“Teach by Contrast” | Walter Martin’s Last Time on TBN

This from MORIEL MINISTRIES (2011) explaining a bit about the above:

In light of another Calvary Chapel pastor making an appearance on TBN’s Praise-the-Lord program, I thought it apropos to share a tape in my collection of how a Bible believer should behave when invited onto TBN or any of the other errant “Christian” networks. What sort of message is communicated when a solid Bible teacher shares the platform with heretics and does not bring reproof? Certainly it gives the impression that the guest endorses the teaching of the hosts and /or founder of the Christian network.

Some argue that if they can’t go on TBN due to its corruption, then they couldn’t show up on ABC, NBC or CBS either. They don’t understand the distinction between being salt and light to the unsaved world and practicing biblical separation from so-called Christians who are spreading false teaching against Jesus Christ. To the unsaved, we can use their media to spread the Gospel, but to the errant brother we are to bring correction and divide if they do not stop their false teaching. For a proof-text consider 1 Corinthians 5:11:

“But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner””not even to eat with such a person.”

When Calvary Chapel Albuquerque’s pastor Skip Heitzig went on TBN last week acting like he and his host Phil Munsey were old friends, it was a shame to the spirit of that passage. Phil Munsey and his brother Steve Munsey are two of the most infamous extortioners in the field of Christian television. Munsey has used new age ideas of paradigm shifts and panentheism to spread his unbiblical dominionist views.

In contrast to the compromisers, the late Walter Martin tried to bring correction the last time he made an appearance on TBN. This video tape has never circulated and has not been available anywhere until now that I have posted it to YouTube.

Back in 1985 my younger sister was Martin’s secretary. She and my older sister and I all regularly attended his weekly Bible study. I used to share my research with him and also with my friend author Dave Hunt. Walter and Dave disagreed on many things regarding their styles of apologetics and discernment. Whenever there was a difference of opinion between the two of them, I usually agreed with Dave.

I had had some discussion with Dr. Martin over Dave’s book, The Seduction of Christianity. Walter had been critical about it on the radio having never read it but based his criticisms upon what his personal editor had told him.

One day my older sister was watching Praise-the-Lord when Hal Lindsey was a guest. He was her pastor at that time. Back then Hal used to challenge the teaching of other TBN regulars and Paul Crouch put up with it. However, that got old with the Crouches and when Hal wouldn’t stop criticizing the Kingdom Now doctrine, he was put on the shelf until he learned to kow-tow to them. When my sister heard Hal bring up Walter’s name in the show, Paul and Jan agreed that he was a brilliant man and Hal said you should have him on some time. They both responded – oh sure we will.

So she informed our little sister who told Walter and Walter told her to call TBN and arrange it which she did. However, the Crouches wouldn’t host him so they got prophecy teacher Doug Clark to do so. My younger sister called me on the day of the taping saying that Walter wanted me to go through Dave Hunt’s book, The Seduction of Christianity and highlight things he would be in agreement with. I was happy to do so for him. He used that information to challenge TBN’s blackballing of Dave Hunt and other whistle-blowers.

I stayed home to work the VCR I didn’t know how to program, while my two sisters attended, one in the green room and one in the audience we had stacked with many friends. Walter gave it to them with both barrels. Not only was the program not replayed at its regular slot, but the tapes were not available when people followed up to request one. Back in those days any Praise-the-Lord program could be bought on audio cassette for a small fee. And both Walter Martin and Doug Clark were never invited back. We had heard years later from Doug Clark that during the interview he kept receiving notes from the stage manager telling him to “shut that guy up” and other nasty notes….

An Egregious Example of `smarm•i•ness` ~ Bankrupt Word Faith Preacher Markus Bishop`s Arrogance

Via The Word on the Word of Faith

From the video description:

This is perhaps one of the lowest examples of Word of Faith arrogance, legalism and judgmentalism you’ll ever see.

In one breath, “Pastor” Markus Bishop ferociously mocks and dismisses generations of Christians who use simple storytelling tools to win people to Christ for the sake and tries to smarmily tell them to instead invest untold millions of dollars into extravaganzas that will dazzle “the new generation” because “God ain’t broke.”

Perhaps Markus ought to practice what he preaches about prosperity and get his church’s bills paid on time:

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Faith Christian Family Church is in foreclosure and the disputed parsonage for Pastor Markus Bishop is still mired in litigation, The News Herald learned this week.

Faith Christian Family Church will be sold May 26 in a foreclosure auction unless church officials pay SunTrust Bank $2,924,126.71, court records show.

Suntrust loaned the church $2.8 million in August 2008, taking the deed on the church at 13300 Back Beach Road as collateral, court records show.

The church’s pastor, Markus Bishop, signed off on the deal and gave his title as “President of Faith Christian Family Church of Panama City Beach, Inc., a Florida Non-Profit Corporation.”

According to Suntrust, Faith Christian has not made a payment on the loan since October 2010. In February, the company started foreclosure proceedings.

“Client relationships are confidential. We’ll decline to comment on them,” SunTrust spokesman Mike McCoy said Thursday. “We do make every effort to avoid foreclosure and view it as an action of last resort.”

Faith Christian’s attorney, Mitch Dever, declined to comment on the situation. Attempts to contact Bishop were unsuccessful Thursday.

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Here is more ugliness in regards to this “man of god”

Granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, Brittany Koper, Is Suing TBN and Two Lawyers Who Work with TBN

Slaughter of the Sheep has this on the suit:

An article in the Christian Post reveals that Brittany B. Koper, granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, is suing her former attorneys for “breach of duties, inflicting emotional distress and professional negligence.” Apparently the attorneys advised her to help cover up financial abuse and fraud at TBN.

After Koper took charge of TBN’s finance department, she allegedly discovered illegal financial practices on the part of the company’s directors, but was told to protect the information.

“Following her appointment, Ms. Koper was specifically instructed to falsify public financial disclosures, to falsify government records, and to otherwise cover up conduct of the TBN Companies and their directors that Ms. Koper reasonably believed to be unlawful,” the suit claims.

None of this is surprising, but if the allegations are true, it’s going to be hard for a lot of people to turn a deaf ear to someone as close to the family as a grandchild. Many will still defend them and claim this attack is from the devil, …

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One News Now has this story on TBN being sued:

The world’s leading Christian broadcasting network is being accused of illegally handing out over $50 million in assets to the network’s directors.

The granddaughter of Paul and Jan Crouch, the founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), is making the accusation. According to The Orange County Register, Brittany Koper is suing two lawyers who work with TBN — not her grandparents directly — for negligence and for breaking their “fiduciary duty and other transgressions.” The network’s leaders have often fallen under scrutiny concerning how they are able to afford lavish mansions, a $50-million jet, and private chauffeurs.

Koper has worked for TBN and has served as the director of finance, director of human resources, and chief financial officer for Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana. She says when she was appointed to TBN’s finance department, she allegedly found that the company had made illegal financial decisions, but she was told to fabricate public disclosures to cover up the tracks. Koper asserts that the two attorneys named in the suit encouraged her to do as she was told.

When she reported the situation, Koper and her husband were fired and accused of being “just as guilty” as the TBN leaders.

Douglass S. Davert is a Long Beach attorney named in the suit. He tells The OC Register that Koper’s allegations are “outright fiction and wholly without merit.” His legal group reportedly filed a lawsuit last year alleging that Koper and her husband were the ones who were engaged in the questionable conduct. Davert’s lawsuit accused the two of fabricating documents and misusing roughly $400,000. That case was dismissed earlier this year.

Koper’s attorney argues that she was fired for inside whistleblowing, so she is preparing to present documents that back her allegations. Meanwhile, Davert asserts that he and the other named attorney will “defend themselves vigorously” when the allegations are made public.

Koper will submit the documents to the Internal Revenue Service for further investigation.

And this from Religion News Blog:

The granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Paul and Jan Crouch has accused the world’s largest Christian broadcaster of unlawfully distributing charitable assets worth more than $50 million to the company’s directors.

The Orange County Register reports:

The charges are leveled in a federal lawsuit filed by Crouch granddaughter Brittany Koper last week against her former lawyers, who also do legal work for TBN.

“Observers have often wondered how the Crouches can afford multiple mansions on both coasts, a $50 million jet and chauffeurs,” said Tymothy MacLeod, Koper’s attorney. “And finally, with the CFO coming forward, we have answers to those questions.”

Koper had served as chief financial officer, director of finance, corporate treasurer and director of human resources for Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, which does business as Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), according to the suit.

Koper’s complaint is not directed against her grandparents or TBN — but against the two attorneys who handle some of TBN’s legal work, and who once worked for Koper herself. She accuses them of professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and other transgressions in the suit.

Koper was using these attorneys for her personal affairs, and she went to them with her suspicions over the legality of the payments to TBN’s directors, only to be told to shut up, return everything she had earned through TBN to the company, and be gone, according to the suit. […more…]

Koper’s complaint is for

✦Breach of Fiduciary Duties
✦Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, and
✦Professional Negligence

In her complaint Koper also accuses attorney Douglass S. Davert of Davert & Loe in Long Beach, California of lewd behavior toward her. The complaint says he ‘touched her in an overtly sexual manner repeatedly, told Ms. Koper that he was sexually aroused, made lewd and derogatory comments about engaging in sexual acts with Ms. Koper, and offered illegal drugs to Ms. Koper.

In 2009, Koper’s attorney Tymothy McLeod represented Brian Dugger, a gay broadcast engineer who sued the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 2009, claiming he was harassed and discriminated against by TBN employees as well as Paul Crouch Jr. A confidential settlement in the case was reached in 2010.

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