward is also a phenomenon, which brings both physical and emotional healing. They believe that it is a blessing of the spiritual gifts that God gives. However, the most agreed upon explanation or purpose for this act is that it is that of the anointing of the Spirit for the service to God.  However a search of the Scriptures reveals that any and all 'falling down backward' is invariably in the context of God's Judgments upon man. Never in the context of believers receiving the Holy Spirit, or of any blessing or benefit.  [See Slain by What Spirit?]

    Physical Healing: Commonly taught today is that the sick should be healed each and every time they are prayed for. If there was no healing, either the sick person had insufficient faith, or perhaps the person who prayed for them lacked faith. However, this results from twisting and misusing the pivotal text of Isaiah 53. Have you ever wondered about preachers who claim to heal all infirmities, yet wear eyeglasses? Additionally some believe they can teach you how to heal the sick.  The "Happy Hunters" have been holding How to Heal the Sick Seminars for many years. 

     "...how can you glorify God in your body, when it doesn't function right? How can you glorify God? How can He get glory when your body doesn't even work? ...What makes you think the Holy Ghost wants to live inside a body where He can't see out through the windows and He can't hear with the ears? What makes you think the Holy Spirit wants to live inside of a physical body where the limbs and the organs and the cells do not function right? ...." (Frederick K.C. Price, "Is God Glorified Through Sickness?" (Los Angeles: Crenshaw Christian Center, n.d.), audiotape #FP605). [See Section on Healing]

    Man As God: The Word-Faith and Kingdom Now movements openly, and in so many words, teach that men are gods.... "You don't have a god in you, you are one." (Kenneth Copeland, "The Force Of Love" tape # 02-0028).

    The Toronto Blessing:  Also has roots that can be traced back to TBN’s favourite son.. Benny Hinn. Another "key figure in the Airport Vineyard Renewal" received his anointing through Rodney Howard-Browne at Kenneth Hagin's "Rhema" church. It is clear from the quoted testimony of Benny Hinn who claims "like a jolt of electricity, my whole body began to vibrate all over..." and of Rodney Howard-Browne who says he tapped "heaven's electric supply" (see Chapter 4), that these men perceive the "anointing" of the Holy Spirit which they received and which they in turn pass on to others has the characteristics of electricity. Very worryingly, that is precisely how Randy Clark, describes his own understanding of God's "Blessing". (The "Toronto Blessing" By Stephen Sizer). [See Section Counterfeit Revivals]

    Benny Hinn had a great influence on the formation of the "laughing revival" which originated at the Toronto Airport Church in Ontario, Canada, in January 1994, and which has spread throughout many parts of the world. The pastor there, John Arnott, and his wife, Carol, were earnestly "seeking a special touch from God," but, sadly, they were following the unscriptural charismatic prophecies and methodologies instead of relying strictly on the Holy Scriptures. They claim that God had told them to "hang around people that have an anointing." Instead of defining the Holy Spirit anointing biblically, they defined it according to Pentecostal Word-Faith theology. In September 1992, they attended several of Benny Hinn’s meetings at Mapleleaf Gardens in Toronto. After Hinn would pray for them, Carol Arnott would be so drunk that she had to be carried home and put to bed. I give several other examples of Benny Hinn’s influence on the "Toronto Blessing" movement in my book Laughing Revival: From Azusa to Pensacola. (Beware of Benny Hinn. Way of Life Literature.)


False Prophecy:
This is only a couple of examples of the many false prophecies that have emanated from TBN.

    Los Angeles pastor John J. Hinkle told of a vision from the Lord saying that on June 9, 1994, God would “rip the evil out of this world ... And at that time something cataclysmic of glory and the power of God is going to come upon the earth. ... When that glory comes, and come it will, there isn’t anyone who won’t be on his knees and on his face before the Lord.”

    June 9, 1994, passed and the “glory and power of God” that was to “come upon the earth” did not come. Instead of being rebuked and held responsible by Crouch for misleading the TBN audience with his false prophecy, Hinkle was allowed to “spiritualize” his utterance. “The veil, was it ripped?” he asked. “Yes, but it was at first a spiritual veil.” (How to get the TBN boot. Personal Freedom Outreach).

    In the late 1990s, Rick Joyner jumped onto the Y2K bandwagon as he claimed that the Lord “finally did begin to speak” about the issue. According to Joyner, God supposedly revealed that, “The most severe difficulties will come from the panic generated by the situation” and “The Lord told me to observe the problems that Y2K will cause in the natural world as a reflection of the problems we have in the body of Christ.” (A Prophetic Vision for the 21st Century, pp. 49,52). [See more About Rick Joyner.. one of the Leaders of the Dominionist Movement]

The turn of the century has come and gone and if there was a panic or problems in the natural world caused by Y2K.. I guess we missed it. 

But plenty more false prophecies have proceeded from TBN’s gaudy stage.. See Details

 

So how does TBN stay in business? The answer is simple. From the contributions of hundreds of thousands of TBN fans, well-wishers and ordinary people who have been suckered into the idea of ‘planting a seed’, which will be re-paid 100 fold by the Lord. Which brings us to the cornerstone of the TBN’s ministry, the one that keeps the machine well oiled… The Prosperity Doctrine.. Does God Really Want Us to Be Rich?

    Prosperity: Prosperity & financial advancement are two of the greatest selling points of the ‘evangelical’ ministers today. "Well, you need to hear about money, because you ain't gonna have no love and joy and peace until you get some money!" (Creflo Dollar, Praise the Lord, July 20, 1999) And while (on the surface) they seem to be living proof of the power of living by faith, what they hope people will not see is the constant begging for money, the massive fund-raisers, the barrage of direct mailing and advertising campaigns allow them to live their lavish life styles. What is really scary is that they would have people believe that God blessed them with this prosperity for merely living in the faith, and that the average common man is guaranteed this kind of life by the Bible. Only those with ‘insufficient faith’ are living in poverty and only those who are willing to go the extra mile, by throwing their last dollar onto the already huge ‘love offering’ pile, will be blessed by God and find the prosperity they seek. The individual believer, misled by the glamour and emotional appeal of religious TV personalities, misdirects the Lord's money to areas that will be virtually non-productive for Jesus Christ.

But it gets worse…. On the Wed, 03-Nov-1999 Praise-A-Thon R.W. Shambach prophesied that if people make the 2000-dollar faith pledge to TBN, not only will God give them the 2000 dollars before the year 2000 but he will also make them totally debt free AND their WHOLE family will be saved before the year 2000. He even told people if they don't have the money to take out a loan or borrow the tithe on the $2000 and give him $200 to start with. 

    “…to be saved just send in (via cash, personal check, money order, Visa or MasterCard) only $2000.  That's right, for a low, low $2000. you and your whole family can be debt free and enjoy the benefits of salvation before the year 2000.  All this without ever having to go through a messy, tearful admission that you are a sinner, and without even having to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Just put your faith in your faith and in TBN.  They'll do all the work for you.  They'll interpret the Bible for you, pray for you, have faith for you, speak God's Word to you directly (actually, no need to interpret Scripture at all anymore, come to think of it!) and spread the gospel for you….” (Sandy Simpson. Deceptioninthechurch.org).

While there is little doubt that any Christian organization has to have a certain amount of funds to operate, what people do not see, or choose not to, is that the constant begging for money, the massive fund-raisers, the barrage of direct mailing (the crucial, invisible keys to American televangelism) and advertising campaigns does little but allow them to live their lavish life styles. (Haven’t you ever noticed that all Christians aren’t driving a Mercedes?) [See Lifestyles of the Tele-Evangelists]


The Omega Code:
At a cost of about $7.2 million the Omega Code has generated much controversy, due in large part to the fact that it promotes the so-called hidden codes in the Bible. The theme of the movie is that a secret code is discovered in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible), and whoever possesses this decoded secret is in position to take control of the world, based on the premise that he who controls Jerusalem controls the world.

“Although promoted as a tool for witnessing the Gospel, there is very little religion of any kind in this film, the name of Jesus being mentioned in a positive way only once, when Dr. Lane, a self-described unbeliever, prays very briefly (God, Jesus save me!) in a moment of desperation and apparent danger. If Dr. Lane is converted, it is not developed any further in the story. Nowhere in the film is the Gospel (salvation through faith in Jesus Christ) explained, and neither is there a character that can be described throughout the film as a true Christian.

Scripture is quoted or alluded to only a few times, but not in any way that explains the Gospel, and no specific references are given, so when it is quoted, those not familiar with the Bible will probably not know it, much less the chapter and verse being quoted. In fact, it would be difficult to produce a more secularized (non-religious) movie about Bible prophecy. As a result, non-Christians unfamiliar with Bible prophecy are not likely to understand how the movie relates to scripture, and many Christians may be similarly confused by what they see (or don't see) in the film”…. It is indeed unfortunate that TBN decided to make nothing more than an entertaining movie for the unchurched, and that it was never intended to accurately depict and teach end time events or present the Gospel message of salvation. As a result, The Omega Code, sadly, does not "light a candle" as claimed above. While it may well provoke discussions, that is likely because of the confusion it generates about prophecy among both believers and non-believers alike. Its evangelistic value is minimal, or even non-existent, compared to what it could have been.  (http://www.aloha.net)

However the Omega Code has a history that is far less fictional than the story line. Paul and Jan Crouch and their son Matt were sued by A West Virginia Christian author named Sylvia Fleener, who saw the film in 1999 and was “literally devastated by the similarities” to a book she wrote in 1996 called "The Omega Syndrome," Fleener who copyrighted her book in 1996, (it was published by Hope Manor Publishing in 1997) sent copies of her manuscript to the Crouches through friends and acquaintances between 1994 and 1996, the suit says.  The smoking gun. Was that a certain Kelly Whitmore, a former assistant to Jan Crouch, says in court records that she used to pack Jan's bags for trips. Whitmore says that in the mid-1990s, Crouch requested that she pack a white binder that contained a manuscript Crouch referred to as the "End Times" movie project. It was a manuscript Whitmore now believes was a copy of Sylvia Fleener's "The Omega Syndrome."

To cut a long story short Jan and Paul Crouch have settled the plagiarism lawsuit although the terms of the settlement are confidential. Why would TBN and the Crouches settle out of court with Fleener? Perhaps, simply because a writer hired by Quisenberry (Fleener's attorney) read Fleener's "The Omega Syndrome," and then read a book called "The Omega Code," which was based on the movie and written by none other than Paul Crouch. In court records, the man who compared the books says he was "convinced that there was copying between the works." He found striking similarities in characters, mood, pace and setting. And perhaps because.. as Daniel Quisenberry put it “we have a very good case, and they know it". But if settling means admitting sin, can the Crouches and their $100-million enterprise continue selling tickets to God's kingdom?  (Los Angeles Times/December 17, 2001 and The Orange County Register/January 1, 2002).


Additionally
 “They make dreams/visions more important than Scripture, even when Paul tells us not to go beyond what is written. 1 Corinthians 4:6 The wolves brag about how God has spoken directly to them. They colorfully tell about some fantastic dream they had where an angel took them to heaven or hell. They do these things so that they will be considered to be “holy men of God”, which is what they incessantly and continually drum into their follower's heads. This is exactly what Paul was saying should be avoided. If Christians do not go beyond what is written, they will not end up becoming prideful. This is not to say that God does not give dreams and visions. But they are rare, and when they are truly from God every detail will check out with the written Word of God. Every part of that dream or vision will be biblically correct, come true if predictive, and be in line with the revealed character of God in the Bible. But today we see churches carrying around “prophesy notebooks” instead of Bibles. We see people putting more faith in "words of knowledge" than in the Bible. When you see people who always have another dream to tell, you can be sure they are wolves.

They slander celestial beings. “I have seen this so many times in almost every meeting of Third Wave wolves. They speak directly to demons, they yell at them and make fun of them, even laugh at Satan himself. They say they are binding demons. They jump up and down and claim that Satan has been bound. They fill drums full of "holy anointing oil" and spray it all over their cities. They push stakes in the ground around towns. They blow shofars from high places. They finger paint signs of the cross on church furniture.  They do these things claiming they will rid the place of demons.  But all this binding, prayer walking, and pragmatic spiritual warfare introduced into the churches by people like John Dawson of YWAM, John Wimber, Chuck Kraft and C. Peter Wagner and many others is unbiblical. The Bible teaches we are to pray for protection from the evil one. We are to pray for salvation of people from darkness. We can even cast demons out of individuals. But there is nowhere in the Bible that states we should be praying against territorial spirits, binding them, speaking to them or using occult techniques to rid our land of them. Those who make fun of celestial beings, which according to the Bible includes Satan and his fallen angels, are in grave danger. Only the Lord can rebuke Satan. We are only protected because of our relationship to Jesus Christ who gained the victory on the cross. We must put on the armor and stand against the devil and his schemes. But those who laugh and taunt Satan and demons are wolves and they will end up destroyed.

Vs. 9-10 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals--these are the very things that destroy them.” (Sandy Simpson. Study in Jude. Deceptioninthechurch.org)
 

Conclusion:
In the words of Richard J. Vincent..

    “I, for one, am embarrassed by the Word-Faith teachers and I am ashamed to be represented by them. These men represent Christianity to millions. They present a false picture of what it means to be a Christian and I think it is abhorrent. Michael Horton has rightly asked, "Do those who occasionally view televangelistic programming know that evangelical Christianity offers an intelligent interpretation of and hope for human existence? Does the average unbeliever come away from an ordinary telecast with a better grasp of the substance of the Christian faith?” …

    “None of this would have happened ……. “if more Christians knew their Bible and what it taught. This would not have come about if more Christians knew what the Bible has to say about the nature of man, the nature of God, the doctrine of the trinity, etc. It is time to return to teaching sound doctrine so that the common Christian man can be armed against error....”

    “It's time to use our minds again. It's time to quit being so emotional, mystical, and man-centered in our doctrine. It's time that Christians took some in-depth journeys into the wonder of the Holy Scriptures to find out about truth and reality. Christianity is truth, and as Art Lindsley has rightly stated, "There is nothing that produces emotion like the truth". Do you want a vibrant growing faith? Search the Scriptures. Do you seek truth, real truth? The kind of truth that infiltrates every area of your life with purpose and meaning and joy! You won't find it on a TV station. You won't even find it in a church service. You'll find it when you spend time alone in an attitude of worship and prayer with an open Bible and the very God of the Universe teaching you and loving you through His blessed Holy Spirit applying His most Holy word directly to your life. Theology is not always entertaining but it is always enriching. It is a lot easier to turn on that TV and turn off your mind but you'll be at a loss because of it, and you will miss out on one of the most wonderful blessings of life: communion with the Living Lord.”  (An examination of the word-faith movement).

     

Footnote
Much has been said about some of TBN’s regulars such as Benny Hinn, but many of their less famous guests are equally heretical.

Bishop Harold and Brenda Ray and Neil Ellis.
On the evening of September 16th 2002 I was watching an interview on TV and happened to turn to TBN’s channel during a commercial break. This particular program was hosted by Bishop Harold and Brenda Ray. I didn’t hear much of the conversation with their first guest, a woman, but really got interested when Neil Ellis, a pastor from the Bahamas was introduced by Bishop Ray as “He’s almost as crazy as I am. He’ll try anything once”.

The entire conversation should have been shocking to any Christian who isn’t totally blind. We are truly Biblically illiterate and have lost every vestige of discernment if we can applaud and encourage people like this (as the audience was doing that day) .

Among other gems Neil Ellis said that he knew that “in ten months” there will be a revival, and “souls will be saved”, but “in the midst of this there will be an economic revival”. (It’s always about money, isn’t it?)

He also said he will pastor a church “That has to be, has to be, poverty free”. This “has to happen”. He added.. Because of the ‘anointing’, “I am not supposed to be pastoring poor people”. (His Emphasis). He did add that God will send poor people to him but only so they get a release from poverty.

Brenda Ray also mentioned that Neil Ellis’ church was a “kingdom church”.. (Whatever that is). Apparently Neil Ellis’ new book had been ‘prophesied’ by Brenda Ray. (When he mentioned this, she looked totally bewildered for a moment. I guess modern day prophets have so much to say that they forget some of their ‘prophecies’. Do any of these people have any idea of the role or importance of a prophet who is the spokesman of the Almighty Himself? Perhaps the Lord has run out of things to say and is keeping His prophets busy foretelling trivialities.). 

At some point Pastor Ray mentioned talked about his several visits to the White House and in referring to the people he has spoken to there said “we are not speaking to the attendees but to the atmosphere”. (I wonder what atmosphere Jesus was speaking to in the Sermon On The Mount).

A couple of other gems was when one of the two men remarked that

    God is “pleading”, “begging”, “hoping” that we “do what we what we are assigned to do”. (I simply cannot find one instance in Scripture which portrays the Almighty as ‘pleading’ or ‘begging’).

    We “were created to make God look good” here on earth. (That plan failed pretty miserably, especially if He was counting on some of TBN’s guests to ‘make Him look good’).

And what was that about “God will never take us to the dimension of ownership and rulership” until we ‘get’ what He trying to give (impart to) us. (Did I miss something here? Where does the Bible speak about ‘ownership’ or ‘rulership’?).

The last ‘beauty’ I was able to jot down was Bishop Ray saying “we speak as the oracles of God”.

Incidently I went to Bishop Ray’s website and found the following:

    “BISHOP RAY SET TO LAUNCH NATIONAL EMPOWERMENT TOUR TO HELP FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS ACCESS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS !’ The three day summits, will be offered without charge to local community based providers, and will also include instruction on (1) Legal organization and structure, (2) Developing Strategic Mission Statements, (3) Financial Reporting and Accountability Requirements, (4) Implementation of 21st Century Digital Technology and (5) Wealth Creation and Transference Strategies and Mechanisms”.

And

    The National Center for Faith Based Initiative is dedicated to the task of creating a purpose driven, national collaboration of faith based entities with the singular purpose of eliminating historic poverty, and dependency inducing systems, through the development of self actuating and self sustaining community based economies.

    Our goal is as simple as it is strategic: To create wealth! And empower our people to steward that wealth for the purposes of the kingdom, the strengthening of their communities and for the economic well being of their children's children! (Emphasis in red on their site).

And

    SEMINARS

    “THE HEAVEN, EVEN THE HEAVENS ARE THE LORD’S: BUT THE EARTH HATH HE GIVEN THE CHILDREN OF MEN” Psalms 115:6

    IT IS TIME FOR THE KINGDOM TO TAKE BACK EVERYTHING THAT BELONGS TO IT. IN THIS SEMINAR YOU WILL LEARN

    How to open your church related real estate company

    The types of real estate services that can be offered.

    Tips on how your real estate company can be a community outreach.

    Tips on how to control design, develop construction and manage millions of dollars in real estate projects.
     

Like I said ..It’s always about money. I dont remember seeing very much, if anything about the Gospel or Jesus on either of the Ray’s two websites. And this man calls himself a ‘Bishop’?.

Incidently Brenda Ray is “founder and organizer of "Women In Neighborhoods Networking Effectively Redeeming Souls" (W.I.N.N.E.R.S.) a world class fashion exhibition featuring spirit filled men and women as models. She is also founder and C.E.O. of Restoration Travel, a full service ARC agency of which she initiated upon the conclusion of a 14 year career with American Airlines”. (Does anyone know how one redeems souls through fashion shows?

 

 

What the Bible says about Doctrine

1Timothy 4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

1Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

1Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

1Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

2Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. {RETURN TO PLACE IN TEXT}

 

 

There is little doubt that TBN is one of Satan’s immensely successful plans. TBN boasts of how many people they are ‘reaching’ all over the world. I shudder to think how many thousands of people are being led astray by their lies. Christians today are largely too lazy to test what they are being taught against Scripture, but swallow anything that comes from the pulpit, especially if the preacher has charisma, a large following and tells them what they want to hear. It doesn’t seem to matter whether what they are hearing is in accordance with Biblical truths or not. I am not sure any more if there are any doctrinally sound preachers on TBN.  I hope not... All it does is give the network tacit approval.

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