Paul and Jan Crouch run, according to Holly Pivec, the NAR Organization ‘Trinity Broadcasting Network’ (TBN).*
Recently, Jan Crouch passed away, not to heaven – but to the eternal flame for her false and blasphemous TBN ministry. We’re not rejoicing over this – this is a tragedy.
But what makes this more of a tragedy is that other false teachers will be joining her in their attempt to try and convince people that heretics like Jan Crouch are now in heaven.
“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” 2 Peter 2:1-3
One such false teacher is Brian Houston. He recently decided to publish this sycophantic tweet on Jan Crouch:
“Today Jan Crouch enters heaven as
@HillsongChannel commences tomorrow. It’s only possible because of her legacy.”
Source: Brian Houston, Twitter, https://twitter.com/BrianCHouston/status/737637066918494208, Published 31/05/2016. (Accessed 31/05/2016.)
That’s very disturbing but at the same time, not surprising.
Christianity has claimed for centuries the eternal fate of false teachers – so we’re not going to shy away from saying that Jan Crouch may now be in hell for her unrepentant sin and apostate ministry?
Furthermore, it’s entirely inappropriate for Brian Houston to capitalize on the death of Jan Crouch to promote his own HillsongChannel. And it’s quite sycophantic to call on her so-called “influence” to suggest that his HillsongChannel is the result of “her legacy”.
We’ve seen Brian and Bobbie Houston act from this sycophantic framework before to further their own name and ministry. However, Brian’s stunt this time is very concerning on such a fundamental level and definitely uncalled for.
Brian Houston has continually shown he lacks compassion for pedophile victims, sexually and physically abused women and now even the dead and their grieving families.
Someone was not happy with Brian Houston capitalizing on Jan Crouch’s death to promote his HillsongChannel (warning – this comment may offend):
@BrianCHouston @hillsongchannel Way to use death to promote your stupid TV Channel. Good job Brian. Good job (edited).
Source: Harry Perry, Twitter, https://twitter.com/PerrysSuitcase/status/737646546309636096, 7:06am 31/05.2016.
And of course, it took someone in the secular world to clearly point out the obvious hypocrisy of Houston’s tweet.
Jan Crouch’s Death Evokes Tributes From Hillsong Church’s Brian Houston, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton
Tributes are pouring in for Trinity Broadcasting Network co-founder Jan Crouch, who died at the age of 78 following a massive stroke last week, including from popular pastors and award-winning Christian music artists.
“Today Jan Crouch enters heaven as @HillsongChannel commences tomorrow. It’s only possible because of her legacy,” tweeted Brian Houston, senior pastor of the influential Hillsong Church that started in Australia but now as campuses around the world.
Meanwhile, Grammy Award-winning American gospel singer Donnie McClurkin tweeted, “My heart is broken in several different ways. MY dear FRIEND..JAN CROUCH has passed away. PRAY for the crouch family.”
Fellow Grammy winning singer-songwriter Israel Houghton tweeted, “My deepest condolences to the @TBN & Crouch family. I knew Momma Jan for 25 years. She was always kind to me.”
Meanwhile Pastor Ron Carpenter of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, South Carolina, wrote on Twitter, “Paul and Jan Crouch invited me into the TBN family 2009..that microphone changed my life forever. I’m saddened by her passing. #legacy”
Hispanic Evangelical leader the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez tweeted, “Our condolences to the entire @TBN family at the passing of Jan Crouch. Paul and Jan changed the world. Now it’s our turn to lift Jesus high.”
Crouch’s family announced her death early on Tuesday, with son Matthew writing:
“Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious Mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward.”
The family statement added: “Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home.”
TBN had shared last week that Crouch was taken to the hospital after suffering a massive stroke in Florida, with the news amassing sympathy and well wishes from church leaders and other prominent Christian figures around the world.
Christian singer Carman Licciardello said on Facebook that he had been close to Crouch for 40 years, calling her “family.”
“We have won countless souls to Christ together through that network. She is the best friend you can ever have when your going through a crisis and feel like everyone has abandoned you. Example: when I went through 10 months of cancer treatment and sent out 600 letters to 600 churches I’ve ministered at, for support, and not one responded, it was Jan who paid my bills so I could focus on my fight with cancer,” Licciardello revealed.
Christian metal singer Michael Sweet added:
“So sad to hear about the passing of TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network co-founder, Jan Crouch. She was always extremely kind to me and always supported everything I did. I was a guest many times over the years and I am grateful for her generosity. God Bless You Jan! Our prayers and thoughts go out to the entire Crouch family.”
Others, including J.D. Bellamy, who serves under Pastor Paula White, noted the reach and size of her legacy:
“This morning we are sadden by the death of Mrs. Jan Crouch. You touched millions around the world! We are beyond sure that your legacy will forever live on!” Bellamy wrote.
Crouch’s husband and fellow TBN co-founder Paul Franklin Crouch died at aged 79 in November 2014.
Source: By Stoyan Zaimov, Jan Crouch’s Death Evokes Tributes From Hillsong Church’s Brian Houston, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Christian Post, http://www.christianpost.com/news/jan-crouch-death-trinity-broadcasting-network-hillsong-church-brian-houston-donnie-mcclurkin-israel-houghton-164661/, Published 31/05/2016. (Accessed 31/05/2016.)
* Holly Pivec, God’s Super Apostles, Published Weaver Book Company: US, 2014, pg. 6
As a child, I distinctly remembered thinking that Jan Crouch’s appearance was flat out scary. I have never understood how such a garish, preposterous appearance lends itself to the sober teachings of Jesus Christ.
Of course, Jesus was NOT a big fan of piles of Crouch cash either.
Jan and Paul Crouch’s media empire would not have been possible without Dr. Gene Scott.
“The late Dr. Gene Scott came to television in the mid-seventies after being voted in by the desperate church board members to save FAITH BROADCASTING NETWORK, (The world’s first television ministry) from corruption and bankruptcy. It wasn’t long before he had fired and “Kicked the Mutha’s out”. including the likes of Paul & Jan Crouch and Jim & Tammy Baker! Then God Took Dr. Gene Scott and the message of “Saved by Grace, Kept by Faith” WORLDWIDE!” from http://www.godsangryman.com
And say what you will about Dr Scott but he taught the good news of Sola Fide all over the world via his radio and television ministry.