Boycott Trinity Broadcasting Network
Is this the end for TBN?
Writer: Gail Williams | 13 November 2012 | www.examiner.com/article/is-this-the-end-for-tbn
Amid a bout of scandalous accusations, ministries again face the question of whether to abandon or reform the broadcast.
The world's largest Christian TV channel, the California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, has become embroiled in a multimillion dollar financial scandal after members of the family alleged widespread embezzlement.
The claims ג€" by Brittany Koper, whose grandfather Paul Crouch founded TBN, and by Joseph McVeigh, another family member ג€" describe exorbitant spending on mansions in California, Tennessee and Florida, private jets and even a $100,000 (ֲ£63,000) mobile home to house the dogs of Crouch's flamboyant wife, Janice.
The filings recently prompted a California federal judge to threaten to brand the network a "vexatious litigant" (A legal action or proceeding initiated maliciously and without probable cause by an individual who is not acting in good faith for the purpose of annoying or embarrassing an opponent) because its lawsuits seemed designed to "overwhelm the courts ג€¦ so as to avoid a rational decision on the merits."
Another advocacy group, MinistryWatch.com, has issued warnings about "widespread abuse of ministry funds by TBN directors." But founder Rusty Leonard does not think pressuring ministries to leave the network solves the problem.
Evangelical ministries that appear on TBN declined to comment.
Albert Mohler, president of ministrywatch.com, points out that evangelical television ministries have always faced an airwaves quandary.
Gail Williams, Richmond Christianity Examiner, received salvation at a young age. She is married to Bishop Robert R. Williams. She was ordained as a minister in 1987. Dr. Williams received her undergraduate degree in Human Ecology at Virginia State Univesity in Petersburg, Va. She received a Master of Arts degree in Religion and a Masters in Christian Education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. In 2006, Rev. Williams received her Doctorate degree in Religion from the Slidell Baptist Seminary in Slidell, Louisiana. You may contact Dr. Williams with your comments and questions.