TBN Fires Back at NY Times Report on Its Greed and Prosperity Gospel Claims
TBN has made some comments on what Reporter Erik Eckholm’s stated in his article in the New York Times a few days ago. TBN feels he does not show sound journalism and that he only focused on the granddaughter’s claims in her lawsuit and never consider the good work TBN does. Also, they say TBN has been supported by many for the past 40 years and that is what should have been reported.
Take a look at part of the article below and read our take at the bottom:
Reporter Erik Eckholm’s May 5th article in The New York Times purports to present an objective exposé on Christian television leader Trinity Broadcasting Network. In reality, however, the article is based on little more than the meritless and contrived civil lawsuit filed by Brittany Koper, the granddaughter of TBN’s founders, Dr. Paul Crouch and Mrs. Janice Crouch—a suit that was itself designed to divert attention from Mrs. Koper’s own embezzlement and misappropriation of ministry money.
Instead of addressing the documented facts made available to him by TBN, Mr. Eckholm simply settled on rehashing tired and false stereotypes about religious television. For example, rather than acknowledge that over the years TBN has always included programming from virtually every Christian expression–Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Pentecostal, Messianic, etc.—he summarily dismissed such diversity and instead incorrectly labeled TBN’s broad-based programming lineup as representative of a “prosperity gospel.” Source
AT2W’s Take: Well, we knew that TBN would not be in favor of what anyone writes negatively about them but we all have our opinion and they can’t take that away. We think TBN is just very disturbed that their misappropriation of donated funds is exposed but they can’t blame a reporter on this. According to article, which by the way we referenced in our post the other day, stated the granddaughter Brittany Koper and her husband were fired due to misuse of funds as well. So, the fire and controversy started within the organization, not from a reporter who found the documented statements and facts to issue a report. We spoke on how the ‘prosperity gospel’ is ruining Christians but paying the pushers heavily; speaking of TBN. We didn’t hold back what we felt and neither should Reporter Erik Eckholm of the NY Times. We think TBN needs to realize this issue has to do with their organization and the obvious breakdown of trust and communication within the schemes of the network. Its obvious that all of the underhanded schemes that Mrs. Koper exposed are most likely true but they all played a part in it finally coming to the forefront. They will just have to deal with the fact that God is in control now and greed always gets the players in the game to turn on one another. All the money in the world won’t change what God says about this and if it crumbles, let it happen. Without the glory of God being truly exemplified, it wasn’t meant to last.