Paul Crouch, Sr. is dead at 79

Paul Crouch, dead at 79

We will miss his quirky style, his constant comments about those evil “heretic hunters” (possibly referring to us), and his colorful dress shirts–well, maybe not the dress shirts.  Paul Crouch died this past weekend at the age of 79 after a long battle with congestive heart disease. Religion News Service reporter Adelle Banks provided quite a lot of information about Crouch and the television network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), he founded and grew.

Ms. Banks quoted our own Ole Anthony as saying, “Paul Crouch at TBN is the greatest proponent of the oldest heresy in the church — that gain is godliness,” said Ole Anthony, a founder of the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, which has investigated Crouch’s ministries and others for more than 30 years. “All of the heresy connected with that position is what they’re based on and the problem is they’ve spread that all over the world.” 



3 thoughts on “Paul Crouch, Sr. is dead at 79

  1. I have been thinking long and hard about the legacy of this man, remembering the early days of watching some truly dynamic teachers and ministers. I don’t know where or when it went wrong, but the few “telethons” I watched, coupled with revelations of his opulent lifestyle literally turned my stomach! I know more people who’ve turned their back on Jesus Christ because of TBN than any other reason. We serve a merciful God and although he strayed far from the narrow path I believe he is with God today, perhaps because I don’t wish hell on anyone. If You Lord, should mark our iniquities, who should stand?

  2. As a formerly unchurched unbeliever who came to Christ watching Christian TV, twice a week at church wasn’t enough for me, I wanted more. Instead of studying the Word of God, I turned to Christian television more and more and began a rapid descent into heretical doctrines and stunted Christianity that resulted. I _thought_ I was a spiritual giant because “faith comes by hearing the Word of God” and I was deceived into believing that’s what I was hearing. Decades later the Lord’s kindness brought me to repentance and led me back to the firm foundation of His Word, having rescued me from being “…tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph 4:14).

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