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Shiny, and Fuzzy World
Yes, Paul and Jan started their ministry in a borrowed studio with a borrowed camera in front of a blue shower curtain. Now look at it:.chandeliers, shiny gold (hopefully brass), cherubim and seraphim, red velvet, giant paintings of Jesus in ornate, gilt frames, stained glass angels, AND THAT DAMNED PINK COTTON CANDY ON TOP OF JAN'S HEAD! What's that all about? If only my Quaker Granny were here to see all of this, she'd turn over in her grave. I'm flipping through my KJV, and for the life of me, I can't find where it commands christians to present all this finery in their witnessing, let alone the part about the HAIR. It seems that television christians discovered the hair dryer in the seventies like the rest of us, but never quite got over the glory of that Joe Namath "dry look." Hallelujah!
The Trinity Broadcasting Network site has plenty about god, jesus, the evils of evolution, the ministries of Mr. T, Hammer and Vanity, and even a little about Feeding The Hungry, but the True Motif of the site is the Praise-A-Thon. Have you filled in your pledge card today? A glorious set like that, not to mention the 5,000,000 vacation home for Jan's doggies needs all the help it can get. There's a handy gift shop full of Jesus Junk and TBN logo-wear, and, of course, you can Praise God and Be Healed right there in the comfort of your computer chair, because, Glory, you can watch online.
Yes, the wackiness of TBN needs no introduction, but I rather enjoyed Jeezus Jan 2000 one of the surprisingly few non-Christian anti-Paul and Jan sites out there. It seems that the secular world can let TBN put its own foot in its mouth. In researching the web's take on Paul and Jan, it seems that many christian communities want You to Know that Paul and Jan aren't True Christians.
On The Confused World of Paul and Jan Crouch, Joseph Chambers points out that Paul and Jan question the very Divinity of Christ:
Transcribed From A Message Given By Kenneth Copeland:
Transcribed From Trinity Broadcasting Network's Praise The Lord Show:
Paul Crouch: "That's when His divinity returned."
Wading through all the charges of Paul's rubbing elbows with The Pope, I found a little gem at http://www.floridacp.com/heresy/quotes/25.htm . It recalls an episode of Praise The Lord where Benny Hinn makes some astounding claims about the healing powers of TBN:
Paul Crouch: Benny Hinn! Jesus!
Benny Hinn: I'm telling you. People will be - people - I'm telling you, I feel the anointing talking here. People are going to be canceling funeral services and bringing their dead in their caskets, placing them - my God! I feel the anointing here - placing them before a television set, waiting for God's power to come through and touch them. And it's going to happen time and time - so much it's going to spread. You're going to hear it from Kenya to Mexico to Europe to South America, where people will be raised from the - so much so that the word will spread that if some dead person be put in front of this TV screen, they will be raised from the dead and they will be by the thousands. You wait. Now the Lord just told me - and I don't know whether this is true or not - as I'm saying this, the Lord said He gave you that word many, many years ago.
Late last night I turned on TBN, as I often do, for "shits and giggles." There was Benny, doing a "healing." He placed his hands, palms out toward the camera. Your instructions are to place your palms on the image of his while he recites his prayer-healing incantations. I did as he asked. I noticed that my palms fit perfectly into his. Good planning, I thought! I suppose that, since God is Omnipresent, it didn't much matter that the program was being broadcast for the third time that day. If I had been a believer, I can imagine that a person could easily feel the "electric charge" from the pixelated representation of Benny's hands on that screen. I was reminded of an onstage hypnotism demonstration I took part in back in junior college. The longer I held my arm out to the hypnotist, the number my wrist felt, therefore I could not feel that he was holding a lighter under it. Place your palms on the screen now. I call upon the power of the Holy Ghost to remove your pain. One of you is freed from drug addiction today. One of you is being converted to Reason. One of you is considering a higher education in Physics. One of you will realize Amway will never make you rich. Do you feel the electricty in your palms? All you have to do is believe.
review written by Alleee, 07/2002.