Minister Franklin Graham appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) this week, co-hosting its signature ministry program “Praise the Lord” with network co-founder, Jan Crouch, just as the network is facing scrutiny over allegations of financial dishonesty.
Graham, son of famous evangelist Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the humanitarian aid ministry Samaritan’s Purse, hosted Crouch at BGEA’s picturesque retreat and training center, The Cove, in Asheville, N.C
“My job as finance director was to find ways to label extravagant personal spending as ministry expenses,” Ms. Koper said. This is one way, she said, the company avoids probing questions from the I.R.S. She said that the absence of outsiders on TBN’s governing board — currently consisting of Paul, Janice and Matthew Crouch — had led to a serious lack of accountability for spending.
Ms. Koper and the two other former TBN employees also said that dozens of staff members, including Ms. Koper, chauffeurs, sound engineers and others had been ordained as ministers by TBN. This allowed the network to avoid paying Social Security taxes on their salaries and made it easier to justify providing family members with rent-free houses, sometimes called “parsonages,” she said.
Liveprayer.com, an interactive Christian website with over 2.4 million subscribers, is calling for a boycott of Christian TV network TBN, according to a press release.
Bill Keller, the leader of the site, issued the call after prominent Christian leaders such as Pastor John Hagee and David Barton expressed their support for Glenn Beck’s “restoring courage” campaign on the network.
“It is absolutely ridiculous for a supposed Christian TV Network, that purports to be propagating the gospel, like TBN, with major Christian figures like John Hagee and David Barton, to be supporting and advocating for a member of a satanic cult,” said Keller to The Christian Post.
I realize it was most likely a business decision, but man, the things you have to do to get kicked off of the Trinity Broadcasting Network
THE pastor of a church tainted by scandalous allegations of infidelity, thuggery and financial greed has been kicked off a Christian television channel for the second time.
Following days of lurid headlines, Jesus Christ Family (JCF) Church pastor Andile Myemane has been suspended from the popular TBN Africa television station.
On Saturday, the Dispatch exposed a secret tape recording on which Myemane admits his intentions to divorce his wife and marry his sister-in-law, with whom he shares a plush double- storey home.
However, when the Dispatch contacted Myemane – the leader of what he claims is southern Africa’s fastest growing church – he denied being asked to leave TBN. “They (TBN) sent me an e- mail. They haven’t chosen sides yet. I am still with the station,” Myemane said.