Show me the money

Paul and Janice Crouch, the founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network, built up a single Christian station into the world’s largest Christian television network.  And things have turned out well for them.  The network’s donors help fund generous salaries of R4 million a year for Paul and R3.5 million for his wife, Janice.   There are other perks as well, including a TBN-owned jet and 30 homes across the country, among them a pair of mansions and a ranch in Texas. 

Pastor Paul Crouch calls it “God’s economy of giving,” and here is how it works.  People who donate to Trinity Broadcasting Network will reap financial blessings from a grateful God.   The more they give TBN, the more God will give them.  Being broke or in debt is no excuse not to write a check. In fact, it’s an ideal opportunity for God is especially generous to those who give when they can least afford it.  Crouch told his viewers during a telethon that, “He’ll give you thousands, hundreds of thousands, and He’ll give millions and billions of dollars.”

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Bible

Do you like God, but dislike the Bible?

I’m sure you have many friends who claim to be very spiritual, who love connecting with “God”, enjoy “feeling” his universal love, and even go on “spiritual” retreats and meditations.  God is viewed as the life-giving force we all need to connect to, he is the Universe that empowers all life.  These friends just love “God”. But when you ask them about the Bible, they think it’s irrelevant, patriarchal, just opinions or even hateful.  The Bible is definitely not authoritative, respected or even listened to.

 

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Spiritual warfare

Waging the good warfare

The Bible says that as Christians we are at war.  Jesus entered our world and announced that the Kingdom of God has come and that God’s new era is now advancing in the world.  God’s kingdom is confronting and exposing the kingdom of darkness.  Wars are mostly fought by soldiers; trained men (and now also women) who courageously endure danger on behalf of others.  It was the same during New Testament times.  The great, conquering army of the day was the Roman army.   Paul, the author of 1 Timothy, probably has a Roman soldier in mind when he says to Timothy in 6:12 “Fight the good fight of the faith”.