TBN presents “The Journey”?

I don’t normally publish two posts in one day, but events prompted me to quickly put together this impromptu critique.

Readers of this blog know I’m not a fan of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The cable network specializes in “health and wealth,” prosperity-gospel tele-shysters and other manifestations of aberrant, pseudo-Christianity.

While I was channel surfing last night, I came across TBN-owners, Matt and Laurie Crouch, hawking their upcoming TBN-produced film, “The Journey: A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli,” due in theaters nationwide for four nights, April 2-4 and April 6, preceding Easter weekend.

I knew popular tenor singer, Bocelli, was a “devout” Roman Catholic, so what exactly does this “journey” entail? The official, on-line promotion (see below) says the film follows “Bocelli and his wife Veronica as they travel through Italy’s beautiful terrain on horseback to complete parts of the unforgettable Via Francigena — a historical pilgrimage in which Christians journey to Rome to worship at grand cathedrals and visit the burial sites of revered saints and apostles.”

The promo also states that the film features a “blessing by Pope Francis.”

So what we have with this TBN-produced film is “devout” Roman Catholic, Bocelli, journeying along the Italian portion of this Via Francigena Catholic pilgrimage route, stopping at several Catholic churches along the way, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, all under the supposedly auspicious blessings of pope Francis. From the preview clips it’s clear there will be lots of impressive scenery and music.

This upcoming “The Journey” is currently being heavily promoted by TBN. What is the message the unwitting, mostly-Protestant viewers of TBN will understand by these promos and by “The Journey” itself? The message from the Crouches is that pope Francis and the Roman Catholic church teach the genuine Gospel. But is that true? Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic church teach that salvation is by sacramental grace and merit. They teach this unabashedly and without apology.

“Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the beginning of conversion (i.e., baptismal regeneration – Tom). Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life. – Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 2010.

But God’s Word teaches salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. The two gospels are irreconcilable. One is right and one is wrong. They cannot both be right. This movie will undoubtedly be pleasing to both the eye and to the ear, but it’s seductive spiritual rat poison.

Shame on the Crouches and TBN for yet another anti-Gospel message in addition to thousands of others.

The Journey – TBN press release

20 thoughts on “TBN presents “The Journey”?

  1. Thank you for this post, Tom. I pray born again believers would awaken to what is going on in so called Protestant ministries. TBN may as well be Roman Catholic. And so many true Christians will be led further astray by this upcoming production. This ongoing and growing ecumenism never ceases to grieve me. And remember TBN bought a mobile home park not too long ago and evicted everyone. Some lost their life savings. Very Christian, right.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. Yup, TBN actually outdoes Catholic media conglomerate, EWTN, with this pro-Catholic “The Journey.” Another page in the ecumenical betrayal. Very grievous.

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    1. Thanks, Beth! Yup, I’ve heard about “Jesus Revolution.” I think there were some good things, but also a lot of problems with the “Jesus Movement.” I think Lonnie Frisbee was a deceiver in many ways.

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  2. This is just so bad. I don’t understand how Christians even baby Christians do not discern the falsities of TBN and the other Christian channels as well. I wonder, will the Catholic channel be airing this as well, I doubt it. Hope you and Corinne are doing well!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mandy! We’re doing well and I hope you and Nathan are doing well, also.
      TBN is heretical on multiple levels. It’s very regrettable that when unbelievers go channel surfing, they encounter TBN as exemplifying “evangelical Christianity.”
      RE: will the Catholic channel be airing this as well?
      The EWTN Catholic media conglomerate is very conservative and I don’t believe they would broadcast a “Protestant” production, even one that’s strongly pro-Catholic like this “The Journey.”

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      1. You bring up a good point. Evangelical “pop apologists” are deferential to RC-ism, but conservative Catholic groups (e.g., EWTN, Catholic Answers) still retain an old-fashioned militancy towards Protestantism. It’s brain-splittingly incongruous to be a conservative Catholic. They still hold to 1950s Catholic militantism/triumphalism while also affirming the liberal Vatican II tenets that all religionists and even atheists can merit Heaven.

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  3. TBN lack soo much discernment; they have gone from bad to worst! One can’t make things up; I don’t see Catholics platforming red blooded true Protestants like how Big Eva platform Ctaholics…sigh

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    1. Witnessing the Crouches fawn over Catholicism in the TBN preview show made me sick.
      Yup, it’s incredible how Big Eva defers to RC-ism. Pop apologists are silent or deferential while EWTN and Catholic Answers continue to take swipes at evangelicals and the Gospel.

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      1. Yeah, they’re purveyors of experientialism/emotionalism/ecstacism trumping right doctrine. Doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you “love” Jesus.

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