Turn off TBN and its “prosperity gospel”

Yesterday, news sources reported that Janice “Jan” Crouch passed away from a strokePJC at the age 78. Mrs. Crouch was co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 1973 with her late husband, Paul (d. 2013). TBN has grown into the world’s largest religious broadcaster.

I feel sorry for Christians who get their teaching from TBN. The network’s daily line-up features one “prosperity gospel” or “word of faith” preacher after another.

There’s Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Joseph Prince, Joyce Meyer, James Robison, Jesse Duplantis, etc., etc. Father Cedric Pisegna, a Roman Catholic priest, even has a show on the network. An unbeliever who tunes into TBN will think Christianity is all about financial prosperity, “a better you,” and “name it and claim it.” So sad. I think the only preacher featured on TBN that I could recommend to anyone is Charles Stanley.

Turn off TBN. Get into God’s Word. Ask the Lord to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that teaches God’s Word without compromise. Avoid fellowships that exploit sinful greed and promote the “prosperity gospel” and “name it and claim it” word of faith teaching. Ach! What a blight on the name of our Lord.

What does the Bible say about the prosperity gospel?

13 thoughts on “Turn off TBN and its “prosperity gospel”

  1. you are certainly correct in telling folks to turn off the TV and get into the word.

    Just don’t throw out the basic truths of the “prosperity gosple”, yes a lot of preachers take it too far, but it is foundation is the Word.

    We need to learn to rightly devide the Word… keep tye wheat they have found and throw away the chaff.

    It is the same with every Denomination, all are built on a truth… that they usually stretch out of shape.

    good word


    1. Thanks, Bill. The “prosperity gospel” covers a wide range and some of its adherents emphasize worldly riches more than others but at the extreme end are those “preachers” who never mention sin and judgement (Olsteen), it’s all about being a “King’s kid” and getting all that’s coming to you right now. But the example and letters of the apostle Paul contrast SHARPLY with the prosperity gospel. Our home is Heaven and that is what we strive for. We don’t strive for riches here on Earth. The Lord may bless us in various ways but God’s Word says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21. Run, don’t walk, from prosperity preachers.

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      1. I have a hard time, when the baby gets thrown out with the bath water… It is our job to be able to separate, the two.

        Abraham was blessed in worldly riches, the Disciples were small business men. Not penny less.

        Look for the truth, reject the hype.

        Blessings brother,


      2. I think I read somewhere that all of the apostles (except maybe John) were martyred. Millions of Christians have been martyred for their faith over the ages. Doesn’t resemble “prosperity” to me. Paul and his writings are the opposite of the prosperity gospel that feeds on people’s GREED. I’m sorry you support this. May the Lord help you to reject greed and find His truth. Peace in Christ.

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      3. brother, God Bless you, if you love the LORD you are my brother and I love you.

        You will not find me cutting off from the body, a finger or leg I disagree with. I pray the Lord lead us all to His truth.

        Let your moderation be known to all. None of us have all the truth.. Deu. 29:29

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  2. As an African Christian, I’ve seen the blighting effects of the “Prosperity” (or “Word-Faith”) doctrine in the lives of Believers. And one of the major purveyors of this teaching is the TBN. I have seen people being exploited and spiritually abused with this heinous teaching, and to make it worse, crowds of people not only flock to churches where it is emphasized, but also like such circles because they are very soft on sin. Its very pathetic to see former Catholics and Muslims end up in such gatherings and finally realise the hucksterism and falsehood, involved and become disillusioned with Christianity in general. I know a ex-Catholic who is now an atheist, another, returned to his immoral past due to what they experienced in such churches. A false doctrine is usually known by its fruits.

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    1. Thanks, Victor. I have also seen several articles describing the rapid growth of Word-Faith Pentecostalism in South America, mainly among the less-wealthy. They’re naturally attracted by the promises of great wealth and prosperity. But the dream never materializes. We’ve seen this all before in America with the Jim Bakker/PTL fiasco and yet people are still drawn to it.

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  3. So right, Tom. Years ago I didn’t realize what was being pumped in to my living room. A few weeks ago I checked the online schedule just out of curiosity. It is absolutely horrible. I hope that many will listen to your warning.

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    1. Yes, it’s absolutely atrocious stuff, Hope. So bad. So worldly. Appeals to our greed and covetousness. I looked through their weekly schedule to write this post and it was bad teacher after bad teacher. Except for C. Stanley. I can still watch him. I was looking for Benny Hinn to be on the schedule but he wasn’t there. He used to be one of the marquee guys on TBN, perhaps they had a falling out.

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